What exactly is a healthy diet plan? Well, there is not a simple answer to this question that will rein true for all people. This is because the foods that we choose to eat at any given moment in time may fluctuate depending on our own level of health or lack of it.
Therefore, the best diet plan is often one that is appropriately tailored to one's own specific nutritional needs based on the ever-changing circumstances that life may bring. In this regard, when it comes to "diet", we believe it is best to remain flexible rather than rigid to strict dietary philosophies.
In a world filled with so many "diets", from raw vegan to carnivore and everything in between, there always seems to be so many options to choose from. To make matters even more complex, there are numerous "health gurus" these days claiming their "diet" is THE one all humans should be eating.
Our recommendation is to, first, not get stuck in the "diet dogma", a principle or set of dietary principles laid down by an "authoritative" figure as undeniable truth. In other words, the belief that strictly adhering to one diet just because it happens to be working for you or others during a certain period of time, does not mean it should be followed on a long-term basis.
For example, sometimes a juice cleanse for a number of days in a row, can make you FEEL AMAZING, but it doesn't mean that juice fasting for the rest of your life is the answer to long-term wellness.
Likewise, a "raw vegan" protocol might be health-enhancing during a given time, but later integrating some cooked foods as well as quality meat and dairy sources might be equally as nutritious.
From our perspective, "diet" is largely subjective, and should ALWAYS be tailored to unique dietary needs of the individual.
A healthy diet plan is, of course, about being somewhat disciplined about what you eat on a regular basis. In our opinion, however, it should not be about strict dietary limitations or being obsessive/compulsive about everything you put in your mouth all of the time 24/7. This is not our idea of a practical way to approach diet, by any means.
Our bodies are an incredible design and can handle a lot of wear and tear, and occasionally consuming foods and drinks not part of a health-promoting regime is fine as long as they don't become habitual.
It is our belief that: "it's not what you eat once in a while, it's what you choose to eat on a daily basis that matters most."
While "diet is not everything", we feel it can be the key to taking the first steps toward the type of pain-free vibrantly happy existence that we all deserve.
Here at Superfood Evolution we attempt to offer lots of well-rounded information, recipes and dietary options to assist those who have chosen to focus a part of their attention on nutrition to achieve such objectives.
Although we place a primary emphasis on plant-based foods, this is not to say that animal-derived sources don’t have their place. We agree, in small amounts, they can be a very beneficial part of the complete nutrition puzzle.
We personally don't have strict rules about eating meat or dairy once in a while, but we do believe that a diet based heavily on animal product consumption is not a healthy diet choice long term.
From a vegan perspective, we completely understand the concept of not eating ANY animal foods for moral and ethical reasons. It is really a personal decision you alone must make. Under such circumstances though, we would encourage supplementing the diet with potentially missing nutrients, like B12.
What do we feel are the basic guidelines for a healthy diet? The foods we promote on this website and use daily in our personal lives are sourced from organic, non-GMO, natural and/or minimally processed foods, drinks, sweeteners, extracts and supplements.
Our superfoods list includes a broad range of herbs, fresh juices, seaweeds, ferments, raw fruits, vegetables, sprouts, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds as well as many top superfoods and super fruits containing concentrated plant compounds.
Many of these foods can offer an increased amount and variety of health-promoting components such as:
While we recognize that individual goals and preferences may differ from person to person, there are some general guidelines to follow for using the foods that you eat as your nutritive and medicinal allies.
The efficient digestion of the foods we eat is paramount to a healthy disease-free life. If we are not properly breaking down our foods and sorting out various nutrients we are not receiving their benefits. In other words, "you are not what you eat, you are what you digest and absorb."
It is therefore imperative to get digestive capacities back on tract, especially if you are someone who experiences chronic flatulence, bloating, constipation, loose stools or any other symptoms associated with impaired functions in this arena.
In addition, in order to get the complete transfer of the life-force energy from the foods we eat, the proper ratio of gut microbiota is of particular significance. For those who tend to experience frequent gastrointestinal upset, there is also the high likelihood that intestinal body ecology is off balance.
Eat simple whole foods that adhere to better food combining guidelines.
Blended foods, like smoothies, soups and shakes, are not only a convenient meal option for a busy schedule, but because the blending process essentially predigests the ingredients, they are also easier to assimilate and digest for an overburdened system. They likewise enable one to utilize many superfoods and teas in an easy to make energizing drink. Adding chia seeds and aloe vera gel to blended foods can be soothing to the mucous lining of the stomach and colon and helpful as a mild laxative.
The use of various Ayurvedic spices and culinary herbs like ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin or cayenne can additionally be helpful in normalizing digestive capacities and promoting regular bowel movements.
It is important to eat foods in moderation, consuming just enough needed to meet the energy expended on any given day. Smaller meal portions are particularly recommended for those with extreme digestive issues.
Although cultured foods offer beneficial bacteria like lactobacillus, taking a probiotic supplement is furthermore advised for those with gastrointestinal disorders or candida overgrowth.
As long as we are living with a functioning liver, colon and kidneys, the body is always in some state of detox, filtering out wastes and toxins. This is what these organs are designed to do. However, an accumulation of toxic substances can occur over time from unhealthy lifestyle habits, dietary excess and/or environment pollutants we are all invariably exposed to on a daily basis.
This toxic waste build-up can impair health and create a chronic condition of low to high grade toxemia that can cause disease and a variety of health-related issues, especially reducing cognitive functions as we age.
Detoxification is a branch of alternative medicine that believes that when certain foods are eliminated from the diet, the body is more effectively able to pull out stored toxic substances from the cells and tissues.
Freshly prepared juices made from chlorophyll-rich green leafy vegetables and low sugar fruits promote cleansing effects and help to alkalize the blood and carry out toxins. These can be incorporated into one's daily diet or used exclusively for a period of time.
This is a raw vegan diet composed of raw or blended fruits, sprouts and vegetables, which excludes all salt, oil, fat, sugar and any condiments for a certain amount of time.
This list might include herbs like pau d'arco, dandelion root, milk thistle or superfood supplements such as chlorella, zeolite and MSM.
The human body is an amazing design and often has the ability to restore health when given the opportunity to do so. A healthy diet plan can be a crucial step in this rebuilding phase. Now the body is ready to take in and utilize all the many building superfoods, tonics, antioxidant-rich super fruits and immune enhancing herbs.
This is the phase at which you can develop and build the body systems over time with superfoods that support long lasting health enhancing effects.
Depending on one's current dietary practices or health issues, the foods one chooses to consume may vary considerably from one person to the next. At this level unique individualized diets are of significant relevance.
We have listed many categorized options on the pages of this site to help you to pick and select those most appropriate for your distinct nutritional needs and health goals.
This list of superfoods may include many of the tonic herbal adaptogens and mushrooms such as reishi, fo-ti, chaga, astragalus and ginseng, but may also involve antioxidant-rich super fruits or foods high in mineral content, like seaweeds or shilajit.
At this restorative phase many other superfoods including mucuna, lions mane or ginkgo as well as those high in omega fatty acids might be suitable for enhancing cognitive functions.