We love our children more than anyone, so it follows we want to provide them with the best of everything we can to nourish and protect them. The diet we choose for our children is fundamental to their future health and wellbeing.
Introducing The L.O.V.E. Diet
The L ower fat, O rganic, V egan, E nzyme rich Diet is a simple guide parents can follow when selecting first foods for their children to establish truely healthy habits from the start of their lives.
Choosing a nutritive rich, plant based diet that builds immunity and prevents health issues to start with surely makes more sense then relying on medications - even natural ones - to treat diseases, infections or learning difficulties in the years to come.
The L.O.V.E. Diet guide is a biologically suited diet for humans and can also be followed by everyone in the family, especially pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.
Science has discovered preferences for certain tastes and nutrients are developed in the womb and come through breast milk, so a mothers eating habits is the most significant factors that influence a child's food choices.
A father's food choices also affect a child's as they like to observe and imitate what Dad does too, so each parent following a healthy diet themselves is undoubtedly the very best example for a child.
I whole-HEARTedly believe following The L.O.V.E. Diet to be the most LOVING diet we can choose, not only for our children and ourselves but also for animals and the environment too.
So why L.O.V.E.?
So why are Low fat, Organic whole food, Vegan, Enzyme-rich foods the best for my children and myself?
L ow/er fat?
Our adult bodies actually need very little fat. Leading health authorities such as Dean Cornish and Neil Bernard warn consuming above 10% of your diet from fat can seriously compromise your health. Chimpanzees are our genetically closest physiological relatives sharing around 99% of our genes and they thrive in nature on a diet consisting of around 10% fat. The World Health Organisation recommends a generous 15-30% of fat sourced from calories in our diets each day, yet most adults consume twice that amount. High consumption of unhealthy sources of fat - especially from animal sources - is a leading cause of disease and premature death particularly in the western world.
During infancy and any growth spurts though a child's needs for healthy fats are increased. Also during pregnancy and breastfeeding more fats are required (especially Essential Fatty Acids) to support neurological and nervous system development. Teenagers are commonly consuming dangerously high amounts of unhealthy types of fats.
Fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, naturally contain fats in the best assimilated form and with the right omega 3/6 ratios. Avocados, young coconut flesh, nuts and seeds are other healthy sources of fats that should be a part of growing child's diet but eventually limited in the adult diet to avoid health issues.
O rganic whole foods?
Of course natural, chemical free foods grown in a sustainable way are best for our children, ourselves and the entire ecosytem. Most people now understand the advantages of purchasing as much organic produce as possible - or better still growing and consuming foods from our own gardens. Where that is not economically possible choosing conventionally grown whole foods still has many health promoting benefits over processed foods. Whole foods are foods that are closest to their natural state. Eating whole foods that have not been processed ensure you gain the most nutrients, packaged in the correct proportions as nature intended. Consuming raw, whole foods is a way of maximising nutrition as nutrients are not lost in the cooking process.
V egan - Fruit and vegetable rich?
There is a worldwide trend toward plant based diets for many reasons. The ethical treatment of animals has at long last become an important issue as people are now finding it hard to turn a blind eye to the cruel reality of factory farming and abattoir practices. The devastating environmental consequences of eating meat, dairy and egg products are also of major concern. Through increased awareness due to the availability of information on the internet, many are researching the consequences and necessity of consuming animal products for themselves. Science continues to prove the biologically suitability of a vegan diet for human diets. Research confirms a vegan diet prevents and even reverses most major diseases like heart disease and cancer by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels and assisting with losing weight. There is far more available nutrition in plant foods compared to animal sourced foods. Plant foods supercharge our immune system and protect our health in every way.
E nzyme rich?
Raw foods contain enzymes that help our bodies digest them. Raw foods supply nutrients to our bodies in the most easy to assimilate form. Chimpanzees, who are our closest genetic relatives, consume a 100% raw diet mostly of fruits, leaves and vegetables and experience extremely high vitality and immunity rates. But, while plant foods are obviously biologically suited to our bodies, not all of them are. There are certain plant foods that contain toxic constituents to deter foragers to ensure their survival or other plant foods are simply not designed for human consumption in the first place. Many of these natural foods can irritate our systems - particularly those of our young children. Basing your diet around appropriately selected fresh fruits and vegetables that are nourishing and easy to digest will ensure the best nutrition is received for growth and maintenance of health.
Some of the benefits of
The L.O.V.E. Diet