Healing Foods are the Foundation of a Healthy Lifestyle
By: Pamela Egan, FNP-C CDE
food industry has lured us with thousands of easy-to use processed food
products, loaded with sugar/simple carbs, bad fats and salt. These
foods have turned us into a nation of overeaters and fast food/processed
food junkies. We crave fattening burgers, fries, and lots of soft
Every calorie and every gram of carbohydrate, protein and fat
that you take in has to go somewhere. You burn calories in your
everyday activities, but every extra calorie you consume that is not
immediately burned is stored as body fat and can lead to diabetes and
Diabetes and obesity are frequent causes of heart disease,
kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, arthritis and strokes. Most of
us consume far more calories than can be immediately burned. Since we
are not out working 10 hours a day in the field, we need fewer calories
since we won’t burn them off. Studies show that for optimal weight and
maximum disease-free longevity, we should be eating about 1200 calories a
day, but the average American eats two to three times that much.
first step to achieve your ideal weight is to reduce your caloric
intake. Many Anti-Aging Specialists recommend a day of fasting for
health & longevity.
There are healing foods that you should eat
every day. These foods are the foundation of a healthy life. They are
the true natural cures from the earth. Your cells require large amounts
of antioxidants and nutrients and will be protected from premature
aging. Many of these foods can reverse many diseases, including heart
disease and cancer.
Eat organic foods if you can to reduce the load
of toxins, antibiotics, growth hormones, pesticides and herbicides added
to most commercially grown food. Eat these foods daily, and they will
help you maintain a vigorous, healthy disease free life.
heal include Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, berries, apples,
spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables, cold wild-caught fish,
olive oil and other healthy oils, whole grain bread and pasta, beans and
lentils. Tomatoes (cooked), mushrooms, garlic and onions, lean meats
and poultry, red wine, green tea, dark chocolate (55-70% cocoa), nuts,
On the other hand, there are foods that kill. They kill
because they replace the healing foods and overload your body with
toxins of bad fats, chemicals and sugars. Sadly, they are foods that
almost all Americans consume nearly every day. It’s time for you to
abandon them. If you make the choice to eat from this list, do so
sparingly and with the awareness that you are literally shortening your
life every time you do so. They are just as harmful as smoking, which
can take 20 years or more off your life. And just like smoking, these
foods can cause heart disease, strokes and cancer. Make a choice for a
long, healthy life.
Foods that kill include sugar, sodas (including
diet), trans fatty acids, french fries, deep fried fish or deep fried
anything, refined grains (white bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, etc.),
donuts, bacon, sausage, ham, lunch meat.
Your body has amazing natural healing power if you support it with the foods and nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The products referenced are not
intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.