When I worked for Whole Foods Market, I was their Healthy Eating Specialist. Whole Foods taught me four simple guidelines to living a healthy lifestyle. Once I started eating according to the Whole Foods Market guidelines, I lost weight, felt more vibrant, and was able to incorporate cooked foods back into my diet, without feeling guilty, for going against my own desire for eating a strictly “raw” diet. When I eat foods that are cooked, they follow the guidelines listed below:
- Nutrient Dense Foods – I eat a diet high in nutrients. I try to eat the most nutrients per calorie. I refer to myself as a nutritarian. For a list of foods, high in nutrients, follow Whole Foods Markets ANDI scoring system (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index).
- Whole Foods – I eat most foods in their natural, whole food form. As close as possible to when they originally fell off of a tree, or were pulled from the earth, without being altered.
- Healthy Fats – I eat fats in their natural form. For example, rather than adding oil to my food, I eat avocados, walnuts, olives, seeds, and other fats, in their whole food form.
- Plant Strong – my diet is rich in vegetables!
When cooking, do not add salt, oil, or processed sugars. The only recommended sugar to use is honey. When adding salt, add a minimal amount as the very last step in cooking. Our taste buds want to taste salt initially. Once that initial taste has been satisfied, we can move on to tasting new ingredients. When adding salt, while cooking, the salt loses its potency, which is why we feel dishes need more salt.
To feeling alive!