EAT RIGHT TO STAY HEALTHY
With a better Diet comes better energy, focus, health, relationships, and yes… a better body. With poor nutrition comes fatigue, mental fog, hyperactivity, distractibility, irritability, poor sleep, increased risk for many health and mental health disorders, and more.
When giving up addictions like coffee and other tough habits to break, wheat grass and green water can work wonders.
A daily shot of wheat grass is one of the greatest gifts you can give your body. One ounce of wheat grass has 20 amino acids, 91 minerals, and is 70 percent chlorophyll. The chlorophyll molecule is virtually identical to the hemoglobin molecule in blood. Wheat grass provides a tremendous amount of energy.
LEMON WATER is another great option. Lemon makes water tasty, alkalinizing, and cleansing. Use a whole lemon in a large glass of water daily.
SATISFY YOUR SWEET TOOTH WITH XYLITOL
My best health food find by far is xylitol. Xylitol is not sugar and is not a chemically processed sugar substitute. It does not affect blood sugar levels the way sugar does and it does not acidify the system the way toxic sugar substitutes do.
EARTH BALANCE: BETTER THAN BUTTER AND MARGARINE
Butter is and animal protein and essentially all fat and cholesterol. Margarine is processed and a poor substitute. Earth Balance is made from a pressed oil blend. It has a great flavor, melts easily, and is easy to cook with. However, it still has high fat content and, as with all spreads and dressings, it should be used sparingly.
VEGENAISE INSTEAD OF MAYONNAISE
Vegenaise is an egg-free mayonnaise alternative made with grape seed oil. It isn’t processed with the same chemical processing and tastes great.
Replace peanut butter with crunchy, raw almond butter. Peanut butter is not really very healthy. Peanuts are actually a legume, and they are highly susceptible to contamination during growth and storage, which can lead to infection by the mold fungus, aspergillums flavor, releasing the toxin, aflotoxin (a potent carcinogen). Almond butter is a much better choice.
Traditionally, many recipes call for olive oil for sautéing and baking. It is said the olive oil is only stable up to 200 degrees F. At high temperatures, or when the oil begins to smoke, olive oil and many other oils break down and can actually become toxic. Safflower, sunflower, and sesame oil are good. For frying, broiling, deep frying, or anything requiring high heat better alternatives are clarified butter or ghee or coconut oil.
In any case I would recommend organic, unrefined, and expelled pressed oils. The processing of oils strips them of all nutritional value, leaving them nothing more than liquid fat. Unrefined oils are usually found in most health food stores.
Many people wonder why organic produce and other groceries are preferable. Non organic produce are sprayed with pesticides and grown in chemically enhanced fertilizers that can be toxic. Meats are injected with hormones. While it has been determined that the amount of pesticide residue on produce is inconsequential to our health, the concern is for the cumulative effect over time.
When cooking with vegetables, such as carrots, potatoes, yams, cucumbers, or apples, consider leaving the skin on. Peeling the skin greatly reduces the nutritional value. Just below the skin is where the highest concentration of vitamins and minerals are. However, if you are not purchasing organic produce be sure to peel the skin, as the skin also holds the toxic chemicals.
EAT WATER-RICH FOOD
Your goal should be to derive 70 percent of your daily intake from raw or lightly cooked vegetables, fruits, and water-rich foods; 30 percent of your intake or less should come from concentrated foods. Concentrated foods are foods that lose their nutritional value during the cooking process, such as meats, breads, and dairy.
Many people have trouble digesting dairy products. Why? Less than 40 percent of humans produce the enzyme lactose to be able to digest milk after the age of two. To say that we are “lactose intolerant” is actually a misconception. It would be more accurate to call those few who can easily digest cow’s milk “lactose tolerant.”
Almond milk doesn’t contain any estrogen, which is found in soy milk and therefore is a great milk substitute.
It is a misconception that dairy products build strong bones in humans. Milk products contain lactose, which is sugar. Sugar is acidic and may cause inflammation, ultimately burdening the entire system and, yes the bones. Count dairy products into the 30 percent of daily “concentrated foods.” Dairy products do not count as “live” or “water-rich” foods.
HEALTHY HERBS & SPICES
Herbs and spices do so much more than just add flavor to foods.
SAFFRON: In addition to adding a wonderful flavor to rice, soups, and other dishes. Scientific studies have found this tasty spice to be as effective as antidepressant medication.
CURRY: This popular Indian spice is actually a combination of many different spices, including turmeric, which contains a chemical called curcumin that has shown promise in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and strokes. A potent antioxidant, curcumin reduces inflammation and helps prevent the formation of plaques in the brain that are associated with the disease and can break up these plaques.
OREGANO: Oregano is one of the most potent antioxidants known to man. Oregano protects cells in the body and brain form free radicals that cause premature aging. Oregano is also a source of omega-3 fatty acids, which enhance brain function and offer protection form depression and PMS symptoms.
CINNAMON: If you want to improve your working memory or your ability to pay attention, try chewing some cinnamon gum or just taking a whiff of some cinnamon tea. Research shows that the scent of cinnamon is enough to enhance these functions. In addition, cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar levels, which improves impulse control so you are less likely to give in to cravings for cookies, cakes, and candy.
GARLIC: Compounds in this kitchen staple cause blood vessels to relax and dilate, increasing blood flow to the brain, which results in better brain function. This is one of the reasons scientists suggest that eating garlic regularly can help reduce the risk of strokes and improve heart health. Adding cloves of fresh garlic to your meals can also boost your immune system so you and your family can fight off cold and flu bugs.
GINGER: Studies have found that ginger reduces oxidative stress (that is what causes cells to age and eventually die) in brain tissue. Not only that, ginger also acts as an anti-inflammatory, which may offer protection from neurodegenerative diseases.
THYME: This flavorful spice increases the amount of an important type of fat called DHA in the brain. DHA protects neurons from premature aging.
SAGE: It has been found to boost memory in healthy people of all ages and can improve mental functioning in people with Alzheimer’s disease.
BASIL: This potent antioxidant improves blood flow to the brain that enhances overall brain function. It also boasts anti-inflammatory properties that offer protection from Alzheimer’s disease.
ROSEMARY: The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in this spice may offer protection from many neurodegenerative diseases.