A very important aspect of switching to vegetarian/vegan diet is to ensure that we get the best nutrients from our food, therefore we need to try to eat fresh, natural foods and avoid processed and refined.
If your body can tolerate grains and pasta, as we are all different and you have to establish it yourself, you already know that the brown/wholegrain versions of these foods are the ones we should be eating. While all pasta is effectively considered processed food, it is a personal preference, however often could be a food intolerance stipulation, whether to keep it in your diet.
Based on my personal experience I can assure you that once you start eating the wholegrain variety your body would switch and after some time you won’t notice the difference in taste and texture, as the new one becomes your norm. They often say ‘it’s all in your head’ and rightly so, you just need to re-program your body.
I’d like to pay special attention today to brown rice. I’ve just updated Your Instinct and added a section called Superfoods, where one of the pages is about ‘Brown Rice’. It lists numerous benefits of brown rice, along with the essential nutrients it is so abundant in. It also has some tips how to cook the brown rice, to ensure the nutrients are released better and are more absorbable for our bodies.
Have you heard about George Ohsawa, the ‘Father of Modern Macrobiotics’ and his 10-days brown rice cleansing regimen? You may wish to consider Macrobiotics: An Invitation to Health and Happiness or You Are All Sanpaku (for US readers Macrobiotics: An Invitation to Health and Happiness and You Are All Sanpaku). Brown rice fast can feel very calming and soothing, in contrast to a water fast which can cause more symptoms of discomfort due to its intense detoxifying. , a brown rice fast is milder and much more gentle. While you will detox, and potentially show some symptoms, they will be milder and more comfortable during your brown rice fast.
If the brown rice can be all you would eat for even as long as 10 days, it shows that it is considered highly nutritious and well balanced food.