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“He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything”.

(Thomas Carlyle)

Health is far better than wealth. Better health is considered essential for human happiness and well-being. Persons who are physically and mentally healthy also play a very vital role in the economic growth of their country as they are more productive and live longer.

Being healthy is considered a dynamic process as our health changes with the course of time. Every one of us has times when we feel fit and healthy and then we have times when we feel sick and unwell.

Diet plays an important role in personal health it can be described as a pattern of eating and balanced diet provides nutrients that are considered necessary to maintain our health. Studies have revealed that diet is one of the sources through which diseases such as cancer, coronary heart disease, birth defects and cataracts can be prevented.

There are many food items which are suggested by doctors and experts that are considered healthy and must be included in every meal. Some of these food items are green tea, oats, curd, olive oil, salad etc.

We can also lose weight by adjusting some of our diet plans and eating habits.

Mentioned below are some diet tips to lose weight while staying healthy:

Eat fresh and organic foods. Recent research and studies have revealed that pesticide, herbicides and other chemicals used on food and vegetables are one huge cause of obesity and weight gain.

Bite slowly and chew it. This tip is very helpful as your brain gets the message that you are eating more than you actually are. One should use smaller plates and bowls for eating as it also one way to fool your brain into believing that you have eaten more.

Water is a very important essential element of human’s body. One should drink at least 8-10 glass of water per day. During a glass of water 15 minutes before having your meal as it makes you feel fuller without eating any kind of food.

Do not drink sodas, Pepsi; cola etc. as they are full of chemicals and sugar. One bottle of Pepsi contains at least 20 tablespoons of sugar so there is no point in drinking any of these.

Other things that can help you to lose weight without losing your health are:

1- Eat your favorite meal once in every 15 days it will help you in starting afresh for your upcoming days and you will not feel deprived.

2- Include salads and vegetables in your every meal.

3- Exercise daily and consistently. If you exercise with gaps it will lead you to nowhere. Instead, you will feel frustrated.

Eating healthy is important however one should not overlook the exact meaning of the statement. Eating to stay healthy does not mean suppressing your appetite; it means to eat “smartly”. A proper and balanced diet plan can also help you to reduce your weight without losing your health.

Source by Syeda Nida Ali Rizvi

Summer time is just around the corner – it’s a great time to get creative with our children’s snacks!

Here are some healthy snacks for kids that are perfect for hot, sunny days:

Cool Summer Fruit Popsicles

What you need:

  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1 peach, diced
  • 1/2 watermelon, pureed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 handful fresh cherries, pitted and chopped

Prepare a dozen popsicle molds then divide the cut fruits to fill each mold. Pour watermelon puree to each popsicle mold, filling to the top. Place a popsicle stick into each one and freeze for at least 6 to 8 hours, or until ready to serve.

For easy serving, run each of the frozen molds under warm water for a few seconds before pulling out for kids to enjoy!

Sweet N Healthy Granola Bars

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups almonds
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (preferably sugar-free)
  • 2/3 cups pistachios
  • 1/3 cup Sukrin Clear Fiber Syrup
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds, chopped and cooked
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, chopped and cooked
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, chopped and cooked
  • 3 tablespoons Sukrin Gold
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Melt the butter in a saucepan then add the Sukrin syrup, Sukrin Gold, ground cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt. Stir together thoroughly. Boil for 2-3 minutes until mixture has thickened. Stir in the nuts and cooked seeds, stirring to coat with mixture.

Remove from heat and place mixture in a 9×3 baking dish lined with parchment paper. Place another parchment paper on top and press to spread the mixture evenly to the baking dish. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes then refrigerate for 15. Slice into bars then refrigerate for another 15 minutes.

Store granola bars in an airtight container.

Easy Apple Cookies

What you need:

  • 1 apple (green or red)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • Mini chocolate chips (preferably sugar-free)

Core the apple and slice into “circles”. Spread peanut butter on top of each apple slice then sprinkle with chocolate chips. Do this for each apple slice. Refrigerate for at least 5 minutes before serving for kids to enjoy more on a hot sunny day!

Preparing healthy snacks for kids isn’t complicated at all. If you make delicious, healthy snacks, they won’t turn to junk food anymore

Source by Angela Kidd

What makes your food healthy? The presence of life-sustaining nutrients like vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates and so much more… but have you ever considered what role your cookware plays? Studies have found that popular metal and ceramic cookware not only affect the nutritional value of food but also make it toxic. Want to find out how? Keep reading…

The most commonly used materials for making cookware are stainless steel, aluminum, cast iron, and ceramic. While they are used widely, they are not the best choice. They are not only too harsh on nutrients but also leach chemicals into food while cooking. Food gets contaminated and causes health problems when consumed regularly.

When cooking is in progress, heat acts as a catalyst and metals like aluminum, iron, nickel, magnesium, molybdenum, lead & cadmium react with the oxygen molecules, the hydrogen molecules, and nutrients that are in the form of halogens, acids, and bases. These toxins get assimilated with food and are sent to both cells and organs in body. They not only weaken the immune system but also cause chronic health problems.

Also, while cooking in these metal or ceramic pots, the heat is too harsh and causes serious damage to the nutrients and cooks by dissolving them rather than preserving them intact. Additionally, water-soluble nutrients evaporate as steam.

The result — food contaminated with toxins and lacking in nutritional value. You can hardly imagine the serious damage done to your health when you keep consuming such food regularly for a long time. Worried? Let’s focus on the solution.

A Viable Alternative

The only viable alternative is a material that is not only 100% non-toxic but can also keep the nutritional value of food intact while cooking. Recently, clay has gathered some popularity as a healthier alternative. But few people are aware that in order to make cookware from clay through any mechanized process, it needs to be treated with chemicals. Like metal cookware, these leach toxins into food while cooking and defy the whole purpose of using clay.

Read about an easy and reliable home test to identify what is leaching from your cookware?

It is important that the clay used is 100% pure and free from any kind of chemicals. Tests have shown that food cooked in pure clay pots is free from toxins. But this is not the only benefit. Such pots generate a unique far-infrared heat that penetrates deep into food and is distributed evenly without damaging the nutrients.

Also, the steam can be managed well with an ergonomic design of pot and lid. It can uniquely allow steam to circulate inside and let food cook with its own steam pressure. With straight walls of the pot, if it’s made in concentric circles with an inner flute on the lid and a cool underside of a knob will allow for steam to rise, get condensed and drop right back into the pot. This does not allow the water-soluble nutrients to evaporate as steam. Unlike metal pots, the heat produced in pure clay pots is food-friendly. It cooks food gently by spreading out evenly to every grain of food.

All these features not only keep the food healthy but also retain the natural taste.

Source by Sharon Ray

A smoothie is a blended sweetened drink made mostly from fresh fruits.

Others are made from vegetables too. In some cases, a smoothie can have cookies, raisins, peanut butter or chocolate. Yes, they’re sweet and cold and fruity and delicious, but the best thing about smoothies is that if you have a blender and two minutes to spare, you can make one in a jiffy. Once you do, you’ve got just -about a perfect snack.

Most smoothies are fruit based, which automatically makes them an excellent source of the disease-fighting nutrient. Many of these fruits, especially the tart ones like citrus, kiwi and strawberries are packed with tons of vitamin C, and others like the brownish-yellow -colored apricots, cantaloupe and mangoes are a powerhouse of beta-carotene, another strong antioxidant. Still other compounds like the quercetin, a flavonoid or a phytochemical that is found in grape skins, are powerful protectors in their right, helping to fight heart disease. The veggies most often used in smoothies, like carrots and tomatoes, are well-known for their nutritional punch. For the weight watchers and conscious diet aficionados, smoothies are a great meal substitute. Provided that there are no contraindications to having this as a food substitute, a dieter can surely incorporate smoothies into his or her meal plan.

Weight loss cocktail smoothies became very popular in the 1990’s and 2000’s. They have been widely available in almost all cafes and coffee shops for some time now and are even accessible in grocery stores which come in pre-bottled versions. What makes them so delectable, aside from the nutritional content, is the way these are prepared. All sorts of fixings can be placed on top of the smoothie such as peanuts, chocolates, cereals, marshmallows, chocolate cream, and lots of other mouth-watering decadences. For dieters, though, these delicious toppings are substituted by organic and dried fruits such as raisins, plums, walnuts, and herbs which are used on top of the smoothie as a garnish.

Originally, the smoothie began its popularity in the 1970’s.

It was coined by the hippies in the late 60’s, but it surged commercially during the 80’s as a sports and fitness supplement-fortified health food. Because consumers at that time wanted to have the same drink as most athletes were drinking at that time, it then became so popular in supermarkets and grocery stores that it eventually became a multi-billion dollar industry.

To date, there are thousands of smoothie companies around the world. Some of the most popular businesses in the United Stated nowadays are Jamba Juice, Smoothie King, and Orange Julius to name but a few.

Making a smoothie part of the marketing strategy of most smoothie companies today is their use of frozen yogurt, which is available in various types and flavors so that those who are watching their weight can opt for the non-fat or low-fat version. Indeed, the smoothie has come a long way regarding how it is prepared and presented. In Asia, smoothies are commonly mixed with tropical fruits like coconut, pineapples, rambutans, and avocados. They have some authentic local vegetables incorporated to the typical mango or banana smoothie, a unique mouth-watering treat that will surely wake up the foreign palate.

If you are looking for a nutritious energy booster drink that is low in fat and is suitable for weight reduction, here are some of the top five super smoothies for weight loss. These will not only fill up your stomach and sweet cravings, but it will also give you all the vitamins and nutrients that you need for energy and muscle build-up. These easy recipes are all-custom-blended to fit your life, whether you want a kick-start workout energizer, a post-workout refueling stop or even a cure for those PMS cravings. They are certainly guaranteed to taste great so dig out that blender and start sipping!

Beta boost drink, our first recipe, is made up mainly of carrots to boost up your beta-carotene levels and a powerful antioxidant that helps you fight off ill-health, ranging from memory loss to cardiovascular disease and cancer. It is good for weight loss because it only has 132 calories per serving (1 medium tall glass), 32 grams of carbohydrate, 1 gram fat, 2 …

How To Create a Healthy Kitchen

Changing the organisation of your kitchen can help you achieve the body you want.

Throw out lollies, biscuits and chips. If it isn’t in the house you can’t eat it. If you really are craving it, you’ll have to go to the shop.It will make you re-evaluate how much you really want it.

If you do find yourself at the shop, buy a single serve. Just buy one ice cream, one chocolate bar or one small packet of chips. Buy as you need. Don’t stock up.

Move your fruit and vegetables to the middle of the fridge. Don’t hide them in the crisper. When you open the fridge and in the most prominent position are your fruit and vegetables you are more likely to choose these to snack on.

Leftovers should be stored in containers and towards the back of the fridge. Why increase temptation by putting last night’s pizza, or leftovers at the front of the fridge.You open the fridge many times a day, re organise so that you only see the good stuff. Better still, get the in habit of freezing left overs to avoid you constantly going back for more. Even better, give it away to someone else or throw it out. It may be wasting food, but if it’s last night’s take out, better in the trash than around your waist.

Buy lots of small containers or zip lock bags. When you do your supermarket shop, get in the habit of dividing up large packets into single serves. You can do this with nuts, dried fruits and even cereal.

Use small plates and small spoons. ¾ cup of cereal looks like a lot in a small bowl, but in a larger bowl, you’ll feel unsatisfied. Using a small spoon will slow your eating down. We often eat too quickly and shovel down too much food. Our brains don’t get a chance to tell you that you’re full. Slow down and enjoy what you are eating, let the body send the signals to the brain to tell you that you’ve had enough.

Out of sight, out of mind.

Source by Elizabeth Pattalis

Being fit and healthy, especially after the age of 40, is not just a 60 or a 90 day event. It’s an ongoing process which does require effort on your part.

And, to be living a fit and healthy lifestyle is why you’re reading this article, right?

The Challenge

The challenge for many people over the age of 40 is there are so many gyms, websites, workout program, “stop the insanity” type people out there which means confusion and mistakes can easily be made. Which brings me to this post…

Here’s 3 of the biggest workout mistakes people do on a consistent basis.

Mistake #1: They Feel It Takes Too Much Time

I hear this often and, quite frankly, the more I think about it the more absurd it sounds to me. Sure, it does take some time, but what doesn’t?

The question should be “How much time out of my day will it take?” Most workout programs, whether it’s a cardio based workout, or a weight training based workout, usually can be done well within a 60 minute time frame. Heck, even a 30 minute time frame.

Does it have to be every day? Of course not. 4-5 times a week is ideal to do SOMETHING that will benefit your health.

So, if you’re telling me you can’t find at least 30-60 minutes a day to do something that will improve your health, and you REALLY want to do it, then we need to talk. Because if you really want to do it, we will find that time for you. But, the choice is yours.

Mistake #2: Spot Reduce Fat

I don’t know where this originated from, but the general public thinks that fat reduction in the human body can be isolated. For example, getting rid of unwanted fat around the belly area only, but leaving the arms and legs alone. Folks, it does NOT work that way.

Your body does NOT reduce fat in a specific place you want it to do so. People think that if they do 100 sit ups a day for 7 days, they’ll have that six pack abs look. The truth is… NOT!

Generally speaking, the more activity you do, the more your body will burn fat. BUT, it does not burn it in a specific place, it’s more kind of all over at once, if that makes sense. If your belly has a lot more fat than your arms, it will look like it’s getting smaller quicker, but it burns at about the same proportion. Make sense?

My advice, just work out and eat right for now. Body shaping will come later, OK?

Mistake #3: I Can Figure This All Out On My Own

Really? You can? Now granted, some people can do it on their own, but it’s a VERY small percentage of the people who could. You will need some sort of coaching to help you along.

By “coaching”, I’m not saying you should hire a personal trainer (but it is good to do so), but at LEAST get a workout program to follow along. There are so many programs, websites and people out there, you can find SOMETHING somewhere. BUT, the issue then stands, will you follow through with the program? Will you actually DO the program? If you do, you’ll see results. Once you see results, you’ll be more inclined to follow other programs, which will turn your life around and you’ll be living that fit and healthy lifestyle in no time!

BONUS TIP! – Find a fitness professional or workout program to fit your way of life. We have interviewed over 40 Fitness Professionals from around the world and they each bring something unique to the table, and they all want to help you!

Source by Andrew Poletto

Detaching Your Addicted Loved One With Love &  Get Him Back Into Life Stream

Is your loved one sinking into drug abuse? Tired of trying different things to take him back into his normal life? Do not know how to deal with his drug abuse and craving?

Life

Wait! You still have the hope to recover him from the devastating condition. Yes, you can. If you want to know how you can take him back from the drug abuse and cravings you need to try something different.

Go Far From Your Addicted Loved One

When you are tired of motivating your loved one to leave the alcohol dependency and not finding any way to recover him, you can try the process “detach with love”. Sounds wired! No doubt, it can be. If it is the first time in your life that you find any of the near ones in drug abuse and cravings then you can try the method. For sure, it is not an easy task. It is not easy to go far from the person (badly drug addicted and craves for substances) whom you love the most in such situation. But, you need to detach with your drug addicted loved one with love.

  • You may think that detaching with your loved one who is addicted will go against him. Though, it is not. When you go far from him, it will be better from him in many ways. Let us see how it will effect good on him,
  • First of all, he will not get any funding to satisfy his frequent drug craving due to lack of financial support.
  • Then, he will need to take his responsibility on his own and he needs to stay active to fulfill his necessities.
  • He will be in need to act clean as early as possible to serve his daily necessities. Hence, he will not be able to think of fulfilling his craving even.
  • He will have to take care of his emotional trails on his own and it makes him a little responsible.
  • He cannot able to blame for his failure or lose on others and need to take responsibility of his every step.

Strengthen Backbone

When you will step back from his life, you not only help him to strengthen the backbone but also give him a lesson that life cannot go with drug dependency and cravings for harmful substance. There is a lot more that you need to take care apart from the drug addiction and craving.

Yes, maintaining the gap between your loved one and you is not easy. But you should follow the detaching with love addiction formula if you want your loved one to come into regular life.

Unique Formula to Pacify Drug Carving

There are many people who think that the idea of detaching from the addicted loved one with love is a tough decision. If you are the one who is thinking in the same way then you are making a mistake. Detaching your addicted loved one with love does not mean that you are living your loved one in distress and pain. But it is a proven way that you help your loved one to take his responsibility again. Moreover, you can still help your loved one and care him. Just you will take the opposite way to take him back into his real life.

Love and care will be same from you, just a little financial and mental detachment can help him lot that you cannot imagine even. Try this if your loved one undergoing drug abuse and harmful substance craving.…

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