By Kim Dannies
Forget about dieting resolutions for 2014. Instead, commit to improving the quality of the food in your shopping cart and then watch the magic begin. Eating cleaner, leaner, unprocessed foods will do more for your overall health than any weight-loss regime. When you reduce the toxicity in the foods that enter your body, your organs function at optimal levels, regulating metabolism and appetite. Organic and local foods are now widely available at reasonable prices. I have found that when the food products are superior, I need fewer groceries. There is less to cook and the food is more satisfying—as a result, I eat less. You wouldn’t dream of putting low-grade fuel in your red-hot Lamborghini would you? Same principle applies to your precious body: clean, premium fuel for optimal performance and health.
Some of the products that are easy to incorporate into your menu begin with free-range or organic eggs. This is one upgrade that you can really taste and see: the egg yolks are bright yellow and the intensified flavor is instantly noticeable. I bought a 24-pack of organic eggs at Costco last week for $6.45. You can’t beat that combination.
Seek out some seaweed salad (kelp, chorella)—this helps remove heavy metal, detoxifies the body and regulates hormones and the immune system. You can find this yummy salad already prepared in good supermarket sushi sections. Add kale, sweet potatoes and garlic to your cart, too.
Organic coconut oil—let me count the ways: anti- inflammatory; anti-microbial; and anti-viral, it boosts the immune system and tastes delicious. I use it for sauté, baking, face and body lotion, and I take a tablespoon each evening. This produces a mini flush of the liver as it rushes to secrete enough bile to emulsify and digest the oil. The bile carries out toxins the liver has removed from the blood.
Two of the best things you can do for your body are super-simple and will compound the benefits of better eating: get good and sweaty during exercise several times a week and drink a daily glass of warm water infused with the juice of half a lemon to spike the liver’s detoxification powers. Cheers!
Kim Dannies is a graduate of La Varenne Cooking School in France. She lives in Williston with her husband, Jeff; they have three twenty-something daughters who come and go. For archived Everyday Gourmet columns go to kimdannies.com.