‘‘Tis the season (or anytime) to indulge a bit and also work to stay healthy. It’s a delicate balance for sure.
Because Totally Fit Mama WANTS you to enjoy life and indulge in delicious, yummy, (often sugary) treats and things, we also owe it to you to help educate you on what things offer you the biggest “bang for your buck” in staying healthy and well.
So let’s get the obvious out of the way. Sugar. We all love it. And it’s the easiest food item we crave (and it’s truly in EVERYTHING processed in one form or another). We know it causes inflammation. Inflammation causes sickness. (We teach our little ones to think of it like their bodies having little people with boxing gloves fighting off colds and things. As we eat more and more sugar, it slows those little boxing people into a sluggish/slow boxing motion so they can’t fight the germs as well and things get past them, and we end up getting sick). So to keep them boxing, fighting the germs and working at their best, we have to feed our bodies with the best foods most of the time.
What are some of the powerhouse nutrients we can consume?
Garlic. Anti bacterial, anti microbial. Science has proven that garlic has been more effective than several man made antibiotics. How do we consume this to gain the MOST health benefits? Most of you won’t love it. But it’s amazing for your health.
Peel a fresh clove of garlic. Smack it open on a cutting board so it cracks. Cut it up into small, little pieces. Scrape it off the board. Consume IMMEDIATELY. It’s the smacking/opening of the clove that releases the allicin in garlic (theta the key ingredient). Cooking, roasting, used in dishes… all fine but to get the true benefit, do the above. It’s easy to put that chopped clove over a salad you will immediately enjoy or even a slice of pizza. But consuming immediately is what we want. And try to get your loved one on board with you or grab a mint following lol.
Raw honey. Has to be raw and local to your region to get the true benefits as your bees pollenate your flowers so it helps your seasonal allergies. Raw honey can be used in tea… but again, the heating destroys some of the best defensive properties. We recommend Simply consuming a teaspoon or drizzling on cool toast.
Lemons. Always known for health. Starting your day with a cup of warm lemon water will actually help detox liver/kidneys and get the palette off to a clean start.
Turmeric. So anti-inflammatory. The root resembles a ginger root or you can use the spice/powder form. Keep as a shaker on your table as many do in India. We also love our turmeric tea (recipe on IG in photo). Truly one of the best spices to use. Be careful. It’s very staining (yellow).
Ginger. Great for digestion and anti-inflammatory. Using the root in tea works great but also the powder form on dishes like oatmeal are delicious. Also found in our turmeric tea.
Kiwi. Yes, a true superfood with 4x the amount of Vitamin C than any one orange. Packed with vitamins, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. I
Blueberries. The powerhouse berry of them all. More antioxidants and phytonutrients than any food out there. If you can’t find fresh, buy the frozen bag and use in a smoothie. Daily.
Greens. Your body will thank you when you get used to making greens part of your daily routine. Throw a handful in with the frozen blueberries (and honey and turmeric and ginger) with some almond milk for a daily smoothie. And mix it up. Spinach, kale, chard, romaine… so many choices. Greens single handedly provide the body with so many minerals, vitamins, and nutrients to heal.
An apple a day? True story. Why? Antioxidants, fiber, flavonoids, phytonutrients… all great things to fight off sickness. The fruit fiber pectin in the skin is known to help with things like IBS, ward off gallstones, reduce cholesterol and keep your heart healthy.
Eat your chicken noodle soup. Or any bone broth for that matter. Not an old wives tale at all.
The bone broth contains collagen, a protein high in amino acids like glutamine and glycine.From keeping our hair and skin nice, out joints working well and to fighting off infection, it helps our white blood cell count come back to balance…. a good anti-inflammatory and detoxifier.
So these are some of the things to keep in your meal plan regularly (so when you do indulge, those little boxers in your body can continue working optimally).
Let food be the medicine! And enjoy today!