So much emphasis with gusto has been put on eating the right kind of foods and avoiding ‘bad foods’. This sort of movement has created quite a stir in many dieting regimes and the food industry, with each and every one having a different definition of what healthy eating is. Either way, it all points to eating certain foods which are healthy and avoiding those categorized as ‘not healthy’.
The main aim is to ensure you eat and stay healthy as a result. We are what we eat, and so it should be that we eat generative foods. Generative eating can also be called eating real foods. When we speak about real foods, we mean foods which are as close as possible to their natural state. The shortest route of getting it to your plate is normally preferred rather than packaging, flavoring, coloring and other refining processes. This ensures it is free from chemicals, unhealthy fats and all sorts of junk that can cause health problems in the long run.
What is Generative Eating and why is it Important?
Generative eating is consuming whole foods which are near as possible to their natural state. In other words, it is eating only foods which have undergone minimal processes of refining, processing and handling, making them as close to their natural state as possible. It does not involve eating a specific amount of food or less of something, but being mindful of where the food comes from, its process and how you finally put it on your plate.
Nowadays, it is difficult to find foods which have not been refined or processed in some way. This becomes a challenge for generative eating enthusiasts. The rationale of generative eating emphasizes on natural food options such as fruits and vegetables while eliminating refined and unhealthy food.
Generative eating is very easy to follow and does not require any strenuous effort apart from being mindful of your food choices. Unlike dieting, you are not restricted to any specific amount of food and hence calories. You can eat as much as you would like to, or less for that matter. What is important is to ensure that you make healthy food choices by selecting foods that are not refined or processed. Choose foods which are as close to their natural and raw state as much as possible.
Generative eating requires your deliberate effort by consciously choosing what to eat and being mindful all the time. It is not difficult once you are aware of what you should be eating and what to avoid. Avoid or cut back on anything refined or containing unknown ingredients which form a lengthy list on the label. These are most likely processed and ultimately not natural foods.
- Avoid processed foods: Processed foods have undergone various refining stages. They have additives and ingredients which are considered unhealthy. To begin with, check whether the ingredient list has anything that is classified as additives or artificial colors. There are however clean packaged foods such as whole-wheat pasta, baby spinach and chickpeas which are all good clean eating options.
Eat more veggies: Vegetables are classy sources of vitamins A and K which help improve your vision and immune system. Go for fresh vegetables which are obtained straight from the farm, unprocessed and clean.
Eat more fruits: Fruits are naturally sweet, delicious, rich in potassium and vitamin C. Take 1½ to 2 cups of fruit per day to obtain the recommended vitamins. Go for whole unprocessed fruits which are raw and obtained straight from the farm.
Eat healthy fats: You do not need to cut back on all fat, but instead opt for clean options or healthy fats. Healthy fats are vital in improving the health of your heart and also in raising the level of the good cholesterol, HDL cholesterol.