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Dietary Wisdom – How to select your food

This week we’ll go through a series of dietary wisdom. You see, realizing the importance of the role food that plays is one of the vital processes of life. Most importantly, the selection and preparation of food should be considered as amongst life’s highest priorities. And today, I’ll tell you why.

Choose foods that supply the elements needed for building up the body

In this choice, appetite is not a safe guide. Through wrong habits of eating, the appetite might well have become perverted. Often the appetite demands food that impairs health and causes weakness instead of strength. We cannot safely be guided by the customs of society for the simple reason that the disease and suffering that everywhere prevail are largely due to popular errors in regard to diet.

Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the foods best suited to the needs of the human system. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing. They impart a strength, a power of endurance, and a vigor of intellect that are not afforded by a more complex and stimulating diet.

Not all wholesome foods are equally suited to our needs

Care should be taken in the selection of food. Our diet should be suited to the season, to the climate in which we live, and to the occupation we follow. Some foods that are adapted for use at one season or in one climate are not suited to another. So there are different foods best suited for persons in different occupations.

Often food that can be used with benefit by those engaged in hard physical labor is unsuitable for persons of sedentary pursuits or intense mental application. Nature has supplied us with an ample variety of healthful foods, and each person should choose from it the things that experience and sound judgment prove to be best suited to his own necessities.

Did you know nuts and nut foods play an important role in the diet

With nuts may be combined grains, fruits and some roots, to make foods that are healthful and nourishing. You should be careful however, not to use too large a proportion of nuts. Those who realize ill effects from the use of nut foods may find the difficulty removed by attending to this precaution. Also, you should remember, too, that some nuts are not as wholesome as others. Almonds are preferable to peanuts, but peanuts in limited quantities, used in connection with grains, are nourishing and digestible.

Persons who have accustomed themselves to a rich, highly stimulating diet have an unnatural taste, and they cannot at once relish food that is plain and simple. It will take time for the taste to become natural and for the stomach to recover from the abuse it has suffered. But those who persevere in the use of wholesome food will, after a time, find it palatable. Its delicate and delicious flavors will be appreciated, and it will be eaten with greater enjoyment than can be derived from unwholesome dainties. And the stomach, in a healthy condition, neither fevered nor overtaxed, can readily perform its task.

If you plan wisely, that which is most conducive to health can be secured almost anywhere. That’s dietary wisdom

The various preparations of rice, wheat, corn and oats are sent abroad everywhere. Also beans, peas, and lentils. These, with native or imported fruits, and the variety of vegetables that grow in each locality, give an opportunity to select a dietary that is complete without the use of flesh meats.

Wherever fruit can be grown in abundance, a liberal supply should be prepared for winter, by canning or drying. Small fruits, such as currants, gooseberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, can be grown to advantage in many places where they are but little used and their cultivation is neglected. For household canning of these products and other fruits, glass, rather than tin cans, should be used whenever possible. It is especially necessary that the fruit for canning should be in good condition.

Wherever dried fruits, such as raisins, prunes, apples, pears, peaches, and apricots are easy to find. In addition, there should not be a great variety at any one meal, for this encourages overeating and causes indigestion.

It is not good to eat fruit and vegetables at the same meal. If the digestion is feeble, the use of both will often cause distress and inability to put forth mental effort. It is better to have the fruit at one meal and the vegetables at another. The meals should be varied. The same dishes, prepared in the same way, should not appear on the table meal after meal and day after day. The meals are eaten with greater relish, and the system is better nourished, when the food is varied.

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