Foods That Make You Feel Better
Hey you guys and welcome to today’s ideas to help you master the task of healthy eating. Nutrition is undoubtedly of great value when it comes to the health of your body and mind. If you want to improve yourself food matters! Today, I want to talk to you about foods that make you feel better. Now, in order for something you eat to make you feel better the food doesn’t necessarily have to be healthy. So – careful with that! If you are feeling down we all now that a healthy dose of “comfort food” can also make you feel better (even if nutrition wise its usually v e r y bad for you ;-)). However, even if they are high caloric and cholesterol bombs, I will dedicate a section to comfort foods because even as a doctor I wholeheartedly believe that a bit of Soul Food every once in a while won’t do you any harm! Most food that makes you feel better, though, is pretty healthy. So, let us look into all of that and see what I am talking about!
Get Rid Of the Poison – Foods That Detoxify
- CRANBERRIES – Cranberries are a group of evergreen dwarf shrubs or trailing vines up to 2 metres (7 ft) long and 5 to 20 centimetres (2 to 8 in) in height. The fowers are dark pink, the fruit is a berry that is larger than the leaves of the plant. It is edible, with an acidic taste that can overwhelm its sweetness. Most cranberries are processed into products such as juice, sauce, jam, and sweetened dried cranberries with the remainder sold fresh to consumers. Raw cranberries have moderate levels of vitamin C, dieteray fiber and the essential dietary mineral, manganese (each nutrient having more than 10% of the daily value per 100 g serving, as well as other essential micronutrients in minor amount).They are also a source of phytochmicals, particularly polyphenols, that can have many varying positive side effects. As far as healthy foods go, cranberries are at the top of the list due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content and are often referred to as “super food”. Half a cup of cranberries amounts to only 25 kcal. The possible health benefits consuming cranberries include lowered risk of UTI (urinary tract infection), prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, decreased blood pressure and more. Cranberries can help put an end to those unsightly bags that can appear under the eyes, to reveal bright, cheerful, and captivating eyes. They provide support for your blood vessels which can be just what is needed to tip the scales and avoid the dark circles that can make you look run down.
- JOGURT – Natural, Plain, Low Caloric, Tasty – probiotic powerhouse : it contains probiotics, those are “good bacteria” that help break down foods to enable better digestion and therefore detoxification, and they help in the absorption of vitamins and minerals; it also contains a high amount of protein and calcium, both of which are good for your teeth and the stability of your bones. Yogurt contains lactic acid, which when applied to your skin gently dissolves dead cells, smoothes the skin and brightens pigmentation over time. It is both antifungal and antibacterial and can help for issues with the skin, but also for example with the genital tract. A multi-Talent!
- GREEN TEA – very high in antioxidants, which protect our body from free-radical damage. Free radicals are responsible
for many unwelcome signs of aging. Research also shows that it also aids in weight loss by speeding up the metabolism and fat oxidation and its linked to cancer prevention
- LEMON JUICE – Drinking a glass of water with the juice of one lemon added, daily, is a great blood purifier and helps the body detox and remove impurities. Lemon water has also freshens and improves breath for bad-breath sufferers.
- GARLIC – it boosts up the immune system as well as helping out the liver. One good thing about garlic is that you can up your intake of it without having to worry if your body is going to get used to it or build up a resistance.
One other positive aspect is that it can help to add flavor to otherwise bland foods that you’ll be eating on your detox program. But if you don’t like the taste of garlic you can still get its benefits because it comes in supplement form.
There is an abundance of healthy foods out there: artichokes, ginger, kale, seaweed, grapefruits, avocado, asparagus, beets, broccoli, dandelions, cabbage, lemon grass, olive oil …. the list just goes on. So don’t be afraid to try some of them and if you have questions or would like specific recipes I’d be happy to help you out! And if you really want to make a life change and are serious about detoxifying and cleansing your body, invite to you try one of the following:
Total Wellness Cleanse – Highly Recommended!
Comfort Food or Soul Food
According to Wikipedia Comfort food is Food that provides a nostalgic or sentimental value to someone, and may be characterized by its high caloric nature, high carbohydrate level, or simple preparation. Well, we all know comfort foods and we all love ’em. Here are some classics:
Peanut butter jelly sandwiches: White bread, spread peanut butter on it, cover with jelly and add another slice of bread. Also really nice with lightly roasted bread. Tastes best with a glass of cold milk!
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches: White bread, lightly buttered, roasted and fried in a frying pan from both sides. add a lot of cheese to one slice, cover with the other. Fry until cheese is melted on low to medium heat as to not burn the bread. Can be varied with cherry tomatoes, greens, a side salad etc.
Ice cream: no matter which sort you prefer, always keep a gallon of it in your freezer for emergencies like getting dumped or fired or just feeling overall low. Bound to make you feel better!
Spaghetti: with or without meatballs, almost in any variety or form, cooked, fried, oven baked – carbohydrates at its tastiest!
Fries & Burgers or Wings: Whether you get them from your local drive thru or fire up the BBQ yourself, you can never go wrong with burgers or wings with fries on the side to give you that warm feeling in your belly and soul.
Chicken (Noodle) Soup: the classic against all levels of Feeling sick. I personally prefer opening a can of Campell’s instead of slaving over the hot stove for 2 hours, but that’s everyone’s personal choice!
Pizza: the most wonderful invention Italians ever came up with (aside from pasta!). Nothing more needs to be said, best with an ice cold beer!
Mac & Cheese, Hot Dogs, hot chocolate, S’mores etc etc – no diet will name any of the above but they are all delicious and they make you feel better 😉 and once a week won’t harm your overall health! So be comforted 🙂
Superfoods you have been eating all of your life
If you are looking for those superfoods maybe think of stuff you have been eating all of your life. Superfoods? Why call them that? They are nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Eating them may reduce the risk of chronic disease, and prolong life, and people who eat more of them are healthier and thinner than those who don’t.
Tomatoes: contain lycopene, an antioxidant rarely found in other food; those can protect the skin against harmful UV rays, prevent certain cancers, and lower cholesterol. Are also a source of high amounts of potassium, fiber, and vitamin C.
Blueberries: are full of phytonutrients that neutralize free radicals (agents that cause aging and cell damage). The antioxidants in these berries may also protect against cancer and reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Black Beans: A cup of black beans packs 15 grams of protein, with none of the artery-clogging saturated fat found in meat, which is another good source for protein. Plus, they’re full of heart-healthy fiber, antioxidants, and energy-boosting iron.
Broccoli: contains phytonutrients that may suppress the growth of tumors and reduce cancer risk. One Cup will supply you with your daily dose of immunity-boosting vitamin C and a large percentage of folic acid.
Salmon: contains omega-3 fatty acids, which the body cannot produce by itself. These fatty acids reduce inflammation, improve circulation, increase the ratio of good to bad cholesterol, and may slash cancer risk. Salmon is a rich source of selenium, which helps prevent cell damage, and several B vitamins.
Oats: are full of fiber, a rich source of magnesium, potassium, and phytonutrients. They contain a special type of fiber that helps to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. Magnesium works to regulate blood-sugar levels, and research suggests that eating whole-grain oats may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
If you think carefully, I am sure that you can think of at least one presumably unhealthy dish that contains each of those superfoods. Eating healthy is easier than you may think. So no more excuses! Start TODAY!