Eating Wholefoods: These are nature’s fast food without any preparation. Instead of apple, orange, pineapple juice, eat the whole fruits. Bottled, packaged juice products may contain added sugar or high fructose corn syrup which will cause more harm than health. Whole foods contain fiber that is essential for our health and makes us feel full after eating, rather than craving for more.
Living Foods: Sprouted lentils, legumes and edible plant seeds [alfalfa, red clover, sunflower etc.] – gives you super power energy. Sprouts are one of the most concentrated natural sources of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, trace elements, and amino-acids on Earth. Sprouts are an exciting addition to your meals. Use them in Salads, Sandwiches, pizzas, soups, stir fries, or just fill a bowl of sprouts and munch as a snack! I eat sprouts both raw and cooked. However when eating raw I add grated lime/lemon juice, ginger, black pepper and salt.contain added sugar or high fructose corn syrup which will cause more harm than health. Whole foods contain fiber that is essential for our health and makes us feel full after eating, rather than craving for more.
Ayurvedic Cooking: Holistically prepared meals with medicinal and aromatic spices and herbs. According to Dr. Vasant Lad [leading expert in Ayurveda], Ayurvedic Cooking is unique for its emphasis on making sure each dish is cooked and spiced in a way to achieve maximum digestibility, superb taste and nutritional value. The spices and herbs used in Ayurveda, add flavour and medicinal value to your meal. Once you get used to the spices and herbs you can use them instinctively rather than measuring them.
Raw Food Preparation: I accept that there is a substantial need for raw food in our diet. For me raw food means whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, dehydrated vegetables [under 118 F], and cold processed oils. People who choose raw food in their diet do so because they know that raw foods are high in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and enzymes. I know from my own experience that when I am eating at least 60% raw, I have more energy, more mental focus, and all aches, pain and discomfort, dissipate. However in today’s industrialized and developed world the raw, unprocessed fruits and vegetables that we purchase at the groceries are picked unripe or sometimes even ripened using various processes [look up banana ripening]. The “sun” energy is missing from these fruits and vegetables. In order to digest these foods better it is good to cook them. Unless you overcook your food it will still contain the enzymes, vitamins and minerals.
Fermented Foods: Fermented foods improve digestion, restore proper balance of gut bacteria and are rich in enzymes. Eating fermented foods help us to absorb the nutrients we’re consuming much better. Fermenting food helps to preserve the foods for longer periods of time. People all over the world have been fermenting food since ancient times. It’s very recent that fermented foods have begun to disappear from our plate. We are becoming more dependent on stores for pickles and sauerkraut that are made with vinegar instead of the traditional method of lacto-fermentation using salt. We need to bring it back home and revive the tradition or support local entrepreneurs who make these foods the traditional way.
Juicing: This is not contradicting the Whole foods concept at all. On the contrary if you are interested in a short cleanse or detox program than juicing is perfect when you use fresh vegetables and a little bit of fruit to sweeten it. So, when I say juicing, it is NOT what you get from the grocery store in a bottle or carton. It is homemade, fresh and without any added sugar or chemical. You must own either a juicer or a high speed blender with a nut mylk bag.
Whole and fresh fruits and vegetables are essential and irreplaceable due to the fiber content. Fresh juicing is required when you need to detox/cleanse and need an instant surge/supply of vitamins and minerals in the body. Vegetables and fruits are foods that nourish every cell in our body, help prevent disease, flush the system of waste and contain more vitamins and minerals than any other types of foods. You can drink green juice, wheat grass juice [1 oz./day for wheat grass] etc. daily with foods too. However the supply of vitamins and minerals your body will receive from a glass of green juice or a shot of wheat grass are so much greater than eating 2-3 servings of raw or cooked vegetables. Juicing will keep you satisfied and you will only reach out for food when you need it. If you choose to do a cleanse or detox, seek professional help from Nutritionists, or NDs.