I was at the gym the other day and I heard a woman comment, ‘I am a woman who does things in 5’s so, if I do 10 sit-ups today, the next day I do 15 or if I do a 30 second plank today, the next day I do 35 seconds’. I thought, that sounds manageable, I kind of like that. I can do that.
In my book Eat Yourself Young I am also a ‘5’ woman. The book details the 5 processes happening in the body which age us, the 5 most ageing foods, the 5 most rejuvenating foods, 5 reasons to give up things that are causing dis-ease and ageing you. So why not in this blog do the 5 Almighty? And what does it mean exactly.
My 5 Almighty are the 5 ingredients which you can add to your food and guarantee that something good is happening to you while you chomp away. They may be used for both sweet & savoury dishes, so they are completely adaptable to your mood or food requirement. Importantly, if you can’t remember all the good things to eat but keep one or two of these in your head, you know you are heading in the right direction and can build on it.
So what are the Almighty 5?
- Aduki Beans
And why do you eat them?
Aduki beans because of their colour and because they contain flavonoid quercetin they are an amazing antioxidant. If you are fed up of getting your antioxidants from vegetables, this is a great way of getting them down. They have a great repair effect on damaged DNA. They are rich in calcium, copper and a wide range of Vitamin B’s. They are hugely versatile and in my book you can see we use them for brownies as well as stews, soups and pastes.
Lemon is a wonderful alkalizer. It is very high in Vitamin C which speeds skin repair by increasing collagen and slows the signs of ageing. Despite being citric acid on the outside it is a citrate on the inside and a very good PH balancer for the body, especially if your food intake is overly acidic in nature.
Turmeric is the most powerful of anti-inflammatories. Scientists believe that inflammation encourages premature ageing and fine lines, loss of muscle tone and joint pain, fatigue and allergies. So even if you don’t look old, you will be feeling it if you have inflammation! It has been an Ayurvedic ‘go-to’ herb for millions of years and is even put on plasters to help with wound healing. Curcumin is the polyphenol responsible for inflammation damping and its fabulous colour.
Garlic, despite being the vampires enemy, is your body’s friend, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and thinning your blood from the excesses of a western diet.
Beetroot rejuvenates your whole system because it is a detoxer and an eliminator. The betaine in the beetroot works as a detoxer and generates cellular renewal. It is also packed with folic acid, fibre and vitamins and minerals. It is a favourite for athletes who need to build iron, or pregnant mothers who may need more iron. It has been said to create more oxygen in the body giving greater athletic performance and is easy to adapt to soups, puddings, stews and salads.
So why not try some recipes from my book, Eat Yourself Young, and reap the rewards of my Almighty 5? Do let us know how you get on.