I couldn’t believe the scale again when I saw the readout this morning. I was thinking that it would just be my luck that I would gain before my goal day but then the joy to see how I smashed that goal, it feels really good. I’m really going to enjoy the reward tonight at the restaurant but not planning on going crazy. Just going to slowly enjoy good food. So now the question is: what’s the next goal and reward?
So now I’m wondering what’s so great about broccoli? Here’s what I’ve found.
Broccoli can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will cook it by steaming. The fiber-related components in broccoli do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they’ve been steamed. When this binding process takes place, it’s easier for bile acids to be excreted, and the result is a lowering of your cholesterol levels. Raw broccoli still has cholesterol-lowering ability—just not as much.
Broccoli has a strong, positive impact on our body’s detoxification system, and researchers have recently identified one of the key reasons for this detox benefit. Glucoraphanin, gluconasturtiian, and glucobrassicin are 3 glucosinolate phytonutrients found in a special combination in broccoli. This dynamic trio is able to support all steps in body’s detox process, including activation, neutralization, and elimination of unwanted contaminants. Isothiocyanates (ITCs) are the detox-regulating molecules made from broccoli’s glucosinolates, and they help control the detox process at a genetic level.
Broccoli may help us solve our vitamin D deficiency epidemic. When large supplemental doses of vitamin D are needed to offset deficiency, ample supplies of vitamin K and vitamin A help keep our vitamin D metabolism in balance. Broccoli has an unusually strong combination of both vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) and vitamin K. For people faced with the need to rebuild vitamin D stores through vitamin D supplements, broccoli may be an ideal food to include in the diet.
Broccoli is a particularly rich source of a flavonoid called kaempferol. Recent research has shown the ability of kaempferol to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body. This kaempferol connection helps to explain the unique anti-inflammatory benefits of broccoli, and it should also open the door to future research on the benefits of broccoli for a hypoallergenic diet.
Breakfast – 3 eggs with a handful of broccoli
Morning snack – cucumbers and handful of sunflower seeds
Lunch – Kale salad dry, celery, one Lindt’s dark chocolate square
Afternoon snack – apple and a handful of almonds
Dinner – Mushroom and Swiss burger, fries, DQ sundae
Exercise today: 2 hours in the warehouse (morning)
Weight: 248.8 – down 1.4lbs