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You Are What You Eat: Power foods

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“You are what you eat.” 

Its an old cliche, but its the truth.  Before you were born and developing in your mothers womb, every cell in your body was created.  It was created by what your mother ate and since, your body has been regenerating  new cells based on what you eat.  So in reality you are literally what you eat.  Think about this for a second.  Since YOU can choose what you are made of , what materials are YOU going to use to build your body with?  Do you want foods made with fillers, additives, sugars and chemicals, with free radicals running wild through your body.
What are free radicals you ask?   Free radicals, if allowed to run free in the body, are believed to be involved in degenerative diseases and cancers.  Or do you want to be made of lean proteins, healthy fats and nutrient rich fruits, vegetables and whole grains, with an abundance of phytonutrients and antioxidants to fight against disease and other invaders.  Phytonutrients and antioxidants are pretty big words that can be very confusing to understand, so I’m going to give you a brief description of each.
The term “phyto” originated from a Greek word meaning plant. Phytonutrients are certain organic components of plants, and these components are thought to promote human health. Fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and teas are rich sources of phytonutrients. Unlike the traditional nutrients (protein, fat, vitamins, minerals), phytonutrients are not “essential” for life, so some people prefer the term “phytochemical.”
Antioxidants are widely used as ingredients in dietary supplements and have been investigated for the prevention of diseases such as cancer, coronary heart disease and even altitude sickness.
The foods you eat will have a huge effect on your weight and body fat percentage.  The more Power foods you put into your body the less likely you are to become sick, tired, overweight and dealing with diseases like cancer.  Power foods help to fill you up with fiber, protein and healthy fats, which help keep you feeling satisfied.  The also keep your digestive system functioning properly.
When you eat junk food the opposite takes place.  You feel hungrier, so you eat more.  If you keep feeding your body empty calories, it continues to tell you that it wants more.  This leads to overeating and then obesity.
Experts now agree that diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease are more likely preventable if you are eating right and staying active.  No I must mention that eating a healthy diet will not guarantee you a disease-free life, it will help you to avoid illness, it will help you fight diseases and it will help you recover faster than if your body did not receive the proper nutrition.
So, what are these super foods?  Never thought you would ask.  Here is a list of just some of the power foods that should be a part of your daily diet.
1.) Almonds – Vit E, Vit B3, Potassium, Calcium and Monounsaturated Fats.  Because it is a nutrient rich food it prevents over eating caused by nutrient-deficient, processed foods.

 2.) Apple – Vit C, Vit B6, Vit A, Potassium and Fiber.  Low in calories and full of fiber.  Fiber helps you avoid overeating because it fills you up.

 3.) Blackberries – Fiber, Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, Vit C and Vit K.  Pectin in the berries dissolves in water, normalizing blood sugar and cholesterol.  The high fiber keeps your digestive system running ( no pun intended) and leaves you feeling full longer.

 4.) Mangos – Vit A, Vit C, Vit B6, Iron, copper and Beta Carotene.  High in calories but one should fill you up.

 5.) Peppers – Vit C, Vit A, Fiber and Vit K.  Peppers are thermogenic, meaning they increase your body’s heat production, which helps you burn more calories.  They are also high in water and fiber (hungar suppressor)

6.) Avocados – Vit B6, Vit C, E, K, Fiber, Potassium, Vit B9, Calcium and monounsaturated fats.  Avocados are high in L-carnitine, an amino acid that promotes fat metabolism as well as energy production in muscle cells.  High in both fat and fiber, abocados keep you feeling full, and this helps prevent overeating.

7.) Beans – (Black, Pinto and Kidney) Fiber, Iron, Vit B9, Magnesium, Potassium, Vit B1.  Beans are rich in iron, providing you with energy you need to fuel your body and stay active.  Unlike red meat, which is also rich in iron, beans are low in fat.

8.) Beef – (grass fed) Vit B6, Iron, Vit B3 and Zinc – Grass fed beef in low in “bad” fats and provides you with Omega 3 fatty acids or “good” fats.

9.) Blueberries- Manganese, Vit B6, C, K, and Fiber.  Research says that antioxidant-rich blueberries may change how the body stores and processes glucose or sugar for energy, thereby reducing the risk of both heart disease and diabetes.

10.) Oats – Manganese, Selenium, Vit B1,B2,B5, and B9.  Oats contain soluble fiber than any other grain.  This fiber creates a gel that allows your stomach to feel full.  Oats also balance blood sugar.

These are just a few of the things that I eat almost everyday.  Hope you enjoy them too. 

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