Some of the healthiest people in the world live in remote areas where they are eating whatever is grown in their surroundings--lots of fruits, berries, potatoes, rice and corn are amongst their staple foods. Their every day living requires them to get lots of exercise and sunshine as well--some of these people live to be 100+ years old, and still going strong!! There's something to be said about this way of living.
Obviously, we don't need to move to some remote are of the globe to be as healthy as we would like to be. Fortunately, we can get our food just by going to the grocery store and putting it in our cart. Of course, it's not as fresh as if we just picked it off a tree, but healthy nutritious food is available to us as well.
Some of the world's superfoods, (foods that give us the best nutritional value) are:
- Acai berries
- Brassica vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts)
- Goji berries
- Green tea
- Sprouted foods
- Sweet potatoes
As always, we want to eat these superfoods in their natural state--not in an isolated pill form. When we take supplements as opposed to eating the "whole food" the nutrients are not absorbed by our body in the same way. Remember, all the vitamins and antioxidants work together in whole foods....in supplements we are getting vitamins in isolation...our body does not react the same way AT ALL.
Eat as many different colors of vegetables and fruits as you can. The deeper or more vibrant the color of the food, the more phytochemicals the plant has which gives us all kinds of protection against the toxins we are exposed to daily. Try to choose organic whenever you can--it doesn't mean organic foods have more minerals, but they do have more phytochemicals because the plant grows phytochemicals to keep themselves strong and protects the plant from the weather and bugs. When you eat that vegetable or fruit, you get the same benefit from the phytochemicals.
By eating a wide variety of vegetables and fruits, as well as beans and whole grains, your body will be getting everything it needs to give you optimal health. Stay away from artificial and processed foods, as well as meat and dairy..remember, processed foods are not "real food"...they are foods that are made in a lab with ingredients added to them that most of the time we cannot even pronounce. As far as meat and dairy goes, well, they come with ZERO antioxidants, ZERO fiber, ZERO phytochemicals and a boatload of saturated fat, cholesterol and substances linked to cancer. (Check out my previous blogs!)
Need more information or help in transforming your diet? Contact me, I would be happy to help you! Currently I am finishing up a 12-week class, (tonight is week #11), but I will be starting new classes soon...just let me know if I should add you to my list!