Eating and Nutrition

Nutrition goes hand-in-hand with health. Health is the cornerstone of a life that has vitality, energy and efficiency. A healthy mind and body can sleep better, has the motivation to do things in life (travel, start a new business, exercise regularly) and simply be happy.

Our bodies are demanding. Our little cells want wholesome, happy food that comes from the earth, the sun and water.  We need nutrients and mineral from the soil and the energy from the sun. We are made from the stuff of the stars and the earth. When was the last time you went out for a nice piece of mud for dinner, or stood for ours in the sun to made some photosynthesis? Not so practically and not so tasty either. You can thank the plants and animals for doing the work for you. Plans absorb sun energy and suck up the soil’s minerals and make the starchy potato or the delicious blueberry. You can thank them for handing you building blocks so your marvelous body can assemble complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, fibers, enzymes and proteins to make your beautiful skin, strong muscles and fire smart neurons.

Let’s look at the benefits of healthy, nutritional diet:

  • Energy and vitality
  • Sharper mind: Better focus, concentration and memory
  • Relaxed mind, less stress in your life
  • Stronger body
  • Smarter immune system
  • Healthier weight, slim. Smaller belly size.
  • Healthier brain, heart, liver, skin and more
  • Healthier skin and hair and a prettier (glowing) you
  • A happier you

I urge you to learn and discover what are considered nutritional and what is the right food for you. One size doesn’t always fit all. We have trillions of cells to feed. Food is also a form of pleasure and part of our social lives. So, enjoy it. We celebrate with food. What is a dinner party without a happy, healthy salad and a tasty home cooked meal. Food has influenced history and the economics. Once the main staple for the Irish population in the 1800s, Potato crops were destroyed by a fungus because its vulnerability to limited genetic variety and eventually caused the Great Irish Famine. Local produce and farming is gaining popularity. Farmer’s markets are spreading like crazy. These steps are good for you as consumer, because you and your family is more likely to eat fresh, help your local economy and save on fuel that bring food from 2000 miles away. Fresh vegetables and fruits have more nutritional values than ones that are even days or hours old. So, go out and shop at your local farmer’s market and encourage your local produce store to provide their customers with locally grown produce.

A bad diet and unhealthy diet will do take you to the route of:

  • Weight gain
  • Clogged arteries which increases your risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Digestive problems: bloating, cramps
  • Tired, lethargic
  • Depression and moodiness
  • Headaches
  • Joint pains
  • Muscle aches
  • Reduced fertility and sex drive
  • Age faster
  • Cancer
  • More prone to colds and infections
  • Accumulation of toxins

Important facts about food:

  • Additives and preservatives in food: Processed food has less nutritional values than food that comes from mother earth. Recommendation: Eat fresh food. Eat living, alive food. A food that is too processed or has been cooked is dead food.
  • High fat diet: Saturated fats in food have been shown to increase the risk of strokes and heart disease. Aim for polyunsaturated fats, found in vegetables and nuts.
  • High refined sugar diet:  Excess sugar are converted to fats. It can increase the risk of diabetes. It is associated with fatigue, mental slowness and mid section abdominal fatness.
  • Low nutritional diet: Low in vitamins and minerals is not the only story here. There are many enzymes and chemicals that scientists are discovering in colorful vegetables and fruits. They are known as Phytochemicals. They come in colors and each color tells us a story, some are cancer-fighting antioxidants and others repair aging cells. You cannot find them in a vitamin pills. Vitamins are good for you, but they are not the only nutritional powers you need. You can only get them in living food. I am not talking about a walking chicken. I mean fresh plants-based food. Fresh, just picked tomato is what I am talking about. Most of us don’t have that luxury. In winter months, go for frozen veggies and fruits. Freshly picked plants have the higher phytochemical contents and they can get destroyed during processing or cooking. Lycopene, found in tomato, might be a bid different in that higher concentrations are found in tomato paste because it is more concentrated and not destroyed. Many of these compounds are being tested for their cancer-fighting properties.

Here are examples of Phytochemicals:

  • Lycopene- gives red color. Found in tomato, watermelon.
  • Indoles- have sulfur compound. Found in cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccholi.
  • Flavonoids- give red, purple and blue pigments. Found in red onion, wine, berries.
  • Betacyanins-found in beets.
  • Carotenes- give orange pigment. Found in oranges, sweet potato, carrots, pumpkins.