La Luz Light May 2017 Newsletter: Foods that Heal

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FOODS THAT HEAL - Nourishing and Grounding your Body and Spirit (Root Chakra)

Root chakra is all about survival, security and grounding.  Our survival relies not only on mental, emotional and spiritual fuel, but physical fuel to keep our bodies functioning optimally to allow us to fulfill our soul’s mission.  A nourished body is a strong body in every way.  It moves in ways we want it to move, without resistant despite our age.  Keeping the best possible fresh produce and organic meats and fish at arm's reach will prevent cravings as well as grabbing processed food for convenience sake. Ideally, fresh produce should be purchased daily but in country's like Canada we rely on flash frozen produce during the long winter months, whether your own or from local farmers. Nothing would make me happier than to walk to my back yard and pick my morning mango straight from the tree and then for lunch, pull some lettuce, and other great veggies from the patch - all year round.

In the meantime, while we wait for mango trees to grow in my backyard, let's continue our Alphabet Series of healing foods, and  look at some nutritious values of the following "B" foods that heal! If you've forgotten what we covered in A, click here to review.

(Disclaimer:  I am not a medical or nutritional professional.  
All information provided comes from reliable texts and personal experience)

Beans: There's an old children's rhyme that goes like this:  "Beans, beans, are good for your heart, the more you eat, the more you fart, the more you fart, the better you feel"!  Well excuse the virtual sound effects but nothing can be truer.  Although beans are very good for your heart, if you do let out a little toot now and again, you may want to switch to another bean!  They are high in soluble fiber, contain more protein than any other plant-derived food and a great source of B-complex vitamins, iron and potassium and other essential minerals.  Legumes, as they are also called, are the staple of most vegetarian and vegan diets but how they are prepared can make or break the nutritional values.  For example, baked beans with molasses, sugar and bacon will quickly turn your healthy choice into one filled with calories and other non-essentials. So pick your favourite from 13,000 varieties grown world-wide and find those recipes low in sugar and fats! I suggest the Happy Cow....yes, it's all vegetarian! 

Blueberries:  Well, where do I start with this superfood?? Eating a cup of raw blueberries each day - and not the in-the-pie variety, will infuse your body with antioxidants, Vitamin C and dietary fibre. Studies also show that they are great in preventing or healing urinary tract infections, just like their cousins, the cranberries (no not the musical band!). Blueberries also make urine more acidic, which prevents bacteria from clinging to the bladder walls.  A little known fact is that blueberries are very effective against the E coli bacteria which is perhaps the reason that they are often used as a cure for food-poisoning.  As with any food, moderation is key and allergies are still possible in some matter the benefits to many. Need a snack, go for the blue!!

Broccoli: When my son was little, he used to call them trees! Served only with some olive oil and salt - no cheese or bacon bits, my son loved his little trees on his plate!  Well he could call them whatever he wanted, because he was taking in those little forests like candy! They are an excellent source of Vitamin C, beta carotene, folate, iron, fiber and more protein than other vegetables. Eaten raw or blanched (briefly boil and then drop in bowl of ice) with little dressing such as olive oil, salt and pepper and some lemon juice makes an excellent side dish or add pine nuts, almonds or cashews for a full meal in a bowl! As belonging to the cruciferous family, overcooking them  releases sulfur-smelling compounds and may cause bloating!  So best to eat them au-naturel!

Did you know that leaving the peel on vegetables raises the nutritional value?  Vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, beets and other "underground growing" foods need only to be washed thoroughly to remove dirt and other debris.  Keep in mind that in leaving the skin on carrots also adds a little bitterness to the natural occurring sweetness which might turn some people off. Experiment with your favourite root vegetable.  Seasoning is key. Spices Inc has a great list to choose from. Enjoy!

"If you don't take care of your body, where are you going to live" - Unknown