A natural and organic food diet is a lifestyle that promotes good health and long life, one that is more likely to provide the nutrition your body needs. You can achieve optimum health by eating foods that are natural and organic and by eliminating the foods that introduce or create toxins in your body. Here are some tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle through nutrition.
If your digestion is defective avoid bread, potatoes, and other starches when eating meat. Eat green salads, fruits, and starchless vegetables like cooked string beans, cooked celery, cooked spinach, and squash prior to eating meat.
Meals prepared in the blender are especially recommended for those with delicate stomachs. Gradually add cooked starchless vegetables to your diet, then stewed fruit, and then lettuce, tomatoes, and raw foods.
If you smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol, tea, coffee, soft drinks, and cola drinks you are completely paralyzing your 260 taste buds. Beginning every meal with something raw will reeducate these taste buds to the delicate, natural flavor of raw foods, but not if you continue to use these harmful, addictive stimulants. The cleansing of the individual cell is imperative for those who wish to quit smoking. A fruit fast of oranges or grapes, for example, for two or three days duration usually renders the craving bearable because the will power will be able to function with greater success. Nicotine makes a direct attack on your blood stream and weakens your will.
If you travel, maintaining a health diet is a little difficult, but not impossible. You can take along a supply of dried fruits and raw nuts and seeds. Another idea is to take along a small bottle of salad dressing consisting of whole, undiluted apple cider vinegar and unsaturated oil such as soy, olive, or safflower. Better yet, try lemon on your salad when dining out.
Don’t eat leftovers. Every time you cook a food over again you lose many of its natural nutrients. Cooked starches such as potatoes, rice, and barley make a perfect culture for all kinds of deadly germs. As a result, people suffer from severe ptomaine or die from eating food that is actually in a state of decay. Simply because leftover food is refrigerated doesn’t save it from contamination.
Always try to buy fruits and vegetables that are organically grown. If this isn’t possible, take the time to thoroughly wash the injurious insecticides from the commercially grown fruits and vegetables using a mild soap.
When shopping for food read the labels. Avoid foods with labels that read enriched flour, unbleached white flour, wheat flour, sugar, salt, additives, or preservatives.
Additives are the more than 3,000 chemicals that are deliberately added to foods to change color, flavor, taste, preserve, emulsify, stabilize, and bleach, many that have never really been checked for their possibilities of causing birth defects, cancer, or other toxicities. As long as many of these additives remain untested, people who eat them are simply engaging in a game of Russian roulette. If you don’t know what a certain ingredient is don’t buy the product. It’s that simple! You can be sure it will not benefit your health.
Here are a few examples of foods that contain an abundance of some of the more common preservatives:
Pizza: calcium propionate, sodium propionate, and sodium benzoate
Cheese: artificial color, disodium phosphate, and citric acid
Mayonnaise and Salad Dressing: propylene glycol alginate and sodium benzoate
Salad Dressing Mixes: sodium phosphate, acetyl inrirate, mono- and diglycerides and artificial flavor
Sour Cream: tetrasodium pyrophosphate, adipic acid, calcium acetate, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), propyl gallate, and citric acid dissolved in propylene glycol
Cereals: Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), artificial color, sodium benzoate, and many more
Snacks such as potato chips, corn chips, and pretzels: antioxidant, butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), propyl gallate, and citric acid in propylene glycol.
There are wholesome foods available today that are unspoiled without preservatives, colorful without dyes, delightfully textured without sequestrants or other stabilizers, and are the living proof that foods need not be doctored with chemicals to be acceptable to modern consumers. Intelligent people, careful people, people who value the health and happiness of their families, prefer undoctored foods.