TOP TEN TUESDAY: Healing Foods
In broken-record fashion, I feel that my passion for whole food, healthy eating is something that God can and wants to use for His goodness but that became disordered. It is something I have actually done in therapy to talk about foods I actually like and not just deem “safe.” This is challenging– which many people may find strange and difficult to understand.
Anyway, coming from an undisordered place, here are some foods that I praise God for both their healing properties and deliciousness.
Cucumber. One of the most naturally hydrating foods, also an excellent source of Vitamin K. Essential for nail-growth and associated with vibrant and healthy skin! I LOVE cucumber and find it a necessity in salads. It is also delicious with peanut or sunflower seed butter, or even just a little salt and pepper.
Sunflower Seeds. I adore sunflower seed butter and think now it must contain micro nutrients that I’ve been deficient in, because while I slightly prefer the taste of peanut butter, I often go to sunflower seed butter inherently! These little things are RICH in Vitamin E, which is only found in a select few foods, B Vitamins, essential fatty acids, and easily absorbed linoelic acid. I always wonder if God snuck these beauties into SUNflowers on purpose. Is that a weird thought? Maybe, maybe not.
Goat’s Milk Yogurt. While cow’s milk causes more bloating and stomach pain in humans than many are even aware, raw, organic goat’s milk has been shown to benefit inflammation, and of course supplements probiotics for gut health.
Coffee. Organic espresso has been researched to reduce the risk of heart disease, inflammation, and certain cancers. In their God-created states, coffee beans are loaded with antioxidants– not just caffeine. So, like everything, we can’t live off coffee or over consume it or depend on it’s caffeine– but a cup of black and a doppio cappuccino a day contribute to health.
Sweet Potatoes. Standard food guides tell us to consume one orange vegetable a day, likely because of the Vitamin A that gives them their orange hue. Sweet potatoes contain both healthy and energizing carbs, and a slue of micronutrients in addition to the Vitamin A– and their found right in God’s earth.
Oats. Organic oats are SO versatile and so delicious. You’re going to laugh at me, but I once but bacon and goats milk yogurt in my oatmeal. I’ve done sweet and savoury, and am floored by how delicious these EXTREMELY health benefitting flakes can be. I didn’t feel quite so alone when I recently discovered oatmealsnyc.com. Basically I need to go there. Like every day.
Apples. “An Apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But why? Organic, non gmo apples contain most of the micronutrients needed to thrive. Of course, one would be protein and fat deficient consuming JUST apples, but in combination with overt proteins and fats, apples are a pretty bang on carb.
Cacao. Ahhh I am so passionate about herbs and spices and God’s gift of them! I feared adding even things like garlic and cinnamon to my food for so long but have been gifted the understanding of their beauty! Pure cacao contains Magnesium, and other essential minerals such as calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese, Polyphenols, antioxidant rich flavonoids, Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, C, E, Essential heart-healthy fat: oleic acid a monounsaturated fat, protein, and fibre.
Egg Whites. Each part of an organic egg has a sour of benefits. However, just like every single meat/meat byproduct, researchers have proven Biblical Truth: eggs shouldn’t be consumed every day. Too much cholesterol/omega-3s can be a bad thing. It AMAZES me how the content of food reflects the words of the Lord.
Turkey Breast. Often secondary to chicken breast, turkey is a protein that is rich in iron, zinc, and B6, three nutrients that I myself am deficient in!