Eating and consuming the healthiest foods possible should be the primary goal of good nutrition and wellness. If you eat meat, poultry or fish choose meats and chickens that are grass-fed, free-range with no antibiotics, and harmful toxins. Choose organic as often and readily as possible.
When choosing vegetables and fruits choose 100% organic varieties from reputable stores and sources.
Nutrition is the most widely misunderstood science on the planet. There are many types of food pyramids that cause hours of conjecture and debate. The Standard American Diet coined SAD would never be consumed by a raw foodist or vegans. Some healers boast that the human body is not meant to consume animals or animal byproducts while other schools of thought claim the practice of flesh consumption is an age-old, first human practice and natural state of our existence. In fact, there are debates that blood type dictate whether one should become naturally vegetarian, vegan, or consume meat, poultry, and fish. Some people live long, healthy lives on a meat based diet while others are radiant, healthy and glowing eating only fruits and vegetables. Why is this the case? Is it genetics, geography, and lifestyle choices that dictate food choices? Big business, or pharmaceutical industries that dictate rules for health and healing? Or are we looking at Nutrition from the wrong lens?
Standard American diet shortens life span, depletes nutritional absorption, and conversion into fuel (energy), causes fatigue, impairs the immune system, causes obesity.
For the last 20 years, I’ve been conscious of my food choices. I read labels, I research the net and purchase books on nutrition, health and healing. I take classes and workshops and surround myself with people who share my passion for natural living.
Today, certified organic foods are not a luxury for hippies and hipsters, but a way of survival and longevity. Recent studies prove that food affects health and wellness. Toxic food (junk food, sodas, excessive caffeine, processed foods, foods treated with harmful antibiotics) cause obesity, high blood pressure, cancer and a host of other diseases and disorders. Unfortunately foods labeled “certified organic” or “100% organic” doesn’t always ensure the quality of food or food safety because there are so many loopholes companies can use to manufacture food and there are no official tests for so called “organic” ingredients leaving room for GMO contamination.
Did you know?
100% Organic foods must contain organic ingredients and products – 100% non -GMO free!
“Certified Organic”(USDA Organic) foods are usually 95-100% organic and Non-GMO free! 5% of the foods are USDA approved.
“Made with Organic” foods have a 70% organic food ratio and do not carry an approved “USDA organic” label.
Many foods are marketed in America as “natural” or “natural flavors” are NOT natural or nutritive, but produced from lab chemicals, flavors, preservatives, additives that are toxic chemicals. Some food manufacturers label foods for the purpose of marketing and profits. Unless a food is labeled ‘certified organic’ there are some serious risks to your health. Foods labeled 100% Organic and “certified organic” are far superior than foods labeled “Non-GMO” because of the many health risks “Non-GMO” foods carry including;
Detoxing herbs, juices, laxatives, and healthy water consumption should be added and consumed during these transition phases.
Transition diets can be used to phase out of an old diet or nutrition program. Stages or phases are dependent upon the person’s goals and ability to let go of old food habits and choices. Foods to transition from include: white sugar, white flour, alcohol, additives, candy, sodas, coffee, artificial sweeteners, processed foods, fast foods, junk foods, potato and corn chips. Replacing with: natural sugars, organic flour, organic grains, veggies, fruits, organic snacks including nuts, seeds, berries, kale chips, trail mixes, organic eggs, organic dairy, non GMO meats, poultry, fish.
Transition from poultry and meats. Increase fresh fruits and veggies. Include raw juicing. Eliminate bread.
Transitions from eggs and dairy. Eliminate cheese. Continue to add fresh, organic local varieties of fruits and vegetables.
What is Vegan?
Vegan is a form of vegetarianism that is restrictive of meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy (milk, butter, cheese, yogurt), honey, animal products, leather, wool, silk, animal oils, animal vitamin supplements. Vegans eat only plant-based, whole foods, including grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds.
Vegan protein includes lentils, *soy milk, tempeh, seitan, tofu, brown rice, wild rice, avocado, almonds, spinach (sauteed), broccoli, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), kale, quinoa, peas, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, red potato (baked), black beans, flax seeds.
B12 sources include Seaweed, tempeh, miso apart from eggs and dairy.
Calcium + Vit D sources include leafy greens (collards, kale, okra, cabbage, broccoli) , nuts and seeds, lentils, legumes, and dried fruits (apricots, figs, dates), *soy, hemp milk, tahini, amaranth, sesame seeds, blackberries, black currants. Sunlight!
Iron sources include pumpkin seeds (pepitas), quinoa, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), spinach (steamed or sauteed lightly), *soy, *beans, blackstrap molasses, lentils, prune juice, dried fruit, nuts and seeds, organic raw cocoa chocolate (include foods high in Vitamin C to better absorb iron), arugula, tahini, brown rice, sun dried tomatoes, peas, strawberries.