“He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.”  Henry D Thoreau

 

Food is a wonderful thing… Once you have corrected your relationship to it.  We know by now that food heals and that the body has the ability to heal itself.

Eat local and organic and grass-fed where possible.  Always practice awareness when it comes to your purchases and it will become a good practice, for body, mind and soul to start planting some of your own veggies and grow your own herbs.  Also pop into your local farmers market.  The quality and taste of organically grown veggies and fruit tastes a whole lot better – you can taste the love in them J

You might think that buying organic is more expensive, but ask yourself what is the real cost of fast foods which seems at the outset to be cheaper than organic and grass-fed food.  I am sure you will not be surprised to find out that the annual cost of obesity alone is twice as much as the fast food industries total revenue!  I will repeat for in case you did not get that….  The annual cost of obesity alone is twice as much as the fast food industries total revenue!  How is lifestyle diseases based on your food choices impacting on your medical bills?

Fruit and Veggies that contains the highest amount of pesticides and that you should definitely look at buying organic or grow yourself are:

Strawberries Apples Nectarines Peaches Celery
Grapes Cherries Spinach Tomatoes Peppers
Cherry Tomatoes Cucumbers Sugarsnap Peas Blueberries Potatoes
Lettuce Kale Spring Greens Plums  

 

You will notice on the list above that some of the food is not what is recommended by us.  Fruit, other than berries, watermelon and kiwi you should go sparingly on, as they are high in sugar.  Potatoes, more specific baby potatoes, boiled and cold are great to eat as they act as a resistant starch – but 1 a day only.

 

“The most nourishing food is that which is consciously grown, lovingly selected and mindfully eaten”

 

RESISTANT STARCH

What is resistant starch and why is it good for us?

Certain starches, like potato for instance, can be greatly beneficial for our gut bacteria as they contain unique properties which improves our metabolism and blood sugar as well as optimizing your gut health to improve weight loss.

“Resistant starch is a kind of starch that is not digested in the small intestine, hence its name. Instead, your gut bacteria processes it, creating beneficial molecules that promote balanced blood sugar and healthy gut flora. In other words, when you eat resistant starch, it “resists” digestion and does not spike blood sugar or insulin.

Resistant starch is made by cooking and then cooling starches like potatoes or rice and not reheating them, transforming regular starch into resistant starch.

Interestingly, resistant starch is really a prebiotic. Prebiotics come in many forms, including insulin from chicory or Jerusalem artichokes, soluble fiber from psyllium, or high-amylose plants such as potatoes, green bananas, and plantains.

Consider resistant starch to be compost or “super-fertilizer” for your healthy gut bacteria or gut microbiome, which profoundly connects to almost every part of your health. In fact, researchers link gut flora imbalances with obesity, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disease, inflammatory bowel diseases, cancer, depression, anxiety and autism.

An effective way to get your gut back into balance is tending to your inner garden by giving your gut bugs prebiotics, which they love to munch on. As resistant starch enters your gut, hundreds of species of bugs digest or ferment the starch. From that process, those good bugs create many beneficial compounds.

Doing this also increases beneficial bugs that crowd out the bad ones. Those good guys produce what we call short-chain fatty acids, which provide your colon cells fuel.

Butyrate is one such fatty acid, which can prevent cancer, speed up your metabolism and reduce inflammation. Doing this heals your gut while preventing leaky gut that drives food allergies, inflammation and weight gain.

As your gut heals, you can then optimally digest your food and absorb nutrients in that food. When your good bugs flourish, they can then replicate, producing vitamins, regulating your hormones, excreting toxins and creating healing compounds that keep your gut healthy and functioning properly.

Bad bugs and yeast overgrowth, on the other hand, overload your system with toxins called lipopolysaccharides (LPS) that subsequently trigger inflammation, insulin resistance, pre-diabetes and ultimately weight gain. As your gut heals, good bugs increase and crowd out the bad ones, decreasing inflammation in the process.

Resistant starch can also improve insulin sensitivity and reduce your blood sugar after meals. It becomes a powerful tool to reverse diabetes. In one study, 15 to 30 grams (about two to four tablespoons) of potato starch improved insulin sensitivity and fat loss in obese men.

Research also shows resistant starch provides cardiovascular benefits. Researchers found adding resistant starch to your diet optimizes triglyceride and cholesterol levels while decreasing fat mass.

Simply put, when you incorporate prebiotic-rich foods like resistant starch into your diet, you change your gut bacteria to promote overall health and weight loss. I’ve even found resistant starch helps me sleep better at night.

Resistant starch can change the bugs in your gut and cause gas, known as the die-off affect.  Once good bugs enter, they duke it out with the bad bugs. As a result, you may experience gas and bloating. Once your system adjusts, this will occur less often.” …. Dr Hyman

Which food are high in Resistant Starch?

  1. Cooked and cooled Baby Potatoes/Yams
  2. Cooked and cooled Brown Rice
  3. Potato Starch
  4. Green Bananas

 

AYURVEDA – THE SCIENCE OF LIFE

It is becoming apparent that there is a huge global shift from laymen to medical professionals to holistic healing practices that has been around for thousands of years.  Yes, pharma and modern day medical practices has a huge role to play in many instances.  However, through scientific and medical studies done, it is very apparent that prevention is better than cure and that by nourishing the body first and foremost with healing food is optimal.

“Ayurveda places great emphasis on prevention and encourages the maintenance of health through close attention to balance in one’s life, right thinking, diet, lifestyle and the use of herbs. Knowledge of Ayurveda enables one to understand how to create this balance of body, mind and consciousness according to one’s own individual constitution and how to make lifestyle changes to bring about and maintain this balance.”  Copyright © 2006, Vasant Lad, MASc, and The Ayurvedic Institute. All Rights Reserved.

It would make sense then, than in our shift to living a life of fullness and vitality, that we are more mindful of the power that lies in the food we feed ourselves, what and when we eat, the manner in which we sit down to a nourishing meal and the awareness of how the nutrients will be assisting our vessel, aka the body, in performing optimally!

“Trying to relieve or prevent a health condition, but you don’t want to turn to conventional medications? Using herbs and spices for healing — including developing your own seasoning blends — can help to treat a number of health conditions. These 101 herbs and spices boast an array of health benefits that are right at your fingertips” – Dr Axe

Click on the following link to download your list of the 101 herbs and spices that Dr Axe has put together and summarized.

www.zenfit.co.za/resources/#docs 

 

SUPPLEMENTS

First and foremost, you should get all the vitamins and minerals you need from your food.  However, as we are living in a modern age where our seas are polluted and most of our vegetation stripped from nutrients, we do require some supplementation.  The best is to have your bloods check to established exactly what you require to supplement on.  Second best, we have compiled a list of supplements that we recommend.

www.zenfit.co.za/resources/#docs

 

 

“The more you eat, the less flavor…. The less you eat, the more flavor” …  Chinese Proverb