Whole food is part of what we consider to be the real food movement - a massive shift away from processed food items like muesli bars in a box, soups in a paper box, breakfast cereals with 'added minerals and vitamins,' but sugar as their first ingredient and then a fairly long list of unrecognisable ingredients thereafter... on to food that our grandparents and great grandparents would recognise, things we can grow ourselves, and food in its most naturally available state with as little human interference as possible. It means an apple, not a stick made from apple flavour, mixed with flavour enhancers, mixed with concentrated and heated apple juice and salt pressed into a bar with emulsifiers and given to your child as a serving of fruit. They are not the same thing!
Whole food goes hand in hand but is not limited to, home cooking, healthy alternatives to the biscuit packet, and of course it is the premise of what we do here at Pure Health Delivered. Starting to make more sense? Carrots, lemons, almonds, olive oil, sesame seeds, blueberries, buckwheat... all foods we know are healthy and healing for our body the way nature intended them. Flavour enhancer 621, methylcyclopropene, aspartame, partially hydrogenated oil (that's margarine for those who don't know) and E133 (a blue food dye that has been banned in parts of Europe) are only a few ingredients we see in our food supply, but really are not food nor meant to be treated as such.
What is the difference for our bodies, between eating real food and the other stuff?
Our bodies recognise and treat food the way it is meant to - by breaking it down, absorbing the nutrients within, using them to build cells, create immunity, enhance energy, balance our hormones, sleep and repair, and live a life with less illness.
When you eat food-like things that your body doesn't recognise, it is still broken down, toxins are released from the chemicals that made up that "food", your liver has to prioritise these toxins, sometimes an immune response is launched at foreign bodies from these chemicals and then what is left contains no vitamin or mineral that your body can use to rebuild cells with. Long term diets of this 'nothing-food' mean we have nothing to build our cells with - hello to tiredness, to skin disorders, to weight gain, to feeling awful, to illness...goodbye vitality and vibrance!
I have always loved the quote (wish I knew who first said it) that the reason one vitamin can do so much good, is because one vitamin deficiency can do so much harm. We all like to eat food, and don't think too much about the nutrients even though they're important, but we do not have to think about nutrients if we are eating foods we know are rich sources of them.
It does take more prep to eat whole food, and that is because to do so you can't simply survive off the fast food drive throughs or the boxes sitting for months on the supermarket shelves, but with some great staple dishes, you'll start to eat less of the rubbish and more of what is rich in nutrients.
Miso and maple potato salad (serves 4 as a side dish)
If you're new to this buzz or just want to take some simple but sustainable steps in the right direction then start with this delicious potato salad. No chemicals or canola filled mayo, plenty of veg, and a real treat to serve up with any BBQ meat of your choice. This is also a cheap meal to serve and makes a great lunch with leftovers.
4 cups baby potatoes, chopped
1 red capsicum, sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced
2 cups tightly packed baby spinach
1 tablespoon coconut oil for roasting
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame, avocado or olive oil
Large handful coriander to garnish
Roast the baby potatoes and red onion with coconut oil until just cooked through and a little browned. I like to cook mine for 20 minutes at 200 degrees celsius, tossing once throughout. Pull out of the oven and allow to cool.
Whisk the sesame oil, apple cider vinegar, and maple. You don't need much to flavour this dish but you can play with the combination of these 3 ingredients to find your favourite balance.
Mix the cooled potatoes and onion, the dressing, the baby spinach and some salt and pepper together carefully. Top with sliced capsicum and coriander and serve alongside some pan grilled salmon or your favourite BBQ steak.