Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cruciferous vegetables and Super Foods

Well, happy Thursday everyone.

Yesterday, I made a couple of eating mistakes. I ate chocolate--2X! You might think--Why is that bad?? Well, for me I need to stay away from sugar and carbs. Well, it was both sugar and carb-full!!

So, what to do today? Start over of course! ;-) I know I can't beat myself up over it. If I fall, I just need to get back up and start again. Isn't that the way life is?

We fall

We get back up

We fall

We get back up

Gotta get some mental and emotional exercise! Oh, and need to get the physical stuff too. ;-) Haven't been to the gym in a long time and have only been out walking a couple of times in the past 2 weeks. Ugh! Routine is needed in my life. Eating right has been my main focus as of late, so now I just need to have double vision instead of tunnel vision which includes eating right and exercise. Sigh... Life...

Any way, a friend sent me this article that I felt was intriguing.

A unique way that a few specific vegetables can actually stimulate the burning of abdominal fat...(Article by Mike Geary, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Specialist)

I bet you didn't know that there is a specific class of vegetables that contain very specific phytonutrients that actually help to fight against stubborn belly fat.

Let me explain what these unique vegetables are and why they help to burn stomach fat...

Chemicals that force your body to hold onto belly fat. Something you may have never heard about is that certain chemicals in our food supply and our environment, such as pesticides, herbicides, and certain petrochemicals from air and water pollution, household cleaners, cosmetics, etc can react with your body and make your body store excess abdominal fat.

These chemicals are known as xenoestrogens.

Xenoestrogens are chemicals that you are exposed to (and are hard to avoid in the modern world) that have an estrogenic effect in your body. Excess exposure to these can cause hormone balance disruptions for both men and women. So these can wreak havoc in the body for both guys and gals.

These estrogenic chemicals that we are exposed to on a daily basis can stimulate your body to store belly fat, along with many other problems (including cancer risks in the long term).

So here's where this specific class of vegetables comes in handy...

One of those cool tricks that I teach my clients that hire me for nutritional counseling is the use of cruciferous vegetables to help fight against stomach fat.

Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, etc. contain very specific and unique phytonutrients such as indole-3-carbinol (I3C) that help to fight against these estrogenic compounds...
And by fighting against these belly fat stimulating estrogenic chemicals, this is just 1 more step in helping you to win the battle against abdominal fat!

So there you go... just another excuse to do what mom always told you and eat more broccoli!


Because I like to know what I am consuming and how it is helpful to me, I have researched the Green Food that I am adding to my smoothies lately. This stuff is really great and I would HIGHLY recommend it to those of you who are wanting more nutrients in your daily diet. I can't even taste it in my smoothies when I add fruit and a little yogurt. I haven't tried it by itself though. I know people do it so at some point I am going to try it.

Anyway, the above article has had me thinking about what all is in my Super Food mix. The brand that I use is called "Garden of Life". It utilizes only certified organic and chemical free whole food concentrates, and is the only product of its kind that provides the nutritional equivalent of 5-10 servings of fresh vegetables a day without the use of synthetic or isolated vitamins and minerals.

It is high in nutrition and low in calories, providing you with a whole food source of enzymes, antioxidants, beta carotenes, omega 3,6 & 9 essential fatty acids, and over 100 vitamins, minerals and trace elements.

Amazingly, here is what is packed into 1 scoop of this smelly but nitricious stuff.

Green Super Foods:
Kamut Grass*, Wheat Grass*, Barley Grass*, Oat Grass*, Alfalfa Grass*, Spirulina, Chlorella, Dunaliella, Kelp and Dulse. Green Super Foods are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, chlorophyll and antioxidants. (Gluten and Phytate free)

Carrot Juice*, Beet Juice*, Tomato Juice*, Sweet Potato*, Brocolli*, Kale*, Cabbage*, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Parsley*, Spinach*, Asparagus*, Celery*, Cucumber, Green Pepper*, Garlic, Ginger* and Onion. Vegetables are nature's richest sources of phytochemicals including lycopene, sulforophane, allicin and bioflavonoids.

Grains and Seeds:
Flax Seeds*, Sesame Seeds*, Sunflower Seeds*, Pumpkin Seeds*, Chia Seeds* Garbanzo Beans*, Red Lentils*, Soy Beans*, Kidney Beans*, Azuki Beans*, Oats*, Barley*, Rye*, Millet*, Brown Rice*, Maize* and Buckwheat* (Gluten and Phytate Free). Easily digestible grains, seeds and legumes provide vitamins such as B complex and vitamin E, Isoflavones, Fiber and essential fatty acids including Omega 3 and 6.

Acerola Cherry:
Nature's richest source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is crucial as a premier antioxidant and is important for the health of the immune system.
So, there you have it folks. Mind boggling nutrition. ;-)

On another note, I have been feeling very creative as of late. I have several Baby Showers coming up and 1 Wedding coming up. 2 of these events are occurring this week and next and I have been thinking about what I am going to do for card.

I decided to make my own and have been having fun doing it. I will try and post pictures of them after I gave them to their recipients.

Well, that's all for now. Hope everyone has a great day.

Tootles! ;-)

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