A dietary identity is something most women want. Instead of always wondering what the best diet out there is, wouldn’t it be so much easier to know this answer based on what’s in you? Finding the right way to eat is highly personal and takes a lot of trial and error. Since each of us responds to food differently and we each have a lifestyle that’s unique, it’s next to impossible to assume there’s a 1 – sized fits all approach that’s going to work for everyone. For this reason, I’ve learned to not attach myself to anyone single diet. I like to pick and choose pieces of the hottest dietary trends and infuse them into a diet that works for my particular needs and lifestyle. While dietary trends come and go, the one part of nutritional wisdom that never changes is that a plant-centric diet is key for good health. While I love all kinds of foods, polyphenols or rather their super-charged versions I call Powerphenols excite me the most!
ˈpou(ə)r fēˌnôl,-ˌnōl/ (noun) — the ability of an autophagy activating polyphenol in a nutrient dense form to do or act in a way to defy aging and improve health.
These are specific, potent antioxidants that not only protect your cells but also activate autophagy to repair them, for the ultimate youth-boosting benefits
But they do more than provide medicinal value to your meal – they add color and flavor as well. My Powerphenol lineup includes EGCG from green tea, curcumin from turmeric, berberine from plants like barberry and goldenseal and also trans-resveratrol found in red wine and chocolate. Truth be told, to reap their medicinal benefits, you’d be better off taking a high-quality supplement. To learn more about the best practices I recommend for including these in your diet please check out my new book, Glow15, just released a few days ago. And while I am a big proponent of the use of smart supplement practices, what I care equally about is a food-first mentality. The ultimate way to reap the autophagy- inducing benefits of Powerphenols is to use them in your meal prep in conjunction with smart supplementation. Here are five ways to get more of these Powerphenols in your diet.
4 Ways To Eat More Powerphenols:
Curcumin: That poignant, bright yellow color brings scrambled eggs to life as well as sauces and curries as well lunch salads like chicken, shrimp or salmon salad. I try to add between 1/4 teaspoon and 1/2 teaspoon of either freshly ground or powdered turmeric to whatever I’m cooking and include some black pepper since the piperine found in pepper may help increase absorption of curcumin.
Trans-Resveratrol: This one is so fun to talk about because telling an adult woman that her daily red wine or chocolate is a healthy part of her daily diet is like giving candy to a child. But it’s true – a moderate intake of both of these. While a supplement is a better medicinal supply than dietary intake alone, you can still feel good about cooking, drinking and eating with your wine. Choose an organic dry red like a Pinot Noir and if you’re cooking with it, opt for the same high quality you would use to drink with. Same idea with cocoa – choose organic, raw chocolate made from minimally – processed cacao. You can add cacao to sauces for your protein (like a mole sauce), or you can add to coffees, smoothies, and hot cocoa of course.