I came across this article from the New York Times the other day, and I thought it was worth sharing:
“WE like the idea that food can be the answer to our ills, that if we eat nutritious foods we won’t need medicine or supplements. We have valued this notion for a long, long time. The Greek physician Hippocrates proclaimed nearly 2,500 years ago:
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Today, medical experts concur. If we heap our plates with fresh fruits and vegetables, they tell us, we will come closer to optimum health”
The article goes on to say that the foods we eat today have significantly less nutrients than their wild ancestors, and that farming has selected for less nutritious crops over thousands of years.
“Wild dandelions, once a springtime treat for Native Americans, have seven times more phytonutrients than spinach, which we consider a “superfood.” A purple potato native to Peru has 28 times more cancer-fighting anthocyanins than common russet potatoes. One species of apple has a staggering 100 times more phytonutrients than the Golden Delicious displayed in our supermarkets.”
By selecting for sweeter, less bitter, and easier to eat varieties of crops, we have lost the health boosting properties of the original plant.
The article says that to maximize your meals’ nutritious value, choose fresh herbs which have kept their strong flavor and therefore many of their vitamins, arugula, and green onions.
Maybe I’ll just start eating all the wild dandelions in my front yard 😉
As for yesterday, I had a semi-nutritious, super relaxing, summer day.
These past few days I’ve woken up super early feeling wide awake and unable to go back to sleep. Yesterday morning I woke up starving and so I went ahead and made my usual oatmeal/blueberries/protein powder.
An hour or two later, I was able to fall asleep and got in a few more hours.
When I awoke at a regular hour, it was time for breakfast number 2! Greek yogurt, a peach, and some almonds.
My theme lately has been to watch all my trashy TV shows on the treadmill and yesterday was no exception. I wanted to watch the season premiere of Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition (I love Chris Powell) so I sweated it out on the treadmill while watching.
Lots of walking on an incline and some running in between. 🙂
After my sweaty party on the treadmill I was starving, so I ate the last bit of my tuna salad on a flat out fold-it. I decided to add some fresh parsley from my garden to give myself some extra nutrients.
And then I did this:
It was glorious to lay outside and soak up the sun!
I can’t just sit there without getting too bored, so I wrote thank-you notes for my bridal shower and I did a little reading to prepare for my upcoming ophthalmology rotation.
This is the weirdest medical thing I’ve ever seen:
If you can’t read it, it says that a seed got stuck in a young boys eye but he didn’t notice it until it started to GROW!!
A few hours later I was hungry again and in the heat I only wanted one thing: a smoothie!!
Topped with a sprinkle of granola- it hit the spot!
I noticed this little guy outside- tell me, is this a chipmunk? I know it’s not a squirrel… so cute!!!
Again, I forced myself to lift some weights. I did this quick routine from a new app on my phone called JEFIT. It took about 30 minutes. I tried to lift as heavy as I could, and take short breaks.
Post-workout I heated up a veggie burger, some kale, and the rest of my bison.
Don’t judge my love of ketchup..
That night my friend Sarah and I went shopping and made a quick trip to Costco. She had never been so I had to introduce her to the wonders of Costco.
Before bed I had a bowl of greek yogurt with 1/2 a quest bar. Then I called it a night!
What summery things have you done so far? I’ve just started to eat all my favorite summer foods- peaches, smoothies, grilled anything- love it!