In this excerpt from her book, Shine Brighter Every Day: Nourish Your Body, Feed Your Spirit, Balance Your Life (Watkins May 2020), Danah Mor explains how to get food smarter especially when it comes to shopping…
WE NEED TO GET FOOD SMART!
The real food dilemma for our generation is how to become a real food wizard. We need to get to the bottom of our food industry and be more conscious of our food choices, so that we’re making smarter choices for our bodies, minds and the planet!
Shop at local farmers markets where there is less or no food seduction. Support your local farmers and ask them how they protect their crops from insects. Farmers are great to speak to and supporting them is fun and better for the planet.
I avoid supermarkets altogether. Order your staples like grains, beans, nuts, oils, toilet paper and detergents monthly and have them delivered to your home. It saves you time, money and energy! If you go to the supermarket, avoid the aisles you now know are 100 per cent pure seduction – with all that colorful packaging lighting up your brain chemistry. Head straight for the real food – the fresh vegetables and fruits. Fill your basket and then head to the grains. Now breathe, and do not go near the bakery, confectionery or cereal aisles. Buy dry grains and beans in bulk. This saves you time and money – bulk is always a better bargain. If possible, order them online and organic.
Remember that we send messages with every euro, dollar or pound we spend. When we buy natural real foods, we are voting for more of that. When we buy processed products with toxic effects on our body and the planet, we are sending out a message that we don’t care. Vote and be heard with what you choose to spend your energy and money on.
Organize your fridge and pantry in a friendly manner so that it suits your new dietary choices. For example:
1. Create a grains cupboard with all your grains stored in airtight glass containers, so it’s easy for you to recognize them!
2. Create a snack drawer with trail mixes, almond butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and wheat-free crackers.
3. Create a healthy snack section in the fridge with hummus, pesto, carrots and other easy-to-grab snacks.
4. Organize the fridge so that veggies are prioritized and separated for salads and for cooking, so it’s easy to make a meal.
5. Allow your healthier plant- based foods to be easier to access in the fridge, and in the kitchen in general.
6. Buy organic. Check out the organic produce guides “clean fifteen” and “dirty dozen” to prioritize when budgeting
Get Food Smarter
1. Take the super out of supermarket - go to the market.
2. Order your shopping staples online or have them delivered – this saves time, money and energy!
3. Spend that time at home making delicious nutritious meals! Get groovy cooking more often.
4. When you buy packaged foods, like jarred chick- peas, coconut yogurt or granola – read your labels and question where your food comes from.
5. Check out the meal plan ideas to get a vision of what a week of loving real good food looks like.
Use the shopping list on the next three pages to discover a world of veggies, grains, beans and legumes! Veggies and fruits are seasonal so be sure to keep them local. Shopping at farmer’s markets will keep your supply local and safe!
Butternut squash cabbages
Mushrooms (portobello, chestnut, shitake etc.)
Sprouts and baby greens (if available, such as sunflower, green and pea greens)
Green beans (all varieties)
Fruit has become less nutritious and sweeter with advanced technology and genetic engineering. They are also harvested earlier and stored longer. I save my tropical fruit feasts for when I’m in Brazil or Hawaii! In Portugal and European countries, I choose local berries, apples and pears. Choose seasonal and local fruits.
(Choose raw, naturally fermented and unpasteurized options) sauerkraut organic miso
Organic Raw Honey
Nuts and Seeds
Buy raw and fresh and in bulk, and store in your fridge or freezer!
Tahini (Sesame seed paste)
I like to grind my own flour with a high-speed blender
Beans and Legumes
For sprouting and cooking. If you’re just beginning all of this, feel free to buy a few glass-jarred beans and chickpeas to facilitate the process at first. However, buy the dried versions too so you can get sprouting!
Lentils (all colors)
Fenugreek seeds for white sprouting!
Fresh Herbs and Dried Seasonings
Himalayan Salt or Fleur de paprika
Sel dried Thyme
About Danah Mor
Danah Mor is a certified Health Practitioner who discovered she was going blind at age 13. She trained in Ayurvedic Medicine at the Medical University of Manipal and is certified by Hippocrates Health Institute and The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. For more about Danah go to http://danahmor.com
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