For several generations, Penders family members have been fascinated by natural and organic ingredients. Recently, Ria Penders has come out with a new book simply called “Organic Food” (published in Dutch as “Oergondisch genieten”) with more than 250 healthy recipes based on a prehistoric diet.
‘Paleo-nutrition’ for the future. As an ‘orthomolecular dietician,’ Ria Penders has dealt with the relationship between health and nutrition for many years. She wrote this book to assist her clients on their way to become fit and healthy. She advises people to choose their foods following a “Paleo-nutrition” diet:
We should eat as people did thousands of years ago. People ate what was available in nature. Primitive man went out to hunt and fish. He picked up eggs and gathered fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and honey. The proteins and fats from fish and meat supplied most of their energy. The amount of carbohydrates in starch and sugars in the prehistoric diet was only about one third of the total amount of their energy intake.
You can make the most delicious meals using only a few basic ingredients. A salad of spinach and raspberries with cold roast beef make a super nutritious salad (doesn’t it look yummy in the photo?). Our ancestors’ diet avoids dairy and gluten found in certain grains and is low in saturated fat.
A good meal plan might include:
Breakfast: fruit — with nuts, eggs (or nothing else)
Lunch: a salad or hot meal — with plenty of vegetables, plus meat, fish, chicken or eggs, dress with olive oil
Dinner: plenty of vegetables including leafy vegetables such as tuberous plants, with fish, meat or chicken
In between: fruit, nuts, seeds, olives, avocado
Drinks: water, a variety of teas, some coffee
Across the planet, people are eating ‘fast foods’ and accordingly, the incidence of diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular problems have risen dramatically. Ria says:
Nowadays, many people eat processed food with a high percentage of refined carbohydrates, such as in bread, sweets and soft drinks. Processed food also contains salt, flavorings and preservatives… Carbohydrates supply most of the energy, about 70%. This nutrition does not satisfy; the appetite for food does not stop. Overweight and loss of energy lie ahead!
She advises clients to change their diet for their health and urges them to eat organically grown food whenever possible. Her advice: “Get fit and healthy just by eating produce straight from Mother Nature!” Eating right is easy, she says:
“This kind of food is delicious, doesn’t take much time and is easy to prepare.”
Photos courtesy of Ria Penders
By Teviot Fairservis.