Recommendations for a Healthy and Successful Christmas fast
What food to consume during Christmas fast and how to prepare it?
Christmas fast has begun - a true grace for our body, mind and consciousness. They are an excellent opportunity to purify and recharge our body with new vital energy and power.
Vita Rama Health Center offers you to follow them through a whole plant food based diet combined with motion, relaxation and more adequate thinking. We would like to encourage you following the Christmas Fast with no seafood consumption.
The diverse plant diet being properly followed will improve the function of your organs, tissues and systems; will cleanse you from the accumulated toxins; will promote your immune system and improve your sleep. As a result you will improve your overall health and increase your vitality and stamina.
It is of crucial importance to know for certain which foods to include in and exclude from your menu, and of course, how to prepare them in order to follow healthy and even curative Christmas fast. In our next article a more detailed discussion involving the most appropriate foods combination during fast will follow. Following the rules and guidelines in concern you will supply your body with all the important nutrients and elements, their proper absorption and will not worry about deficiencies.
During Christmas fast, Vita Rama Health Center specialists recommend you the following:
Exclude all types of animal foods from your menu:
meat, fish, seafood;
dairy products, i.e. fresh milk, yoghurt, cheese, yellow cheese, curd, butter;
concentrated fats (refined and cold-pressed) such as margarine, olive oil, olive oil, unrefined sunflower oil, flax, sesame, coconut oil, etc.;
Pasta and confectionery products (refined and containing yeast and fat) in the form of bread with yeast / fat, pastry, pizza, hamburgers, dunners, biscuits, waffles, chocolate, chips, etc.;
all kinds of garlic and hot food - onions, garlic, leeks, chili, as well as intoxicants and stimulants such as coffee, energy drinks, alcohol and opiates, if possible.
Consume only a variety of plant foods:
Fruits - they provide a good amount of calories, especially sweet ones, to satisfy your appetite and feed your cells with glucose. Also, you can not gain extra kilos consuming fruits and whole grain cereals. Seasonal fruits are preferable and nowadays there are plenty of such as apples, pears, grapes, persimmons, pomegranates, and medlars. You can also add bananas, citrus fruits and more.
Vegetables - they supply the body with various minerals and vitamins being necessary for better protein and carbohydrates digestion. We recommend consuming a variety of seasonal vegetables (there are more or less natural vegetables treated with less chemicals still available on the markets). Pumpkin, carrots, red beets, goose, cabbage, red pepper, alabaster, parsnip, zucchini, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, celery are such vegetables. You can also add cucumber, lettuce, dill, parsley, arugula, tomatoes and more.
High in starch vegetables - potato, sweet potato, chestnuts.
Sprouts - rucola, alfalfa, bean mong, broccoli, spelt, wheat and others.
Whole-grain cereals - they are the main food for our body. They are high in carbohydrates being degraded to glucose to fill cells with fuel, proteins, vitamins and minerals. Gluten-free whole-grain cereals such as millet, rice, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, corn are preferable. Those of you not facing digestive problems and gluten intolerance can add spelt, oats, barley, grout, wheat and others in the form of bread and other cooked dishes to your diet.
Legumes - beans, lentils, chickpeas, peas, soybean, etc. They are high in many proteins but you should be careful with their consumption because they are hard to digest and sometimes cause problems.
Seeds and nuts - flaxseed, hemp, chia, sesame, sunflower seed, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts and others. Care must be taken with the amounts of intake because the seeds and nuts are very high in fat. Their excessive consumption results in accumulation of excess fat in the body thus preventing proper metabolism of other substances. The same applies to olives and avocados.
Bee honey products - honey, bee pollen, royal jelly. We recommend no more than one tablespoon of bee honey a day.
Herbs, spices and teas - chamomile, mint, rosehip, thyme, common balm, St. John's wort, dandelion, fenugreek, turmeric, savory, cumin, celery, red pepper, dill, marjoram, basil, etc.
To prepare your food in the proper way:
Fruits are better consumed raw, emphasizing one kind of fruit of intake, eat as much as you like. You can also consume fruits as shakes.
Vegetables can be consumed as:
- salads with no concentrated fat added (refined and cold pressed) - oil, olive oil, unrefined sunflower oil, sesame, pumpkin, flaxseed oil, etc.
- stewed, roasted or cooked, no fat added during or after cooking.
- Soak for 12 hours, then rinse and put in a jar, rinsing every day. The duration of germination is 5-6 days.
- do not let grains / spelt sprouts germinate over 2 millimeters.
- Most should be soaked for at least 8 hours before cooking.
- do not add any fats before, during and after preparation.
- soak for at least 24 hours, changing the water once more.
- cook until softened and then rinse.
- strain as dippers and pates for better digestion; optionally blend with steamed vegetables or as humus.
- do not add any fat before, during and after preparation.
Seeds and nuts:
- soak for at least 6-8 hours, then rinse.
- strain as sauces for better digestion and absorption.
- Do not consume more than 50-60 g per day.
Vegetable fats - avocado and olives.
- Do not consume more than one avocado per day.
- Do not consume more than 10-15 olives per day.
Vita Rama Health Center ensures that by following these recommendations and guidelines, you will undoubtedly improve your health, increase your stamina and enjoy happiness and harmony.
Good and successful post!
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