ZenGolden Nutrition Philosophy for Health, Fitness and Longevity

ZenGolden Nutrition Philosophy for Health, Fitness and Longevity

ZenGolden Nutrition Philosophy for Health, Fitness and Longevity

Nutrition Philosophy for Health, Fitness and Longevity

At ZenGolden we don't believe in traditional caloric restriction diets. Without the right tools to manage metabolism and appetite, these diets don’t work for long and history has shown that time and time again. We prefer to focus on what has worked for centuries and apply it to a modern lifestyle. 

Rather than dictating your meals, our mission is to share our meticulously crafted philosophy with you and empower you to make your own balanced food choices. We’ve taken inspiration from centuries-old Zen principles practiced in East Asia, which have influenced the way over 100 million people eat and helped them live longer and healthier lives without special diets. It’s a way of life that we’re excited to share with you.

The First Pillar of ZenGolden Philosophy: Naturalism

At the core of our philosophy lie four pillars, with Naturalism as the first and foremost. When it comes to what we put into our bodies, we believe in embracing the natural world and all its wholesome goodness. That's why we advocate for a few simple principles:

  • Stick to what nature provides: Processed foods, chemical preservatives and artificial flavorings may be ubiquitous, but they're not doing our health any favors. By steering clear of these products and opting for whole foods instead, we can awaken our taste buds and start enjoying food in its purest form.
  • Improve metabolic flexibility: The ability to synthesize glucose and ketone from body fat and muscle is a natural attribute that helped our ancestors survive difficult primitive living conditions. Training your body to synthesize glucose via gluconeogenesis and burn ketone efficiently through ketosis from time to time can help your brain better control hunger. By combining intermittent fasting and a low carb diet for three weeks, your body will learn to burn fat, create glucose and produce ketone more efficiently.   
  • Eat foods the way they were meant to be eaten: Just because we can consume certain foods doesn't mean we necessarily should. Take milk, for example – it may be a staple in many people's diets, but it's not necessarily a natural fit for adult humans. By choosing more appropriate sources of nutrition, we can better support our bodies and prevent unpleasant side effects. This includes eating fresh food without artificial preservatives.
  • Prioritize natural sources of nutrients: Vitamins and minerals are crucial for our well-being, but not all sources are created equal. Rather than relying on synthetic supplements, we should aim to obtain our nutrients from natural sources whenever possible.

At ZenGolden, we believe that these principles are key to fostering a healthy and harmonious relationship with food. And if you're struggling to kick your processed food habit, our tea may just be the ticket. With its subtle and delicate flavors, it can help restore your taste buds' sensitivity and make it easy to embrace the goodness of natural foods once again.

The Second Pillar of ZenGolden Philosophy: Moderation

Eating moderately in terms of portion sizes and flavors is key to achieving a balanced diet.

  • Eat moderate portions: Both China and Japan have traditional sayings that advocate for stopping meals while there's still plenty of room in the stomach. This principle aligns with modern science, as it takes approximately 20 minutes for our brains to register fullness after the stomach is full. Choosing Zen principles of moderation can help avoid overeating. Practicing daily intermittent fasting can also help control how much you eat.
  • Eat moderate flavors: Taoist sage Lao Tzu discouraged consuming strong-flavored foods, because it can dull taste buds. At ZenGolden, we celebrate natural flavors. Many processed foods contain artificial sweeteners like Sucralose, which are much sweeter than sugar. These artificial additives can make natural foods taste bland by desensitizing your taste buds.

The polyphenols in ZenGolden Tea have been known to reduce ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates hunger. Drinking our tea daily can help you not feel hungry when eating smaller portion sizes or fasting, and introduce a natural and floral flavor to your meals.     

The Third Pillar of ZenGolden Philosophy: Balance

 Eating a balanced diet that includes nutrient-dense foods from different food groups is essential for getting the natural nutrients your body needs.

  • Focus on food groups: While trendy diets may promise quick weight loss, they can lead to nutritional deficiencies. They are designed to eliminate food groups. Instead, a balanced diet containing protein, healthy fats, natural carbs and fiber is recommended to reduce the odds of nutritional deficiency.
  • Support your meals with fat-burning tea: Oolong tea, a traditional beverage in Asian meals, has fat burning properties and is commonly served alongside balanced meals. At formal banquets, high-end Taiwanese oolong tea is served for drinking. Cheaper oolong tea from other places is placed in a bowl for hand washing because of its powerful ability to dissolve oil.

 Our ZenGolden Tea not only pairs well with a balanced meal but also supports fasting and has a delicious taste.

The Fourth Pillar of ZenGolden Philosophy: Mindfulness

Too many meals are eaten while multi-tasking. Lunch at an office desk, dinner in front of a TV or tablet doesn’t allow one to properly focus on the work that needs to be done, or appreciate the food one eats.

 

  • Engage all the senses: Mindful eating involves focusing on your food with all your senses, without judgment. It enhances the taste of food and helps you understand your body's response to it. Mindfulness will make you more aware of the first three pillars of our ZenGolden philosophy and make intentional decisions about portions, flavors, and food group balance.

 

  • Eliminate judgement: Practicing mindfulness when eating also eliminates negative emotions like guilt from the act of eating. While some foods may not be beneficial or tasty, avoid judgmental thoughts as you are actively on a journey to enjoy each meal and have it provide the nutrients you need to live a better life. Being mindful while eating has numerous benefits like improved digestion, reduced stress, and better weight management.

 This is also why we recommend drinking ZenGolden tea before a meal. The ritual of the preparation as well as the natural smells and flavors can help you achieve a mindful state, which will enhance your mindful eating experience.

 Finding Zen Wherever You Are

 According to the United Nations, residents of Hong Kong and Japan enjoy the highest average lifespans in the world, averaging 86 and 85 years old respectively. Singapore, another developed East Asian economy, is ranked number five at 85 years old. All three also have obesity rates below 6%.

 What do the people in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore have in common that allow them to live longer and stay trim? Despite differences in Cantonese, Japanese, and Hokkien-Malay cuisine, all three regions share traditional food, tea and wellness cultures derived from Zen philosophy.

Does this mean that one needs to eat East Asian food to get these health benefits? Not at all. Here at ZenGolden, we have taken the best practices of Zen philosophy and made them applicable to any type of lifestyle. We believe that any sustainable change in lifestyle needs to be broad and flexible. It’s OK to eat anything, as you focus on the four pillars and eliminate judgement. If you haven’t already, join ZenGolden Tea Club now and use our tea to help you achieve your health goals.

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