In this episode of Elevate Your Energy, Dr. Munich discusses the benefits of phytonutrients, which are quite literally the nutrients from plants – the compounds that are colorful. An example would be the the carotenoids family, the ones that make rainbow carrots their beautiful shades of orange, red, purple, and yellow. Phytonutrients are not calorie-dense, nor vitamin-packed, but they do have potent impacts at the cell level.
Dr. Minich brings up a great point I found rather interesting: of all the different recommended diets, one consistent thread that ties them all together is that none of them cut out plants, which she says is because of the impact of the phytonutrients.
She bestows some great wisdom on how to incorporate more of these compounds into our diets by adding blueberries, strawberries, and even spinach to our morning smoothies. One of her favorite go-to smoothie recipes is her turmeric milkshake that includes: coconut water, coconut milk, raw almonds, spinach, dates, and turmeric. Deanna is a big proponent of cooking with spices as they help prevent a lot of the damage that can occur while cooking, and she loves integrating rosemary into savory dishes.
Have you ever wondered what fruits and vegetables specifically do for your body? She’ll leave you wanting to make sure you incorporate every color of the rainbow into your diet. From the lycopene in the color red in things like tomatoes, pink grapefruit and watermelon having benefits on the skin, to the chlorophyll in the color green having great healing effects on the body through it’s antioxidant properties, you’ll think of eating in a whole new way and perhaps visualize the colors positively impacting different parts of your body.
Dr. Minich is the founder of the Food and Spirit which is a platform that looks at what she believes are the seven aspects of a person: roots, sense of flow, fire, love, truth, insight, and spirit. She is also offering a certification for health professionals that helps them coach their patients along the Food & Spirit framework, which explores a person’s relationship with food through those seven aspects.
Enjoy the show! And, let me know if you feel even more inspired to eat your veggies today.
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