Derived from the word epicure, foodiecure is about the art and enjoyment of eating healthy.
This blog was started because I am a student of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) who loves food. One day it dawned on me that I had a problem. Healthy food was boring, and yummy food was fattening. “What about blending fine dining with healthy eating?” I thought.
There’s something in this Chinese Medicine caper, so it stands to reason that Naturopathy, Ayurvedic, modern medicine and some other traditional cultures (Indigenous Australia for example) have something to offer also.
foodiecure explores different food ingredients, cooking with ‘medicinal’ herbs, cooking methods, cultural eating and tinkering with some diets. All the while, trying my hand at a little gourmet thrown in. Think textures, flavour combinations, presentation.
And there’s so much more to “healthy” than vitamins and minerals. It is also how we eat to promote functional digestion.
Whatareyatalkinabout woman? See, watching your weight and being healthy are interchangeable. If you ain’t got good digestion, you ain’t getting those nutrients or pooping out the waste. The primary cause of weight gain is toxins that aren’t properly eliminated. Which means they’re stuck in your body. Stagnating. Euck.
This is a learning exercise as much for me as it is for you. Via research, eating, creating and eating some more.
So I gathered what I know so far, and developed the foodiecure philosophy:
- First thing in your gut, a glass of warm water. This gently prepares your stomach to receive the first meal of the day. If you like, add a tiny amount of lemon juice (don’t over do it) or a small dash of organic, unrefined apple cider vinegar. Stick with it, you will get used to it!
- Food & drink at body temperature or warmer only. I explain it like this:
your body = 37C
room temperature = 20 – 22C
fridge = 4C
ice = -4C.
That’s a big temperature difference for your body to warm up. So your stomach borrows energy from other organs also striving to keep you alive at every nano second. Some bozo made up the notion that consuming cold foods/drink speed up the metabolism. Think the judo method, work with the body’s natural energy flow.
- Always, always eat breakfast. Preferably something that is Spleen nurturing (a Chinese Medicine term that you will become very familiar with while reading foodiecure). See blog for inspiration.
- Energy in the stomach, not in the head. Never eat when upset or arguing. Avoid other distractions such as reading, watching television, at your desk or driving.
- Chew to loose. Enzymes in your saliva aid digestion – especially the ones that break down fats. As the Chinese Medicine saying goes “drink your food and eat your drink”.
- The 80/20 rule: 80% plant based and 20% animal based foods. Like they used to in the olden days. Genetics hasn’t caught up to the era of excess yet. Plus you’ll be doing your bit for the environment. Bonus!
- Remember to breathe. Like, right down to the bottom of your lungs. After all, air is more immediately important than food. And it works together with food energy to keep you tip-top.
- When preparing meals think about balancing all the flavours of salty, sweet, pungent, sour and bitter (the 5 flavours in Chinese Medicine). A well balanced meal equals a harmonious system. You’ll learn how by reading this blog. Meanwhile I found this handy chart:
- Eat seasonal and local. Blogged about to death, but it will come up here also because it’s that relevant
- Invest in a good mandolin. You know what I said earlier about presentation and textures? I mandolin everything nowadays – dazzle with minimum frazzlenot
- Eating fermented foods are really, really important to gut health as I’m now discovering. I will start covering this more in upcoming blogs.
- Last but the most important point underpinning all these, is a healthy mentality and awareness. The integrative nutrition food pyramid is different to the one we are familiar with (developed by the US Department of Agriculture). This philosophy doesn’t consider that the quality of food has changed in the last 60 years (farming practices, soil depletion and all that) and ignores the strong connection between mind-body-spirit. If we were to consider this connection (and take commercilisation hooplah out of the equation), the food pyramid would look more like this:
As I said, this is a learning journey, if you have comments or thoughts you’d like to add – please do!
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