The Green lifestyle is gaining traction on many levels worldwide.
The first thing that attracted me when I received an enquiry out of Australia, if we would be interested in publishing some environmentally friendly articles on SearchAmelia, was the fact that they did suggest a Green Hamburger as part of a balanced meal. I have always been a follower of Jimmy Buffett’s cheeseburger in Paradise philosophy, all the way down to the Heinz 57. I also received an enquiry from Paris France for stories about Old Book restorations. It’s interesting and strangely liberating to discover that our Amelia Island news site is catching attention from all over the world, so I emailed the guys in Asutralia back: Why not? Go ahead, send us some stuff, knowing very well that there had to be a commercial hook. And there is! They sell environmentally friendly shopping bags.
I’m all for that, especially since I started doing grocery shopping fresh and daily with my backpack on the bicycle a couple of months ago. No more plastic, no more paper.
So here is the story (and the offer):
The Green diet- help your digestion, feel better, save the world
Good food can do things which nothing else can, and do them brilliantly. The Green diet is all about food value, and it’s a true breakthrough in common sense dieting.
The human body requires:
• Green vegetable materials
The problem is that a lack of these vital requirements comes standard with our modern diet. Processed food often loses nutrients through water leaching and overzealous use of additives and other materials which replace food with basically useless non-food.
Raw food, by contrast, is all food. This is the essence of a Green diet.
Case study: The Green hamburger
Nobody has ever pretended that a hamburger was the way to perfect health. The problem for most people is that they love hamburgers. Ironically, if you have a hamburger with a lot of fresh greenery, whole grain bread, and the food isn’t over-processed, you’re getting some of what you need.
A Green hamburger, in contrast, is a real meal. The list of nutrients is extremely long, but check out the basics, related to essential requirements:
• Proteins- Lean meat provides essential amino acids (Fat doesn’t provide anything but problems)
• Vitamins- B vitamins, Vitamin E, Vitamin C from vegetables, beta carotene if beetroot or carrot are added, Vitamin A from some vegetables
• Minerals- Zinc, copper, iron, phosphorous, calcium, and other trace elements from meat, vegetables and breads
• Green vegetable materials- Chlorophyll, nitrogen, trace elements
• Carbohydrates- Breads have various forms of carbohydrates, low GI breads are best by far.
And to top it off: All this comes with almost no cholesterol, too.
Here is a sample shopping list for no more than $20 that you can fit nicely into a handy green shopping bag.
• Fresh parsley: This can turn any meal into a joy, and it’s got the dark green vegetable materials required for a good diet.
• Carrots: Beta carotene by the ton, fibre, and will go with any meal.
• Cheese: Matured cheese is much better and food values are higher.
• Sprouts: Bean sprouts have built in minerals and tastes fantastic with all dishes
• Corn: High value energy food, with trace elements.
• Potatoes: Steamed in their jackets, they’re like a whole extra meal, and it’s all good.
• Multigrain bread: The fancy brands are just that. As long as it’s whole grain, you’re getting excellent dietary value, all the time.
• Olive oil: The Mediterranean’s secret oil, absolutely trustworthy for cooking, with its own valuable nutrients.
• Meat: Lean, and remove every trace of fat you can see. (Note: More isn’t better with meat. A smaller portion is generally better in terms of digestion.)
• Soy: Most people prefer brands, but look for good value as well.
• Fruit: Go nuts on the fruits. They’ve all got high food value, and they also provide fresh, absolutely pure water.
• Salt: Salt isn’t the enemy. Too much sodium, however, is too much. Stick to sea salt and avoid the high sodium foods.
Well it seems like a good start to me on a way to a healthier lifestyle. I’m off the computer on my way to a happy hour with two pescatarians and one vegetarian. Should be interesting.