Super Foods! What Are They? What Can They Do For You?

Can 30 SUPER foods really change your life? According to a new book by Lucy Danziger,  the editor of SELF magazine, they can.  The DROP 10 Diet book published in 2012 claims  what we eat is just as important as how much we eat.

 I’m continually looking for ways to be fit and healthy and keep my weight down. Living in Hong Kong this seemed much easier. Perhaps it was because I didn’t have a car and walked everywhere, or because food portions were smaller and food choices were healthier or because the general population was soooooooooo much thinner and trimmer than in North America that you were inspired to try to fit in appearance wise. 

I’ve learned over the years what works for one person when it comes to maintaining a fit and healthy body doesn’t necessarily work for everyone. You really need to come up with an individual plan. So I’m always on the look out for new ideas. Here are some I noted as I read Lucy Danziger’s book.

There are 30 Super Foods that trigger calorie burning, curb hunger, help deter over eating and stymie fat production. They are also good for you in hundreds of other ways which the book outlines in detail. The book also gives you lots of recipes that use these foods. Those super foods are……………..

almond butter, apples, artichokes, avocados, blueberries, broccoli,cherries, coffee, dark chocolate, edamame, eggs, goji berries, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, popcorn, pomegranates, peanuts, parmesan, olive oil, oats, mushrooms, lentils, kiwi, kale, sardines, steak, sweet potatoes, whole grain pasta, wild salmon and yogurt. 

Some exercise tips I got from reading the book were………….

Use the Tabata protocol for exercising. Developed by Izumi Tabata, a professor at Ritsumeikan University in Japan this method suggests doing 20 seconds of exercising, or 20 repetitions and then resting for a count of 10 and then doing another 20 and so on up to eight sets. I’ve been trying this with my weight machine exercises at the gym and I am able to do more than four times as many repetitions using the Tabata protocol.

Mix up your exercise. Don’t do the same things  everyday.

Wear flattering exercise gear. It will inspire you more than baggy sweat pants and an old T-shirt.

Exercise to music. 

Some life style tips I got from the book were………….

Weigh yourself everyday. 

Don’t eat after 8 pm. 

Write down everything you eat. 

Get 8 hours of sleep. 

SLOW DOWN when you eat. Make your meals last at least 30 minutes. 

I took the DROP 10 Diet book out of the library.  It definitely has some good ideas that I’ve either started trying or plan to try.

What next? I plan to take a list of the 30 super foods with me every time I go grocery shopping and make sure plenty of them are in my shopping cart when I go to the check out counter. 

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