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Eat Well Everyday

Eat Well

America is a wealthy nation, with an abundant and varied food supply. But walk into any supermarket, and you could purchase a cart full of “food” with no more nutrition than a sheet of plywood, and containing a multitude of unpronounceable man made ingredients. Careful choices are necessary to make sure you feed yourself and your family in a way that will meet your nutritional needs, and not cause health problems down the road.
Count on our government to come up with “new dietary guidelines” every few years, in various geometric shapes. They have their good points. But plain old common sense is a reliable guide when choosing your diet.
Eat a wide variety of foods. Your body needs many different micro-nutrients and minerals, and the best way to get them is by choosing many different foods. Apples and bananas are great, but how about kiwis, mangoes, pears, grapes, cherries.
Eat whole foods. As much as you can, choose foods as close to their original state as possible. Pick a baked potato over chips or fries. A fresh apple over apple pie. A lean pork chop over sausage. Every step of processing that a food undergoes drains nutrients, and often adds ingredients you’re better off without. Look at that box of instant dinner (fortified with seven nutrients!) you’re thinking of putting in the cart, and try to imagine how far from its original state everything in that picture is. If you’re really brave, read the ingredient list. (Clue: most fresh whole foods do not come with ingredient lists…)
Eat organic and local food. Organically grown food leaves pesticides, herbicides, and most artificial ingredients out of the picture. Local food is likely fresher, less processed, and in season. Ever tasted an Ecuadoran strawberry in February? The eyes say WOW! The tongue says ICK. Strawberries grown in your region will only be available seasonally, but when they are they’ll be delicious.

Eat colorful food. Turns out the deeper the color of your fresh fruits and veggies, the more nutrients they pack. Look for red peppers, purple cabbage, dark green salad greens, and blueberries. Instead of mashed potatoes and cauliflower with a chicken breast, choose a yam, broccoli and, okay a chicken breast. But maybe salmon? Cheetos and grape soda don’t count.
Do not eat counterfeit foods. If the word ‘substitute’ appears anywhere on the package, think twice. It’s true you should not eat a lot of sugar. But fake sugar is worse. How about a little honey? Butter is good in moderation. Fake butter is…not food. There’s water, and there’s juice, even time-honored beer and wine. But what kind of food is pop? I just can’t think of one fake food that would be a wiser choice than its genuine counterpart.
In your supermarket, the best place to look for a variety of whole, fresh, colorful foods is around the edges. Produce counter, meat counter, and dairy. Dart into those middle aisles as little as possible, for Kleenex and a birthday card maybe. No Cheetos.

David Brooke, aka “The Brooker” has been a coach, speaker, and motivator for over 25 years, specializing in coaching people to be more productive and overcome tragedies in their lives. To access his “How to be Great in 2008” strategies for getting your life back on track, visit: http://www.thebrooker.com



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Some Disadvantage Of Eating Organic

There are very few disadvantages to eating Organic Foods, but when looking to make a lifestyle change, you need to have all the information up front in order for you to make an informed decision, and so, here are the few disadvantages of switching to Organic Foods.

One of the few disadvantages to eating organic foods is the cost. Do you know how much most organic foods costs? If not, you may first want to examine those costs before you make the decision to switch to organic foods. There is nothing worse than being blindsided or surprised with the cost of organic foods. After a close look, you’ll see that organic foods do cost a little bit more money, but that increase in cost can add up overtime.

Although the cost of organic food may turn you and other hopeful eaters away, it’s also important to know that there are multiple ways in which you can go about saving money. For example, you can search for organic food sales at your local natural food stores or supermarkets. You stock up when you see those sales or choose to shop at a store that’s known for their everyday low prices on organic foods. Organic food coupons can also be used, these coupons can be found online, with a quick internet search, in stores, and in weekend newspapers.

In addition to costs, another disadvantage to eating organically is the limited selection of products that some individuals are faced with. Luckily, not everyone is faced with this organic food eating disadvantage. Often times, those who live in small cities and towns find it the hardest to buy organic foods. With that being said, it doesn’t matter whether you live in a small town or a huge city, there are still a number of different ways that you can go about buying organic foods.

A great way to buy organic foods if you live in a small town is by going directly to the source, organic farmers. This is great way to get your organic fruits and vegetables, as many small towns now have organic farmers. You can also search for specialty organic food stores by using online business directories, your local phone book, or by asking those that you know for recommendations. The internet can also be used to shop online.

As previously stated, you can shop online to buy organic foods, but it’s also important to know that there are a number of cons or downsides to doing so. This is mostly due in part to the requirements of shopping online. For example, a computer and internet connection is required to shop online. Many online shoppers also need to pay for shipping costs. Speaking of payments, most online food stores only accept credit or specific debit cards, namely those that can be processed as credit cards.

Although there are a number of disadvantages to eating organic foods, it’s also important to remember the benefits or advantages to doing so as well. For starters, organic foods are all natural and safe to eat. There is no having to worry about potentially harmful chemicals, additives, and pesticides. Organic foods are also helping the environment and the economy.

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Facts About Organic Fruits and Vegetables

Organic fruit and vegetable are healthful foods. These foods consist of vital nutrients that the body needs to carry out cellular life processes. If you have been taking in organic fruit and veg, you are safe from ingesting chemicals that other fruits and veggies have, most especially if they are grown with use of commercially prepared products. These chemicals will not be removed even if you have washed the fruits and vegetables well.

Why do you need to take in fruit and vegetables that are grown in an organic manner?

1) Fruits and vegetables that are cultivated with the use of organic based products, which means these products are made from natural sources. Thus, they are not harmful to the human body even if you are eating them for a long time.

2) Another reason is that if you are taking in fruit and veg that are grown in an organic manner , you are helping our mother earth to be saved from pollution that chemicals can bring on it. As farmers grow inorganic fruits and vegetables, they make use of commercially prepared products to cultivate them, such as pesticides, herbicides,and synthetic fertilizers. A good example of pollution is water pollution. As fruit and vegetable are being propagated with the use of synthetic fertilizers, some chemicals of the fertilizer will be drained down to the soil. The cehimcals from synthetic fertilizers can now reach the ground water. If there are lots of farmers using this method, the ground water will be easily polluted. Thus, we have to support and eat organic fruits and vegetables to keep our mother earth clean and green.

3) Fruit and vegetables that are grown in an organic manner will provide the human body essential nutrients that will support proper growth and development. They will boost the body’s immune system so that you will be protected from acquiring any illness.

4) Organic fruit and veg are healthy snacks. If your body appearance matters to you, you should be taking in fruit and vegetables that are grown in an organic manner because they are also healthy sources of dietary fiber. This means that they contain natural fibers that cleanses your gastrointestinal tract and removes toxins that you have taken in. Organic fruits and vegetables will also keep your skin more radiant and healthy.

5) You should buy and eat organic fruits an vegetables bacause you are not only helping your body to become healthy and fit but also you are helping small scale farmers. As the demand for organic fruit and veg increases, the farmers that will grow organic fruit and vegetable will also increase. Thus, your support will surely count in purchasing organic fruit and vegetables.

6) You can also grow organic fruits and vegetables at your backyard or in a vacant lot near your home. Growing organic fruit and veg is a good past time activity,especially if you are just staying at home most of your time. You can be productive of your time by growing healthy organic fruit and vegetables.

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A Natural Remedy for Menopause- Herbs and Foods

It’s dreaded by every woman beyond child-bearing years. Obviously there’s no cure. Menopause is an entirely natural process, like going through puberty when a woman develops breasts and begins her menstruation. Just as puberty reveals that a young woman is able to have children, menopause signifies the end of that part of a woman’s life cycle. Menopause is almost like puberty in reverse process.

Menopause’s arrival is made known it’s by the slowing and eventual ending of menstruation. Other signs are diminishment of breast size and density, and the body’s eradication of hormones linked with child bearing. It is accompanied by unpleasant symptoms such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes, insomnia, osteoporosis, night sweats, and erratic mood swings. Hormone replacement therapy, is often prescribed by gynecologists, however, the link of these medications to breast cancer is still the subject of debate.

So it is no wonder that today more and more women are choosing a natural remedy to ease the symptoms of menopause. One hundred years ago, women used Lydia Pinkham pills, a combination of vitamins and herbal substances, to make menopause easier. Today, if you reject take hormone replacement options, and after discussing with your physician, you may wish to try a natural remedy for menopause.

In traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda), Shatavari is a particularly useful treatment as a natural menopause remedy for hot flashes. Since it is a natural diuretic, Ayurveda practitioners recommend that women who use it fortify potassium intake to avoid becoming dehydrated by drinking orange juice and eating bananas.

Chinese natural healing uses an herb called Dong Quai to treat women’s health issues such as menopause symptom, menstrual cramps, and premenstrual symptoms. Even though its effectiveness has not been confirmed by the FDA, many women find it helpful and recommend it to other menopausal women.

Black Cohosh Root is a particularly popular natural menopause remedy. This herb was used in the original Lydia Pinkham tablets during the turn of the century. It’s a general tonic for menopause, relieving hot flashes, irritability, headaches, vaginal dryness and insomnia. It has few, if any, side effects and is tolerated well by most.

Two important cautions about Black Cohosh Root: it should not be confused with Blue Cohosh, a potentially harmful root that has no relation to Black Cohosh. Herbalists recommend that Black Cohosh Root be taken continuously for only six months.

Another favorite natural menopause remedy is Soy Isoflavones. This is a substance derived from soy beans and their by-products tofu and soy milk. Soy acts like a mild natural form of estrogen. It is found particularly useful by women who choose not to use prescription hormone replacement. Herbalists recommend eating soy-containing food rather than taking soy pills or capsules. Soy Isoflavones should not be used if you have a history of breast cancer.

Like Black Cohosh Root, Red Clover is a favorite herb for natural menopause remedy. Red Clover is particularly helpful for easing hot flashes. It may also lower cholesterol levels in post-menopausal women. As a mild form of estrogen, it should not be used by women who have a history or are at risk for breast cancer. Nor should it be combined with blood-thinning medications like Warfarin.

Lastly, gaining ground as natural menopause remedies are alfalfa leaves and seeds. Further research is needed on these plants, but it’s been established that alfalfa has an effect on the body similar to estrogen. Those with diabetes or an autoimmune disease such as fibromyalgia or lupus should avoid using alfalfa.

Natural menopause remedies are generally safe and non-toxic if used correctly and with the precautions noted. They are available in many major supermarkets, in natural health and food stores, and of course, on-line.

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Ten Principles Of Good Food Storage For Safe Food Hygiene

Good management of food storage areas is of paramount importance for the prevention of food contamination. Here is a rundown of my ten principles of correct food storage.

Wash out and defrost your fridge at least three times a week. Clean up spillages immediately.

Keep all cupboards, pantries and larders spotlessly clean.

Check regularly for signs of mice, rats, cats, birds, cockroaches, ants and such pests. Deal with them promptly. In professional kitchens, shelving should never be against the wall. Leave a space of thirty centimeters so that you can easily see trails of mice or rats.

Do not keep highly perishable foodstuffs in the larder, put them in the fridge. E.G. Eggs, milk, cheese, meats. Store prepared food separate from uncooked food.

Keep all cleaning chemicals and equipment out of food storage spaces. Put them in a special cupboard under lock and key.

Food storage spaces should be designed to stand against interior walls only. This will serve to ensure that these places will always be cool and dry.

Do not run water or drainage pipes through places where food or food utensils are stored. Keep your stores dry.

Be sure to rotate your supplies thoroughly. Remember this saying; “last in, last out”.

Keep animal feed separate from human food!

Keep vegetables and eggs in a separate storage area but failing that keep all root vegitables at the very bottom of the fridge in suitable closed containers. (special storage solutions can be found on the market that allow the vegetables to breath).


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Super Foods that help with your Memory Loss!

Short term memory loss is a fact of life as we get older. Is there anything that can be done to help? There are some foods that have been proven to boost brainpower.

Organic Rosemary

Rosemary contains a wealth of antioxidant phytonutrients, including flavonoids and the phenolic compounds carnosol, rosmanol, and rosmarinic acid wich are great for short memory loss.Rosemary extract has shown the capacity to scavenge the peroxynitrite radical, one of the molecules responsible for causing cell death and aging. Consumption of its volatile oils, those that give it its memorable fragrance, help to enhance recall and increase alertness.

To retain nutrients, it is best to wash fresh rosemary under cold running water and pat dry with a paper towel. Do not soak it. Add fresh rosemary to omelets and frittatas. Rosemary is also a wonderful herb for seasoning chicken or lamb dishes. You can also add rosemary to tomato sauces and soups.

Organic Oranges

Oranges are great sources of folate which helps with memory loss. A recent study in The Journal of Nutrition found that a diet rich in folate - which helps lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid related to memory loss - is associate with faster recall and information processing.

Eat 2 oranges a day. Eat the orange on its own or cut in to small pieces and add to you salad!

Other great sources of folate are: Romaine lettuce, spinach, asparagus, calf’s liver, collard greens, broccoli.

Black Beans

This fiber rich food is an excellent source of vitamin B1, a nutrient that helps synthesize the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is crucial for memory. Low levels of acetylcholine have been linked to age-related mental decline and Alzheimer’s disease. Eat 1/2 cup a day!

Other great sources of B1: Romaine lettuce, asparagus, crimini mushrooms, spinach, sunflower seeds, tuna, green peas.

Sage

Two trials have showed that taking an essential oil extract of sage - which inhibits the breakdown of acetylcholine - significantly improved recall in adults for up to 4 hours after consuming. Consume 1 tablespoon fresh or 1 teaspoon of dried sage, or 1 teaspoon sage infused olive oil. Add it soups or use sage infused oil in meat marinade.

Eating super food like the healthy food described above won’t magically bring back your short term memory loss but over time you will notice a significant difference. Remember that organic products make a huge difference in the effectiveness of these healthy foods, so please consume organic products when ever possible.

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The importance of nutrition in our daily life

Whenever we take any food or nourishing liquids, our body digests and absorbs the simple but essential minerals, vitamins, fats, proteins, carbohydrates, fats and water from these food or nourishing liquids and converts it into the bloodstream and energy that help our body to grow and keep it healthy.

The nutrition value is more important for any individual’s health. The food or liquids whenever we take it affect our body and health as well both. So it is very important that we should be more aware of the foods or liquids whatever we take in our daily life. A large number of diseases occur only due to wrong diet. Some certain diet may itself cause some disease or alter the course of a known disorder such as diabetes, heart or kidney disease.

Why Nutrition is important for us?

As we know that food and water is necessary to build up our body and keep it healthy. Every good food and liquid contains some important nutrition like proteins, carbohydrate, fats, some vitamins, minerals and water. These all play different role to keep our body healthy and build new cells in our body.

These are the important nutrition and their role in our body:

Protein:

Protein helps our body to build muscles and strong immune system. Basically proteins are made up of long chains of amino acids. There are 22 different types of amino acid and our body needs all these amino acid to function properly. Protein is abundant type of nutrient in our body that builds new tissues and repairs all damaged cells in our body. It also helps in formation of hormones and enzymes which play variety of roles in our body such as metabolism and sexual development. There are many types of protein that play different types of important role in our body. For example collagen is a protein and it gives the strength, elasticity and composition of our hair and skin. Some of the good protein sources are lentils, low-fat dairy products, tofu, nuts, seeds, peas, tempeh. Some common foods such as whole grain bread, potatoes, corn and pasta also have protein. Soya protein is the most essential and strong protein and it is equal to any animal origin protein.

Carbohydrates:

Carbohydrates give us energy. This is an ideal source of energy for the body because carbohydrates converted more readily into glucose. It helps our body to supply the energy for the formation of cellular constituent. Carbohydrates are made up of three compounds Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen formed by plants. There are four types of carbohydrates are important – Sugar, Starches, Fiber and Gums. If carbohydrates taken regularly it doesn’t cause any weight gain, unless like other food group. There are two types of carbohydrates – Complex and Simple. Efficiency of carbohydrates can cause the production of ketones in the body, it can results into a condition known as ketosis. The good examples of carbohydrates are breads, potatoes, pasta, soda, chips, candies/sweets, cookies/biscuits, puddings, cakes, sugar, bananas etc.

Fats:

Fat provides us extra energy. It is a nutrient and a particular amount of fat is necessary for our body. It doesn’t always make us fat. It play role to insulate our bodies by giving us protection from sudden changes in temperature and also protects our vital organs. Fats consists of a wide group of compounds are soluble in organic solvents and insoluble in water. Fats provide 9 calories per gram. When dietary fat is digested, fatty acids are produced. It is also important for healthy skin and blood pressure regulation.

There are two types of fats Saturated (solid at room temperature) and Unsaturated (liquid at room temperature). To obtain an adequate amount of linoleic acid, one of the few fatty acids the body cannot produce on itself. Any adult needs one tablespoon of unsaturated fat daily. Saturated fats mainly occur in dairy products like butter, cream, cheese and some chocolates. The source of unsaturated fats are soybean, sunflower and corn oils.

Vitamins:

A vitamin is an organic compound, it regulate our body processes and plays an important role to make our body function properly. The term vitamin was derived from ‘vitamine’, a combination word from Vital and Amine. Today a chemical compound is called a vitamin. Our body needs vitamins as substances to grow and develop normally. There are 13 vitamins necessary for our body. Some of them are A, B, C, D, E, K, vitamin B-6 and vitamin B-12. In our daily life we get all most all these vitamins form foods whatever we take. Our body can also produce vitamins D and K.

Each vitamin plays specific jobs. Any particular low levels of vitamins cause deficiency disease. For example, if we don’t get enough vitamin D it can cause rickets. Deficiency of vitamin ‘A’ can cause Night Blindness.

If we eat a balanced diet we get enough essential vitamin automatically form our daily food or liquid. We don’t even need to take any particular vitamin separately. Only in some cases we need to take a daily multivitamin for optimal health.

Minerals:

Minerals regulate our body processes and also make body tissues. Minerals make our body work properly same as vitamin play the role but it doesn’t prevent weight loss. Although we get it form our daily foods, so we don’t need to take it separately. Minerals boost our immune system. Some important minerals are Chloride, Calcium, Copper, Chromium, Fluoride, Iron and Iodine. These types of minerals can be found from our daily food or liquid supplement like salt, soy sauce, milk, vegetable oils, whole grains, cheese, nuts etc

Water gives cells shape and acts as a medium where body processes can occur. It is the well known yet most important nutrient our body needs. It is also the most abundant type of liquid found in our body contributing 70% of our total mass. It helps to dissolve and carry the essential nutrients to all parts of the body. It is also needed to help maintain the body temperature and aids to carry away the body’s waste products.

Water:

In human body there are 70% of total mass is covered by water. Water gives cells shape and acts as a medium where body processes can occur. It is very necessary nutrient than available all nutrients. It is also the most abundant type of liquid found in human body. Water help maintain the body temperature and aids to carry away the body’s waste products.

We see that nutrition plays a very important role in our lives, each food and liquid contains its own nutrition value which is very necessary in our life. It could help to extend or decrease our life span as well as define our degree or livelihood. It helps in our mental and physical development as well. We must should aware about the food and liquid what we take regularly. Popper food in our daily life leads to a lifetime habit toward a healthy extended life.

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