Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

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We love our holidays and apart from all the gifts and a chance to meet our relatives and in general having a good time, we also look forward to those once-a-year goodies that we get to eat. In fact, we wouldn’t be off the mark to say that the cakes, chocolates, puddings and other goodies are the highlights of our holiday and more often than not, we remember the holiday for what we did and what we ate.

For most of us, holiday is also a suspension of normal activity including our normal healthy eating diets and exercise. American Weight Watchers report states that the average American gains between 7 and 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day! Little wonder that Fad diet marketers go on an overdrive and make the most money after the post holiday season. Continue reading

The Effectiveness of Home Remedies by B.Smith II

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Home remedies have been treating numerous ailments of the human body for hundreds of years.  There are hundreds of them at our disposal and they have grown more prevalent and common over the years.  Medical documents, books, and journals have been written on the effectiveness of these home remedies, showing them to be a safe and inexpensive alternative to prescription drugs for minor ailments, with little to no side effects.  They have been proven to be essential and very valuable for treating common everyday ailments and for helping to maintain a healthy body.  The human body has amazing defenses and healing powers… when it is in balance.  Poor diet, malnutrition, poor lifestyle, improper sleep, and a host of other poor choices can throw the body out of balance and ailments can occur.  Although these factors are not necessarily the direct cause of sickness and disease, but they make the body less able to protect and heal itself, causing it to be a lot more susceptible to a host of different ailments.  Then, if left untreated, the problem will progress.  The remedy in and of itself isn’t what really cures you, but the remedy puts the body back in balance, which in turn, the body can protect and heal itself once again.

There are many reasons for choosing home remedies over prescriptions drugs:

  1. They are inexpensive.
  2. Most can be found right in your kitchen.
  3. They are all natural and not loaded with man-made chemicals.
  4. They treat the root cause of the ailment and not just the symptoms.
  5. They place the body back into balance to promote self-healing and self-protection.
  6. There are very little, if any, side effects.
  7. There are just as many, if not more, home remedies to treat ailments as there are prescription drugs.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”   That is so very true.   Eating healthy foods, exercising, drinking plenty of water, and getting plenty of rest are the tools for maintaining a healthy body. However, not everyone uses these tools to their advantage.  They must them rely on home remedies to treat their ailments that could have been prevented and/or spend a lot of money on doctors and prescriptions.  From acne to warts, there is a drug for just about every ailment out there and have many side effects that are sometimes worse than the symptoms.  Would you want to place yourself or someone you love through a bunch of drug treatments, with any of the side effects, for their ailments when they could have been easily prevented and easily cured?

Q & A: Brain Food to Chew on. by: B. Smith II

What's good to eat that is good for me to eat?

What’s good to eat that is good for me to eat?

Q: Which foods most often contain saturated fat and cholesterol?
A: Foods that most often contain saturated fat and cholesterol are foods that come from animals like meat, organ meat, dairy products, and egg yolks.
Q: What are the effects that saturated fat and dietary cholesterol have on our health?
A: When Saturated fat content in the body is high, LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) cannot be removed from the blood which can lead to heart disease and atherosclerosis (which is a type of cardiovascular disease that involves the buildup of fatty material in the artery walls).  All animals produce cholesterol and it is needed, but it is not essential to the diet. Cholesterol is needed synthesis vitamin D, cholic acid, and several hormones.
Q: What is a food high in omega-3 fatty acid and a food high in omega-6 fatty acid.
A: A food high in omega 3 fatty acid is walnuts (1/4 cup) 2.72g and a food high in omega 6 fatty acid is (again) walnuts (1/4 cup) 11.4g.  Another one is sunflower seeds (1/4 cup) 10.5g of Omega 6 fatty acid.

 

Q: What are the effects of each (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) on health?

A: Both of them are used to synthesize regulatory molecules in the body and the biological effect of the molecule synthesized depends on the structure of the fatty acid from which it is made.

 

Q: What kinds of foods are high in trans fats?

A: The kinds of foods that are high in trans fats are: cookies, crackers, breakfast cereals,  potato chips, Hydrogenated, and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.  Even though the label says zero trans fat, trans fat is still there a lot of the time.  Look in the ingredients.  If it says hydronated or partially hydronated anything anywhere in the ingredients, then trans fat is present in the food.  The higher up on the list of ingredients it is, the larger the amount of trans fat.

 

Q: How do trans fatty acids affect our health?

A: Trans fatty acids raise blood cholesterol levels and greatly increase the risk of heart disease.

 

Q: What are two (2) oils that are highest in monounsaturated fat?

A: Two oils that are highest in monounsaturated fat are olive oil and canola oil.

 

Q: How does substituting monounsaturated fat for saturated fat affect our health?

A: Substituting monounsaturated fat for saturated fat reduces unhealthy LDL cholesterol without decreasing healthy HDL cholesterol and makes LDL less susceptible to oxidation.

 

Q: What is LDL and what is one factor that influences it. (What causes it to increase or decrease?)

A: LDL: Low-Density Lipoproteins. Lipoproteins that transport cholesterol to cells. Elevated LDL cholesterol increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Eating foods high in trans fat will raise the LDL cholesterol. Reducing trans fat in the daily diet can and will lower LDL cholesterol.

 

Q: What is HDL and what is one factor that influences it. (What causes it to increase or decrease?)

A: HDL: High-Density Lipoproteins. Lipoproteins that pick up cholesterol from cells and transport it to the liver so that it can be eliminated from the body. A high level of HDL decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease. HDLs can be raised by exercising regularly.

More Tips for Weight Loss by B.Smith II

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I have received a lot of questions for tips on how to lose weight and keep it off.  I do have some tips for losing weight and it worked for me:

#1. Stay completely away from fast food, processed food, and any diet food and drinks. These foods not only contain a ridiculous amount of sodium (which cause water retention and weight gain), they also contain a ton of man-made chemicals not meant for human consumption and they produce a ton of side affects such as headaches, mood swings, water retention, weight gain, and will completely throw your body’s chemistry out of whack. (A lot of today’s health problems are caused by these chemicals in our food).  Completely avoid anything that contains “ASPARTAME.”  This is a chemical that is considered the “sweet poison.”  Headaches, mood swings, and weight gain are just a few of its many, many, many side effects.  (I had headaches almost everyday til I discovered this in Nutrition class.  Now I seldom ever get a headache).

#2. Drink lots of water every day. Drink a glass of water before each and every meal. Not only will this help you feel full faster (therefore eating less) this will also help collect bad fats and flush them out of your system before they have a chance to be stored.

#3. Replace the fast foods and processed foods with lots of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. (I know from personal experience this is a lot easier said than done and it does takes will power and determination, but trust me, it is well worth it once you start seeing the results).

#4. Drink green tea if you like tea. (Not the instant tea, for that has sugar and chemicals, but the brewing tea bags). If you do not like green tea, then there are green tea pills (which is what I use as well). Green tea will burn fat fast if used properly. ( I know this from personal experience, as well). For a more detailed description, read my post “Green Tea for Weight Loss?” by B. Smith II on this site. This post was based on my actual experiences and results. I think you may benefit from it.

#5. As crazy as this is going to sound, but instead of one or two big meal at the end of the day, have several mini-meals throughout the day.  This includes a healthy breakfast, a healthy snack before lunch, a healthy lunch, a healthy snack before dinner, and a healthy dinner (drinking a glass of water with each and every mini-meal).  By doing this you build up your metabolism, which is your body’s natural fat burning process.  Having one or two large meals at the end of the day can actually slow down the metabolism.

#6. There is nothing wrong with having a dessert once and a while either. Schedule a time and dessert of your choice a couple times a week to not only enjoy the taste as a reward for your hard work, but also to avoid that horrid guilt of “cheating” on your diet. (I know that feeling very well). A dessert once and a while, if eaten within reason, will not harm your weight loss progress, so you really can enjoy a dessert without that horrid “guilt”.  ( I eat ice-cream a lot more now than I ever did as a kid).

#7. Stay active.  Even if sitting in your desk chair. Bounce a knee, twist around as I described in my article Green Tea for Weight Loss? by B. Smith II on this site.  Just moving around like arms, head, shoulders, legs, etc. even while sitting down at you work station. Doing these things really do burn calories.