As a flexitarian, I take each food, each food group, and each meal as individual aspects of daily and weekly food intake.
I think we should all emphasize a plant-based diet with lots of organic, raw fruits and vegetables.
- 1. Raw fruits and vegetables contain the raw enzymes needed for sustenance and body-building.
- 2. Especially when it comes to leafy greens, they contain chlorophyll, the life blood of a plant and is more appropriately named “liquid sunshine” because a plant absorbs sunlight directly, converting it into chlorophyll.
- 3. The ratio of nutrients to calories is greater in fruits and vegetables. And a variety of fruits and vegetables each day will give the body an abundance of energy and nutrients.
- 4. The fiber contained in fruits and vegetables are plentiful, and naturally healthy for the body’s digestive system.
- 5. Fruits and vegetables (compared to other food types) contain a lot of water to help hydrate the body.
Probably the best and most accessible grain is oats, and oatmeal is a vegan/vegetarian food that contains many healthy-giving properties.
- 1. It has a good portion of water-soluble, dietary fiber.
- 2. Oatmeal has a lot of protein for a grain.
- 3. It’s a good alternative to wheat and wheat products, which is great for people with celiac disease and for people who have become allergic to wheat gluten.
- 4. Oatmeal is very good for cardiovascular health and cancer prevention.
- 5. Oatmeal is low in calories.
I used to never eat Oatmeal, and I realize that before I started eating oatmeal again, I hadn’t eaten oatmeal in years and years. I probably dismissed oatmeal as simplistic and boring.
Now, I love oatmeal and eat it for breakfast every day now. And I enjoy eating it with blueberries and banana slices.
My serving of oatmeal is modest. I measure 1/2 cup of oats and pour in 2/3 water. Then I mix in a teaspoon of raw sugar and top it off with half a banana, sliced. Or, I sprinkle in some fresh blueberries. I’ll have to experiment with other toppings. Starbucks’ oatmeal comes with blueberries, nuts, raisins and seeds.
Anyway, it’s looking like I’ll be eating oatmeal every day as a good energy booster to start the day, along with a fresh cup of coffee.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Breakfast - 7:30am
Oatmeal w/banana slices ~ 1 small bowl
Coffee ~ 1 cup
Mid-Morning – 11am
Karaage ~ 1 piece
Shrimp Dumpling ~ 1 piece
Oolong Tea ~ 1 cup
Lunch – 1pm
Nigiri Sushi ~ 4 shake, 2 buri, 2 unagi
Wasabi Peas ~ 1 handful
Jasmine Green Tea ~ 1 cup
Afternoon Tea – 3:30pm
Karaage ~ 2 pieces
Tamagoyaki ~ 2 small cubes
Asian Pear ~ 1/2, sliced
Orange Juice ~ 1 small shot
Green Tea ~ 1 cup
Dinner – 7:30pm
Teriyaki Wings ~ 6 pieces
Steamed Green Beans ~ 1 small plate
Miso Soup ~ 1 cup
Jasmine Green Tea ~ 1 cup
Teriyaki Wings ~ 2 pieces
Asian Pear ~ 3 slices
Chamomile Tea ~ 1 cup