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You Are What You Eat

7 Dec

You are what you eat.

What was the last thing you ate?  Did it come in a package of some sort? If so, read the ingredient list.  What’s on there?  Are they words that you can pronounce?  Words that you recognize and understand?  Or do you see long, complicated words that you can neither pronounce nor define?  Does the ingredient list on your shampoo bottle or cleaning agent look similar to that of your latest snack?  If so, what does that mean for your body and health?  If the food and drink you ingest has an ingredient list composed primarily of chemicals, additives and preservatives, what does that mean for your body???

unprocessed natural food

 When you eat and swallow food/drink, your body immediately goes to work breaking it down, digesting, extracting nutrients and sending them to the proper places.  Then it gets rid of what’s left over.  All of the nutrients your body needs to function are derived from the food (fuel) you put into it.  The quality of the food you put in directly affects the quality of your body’s makeup.  Put in clean, whole, natural, REAL foods and you will find that your skin and hair look healthier, you have more energy, you feel less weighed down and bloated.  Your body is running efficiently because you’re fueling it with foods as close to their natural state as possible.  Your body is easily able to digest, and extract vitamins, minerals, nutrients and energy naturally existing in the foods.  But put in processed, preservative-laden food and you are forcing your body to try to function using chemicals and manufactured flavors.  Not gonna happen. Not very well, anyway.  Chances are, you will feel constantly tired, sluggish, bloated and even hungry.  In addition, your hair and skin won’t have a healthy glow.  I’d also bet your cholesterol, blood pressure and body fat percentage would register at unhealthy levels.
 Organic fruits and veggies, nuts & seeds, organic meats, eggs, and dairy; unaltered, unprocessed and unmodified, these are the best sources of fuel you can put in your body.  Alternately, Kit Kat’s, Pringles, Low Fat Veggie Chips, Chex Mix, Diet Coke and Chicken Flavored Ramen Noodles are NOT.  Eating a McDonald’s hamburger and fries for dinner is not the same as having a baked potato with grass-fed, organic beef.  Rice-A-Roni is NOT equivalent to brown rice.  And sliced peaches in syrup are not comparable to a fresh peach.  Why? Just look at the ingredient list; the box equivalent of the REAL food hardly compares.  The processed versions will have preservatives, artificial flavors and coloring (made of chemicals), and loads of other things that can be damaging to your body.  Some of them may not even contain ANY of the items in the title on the package!  The REAL foods, on the other hand, hardly come in packages and don’t even need an ingredient list!
The examples are endless but it all boils down to the same thing.  What you choose to eat and drink matters.  The food and drink you put in your mouth is the only thing your body is able to use to function.  It can not miraculously change chemicals into vitamins and additives into minerals.  If you put in junk, you will get junk in return.  If you put in top-notch food and drink, expect to be feeling better than ever before.  The slogan is simple, and so is the message.  So, next time you’re about to eat or drink something, think twice about what you are actually about to feed your body.  After all, you are what you eat. 

 

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Summer Squash Quinoa Yumminess!!

1 Sep

Here’s a recipe put together by one of my greatest friends, who has a knack for creating new recipes whenever he has a fridge full of food and a kitchen to himself.  This week he whipped up a new dish which was DELISH!

recipe

  He wrote out the recipe and I am passing it on, exactly as he wrote it:

1 cup of quinoa
1 summer squash cut in half lengthwise and then chopped into half circles
1/2 large sweet vidalia onion
Large handful of fresh chopped spinach. (Real spinach, no frozen preserved shit)
1/2 chopped bulb of fennel
1 can of rinsed black beans
3 heads of garlic minced
And my spice mix   [his spice mix is: fresh ground black pepper, oregano, sea salt, ground red pepper, paprika, and ground cumin]

– Cook 1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of water
– stir in 1 can of black beans a few minutes before the quinoa is fully cooked
– in another pan sauté onion, fennel, garlic and spices
– once onions are browned toss in summer squash
– once summer squash is starting to get cooked toss in the spinach
– when everything is cooked toss in the quinoa with the veggies for a few minutes to absorb the flavor
– I ended up dicing an avocado and tossing it on top of the whole mix after I plated it

I have to admit it’s now one of my favorites and it’s really filling

Aside from all the nutritional value of the spinach and summer squash, this dish is also packed with proteins (by way of black beans) and a healthy complex carb (quinoa).  Try it out and let me know what you think!!