FOOD IS MEDICINE: NATURAL REMEDIES
MEDICINAL BENEFITS OF FRESH FOOD:
I then moved to New York City where my daily activity and cardio was heavily increased beings you have to walk everywhere! I started exploring health, nutrition, and wellness. As I began to incorporate a healthy diet into my life the difference was LIFE CHANGING! I dramatically felt a difference mentally; I was more alert, had more energy, more focused. My body followed suit and I became more healthy, ripped, and fit. Don't be fooled, I also was heavily into my OVERALL fitness, I worked out in the gym a TON and did a lot of yoga, and cardio. But I realized that the food we eat plays a HEAVY role in how we feel, and look.
I started at about 170 pounds, through exercise, diet (NOW VEGAN plant-based) I am now at 140 pounds, I eventually want to bulk up to 160 through all natural and all vegan gains. Which is possible! Look it up there are plenty of vegan bodybuilders, athletes, etc. All doing impeccably well.
But what I never realized until exploring nutrition is that EACH natural food holds health benefits and properties. Look at it as medicine! Each food we consume will nourish and uplift the health of our bodies! For instance, just eating garlic alone comes along with natural anti-inflammatory properties. So whether you choose a bowl full of medicine (A kale salad, with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, garlic, lentil beans, quinoa) or a value meal at McDonald's with absolutely no health benefit whatsoever! The choice is yours. You will see and feel the impact depending on what you decide to put in your body.
That being said, I decided to enlighten my readers into exactly what health benefits these foods, spices, and herbs hold for you. This isn't a post to make you become vegan. More of just to tell you the benefits of eating these kinds of foods! I did all the research for you, so you don't have to. But before you eat something look up what it does to and for your body. Is it working for you? Or against you?
VEGETABLES & ROOTS
- Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
- Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.
- Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
- Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
- Eating foods such as vegetables that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.
HERBS & FLOWERS
NUTS & BEANS
WHEAT, RICE & GRAINS