Cancer is more likely in people who take a lot of stress, do very little or no exercise, and have diets poor in nutrition and high in calories
Yogurt is not only a tasty snack but has many health benefits which can aid in weight loss! Yogurt is rich in protein, calcium, riboflavin and Vitamin B12. The live and active cultures in yogurt help boost the immune system, while the protein gives you the feeling of fullness and satisfaction.
Many doctors suggest having yogurt as a snack every day; to help build bones, lower cholesterol, and replace it with other high-calorie foods. Recent studies have shown that foods high in calcium increase the body’s breakdown of fat and help preserve the metabolism; promoting weight loss.
When choosing the right yogurt check if it is whole, low fat or skim, and how many grams of sugar it may contain if it is a fruit yogurt. Some yogurt brands can contain up to 24 grams of sugar per cup. If you are trying to lose weight, fruit yogurt above 8 grams of sugar must be avoided at all costs! To stay on the safe side have plain low-fat or skim yogurt with freshly cut fruit for maximum nutritional benefits.
Today, more than 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise.
The human body’s main job (apart from reproduction) is to do “whatever it takes” to make sure you survive. It is not only sensitive to the slightest life changes you make, but also very responsive to them. The slowing down of the metabolism and digestion of food is a response to the body trying to survive. Boring? Well how about this; When the body is demanding food and you do not eat, it slows down its metabolism for its survival – making you more prone to storing food as fat.
A very common factor in everyone’s life is stress. Whether it is stress from work, exams, relationships, or a breakup; we all feel stressed and our body is very quick to respond to it. When the mind is stressed, angry, sad or distracted in any way our body considers it a threat to our survival. With this - eating under stress leads to most of the food being converted into fat. This occurrence is made possible with the stress hormone our body produces known as; Cortisol. When the body is under stress, it produces higher levels of Cortisol. The function of cortisol is to lower our metabolic rate, prevent fat burning, and help convert food to fat.
Now to avoid increased amounts of Cortisol we must learn to make our lives as orderly as possible. Waking up close to sunrise, exercising daily, and keeping all our senses focused on one thing at a time will greatly reduce our stress and the amount of cortisol the body secretes. Even as little as turning off the TV. while eating, or putting away your phone, and eating in a peaceful place will make your body and mind calm and ready to absorb all the nutrients you ingest.
Metabolism: the process by which the body turns what you eat into energy.
The metabolism is affected by genes, age, gender but also fluctuates with your food choices and overall lifestyle.
Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
In the absence of carbs, fat cannot be utilized for energy! Carbs help burn fat, and also regulate the metabolism because of its Vitamin B content which is responsible for converting food to energy. Most importantly, carbs help us think!
Low carb diets lead to depletion of serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain responsible for the feeling of well-being, happiness and satisfaction. So laying off the carbs not only makes you moody but also does not help in losing fat.
If you are not going to stop eating carbs for the rest of your life then best not remove it from your plate now. Don’t go on a restricted diet, instead change your lifestyle.
Having coffee first thing in the morning? Big mistake!
While we are asleep; our blood sugar level drops, so by morning time our liver stores are totally empty. This is the time a fruit would be an ideal snack to start the day. However, since most of us are in a rush to reach where we need to be, we decide on grabbing a coffee and get going. Nobody wants to feel “low” when they need to sit in a morning class, or a long boring meeting; so to get that “kicked” feeling we go for the tall coffee.
Any stimulant like tea or coffee which has caffeine shocks the system out of slumber. We go from a relaxed state of mind to an alert one. But, the real explanation behind this occurrence is very simple — Consumption of coffee increases the blood sugar level, heart rate, and breathing rate making the body feel kicked, or awake. In other words, the body undergoes stress ultimately coming in the way of its fat burning capacity. Let alone the organ attacks, coffee also curbs your appetite keeping you hungry longer and possibly causing you to skip breakfast. Now we all know that skipping breakfast is a total disaster to your diet…So put that coffee on hold; and have a nutritious healthy breakfast first.
If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.
How many times have you decided to have a fresh-fruit salad in place of your favorite slice of cheesecake after dinner; thinking it’s healthy? It may not be the safer option…
Few years ago it was discovered that the sugar in fruits (Fructose) gets converted to fat (triglycerides) especially when consumed on a full stomach. Triglycerides are a type of fat which circulates in your blood stream. High levels of triglycerides are responsible for heart diseases, insulin insensitivity and lead to bigger fat cells.
Instead of having fruit as a dessert, keep it as a meal by itself either after an intense workout (when the body needs an increase in insulin levels) or in the morning upon waking up. When you eat fruit when the liver stores are empty, the body will not convert fructose into fat and instead use its nutrients for its intended purpose.
Going on a high protein diet? before that, know this…
For protein to work the body needs its supply of carbohydrates and fat. Without these nutrients protein is totally wasted.
This situation is usually present in the “high-protein” diets which replace carbs and fat sources with protein rich foods. This is no way of ensuring that you are reaching your daily requirement of protein. And in case you are reaching your daily requirement of protein; in the absence of carbs and fat it will be rendered useless. Heres why…
When too much protein is consumed, it doesn’t get stacked away for future use, instead it is converted to fat by a process called deamination. It will just load the liver where it will get broken down to glucose.
In other words, your expensive and difficult to digest chicken, fish, or egg is getting used for energy- something a banana could have easily done.
Without a balanced base line diet, protein by itself will only lead to irritability, sleeplessness, mood swings, and muscle catabolism.
When we bring mindfulness to the dinner table, it suffuses the rest of our life as well. We become more sensitive to the well-being of animals, of the environment, and of ourselves and our families. We are more aware of the choices we make in all areas of our life. We enjoy food more..
When we don’t eat for more than three hours, our body becomes scared (or a proper word would be : stressed) because we are ignoring its need for food (food= calories: energy) and therefore it begins to slow down the breaking down of food (the metabolism); and ultimately doesn’t trust us! After let’s say, four, five or even six hours of not eating, we finally do some justice on our poor bodies and feed it. At this point the metabolism has become very slow, the blood sugar level has dropped, we are at a much higher risk of overeating, AND our body isn’t willing to burn the food we consume, so as a reaction of distrust; it stores it as fat.