The word superfood is thrown out readily and often. What does it really mean to you? We all know that what we eat definitely shows up on our bodies and skin. It impacts our overall health and well being.
There is not much rocket science to figuring out the truth in the old adage “you are what you eat”. The adage has been linked as far back in a prayer by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in 1549. The subject broached in 1826 and again, the old adage was almost perfectly translated in a paper written in 1863, so it really is no new science!
In an essay titled Concerning Spiritualism and Materialism, 1863/4, Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach wrote: “Der Mensch ist, was er ißt.” That translates into English as ‘man is what he eats’.
“Neither Brillat-Savarin or Feuerbach meant their quotations to be taken literally. They were stating that that the food one eats has a bearing on what one’s state of mind and health.”
Today, science and technology have definitely upped our knowledge and overall consciousness of eating well for a healthier you to a level well beyond what these gentleman cited in 1826. This week here at KF, we really dug in to the top foods to keep you feeling healthy and looking beautiful, with a little bit of the science behind them.
Last fall, our EIC Kathy Fielder embarked on a super clean, supercharged eating regimen. After we interviewed her about it, we have to say, we are most definitely on board. Better skin, better health, less tired at 3:00 in the afternoon when we are rushing for coffee.. KF is known around the office as the “Energizer Bunny” already, and now what we have seen over the last weeks, we kind of think she’s on to something.
Your interest peaked? Read more. It’s not as hard to “clean up your act” as you think, and we have tips to make it as painless as possible. We know how busy you are, and we have inspo to incorporate healthy into your lifestyle right now…
We all hear the term superfood, but what does that really mean? Although from our research we found this is a vast field of foods that can differ and changes pretty often, we found some pretty good information at LiveScience.com.
See more on thegreatist.com and the top 25 superfoods and why.
So of course we asked the question, which is better? Should your nutrients come from supplements or must you eat the food to gain the impact of the nutrients? There seems to be quite a debate on this subject, so we will let the experts at Harvard.com make their case for this one. However, one great point we saw in the article:
“Plus, food tastes better and is often less expensive than adding supplements,” says Dr. Sesso. “Work with a dietitian, and try to get a sense of what’s missing from your diet and what changes might be considered.”
Beauty & Performance
Food directly affects the way you look, feel, and act. Unfortunately that works both ways and can be for better or for worse. We took a quick look at how food affects beauty, as well as how it affects your performance each day.
There ARE certain foods that make you prettier and ones that take away your sparkle. Here are the best beauty-rich foods we found on Pinterest.
Also, see the 12 best foods for glowing skin on InStyle.uk.
According to an article on WebMD, “Everything you eat becomes a part of not only your inner being, but the outer fabric of your body as well. The healthier the foods are that you consume, the better your skin will look,” says Samantha Heller, MS, RD, a clinical nutritionist at NYU Medical Center in New York City.
Taking it a step further, check out another article on how to have more supple skin in pictures at WebMD. Things like water (a recurring theme we found in almost every article), selenium rich foods, antioxidant rich foods, Vitamins A, E, & C, and some healthy fats are essential for gorgeous, pic ready skin.
All the proof you really need. Eat better, look better.
Just how important what you it is to you being a good leader might surprise you. According to inc.com, healthy eating is essential for being a strong leader, and by eliminating certain foods and adding some of the right ones, you will see an immediate boost in productivity. Who doesn’t need that?
See Harvard Business Review‘s insight on to food and your performance. While it’s easy to write it off and grab that bag of Cheetos after lunch (or with it), it simply put, absolutely affects your performance that afternoon. It’s a habit that easily broken with a little planning and consciousness about your brain and how you work.
How to make it work for you
Let’ face it… This is all well and good, until it’s 3 and you haven’t eaten lunch yet, and you grab the quickest (and usually the most unhealthy) thing you can find so you can get back to work or to carpool line. We took a look around for some practical useable articles and tips that we think will help. Our January theme has been all about planning. This is no different. The way to make healthy, clean eating practical, workable, fun and delicious is all about planning it out. Once it’s a habit, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
This is really all about your personality, daily needs, schedule and what you need to do today. We brought you a few articles with different approaches on how to make it practical and easy to incorporate some of these healthy choices. The rest is up to you. Kathy advises, “You create a habit in 30 days. Stick with it and see it through. You will be so happy you did for a multitude of reasons.”
See 10 Healthy Eating Habits That Will Change Your Life on Health.com.
We found a lot in this article on eatingwell.com that we could really get on board with and practically apply. We thought you could too. “7 Small Changes With Big Results.” See more here.
Sometimes incorporating superfoods into your diet might seem a little daunting, especially when we get busy or aren’t used to grabbing a superfood snack everyday. Leave it up to Oprah with 9 great meal recipies to take some of the guesswork out of the equation. Read more here.
Check out 100 Delicious Superfood Snacks on Amazon.