Your secret weapon for lifelong healthy eating
- Mel’s weekly food/supplement pick:
- Mel’s weekly recipe pick:
Sweet Potato Avocado “Toast”
If you’ve been with me for the past two weeks, you are most likely anxiously awaiting Universal Truth #3.
To review, Universal Truth #1 is: What you resist, persists, and Universal Truth #2 is: You control food; it doesn’t control you. If you haven’t read these posts, please take ten minutes to do so now, as they will help you understand the context of this next truth.
Now, on to Universal Truth #3. It is the most powerful truth you could ever know as it relates to making food choices to support your health, and that is: What you feed your body most, it will crave.
Many people have a legitimate concern that you too may share:
What if I don’t like the taste of spinach, broccoli, quinoa and blueberries? What if even the thought of drinking a glass of water is enough to make me want to gag? My taste buds are used to cheeseburgers, potato chips, and peanut butter cups…there’s no hope for me ever getting to a place in my life where I am eating wholesome, nutritious foods on a daily basis, much less enjoying and preferring them!
Do you realize how amazing your body is? It has the ability to adapt to any number of dietary combinations forced upon it. It has to; after all, your survival depends on it.
I want you to take a moment to think about all of the foods you crave on a daily basis. These are the must-have foods in your life. When I ask this question of my audiences, I usually get answers like: chocolate, potato chips, French fries, and pizza. But there’s always that one person who shouts out…Salad! So what gives? Are these salad-cravers freaks of nature? Not at all!
No matter what your food cravings, I want you to know that you orchestrated every last one of them. You are responsible for the foods your body is demanding at this moment. In reality, the individual who craves chocolate and the one who craves salad, have both trained their body to prefer these foods. It’s not a matter of willpower; it’s a matter of how frequently you put the food into your body and the physical cravings that emerge over time.
Your taste buds become trained, by you, to crave the very foods you are placing upon them. They know no better. Understand, however that we have one strike against us from day one: we were born with a preference for sweet. It’s hard-wired in our brain. We don’t come out of the womb craving Brussels sprouts and broccoli; it’s something we have to train ourselves to crave.
This is wonderful news, because it means no matter how horrible your diet is right now, you can totally transform it and your body by doing one simple thing: start feeding it wholesome food.
I’m not telling you to take anything out.
I’m asking you to add, and add consistently.
This means that if you choose to add a serving of vegetables to your diet, you must do it every single day in order to strengthen your craving for vegetables. So what you are really doing is crowding out the not-so-good foods with the good ones. Do you think you can handle that?
Trust in this amazing power of your body…I promise, it will not disappoint you. What you feed your body most, it will crave. Wow…
Stay tuned—in my next post I will share Universal Truth #4: Some foods can heal you. You don’t want to miss this one. It’s where I begin to lay the groundwork for a sound meal plan you can easily follow for the rest of your life.
Mel’s weekly food/supplement pick:
Rhodiola (rhodiola rosea) is a perennial flowering plant that grows in cold, mountainous regions of Europe, Asia, and high altitudes in the Arctic. It is used as a dietary supplement to increase energy, stamina, and strength, to improve attention and memory, and to enhance the ability to cope with stress. Two quality brands of rhodiola are New Chapter Rhodiola Force and Gaia Rhodiola Rosea
A small study tested rhodiola against the drug sertraline (Zoloft) and a placebo in people with mild-to-moderate major depressive disorder. The 2015 study results showed all were similarly effective in reducing depressive symptoms, but people who took rhodiola had fewer side effects than those who took sertraline. However rhodiola’s effectiveness and safety for depression need testing in larger, more powerful studies.
At the suggestion of a functional medicine practitioner, I started taking rhodiola about four months ago to help my body adapt to everyday stress– stress I didn’t realize I was experiencing because I felt absolutely fine. My hormonal health however, was telling a different story. With the help of rhodiola (and of course my continued daily meditation practice), I’ve noticed subtle improvements in my reactions to situations that in the past, may have sent me over the edge. This is HUGE for me and has really improved the quality of my life. Put it this way…I believe in it enough to continue taking it as part of my daily supplement regimen.
Source: “Rhodiola.” National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 24 Sept. 2017, nccih.nih.gov/health/rhodiola.
Mel’s weekly recipe pick:
Sweet Potato Avocado “Toast”
A lovely sweet and creamy combination with just a touch of salt, makes this one of my fast favorites for breakfast. I like to serve a few of these sweet potato toasts alongside my eggs in place of traditional toast, and when I’m not in the mood for eggs, I slice up the whole sweet potato, top it with avocado and make that my breakfast!
Don’t like avocado? Top your toasts with hummus, diced tomatoes, black beans, and a sprinkle of cilantro, or fresh ground almond butter, hemp seeds, and apple slices. Want a little extra protein? Top it with a sliced hard-boiled egg. Use your imagination…the sky is the limit!
To save time, slice up and toast three sweet potatoes and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Then all you have to do is pop them in the microwave and add your toppings!