People always ask me what diet is it? It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle and it starts in the kitchen. Let me start off by saying Kudos to you if you have started a healthy eating lifestyle this year, this month or this week; hell today. Just get started. Now with Valentine's Weekend here you may be saying I'll start Monday. That's fine, the main thing is to get started.
Looking good naked starts in the kitchen
followed with various types of fitness such as walking. Yep you don’t have to exercise for hours. But one thing I know for sure is, “abs are made in the kitchen”. If you’re like I once was, I couldn’t work out. I had to eat healthy. I’m not a fan of following fad diets and products, but if that works for you that’s fine.
Here are a few foods that you should incorporate into your eating habits to help you along the way.
G-BOMBS and more
I’m a student of Dr. Joel Fuhrman who coined the terms GBOMBS and SUPERFOODS GBOMBS are an easy way to remember basic “super foods”. The term Super foods is really a marketing term. Because these foods are nutrient dense, meaning they are filled with vitamins and minerals which people contribute to natural weight loss as well as healing their bodies, they have been termed as such. So to help you remember we will call them GBOMBS.
Greens – We all know we should eat green leafy vegetables. Salads and green smoothies are more than spinach and lettuce. Incorporate other greens mixed baby greens, arugula, cabbage, beet greens, chard, bok choy, collards, mustard, dandelion, kale and more. These greens have so many minerals and nutrients.
Beans – Need another way to get more minerals into your life. Beans are an excellent way to get more copper, calcium, zinc, iron, vitamin B Beans are an excellent source of protein. They fight off various diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and colorectal cancer.
Onions – The anti-inflammatory chemical in onions, called quercetin, can help ease discomfort from arthritis, and quercetin’s beneficial properties have been associated with a lower risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and a stronger immune system. Also included in the onion family would be garlic. Yummy.
Mushrooms – Get ready for this list: Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, with barely any sodium, a great meat substitute and yet they carry a wealth of selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin D. Mushrooms are also hearty and filling so they can help you control your weight without compromising taste. And they’re a rich source of umami, the fifth basic taste after sweet, salty, bitter and sour. They can help simple dishes come alive.
BERRIES – Easy and delicious a treat with an awesome load of antioxidants and nutrients. These wonderful berries (strawberries, blue berries, pomegranates and black berries) are known to prevent inflammation, with cancer fighting properties. Pomegranates are known to enhance the cardiovascular system.
SEEDS – my favorite snack, but be careful although they are a healthy source of fat, they are still fattening. Seeds and nuts are natures form of a healthy fat loaded with Omega 3’s fatty acids which are a great benefit to our brain and heart health and great for lowering cholesterol. Flaxseed (which can serve as an egg substitute) is known to fight off breast cancer. I add a scoop of ground flaxseed to my smoothies. Again consume seeds in moderation.
A few extras you should know about. Everyone is on the Kale kick. Life is more than Kale.
Cauliflower – Great raw or cooked – steamed, or roasted cauliflower is a great oldie with many nutritional values. Cauliflower in the broccoli family contains cancer fighting sulfur compounds. Cauliflower also has the ability to strengthen bone tissue and blood vessels. You can steam it and make cauli-rice or you can make cauliflower pizza crust. Click here for the recipe.
Apples – Another favorite. I love to grab one and go. If you are busy running errands, or travel, stock up on the apples. Apples contain quercetin, an antioxidant that may reduce your risk of lung cancer, are high in fiber and are known to help the body lose belly fat. Apples and a tablespoon of almond butter = double superfood snack.
Green Tea – Is known to reduce the risks of cancer according to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study found that certain compounds found in green tea tended to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Green tea is also known to reduce (LDL) cholesterol levels and increase the ratio of (HDL) levels. The Chinese also believe that green tea is an effective remedy for rheumatoid arthritis, disease, and certain immune deficiencies. I like Organo Gold Green Tea because it is infused with reishi mushroom another super food. If you would like more information, click here.