Preparing food has been part of our DNA for many thousands of years, a creative activity that brings us in contact with nature, the seasons, and above all with ourselves. Only in the last decades did we start choosing fabric and comfort foods above self-prepared meals.
We’ve trusted the food companies that are trying hard to make us buy their products. Products that are causing illness, including the ones that are “labeled” as healthy. The contradictions in these messages can be very confusing at times. The good news is that this knowledge gives us the perfect opportunity to do our research and take matters into our own hands by finding out what works for us.
Everything we put in our mouths needs to be digested by the body. A process that transforms food either into health or illness. Digestive health is when our food is digesting well, without experiencing a lack of energy after eating a meal, and without digestive uneasiness like bloating or gas.
Digestive problems may occur due to:
- Eating foods that are not tolerated by the body.
- Intolerance resulted from eating certain food combinations.
- Stressful eating habits. Unaware of what you consume and how you eat, while driving, working, or when in front of the TV.
- Not chewing well or not paying attention to the taste and benefits of what you are eating.
- Consumption of too much alcohol and coffee.
- As a result, our stomach does not produce enough acid to process the food well.
- Antibiotics, present in non-organic meat, dairy, and eggs.
- Lack of fiber in our food.
- Eating too often, instead of allowing the body to digest the food entirely.
- The intake of too much sugar and sweets. We should also eliminate the use of natural sweeteners such as honey, agave, maple syrup, and stevia.
VEGETARIAN and VEGAN
Proven to be the ultimate health food choices are vegetarian, vegan, Mediterranean style, and plant-based diets. Studies have confirmed that people live longer, have better moods, and experience less depression, anxiety, and stress. A plant-based diet changes our microbiomes within three months, activating the genes that prevent and protect us against illness and chronic disease.
Daily intake of these foods result in a healthy and balanced diet:
- Salad with raw and fresh vegetables.
- Soup, freshly made.
- Beans or lentils.
- Berries and other fruits.
- Seeds, such as chia, flax, sesame, cumin, poppy, hemp, pomegranate, sunflowers, pumpkin and pine nuts.
- Mushrooms, especially a mixed extract. Not to be eaten raw.
- Onions, all different kinds, including leaks and garlic.
EATING THE RAINBOW
Every 35 days the skin replaces itself, and the liver takes about a month. The body produces new cells from the food we eat. What you eat literally becomes you. Eating the colours of the rainbow, fresh and nutritious, keeps our body vitalized and balanced. Combining the different colours and types amplifies it.
White: Strengthens the immune system.
Purple: Protects the nervous system.
Blue: Destroys free radicals.
Orange: Prevents inflammation.
Yellow: Vitamin C; detoxifying; fortifies the skin’s elasticity.
Red: Antioxidants; that improve heart and blood health.
Green: Eliminates carcinogens; builds healthy cells; detoxing.
DETOXING and Human Growth Hormone
Your liver represents the body’s primary filtration system, converting toxins into waste products, cleansing your blood, and metabolizing nutrients and medications to provide the body with some of its most important proteins. As such a fundamental part of the body’s overall regulation, it’s paramount to keep your liver healthy and limit overindulgence.
This detoxing process happens while we sleep. Hence, a good night’s sleep is vital. The body will not be able to perform its detoxing process well when eating late or within 3 hours before going to bed. It is busy digesting food instead.
This detoxing process also increases the Human Growth Hormone (HGH). A peptide hormone, responsible for the stimulation of cell growth, cell reproduction, and cell regeneration. It boosts protein production and helps fat utilisation; it controls the insulin level in the body and keeps the blood sugar level stable. For children and adolescents, it is also responsible for the growth of bone and cartilage.
Although milk is the perfect food for baby calves to grow fast and fat, it is not beneficial to the human body. Increased consumption of dairy products has resulted in an increasing risk of bone ailments, auto-immune disease, obesity, and diabetes. The way our dairy is processed and the way animals are raised is a reason why many people are allergic to milk. There is also a strong indication that high consumption of dairy foods relates to prostate, ovarian, and breast cancer.
Calcium, from dairy foods, does not support our bones as they make us believe because the body is not able to absorb it well. In addition, dairy acidifies the body and increases the risk of bone fractures. An in-depth research showed that the countries with the highest consumption of dairy products have the highest rate of osteoporosis. Likewise, children with a high intake of dairy do not indicate to have more calcium or stronger bones.
However, we do need calcium, especially for children, women, and elderly people. We can get the needed calcium from eating fresh green vegetables, nuts, and beans. In order to absorb calcium our body needs sufficient vitamin D. We keep our bones strong and healthy through exercise by de-acidifying our body with healthy eating habits and by leaving out high-acid products like sugar, meat, sodas, and other manufactured food.
Flour from non-organic wheat should be avoided, just as sugar, as it has proven to weaken our entire energy system. Hence, increasing numbers of people suffer from gluten intolerance, which is mainly caused by GMO-manufactured wheat. Instead eat 100% organic and gluten-free grains, like buckwheat, wild rice, rye, oat, quinoa, or sourdough.
Like dairy, the human body is not designed to digest large amounts of meat. Meat should be eaten as an occasional treat, just as our ancestors did. The increased consumption of meat in Asian countries is resulting in an increased rate of Western health issues like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Animal protein promotes cell growth of cancer and other chronic diseases. It fluids the body with high amounts of glucose resulting in an increased need for insulin to process it. The body requires more hours to digest it; hence, the food starts to putrefy in the body.
Our bodies are harmed by eating meat that comes from farms with poorly treated animals. They contain large amounts of antibiotics to keep them alive (not healthy). Low-cost manufactured meats have a high price tag attached to them, paid for by the health and well-being of ourselves and that of billions of animals. Equally important is the harm we put on our planet by destroying many acres of forests to grow the food to feed these animals, including the need for large amounts of water to irrigate the land. Last but not least, more animals mean more CO2 production due to animal feces, more fuels for the transportation of food, the slaughterhouses, and the stores. Fewer forests mean less CO2 can be transformed into oxygen. The primary cause of climate change.
If you don’t recognize an ingredient, most certainly your body won’t either. Toxins like mercury can’t be processed nor drained by our organic structure and thus accumulate in the body. Mercury is highly present in most fish (related to the quality of water) and meat (related to vaccines).
Our regular food has become very toxic due to its process with added chemicals. Glyphosate is one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world for GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods and is damaging to our overall health. Glyphosate destroys not only the weeds and crops but also our gut bacteria. Not labeling the toxins in our food properly is a concerning because the human body exists tenfold more out of bacteria than cells. We need bacteria to survive.
Consumption of toxic food and sugar takes away our taste in natural sweets like berries and other sweet fruits. Changing our diets with less sugar increases our sense of taste for natural foods. By changing our food intake, we can reclaim our sense of taste.
The use of conventional drugs does not support our overall health and well-being. For example, medicine taken for high blood pressure doubles the risk of breast cancer. Taking different kinds of drugs or medications for ten years or longer increases our health risk once again. The symptoms are muscle pain, which decreases the need to exercise, which increases obesity, diabetes, and overall weakness with non-detectable symptoms of the muscles. Our heart is our largest muscle!
Only since 2005 have medical doctors researched the effects of medicines on our health related to the food we consume. Please note, this research is not financed by Pharmaceutical drug companies, who clearly have different interests.
Vegetable oils are not as healthy as the food industry likes us to believe. Most vegetable oils are a combination of different oils, chemically adapted and abstracted from fibers. This also applies to some of the virgin kinds. They can be harmful when consumed in large amounts. To be sure you use good quality oil, use Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil, and always from an Organic origin! For more information www.truthinoliveoil.com
Soybean oil and other soy products should be avoided entirely, for they contain large amounts of GMO chemicals that cause cancer and other chronic and undefinable illnesses. It is difficult to find pure soy and should be consumed in modest portions. Remarkably enough all soy foods are considered healthy, and the food industry ignores the fact that we are becoming sick from it. No one knows yet what the consequences will be for the future. Food is information and regulates our hormones, genes, immune system, and many cellular messages.
SODA and SUGAR
Sugar and Soda are the two most protected foods by the US government and are number one related to causing disease. Some people gain weight while others grow extra organ fat, which is more harmful because it is invisible.
Most people are not aware that Soda has a detrimental effect on our health. Yet, the attraction to consume it appeals to most people worldwide because of its addictive effect. It is available in most remote places worldwide and is cheaper than water. People drink it because it’s marketed as something that creates happiness and friends. The’ light’ versions are even more alarming, containing chemical supplements to improve the taste. Most large companies, restaurants, and movie theatres oppose taking away soda because they are cheap in the process and therefore profitable.
Taking supplements can be helpful if we suffer from a deficit. However, we need to be careful with the intake of vitamin supplements, because they seldom fix the ’cause’ of the health issue. Be aware that the body may experience difficulties with the transfer of synthetic vitamins and may work reversed. Eating the real thing is the best we can do, except for vitamin D, which is hard to withdraw from food. In some cases, vegans need extra vitamin B12, which can also be obtained from eating kelp.
Children are generally sensitive to the use of vitamins, as they are for medicine. It is advisable to test your individual needs, because of our individual differences. Supplements are best if taken as a cure and never standard! Instead of focusing on one issue, we need to concentrate on the entire functioning of the body, which needs multiple ‘living’ nutrients to heal.
The science of healthy eating is the art of letting nutrition work for you. Connecting your mind with your energy body and ‘feel’ what is right for you. We always have a choice and the freedom to engage with food that leads to more energy, a stronger immune system, better sleep, and feeling good on all levels. Your body is a finely tuned vehicle. Give it the right fuel, and it will take you to beautiful places.
Sources and more detailed information:
The Food Revolution Network