Eating Supercharged food simply means food that is pure, clean and unprocessed that will provide the body with maximum nutrition and vitality.
Learn to eat for health and nutrition rather than convenience and taste. While highly processed, deep fried and salty foods may taste great, they rob the body of essential nutrients making the road to healing even longer and most times, even setting you back significantly in health.
Some tips for supercharged eating include, always locate food in season. You can download seasonal fruit and vegetable guides from a multitude of websites. Buy only what you can eat in a few days. If your fridge is full of healthy food, you will eat only healthy food. Plan your weekly menu and buy only what you need. When you have a daily meal plan, it makes preparation so much easier.
Top 10 Supercharged Superstars
A French study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that lychee has the second-highest level of heart-healthy polyphenols of all fruits tested—nearly 15% more than the amount found in grapes (cited by many as polyphenol powerhouses).
Edamame is a fancy name for boiled green soybeans. High in fibre and protein, these little nutrition powerhouses really pack a healthy punch! Half a cup a day is a fabulous snack and the kids love it!
3. Asian Pear
Asian pear – also known as nashi pear is a little health gem. One large asian pear contains a whopping 100g of cholesterol lowering fibre
Broccoli helps fight infections and viruses as it is a powerful immunity booster
Kale is the new meat! Bursting with essential vitamins and minerals, kale is fantastic for your skin. Plus they taste great dehydrated as an alternative to potato chips
Spinach is packed with phytonutrients and antioxidants such as Vitamin C and E, the essential blood clotting vitamin K, coenzyme Q10 for heart health, folate, iron and carotenoids. All in all, it is a powerful little supercharged superstar food!
These little nutrition powerhouses are filled with amazing health benefits such as:
Essential fatty acids
19 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids
8. Camu camu
The Camu Camu berry is not just full of Vitamin C but also contains calcium, potassium, phosphorus and iron. Amino acids such as leucine, serine and valine are also present in this excellent superfood. Other vitamins that are also found in the Camu Camu are thiamine, riboflavin and niacin
Nuts are rich in fibre, B vitamins, Vitamin E and magnesium. Eating a handful of nuts a couple times a week helps to reduce your risk of heart disease and helps with the appearance of your skin. Keep in mind that nuts are high in calories and can lead to weight gain if not eaten in moderation
These colourful tropical fruits native to South America are packed with skin healing Vitamin C. One cup has nearly 5 times as much Vitamin C as one orange (377mg compared to 83mg)
Foods To Avoid
The regular consumption of caffeinated drinks play havoc on our body. It loads the body unnecessarily with toxins, places a strain on the liver to detoxify the caffeine molecules and contributes to the aging process.
Avoiding processed foods, sugar, table salt and man-made fats such as margarine or those found in commercial popcorn. Ban anything that contains additives, preservatives and chemicals.
What Is The Next Step?
The next step is to find out what foods work for you and create your meals around that. Look at where you’d like your health goals to take you, what you’d like to achieve and work towards that. It’s all about one step at a time.
Mix together the chia seeds with the coconut water in a small bowl or glass. Allow to sit for 20 – 30 minutes, stirring once. After the chia has gelatinized, mix in the Berry Ultimate Antioxidant Blend powder, yacon syrup, and lemon juice. For best results, allow mixture to set for 30 minutes before serving. Will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
Makes: 2/3 cup
RAW FOOD SUPPORT GROUP - Gold Coast, QLD
Raw food support group for people who are on a raw food diet to cure cancer, auto-immune diseases, heart disease, etc;
This group would also support one another to stick with the healing process, and discuss our milestones to perfect health. Bring your own raw food lunch and meet at my place? or someone else’s place? (my house is not that big)
The idea is to be around supporting, motivated people who are on a healing journey, and yet, may feel isolated and alone in trying to achieve their goal.’
I am also on raw food to cure rheumatoid arthritis, and squamous cell skin cancers, which I cured back in the nineties, but when my twin sister died last March, the arthritis came back due to the stress.
All we need is a positive attitude, and believing that we will, and can get well again. Thousands world wide are curing themselves of cancers and all kinds of diseases through a raw food diet, including MS and Parkinson disease.
One of my favourite aspects of a raw diet, is that my clients and I can gain a much greater variety of nutrition with significantly less effort. The Harvard School of Public Health recommends 6.5 cups of vegetables and 2-4 cups of fruit per day for general health while the Queen's University of Belfast Medical Research Department agrees 8 cups of vegetables per day is vital for a healthy lifestyle. Vegetables do not include starchy vegetables such as potato.
What does this mean for you? Imagine the amount of chewing that is required to consume 8 cups of vegies and 4 cups of fruit a day – for general health and wellbeing. If you wish to have greater health and vitality, that means increasing the amount to up to 12 and even 15 cups a day as some studies tout.8 cups is the equivalent of 1 large cucumber, 2 tomatoes, 1 avocado, 8 cos lettuce leaves, 40g sunflower sprouts, 12 English Spinach leaves, 8 kale leaves, 1 carrot grated, ½ beetroot grated, ¼ pumpkin cubed, ½ a head of broccoli, 1 apple, 1 banana, 250g blueberries, 2 peaches and 16 lychees. That makes for a lot of chewing!
By now I'm sure most of you have heard about the benefits of green smoothies. But have you thought about trying other types of smoothies? Being in a liquid form, these are quickly absorbed in the stomach and easily digested. They are also a fabulous platform for the potential to include some incredible superfood additions such as Maqui berry, lucuma, acai berry, chlorella, camu camu, spirulina, noni, Marine phytoplankton, maca and so much more!
One smoothie recipe I have been experimenting with lately is my Vegan Powerhouse Smoothie with Merry Berry Blend. I particularly like this blend as it has a unique powerful combination of fruits, herbs and superfoods. It contains acai berries, macqui berries, noni, maca, camu camu, goji berries, beetroot, rosehip, carrot, pineapple and raspberry powders. With the addition of probiotics and enzymes, the Merry Berry Blend is a very important addition to a raw food lifestyle.
The ingredients (in addition to probiotics and enzymes):
Acai builds and strengthens the immune system, fights infection, protects the heart, it has been shown to be a natural remedy for erectile dysfunction. Acai was also revered as an energy food, and traditionally pulped to make wine. Acai contains omega 3, 6 and 9 and vitamins A and C and calcium and iron. The acai berry is extremely high in antioxidants and anthocyanin, rich in protein fibre, vitamin E and iron. It is reported that acai helps promote vascular and digestive functions. Acai is naturally low in sugar and the flavour is described as a mixture of red wine and chocolate. It has been reported that acai reduces cholesterol, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Boosts the immune system, improves cardiovascular function, improves skin clarity, restores skin rejuvenation thus helps to make you look younger, increases energy levels, helps with weight loss
Goji has long been believed to enhance circulation and the immune system, and also boost liver function, it contains high doses of Vitamin C, vitamin E, B1, B2 and B6, beta-carotene, it is rich in iron, having 15 times as much as spinach. Other minerals include manganese, zinc, copper, selenium, calcium, potassium along with the anti cancer and age rejuvenating trace mineral germanium. There are no fewer than 18 amino acids in goji berries, and they are also rich in polysaccharides which boost the immune system and abundant in unsaturated fatty acids. Other fabulous benefits include improved vision, increased energy, enhanced libido and better sleep.
The camu camu berry is the highest natural source of vitamin C that we currently know of on the planet. Traditionally, camu camu berry is used to support the immune system, maintain excellent eyesight, rebuild damaged tissues, purify the blood, creates beautiful skin, defends against viral infections, aids healthy liver function, boosts energy, supports strong collagen, tendons and ligaments, decreases inflammation, improves respiratory (lung) health, and helps maintain optimal clarity of mind in times of stress and anxiety. The camu camu berry is also an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, and amino acids
Maca contains a class of chemical compounds known as glucosinolates, which are often associated with herbs known as aphrodisiacs.
"Maca is the great superfood coming out of Peru.... Maca is found growing at elevations of over 10,500 feet in the Altiplano region of the Andes. Its natural zone is an inhospitable region of intense sunlight, violent winds and below freezing weather. With its extreme temperatures and poor rocky soil, the area rates amongst the world's worst farmland, yet over the centuries, maca flourishes under these conditions. Maca has been used as an immunostimulant, for anemia, to stop bone-mineral loss, enhance memory, fight stomach cancer, as well as to alleviate depression, menstrual disorders, menopause symptoms, sterility and other reproductive and sexual disorders. Maca increases overall vigour -- especially sexual stamina and appetite." p. 109 (David Wolfe & Shazzie, Naked Chocolate)
Maca was domesticated about 2,000 years ago by the Incas, and primitive cultivars of maca have been found in archaeological sites dating as far back as 1600 B.C. Maca's health benefits are highly regarded - as Maca nourishes the glands and encourages the function of all the glands of the body such as the ovaries, testes, adrenals, pancreas, thyroid, and thymus. For energy, stamina, anaemia, immunity, and improved memory. For hormonal imbalances, to relieve hot flashes, menstrual disorders, youthful skin, improved sexual desire, normalising vaginal lubrication and improved emotional balance. Maca was sacred food given to warriors as a source of strength. "Dried maca powder contains more than 10% protein, nearly 20 amino acids, and 7 essential amino acid. As a root crop, maca contains five times more protein than a potato and four times more fibre. Although maca is not a complete protein it is such a great source of hormone precursors and amino acids that it provides many of the same effects created by a high-protein diet. Maca also helps the human body to produce more hormone precursors. Sufficient hormone precursor levels help improve bone and tissue mineralisation. Maca is also known to contain up to 20 trace minerals.
Noni has been touted as an all around “cure-all”. I often use it in my clinic to help those with coeliac or Chron's who are just not responding to a gluten & grain free diet. It has been used extensively for allergies, arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, cholesterol, fibromyalgia, depression, diabetes 1 & 2, digestions, enlarged prostrate, heart disease, high blood pressure, immune system, kidney disease, pain, respiratory problems, skin disorders, sleeplessness, stress, Parkinson's Disease, multiple sclerosis and even assisting people to give up smoking.
Beetroot is a rich source of potent antioxidants and nutrients, including magnesium, sodium, potassium and vitamin C, and betaine, which is important for cardiovascular health. It functions by acting with other nutrients to reduce the concentration of homecysteine, a homologue of the naturally occurring amino acid cysteine, which can be harmful to blood vessels and thus contribute to the development of heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Betaine functions in conjunction with s-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), folic acid, and vitamins B6 and B12 to carry out this function.
Beetroot juice has been shown to lower blood pressure and thus help prevent cardiovascular problems
Rose hips are particularly high in Vitamin C content, one of the richest plant sources available. Rose hips contain plenty of lycopene, an important and strong antioxidant that is an integral part of low density lipoprotein (LDL) as well as of many cellular membranes. Rose hips also contain some vitamin A and B, essential fatty acids and antioxidant flavonoids.
A study of a rose-hip preparation for treating rheumatoid arthritis concluded that there was a benefit, apparently due to both anti inflammatory and anti oxidant effects.
Rose hips are used to help prevent colds and influenza
Carrots have many important vitamins and minerals. They are rich in antioxidants Beta Carotene, Alpha Carotene, phytochemicals and glutathione, calcium and potassium, and vitamins A, B1, B2, C, and E, protecting as well as nourishing the skin. They contain a form of calcium easily absorbed by the body. You also find copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous. and sulphur.
Carrot can enhance the quality and quantity of breast milk. It can improve the appearance of the skin, hair and nails. Studies have shown it can lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Carrot can help improve eye health, increase menstrual flow, regulate blood sugar and promote colon health because it is rich in fibre. Often used in cases of obesity, poisoning of the blood, gum disease, insomnia, inflamed kidney, liver, gallbladder, Alzheimer's disease, colitis, ulcer and painful urination to it's amazing nutrition and healing properties.
Pineapple has some amazing anti inflammatory properties such as the fabulous Bromelian enzyme. The enzyme also speeds up recovery after external injuries and reduces swelling and has been known to reduce 'ulcerative colitis'. I've used it with my cancer patients in certain conditions as well as those who have had MS.
Pineapple is really quite high in manganese, Vitamin C and B1.
Raspberries are in the top ten fruits and vegetables highest in polyphenol antioxidants. Anti-inflammatory ingredients include anthocyanins that improve eyesight and memory. Raspberries are gaining interest in the cosmeceuticals (healthy skin products) industry. Their tiny seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, affording a natural skin protection factor (SPF) between 25 and 50.
We are excited to have a recipe from Omid Jaffari from Botanical Cuisine. Omid is a world-class chef who specialises in raw food cuisine with a philosophy that it should be created using lovingly grown, minimally processed and exquisitely presented ingredients.
Omid is visiting Perth (Sep-23), Adelaide (Oct-14), Gold Coast (Oct-21), Sydney (Oct-28) & Melbourne (Nov-4) for a Spring Tour and hosting a "Friday Night with Omid Jaffari: An exclusive set menu dinner by Omid Jaffari" in each location. Only 30 places are available so book quickly.
With their elegant contoured shape, pears are an attractive dessert. Make a “poaching” liquid from beetroot juice, which lends the flesh of the fruit its deep ruby colour, and add orange rind, vanilla bean, cinnamon stick, a whole clove, and a star anise for more aroma. After “poaching”, leave the pears in the liquid overnight (or for a few days), and the fruit will keep getting darker and fuller flavored.
Serves about 4 people
2 beetroots, juiced
Juice of 1 lemon
4 firm but ripe Bosc or barlets pears (with stems intact)
To make cream: blend 1 cup young Thai coconut water to 1 cup young Thai coconut meat until cream
1 cinnamon stick
1. In a large bowl, mix in all of your ingredients. Peel the pears, keeping the stems intact. Cut a small slice from the base of each pear so the fruits sit without toppling. Drop each one into the bowl.
2. To keep the pears submerged in the poaching liquid, cut a circle of parchment paper the size of the saucepan and set it on the surface of the liquid. Place a small plate on top of the paper so it presses the pears into the liquid.
3. Refrigerate for at least several hours and as long as 3 days.
4. To serve, place a pear in a shallow bowl and drizzle with the syrup.