Health and Lose Weight with Common and Uncommon Foods
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significant way you affect your health, weight, mind, emotions,
and spirit is with the food you eat. How you choose to nourish
yourself plays a role in your character, relationships, and
accomplishments, and profoundly affects your life. Your reason
for choosing food is a fundamental and personal issue.
Are your choices
made unconsciously and habitually? Or influenced by clever advertising, or because a friend, relative, or
celebrity told you it was good for you? A lot of people
continue to eat what’s familiar, convenient, or what they were
raised on. Others choose based on flavors and textures, while
emotional reaction is the driving force for many food choices.
Popular trends that come and go and often contradict each other
are frequently the standard for what we eat. These are just a
few of the thousands of reasons humans choose their nourishment.
They do not necessarily produce health and happiness.
Educated, conscious and pro-active choosing will
help you create the healthy, fit body that you desire, and save
you a great deal of time, energy, and money on visits to the
doctor, medical procedures, and medications.
My feature article, Improve
Health and Lose Weight with Common Foods,
provides a greater understanding of how food really works in
suffered for years with the pain of fibromyalgia and IBS. She
got pain relief from monthly steroid shots that were greatly
compromising her bone health and not really healing the
condition. The pharmaceuticals for her digestive system were
causing new symptoms. By cultural standards her diet was not
bad; however, her food choices were 95% of the cause of her
poor health. Can you imagine how pleased she was to be able to
eliminate steroids and drugs by eating the therapeutic foods I
suggested? She eliminated the pain and healed her digestion.
All food can be used as medicine when you understand its unique
properties and how to use it for your personal condition.
You can reverse disease, maintain healthy weight and peaceful,
harmonious emotions—even handle stress better—with knowledge of
nutritional therapy. This article focuses on some foods, mostly
vegetables, to help reverse health imbalances.
provide the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals you need to
live and grow healthfully, and there's far more value to them
than nutrients as described in those featured below. Eat a
minimum of four cups of a variety daily prepared in different
ways—steaming, boiling, roasting, sautéing, blanching, raw,
homemade pickling, and grilling. Each method of cooking produces
a different effect on your health and will be discussed in a
future issue. Some common and uncommon vegetables are described
is a white radish with a
pungent flavor and cooling nature. It acts as a solvent breaking down and
eliminating stored fats especially in the digestive tract and
liver. It is a very useful food for lung congestion and mucus.
Daikon clears liver stagnation and cools an overheated liver
that can cause high blood pressure, headaches, insomnia,
menopause problems, impatience, irritability, and anger. It is a
great detoxifier. It is effective against many bacterial and
fungal infections and is useful for treating candidiasis and
many liver diseases.
Digestive enzymes diastase, esterase, and amylase are found in
daikon. Because of its ability to break down fats, it is an
effective weight loss aid.
slice and add to soups or stir fries; steam and drizzle with
fresh lemon or vinegar; roast; pickle; or grate raw on salads. I
do not peel daikon; it’s best to eat the whole food. Scrub it
with a vegetable brush. If you buy it with the leaves still
attached, wash and steam them.
is slightly warming, sweet and pungent, and mucilaginous. It
moistens intestines; benefits stomach; and improves digestion.
It is useful for treating constipation, the common cold,
whooping cough, irritability and depression. Cabbage helps rid
the digestive systems of worms, and can help heal ulcers because
of its high vitamin U content. Eating it regularly helps
overcome chronic cold feet. It is used in many cultures to
beautify the skin.
important antioxidants vitamins A and C (more vitamin C than
oranges); is a rich source of B vitamins and K1; iodine,
and anti-inflammatory compounds. The outer leaves are
concentrated in vitamin E and contain at least a third more
calcium than the inner leaves.
Cabbage owes many of
its healing properties to its abundant sulfur content. Sulfur, a
vital mineral found in all body tissues, destroys parasites;
purifies the blood; helps resist bacteria; and protects against
Cole slaw, sauerkraut and other pickling methods; sautéed; add
Try my Colorful Cabbage Slaw
contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It
protects the liver and promotes healthy blood; reduces arthritis
symptoms, boosts immunity, and lessens insulin resistance.
Turmeric has beneficial effects for allergies, asthma,
atherosclerosis, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes
and cancer. It supports healthy joints, maintains normal
cholesterol levels, improves digestion and is said to slow down
add organic turmeric powder to vegetables, soups, or grains; or
stir into heated water and drink as a tea. If taking it as a
supplement please buy organic.
Zesty Split Pea
Soup with Turmeric
is a great tonic to detoxify the whole body. I prefer the
unfiltered, organic variety.
It contains enzymes, potassium, calcium, and other essential
Apple cider vinegar helps your body maintain a healthy alkaline
counters fatigue; reduces effects of allergies; helps eradicate
yeast, fungi and thrush. It is a powerful remedy for quickly
clearing stagnant liver energy and the accompanying depression.
Vinegar contains the sour and bitter flavors and its thermal
nature is warming. Distilled vinegar is highly de-mineralizing
and should be avoided.
Add one teaspoon to a cup of heated water and drink several
times daily. You can add a little raw,
unprocessed honey to improve its effects.
drink it undiluted or you’ll create problems with the esophagus
over time. You can also use in salad dressings and drizzled over
The sour flavor
is most active in the liver where it counteracts the effects of
rich, greasy food, and the heavier foods of winter. It functions
as a solvent by breaking down fats and protein. Lemon helps in
the digestion and assimilation of minerals, and can strengthen
weak lungs. In spring it's health-supportive to emphasize sour
foods such as lemon, sauerkraut, vinegar, pickles, berries,
rhubarb, and tart green apples.
your day with a cup of warm water with 1-2 teaspoons of fresh
lemon. Squeeze fresh lemon over vegetables, fish, and other
foods. Or try my
Light Lemon Pie.
Naturally Pickled Vegetables -
Traditional cultures have used fermented foods for thousands of
years as a digestive aid. Homemade pickles contain beneficial
enzymes and bacteria that aid digestion and overall health. Your
digestive system is responsible for about 80% of your health.
The fermentation process changes the sweetness of the vegetables
into a useful enzyme that strengthens the stomach and
intestines. They also help reduce cravings, especially for
When foods containing beneficial bacteria are eaten consistently
over time, digestive issues, bloating, and belly fat will
greatly decrease. Supermarket pickles are quickly processed and
will not have the same benefits. Purchase from a reputable
health food store and avoid those that contain sugar. Homemade
Good quality sauerkraut and miso are good sources for healthy
Eat a few pieces once daily with a meal.
is warming, sweet, slightly bitter/pungent; eases lung
congestion; benefits the stomach; treats stomach and duodenal
ulcers. All hard, dark leafy greens benefit the heart; help
reduce blood pressure; have anti-inflammatory properties; reduce
damp conditions such as candida yeast, fungi and parasites;
reduce moist accumulations including edema; and support mental
focus and alertness.
member of the cabbage family has abundant sulfur; and is a good
source of chlorophyll, calcium, iron, and vitamin A.
Steam, sauté, and add to soups.
- Your body began its development in a saline solution in the
womb and is nourished and cleansed by blood that has almost the
same composition as sea water. Blood contains a hundred or more
minerals and trace elements found in the ocean. Seaweeds contain
the greatest amount and broadest range of minerals of any
organism in a form that is highly assimilated. Because of the
high mineral content they are effective when eaten regularly in
relatively small amounts.
Seaweed detoxifies including mercury and heavy metals;
transforms phlegm; removes residues of radiation; acts as
lymphatic and blood cleansers; alkalizes the blood; alleviates
liver stagnation; benefits the liver, lungs, digestion, kidneys
and bones. You’ll benefit more by eating it as food rather
taking as a supplement. The most common varieties are nori,
kombu, wakame, arame, hijiki, dulse, and agar.
Use kombu in beans to eliminate digestive gas. Use wakame in
soups, and agar for jelled desserts. Hijiki and Arame can be
cooked with vegetables. Rinse dulse and add to salads or any
vegetable dish. Try my
Sensuous Sea Salad
Consciously examining your choices and why you make them opens
the door to better health. Your mind influences the effects of
any choice even when you aren't aware of your thoughts. Pay
Get to know and understand food beyond nutritional measures and
make new food choices based on a holistic rather than
reductionist perspective. Start with some of the foods in this
I can help you master the art of wisely choosing foods that will
support your healthy, fit body and mind, and
nourish your life. Consider
scheduling a session;
registering for my
Be Your Own Weight Loss Guru Webinar;
or taking new actions from Best
Practices for a Healthy Mind and Body.
Never underestimate the power of food to heal. Exercise your
power by choosing foods intentionally. You'll be more
grounded and have the stamina and well being that will free you
to live the healthy, happy, abundant life you were meant to
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There are many popular food plans and no lack of
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understanding of food therapeutics and have little or no
professional training. Good marketing sells fads to people who
are desperately trying to recover good health and lose weight. Current scientific findings often contradict previous findings
by the same experts. A perfect diet that will bring everyone
good health does not exist and accepting this fact is a good
starting point for achieving balanced health.
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