Health & Beauty
Women Diets: Healthy Lunchbox Makeovers
Think what's in your brown bag would pass muster with a professional nutritionist? You might be surprised to learn how poor your diet really is
Kimberly Snyder's assessment: "Well Iím happy to see something here in Sharon's lunch I don't see in a lot of lunches: seaweed! Seaweed, a.k.a. sea vegetables, is a very rich source of beta-carotene, chlorophyll, enzymes, amino acids, and fiber. They are one of the most nutritionally dense sources of vitamins and minerals of any food, much higher than land vegetables. They are high in thyroid-nourishing iodine, while being low in bloating sodium.
This is a wonderful form of green plant food, and I encourage her to keep it in her diet and in her lunches. If you are ever at a Japanese restaurant be sure to order the seaweed salad. Also, an easy way to incorporate sea vegetables into your diet is to visit the Asian section of your health market. You'll find nori (the flat black sheets they wrap sushi in), dulse flakes and kelp. Cut up or sprinkle these sea vegetables into your salads, to get a wonderful boost of beauty minerals. Start with small amounts especially if you are new to the taste. I personally try to incorporate some form of sea vegetable into my diet every day.
On the downside, there are many types of protein in this one meal: Ox tail (beef tails), tofu (soy), egg, anchovies (fish). Protein takes the most digestive work to break down, as the foods have to be broken down into amino acids first from complex chains. Each type of protein requires specific substrates to break it down, so to eat so many types of protein at the same time is exhausting to our digestive system, and our overall energy."
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