Small Healthy Steps: 7 Weird Things We Do to Stay Healthy

 

Another alternative is to buy broccoli sprout powder and add it to soups, smoothies etc. We have a bag that we use in soups. If we fail at growing our own sprouts, that will become our “go to” source of myrosinase.

 

Fast at Least Once a Week

 

“Fasting? I can’t do that. It’s too hard.” Surprisingly, the way we do it, it isn’t. A number of studies show intermittent fasting offers health benefits and you get benefits with a fast as short as 16 hours.

 

We aren’t up for a 24 hour fast either. We usually stop eating after dinner on Friday, at around 8:00 P.M. and don’t eat again until noon on Saturday. It’s surprisingly easy to do because we’re sleeping during most of the fast.

 

Why do we do it? When you give your body a “rest” from having to digest food and cells a break from having to use the fuel you take in to produce energy, cells get a chance to repair. Fasting also activates growth hormone and improves insulin sensitivity.

 

As a result, your body handles glucose better. So fasting is good for your metabolic health, not to mention your waistline. Even if you compensate by eating more calories to make up for what you don’t consume during the fast, intermittent fasting helps with weight control.

 

Some research in animals even suggests intermittent fasting may prolong life. It makes sense. Every time you eat a meal, cells have to work harder to use or compartmentalize the nutrients. This causes damaging free radicals to form that can injure cells and tissues.

 

Tap into the Power of Matcha Green Tea Powder

 

Matcha is essentially unfermented tea leaves ground into a fine powder. This form of green tea is higher in antioxidants than regular green tea since the leaves are grown in the shade. Matcha is the tea the Japanese use in their traditional tea ceremonies.

 

We used to take a green tea supplement but switched to Matcha tea after a study showed, rarely, green tea extract is linked with liver damage. Now, we either drink a cup of Matcha each day and/or add a pinch of Matcha powder to hot quinoa or oatmeal cereal in the morning.

 

Why do we drink it? The health benefits of green tea, with its abundance of antioxidants, is too good to pass up. The most powerful antioxidant in green tea and Matcha is ECGC. According to preliminary research, ECGC may offer protection against some forms of cancer. It’s a small healthy step you can take for cancer prevention.

 

small steps to health matcha

 

 

The taste? Matcha has a rather complex taste, slightly sweet but also “vegetal.” We add it to hot cereal along with a little Stevia or Monk Fruit. We published this recipe in a previous post, but here’s another way to enjoy Matcha in the form of a shake:

 

  • 1 cup of coconut or almond milk drink
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Matcha Green tea powder
  • 6 raw almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 pitted dates

 

Add a little Stevia, if desired, then place it in a high-speed blender and let it roll. Stop the blender once it looks well-mixed and creamy.

 

We Tear Sandwiches Apart

 

Kristie Leong M.D.

Dr. Kristie Leong and Dr. Apollo Leong are physicians helping you to lead a healthy lifestyle by sharing nutrition and fitness tips and keeping you abreast of the latest health news.

2 thoughts on “Small Healthy Steps: 7 Weird Things We Do to Stay Healthy

  • March 3, 2016 at 3:03 pm
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    This is sooo nice Dr. Kristie. Thanks for sharing! Our biggest challenge is still to exercise or simply move enough but, hopefully the good weather coming will put us through that bottle neck! One of our best secrets is to go rollerskating on Mondays. Not a lot of people and a decent work out plus a chance to relax and even meet nice people. It is also fun even though I don’t always feel like leaving my coach to go but, once there, it has always been good fun. Thanks again!

    • March 7, 2016 at 3:20 am
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      Liana, thank you for your comment! Sorry, I’m so slow to respond. I didn’t get an email when you commented. Rollerskating is a FUN way to stay active and that means you’re more likely to do it. I used to go the skating rink on Lee Highway in high school and loved it! I’ll have to talk Dr. A into going with me. Thanks for reminding me of another way to stay active. 🙂

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