A very dear friend of mine had cancer long before I ever knew her. She had a complete hysterectomy at 35 and some kind of recurrence in her 50s. I can see that it pains her to remember, so I’ve never asked for specifics. But one subject on which she speaks freely and with great enthusiasm is the diet that she feels has kept her healthy ever since. She cut out all meat and processed foods, and very rarely indulges in the wonderful baked goods that she still regularly turns out for family and friends. She also looks for ways to incorporate superfoods into her everyday routine, and drinks some of the vilest looking concoctions I’ve ever seen. So when I stumbled across SuperFoods Rx by Steven G. Pratt, M.D. and Kathy Matthews, I couldn’t help but take a look to see what they have to offer on the subject.
I was under the misconception that super foods were hard to find, exotic produce that could only be purchased in specialty stores or sent away for from faraway lands. So I was very happy to find that Dr. Pratt’s list includes many foods I already eat and actually enjoy: apples, avocados, beans, blueberries, broccoli, cinnamon, dark chocolate (yay!), dried super fruits, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, honey, kiwi, low-fat yogurt, oats, onions, oranges, pomegranates, pumpkin, soy, spinich, tea, tomatoes, turkey, walnuts, and wild salmon.
SuperFoods Rx examines how each of the superfoods acts as a “nutritional powerhouse” to help reduce your chances of developing certain common ailments, letting you know what to eat to prevent such things as osteoporosis, cardiac ailments, obesity, high cholesterol, and cataracts, among others. The book also includes superfoods recipes created by Chef Michel Stroot of the Golden Door Spa. I’m currently checking out one that will make my friend’s Superfood Smoothies more palatable (or at least not so gray/green and chunky looking!).0