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Healthier Fuel: Changing Your Diet

Healthier Fuel: Changing The Food You Eat

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What you nourish your body with is one of the biggest factors in your overall health. Not just for your physical self but also your emotional, social, mental, and spiritual self. How the body uses food affects every part of our being so dramatically that if you only fuel your body with nutrients and avoid all those unnecessary ‘filler’ foods, you’ll achieve an excellent level of health without putting much effort into exercising. That being said, you’ll also have a hard time avoiding activity when your body is running on high-quality fuel!

You pretty much have to be living under a rock to avoid being regularly bombarded by advertising and association recommendations regarding many foods that are supposedly ‘healthy’ for you. The truth is, the claim of a healthy status shouldn’t be taken as a definite benefit to your body. You need to get the facts from unbiased sources to be sure you’re getting the most accurate information and advice about what truly is the right combination of nutrients and macronutrients (the protein, fat, and carbohydrates) to supply the optimum performance fuel for your body.

Changing eating habits isn’t easy, though, so to make changes that stick, you’ll want to use these tidbits of advice to cement your new way of fueling your body into place.

1.Keep a record of the food you eat and what you drink for at least a week.

This will help you constructively judge your eating habits, identify areas for change, and make you accountable for your food choices. Studies have shown this to be one of the vital components to successful diet changes and weight loss.

2.Eat slowly so that you can allow your body the time to signal that you’re full and to be much more satisfied by the flavor of the food.

3.No need to count calories and measure portion sizes.

Be more concerned with making food choices in their most natural state (vegetables, fruits, grains, pulses, unprocessed meats, and much more), including a wide range of colors and variety.

It’s good to have a long-term plan of how you’d like to be feeding your body, but you’ll be most successful if you make small changes over time. For example, if you would like to be consuming more vegetables, start by preparing an array of raw vegetables that you have on hand to snack on and make this your main goal for the week. The following week, you may want to start creating some dinner recipes focused on more healthy ingredients. Little by little, you will be building new habits that will stick.

4.Drink water regularly throughout the day.

Not only does water flush toxins and waste products out of the body, but it also helps you feel more energetic, gets you thinking more clearly, improves the appearance of your skin, and helps you to feel less hungry. If you’re not drinking around 2 liters of water a day, make this one of your first diet changes to implement.

5.Moderation is the key to any diet, so don’t feel like you can never enjoy your favorite sugar-laden treat or enjoy the convenience of fast- food.

Just don’t make it your regular routine. As well, use the concept of moderation and balance with portion sizes. Don’t fill your plate with a high-carb portion of pasta and only include a small serving of low-carb vegetables. Although carbs are an important part of a healthy diet, they are often over-consumed and not conducive to your body’s optimum performance or in managing a healthy weight.

6.Try not to be eating anything within 4 hours of going to sleep.

Studies suggest that this simple dietary change is beneficial for the digestive system and in avoiding the high fat/high calorie snacking that often occurs after the last meal of the day.

7.Learn to like the good sources of fat.

Fat tends to get a bad reputation for being the main instigator of weight gain, but it’s over-consumption (mainly over-consumption of high carbohydrate foods) that causes weight gain and sluggish body processes.

Get well educated on the good sources of fat that are so vital to the nourishment of your body. Just a couple of excellent options are nuts & seeds, plant oils, avocados, fish, peanut butter (with just peanuts), and tofu.

8.Protein is an energy-packed element of a balanced diet.

It’s integral to building muscle and gives the body a great energy kick along with other healthful benefits.

9.Limit sugar and salt and recognize all the hidden sources of these health threats.

Although it can be a given that consuming too much sugar and salt isn’t ideal, the biggest hurdle is being informed enough to realize all the places these veiled ingredients are hiding.

For the most part, your food sources will start becoming more and more natural; without even realizing it, you will feel so much better that you will eat more healthily than ever before.

How To Tackle Your Allergies Naturally

How To Tackle Your Allergies Naturally

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Allergies and food sensitivities are becoming a major problem throughout the world, not just in the U.S. Are you eating too much wheat, dairy, sugar, corn, peanuts, or eggs? These are the top 6 most highly reactive foods on the planet that can trigger allergies causing skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, hives, hay fever, and asthma. They can also cause pain in the joints and muscles throughout the body. These food particles get lodged in our cells and joints, and the body sends water to surround these food particles to get rid of them, hence bloating and fatigue.   

For example, let’s look at “wheat.” If you have toast for breakfast, a sandwich at lunch, a granola bar for a snack, and a roll with dinner – it is too much wheat. Here is what happens:   

  • Serotonin levels drop in the brain, adrenaline, and blood sugar levels drop.
  • Mood swings can occur, sometimes the onset of depression and cravings for more reactive foods such as wheat.
  • The immune system and hormone levels react, leading to tissue swelling.
  • A feeling of heaviness and fatigue occurs along with the storage of excess calories, mainly as FAT.
  • More fatigue, mood swings, and weight gain
  • Swelling of the intestinal membranes occurs, allowing allergens to assimilate, preventing nutrients from being absorbed, which leads to a weakened immune system and nutrient deficiencies.
  • The cycle begins all over again when you eat more wheat.

The body attacks the reactive food as if it were a virus or parasite, leading to an immune system overload. All of this leads to pain throughout the body, achy joints, allergies, skin problems, and fatigue.  

Think whole foods and stay away from processed foods. Choose lean protein sources such as tuna, turkey, fish, poultry, fruits such as bright colored berries, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. When it comes to whole grains, choose quinoa, buckwheat, millet, teff, wild rice, or sorghum as they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber with unique flavors that will keep you full and satisfied. 

Inflammation: The Hidden Enemy

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In normal situations, inflammation is the body’s natural way of protecting itself from infections or toxins. Unfortunately, for many people inflammation gets out of hand, and that can lead to some serious health problems.
Some of the first things you may notice are sleep disturbances, weight gain and fatigue, but these are just the beginning of the problems that are caused by too much inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation can lead to inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and even heart disease and increased risk of cancer. And these are only some of the harmful effects of chronic inflammation.
Fortunately, there are some natural ways for you to prevent and eliminate chronic inflammation. Evidence shows that inflammation starts in the digestive system. This makes sense since 2/3 of our immune system is in the gut. A healthy gut means a healthy immune system. An unhealthy gut leads to immune issues, including chronic inflammation.
To create a healthy digestive system, as well as a healthy immune system, we need to eat healthy foods – and eliminate problem foods that are so common in today’s modern diets.
Foods to eliminate include:
• Polyunsaturated oils
• Processed carbohydrates
• Refined sugar
• Wheat
• Alcohol
• Fast food
• Dairy products
• Eggs
These foods and others can trigger autoimmune reactions in your body that cause chronic inflammation.
Instead, eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as herbs like garlic, turmeric, oregano and ginger that are known to fight inflammation. Include essential fatty acids and if you choose to eat animal products, eat wild caught Alaskan salmon or shellfish. Nuts, seeds and flaxseed are also good dietary choices. Add a probiotic supplement and your digestive system will be able to run the way it’s supposed to again.
Herbal remedies you might want to try include boswellia, turmeric, ginger and glucosamine-chondroitin supplements. Another power house to combat inflammation is Bromelain. Bromelain can be taken in supplement form or you can eat one whole pineapple per day ! But don’t forget about getting enough exercise. That may seem counter-intuitive if your body hurts from inflammation, but regular exercise actually reduces inflammation in the body. It also helps reduce stress, another common trigger for inflammation. It’s also essential to get enough sleep so your body has time to heal itself from the damage of your body’s overactive immune responses.
Some vitamins you might want to consider are Vitamin B complex for tissue repair. Vitamin C to heal the body and reduce inflammation and Zinc, which helps control inflammation and promote healing.
If your suffering from inflammation in the body try eating a diet that is composed of 75 percent raw foods and drink plenty of water. Limit saturated fats and table salt.
You can learn more about the right foods and the foods to avoid in my ebook, The Secrets of Weight Loss, Diet and Staying Lean Forever. It’s part of my Health & Beauty Bundle. Order yours now!