GBOMBS might be a new addition to your nutritional intake and vocabulary.
After losing 100 pounds and reversing his own heart disease in 2012, professional wellness speaker and nationally recognized health coach Nathaniel Jordan, affectionately known as The Minister of Wellness, found his true calling. He now teaches about the fundamentals of health and the healing power of food, helping thousands of people achieve their health goals and eradicate disease. The St. Louis, Missouri-based author promotes a nutrient-rich approach to wellness, drawing from his struggle and success with his health, and shares some of his experiences via his many books and presentations on the topic.
“I'm trying to educate people about natural ways to strengthen their immune system to protect against disease and its root cause and how we can attack it 100% naturally, by helping people overcome food addiction, which is the barrier to overall health,” says Jordan, who joined the United States Marines Corp right after graduating from high school. At that time, he weighed 165 pounds. He left the Marines and joined the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, where he “blew up to 260 pounds and had already developed heart disease.” Raised in a home where he witnessed his father and uncles dying of heart attacks and strokes, Jordan became worried.
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Unwilling to head down the same path of ill health, he turned to research and “learned of medical doctors who actually treat people using the medicinal qualities in food and herbs.” It changed his life. He lost 100 pounds, reversed his heart disease and his skin completely cleared up. He also became an advocate of living and eating naturally as a result of all the benefits he noticed from a few simple healthy choices. Jordan began health coaching people for free in the police department and became a sensation after finding his passion. For the past four years, he has been educating people around the world, contributing to numerous success stories.
Jordan was set to tour nationally this year until the coronavirus pandemic shut everything down. “But it has also made me much busier, although from home because people are now looking for answers. We've been flooded with calls and orders,” he shares. Per Jordan, the primary concern that people are reaching out about is how to strengthen their immune system. The foods he recommends are what he terms GBOMBS: greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries, and seeds, aka your immune system’s special forces. He has a 12-part series on his YouTube channel where he details the powerful natural medicines in each of those foods thanks to their nutrients.
Greens and dark cruciferous veggies (such as kale and broccoli) freeze well and they are nutrient-dense containing anti-inflammatory agents such as vitamins A and C. Beans are extremely quarantine-friendly food. Not only do they have a long shelf life, but they are also packed with protein and fiber, keeping you full and satisfied without overeating. Onions, garlic and other veggies in the allium family are versatile ingredients high in beneficial sulfur compounds that boost not only flavor but also immune health. Mushrooms are rich in B vitamins, which promote skin and gut health.
Of course, fresh is best, but low-sodium canned varieties make a nutritious and shelf-stable substitute. Berries are freezer-friendly and filled with antioxidants and flavonoids, which are great for brain health and memory. Seeds are rich in micronutrients and omega-3 fatty acids. Jordan subscribes to the simple belief of, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” as proposed thousands of years ago by Hippocrates, in putting forth these six foods that are the foundation to build upon with other fresh fruits and vegetables.
To encourage people, Jordan has several books on his site with delicious recipes for meal planning and desserts and other suggestions. “I'm telling you, it is a delicious way of eating. Just get rid of the food addictions. There is no loss of pleasure and I’m a witness to that. It feels incredible to be in top shape,” he says. Alongside diet, Jordan recommends healthy activity. “Get outside and walk, ride a bike, power walk or jog or run. Nobody says we have to just stay sitting in our homes all day.” Dancing, doing yoga, even gardening or cleaning can get your heart pumping and having the right mindset will also support immune health.
“Even with mental health, exercise is number one as it is a very powerful stress reliever,” he says. “And, of course, be grateful for our lives because we can always be worse. We want to do our best to be thankful for the blessings that we have. We want to do what we can to help others in need. Communicate regularly with your family and friends so that social distancing doesn't lead to emotional isolation. Write down your goals and visions that you have for your life. Believe that everything's going to be all right and everything’s going to get better. That’s the power of positive thinking.”