Weightloss and Superfoods: Tomatoes!

Aug 30

Weightloss and Superfoods: Tomatoes!

Whew! Not looking as scary as I’d thought it would! At least we’re back moving in the right direction! Though how that can be possible, I have no idea! I just got back from a week in N. Ireland where I enjoyed great food that my talented sister-in-law prepared for us all. She’s a wonderful cook, and while most of it was really healthy stuff from their garden, we also enjoyed desserts, “Tayto Crisps” and chocolate.  I am truly relieved to have the graph going down again after all that!  🙂

And the N.A.V.Y. Challenge is in full swing, which is going to really help my ability to focus.  Teaching others is always a great way to learn and practice things that are otherwise difficult, don’t you think?  Why not come along and join us?  It’s free, and there’s just one small habit to learn every week.  Very doable even for crazy busy people like myself!

Ok, so let’s move on to this week’s superfood!  We’re going to look at tomatoes!  M-m-m-m-m-m-m!

When I was very small (preschooler) we had a garden where we grew tomatoes. I would often go pick one for myself, and sit on the back steps with a little salt shaker, and eat them fresh off the vine. Even today, one of my very favourite sandwiches is toasted tomato and lettuce. I adore tomatoes! It’s not at all difficult for me to get these superfoods into my diet!

Let’s look at why they’re so good for you:

Tomatoes are rich in:

Let’s take a look at one of these nutrietns: lycopene.  Lycopene is a kind of antioxidant which neutralizes free radicals that can damage cells in the body. Recent studies have revealted that lycopene may have twice the punch of another well-known antioxidant betacarotene.

And take a look at this:

Studies conducted by Harvard researchers have discovered that men who consumed 10 servings of tomatoes a week, or the equivalent to 10 slices of pizza, can cut the risk of developing prostate cancer by a formidable 45 percent. However, its benefits are not limited to the prostate. Italian researchers have found that those who consume more that 7 servings of raw tomatoes lower the risk of developing rectal colon or stomach cancers by 60 percent. Israeli researchers have found that lycopene is a powerful inhibitor of lung, breast, and endometrial cancer cells. Research has also indicated that the lycopene in tomatoes can help older people stay active longer. (www.essortment.com)

So, with those great reasons in mind, make sure you add several servings of tomatoes to your regular diet! Here are some great ideas to start with!

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