Chances are when you start to think of food in terms of nourishment, you will develop a healthier relationship with food.
Food supplies macro- and micro nutrients. The macro nutrients include carbohydrates, protein, fat. These supply calories which the body utilizes for energy. There are other processes that need building blocks: repairs and renewal. Our bodies are constantly being damaged during our daily living processes. Inflammation from exposures to germs, environmental toxins, and simple wear and tear. To fix the damage our bodies use micronutrients that are found in our food. These include antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and scores of other powerful substances with obscure sounding names.
Natural and whole unprocessed foods are powerhouses of macro and micro-nutrients. Foods that the media have dubbed “superfoods” are especially rich in micro-nutrients compared to the macro-nutrient content. These foods are all plant based and universally unprocessed.
Start thinking of food in terms of nourishment: nourish with both macro and micro nutrients. For example a cup of spinach has more vitamin A, iron, protein than a slice of white bread. The bread is almost 100% carbohydrate. So a slice of white bread gives you quick calories but minimal micronutrients.
When your diet is devoid of micronutrients, illness results. Cancers, heart disease, inflammatory diseases are a result of broken down processes in the body. Give your body what it needs to fix itself so that it can go strong and last long. Eat to live.
I have 5 rules about food. These rules govern my approach to food at every single eating opportunity. I have found that these rules are easy to follow and with proper planning hard to break. They are not restrictive in that there are no “DO NOTS”. These “DOs” serve as my eating principles. If you follow these principles you will lose weight, you will have more energy, you will most likely become healthy enough not to need anti hypertensive medications, your blood glucose levels will drop to the normal range and stay there, you will become healthier.
Guidelines for Daily Nourishment
Drink at least 1 green smoothie each day
Eat at least 1 large raw green leafy salad each day
Drink at least 2 liters of pure, unsweetened, non-carbonated water each day
Eat whole, unprocessed or minimally processed carbohydrates with every meal (e.g. 100% whole grain bread, sweet potato, wild or brown rice), but limit serving size based on your expected activity level 4 hours after eating. Avoid/limit consumption of processed simple carbohydrates such as cakes, pies, ice cream. Eat fresh fruit for quick energy, and to satisfy sugar cravings.
Eat balanced, complete protein with every meal.
These guidelines are a necessary foundation that you need to build a healthy relationship with food. Practice these until they become your new eating habits.