We all know Monday’s can be a tad bit depressing, especially coming from a sunny weekend off. Hopefully most of you were lucky enough to have today off in honor of our Presidents! I hope you have had time to reflect on my last post about using food as fuel and have properly fueled yourself up for this week!! I want to talk about certain foods known as “super foods” and their ability to change the way your body reacts to disease and discomfort.
Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food. – Hippocrates
What better way to get your Monday started than with some Super Foods to kick your body into gear?! Dr. Susan Smith Jones is the founder and President of Health Unlimited and writes for the American Holistic Health Association’s Self-Help section. One of her articles that seems very useful is her list of “Super Foods”. She states that “Studies reveal that eight of the ten leading causes of death in North America are directly related to diet. That’s a sobering statistic and yet we are all responsible for the foods we eat. Nobody shoves the food down our throats. Many of us make the wrong food choices every day by consuming foods that were never intended for our body and contribute to most common major diseases.” She offers a list of foods that can help control the likelihood of disease and increase your energy and vitality if eaten regularly.
Many of of us lead busy, hectic lives, leaving little to no time to constantly think about our fiber, magnesium, or folate intake. Thankfully Dr. Smith Jones provides us with a list of stress-free list of fast and healthy foods! For example:
Almonds – What can be easier to snack on when you’re hungry and on the go? Two ounces, or about 40 almonds, give you more than 50 percent of your daily requirement of magnesium, a mineral that’s important for heart health. Almonds are also a good source of calcium, vitamin E, potassium, folate (the plant form of folic acid), fiber and monosaturated fat, all heart-healthy nutrients. In 2002, a study published in Circulation found that after eating about 2 1/2 ounces of almonds a day for one month, participants had significantly reduced their total cholesterol and lowered several other risk factors for heart disease as well.
Grapefruit – As with all other citrus fruits, grapefruit is rich in vitamin C and potassium and very low in calories. This fresh raw juice eases constipation and improves digestion by increasing the flow of gastric juices. One whole grapefruit has only 100 calories and it makes a perfect snack food. Deep inside the white rind and membranes of this fruit (lemons and oranges, too) lies a miraculous group of plant compounds — bioflavonoids, citric acids and pectins — which protect against cancer and heart disease. Grapefruit pectin reduces the accumulation of atherosclerotic plaque in patients afflicted with atherosclerosis and strengthens blood vessels and capillaries.
Tomatoes – Over 90% of this beautiful, low-calorie fruit is water. It’s alkaline and jam-packed with nutrients and phytochemicals. Tomatoes provide vitamin C, potassium, chromium, biotin, lutein and zeaxanthin, alpha and beta carotene, the B vitamins and lots of lycopene, an important part of the antioxidant defense network in the skin. Numerous epidemiological studies have found that people who eat lots of tomatoes are significantly less likely to get cancer. Study results were strongest for prostate, lung and stomach cancer.
While incorporating these foods and more into your diet you can lessen your cravings for unhealthy foods. If that doesn’t work Dr. Daniel Amen provides information on how to control unhealthy cravings!
Hope this information helps your Monday junk food cravings!Peace, Love, and a Holistic You!drdonley