Exciting Variety in Natural Foods

Sometimes we get caught in patterns….patterns of behaviour, thinking, eating etc. As long as we have cultivated good habits among these patterns, it’s probably a good idea to have them. Adding variety to our foods is also a good habit.
Eating the same foods everyday is not really a bad thing, assuming it’s ‘clean eating’. One needs to understand though that food is actually a medicine as well. The nutrients that our body needs gets covered by the variety in natural foods. Therefore, at certain times we need to change what we eat to keep optimum health.
For example, if we have a sore throat, a ginger herbal infusion with a little honey and peppercorn is a great remedy. In case of sleepless nights, a mint infusion with jaggery walnuts( refer ‘tea time walnuts’ blog post) is a good idea. Similarly, curd with salt and pepper could be consumed on a day of stomach flu.

Try it! Be open minded to gifts of nature....

Changing foods according to season is a done thing for some of us but its also about adding variety to our daily diets for discovering a vast resource for nutrients. For example, if you start logging your food intake, you may realise it’s time (mostly) to get in a wider choice of vegetables and fruits. Seasonal fruits and vegetables go missing from our diets because we may get caught in the web of ‘ favourites’. Maybe we even miss out on certain herbs or spices . We need not have an aversion to say mangoes, banana, bitter gourd, cinnamon or any such natural food because every food item has a unique nutrient or combination of such to offer. Frankly, eating the same foods day in and day out could cause certain deficiencies and for some, get us to a plateau in our quests for weight loss.

Spices for flavour and remedies...

So the next time you go food shopping, train your eye for more colour and variety for farm fresh produce, not just go by attractive packaging that some corporations have trained us for. You will be surprised at the colours, textures and pure choices nature has to offer us. It’s almost overwhelming to see how mother nature has created the most effective remedies in her garden of regular and exotic fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices.
What are we really open to, in our minds, for our health? Do we scrounge up our noses for Brussel sprouts, bitter gourd, squash, turmeric or what have you…? It’s time to be aware of their unique offerings. It’s time to shut down towards processed junk and open up to variety in natural foods. Getting obsessive with foods is quite a crime if we just rely on taste. Let’s put our education to good use and remember there is a nutritive value attached to foods. Although I would not recommend foods that are out of season, frozen or out of our climate zones. Stick to simply what is naturally available and in abundance. That’s all. These choices are quite the opposite of ‘obsessive’ , would you say? Yet…. most ‘aware’ !

About Shaloo Dogra

Shaloo Dogra is a wellness coach and director at Epicurean Hospitality Services Pvt. Ltd. in Gurgaon, India. She has been part of the hospitality industry for almost 20 years providing food solutions to industries, institutions and for events. She is dedicated to structured consultation for individuals for fitness, nutrition, intermediate level yoga and meditation. For more on this, please see her website: www.shaloodogra.com She is married to Rajat Dogra and has two wonderful boys aged 16 and 13.
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