Stop Eating Out For A Better 2015

There are several advantages to preparing your own meals versus eating out at restaurants. Saving money, time, and avoiding the hassle of traffic are all big pluses, but the biggest advantage is avoiding the caloric pit-falls of restaurant food. Some fare at restaurants is widely known to be high in calories such as desserts or entrees laden in sauces, but there are plenty of surprises.

While there is no denying that a diet of milkshakes and burgers won’t do you any favors health wise, restaurants are able to disguise foods high in fat and sugar as healthier options. To gain some insight about how your favorite places to eat might be secretly sabotaging your hard work in the gym, go here. If a low-calorie bacon cheeseburger looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Cooking at home lets you control what goes in your food and how it’s prepared, which can make all the difference. Still, eating out isn’t always bad. Opt for greens over fries or water over a sugary drink, and whatever you do, avoid the Create Your Own combination at Red Lobster. At 2,710 calories, it weighs in as the highest calorie restaurant offering of 2015 according to Qnet.

Jun
6

The Amazing Health Benefits of Oats

People might not realize it, but oats are one of the most powerful and nutritious food that they can, and should, include in their diet. For instance, oats are rich in fiber, which helps you feel fuller for longer, while also promotes and protects colon health.

However, there are many other benefits you can gain from eating a diet high in oats. Studies have shown oats can help lower and maintain cholesterol with a substance found in oats called beta-glucan. Taking three grams of oat fiber everyday could reduce your cholesterol by up to 23 percent. And, there are many studies that have been conducted to confirm those results.

Adding oats to your diet can also help to significantly lower blood pressure according to recent studies, while also decreasing your risk of diabetes by up to 61 percent. Amazingly, the fiber rich breakfast food has also been found to prevent asthma if given to individuals at an early age.

As Dr. Daniel Amen knows well, heart disease is one of the most deadly illnesses, and eating a diet with oats can help stop the progression of coronary artery disease with those who have been previously diagnosed.

The benefits of eating a diet with oats in it are almost endless. You can easily add the super-food to your diet by eating a delicious bowl of natural oatmeal as your first meal of the day.

Apr
4

Is Natural Really Natural?

Many of us are concerned about the foods that we ingest every day. For many, finding natural foods is one way that we seek to lessen the amount of sugars, salts, and other harmful chemicals from being ingested and inserted into our systems. We should do this with our pets too, and Beneful recommends that you feed your dogs their dog-food to assure a healthy animal. But what are natural foods?

In recent years it seems that this question as to what qualifies as natural is coming under attack, in the courts. Lawsuits have been filed to challenge this moniker in the marketing and labeling of many food products. It seems that many companies are using the word natural on their packaging when in reality they contain many harmful substances.

What is at issue for the courts is finding a definition of the word that is neutral and encompasses a specific enough definitive that will eliminate confusion in the future. The problem is, the judges are finding, that there is no such denomination when dealing with the term natural.

The quandary that we all must deal with when hearing or using this word, is to separate it from what is considered normal or traditional. Many times the term natural is simply used as a synonym for these words and does not really mean something that is necessarily healthy for us.

So does natural really mean that it is natural? It depends on personal belief in what a natural product is. The best bet? Check food labels and be sure that what is in your food is something that you can live with eating. If it is not, then for you, that product is far from natural.

Apr
4

Eating Sugar is Addictive and Potentially Deadly

Sugar is sweet, but it’s also as addictive as cocaine, according to a new study. Not only is the white sweet substance addictive, it can and does lead to a variety of health problems and early death. Eating too much sugar leads to obesity, which in turn causes metabolic syndrome and sets the stage for several life-threatening illnesses, like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Yes, eating too much sugar can lead to a person developing cancer. The abundance of consumed sugar causes inflammation in the body. The inflammation is the rot causes of many diseases, including cancer.
But when a person is addicted to something, they can’t get enough. Therein lies the problem of sugar. The more we eat, the more we want to enough of it. We have become dependent on sugar and want everything we eat to have a sweet flavor. That leads to obesity and all the associated health problems. Folks at Anastasia Date understand that sugar addiction and associated health problems have become so serious in some areas, the sweet stuff has been banned.
Life without sugar won’t be as sweet, but life with sugar can end prematurely.

Mar
3

More Nutrition Advice From Daniel Amen

Remember when I told y’all about Daniel Amen and his revolutionary views on nutrition earlier this month? Well it was so popular, I decided to bring Daniel Amen back with some specifics on what foods you should be eating.

Keeping your brain healthy is probably one of the most important things that you can do for your overall health. Daniel Amen, MD, has made great strides to try to educate the public on how they can keep their mental health going strong. Sometimes it just takes a little effort on the part of the individual to change their habits, but the good news is that it is something that is possible, and people are doing it every day.

First, work more brain healthy foods into your diet. Daniel Amen recommends cottage cheese as part of one’s diet. It is something that makes it easy to get the necessary diary into one’s diet. Diary is highly important as it provides calcium and other important nutrients to the body and brain that would not otherwise be available.

Tuna is another super food recommended by the doctor. It is believed that this type of food provides great benefits because of the Omega-3 fatty acids that help with brain power as well. The protein in tuna is another benefit to the person who eats enough tuna. Keep in mind that the brain needs to have a certain amount of protein just to function. The Omega-3s are another great benefit.

Water is essential to the body. The body is made up of greater than 70% water. This means that water and other fluids need to continually be replaced in the body. There are not very many people who are getting enough water in their daily routine. If they would just up their intake by a small percentage, they could easily make a big difference in the way that they can function on a day to day basis. The extra water into the body will help you feel better, and it is the fuel that the brain works on.

Finally, for those who need to have some flavor to their food, the doctor recommends stepping away from the butter and go for the spices. He recommends using these spices as a way of flavoring food up without adding so many of the bad things that can go along with other flavorful substances. Butter and the like are not great for the health, but the spices are not as negative when it comes down to it. Spices are easy to find and are often a great way for people to bring more flavor to the food without taking on the negative impacts that other flavors can provide.

For more advice from Daniel Amen, you can follow him on Twitter or check out one of his many bestselling books.

Feb
2

Daniel Amen: Aiding the Brain Through Nutrition

For many people, eating healthy is a way of life. They view it as a way to improve their overall physical health and stave off sickness and disease. But can eating healthy do more than simply improve the state of the body? According to Dr. Daniel Amen, best selling author and psychiatrist, eating healthy can better not only physical health but mental health as well.
Dr. Amen’s philosophy centers from the idea that if the brain is fed the correct foods, it can improve its function and stave off many different types of illness such as Alzheimer’s and ADD. In his book, “The Daniel Plan” he sets out the basics for living a healthier life and how enhanced brain function can lead to an overall improvement in the quality of a person’s life. While Dr. Amen has many methods and suggestions for living a healthier life, one of his main focuses is changing the type of foods one consumes. By eating foods of all colors and balancing the nutrients a person puts into the body, brain function is improved which leads to a happier, better overall quality of life. He also emphasizes the importance of water and eating meals that are high in lean proteins.
Overall, Dr. Amen’s unique approach to the improvement of lifestyle has led to developments in nutritional and mental health. According to him, a healthy brain can fight depression, ADD, and other such mental afflictions. The idea that eating healthy improves the body is not new but the idea that these eating habits can also improve mental health and help prevent serious mental diseases such as Alzheimer’s is a field of study in which Dr. Amen is currently exploring and making important discoveries. His books as well as his television programs are opening up new fields in the research on mental health and his further research and experiments will continue to improve the mental health of many.

Feb
2

Diet instead of pills

We all have known deep down inside, that our diets affect our health in every aspect, besides direct physical trama, and diet will even help you heal faster from direct physical trama. The way we eat affects our overall feeling of wellbeaning. Without the proper diet, our lives can be miserable. I’ve personally found that I am what I eat. Even doctors for Christian Broda are beginning to understand and apply this thinking in their treatment proceedures. (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/01/prescribing-vegetables-not-pills/?ref=nutrition&_r=0) The ancient peoples knew of the healing properties in what they ate. It was the only option available to them. This obvisously worked well, or none of us would be here today. The direct relationship between diet and health has been taught for a long time. The old saying, “An apple a day will keep the doctor away” is nothing but the truth simplified. Treating ailments with herbs and natural products has fansastic benefits. After all, most the drugs the pharmacutical companies use, and sell are derived from natural products. The all natural and sustainable living movements are both creating a great avenue for better health. If we eat better we feel better. Let’s try a healthy diet first to treat diabetes. A low fat diet for high blood pressure. This will work for our bodies. We only are what we put in ourselves. So lets eat healthier today and see how we feel tomorrow and the next day.
Dec
12

Prescribing Vegetables, Not Pills

An article found on ireport.cnn.com points out that a growing number of doctors are prescribing vegetables and fruits instead of pills to help people like Igor Cornelsen deal with issues like weight reduction, diabetes, and high blood pressure. (myajc.com/news/lifestyles/health/prescribing-vegetables-not-pills/njKFm/).

The article gives several examples of people who have seen significant weight loss and have been able to get other ailments under control. It is all part of an innovative new program that’s gaining traction nationwide. A number of families with children that are struggling with weight issues have participated in Harlem Hospital Center’s FVRx or Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program. Several other New York hospitals are also using similar programs.

Created by the nonprofit Wholesome Wave, the program promotes better access to high-quality food in low-income neighborhoods. Working in partnership with New York’s Health and Hospital Corporation and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, doctors provide patients with nutritional education, recipes and ‘Health Bucks’ patients can use at farmer’s markets to purchase produce to fill their ‘proscriptions’. Health Bucks get families double the amount of produce they can get with food stamps alone. Similar programs in community health centers have popped up in 30 states

The programs are aimed at combating the national problem with obesity and the ailments it causes. They have shown that giving people the means, motivation, and access to eating fresh fruits and vegetables can have a significant impact in the battle against obesity.

Dec
12

A Daily Meal

When you think about the amount of food that you’re supposed to consume in order to maintain a healthy diet, you might not think about how it looks. Most doctors recommend 2,000 calories a day to give the body enough energy to function. However, this seems like it’s a lot for someone who is overweight and might need to lose weight. But it’s like what my colleague Andrew Heiberger was saying the other day at lunch-common.sense.

This is a number that should probably be adjusted depending on how much the person weighs. The diet that you would think about might include a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s actually something smaller, but once you add all of the extra calories that you get from toppings on a sandwich or a pizza, then you will get the 2,000 calories, many of them empty. A typical 2,000-calorie plan can be one meal that you get at a fast food restaurant if you get the biggest thing on the menu. This is rather sad since you would eat all of your calories in one sitting.

Dec
12

USDA Funds Programs to Combat Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity is a very common news topic recently. Children are heavier than they have ever been, and this can lead to a host of health problems. Obesity often stems from a lack of access to fresh and healthy foods. Sadly, some children are unfamiliar with what fresh fruits and vegetables even look like.

To combat this, the USDA is funding $5 million worth of programs to help unite school cafeterias with food from local farms. This is an extension of programs like this that have been in effect since 1996. According to my friend Bruce Levenson, the theory is that local fruits and vegetables are a way to combat obesity and help sustain local agriculture. This is a huge project that will take place in 42 states across the US. As a result of this funding, some schools are coming up with very creative ways to include local produce into their menus. The children themselves are often involved with these plans. Their direct involvement may lead to a lifetime of healthier habits.

Dec
12