The common western diet is around 50% processed food and 40% animal protein. The cooking of animal protein alters the protein, making it more difficult to digest, assimilate and eliminate. Animal protein does not contain a wide variety of complex nutrients.
That leaves just 10%, or less, of real food. It is impossible for your body to function well when only 10% is nutrient rich food.
Not only is it impossible, it ensures you remain hungry all the time, increasing the chance of snacking. This inevitably leads to weight gain.
Cruciferous vegetables are one of the most complete foods there are. They are in the brassicaceae family of plants and include root vegetables, leafy greens and flowers. The common ones are broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, arugula, watercress, horseradish, collards, turnip greens, kohlrabi, radishes, daikon, chinese cabbage, bok choy, chard, rapini, wasabi and rutabaga.
They are rich in fiber, macro minerals, trace elements, vitamins, protein and omega 3, phytochemicals and antioxidants.
The green family members are especially healthy. The cruciferous vegetables all have a slightly spicy or pungent aroma and/or flavour. This comes from the sulphur containing compound, sulphaphane.
Sulphaphane is known to:
- protect cellular enzyme activity
- induce cancer cell destruction
- targets cancer stem cells
- heals the blood/brain barrier
- reduces chronic inflammation
It’s interesting that these are the favourite vegetables for fermenting, which enhances the healing abilities of the vegetable.
The benefits of a regular supply of these vegetables include:
- eliminating heavy metals
- neutralising harmful chemicals
This is comforting in our current age of high toxicity, poisons, chemicals and environmental degradation.
The best way to eat good healthy food is to eat it fresh, and if possible raw. Growing your own vegetables can ensure the freshest supply.
Eating it raw can be a challenge. Often it is an acquired taste. But here is one recipe that may tickle your taste buds.
Combine freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice. Allow finely chopped kale to marinade in this overnight.
When you start to eat good healthy food, you find that you may suffer a little in the first week. This is normal and natural. After this cleansing and detoxing process is over, your find you have more energy, feel clearer and brighter and continue to improve. The desire for unhealthy food diminishes and fades altogether.
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