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Whole Food Diet
God intended for us to eat whole foods- food that are found in nature and are completely unaltered by man.
Food that doesn't come in a box, is preservative free, and doesn't have a shelf life of 5 years.
Whole foods since they are fresh having not been processed contain more vitamins, nutrients, fiber, minerals then items that you buy out of a box or in a can.
The 9 Components of a Whole Food Diet
Fruits: Fresh fruits are wonderful especially when picked in season. Fruits with deep color are found to be the most beneficial because they contain antioxidants. Some of these fruits would include blueberries and blackberries. Other fruit varieties include: apples, avocados, grapes, melons, oranges, plums, and pomegranates. One of my favorite recipes during strawberry picking season is strawberry mash. Clean and hull your strawberries, mash with a potato masher add a tiny amount of sugar and freeze. In the middle of January I can't think of anything that tastes better. Fresh strawberries in my smoothie, pancakes, or just eating plain.
Vegetables: Vegetables are the most packed with nutrients when fresh. It's so important to get a fresh variety of vegetables and to eat those rich in color. Deep green lettuces and vegetables like beets again have a high nutrient content. A variety of vegetables include: asparagus, beets, broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes, and yams. Another easy recipe I love is asparagus with olive oil. Place asparagus on cookie sheet, sprinkle with olive oil and a little salt and pepper and bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
Grains: Whole grains contain more fiber, minerals, protein than refined grains (white rice, white bread). This is especially important for multiple sclerosis considering one of the pronounced symptoms/problems is constipation. A variety of grains include: brown rice, polenta, quinoa, wild rice, couscous. I suggest using a rice cooker for quick fool proof rice.
Legumes: A good source of protein and fiber they include peanuts, beans, peas, garbanzo beans, kidney, navy, pinto and black beans.
Nuts and Seeds: Nuts and Seeds are most beneficial when salt free, sugar coated, and not roasted. Raw almonds being an excellent choice for fiber, and protein.
Sweeteners: Honey can be substituted in place of white sugar and other processed sugars. Other wonderful options may include maple syrup, juice concentrate, and cane juice.
Fish: Fish is another great whole food that should be included in your diet. Fish like salmon, sardines, and trout contain the omega-3 fatty acid. Some studies suggest its importance of protecting against autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis.
Meat and Dairy: These items can be most healthy when not exposed to antibiotics, hormones, and other toxins. Cage free animals live a much healthier life. Check out the growing number of dairy alternatives available on the market.
Oils: Stick with olive oil (monounsaturated oils) and cold-pressed oils because the slow turning presses that crush out the oil and vitamin E and antioxidants are not destroyed.
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