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Fast Food Best Picks

Posted on January 31, 2019 in Uncategorized

Fast food can be unhealthy. Try these tips to reduce carbohydrates and fat in your fast food choices:

1. Choose plain hamburgers, turkey burgers, or sandwiches; leave off the sauce, mayonnaise, cheese and bacon – try flavored mustards.

2. Order smaller portions of fried foods-fish, French fries, onion rings.

3. Broiled or poached instead of fried are much tastier and healthier.

4. Try to drink more water, diet pop, tea, coffee or lowfat milk.

5. Stay away from the high fatty breads like croissants and biscuits.

6. Eat more raw veggies and green salads less/no dressing.

7. Choose smaller portions.

8. Eat potato chips less often – once a month instead of weekly.

9. Don’t try to eliminate all fast foods, just try eating fast foods less often.

10. To reduce sugar – use less jelly, honey, and BBQ sauce.

11. Eat the baked potatoes (skin and all) – limit the toppings.

12. Eat regular or small size fries and drinks. Don’t supersize or upsize.

13. Eat more slowly.

14. Try a child-size meal. You may find that this will be enough food to fill you up.

15. Limit or avoid regular salad dressings. Try the low or no-fat versions.

16. Ask that high-fat sauces and condiments, such as salad dressing and mayonnaise, be served “on the side” and use them very sparingly.

17. Always sit down when you eat out. Don’t eat while driving. It can be too distracting. If you eat inside the restaurant, you will think more about you are eating.

Instead

o If you like sundaes with all the toppings, try a soft-serve vanilla or chocolate cone instead.

o If you like French fries, try a plain baked potato or a side salad instead.

o If you like fried or breaded chicken sandwiches, try a grilled chicken sandwich instead.

o If you like chocolate chip cookies, try the plain cookies instead.

o If you like biscuits or croissants, try an English muffin instead.

o If you like whole milk, try skim or lowfat milk instead. It may take awhile to get used to, but it is much better for you.

o If you like Taco Bells Nachos BellGrande, try Nachos Supreme. You will save more than 300 calories and 17 grams of fat.

o If you like Burger Kings Double Whopper with cheese, try a Whopper with cheese (and without the mayo). You will save more than 400 calories and 40 grams of fat.

o If you like McDonald’s Big Mac, try a Quarter Pounder instead. You will save more than 150 calories and 13 grams of fat.

Practice Saying

o Can I have that without the cheese?

o No, I would not like to supersize (upsize) my meal?

o Can you leave the mayo, tartar sauce, or other high-fat condiment off?

o May I have glass of water?

o No, I don’t want croutons with my salad.

Real Food: What Is It?

Posted on January 27, 2019 in Uncategorized

Believe it or not, what you might think of as food might not be what you’re actually eating.

Technically, food is anything that your body can digest and turn into energy.

In that light, asking what food is really is obvious. It’s practically anything that we shove in our faces.

But for most of us, what we’re eating is not food – and it’s making us fat.

Think about what your grand parents grew up eating. They probably didn’t have lazy nights where they just pulled out a frozen pizza and threw it in the oven, as our busy schedules force us to do.

I remember my great-grand father telling me stories of the arrival of spring. After a long winter of eating potatoes, carrots and other root vegetables, they were bored with their fare, and who would blame them after months of that?

Each spring, the first plants to pop up out of the ground were dandelions. He and his brothers would eat as many of the leaves as they could before gathering many more to bring home for a big salad for dinner.
Today, with the exception of a few higher priced restaurants, dandelions are considered to be weeds, and not much else.

If my great-grandfather put that much value on them when he was a child, what does that say about our frozen pizza? Or our tasteless out of season vegetables that are available to us year-round? Or that microwave popcorn that comes in butter flavor – but really doesn’t taste like butter? Do you think, if my great-grandfather lived long enough, he would recognize that flavor as butter?

The food we consume today is barely recognizable as what people even fifty years ago might have considered edible. Food became fashionable. Creating new, unrecognizable ingredients became the fashionable thing to do.

Our food companies have stripped our food of nutrients, ground them down to tiny bits, and then mashed them back together with other stripped down ingredients, and given them new names to hide what they really are.

By doing this, our diets have more calories in less food, less nourishing properties that fight diseases, and we eat more of them because they’re less filling.

Real food is the opposite. Real food is nourishing. Real food has fewer calories for the same weight. Real food makes you feel fuller for longer.

Real food is recognizable. You know what an apple looks like, and the ingredient list in apple is well, apple.

Check your bag of butter flavored microwaveable popcorn. Sure, it has popcorn, but what else is on the list? Can you recognize those ingredients? Do you know where those ingredients came from?

Probably not.

The next time you’re at the grocery store, check the ingredients list. If it has more than 5 ingredients, don’t buy it. If you don’t know what two of those ingredients are, don’t buy it.

Chances are, it’s not real food.

Think about getting more whole foods like fresh produce into your diet. There are plenty of websites out there dedicated to creating not just passable, but great tasting recipes that involve whole foods.

The cleaner you eat, the more your body will love you.

Just some food for thought.

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Raw Food, Less Water

Posted on January 25, 2019 in Uncategorized

Recent studies show that eating raw food helps quench the thirst, mainly because raw fruits and vegetables have higher water content that foods that are cooked. And by consuming raw food, your body will get the much needed water it requires from the raw food that you ate, thereby, quenching one’s thirst.

However, it does not imply that one must refrain from consuming water or juices. The most important thing in living a healthy lifestyle is that you must take heed to what your body wants. For example, if you are overweight, or tired, or have low energy level, or depressed, you body will surely tell you to make some alteration in your diet. And one ideal way to ease your body from these physical and health disorders is by having a raw food diet.

Individuals who are overweight and show indications of “Type II” diabetes, usually experience great thirsts that are hard to quench. But once they change their regular diet into raw food diet that has high level of fiber and moisture, they would eventually begin to lose considerable weight, of which, are ideal in reducing their blood sugar levels.

A physically fit person that does not have any sort of disease or health disorder may still need to increase his or her raw food intake. You might ask yourself why, the reason for that is that a person who is physically fit and do not have any disease or health disorder may consume foods that are highly processed. These processed foods have significant amount of sodium that can dehydrate a person without ever feeling thirsty. Coffee drinkers should also be aware of this because coffee can dehydrate a person’s body.

By increasing your intake of raw fruits and vegetables and pure water and fruit juices instead of cooked and processed food, you will provide your body with the much needed moisture, not to mention the essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs in order to become healthier. It is important that you minimize your intake of sodium rich foods in order to have a normal level of sodium in your body. And once you keep the sodium level in your body normal, your body will start to crave for the essential water in needs. Thereby, making you drink the normal amounts of water that is essential for proper circulation in your body. It is like adding balance to what your body will need.

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