Let’s play a game, “If you were stranded on a deserted island, what five foods would you want there?” As a nutritionist, I’m often asked what are my favorite nutritionally-based foods, so this is a variation on a theme.
So what foods would you take? Coke, French fries, chips, pie and ice cream? Fine in moderation but I pray you choose better. You wouldn’t survive long on that diet.
Let me tell you what I’d want: I’d take: garlic, yogurt, olives, salmon, chocolate. I’m optimistic that I’d find fresh water there.
Garlic: To me, everything tastes better with garlic! Well, except milk. Once our dairy cows got into some wild onions. I imagine garlic would taste worse. (We consumed a lot of potato and onion soup that season.)
Garlic is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and it’s an anticoagulant. It lowers blood pressure as well as thins the blood. Due to its alkaline pH and antioxidants, it heals wounds, cures the common cold faster and fights cancer.
One of the best reasons for consuming garlic? It boosts mood and has a calming affect on one’s mind. Everyone loves happy people. Of course you’d be alone so . . . at least you’d enjoy your own company. (I’m ever the optimist, see previous post.)
Yogurt: Another antibacterial food which powerfully boosts the immune system. Yogurt provides lots of the healthy acidophilus and other bacteria for the intestinal tract to combat parasites and viruses. These powerful probiotics fight infections, ulcers, allergies and attack tumors. Studies have shown that yogurt metabolize body fat faster, thus assisting in weight control.
Yogurt’s loaded with protein, B2, B12, potassium, magnesium, zinc and calcium. Even my patients who were lactose intolerant could consume yogurt with no side effects. But please avoid fillers and artificial sweeteners.
Olives: (First I’d have to learn how to cure them . . . but let’s imagine some of the chef’s pantry fell off the cruise ship with me. This is a fantasy post after all.) So olives are amazing with their omega-3 fatty acids which would combat the harsh rays of the sun while I’m languishing on the beach until rescued.
Salmon: So I guess this island will be in the Northwest territory. I could swim home but why? I’m queen of my own little island here! Anyway, salmon, my favorite fish, would be plentiful. Salmon controls high blood pressure and battles arthritis with its anti-inflammatory properties. It’s been known to combat asthma and shorten debilitating migraine headaches.
Salmon is incredibly rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, B vitamins, potassium and protein. This food is an avid youth protector. It improves the skin and lessons wrinkles. Salmon also promotes cardiovascular health in every way.
Dark Chocolate: Filled with power-boosting flavonoids and polyphenol properties (all antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antifungal.) These benefit the heart and entire cardiovascular system by increasing good HDL. Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fat which lowers blood pressure and delays blood clotting. Containing magnesium, potassium, iron and copper, it improves mental clarity, mood and retains natural hair color.
On the other hand, perhaps if stranded, I should just fast and worship the Lord and forget about my stomach. After all, He always provides for my needs!
“I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.” (Ecclesiastes 3: 12-13)