Health is Wealth

While everyone is fighting over toilet tissue, I'm over here stocking up essential foods to boost my immune.
While everybody fighting over toilet tissue, I'm over here stocking up essential foods to boost my immune.

If you asked me 5 years ago what my diet was, you'd laugh (hysterically) at this blog entry. I'm laughing right now hysterically at this blog entry.

I'd never thought about my diet or health (inward) that is until..

Summer 2017, my career was finally beginning to pick up momentum. I would spend countless days and nights working my ass off! Eventually, Starbucks, many sleepless nights, and ramen noodles diet began to slow me down. Both physically and mentally.

Securing the bag and going after my goals was important BUT, without a healthy lifestyle and diet.. my energy, sharp ideas, and communication skills all dropped to unproductive levels.

When my work ethic began to change, so did my coins! So, I started doing some research online. *types all symptoms into google

Literally, the entire first page (2nd and 3rd page) of the google search was a clear indication, the saying ‘you are what you eat’ is in fact quite true. From that day moving forward, I made the concious decision to improve my diet and lifestyle. Nothing too drastic, I didn't go vegan on you yet.. BUT

I started to teach myself how to cook more basic plant-based meals, I begin paying more attention to what foods felt good to my body and which ones didn’t, and I was rewarded with more energy and mental clarity than I had ever had pre-Starbucks-no-sleep-ramen-noodles diet.

Now I eat with more intention. Doing so has allowed me to regain my power, and support my best life.

So I think if you commit, you will see some massive shifts immediately, but it’s a never-ending journey and you get better with it every day. Your relationship with food is just like any relationship, good communication and lots of love is continuously needed to keep thriving.

The alkaline diet: What you need to know

The theory behind high-alkaline eating is that it can optimize your body's pH balance by swapping out foods that metabolize into compounds that promote acidity—like meat, dairy, sweets, caffeine, alcohol, and artificial and processed products—for a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, which form alkaline substances.

If you have been indulging in excessive red meat, processed and junk food, it's about time you included some alkaline food in your diet.

Here's a list to get you started :

1. Green leafy vegetables

Try including spinach, lettuce, kale, celery, parsley, argula and mustard greens in your meals. They contain essential minerals which are necessary for the body to carry out various functions.

2. Citrus fruits

Contrary to the belief that citrus fruits are highly acidic and would have an acidic effect on the body, they are the best source of alkaline foods. Lemon, lime and oranges are loaded with Vitamin C and help in detoxifying the system.

3. Sea salt

Sprinkle some sea salt into your salads, soups, omelette, etc.

4. Root vegetables

Root vegetables like sweet potato, beets and carrots are great sources of alkaline. They taste best when roasted with a little sprinkling of spices and seasonings. BUT, dont overcook them. Most of the time, they are overcooked which makes them lose all their goodness.

5. Seasonal fruits

Especially kiwi, pineapple, nectarine, watermelon, grapefruit, apricots and apples. They come packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that take care of various functions in the body.

6. Nuts

Include cashews, chestnuts and almonds in your daily meal plan. Besides being sources of good fats, they also produce an alkaline effect in the body. However, since they are high in calories, it is important to have limited quantities of nuts.

7. Onion, Garlic, Red bell pepper, and Ginger

Among the most important ingredients in my cooking, onion, garlic and ginger. Besides them enhancing flavor, they boost your immune. You can incorporate them into numerous other ways - add onions to spruce up your morning toast, add ginger to your soup or tea, freshly sliced onions in your salad, etc.

Other immune boosters:

  • Yogurt - Try to get plain yogurts rather than those that are flavored and loaded with sugar. You can sweeten plain yogurt yourself with healthy fruits and a drizzle of honey instead.

  • Turmeric - Is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant

  • Green tea - Green tea is about 30 percent polyphenols, including large amounts of a catechin called EGCG. Catechins are natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage.

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