It has come to my attention that “berries” have not been visiting my plate as often as they were and although I’ve lost 40 pounds now, that weight isn’t coming off as quickly as it was, even though I am running farther distances and off my Blood pressure meds.
It could be that I am building muscle and my body is working more efficiently than before, or maybe, just maybe these little berries are more important than I realized for digestion.
So I took a look on the internet and found that blueberries, those delicious little balls of blueness, are really good for us! From providing anti-aging benefits to urinary tract infection prevention, these little suckers are great for blood sugar maintenance and I was so impressed, I borrowed this information from: http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-blueberries.html to share with you:
- “Brain Function, Memory & Alzheimer’s disease: Again, the anti oxidative properties of Blue Berries. The anthocyanin, the selenium, the vitamins A, B-complex, C and E, the zinc, sodium, potassium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese etc., among others, can prevent and heal neurotic disorders by preventing degeneration and death of neurons, brain-cells and also by restoring health of the central nervous system. It is hard to believe that these berries can also cure serious problems like Alzheimer’s disease to a great extent. They even heal damaged brain cells and neuron tissues and keep your memory sharp for a long-long time.
- Constipation & Digestion: While roughage (fiber) in Blue Berries keep away constipation (Of course, a single piece alone will not do. You need to eat a big handful of them), the vitamins, sodium, copper, fructose and acids improve digestion.
- Cancer: Blue Berries can prove to be bliss for the cancer patients, for they contain certain compounds like Pterostilbene (excellent remedy for colon and liver cancer) and Ellagic Acid which, in harmony with Anthocyanin and other anti oxidants like vitamin-C and copper, can do miracles to prevent and cure cancer.
- Heart Disease: The high fiber content, those brilliant anti oxidants and the ability to dissolve the ‘bad cholesterol’ make the Blue Berry an ideal dietary supplement to cure many heart diseases. It also strengthens the cardiac muscles.
- Immunity: Blue Berries, being very rich in anti oxidants like Anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper (a very effective immune builder and anti-bacterial), selenium, zinc, iron (promotes immunity by raising haemoglobin and oxygen concentration in blood) etc. boost up your immune system and prevent infections. Once your immunity is strong, you won’t catch colds, fever, pox and all such nasty viral and bacterial communicable diseases.
- Other benefits & facts: They keep you fresh, active, fit, sharp, close to nature and in a good mood, as they are very good anti depressants. You also need not spend a lot on medicines, neither are there any side effects. Here, there is an interesting thing to know. The deeper the color of the Blue Berries, the more they are rich in anti oxidants and other medicinal values.”
And that’s just blueberries!
Imagine what a diet rich in assorted berries, fresh fruits and lean meats can do for you.
So today I added berries back to my Sunrise Sunday Breakfast here at the House O’ Rigney and it was delicious. I plan on tossing a few into my afternoon salad and maybe again at dinner. What I have learned with my kids is if you clean the berries, or any fruit, have them available sliced in bowls at the table, they can’t resist!
While your child may not want to go to the trouble of peeling an orange, if you slice it and then half that slice into a crescent, that makes eating it easy, they will naturally be attracted to the bright beautiful colors of fruits. Often, we think our kids don’t like fruits or raw vegetables, but it’s usually the convenience that will add them to their dinner plate.
For me, this is already an awesome morning…hope you are having one too!
Farm fresh eggs, sliced fruit and one 4″ pancake along side two slices of canadian bacon = a great start!
This entire breakfast is less than 300 calories and that INCLUDES the second pancake I had and coffee with Hazlenut creamer!
Have a great Sunday.
Eat well my friends! You’re worth it.