We all know what food to avoid- junk food, fast food, comfort food, well, almost anything after our rough day or if we are stressed. My big downfall when I get upset I feast with no control. Sarap kasi kumain eh pag galit ka diba? wink*

I found this from iVillage the 8 Foods You Should Eat Every Day...

Oats for Better Abs
Oats are the first food to get FDA approval for their heart-disease-prevention potential. They contain soluble fiber, which protects against heart disease by making your arteries suppler and lowering your blood cholesterol level. Oats do have carbs, but they are complex carbs, which means that through their protein content (there are 10 grams of protein per serving of oats), they slow down the release of sugar to the blood stream, making it possible for you to use the fuel as energy and to build muscle. Building muscle helps you burn calories more efficiently, even at rest.

Nutty About Omega-3s
Walnuts are richer in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. They're also loaded with more anti-inflammatory phytochemicals (polyphenols) than red wine and contain half as much muscle-building protein as chicken. Get one daily 1-ounce portion, or about 7 nuts, to enjoy the benefits of walnuts.

Feeling nutty? Try these nuts too: almonds, peanuts, soy nuts (especially for their heart-disease-prevention potential), pistachios and macadamia nuts.

Black Beans for Brain Power
Black beans boost brain power because they're full of anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that improve brain function. One 1/2-cup daily serving of the beans provides 8 grams of protein and 7 1/2 grams of fiber. Beans in general are low-calorie and free of artery-clogging, heart-disease-promoting saturated fat.

You may also like these beans: kidney, fava, pinto, lentils and peas.

Blueberries: The Miracle Fruit
Some call blueberries the miracle fruit because they contain more antioxidants than any other well-known fruit. They also help to prevent cancer, diabetes and age-related memory loss. Because they're rich in antioxidant vitamins A and C, they also boost cardiovascular health.

Looking for something new? Try these blueberry subs: acai berries (it may be easier to find acai berry powder in health-food stores), purple grapes, prunes, raisins and strawberries.

Carrots for Fighting Cancer
Carrots are a great source of the fat-soluble phytochemicals beta-carotene and vitamin A, which help protect you against cancer and inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.

Don't like carrots? Try subbing in sweet potato, pumpkin, butternut squash, yellow bell pepper, or Dr. Ro's personal fav — mango.

Tomatoes for a Healthy Heart
Tomatoes provide more protection against cancer when cooked than raw, so load up on tomato sauces or pastes for maximum lycopene protection. Red tomatoes contain the most lycopene, the antioxidant that protects against stomach, bladder, prostate, lung and skin cancers, as well as heart disease.

Yogurt for a Happy Tummy
Yogurt boosts your immune system and protects against cancer, and yogurt with live active cultures provides great probiotic protection for your digestive system. It balances good bacteria in your gut, which helps you to better absorb vitamin B, zinc, calcium and carbohydrates and avoid digestive upsets like nausea, constipation, diarrhea and bloating. Make sure to buy yogurt that lists "live active cultures" on the label.

Don't like yogurt? Try kefir or soy yogurt.

Spinach for Spicier Sex
Spinach is rich in plant-based omega-3s and folate, which helps to prevent heart disease. It's also a good source of lutein, a chemical compound that fights macular degeneration. Dr. Ro calls spinach "man food" because "it builds muscle and, while not an aphrodisiac, may help men out when they get that lovin' feeling."

Don't like spinach? Sub in kale, bok choy or romaine lettuce.


MiracleUK said... @ December 11, 2007 at 3:22 PM

Good post, I've been eating more spinach recently and have really noticed a change in my health.


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