By Ed Bauman
Ed Bauman, PhD, created the Eating For Health (E4H) model 20 years ago as the basis for the Nutrition Consultant and Natural Chef Training Programs at Bauman College. Find Bauman College listed under Schools. The following is a brief excerpt from Ed Bauman's newset book, Flavors of Health, written with Lizette Marx, and reprinted here by permission.
The healthiest diet comes from S.O.U.L. foods that are Seasonal, Organic, Unprocessed, and Local, that are suited to a person's individual taste, temperament, needs, access to ingredients, and metabolic tendency. One of the great strengths of the Eating For HealthTM system is that it can be vegan or omnivorous, raw or cooked, and it can, and naturally will, evolve over time and with changing circumstances.
For example, some of us digest meat better than we do beans. For others, it is the opposite.
Despite our differences though, some dietary strategies make sense for everyone. A healthy, balanced individual will be able to comfortably digest and live well on a largely plant-based diet that contains animal foods in moderate portions as complements to a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes.
For optimal health, disease prevention, and quick healing from illness or injury, it is best to eat about 6 servings a day of fresh or fermented vegetables and 3 servings a day of fresh or dried fruits or juice. We have our work cut out for us to get to this level. It means snacking on fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds, rather than chips, cookies, candy, and crackers.
Another universal key to vibrant health is for the vast majority of foods we consume to be from whole and natural sources, rather than out of boxes or packages. This is where E4H can help, teaching you how to make delicious and life-enhancing foods from scratch.
At Bauman College, we place a high value on people going to their local markets and selecting the foods themselves, even getting to know their local growers and vendors, when possible. In this stress-filled world, where hurry and worry limit our opportunities for relationship and pleasure, it is an important step outside the box to learn where your food comes from....
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