Knowledge is knowing a tomatoe is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad...quote by somebody who knew better.
Good Nutrition, More Than Just a Good Idea
We don't think of our meals or snacks, as being a bundle of chemicals, but they are. Used to be we ate things because we were hungry and we liked them. Or our Mothers told us we had to.
With the advancement of sciences along the way to now, it was discovered what the things we ate were made up of. Then the question was raised and answered, what did they do to us, or for us? From there, research has advanced tremendously.
In regards to the treatment of various imbalances in our bodies, resulting in diseases needing to be treated, research has found how well our bodies and our chemical make-up, can be affected by what we eat.
Why not? We are putting many different chemicals into our bodies in the attempt to fix what's wrong. The foods we eat are chemicals and water. Just stands to reason that the selected foods that are known to contain the best chemicals can be an aid in our recovery, or atleast in our level of "unwellness".
Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Oxident Properties of Foods
As a simple rule to go by, any highly colored vegetable or fruit will contain the highest amounts of chemicals called anti-oxidents, thus ant-inflammatories.
Uniquely, they happen to be the same ones we read as being the best for us in terms of healthy nutrition.
All berries, ie, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, black berries, boysenberries, as well as purple grapes, currants and cherries in fresh, frozen or even dried forms. Canned items will always contain less nutrients.
This group provides vitamins, miinerals and powerful plant chemicals that help to protect against many diseases and aging.
Orange-colored vegetables: Pumpkin, carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and orange and red bell peppers provide fiber, vitamins, minerals and powerful plant chemicals known to protect against diseasess and aging.
Dark green, leafy vegetables: Spinach, Chard, Kale, collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, bok choy, romaine lettuce, arugula and salad blends of baby greens provide vitamins, minerals and more powerful plant chemicals that help protect against diseases.
Tomatoes- especially cooked tomatoes such as pasta sauce and canned tomatoes, as well as fresh tomatoes and other red fruits like watermelon, persimmon, red-fleshed papaya, provide Lycopene, a very strong chemical known to have a great effect on heart health, lowers cholesterol, and also contains anti-oxidents to relieve many diseases.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids:Fish-such as wild- caught salmon, canned albacore tuna, sardines and herring provide omega3 fatty acids for heart health and to protect the immune system.
Soy foods-such as tofu, soy milk, soy nuts, edamame beans, tempeh and miso provide high quality plant protein, plant based omega 3 fatty acids for heart disease and for boosting the immune system.
Well, there's "food for thought"! I'll stop here for tonight, but there's lots more to tell you about. So, we'll do this again!
Hope the weather is kind to you for a few days so you can get out to get all those veggies.
Think about this: Have a garden, if you don't already. Start small, like one or two tomatoe plants and some bell peppers, maybe green onions, and garlic, gotta have garlic! That will be covered in the next segment. These things grow well in containers also, you just need to water them more.
Thanks for "listening", Did it feel like you were back in school? Take care all, rest easy, eat lots of veggies and salads and enjoy life, we only get to go around once! It's just a card game and these are the cards we got dealt. Play them well. Love to all my dear new friends, just a stones' throw away,across the waters, Loret