You've heard me talk about antioxidants a lot, but, I have yet to explain what exactly an antioxidant does. The simplest way to explain it is this... as we age... cells die and form "Free Radicals", tiny bits of oxygen that have no home and decide to camp out wherever they want in your body and on your skin, disrupting cell function. Antioxidants neutralize these free radicals and protect our bodies from them. Free radicals have been linked to wrinkles, heart disease, poor immune function, and cancer. I try to consume as many antioxidants as possible and I learned all of this from a book I read a couple of years ago by Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN and contributor to Women's Health Magazine (photo of her book below). She grades foods on an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbence Capacity) scale. I'm not going to get into her list (she can do that), however, I will talk today about my antioxidant salad and how I 'detox' during the week.
|This is what I bought today at the grocery store: Red and orange peppers, tomatoes, granny smith apples, romaine, sundried tomatoes, fage, frozen berries, pecan halves, stevia and Real Simple ;)|
Anyway, during these choice weeks I eat as many antioxidants (consisting mainly of fruits/veg) as possible, drink a lot of lemon water, say no to booze (yes even wine) for a few days, and steer clear from sugar and my favorite, frozen yogurt. It detoxifies and re-charges my system. Plus, these foods are amazing for the skin. (Keri has a whole plan in her book that includes a 4 day cleanse and then a week by week meal plan) I'm doing the 'cleanse' this week, but, with modifications!
|Antioxidant salad! Romaine, spinach, tomatoes, red peppers, orange peppers, avocado.|