While learning about your body, health, and nutrition is extremely valuable to help you implement positive lifestyle changes, little will happen unless we make eating for optimal health real and practical.Naturally, what we consider practical can be very subjective, based on our personal perceptions. Some people find it practical to leave the house and drive to a nearby fast food restaurant to pick up dinner, while others find it practical to walk into their kitchen and prepare their won meal in the time that trip would take. Ultimately,
what matters most is that you make your health and nutrition one of the main priorities in your life, if not your main consideration.
Once this takes place, practical will take on a whole new meaning for you in terms of what makes mosts sense for maintaining your wellness at its best, healing present imbalances, and preventing future problems.
Soon, i will share with you some meal ideas to help you incorporate, on a practical level, all that has been presented thus far in terms of how and what to eat. I want to empower and teach you how to work with your food naturally, creatively and intuitively. No matter where you are or what you have available in terms of food ingredients, you should know how to nourish yourself optimally.
The more you learn about your foods, the different flavours, textures and consistency, the more resourceful you can be at putting together your meal.
When eating becomes real and wholesome, it can easily take on an effortless, creative flow. It also connect us mindfully to the food we eat, and how that food impacts our bodies. I personally almost never plan meals or fuss with measuring things to satisfy some specific recipe. I simply make sure my fridge and cupboards are ALWAYS stocked with a wide variety of fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, and whole, unprocessed grains etc…
Some smart planning, however, should be taken into consideration based on your personal needs and lifestyle. If you tend to have busy weekdays, then prewashing and chopping your vegetables, as well as cooking large batch of some grain, beans, and/or soup on the weekends will make meals easier to put together during the week. Many vegetables can be cut up ahead of time and stored in containers for faster use at meal time.
We all have different life needs and circumstances. Some people are single, some have small kids, some can grow their own food, and some work nightshifts.
We need to adapt our meal approach for optimal health accordingly, in order to make it work for us.
When it comes to special kitchen tools or appliances, i will provide a practical overview of these for you. As with any other area of life, how well prepared you are will make all the difference in your success and satisfaction. The more you apply good organisation habits and make effective use of your tools and time, the easier meal planning and preparation will become.
For many of us, optimally healthy meal preparation will also require a shift in perspective. We need to see our food and its potential in a new light and the more we do, the more we will enjoy the process of nourishing ourselves. So before we continue with practical meal ideas, let’s review what the goal of our eating is. We want to make sure that our meals are based on:
- REAL, WHOLE, NATURAL FOOD
- PLANT FOOD
- ACID-ALKALINE BALANCED FOOD
- RAW FOOD
- ORGANIC FOOD
We will divide the Meal Ideas series in 3 sections. The Breakfast Meal Ideas, Lunch & Dinner Meal Ideas and Dessert & Snacks Meal Ideas. Some of the recipes are already featuring in here.
One of the main components of a diet that can easily meet all the criteria mentioned above for optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention are VEGETABLES – specifically dark, leafy, green ones. While most of us can imagine ways of incorporating those into our lunch and dinner, the task becomes a little more daunting when we consider greens for breakfast.
All about Breakfast meal ideas in the next Journal posts.
Love & Light always,