Change one thought and you change your energy level, your weight and possibly your life expectancy. The single thought to change is the reason why you eat. The most important reason for eating is to assist your cells in providing for your continued existence. Once you change that one thought, then all you have to do is prioritize your eating accordingly.
You can continue to eat for taste and pleasure, just give your cells what they need first. Your cells work 24 hours a day, and they know if they don’t do their job then they do not exist. They are on your team, so be a good teammate and give them what they need. You need to do three things to be a good team captain…
START YOUR DAY RIGHT, PLANT VITAMINS IN YOUR MEALS and SNACK WISELY on real food (no processed anything).
START YOUR DAY RIGHT
1. Start everyday with fresh water. I like 3T squeezed lemons, (Don’t forget to rinse your mouth after lemons or limes, so the acid does not sit on your teeth)I find lemon water to be the perfect way to end an 8 hour fast and a great start to the day. Have fun with water. Good water is hard to find, but worth the extra cost to get natural spring water. Because much of our water is depleted of minerals I like to mix it up with 1T grated ginger, 1T chia seeds, slices of cucumber, basil or mint leaves. Bush tea is made from boiling lemon grass in water. Ceylon Cinnamon added to hot water is like a mock coffee, and helps digest food. If you are not from Maine you may not have heard of Maple water, but if you can get your hands on it – drink it.
Ying Yang water is a half cup water, with a half cup of boiling water added then drank right away. Friends have asked, why not just drink luke warm water? I do it they way they have done it for thousands of years, if it has stood the test of time I believe in its value. My all time favorite is Coconut water, and I feel every cell in my body saying Thank you every time I drink it.
2. Eat fruit by itself. If you start the day with fruit, then you can be sure that nothing else is in your stomach to complicate the fast digestion process of fruits. Eat cantaloupe separate from other fruits and after eating all fruit do not add any other ingredients for half an hour.
PLANT VITAMINS IN YOUR MEALS
Vitamins B and C are water soluble, and they must be supplied every day in your meal planning.
Your body cannot store these essential vitamins, so replenish your cells daily.
There are 9 water soluble vitamins:
1.thiamine, 2.riboflavin, 3.niacin, 4.pantothenic acid, 5.pyridoxine, 6.biotin, 7.folic acid, 8.cobalamin & Vitamin C. This looks like a lot of food, but I will give you four daily practices that will get them all in your body, with Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and a Shot a Day. (There is a list at the bottom of the page, if you want to select your own vitamin replacements daily. The recipes lump a bunch of vitamins together, so you have the option of replacing them all in three quick meals. The list will let you mix it up for taste preference, and future posts will give you more options and the reasons why your body needs these ingredients every day and also add the fat soluble vitamins we need occasionally. When you look at what each vitamin does, you will be able to notice what your body may be lacking(energy, fat burning, good mood-what you eat controls everything) you can add extra foods high in the vitamins you need. But enough information for now.)
Breakfast and Lunch Ideas that Supply all Your Water Soluble Requirements
Breakfast: Egg(free range has more nutrients)scrambled or fried in coconut oil, with turmeric, black pepper and celtic salt. You can skip breakfast and add extra seeds and nuts.
Lunch: Salad – any green leaf and add sprouts(any kind, bean sprouts, alfalfa, clover, chia – add them in everywhere you can). The dressing must be recognizable by your cells (not processed) Try olive oil, lemon and tahini. Melt coconut oil and lime, just keep the dressing simple and natural.
Main course and filling lunch – Roti. This dish contains most of the B vitamins. Cook, or crock pot overnight, sweet potatoes and dried chick peas. Add washed with a scrub sponge (not peeled) carrots, peas, once cooked remove from heat. Add coconut milk, turmeric (best if juiced but powdered works) black pepper (enhances the turmeric) curry to taste. I like to add cilantro and seaweed, but I like to add both of those to everything.
Best to put in a dish to go, but if you have to you can use a flour tortilla, look for the ones with the least amount of ingredients in the refrigerator section.
One Healthy Shot a Day
I say one, but you can take as many shots as you like. This gazpacho recipe covers all the rest of the B and C vitamins. Fresh tomatoes, or canned Italian San Marzano tomatoes, chopped garlic and red pepper, chia seeds, apple cider vinegar, juiced celery and ginger, dulce flakes on top and cilantro if you like it. I add those ingredients to a lemon grass broth (bush tea) till I get the thickness or soup texture I want. You can pop a can and get this mixed up in less then 5 minutes, or you can take your time and juice and blend it. The important part is that you get the important ingredients in everyday in a tasty way. I call it my “Bloody Healthy Shot”.
Snack on Seeds, Nuts and Seaweed
Give your body seeds and nuts throughout the day
There is only one way to derive nutrition from seeds and that is to eat them raw. Once they are exposed to heat the vitamin, mineral and essential oil profiles are denatured. By roasting a seed, its classification moves from a living food to a dead food. If you soak the seed in water, it will be absorbed easier. Sunflower seeds are an easy way to deliver half of the B vitamin’s. Try different seeds, pumpkin seeds are alkaline forming and our bodies need that in our acidic world, hemp, flax, sesame, caraway and pomegranate seeds will all do your body good.
Almonds throughout the day every day, soaked in a jar with water and a pinch of celtic salt. Add a Brazil nut a day for selenium (one a day will supply your bodies needs- don’t overdo). Pecans, walnuts and pistachios are also true nuts (or dry fruit and best eaten separate from other food)
Cashews occasionally, high in fat. Peanuts are a legume, not a nut and if eaten, only in moderation.
Any sea vegetable is a great snack. Roasted seaweed snacks are delicious, you can find them with only seaweed, salt, canola and sesame oil.
Detailed list by water soluble vitamins. Select one from each number listed below, if you don’t like any food in a number google more choices:
1. B1:Bean sprouts, eggs, brown rice, cashews and almonds
2. B2:Leafy greens, asparagus, sunflower seeds, broccoli, avocados and seafood and sea vegetables
3. B3:Eggs,shrimp, nuts, brown rice, fish(tuna and salmon) Eat B2 and B3 together
4. B5:Mushrooms(shiitake, crimini) sweet potatoes, avocado, lentils, hard cheese, collard greens, cabbage and broccoli. Eat B5 and B7 together
5. B6:Chick peas, eggs(free range eggs are worth the cost because they have more vitamins), almonds, sweet potato, onions, tomatoes, carrots, spinach and walnuts. Eat B6,B9 and B12 together.
6. B7:Sweet potatoes, eggs, broccoli, cauliflower, tuna, salmon, sunflower seeds, spinach and bananas
7. B9:Sunflower seeds, green peas, spinach, asparagus, endive lettuce, avocado(Florida avocados have less fat)beans, mango and oranges.
8. B12:Shellfish, swiss, mozzarella, parmesan, feta cheeses, eggs, yogurt, sea vegetables- nori, kelp, komba (a sprinkle of dulce seaweed flakes whenever you can)
9. C:Red peppers, tomatoes, kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, strawberries, pineapple, kiwi, oranges, cantaloupe and guava
That is all you have to do for high energy every day, then do what you want for dinner. Each body is not only born with unique needs, but as you live and eat some bodies will have depleted some minerals. Be in tune with your unique needs by communicating with your cells. So many people throw food down the hatch and hope for the best, it is your job to work with your cells. NO processed food – your cells can’t recognize it. Your cells see a tomato coming their way and the right cells to do the job go racing in. If you put a packaged product in, the cells don’t know who to send in or what to distribute out of it, they end up storing it in your body somewhere. Your teeth are tools to help your cells, as you chew you are releasing the energy producing vitamins to your cells. I have a secret for you. If your cells have all the nutrients they need, you will not feel hungry. If you eat processed food, you will feel hungry an hour after it digests, because your cells are still looking for vitamins and minerals they need. Supply them and supply yourself.
I have a friend that is 93 years old, on no medications, and enjoying a high quality of life. He eats healthy, but has not always. He exercises sometimes, but not everyday. I studied him to see what he does differently. Most notably – he eats slowly. I mean he is just starting to eat when everyone else at the table is finishing their meal. He cuts his food up, arranges it in a pleasing presentation. I believe he is communicating with his team. You can’t verbally talk to your cells and prepare them for what is coming, but you can visually. When you watch someone eat a lemon, your mouth waters. When you look at and get excited about a meal, your cells have an idea about what they will be receiving and can prepare accordingly. Your body produces and releases insulin, before your first bite of food, based on how much you needed produced during your previous meal. We all have an awesome resource inside ourselves. Join forces to live the best life you can.