A healthy diet is a key factor for all-around well-being – and in Styria, healthy food tastes particularly good! In the green heart of Austria, traditional as well as innovative nutritional concepts – from therapeutic fasting to happiness cures – help bring your body back into balance.
The Greek physician Hippocrates recognised the importance of proper nutrition – as a key factor for health and well-being – early on. Ideally, your food should be full of nutrients to keep the body functioning at an optimal level.
So it's only logical that mindful nutrition is also an essential part of the Grünkraft formulas.
„Let food be thy medicine.“
When eating, you should not only pay attention to meeting your daily energy requirements. The quality of the food also plays a decisive role. As Austria's culinary pleasure destination, Styria offers everything you need for a balanced diet: high-quality, unprocessed and natural foods. What's more, you'll know where they come from.
Acerola cherries and chia seeds, for instance, are considered particularly healthy, but they are neither regional nor can their transport to other countries be described as particularly sustainable. Can you do without these trendy foods? Of course! Because the regional produce of Styria is full of healthy nutrients, too:
Natural ingredients, fewer additives and pesticides, GMO-free, fair and socially conscious – that's what the term "organic" stands for in Styria. The numerous farms certified by Bio-Ernte Steiermark and many other farms see it as a matter of course to grow their produce sustainably. It's the only way to preserve the beautiful nature of Styria. Social responsibility and fair working conditions: The producers not only ensure the well-being of humans and animals but also act in a way that fosters biodiversity. They think in terms of sustainability – even and especially when it comes to plant products (such as wine and the scarlet runner bean). By the way: Information on the foods' origin, processing and seasonality tells you more about food production at the various farms.
The result: fresh organic products that will let you taste the nature-conscious approach.
Local, seasonal and sustainably produced food is an integral part of therapeutic fasting and detoxing. Products from the region or the kitchen garden form the basis of an effective fasting retreat, and you'll find an abundance of them in the green heart of Austria.
But not all fasting is the same. Different approaches have different effects on the body:
In therapeutic fasting, the focus is on detoxification resulting in a deep cleansing of the cells and tissues. Scientific studies prove the effectiveness of therapeutic fasting for diseases such as metabolic syndrome or rheumatism.
Alkaline fasting aims to regulate the acid-alkaline balance of the body and thus boosts metabolism.
Intermittent fasting has enjoyed increasing popularity in recent years. It involves completely abstaining from food for a certain period of time. Various health-promoting effects on the metabolism are attributed to this type of fasting.
Several hotels in Styria specialise in fasting and offer fasting retreats under optimal conditions (Source: Relax Guide 2021). Among them, the Detox-Alkaline-Fasting-Wellbeing Days at Steirerhof, the Acid-Alkaline Weeks at Teichalm or Therapeutic Fasting at Fastenhaus Dunst in the Joglland region. Healthy eating in Styria tastes good and does a body good!