“Whole foods are a core element of
holistic nutrition, natural healing, and clarity of thought”
Nutrition is one of the most vital constituents in achieving, maintaining, and/or restoring health and wellness but what the heck are whole foods? We hear a lot about whole foods, natural foods, organic foods – the list goes on. Whole foods are indeed foods for the brain. However, Are they all the same? The key philosophy behind the “whole food concept” is foods provide much more than just macro and micro nutrients along with vitamins and minerals. Whole foods contain the building blocks of life; they nourish the brain and body with thousands of elements that interact in very complex ways to support health and wellness on both a physical and mental level.
These elements from whole foods go by many names: phytochemicals, nutraceuticals, phytomins, bioactive components, functional foods, and so on. New information comes out almost daily about them as well as new food components that have very positive health benefits.
Whole foods are often confused with “organic foods” or “natural foods” but these loosely used titles are not necessarily whole foods. They do share some commonalities such as staying away from chemically assisted agricultural techniques, using minimal processing and heat, and they may have a shorter shelf life than let’s say Spam has. But given that they have these characteristics, they make the perfect foods for the brain.
WHOLE FOODS ARE . . .
Unprocessed, unrefined, and/or refined as little as possible before being consumed.
They can be eaten without any modifications or additives.
Unpolished nuts, seeds, grains, legumes (beans, soybeans, peas, lentils), fruits, vegetables, and animal products, including meat, chicken, fish, eggs and non-homogenized dairy products.
Maybe just clean the earth dirt off.
Cooked whole foods resemble what it looked liked when freshly harvested.
Examples of Whole Foods
Example: Homemade Soup
Whole food: Homemade vegetable soup with freshly collected produce
Fresh from Garden to Tummy: Homemade from your fresh organic garden
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Example: Macaroni and Cheese
Whole food: Homemade with real cheddar cheese and brown rice noodles
Conventionally processed: Kraft® Macaroni & Cheese
“Naturally” processed: Annie’s Homegrown® Classic Mac & Cheese
Example: Virgin Olive Oils
Whole food: Virgin olive oils are obtained by the mechanical or physical method of pressing the olives to release the oil and do not undergo any other processing outside of washing, decanting, centrifuging and filtering. Under these conditions the virgin olive oil has not been altered in any way.
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