Six - Snack on Superfoods
Canadians spend about $15 billion a year filling more than
300 million prescriptions, and Americans spent an astounding
220 billion on 3.35 billion prescriptions. Our current healthcare
system is not healthcare at all. It is disease care. Healthcare
is showing people how to improve their health, even if they
have a disease.
is ultimately the most important to good health is a dietary
pattern that includes supperfoods, along with a wide variety
of other nutritious foods and regular physical activity. Healthy
eating provides nutrients to fuel the body for a long and
healthy life. The body has the ability to prevent or even
reverse illness when given the appropriate nutrients and when
engaged in an active lifestyle.
foods are foods you eat in their most natural way-from the
ground, without preservatives, packaging or refined. There
is a special group of whole foods that we all need for keeping
a healthy body. These are SUPERFOODS. These foods get called
Superfoods because of their high nutrient content. They are
powerful enough to help you lower your cholesterol, reduce
your risk of heart disease and cancer, and, for an added bonus,
these superfoods are available in your local supermarket.
Vitality From Superfoods
benefit your body in so many ways. They power your brain,
and correctly and efficiently fuel your body. Super foods
fight infection, enhance your immune system, and protect against
diseases such as osteoporosis, heart disease, certain cancers,
diabetes, and respiratory infections. In the "Nutrition"
chapter of your Mastermoves Jump Start to Success manual,
we discussed the importance of adding Superfoods to your diet
and we provided a list of ten key Superfoods. Here are some
important facts to remember:
are nutrient dense foods with healing potential. They are
also known for their muscle building and energy augmenting
are low calorie and superior sources of anti-oxidants, vitamins
and minerals which the body needs but may not be able to
receive from regular food.
foods are produced in depleted soils. Even if you eat nutritiously
and your diet contains lots of fruits and vegetables, the
soil in which your foods grow may not have sufficient mineral
content. Superfoods are excellent natural supplements.
foods are exposed to long transit time for delivery. Some
fruits and vegetables are picked weeks or months before
they are placed on grocery shelves. The lag time between
picking and eating reduces nutritional value so Superfoods
become a healthy supplement.
people over-cook food, resulting in significant loss of
nutritional value, meaning far fewer vitamins, minerals,
antioxidants and enzymes. A Superfood snack helps provide
the missing nutrients.
have been used by ancient cultures for thousands of years
to heal and promote health.
The Rules for Success
week, we ask you to replace your normal snacks with Superfood
snacks. Select your ideal Superfood snacks from the following
Organic Pistachio Nuts (unsalted) - Provide protein, fiber,
and unsaturated fat and are high in antioxidants such
as vitamins A and E. Pistachios also fight inflammation,
protect blood vessels and reduce the risk of heart disease.
fat or fat-free plain yoghurt - Rich in calcium which
is essential for maintaining colon health. Calcium works
with the live cultures found in plain yoghurt to increase
absorption by the bones and help to prevent osteoporosis.
Yoghurt is also rich in protein, B-vitamins and essential
Organic Almonds (unsalted) - Rich in phytochemicals -
plant components which promote heart and vascular health.
Raw almonds are also a great source of Vitamin E, Magnesium,
Protein, Fiber, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron and Calcium.
- An excellent source of healthful raw fat and essential
nutrients including fiber, potassium, vitamin E, B-vitamins
and folic acid.
- Amongst the most nutritionally dense fruits, full of
antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and E, potassium, and fiber.
- Low in calories and high in antioxidants, water and
fiber to help control blood sugar and keep you full for
longer periods. Blueberries in particular are a top source
seeds - Full of a wide variety of nutrients including
magnesium, manganese, copper, protein and zinc.