That being said, there are many everyday foods that contain compounds that can help specific systems in our bodies; like blood sugar regulation, heart health, inflammation, or immune support. These compounds aren’t vitamins or minerals and don’t provide calories, but they pack a health punch! One example is curcumin, found in turmeric. Curcumin has strong antioxidant powers that help to rid our bodies of free-radicals, ultimately helping us prevent cancers. Another example is lycopene, eaten most commonly in tomatoes. This compound is one many are familiar with and has been found to have antioxidant benefits and aid many different disease states. There are many foods that have these additional health benefits, and the majority of them are plants. The best way to incorporate these beneficial compounds into your diet is to eat a varied diet rich in whole foods. The supplements made from these foods that claim to fight free radicals, help you shed weight, or support your immune system are typically less beneficial than when these compounds are in their natural form, food! Try adding in more vegetables and fruits to your diet and benefit from their amazing, naturally occurring compounds. There’s no need to go searching for exotic foods, expensive pills, oils, or powders; simply eat more of the whole foods that are readily available in any grocery store or farmer’s market.
Evidence-based care sheet, Curcumin. Author: Cherie Marcel BS
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Popular culture would have us believe in the false dilemma that positive change is mounted by self-loathing, and that self-love means staying the same. But this is not how successful change works. The truth is that learning to accept ourselves where we are right now can give us the confidence that we need to move forward.
We talked a couple of weeks ago about creating a healthier body image. Some of those same concepts are key to this week's post as well.
- Finding value - Recognize your body's strengths and achievements.
- Forgive yourself - We all have setbacks, we all make mistakes. Learn to forgive.
- Eat to nourish your body, not to reward it - Food should be your ally, not your enemy!
- Learn to love movement - Exercise for the way that it makes you feel, and you'll want to do it more!
Where our weaknesses are the seeds of change, our strengths fertilize the soil.