Eating healthy doesn’t mean following an extreme dietary plan, or denying yourself your favorite food. Rather, it’s more about eating foods that boost energy, improve your health, and balance the hormones. Chances are you’ve read countless articles on nutrition or tried a bunch of diets without success – which is why we won’t try to sell you another magic diet.
Our mission is to promote healthy living by way of eating nutritious whole meals and minimizing junk food. We’ve found that the simplest and most effective approach to dieting is to reduce the number of processed foods we eat and instead, eat more real food.
A good, healthy diet often times involves very specific foods and nutrients that are known to be vital to our health; but still, the overall dietary plan is what matters more and what determines your health. It is absolutely important that you substitute instant, processed foods with home-made meals whenever possible – because when we eat natural food it has an amazing impact on the way we look, think and feel.
Do I need to avoid some foods?
Your body needs a balance of vitamins, proteins, carbs, fat, fiber, and minerals, to function properly. Now, some of the more extreme dietary experts may disagree, but there’s no need to eliminate entire food categories from your diet, it makes more sense to eat the healthiest foods from each category. Let’s go through the basics of healthy eating:
Debunking food categories
Carbs: These are an important source of energy and should be part of your daily nutrition. The best carbs are complex, and unrefined; such as whole grains, vegetables, and fruit. Avoid eating white bread, starches, pastries, and sugar to prevent fluctuations in blood sugar, mood, and energy.
Fat: Some fats are healthy and some aren’t. Healthy fats (such as omega 3s) are vital to our health and play a major role in keeping our physical and mental health in check. Eating more natural fat (such as nuts, avocado) can also make it easier to lose weight.
Fiber: We need more fruit, vegetables, grains, beans, and nuts in our diet. Some of the benefits include a healthy heart, reduced risk of diabetes, and healthy skin.
Protein: Aside from animal products, you can get good amounts of high-quality protein from a variety of plants and seeds and this is important because without sufficient protein you won’t have the energy to go about your day.
How to make healthy meals
If possible, prepare your own meals. Cooking forces you to be more aware of what you put in your body, and as a result, you will consume less sugar, fat, calories, and other foods that leave you bloated and irritable.
Drink more water. This helps your body get rid of waste and toxins that cause tiredness, low energy, and headaches. You can also reduce food intake by drinking enough water.
Always read the labels. You need to be aware of what you’re purchasing and what those food labels say. Keep in mind that some manufacturers will pack huge amounts of sugar and processed fat and still label the food healthy.
Eat in moderation. Don’t stuff your body with large amounts of healthy food – this will interfere with the digestive process and leave you feeling sick. Moderate your food intake and reduce the portion sizes of “bad” food so that instead of craving them more, you eat just enough to keep the balance and follow it up with plenty of whole foods including greens and vegetables.
Plan your meals ahead. Healthy eating requires good planning. Start by stockpiling your kitchen with high-quality fruits, vegetables, cereal, meats, dairy, fish, oils, spices, whole grains, healthy snacks, and simple recipes. A good way to do that is by getting your groceries delivered by mercato.com. Pick a few recipes that you like and build your meal schedule around them.
Club 33 is a set of private clubs scattered throughout Disney locations including the original in the New Orleans Square at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, another in Tokyo Disney Land and the third being at Shanghai Disney. There are rumors of a new and upcoming location at Disney World.
Club 33 in California is known for The Grand Salon (the exclusive restaurant), access to Le Salon Nouveau (a jazz lounge) and 1901 (another lounge in Disney’s California Adventure). Want to be a member? There’s a 14-year waiting list, with a $25,000 fee and yearly dues of $10,000. Other perks include early park admission, valet parking and private events at Club 33’s restaurant.
Le Grand Salon is known for their $120.00 5 course menu. Diners select from several options for each course. The first course features appetizers such as autumn mushroom croquette, shaved prosciutto, and seared scallops. The second course is a choice of salads featuring seasonal ingredients. The third course is another appetizer but larger plate that features different fish dishes like Salmon a la Plancha or pasta dishes like Sage Pumpkin Ravioli. The fourth course is the entrée course featuring New York Strip, Veal Osso Buco, and Rack of Lamb. And the fifth course has several sweet options that make it almost impossible to choose. Deserts ranging from apple galettes to pecan coffee bundt cake.
But the food is just as delicious at The Salon Nouveau. They offering a range of food from appetizers of caviar to juicy burgers to the finest champagne.
If you don’t know anyone that is a member and you don’t want to spend tens of thousands of dollars to eat a fancy restaurant, this will be one of these restaurants that will forever remain on your bucket list. However, it is highly recommended and always gets 4-5 star ratings on trip advisor and Yelp. For an exclusive restaurant, it’s pretty popular!
If you’ve lived in California for any period of time, then you’ve probably heard of Pink’s Hot Dogs. You probably are in love with favorites like the Bacon Burrito Dog, the Jaws dog, the Philly Cheesesteak Dog, or the Lord of the Rings Dog as much as anyone else. There are so many choices, it’s hard to choose a single item off the menu–which is why so many people fill their bellies with every visit.
If you’ve heard the word of mouth, then you’ve probably been led to believe that key lime pie was a traditional dessert that began in Key West, Florida, a popular vacation destination for young and old alike in the most southern reaches of the sunshine state. The story goes that key limes require the exact Key West climate in order to achieve the right amount of tart, tangy taste for perfect baking. Here’s the problem: there’s a new theory about the origins of Key Lime Pie, and not everyone is happy about it. (more…)
The microwave oven is ubiquitous in most home across America. When Americans get hungry and want a quick, hot, meal, they no longer turn on the stove or oven — they pop something in a plastic container into the microwave, and in a matter of minutes they’re ready to eat a steaming bowl or plate of whatever suits their fancy. Twenty years ago the microwave seemed a miracle of modern technology. Today, it’s taken for granted like cell phones and big screen TVs.
But there’s always been a nagging question in the back of people’s minds when it comes to microwave cooking — how much, if any, of the basic nutrients are disabled when a dish is microwaved, as compared to baking, frying, or boiling? Of course, it’s always been obvious to food scientists, and then to the general public, that the best way to preserve and consume nutrient is in their raw and natural state. But who wants to eat a raw potato? Heat will always diminish the nutrient factor in any kind of food, according to nutritionists. And compared with other and more traditional methods of heating and cooking food, the damage to nutrients with microwave cooking is usually minimal.
Scientists have shown that the major nutrient influences in cooking are, first of all, the amount of time an item is actually cooked. The longer it remains heated the more vital nutrients are destroyed or disabled. Secondly, food loses a significant amount of nutrients when it is cooked with excess liquids, such as water or tomato puree — vitamins and mineral have a tendency to leach out faster and in more abundance when more liquid is used. That is why cooks are encouraged to incorporate their cooking liquids in their recipes — it helps retain minerals and vitamins that would otherwise simply be poured down the drain.
The way a microwave oven works is basically simply physics. The machine sends out waves on a micro frequency that are picked up by molecules of water in the food item; these molecules then generate a large quantity of heat as they vibrate with the micro wavelengths inside the food. The uniqueness of this style of cooking comes from the fact that cooking food in a microwave requires little or no liquid, whereas when a food item like carrots are boiled in water the water will turn slightly orange — indicating that some of the important nutrients have leaked away from the vegetable itself and are now contained in the liquid medium.
When baking and roasting food, the problem lies in the fact that the exterior of the food item is heated quickly while the interior of the item, such as a roast or a baking potato, takes longer to reach the proper temperature. This creates carbonization of the outside of the food, which is what chefs strive for in restaurants for flavor, but which actually destroys a good deal of the nutritional value of the food and has been linked to possible carcinogens.
The bottom line is that while not all the facts and figures are in about microwave cooking yet, scientists believe it to be one of the best ways to prepare food in today’s busy, time-starved world.
History is muddled where the word “barbecue” is concerned. We don’t know exactly from where it was derived, but many historians theorize that the modern word came from the Taino word “barabicu” which described their own sacred fire pits. We now know that the word was stolen by Spanish explorers as early as the 16th century and transformed into “barbacoa.” They used it to describe cooking done on a structure above a fire pit, similar to today’s notion of backyard barbecue. We stole it for ourselves less than a century later. (more…)
Everyone agrees that brushing and flossing are two of the most important things you need to do daily to keep your teeth and gums healthy. But do you know that what you eat and drink can also affect how your teeth will look? Every time you visit your Cheltenham dentist, they would always remind you to not only brush and floss your teeth on a daily basis but to also make a list of the foods that are going to increase your likelihood of developing tooth decay and plaque buildup so you can avoid them.
People often think that what we feed our bodies with will only show on our weight. While it’s true that what you eat will have a direct effect on your physical weight, not a lot of people are aware that what they chew in their mouths can also impact the state of their gums and teeth. You see, there are certain foods and drinks that help feed bacteria and as a result could lead to the development of dental caries. Plaque is a colorless film made up of bacteria that covers our teeth. If this is not removed daily through proper brushing, it could become the main cause of gum disease and cavities.
How do dental cavities develop?
It is worth mentioning that all of us develop plaque due to the bacteria that is constantly present in our mouths. These bacteria make use of the components in our diet as well as our saliva to thrive. Plaque can lead to the formation of cavities when the acids found in plaque starts attacking our teeth’s enamel after we eat. Without implementing a regular brushing and flossing habit, continual acid attacks will break down your tooth’s enamel thereby forming a cavity. If plaque is not removed, it can irritate your teeth and gums and this could lead to serious dental health problems such as tooth loss, bleeding and swollen gums and periodontal disease.
What are the foods and drinks you need to avoid?
Since you already know who the bad guy is – plaque – you should also know the factors that aggravate this build up and these are acids and sugars. These two are the main villains that are responsible for eroding your tooth’s enamel and creating dental cavities. Knowing what foods and drinks to avoid together with brushing and flossing will lead to a healthy oral health so you can smile confidently anytime, anywhere.
Acidic foods are foods that have a low pH level. Consuming these foods on a regular could compromise your oral health because these foods contain ingredients that will attack your teeth’s enamel leading to cavities and inevitably tooth decay. When your enamel is brittle, not only are you going to suffer cavities, it will also cause you to experience teeth sensitivity as well as teeth discoloration. Foods and drinks that have a high acid content are tomatoes, coffee, alcohol, lemons and pickles. Foods that are considered low acidic include lean meat, eggs, nuts, cheese, bananas, avocados, whole grains, vegetables and broccoli.
We have all been told to brush our teeth right after eating candy and there’s a good reason why. Sugar, in general, is not good for our teeth, which is why it is highly important that you brush it after consuming sugary foods. This is because the bad bacteria present in your mouth feed on sugars that result to the formation of acids and as mentioned previously, acids create cavities. Although it is impossible to totally eliminate sugars in our diet, the best course of action to avoid damaging your teeth is to minimize your intake of sugary foods and drinks. It is also important that after consuming sugary foods and drinks, never forget to brush your teeth because if sugar stays on for too long, it could attack your teeth. Your dentist will advise you to brush your teeth after every meal or if this is not possible, at least you should drink water after consuming acidic or sugary foods and beverages. Examples of foods that are high in sugar include desserts, cakes, ice creams, jams, cereals, dried fruit, soft drinks and candies.
The journey in preserving your oral health is a challenging one but if you start to make it a habit, it will not be as hard. Remember, brushing and flossing are not enough, you also need to be mindful about your diet.
Eating healthy is the key to living a healthier life and kick-starting a weight loss routine, but even though most people know this, they still make poor food choices. Why? Well, it’s mostly due to convenience and pure laziness.
The truth is that eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little preparation and planning you can make better food choices, which will result in a much healthier diet. This plays a role in weight loss and energy levels. Follow the tips below if you are serious about making a change and committed to eating healthier, regardless of how busy you are.
Pay attention to your snack purchases.
“Focus on your snack purchases. It is much easier to say no to an unhealthy snack while shopping than while you are hungry, stressed, and working. This method also helps avoid “I better eat this unhealthy thing before it goes bad.” — Matthew Kolb of All High Schools
Stay away from fast food.
“Avoid fast food as much as possible. While it is quick and convenient, it’s also the worst food you can put into your body. The amount of additives and preservatives is so high and unhealthy. Compare the calories in a fast food meal against a home cooked meal and you will be shocked.” — Jim Epton of Dom Huga Ltd
Use the MyFitnessPal app.
“Use an app like MyFitnessPal to track all of your calories and macros throughout the day. This is the best way to help you keep track of what you are putting in your body and to prevent over eating. It’s a free app and syncs with a lot of other programs.” – Robert Cox, Founder & CEO of Sundog Structures
Smaller more frequent meals.
“Try to eat smaller meals more frequently. This is good for two main reasons. First, it keeps you energized throughout the entire day and second, you avoid feeling sluggish or tired after a huge meal. Packing small convenient meals also allow you to eat on the go and when in a rush.” — Andrew Tran, Founder of Therapy
“Drink tons of water and have legit protein bars available when you need a boost. Make sure the bars are not stuffed with tons of sugar or artificial sweeteners that will counter the good in them. Unfortunately many of the protein bars on the market are not good for you, so read the label.” — Ben Walker, Founder of Transcription Outsourcing, LLC
Create a long-term plan.
“Planning and preparing ahead makes things easier, such as creating a 2-4 week meal plan, then cooking all the meals in 1-2 days. You can also have smoothies, and ensure you schedule lunch meetings at restaurants that provide healthy options like salads or fish. Protein and snack bars are great, too.“ — Sean Christman, Founder of Slamdot
Avoid simple carbs.
“Avoid sugar and simple carbohydrates during the day. If you eat too much, you’ll get that tired groggy feeling within an hour or so and you’ll need to fight to stay at the same level of productivity. Take the time to plan out some meals and snacks to avoid eating something you’ll regret.” — Joseph W. Belluck of Belluck & Fox, LLP
“Meal prep. I’m sure this is what most would say but it really does pay off. Having that meal ready to go during the week when it matters is something that you won’t regret. Only takes a couple hours total for the week.” — Marc Webb, Founder of Real PDL Help
Stay away from processed foods.
“Avoid processed foods as much as possible. That means no fast food and no vending machine snacks. Instead of getting a bag of candy, have a handful of nuts or trail mix. You don’t have to just eat boring salads, but you need to make an effort to cut out junk and processed food.” — Tom Munroe, CEO of RugStudio
Get your meals planned in advance.
“You have to meal prep if you are serious. As an entrepreneur time is scarce and things constantly come up. If you attempt to eat healthy without your meals planned and cooked in advance it becomes very difficult. The only way to ensure you eat healthy daily is to prep everything in advance.” — Christopher Dziak, CEO of Pure Nootropics
Stick to your plan.
“Develop a plan and stick to it. Most unhealthy habits are a result of varying from a plan. Sticking to specific schedules, finding alternative healthy eating options while travelling, etc. require some planning and practice.” — Shawn Schulze of HomeArea.com
“Always make time to take time. Have breakfast, don’t spend the first 5 hours of your day living off coffee. Schedule lunch and take it. Remove yourself from the computer get a change of scenery. Be mindful of where you are eating and what, plan ahead.” — Shawn Freeman, Founder and CEO of TWT Group
“Cut sugar. Something as simple as reducing sugar or removing it entirely from your diet can make such a huge impact. Instead of reaching for a candy car, grab an apple. It’s just as convenient, but the lack of sugar is going to result in noticeable weight loss over time.” — Ari Evans of AAA Handbags
Essential oils are basically highly concentrated oils which are usually extracted from roots, leaves, flowers, and other plant parts which are grown in farms like the Lavender Farms started by D. Gary Young of Young Living Essential Oils. Usually extracted through the process of steam distillation (which involves the application of steam until all the oil vaporizes), essential oils usually possess the characteristic smell of the plant from which they are extracted. Although the term “essential oils” is quite common, very few people can tell more about these concentrated oils in terms of how they work, their uses, benefits, and side effects. If you are among them, here is a piece that will leave you knowledgeable about essential oils.
How Are Essential Oils Said To Work?
For many centuries, essential oils have been used in ancient medicine and their use has currently been embraced in the modern-day medical arena. The main reason why these oils never lose their value is because of the diversity they possess in terms of usage. In aromatherapy, for instance, when molecules of any essential oil are absorbed through the skin or inhaled, they are said to affect metabolism, brain chemicals, hormones, and influence the nervous system and brain areas. Besides, essential oils are mostly used to boost mood, ease stress, get a good night’s sleep, and even repel unwanted insects.
How Are Essential Oils Used?
Inhalation: One of the most common ways through which people use essential oils is through inhalation. Since most of these oils are usually highly concentrated, it is always advisable that you do not inhale them directly from a bottle. To release any oil into the air you breathe, a device like a diffuser could be used. Some other inhalation methods include the popular steam inhalation or applying a few drops of the oil to a handkerchief, tissue or cotton ball and placing it near your face.
Topical Use: In addition to being highly concentrated, essential oils are also too potent for anyone to use them full-strength on their skin. In most cases, these oils should be diluted in a carrier oil (like avocado, almond, and apricot kernel oil) before they can be applied to the skin during spot treatment, an aromatherapy massage, a bath, or a spa treatment. Essential oils could also be found in candles, shampoo, lotion, soap, and bath salts.
Commonly Used Essential Oils
While there are hundreds of essential oils available, here are some of the most commonly used essential oils.
Eucalyptus: This oil is a common ingredient in steam inhalations to cure colds and clear throat congestion in the chest.
Clary sage: This oil could aid in relieving hot flashes as well as promote sleep.
Lavender: This essential oil is mostly used for relaxation and improving sleep.
Peppermint: This oil is used for headaches among other types of pain.
Rose: The oil’s soothing scent has been found to ease stress as well as menstrual cramps.
Tea tree: The tea tree essential oil is mostly used as a spot treatment for acne as well as treating fungal skin infections.
Rosemary: This oil has a stimulating scent which boosts focus and attention.
There’s a reason why a lot of diets discourage pork products in their coordinated meals. Pork is the bane of anyone wishing to get in better shape since it’s challenging to say no to a crisp and tender set of bacon strips. But if you’re looking to make a change and to update your diet, here are three big reasons why you have to let go of pork in your menu, no matter how difficult or painful it may be.
- Pigs aren’t the best animals to eat
Though pigs are part of the top three staple meat animals along with chicken and cows, pork may not be your best option to eat based on the pigs’ physical nature. Pigs do not have sweat glands which translate to them not being able to sweat, to release the excess toxins in their body. In eating pork, you’re eating unfiltered flesh with a good number of toxins inherent.
Though it’s debatable that pigs still have livers and kidneys to filter out the excess junk that their bodies generate, it’s a tough call to consider since pork contains a high amount of saturated fat and packs a massive punch of cholesterol to boot. Having these in your body could lead you to develop heart disease as an example.
Yes, you heard that right. Pork is highly susceptible to being a haven for homeless worms. There’s a reason why pork meat needs to be stored in freezing temperatures before cooking. It’s because severely low temperatures lower the risk of having them present in your pork. Consider how I mentioned ‘lowers the risk’ instead of ‘killing them’ because even if you’ve frozen it well, worms can still be present in your pork if you haven’t cooked it well enough.
Here are a few common parasites that tend to live in pork meat:
- Taenia Solium. A nasty parasite that can cause lack of appetite and tissue infection
- Trichinella. A roundworm that causes myalgia, fever spikes, and severe edema
- Salmonella. A tricky bacterium that can hide inside pigs unnoticed even after their death. It can induce fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.
Though we are in the land of the free, the US doesn’t always have the best track record regarding rearing pigs. Unlike farm cows that are allowed to graze around the fields, pigs are often kept in pens or even put inside claustrophobic living conditions as they require relatively low maintenance to breed.
As with any break-up, you will find it difficult to let go of something that you’re used to for a long time. Look for alternative dishes to try to get your edge off missing pork. There are some equally greasy-tasting yet superior foodstuffs you can look forward to from Asian cuisine to kosher restaurant in Manhattan. Saying goodbye to pork means you can say hello to a diverse new array of meat products; beef, fish, lamb, and more – all with higher protein values – makes for a healthier for you.