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Guest Contribution : Foods for Fit and Fab Health

Have you for long craved a good health? Are you always at the doctor’s because your body is a frequent target of diseases? Well, there is a big possibility you have not been that careful on the choices of foods you make as part of your daily diet. The poor health that has kept you agonizing for a long time could become a long-gone memory if you put the following foods in your shopping list every time you hit the supermarket.

APPLES APPLES

Apples can be quite expensive compared to other fruits but they are among the most important pieces you missed in your daily meal. Apples fight signs of ageing by providing anti-oxidants to your body. The antioxidants found in apples are known as polyphenols and are thought to increase lifespan.

FISH FISH

One of the biggest sources of protein in the world is fish. Salt-water fish, to be specific, are the most consumed and are arguably the healthiest. Overfishing has really had an effect on the availability of fish lately, but you can still afford to obtain one once or twice a week. The best thing about fish is that, unlike cattle, they do not eat foods raised with chemicals and fertilizers.

MUSHROOMS MUSHROOMS

Mushrooms are rich in iron and proteins. They are also important in raising the immune system of your body and defend it from infections. Mushrooms have also been found to be able to fight some diseases such as breast cancer and are also becoming very important in the manufacture of medicines. Be aware of poisonous mushrooms though. Continue reading

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Guest Contribution : The Way to a healthy Lifestyle

Research is showing that the way to good health is lifestyle. Making simple changes to diet, exercise and stress management is all you need to turn knowledge to results. The following are tips to healthy lifestyle:

Think positive and focus on gratitude- positive attitude will help you build healthier immune system and boost your overall health. It is true that our body believes on what you think and thus it is credible to focus on positive undertaking.

Eat more vegetables– put more interest on eating vegetables at least five times a day. A diet high in vegetables is associated with reduced risk of developing cancers of the lung, colon, breast, cervix, stomach, pancreas and ovary. Put more interest on eating foods such as cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, grapes and leaf greens.

Set a five meal ideal– it is credible if you mind what, when and what to eat to help you balance your metabolism and energy levels. This ideal situation will help you manage your weight, keep you cool and maintain your focus towards avoiding cravings.

Exercise daily– investing in daily exercises will help you reduce all biomarkers of aging such as impaired eyesight, blood pressure, lean muscles and bone density. Regular exercise will improve bone density, lower cholesterol and help you live longer. Setting aside ten minutes daily for exercise will help you make difference in your life. You can achieve this through dancing in your room, walking to the park with kids, bike to work and going for a hike.

Get enough night sleep– it is credible if you have trouble sleeping to exercise relaxation technique such as meditation, yoga and eating small bedtime snacks. Eating light meal will help your body and mind to switch to sleep mode. You can also darken your room to help remove stress associated with sleep.

Use foods over supplements– supplements are not a substitute for a good diet. Avoid supplements because they are associated with diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Ensure satisfaction– eating and physical activities are fun and should stimulate your sensory experiences. When engaging for physical activity, aim at pleasure and not pain. Pay attention to nutritional value of foods you eat as well as satisfaction, relaxation, tension and relieve fatigue. Be considerate to your eating behaviour that is not motivated by hungry and considering fullness when hungry.

Give yourself a break– make sure that you give your body enough rest to help restore elements of well being. Give yourself enthusiasm and avoid depression that will increase stress hormones. Breaking up will help you introduce various training modes that can help you avoid overtraining.

HEALTHY AND HAPPYThink small– it is credible to start from small while taking plenty of water. Ensure that you take meals some hours before you retire to sleep.

Keep good company– doing all right things is simply as a result of having personal relationships with people who have healthy habits. Getting your family and friends involved in health living will help you plan on health lifestyle and healthier meals.

Choose water as a drink– water is the best liquid to quench your thirst. Prefer taking whole fruits rather than juices. Refrain from taking fresh milk as a drink to relieve thirsty.

Eat fewer snacks– select healthier alternatives that will help address your nutritional needs. Select snacks that are based on fruit and vegetables with reduced fat dairy products and whole grains. Avoid snacks that are high in sugar and saturated fats.

Detox yourself– eat diet heavy in fibre and also try taking substances that will help your body detox.

 

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Janet Adams has been chosen her career as a writer to serve in an organization, personal-essays writing service which helps all sorts of students in building a successful career in academics. She has been set up Masters Degree in Educational Science from a reputed university and has a good experience in writing business papers as well.

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Guest Contribution : Clover – Living a Beautifully Healthy Life

One look at the supermarket shelves reveals the huge growth in alternatives to anything and everything, including milk. The secret is to let your diet lead you to an oasis of calm and health. When you are stressed out chances are your diet takes a plunge for the worse, You may eat the whole shebang, or lose your appetite altogether. No matter how you deal with it, stress affects your body in more ways than one and by eating incorrectly you could be doing yourself harm. Choose wisely what you put in your mouth and you can help your body with the war on stress.

Place antioxidant-rich foods on your grocery list – these include tomatoes, apricots, almonds, hazelnuts, mangoes, peppers, pilchards, mussels, broccoli, carrots, paw-paw and spinach.

The benefits of milk:

Milk contains the amino acid tryptophan, which is converted into vitamin B3 by the liver. It then helps raise serotonin levels, a neurotransmitter that helps the body regulate appetite, sleep patterns and mood. Because of this ability, tryptophan has been used in the treatment of a variety of conditions, most notably insomnia, depression and anxiety.

Eating smart:

Oat-enriched smoothie

If you simply cannot face a big breakfast, it might be a great idea to bulk up on your smoothie with a handful of oats.

Ingredients:

One serving:

1 banana

1 teaspoon of honey

90 ml full cream milk

125 ml plain yoghurt

½ cup raspberries

1 ½ cup rolled oats

Method:

Add all the ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately.

A common reason for striking cows’ milk and dairy products off the menu is having a low level of the enzyme lactase needed to digest the milk sugar, lactose. Lactose intolerance is quite common affecting at least 33% of people worldwide. Moderating your milk consumption can prove to be beneficial.

Although some experts blame cows’ milk for the increased risk of health problems, others argue that its complex mixture of nutrients has health benefits:

  • Milk is rich in calcium which is required for strong bones and teeth, and for a healthy functioning heart. A 250 ml glass of 2% low-fat cows’ milk offers 24% of the adult nutrient reference value of calcium (1300 mg a day).
  • Milk contains good fats too – Milk from grass-fed cows contain “good “unsaturated fats. Replacing the “bad” fats with the “good” fats in a diet will reduce heart-disease risk. Milk also has conjugated linoleic acid, which assists in reducing cholesterol.
  • Vitamins and minerals – Milk is full of vitamins, minerals and other biologically active health-boosting compounds.
  • Probiotics – fermented milk products that have live cultures, such as yoghurt, contain probiotics – these are linked to a range of health benefits such as an increased immune function. Try adding low-fat yoghurt to your bowl of muesli in the mornings.
  • Weight control – Full cream milk passes through the gastric tract slowly, which can help to regulate blood sugar levels and appetite.

Remember that living a beautifully healthy life is what really matters at the end of the day.

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Friendly for Foodies – Online Store

NOMU in South Africa has become synonymous with good quality accessories to add some pizazz and flair to your cooking.

This is amplified because now you don’t have to scowl the supermarket looking for your favourite NOMU goodies, just take a squizz at www.nomu.co.za

At the recent #BWB/ #BloggersWhoBless Event, one of the goodies in our goodie bags was a coupon from NOMU to use on their online store to redeem any of their new range of baking kits…. after much deliberation I chose the Chocolate Fondant baking kit, which includes cups and all I had to do was use my voucher as though I was purchasing this online and voila I’d have my very own NOMU baking kit.NOMU

I had a few problems, being blonde at heart and all with getting the check out to work and I had to email their wonderful customer support for a bit of guidance, the ever-so-wonderful Stamatia helped me and made it so simple and within 24 hours of making my order the baking kit had arrived at my door, along with a hand written note and some extra sweet rub which is a mixture of sugar and cinnamon to add to baking and/or on top of your pancakes!

Talk about good service! Thank you so much Nomu, once the occasion arises I will be making decadent Chocolate Fondant’s for my guests!

Get your munch on over at Nomu Shop.

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Disclaimer: This was a coupon that was given to me for review purposes. This has not altered my view of the product/service in anyway.

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Guest Contribution : Gourmet Recipes for the Grill

Go beyond grilling the ubiquitous hotdogs and hamburgers before the year ends and continue the “tradition” in 2014. Expand your culinary repertoire and venture into the world of gourmet recipes to include grilled chicken, calamari, vegetables, lobster, lamb, shrimp and even pizza! The smoky flavour, the delectable aroma and the succulent taste are qualities of grilled food that have relegated anything flame-cooked as either good or bad.

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Over the past years, grilled food has taken some bad rap, but this is mainly because the meats being grilled don’t have their fat portions trimmed and are therefore short of being considered as healthy food recipes that are high in calories, cholesterol, and saturated fats. And then there are the PAHs or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and the HCAs or heterocyclic amines, compounds that have the potential to cause cancer.

The Downside of Grilling: It can be Avoided

HCAs are formed when poultry, fish, and red meat meet high heat temperatures directly such as those in grilling. When meat fat drips onto hot flaming coals or the grill element during cooking, PAHs are formed and subsequently deposited on the food itself because of the rising smoke that penetrates the food being grilled.

That said, there are some ways to counter the adverse effects of HCAs and PAHs when grilling food. After all, grilled food is a healthier choice because there is no dripping grease or batter coating. Below are some recommendations which may be considered before embarking on a grilling spree.

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