Stodgy, comfort foods are certainly a trait of this season, when most of us choose to stuff ourselves and binge on what primarily can be considered to be an unhealthy diet. With the accumulation of viruses and reversal of temperature, the body becomes increasingly weak, losing its vital nutrients. Thus, vulnerable, it yearns for the same invigorating, nourishing summer diet, if not even a better one; for combating everything that threatens to worsen our state. When we’re about to lay out the cards, the truth is that the hot chocolate, the cinnamon rolls, the hot pots and caramel apples aren’t the best choice when considering the transition to a healthy, nutritional diet.
By choosing to eat a well-balanced diet and avoid the so-called temptation of comfort foods, you can bolster your immune system, boost your energy and increase your vigor, shed weight and years off by looking and feeling a lot younger and active! The primary list of foods to eliminate and avoid is:
- Coffee, caffeine, soda pop (carbonated soft drinks), Seltzer water
- Sugary foods, artificial sweeteners
- Refined flour and oils (e.g. hydrogenated oils, canola oil, vegetable oil, margarine, etc.)
- Meat (a vegetarian, vegan or pescetarian (Mediterranean) diet has been proven to be healthier and environmentally friendly
- Processed foods, precooked foods, prepackaged meals, instant soups or noodles, etc.
- Flavor enhancers
Because of our daily exposure to pollutants in the air, water and food we eat, we require and need to go back to our simple diet and routine of exercise. We must neutralize the toxin build-up in our lungs, kidneys, skin, colon, lymph glands, etc. Fall is a season rich in root vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds, which provide energy and plenty of nutrients. The list of foods we should be adding into our diet, after having eliminated the harmful ingredients (Note: sometimes unnoticed or masked under complex names, but shown on the back label of ingredients: http://www.purezing.com/living/toxins/living_toxins_dangerousingredients.html) is:
- Fruits (apples, grapes, pears, pomegranates, winter squash, etc.)
- Vegetables (root vegetables, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, yams and sweet potatoes, kohlrabi, kale, etc.)
- Water, freshly squeezed juice, detox smoothies, green/white tea, etc.
- Any available oleaginous foods: walnuts, hazelnuts, etc.
Whether you are baking, blending, juicing or mixing your ingredients, the single most important rule about this season (it applies to the rest of the year as well) is to consume whole foods. By going to your local market, avoiding the “list of dangerous items” shown above you can drastically improve your everyday life! The “Harvest” season and the signs of Libra and Scorpio arouse our interest for the importance and quality of life.