Believe it or not, there are foods for healing that can transform your health in ways that Nothing else can.
There’s an old saying, You Are What You Eat.
There is a lot of truth in those words, you ARE what you eat.
People who consume lots of processed and fatty foods tend to struggle with a lot of health issues. These includes obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other problems that are less likely if you consume healthier foods.
If you are struggling with your health or weight, consider looking at the foods you are eating and discover how good foods can actually help improve your health.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Yes, we know a salad is always the best choice for us.
A salad that contains spinach, kale, arugula, collard greens, mustard greens, swiss chard, dandelion greens, and many other choices can be a huge leap forward for healing our bodies, all found in one bowl!
Green leafy vegetables are chock full of nutrients and fiber, vitamins A, C, K, and folate, iron and calcium and more.
These nutrients help to restore the balance of health in our body without fat, cholesterol and calories.
It’s a great way for you to heal your body and to improve how you feel!
The carotenoids in green leafy vegetables have been found as one of the great foods for healing, helping to ward off various cancers such as breast cancer.
Best to eat them raw, as in a salad or sandwich, or lightly steamed. Add greens to soups, omelets, stir fry, wraps.
You can also put huge amounts of greens in a blender with a little water, maybe a little fruit, lemon, or sea salt for flavor, and enjoy a drink with Huge Health Benefits, easily and cheaply!
I grow a number of these greens in my small garden, and I Love eating them every day!
I actually just learned that the broccoli (that is Still blooming in March here in NW Florida!), that I was getting ready to pull up for new garden, has Way More Nutritional Benefits than I knew!
I learned that the flowers, stems, and leaves of the broccoli plant are all very edible and Full of Nutrition!
Most people say that the leaves and stems get tough after flowering, but I have not experienced that. Mine have been flowering faster than I can trim them! The thicker stems should be peeled, and it is nice and tender inside. Cut up in small pieces for your salad.
Broccoli leaves are usually not found in the grocery store, oddly, because it is also full of nutrition. Don't use the biggest leaves, they are a little tougher (tho still edible!). Chop them up in small pieces, put in salad, or stir fry, or in morning protein shake!
I also just tried my hand at broccoli chips, similar to kale chips! Cut leaves in about 2 inch pieces, mix well with olive oil, a little sea salt, bake in 375 degree oven for about 10 mins, but watch carefully, because they will brown fast. Take out of oven when the edges are a little brown, and they get a little 'glossy' looking.
Healthy and Yummy!
The same with my Mesclun lettuce assortment, most people would not eat them after they flowered, but mine flowered a million times, even though I kept topping them off, they survived the cold (!) winter, and it's March and I've been eating great lettuce for many months, just pulling up now for new garden!
Planting some great Kale and odd types of lettuce for this year...!
One of my many great salads, lots of goodness from the garden!
Protein is one of the key building blocks of life. It helps with blood sugar and maintaining energy levels. Any excess protein is converted to energy.
Many plants have high levels of protein associated with them. Here are some great ways for you to get the proteins you need in a natural way to help better manage your overall health.
Nuts and seeds are great protein, but one handful is plenty, as they contain fats also.
Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds (excellent antioxidants and fiber!), chia seeds, peanuts, almonds, pistachios, walnuts… Best to eat Raw and Unsalted!
Beans of all kinds, in salads or as a side dish, yogurt, tofu, eggs, milk and soy milk, all contain a good amount of your daily protein!
Lean meats such as chicken, turkey and pork, and good quality fish such as tuna, salmon, halibut, perch, snapper, all high in good fats, omegas galore, and lots of protein!
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
You can use Good Olive Oil on everything and it is great for your body at the same time!
Cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil is the best. Many olive oils are better than the others, but it can make you crazy trying to sort That out! Just buy a good quality, the best that you can afford.
Not only will it help with your cholesterol levels and stabilize your blood pressure, but it can help to boost the appearance of your skin.
Olive oil makes a great massage oil, can be helpful with dermatitis, contains good fats, reduces inflammation, and has been shown to help reduce the rates of some cancers.
Research on olive oil is showing that it can help reduce or prevent skin cancer, breast cancer, Alzheimer's, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and reduce risk of strokes.
It is also being studied for improving cognitive abilities, and for bone and digestive health.
Many people who routinely use it have also found a generally better sense of well-being that doesn’t happen with butter or margarine!
The Mediterranean countries use extra virgin olive oil with nearly every meal, never butter, and they have some of the lowest cholesterol and obesity levels in the world.
Extra virgin olive oil, with a good rice, red wine or other vinegar, is great on salads. You can enjoy olive oil with bread instead of butter, drizzled on vegetables, mashed garlic potatoes, or make dips with.
Olive oil is not really recommended for cooking with, as each manufacturer of the oil has a different ‘smoke point’, where the heat will negate the beneficial qualities of the oil.
With all these benefits, why would you not use extra virgin olive oil as one of your best foods for healing daily?!
Seeds are often recommended as a good, healthy snack. Sesame, pumpkin, pomegranate, chia, sesame, and of course sunflower seeds can be a part of your healthy, healing diet.
Hemp seeds can help provide toned muscles, and chia seeds can fight heart, liver, and joint diseases, all while boosting your health.
Flax seeds can help to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, while helping you to feel fuller longer.
All have good fiber!
Don’t forget that the more raw and natural, the better. Don’t get sugar coated or even salted if you can help it!
Seeds are something you will definitely want to add to your diet for healthy healing.
Yes, this delicious substance that is one of the oldest sweeteners on earth, also has a number of health benefits as one of the best foods for healing.
Not only is honey better for you than sugar or artificial sweeteners, and can easily substitute for these, but it can also positively impact your health.
Honey can help to heal wounds, boost your energy, and works well as a cough medicine, along with lemon.
It is antibacterial, helps to combat infection and can even curb some of your allergies, with local raw honey and regular use.
It can moisturize your skin and scalp.
It also has flavonoids and antioxidants to reduce risks of cancer and heart disease. Honey is another amazing food that could be incorporated into daily use!
When life hands you lemons, eat up these foods for healing!
Lemons can help to add lots of flavor to a meal, as well as helping you look and feel better!
They can help to detoxify your body, purify your blood, lower your blood pressure, increase iron absorption, and boost your immune system.
Lemons can also help to reduce the inflammation in joints and improve liver health.
Lemon squeezed in your glass of water is a great detoxifier.
Fishy fish tastes better with lemon!
A great source of vitamin C!
There are dozens of foods out there that you can add to your diet and that your body can benefit from.
Garlic can help improve cardiovascular health, apples can help with collagen and cell damage, blueberries can help to boost the brain and immune system, fish can help to provide omega 3's essential for heart health.
The list goes on and on.
Look over what each of these foods can do and come up with a routine meal plan that helps to keep you healthy and happy for years to come!
We will continue to add more on the goodness of foods for healing!
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