It’s SPRING! Color Your Cheeks From The Inside - Blog # 60

It’s SPRING! Color Your Cheeks From The Inside - Blog # 60

Happy Friday Everyone!! Welcome back to another Friday blog. Today I wanted to talk about how to get that glow. You know the one. You see it in a healthy, youthful face. Those cheeks! It is a look of health and vitality. We all want it. We all know we need to “eat the rainbow.” We go to the grocery store with good intentions, but fall back into old habits.

I’m here to tell you it is easier than you think. None of us actually want to spend time thinking that much about health. We all want to live our best life and bring our best self to the table. Personally, I want to wake up with energy, focus, mindset, to be able to give love and attention to the things that matter!!! Here are 5 tricks to help you stay in the right sections of the grocery store and achieve your goals!!! Try eating super clean like I will describe below for the next 2 weeks and you’ll begin to see that glow in your skin and cheeks!

1):    Spend most of your allotted time in the “organic produce” department. These foods are the carbohydrates and fiber. This is where you will find the medication that takes you down the HEALTH path. You want organic to help reduce the toxin load.
  • Choose a variety of colors, even within a type of food -  a red bell pepper has different phytochemicals than a green bell pepper. Try getting a red, orange, yellow and green. Try some spice as well, maybe a jalapeño, Serrano or Fresno chili. When I see the price of an organic red bell pepper, I don’t even blink. Why? It is my medicine! It is ALWAYS cheaper than a doctor’s visit. I’d much rather spend my hard-earned money on promoting  my own as well as my family’s “wellness.” I’d much prefer getting my medicine through high-grade food/fuel, than to spend it on doctor’s visits due to not feeling well after running on low-grade food/fuel. The majority of us spend the last 16 years of life in a nursing home after years or months of illness. They usually take everything you own in exchange for living there. Not my idea of aging gracefully. 
  • Choose a variety of foods within a color - red raspberries, red pepper, red cabbage, pomegranate, red radishes, beets…you get the picture.
  • Try a food you’ve never tried - This not only enhances your palate experience, but UPGRADES your microbiome!!!!! The actual food contributes to both the diversity of gut microbiome as well as food for the microbial community. This demonstrates how important it is to eat a variety. The latest research demonstrates that an unhealthy microbiome is absolutely related to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Obesity, T2D (type 2 diabetes), Dementia, Cardiovascular, Stroke, Cancer…the list goes on. OMG!!! This is very important!! 
  • Choose a variety of cruciferous vegetables. These are your methylating veggies that play a HUGE role in longevity. They function epigenetically by turning on and off genes. For example, they help turn on tumor-necrosis genes. These kill cancer. We ALL have oncogenes (cancer genes) in our DNA. This is one way you can help to prevent cancer and many other genetic diseases.
  • Choose foods with high nutrient-density - for YOU to enhance your body’s ability to turn on the genes for health and turn off the genes for disease.
  • Choose foods with high fiber - for YOUR MICROBES. This is what they like to eat! They literally perform thousands of jobs in our body, such as convert vitamins to the active form and many others.
  • Choose low-glycemic foods (low in natural sugar) - for BOTH YOU AND YOUR MICROBES. This prevents a large spike in your blood sugar and corresponding insulin, as well as starve off the bad microbes and feed the good microbes. Best to skip the super starchy vegetables like white potatoes, for example. Add in some quite tart ones like pomegranate and cranberry. Only they have a particularly beneficial gut microbe called Akkermancia. You can only get this by eating these 2 foods! Include these in your diet in unsweetened form. Add pomegranate seeds to your salad or yogurt. This goes a long way in balancing the ratio of good to bad bugs in your gut!!! 
  • Teach yourself to push the FLAVOR boundaries!! Phytonutrients are FLAVOR! 

           

  • Choose several detoxifying herbs - add to salads, soups, veggies, lettuce wraps, etc. Parsley, mint, rosemary, oregano, thyme, cilantro, dill…
  • Choose plenty of garlic, onions, leeks, shallots, scallions
  • Choose plenty of lemons and limes
  • Choose colorful organic spices  - turmeric, paprika, cinnamon…often, the more intense the color, the more phytonutrients and polyphenols are present. Don’t forget beets!

2):     Choose some clean proteins for the week: this means no bacon or processed meats.

  • Choose wild-caught fatty fish like salmon, anchovies, sardines  - enough for 3-4 days. You can buy frozen wild-caught salmon that is handy to thaw, or fresh if it is available. Wild sardines in EVOO - skip the tuna, it usually has quite a bit of mercury.
  • Shellfish - depending on source
  • Grass-fed-finished beef - full of phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins in their active form, sustainable and better for the planet as well
  • Organic pastured chicken and eggs should also be on the list
  • A variety of nuts, nut butters, seeds - they contain so many micronutrients, minerals, trace minerals - pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, Brazil nuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts.
  • Beans, peas and legumes - organic if possible
  • Grass-fed (ideally) Organic Greek yogurt, sheep or goat yogurt and cheeses - these provide many phytonutrients and vitamins in their active form, such as vitamin K2

3):      Make sure you have plenty of healthy fats!

  • HP-EVOO - Get the highest polyphenol extra-virgin olive oil ONLY available at The Virgin Olive Oiler. Click here -> thevirginoliveoiler.com to check out this amazing oil from Peru! It has an astounding 774 polyphenols ppm. 
  • Grass-fed butter or ghee
  • Avocados
4):     While you are shopping at The Virgin Olive Oiler, don’t forget to get amazing sea salts, aged balsamic vinegars and more for your salads and meals!

    4):     Treat yourself to a nice green tea for morning, as well as a detoxifying herbal tea to drink at night.

    5):      Head to the freezer section! Here you are looking for frozen wild blueberries, organic tart cherries, organic veggies you may enjoy that you couldn’t find fresh.

    Okay, you should have a basket full of colorful vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds, high quality proteins and detoxifying foods. You can put them in a blender for a smoothie, make a salad, soup or make a pan-seared salmon with a fresh herb chimmichurry or spicy salsa. We all need 7 cups of colorful veggies and fruits per day. Try to include all colors you bought.  If you haven’t actually noticed, you haven’t put anything in your basket that has an ingredient list, other than grass-fed butter that may have salt, or a blend of organic herbal teas. This is clean eating! Try skipping the bread and pasta for a short time. See how you feel and how good your skin looks!

    So, until next time my friends, put some color in your gut to bring a glow to your cheeks! Drink, Drizzle, Digest HP-EVOO, eat the rainbow of veggies and fruits organic or wild-sourced, eat wild-caughtpasture-raised, grass-fed, get plenty of sunshine + supplement zinc and vitamin D3, get your trace minerals and electrolytes with good sea salt *Himalayan was formed before plastics, eat foods high in lutein, drink 1/2 your body weight in oz of water, get a good pre/probiotic, eat some adaptogens and methylation donors (kale, lion’s mane…) to detox, enhance overall health and reverse aging and disease, exercise your body and mind, add a few minutes of mindful meditation to your day to combat stress, remove EMF (electromagnetic frequency) devices and blue light, use IR (infrared) from candles, fire or incandescent lights in the evening to enhance sleep and...turn off the light!!                                                                #HP-EVOO



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