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Eating Healthy

I try to eat healthy. How about you? Sometimes however it is not that easy. When I lived on my own I only stocked healthy foods in my fridge. I rarely bought cookies and candies, etc. This way it helped to eat well. You know as well as I do, when the sweets are available you want to keep eating them. I personally would rather stock my cupboards with only healthy foods. Now that I am married and have a son you would think that there is even more of a reason to eat well, however my husband loves sweets. So, as much as I try not to buy these things, he still comes home with a bag of cookies. Despite this I offer my family healthier alternatives and ensure that they eat well. It is important to eat a nutritious diet even with a busy lifestyle. Healthy soups are convenient and you can add so many nutritious foods to them. For example you can add corn, beans, broccoli, chicken, tomatoes and much more. Whatever your heart desires! For quick, yet nutritious meals try canned beans, hummus or roast chicken, but don’t eat the skin. If you find that you have to skip a meal, then snacks are quite important. Healthy snacks include: yogurt, fruit, cold pizza, V-8 juice, either white or chocolate milk and crackers with almond butter, peanut butter or cheese. Just be sure that your are getting a source of protein with your fruits and vegetables. It is important to get your iron and vitamin C. Women especially need to make sure they get enough iron. A lack of iron can cause you to feel tired. The best and most easily absorbed source of iron is lean red meat, however if you choose to limit your red meat cosumption try enriched cereals, beans, peas, fruit and of course, dark, leafy vegetables like spinach or swiss chard. You should eat foods that are rich in iron with a source of vitamin C, because the vitamin C helps absorb the iron. Foods with sufficient vitamin C include: orange juice, strawberries and kiwis. So be sure to eat well despite a busy schedule and limit unhealthy snacks. Eat fruits and vegetables instead of poor food choices. If you are thinking about grabbing a cookie reach for an apple instead or if you are craving chips try crackers with protein. Also, you can try protein drinks that will reduce food cravings.

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Drink Tea, it’s Simple

Drink Tea, it’s Simple…

Did you know research shows that people who drink at least two cups of tea a day have less heart disease and stroke and they recover from heart attacks faster? 

If you are trying to figure out which is healthier between green and black tea, they both have excellent benefits.

Benefits may include:

  • help boost metabolism
  • block allergic response
  • slow the growth of tumors
  • protect bones
  • fight bad breath
  • improve skin
  • protect against Parkinson’s disease
  • delay the onset of diabetes

Studies have found that the antioxidants in tea can even help prevent skin cancer.

Drink tea, it’s simple…since so much research suggests that drinking tea is healthy no matter what kind it is, then you are doing something beneficial by drinking tea.

If you find it hard to drink water, but want something healthy, then stay away from soda pop and drink tea.

Researchers suggest drinking six to ten cups of black or green tea during the day.  If you need to switch to decaf tea in the middle of the day that’s fine since the flavanoids remain unchanged.

A great idea for a gift or for a kind token is to give someone tea, you are not only giving them a gift, but you are helping them stay healthy.

For more details go to:

http://www.tinyurl.com/jill4tea

Mangosteen Berry – Amazing

The mangosteen berry provides amazing nutritional benefits. The majority of the juice from mangosteen berries comes from South East Asia where there is a very warm climate and sufficient energy supply.

The berries are picked during the middle of summer as soon as the berries are dropping on the ground. The berries must be picked immediately as the berries tend to go bad within a few days.  Therefore, the best option is to produce mangosteen juice and store it in the refrigerator or freeze the berries to preserve them.

To receive the most health benefits from the mangosteen berries, the juice should be made by pulping the entire fruit, straining it and pasteurizing the juice.  Most of the health benefits can be found in the hull, therefore, it is important to get juice that is made from the entire fruit.

Mangosteen juice provides xanthones, which is the richest and most powerful antioxidant.  Since antioxidants work at the cellular level they improve the health of the entire body system. While it is uncertain what all the health benefits are, there are many studies being done regarding the nutritional properties and the benefits of drinking the juice.

BENEFITS OF XANTHONES –
*Anti-fatigue  *Anti-anxiety  *Anti-depression  *Anti-obesity  *Anti-Alzheimer’s  *Anti-allergenic  *Anti–periodontic (gum disease)  *Anti-arthritis  *Protection against skin disease  *Anti-fever *Anti-diarrhea *Anti-neuralgia (nerve pain)  *Helps with dizziness  *Anti-glaucoma  *Anti-pain (for example, dental pain)  *Anti-inflammatory  *Anti-ulcer, including ulcers of stomach, mouth, small bowel, large bowel

One thing to note is the locals in South East Asia have been drinking mangosteen juice for centuries and are known to have higher than normal energy levels, despite the physical demands placed upon them on a daily basis.

Amazingly, this little berry hosts more antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable on the planet.  For this reason alone, the mangosteen juice is believed to be beneficial in increasing a person’s life expectancy.

With cancer on the rise, more and more Westerners are interested in seeking ways they can improve their overall health.  Therefore, mangosteen juice has been of great interest.  Antioxidants constantly remove free radicals produced from various sources and help to positively lower the chances of cell mutation and cancer development.

Chocolate: Decadent and Healthy Too!

Since most everyone loves chocolate and now there is even more reason to love it, I decided to write an article about it.  When you choose to have chocolate though, I would recommend dark chocolate, because it is healthier than any other kind.  Dark chocolate has more cocoa and is full of flavanoids, a type of anti-oxidant that helps fight disease.  There are so many kinds of chocolate.  My particular favourite is chocolate covered raisins.  With the raisins you are getting the extra benefit of iron.  Raisins also contain phenols, which help prevent oxygen-type damage to cells.  You can find dark, chocolate covered raisins in the health food store.

Would you believe that aside from being a healthy type of snack chocolate can help your memory?  There is a chocolate bar made with dark chocolate, which we now know is full of anti-oxidants and it has DHA.  DHA also known as docosahexaeonic acid is good for the brain.  It is found in omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish and fish oils.  It is important for the brain to provide optimal neuron functioning.  So wouldn’t you like to try this chocolate bar? I know I would!  Enough about the health benefits of chocolate.  What about the taste?  I believe it is one of the best possible tastes out there.  I could live on it…lol.  Well, I suppose my brain certainly could!   Of course anything is okay in moderation, I would not go out and eat an entire five hundred gram container worth of chocolate covered raisins!  One chocolate bar or a handful of chocolate covered raisins seems reasonable.