Laughter is no longer the best medicine, it’s colour!
What is the buzz about all these superfoods? Blueberries, broccoli, kale and cabbage. Is this just a “fad” or the latest dietary gimmick to “suck” us like sheep? There are tremendous truths about eating “coloured” foods. They don’t just look pretty on a plate, but they can make us “pretty” on the inside as well. What are these so called coloured “superfoods”?
Why do blueberries always make it on health food articles whether it is on TV, the internet or in newspapers and magazines? Not only are they delicious and juicy, they are one of the most nutritious foods in the world. Frozen and fresh they ate high in Resveratrol, a powerful anti-oxidant shown to protect against ageing, thus promoting longevity. Having blueberries every day, may make you live as long as Emma, who died recently as the oldest woman in the world. Other coloured vegetables are broccoli, kale and cabbage which contain Indol 3 Carbinol which is a cancer protective enzyme that metabolizes carcinogens and enhances DNA repair.
Tomatoes, red oranges and grapefruit.
Ripe tomatoes, red oranges and pink grapefruit contain Lycopene, which is especially known to fight against prostate cancer. Make sure you feed them in abundance to your husbands, boyfriends, brothers and yourself with these colourful “balls” that will protect their “balls”.
A goodie but an oldie. Garlic contains allicin, which provides the perfect natural remedy against the common cold. antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal activity which not only keeps Dracula away but germs and microbes from coughs, colds and flus. When we are losing weight, our bodies may become run down. So ensuring our immune system is running well is essential.
What’s the magical yellow ingredient in curry that we dread when we are wearing our favourite white shirt (as the stain never comes out)? That’s Turmeric. This is truly a magical ingredient containing anti-inflammatory properties reducing pain associated with inflammation and also promotes weight loss. It is protective against atherosclerosis and is also cancer. Other anti-inflammatory foods that we should add to our daily diet include
- Oily fish
- Green Leafy vegetables
These foods are not special ingredients that we have to drive all over town to find. They are easily found in our grocery shop and can be added to our foods for flavour, taste and colour. I challenge all of you to each week add one of these foods to your daily repertoire so that help build your defence against cancers, inflammation and weight.
If you need some ideas on how to do this, our new online weight loss program, The Redefine™ Metabolic Weight Loss Program is a 6 week step by step diet and exercise program combining evidence based weight loss eating and physical activity into a daily weight loss plan. The eating plan and recipes created combine all these ingredients and foods in an easy to follow way. They use to say laughter is the best medicine, but I challenge you to add colour to your life.