I don't choose the food that I do just to maintain a fit physique, rather, I select my nutrients carefully so that I have tons of energy, radiate that healthy glow, sleep well and get my brain to be as productive and creative as possible. Just like most of you, I feel like I'm going a million miles a minute so that I can fit everything in. That means selecting healthy food options is even more important so that I can perform at the top of my game every day. To do that, I try to incorporate these 6 nutrients into my diet as often as possible.
Coconut Oil ::
This stuff is pure gold. Coconut oil is packed full of healthy fats that give me plenty of brain power throughout the day, sets my metabolism on fire and also helps aid in digestion. I'll either stir it into my coffee in the morning, add it to whatever I'm cooking or sometimes, I'll just eat a spoonful of it.
Ashawaganda is an adaptogenic herb that helps modulate your response to stress or a changing environment. In Sanskrit, Ashawaganda means 'the smell of a horse,' indicating that it imparts the strength and spirit of a stallion (no, you won't smell like a horse when you start to take it). So, if you've got a lot of stress and moving pieces in your life, this herb is definitely the answer. I buy it in liquid form and add a few drops to water or tea in the morning and evening to help ease my anxiety and set my focus.
An avocado a day keeps the doctor away. Seriously. Avocado is one of my favorite foods, and not just because it tastes amazing. This little fruit is full of the healthy fats that your body needs for energy, focus and that radiant glow we all seek. Top your salad with it, make your own guacamole or try blending it into a smoothie.
Wild Organic Blueberries ::
The key here is the word WILD. Wild blueberries are at the top of the health tonic list for their ability to repair tissue, reverse aging, cleanse your digestive system and support immunity. Don't mix these up with the much larger, normal blueberries that we are so used to buying. Seek out wild blueberries for ultimate health benefits. I buy mine in the frozen section at Trader Joe's and add them to my Awaken Cereal in the morning.
Turmeric is one of the most effective anti-inflammatory agents out there. When you decrease inflammation in your body you will begin to notice that you have more energy, think more clearly, shed pounds easily and also sleep better. Try adding turmeric to eggs in the morning or even sprinkle some in your afternoon tea with a little bit of coconut oil. Magic energy to follow!
Most people are deficient in magnesium which can exacerbate SAD (seasonal affective disorder), anxiety and muscle cramping. I get my daily source of magnesium from fresh fish, leafy greens and then every night I take Magnesium Calm which helps me relax and sleep deeply.
The food that we eat becomes our beautiful mind and body, so take great care with what you eat. I'd love to hear how you power up for the day and what makes you feel your very best!
Sources :: Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Chopra.com by Deepak Chopra, Support Your System with Magical Magnesium by Dr. Frank Lipman.