To Nourish is to Flourish
They say that to Nourish is to Flourish but what if you are confused about what you should or shouldn’t be eating? There is a lot of literature available to us and sometimes we can become confused and overwhelmed about what we should or shouldn’t be eating. Even I have felt like this and I work in the food industry and have a medical background. The key when looking at what we eat is having a positive mindset. I like to look at it this way, every time we consume food, we have a choice, we can either nourish ourselves and fuel our body or not. When we choose Real Food, we are not just enjoying the most amazing fresh foods we have available to us, but we are nourishing our bodies from the inside out.
So, what does Real Food look like?
A Nourishing Real Food diet encourages the consumption of nutritious, wholefoods like fruits, veggies and healthy fats.
1. Healthy Fats are Key.
We encourage the use of mainly extra virgin coconut, olive and avocado oils. Alongside these eating avocados, nuts and seeds as some of the primary sources. Healthy fats are important for so many things in your body, from hormone production to cancer prevention, brain development and weight loss.
We use organic unrefined extra virgin coconut oil in our products. Coconut oil is high in MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides). These fats are broken down into building blocks called fatty acids (FA). These MCFA’s tend to primarily produce energy, and are less likely to be stored to any significant degree as body fat. One MCFA that is found in high amounts in coconut is lauric acid. This is particularly good in contributing to excellent gut health.
“A healthy digestive system is the foundation of good health” – Dr Libby Weaver
2. Mostly Plant Based.
Plant foods are great sources of soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fibre is crucial for feeding our gut bacteria. Green leaves are super stars at this and are nutritionally dense. Additionally, a mostly plant-based diet is better for our blood’s pH. Most high-water vegetables and some fruits have an alkaline effect on blood pH, while dairy, meat and some cereals (grains) are more acid-promoting.
There is a lot of debate about ratios of animal to vegetable food that should/shouldn’t be consumed. What is known however, from a blood chemistry and nutrition perspective, is if animal food is consumed it must be buffered by a higher quantity of plant foods to push the blood chemistry to the alkaline end. Why alkaline? In summary, the pH of your blood is believed to influence the body’s ability to burn or store fat as well as contribute to disease/or prevention of. Acidity in the blood pH can cause many biochemical and physiological changes that will damage our health.
‘Good nutrition creates health in all areas of our existence. All parts are interconnected.’ – T Collin Campbell
3. Remove Refined Sugar and Grains.
When grains are processed and refined many important vitamins and minerals are lost. This results in a product usually high in calories, carbohydrate and sugars, while lacking essential nutrients. There is a lot of literature out there stating which grains and sugars you should consume. To read more specifically about which natural sugars to include in your diet, read our blog about this here. The key when looking at or choosing grains if these are in your diet is to have minimal gluten and choose organic where possible. If you have grains treat them as a side, not a main part of your meals and snacks.
Having lower-carb diets or carb-cycling, all of which we will explore more in depth in future blogs can have amazing positive effects on our health and wellbeing. Our macaroons and raw slices are grain free with very low natural sugars. We have children and adults who follow keto diets, using them as their snacks. Remember, the key is a mostly plant-based diet with key essential fats.
A Nourishing Real Food diet encourages the consumption of nutritious, wholefoods like fruits, veggies and healthy fats. To Nourish is to Flourish!
Written by Founder Inekeby