JAMES AND LAURENTINE’S TOP 5 TIPS FOR HEALTHY LIVING
1.Have A Love Affair With Green Juices And Smoothies
Green plant foods and chlorophyll-rich foods are so powerful for detoxifying the blood, cleaning the body out and helping you cleanse your system of toxins — we’re full of heavy metals and toxins and food additives.
2.Hydration Is Important
You should be drinking 1L per 25kgs of body weight. If you’re having a lot of coffee or alcohol, they’re diuretics, they pull water out of the body, so you need to have more, if you’re working outside or leading an active lifestyle, you also need to drink more water. Introduce a morning water ritual. Before you have any other food or drink, start with water. Try lemon juice and water, or a splash of apple cider vinegar, or a ginger and turmeric warm water tea, or a green drink and water, or fresh green vegetable juice where you’ve extracted the liquid nutrition from green plant food.
3.Become A Qualitarian And Divorce Nutritional Dogma
We’ve become so attached to labels and ideas about being a vegetarian, a vegan, a raw foodist, paleo, etc., the problem is we all have an element of biochemical individuality; we’re all different and we all need different things at different stages of our life.
We might be over toxic or have a disease, so those people need to eat a lot more cleansing foods to support detoxification pathways in the body. But then if you have some hormonal issues or you’re trying to have a baby, you might need more of the fat-soluble animal products to support hormone drivers in the body.
So how we eat is diverse and dynamic depending on our background, where we live, stage of life, challenges we have in our body. Attaching a way of eating to yourself puts stress on yourself because you have to constantly eat that way and if you change what you eat, you beat yourself up. Nutrition should be about a love affair with food and not a hate affair with food.
I support the idea of becoming a qualitarian and focusing more on quality and not really what it is — from nature, local, organic if possible, in season, not very many ingredients, naturally preserved or fermented without fake preservatives, no chemicals. If you’re eating that way, you’re generally eating a good diet.
Foods such as avocado, nuts, seeds, fatty fish, yoghurt and raw cheeses, fermented dairy products, coconut and olive oils, fish oils and butter and cream can be great for you (if you don’t have any specific allergies), but it’s important to have grass-fed dairy products. Everything has to have eaten its natural diet because otherwise, the fats are out of whack. Too much omega six and not enough omega three becomes inflammation-causing.
Organic is also a must because in the production in those foods, any pesticides or toxins used in the environment attach to fat. If you have high-fat foods, they need to be super clean and good quality.
5.Reduce The Amount Of Grains In Your Diet
We’ve become so sensitive to grains over time and a lot of people don’t react well to grains, which is because the type of wheat we eat now is completely different to the wheat we ate 100 years ago. It has a higher content of gluten because gluten makes bread fluffy and white, and we’ve become addicted to it.
Also the fact is we don’t respect the traditional way we prepared grains, we just mash it up, add water, yeast and salt and make it bread. But we never did that — we would soak and ferment grains and put cultures in it and make sourdoughs, and when you do that process with an original grain, the bacteria eats a lot of the gluten.
A lot of the grains in Europe have 80 percent less gluten in them than the grains in America and Australia.
Eliminate as many of the mainstream, processed grains as possible and eat more ancient grains like quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat, and if you are going to eat any wheat or oat products, make sure they’re good quality, organic, and fermented, soaked or treated in a more traditional way, and you’ll find your body will react to it so much better.