by Cathal Spelman, RealHealthyLifestyle.com
I am often asked for a good list of what to get to stock a kitchen for a Healthy Lifestyle.
So here it is!
This special report is more important than you may think.
The reason is that
the battle for a healthier lifestyle is won or lost when you stock your kitchen.
Because you or I will eat what we have in the kitchen.
And we will usually eat the most unhealthy items first!
This is really, really important.
If there are chocolate biscuits there looking at you, they WILL get eaten!Now, a special note in case you are sharing your kitchen with others who don’t care to eat more healthy. In other words, they are going to have their chocolate biscuits, milk, meat, bread, or whatever.
In that situation, you must create your own space. That means your own shelves for dry foods, and your own space in the fridge.
Now for your shopping list.
First of all, lets see what to get rid of to make space in a healthy kitchen:
|1.||Meat. Not necessary for a healthy diet. Far too much protein in an indigestible form. Likely to contain toxins from food the animal ate. Plus it is full of fear and anger. Replace with any vegetable foods. Vegetable foods all contains plenty of amino acids to create healthy Human protein!|
|2.||Dairy. Not necessary for a healthy diet. Contributes to acid condition in the body. Meant for calves, not for people. The calcium in it doesn’t get absorbed. Replace with green leafy foods for calcium. Sauces in my book contain plenty of creamy textures.|
|3.||Grain foods. Not necessary for a healthy diet. Contributes to acid condition in the body. We are actually not adapted to eat the seeds of grasses. Few animals are. Processed grains are further stripped of nutrients. Worst of all are puffed grains, including puffed wheat and puffed rice cereals, and the rice cakes sold in health stores. Replace with Quinoa as a “rice” dish. (See below for Quinoa).|
|4.||Tinned Foods. Tortured by heat. Salted and Sugared to the sky. Then put into a tin can lined with plastic to leach into the food over its almost eternal shelf life. Bin all tins. Replace with ….fresh food!|
|5.||Jars of relish, chutneys and jams. “Uncle Tobys”, and “Auntie Mae’s”, and all those homey sounding titles give us images of our doting granny making treats for us. Actually it is just fruits boiled to death with a lot of sugar. Dead Lifeless tack. Bin it. Replace with Delicious fresh dressings and dips from my book.|
|6.||Biscuits. The ones you forgot to throw out at 3. Yes, they are grain foods too!|
The most important foods to have, by far, are fresh fruits and vegetables.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, when eaten raw, as the majority of your daily food intake, will produce a revolutionary improvement in the functioning of your body.
That is because your body will finally be getting the ingredients that it needs for optimum health.
|1.||Fruit. Lots of fruit. There is a big controversy over fruit, as some people are saying that fruit feeds cancer and diabetes and candida, and all kinds of problems. I don’t agree. Actually, a “low fruit” diet is a “high fat” diet, it cannot be otherwise. And excessive fat blocks the absorbtion of natural fruit sugars, leaving them free in the bloodstream to aggravate cancer, diabetes, and candida. The culprit is FAT, not fruit. Eat lots of fruit. Have bananas, apples, oranges. (All available organic at very reasonable prices). Only small amounts of soft fruit unless organic, as soft fruits are most sprayed. Almost all fruits need to be ripened at home. The natural enzymes in the fruit convert starches to delicious sweet sugars. You will get very good at this, very quickly.|
|2.||Vegetables. Green leafy vegetables predominantly. Full of natural vitamins and minerals and chlorophyll for healthy blood cells. Local organic growers are good at green leafy veges and you should find a supplier easily. Get lots of soft greens like lettuce to eat raw. Plus get aromatic greens like rocket to add to salad. Dark green leafy veges can be added to your juices. Coloured vegetables like carrot, red and yellow peppers, plus courgette will add to the variety. All can be chopped / shredded for salad.|
|3.||Avocado. Deserves a category of its own. A delicious fruit that is so versatile. Commonly used in Salad, and dressings. But also delicious in smoothies and desserts to make them extra thick and creamy. Yummy. High in good fats. But don’t overdo it. One per day. Or two if you feel naughty. It’s not a train smash if you do! All fruits need to be ripened at home.|
|4.||Seeds for sprouting and growing into baby greens. You should have my sprouting kit and wheatgrass/babygreens kit. You can grow your own little garden of eden on your windowsill.|
|5.||Seeds and nuts to eat. Like Sunflower, and Pumkin seeds. Brazil nuts and almonds. Flax, or Linseed, deserves a special mention as it is particularly rich in Omega 3 oils. But all the nuts and sees are a good source of quality fats. All should be soaked overnight, and eaten within 2 days. Refrigerate once soaked. Eat in small quantities. Small seeds are best blended up into a dressing or similar to ensure they are digested.|
|6.||Dried Fruit. To add to sweeten smoothies and healthy desserts. All dried fruit should be soaked overnight or at least for a few hours before using. Best to add to a water rich food like smoothies. Do not eat dried fruit unsoaked as a general rule. It is too concentrated, and coats the teeth causing decay. Good varieties are Dates and Figs and Hunza Apricots. Get organic where possible. Never buy dried fruit that retains a bright colour as it has been poisoned by preservative. Never buy pre-soaked dried fruit for the same reason.|
|7.||Herbs and Spices. I use a little cayenne for heat in some recipes. I love to use Basil, Oregano, Thyme. You can grow the basil fresh too, indoors, all year round (or outdoors if you are blessed to live in a warm frost-free climate). You can also grow aromatic greens indoors, like rocket and fennel. Fresh root ginger and fennel root should always be in your fridge too. They are great in juices and shredded on salad. Add some mustard powder also. Cumin and Garam Masala are nice Indian Spices to add to dressings.|
|8.||Honey. Buy set honey as it has been less heated than runny honey. Replace with dates if you wish.|
|9.||Salt. I use Celtic sea salt, as it is less refined. Miso is worth getting too, as it is like a stock for soups and used a lot in my recipes. With all salty additives, less is best.|
|10.||Oils: Keep your use of refined oils to a minimum. Get your quality fats directly from the nuts and seeds by soaking them and eating them, the natural way. See 4 above. For some recipes you can have some Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Quality Flax oil is a good idea. The “Udo’s oil” blend is good to take also.|
|11.||Tahini. Crushed Sesame seeds. Delicious in dressings. Far superior to Peanut butter.|
|12.||Quinoa. A great alternative to rice and other grains. A seed used by the Inca and Maya people of South America. Cooks in just 10 minutes. 1C Quinoa to 2C water. Boil, and simmer 10 mins. Delicious and high in protein rather than starch.|
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