My food philosophy
Food is my medicine - the most delicious medicine for my health and happiness. OK, every so often I still get a ‘kick’ out of french fries, but, I do learn that the happiness I get from them only lasts a couple of minutes and, they don’t exactly make me feel healthy!
I believe in pure food. Food that grows and receives life energy from: mother earth, the water, the air and a huge amount from the sunshine. My kitchen cupboards don’t hold any processed, packed or tinned food. I can’t see any reason for consuming ‘dead’ food. My freezer stays empty most of the time, except for my home made wheat grass Ice cream… Years ago I donated almost all my electrical kitchen devices to the second hand store. I like to put my own energy into my food and cooking. It has become a form of meditation for me.
I love animals!!! Out of moral, spiritual and personal reasons I follow a vegetarian diet and offer this exclusively in my retreats. Though I personally am a vegetarian, I advise others to eat what they feel is right for their bodies. If one is to eat meat, then I strongly support eating organic meat and meat products.
As much as possible I try to stay away from toxins in food, which makes me a frequent customer of the local health food store. Importing and exporting food does add the world pollution, therefore, I purchase most of my groceries at the local farmer’s market, preferably at the biological stand. Firstly this makes me eat what’s in season and secondly what’s grown on the earth I am then connected to (brings less confusion in my mind).
As a nutritionist I’m especially concerned about the over acidity of modern (western culture) bodies (and minds). Therefore, I like to eat mostly alkaline producing foods, avoiding acidic foods. This automatically also cuts out a lot of sugar, flour and yeast. I make sure that I eat good quality food, which provides me with sufficient proteins, carbohydrates and fats, vitamins, minerals and water.
As an ayurvedic practitioner I do believe that it is most important how our body digests food. I also believe that Vata constitutions should eat warm and lubricating, Pittas should cool themselves down and reduce stimulants and Kaphas should eat light and dry food.
Having grown up in Switzerland I was taught to be clean (almost sterile). Nowadays
I realise it is more effective to clean inside the body than outside. Therefore, I take great care of what food I introduce to my system.
All of our retreats are free of wheat, yeast, refined sugar, coffee, black tea, meat, and fish. We consume plenty of fresh juicy and delicious food, some of which comes straight out of the biological garden.
A daily menu could look like this:
After waking up - warm lemon honey water
Breakfast - fresh juice, Quinoa porridge with seeds and natural homemade yoghurt, green tea
Lunch - fresh salad with proteins
Dinner - vegetable soup, rice and vegetables, pulses or soy products
Robin is our head chef. He has been working in many restaurants as a chef before stepping into the Algarveyoga kitchen. He is famous for his vegetarian food, and he always makes sure that our bellies feel bliss.
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Eat to live, don’t live to eat!