Foods That Heal: A Nutritionist’s Top 10

Foods that healMy top 10 foods that heal — this is not your usual food recommendation from a typical nutritionist… no wheat grass here!

I’m always being asked in my free and private community: “What are the top foods I should introduce in my life to be healthier?”

My answer is in my top 10 real foods. So, without any further delay, let’s get started…

#1 Green Vegetables (always at the top of my list of foods that heal)

Yes, that is my nutrition base food. I recommend eating 6 cups/day (minimum) to give you all the fiber you need for healthy bowel movements. The chlorophyll, the molecule that gives green colour to the green vegetables, is a super potent detoxifier. Along with all the phytonutrients found in greens, vegetables will keep your body clean and healthy.

#2 Eggs

The mother of all protein. If you think about it, an egg is the basis of life and contains all the nutrients needed to create life. Pastured raised eggs are my favourite! They have twice as much Omega- 3, 2-3 times more vitamins and including 3 times more Vitamin E than regular eggs. I always have a dozen eggs in my fridge for quick and delicious meals.

#3 Coconut oil

Coconut oil is always in my list of foods that heal because it has super healing and protective Foods that healproperties. It contains Lauric Acid which is anti-microbial, antiviral and anti-fungal. Coconut oil is almost entirely made of MCT (medium chain triglycerides) fatty acid which is food for your liver and used as a quick source of fuel. The body doesn’t store MCT fatty acid in fat cells but is used as fuel right away by your liver. I use coconut well beyond the kitchen: skin, hair, feet, etc…

#4 Sea salt

Sea Salt: Himalayan Sea salt and Celtic Sea salt are the only 2 types of salt that I recommend as they have not been exposed to the terrible bleaching process like other salts. Himalayan Pink Salt and Celtic Sea Salt contain about 30% sodium, while the remaining contents are various trace minerals that our body needs to thrive. We need 1/2 tsp of salt daily to maintain healthy digestion and to provide our body with all minerals necessary for good health.

#5 Bone Broth

Foods that healBy far the most magnificent elixir I have in my list of foods that heal. This is not your typical broth bought in the store in a carton. This is the broth your Grandmother used to make. This broth contains nutrients such as collagen, calcium and magnesium – all needed to keep your tissues and skin healthy. Check out my recipe here.

#6 Fermented foods

Fermented foods have had a place in our ancestors diet for the longest period of time, but have been lost in last 75 years due to modernization. Foods such as sauerkraut or kimchi will provide you with natural probiotics and also Vitamin K2 which helps to mobilize calcium into the bones. I recommend 1/4 cup per day. If you want to learn how to make fermented vegetables, look for sauerkraut in the refrigerated section of your grocery store or you can learn to make your own here.

#7 Avocados

Avocados are a complete source of Foods that healprotein, fat and carbohydrates. The vast majority of the content is fat- with more than 77% being oleic acid which is the same kind of fat found in olives. It is known to help reduce inflammation. Avocados are silky, smooth and a real treat to have… almost daily.

#8 Fresh Herbs

This is how you make your home-cooked meals go from average to delicious! Not only do fresh herbs enhance the flavour of your cooking, herbs have strong healing properties. Take sage for an example – it helps reduce hot flashes during menopause. Every week, I buy 1-2 herbs that I will use in my cooking that week. Then, on to the next herb the following week.

#9 Grass-fed butter

Foods that healAbsolutely no margarine or regular butter, but grass-fed butter. This type of butter is made exclusively from milk by cows that have eaten grass/hay their whole life. This makes this butter very nutritious. It is strong in Vitamin K2 and butyrate acid which helps fight plaque in the arteries and inflammation of the heart. I know, I know… For years you have been told that butter is bad for you when in fact, it was good all along! Read more here on why butter is good for you.

#10 Cacao

You are not the only one…I love chocolate! This is because of a component in cacao called “PEA” which is a building block for serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for your level of happiness. Beyond inducing happiness (which is why sometimes we crave chocolate read more here), cacao is magnificent for its antioxidant levels and also its potency in magnesium (the mineral that helps you relax). Be mindful that I’m referring to 100% raw cacao, not your old fashion “Caramilk ” chocolate bar but rather this type of raw cacao powder.

Next…

So there you have it… my top 10 foods that heal.

The possibilities of how food can change your life, increase your energy and allow you to lose weight.

Take this top 10 real food list with you on your next grocery trip and see what you can try to incorporate in your daily diet. If you are already using these Top 10 foods, then try to incorporate even more into your diet.

Remember to have fun and enjoy the process! I’d like to hear from you. What are your top 10 foods? Do you think I forgot one? Send me your comments below and we will chat.

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Stephanie Dodier

Hello! I'm Stephanie, Clinical Nutritionist, author and host of The Beyond The Food Show and founder of The Beyond The Food Academy . I'm help women become intuitive eaters & body confident!. Get started now with my free Audio Training.

2 Responses to “Foods That Heal: A Nutritionist’s Top 10”

  1. Pauline says:

    Stephanie I have never experienced Kimchi or Sauerkraut before in my life till now. I love it. It’s like pickles for me. Thank you.

    • stephanie says:

      Hi Pauline,

      Welcome to the tribe! Fermented vegetable are so good for you and very very tasty! So happy you tried and loved it. Your tummy will thank you xoxo

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