Let’s start with the basics for being a healthy woman – Food!
- Eat more often and less of it: reduced calorie intake has been researched and early indications are that staying on the lower end of caloric intake certainly can help with memory issues and cardiovascular disease. Definitely not indicated for young or underweight individuals this concept follows the idea that the body is less “stressed” by processing less food product.
- Carbs are tasty but protein lasts: oh how we love our carb filled comfort foods but when you need energy for a lasting period have 30-40 grams of protein (about the size of a pack of cards) and notice how much better you feel. Carbs can be added into the diet but need moderated due to their effect on our blood sugar. Most of us recognize that “afternoon slump” feeling but may not identify it as a need for food. If you add some protein and choose foods lower on the glycemic index it is possible to eliminate that tired, cranky, etc.
- Clean it up- a “clean” diet is less fast food, more basic such as grilled chicken and broccoli, or baked fish and salad
- Yellow and orange foods (and no nacho cheese doesn’t count!) can boost immune function and slow aging. They are great for skin. Being healthy helps you look better and live longer.
- Power of Green! True green foods support us with their phytochemicals. Challenge yourself to learn how to incorporate one new green food this month.
- Blue and purple: well known for their health enhancing benefits adding flavonoids, phytochemicals, vitamin C, folic acid, potassium and fiber into the diet. These foods like blueberries, eggplant, plums and grapes have been proven to be the number one source of antioxidants in any available food product today