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What Are The Benefits Of Eating Organic?

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What Are The Benefits Of Eating Organic?

When it comes to fruits and vegetables especially, eating organic is highly beneficial. The main difference between eating conventionally farmed produce and organic is that organic growers do not spray their farms with herbicides and pesticides. The chemicals used have been positively linked to numerous health problems such as cancer, unhealthy hormone changes and toxicity in the nervous system and brain. These toxic chemicals were designed to kill small pests instantly, so how can it be healthy for people to ingest? Washing the produce before eating it helps, but definitely does not remove all of it. A toxic chemical residue remains.

Some great reasons to eat organic:

  1. You avoid all pesticides and herbicides.
  2. The produce is typically 25% more nutritious with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, so it’s worth it to pay a little more! You’re still getting your value from it.
  3. It supports responsible and sustainable farming techniques, eliminating these toxic chemicals from getting into our environment (air, soil and water supply). In turn, the farmers are also protected from their toxicity.
  4. It actually tastes better!

The Environmental Working Group, or EWG, keeps a great list of absolute foods that you should ONLY eat organic, called The Dirty Dozen, and also a list of the Clean Fifteen that are the conventionally grown foods that are safe to eat. Here is a link to their website http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php

Based on their recommendation, here are the foods you should always eat organic:

  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Potatoes
  • Hot Peppers
  • Nectarines
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Zucchini

A few of my favorites from the Clean Fifteen list:

  • Avocados
  • Mushrooms
  • Kiwi
  • Mangoes
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Papayas
  • Sweet potatoes

You should always wash your fruits and veggies with a veggie wash before eating them, but at least buying all of these foods as organic, assures you that you’re not consuming ANY bad chemicals!


Support a responsible organic farmer and buy organic today!

The Highest Foods In Fiber

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The Highest Foods In Fiber

We all need our roughage and here is a great list of high fiber foods to incorporate into your diet. But first, why do we need fiber in the first place? It is an essential nutrient that we all need for the proper digestion of our foods. We also need it for the general function of our intestinal and digestive tract and it also helps us feel full (aiding in weight loss)! Without it we will ultimately end up constipated, develop hemorrhoids, possibly elevated cholesterol levels and even elevated sugar levels in the blood. None of these are good or fun to deal with. Too much fiber is not a good thing either, causing diarrhea, possible dehydration and even a bowel obstruction.

When you are adding more fiber to your diet, you need to be mindful of adding more fluids as well….so be sure and drink lots of water! This is good for you anyway, but essential in a high fiber diet.

Here is a short list of some great high fiber foods to think of adding each day:

  • Oranges
  • Prunes
  • Mushrooms
  • Rye
  • Raw Cabbage
  • Nuts and seeds
  • All kinds of berries
  • Pumpkins
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Leafy greens
  • Oatmeal
  • Beans and legumes
  • Artichokes
  • Peas
  • Different types of squash
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Broccoli and cauliflower
  • Avocado
  • Bran Flakes
  • Pears


These are all everyday easy high fiber foods and by adding in enough to your diet will create a happier you ( :

The Truth Behind The Diabetes Epidemic And Obesity

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The Truth Behind The Diabetes Epidemic

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Unfortunately the world is losing the battle against diabetes. Many experts believe the number of people now living with it is estimated to be over 380 million. This is mostly Type 2 diabetes that is directly related to obesity, a poor lifestyle, little or no exercise and eating an excess of processed foods lacking little if any nutritional value. We are creeping towards 10% of the world’s population having this disease (adults).

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This is becoming a major health issue that is fast approaching near epidemic proportions across the world because there are more than 1.7 billion adults who are overweight, and approximately 300 million or more are considered obese. Even more tragic is this epidemic is trending towards younger and younger individuals, even as young as prepubescent ages. Sadly, there are now at least 150 million children worldwide who are overweight or obese.

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In 3rd World countries over 70% of the population has Type 2 diabetes and this number is increasing each year. The most commonly affected are the people in the middle of their lives, between 35 and 65 years old, those years when they need to be the most productive.

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In contrast, in developed countries people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are usually past the age of retirement and it occurs mostly in the highest poverty areas. Whether it is in developing or modern developed countries, poverty and a greater consumption of low cost per calorie foods, processed and packaged foods and sugary drinks goes hand in hand and makes Type 2 diabetes thrive.

This is a serious problem that needs serious solutions, nutrition education, lifestyle changes and better choices and avoiding these empty processed foods that increase the likelihood of obesity at any age.

A great start is to focus on eating healthy protein, vegetables, drinking lots of water and beginning an exercise program (even a small one). You’ll start to feel better, lose weight and have the energy and focus to make even more positive lifestyle changes!

What’s The Secret To a Long Healthy Life? Maybe Living On An Island In The Mediterranean

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What’s The Secret To a Long Healthy Life? Maybe Living On An Island In The Mediterranean

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There are people who live in the Greek islands who reach the age of 90 with no problem. They live 8 to 10 years longer before getting cancer and cardiovascular disease. They are content and happy and have about a quarter the rate of dementia as the average American. In fact, there are a disproportionate number of centenarians (people who live past 100) who live here.

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So what is the key to this extraordinary health? They eat foods that boost longevity and mental clarity and contentment. They cook the only way they know how, the way their ancestors did for centuries. The famed Mediterranean diet has lots of local herbal tea loaded with antioxidants, many beans daily, fish twice a week, meat only five times a month, two or three cups of coffee a day, two to four glasses of red wine a day, and lots and lots of olive oil. They consume daily servings of fresh greens that come straight from their own organic gardens. They rarely if ever consume anything processed and very little refined sugar.

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Their diet is only one explanation to this longevity. Their low key and relaxed way of life and sense of community contributes to this. They wake up naturally, work in their own gardens, eat a late lunch, take an afternoon nap and their evenings are very social spending lots of time with supportive family. Whenever possible, they relax and enjoy their meal, real homegrown food that is whole and healthy.

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So what advice can you take from this? Don’t take life too seriously, eat well and enjoy the company of whoever you are with!

And visit Greece someday!! It’s amazing ( :

Food Is Fuel For Your Body

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What are you fueling your body with?

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So goes the saying….”you are what you eat”. Hmm….think twice about the fuel you feed your body each day. It’s counting on you ( :

It’s Never Too Late To Get Rid Of Unhealthy Habits

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It’s Never Too Late To Get Rid Of Unhealthy Habits

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Taking these little steps each day will help you achieve a happier and healthier life.

Eliminate soda from your diet. Soda is a very addictive habit and stopping can be just as hard as quitting smoking. Easing into it is best, so let’s say if you drink 5 sodas a day, go down to 4 a day, then 3 a day until you go to zero. When you crave it, instead have a big glass of naturally fruit flavored water.

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Are you getting enough sleep? Sleep is essential, otherwise your immune system will be compromised, you’re more likely to consume more calories each day and less likely to exercise. An hour before bed try to relax, read and turn off all electronics.

Don’t count calories. As crazy as this sounds, it’s a mental thing. You’re more likely to binge when you are on a highly restrictive diet that is too focused on calorie counting. Try eating in a way you know is healthy by focusing on eating more protein and green and colorful vegetable, whole, real foods, eliminating processed and packaged foods completely. Whatever you do, don’t be too hard on yourself if you veer from this once in a while!

Are you drinking enough water? Water is essential for amazing health and most people don’t drink nearly enough. Set a goal to start drinking half of your body weight in ounces each day with the goal to increase this slowly to drinking your entire body weight in ounces each day (more if you exercise). Try drinking 4-8 ounces per hour. At the end of the day this will be 64-128 ounces. Slowly increase this weekly until you reach the optimal amount for you. You’ll be amazed at the results….water cleanses your body, increases the function of your cells and organs, makes you feel more energized and you’ll probably even drop some pounds!

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Are you a little bit of a couch potato? It’s easy to do. We all get into these great regular work-out routines and then for some unknown reason we just stop! Unfortunately with that comes all the other bad habits. It seems that when we exercise regularly we find it easier to stick to a healthier lifestyle. We just need to get back at it, even if that just means a walk around the block, 1 mile on the treadmill, or 15 minutes on your bike. Do it daily, and then before you know it you’ll feel like doing the much bigger work-outs. The list of positive results from regular exercise is a long one. We all know intuitively how good it is for us, but one of best outcomes is it relieves stress and detoxes your brain of any negativity.

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Pick one thing off of this list each week until you’re doing them all and see how good you feel!

 

Feeling Positive About Your Lifestyle And Weight Loss

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Feeling Positive About Your Lifestyle And Weight Loss

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Shaming someone or feeling ashamed for being obese is never helpful in achieving weight loss or a healthy lifestyle….or anything for that matter. The opposite in life is what is needed, being supported and encouraged. Motivation to live and eat better to then be able to lose weight, be healthy and feel happy is the key.

So what works to motivate someone to change their lifestyle habits and lose weight? It’s the almost $150 billion dollar question – and that figure only refers to the medical costs in the U.S. alone surrounding this issue! There is an obesity epidemic in the U.S. with diabetes as the ultimate result that is at the core.

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Health agencies and practitioners have made it a main focus to find effective ways to put a halt to this epidemic. These ideas range from regulating soda size to banning chocolate milk in elementary schools.

A new study from Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity brings to light a fascinating concept…. positive emotions are really the key. Harsh anti obesity campaigns were proven to be ineffective and actually make things worse. In fact, it creates a stigma with obesity that ends up reinforcing the original problem. It is well documented that emotions such as shame, humiliation, and stress often fuel overeating and apathy.

On the other hand, people will respond to messages that suggest specific healthy lifestyles with encouragement about eating better to feel better, not just about looking better. Many experts have now found that people who commit to exercise as a routine don’t do it simply for weight loss they do it because it feels good, they notice health improvements…..and they even enjoy it! The result is eventually weight loss as a result of their positive exercise experience.

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In summary, negativity surrounding weight loss is often crushing, shaming and defeating, whereas pure optimism is very encouraging, uplifting and empowering. It’s the latter that is the solution for making healthy lifestyle changes that will last and help you achieve your health and weight goals.

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So feel encouraged in the healthy changes you make and encourage others around you as well!

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