Practice Nutritional Polygamy
PRACTICE NUTRITIONAL POLYGAMY!… August is vacation time, time to be outdoors and take time off for fun with family and friends. Fresh colorful foods are in abundance this season, rich in antioxidants and a delight to your senses such as corn on the cob, tomatoes, green beans, melons and blueberries. Make it a point to get to your local farmer’s market and enjoy fresh food from nature.
Have fun trying different fruits and vegetables that you don’t normally eat. It’s important to have a polygamous relationship with food because different foods enhance different biological functions in the body. For optimal health variety is key. For example, experiment with the different greens that are available, bok choy, kale, collard and mustard greens, dandelion, swiss chard and arugula- there are so many to choose from!
Green vegetables are the food most missing in modern diets. Nutritionally they are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and Vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Some of the benefits of eating greens include improved circulation, strengthened immune system, improved liver, gall bladder and kidney function, clearing of congestion, especially in lungs by reducing mucus, creating light and flexible energy and elimination of depression. Try a variety of cooking methods like steaming, boiling, or sauteing in oil. Add garlic, lemon, a dash of tamari w/a sprinkle of pine nuts or raisins for added flavor. Eat greens and your body, mind and spirit will thank you!