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Benefits of GOMBS

Ha! GOMBS sounds like a funny word, but it is an acronym for some yummy health! 🙂

GREENS– Green Vegetables and Fruits contain nutrients found to reduce cancer risks, lower blood pressure and cholesterol as well as help the body fight illness. I will add GARLIC to this list of fighting foods too!

Examples are Artichokes, Aspargus, Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Cabbage, Celery, Cucumbers, Green apples, Green beans, Green grapes, Green onion. Green pears, Green peppers, Honeydew melon, Leafy greens, Lettuce, Okra, Peas, Spinach, Snap peas, Zucchini, Kalirabi, Limes, Kiwi, Avocadoes, Kale, Collards, Bok Choy and gooseberries! 😀

Photo credit: Google pictures
Photo credit: Google pictures

ONIONS– onions are not only known for their power to make a grown person cry, but they are a superfood of health too! They have potassium, Vitamin C, B vitamins, kill germs, help your heart and fight cancer. Did you know why most hamburger is browned in the skillet with onions? Onions help fight bacteria, so putting them in the pan with meat will help neutralize any particles of salmonella and prevent the formation of potential cancer-causing compounds called heterocyclic amines. (1)  They have also been used to kill funguses, yeasts, parasites, soothe the sting of insect bites, and ward off infection from stingray wounds. (1) Woo hoo! Start eating more onions! 😀

MUSHROOMS– Many people like hunting for edible mushrooms in the woods during the spring, but why do they like eating mushrooms anyway? Aren’t they just a fungus? 🙂 Mushrooms are known for helping lower cholesterol, level blood pressure, fight against bacteria, viruses, and cancer and strengthen your bones. They are mostly comprised of water, but are also a source of protein, carbohydrates, fiber, Vitamin D, riboflavin, niacin, potassium, selenium, and copper, low fat, low sodium and low calories! There are many types of mushrooms, but only a few out of the hundreds of different kinds are actually edible. Do some research to know what you are planning to put into your mouth BEFORE you eat it! 🙂

red raspberries

BEANS & BERRIES– Beans are known for being a great source of protein and fiber but they also help prevent constipation, help hemorrhoids, lower cholesterol, fight against cancer, preserve sexual function and stabilize blood sugar. When preparing dry beans, be sure to soak them for 5 hrs, then cook them in fresh water for at least 10 min to help release the toxin known as phytohaemagglutinin. (This is mainly in red kidney beans, but it is still good to soak other beans.) If you change the water several times that the beans are cooking in, you will reduce the amount of gas you may experience by consuming them.

Berries are known for fighting against cancer and heart disease as well as increase brain function. Strawberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cranberries etc are “berry” good in fighting cancer with their natural chemicals of anthocyanin and ellagic acid.

chia seeds

SEEDS & NUTS– Consuming raw seeds and nuts will add phytochemicals and healthy fats to your dietary intake. They assist in fighting inflammation, lowering cholesterol and help other micronutrients be absorbed more readily into your body. Examples include sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, or Brazilian nuts. Try some almond butter, cashew butter or sunflower seed butter next time you go to the grocery! 🙂 (Get outside your “box” of foods you eat! Try something new!)

Hemp Seeds

Cheers for GGOMBBS!! 😀

~Coach Shannon

Resources:

  1. Eat and Heal by the Editors of FC&A Medical Publishing (buy it for as low as 1 cent on Amazon!!)
  2. Dr Fuhrman: GOMBS
  3. Healthy Nuts & Seeds

4 Easy Steps to Sprouts

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This article is written by Fran Capoccia, founder of Fran’s Living Foods and L’Chaim Ministries.   Fran is an author, instructor, speaker and prayer minister who helps people restore their body, soul, and mind to the original health we were designed to have from our Creator.

Get ready to learn some amazing information about sprouting seeds and grain.  The subject of sprouts was one of my favorite subjects I learned when healing a growth the size of golf ball.  I was at a health center where sprouts were included in green smoothies, salads, and they even sneaked them into the raw chocolate cake!  Yes, sprouts can be added to any food. 🙂

Why would anyone want to eat sprouts?!  There are many health benefits of sprouts to say the least!  Here are 3 benefits to start:

  • In the sprouted form, Carbohydrates turn into simple sugars
  • Proteins turn into ready-to-digest amino acids
  • Fats are in the digestible form of fatty acids

When food is in the ready-to-digest form such as sprouts, then the body has to do a lot less work to digest it.  That means more energy for you to enjoy the parts of your life instead of the energy and time it takes to digest some foods – such as animal protein that can take 6-hours to retrieve the amino acids, which are building blocks of many cells.

Next, I will review 4 simple steps to sprouting seeds.

Supplies:

  • Seed of your choice that you can purchase at the health food stores labeled seeds for sprouting.
  • Glass jars with screening cut to secure when lid is attached. There are containers for sprouting but I will be reviewing glass jar method.
  • Dish drain for tilting the jar upside down at 45 degree angle
  • Water to rinse
  1.  SOAK

Soak the seed:  Soaking the seeds starts the germinating process.  Take a clean glass jar and fill the seed as per chart.  Many sprouting charts are available online.  For example, the charts say to use 1 tbsp of alfalfa seed.  Place 1 tbsp seed in a jar.  Add water to cover the seeds.  Let soak overnight per chart instructions.

  1. DRAIN

The next morning, drain the water from the glass jar.  Do not save this water.  Rinse the seeds a few more times under a faucet with filtered water.

  1. TILT AT 45 DEGREE ANGLE

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After rinsing several times tilt the jar upside down at 45 degree angle so air can flow through the jar.  Rinse and tilt twice a day until a tail grows from the seed and the tail is as long as the seed.  Alfalfa would be an exception that the tail can keep growing until what looks like a bunch a string in a jar.

  1. HARVEST
    Now your sprouts are ready to take from the jar to be used to eat or store in the refrigerator for a few days.

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As you can see this is a simple process and oh so good for you!

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Fran is a very good friend of mine and I am honored to have her write an article for the blog today. If you would like to learn more about living foods, go to her website http://franslivingfoods.com/

Let’s get to sprouting some seeds! 🙂

~Coach Shannon

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