Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Nourishing while feeding

There is a real difference between eating to stop being hungry and nourishing ! From the current story of the guy who ate the twinkies and lost weight , to tales coming from famine times with people eating seaweed and shoe leather to survive, it is very easy to rid oneself of hunger in the form of your stomach growling . Eating to the purpose of nourishing the body is a little more difficult in this modern world. Crazy when you think about it- we have so many marvels in our modern society, but we have completely distanced our self from real nutrition. We have done this in favor of convenience, perceptions of sanitation and the incorrect belief that obesity is the root of all disease. Truth is malnutrition, not a number on a scale or tape measure, is the root of disease. Just like one can be fat and fit, one can also be overweight and healthy. A "proper" body weight is no assurance of real health either. The reason so much attention is devoted to that scale number is that when it is high , odds are good that you have been eating a diet that fills your stomach, does not nourish your body and depletes you of nutrients and you are ill. Plain and simple. And yet the "fix" for this high number often involves foods that will deplete you even further in the long term. Wouldn't it be more intelligent to focus first and foremost on nourishing the body so that balance resumes and real health results ? I think so. The way to do this is to eat real food- often including things that we have been brainwashed into believing are "
evil". This is my focus now  for myself and my family, and the results have been pretty tasty, nourishing and have completely removed any desire for snacks between meals. When you are nourished, there are no cravings. So what did yesterday look like  ?

Breakfast ( photo borrowed from the net)
Flax meal cereal
1/4 c flax meal
2 T homemade almond butter
1 t cinnamon
1/2 c boiling water
apple, coffee with cream and sugar(both real foods)

leftover cabbage stir fry ( cabbage, kielbasa, onion, green pepper, butter)
Pumpkin mash ( baked pumpkin with butter and real maple syrup- again, real food)

pecan crusted chicken thighs
green beans with panchetta,onions and dried cranberries in a vinegar butter sauce
(cider vinegar , which aids in the digestive process)
soaked brown rice with butter ( real food and better for your body)

Soaking brown rice- why ?
Grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds can all add great value and variety to the diet, yet they contain anti nutrients – particularly phytates and enzyme inhibitors – which detract from their nutritive value. Soaking, sprouting or fermenting grains removes the phytates and allows the body to digest the grains more efficiently. It also makes them very tender- brown rice comes out the consistency of white rice, and can be more agreeable to the tastebuds of children and picky eaters. So how do you do it ?

Brown Rice
1 c brown rice
2 1/4 c water
1 TBS plain nonfat yogurt

Put in container and let soak for 7 hrs, and then cook . I simply placed it all in my rice cooker and when it came time to cook I flipped the switch and let it cook. It was very delicious ! I intend of preparing all grains with this method now- brown rice is the quickest of them all. Other grains and should be soaked for 24 hrs, so it makes planning ahead a bit of a necessity. But isn't real , legitimate food worth it ?

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