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“Our tastebuds are conditioned towards sugar, salt and fat right from a very young age, based on the idea of many of us getting food as a reward as children,” Hart explained, adding that we need to recondition ourselves to crave natural foods.
But before visions of bowls full of nuts and beans start dancing in your head, don’t panic — Hart doesn’t advocate completely abandoning everyday items from the grocery store. Rather, he says the key is to boost your intake of natural, whole foods to help achieve a balance between items that contained refined sugars and flours, hydrogenated oils, sweeteners, and flavourings.
“Really, it’s not about eliminating any of the dairy or the meat,” said Hart. “Everything I teach is how can you increase the nutritional value of whatever it is you’re already choosing to eat.”
According to Hart, simply incorporating these staple ingredients into your diet doesn’t necessarily involve making drastic changes to your lifestyle, and the addition of these items can help boost energy levels, control your weight, and even reduce stress levels.
And it isn’t overly difficult or expensive to incorporate things like beans, nuts and seeds into your diet — you can find them in the bulk section of just about any grocery store. Hart admits that it can be hard to find affordable produce in the corridor, but says in-season fruits and veggies shouldn’t be too hard to find.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Power of Food, visit www.poweroffood.com or check out Hart’s seminar during Whistler Wellness Week on Wednesday, June 4 at 7 p.m.
For those of you tempted to try out this new (old) way of eating, here’s one of Hart’s recipes designed to satisfy the sweet tooth and your nutritional needs.
Flourless Hemp Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup hemp seeds
¼ cup raw cane sugar
2 organic eggs
1 cup all natural peanut butter
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup chocolate chips
Substitute ¼ cup dried fruit, ¼ cup almond butter, or add 2 tsp of cocoa powder for a chocolate version. You can also add ¼ cup ground flax seeds to increase fibre content.