A Beautiful Body. 

Healing Nutrients:
The Daily Dozen 

After studying tons of reports on the proper nutriets we need as females to maintain heatlh and vitality I have compiled the top 12. By incorporating these foods and macronutrients into our weekly diet we can heal our bodies from the onslaught of toxins we are exposed to everyday.

Did you know that the carrots you are eating today are not the carrots your grandparents ate 50 years ago? L. Mass-produced conventional farming has so depleted the soil of vital nutrients. In a day of processed everything we have so modified the way we grow things they have coined the term GMO or genetically modified.

It is critical that we slow down the flood of toxins into our body and gradually introduce healthier options. Again, this is not an overnight endeavor. Granted there are some shocking books and movies on the market that might convince you to go cold turkey today,   for most of us change comes as we begin to relearn information. My goal is to synthesize the information for you so you have a one stop shop for creating the best half of your life.

Several years ago I began to “relearn” how to eat. I knew that if I wanted to live the best half of my life in great health, with a strong mind, abundant love, sexual, strong bones for play that I was going to HAVE to change the way I eat. In a male dominant house it was very easy to cater the boy’s cave man taste buds, with  mamwiches, wings, doritos, lasagna you name it, it was neaderthal central complete with grunting and burping, ok, maybe not the burping, but we have always enjoyed eating as a family!

For most of my life my world centered around my next meal. On Thursday I was thinking about which restaurant  we would go  to on Friday night, what would I cook on Saturday night   and Sunday was a baking free-for-all. I was famous in my family for my sweet treats decoratively displayed. I literally had to break-up with food and boy did I mourn the loss of my  fast food breakfast my 3 oclock “pick me up” and my bedtime snack just because “I needed something on my belly to sleep”, really?!? No wonder we are 10, 20 and 30+ pounds overweight. Studies show that we underestimate the calories we eat by 40%! The average 5.4 female needs 1200 calories per day, that’s a combo meal at McDonalds!

I began with a three day juice cleanse. There are multiple studies that promote the   metabolic and hormonal benefits of calorie restricting. Now, there even research to show the   cognitive benefits  of fasting. Professor Mark Mattson, lead author of the study and professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,

The science team lead by Dr. Mattson discovered that reducing food intake to approximately 500 calories per fasting day yields optimal effects and can significantly improve long-term cognitive function. Foods that may safely be consumed during fasting days include an assortment of fiber-rich vegetables, unsweetened tea and water.

By giving my body a break from it’s normal routine of digesting and processing food it is able to rest and work on the toxins in my system.

Primarily, I wanted to reset my dependence on food and cravings of sugar. I began investigating the research that discussed   how we manufacture food in America today.  I learned how we have

Genetcally Modified our food to be more resistant to bacteria and insecticides thereby breeding chemicals into the seeds of the foods we eat.

study published this week in the well-respected journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. The French scientists who conducted the study basically concluded that rats fed a diet of genetically modified corn and small amounts of herbicides got sicker faster than their counterparts eating regular corn and no herbicides.

Of course our meats are laiden with antibiotics as well. In addition to steroids and growth hormones. 

1) Green Tea. 
I can’t say enough good things about green tea. When I did my first fast and tried to return to my normal coffee routine I was shocked at how abrasive the coffee seemed to me. I was a Starbucks girl. Organic green tea has been my mainstay for several years now. The plant compounds (polyphenols) possess   antioxidants, anti-inflammatory AND anti- carcinogenic properties. My tea time also signals my “breathing” time despite the chaos around me.

2) Almonds.
About 20 nuts or a 1 oz serving provides the most antioxidant protection available in a plant based food. In addition, almonds are a packed with Vit E and Magnesium. Full of monosaturated fats ( the good ones) and protein they are a filling little snack.

3) Avocados.
Considered a “nutrient booster” because they enhance the absorption of the foods we eat with them. Avocados contain almost 20 vitamins and minerals, including Vit C, B and E. A serving is about ¼ of an avocado.

4) Lemons.
Note that a food's acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so, lemons are alkaline forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion, but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid forming. I try to squeeze half of a fresh lemon into my water in the morning and again in the evening to keep my system alkaline.

5) Yogurt. 
In addition to protein, B vitamins, calcium and magnesium, yogurt also contains probiotics. Probiotics are known as the “good bacteria” that are found in the intestines, offering immune and digestive support. Research has shown improved vaginal health among women consuming yogurt. flavored yogurts can be loaded with sugar so plain yogurt with active cultures is recommended. Agave or honey can be used to sweeten along with fresh blueberries.

6) Spinach. 
With it’s dark green color we automatically know spinach is full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The protective and beneficial properites of spinach and other dark vegetables (brussle sprouts, broccoli, collard and turnip) cannot be overstated. By adding this into our daily routine we are healing ourselves from the inside out!

7) Flax Seed.
Loaded with omega-3’s & fiber, flax is a great way to

8) Salmon, wild. 
Chocked-full of omega-3, salmon should be added into your weekly regimen 1-2 times due to the high caloric content.

9) Blueberries, Organic.
Bursting with antioxidants and aniti-inflammation properties, blueberries are a low glycemic treat.

10) Black Beans.
A great source of fiber and antioxidants. (the darker the bean the more the antioxidant, same with vegetables)

11) Olive oil.
Long used topically as a skin beautification treatment, olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fat and antioxidants.

12) Tomatoes.
Full of lycopene another strong antioxidant especially for the skin, tomatoes has even been shown to reduce the risk of skin cancer.