Did you know…We have about 3 billion cells in our body, working hard everyday to help us meet the demands of daily living. We might relax and rest, but our cells never do. When they “retire,” or reach their individual life expectancy, they are replaced with new cells.
If we are taking in optimal nutrition, keeping stress levels under control, resting like we should, and exercising regularly, our cells likely won’t retire before their time. Unfortunately, most of us don’t do all we can to stay healthy, and cells die too early. To boot, they are replaced with less-than-optimal new cells. This is where disease begins.
There IS a way to help our cells live longer, and when their time is up, to replace them with the healthiest new cells possible…It’s called NUTRITION. Eating the healthiest food we can, every day.
Counting calories, restricting what we eat, and focusing on weight loss day in/day out, often isn’t the answer for building our healthiest body or keeping our cells in tip-top shape. Optimal nutrition (vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidents, healthy fats and Omega-3’s/6’s, lean protein, fiber, etc) is the path to our healthiest body. And, when we eat the healthiest we can, weight loss is often a happy side-effect (if that is the goal). If you are already at your desired weight, then weight maintenance will be even easier.
To help you reframe how you think about “healthy” foods, I’ll use the blueberry example. Most everyone likes blueberries, but did you know that they are one of the most nutritious fruits on the planet? Blueberries have one of highest antioxident contents of all fruits, vegetables, spices, and seasonings. In fact, Anthocyanins (the colorful antioxidant pigments that give many foods their blue, purple, and red colors) have amazing health-supportive properties. Blueberries have both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Research shows the cardiovascular system is strengthened after you eat blueberries, but they also protect the nervous system from oxidative stress, and they reduce neurodegenerative diseases in older adults, as well as younger and middle-aged adults. The antioxidants in blueberries protect the blood sugar regulatory system, and protect the digestive tract and its risk of cancer. They protect the retina from unwanted oxidation and protects the retina from sunlight. Blueberries have been studied for their ability to help prevent breast, colon, esophageal, and intestinal cancers.
All of THAT, in blueberries.
Instead of thinking of healthy foods as bland diet foods (they’re not), think of them as vehicles for delivering optimal nutrition, just like the blueberry. AND, when you eat the healthiest you can, you will FEEL AMAZING! As in, “I’ve never felt this good in all my life”-amazing! You’ll have more energy, sleep better, be more focused and alert. Your workouts will be more productive.
So try this…For one week, eat as many fruits and vegetables as you can each day. Choose lean cuts of meat and fish, or even go meat-free if you’re brave. Eat sprouted grains if you can, or at least go for whole grains. Eat minimally processed, whole foods – organic, if you can. Try staying away from foods in a box or can. Instead, eat fresh foods. Below is a shopping list to help you buy what you need.
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