4 Everyday Foods That Heal

Wellness And Foods You Choose

Anyone who reads this blog with any regularity know that when it comes to diet and exercising I am no expert, wannabe expert, advocate of working out, health and fitness guru – do I need to go on? I love all kinds of foods but have not made the best choices about the ones that I eat.

foodsThere has been one disease or another plaguing me since my 23rd birthday. My father died from the complications arising from diabetes and that he was an alcoholic. No one told me that but even with the few visits that I had with him, it was clear to my 10-year-old eyes that he was. My mother was a diabetic as well and she too died from the complications of the illness – ones that were highly preventable. Without being unkind just truthful, the challenges that my mother faced with her condition were exacerbated by poverty, yes, I will admit that. However, it was more her lack of willingness to curb her appetite, limit her indulgence and a general lack of mental fortitude to follow nutritional practices that were suggested to her. Her eating habits, the foods she chose when others were possible, are a large part of her demise.

“Like mother, like daughter,” is a phrase that I know very well because that was the truth when it came to my attitude about diabetes for many years after being diagnosed. Christmas was not the only time that I over-indulged and gorged myself with starchy, sugary foods and scoffed at the more healthy vegetable options. There was a time when I convinced myself that I was allergic to vegetables. Growing up in Jamaica, Easter was another time of the year that we celebrated with food – bun and cheese, fried fish, bammy and so many other delights that threatened to rival the Christmas spread. They were mostly starchy, sweet and/or fried.

Totally Out of Control

Diabetes out of control

The chicken would come home to roost in my 40’s when a doctor gave me an ultimatum – either I started injecting myself nightly with insulin and watch my diet or live for only a few more years before my kidney or heart gave out. He was a short man – and I really do not get on very well with short men – but this one was not backing down, so I did. My levels came down a bit but not where he would have liked given the almost 20 years of abuse to my body so he referred me to a specialist.

He was just a little taller than my general practitioner but not much. By the time I was leaving his office, I was sufficiently scared because everything was out of whack and it was time to take a more drastic measure. That measure might be content for another post but suffice it to say that I now take not one but two injections each night.

Over these years, I have tried many supplements and alternative “cures.” They either did not work, were too costly or worked but only so long until you had to step up to the next level which meant signing on to some multilevel marketing programme. After many failed attempts – with supplements or schemes – I gave up. Even as recently as a year ago, I was introduced to a really good supplement that did wonders with my sugar levels that I actually signed up to be a part of the programme just to have access to the discount. That particular supplement actually reduced my need to inject nightly. My levels were the best without insulin but there was a bump in the road. When I moved back to Alberta, due to the distance from the warehouse, that supplement was no longer an option as the shipping cost was just too prohibitive. So it may be worth you trying out some supplements if you’re reading this to try and get help with your own conditions. A friend of mine has been using Energy Renew for a while to help them, and so far so good according to them. For me, though, I needed to make a different sort of change to my life.

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Finding Natural Foods That Heal

Diabetes is one of those conditions that impact so many aspects of your health and wellness. It compromises your overall system and poses a real risk to longevity. What I found as it spiraled out of control in my body, the functions of other systems gradually deteriorated. For example, my eyesight that was never the best since I started watching television close up, only got worse. My thyroid glands went berserk in my early 30’s and my digestive system started gnawing at itself. Whether these dysfunctions were a direct result of diabetes, they most certainly were exacerbated by it.

foodsBeing on Facebook as often as I am, my news feed fills up with posts about natural foods that heal. Many of these foods are ones that grow and were readily available on my island home. Recently I shared a post with you about some of the foods grown on my island home Jamaica. As you read about some of these natural foods or remedies, they can seem way out there but I decided to try a few to see whether they would relieve any of the discomforts that I was experiencing. I am always looking for diabetic friendly foods so I thought it was worth giving them a try. Here are some that I have safely incorporated, ones that have not interfered – at least not negatively – with my other regimen:

Lemon – I have drunk this citrus fruit a lot. First thing in the mornings before breakfast, lemon and honey water is my opening salvo. What this has done is to help me with chronic stomach ache that before had me taking enzyme tablets to ease. One “side effect” of this beverage is that it has reduced my coffee intake which, as an avid lover of that brew, is not something that I am necessarily clicking my heels about. There is a lot of information available online about the health benefits of a cup of this warm brew – read this one and check Google for others.

natural foodsRipe Bananas – I told you about my love of green bananas but not the affair that I have had with the ripe variety. This is a more recent thing, after reading a post on the health benefits of eating a few of these guys each day. Some say three a day, others recommend as much as 10. I manage about two bananas a day and that has also done wonders for my digestion, satisfies my craving for sweets by making really nice desserts and best of all – it is extremely affordable even here in Canada. Read some of the history and benefits of this wonder fruit here.

Turmeric – When I was growing up, my mother went through many culinary phases. One of these was her inclusion of turmeric to every dish she created, whether that meal was breakfast, lunch or dinner. She added it to omelets; it spiced up our lunchtime meal of callaloo (spinach) and it flavoured our chicken backs at dinner time. Turmeric was had right through the year – from our first meal of the day one January, through Easter right up until Christmas when the chicken was marinated in a turmeric mix and then pot roasted. This did not end until one day my mother got a bad case of diarrhea and decided she had enough turmeric. Today, I see Millennials and others touting the health benefits of turmeric – even making tea (hot beverages) with it. My mother was not so crazy after all it would seem and since reading these reports of the health benefits of the spice, I have started to slowly re-incorporate it in my diet. Read up about the spice here and maybe you too will have turmeric eggs?

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Honey – With or without lemon, honey is a must have in your kitchen. Only a couple of days ago, I was reading how good (and inexpensive) option honey is for facials – that it can be used to remove blackheads from your nose. That one I have not tried as yet but honey has most certainly taken over from sugar in my kitchen. No longer does sugar reign supreme. Honey now rules the roost and is featured in my bedtime cup of tea, in salad dressings, in my cooking and in just about anything that requires some ‘sweetness’. The only thing that I have not used honey for is my coffee but neither did sugar. That is the one thing I will not be using this wonder product in. Described as “nature’s energy boost,” honey is an healthy option for people with sweet tooth like me. Read more about the health benefits of this natural sweetener here and check your pantry and see whether you have enough.

Natural Foods And Your Christmas Menu

Healthy dinner options

There are so many other natural foods available in places across our world – too many for me to list here. As the weeks and months go by and I continue to explore natural foods that heal or that can at least help to better manage our health and well being, I will most definitely share with you.

There are so many reasons why paying close attention to your diet is important, but I could not write a post about healthy food without mentioning the dangers of a diet that is high in sugar. Sugar can cause all kinds of different health issues. For instance, it is no secret that consuming high quantities of sugar can exacerbate oral health problems such as tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. As any Dentist in Indialantic will tell you, it is vital that you take steps to cut down on sugar and find healthier alternatives to sweet treats and drinks for the sake of your oral health and beyond.

While I have no problems with supplements and those who make or promote them, at this point in my journey finding natural foods that improve my health are my first choices. They are for the most part affordable and most certainly do not need me to sign-up for anything. Best yet, with some creativity, they can enhance our meals especially at Christmas and other holidays when the temptation to eat too much or not to healthily is great.

Do share your experience with introducing or creatively using naturally healthy foods in your diet and holiday menus. Leave a comment, a link and even a picture below. As well, you can subscribe and join the ongoing conversations on issues that affect our health and wellness with every choice of ingredients we make.

Have a great day!

Claudette P. Esterine

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45 thoughts on “4 Everyday Foods That Heal

  1. Great share Claudette. We can make some simple changes and put these things into our diets for better health. Thanks for the tips. πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome and thank you for the visit! πŸ™‚

  2. I swear by everything that you mentioned except for Turmeric as I haven’t tried it. Thansk for sharing! Additional learning πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome my dear! πŸ™‚

  3. I also drink lemon water in the morning before having anything else. I think it has strengthened my immune system as I don’t get sick easily.

  4. I try to have honey every morning from my mom’s local bees to help with my allergies!

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are so local to have naturally produced honey! It is the best! πŸ™‚

  5. Honey, Turmeric, and Lemon are staples in my house. My Mom ‘takes’ them for all their health benefits. I have not tried Turmeric yet though but I do the lemon-water thing. Last night, a colleague and I were talking about it and he swears by how it has always helped him whenever he’s trying to lose weight.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It seems to do different things for different people – guess it depends on your body’s needs. I am still to hear one really bad report though so there seems to be great value in in drinking the lemon-water. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I’ve been tempted to add turmeric into my cooking more often too. I’m going to write that down now so I don’t forget!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Let me know how it goes please! Just make sure to cook it properly, okay? πŸ™‚

  7. I love my lemon water in the morning too. I like to add a dash of cayenne pepper to it. It really wakes you up πŸ˜‰

    1. Ms Claudette

      Cayenne pepper? I love pepper but not sure that I am that adventurous. LOL.

  8. Food can most definitely work as medicine! It’s great you found that these work for you. I need to go back to drinking lemon and honey water in the mornings. I used to and it made me feel great!

    Also, I loved your comment about not getting along with short men lol it made me laugh πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      I really don’t. I try to but I just can’t see eye to eye with them! Pun intended. πŸ™‚

  9. Wow! I’ve leaned a lot! Thanks for sharing this, I will adding these food to my regular diet.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome and thanks for visiting! πŸ™‚

  10. Yes Lemon is great for detoxification and Banana is rich in fiber. I never know that honey is great but I will try it sometimes.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Please do – try it with cinnamon as well! That is great. Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  11. Thank you for the reminder…sometimes even the best of us do not pay close attention to what we put into our bodies. For the most part I am careful what I eat and I am very serious about exercising…but sometimes I get off track so thanks for reminding me

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome but let us be clear, I am not all that attentive! LOL

      1. Hahahahahahahahahahha…I don’t think any of us are

  12. Thanks for the great tips! I take supplements every day and Turmeric is one of them πŸ˜‰

    1. Ms Claudette

      Awesome! What other supplements do you take?

  13. lydiaf1963

    This is an interesting list. I’m sure it will be very helpful for many people. I’m especially fond of drinking lemon water.

    1. Ms Claudette

      How long have you been doing this Lydia?

      1. A couple years now. Slice the lemon and put into a pitcher of water. Basil is nice to add too.

        1. Ms Claudette

          I must try that! Thanks for the tip.

  14. We need to take care of our body. Every morning I drink water with Lemon, and It is great to our body. Thanks for sharing this πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome Onica. Do you us honey with it as well?

  15. Elizabeth O.

    Health is wealth indeed. If you invest in your health, surely you will get the results you’ve always wanted.

    1. Ms Claudette

      So right Elizabeth! Thanks for dropping by! πŸ™‚

  16. victoria

    I believe in natural foods. Every morning i take a glass of water with honey and lemon and it helps me for detoxing.

    1. Ms Claudette

      That is exactly what I do as well Victoria. How long have you been using it? πŸ™‚

  17. I believe in food to heal the body. I use tumeric for my ankle pain.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Oh, really? How do you use it to target such a specific area?

  18. i should add more honey to my diet since i have none at all but I love lemon more than anything. i use it in my water all the time

    1. Ms Claudette

      Awesome! Yes, honey is really beneficial. Try to go for the natural one though. Namaste. πŸ™‚

  19. I’m glad I dont have to worry about all of tge meds and needles of diabetes.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am glad that you don’t have to Tony, it is a pain in the arm, tummy, wherever you need to stick yourself. πŸ™‚

  20. I have a lot of chronic issues and I drink lemon and honey every morning to ease the pain. Sorry to hear about your diabetes I hope you have something to ease the pain soon.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thanks Ana! That warm lemon and honey is really potent and powerful! It has really wiped out the occurrences of stomach issues for me! πŸ™‚

  21. Robin Masshole mommy

    I had no idea that honey was so good for me. I’m going to have to find a way to consume more of it.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It indeed is! Try it with cinnamon as well. Let me know how it goes. πŸ™‚

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