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Writing on paper what you eat on a daily basis is one of the best methods for maintaining or losing weight. Keeping a food journal is an important tool in self awareness and to help you improve your eating habits. How much and what we eat really is the best predictor as to how much we weigh.

Tips:

  1. Record as you go. By recording throughout the day, you won’t forget the little things you grazed on and you’ll be more accountable for your actions. You’ll also think before you act.
  2. Try taking photos of everything you eat for a day. You’d be surprised how much you actually eat! Studies show that even when writing down your food intake people under estimate what they are eating. Much eating takes place out of our awareness.
  3. Identify eating triggers and moods. Identify times and places where cravings are higher for certain foods, boredom, stress, social occasions. Did you feel lethargic after certain foods, maybe bloated, satisfied, did you eat more while watching TV alone?
  4. Rate your appetite. How hungry were you before you ate? Were you neutral, slightly hungry or maybe ravengeous? How did you feel after? Maybe you were satisfied, slightly hungry, full, very full or sick?
  5. Develop strategies that may help you improve your eating.
  6. Try meal planning. Write out what you’ll eat the next day or even week in advance. If it’s in writing you’ll probably stick to it. It’s also a great tool to use to reduce grocery shopping trips and will save you money on food wastage.

You can create your own or use the the food journal template already created.

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Source by Elizabeth Pattalis

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If you are a person who concerns about health, healthy food should be in your family's daily menu. For your today's menu, why don't you cook something delicious with probiotics contents and have many health benefits to reduce cancer risk, good for diabetic diets, lower cholesterol, boost immune system, and even help weight loss program? 'Is there one single food that have all those benefits?' Yes, that is tempeh, a traditional food made from fermented soybean!

In my country, Indonesia, tempeh has been our traditional food from maybe hundreds of years ago. We can find tempeh in almost all markets, even in small villages. Tempeh has been a part of our life. Whether we cook for daily meals (served with rice), or when we have a fine dining in restaurants, we can always find tempeh. It is because tempeh can be processed into many delicious foods. But not as many of its health benefits!

Probiotics
Tempeh is one of many probiotics food sources. Rhizopus Oligosporus, good bacteria contained in tempeh, produces natural antibiotic that inhibits some harmful bacteria. Rhyzopus can also improve your intestinal digestion health, as well as your skin health , from atopic dermatitis, pimples, cellulitis, etc. On the other hand, the fermentation process that change whole soybeans into tempeh, produces an enzyme called phytase. This enzyme can break down phytate acid, and therefore increase body absorption of minerals like iron, calcium, and zinc. Good news for you who have anemia, as tempeh is also claimed of having 4mg iron / 100 gram!

High Protein – Low Calories
Tempeh, being processed from soybeans, becomes a high protein food, even higher among other plant foods. Daily consumption of 166 gram tempeh contributes around 60% of our protein daily needs. And with the fact that tempeh has less than 329 calories, it is safe to assume that tempeh can be your perfect choice of healthy food!

As a plant protein source, tempeh can provide a healthy diet for diabetes mellitus patient too. Diabetic people can use tempeh as a substitute of animal protein foods like milk and meat.

Isoflavone
Now you can get many healthy benefits of isoflavone from tempeh, which is including:
Improve bone mineral content, reduce the risk of osteoporosis
Antioxidant to fight free radical that cause cancer
Lower cholesterol (lower LDL and increase HDL)
Lower heart disease risk
Relieve menopause symptoms

High Fiber
The high fiber content of soybeans which is found in tempeh can help diabetic patient to control sugar level in their blood. It can also prevent colon cancer , improve kidney health by replacing animal protein to soybeans, and prevent diarrhea in children.

Boost Immune System & Health
The amino acids can improve the superiority of tempeh in boosting immune system. Tempeh is also an important source of vitamin B12 , which vegetarians can use to replace meat, and an excellent source of calcium .

Low Calorie & Low Carbohydrate
And last but not least, tempeh is a suitable food for weight loss diet. Being low calories and low carbohydrate, including tempeh in your dietary food list, will help you to reduce the amount of fat stored in your body. If you combine this perfect diet with exercise, you will increase lean muscle mass that will help you to burn fat. And what make it more perfect, tempeh has its high protein you can use to regain your energy after having your weight loss exercise session.

So, I don't need to underline, that tempeh is definitely a super healthy food for healthy people, with healthy budget, which, with a little creativity can turn into a super delicious food!

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Source by Fanda Amnesiana

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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.

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Source by Sharon Ray

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Keeping a weight loss journal can double your weightloss, studies show. Studies also now support the idea that old-fashioned calorie counting works the best for losing weight. Put these two weightloss tips to work for you with The 60 Day Food and Fitness Program & Journal by Brad Peterson, one of the most comprehensive weightloss journals available.

Why Keep a Weightloss Journal

Often people believe they are eating much less than they actually are. They don’t pay

attention to portion size and often estimate that they are eating many less calories than they actually consume. We kid ourselves that that little handful of chips or that cookie didn’t really count.

Keeping a weightloss journal allows you keep track of all the calories you actually eat throughout the day and stop estimating.

You might even see some interesting patterns, like empty calories spent on snacks or eating too much after dinner and before bedtime. You’ll see lots of ways you can save calories by keeping the journal.

What you’ll find in the 60 Day Food and Fitness Program & Journal

The 60 Day Food and Fitness Program & Journal focuses on keeping track of not only the foods you eat but the exercise you get to burn those calories and shrink those inches. There is great information provided in the front and back of the book relating to setting goals and how to reach them, with a page to write out your own goals. There are also charts on how many calories you burn with different activities and nutritional information on various foods, with a section just on fast food. There are also several pages of healthy recipes and a place to write in your own favorites.

The 60 Day Food and Fitness Program gives you a page to list all the foods you eat in a given day and helps you keep track of calories, fat and time of day that you ate. The opposite page is where you list your fitness activities, duration and calories burned. There is also a comment section to write down any notes and boxes to check off for each glass of water you drink. (There is a great article in the book about why drinking water is important to a weightloss program too!)

Once a week, there is a weight in page where you keep track of your weightloss and set your goals for the coming week. You can also keep track of your shrinking measurements. Other charts in the front of the book help you set up a fitness program and track your progress as well.

To lose a pound of fat, you need to burn 3,500 calories. No matter what weightloss plan or diet you adhere to, this fact won’t change. You can cut 3,500 calories from your diet – perhaps 500 calories a day – or you can do a combination of cutting calories and increasing exercise to burn those calories and you will lose weight. A weight loss journal can be a great tool for accomplishing your goal.

Overall, I think The 60 Day Food and Fitness Program & Journal is a wonderful, comprehensive tool that helps you set not only your weightloss goals, but your fitness goals as well, and to achieve them both.

Need more great weightloss tips? Find them at Path2HealthyLiving Weightloss Tips

© Copyright 2008 by Joan Jones

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Source by Joan Jones

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