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1. Boosts Immune System
Fermented foods are a safe and natural source when it comes to maintaining your immune system. Foods options like kefir, tempeh, and miso provide plenty of nutrients including antioxidants that function to strengthen your immunity. The process will ultimately result in protection against bacteria that contribute to debilitating health conditions.
2. Maintains Healthy Intestine
Consuming fermented foods is indeed an excellent source to obtain probiotics that facilitate the health of your overall body. The probiotics function to form a protective lining in your intestines protecting it from the factors such as E. coli and salmonella. The healthy guts also play an essential role in promoting proper digestion.
3. Strengthens Bones
Most of these fermented foods are enriched with calcium. For instance, kefir is one of them; it can improve the condition of your bones. Moreover, incorporating fermented buttermilk, raw cheese, and probiotic yogurt will not only promote bone density but will prevent the onset of osteoporosis as well.
4. Ideal for Weight Loss
Nutritionists have suggested that fermented food can become a healthy option for overweight people. They can benefit you in some ways including suppressing increased appetite.
These foods are loaded with dietary fiber that will facilitate your food cravings keeping you full for hours. The fermented food contains no cholesterol and sugar thus; you can consume miso, kimchi, kvass, etc. as much as you want.
5. A Source of Fiber
Nutritionists suggest that consuming the adequate quantity of dietary fiber regularly can prevent you from various stomach disorders including burning and inflammation. In the category of fermented foods, sauerkraut contains the high content of fiber. Regular consumption of it can also help alleviate bloating and constipation. Apart from fiber, you can obtain moderate levels of vitamin A, B, and C as well.
6. Increases Body Energy
The high levels of energy are required to improve the quality of your life. You can maintain your energy levels via consumption of fermented foods. Nutritionists recommend that incorporating kombucha into your diet can provide plenty of nutrients including vitamin B that help restore decrease energy combating factors that contribute to it.
However, in case of sudden fatigue and dizziness, consult with your primary care provider and refrain from self-medication.
7. Maintains Cholesterol Levels
Maintaining cholesterol levels without opting for medication is surely impressive; all you need is to consume fermented foods like tempeh in this regard. You can reap vitamin B, protein, and fiber from it that function to reduce cholesterol build up in the blood vessels widening them. Regular consumption of tempeh is said to facilitate your overall heart health.
8. Ideal for Diabetics
Endocrinologists suggest controlling glucose levels in people with diabetes as it may contribute to worsening their health condition. You can consume kimchi in this context. It is made by fermenting vegetables and contains no health-damaging property. Nutrients state consuming kimchi is not only nourishing for diabetics, but it can help maintain their body weight. However, it is suggested to consult with your endocrinologist before opting for home remedies in case of Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes.
9. A Source of Antioxidants
Enriched with antioxidants, pickles are said to be useful regarding your well-being. When consumed regularly, these antioxidants fight disease-causing bacteria and germs. You can find various types of pickles at local markets, or you can prepare them at home as well. Moreover, antioxidants are necessary to ward off major health-deteriorating factors such as free radicals that contribute to chronic diseases like cancer.
10. Contains Probiotics
Consuming fermented foods can become a safe source to consume probiotics. The latter is essential to promote gut health. It can facilitate the growth of good bacteria in your gut warding off the bad ones. You can find the adequate levels of probiotics in almost all the fermented foods.
11. Promotes Food Absorption
Nutritionists suggest that absorbing nutrients from the food you consume is necessary to encourage bodily functioning. Consuming fermented foods such as kefir, miso, and tempeh can help your body soak minerals and vitamins that you absorb via other food sources.
12. For Youthful Skin
Who does not dream to achieve the flawless and moisturized skin? You will be delighted to learn that it is no longer remained a fantasy. You can improve the condition of your skin via a variety of fermented foods as every option is a powerhouse of nourishing properties.
Ayurvedic Food Combining
Has eating mindfully been lost in modern times or were we never taught in the first place? When I suggest mindful eating to clients or students, they look at me like I am crazy. As a society, we pride ourselves on the ability to multitask, and we have become accustomed to the constant stream of distraction and information. The thought of sitting, eating, and doing nothing seems overwhelming. The smartphone is a 21st century invention, but its pull on our attention is nothing new.
Growing up in the 70s and 80s, my family ate dinner every night while watching Lavern and Shirley, M.A.S.H., and Happy Days. I was not alone. My friends were also taught that the “T.V. tray” was a dining room table. My own imbalanced eating habits have been built unconsciously over my entire life. Whether a residual of our family upbringing or a product of modern times, mindless eating has become the normal setting for most of our meals.
The Importance of Chewing
Years ago, one of my teachers gave me advice that I have never forgotten. It’s easy to remember—he said “drink your food and chew your drink.” What he was saying was to chew food until it was liquid before swallowing. This is very hard to do if you are multitasking, eating on the run, or if it is simply not the way you normally eat. Before hearing this, I had never paid attention to how I was not completely chewing my food. Old habits die hard, but these days I’m grateful to have the awareness to correct my chewing techniques.
What could he have possibly meant by saying “chew your drink”? Even if consuming a juice or smoothie (not ice cold please), we still need digestive enzymes. To do this while drinking, I make a few biting motions to release saliva and enzymes, which start the digestion process in my mouth. Give it a quick try right now. Make the chewing motion a few times and notice how the action produces saliva even without food in your mouth.
If you have a difficult time producing saliva, add a little of the sour taste to your food. You can even simply say “lime, lime, lime” to yourself and you will feel your mouth begin to produce saliva. The power of suggestion is very real.
Shifting your awareness to begin thoroughly chewing your food will not only keep you in a state of mindfulness, it is also extremely beneficial to the overall state of your health and well-being.
The pre-digestive enzymes released in the mouth are critical for breaking down food before we send it on its merry way through the rest of the intestinal tract.
The Role of the Tongue
Now let’s look at how we taste the delicious food we eat. The tongue is an incredible instrument. The amount of joy received when eating yummy food is due to the tongue’s ability to savor the various flavors of the meal. Often when we are enjoying a meal, either by ourselves or with others, the tendency is to almost shovel the food into our mouths. But think about this—the only place in our body that we enjoy the taste of food is the mouth, not the esophagus, stomach, or intestines. If we take the time to keep food in our mouth longer, we will enjoy it much more than the quick repetition of habitual chew and swallow.
One Ayurvedic daily routine to help stimulate your taste buds is tongue cleaning. The pasty residue on the tongue is known as ama (toxic substance). It is the byproduct of undigested or partially digested food, and we do not want it in our body. Using a toothbrush to scrub the tongue simply pushes the ama back into the tongue. Gently scraping the tongue will remove the ama from our mouth. Adding this simple practice will also make your meals more enjoyable! A cleaner palate allows you to taste more complex flavors in your food.
Practice the Pleasure of Eating Mindfully
Here is an exercise to practice mindful eating. Choose a time to have a meal by yourself when you can tune in and be fully present with the experience. Make a freshly cooked, seasonal meal that you know you will love. Have fun while you are cooking the meal, knowing that you will be infusing your joy into the food you are creating. Arrange the food nicely on a beautiful plate.
Remember, you are serving a very special guest—yourself.
Choose a place to sit that has some nice exposure to nature. If the weather is pleasant perhaps sit outside. Once you are settled (with no technology, magazines, books, or other types of distractions), take a deep breath and say a word of gratitude over your food. Now take your first bite. Put your eating utensil back down and rest your hands in your lap. If you are enjoying a sandwich or hand-held food, place it back on the plate. Sit and experience the taste on your tongue and the texture of the food in your mouth. Notice how you are feeling right in this moment. How do the flavors of the food feel to your emotional body? These are all aspects of mindful eating. Once thoroughly chewed and savored, swallow and begin again with another bite. Continue until you are full.
Your Body Lets You Know You’re Full
When eating mindfully, how do we know we are finished with the meal? I have a clear memory of an ah-ha moment regarding conscious eating that occurred several years ago while at a retreat. I was sitting down to dinner in a beautiful natural environment and having a conversation regarding digestion with a new friend sitting next to me. She was saying to pay attention to when I burped and it would be at that point that I would know I was full. In a rather indignant manner I told her that I am not one to usually burp. She smiled sweetly and said, “Pay attention to your body, and when you are full you will notice a small burp.” I did as she suggested, and can I tell you that for the first time in my life I felt this small sensation of a burp bubble up. I looked at her and said, “Oh my gosh, I just felt a burp!” She then told me to stop and see how I felt. I informed her I was still hungry. She asked me to sit with it and notice if I was truly hungry or if continued eating was a result of habits, stressors, or emotions. After resting for a few minutes, I sensed contentment and was done with the meal.
Another signal that our bodies give us is a little sigh. Once again, we must be paying attention or the sigh will happen and we won’t even be aware. Have you ever been around infants when they are eating? At a certain point, they will give a sigh of contentment signaling they are finished. Unfortunately, so many children these days have tablets or televisions in front of them and may not even notice when they have finished eating. Often, they are so distracted that it takes them a long time to eat. This can lead to a struggle between parent and child, even though the parent is allowing the distraction. Being frustrated or upset while eating doesn’t support anyone’s digestion. We want to create mealtime environments for both ourselves and our families that will encourage being present and peaceful.
Consciously Create a Supportive Space
What are the benefits of consciously creating the space for mindful eating? The first thing you may notice is that you consume less food. Becoming sensitive to when you are full will automatically cue you to not overeat. This will also help to support a healthy body weight.
You may also become aware of emotional eating habits. Are you are stuffing feelings, eating out of anxiety, or perhaps not eating at all? Once you tap into your feelings around food, you become aware of how your body is or isn’t digesting. This can lead to modifying eating choices and choosing those that support optional absorption and health.
One of the biggest benefits of mindful eating is deeply enjoying your food.
Hopefully this practice will encourage you to be more involved with your food choices. Make sure you are eating what is appropriate for you today. Always keep in mind your current state of balance and the strength of your digestion. Give yourself the gift of learning about the healing benefits of cooking spices. Have fun in the kitchen and let cooking be something that brings you joy.
Tune into the rhythm of nature and what is being grown locally. Food that has been picked too early and shipped across the country (sometimes from other parts of the world) will have much less life-giving power. Eating fresh food from local farmers, or even better from your own backyard, will be filled with more vital life energy, bringing great pleasure and satisfaction.
1. Food is medicine, medicine is food
In contrast with western medicine, the role of food and medicine in traditional Chinese medicine overlap. For example, a water melon is food, but it can also have a medical effect during hot days because of its hydrating properties. The ancient clans of China, dating back to 2200 BC, started to discover the different medical values of herbs while they were still hunting and gathering. Some foods relieved their illness, some caused death. Over time, and in concourse with the growth of Chinese philosophy, medical theories were developed.
However, there are also some foods that are considered more "medicine" than "food," for example, ginseng. When it comes to this "medicine," a person should consult a practitioner, since eating it could make your body worse. Why? Foods have different natures, and all of us have different bodies that interact differently with different foods.
2. The four natures of food
In traditional Chinese medicine, food is divided into five natures, called "siqi": cold, cool, neutral, warm and hot. The nature of food is not determined by their actual temperature, but rather by what effects they have on a person's body after consumption. When a person continually eats one type of food, it creates an imbalance in their body, and affects their immune system. Thus, one of the keys in Chinese medicine is to keep our body "neutral."
Foods that are warm and hot bring heat to our bodies -- e.g. beef, coffee, ginger, hot chilies and fried foods -- while cold and cool foods cool down our bodies-- think of salad, cheese, green tea, and beer. Neutral foods are foods like oil, rice, pork and most kinds of fishes.
A person who has too much heat in their body usually feels hot, sweats all the time, is grumpy, has a swollen tongue, or could be constipated. People who have too much cold in their bodies appear pale, have cold hands and feet, might feel weak, or have bad blood circulation. When this happens, we are advised to stop eating that kind of food.
3. It's more than just a taste
Similarly in the western world, the Chinese divide tastes into five different kinds (Wuwei): sour, bitter, sweet, spicy and salty. But for the Chinese, these are more than just senses. In traditional Chinese medicine, each bite of foods sends the nutrition to corresponding organs: sour food enters liver and helps stop sweating, eases coughing; salt enters the kidneys, and can drain, purge and soften masses; bitter food enters the heart and the small intestine and helps cool heat and dry any dampness; spicy food enters the lungs and large intestine and helps stimulate appetite; sweet food enters the stomach and spleen and helps lubricate the body. Thus, it is important to have each flavor in the diet.
Does that mean to be healthy we just eat just neutral food in all flavors? Not necessarily. "Food choices are affected by your body's construction, the season and the place where you live" said Chan. The condition of the body could also be affected by age and sex. In other words, Chinese medical practitioners adapt their recommendations to different conditions.
4. One size does not fit all
Just like we all have different personalities, we also all have different body constitutions (tizhi). And just like you cannot communicate with all people in the same way, we also cannot feed our bodies with the same food in the same way. What is a "constitution"? The categorizations have been in constant flux ever since traditional Chinese medicine first began. Currently, one of the most popular divisions is developed by Huang Qi, who introduced nine types of bodies in 1978. A person with a lot of "dampness and phlegm" (tanshi) in their body tends to be overweight, might sweat a lot and might have an oily face. These people are usually more mild-tempered.
However, a person with a lot of "dampness and heat" (Shi-Re) is usually short-tempered and often presents with an oily and acned face. Both of these people need different food to take away their dampness, which means sweets, which "lubricate" the body, might worsen the situation. Each type of food, depending on its nature, might better or worsen the situation. "There is no substance which is good for anybody. Many consider ginger to be healthy, but when you are already a very dry person and you have so much heat in your body, the more ginger tea you drink, the drier you get," says Guo.
5. Eat according to season
The season and time of year is another factor when it comes to food choices. For instance, spring is often wet and sticky in China, which means we need food that can take away the dampness in our body, such as corn, white beans and onion. Summer is hot, so we need food to cool us down, such as watermelon and cucumber. Autumn is dry, which means we need food to "lubricate" us, such as snow peas and honey. Winter is cold, so we need food which warms up the body, such as beef or shrimps. In the globalized world, one can easily buy foods that are not in season. But traditional Chinese practices dictate might not be that best way to feed ourselves, since seasonal foods bring us the nutrition that we need in that particular season. A similar concept also exists generally in the western world.
6. Climate also matters
The climate of a place can also affect our food choices. For example, Guo said, the Sichuan province in China: "(Sichuan) is a province where the climate is very wet and cold. So, Sichuan people love to eat spicy food since spicy food makes us sweat and thus removes the dampness in our body." He added that if people from temperate areas eat too much spicy food, the body will be too hot, which is not very healthy.
7. Finding the golden mean
At the end of the day, what is considered to be healthy, what should be avoided? In traditional Chinese medicine, every food is nutritious, and as long as a healthy person doesn't eat too much of any one food, nothing is unhealthy. Chinese philosophers tell us always to take the "golden means"; never take extremes. In traditional Chinese medicine, it's also important not to eat too much (only up to seventy-percent of your capacity), and have food that is in a moderate temperature, so as to avoid overstraining the digestive organs.
This also applies to food. After all, it's all about balance.
There's a saying in Chinese: "The five grains provide nourishment. The five vegetables provide filling. The five domestic animals provide enrichment. The five fruits provide support." It means a balanced diet, where foods are consumed in appropriate combinations according to their natures and flavors, serves to supplement the essence that human body needs.
My recent quest how am I going to nourish this body, that holds the cells which shine out my love and connection?!
Thanks to the awesomeness of the universe, my path crossed with Denise moons ago. She's graciously accepted my "reach out" to walk alongside me and be my cosmic co pilot in all things nourishing. She's awesome, and talented and amazing and made this amazing food, which will nourish me to do kind and loving things.
She gently helps navigate the way back to my physical self- teaching and role modelling and supporting.
I'm so thankful that I finally sat down long enough to listen to myself, and I very grateful I have heartfelt connections to sit alongside me when I need a cosmic nudge.
And if any of you are looking for some cosmic nudging in nutrition.. And not just food really but like the whole soul nourishing through kind foods, I know a beautiful soul.
To all of you- thank you for reading, loving and existing as you do.
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1. Veggies: Greens will pack a protein punch. One cup of cooked spinach has about 7 grams of protein. The same serving of French beans has about 13 grams. Two cups of cooked kale? 5 grams. One cup of boiled peas? Nine grams.
2. Hemp. Toss 30 grams of hemp powder in your smoothie and get about 11 grams of protein.
3. Non-Dairy Milk. A mere 1 cup of soy or almond milk can pack about 7-9 grams of protein. Eat with some fortified cereal and you’ve got a totally vegan-friendly breakfast.
4. Nut Butter. Peanut butter, almond butter and cashew butter. A couple of tablespoons of any one of these will get you 8 grams of protein.
5. Quinoa. It's vegan and GF. It’s versatile, delicious and delivers about 9 grams of protein per cup.
6. Tofu. Four ounces of tofu will get you about 9 grams of protein.
7. Lentils. With lentils, you can make rice dishes, veggie burgers, casseroles and more. One cup cooked delivers a whopping 18 grams of protein!
8. Beans. With one cup of pinto, kidney or black beans, you’ll get about 13-15 grams of protein, a full belly and heart-healthy fiber.
9. Tempeh. One cup of tempeh packs about 30 grams of protein! That’s more than 5 eggs or a regular burger patty.