Saturday, January 31, 2009

Tips On Eating Healthy Food For The Whole Family

Are you having difficulty in walking lately? Are you suffering from knee joint pain? Do you feel tired so easily? In this article, we will try to show you how eating the right food can put you back into shape.

Try to avoid fatty foods and sweetened food as you grow older. Here are the ingredients that you should try to avoid when trying to lose or maintain weight:

* Foods that contain a lot of sugar.
* Foods that contain high amounts of calories.
* Foods that contain a high level of starch.
* Foods that contain a lot of sugar.
* Foods that tend to add weights quickly. Sample of foods that adds weight quickly are various types of snacks, soda and similar beverages, alcohol, and breads. Pasta and rice had been known to pack on weights too!

Eating a balance diet is necessary in order to lose and maintain weight. Foods that contain water, vitamins, protein, and minerals are most recommended. These types of healthy nutritional foods will help strengthen and tone the body.

Foods that are rich in these healthy ingredients will help to increase the metabolism in the body too. If a person has a high level of metabolism, they are sure to lose weight, as the body will burn off fat more rapidly. Some of the healthy foods are the following: various types of rice, salad, various types of fiber rich cereals, fruits, all kinds of vegetables, different kinds of wine, and baked meats.

Many people do not know what is the right food for them. They often eat food that is not good for their health. Another situation is where some people does not have the time to cook for their own food and just buy a hamburger. There is nothing wrong with that however it should be supported with fruits and vegetables. Nowadays, there are many healthy meals and snacks that are readily available in a fast food restaurants. There are also stores that sell fruits and vegetables often sell salad mixes that come in zip lock bags. Actually, it is just a matter of knowing what healthy food to buy to have a balanced diet. This easy meal can be created in no time at all. Those same stores often sell precooked chicken breast and/or bacon. You can pop these types of meats open, slice them on your salad, and have a completely new creation. You could easily do this in five minutes or less. There are many meals that are quick and healthy. It takes only a little imagination to do it.

Eating the right food is simple and easy. Healthy fast foods are available it is just a matter of finding the right restaurant or store where you can find all the food that you need. Healthy and complete nutritional food is the whole family's choice. Getting back in shape is not only eating healthy foods, but it must be coupled with regular exercise. Walking, jogging and running are good examples of improving your stamina. It helps your heart to become strong. By doing daily exercise you are burning your body fats, thus releasing the extra pounds in your body.

By: Kawayan

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Healthy Soy Free Food Shopping Tips

For many people shopping is not fun, especially food shopping, and more specifically shopping for “healthy foods” instead of the “quick and easy, ready to eat pre-packaged foods” that have become staples in so many of our diets. That alone is enough to make most food shoppers run for the hills, so when a food restriction such as a soy allergy is added to the list full blown panic is sure to follow…quickly! You can’t put all the blame on the shopper though; our busy life styles are partly to blame. When you’re working 10+ hours a day, not counting the 2 hours a day of commuting time, plus driving the kids all over town, and trying to get at least 6 of the 8 recommended hours of sleep, it doesn’t leave much time for cooking let alone shopping for food, and food manufacturers use that to their advantage. Food advertisement after food advertisement is using our busy “on-the-go” lifestyles as the main pitch for their product, but can you blame them? They’re in this for one reason, to make money. It’s our job to decide what’s best for us, not the food manufactures, and it all starts at the grocery store. So let’s take a peek, shall we?

For starters stay away from the food aisles you usually spend the majority of your time in since most of what you’ll find there is not very healthy for you, and is sure to have soy in it. Most grocery stores have the entrance right next to the produce section, but most shoppers spend the least amount of time here. When people see the produce section they tend to see a lot of meal preparation time, and can easily be overwhelmed by the amount of different foods they know very little about. The truth is what’s quicker and easier than putting a salad together, or steaming some vegetables for a healthy side dish, and don’t worry about only being able to identify 1/3 of what you see. There is usually at least one employee working the produce section who would be happy to tell you what that fruit or vegetable is you have in your hand, and the knowledgeable ones may even be able to tell you how to prepare it; and let’s not forget the internet. With a few taps on the keyboard and clicks of the mouse you’ll be able to find dozens of recipes for whatever you find at the store, regardless of how exotic it may be. The truth is I do about 85 percent of my shopping in the produce aisles and you should try to do the same. You would be amazed at the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, and with most grocery stores stocking organic produce these days you’re bound to find plenty of good tasting healthy “Soy-Free” foods.

Next, for all those prepackaged foods that are still on your list, always look into the organic brands first. They’re usually a little more expensive, but with organic foods becoming more and more popular more stores are carrying their own brands of organic foods. When you buy organic you can be sure you’re buying all natural foods with no artificial preservatives, no food colorings, and no dyes. It is still very important to read the labels though, because signs of the “soy conspiracy” can still be found in the “all natural” foods, but it’s not as prevalent as in the heavily processed non-organic foods so you're bound to find what your need. In the case where an organic brand is not available then look for the brand with the least amount of ingredients on the package; stick with all natural ingredients and no artificial additives. If you’re buying ketchup for instance, why is there anything in the bottle except for tomato related products and maybe some sea salt?

At this point in your food store venture, there shouldn’t be anything else on your list except for the non-edibles; that wasn't so bad, was it? So let’s recap your food shopping experience; stock up heavily on fresh produce, go organic when possible, choose products with the least amount of ingredients listed, and always scrutinize food labels for soy related ingredients. Using this method of shopping you might just find yourself eager to go to the food store and buy what you need; your next healthy meal is only a produce aisle away.

By: misakent

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Living with allergies can be difficult, some harder than others. Being allergic to both soy and dairy, I know this first hand. So with the hopes of educating others, I have created a very informative blog with a focus on living soy and dairy free, while maintaining a healthy diet. My belief in natural healing and natural cures is the driving force behind my desire to be as healthy as I can be...body and mind.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Health, Supplements, And Vitamins

With the right vitamins and supplements, your health will skyrocket, no doubt. If you're eating like most of our society, you're in desperate need of proper nourishment. While your belly may be full, your cells are starving. Perhaps your mind isn't functioning the way you know it should. Or maybe you're all "out of whack" emotionally, experiencing bouts of anxiety, depression, irritability, or overall emotional fatigue.

With the right vitamins and supplements, these ailments can vanish, just like that.

Even if you're "eating well," including lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and the like, the quality of our soil has been so depleted by overproduction, herbacides, pesticides, and a number of other factors that even those good-for-you foods you know you should eat, though better than burgers and fries by a mile, could still very easily lack the nourishment your body is begging you for.

Over time this cellular starvation can lead to cancer. And what we DO ingest - foods of a salty, sugary, fatty, high-cholesterol, and/or chemically derived nature - will lead to our horrible demise via diabetes, heart disease, or stroke, among a host of other monsters.

Again, with the right vitamins and supplements, you'll be giving yourself a much, much stronger chance of avoiding these terrors.

There are three things we can focus on, and put into practice on a daily basis, that can dramatically change our fate for the better:

Ample Hydration. 4 to 6 liters of purified water will keep your cells plump & healthy, your blood (and therefore your entire body, including your brain) oxygenated & functioning optimally, and your entire system flushed, clean, renewed, and alive!
Responsible Diet. Just make a few small changes. No fast food or soda. Substitute fresh fruit, raw almonds, and/or yogurt for sugary desserts. If you have a vegetable juicer, use it. If not, consider investing in one.
Supplement. As mentioned above, we need the right kinds of vitamins and supplements. What is meant by that is all-natural, whole-food options. Synthetic, drugstore vitamins SUCK! Avoid them. Go to your local health food store and ask for a whole-food multi with chelated minerals, probiotics, and natural enzymes. In addition, I recommend a green tea and/or acai berry supplement for amazing antioxidant benefits (as well as weight loss, if needed).

Vitamins and health supplements will take you to a level that perhaps you've never been, in your energy, radiance, emotions, mental clarity, and overall health. This will only occur, however, if your vitamins are of a whole-food variety. Synthetic vitamins just end up as expensive fluorescent green urine!

Thank you for reading.

By: Kindercold

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Foods High In Antioxidants, Importance Of Antioxidants Foods

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and stop them from impairing our cells. Free radicals are highly reactive chemical substances that can cause cellular damage if left unchecked, leading to premature aging and disease.

Are you looking for best sources of natural antioxidants and how to work them best into your diet? With so many dietary supplements around it seems that all you need to do to stay healthy is to take several of these pills a day. Don't let the advertisement mislead you. Antioxidants are extremely important to our health, but no supplement can beat antioxidants we get naturally from food.

Antioxidants are substances that may protect cells from damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals come from a variety of sources such as air pollutants and cigarette smoke. Examples of antioxidants include Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, beta carotene, selenium and lycopene.

Even though a lot of people don't actually realize it, a lot of antioxidant foods that we consume are from vegetables. Vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, and peppers are all excellent choices with some great benefits for your body. When consuming vegetables, you should always go for those that are rich in color, as they are high in what is known as phytonutrients.

Antioxidants can be found in a number of different foods or can likewise be taken in supplements and it can be found in tea. Both black tea and green tea has antioxidants that can be beneficial to the body by drinking a cup of tea at anytime of the day.

Foods high in antioxidants include specific fruits and vegetables - green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale delivering significant amounts of the antioxidant lutein; tomatoes and tomato products carrying the antioxidant lycopene; fruits such as blueberries and other berries, kiwi, prunes, and pink grapefruit; vegetables rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene including carrots and sweet potatoes; and foods high in antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C, and E.

Other delicious tasting and helpful antioxidant foods would include foods such as watermelon, spinach, apricots, pumpkin, carrots, sweet potatoes and nuts. One major benefit in taking supplements is that you do not have to worry about consuming many of the added chemicals that can be found in a variety of foods. You also will not have to worry about a high calorie intake or a high consumption of sugars.

Antioxidant rich foods are nature's way of guiding us to a healthy life. Fresh fruits and vegetables should form an important part of our lives. It is not a question of whether we like them or not, it is a question of how we have evolved over thousands of years. It has only been in the last hundred years or so that we have changed our diets drastically; prior to that we had no option but to feed ourselves with natural foods

By: Hutch Peter

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