Category Archives: Diet

Should the Government Regulate Junk Food?

No one likes to be told what they can and cannot eat. Food is one of the key personal freedoms, but should it be? As the world struggles with an increasing obesity rate and overburdened health care systems, it seems at times like we are our own worst enemy.

Governments around the world regulate the sales of alcohol, tobacco, and, increasingly, recreational marijuana. Some have also instituted “soda taxes” that increase the cost of pop in order to encourage people to choose healthier alternatives. However, there has been no concentrated effort to extend such a plan to junk food as a whole.

Given that this segment of the food industry is quite substantial, any such plan would immediately run afoul of the many lobbyists employed to represent the major companies involved.

However, groups like the World Health Organization are becomingly increasingly vocal in their attempts to get governments more involved in addressing the problem. It’s tough to argue from a financial perspective: decreasing the number of people with chronic health issues brought about by poor lifestyle choices will also dramatically decrease the amount of money countries must direct towards healthcare.

That argument for action has suggestions on how to make this economically viable, like providing financial incentives for those involved in the production of healthy foods. They also advise other measures, such as tightening the regulation of fast food advertising aimed at children, and making it less profitable for companies that focus their means of production on unhealthy, highly processed foods.

These are encouraging ideas and one hopes they will increasingly come into play around the world. In the meantime, however, education seems to be the best choice. Helping people to fully realize the risks that a bacon double cheeseburger has on their well-being might encourage more consumers to think twice.

I Like to Move it Move it (Not Really Though)

They say that after dealing with death and divorce, moving is one of the most traumatizing events a person goes through, and after my last move, I’m inclined to agree. I don’t have a lot of advice to offer about boxes, bubble wrap or any of that jazz, but I can tell you how what we ate made a difference in how well the move went. Moving days are hectic, which in and of itself makes eating healthy more difficult, but add to the fact that all your dishes are impossible to get to and you’ve probably spent the last week making sure to have as little food in your place as possible (less to move) and you’ve got a recipe for a day spent eating infrequently and unhealthily, which, aside from being bad for you, will also deprive your body of much needed nutrients while you’re making it work even harder than usual:

  • The day before, pack up plastic bags full of veggie sticks, almonds and pretzels for easy to reach snacks that you can munch as you load and unload your belongings
  • Start they day with a protein and carb filled breakfast to make sure you have enough energy to last in case you miss out on lunch hour (though the snacks should help here). If you can, try to have just enough yogurt (single serving cups, drinkable ones, or single serving tubes are great here) and granola bars for you and anyone else in the household that is moving (look for lower sugar varieties, to avoid crashing). If you’re helping someone move, try a veggie filled omelet with brown toast, or make your own breakfast burritos filled with lots of black beans.
  • While moving, it’s important to stay hydrated, be sure to have lots of water bottles on hand, especially in the summer
  • For dinner? I say go ahead and order that pizza! You’ll want to reward anyone who’s helped you move, and frankly, you’ll have done so much lifting, walking and stressing that the extra calories won’t be felt. You should still make an effort to add as many veggies as you can and avoid super fatty meats (most places will offer chicken-a much leaner choice than pepperoni). You’ll be so tired from moving that the any sluggishness you feel from a big pizza dinner won’t really be felt.

 

 

How to Stay Healthy When You’re Camping

What could be better than packing up a tent and sleeping, then heading out to the great outdoors? Getting closer to nature is a wonderful way to reconnect with nature and reset, despite the lack of showers, camping can be a very cleansing experience and if you’re from a large city, spending time away from the noise and light pollution will do you a world of good. Unfortunately, because of space constraints and a lack of electricity, it can be easy when camping to load up on carbs and sugar, which can undo all those good feelings. Here are some tips you can use to make sure your next wilderness adventure is as healthy as possible:

  • Think ahead and make frozen meals like chili (be sure to use lots of beans, and a lean protein like turkey). Pack it in individual tupperware or freezer bags and heat over a camp stove or fire-bonus: they can replace ice in your cooler
  • For snacking, use the frozen trick again and freeze batches of grapes. Also, Focus on things like pretezels, nuts, or popcorn (and make sure they’re all low sodium) instead of greasy chips or sugary dried fruits. Fill containers with carrot and celery sticks for easy snacking, but stay away from things like apple or pears that will brown and be unappetizing
  • Be sure to drink lots of water, pack more than you think you’ll need in case there’s not a reliable water source and be sure to freeze some and use them to keep your food cool
  • S’mores are a camping must, and I would never say don’t have them, but try to boost the health factor by adding fresh fruit like bananas or strawberries, and be sure to use dark chocolate. Also consdier shopping around for a healthier cookie base than the traditional graham cracker, there are lots of tasty whole grain or gluten free options if you’re willing to spend a little time huntin

Tips for Happy, Healthy Sandwiches

Oh sandwiches! They get a bit of a bad rap, what with soggy bread or uninspiring fillings, the same old same old club sandwich or caser wrap offered at every restaurant ever (probably). Not to mention they can be unhealthy bundles of fat and processed carbs. But done right, there is nothing more glorious than eating a meal that you can hold in your hands, with every bit nicely balanced. To up your sandwich game, here are some easy tips to follow:

  • Balance is everything. The best sandwiches combine several taste and texture sensations to create a party in your mouth that everyone is invited to. Your sandwich should have something savory, sweet, sour or tangy, fresh, spicy, creamy, and crunchy. If you have something from every category, you’ll be amazed at the difference. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, fig jam makes a great sweet element when paired with cheese or meats like salami. Apples can provide several elements with their crunch texture and sweet to sour taste. Avocado is a good (and healthy) choice for creamy. Basically, go nuts (nuts are good too, especially nut butters)
  • Bread! If you have a gluten free one that works then yes, go ahead and use it, but also consider a  breadless sandwiches with ingredients layered between sweet potato slices, or lettuce wraps-sandwiches, these are great ways to add more nutrition and remove empty carbs. If you don’t think it’s a realy sandwich without “real” bread, get a nice, scratch made baguette, sourdough, or seedy multigrain. Make sure your bread or bread subsitute makes sense with your filling: don’t make a Bahn mi on cinnamon raison bread (but do try that with asiago, arugula, and prosciutto). The bread is a hug for your fillings, it can either be a blanket of warmth that makes everything better or an awkward encounter that you are desperate to end. Choose wisely.
  • Don’t be a Dagwood: sure, we’ve all been so hungry that we would spread our own leg with mayo, put it between two slices of rye and go to town, but there’s no real excuse to load up your sandwich with everything in the fridge and making some kind of monsterwich. Your filling should be about equal to the amount of bread, otherwise you’ll not only be a sloppy falling apart mess, but all the effort you put into picking the right bread will have been for naught.

Bonus tip: if you’re packing one of these bad boys up for lunch and worried about soggy sadness come noon, make sure there is an oil based spread (such as avocado or peanut butter) on both sides cheese is also a good barrier to limp bread syndrome (use in moderation though). No go forth, and happy sandwiching!

Lunch For a Week: My Easy Guide and Tips to Tasty and Time Saving Meal Prep

Stuck in a rut with your work lunches? Maybe the same old ham and cheese everyday is getting stale, or your pocket book is getting stretched by eating out too much (not to mention your waistline). Not to worry, with just a little bit of planning (and I mean little!) and what’s probably already in your pantry, you can make a week’s worth of healthy, cheap, and easy lunches.

First let’s start with what you (should) already have: mustard, honey or maple syrup, olive oil, salt and pepper, pasta, peanut butter, hot sauce such as sriracha, balsamic vinegar

Know what you’ll need: 4-5 chicken breasts, a cucumber, pint of cherry tomatoes, two bell peppers, your favourite herbs (I used basil, but cilantro and parsley would work just as well), a nice loaf of bread, or a baguette, hummus

On Sunday night, simple poach the chicken, leave it to cool and shred either by hand or with two forks. Now you have the base for all your meals this week. the night before, or the morning of if that’s your thing, you can choose what kind of sandwich or salad to make, from this list and voila! Rut over!

  • Bahn mi: spread bread with peanut butter and hot sauce, layer on chicken, cucumber, basil and strips of bell pepper
  • almost a shawarma sandwich: spread hummus on bread, layer with chicken (toss it with balsamic first for a nice hit of acid), cucumber, tomatoes, and basil
  • Honey mustard salad: mix chicken with salt, pepper, mustard, and honey (about a tablespoon or each). Layer in your favourite Tupperware with diced veggies from the list.
  • Sweet and spicy sandwich: mix honey and hot sauce (about a table of honey, hot sauce to taste) and toss with chicken, layer on bread with cucumber and sliced bell peppers
  • Italian salad: toss chicken with salt, pepper, olive oil and balsamic, add diced tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil.

And there you go, a world of flavours for about 10 minutes of work a day. Keep in mind that you can make the salads sandwiches and vice versa if you have dietary needs or preferences. Include easy healthy snacks like nuts, apples or other fruits, and yogurt to keep you full all day. Happy lunching!

Study: Chocolate Can Make Diseases More Deadly

Research suggests that eating chocolates, biscuits and bread can make diseases deadlier – especially to cancer patients. This is because chocolates have an ingredient that can stimulate a protein called CD36 in humans. Palm oil, which is in more chocolate, cookies and sweets,  stimulates the production of CD36, that is responsible for the tumours to metastasize or spread throughout body. Also, standard dietary fats consumption stimulates CD36, permitting cancer cells to spread to the body.

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Recently the Institute for Research in Barcelona performed a test on mice where they injected them with cutting-edge human mouth cancer and fed them with either low-fat or high-fat diet. Once the cancer mice were exposed to the CD36, the metastasis developed. However, only half of the test subjects ended up without their tumours spreading.

New research found that antibodies, when used, will block the protein and will completely prevent the metastasis in mice. While in mice with existing cancer which already spread, the progress was stopped by a fifth. Researchers are now working to develop anti-body-based therapies suitable for humans that will target the CD36. According to the lead researcher Professor Salvador Benitah, he said: “In mice inoculated with human tumour cells, there appears to be a direct link between fat intake and an increase in metastatic potential through CD36.”

The hope is to stop it before it spreads to vital organs.

More studies and research about the relation of the consumption of saturated fats and sugar that harm  cancer patients is needed.

Which is also alarming is we consume these products unknowingly as a result of  what we eat. Fat has its own function to our body, but we need to control the intake of it or else it will soon affect our health.

Everyday Life Diet

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      Diets need to be considered not as a way to lose some weight but as a lifestyle. Here we will present you few examples of diets that can help us lose some weight.

Breakfast (08.00 – 09.00 o’clock)

One large or two smaller apples for the first day, next day for breakfast we can have one big peer or some other fruits. You can also have cereal with pieces of dried fruits and yoghurt. Two or three times in a week you can add few boiled egg whites.

Snack (11.00 – 12.00 o’clock)

            Soy snacks can be combined with some nutshells, walnuts or almonds. 20 or 30 grams are more than enough.

Lunch (13.00-15.00 o’clock)

            Salad with chicken steak or potato salad with cheese, this type of food needs to be in your everyday menu. One piece of bread can be combined with the lunch and a glass of red wine, but not every day.

Snack (16.00-17.00 o’clock)

            A coffee with two diet cookies, but without sugar or if you must use than make it brown and in smaller quantities. Avoid using artificial sugars.

Dinner (18.00-19.00 o’clock)

You can have pasta, 200 grams is more than enough or you can have small amount of cheese. You can also make sandwich with some protein cheese, tomato, pepper and fresh salad. You can use mustard and chilly as much as you like.

During the whole day you need to drink water. Three or four litters are perfect for people with high blood cholesterol.

If you are strict with this diet even with a small physical activity you can burn few kilograms per month. If you have a goal to lose more than 3 kg per month, than you must make exercises and have more intense physical activity. For example 1 hour of fast walking is enough.

Hazards of Midnight Snacking

images (3) May it be due to nervousness, tension, stress, or merely a part of slumber party, mid night snacking must be avoided at all costs. To overcome the hunger pangs which arise in the middle of night, try drinking a glass of water or munch upon some fruit or any veggie. But many of us follow this habit mostly because we find fun in it. Especially late night party lovers, they have big meals comprising of carbs and fats, which they order from any fast food franchise, just for the sake of enjoyment. But they don’t realize what they actually do to their body in the pursuit of partying in the middle of night. Following are mentioned two most commonly observed bad effects of late night snacking upon health.

Weight Gain: No body would like adding extra unnecessary pounds to their body. But weight gain comes in as a deleterious effect of mid night snacking. According to experts, snacking after dinner can ignite weight gain mechanism in the body since it increases your total calorie intake per day. Moreover, during night time, your body is not active so much so that it can digest the food the way it does during rest of the day.

Routine Disturbances: Ever heard of the term “biological clock”? It is actually the intrinsic clock that every organism possesses. Your body well knows when to eat, when to work and when to rest. If, at the time of rest, that is late at night, you go on nibbling upon snacks, this habit can disturb the intrinsic routine of your body in many ways. Like, you won’t be able to attain a proper sleep after gobbling down food, which can likely affect your morning routine.

A Hundred Percent Beneficial Recipe

Here is a health recipe that I would like to share with you all. But hold on! Don’t assume it to be like other health recipes, those which are either tasteless or too much bitter, so much so that you have to shut your eyes tight and clip your nose when gulping it down your food pipe.
Instead, this recipe is the one you’d love to eat.
Well, I don’t go for complex and twisted names for food. Hence, I will name it rather simple.
I would like to call it ‘Ginger garlic soup’, too simple, isn’t it?
All you have to do is, take a cup of chicken stock, drop in a teaspoon of garlic paste, and that of some ginger paste, boil it for three to four minutes. And Valla, your soup is ready.
Was that too difficult? Of course not
And it does not taste awful either. You may think that garlic and ginger would yield some dreadful aroma, but that is all handled well by the chicken stock which you took as the base.
For more taste enhancing effects, you can add some oats and black pepper to your soup while it is being boiled. But then you will have to cook it until the oat softens.
So as you see, the ingredients that make up this food are all health enhancers.
Need not to mention the blessings of garlic and ginger.
Moreover, black pepper imparts your food some antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It promotes the health of your gut and also improves digestion.

A Hundred Percent Beneficial Recipe

Here is a health recipe that I would like to share with you all. But hold on! Don’t assume it to be like other health recipes, those which are either tasteless or too much bitter, so much so that you have to shut your eyes tight and clip your nose when gulping it down your food pipe.
Instead, this recipe is the one you’d love to eat.
Well, I don’t go for complex and twisted names for food. Hence, I will name it rather simple.
I would like to call it ‘Ginger garlic soup’, too simple, isn’t it?
All you have to do is, take a cup of chicken stock, drop in a teaspoon of garlic paste, and that of some ginger paste, boil it for three to four minutes. And Valla, your soup is ready.
Was that too difficult? Of course not
And it does not taste awful either. You may think that garlic and ginger would yield some dreadful aroma, but that is all handled well by the chicken stock which you took as the base.
For more taste enhancing effects, you can add some oats and black pepper to your soup while it is being boiled. But then you will have to cook it until the oat softens.
So as you see, the ingredients that make up this food are all health enhancers.
Need not to mention the blessings of garlic and ginger.
Moreover, black pepper imparts your food some antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It promotes the health of your gut and also improves digestion.

Home remedies using Black seed

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Black seeds are being used since thousands of years and their health benefits are pretty surprising. There is no any illness that cannot be improved by the use of black seeds. If you get to know its health benefits, you will definitely want to add it in your diet.

Health benefits of black seeds:

Following are only some of the health benefits and remedies by which one can get healthy:

For a person who is suffering from cough and respiratory diseases such as asthma, apply Black seed oil on the chest and on the back. He/she can also add a teaspoon black seed oil in warm water and take steam two times a day.

For a patient who has cystic fibrosis, apply black seed oil on chest. Drink a mixture of with a teaspoon of honey and black seed oil three times that is in the morning, in the  afternoon and also in the evening.

For patients who are diabetic, black seeds are very beneficial. All you have to do is mix one cup of Water Cress Seeds or you can also use, Mustard seed, 1/2 cup of pomegranate peel and 1/2  cup of fumitory with one cup of whole black seeds. Now what you need to do is blend this mixture and make powder of it. Now take 1/2 teaspoon of this created  mixture along with one teaspoon of black seed oil every day in the morning before you eat your  breakfast. You need to do this for a month.

All these home remedies using black seeds are very beneficial for health.

Is Your Diet Effective Enough to Give You Total Health?

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Diet should be similar with healthy eating lifestyle in which it is not merely about having a slim body. A good diet is for reaching better goals in feeling energized with stable emotional feeling while living in stress-free life. Diet is not reducing our favorite foods because this is not the main essence of applying proper diet. A good diet is when you can eat those delectable foods without piling up fats and carbohydrates too much.

You must have heard about taking adequate water and exercise are the most common methods in applying proper diet. Though this is true, it does not mean that it is enough to reach the best goal. Being moderate is the key of successful diet. The exact amount of moderate is different among each individual in which it really depends on how our intake habits are. People eat healthy food with the goal for developing a diet method which they will maintain for the rest of their lives. With such aim, ideal weight can last for years instead of weeks or months.

There should be adequate vitamins and minerals for us who try to apply good diets. We live in a very active world where we are required to think and act in productive ways. Every individual needs protein, carbohydrates, fiber, minerals, and surely vitamins. We should not avoid fats at all because human beings still need monounsaturated fats which are available at nuts, avocados, olive oil or canola oil. Don’t forget that we should not take polyunsaturated fats for granted as they include both fatty acids in forms of Omega-3 as well as Omega-6. They are very popular as they are available at anchovies, mackerel, sardines, and salmon. It is also important to take supplements from fish oil.

So, never let ourselves to suffer from a diet. A good diet should make us healthy instead of making us weak and less energized. Make sure you apply proper diet for your total health.

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