Jul 31, 2010
We all know when calories add up, so do the pounds. But where those calories come from is even more important. That's why it's vital to choose quality calories over empty ones for everything you eat.
What to look out for
Look to see what is in your food. Even though the package says it's only 100 calories, if they include hydrogenated oils instead of far-healthier olive or sunflower oil or bleached white flour instead of whole grains, then it's junk.
We all need roughly 25 grams a day of fiber, which not only helps with regularity, it can keep us feeling fuller and more satisfied than foods without it. Fiber in turn keeps you from overeating and helps you consume less overall calories.
If the sugar content is high, then it's not good for you. If you're going to eat sugar at all, make sure it's natural and comes from fruits or vegetables instead of refined sugar in processed foods. Too many sugars in your diet cause you to gain weight.
Fat is actually a necessary part of a healthy diet -- as long as it's unsaturated. Watch out for transfats and saturated fats, which will make you fat!
Vitamins and Minerals
Check to see what kinds of vitamins and minerals are in what you're about to eat. If it has none, then you know it has no nutritional value. Healthy snacks and foods, however, will have at least some.
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Jul 29, 2010
Get a Leg Up on Legumes
Foods that are high in fiber and protein will keep you full longer because they take longer to digest. The meat and bean group has the most protein; it includes meat, fish, poultry, eggs, beans, and legumes. Beans and legumes are high in fiber as well, as are whole grains, and fruit and vegetables eaten with their seeds and peels. Vegetables are very filling and very low in calories too.
Dieting Tip: Make a Sensible StartPlanning your daily caloric intake to achieve your target goal takes skill and practice; Making your menu of favorites and alternates for each meal is a helpful diet practice too. You can always switch things around to keep it fresh not boring, but ultimately your motivation is to find healthy nutritious meals you enjoy to eat, not to deprive or punish yourself daily!
Process This: Eat Fresh or Frozen
Americans eat 31% more packaged food than fresh food ... A sizeable portion is … read-to-eat-meals like frozen pizzas and microwave dinners, and salty or sweet snack foods.
Choosy Dieters, Choose This..Choosing foods with least amount of processing and processed ingredients gives you far more control over the quality as well as the quantity of food. Remember you never need to eat any portion of ANY meal that's before you. Knowing the right amount to eat is as much as having the right foods in front of you to enjoy.
New York Times
Jul 26, 2010
Say Ami-NO THANKS, to Un-Sweet news
Marketed under other names including NutraSweet, aspartame is present in many commercial products including diet foods and diet sodas, sugar-free chewing gum, sweetener packets and more - in fact 6,000 items more - including diabetic foods, vitamins, over-the-counter drugs and even some prescription medications.
Controversial because in 30 years, the FDA has received more complaints (over 10,000) for aspartame than any other food additive combined. Two-thirds of reported complaints reflect neurological symptoms that can even mimic severe health conditions making them harder to diagnose.
Diet Foods and Drinks May Cause Weight Problems
Aspartame, NutraSweet, AminoSweet.. not a health food
The advertising deception in these sweeteners is that in playing on popular culture's fears about sugar, they introduce a new molecule made from distortions in amino acids (basis of proteins) implying a healthy protein connection, where there is no such merit at all.
Mass-consumption of the phenyl-alanine and aspartic acid compounds in these sweeteners have documented effects that can affect brain hormone balance and more.
Healthy Foods Your Best Choice
Your purpose, your only purpose, is to grow beyond the limitations you have chosen to impose upon yourself for this lifetime. Your purpose is to remember who you truly are. Once you do that, you can move on—you can fully live every moment of every day of your life. And you will know, in your most ordinary moments, a most extraordinary joy. —Chief Joseph
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Combination of appetite suppressant phentermine and topiramate was disapproved.
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Jul 10, 2010
Eating healthy has a learning curve, and finding the right snacks to munch on throughout the day can be a challenge. Don't reach for those pre-packaged goodies -- even if they claim to not have many calories. Instead, snack on something that comes from Mother Nature. Not only are fruits and vegetables satisfying and low in calories, they are more budget-friendly, too.
Why it's good It quenches your thirst on a hot day and also reduces inflammation that causes disease while neutralizing free radicals with antioxidants.
Try it as a homemade juice or frozen popsicle (no sugar required!)
Why it's good It's rich in vitamins K and B6, oleic acid, fiber and has more potassium than a banana. It's also high in healthy monounsaturated fat and protects against some cancers.
Try it on a burger or make your own guacamole
Why it's good A great source of vitamin C, potassium and magnesium, it can reduce inflammation, keep your skin radiant, lower blood pressure and even keep you cool during a heat wave.
Try it dipped in hummus, on a sandwich or in a salad
Why it's good Their antioxidant compounds prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease -- and of course, help your vision.
Try it plain when you crave something crunchy or toss some into your juicer with fruit.
Why it's good Its vitamin C content helps boost the immune system and it also can reduce blood pressure.
Try it with peanut butter or in a low-fat chicken salad