Group of different fruit and vegetables

Studies have shown that eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables can ward off diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis

Nutrition is an integral part of retreat life at Golden Rock. Generally we serve fresh fruit salads, coconut water, steamed vegetables, brown rice, soy protein, steamed fish, sprouted beans and seeds, fresh soups and fresh organic eggs.

Many chronic and other diseases start with bad eating habits. Eating at least five portions of fresh fruit and vegetables a day, adding fish twice a week in place of red meat and avoiding as many processed foods and canned drinks as possible, can dramatically lower your risk of chronic disease.

Diet, environment and cancer link

Many experts now also believe that chemicals in food and the environment in general may be responsible for 80 to 90 per cent of all cancers in humans; the remainder are believed to be caused by radiation or viruses. What we eat also plays an important role here. Studies have shown that people who consume large amounts of saturated fat and meat have a greater risk of developing breast, colon and cancers of the ovaries, kidneys and prostrate. Eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables may reduce the risk of certain cancers. Fish, chicken and tofu are good red meat alternatives. Organic foods may also be beneficial as they do not contain pesticides which may be carcinogenic. Obviously a good detoxification programme is vital for disease prevention too.

Vitamins and minerals

Many fruits and vegetables contain a lot less nutrients than they did 40 years ago. For example broccoli and pineapples now have less than half the calcium. Cauliflower now has 40 percent less vitamin C and sweet peppers 30 percent less. Specialist diets including low-protein, low-carbohydrate, vegetarian and vegan may contain less of the essential vitamins and minerals than are needed. Research shows that many people do not reach the daily requirement of vitamins and minerals so suffer from minor deficiency symptoms. Taking a good quality supplement is vital in today’s world.

During your detox there may be some foods you will need to avoid and many of you will be fasting. However, if you have specific dietary requirements please let us know in advance.