You may aspire to be a fashion model, professional athlete, or just look better in your swimsuit come summer time. Taking a closer look at how a aging professional athlete maintains a high level of performance by eating healthy may shed some best practices for eating clean and staying lean.
The growing trends for Eating Healthy for 2017 range from eating like quarterback Tom Brady and his wife Gisele Bundchen, to sprouting grains and vegetables, and how to find healthy food in your community.
Eat Like Tom Brady
Tom Brady and Gisele eat a predominant plant-based diet, and avoid foods that cause inflammation. Their diet consists primarily vegetables. Yes, up to 80% of their food consumption comes from organic vegetables.
Whole grains from brown rice, quinoa, millet and beans provide fiber and protein.
Lean meat protein comes from:
- grass-fed steak
- wild caught salmon
- duck on occasion
No, No, Never Foods include:
- white sugar
- white flour
- trans fats and Canola oil
Other No, No, Never Foods include:
- iodized salt(use Himalayan Pink Salt)
- nightshade vegies(tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, eggplant)
Their sources from fat are primarily from coconut and olive oil. They avoid cooking with olive oil and apply only in the raw, or post preparation application on their food. The choose to cook with coconut oil.
Their diet consists of very little fruit. They select more alkaline-based fruits, and more alkalinity in the diet promotes anti-inflammation by nature.
This trend of anti-inflammation is not new. It is interesting how this approach contributes to slowing the degenerative aging processes of the body. For the Has-Been Athlete, Wanna-Be Model or Cross-Fitter, controlling the oxidative stress and inflammation in the body will continue to be a Must Follow Trend for Your Health in 2017, and beyond.
Sprouting Grains & Vegetables
Sprouting is not a new concept. I recall the days when my Grandmother would have sprouting jars going off in her kitchen. This was in the 70's. What is new and better understood now is the science of sprouting. Eating sprouts provides enzymes that make plant proteins, essential fatty acids, starches and vitamins more available fro absorption by the body. There are important phytochemicals found in sprouts that protect the body from disease.
Canavanine , and amino acid found in Alfalfa Sprouts, has shown to benefit pancreatic, colon and leukemia cancers.
Saponins are glycosides(phytochemical) found in Alfalfa Sprouts that may help to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Broccoli Sprouts contain Sulforaphane and are a powerful activator of the NRF2 pathway. The NRF2 pathway affects important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory genes. These may impact various cancers, cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative disease.
See the YouTube video presented by Rhonda Patrick PhD from Found My Fitness-
Sprouts are an exceptional source of nutrients and have important curative value. There is an abundant supply of antioxidants that combat DNA destruction and provide further fight against aging.
How to Make Clean Eating Choices in Your Community
There is a growing trend to help consumers make healthy food choices in their community. This includes finding local restaurants and markets that provide locally grown, farm to market and organic food options at your finger tips.
Eat Well Guide
Eat Well Guide makes it easier to find locally grown, sustainable and organic food from farms, farmer's markets and restaurants by providing a directory throughout the United States. you can search by city, category or curated guide(Los Angeles, CA).
Azure-Standard of Healthy & Abundant Living
Azure Standard has a mission:
We hope that as organic and healthful products become more popular, more independently-owned local stores will fill the need for healthy foods. As the saying goes, “A rising tide raises all boats.” It would be beneficial to all of us if more food was grown in an organic manner and healthful foods were available in stores everywhere. But in the meantime, we hope you choose Azure as your #1 source for quality bulk and natural foods purchased on-line or by mail order.
Azure provides 'drops' to local stores, groups or individuals. There are categories that include health and beauty, nutritional supplements, food, and outdoor and garden.
Nutrino is an App that scientifically determines which foods are best for you based on your individual biochemistry.
Nutrino scientifically determines the best foods for you as an individual. It takes into account your lifestyle, your health goals, your food preferences and eating habits, your unique biochemistry… everything that makes you, you. It pulls in data collected by wearables to get to know you even better.
The Nutrino App will then devise the perfect fuel for your high performance pursuit. They are also teaming with Medtronic to provide an App for people living with Diabetes.