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AGING GRACEFULLY – Part 2

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 11:04 AM

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Continued from a previous post - 

Now to go back to foods, the best food for a clear complexion and healthy skin is all the greens, anything that is green.  Broccoli, spinach, lettuce, collards, green beans, brussels sprouts, etc.  Greens contain a lot of chlorophyll which is good for your cells.  All vegetables contain chlorophyll, there are different kinds of chlorophyll and the green veggies are best for a clear complexion.  It helps detoxify the cells, so if you have acne for example and you stat eating lots of greens, you might notice that your acne is getting worse at first but that’s just your cells detoxifying and unloading toxins at a faster rate, if you continue long enough it will all clear up.  You don’t want to overcook your veggies. Try to eat some raw daily to get the chlorophyl intact.  When you cook them, stir fry them on low heat just until they’re warm and keep them crunchy.  Or you can steam them lightly for about 5 minutes, again you want to keep them crunchy.

Vegetables are only one part of a complete balanced meal.  A complete balanced meal contains all the parts that support health and being healthy means aging gracefully.  Health is all about balance.  A balanced meal has 3 components; Protein, Carbohydrates and Fat

The best protein is found in meat (from a healthy grass-fed cow) or pastured chickens, etc., but it includes eggs and raw dairy products (again you have to consider the health of the animal it comes from)

The best carbohydrates is the complex kind which is raw vegetables but includes legumes, brown rice and whole grains properly prepared (grains including rice and legumes need to be soaked to help with their digestion) but grains fall into the simple carbohydrate category which should consumed in very small amounts.

Then there’s fat.  There’s healthy fats and unhealthy fats.  Healthy fats is a whole other subject on its own but basically you want to stay away from hydrogenated fats and trans fats.   You want to consume lots of good butter (Kerry Gold is an excellent brand) coconut oil, virgin cold pressed olive oil, flax seed oil (must be refrigerated), lard.   For frying you only want to use coconut oil or lard.   They are saturated fats that can sustain high heat.  Others are sensitive to heat and light.  So they should be kept in a dark bottle in a cool place.

I’ll add another note on this.  When studies were conducted on people that still lived remote and living off the land away from processed foods.  Their health was magnificent and when the food they ate was studied and compared, it was found that the different groups, living in different places of the world, even though they ate different foods, it always included:

1- Organ meat (they ate every part of the animal but favored the organs)
2- Cultured or fermented vegetables (they knew how to prepare certain foods for best results)

To Be Continued in my next post.


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