This morning, The Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center’s Executive Director reposted The Cancer Fighting Kitchen’s Facebook post:
"Who Knew: chopping cauliflower releases enzymes that increase the bioavailability of its nutrients. Delaying cooking for 5-10 minutes after cutting helps insure that heat won’t destroy these enzymes’ effectiveness. Also, the enzymes need Vitamin C to activate, which can be accomplished with a hit of lemon or lime juice."
which activated my brain (without chopping, mind you) to elaborate upon this statement since there is so much more to consider.
How is this possible?
It’s the phytochemicals! Breaking the cells (chewing, cutting) in cabbage (other cruciferous family foods too) actually releases myrosinase, an enzyme that breaks down glucosinolates into cancer fighters and increases them by like 400%! Researchers suggest it’s the plant’s defense mechanism. Same thing with onions, we cry due to the enzyme released by the veggie once cut into. It is the glucosinolates that make the brassica family so cancer fighting. The Brassica and Allium family foods are the leaders in cancer fighting foods.
Bummer fact most people don’t consider is that heat greatly alters the structure and reduces the quantity of bioavailable phytonutrients. So the level of glucosinolates in the brassica family vary greatly depending on the method of cooking, time and temperature, veggie to water ratio and so much more. There are researchers in the UK studying how long a veggie has to sit, chopped and enzyme activity increasing, to have enough enzymes remain in tact after heating. That’s why I want to see a book which lists EACH food and the affect heat plays on it specifically; at which temperatures, by what processing, for what duration, etc. Haven’t seen one yet though so I’m left up to generalities like – Eat your veggies raw or lightly blanched!
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Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Practitioner, Stephanie Austin, was guided into holistic living in 2002 when she was diagnosed with Dermatomyositis, an uncommon autoimmune disease affecting the skin and muscle.
Opting for education rather than medication, Austin enrolled in a Holistic Health Practitioner program in 2004 after realizing she'd been gifted with disease so that she may learn to heal herself and later teach others to do the same.
Since her education, Austin has released over 60 pounds and conquered years of junk food addiction through holistic healing and nutrition techniques that she now passes onto others through her business, Wellness by Mother Nature.
Austin has been the Director of Education and Board Member for the nonprofit organization, The Wellness Kitchen. She is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Award from www.ACHS.edu.
Austin is an author, coach and speaker who empowers people on the healing value of nutrition and the innate self-healing abilities of a body in balance.
She has helped hundreds of people achieve balance through methods such as meditation, herbs, movement, supplements, aromatherapy, homeopathy, nutrition, mind-body connection, energy healing and by closely listening to the needs of her clients.
It is awareness that brings change, not your effort. Why does it happen through awareness? - because the awareness changes you. And when you are different, the world is different. It is not a question of creating a different world, it is only a question of creating a different you. You are your world; so if you change, the world changes.
My Other Blogs
I've used several websites over the years to journal my juice cleanses. Since there are many years worth of journals, I am slowly moving them all to this one. Meanwhile, you can view my First Juice Fast blog here and a few others here and here.
If you're looking for program specific blogs (ie. Juice Cleanse or Gluten Free) visit the Classes and Programs here for their respective blogs, which are password assessable to clients only.
The Traveling Homesteader has an entirely separate blog here.
Otherwise, I write everything else here at www.StephanieAustin.com.