If you ask me hey Doc what’s the best food for good health? I will respond, those foods that are closest to natural as possible, grown in nutrient-rich soil:
Pluck a sun-ripened peach fresh from the tree and bite into it juice dripping down your arm and you have high-quality food to build your body.
Take that same peach and cut it, mash it, mix with butter, milk, sugar, flour, oil, and bake it…not so healthy anymore.
Legumes, grains, and some vegetables must be cooked to make them palatable. Still, cook them sparingly to maintain the highest nutritional value.
Eating animals that have eaten FVSNGL can provide nutrition valuable to the body. However, it is further removed from natural, therefore not as valuable as the natural form.
Here are some good examples of foods from each category. Food Categories
New Body Every Year?
The idea is to provide high-quality nutrients the body needs to create and maintain cell growth at optimum. For all intents and purposes, the majority of our bodies are new every year.
That’s right a new heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, muscles, etc. Think of it like this. If you go swimming in a river this week splash around and have lots of fun, and next week return to the same spot and jump in again, is it the same river?
The answer is no, it is a completely new river. So it is with your body, it is ever flowing with new life being generated moment by moment. It is continuously being built from what you choose to put in your mouth.
Make Good Choices
So, you choose. What are you going to chew, swallow and build your body with? For instance, lying on your kitchen counter is a store-bought, cellophane wrapped hunk of banana cake. Sitting next to it is a fresh, ripe banana. Which do you think will do your body good? Which will you choose? How often will you make the choices that will enhance the health of your body?
Your body needs roughly 90 nutrients for good health. These nutrients are in the FVSNGL we eat, provided they are grown in nutrient-rich soil.
No single food has everything our bodies need. Therefore, a wide variety of foods must be consumed.
Each plant absorbs different nutrients from the soil. This is why their look, smell, and taste diverge. Consume a wide variety of foods and the better chance you will have to obtain all the nutrients your body needs for good health.
10,000 Taste Buds
Allowing our tongues to dictate the foods we eat is calamitous. We have upwards of 10,000 taste buds that send messages to the brain about what we are eating.
5 different messages are sent including Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, and Savory (Umami). It would seem the human brain prefers the stimulation of Sweet and Salt over the others. Which is why we as a species are overeating these flavors and becoming obese.
Obesity is a problem all over the world in nearly every culture. We are allowing our tongues to dictate our food consumption to the detriment of our health.
Buck the System
Family values, cultural norms, and societal expectations often dictate we consume less than optimal food choices. It is not easy to buck the system. So do the best you can to break the mold, and go your own way choosing FVSNGL in their most natural form as often as you can. Your body will love you for it.
Take control of what you ingest. Use the power of mind and intelligence to create the body you desire. If you want health, you can have it. If you don’t, you won’t.
Typical Day of Healthy Eating
Let’s explore what an average day of healthy food choices might be. Again, there are endless possibilities of food combinations. If you happen to have a particular malady that requires more limited choices, please take that into account.
Breakfast fruit til noon
Lunch is your hearty meal with your proteins, veggies, legumes
Supper finishes your day with a light meal of chopped salad or fruit
Example of 1 day’s food choices may start out with a blended fruit drink in the morning.
Place in a blender:
- passion fruit,
- whey protein,
- yogurt or Curd
Fill with water, blend, and drink.
- brussel sprouts
- chicken breast
Use herbs to season for taste.
Chop into cubes
- slivered almonds
This is just one day’s example. I could go on and on with the varieties. Also, there are many websites with great recipes.
Food preparation must be taken into consideration. The most used products in your kitchen will be the cutting board and the chef knife.
So get a high-quality knife, and knife sharpener. Choose raw over cooked food as often as possible. When cooking use steam over boiling, grill, and baking over frying, Virgin olive or coconut oil over any other. Use as many fresh herbs as you can find or grow.
Be as simple or complex in your food preparation as your personality and time permit. Keeping in mind choosing and consuming Fruits – Vegetables – Seeds – Nuts – Grains – Legumes closest to their natural state as possible, grown in nutrient-rich soil are the Best Foods for Good Health.
Join us in our next article where we will organize the topic of food and lay out the Food Categories List.
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