Appetites & Attitudes

January 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Features

“Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”
Hippocrates (460-370 B.C.) Greece Circa 400 B.C.

by Britt Bacon, Features Writer

Proceeding through life as a former pilates coach and professional dancer and a working mother, I understand the importance of consuming  that can nurture and energize your life, rather than harm and deteriorate your body and mind. We have an issue in society today with what is called chronic malnutrition. It seems somewhere the values in our culture have been a little confused in what is truly important to our family’s needs. The nice new spacious car on the market today,vs.  foods and nutrition that will insure your family a sustainable, disease-free life.

Of course, a huge piece of the puzzle lies in what has become readily available to us today. A few concerns:  If food is more than five days old we’re lucky to get 40% of its nutrients.

This is why it is so important to buy locally grown’ foods, people! We need these nutrients. My second concern to bring to your attention is nutrient loss in our soils today.  A typical fertilizer contains nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, but the problem with that is in order for the foods we grow to thrive the soil needs to contain 52 different minerals. In return we have malnourished produce that cannot fend against bugs and disease and must utilize more chemicals to accelerate growth. With  proper cultivating, these minerals can be provided naturally through decomposition from organic sources. Yes, our system of agriculture needs to be delved upon on a world wide scale. This is where the importance of sustainable, organically grown fruits and vegetables comes into the picture.

A Swiss doctor, Dr. Paul Kouchakoff was the first to demonstrate in the 1930s that when we eat a diet that is 51% or more raw foods, there is not lucose sytosos in the body; which generates the white blood cell activity, and therefore
the body will not treat that food as a toxin. Enzymes work to aid in digestion, and the absorption of nutrients, but even commercially grown vegetarian foods can be both deficient and toxic and although we may lightly steam our food, our body will produce a white blood cell reaction to toxic substances and fight off this invasion of substance where the enzymes have been destroyed.   Furthermore if you pay attention to thesuperfoods available that provide plant based, high protein, comprehensive nutrient and vitamin intake, how much of these are we actually consuming daily?

Spirulina, raw honey, bee pollen, pomegranates, blueberries, turmeric, quinoa, spinach, kale, ginger, maka powder, raw cocoa; and chia seeds are all super foods that can be added to your diet daily.  These kings and queens reign by virtue of their outstanding compositions and offer a cornucopia of gifts  for the body and it’s functioning. Superfoods are the most health promoting, anti-aging, disease fighting, mood-enhancing, beautifying, nutrient-dense, antioxidant rich foods on the planet – the “pie`ce de résistance” of the plant kingdom with astonishing benefits that all of us need.

Raw vegetable juice (preferably freshly juiced) is ideal  for the easy absorption of essential nutrients to the body. Imagine the energy it takes for your body to breakdown a steak to take out what proteins is available. I’m not saying let’s quit eating steak by any means! But let’s just keep in mind the importance of the wonderful enzyme workers supplied in our raw foods to help our bodies prosper daily.

You are what you eat. Food does matter. Why choose to eat and drink unhealthy foods that do not bolster health and happiness?  How do you expect your body to last a long and enjoyable life time if you build it with poor or toxic substance? You would not build a building you expect to last 100 years out of poor or fragile materials. Instead you need to build your body withsuperfoods daily. Below are two recipes to enhance your superfoods intake.

Beets for your Heart Salad:

– Washed beets, sliced in quarter inch pieces
– fresh pomegranate seeds and meats
– crumbled goat cheese
– sliced avocado
– walnuts (slightly toasted if desirable)
– spinach
– 1 clove chopped garlic,
– tsp. olive oil; salt & pepper (to taste)

(Directions: Slightly heat beets in oven on 250 for about eight minutes with garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Prepare salad to your liking with pomegranate, goat cheese,avacodo, walnuts atop spinach. When beets are warm, add to salad and splash so lightly with balsamic vinaigrette.)

This salad is a mixture of the perfect combination of heavenly flavors with the spinach consisting of high levels of the antioxidant vitamins A,C, D, E, and K, and other compounds known as phytonutrients . These natural plant food substances help guard against sun burning the skin, strengthening the heart and cardiovascular health, and help protect you from developing cancer. Olive oil and walnuts provide high sources of Omega3s that heal and prevent Crohn’s disease, diabetes, gout, arthritis, and many other heath issues especially when taken in the right quantities.

I must also say take your vitamins daily. They’re essential in providing assistance to your working body and invigorating an alkaline balance in your body where disease cannot thrive.  There have been 10 unproven assumption related deaths to vitamins in the last twenty-three years, but the leading death rates in the millions yearly are caused from heart disease and cancer.
Another great way to make sure you get these superfoods is to start off with a daily dose of them first thing in the morning. Try combining the following ingredients in a blender on high speed:

Super Smoothie:

– 1 banana
– ½ cup frozen berries or any raw fruit of choice (whatever’s available)
– 1 cup soy-based silk or skim milk
– 2 tbsp. ground Chia seeds
– ½ avocado; 1 tsp. raw honey

Before you drink your coffee or do anything else start your day with up to two liters of water every morning; this will supply the pathways for nutrient absorption in the body as well as aid in the release of many toxins through your bowls. You will be amazed in the difference of how you feel and the wait you can loose by properly aiding in this bodily function. In conclusion, consider your daily routine and perhaps start with one meal a day, and get ready to reap the benefits!

Enjoy and be well!
Britt

(Much of the material for this article was inherently gathered from the documentary Food Matters. For more information visit: http://www.foodmatters.tv.)

Britt Bacon is a current resident on Tybee Island with her three year old son Phillip. She is a recent graduate with an Applied Science degree in Marketing Management, a pilates instructor, dancer, surfer, and aspiring writer and photographer, working to raise a family of good health and proper education in areas that truly matter. You can also find her most Sundays atHucapoos as a bartendress with co-worker and local mother, Nikki Osborne.  Contact Britt at bri2284@yahoo.com

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