FOODS for HEALTH *
It is often stated, correctly, that “we are what we eat”. This IS true. However the quality of the food consumed is also vitally important, and in particular the food density.
‘Food density’ refers to the nutritive content of the food and the innate minerals and trace elements in the food, and the potential for health and disease prevention that the food gives.
Also, the correct acid/alkali balance of the foods is integral to the health potential. It is accepted that the ‘ideal diet’ is made up of 75-80% alkali forming foods (those that leave an alkali residue after digestion and metabolism) and only 20-25% acid forming foods (those that leave an acid residue). Details of this ‘Ideal Diet’ are set out in my September 2005 newsletter ‘Acid / Alkaline Balance’.
The following is a simple guideline to the foods for health.
· Green vegetables
· All raw vegetables
· Non starchy cooked vegetables
· Fresh fruits
· Beans and legumes.
LIMIT DAILY (yellow)
· Cooked starchy vegetables
· Unrefined grains
· Raw nuts and seeds.
LIMIT WEEKLY (orange)
· Fat-free dairy
· White meat and poultry (fowl)
· Red meat
· Refined grains (white flour, white rice)
· All processed and refined foods
· Full fat dairy
· Refined oils
· Sweets (sugary foods)
· Alcohol, coffee, soft drinks (sodas).
Where the colour indicates the frequency that foods should be consumed, then moving from red to green leads to health and longevity:
red à orange à yellow à green = early death & disease à health & longevity.
A frequently asked question is: “How do I make the transition from my ‘bad’ diet to the recommended healthy diet?”
The answer is (simply): Progressively reduce the intake of all animal foods, ideally to zero. This will mean an increasing intake of vegetarian foods. The more of these that are raw, the better. Exclude all processed and refined foods and foods that have had chemicals (preservatives, flavours etc) added to them.
A healthy ‘diet’ is a way of life. Do not think of ‘going on a diet’ but rather of making a change in lifestyle to better eating for better health.
“We buy what we eat ….
so we are what we buy.”
*Copyright 2009: The Huntly Centre.
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