“Before eating, always take a little time to thank the food.” -Arapaho Indian proverb
4 Principles of healthy eating by Susan Silberstein, Author of Hungry for Health
Eat primitive: What does this consist of?
“Roots and fruits….Greens and beans….Seeds and weeds… Plus some fish or wild game.” You will notice that this is a plant based diet NOT an animal one. Meat is not the staple any longer. This may be a different way of thinking for you, as you saw in part 1 what many of us consume daily. If it is- it’s okay. Just be open to a new healthy way of thinking and living.
Let’s start with fruits and vegetables. Just imagine all the colors of these amazing foods. Beets, eggplant, berries, watermelon, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, tomatoes and mushrooms. The list goes on and on. A variety of all is best. There are different nutrients in each so that’s why it’s important to choose all the different shades.
Cruciferous vegetables have anticancer properties mainly due to their content of indole and sulfur compounds which support key liver enzyme functions and detoxification pathways that can neutralize dangerous hormones and carcinogens. This can be very important to breast and prostate wellness. Also very high in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Kale, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and brussel sprouts, chard, rutabaga and collard greens are excellent sources of these compounds. There are so many fabulous spices and oils available to make these veggies just delightful and pleasing to the palate! You want to enjoy the foods you are eating.
Pumpkin seeds, mung beans, lentils are all great source of fiber and so good for you. Garbanzo, black, pinto are types of beans and provide a daily source of protein too.
I recommend staying away from white bleached flours. Multigrain bread could be an option. Whole grain rice such as brown basmati are extremely healthy for you and another interesting grain is quinoa. It is one of the highest protein grains on the shelves of supermarkets. Millet and amaranth are some other varieties.
Animal proteins such as fish, omega 3 eggs, organic meat in moderation or optional. Salmon, sardines, haddock, mahi mahi, cod, trout and tilapia are some of the safer fishes to eat right now due to mercury content. As you can see meat and eggs are no longer the prominent foods but are served as accompaniments. Different… I know.. Possible for change… You bet!!!!
Olive and flaxseed oil are the oils of choice. They contain omega-3’s and lignans. Omega-3’s help reduce imflammation which is key in chronic diseases such as cancer and arthritis.
Spices such as turmeric, curry, marjoram, oregano, basil, parsley, ginger, cinammon and mint are all on the top of the list of beneficial spices. They not only add flavor to the foods but are healing too. I highly recommend adding garlic and onion to your shopping list of anticancer foods. They both spice up anything that you cook.
The closer the foods are to Mother Earth the better. Why??? Because they are less processed which means fewer chemicals and whatever else is put in them to keep them on the shelves.
Truly begin to listen to your body. It knows exactly what it needs. Food is energy- your body is energy. Begin a new relationship with both today. Think of it as taking a new class that you will grow to love. Becuz, it’s all about YOU and YOU are worth it. What you will discover can change your life and your health. All you have to be is open to new possiblities!!
Next post I will share a few other tidbits about nutrition and health. Until then: Happy Eating!!!
P.S; Remember food is energy. Bless it before you put in your mouth. Be filled with gratitude that you have these amazing foods nourishing your magnificent body. Be open to receiving all that is!!!!
“Heredity plays its part when we are born, and from that point onward…..the condition of the body is the result of just what we have eaten habitually throughout our whole life.” –William Howard Hay MD
Look at these interesting facts about our country:
We are one of the most obese countries in the world. We eat supersized everything. Adults and children are eating unhealthy foods and are grossly overweight. It is in fact a pandemic. Many of us do not get enough exercise. Exercise has a direct affect on chemicals and hormones in the body in a positive way. We are racing all over creation, stressed to the max and stress KILLS!!! And we wonder why we have so many diseases that are incurable today…..Cancer being one of them
Cancer is a multifaceted disease: These are some contributing factors
1. Stress: from the outside puts tremendous stress on our insides. Stress can wreak havoc on cells damaging and changing them
2. Hormone imbalances: Excessive estrogen supports tumor growth in some types of breast, prostate and ovarian cancers
3. Toxic environments: Air, water, food (soil). Hormones and chemicals being fed to animals which supply our food
4. Deeply held emotions: “You are what you eat, drink, breathe, think, say and do” Patricia Bragg N.D, Ph.D
These contributing factors can lead to a weakened immune system. The role of the immune system is to protect the body from foreign predators such as viruses, bacteria, parasites, even cancer cells. Most often our amazing immune systems are ready and available to ward off these varmants, but not always if our systems are down and out. They can’t keep up with these rapidly multiplying abnormal cells that are dying to take over and wreak havoc on our different bodily systems.
The type of foods that many Americans consume today are the following:
Meats and sweets: pies and fries: chips and dips: cakes and shakes: And I must humbly admit that I grew up on most of these foods. BUT……. today I know differently and I do differently because I CHOOSE to. I want a healthy body that supports me and I want to support it in every possible way.
Might some cancer prevention be as simple as eating more healthy foods? Are there plant foods available that are high in antioxidants that can protect DNA from damage that can lead to malignant transformation? Can nutrition prevent the spread of cancer once it has started?
That’s food for thought, isn’t it!!!!!
In part 2 of nutritional healing I will talk about nutritional food groups that will sustain a healthy body. Until then: what foods are you putting in your mouth TODAY???? Think about it!