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Eight Super Foods Mentioned in the Bible

Over 12 years ago, my friend Carla brought 2 tiny fig trees to my new home. After much thought, I planted one right out my back porch in the garden area and one at the bottom of my yard where I knew the rain would help the nutrients flow to my little fig tree. My little fig trees were only 10 inches tall. Last year both of my fig trees were over 7 feet tall and produced hundreds of sweet juicy figs that made their way to my kitchen to be added to my favorite meat dishes and salads… not to mention a delicious snack or dessert all by themselves.  Figs along with 7 other foods are mentioned in the Bible. Let’s see why.

In Deuteronomy 8:8 the Jewish people were promised “a good land . . . a land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey.” I would like to add clean healthy fish to this list, for Jesus had a miracle with five loaves of bread and two small fish with which he feed the multitude!! The Bible has a lot to say about fish as a staple for supper and we know that several of Jesus’ disciples were fishermen.

In the days to come we will discuss the benefits of eating these ancient foods mentioned thousands of years ago. These are foods eaten in Israel and all throughout the Middle East.

Wheat: When I was in Israel, I ate the healthy, freshly-made bread that is was not genetically modified, and I felt so healthy.  However in American, because I have to watch my bread intake, I have been on a Gluten-free diet in order to feel stronger. Stay tuned to more insight on this.

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Barley: High in protein and nutrients including minerals.

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Grapes: High in ORAC resveratrol and vitamins.

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Figs: High in minerals and antioxidants.

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Olive Oil: An ancient health and beauty secret that can be drenched on all your vegetables and meats giving you beautiful hair and skin. It makes a fabulous topical ingredient in moisturizers and hair conditioners. It is rich in Polyphenols which keeps your levels of LDL within healthy ranges. It also reduces your risk of strokes because it increases your levels of plasma oleic acid.

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Honey:  Benefits are anti-bacterial anti-fungal characteristic because the bees add enzymes that making a natural hydrogen peroxide. Honey also increases your athletic performance and energy levels. Many researchers show honey can actually heal physical conditions ranging from cancer to sinus congestion, allergies, and heart disease. The best honey to add to your diet is the one that is harvested locally.

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Fish: makes you feel so much better by increasing your protein intake and adding amazing Omega 3 fatty acids to your diet. The benefits of eating fish include decreased risk of depression, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, dementia, ADHD; prevention of inflammation; and reduced risk of arthritis, heart attack, and strokes.

Note – Deep fried fish destroys the health benefits – research has shown broiling or baking with Coconut Oil or Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Olive Oil is the best way to get all the nutrients and benefits of eating fish. Stores such as Whole Foods and Fresh Markets will verify that their fish is low in mercury and clean and fresh for eating. Enjoy!

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Energizing Foods for Big Beauty Benefits

Leigh Valentine

I knew that embarking on this six week journey to change my life would result in drastic food changes, and one of my favorites so far has been my morning smoothies and protein shakes! Whether its a chocolate protein shake, with half a banana and a handful of delicious berries or my lovely daughter in law makes me a tasty smoothie with greek yogurt, kale and pineapple; not only do I feel a boost of energy but I’m full until lunch!

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These smoothies are high ORAC (Oxygenated Radical Absorption Capacity) foods, that are “off the charts” in antioxidants. And as antioxidants have incredible energy and anti-aging properties, adding them to your diet will only increase your overall health. ORAC’s can be found in foods like pomegranate, pineapple, oranges, blueberries, acai berries and green tea.

I have known about high ORAC foods for years now, and in working with world class chemists to develop my products, was able to create my Firm & Lift serum + cream with higher ORAC levels than anything on the market. These added antioxidants in my serum + cream improve the texture, smoothness and elasticity of your skin!

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Before making this life change, as you know, I was feeling too weary from life to watch my diet; so though I was continuing to use my Firm & Lift serum & cream, I can admit that I was not getting optimal results. But now that I am three weeks into my journey, I see the changes in my skin. Not only is it smoother, but my eyes are brighter, I don’t have bags, and I have an overall more youthful appearance. As Dr. Adam Friedman, the director of dermatologic research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine says “Nutrition plays an important part in limiting the aging process and helping to protect against the damage of UV rays, the number one cause of lines and wrinkles.”

Just for some added tips, here are a few other foods with…

Big Beauty Benefits!

1. Foods rich in Omega 3 Fatty Acids— Fatty Fish such as Salmon and Tuna (albacore) are good choices in your diet to help guard against sun damage!! Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, they protect against sunburn. Other great choices are sardines, mackerel and herring. If for some reason you do not like fish, eat walnuts, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, and tofu.  

2. Foods rich in Vitamin CFor an extra skin boost, try raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and pomegranate– they not only contain vital antioxidants but also Ellagic acid, which has been found to counter the damaging effects of UV rays on the skin. Remember sun damage causes those deep wrinkles. I love prunes but I never want to look like one!

3. Lean ProteinFor a period of time I was a vegetarian. However, I feel better when I eat healthy lean fish and meat. In the 101 dermatologist’s study, women who had diets low in protein were more prone to wrinkles. Protein is a vital component of any diet because it is the building block for skin collagen and elasticity. Therefore, may I suggest corn fed beef, range-free chickens, fish, eggs, tofu, and protein shakes as good choices for healthy beautiful hair, skin and nails. I grew up in the mid-west and it is hard for me to get away from a grilled T-Bone steak. I mostly eat chicken and fish, but because I fight anemia and low blood sugar, I cant help but indulge in this form of protein that is deliciously high in iron.

#LifeChangeCheckin: How are you doing on your journey? What changes have you made that are working? What’s not working? Let me know on the Leigh Valentine Facebook Page!

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