December 31, 2019 5:20 pm Leave your thoughts
We’ve got another new year in our sights: a blank canvas, an empty page, a broad highway stretching into the distance. We don’t know what lies ahead, but we do know that we can make sure every step we take is a step in the right direction. Fancy joining us? Let’s make 2020 the year we get ourselves on track!
A whole new you?
We regenerate our skin cells every 27 days (and generally shed our New Year’s resolutions a lot faster than that….), so perhaps we really can become a whole new person by the end of January! At Naturally Good Food, we’re mostly concerned with health from the inside-out: we’re bothered about what we put into our bodies and what that does to us on the inside. But what happens on the inside has an effect on the outside too – turning us, for better or worse, from a thinner to a fatter person, from a person with tired skin to one with glowing skin, from a person slumped on the sofa to someone with a spring in their step.
A whole new year of wholefoods?
We keep track of many popular diets at Naturally Good Food and regularly blog about them. Many of our customers follow quite specific diets and we’re pleased to be able to sell them the ingredients they need. As a company, we don’t endorse any one diet in particular – but the things we sell do tend to apply to healthy diets across the board. That’s because we concentrate on wholefoods: we believe these to be the very healthiest of foods and the basis for all good diets.
Wholefoods are foods that contain the ‘whole’ of the food – with nothing vital taken away and nothing unnecessary added in. They’re frequently, but not always, organic food. They’re usually unrefined (or only lightly refined), unprocessed (or only lightly processed), wholewheat and wholemeal versions of products, with the outer ‘bran’ and covering intact. In short, they’re foodstuffs that haven’t been ‘messed about with’ – food that your Granny might recognize.
Wholefoods include nuts, seeds, dried fruit, grains, pulses and cold-pressed oils: they’re things like oats, beans, rice and almonds. Wholefood rice retains the bran and germ, for instance, while wholemeal flour contains the bran, germ and endosperm. Wholefood oils are derived from the first cold-pressing of the seed, grain or nut, while wholefood pulses, fruits, nuts and seeds are as close as possible to their original state. They’re the essentials of cooking: mostly, you’ll have to mix them or cook them in order to include them at mealtimes.
Wholefoods are therefore the building blocks of cooking – and they’re also the building blocks of a good diet. With nothing necessary removed, and nothing unnecessary added in, they’re the richest source of nutrition we have. Full of fibre, which keeps all parts of our body working well, they’re also packed with protein and bursting with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other vital elements.
We often use brown rice as an example of the benefits of wholefoods. Brown rice is rich in protein, fibre, calcium, thiamine, potassium, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, selenium, manganese, natural oils and antioxidants. White rice, on the other hand, which has been milled and polished to remove the bran and germ (where much of the nutrients and fibre are found), is significantly lower in these nutrients. Brown rice is said to have twice the level of manganese and phosphorus as white rice, over twice as much iron, and up to ten times as much of some of the B vitamins.
Achievable – and cost-effective
A lot of New Year diets set unattainable aims and require you to buy a large amount of unusual and expensive foodstuffs. We don’t. There are no aims or goals with wholefoods – simply try to incorporate as many of them as possible into your daily diet. If you’re not sure how to cook a particular type of wholefood – brown rice, for instance – simply google it (or check out our very useful blogs!). If one particular wholefood is too expensive for you, choose a different type (most are very cheap). And if you really can’t get on with quinoa, don’t despair – try another grain instead.
There’s a whole new year stretching ahead. One step at a time, we can all improve our diets!
Take a look at our wholefoods
We keep all our wholefoods together in one online ‘aisle’ – you can see it here. We’re especially well-known for our bulk wholefoods, which cover sizes from around 2kg upwards. If you’re feeding a family or running a business, there’s no cheaper way to get hold of wholefoods. Check out our bulk buy section here.
In our wholefoods aisle, we have:
Seeds: from the tiny to the thick and crunchy.
Dried fruit: wonderfully sweet and nutritious.
Rice: in an amazing array of colours and types.
Superfoods: foods that perform one particular function really well.
Oils: cold-pressed, unrefined and extra-virgin.
Pasta: wholewheat, organic and unusual varieties.
Nut butters: of all possible types and combinations!
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This post was written by Yzanne