Everyone wants to be healthy, fit and slow down the aging process. These are goals that take constant work. Beauty. Health. Wellness. Fitness. All achievable goals regardless of where one is starting from. They are a possibility for everyone. Every culture in the world has its own particular food or foods that have healing and beautifying properties. These are a few that I've adopted into my day to day diet and have become my Go To foods.
Greens - arugula, watercress, kale and cucumbers are great greens to start adding to your diet. Green veggies help purify your blood and increase red blood cells; they also help the liver and kidneys to eliminate toxins. They are nutrient and mineral rich and calorie poor so eat as much of these as you’d like!
Berries - goji berries and wild blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins needed by your body for disease prevention and longevity.
Seeds - chia seeds, hemp and pumpkin seeds are rich in antioxidants, like vitamin E, and fiber. They help to reduce inflammation and keep your skin beautiful.
Papaya - loaded with antioxidants, flavanoids and carotenes that help slow down the aging process. Papayas are high in vitamins C, A and E which boost the immune system and they aid in digestion and lower cholesterol and inflammation in the body.
Onions - are a very good source of vitamins C, B6, biotin, chromium, calcium and fiber and a good source of folic acid, vitamin B1 and K. The antioxidants in onions have immune enhancing properties and the high sulfur content is great for your liver!
Radishes - are great detoxifiers! They aid in digestion and help the kidneys, liver and gallbladder function well. The high water and fiber content in radishes make them great for weight loss as they give the body tons of nutrients and keep you satisfied.
Aloe Vera - has been used therapeutically for over 5,000 years. It is high in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids. Aloe is great for digestion, detoxification of the body, cardiovascular health and the immune system. The inner gel can be juiced or blended with in your favorite smoothie. Aloe is a very potent herb, so a little goes a long way.
Maca - a root that grows high in the Peruvian Andes - is high in minerals, fiber, fatty acids, amino acids and protein and has many therapeutic uses. Maca helps balance hormones in our bodies, boosts fertility, reverses hypothyroidism (sluggish thyroid), improves skin and hair and increases energy. Maca can be used raw or cooked, in powder form in your smoothie or morning coffee or in capsules.
Burdock Root - contains vitamins and minerals that help purify the blood; it increases circulation to the skin helping detoxify it. Burdock clears congestion in the body, releases water retention, stimulates digestion and aids kidney, liver and gallbladder function. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Coconut Oil - has so many health benefits I devoted a whole post on just Coconut Oil! Its use encourages fat loss, improves brain function, reduces appetite and increases energy, and can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi!
Olive Oil - loaded with Mono-Unsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFAs); it is known to lower blood pressure and increase heart health, aid in weight loss and improve digestion. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
I only cook with coconut oil. In my smoothies I always include at least 2 representatives of the Greens and lots of fruits, berries, coconut oil, seeds and raw maca powder. I make a yummy ‘sauce’ with radishes, onions and olive oil that I eat as a side to any lunch or dinner. The key to making any changes in your diet is to start with one or two things and consistently do them until it becomes a habit. From there you can move on to further improvements. Good health, wellness and fitness start with the little things! Every choice you make counts, so make them good ones! :)
2 bunches organic Radishes
1 organic red onion
3 tbsp organic olive oil
1 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt
First, I slice the onion into fine strips. In a bowl I cover them with enough water to submerge the onions and start rubbing them between my hands with some salt for a few minutes. This is done to reduce the bitterness of the onions. I rinse them and place them in a bowl. Next I move on to the radishes - rinse them well and slice them. Add them to the bowl with the onions. Add the olive oil and Himalayan Sea Salt. Mix well. Serve and enjoy!
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