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Monday – No Potato Day

White potatoes are among the foods that everyone could do with in strict moderation.

Why?

Mostly because they serve to limit the imagination.  Instead of eating more vegetables or experimenting with wild rices and grains, people consume white potatoes.

Baked potatoes, new potatoes, mashed potatoes, crushed potatoes, roasted potatoes, French fries, crisps, chips – every time a white potato is eaten, a chance has been missed to have a much better vegetable or grain, and a chance is missed to inject variety and color also.

This humble potato should be humble – it is a starchy crutch food that in particular when paired with meat or chicken, creates a very heavy meal.

In this day and age there is so much variety and so many other choices, that we have come to rely on potatoes in an unhealthy way – they are a crutch food.  Why not try something different!

If you eat meat, there is nothing more gorgeous in summertime than pairing your meat with a cold salad or watercress with a fantastic mustard vinaigrette.

Free yourself with:
Sweet potatoes (no sugars or syrups added please)
Wild rice
Red Camargue rice
Oat groats
Spelt
Pearl Barley

Kale
Collard Greens
Mustard Greens
Watercress
Bok Choy
Tomato and onion salad
Fennel salad

When you stop eating potatoes, you discover there is so much more out there!  And… curiously you will find that they don’t taste as good as before.

If you can comfortably find potato substitutes, why not extend your ‘no potato day’ to last a whole week long?

Here is a shopping list that includes, amongst other things, a list of great foods you can fill your kitchen with, instead of potatoes.

Love to you all!
La Libertini

Vegetarians! Are you eating Vegetables?

If you are a vegetarian and overweight or at all unhealthy, constipated, or have a preventable disease, I suspect you are eating many of the foods I recommend trying to quit or radically reduce, and probably lots of “good fats” too. 

You may not be eating animal foods, but you’re probably not eating an incredible amount of fresh fruit and vegetables either.  Am I right? 

Also beware, many vegetarian processed foods are pretty dubious – some vegetarian sausages and veggie-burgers are filled with really bad ingredients. 

Please please please, do not eat processed, pre-packaged vegetarian foods unless you have complete and total confidence in your ability to read labels. 

Try to go for foods with ONE ingredient – themselves, and do your own cooking.

Many vegetarian restaurants and dishes are good, many are bad.  Like everyone else, vegetarians need to understand how these foods are prepared and if there are any bad ingredients or if they are soaked in vegetable oil, etc.

Dairy fat is a big temptation for lacto-ovo vegetarians, but I don’t quite understand how consuming lots of dairy makes any sense for anyone who is very concerned about the welfare of animals

If you must have dairy, you should make it organic and fat-free, and limit your intake of diary to once a day maximum. 

If you have not experimented with light soy and oat or rice-based drinks instead of dairy milk, please do so.  These are superb alternatives, provided they don’t contain sugar. 

Additionally, many vegetarians simply do not get enough high value protein in a lean and concentrated form, therefore they wind up hungry, and noshing on bad carbs. 

If you exercise a lot, or are in a weak state of health, you must ensure you are getting good high value proteins.  Soy is a good solution, so ensure you are getting enough. 

Make sure you are eating “integrated” foods – protein/ carbohydrates such as pulses and legumes, and ensure you are eating lots of different types of organic grains, fruits, vegetables, soy products such as tofu and edamame, and that you also are cooking with soybeans like any other pulse or bean.  Variety is key if you are vegetarian.

If you are celebrating vegetable plant life with your vegetarian diet, that is absolutely wonderful – ensure to celebrate the full spectrum and spend lots of time in the fresh produce section of your supermarket – where the fruit and vegetables are! 

You may wish to consider eating organic, wild fish from time to time, but that’s down to you.  If not a little fish, perhaps a few organic eggs.  Organic eggs are excellent sources of protein.  I believe it is better to eat organic fish and eggs than dairy products.

If you are vegetarian, Macrobiotics can be the solution for life-long health.  If you’re a passionate vegetarian I encourage you to explore the philosophy and methods of the Macrobiotic diet.  It is truly a celebration of plant foods, and will teach you about food combinations and ingredients, as well as a whole integrated philosophy about eating well. 

You may not think you are killing an animal, but ensure you’re not killing yourself either!

Love to you all!
La Libertini