These are guidelines for a healthy, balanced diet, aiming to cultivate and preserve energy, vitality, and longevity.
Drink plenty of WATER. Water is essential to the body. Our bodies are made up of more than 70% water. Water is essential for the proper functioning of our kidneys and liver. Without water, our kidneys can't function, and if our kidneys can't function, our liver must do some of the work of the kidneys limiting its own role in eliminating toxins from the body. Always drink filtered water.
Eat lots of ORGANIC FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. A diet high in fruits and vegetables provides the body with the essential vitamins and minerals it needs for optimal health. Buy organic whenever possible as conventional fruits and vegetables often contain harmful and toxic pesticide residue. In addition, studies indicate that organic fruits and vegetables contain a higher concentration of vitamins and minerals compared with conventional produce. Eat local and seasonal vegetables whenever possible giving your body a natural variety of produce as dictated by nature.
Eat WHOLE GRAINS and WHOLE FOODS. Whole grains such as whole wheat, oats, barely, brown rice, quinoa, and other whole grains are the best source of carbohydrates. Whole grains are better than refined grains because they contain more vitamins and minerals, and they have a high protein content than refined grains. They are converted into sugar slower than refined carbohydrates resulting in stable blood sugar levels. This means stable energy and moods.Eat PLANT-BASED PROTEINS. Plant-based proteins such as soy, tofu, nuts, and seeds provide an easily digestible source of protein. Plant-based proteins are also a healthier source of protein as they don't contain large amounts of saturated fats. Plant-based proteins digest more quickly than animal protein. Additionally, numerous studies have shown that a diet high in animal proteins raises the risk of various diseases including: heart disease and cancer. *
Consume moderate amounts of HEALTHY FATS. Cold-pressed olive oil, flax seed oil, hemp seed oil, organic ghee (organic clarified butter), and coconut oil are important for optimal health. These healthy oils provide the body and brain with essential vitamins and minerals. Olive oil lowers cholesterol levels, and flax oil and hemp oil provide the body with essential fatty acids (omega 3 and 6), both of which are crucial for cellular health.
Include SUPERFOODS in your diet. Superfoods include foods that contain trace vitamins and minerals such as sea vegetables (nori, kombu, wakame, kelp, dulse) spirulina, chlorella, ginseng, bee pollen, etc. For a complete guide of superfoods, see The Power of Superfoods by Sam Graci and Harvey Diamond.
Consume moderate amounts of ORGANIC AND FREE-RANGE EGGS, POULTRY AND MEATS and WILD FISH AND SEAFOOD. Studies have shown that diets high in animal products are linked to heart disease, cancer, and various other digestive and intestinal problems. Animal proteins are difficult to digest and stay in the intestines for a long time. However, animal products are the best source of vitamin B-12, and important vitamin in cellular health.
Consume moderate amounts of NATURAL, WHOLE SUGAR. White sugar is an incomplete sugar that the body doesn't recognize so it must rob nutrients from other parts of the body to complete the sugar. Natural and whole sugars include raw, unpasterized honey, maple syrup, black strap molasses, brown rice syrup, stevia, jaggery, and SUCANAT (Sugar Cane Natural), date sugar, and turbinado sugar.
AVOID HARMFUL FOODS. Harmful foods include sugar, refined and processed foods, coffee, and alcohol. These foods place undue stress on our bodies (especially the kidneys and livers).
Warning: Before you change any of your food patterns, please consult a qualified nutritionist or physician especially if you feel unsure on how to proceed or you have a medical condition which prevents your from radically changing your diet.
This article was provided by Farah Nazarali, author of The Smiling Yogi. Click Here to learn more about Farah or go to TheSmilingYogi.com for more nutrition information.