Gumsaba endorses a plant strong, whole foods diet with limited refined sugar and processed foods. We also recommend that you live your life happily, so if what you enjoy is not on this list, ask yourself why and consider the pros and cons of that food. I always say, if its not worth eating, its worth not eating!
Nutritional content of food is the the focus of this page. Without proper vitamin and mineral content your food will leave you wanting more. With proper nutrition content your food will satiate you for longer periods and you will find that you crave less CRAP!
Gluten intolerance is nothing to take lightly, but grains are not the enemy! In fact, unprocessed ancient grains offer some of the best nutrients for healing the body. Bulgar, amaranth, farrow, quinoa, spelt, wheat berries, millet, polenta, kamut, barley and teff are nutrient dense ancient grains that are packed with fiber and protein. Check labels for added sugar – these grains can often be bought in bulk and should be bought organic whenever possible.
Both starchy and non starchy veggies play an important role in a healthy balanced diet. Carb bashing has been the rage for the past decade and great veggies like potatoes have received the brunt end of it. The issue is not the potato, it is the preparation. Potatoes are potassium packed balls of energy. Read about the vitamin and mineral contents of your veggies here.
Some fruits have more sugar than others, if you are not eating processed sugar and you are working out vigorously and regularly then you can enjoy great sweet fruits. Don’t get the idea that because the sugar composition is the same in fruit and cake, they’re interchangeable. Fruit offers much that candy and cake do not. In fruit you find vitamins, antioxidants, fiber and water, while candy and desserts are nutritionally void. Fruit also tends to have less sugar by volume. Half a cup of strawberries: 3.5 grams of sugar. Half a cup of strawberry ice cream: 15 grams! The beauty of fiber is it actually slows down your body’s digestion of glucose so you don’t get the crazy insulin spike that candy causes. That also means your body has more time to use up glucose as fuel before storing it AS FAT. One thing with dried fruit – watch out for added sugar!
Info on meat:
Antibiotics & steroids, in your diet will break down your immune system and can be a major health risk. Many of the animals put in our food chain are sick when they die; farm animals are pumped full of 18 million pounds of the antibiotics every year because of the filthy conditions that they are allowed to live in. If you must treat yourself to meat eat is sparingly and choose only local and organic. Here is a great CNN article on the status of the food in the chain today.
Info on protein:
Most people eat way more protein than they need. Know how much you need before you go assuming anything. I get my protein from grains and legumes because its cruelty free, clean and easy to digest. In fact, many new studies so that plant based foods with compete amino acid chains such as soy offer higher digestibility than meat sources. If you are vegetarian or vegan, try to eat non GMO soy products only and opt for sprouted tofu. The soy scare is finally getting debunked, read more about that here.
Water consumption recommendations:
The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total non sugary beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total non sugary beverages a day. These beverages would include, water, tea, fresh juice not from concentrate, limited coffee and other drinks that have no added sugar.
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* Consult your doctor before taking any drastic measures with your diet, especially if you are suffering from diabetes, cancer or some other life threatening illness.
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