Great Tasting Food That’s Good for You

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For several years, I have been searching for restaurants, farmer’s markets, and grocers that have healthy food that taste great.  Because I know that we are what we eat, I started this search knowing it would be a challenge.  Over the past seven or so years, several grocery stores have added healthy food sections, over priced alkaline water and organic selections.  Even Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Sevananda do not satisfy my search.

I was surprised at the high prices at the fresh produce market at the Five Points   MARTA station.  With a different set of vendors at the West End MARTA station, the prices are much more affordable.

For days that I simply do not have time to cook, I need to find good food that is not fried, vegan food that tastes good and is kind to my wallet.

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Online and word of mouth searches were painfully slow.  However, I had to persist.  Even on days like yesterday, when I came frustratedly close to going to a drive-through window for chicken fingers.  Just as I stopped at the traffic light at Fairburn Road and Campbellton Road, I saw a restaurant.  Then, I remembered the owner attending an NPU meeting several months ago and inviting us to try his recently opened, Sadiq’s Bistro.  The next thing I knew, my car was pulling into the parking lot.  As I walked in, I was greeted by a nice setting and a warm smile from the waitress.

While browsing the menu, I almost fell off my stool.  To my amazement, most of their entrees are vegan.  Wow!  I did not remember the owner saying they had vegan food.  After ordering the fish bowl with five vegan items, I could not wait to get home to try it.  After taking one bite, my taste buds were immediately excited.  It was simply delicious!!

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So, I invite you to try Sadiq’s Bistro for delicious food that is good for you.  Open seven days a week, be sure to go by soon.  Here is the link:

http://sadiqsbistro.com

 

 

Who Needs Vitamin Supplements?

IMG_0929.JPGIt has been proven time and time again that the typical American diet does not give us all the vitamins and miners we need. So eating raw foods like salads (not drowned in dressing) regularly is not enough.

To determine if you need supplements requires more than a single trip to the vitamin aisle or a quick internet search.  This link on Dr. Andrew Weil’s website is a simple one page synopsis about “Why Supplements Are Needed?

https://www.weilvitaminadvisor.com/why_take_supplements

This Consumer Reports link give you several articles:

https://www.consumerreports.org/vitamins-supplements/vitamins-and-supplements-natural-health/

Also know that most of us know we are deficient in several nutritional areas.  We may even know what we need, calcium, CoQ10, multivitamins, etc.  However, it may be a good idea to be sure about the dosage you need.  Case in point, I knew I needed CoQ10 to help build my immune system.  I started taking 60mg daily.  However, after a thorough medical evaluation, it was determined that I needed 200 mg daily. So if you need supplements, see your doctor or health care provider to determine what you need, how much you need, and whether it may interfere with anything you are currently taking.

These Mayo Clinic articles will give you more insight on supplements:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/are-dietary-supplements-right-for-you/art-20232605

http://www.mayoclinic.org/nutrition-and-pain/art-20208638?pg=2

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/supplements/art-20044894?pg=2

Remember:

1) If you don’t feel your best, you can’t do your best.  If you are a bread winner or caregiver or both; you could go to an early grave because you are not an Energizer Bunny.  So take care of yourself.

2) Eating the right foods, exercising and taking care of yourself does not mean you will not get sick or develop a chronic illness. What it does is allow you to recover faster.  And yes, I can testify to that as a breast cancer survivor.  Even my doctors could not believe the texture of my skin through numerous rounds of radiation.  They could not believe how good it was compare to their other patients of all demographics.

Yes. Your body is your temple.  Take care of it now.  At the point when you need it most, it will take care of you. And as we continue to have birthdays, we realize the importantance of our “quality of life”. Do you want to be wheel chair bound, sickly, unable to drive and totally dependent on others?  Or, do you want to be healthy enough to be 80 years old and run in the Atlanta Peachtree Road Race, as one my usher board members did earlier this year?

It is your decision. You can decide to work in a preventive  mode as you do with your car maintenance. Or, later you will either say, “I am glad I did.  Or, I wish I would have taken better care of myself”.