Nourishing Your Success!

Your health, weight, energy, sleep and even your career success hinge on your nutrition.

By: Sheila Amir

Set yourself up for success both in the office and on the scale this year by eating truly healthy foods that fuel your mind and body. You’ll feel better, sleep better and perform better at both the gym and the office. It’s no secret that the better nourished you are the better you’ll think and the more you’ll accomplish.

To the time and money strapped new entrepreneurs, fret not. Eating well doesn’t need to be expensive nor time consuming. Take the business trick of mimicking the pros and eat like a nutritionist. They know the food that’ll give you Stallone strength at the gym and mental power in the boardroom to knockout that presentation.

Here’s a glimpse of foods you’ll find in a nutritionist’s kitchen that bolster health.

Beans

Yes it’s true that if you don’t properly prepare beans or eat more than your system is used to, you will in fact get gas. Once you learn the basics, you can leave your fear of gastric distress behind and start benefiting from this affordable, delicious, nutritious powerhouse of a food.

Whether you soak dried beans or purchase canned beans, discard the water. Pour the beans and fluid they’re in into a strainer in the sink. Turn on the water and rinse your beans until all the bubbles are gone. Those bubbles are what gets into your gastrointestinal tract and later depart from your rear. They’re a medium sized type of carbohydrate called oligosaccharides and the bacteria in our intestines love to ferment them for us. This causes gas.

Beans are loaded with fiber, magnesium, potassium, protein, and more. They are mega cheap and easy to find. Many people claim sensitivity, allergy or dislike of these guys due to the above mentioned muffin cutting, but for the most part the majority love bean. Keep at least four cans in your pantry at all times. They’re such a versatile item that can be added to just about anything. They can really help stretch a food budget, while improving nutrition.

Ginger Root

This root can be found in a variety of forms: whole (root), ground, dried, paste, freeze dried, premade teas, etc. Ginger is fabulous at easing a sour stomach, menstrual cramps, headaches, and even migraines. It can help prevent colds, flus and skin breakouts. It’s even been found to contain prescription strength levels of natural anti-inflammatory compounds!

Don’t lose valuable work time to aches, pains, cold, flues or upset stomach. Make and enjoy ginger tea regularly. To make ginger tea, slice 3 or 4 pieces of ginger root. Add ginger slices to boiling water and wait about 5 minutes. You now have ginger tea. It will begin to ease sour stomach within 15 to 30 minutes of finishing your cup of tea.

For individuals after the anti-inflammatory properties, be patient. It takes a couple weeks of drinking it daily to see a difference. But when you do start to see the difference it’s pretty amazing. Make ginger tea at the very first teeny, tiny sign of a cold and you may just be able to avoid it all together. Or regularly incorporate ginger tea into your diet in the cold months and enjoy all the benefits it has to offer, including being a delicious calorie free drink.

Kale

Nutritious, delicious, affordable, lasts long in the fridge, and simply easy. Kale is, in a word, awesome. This nutritional powerhouse has about everything, except a whole lot of calories. The dark, green leafy is seriously loaded with vitamins A, C and K, making it great for both short term and long term health. Actually, it contains about every other vitamin and mineral too. Great for the digestive tract, improving the overall immune system, decreasing inflammation, lowering cholesterol and helping rid the body for toxins.

Raw kale may be an acquired taste, but cooked kale tends to win over the masses. It can be steamed, roasted, sautéed and even turned into chips. Chop it up and add it to your next meal in some way, shape or form. You’ll instantly have tons of ideas of what else to add it to. Kale is an affordable way to get healthy in a hurry.

Oatmeal

This simple grain has a lot to offer. It’s great at calming the skin, joints, stomach and more. Surprisingly both an iron and protein rich food. No lengthy description needed here. Grab some next time you’re at the store. It comes in handy when you’re searching for a simple go to.

Onions

Onions are nothing new. They provide flavor and nutrition all in one. This root vegetable contains antimicrobial properties to help ward off illnesses. Long term you benefit from the cancer fighting properties of onions, most readily known for helping prevent colon cancer. If you’re looking to clear up your skin, the sulfur compounds in onions will help. Add them to just about anything.

Peas

If you’re lucky enough to be invited over to a nutritionist’s house, sneak a peak in the freezer. You’ll find frozen peas. They’re a simple and great way to boost flavor, nutrition and fiber content of many recipes without any real work. They add a great temp and texture variety to salads. Add them to sautés, stir fries, and soups.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are more than just a super awesome snack go-to. These simple seeds are mega loaded with magnesium. A ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds will have about half the magnesium a you need in a day. Individuals with an established deficiency, stress, disorders of the female reproductive system, headaches, migraines, bone/joint pain or any inflammatory condition will need more magnesium.

In addition to magnesium, pumpkin seeds have iron, potassium, zinc, fiber and protein. Pumpkin seeds are a great crunchy addition to salads and other dishes. You don’t have to wait for pumpkin carving season. Pumpkin seeds are widely available year round and freeze well.

Quinoa

The only difficult part of this super food is saying the name. Keen-wah. It’s pronounced keen-wah. It’s incredibly popular right now and thus can be found just about anywhere you purchase your groceries. Best of all it’s quick and easy to cook. If you can boil water, you can make quinoa.

Quinoa is a seed that cooks like a grain. You get all the nutritional benefits of seeds such as magnesium, protein, and healthy oils, in just the short time it takes to boil the quinoa. It also has the shelf life of a grain and just about triples in size when cooked, meaning a little goes a long way.

Squash

Squash are loaded with fiber, vitamin A, potassium and more. To pack nutrition into your diet in a simple and affordable way, pick up a squash or two next grocery shopping trip. The nutrients found in squash can support your workout, healthy skin and immune system.

Extra bonus: squash seeds. Pumpkins are a type of squash and thus most squash seeds have the same nutritional content of pumpkin seeds. Bake your squash to perfection in the oven while you pan roast the seeds.

Sweet Potatoes

These root vegetables aren’t going to win a beauty contest anytime soon, but they will improve your complexion and workout. They are seriously loaded with fiber, potassium and vitamin A. Eat the peel to get iron and magnesium too. They last for weeks sitting on the counter and are about the easiest thing to bake. Grab a couple at the store this week and bake them up when you have time.

Now head to the grocery store to stalk up your kitchen with everything you need to make sure it’s only your business’ bottom line that’s burst.

This article was originally published on NutritionSheila.com.

For those looking to reach a healthy weight, check out The Weight Loss Success eManual and discover even more delicious foods that can help you reach your goals.

Sheila Amir is the owner and author of NutritionSheila.com, where she gives people information in order to help them live happier, healthier and well-nourished lives.

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