Your body this new year should be sustainably energized and satisfied! Filled with ample nutrients and the correct amount of calories for you; minus the cravings and plus the benefits! Flirt with these simple steps and see how your body feels!
- Increase your intake of dark green leafy vegetables- The more chlorophyll the better! Dark green leafy vegetables are a rich source of chlorophyll, which is important in offsetting stress by alkalizing the body. Chlorophyll also cleanses and oxygenates the blood, making it a true performance enhancer. Having more oxygen available in the blood translates to better endurance and an overall reduction in fatigue. When raw, chlorophyll-containing plants possess an abundance of live enzymes that promote the quick rejuvenation of our cells. Not to mention an amazing source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals! All leafy greens are healthy; some of the more available ones: Beet greens, butter lettuce, collards, dandelion greens, kale, mustard greens, red leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce, spinach, and swiss chard. Garnishes like fresh basil or parsley are of course dark green and great chlorophyll sources too! My personal favorites? Kale, wheatgrass, and spirulina (blue-green fresh water algae!)
2. Kick Processed Foods- Do not touch processed food with a ten-foot pole! You know the crap I’m talking about: fast food, packaged with pretty colors, canned, frozen, and boxed; with an ingredient list long enough to put you to sleep. It’s called “junk food” for a reason. The way your body handles these highly processed foods is similar to the way it handles white sugar; the blood sugar spike, and a crash leading to unnecessary cravings for more, fatigue, headaches, irritability, and just loads of nasty. Whole grains are processed slowly the way the body was made to process them, creating a natural balance with sustained energy, satisfaction, sanity and stable emotions. Whole grain bread, whole grain pasta and whole grains like brown rice and quinoa instead of white bread, white pasta and refined grains like white rice! The processing of brown rice is far less extensive than that of white rice, making it nutritionally superior to its white counterpart. Since only its outermost layer, the hull, is removed, brown rice retains its nutritional value. Brown rice is high in manganese and contains large amounts of selenium and magnesium. It is a good source of B vitamins as well.
3. Stop worrying about protein- there is no such scientific term in the United States for a protein deficiency! You know why? Because one doesn’t exist! One would have to seriously starve to become protein deficient. If you are eating enough calories from even a diet based on plants, nutrient deficiency is impossible. Plant cells contain protein. It is a matter of sufficient calories. “The China Study” conducted by Dr. Colin T. Campell, concluded that excess amino acids cause an acidic environment in the body, leading to mineral loss in bones and calcium deficiency, kidney stones (from attempting to flush out this extra acid) and a slew of other health problems. Ever wonder why the United States has the highest number of hip replacements and osteoporosis? “The China Study” explains that the unnecessary excess acids from animal protein (amino acids) that people consume actually lead to weaker bones. Also, as a matter of fact, in biology 203 with Dr. Bridges, he stated that anybody who is taking supplements is just giving himself or herself very expensive urine! All of the unnecessary extra protein and jargin (which is a lot this day in age) gets excreted (over working your kidneys very much). All those products advertised, like this one:
advertising a health claim with no evidence; making the product more appealing. Anything that is advertised with a health claim should probably not be eaten at all. True health foods don’t have money behind them, advertising!
Try these three transitions, and really test how you feel! I can pretty much guarantee a start to blood purification, cancer prevention, improved circulation, strengthened immune system, promotion of healthy intestinal flora, promotion of energy, lifted spirit and elimination of depression, improved liver, gall bladder, and kidney function, cleared congestion, and fresh, clear skin! “He that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skill of the physician” ~Chinese Proverb. So what do you say when you are offered an oh so substantial seductive salad for dinner?? KALE ya!!!