1. When shopping for produce at the farmer’s market look for a rainbow of colors, like the picture of the peppers above. Colors usually signal nutrition.
2. Walk at least 30 minutes each day (we get our exercise around the farm for sure) and do weight bearing exercises twice a week.
3. Strive to include 5 servings each day of fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, include a handful of raw almonds or walnuts each day.
4. Drink 5 cups of green tea (hot or cold) if okay with your doc. Drink plenty of water daily.
5. Strive to attain 8 hours of sleep each night. Lack of proper rest ushers in big health issues.
6. Be a food detective. Read labels and avoid anything that contains trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, enriched flour, or words you can’t pronounce or you don’t know what it is. If a food requires a label to tell you how nutritious it is…think twice. Super foods don’t come with labels.
7. Eat a cooked tomato product with a healthy fat each week. Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, is more readily absorbed when heated with oil. Its health giving properties are not just for men either.
8. Drink a 4 ounce glass of chilled pomegranate juice each morning. It’s a potent anticancer and antioxidant combo.
9. Don’t guess about supplements. Ask your health care professional or nutritionist what you need to include in your daily repertoire that you may be lacking.
10. Cruciferous veggies are simply loaded with antioxidants. My favorites include kale, broccoli sprouts, broccoli, collard greens, cabbage and yes…brussel sprouts.
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