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Healthy Nutrition

Comfort Eating And Why We Do It

The average woman has tried to lose weight at least 5 times in her life, usually with a different diet each time, and obviously without success. Either the diet didn’t work, or it did work but was too hard to stick to and so abandoned. Whatever the reason the end result is the regaining of any lost weight, often with a little extra, and probably a feeling of failure, hopelessness, and resignation to never having the body they desire.
But why is this?
Well as I said, in many cases the diet is just too hard to stick too, whether it’s because the food it permits you to eat are so restrictive you get bored with it, or because it’s just plain weird and drains you of emotional and physical energy.
But I have something to ask you…
Why are you overweight?
Your answer will probably be because you eat too much, or because you eat too much junk.
So my next, and more revealing question, is…
Why do you eat too much?
Have you ever asked yourself that question? Have you ever asked yourself why you eat what you eat?
“I eat because I’m hungry,” you’re probably now thinking. Or maybe you’re even saying it out loud because it was such a stupid question. But I’m willing to bet that you often eat when you’re not hungry. I’m willing to bet that food isn’t just something you eat to provide your body with fuel, because if that was the case you wouldn’t be overweight.
Like many, if not most people, your relationship with food has as much to do with providing positive emotions and limiting negative ones as it does with fuelling your body.
If not more.
For example, when you eat, do you always (or ever) choose the healthiest meal that will provide you with the most nutrients and give your body exactly what it needs to function at its best? Or do you go for what sounds (in other words, tastes) nicest, with little or no consideration for what it will do for your body besides maybe a passing thought as to how many calories are in it?
If you’re overweight, chances are you don’t choose the healthiest option, you go for what tastes the best. And generally, the food that tastes the best is the food that contains the most fat, sugar, or salt. Or all three. Which is why most pre-prepared food is full of them and why it’s so bad for you.
You might already know all this, but I’m feeling lucky today so I’m willing to bet again, this time that your favourite food is something that’s full of fat, sugar, salt, or all three.
Why is this? You know it’s bad for you and contributing to, if not solely responsible for, you being overweight. So why do you do it?
Well for hundreds of thousands of years up until very recently, fat, sugar, and salt were hard to come by. This is no longer the case, but because it has only happened to a small percentage of the population in the last few decades, our bodies still haven’t adapted to the fact that they aren’t scarce resources anymore. That will take at least another ten thousand years (by which point they may well be scarce again, but that’s another matter).
So if our bodies still think those three things are scarce and values them because fat and sugar are full of calories, while salt is an essential nutrient, how can it reward you for eating them over say, a stick of celery or some broccoli?
Easy – your brain tells you they taste nicer.
And it does this by releasing chemicals that cause you to feel pleasure when you eat them.
If you doubt this, imagine how you feel when you see some raw broccoli, which contains very little fat, sugar, or salt. Does it make your mouth water? Does the thought of how it will taste when you put it in your mouth and crunch down on it cause you to feel pleasure or pain? Would you enjoy the experience or hate it?
Now I know people who do actually eat raw broccoli, but they don’t enjoy it and they definitely don’t like the taste. They do it because it’s so full of nutrients that it’s known as a super-food. Even after many years however, they still hate the taste.
Now let’s compare that with chocolate.
Your average bar of chocolate is roughly 33% fat and 50% sugar, and although not high in salt, it’s there. How do you feel when you imagine seeing a bar of chocolate? Is it a lot more pleasurable than when you imagined some broccoli? Is the thought of how you’ll feel the instant the chocolate …

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Nutrition

Healthy and Delicious Nutrition Tips

To a lot of people, going on a diet or simply consuming a healthy nutrition signifies a world of dry toast and water. However, healthy nutrition is not comprised of such unsatisfying foods. These days, we have the privilege of consuming some of the finest foods in their reduced-calorie format. For instance, instead of whole milk we have low fat dairy products and instead of refined grains we have whole grains. We have the opportunity to eat all of the foods which we love with only minor alternations. In this article I will provide the reader with several healthy and delicious diet alternations.

Switch to low fat dairy. It tastes the same and provides your body with the same amount of calcium

Make the change to whole grains. Refined grains are obsolete.

Attain more calories from the foods you eat rather than the beverages you drink. For instance, instead of drinking sugar infused fruit juice, eat a piece of fruit along with a glass of water.

Be sure to increase your daily intake of fruits and veggies. These low calorie foods are laden with beneficial and sustaining fiber.

Switch to low fat condiments. Believe it or not, low fat ranch dressing tastes exactly like regular ranch. So go ahead and make the switch, you will be amazed at how many calories you will be eliminating.

Remember that meat is not the main source of protein. You should also consume plenty of fish and beans.

These are just a few healthy and delicious nutrition tips. Consuming a diet which is low in calories and high in beneficial nutrients can help you attain the weight you have always wanted. If you want to lose weight fast, you can also seek help from all natural diet pills and whey nutrimelt shakes. …

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Whole Food Vitamins

The State of Dental Costs

Dental care is a rising concern in many states across America. A lot of these states are scrambling to find ways to improve dental hygiene or their residents. In Arizona, there is a mounting health concern taking over. The lack of dental health in Arizona is causing many health problems for the residents of this state. The Department of Health there has issued a statement saying that Arizonans have a significantly higher instance of tooth decay and gum and mouth disease than the national average. These instances include everyone from children to the elderly in undeserved classes. The frightening statistics state that:

31% children under 14 have never had a check up

43% of children aged 6 to 8 have untreated tooth decay

65% of children 11 to 13 have tooth decay

42% of the elderly have gums that bleed and calculus build up.

There are many programs that offer assistance that differ from one state to another, so you may want to contact the department of health, or the dental society in your area to determine what is made available to you. There federally funded clinics that can provide dental insurance hat is billed based on a sliding scale. Sliding scales are payment schedules that take into account one’s income and bill according to that. This way, a person may not be getting free dental care, but they are being billed according to what they can pay.

In addition to these programs, another option for those seeking dental care, but may have significant budgetary confinements, is to check with the local dental school. If you don’t mind being worked on by a supervised student, these dental schools can offer dental care at a discounted rate. Now you know that dental care is essential to your overall health, be sure to check to see what dental centers can help you maintain both your health and smile.…

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Whole Food Vitamins

Learn Whether or Not Emetophobia is Genetic

There are many concerned parents and people who suffering from emetophobia who want to know whether or not the condition is hereditary and if it is contracted from the genes. As we should all know by now, when you have a hereditary problem or disease it means that their condition has been passed down from their parents onto their children because of problems with their genetics. This means that the genes that their parents gave them are the ones that could be affecting their bodily negatively in the long term.

This condition is not a genetic one whatsoever, but it is one that is learned and acquired through being afraid. It is because of this fact that emetophobia officially is not a hereditary disease that stems from mental health problems but instead it is more of a genetic issue where you are going to get it genetically. However, one issue is the fact that you can most definitely get this condition from being around those who have it for a long period of time, but the fact of the matter is that you aren’t going to get it from your genetics.

Emetophobia is not a casual condition but the fact of the matter is that it most definitely can be passed on from one to the next. Now disregarding the fact that many different emetophobes have all gone and become very good at realizing how to handle their problems with emetophobia and knowing how to avoid any situation where they could be vomiting or be anywhere near it, the real problem that many are dealing with is that they are going through the fact that all the mental stress they are going through to and keep themselves from vomiting isn’t helping them with the serious situation that they have.

Now the real problem you need to be concerned with is that of the one whre you are dealing with that serious mental fear of constantly trying to make sure that you aren’t vomiting anymore. Many emetophobes suffer from not being able to deal with eating any food either because they are so afraid that they are going to end up vomiting.

The causes of emetophobia are far more important than anything else right now, and the fact of the matter right now is that there are a lot of different traumatic experiences that one has to go through when it comes to their fear of vomit that they have developed from childhood. Just because your child is around you and is learning from you is reason enough for them to get emetophobia and because of this you have got to do everything it takes to help rid yourself of this serious phobia.…

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Nutrition

The Hazards of Overcooking Your Food

Everyone knows the importance of eating more healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables. But the way they are processed can significantly affect their nutritional value. Often making small changes in how we cook our foods can make a big difference in the health benefits they deliver. The higher the temperature and the longer the cooking time utilized in food preparation, no matter the method, zaps the vitamins and minerals from even the most healthy of ingredients. Turning the heat way up when cooking or baking foods for a long time inactivates the vitamins and minerals packed in food because heat changes their very nature, making them not as easily absorbed by the body.
Baking and grilling are two dry heat methods that significantly deplete food’s nutrition due to long cooking times and high heat exposure. These methods are especially destructive to heat-sensitive nutrients such as vitamin C, some B vitamins, and trace elements. While still employing high heat, even broiling may be a better option because of the shorter cooking time. So, what is a health conscious cook to do? Obviously, the best way to preserve nutrients is the eat fruits and vegetables raw and fill up on salads. Unfortunately, this is not either practical or palatable to a lot of people. Luckily, making a few relatively simple changes to your cooking methods can significantly impact the nutritional punch you deliver to your table. Here are a few suggestions:
Avoid Crispy and Overcooked Foods
Many people find crunchy or browned foods to be more pleasing to the eyes and palate. However, to achieve that texture often requires long cooking times or heat intensive grilling or frying which makes the food less nutritious. Meat cooked in this way is literally transformed when it’s seared and browned, effectively burning it, so its protein cannot be as easily absorbed by the body.
Choose Gentler Cooking Methods
Steaming
Wet cooking methods can be just as destructive to vitamins and minerals as baking and grilling. Water becomes just another source of loss for all the water-soluble nutrients. However, steaming foods in just a little water or above the water, prevents that nutrient leakage from occurring. Re purposing the liquid used can even further increase your nutritional intake. As long as you keep the cooking time short and don’t douse your veggies with fat-laden sauces, this is a great healthy alternative to raw foods. Keep the lid on the pot and steam just until tender to maximize the health benefits.
Poaching
Poaching is a quick, gentle, low-fat cooking method that is great for people who don’t think they have time to cook. You can produce healthy, elegant selections in no time by starting with high-quality, fresh ingredients and reducing the liquid to make an intensely flavored sauce. Both meats and vegetables can be briefly simmered in a small amount of liquid of you choice (water, broth, fruit or vegetable juice) until just cooked. Season the leftover liquid and continue to cook it until it’s reduced by half, then pour it over your food for a light sauce. This method works especially well for delicate fish and fragile fruits.
Sitr Frys
One of the fastest ways to put a healthy meal on the table is with a heart-friendly stir fry composed of your favorite meats and/or vegetables with little or no added fat. With stir frying, the idea is to quickly cook your food at high heat so the vitamins and minerals are retained. It also helps keep the food intact so it doesn’t become limp and unappealing. A large wok or saute pan can be used to cook any number of colorful, nutritious combinations in minutes. The key is in the prep work. Cut all ingredients into similar sizes and start with the longer-cooking items first. Cook just until vegetables take on just lose their crispness and take on an intense color to achieve the most nutritious results. Adding a few tablespoons of water, wine, broth or fruit juice can help round out the flavors in this low-fat and fast cooking method.
The Bottom Line
Anytime food is cooked, no matter by what means, nutrition is lost. So the vitamin C you thought you were getting from that broccoli you cooked last night might not pack the nutritional punch you thought you were getting. When choosing cooking methods, some are more destructive than others. Generally, the less time and lower heat you cook foods with, the more nutrition they retain. Try these easy, quick recommendation for food preparation to ensure you are giving your family the most nutrition…

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Men'S Health

Tips for Oral Health

Doctors and researchers have found a strong correlation between oral health and overall well-being. Not only do your teeth, tongue, and gums help you eat, drink, and talk, but they also provide a gateway to the rest of your body. Therefore, it is key to keep your mouth healthy and clean by practicing good oral hygiene.
First, every time you eat, debris from your food can collect on your teeth to form a layer of scum called plaque. Plaque is thick with bacteria that can eat into your teeth to form cavities. To help prevent plaque build-up, dentists recommend that you brush your teeth with an American Dental Association-approved toothbrush and toothpaste at least twice a day. You should use circular motions, which researchers have found is the most effective way to remove plaque.
Next, you should also floss at least once per day. Only flossing can remove the deep, hard-to-reach plaque that becomes trapped between your teeth. In fact, dentists say that flossing is even more important than brushing because bacteria trapped in the inner recesses between your teeth can eat through your gums and into your bloodstream. This weakens your immune system and puts you at risk for other health problems such as heart disease.
Additionally, you can also take preventative steps to protect your teeth. Make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride, a mineral that strengthens the enamel of your teeth. Your enamel is the outer layer of your teeth, so it is your first line of defense against cavities. You can also get a fluoride gel or mouth rinse to give you a higher dose of this treatment.
Lastly, regular checkups to the dentist and oral hygienist are important. They can help you clean deep, stubborn plaque deposits, as well as recognize and take care of cavities. A dentist can also show you proper brushing and flossing techniques to make the most of your oral hygiene efforts.
However, visits to the dentist can be expensive. Fortunately, health and dental insurance can help. To discuss the best health and dental insurance plans for your needs, contact a California insurance agent from Catherine Michaels Insurance Services today.…

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Healthy Nutrition

The Benefits of Protein Supplements For Diabetes

The benefits of protein supplements for diabetes are well known in the medical world, although not universally agreed. What is universally agreed is that Type 2 diabetes is associated, to a large extent, with weight; the majority of those affected by the condition being overweight. However, this does not in any way suggest that only the obese or overweight are affected by diabetes.
There have been several studies that have suggested that diabetics can improve their conditions by increasing the amount of protein in their diets. One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in October, 2003 reported that glycemic control was improved in subjects taking a diet high in protein for five weeks. Another article, published in Diabetes Care in 2002, found similar results. Even as recent as October, 2009, the results of studies were presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes Symposium by Dr. Astrup. The presentation indicated that weight loss by diabetics was more easily maintained by those taking a high protein diet.
Like any discussion on medical and supplement matters, not everybody agrees with this, but there is sufficient evidence available to confirm that the benefits of protein supplements for diabetes patients outweigh any disadvantages of a high protein diet. In addition the condition is more easily controlled by a protein rich diet.
Whether the protein should also be associated with carbohydrates or not is another matter. It would make sense if the high protein levels that result in a reduction in blood plasma glucose concentrations were associated with a lower carbohydrate intake. Carbs are converted to glucose by the body’s metabolism, and could act to aggravate the condition by creating a higher insulin demand.
In fact, the ‘Diabetes’ magazine reported in September, 2004 (vol 53, No 9) that a low carbohydrate with a high protein diet had a positive effect on glucose control in those with type 2 diabetes. The amount of glucose circulating in the blood of subjects undergoing the test was ‘dramatically reduced’, and this was hailed as a possible means of self-regulation of blood glucose levels by those with the condition.
All of these studies tend to indicate a high protein diet and protein supplements for diabetes patients is beneficial in controlling the levels of glucose in the blood or helping to maintain weight loss when dieting. Since both of these are known factors in Type 2 diabetes, then it makes sense for you to include more protein in your diet if you are diabetic. However, protein is available in many forms, and it is not always convenient to include more when cooking.
One of the simplest ways to achieve this is by using protein supplements with meals, particularly those supplements that contain high concentrations of protein in small volumes of supplement. That not only reduces the cost, but also the impact of the supplement on a normal diet. One might or might not combine that with a reduction in carbohydrates, but irrespective of that, it appears that protein supplements for diabetics have a beneficial effect on blood glucose levels.…