Super Foods

In my previous post I mentioned that I've been trying to eat healthy starting about a month ago. I got this book by Dr. Gillian McKeith on Amazon and it is filled with great information. Too bad I don't have BBC America, otherwise I will for sure be watching her show whenever it airs. (I have to say just by simply following her advice on how to eat and what to eat, I've lost about 6 or 7 pounds already and I am never hungry.)

The other day, I was watching the morning show while the hosts and their guest nutritionists started to talk about the 10 super foods that will "save your life", I had to get a pen and papers to take down some notes. According to the show, here are the 10 super foods that we should be eating as part of our regular diet (not in particular order):

And here are the notes that I've taken down:

1. Swiss Chard:
Very important for retinal health; if you are a smoker or are around second hand smoke a lot, you need to eat this veggie.

2. Flax Seed:
Fights depression and rich in omega 3 fatty acid. You have to grind flax seed before you eat it (use a coffee grinder).

3. Cinnamon:
You can take the pill form, or just grind the cinnamon and sprinkle it into your coffee or oatmeal... doesn't have to be fancy either; regular cooking cinnamon will do.

4. Quinoa:
Rich in protein, fiber, also a very good source of magnesium and vitamin B2. Add it to your diet if you suffer from migraine headaches.

5. Ginger:
Eat a piece of candied ginger after meal to help digestion, or drink some ginger tea.

6. Guava:
Rich in vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Eat the whole thing with skin.

7. Pistachio:
Full of fiber and antioxidants, also gives you more bang per calories than other nuts. It's a heart-healthy snack.

8. Parsley:
Rich in vitamin K, preventing blood clog. In the show they said Frank Sinatra used to have a big bowl of raw parsley every day; he would sprinkle salt and pepper on his parsley and just ate it like that.

9. Beet:
Fights cancer and decreases inflammation. Eat it raw; don't cook it: You can grate it and use it in your salad.

10. Açaí Berry (pronounced "ah-sai"):
This is the number one, mother of all super foods according to the show.
It has 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes and 10-30 times the anthocyanins (antioxidant flavonoids that protect many body systems) of red wine. It can come in the form of paste, or juice/smoothie. I buy the juice from Costco; it's cheaper.

Remember there are a lot more super foods that are not on this list. It's important to eat a diet with variety of natural foods. : )