6 Ways To Eat Like A Health Goth

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Health Goth — the movement characterized by individuals hitting the gym (and everywhere else) under the cover of darkness à la Rick Owens — is on the rise. And, it's a welcome change. Since about 2009 it seems you couldn’t step outside, let alone into a gym, without being bombarded with a visual assault of blinding, neon color: hats, shoes, underwear, outerwear — the fashion world has been channeling 1989 strong for quite some time. But, as with every trend that reaches its zenith and explodes in sartorial saturation so widespread that no man, woman, or child remains untouched, the pendulum must swing back. And, that it has. Health Goth is a look that's head-to-toe dark sportswear. It's one part classic street goth, one part Missy Elliot. And, whether your spandex is black or bright, everybody’s gotta eat. If you’re of the more muted persuasion, here’s our top six foods for a Health Goth.
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When you think about antioxidant fruits, blueberries usually get all the love. But, their darker counterparts have actually been shown to rank higher than almost any other North American food in terms of sheer antioxidant concentration. Blackberries get their sinister hue thanks to anthocyanins, which are responsible for healthy memory function. These compounds, along with blackberries’ phenolic acids and different types of flavonoids, all help protect against oxidative damage (hence the name ‘anti-oxidant’). This type of damage causes our bodies to age and has been shown to play a large role in the development of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease. Additionally, blackberries are hugely fiber-rich; one cup has almost a third of your daily dose of fiber and half your vitamin C. Both of those nutrients help you to detoxify and strengthen your immune system, so you’ll be looking young and radiant under that black gym shroud.
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In addition to containing 3 grams of protein, 14% of the RDA of potassium, 8% of magnesium and calcium, and 12% of vitamins B6 and K, one cup of figs contains a whopping 10 grams of fiber. Adding to their wondrous digestive power is the fact that the pectin in figs ferments in the large intestine, acting as a probiotic and promoting the growth of good bacteria. Figs bring in the good and help move out the bad.
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Black Coffee

Much like red wine's, coffee's health benefits have been hotly debated. But, you probably don’t want to down a glass of vino before you hit the gym. On the other hand, a cup of joe pre-workout can mean the difference between using the elliptical monitor as a headrest and actually breaking a sweat and liking it. As we all know, the caffeine in coffee can boost your mood and your energy, which definitely helps when facing down an untold number of boot-camp burpees. Studies have also shown moderate doses of caffeine to temporarily elevate your metabolism and increase fat burning. On top of that, coffee — like all the other foods on this list — is loaded with antioxidants. But, brewers beware: Caffeine is a drug and drug abuse is never a good thing. Caffeine has also been shown to reduce insulin sensitivity, increase cortisol levels, and contribute to hormonal imbalances — all of which lead to weight gain in addition to heartburn, anxiety, and general dependency. Plus, bounding enthusiasm and a smile plastered from ear to ear don’t really go with the whole Health Goth look. So, maybe swap that "Venti" for a "Tall."
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The virtually tasteless, delightfully spongy eggplant is one of the best sources of nasunin, an antioxidant that helps prevent the accumulation of iron in the body. This is particularly important for protecting cell membranes and the health of brain tissue. One cup also delivers decent doses of vitamin B6, Thiamin, vitamin K, manganese (crucial to the detoxification process), and potassium. But, perhaps the best thing about this plant is its flavorless texture; it’s no porterhouse, but for vegetarians seeking some substance, it can beef up almost any dish.
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Black Olives

Fun fact: Black and green olives are actually the same thing. Black olives have just been ripened over time, mellowing out their taste and making them much more palatable for the conservative eater. Their star quality is fat content. About 80-85% of the calories in olives come from fat, primarily the monounsaturated kind, which has been shown to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and prevent heart disease. And, even if you’re not too concerned with having a heart attack, you probably are interested in your hormones, vitamin intake, and brain health — all of which are partially dependent on dietary fat. All kinds of fat (saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated) are essential for health, starting at the cellular level. Why? Because every single cell in our body is surrounded by a lipid (or fat) membrane. So, good fat is necessary for healthy cells. Additionally, without fat we can’t make healthy hormones or absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K; this is why olives are a perfect addition to salads and veggie dishes. Finally, our brains are nearly 60% fat, so if you’re feeling a little foggy, hit up the olive bar.
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Squid Ink

We know, this may not be at the top of your weekly shopping list. But, squid ink is popping up on more and more menus nowadays. This is probably because of its umami flavor, which has been compared to that of black truffles. Plus, new studies reveal that foods containing black squid ink help prevent the growth of blood vessels that cause cancer cells. If you don’t feel like seeking out the latest James Beard award-winning restaurant, you can just grab a jar of squid ink and add it to your Uncle Ben’s; some chefs say rice absorbs the flavor even better than pasta.

Whether you're a Health Goth or not, one thing's for sure in food and fashion: Black is the new black. At least for now.

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