Summer Foods that will satisfy, lean you out and pack a nutritional punch

With hotter weather we all need to change our daily diet to high water content foods. High water content foods thin the blood and help keep the body cooler. Nature provides foods for us in the summertime that are easy to digest and are 92% water…the Melon Family. Fruit should not be considered a dessert…it is a meal, if you eat enough of it. There is a rule about eating melons – don’t eat anything else with them. Their digestion time is 15 minutes. If you eat other foods that have digestion times of 2 to 6 hours…the melon remains in the stomach fermenting and losing its value.. It makes the stomach work harder, if too many different kinds of food are eaten at one time.

I need to also mention that Melons up-take pesticides – along with the nutrients in the soil – so be sure to buy organic, when you purchase Melons. You don’t want pesticides!

What are other foods that are compatible in the summer? Fruit salads: strawberries, peaches, plums, nectarines, bananas, but I am omitting grapes. People gravitate to the green grapes and they are high in sugar and low in nutritive value. If you aren’t allergic to citrus, you can add oranges or tangerines to your fruit salads. Blueberries and bananas are a great addition to the Fruit Bowl. Fruit doesn’t need dressing – so if you can, forego it.

I used to use dates, but they have a 21% water-content (very low) and an extremely high calorie count; and I have not been guided to use them. Nearly named my book Sharing from the Heart…Dates are for Camels. They are a primary food for camels and the date sugar is stored in their humps for fuel. By the way my book has a list of both fruits and vegetables that are broken down into Positive, Negative and Neutral. Not all fruits and vegetables are Perfect for human consumption. If you are eating fruits and vegetables that are wrong for your biochemistry – you are overworking your immune system…this is a stress that you should remove.

Carrots are a great food. I have organic carrot juice daily – mixed with raw organic spinach. It is also good grated with a little chopped up pineapple, a few raisins and a teaspoon or two of organic mayonnaise.

In the vegetable salad…I mainly stick to spinach, because it takes 8 cups of Romaine, Red Leaf or Green Leaf Lettuce to equal one cup of Spinach. I usually use 8 oz of spinach in a salad. I love to add grated beets and carrots, along with red onions, white button mushrooms, alfalfa sprouts, mung sprouts, garbanzo beans and a dressing made with olive oil, lemon and honey to taste. Go light on the olive oil, not more than 1 Tablespoon. There are 15 grams of fat in one Tablespoon. Tomatoes are good in most green vegetable salads. There are other greens that may be used, such as, mustard greens, collards and kale. It takes getting used to Mustard Green’s tangy flavor and the coarser texture of Collards and Kale.

There is a drink I made with Trader Joe’s Spinach, Mustard Greens, Collards and Kale – I put them into a blender with tomatoes and it was very tangy. I need to go to Whole Foods and get organic produce, because I really don’t like the side effects of all the pesticides that are being used in our food supply. I need all the brain cells I have and pesticides are lowering the I.Q. of the people in this country…along with many other harmful effects.

I have avoided chard, because it has a high Oxalic Acid content. Spinach has it, but I have never had a problem and I eat it daily.

If I had any pain, I would closely examine my foods. I don’t believe in taking pain pills, which may remove the pain, but the problem remains. The problem will only become worse, until you find what is causing your discomfort – and stop the Cause.

The Cruciferous Vegetables cause gas and wreak havoc on the thyroid. They aren’t vegetables we should eat…broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale. The Night Shades: eggplant, peppers, paprika, white potatoes and cucumber contain a poison called Solanine, which is toxic and over time can cause arthritis pain in the body. I first read about this over 20 years ago. Dr. Carleton Fredericks who was a nutritionally-oriented doctor wrote about this. By the way tobacco is a Night Shade and the first time people try it – will make them nauseous.

Another oil. which I would recommend is Virgin Coconut Oil. There are so many health benefits to utilizing coconut oil on a daily basis that next week I will be devoting an entire blog to this miracle food,. But, for now I will provide you with some of the highlights. Anti Aging. Weight Loss Stimulating. Antimicrobial & Anti Cancer, to name a few of it’s properties.

It should be organic and raw.. It is good used in salads. Or added to a smoothie. I use 3 oz of Trader Joe’s Low Fat Coconut Milk in my breakfast smoothie, which has less than 5 grams of fat. I also use 8 oz of Red Zinger Tea and two bananas in this drink.

I also use Coconut Oil on my skin…it is better than most skin products with all their chemicals. The only ingredient is: Coconut Oil.

In my afternoon drink, I chop up 2 apples…12 oz. and use 8 oz of distilled water. It is a very satisfying beverage. It is filling too. My daughter likes it with strawberries in it. It is also good with blueberries.

There are many other foods that I have not mentioned, which people think are good, but they are causing long term problems. We can’t depend on our nutrition schools to give us the information we need, because they are funded by the Food Industries who need consumers to buy their products.

Anyway, if something needs to be cooked in order to make it edible; it usually isn’t a food designed by our Creator. Mankind existed for eons of time without stoves…so, since it is summer – who needs to cook?

I remain,

Healthfully Yours,

Barbara Charis

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