In order to receive the greatest possible benefits from the foods you buy, it is preferable to avoid over-refined foods such as white rice, flour and white sugar. Nature has provided us with all the nutrients we need, so why buy artificial and adulterated foods? There are also several preparation hints that we can offer to enable you to obtain the most from your food. However, we stress that you should not become too fanatical in the following of food rules in general, but rather treat them as you do your cooking - in other words, don't overdo it!
1. Rinse off surface dirt, but do not scrub too hard to avoid washing away all the nutrients in the skin.
2. Cook vegetables in as little liquid as possible.
3. Save the liquid to make soups or gravy etc.
4. Steaming or baking vegetables is better than boiling or frying away their nutritional value.
6. When frying use as little oil as possible. Remember, good and thoughtful food preparation is also essential for good digestion in a direct manner. Tasteless, monotonous and badly prepared food does not stimulate the appetite and the salivary and gastric glands secrete less juices than required.
The following chart will enable you to avoid foods that are either detrimental to digestion or processed so that they lose their prana and nutritional value.
This chart is solely for your guidance. If you are unable to obtain these foods do not worry; they are only preferred foods, not essentials.
Foods to avoid
Denatured foods: white flour, white bread, cakes and buns; polished white rice.
White sugar, sweets, jam, sweet syrups, fruit in syrups, light treacle, heavily sugared drinks and glucose drinks.
Fats and oils of animal origin; saturated acid fats.
Heat treated, canned foods; processed foods in which artificial sweeteners, flavourings and chemical preservatives are used (always read the small type on labels before purchasing).
Foods to use
Whole wheat, barley, rye or corn flour bread; whole or partially polished rice
Honey, brown sugar, molasses, black treacle; fresh fruit.
Vegetable oils and clarified butter
Fresh foods, naturally processed foods; processed foods like dried fruits or lentils, organically grown products.
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