Food with a Purpose
Not only did God create amazing humans, He chose to give us clues in nature for what is beneficial for our health. Maybe we really ARE WHAT WE EAT!!
Have you ever cut a carrot in half?
Cut a carrot in half and you’ll see an iris!! Carrots contain Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A & K, and antioxidants. Researchers at the Jules Stein Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles determined that women who consume carrots at least twice per week – in comparison to women who consume carrots less than once per week – have significantly lower rates of glaucoma (damage to the optic nerve often associated with excessive pressure inside the eye). Carrots are beneficial in the fight against cancer and other chronic illnesses.
Next, consider the simple Walnut:
The walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function. A limited (but increasing) number of studies have shown potential health benefits for walnuts in the area of memory and general thought processes (often referred to as “cognitive” processes). Thus far, most of the initial research in this area has involved rats and mice, but we expect to see cognitive benefits of walnuts for humans becoming a topic of increasing research interest.
Notice the Celery, Bok Choy or Rhubarb?
They look like bones! Celery is high in Vitamin C, it’s anti-inflammatory, and helps in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol! As for bone health, celery is very high in calcium so it helps protect us against osteoporosis!
Rhubarb in the raw is also high in calcium and potassium which we all know are great for our bones. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.
The Avocado, Pear, and Eggplant:
Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).
Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. They increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.
Slice a tomato and see all the chambers, the color and the shape! Intake of tomatoes has long been linked to heart health. Fresh tomatoes and tomato extracts have been shown to help lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. In addition, tomato extracts have been shown to help prevent unwanted clumping together (aggregation) of platelet cells in the blood – a factor that is especially important in lowering risk of heart problems like atherosclerosis. (In a recent South American study of 26 vegetables, tomatoes and green beans came out best in their anti-aggregation properties.) But only recently are researchers beginning to identify some of the more unusual phytonutrients in tomatoes that help provide us with these heart-protective benefits.
The color of foods can also give us clues about their benefits. Consider the Beet. It’s rich red points us to the color of blood! Because of the iron content beets are powerful blood purifiers. This offers a multitude of health benefits and can improve the following conditions:
- gallbladder and kidney ailments
Grapes & Wine:
Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food. Wine and grapes contain antioxidants called resveratrol. Epidemiological and experimental studies have revealed that a mild to moderate drinking of wine, particularly red wine, attenuates the cardiovascular, cerebrovascular, and peripheral vascular risk. Resveratrol is mainly found in the grape skin, whereas proanthocyanidins are found only in the seeds. Recent studies have demonstrated that resveratrol and proanthocyanidin are the major compounds present in grapes and wines responsible for cardioprotection.
Notice the Ginger:
Ginger has always been known by our grandmothers as the cure for the tummy ache. Interesting enough, it looks like our stomach!! In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) andintestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.
Sweet, Sweet Potatoes:
Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas! Pancreas-shaped sweet potatoes release sugars gradually into the bloodstream. That means they don’t stress the organ, which helps regulate blood-sugar levels. Sweet potatoes along with other orange and yellow vegetables like carrots, corn and squash contain nutrients which are beneficial for the pancreas and may help prevent cancer.
Round, plump, and full of fibers! The citrus fruits will assist in female breast health!! Oranges , Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts. Oranges are full of Vitamin C and fight free radicals and toxins in our body.
Onions and Garlic:
Onions look like the body’s cells. Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials, toxins and dangerous free radicals from the body.
The list can go on, but you get the idea now!! It’s incredible how God gave us clues in nature about the foods we need to consume for optimal health. There are some health practitioners that actually believe that your body will be “attracted” to a food because your body needs it. Think of when women are pregnant and have cravings. Usually this means you’re deficient in an area.
Beware of your Cravings:
If you crave chocolate, it doesn’t mean your body has a chocolate deficiency, but it sure would be nice to claim that! Chocolate is high in magnesium. Cravings for it often indicate that your body is low in magnesium, which is a common deficiency. If you’re going to eat chocolate, choose organic raw cocoa and mix it into a healthy smoothie, or eat a small amount of organic dark chocolate. Your body is actually in need of foods high in magnesium such as nuts, seeds, fish, and leafy greens.s.
If you crave sweets you may be experiencing blood sugar fluctuations. When your blood sugar drops, your body may be trying to get you to give it more fuel to keep your blood sugar levels stable. If this is a chronic occurrence you may have hypoglycemia, which simply means low blood sugar. Whether your sugar cravings are sporadic or chronic, it is important to choose the right type of food to bring your body back into balance. Giving in to cookies, cakes, candies, or other refined sweets and processed foods will only make the problem worse and cause a blood sugar roller coaster that leads to more cravings. Instead, choose a piece of fruit when you’re craving sweets. In the interim, add more high-fiber foods like beans and legumes, and complex carbohydrates like whole grains to give you the fuel you need without the blood sugar fluctuations. And as mentioned above, make yourself a baked sweet potato!!
My personal craving every night at 9 o’clock!! Cravings for salty foods like popcorn or chips often indicate stress hormone fluctuations in the body. Getting on top of the stress in your life is step one. The adrenal glands help your body cope with stress and, in our fast-paced, hectic lives, tend to become worn out, especially from stress-hormone production. Try meditation, breathing exercises, or other stress management techniques. Research at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City showed that people who take a break to breathe deeply or meditate before reaching for salty snacks reduced their stress hormones by 25 percent and cut the bingeing in half.
If your adrenal glands are worn out, you can also support them with a high-quality B-complex vitamin and vitamin C. Eating more leafy greens helps to supply your body with minerals that support the adrenal glands, especially potassium.
Toxins in your Food:
Each year the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization puts out a wonderful shopping guide for fruits and vegetables containing the least and most pesticides. The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles. I love this site because they also research cosmetics and other environment issues to keep us safe!
Here’s last years list.
I keep their “Dirty Dozen” App on my iPhone handy at all my grocery shopping trips!!
They just released the 2012 update for the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list. This is how it looks now:
What changed from last year’s guide?
1. The order has changed. Notice strawberries were 3rd and now they are 12th, blueberries were 10th and now they are 3rd!
2. Kale moved down out of the top 12, but are mentioned in the side note.
3. And, cucumbers were introduced into the dirty dozen.
The EWG has also called out two items in addition to the dirty dozen – green beans and leafy greens (including collard greens and kale) – noting that they may contain “pesticide residues of special concern.” Although these items did not meet traditional Dirty Dozen criteria, conventional green beans and greens are often contaminated with “highly toxic organophosphate insecticides.” These insecticides have largely been removed from agriculture over the past decade, they have not been banned and therefore still show up on some conventional food crops.
The EWG also noted that consumers who are concerned about consuming GMOs should opt for organic varieties of sweet corn, as there are currently no labeling requirements in the U.S.
I hope this helps you as you make choices for your family!