The term “whole foods” categorizes any food in its unrefined, organic, raw state. The selections can include organic grains, beans, vegetables from land and sea, nuts, seeds, and even herbs. Whole foods are edible sources of energy that are in their “whole or natural” state.

Since food is the basic foundation on which we build our bodies, what we select to eat and how we prepare it is what nurtures our entire lives. Scientists, nutritionists, wellness coaches, doctors, and even mothers agree that eating whole foods, especially those in a fresh, seasonal, organic state helps prevent certain types of cancers, and other chronic diseases. Ingesting numerous whole foods not only wards off the development of cardiovascular disease by enhances the aging process and increases one’s energy and vitality. Current evidence shows that what you eat today does have long term effects on your life’s energy in the years to come.inflatable toys

To think of food as the fuel that runs the body-mind system, we can see why whole foods are the better choice. With high quality, whole foods our body absorbs the best possible nutrients, including antioxidants (vitamins C and E), trace minerals, (selenium and zinc), important phytonutrients (carotenoids and flavonoids), as well as other vitamins, and macronutrients (fiber and beneficial fats). Whole foods burn more efficiently and are able to provide a high level of nutrition to the cells. When the body’s cells are healthy, disease cannot develop on the tissues and remain able to fend off cancers and other disorders. Moreover, it is believed that true health is achieved through a balanced diet of whole foods that assists the body in the work of digestion; namely absorption, assimilation, and elimination. If the body’s systems work together and are in harmony, it is more unlikely to experience negative health disorders.

Also working together as a complete system are the edible components of whole foods. It is important to eat whole foods in their most complete state. Many different parts make up a whole food as intended in nature. For example, a fresh carrot has an outer peel, its flesh, and its colorful, green top. To allow the organically grown carrot to remain a superior food we must carefully remove the debris and residue from the skin with a vegetable brush and consume the carrot and its top, in a raw salad. In this way it is nutritionally complete. Brown rice stores its important elements in its hull, which makes it superior to white rice. An example of a food void of nutritional quality is “enriched” bread, made from grain that no longer has its edible parts complete as nature arranged them.

Purchasing, simply preparing, and consuming whole foods allows individuals to be interconnected to the natural world and as a result not only reap great health benefits but also become greater than the sum of the parts!

Karen Pettrone-Keber, M.S. (C) 2007

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