19 May 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
Dr. Timothy Moore
There are only 24 hours in the day, but we tend to push ourselves to maximum overload just to complete those things that we deem important. What a waste of time if we don’t slow down and – to use a cliché – take the time to “smell the roses.”
Some of us go to the gym and do all the things that are required to stay in reasonably good shape. But when we look at ourselves in the mirror, we don’t recognize the reflection. Frustration sets in and off to the refrigerator we go for what I refer to as comfort foods: ice cream, chips, cake, sodas and even fried foods.
When it comes to eating good food, we have to plan a good nutritious meal just like the insignificant plans we make in life until it becomes second nature to us. I believe some food products are intentionally mislabeled. But we buy them anyway. Why? Your answer is as good as mine.
Try this on for size: You go to the store and notice that the label on food says, “Purchase at your own risk.” Or, “this product can cause obesity, heart problems and diabetes.” Would you purchase it? I don’t think so. That’s my point. So what should you eat and how do you know that what you’re buying is good for you and your family? You have to make that determination if you want good health.
The funny thing about life is that, even though we’re living longer, we continue to grapple with self-imposed health problems. Our food choices are to blame. But don’t worry. If you like meatloaf, I’m going to show you how to create a healthy, meatless meatloaf out of nuts. Sound good? Just keep reading.
The Centers for Disease and Control talks about good health and, of course, obesity on its website. It says obesity is caused by “increased food intake, non-healthful foods, and physical inactivity.” We have to look at food differently if we want to survive. Trying the nut meatloaf is a good way to start.
I remember reading a book on how to “eat to live.” It didn’t make much sense at the moment, because all I ever knew how to do was “live to eat.” That’s what’s happening to some of you. Your health problems are increasing every day. You have to stop the madness of food gluttony.
There is nothing wrong with consuming fresh vegetables, fruit, and beans (great northern and a host of others). Did I mention the nut meatloaf? I can hear it cooking. What about learning how to prepare a simple dish in about 15 minutes, with ingredients that are cooked and raw, but good nonetheless for your body.
Nothing can take the place of good, fresh, wholesome food – not even the pills you’re taking for your health problems. Food is life-water; there is no replacement. If you’re obese, those fad diets don’t work. You’ll gain that weight back plus some. Then you’ll be frustrated at what you see in the mirror.
A nut meat loaf recipe that is so good...
1 ½ cup of walnuts
1 ½ cup of almonds
1 ½ cup of sunflower seeds (You’ll need some pure water for soaking)
1 ½ TB of minced garlic
¾ c fresh chopped parsley
¾ c fresh chopped celery
1 ½ TB chopped onion or power
2 TB fresh rosemary (not powder)
1 TB fresh tarragon minced
1 cup of red bell pepper chopped,
1 ½ TS cumin seeds (not powder)
2 cups of chopped portabella mushrooms
Soak the nuts for about two to four hours.
Drain and throw into food processor with minced garlic.
Process until the contents develop into a dough-like consistency.
Add water if dough is too thick.
Add parsley, celery, rosemary, tarragon, red bell pepper, cumin seeds, and ¾ cups of water.
Mix well on a solid dehydrating sheet and form dough into loaf about 1 ½ inch high. Dehydrate for about three hours, then remove and enjoy this raw dish.
If you don’t have a dehydrator, place contents into oven at 225 for about 1 ½ hours
Remember, it’s already eatable; just heat until stable or dry.