Showing posts with label eating more fruits. Show all posts
Showing posts with label eating more fruits. Show all posts

Friday, February 14, 2014

Scientists conducted a study which confirmed that the level of happiness depends on the amount of fruit on the daily menu.

It produces our food mood. British scientists conducted an experiment of 80 thousand people. Results showed that the amount of fruits and vegetables in the human diet is associated with how happy she or he feels. The highest level of happiness experts have recorded in people who consumed about 7 servings, or 85 grams of fruit and vegetables a day.

Thus, happy people are more likely to have chosen just a healthy diet, which became one of the reasons for their satisfaction with life.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Staying fit on a busy schedule is one of the most difficult every day problems facing people today. We seem to have gotten so much busier, and have adapted to grabbing food on our way out the door. The problem is that the foods that seem most convenient and portable are often processed and laden with sugar and bad carbs. If you have been packing on some extra pounds as a result of a busy lifestyle, try some of these healthy eating tips that even the busiest of people can implement into their schedule.

1. Pack your food the night before

If you have a schedule where you often find yourself grabbing food on your way out the door, try packing that food the night before. You will have a clearer head and will be more likely to make healthier decisions. You will also be able to make choices that may take a little longer to put together, but that are significantly healthier. These can be things like a sandwich or a cut up apple with peanut butter.

2. Don't buy unhealthy foods to begin with

While going through the grocery store, it can be difficult to resist your temptations for cookies, chips, ice cream, or whatever it is that you crave. Do your best to resist those urges, because you can not eat something unhealthy if you don't buy it! A great way to combat grocery store cravings is to make sure that you do not go to the store when you are hungry. A hungry brain craves foods that are high in fat and sugar, because of a primal survival instinct. A full brain, however, will allow you to stick to a diet plan and make healthy purchase decisions.

3. Choose individually packaged items

If you do want processed foods, try to only buy items that are sold in proper portion sizes. Portion control is one of the leading causes of obesity, and simply eating the right amount of something can go a long way to helping you with your weight loss and healthy eating goals. Because of the increasing levels of obesity, there are lots of 100 calorie pack items and individually packaged foods, so you will have lots of variety when making the switch.

4. Opt for a fresh fruit or veggie

Often times when people are looking for quick and portable foods, they forget about how convenient an apple or carrot is. There are so many fresh fruits and vegetables that easy to take along and are also quite delicious. Fruits that are great for an on the go person are apples, bananas, and oranges. Fruits that are good for this same purpose are things like carrots, fresh broccoli, radishes, and fresh cauliflower.

Author: Pam Johnson is a public health professional who creates campaigns based on habits that promote natural health. She obtained her degree from one of the Top 10 Best Online Bachelor's in Public Health Programs.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Biotin! Biotin (also called hair growth vitamin) is a water soluble vitamin found in many foods. It is one nutrient that keeps skin, hair, eyes and a few other organs healthy!

An adult needs 30 mcg of Biotin per day.

FOOD Sources

1. Liver
2. Egg
3. Sardines and Salmon
4. Poultry
5. Avocado, cauliflower, mushrooms, raspberries, bananas, dairy, nuts such as peanuts, walnuts, almonds and pecans, soybeans,beans and legumes, whole-wheat bread.

A combination of Biotin and other Vitamins like Folic Acid, Vitamins A, C and D are said to be beneficial for hair problems.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

BUKO ICE CANDY
  • 1 can condensed milk (300ml)
  • 1- 1/2 cup grated buko
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1/2 gallon water
Mix all ingredients together: condensed milk, grated buko, white sugar, vanilla, coconut water and water.
Mix well until sugar is dissolved and condensed milk well blended.
Prepare the container or ice candy plastic bags and pour the mixture with a funnel to make ice candies. Makes 40-50 pcs. ice candies.

PINEAPPLE ICE CANDY
  • 4 cups pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 gallon water
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp pineapple extract
Dissolve sugar in water thoroughly before adding all ingredients.
Mix all ingredients together: pineapple juice, pineapple extract, sugar and water.
Prepare the container or ice candy plastic bags and pour the mixture with a funnel to make ice candies. Makes 30-40 pcs. ice candies.

CORN ICE CANDY
  • 1 can condensed milk (300 mI)
  • 1 cup creamed corn (canned)
  • 1/2 gallon water
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Mix all ingredients together: condensed milk, creamed corn, vanilla and water.
Mix well until sugar is dissolved and condensed milk well blended.
Prepare the container or ice candy plastic bags and pour the mixture with a funnel to make ice candies. Makes 30-40 pcs. ice candies.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

It's almost June, which means you have a little more than six months to finally complete that New Year's weight loss resolution. Now a study offers two simple changes that may help you reach your goal: Stop sitting in front of the television and start eating more fruits and vegetables.

While these health tips might seem obvious, it's their long-term sustainability that has scientists praising their virtues. According to the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine study published in the May 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, by making these adjustments you'll be more likely to maintain these habits to lead a healthier lifestyle.

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"Just making two lifestyle changes has a big overall effect and people don't get overwhelmed," Dr. Bonnie Spring, a professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said in a press release. "Americans have all these unhealthy behaviors that put them at high risk for heart disease and cancer, but it is hard for them and their doctors to know where to begin to change those unhealthy habits," Spring said. "This approach simplifies it."

In the study, 204 adult patients between the ages of 21 to 60 with elevated saturated fat and low fruit and vegetable intake, high sedentary leisure time and low physical activity were placed in one of four treatment categories. One group had to increase fruit and vegetable intake, another had to decrease fat and sedentary leisure, yet another decrease fat and increase physical activity (otherwise known as traditional dieting) and the last group had to increase fruit/vegetable intake and decrease sedentary leisure. Patients had to record their daily results for three weeks and were coached remotely through mobile technology. If the patients met their goals and displayed healthy lifestyle changes, they would receive $175.

On average, daily fruit and vegetable intake increased from 1.2 servings to 5.5 servings, sedentary leisure time decreased from 219.2 minutes per day to 89.3 minutes, and daily saturated fat decreased from 12.0 percent to 9.5 percent of calories consumed. The group that participated in traditional dieting reported fewer improvements than the other groups.

Then, the participants were given the option of continuing to report their lifestyle. They did not have to keep up with the dietary or exercise recommendations and would receive monthly payments just for turning in their data three times each month for six months.

Ninety-eight percent of the test subjects opted to continue with the second 20-week phase of the study. Out of the 185 people who continued on, 86.5 percent said they tried to "definitely" or "somewhat" maintain what they did in the three-week treatment period even without the financial or mobile encouragement.

What's even more surprising is they seemed to maintain the healthy habits of eating more fruits and vegetables and decreasing sedentary activity without receiving any financial incentive to do so. Though the patients did not increase their healthy behaviors in the six month follow-up, they made "substantial" improvements in watching less television and eating more vegetables compared with their rates when the study started. It is worth noting, however, that those who traditionally dieted for the most part did not carry healthy habits through the second part of the experiment, especially when it came to increasing physical activity.

"We said we hope you'll continue to keep up these healthy changes, but you no longer have to keep them up to be compensated," Spring said. "We thought they'd do it while we were paying them, but the minute we stopped they'd go back to their bad habits," she said. "But they continued to maintain a large improvement in their health behaviors."

The results suggest that even a short period of encouraging healthy lifestyles through coaching and incentives may have a lasting effect. Considering that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of U.S. adults - 35.7 percent - are obese, and obesity has been linked to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, taking these simple steps could make a big difference.

By: Michelle Castillo