I hate dieting. . . hence the intuitive eating. BUT I still avoid sugar (for the sole reason that they trigger my to binge), I still avoid caffeine (I don’t get any in boot camp), and I also avoid fried foods (they make me feel terrible afterwards). There are reasons I avoid certain things because of the way they make me feel. I am also not a big fan of eating a bunch of dairy products due to the following blockage (if you know what I mean). Otherwise, I don’t avoid many foods. Rather, I try to eat more of certain foods, like veggies, fruits, and lean meats, as well as omega-3s and omega-6s in things like fish, nuts, chia seeds, and hemp seeds.
So, here is a list of my top 10 “healthy foods” or rather, foods with awesome benefits. (In no specific order)
1 and 1.5) Chia and Hemp seeds. These two seeds are awesome sources of fats, specifically omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as fiber and quality protein. Look here for the benefits of chia seeds and here for the benefits of hemp seeds. Seriously awesome “super-foods”.
2) Carrots (orange foods in general). Carrots have copious amounts of beta-carotene (the mineral making the food orange). Beta-carotene is converted into vitamin-a during the process of digestion. In one cup of baby carrots, one can ingest up to 210% of the recommended daily value of vitamin-a. According to Duke ophthalmologist Jill Koury, MD, vitamin A deficiency causes the outer segments of the eye’s photoreceptors to deteriorate, damaging normal vision. Correcting vitamin A deficiencies with foods high in beta-carotene will restore vision. (resource here) I actually believe this to be true, as in my younger years, I needed glasses, but ate a diet high in carrots, and my vision was restored to 20/25.
3) Spinach. Volume. To me, spinach is just volume, though it does come with the benefits of high fiber, moderate protein, and a butt-ton of vitamins an minerals. Look here to learn more about spinach.
4) Eggs and oatmeal. The ultimate body-builder style breakfast. I think everyone knows that egg whites are great sources of protein, while the yolks are nutrient-dense. Oatmeal has the slow-digesting carbs that don’t raise the blood sugar, and 6g protein per serving (40g). What a breakfast winner to keep you full and focused!
5) Stevia. All the sweetness without the chemicals, glycemic index, and calories.
6) Greek yogurt. Possibly the most versatile food of all times. Use in dressings, dips, substitute in cooking and baking, eat by itself, and more! A decent chunk of good bacteria for digestion (though, I would still take a probiotic). But here is my favorite part: the casein!!!! Another type of whey protein, casein is a slow-digesting protein to keep one full, as it also helps with muscle-protein synthesis over an elongated period of time. Sounds like a winner to me.
7) Berries. All the volume without the high sugars and rise in insulin. Eat the rainbow, taste the rainbow.
8) Quest bars. Natural. Around 20g protein. 16ish g fiber. Less than 5g sugar. TASTY!!! ‘Nuf said.
9) Cashew milk. I only like this for its low-calorie quality. Taste isn’t bad, either!
10) Dark Chocolate. One cannot live without chocolate, can she? I think not. Dark chocolate is shown to curb sugar-cravings. It also has a good amount of antioxidants and lowers LDL, while raising HDL.
Well, what is that! I hope you all have a great day!
Colossians 4:5 – “Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.”