What foods do you include in your healthy list. Vegan is necessary, but not sufficient for health. The food industry is more than happy to supply you with unheahty and overprocessed food like products.
From reading Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Dean Ornish, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., I've come to believe the following represents an optimal diet:
+ Leafy greens (kale & collards raw)
+ Colorful vegetables (steamed or raw)
+ Whole grains (not gluten, not processed)
+ Legumes (beans sprouted or cooked, peas, and some raw nuts)
+ Whole fruits (not commercial juices with additives)
+ Lots of pure well water. No commercial drinks at all.
+ Supplement as needed for B12, D, and Omega-3.
Other than ground flax seed for Omega-3 fatty acids, I avoid all other oils as being high in fat and low in nutrition. Vegetable oils are promoted as health foods, when in fact they are not healthy. (Esselstyn)
I avoid alcohol, caffeine, MSG, aspartame, excess oils, sugars, and other food additives. I make my own meals from whole plants.
Do you agree with this approach for optimal nutrition?
Are there foods you would add to the required list or add to the unhealthy list?
I agree with this, all of it. Unfortunately I have a very deep (albeit irrational) fear of carbohydrates. It has been beaten into me for so many years, and now eating more grains and a better variety than I ever used to, "logical me" knows it's best. But there's still a little voice that sometimes says that chicken and broccoli is the "right" way to eat.
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