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I thought I might talk a little more about last night’s dinner, okay?
If you’ll look back on the previous blog you will see that last night for dinner, I had the following:
Broiled Salmon with lemon wedges, arugula with green beans and onions smothered in extra virgin olive oil, and crushed black pepper with avocado wedges, also smothered in extra virgin olive oil.
For dessert, I had blueberries but did not eat the yogurt because it was getting too close to my 6:30 pm cut-off time- meaning…, not a single bite after 6:30 pm.
The first thing you will notice is that there is not a single processed food (as most consider processed foods), or grains. These foods are all nutrient-dense, whole foods.
This is MAJOR!!!!!
Next, the salmon was wild-caught salmon that was harvested in a humane way and prayed over with a Native American prayer.
Here is a great opportunity to plug a friend of mine, Mr. Kenny Aschbacher, “The Fish Hugger”.
I would highly recommend that you check out his website, fishhugger.com, or visit him at one of the local Farmer’s Markets here in Phoenix. He and his wife Brenna are amazing people, extremely knowledgeable, and very, very interesting- you’ll be very glad that you know them both.
In fact, we get all of our meat and fish from Kenny, and it is without a doubt the very best we have ever eaten.
All animals are humanely raised and harvested at his farm in New Mexico, and of the highest quality.
With that being said, what about the salmon?
High in the omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, the EPA in the salmon I ate is great at acting as a whole-body anti-inflammatory agent, and more importantly, the DHA acts as a structural component of healthy brain cells. Both significantly reduce the risks of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Vegetables are a great source of fiber and phytonutrients that help maintain a healthy gut micro-biome amongst other benefits.
Extra-virgin olive oil is a great source of oleocanthal which is a type of phenol that stimulates our bodies’ own repair mechanisms and has powerful anti-inflammatory effects comparable to a small dose of ibuprofen.
Extra-virgin olive oil also helps the brain clear beta-amyloid plaques-the accumulation of which is attributed to Alzheimer’s.
If that wasn’t enough, extra–virgin olive oil also blocks an enzyme that converts excess dietary carbohydrates into fat.
What about the lemon and black pepper?
Lemon is a great source of Vitamin C, and great for digestion and reducing risks of kidney stones and certain types of cancer, while black pepper is a great anti-oxidant (protects body and brain, is anti-inflammatory, helps control blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol and fight certain types of cancer).
Anti-oxidants reduce free radicals in the bloodstream and body. Free radicals are compounds with a “free” oxygen electron and they bind to other compounds and destroy the body.
And what about the avocado?
Avocado is such an amazing superfood- supports brain health, great source of vitamin E, it improves vascular health, including all of the microvasculature in the brain, and is a great source of fiber to promote the gut microbiome.
One last thing, many vegetables, especially in salads have fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K in them.
Without fat in the salad, in the form of olive oil, avocado, or whole eggs the body cannot absorb and utilize these vitamins.
And finally, what about the blueberries?
Source of anti-oxidants called flavonoids. These cross the blood-brain barrier to improve memory and improve cognitive function. Blueberries and other berries also reduce fasting blood sugar levels.
So with dinner last night, I did many, many amazing health-promoting things- improved brain function, reduced free radicals, improved vascular health, was able to feed my gut microbiome, and many, many other healthy things.
More importantly, the food I ate did not contribute to worsening any health condition like elevating blood sugar, or insulin or worsening any inflammatory conditions- in fact, it did the opposite.
My dinner actually improved my health. Hopefully, you can say the same about yours!
Now show me any stupid pill that could have done for me what my dinner did! You can’t!
Wow, surprise, surprise…, this blog is starting to get kind of long!
I’ll write more next time, but in the meantime…, homework time!
Look at the foods you eat each and every day-do they promote health and wellness, or are they actually making you sick?
I think it was Socrates who once said, “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” What a great idea!
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