It isn’t always easy to eat healthy food. Even those of us with the best of intentions get busy with work, kids, errands, school, and all the obligations of the day. It is so much more convenient to drive through for fast food or grab something at the mini mart that is nothing but salt, fat, calories, and sugar.
We have found a few tips that make eating well easier. The first is to know about “superfoods” – foods that deliver vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals in large doses – and to stock up on them and eat them. That way, if you happen to have an unhealthy takeout for dinner one hectic night, you’ll already have gotten the essential nutrients your body and mind require to stay fit, sharp, strong, and beautifully healthful inside and out.
Superfoods are like preventative medicine, and investing in superfoods is planning for your future. Maintaining your present health is easier and less expensive than paying for sick care down the road. While junk food does feel good in the very short term – pleasure centers in the brain light up while salt and sugar course through the bloodstream – an hour later you are hungry again, with a headache and zero energy. Whole foods, on the other hand, provide long burning fuel. They give us a lift, like deep breaths, laughter, or dancing. No one ever needed a nap after eating an acai bowl.
We have a tendency to postpone living well in favor of instant gratification. “I’ll tackle that later,” we say to ourselves. But what if later you are unwell and your body isn’t functioning optimally because you didn’t fuel it with what it needs? Take the time now to make better choices in your diet. Don’t supplement with vitamins, another so-called quick fix that does not provide the proper balance of usable, absorbable nutrients. It is far better to eat well. And honestly, it’s so much more enjoyable. The superfoods we recommend are not your grandmother’s cod liver oil. This is good stuff: tasty, wholesome, and gorgeous, food that makes you feel alive.
So, what are the best superfoods? Where do they come from and what do they do? How can you incorporate them into your diet? Here are some good ones to start with.
If you like yogurt, you will love kefir, a fermented milk drink originally from Russia that’s full of probiotics, which boost the immune system. We are only beginning to understand the correlation between gut health and overall wellness, but we know that good gut flora helps keep our bodies strong and stave off sickness. If you don’t care for the consistency of kefir, you may enjoy kombucha, another fermented, slightly sour beverage. It’s effervescent and very slightly alcoholic.
Chia seeds are packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and calcium and are a great addition to smoothies or oatmeal. Try them at breakfast and notice how you are satiated until lunch. You can also get Omega 3 from fatty fish like salmon and herring, and you really ought to try seaweed snacks. They are all the rage right now, available at everybody’s favorite funky food store in yummy, savory flavors. There is also dulce, a red seaweed, which you can sprinkle over soup or salad for a super boost of nutrition.
Increasing the amount of antioxidants in your diet may mitigate the cell damage that naturally occurs as we get older. Several of the best antioxidant superfoods are excellent for snacking without preparation. These include blueberries, pecans, cranberries and – yes, you have our permission – dark chocolate. Other high-antioxidant foods that are easy to prepare or to include in recipes include goji berries, kidney beans, and artichokes.
The easiest way to stay healthy is to eat the best foods that nature provides. We have access to these wonderful edible medicines: we must invest in them for our long-term wellness.
If you want to change the way you eat to live better, longer, with less pain and more pleasure, contact Evolved Medical. We’ll work with you to create a long-life action plan you’re going to love!