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3 Foods to Fight the Hunger Games

I often channel Katniss Everdeen, one of my all-time favorite fictional characters. She’s the female lead and protagonist of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy. Bold, beautiful and with no shortage of grit, Katniss is the one I’d choose to be next to if ever stuck in a…

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3 Foods to Fight the Hunger Games

Written by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci

the-hunger-games-the-games-we-play-with-foodI often channel Katniss Everdeen, one of my all-time favorite fictional characters. She’s the female lead and protagonist of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy. Bold, beautiful and with no shortage of grit, Katniss is the one I’d choose to be next to if ever stuck in a foxhole. This weekend the trilogy’s long-awaited Catching Fire hits theaters. I already have my ticket. Booyah!

Now what about the hunger games we play?

Did you know that most people are walking around with starving cells? Literally … starving cells!

This is trouble. Big trouble, because when we get calories with not enough nutrients, we become overweight and malnourished. This opens the floodgates to about every modern-day disease, from the common cold to cancer. When your cells are sick, starving and deficient, there is no way you can look and feel your best.

Today, I share with you three nutrient-rich foods that I highly recommend incorporating into your diet. These foods will create “nutrient sufficiency” and flood your body with health.

3 Foods to Fight The Hunger Games:

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Bone Broths: Bone broths are flavorful liquids made from boiling animal bones for an extended period of time, often with vegetables and herbs, and then straining out the solids. The resulting broth is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids. Homemade bone broths reduce inflammation, heal infection, boost immunity, stimulate bone health and heal the gut. They even have a calming effect on the body. When someone in my house starts to feel yucky, this is my first course of action. (Find a recipe for bone broth in Paleo Cookbook for Dummies, pages 257-258.)

Sea Vegetables: Sea vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. They nourish the thyroid, promote a healthy immune system and prevent and treat many diseases. Also, if you take my advice and use an all-natural, healthy salt like Real Salt —or my favorite, Celtic Sea Salt — then you need to add iodine to your diet, which is found in sea vegetables, because all-natural salts do not contain this much needed mineral.

You can add sea vegetables easily to salads, soups, and stews. They are not only easy to add, but require no cooking.

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Easy Button Sea Vegetables: Here are my two favorite ways to incorporate sea vegetables into my diet:

SeaSnax: I love the brand SeaSnax, which feature small strips of nori sheets that taste great. (Nori is the green sea vegetable that sushi is wrapped in). They are easy to travel with and you can either eat them right out of the package, use them as a wrap, or you can crush them into soups and stews. 

Kelp Flakes: Keep a container of kelp flakes on the table to season food when you want a salty taste.

Other sea vegetables include dulse, hijiki, kombu and wakame.

Store them in a tightly sealed container at room temperature.

Fats and Oils: Healthy fats not only provide nutrients to the cells, but they help you look younger and lose weight. Yes, healthy fats pull fat from your body!

Coconut with oil, milk and palm leaves isolated on white.

Coconut with oil, milk and palm leaves isolated on white.

 

Easy Button Fats and Oils: Here’s how I like to incorporate fats and oils into my diet:

Coconut Fats: These are super healthy and my favorites. Coconut oil (which is the best cooking oil), coconut butter, unsweetened coconut flakes and coconut milk.

Olives and Avocados: Use olive and avocado oils as drizzle oil for salads, and nibble on olives and avocados as snacks. These fats really are the wrinkle blaster!

Animal Fats: These are an excellent choice for cooking. Fats like lard; tallow, butter and ghee (clarified butter) are healthful, delicious options.

So fight the hunger games, and may the odds be forever in your favor!

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