Cleansing, Purifying, Renewal. All good words that make us feel positive about making a change in our lives, words that tie us to a commitment to do better while paying attention to nutritional intake.
“Must foods” to add to any new meal plan
- Consumed multiple times throughout the day
- Contain fiber and water
Carbon that hydrates the body, otherwise known as Carbohydrates. Improve dietary intake by loading up on fruits and vegetables that will contribute to renewed health.
Vegetables and fruits that are red in color contain lycopenes, (fiber, Vitamin C, quercatin, ellagic acid, hesperidin) all which actively protect the colon from prostrate cancer, lower LDL cholesterol, lower blood pressure, slow tumor growth, rid free radicals from the body and in some cases protect joints from arthritis.
Fruits that are: red, blue, or purple contain some of the same key players as the red foods have and are called anthocyanins. Their value protects the brain, improves memory and immune system, reduces LDL cholestrol, are anitcarinogens and protect the digestive tract, assist calcium and mineral absorption across the digestive tract, reduce inflammation and cancer cells.
Orange and Yellow Fruits are known as carotenoids, high in Vitamin C (citrus fruits) & Vitamin A, potassium. Cleansing of organs from sodium, promote alkaline balance and vision, reduces LDL cholesterol, blood pressure and risk of macular degeneration, promote collagen formation and has magnesium and calcium to improve bone.
Green Vegetables are filled with chlorophyll, calcium, folate, Vitamin B.
Important for a healthy liver, skin, and colon, reduces risk of cancer,improves retinal health reducing risk of cataracts, macular degeneration and birth defects.
White foods contain: anthoxanthins, allicin, beta carotene, lignans all improve immunity activating B & T-cells, balance hormone levels, lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation.
Cleansing and detoxifying are ideas and terms not encouraged by dietitians. Often times fads are spun off of an idea or word without realizing the negative effects on the body and organs such as loss of lean muscle, lack of nutrients for strengthening bone and muscle. The stomach is not reduced in the long run and upon food introduction, the lipid cells expand more easily. Lastly, no new habits or practices have formed to consciously eat with intent nor cook with a purpose.
When adopting a new dietary lifestyle, follow these 5 tips to success and notice the proper cleansing and renewal of health that your body is longing to experience:
- Eat 4 fruits
- 5 vegetables a day
- Drink 6-8 glasses of water/tea
- Reduce salt intake by 1/2
- Walk 30 = minutes each day.