Monday, August 12, 2013

Super Foods-Fantastic Foods to Heal Naturally

Type in the words“super food” on your computer and you get over four million results. Today super foods  are a vast family of exotic plants like sea-buckthorn berries, maca root, acai berries, matcha tea, pomegranate,gogi berries,  agave, chia, hemp, flax, carob etc.  These foods are packed with high levels of nutrient protecting antioxidants , excellent  protein and/or they have anti-inflammatory properties that can be very helpful.

Super food research is compelling and around the world people are thinking about how to feel better and asking themselves "what should I eat"? There is another class of foods I'd like to talk about...your mother may have mentioned these when you were small.  Let’s take a look at fantastic foods

Super Food vrs. Fantastic Food

Fantastic foods  are the fruits and vegetables we see all around us. They are in your garden, at the market and on your neighbor's table- carrots, tomatoes, lemons, broccoli, spinach, berries, melons, sweet potatoes, kale and chard, apples, pears, beans or legumes, avocado, walnuts, coconut etc. They provide the same type of nutrients and benefits as the super foods  especially if you eat them regularly. I believe you have the power to help your body heal itself naturally by choosing to use fantastic and super foods wisely.

How much can make a difference to your body?

5-7 servings per day. Perhaps this sounds like a lot but take a look at the photo –that is 7 servings of fruits and vegies.   Make the shift to eating fantastic foods in these amounts and you are eating a plant based diet.

Eating these fantastic foods  daily brings increased fiber content that fills you up. As you feel more satisfied you will notice fewer sugar cravings and less desire for junk food. People who are making this change  find it becomes easy to reduce the amount of  animal products they use- which also has remarkable health benefits.

Start with Your Next Meal

The next time you are ready to eat. Check out what is on your plate. Start by filling up half your plate with vegetables each time you have a meal. Twice a day have a piece of fruit.  Put aside the white flour, white sugar foods and replace them with whole grains. Take it one step at a time and let your body adjust to the changes gradually before you know it you will feel the benefits of these fantastic foods.

Benefits of Fantastic Foods

Researchers at Cornell and Oxford Universities along with the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine in Shanghai have been studying the effects of a plant based diet for over 30 years.  Their research known as the China Study shows that eating a plant based diet where the amount of fruits and veggies is greater than the amount of animal protein brings exciting health benefits:1

*reduces the possibility of heart disease
*neutralizes oxidative stress in the body which causes aging and chronic illness
*normalizes your blood pressure and blood sugar
*promotes excess weight loss
*improves your mood.

Happily there is no conflict between the fantastic foods and the super foods. Choose the ones that taste best to you. Eating the fantastic fruits and veggies and/or the super foods in these amounts is one of the easiest ways to improve  your health and well being.

"Health is a matter of choice-not chance"

Try making some of these changes for 21 days. I believe you will feel more vibrant and energetic, sleep better and find it easier to move your body.  Let me know how it works for you. I’d love to hear about your experiences.

You are invited to join me for a free class- I’ll be talking about:

Fantastic Foods to Boost Your Moods
Thursday, August 15th, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Vintage Brush Creek
4225 Wayern Dr
Santa Rosa, Ca 95409
Please call for a seat 707-584-6555

1.The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health. T.Colin Campbell, Thomas Campbell II and Howard Lyman. Ben Bella Books, May 11, 2006 | ISBN-10: 9781932100662

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