Why Eat Greens??

There is tons of information out there about the importance of eating Greens. Dark Leafy Green Veggies. Green Cruciferous Veggies. Green vegetables are crucial for body’s health and wellness. Essential for a beautiful complexion and for strong hair and nails. Green veggies also help your body shed excess pounds and maintain it! They are filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals your body needs to be healthy and fight off disease!

Here is what Greens do for your body:

  1. Their Fiber is very important for weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight! And it can also help lower cholesterol, blood pressure and helps keep your blood sugar levels stable.

  2. The High Water Content are essential for keeping your body hydrated and contributing to beautiful skin and hair.

  3. Rich in Calcium and Potassium that helps maintain strong teeth and bones, reducing the risk for osteoporosis and helps manage blood pressure levels.

  4. Their Anti-oxidants, Vitamin C, Lutein & Zeaxanthin, help reduce risk of cataracts and keep your eyes healthy. The vitamin C helps your body produce collagen which in turn keeps your skin and hair beautiful.

  5. They contain Beta-carotene which supports the growth and repair of your body’s tissues. Your body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A as needed so it is safer to eat your greens than to take supplements.

  6. They’re an excellent source of Folate which help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and memory loss and it supports the production of serotonin which can help protect you against depression and contribute to healthy moods.

  7. The Vitamin E in green leafy veggies help maintain healthy skin and may help protect your eyes from degeneration.

The great thing about Greens is that you can eat as much of them as you want! I’ve never heard of anyone getting fat from eating kale and swiss chard, have you? I know that whenever I feel as if I’ve gained a little weight I increase my green intake and the inches come off. Not only do I lose inches with more greens but my complexion and hair start looking even better! As if I needed more reasons to eat my greens! I’m definitely sold on the beauty benefits of greens! Make half your plate Green! Try it for yourself and enjoy a more beautiful complexion and a healthier body!    

 

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Cravings?? Here's the why & what to do about them!

If you are like me there are times when your cravings get the best of you! I used to feel like crap when I ‘fell off the wagon’ and gave in to my cravings. That was before I knew that the cravings actually meant something! It turns out that our bodies have cravings in order to let us know that we require certain vitamins and minerals. Our bodies are very sophisticated and reliable organisms. What we need to demystify is the meaning behind our cravings.

So here’s what we need to know about our cravings!

Craving Sweets??

Human beings naturally crave sweet flavors. Craving sweets means that our bodies need energy. Sugars are carbohydrates and these can be simple or complex. Simple carbs are turned into sugar rather quickly in our bodies while complex carbs are released slower. Sugar (or glucose) is fuel for your body’s cells. The way to keep this craving from ruining your weight loss goals and your health, in the long run, is to reduce processed foods and increase your grains and vegetables. **Extra sugar is stored as fat which is why complex carbs are the way to go! The grains and veggies will give your body the energy it needs to take you through your day! If you’re still craving candy bars etc, eat these instead:

  • Rice cakes and rice syrup

  • Fruits - berries, apples, pineapples

  • Carrots

Craving Chocolate??

I love chocolate! I love chocolate!! I’m sure some of you share my feeling. The thing with chocolate is that most of what passes for chocolate is super high in sugar and chemical additives and low in quality. It is no longer real chocolate. When your body is craving chocolate it is telling you it needs Magnesium. Instead of reaching for that Snickers, eat these:

  • High quality, organic chocolate bars (60% cacao or higher). A brand I enjoy is Dagoba.

  • Add raw cacao powder (which is real, unprocessed chocolate) to your morning yogurt or smoothie.

  • Raw nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits will also give your body the magnesium it needs.

Craving Oily, Fatty Foods??

A common craving especially after a night out when I’ve been enjoying some champagne with friends! Your body is telling you it needs some high quality essential fatty acids and calcium. I find myself enjoying some of these foods:

  • Avocados - I love these!! They are tasty and have quality, healthy fats and amino acids.

  • Mustard & turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese and sesame seeds - I am partial to kale and broccoli. These greens are great sources of calcium. I usually make a nice smoothie with spinach, kale, blueberries, strawberries and organic coconut oil.

Craving Salty Foods??

Another common craving! When we are craving salty snacks or foods our bodies are trying to tell us that it is lacking minerals. Most people’s diets are lacking in minerals because most of the foods we eat are highly processed and loaded with chemicals. Instead of reach for a salty snack, eat these first:

  • Leafy green vegetables like spinach, swiss chard, kale, collard greens - these are very high in the vitamins and minerals your body is craving.

  • Use a high quality sea salt like celtic sea salt or himalayan sea salt - these contain many trace minerals that your body needs.

  • Add some sea vegetables to your beans - this will add some savoriness to your dish and will increase the mineral content.

There are other cravings but these are some of the most common and therefore useful for our day to day. Our bodies are wonderful, complex systems that know exactly what they need to look great and give us the energy we need to conquer our tasks! It is up to us to get to know our bodies and learn its language. When we understand what our bodies are telling us we will enjoy better health, abundant energy and age subtly and gracefully! Next time you having a craving ask yourself what is it that you really need. Treat your body like the temple it is and honor your divine self!

 

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