I eat all these several times a week, except mushrooms and green tea. But I never ate broccoli or yoghurt or oats before I joined SP, added them to my meal plan after reading The Spark. Now I eat broccoli almost every day in the winter. Just cut into flowerets and pop into microwave oven for 3.5 minutes - they are beautiful emerald green, tasty, crispy and hot.
My two most favorite things are one here... Tomatoes and Garlic.
I can go through 8-10 tomatoes in a week, and I have several recipes that I use almost an entire head of garlic for. There are other things on the list I like, but the Tomatoes and Garlic are constant in my diet no matter what. I also read (from another article years ago, forget where) that chemicals from tomatoes leech out of skin, and can help protect from UV rays. Thus, it helps prevent skin cancer (and tanning). Also, if you eat a whole lot in one sitting, the oils that come out of your fingertips can start the rusting process on metals (I know someone who has kind of put finger prints on metal parts for helicopters because of this). Oh, and I thought I read that Lycopene can also help your heart muscles (again an article years ago).
As far as I can tell it involves very simple things: choose foods that are in the produce department, some healthy dairy (if you can eat it.) you want the unsweetened dairy products, the sugar will kill your probiotics. Don't forget to eat plenty of healthy fats like olive oil and coconut oil (not the hydrogenated!! Get the good, organic, one.) Get some healthy movement: cardio, some strength training, some flexibility training. Get a little sunlight. Cook your own eats, carry a cooler, and drink some green tea. Now really, is that so hard? You can still have some real ice cream, some dark chocolate, and even some grain (which ever kind you can tolerate.) Just don't go nuts with it.
The point is to pay attention to how you feel in comparison to what you are putting in your body.
I have printed this off. I feel pretty good when I eat these types of foods. Going to show article to my husband.......trying to make him understand it all in the hopes that he'll make 'better' choices also. We have this one shot in life and I'd like both of us to enjoy it in a thinner, healthier manner. Thank you!
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