“Let the food be the medicine and the medicine be the food.”
We eat food to stay alive, energized and to get all the vitamins, enzymes and other nutrients necessary for proper functioning of our organism. But seriously, do we?!?
There are tons of books, articles and studies written on the topic, yet many people still don’t considerate the importance of food. We don’t live to eat, but we eat to live. But there is a big difference on what food we eat and how we benefit from it.
I am not going to break any news over here when I say it is important to eat healthy. But for many this is still very confusing. Food business is just a business like any other and its main objection is profit. Companies will try to sell you on anything that looks and tastes good with catchy phrases that sound healthy – all the processed foods, store bought sauces and dressings, candies, ice creams, prepared meals, packaged food, cookies, you name it. They pay lots of money for advertising, endorsing and space in shelves to make sure you can see it over and over and finally buy it. And one can really get lost in this all.
And if this wasn’t enough to handle then we have all sorts of diets like vegan, plant based, raw vegan, paleo, keto, and other hot and trendy diets that are the next best thing to “eat healthy”, “loose weight”, “stop aging”, “happy life”, etc.
Whole food plant based diet is the only diet that is proven to reverse chronic diseases like diabetes, increase energy levels, boost mood, improve overall quality of life, lower cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar, prevent or reverse obesity, boost immune system, reduce inflammations, lower risk of cancer, slower progress of some types of cancers, maintain a healthy weight and much more.
So what exactly does it mean whole food plant based diet? What should I eat and what should I avoid?
Plant based or vegan diet exclude all meat, fish, seafood, dairy and eggs and any animal derivation products.
Whole food means food as you can find it in the Mother Nature with a little to no processing, without additives and artificial substances. The rule of thumb, if it comes in a packaging most likely it is processed. Most whole foods are found in the produce section which is pretty much “all you can eat buffet”. Make sure you include as many colors as possible, try all kind of different fruits and vegetables. The best option is to eat them raw but you can also have them steamed, boiled, roasted or sautéed. Add some whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, millet, bulgur, oats, whole wheat bread or pasta; legumes like lentils, beans, chickpeas, as well as healthy fats like avocado, extra virgin olive oil, nuts and seeds. You should add some mushroom also. These foods should account for 80% of your diet.
However, following a vegan or whole food plant based diet doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good vegan dessert. Have one of our raw desserts, that are delicious, gluten free with no added sugars. They are made of natural organic ingredients that maintain all of their nutritional values so you can indulge while adding all necessary nutrients to your body.
Team Culiraw 🙂