If you are thinking about fasting then preparation is the key.
When you are writing out a fasting shopping list it’s important look for good quality fruit and veg (organic if you can). Seasonal is best, so this time of year you will need winter veggies like pumpkin and root veggies, zucchini, cauliflower, cucumbers, onions. Look for nice fresh leafy greens like rocket and bok choys. Fresh herbs make a big difference to the flavour so pick out your favourites like basil, coriander, rosemary and parsley. Pick up a nice piece of fresh ginger as it will aid your digestion.
The most important thing to buy is brown rice, organic if you can. Most supermarkets now have a few different varieties to choose from but if you can’t get organic rice then good old sunbrown will do. Make sure your rinse your rice before you cook it. To keep your meals tasting fantastic you should add sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, raw almonds, adzuki beans and dried udon or soba noodles to you list. If you can get whole oats (steel cut) then they are also a nice alternative for breakfast.
Now for the things that I always have in my cupboards. Look for good quality sea salt (fine grey and wet not chunky crystals), organic tamari, a cooking seaweed like wakame or kombu, some bancha tea (or any herbal tea you prefer) and organic miso paste (brown rice, genmai is best). Miso can be purchased at most Asian grocery stores, they also have cheap and fabulous greens and ginger. Choose your oils carefully as well. Look for cold pressed organic oil like sunflower or sesame. Avoid olive oil when fasting but rice bran oil is ok if you already have it in you cupboard. Take your time to shop and if it does not look fresh then buy something else that is. Don’t pick up foods that will tempt you over the fast-fast. Avoid buying and bread, biscuits, pre-packaged and processed foods. Remember its live food you want to refresh your body and make you feel great.
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