For instance soy-based sausage and meat-free pies are typically marketed as being a healthy alternative for people trying to avoid meat-based products. But soy-based meat substitutes are not only loaded with highly-processed soy, which typically comes from genetically-modified (GM) soybeans, but they are also filled with other flavouring and preservative chemicals like modified starches, various derivatives of monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial colourings (to make them look like actual meat), synthetic vitamin fortifiers and other chemicals.
Processed foods aside, some
1. Eat unprocessed foods. Make sure you mix in some raw with cooked food.
2. Cut down on oil and vegetable fat during cooking or on salads. Steam your vegetables instead of frying.
3. Eat smaller portions as overeating will put on the pounds and make you unhealthy in the long run. You will gradually get used to eating smaller portions and actually take time to savour the taste. It is alright to indulge in your favourite dessert but take smaller mouthfuls.
4. Do not overcook your food as minerals and vitamins will be lost. Choose foods rich in iron, vitamins and minerals to substitute for meat products.
5. Cut out sugar especially refined. If you have to use sugar, go for raw. Replace sugar with maple syrup or agave nectar in some recipes.
For optimal health, stick to unprocessed, whole foods. Raw or cooked.