We believe that good nutrition is one of the foundations of good health and longevity and that it should not be complicated. We serve wholefoods, as nature produced them, free from artificial pesticides, chemicals and antibiotics.
We serve vegetarian food not because we want to promote vegetarianism but because we believe vegetables should make up the bulk of the volume of our diet – at least 70%. We want to inspire our guests that vegetable based meals can be delicious, varied and satisfying – we hope you agree. We source the bulk of our fruit and vegetables from a local farm Common 2 Us where we have a direct relationship with the owner and do our best to reduce the environmental footprint of the food.
For most people we believe that ancient grains in moderation, legumes and organic dairy products are fine but also know that many people have sensitivities to these products and thus should be avoided. Sugar takes many forms and whilst we don’t have refined sugar on the menu we still include small amounts of natural sugars such as honey. In small amounts natural sugars are fine but they still have the same effect on our body so have to be limited.
We don’t serve fruit juice as it has a very high concentration of sugars and is not good for you. A couple of pieces of fruit a day with all their natural fibres is fine but not more.
Looking after your gut bacteria is as important as eating the right foods. The scientific evidence is indicating that a well-balanced gut biome is essential to maintaining a strong and effective immune system, and a strong and effective immune system is critical for longevity. Even more than that, the gut, through the enteric nervous system has billions of neurons and sends more messages to the brain than the brain sends to the gut and also produces around 80% of the body’s serotonin. It is now thought that gut health can play an important role in mental health.
To look after your gut health you need to avoid antibiotics unless you are in a life or death situation. Antibiotics destroy your gut biome and it can take years to recover. Instead focus on consuming lots of natural probiotics such as sauerkraut, Kefir and Kombucha – food that our recent ancestors knew was good for us!