Yesterday was a day for clearing out the foods contributing to my mother's deteriorating health. Recently she fell ill with food poisoning and finally agreed to take her diet and her health more seriously.
The foods to the left is what I threw away. The foods on the right are foods that nourish.
Here’s some info on the foods to the left:
White refined flour and Cornmeal
When you eat starchy foods, the starches are broken down into sugars, there are two ways that sugar can sabotage your body and cause fat storage. Excess glucose is the first problem, and it involves a very simple concept. Any time you have filled your body with more fuel than it actually needs (and this is very easy to do when eating foods with high sugar content), your liver’s sugar storage capacity is exceeded. When the liver is maximally full, the excess sugar is converted by the liver into fatty acids (that’s right – fat!) and returned to the bloodstream, where is taken throughout your body and stored (that’s right – as fat!).
Flavour enhanced seasoning
Monosodium glutamate, also known as MSG, Ve-tsin or E621 is used as a flavour enhancing agent, in many kinds of food products to enhance their original flavour.
Topping the charts of dangerous additives is the deservedly maligned MSG, (monosodium glutamate), a known carcinogen, endocrine disruptor and killer of brain cells, which may also be linked to the development of cardiac problems, kidney problems, neurological disorders, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Lou Gehrig's disease. Let’s not even start on the anti-caking agent!
Refined sugar and artificial sweetener
Activists claim there’s a link between aspartame and a multitude of ailments.
Alternative: Agave nectar which is a real sugar, as opposed to an artificial or non-nutritive sweetener. It has properties similar to many sugars with one important exception: its glycemic index is significantly lower. This makes it a healthier alternative to many processed AND natural sweeteners, including white granulated sugar.
Foods that nourish
A large part of this starch is digestive-resistant starch. Resistant starch is a type of starch that isn't fully broken down and absorbed but rather turned into short-chain fatty acids by intestinal bacteria.
This may lead to some unique health benefits. To get the most from resistant starch, choose whole, unprocessed sources of carbohydrate such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, including chickpeas.
According to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, when compared to wheat flour. Spelt has higher contents of copper, iron, zinc, magnesium and phosphorus.
Fennel tea Among many other benefits fennel Aids digestion allowing food to break down food more easily in the gut.
A good alternative to starchy cereals. It is a very good source of manganese and a good source of copper, magnesium, dietary fibre and phosphorus. The protein in buckwheat is a high quality protein, containing all eight essential amino acids, including lysine.
Jamaican cho cho is highly used for medicinal purposes. The most popular name for it, is chayote. However, it is now being cultivated worldwide for various purposes. In other parts of the world the leaves, the seeds as well as the shoots are eaten and they are also rich in amino acids and Vitamin C.
Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. (cow’s milk causes mucus in the body – as my mother suffers from COPD which is an accumulation of mucus in the lungs this is a great alternative with multiple health benefits).