World’s Top 5 Greatest Foods
In today’s world we give importance to so many aspects of our lives, such as, work and to-do lists, presentations and meetings, busy schedules of all kinds but one aspect – our health. Could it be because there is little importance placed on the rules of digestion, or the proper food combining principles? Could it be because we do not know what the rules of good digestion are? Could it be that many of us believe that all that digestion business should happen on its own?
During my teenage days, my diet lacked in fibre, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. By the time I reached 16, I was overweight and dealing with high blood pressure. As a result I was feeling tired, weak, and unhappy. About a decade later, I realized that the food choices I was making were affecting my physical and mental wellbeing. I decided to make radical changes and started a healthier journey, changing my diet to vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats. I became excited about everything nutrition and mental health and developed a keen interest in topics like acidity vs. alkalinity, sugar, and cancer development. I then discovered the power of antioxidants and their tremendous role in a healthy body. In short, I became fascinated with the “magic” of food, and never looked back.
Below, I discuss the top five foods I like to call “magic” foods that have helped me regain my health, balance and mental well- being.
- Ginger – is known as the “cure-all” super food. It helps with digestive issues, nausea, and morning sickness during pregnancy. In Ayurveda, the old Indian practice of natural medicine, ginger is considered a warming food playing a big part in our circulatory system, especially during winter time, helping us stay warm and more resistant to flu and colds. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory and an immune booster. Use it in your salads, soups, stews, and even deserts.
- Chia – is a powerful super seed, packed with fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, protein and minerals. It helps digestion, skin, hair and nails. Two tablespoons of chia contain a good dose of omega-3, needed for a healthy nervous system including your brain and your mood. Make a chia pudding, sprinkle on your salad, and mix it into your smoothies.
- Maca – This powder comes from the root of a radish type plant traditionally used by Peruvians for fertility issues. It is not a complete protein but it contains almost all essential amino acids. The powerful sterols in this root are known to help the immune system and assist in balancing out our hormones. It is also rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, and iron. Add it to your smoothies, deserts, and juice.
- Turmeric – Turmeric has been traditionally used in Indian cooking. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric is known for its magic powers. Turmeric is an amazing anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and a potent anti-oxidant. Its bioavailability is greater when combined with ground black pepper, some some ground black pepper with it. It aids the digestive system and the liver. You can also make turmeric tea latte, one of my favourite. Check back for my must try turmeric latte recipe.
- Coconut – Fresh coconut is anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-viral which means your immune system loves it. It is packed with fibre, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, and fats that will leave you full for longer. For a very long time coconut and the oil derived from it were considered a no- no. Latest research has shown that the MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) in coconut are metabolized in the liver for energy right after consumption. This means you are not storing the fat but rather using it for energy. The coconut water is a great electrolyte drink packed with nutrients and natural goodness. Use raw coconut as a snack, coconut oil on your toast, coconut milk in smoothies and cereal and coconut manna as a yummy treat.
Start to incorporate these foods into your diet and you will begin to see great results. Follow our blog to learn more about smart recipes and ideas on how to live a healthy and happy life.
Enjoy your way to great health,
Tatiana is a Toronto based Registered Holistic Nutritionist with a passion for helping people achieve massive results through diet and lifestyle choices. She specializes in weight management, hormonal health, mental wellness, and smart recipes. Tatiana is also a life coach, yoga teacher and fitness pro.
She believes that a quality life comes from a holistic approach which encompasses smart nutrition and exercise, a good support system, uplifting personal beliefs, and gratitude.
By: Tatiana Vicol