When it comes down to looking younger and healthier it has to be more than just calorie restriction and strenuous exercise. Why do some cultures live longer and healthier? The answer may be found behind the foods they eat every day. I don’t often get compliments about my age, but when I do, people get surprised about how old I am (NO,really. I am not 18 lol ) Close to my 30′s this is a huge compliment. But more than just age and looking slim I believe gut health and well being is a priority in my life. I don’t stress the skinny factor or the beauty pageant look (although these things will come as a bonus when one reaches maximum health) but the gut-brain connection and body functionality which is essentially where you want to focus. If I had to live a life of illness and personality problems (like I used to) the world will be out of control. Not anymore for me. So why not give them a try and feel better about yourself and the world?
1. Bone Broths
My holy grail. Period. I stress the intake of bone broths like women save their money to purchase expensive ass cosmetics to look younger forever. Well, if you are worried about wrinkles and skin health (cellulite- is-our-worst-enemy) you might want to give bone broth a shot since it contains natural gelatin and colagen much needed in our diets. Bone Broths are also mineral Rich and they help to heal a leaky gut and many other illnesses. Use my simple recipe to make it at home and no, store bought are not legit. Sorry.
2. Organ Meat
Yes, there taste is quite strong and the texture is challenging for some people but they are absolutely wonderful for you.
Here are some of the nutritional facts according to The Paleo Mom:
Compared to the muscle meat we are used to eating, organ meats are more densely packed with just about every nutrient, including heavy doses of B vitamins such as: B1, B2, B6, folic acid and the very important vitamin B12. Organ meats are also loaded with minerals like phosphorus, iron, copper, magnesium, iodine, calcium, potassium, sodium, selenium, zinc and manganese and provide the important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Organ meats are known to have some of the highest concentrations of naturally occurring vitamin D of any food source. Organ meats also contain high amounts of essential fatty acids, including arachidonic acid and the omega-3 fats EPA and DHA.
The answer is ALOT! Organ meats are the most concentrated source of just about every nutrient, including important vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and essential aminoacids.
I just recently posted a picture in my facebook page of a rice noodle soup I made for my husband (who is not a huge fan of organs) where the stock was the star and made out of chicken hearts and livers.
I have also tried to mix organs in burger meat and serve it for my kids. This hides the strong flavors and they make them more enjoyable for those who have never had organs in their life. I was raised mostly on organ meats so I thank my parents for this.
Now, I know there are many people who will absolutely refuse to eat the fresh stuff and rather have it as a pill form or supplement . This Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil Blend is the recent talk of the Paleosphere. I personally haven’t tried it yet. I might eventually. For now instead I stick to my 3rd superfood below.
Robb Wolf and The Whole 9 team are some of the Paleo figures who push the intake of Omega 3 fatty acids.. I am always trying to find ways to get most of my vitamins and minerals from natural resources. Unfortunately when it comes down to Omega 3s (which is a natural anti-inflammatory agent) I end up not eating enough fish or seaweed among other 79 +foods or lacking of it on daily basis.
Use this Fish Oil Calculator to determine your daily intake.
4. Fermented Foods
Most people believe I am 100% strict paleo or a fanatic when it comes down to food. The reality is that I follow some of the parameters of paleo while adding traditional foods in my diet which I believe are essential and beneficial. Everybody has their own take on fermented milk, kefir,yogurt or raw cheeses which I enjoy once in a while (twice or so a month or anytime I go out to a nice restaurant) and things such as fermented vegetables, meats, grains and some live cultures found in sourdough or kombucha. Weston A. Price Foundation and the GAPS Diet are famous for there take on fermented foods.
Benefits and why you should introduce fermented foods on daily basis:
Fermented foods heal your gut.
They improve digestion.
They restore the proper balance of bacteria in your gut. Those with recurrent yeast infections and constipation lack of good bacteria in the gut.
They have proper enzymes which help you absorb nutrients.
Is inexpensive and easy to make at home.
Fermented foods last longer and can be cycled like kombucha. Every batch grows a Scoby/mushrooms ready for the next one (which by the way I just started my first batch this morning and I will let you know how it turned out)
5. Leefy Greens
Another powerhouse of nutrients are the leafy greens. This article from Mark’s daily Apple Smart Ful: Dark, Leafy Greens explains how awesome and nutrient dense kale, spinach and arugula are.
Not a big fan of spinach? Did you mom forced fed you spinach while growing up? Maybe if my mother started giving me spinach at the age of 6 months (like I did with all my children) the transition could have been a lot easier while growing up. Honestly, I think it was for the most part my school’s fault for giving me fake mush spinach puree. Yuckk. I love spinach now AND I will eat raw anytime in a salad or lightly sautéed and blended with some coconut oil (This is a wonderful baby food recipe .In case you wonder I am done making all my baby food videos and I will be launching them soon) or making kale chips in the oven couldn’t be any easier.
Most of you might know all of this information at this point. Sorry if I am repetitive but I believe is a good reminder to point little things like eating your servings of organs and fermented foods everyday if you are seeking a healthier lifestyle. I know I could’ve also added coconut to the list but I believe saturated fats are a thing for another blog post. Have a wonderful Tuesday!