Eating fresh foods

Eating foods in season is a start to eating fresh. When we make foods in small quantities so they only last for one meal , it ensures optimum health and nutrition.

In today’s hectic and overstressed lifestyles especially in warmer climates, if we get organized and cook only one day out of a week and save it all in the refrigerator to be eaten for the rest of the week , we tend to lose out on various nutrients and end up eating stale food although it may not look so stale. It’s like juicing at home vs juice tetrapacks bought from the markets. I am yet to see anyone who does not show chronic signs of ill health due to such a negligence. Its almost normal these days to have an under or over active thyroid, PCOD( for women), high amounts of uric acid, constipation,bloating etc etc.

If we relish great taste and good health, it make a lot of sense to familiarize ourselves with quick and easy recipes and eat freshly made meals. There are various resources out there which teach about 7-10 minute dinners, quick breakfast smoothies and quick lunch salads with the right amounts of protein, fat and carbohydrates. The trick is to make everything at home and fresh. In case our lifestyles do not permit us to cook and eat fresh, we must take care to do it as much as possible . Even restaurants re-chaufe certain dishes which are cleverly disguised.
A meal is grand not for its size but for its freshness and nutrient density. So a good idea is to take a second look at really what are we cooking or preparing that is taking so much time. Fruits, vegetables, leafy vegetables are great to have more in their raw or crunchy state than cooked on high temperatures. Multi grains, meats ,lentils can be pre-prepared but not fully cooked and heated and reheated. Dry fruits need no preparation and are best eaten unsalted and uncooked. Foods retain moisture and nutrition in the right balance for an optimally healthy body and anytime that we prepare and hold more than even an hour, certain foods lose what it takes to nourish us best.
All the professional photographs of food revolve around the human character of savoring fresh, wholesome, colorful and hot( depending on the dish) foods. Getting such foods in reality would keep all health parameters in check. Most of us know all the facts about food, want to also eat healthy but don’t know how. So, here is one pointer- eat fresh!

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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