By Maria Flynn
New year resolutions usually come with the usual commitment of getting yourself to the gym and eating healthy...until most (unfortunately) give up the routine before real results ever show up.
I presume that many give it up because it gets boring. I also think that when you attempt to eat "healthier" somehow, the food gets blander.
I LOVE food and I believe it's imperative to talk about it as part of your personal development. Far too many studies have proven that eating healthy eliminates brain fog, reduces inflammation, stress, mood swings and disease. You have to literally feed your brain the right foods if you want to actually succeed in any personal development journey.
You were given the ability to taste...and too many companies in the food industry have destroyed our taste palates with excess preservatives, chemicals and sugar...robbing us of health and making us dependent on the medical and pharmaceutical industry because of it. ENOUGH!
Listen, YOU HAVE TO EAT...but it doesn't have to be boring!!
I've included recipes in One Wise Life for you to try new things in healthy and DELICIOUS ways. Many of which have the spices I include here as some of my top 5 spices I like to use in my own kitchen. I believe they've made huge strides in supporting my healthy lifestyle (from weight loss maintenance to mental clarity).
Curcumin is the active compound in turmeric and it's a powerful anti-inflammatory as well as rich in antioxidants. Studies have shown tumeric has anti-cancer effects. In other words, it inhibits the activation of genes that trigger cancer and inhibits the proliferation of tumor cells, shrinks tumor cells, and prevents development of the blood supply necessary for cancer cells to grow. Turmeric has also been shown to combat allergies, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, colitis, eczema, gout, gum disease, macular degeneration, psoriasis and high blood pressure. My favorite way to use Tumeric is in my easy, delicious and detoxifying Kitchari Recipe.
2. Fresh Garlic.
It's delicious and loaded with medicinal properties helping you to combat anything from the common cold to reducing blood pressure and even lowering your levels of cholesterol.
3. Cayenne Pepper.
A natural detoxifier and digestive aid, cayenne pepper is a super herb that support weight loss helping you increase your metabolism and aids the body to reduce fat. I use it quite liberally in my Turkey Chili Recipe.
Aromatic, delicious and easy to grow...Rosemary is one herb you'll want in your kitchen. Rosemary's been shown to be effective in improving dermatitis, enhancing memory, protecting the liver and alleviating arthritis pain. I use this herb (along with fresh garlic in my roasted salmon recipe).
5. Himalayan Pink Salt.
There is actually less sodium per serving in Himalayan salt than regular refined table salt. Loaded with minerals, Himalayan Pink Salt can help with anything from your electrolyte balance to balancing your pH levels. I've never been a fan of eliminating salt from the diet. Your body requires some salt...and for me...it enhances the flavor of food without the need to "overuse" it.
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. –Hippocrates
Don't be fooled by the latest trends of natural herbs and medicines jam-packed in nice looking "easy to swallow" pills. Most often...those don't work and you're wasting your money, since the majority of what you swallow isn't even absorbed by your body. For example, tumeric is best absorbed with fats (what better way to nourish your body than to include this amazing spice in your meal).
My rule of thumb is always finding a way to remove "the middle man" from my food plan. If I can grow it...I do. If I can cook it myself...I do. Buy Organic, non-gmo foods and spices...from farm to your table...as much and as often as you can. If this can be the bulk of your diet...you're off to an excellent start.