So we are getting so close to summer that we can almost feel the sun on our faces…Oh wait that is the sun!!! I forgot what it looked like after 170 days in a row of rain in good ‘ol Astoria, Oregon. So with the impending arrival of summer, it’s time to contemplate our swimsuit body readiness! For me…I’m worried. A bit like that patient that you know is sick and they turn to you and say, “I’m going to be sick”, yes that is me right now! Ok, well we can fix it! It’s all about baby steps and building routines when it comes to losing weight and getting healthy. I was recently told by a great friend of mine that it’s not about weight loss or bulking up, it’s about getting healthy and the rest will come with it. I am trying to get to the best me. In truth, I am on a personal challenge to attain the best shape of my life by 40. Like it or not, you’re in this with me now!

Below I have included some content from a very informative article about the benefits of this challenge. Please read along and I hope that you will join me in this personal journey in becoming our most healthy versions of ourselves.

These tropical super- foods have many health benefits which help you in the fight against various diseases. Moreover, it is rich in numerous nutrients, including sucrose, fructose, glucose and fiber. Therefore, banana acts as powerful natural energy booster.

Namely, a study discovered that two bananas can supply you with enough energy for a 90-minute strenuous exercise. This is the reason why banana it is the favorite fruit of numerous leading athletes.

In addition, when compared to an apple, banana contains:

  • Three times the phosphorus
  • Twice the carbohydrate
  • Five times the vitamin A and iron
  • Four times the protein
  • Twice the other vitamins and minerals.

This article will also give a review of the most important benefits of the consumption of bananas:


Due to its high iron levels, regular consumption of bananas can help you fight anemia. Iron stimulates the production of red blood cells and therefore it increases hemoglobin levels in the blood.

Blood Pressure

Banana is rich in potassium and low in sodium, which makes it perfect for healthy blood pressure. Namely,the US Food and Drug Administration has confirmed the fruit`s ability to lower blood pressure and protect from stroke.


Bananas are rich in tryptophan which is converted into serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps you relax, boost your mood and can help you overcome depression. According to a study conducted by MIND, many people who suffer from depression experienced significant improvement after eating bananas.


These favorable fruits are abundant in B vitamins, which are able to calm and relax the nervous system.

Interestingly, studies conducted on the Institute of Psychology in Austria examined 5,000 hospital patients and concluded that obesity generally occurred in people with high-pressure jobs. The researchers recommend consuming one banana every two hours in order to control blood sugar levels and avoid food cravings while at work.

Bananas are instrumental in weight loss, Diabetes management; improve mood and memory, and lower heart disease risk by up to 49% when eaten regularly! So let’s kick start our beach bodies and do this together. Join me in your own 30 Day 2x a day Banana Challenge and get healthy both physically and mentally!

Thank you again for watching, reading, and thank you for strapping on your boots and kicking ass every day!

Healthy Food House; October 11th, 2015

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