Day: April 29, 2013

Good Health Natural Foods

Did you know…

When we were children, we could eat practically anything, i.e. loads of sugary foods, fats and trans fats, and we burned off the calories because we were running, jumping, restless, always on the move.

Then we grew older; we kept eating the same foods and our metabolism began to slow. However, since we were no longer running, jumping and being constantly on the move, those rich sugars and carbs started turning to fat. Our weight gradually increased and, before we knew it, we had a weight problem. At first we ignored it but before long it could no longer be ignored so we began to worry about it.

In our 30’s and 40’s we tried dieting, with some success.

We began to eat more wisely and joined gymnasiums, or set up walking/ jogging programs that suited our busy lifestyles. Unfortunately, when we reached our weight goals we took our eyes off the scales and the pantry and, because we felt we had done the weight loss thing now, went back to our old habits – high carb meals and lots of sweets – the things we had been raised on and still enjoyed.

 

Healthy Salmon Dish

Healthy Salmon Dish

Time marches on and, nearing 50, our weight then became an even greater problem. The risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke suddenly loomed. But we are creatures of habit and, while feeling a little concerned, the effort of dieting again just seemed too much to bear so we looked around for short cuts, convincing ourselves that if we did certain other things, like take a short walk every other day, and reduce our fatty foods intake, we would be okay.

So all goes on as normal until the day a chest pain struck

Blood tests reveal a high cholesterol level and we are told we are at risk of the arteries around the heart blocking up. More tests follow.

In the meantime we are told to avoid sugar and fatty foods and to exercise daily – not just a 20 minute stroll, something a bit more strenuous is needed. The trouble is we don’t really know when many of the foods in our supermarkets have excess sugar or fats in them. Fortunately most products (thanks to government regulations) have the levels of fats, carbs and sugar content printed on the label but still the problem remains of what do we eat for our condition? We are told that we are at risk of diabetes and this could affect our eyesight and open the way to many other health complications.

Chicken salad

Chicken salad

They say that by 2020 half the population of the USA will have diabetes.

. To forestall something so dreadful, we need to do something now. But what?

We can start by listening to our doctors and then we need to recreate our lifestyle; to good health, natural foods this time we are not playing games with our health, we are here for the long haul. It is no longer that we just need to lose a few lbs/kgs and we’ll be right Jack. This time it’s got to be a life change.

Okay, but where do we begin? Maybe it’s too late?

It’s never too late to so something and this is where my book, How to Cook Healthy Meals in Minutes, can help.  But first, here are 10 tips and 3 very valuable links to the internet’s best sources of health foods and expertise.

Foods to keep you fit and slim

Healthy foods for a healthy mind

TEN TIPS

1. Reduce your lean meat intake to no more than the thickness and size of your palm and no more than 100gs for women and 150gs for men.

2. Avoid eating fruit in the first four weeks (need to cut sugar)

3. Eat as much dark green vegetables as you like (lowers cholesterol levels)

4. Avoid potatoes and bread in the first four weeks (cut carbohydrates and sugar)

5. Avoid processed foods (many contain too much salt, sugar and artificial flavourings)

6. Walk for at least an hour per day (can be spread over the day)

7. Eat at least one serving of salmon, herrings, tuna or mackerel per week.

8. Make use of the following herbs for over-all good health. Mint: rich in vitamin C & A; Rosemary: rich in vitamins C & A and minerals – good for vision. Thyme: one of the highest antioxidant herbs rich in vitamins and minerals. Basil: high in vitamins has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties for overall good health. Parsley: helps protect the body from damaging free radicals. Also very rich in vitamin K.

9. Also make use of spices such as these listed being rich in minerals that help protect the body.
Allspice: rich in potassium, iron, magnesium, copper, selenium, plus many vitamins. Best used in the last few minutes of cooking to keep food value. Turmeric:  helps lower cholesterol levels, has anti-cancer properties and vitamins A,C,K and E. Cinnamon: rich in vitamins and minerals. Oregano: used in fish, pizza, chicken and meat dishes; rich in vitamin A,C, and K plus zinc, potassium, and calcium.

10. Avoid nuts in the first four weeks and thereafter, walnuts and almonds. Limit the amount to what fits on your palm.

This YouTube video is an hour-long and for those on statin pills for reducing cholesterol levels you need to see this

LINKS TO HEALTH SITE

:

http://www.health.harvard.edu

http://www.mercola.com/

http://whfoods.org/

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