The million dollar question on the mouth and heads of a lot of people “So what do you eat”?
When it comes to food, people are very opinionated as to what they feel is the right way to eat. I don’t believe that there is only ONE right way to eat! We are all unique and what’s right for one may not be right for another.
One way to go about this dilemma is one should try and stick to single ingredient meal. By single ingredient I mean whole food, natural foods that contain only one ingredient, which is generally referred to as non-processed food.
Single ingredient food list guide below
|Chicken / Beef / Turkey / Eggs / Ham / Pork / Liver / Lamb / Sea foods / all Fish / Shellfish / Milk / Cheese / Yogurt / Raw nuts and Seeds.|
|Corn / Oats / Barley / Buck wheat / Whole wheat / Wheat germ / Granola / Rice / Noodles / Pasta whole wheat / Muesli and Oat Cakes.|
|All fresh vegetables have one ingredient.|
|All fresh fruits have one ingredient.|
You can combine ingredients to form meals, but everything must start out as one whole ingredient. For example, you can combine single ingredient food to make a meal such as:
- Pounded Yam (made easy by using a food mixer to mash the yam into a mould shape provided you eat it as soon as it’s made) and Okra (okra is a single ingredient) soup with any protein of your choice. Where time is not permitted, yam can be swapped for Oat (Quaker Oat: they make delicious swallow).
2. Salad using homemade mayonnaise or Lemon
3. Rice and stew
4. MoiMoi (beans cake) made from beans, pepper, onions and oil
6. Eggs in any form
7. Nuts (Groundnut, Cashew, Almond etc).
The Key here is staying away from (eat in moderation one a week):
- Processed foods
- Fast food
- All packaged foods with more than 1 ingredient such as Ready Meals
- Baked products & breads
- Refined sugars, chocolate, and sweets
A Few exception would be on condiments and oil (go for healthier oil like coconut oil for frying, olive oil for dressing) but easy on the quantity you use.
Once you have the hang of eating a single ingredient meal, which most of us already do, the next step is reducing the portion size of what we eat to fully maximise the benefit of single ingredient eating. Bon appetite.