Many people realize that eating vegetables and some fruits is a great way to obtain your daily intake of vitamins, minerals and trace minerals. But, if you have followed the Hallelujah Diet, you begin to see there is more to it than that. Here are our top nutritional tips to extract the most from your fork:
- Don’t drink water or any liquids with your meals. It is so easy to grab a glass and wash down that food. It doesn’t matter whether it is cooked or raw, it just seems to go down easier with a swig of liquid. Since our digestion begins with the saliva in our mouth, which is filled with enzymes that are capable of breaking down food for easier distribution, we should not disrupt the process by introducing liquid that may prevent the enzymes from doing their work.
- When people think of a salad, they think of a small plate that comes before the large plate filled with the “main meal.” The Hallelujah Diet Salad is served on a main dinner plate, it is rather large and it does constitute the “main meal.” Feel free to use a small plate for the cooked portion of the meal.
- Juicing is valuable for your body and the Hallelujah Diet highly recommends it. However, fruit juicing can be rather hard for the body to handle all of the concentrated sugars without the benefit of the added fiber of the fruit. Therefore, our motto is “Juice the vegetables, and eat the whole fruit!”
- Vegetables are feeders and fruits are cleansers. While they both serve a valuable purpose in our diet, the Hallelujah Diet has found that for optimal health, it is best to eat lots of the “feeders” and only 15% of your daily diet should be the “cleansers.” The sugars in the fruits may far outweigh the benefits if too many are consumed.
- If you are cooking vegetables, seeds, greens, etc. don’t use a lot of water, even if you are steaming them. Water tends to wash out the nutrients and if it is heated, can reduce nutrients further. It is better to steam or light sauté the veggies in grape seed, olive or coconut oil.
- Leafy greens are considered kale, collard greens, dandelion, bok choy, swiss chard, beet greens, watercress, arugula, and other bitter greens. Spinach and romaine are not the strongest leafy green to use and avoid any form of iceberg lettuce. The more bitter the leaf, the greater the nutrient content.
- Protein is best consumed in the forms of leafy greens, green vegetables, seeds and nuts. The greatest assimilation will occur with these types of protein without the added distraction of overloaded amounts of fats and proteins found in animal fats.
- Oils are a valuable part of your daily diet. The best choices include flax, coconut, olive, avocado, nut and small amounts of pure fish oil.
- Whether you eat several small meals or three moderate meals a day is not as important as continuing to feed your body with nutrition and hydration throughout the day. Drink lots of juice.
- The best thing to remember is what Dr. Joel Fuhrman said years ago: “Eat to Live, don’t live to eat!”
People work hard to take care of their bodies. It’s the little things that will help to ensure that the effort produces even better results. Please share things that you have found found helpful in maintaining your own health?