Fighting the good fight – through nutrition!

Hope you all had a great week!  As you know, as the Naughty Nutritionist, I am making it my mission to get people to be healthier – not just so we can fit into our skinny jeans (although that is certainly a great advantage!) – but so that we ALL have the opportunity to live LONG and FULFILLING lives that are chock full with LOVE and HAPPINESS.  My events director, Emily, represented the Naughty Nutritionist at an amazing event over the weekend.  After losing her father and grandparents to cancer within a year, her family started the Cash Memorial Fund – a charity dedicated to raising funds for progressive cancer research.  Saturday night, Emily shared our NaughtyBits with the attendees of “Games for the Cure” – an event raising money for brain cancer research in honor of a close friend of the family.  Well get this – they raised OVER NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!  Holy cow!!!  Emily reported that there were so many fans of the NaughtyBits that I’m sure we’ll be working with them again in the near future.  Be sure to check out their website and below is a pic of some of our Naughty Fans with Emily (in the pink top)!

Emily and Naughty Fans at Games for the Cure

The Naughty Nutritionist has also been on the MOVE this week throughout the city of Boston!  Check out our newest Facebook pictures from events at the W Hotel and the Middle East in Cambridge.  I had the great honor of giving the legendary Patti Austin some of our bits!!!  Additionally, I got to meet a VERY talented singer/songwriter named Jamie Kent – he’s definitely going to be the next Jack Johnson!  Jamie is actually going to be taking out bits on tour with him this fall – so check out his tour dates on his website!!!

ANYWAY – on to the Sunday question of the night!  This one is actually a 2-parter, so I’ll be posting the second half of the question next week.  As always, be naughty and be well!  With great affection, The Naughty Nutritonist

What does it mean to have food with antioxidants in it? – Kathy P.

Dear Kathy,
Well, the short answer is that foods that are green have the most antioxidants – and antioxidants are your best friend! Why? Because they slow down aging, stop you from getting chronic illness, and even prevent wrinkles! Yes, even wrinkles- its true! So instead of buying all those expensive face crèmes, save your skin by eating more foods with antioxidants – especially dark green vegetables! So, what exactly are antioxidants? Well, are you ready?  Here is the longer answer:

Antioxidants are molecules that come from nature, which neutralize free-radicals by donating one of their own electrons, ending the “electron-stealing” behavior of the free-radicals. The antioxidant nutrients themselves don’t become free-radicals in the process of donating an electron because they are stable in either form. They act as scavengers, helping to prevent cell and tissue damage that could lead to cellular damage and disease.
You can see antioxidants at work in your own kitchen. Slice an apple in half and watch it turn brown. That’s oxidation, due to oxygen reacting with the apple creating free-radicals. If, however, you dip the apple in some lemon juice, the rate at which the apple turns brown is slowed down because the vitamin C in the lemon juice decreases the rate of free radical activity taking place. Since our bodies cannot manufacture antioxidants, these very important molecules need to come from our diet in order to minimize free-radical damage – which, in essence, is what causes premature aging.  If you want to avoid that, include food with antioxidants in your diet every day.

Check out this cute diagram detailing how antioxidants work – it’s really actually simple when you think about it!

Consider this quote: “The amount of antioxidants that you maintain in your body is directly proportional to how long you will live.” – Dr Richard Cutler, Director of Anti-Ageing Research Department of the National Institute of Health in Washington, D.C.


The Naughty Nutritionist


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