We have never had so much choice of food in our supermarkets and restaurant as we do today. Yet bad nutrition, obesity, food intolerance, allergies and diabetes are some of the biggest problem of modern life. But because there is a plethora of conflicting information about what’s healthy and what’s not, it is very difficult to decide what to eat. As a quick guide you should only eat Real Food which can be defined as follows:
Real food is fresh
Real food is natural
Real food is whole.
Real food is nourishing.
Real food is healthy.
Real food’s original integrity is intact.
Organic, unadulterated whole foods have formed the basis of the human diet through the ages. Only in the twentieth century did we begin to be subjected to countless man-made chemicals in food and in the environment. A good deal of energy is wasted in trying to disarm these alien and often toxic chemicals, some of which cannot be eliminated and so accumulate in body tissue. It is now impossible to avoid all these substances, as there is nowhere on the planet that is not contaminated in some way as a result of the by-products of our modern chemical age. Choosing organic foods whenever possible is the nearest we can get to eating a pure diet today. By supporting the movement back to these kind of foods we are helping to minimize the damage of chemical pollution, which poses a real threat to the future of humanity. You are now thirty times more likely to get cancer as you were 50 years ago – we cannot yet prove that this is due to chemical pollution but it is very likely.
Well Balanced Diet
A human being is made up of roughly 63 percent water, 22 percent protein, 13 percent fat, and 2 percent minerals and vitamins. Every single molecule comes from the food you eat and the water you drink. Eating the highest quality food in the right quantities helps you achieve your highest potential for health, vitality and freedom from disease.
Nutritionists agree that the ideal diet should be: 65% carbohydrate, 20% fat, 15% protein
This compares with our modern diet which contains: 28% carbohydrate, 40% fat, 20% sugar, 12% protein. In addition most of the 40% fat comes from meat and dairy, which is saturated (hard) fat which is very unhealthy. Unsaturated fat, which is healthy, is found in cold pressed olive oil, seed oil , nuts and fish. Certain polyunsaturated fats, called linoleic acid and alpha-linoleic acid or omega 6 and omega 3 oils, are essential for the brain and nervous system, immune system, cardiovascular system and skin.
Carbohydrate, the fuel for the body, comes in two forms, fast releasing, as in sugar, honey, malt, sweets, and most refined foods, and slow releasing, as in whole grains, vegetables, fresh fruit. Fast-releasing carbohydrates tend to give a sudden burst of energy followed by a slump, while slow-releasing carbohydrates provide more sustained energy and are therefore preferable.
Protein, the twenty-five amino acids, the compounds that make up protein, are the building blocks of the body. As well as being essential for growth and the repair of body tissue, they are used to make hormones, enzymes, antibodies, and neurotransmitters and help transport substances around the body. Protein can be found in vegetables such as beans, lentils, quinoa, tofu, seeds, peas or animal products such as egg, fish, meat or cheese. Animal products are very rich in protein which can lead to excessive protein intake which is also harmful.
Fiber, rural Africans eat about 55 gram of dietary fiber a day, compared with the UK average intake of 15 grams, and have the lowest incidence of bowel diseases such as appendicitis, diverticulitis, colitis, and bowel cancer. The ideal intake is not less than 35 grams a day.
Water, two-thirds of the body consists of water, which is therefore our most important nutrient. The body loses three pint of water a day through the skin, lungs and gut and via the kidneys as urine, ensuring that toxic substances are eliminated from the body. Ideal intake of water the day is about 8 glasses of water including hot drinks.
Vitamins, although needed in much smaller amount than fat, protein, or carbohydrate, they are no less important. They “turn on” enzymes, which in turn make all body processes happen. Vitamins are needed to balance hormones, produce energy, boost the immune system, make healthy skin, and protect the arteries; they are vital for the brain, nervous system, and just about every body process. Vitamin A, C, and E are antioxidants, they slow down the aging process and protect the body from cancer, heart disease, and pollution. B and C are vital for turning food into mental and physical energy.
Minerals, like vitamins, minerals are essential for just about every body process. Calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus help make up the bones and teeth. Nerve signals, vital for the brain and muscles, depend on calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. Oxygen is carried in the blood by an iron compound. Chromium helps control blood sugar level. Zinc is essential for all body repair, renewal and development. Selenium and zinc help boost the immune system. Brain function depends on adequate magnesium, manganese, zinc and other essential minerals. We need large daily amount of calcium and magnesium, which are found in vegetables such as kale, cabbage, and root vegetables. They are abundant in nuts and seeds, very high in sesame seeds.
Food intolerance and allergies
Being intolerant to certain food means that your body has not the necessary enzymes to break down and digest food. You react by feeling bloated, tired, constipated, headachy etc. Allergies are an immediate reaction to food, often nuts, strawberries, sea food, carrots, chocolate, alcohol; your tongue and throat swells, you get a rash etc. Allergies can result from a food intolerance.
These are the most common foods people react to:
Cow’s milk, the most common food intolerance. Cow’s milk is in most cheeses, cream, yogurt, and butter, and is hidden in all sorts of food, as the ingredient casein, which is milk protein. If you react to cow’s milk it does not necessarily mean you react to goat’s or sheep milk. The protein of the cow’s milk is very difficult to digest, especially homogenised and pasteurised non organic milk. Fresh organic milk can be no problem at all for some people. However, it is best to eliminate all dairy food for the fist three month, and then try goat’s or sheep milk or cheese.
Wheat and Gluten
Wheat or gluten, more people react to this grain than to any other. It contains gluten, a sticky protein also found in rye, barley, and oats. Gluten sensitivity now occurs in more and more people, especially blood type O. If you feel specially tired after eating wheat, you most probably have an intolerance, Rice, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, and corn are all gluten free.
Alcohol: As well as causing allergies in some people, alcohol irritates the digestive tract, making it more permeable to undigested food proteins, increasing the chances of an allergic reaction. This is why some people feel worse when they eat food they are allergic to and drink alcohol.
Yeast: This substance is included not only in bread as baker’s yeast, but also in beer and, to a lesser extent, wine. Some people think they are allergic to wheat because they feel worse after eating bread. If you’ve noticed that you feel sluggish, tired or blocked up after eating bread but feel fine after eating pasta- you may not be intolerant to wheat but be reacting to the yeast in the bread.
Many people would like to believe that as long as they take their vitamin supplements they can keep eating all the “bad” foods that they love. But you cannot rely on diet supplements, or exercise alone to deep you healthy. There is no substitute for a true balanced diet.
Diet Check Questionnaire
Do you add sugar to food or drink almost every day?
Do you eat foods with added sugars almost every day?
Do you use salt in your food?
Do you drink more than one cup of coffee most days?
Do you drink more than three cups of tea most days?
Do you smoke?
Do you take drugs such as cannabis?
Do you drink more than one glass of alcohol a day?
Do you eat fried food more than twice a week?
Do you eat processed fast food more than twice a week?
Do you eat red meat more than twice a week?
Do you often eat foods containing additives and preservatives?
Do you eat chocolate or sweets more than twice a week?
Does less than a third of your diet consist of raw fruit and vegetables?
Do you drink less than ½ liter of water each day?
Do you normally eat white rice, flour, or bread rather than whole-grain?
Do you drink more than 3 glasses of milk a week?
Do you eat more than three slices of bread a day?
Are there some foods you feel “addicted” to?
Do you eat oily fish less than once a week, or seeds less than once daily?
If you tick over nine of the above questions, you should really be more careful with your diet and consult a nutritionist.
Can you restore your body from real disease?
The answer is yes, but you should not do it on your own, you can control diabetes type 2 with diet and exercise, you can cure heart disease such as arteriosclerosis, allergies, colitis and irritable bowel. Our retreats will introduce you to a healthier lifestyle.
If you are eating fairly healthily and take vitamin supplements, but still feel tired and under nourished, you probably would benefit from a cleansing of your bowel. Most of us carry around old undigested food in our colonic system that sticks to the inside of the bowel and the body is contaminated by the residual toxins. In addition the efficiency of the bowel is affected, including its capacity to absorb the goodness from nutrients.
Enjoy Your Food
There are also psychological reasons for the body not making the best use of the nutrient it is given. The therapeutic treatments we offer here at Jaramuza can help overcome these problems but it cannot be emphasized too much, how important it is to enjoy life and eating, the positive energy we create in a loving atmosphere of a joined meal has more impact on our health than we can imagine. Food should not become a new addiction or religion, that would be completely counterproductive. If we cook for ourselves, our family or friends the most important ingredient is love and mindfulness. And when we eat, we should enjoy our food. So learn the basic rules for a healthy diet, and than enjoy.