Eat It – Part One
If you are lucky, your day began with a meal of something that passed for it. Breakfast is considered one of the most important meals of the day if not the most important because it helps wake up the body. Seldom do I post things on this blog that are just for one specific group. This month we are discussing women who are making a difference and who have stepped outside of their comfort zone.
This is the first of a three-part post on eating and how two women are making a difference by all of us eating. Hopefully, you are lucky enough to have regular meals. However, I would be remiss if I did not point out that one of the most ordinary things many people do is eat and it benefits everyone when we turn that ordinary meal into something extraordinary.
Eating is something that in industrialize nations has become something of the enemy. Very few people are completely satisfied with their weight. While we could debate the peer pressure society places and how weight is intricately a part of culture, one basic fact remains. Very few people are completely satisfied with their weight. I do not want to encourage anyone into an eating disorder but chances are you might already have one. The interesting thing is that eating is also the enemy in many third world nations but for a much different reason – the lack thereof is a leading cause of death.
First, let me address the issue we have we making our ability and access to food a problem. We have all heard about anorexia and binge eating. One involves regurgitating food once it is consumed and the other starving one’s self and then eating enough for ten people at one setting. When we are born, we tend to eat instinctively, much like animals do. We eat to satisfy a hunger. No infant in a crib leans to crawl at the age of ten days in order to following the smell of a bag of popcorn or hot apple pie.
As adults we also eat to satisfy a hunger but now that hunger has very little to do with a need for hunger as it did when we were that ten day old infant. As adults, we are hungry for what is trendy so we make sure to frequent popular hot spots when vacationing. What we eat and where has become a status symbol and people post pictures of their ordered meal on social media to prove something, not to satisfy the body’s need for food.
Food is the body’s fuel. Very few of us would consider throwing mud pies into the gas tank of our vehicles and yet we often do the metaphorical equivalent to our bodies. This creates dissatisfaction, poor health, and the resulting mental conditions. The bottom line is that we become obsessed with out own feelings of poor health and are unable to care about others.
There are some basic foods that most can eat which provide health in every bite. Refined carbohydrates like white rice and many types of pasta do not fall into that category. Quinoa, however, does and is the perfect substitute. One of the so-called super foods, quinoa is a true grain whose seeds are eaten. It is a complete protein and contains all nine essential amino acids. Unlike some foods that are said to be good for us but taste otherwise, quinoa is both light and fluffy while retaining the ability to fill a person up with single servings.
Another food in the superfood category is broccoli. One cup of broccoli has only thirty calories but three grams of fiber. It is also high in Vitamin C, iron and calcium. Eating one cup of broccoli each day will aid blood flow to your muscles, increase your body’s natural immunity to ward off disease, and support healthy bones. We all need a healthy foundation and broccoli gives our bodies just that. Greek yogurt is also a good choice to use either as a breakfast meal or as a substitute for sour cream. One of the oldest foods around, it is very portable. It will need refrigeration, especially in the summer months so keep that in mind. Many varieties contain 18 grams of protein per every seven ounces so if you are looking to invest in good health, Greek yogurt is a great option.
Blueberries and asparagus are also great foods to incorporate into your diet. Asparagus is a natural diuretic which means that, while the Greek yogurt is helping your intestinal track, asparagus will get rid of excess fluids that might be causing body bloating. Blueberries are just sixty calories a serving and are full of antioxidants to contribute to overall great health as well as fighting some fairly common diseases. New evidence suggests they also are effective in getting rid of stubborn fat. Blueberries have also been found to be beneficial to women in helping regulate body cycles.
It is not just about what we eat but also about what we drink. Few cocktails parties are going to host a green tea bar but they should. While you can add blueberries and Greek yogurt to a smoothie and reap some wonderful health benefits, green tea might just be the drink to have all day. Exchange it for your morning cappuccino, throw in a couple of blueberries into an iced green tea for lunch and then slowly enjoy a restful cup of steaming green tea before bedtime. The catechins within Green tea, which are another form of antioxidants, seem to encourage fat burning within the body as well as help speed up the body’s metabolism. Peaches and vinegar also contain forms of catechins as do apples and dark chocolate.
Life is all about making choices and you can turn your ordinary meal into a super-charged extraordinary gift to your health by making wise choices. A cup of Greek yogurt with some blueberries and a cup of Green tea might not go viral but your body will thank you. Living extraordinary lives might be just a matter of watching what we put on our fork. Everyone deserves the right to eat smart and feed a healthy hanger, not give into peer pressure. After all, charity does begin at home. And that is where we pick up our story tomorrow…. Stay tuned for part two!