So as our family makes this transition from setting up a household that is “greener” and more “politically correct”…and learning to live with type 2 diabetes, I have decided to actually plan and prepare breakfasts, instead of passing out the Pop-Tarts or granola bars.
This last year I have totally realized just how much diet and physical activity affect my own health, as well as the health of our entire family.
Using the Raw Foods Pyramid discussed earlier in this post, Now What?!…Raw Foods Diet, we can easily see which low-calorie, nutrient dense foods are at the base of the pyramid, those foods that we should probably all eat more of in the first place…and which high-calorie, nutrient poor foods are at the top of the pyramid, those foods that we should eat very little of, if any at all.
As a wife, mother, grandmother, and simply as my own individual, planning a diet that is based only on pure, water-based food is important. Such a diet provides more of the nutrients that we all need, prevents a myriad of health issues, helps us to love or maintain weight, improves skin condition, helps us to have more energy (which is VERY important when you are fifty years old chasing a four year old all day long).
So in planning our breakfast menus, I have started by mainly including foods from the three bottom tiers of the Raw Foods pyramid, which are grouped together in the one category “Production Foods.”
As a quick review of the raw foods “diet”, the cardinal rule is to…
Avoid foods that have been refined, pasteurized, homogenized, or produced with the use of synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.
Now, let’s start taking this pyramid apart by looking at the bottom three tiers—“production foods”…and ask ourselves the following questions…
- How important is drinking enough water?
- How can I get the best quality water possible, water worth actually drinking?
- What other options exist that make water something I look forward to?
- Why are leafy green vegetables so important?
- What are the different varieties of leafy greens, other than lettuce?
Fruits and Vegetables
- What snacks actually contain real fruits and vegetables instead of flavoring and so forth?
- How can I incorporate fruits and vegetables into my breakfast menu?
- Which fruits and vegetables offer the best nutritional value?
- Why is eating vegetables and fruits so important?
- How can I make sure that I am getting the best quality fruits and vegetables possible?
- Why should I buy local, seasonal fruits and vegetables?