Sunday, November 29, 2015

Food as Fuel

Food as Fuel

Nutrition is truly the cornerstone of our health.
Every part of our body... organs, muscles, bones, nerves, skin, blood
and even our cells and microbiome is made up of what we eat and drink.
Think about that.
When we look in the mirror that's we see- all the things we've eaten.
The big fresh leafy green salad with raw veggies and nuts. Fresh organic fruit 
and greens smoothie you had for breakfast. 
Or was it that double bacon cheeseburger and fries with a "diet soda".
Which one do you want to be made of?

We already know how we should eat. We just pretend we don't. So most of us just 
keep downing the junk we consume, knowing it is doing us harm. We know better.
No other animal does that. Think about that.

The food we consume is so much more than "fuel".
Our bodies use every part of the food we eat. 
Macronutrients- proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
Micronutrients- vitamins and minerals
ex; calcium-builds bones, clots blood, maintains cell communication
ex: magnesium(plays a role in over 300 enzyme systems)-muscle and nerve function
blood sugar control, blood pressure, energy production and 
and transports other minerals.
ex: Folate(vitamin B9):converts food into energy, helps the nervous system 
and brain function and red blood cell production.
ex: Phytochemicals- flavornoids, phenolic acids.

None of these nutrients provide fuel, but are definitely needed for total health.
When we lack any nutrients and minerals our body doesn't work properly.
These nutrients protect against cancer, offer DNA protection against free radicals, 
decrease the risk of heart disease and reduce overall mortality.
These are all found in berries, broccoli, kale, garlic, onions, colorful veggies, etc.
When we eat, our bodies sense incoming nutrients and send signals to our
brain to let it know what is coming in.

Don't fool your brain with junk food.
Every food decision we make sends a message to our body.

The answer to better health and life is simple:

Eat a variety of whole, fresh, clean foods-mostly veggies,fruit,beans,nuts,
seeds,grains,sprouts and healthy fats. Eat a lot of it raw.

Here's a quick recipe for dairy-free yogurt;
1 can of full fat coconut milk
3 tbs of chia seeds
1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
1/2 squeezed lemon juice
2 pitted dates
2 cups fresh or frozen fruit
pinch of salt
Opt; add 1  probiotic capsule
Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Let sit in fridge a couple of hours or overnight.
Top with granola, coconut flakes or more fruit.

Have a great week.
Be kind.

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