If you’re looking to lose weight, have more energy, look younger, and sharpen your mind, here is a list of foods which you can begin eating today to get off to the right start. Reframe the way you approach food…rather than looking at it as “going on a diet”, which we often translate to mean…boring, unsatisfying, dull, etc., think more in terms of exploring wonderful new tastes and flavors by expanding your palette. You will find that the more you make room in your everyday eating to try new healthy foods, the more you will naturally crowd out the other junk.
Mango: Mango not only tastes super yummy in smoothies, or simply by itself as a sweet dessert, it also acts like an internal deodorant as mango contains antioxidants that can help eliminate odor-causing bacteria. Eat more mango and make your co-worker happy!
Fennel: Fennel removes fat and mucus from the intestinal tract and acts like a natural appetite suppressant. In addition to its many phytonutrients, fennel bulb is an excellent source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is the body’s primary water-soluble antioxidant, able to neutralize free radicals in all aqueous environments of the body.
Adzuki Bean: This bean is often referred to as the “weight loss” bean as its packed with weight-regulating nutrients. Adzuki beans act like a sponge soaking up excess fluid in the body. This bean is also super easy to cook, doesn’t require soaking!
Cucumbers: If you’re ever feeling a bit on the bloated side, eat a cucumber with lemon. Cucumbers are widely known for their diuretic properties and they add a nice flavor to smoothies, plain water, etc. As a member of the Cucurbitaceae family of plants, cucumbers are a rich source of triterpene phytonutrients called cucurbitacins. Cucurbitacins A, B, C, D and E are all contained in fresh cucumber and are reported to have cancer-detering capabilities.
Grapefruit: Great for breakfast or a quick snack, grapefruit are filled with antioxidants as well as a ton of Vitamin C. Vitamin C prevents free radical damage that triggers the inflammatory cascade, and is therefore also associated with reduced severity of inflammatory conditions, such as asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Miso Soup: Miso is a healing food made from fermented soy bean paste and has a unique nutrient profile packed with easily digested protein and energy-boosting vitamins. Miso is salty and is also a very good source of manganese. zinc, phosphorus and copper. You can easily incorporate Miso into your diet by using it to replace salt.
Quinoa: (Pronounced Keen-Wa) This grain is an amazing source of complete protein containing all of the 9 essential amino acids, but is particularly well-known for the amino-acid, lysine. Because quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus, this “grain” may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis. Quinoa is super versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes, soups and even as a breakfast porridge served with fresh berries and a drizzle of real maple syrup.
Seaweed: Seaweed is an amazing plant-source of a number of minerals, including bioavailable iron, iodine and calcium and the B-vitamins riboflavin and pantothenic acid. . Sea vegetables may play a role in lowering risk of estrogen-related cancers, including breast cancer. Since cholesterol is required as a building block for production of estrogen, the cholesterol-lowering effects of sea vegetables may play a risk-reducing role in this regard.
Cruciferous Vegetables: This includes cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, turnip greens, watercress, and kale. All of the cruciferous veggies have been known to have potent cancer-fighting capabilities and also help the liver purge toxins. These crunchy veggies have been known to aid in three metabolic problems in the body. Those three problems are (1) chronic inflammation (2) oxidative stress, and (3) inadequate detoxification.
Oatmeal: Steel cut, slow cooked oatmeal is delicious and apparently offers a number of libido-increasing benefits. As the old saying goes, you can “sow your wild oats”…literally. the reason for this is likely due to the fact that oats contain zinc which is known for its libido-improving properties! Oats also contain Vitamin E, selenium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium. Coupled with fresh-cut fruit – delicious!
Sweet Potato: Much different from the white potato, sweet potatoes, or yams, are sweeter in taste but are also filled Vitamin A and tons of fiber. Not only can the sweet potato aid in digestion and is good for the skin, it can also help curb any sweet cravings. Top with freshly ground cinnamon, yum!
Shiitake Mushrooms: These mushrooms have been found to have powerful immune-enhancing properties and have been used medicinally by the Chinese for thousands of years.. Toss them in salads, soups, stews, etc. To maximize their flavor and the retention of their nutrients it is important to not to overcook them.
Raw Hemp Seeds: These seeds contain the perfect ratio of good fats which will help you burn fat in your body. The he,mp seed also has a wonderful mineral profile and a lot of zinc which is great for your immune system, as well as your sex drive.
Brown Rice: Always have brown rice over white as white rice is stripped of too many nutrients and behaves like sugar in the body. The process that produces brown rice removes only the outermost layer, the hull, of the rice kernel and is the least damaging to its nutritional value. The complete milling and polishing that converts brown rice into white rice destroys 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, 90% of the vitamin B6, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids.
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Artichokes/ Radishes/ Asparagus/ Garlic/ Broccoli/ Lemons/ Endive/ Flaxseeds/ Nettle/ Watermelon/ Turmeric/ Tarragon/ Cabbage