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Brazil Nuts

Did you know brazil nuts are the best source for Selenium?
Selenium is an essential mineral found in small amounts in the body. It works as an antioxidant, especially when combined with vitamin E. Antioxidants like selenium help fight damaging particles in the body known as free radicals
Food sources for Selenium are Brewer’s yeast and wheat germ, liver, butter, fish (mackerel, tuna, halibut, flounder, herring, smelts) and shellfish (oysters, scallops, and lobster), garlic, whole grains, sunflower seeds, and….Brazil Nuts top the list!
Selenium is destroyed when foods are refined or processed so eating a variety of whole, unprocessed foods is the best way to get selenium into our diet and one — yes, just one — Brazil nut per day will fulfill your daily required intake of 55 micrograms as one nut kernel contains 95.8 micrograms…Well over the daily recommendation!
Our goal should always be to consume as many of our vitamins and minerals as possible from whole food sources but please heed the advice that ONE nut per day provides all our needed Selenium.
Elevated Selenium can be harmful so LESS is MORE with this powerful SuperFood!

Blessings!
Whole Foods Gal

MACA = Energy?!

Had my first taste of the SuperFood Maca last night….1/2 Tbsp. in a favorite hot  chocolate concoction that I love (see recipe below)

My routine is to try for sleep by 11:30pm and up at 6:30am. The night before I’d stayed up past midnight so I should have been ready for sleep by 11:00…having enjoyed the hot chocolate drink with Maca around 8pm I was still full of energy well past midnight. I didn’t think much of the Maca I’d ingested as I’m a natural night owl and will always gain a ‘second wind’ near bedtime.

Making myself turn in for the night around 12:30 I realized as I lay there that I was WIDE AWAKE! Only then did I realize this must be the Maca. After the initial panic of what the following day had in store and how much I’d be dragging if I didn’t get to sleep soon I relaxed to pay attention to my body and how I felt.

I was energized but relaxed….not jittery as I’d be if I’d had coffee or another caffeine stimulant. My mind was clear and my thoughts were calm.

I’d turned off my alarm for the morning so I could ‘sleep in’ a bit longer due to the busy day ahead and my late ‘turning in’…so imagine my surprise when I woke refreshed, energized and at my usual time!

I’m a couple hours into the day and still feel…even keel. Seems I have a steady level of energy today. Feels good.

With that being said…can you have too much of a good thing? I’m sure! As said in the last post…it seems respect,  education and responsibility is required with intake of this seemingly powerful, natural herb; as it should be for everything we ingest.

The Hot Chocolate drink I make is approx a rounded Tbsp. of Dark Cocoa, rounded dash of Stevia, Cayenne Pepper & Cinnamon, and approx1 Tbsp. Unsulphured Molasses. To this mix I add boiling water. Mix all and add whatever you like for a creamer. I’m currently using Peppermint Mocha from Christmas which makes the drink even yummier! Coconut Milk is a great creamer too.

Knowing that the Molasses is full of iron I opted to leave it out of my drink replacing with the Maca to not load up on too  much iron; which could be harsh on my liver. This is an area I need education on.

So…my flesh says Wow! This Maca is great!!! I should have another drink on the way out this morning but wisdom says, No…let’s pay attention to our body and notice how long this energy supply lasts, and continue to learn about it.

The following articles bring more insight – http://macatalk.com/faqs/effects.html / http://www.raworganicmaca.info/maca-dosage/

Blessings!

Whole Foods Gal

SuperFood of the week ~ RED MACA

I’m always amazed when hearing of a Superfood that’s been used thousands of years enhancing lives with optimal health and yet…it’s brand new!!

For me this week the ‘Brand New yet very established SuperFood’ is MACA

A friend texted that I should look into it and while searching the aisles of my local CoOp, like a kid in a candy store, my eyes found the gem of the week. Being new to the herb I had no knowledge to choose between Yellow, Black, or Red  so decided to com home with the Red.

In a Google search I’ve found a lot of info…http://www.bewellbuzz.com/superfoods/what-is-maca/ and the following article shows that the Red seems to be a great choice ~ http://www.raworganicmaca.info/red-maca-how-is-it-different/

It appears in the minimal reading I’ve done while posting here that responsibility is needed when consuming this powerful SuperFood so I will start out s-l-o-w-l-y and record pluses and minuses throughout the week as I learn!

Blessings,

Whole Foods Gal

Coconut Health

I encourage everyone to educate themselves on the healthiness of Coconut Oil and make a commitment to turn from unhealthy oils and fats to those that are God given, unprocessed, and good for you!

Here’s a great article and guide to those that are healthy and those which are not…

http://www.realfooddigest.com/complete-guide-to-fats-and-oils/

Blessings,

Whole Foods Gal

Whole Foods For Me

Thanks Dad; for encouraging me to take this leap!

I pray this blog will glorify God and encourage  many as I explore the amazing foods and herbs He created for us to live our lives to the fullest!

Blessings, Whole Foods Gal

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