Mchealthy’s CHANGING IDEAS ABOUT FOOD –
Cancel Cereal & Enjoy A DIFFERENT BREAKFAST
When it comes to food, change is not always easy – an understatement for some of us. Especially when we have stopped preparing our own dinners and lunches and opted for the so-called luxury of having them prepared for us daily. Here are some transitions we might make towards optimal health.
Changing from conventional breakfast foods, such as cereal, to steaming veggies and rice, and adding an egg to the mix in the morning is one way to begin the transition from heavy carbohydrates and acidic foods to a more alkaline breakfast and balanced gut and body.
Another way to satisfy your needs for good nutrition is to eat more raw foods and lightly steamed foods. Raw or lightly steamed vegetables are a wonderful, colorful, crunchy and wholesome way to nourish your system. The earth is 70% water, our bodies are about 70% water – many veggies carry about the same percentage in water and are great for your system.
Combined with brown rice or other whole gluten free grains, beans, raw and lightly steamed vegetables supply most of the important nutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes we need to digest and absorb our food. Cooked soups and stir-frys are great tasty ways to get the water and nutrients we need.
An important note: raw doesn’t necessarily mean cold. Warm food (room temperature) can be as satisfying as HOT food, especially for certain body and constitution types – and in Houston when the weather is really hot! For example, when you cook food do it as quickly as possible. This means, for those of us with time constraints who think we can’t have fresh “fast” food, that it IS possible to whip up healthy meals in a jiffy!
For a quick “steam fry”, (a stir-fry without the oil) consider using a small amount of liquid (broth, water, juice) instead of oil. When you make soup, only cook it until the veggies are just “done” – as in crunchy and firm. Basically, apply heat gently and moderately – do not exceed 118 degrees Fahrenheit. A simple way to test this is to stick your finger into whatever you’re warming. If you can hold your finger in the broth/soup/mix without yanking it out right away you’re in the right temperature range. (It’s like the “slow cook” method for Thanksgiving turkey.) Try to avoid the burning, crisping and charring that can convert healthy foods into toxic meals. Ok, so there go the marshmallows in the campfire, but I won’t tell if you have a couple.
Dehydrating food is another way to prepare it without cooking it. The concentration of nutrients will add more flavor and variety to your meals. In warm weather, raw and lightly cooked foods are easier and faster to prepare and satisfy our needs easily. Summer brings us more variety and greater selections of fresh produce. With the crisp fresh raw veggies and fruits available from our own gardens and the markets in town, our meals can be simple and scrumptious and supply us with all the flavors and nutrients we need. As the weather gets cooler, warm cooked food might take up a larger percentage of your meals. Meantime, let’s enjoy the fresh goodies – easy to prepare and serve meals – and energy available from more raw foods.
For more ideas and recipes for healthful “fast food”, call me.