nothing but good stuff. really.
Today we continue with the bonuses Ani lists, of eating raw, whole foods:
BONUS #3: INCREASE ENERGY AND ENDURANCE
Continuing with the internal combustion engine metaphors, Ani likens eating whole, natural foods to using the highest grade fuel possible. By combining energy-boosting, nutrients-rich foods in special ways, and hydrating adequately, you boost your overall endurance. You’ll mix protein, fats, sugars, and fiber for the longest burning fuel, to avoiding crashing at any time during the day. These foods are filled with stress-fighting antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. The less stress, the more energy you’ll have. Mixing or blending foods is like having the food chewed for you: nutrients are absorbed faster, and use less energy in digestion. Here our collective jaw dropped: “digestion takes up A LOT of energy and time … It takes on average between 75 to 80 hours to thoroughly digest a food.” !!!
As an example she cites green tea, which has been extensively researched. It is beneficial for weight loss, and in a 10-week animal study, showed mice could swim up to 24 percent longer when given green tea extract.
BONUS #4: DEVELOP HEALTHY, RADIANT, GLOWING SKIN
We have to quote Ani here, we can’t wait to start (but we will)! Talk about motivation! “I cannot tell you how many people comment on my complexion and ask, “What do you do for your skin?” When I tell people my age, they are often surprised. My secret is found in the book in your hands and the information it provides about eating and living.” Here she plugs Tonya Zavasta’s book Beautiful on Raw, which deals with transforming your looks through the foods you choose. Here Ani treats us to another sidebar listing Tonya’s Top Beautifying Foods:
LEAFY GREENS: Kale, romaine, and seaweeds, specifically nori.
VEGETABLE JUICES: Ani’s favorites are beet root, bok choy, cucumber, zucchini, and apple.
GREEN SMOOTHIES: Specifically, those including mango and Swiss chard.
SOAKED RAW NUTS: Ani suggests a handful of nuts each day, soaked: submerge nuts in spring or the best water you can get for about eight hours; rinse them thoroughly before eating. It is recommended to soak nuts in order to remove harmful tannic acid and enzyme inhibitors. In this way the nuts are easier to digest while releasing their full nutritional value. It also makes the nut easier to chew, while increasing protein content.
LOW-SUGAR FRUITS: Such as green apples, avocados, and blueberries.
BONUS #5: ENHANCE MENTAL PERFORMANCE
The average American is at risk of iodine-deficiency. Iodine is a trace mineral that is very important to maintaining healthy thyroid function, for weight management, and optimal mental function. Ani refers us to www.WorldsHealthiestFoods.com, and quotes it: “Even a mild iodine deficit in pregnant women, infants, and children can lower intelligence by 10 to 15 IQ points, lessening an individual’s mental abilities throughout life.”
Fat Blast contains excellent sources of iodine. To be sure you get enough iodine in your diet, make sea vegetables a staple, and we quote:
POWER PACKED: Nori
Sea vegetables like nori, kelp, hijiki, wakame, kombu, and dulse are some of the top sources of dietary iodine. Nori has been used for centuries as a weight-loss aid. They are also a good source of vitamin K and folate.
They are an excellent source of almost every mineral found in the ocean. Researchers now know that Nori and other sea vegetables:
- Decrease inflammation and provide benefit osteoarthritis sufferers
- Act as natural anti-coagulants in the blood, improve total cholesterol levels, and decrease bad (LDL) cholesterol
- May lower the risk of developing colon and breast cancers
- Work with our thyroid to balance the body’s hormonal system
- The iodine in sea vegetables is also believed to help fight radiation sickness and heavy metal poisoning
Make sure all the foods you consume are certified organic. If grown in polluted waters, these become contaminated with heavy metals (lead, mercury, and arsenic).
On this plan you’ll be consuming foods rich in B vitamins, omega-3s which help improve brain function and are a great weight-loss aid, and folate-rich foods—parsley, broccoli, collards and other greens, cauliflower, spinach, and asparagus—shown to help fight dementia, insomnia, irritability.
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