Hello everyone and thank you for visiting. Its 2022!! Happy New Year. It’s also the Chinese New Year of the Dragon.
The Holidays are tough on everyone. The hustle and bustle are hard to navigate. We have lost track of our regular schedule of work, exercise, and nutrition. But it was all worth it, because we were blessed with family and friends.
A great way to get back on schedule is to do a Fast. Now I do not recommend fasting if you have not checked with your physician. Or if you have underlying medical needs. This would not be good. So, check with your physician before doing a Fast.
There are several types of Fasts that can help restore our bodies to Alkaline, and recalibrate insulin release, giving the pancreas a break. It can also help to temporarily reduce blood pressure, and in short term weight loss.
During this time period of fasting, our bodies produce less free radicals that can harm our bodies. Lowering free radicals due to overeating, alcohol, and stress. Antioxidants are uses to balance free radicals. This keeps them from damaging other cells.
What is a Free Radical you ask?
Free Radicals are reactive molecules that can damage proteins, cell membranes and DNA.
Antioxidants, Exercise and Fasting are a great combination as a Defense against Free Radicals.
Plants have developed there own way of protecting themselves from harmful sunlight and other insults that they are exposed to in the environment. They make a protective compound called phytonutrients. When humans eat them, they provide this protection to humans as well. Look for the colors of a rainbow in selecting edible vegetables
Antioxidants neutralize for radicals by giving up their own electrons, they are neutral offs!
Here are some suggestions:
Fast with a buddy. It’s easier.
Limit food intake to 500 calories every other day.
Drink at least 6 glasses of filtered water a day.
Eat two meals per day. Try doing a nutritious breakfast of 250 calories, late morning. Then a second meal around 4-6 pm of 250 calories.
Believe it or not Artichokes are delicious and very nutritious. They are a great source of antioxidants and dietary fiber, and minerals. They also contain and anti-inflammatory benefit. Steaming them or boiling them gives the best benefit. Frying them will change the antioxidant content.
Berries- Blackberries, Red Raspberries, Strawberries and Blue Berries.
You can also make berry smoothes by adding any berries to almond milk, ice and 1/2 of a banana and your favorite vegan protein mix. I like the “Magic Mushroom” mix. You can get it on Amazon.
These are very high in Antioxidants. You can add them to other dishes or just eat them as a snack.
What a delicious green! Kale can be sautéed or steamed, massaged and used in a salad, or soups. I have a great recipe for Chicken Kale Soup with Cantaloni Beans!
Beans are full of fiber and antioxidants. Black beans, red beans, white beans, chickpeas, etc.
The bottom line is that Antioxidants are a compound that your body makes from food naturally! They protect your body from harm. Explore these foods, and enjoy eating them.
Get yourself back on track. Feel good about who you are!
Remember to make a memory every day, and don’t apologize for who you are…Rebecca