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What Everybody Ought to Know About Food

Eat fresh or minimally processed foods as much as possible, since they usually have few additives. Avoid junk foods (such as cookies, candy, and soda), which are not only chock-full of artificial colors and other additives, but are also of little nutritional value – high in calories, sugar, fats and/or sodium.

This is especially good advice for children, who are the main consumers of junk foods and are at increased risk if there are any health problems with additives.

Why do some foods not list any ingredients at all? Ketchup, cheddar cheese, peanut butter, and margarine are among some three-hundred-odd staples that don’t have to list ingredients or nutrients because they are made according to a “standard of identity” – a recipe specifying concentrations of various ingredients – regulated by the FDA. For example, if the jar says “mayonnaise”, it must contain vegetable oil, vinegar and/or lemon juice, and egg yolk; these ingredients don’t have to be spelled out. Certain optional ingredients, however, such as salt, sweetener, and preservatives, must be listed. Some manufacturers voluntarily list the ingredients on standardized foods; others provide ingredients lists at the consumer’s request.

Most foods are not standardized, so they must list their ingredients. Even so, an ingredients list can be deceptive when it comes to sugar and sodium, and less than clear about flavoring and colorings.

Food labels tell little about the two problem nutrients that may be most important to you – fat and cholesterol.

A nutrition label must list how many grams of fat there are in a serving, but seldom anything beyond that, and very few foods indicate what percentage of their calories come from fat. A breakdown of the fats into unsaturated and saturated fatty acids is optional. Cholesterol content is also optional, unless a claim is made about it.

Read food labels. But remember additives aren’t always listed: more than three hundred standardized foods don’t have to list their ingredients. Ice cream, for example, can contain some twenty-five specified additives without having to list any of them.

Limit your intake of foods listing “artificial colors.”Substitute products colored by real fruit juice. Still, an occasional maraschino cherry won’t harm you.

Eat a variety of foods.This will limit your exposure to any one additive, should it turn out to have long-term risks.

Who is Protecting You?

Did you know?

Stabilizers, thickeners, and texturizers such as gums, carrageenan, gelatin, flour, pectin, cellulose, and starch are additives added to improve consistency and provide desired texture.

Many are natural carbohydrates that absorb water in foods. These additives affect “mouth feel” of foods – i.e., prevent ice crystals from forming in ice cream.

Food additives are extensively studied and regulated, primarily by the FDA. Legislation in 1958 and 1960 required manufacturers to prove the safety of any new additive; before that, the burden was on the government to prove the health danger of a substance.

Margin of safety. If manufacturer-sponsored tests prove an additive is safe, the FDA sets guidelines for its use. Generally, food manufacturers can use only one-hundredth of the least amount of an additive shown to be toxic in lab animals.

The Delaney clause. This is the most restrictive provision of the 1958 law, stating that a substance shown to cause cancer in animals or man may not be added to food in any amount.

Food manufacturers argue against this rule on the grounds that in some cases the cancer risk is minuscule, or that nay risk is outweighed by the benefits the additive may provide – as with nitrites and saccharin, weak carcinogens that are still on the market.

Testing for Safety

Even under the best circumstances, absolute safety of an additive can never by proven. Any substance may be harmful when consumed in excess. Animal studies, which are our primary mode of testing, have limitations. They may not be effective in assessing the degree of cancer risk from long-term use because of the animals’ short life spans. Moreover, it is hard to make precise comparisons between animals and humans. Other questions concern possible interactions of the hundreds of additives we consume.

With countless diets, programs and products promising to help you shed pounds, it should be easy. But as any veteran dieter knows, it’s hard to lose weight. It’s even harder keeping it off.

Simply eating too much and not being active enough is the cause of people being overweight. Too many people concentrate on losing pounds to improve appearance, when the primary focus of weight control should be to achieve and maintain good health.

To get the proper daily nutritional value:

-Eat a variety of foods

-Eat a high-fiber diet (choose more grains, fruits and vegetables instead of protein, fats and sugar)

-Maintain a low-fat, low cholesterol diet (eat no more than 30% of calories from fat, including only 10% from saturated fat)

-Use moderate amounts of salt and sodium and choose sugar substitutes

-Limit alcoholic intake

Often the first step to a good diet lies in changing food and eating behavior:

-Don’t skip meals

-Eat a series of small meals throughout the day and avoid a big meal late in the evening

-Eat and chew slowly

-Use a smaller-sized plate to achieve a “full plate”

-Don’t go back for seconds

-Bake or broil food instead of frying

-Order from light menus and purchase low-calorie or low-fat foods (remember that low-fat does not necessarily mean low-calorie)

-Learn about food values and make healthy combinations in meals

-Reward yourself with non-food pleasures

-Ounce for ounce, fat provides more than twice as many calories as protein or carbohydrate (nine calories vs. four). This energy difference may explain how fat promotes weight gain. Yet even when calories are the same, a person eating a high-fat diet tends to store more excess calories as body fat than someone eating a lower-fat diet.

Things You Should Know About Foods

Facts about Foods that Suppress Appetite

1. Eat the Good Kinds of Fat
Although most of us are turned off by the idea of “eating fat,” it’s a totally different story when we’re eating the type of fats that are healthy. These will be the ones that are able to suppress your appetite. You want to eat foods with monosaturated fat because when the fat is in that form, it makes your body think that it’s full and satisfied. Foods that suppress appetite and contain high monosaturated fat include olives and olive oil, sunflower kernels, avocados, macadamia nuts, and almonds. Also, you can eat tiny servings of mayonnaise, heavy cream, and cream cheese to suppress your appetite.

2. Fibrous Veggies!
By just being healthy and eating green foods will be enough to suppress your appetite. These vegetables are high in fiber, so you’ll get full easily, and they’re low in calories so you won’t gain any weight. Foods that suppress appetite in this category include radicchio, endive, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, carrots, peppers, cauliflower, celery, and a whole lot more… (many vegetables fall into this category). Do your best to eat as many fibrous veggies in every meal so that you can always suppress your appetite. If you’re not used to consuming raw foods, then start out slowly so you can avoid indigestion.

3. Eat Protein 
Protein is great to eat because it slows down the rate of your body’s absorption of carbs. When you eat a lot of carbs by themselves, your body will quickly take the excess energy and store it in your fat cells. Foods that suppress appetite and are high in protein include fish/seafood, lean meats, chicken, and egg whites. To prevent your meal from having too much fat, you shouldn’t eat gravy and high carb foods such as French fries, white flour pasta, and potato chips. An interesting little fact is that if you eat protein, drinking beer will even be a little less fattening for you! If you can’t eat enough protein during the day, then try adding some protein shakes to your diet.

4. Spicy Foods
Unless you have a high tolerance for spice, this tip will apply to you. Whenever you eat spicy foods, I bet you drink a lot of water in the process. Drinking a lot of water when you eat will cause you to feel satisfied much faster. So add hot sauces or spices such as ginger, wasabi, garlic chili sauce, etc. This will turn your regular foods into foods that suppress appetite.

5. More Fiber!
In addition to fibrous vegetables, you should eat fibrous fruits… especially if you need to eat something sweet. The more fiber it has, the more slowly you’re going to digest the food. Whenever you can, don’t take off the peels of fruits. If you’re trying to lose weight, then you should only eat a serving of 1 per day and eat a lot more veggies instead.

Stop Struggling With Food and Weight Obsession

If you’re a plus size gal struggling with cravings and food fantasies are leading you around by the nose, it’s not evidence of a lack of will power, a personality defect, a chemical imbalance, a slow metabolism, rotten genes or a bad habit. It’s none of those things. The real cause of your overeating and obsessive ‘food think’ is an imbalance in your body’s energy system. In other words, it’s not what you’re eating; it’s what’s eating you! Stress!

Stress is the enemy

Research in the emerging field of mind/body medicine continues to prove that our minds and bodies are just like two sides of the same coin. Your emotions, thoughts and beliefs have a profound effect on your physical body. According to the World Health Organization, stress is the number one global epidemic. I was shocked to learn that stress is the cause of 85% of all illnesses. Like many women, I used to think that I was stressed because I was overweight, now I know that I’ve been overweight because I’ve been stressed.

If like me, you’ve spent years dieting, hating your body, scale hopping, hyper-focused on eating carefully, and always watching your weight, you’ve probably learned to fear food and think of yourself as a bottomless pit of hunger. Resentment, anger and fear are not emotions that are conducive to living a healthy, happy life. These are all part of the diet mentality at work which will keep you thinking like a fat person. After years of buying into this way of thinking, playing the diet and deprivation game, I’ve discovered that holding these negative feelings toward myself and my body only creates a self fulfilling prophecy that fuels the urge to eat. Keep in mind that our thoughts often lead to action. I’ve learned the hard way, you can’t get thin, if you’re thinking fat.

What I discovered about making peace with food

For decades, I thought of myself as an emotional eater, a fat gal who had no self control around food. From the time I was 10 years old, every day whether on a diet or not, my life was centered around what I was going to eat next. The angry voices of my inner critic continually reminded me of my weaknesses and made me feel awful. Like many women, I sought out comfort in food. Whenever I was dieting, I faced a constant struggle of trying to arm wrestle down my cravings. In 2006, after years of living in fear of food and trying to diet in order to tame the size of my thighs, I finally decided to take the leap, stop all dieting and question the many ratty and fatty beliefs that had me feeling so out of control around food and hating my body. That was when I learned how an individual’s self image affects every aspect of their life. Depending upon how you feel about yourself and what kind of person you envision yourself to be, that will determine your relationship with food and your body. Once I began to put that information together, I realized I had become my own worst critic and that the whole process of dieting only perpetuated the cycle of my self abuse.

Now that I’m no longer walking around in a constant state of being deprived, and letting my inner critic run roughshod over me, I feel so relaxed. Since I’ve questioned many of my old beliefs and values, I am now able to see myself as more than just a fat pair of thighs. I have a much greater degree of compassion and appreciation for myself as a whole person. Now that I realize that diets are not the answer, and our binges have valuable messages, I don’t worry about sabotaging myself by overeating, I rarely think about food when I’m not hungry. You can also experience this same level of peace of mind and put an end to your obsessive thoughts around food.

Here are some tips to get you started:

Recognize that diets don’t work – According to research it’s been proven that up to 98% of all dieters who slimmed down, regain their weight back within 5 years. It’s a tough pill to swallow but it’s time to realize that diets don’t work. Traci Mann, lead author of a composite study done in April of 2008 at UCLA says, “Diets do not lead to sustained weight loss or health benefits for the majority of people. Eating in moderation is a good idea for everybody, and so is regular exercise.”

Permission – Give yourself license to stop dieting, break out of the cycle of deprivation and stop endlessly judging every morsel you eat as either good or bad. Believing that deprivation is the key to success in losing weight, many women fall into the trap of depriving themselves without really dieting by trying to make ‘healthy choices’ by omitting some or many foods or food groups from their choices in order to lose weight. By doing this, you create a huge sense of feeling deprived which only sets you up for failure, because we always want what we believe we can’t have.

Re-establish self trust around food – Know that eating to satisfy your physiological hunger is a natural process. For many women like myself who have spent years dieting or watching their weight, this natural intuitive awareness of the body’s needs has become dulled down. This is due to the many messages that we’ve learned to accept to ignore our hunger and think of it as something to fear. By focusing on how your body feels and eating when you get hungry, you can rebuild that sense of awareness.

Clean sweep – Go through your cabinets, drawers, fridge, pantries, freezer and toss out all the foods you hate. These include all the foods you choke down in order to lose weight–think protein powders and crackers that taste like cardboard. If you don’t truly enjoy what you’re eating and drinking, you’re depriving yourself and if you feel deprived, your next binge won’t be far away.

Eat foods you love – Honor your food preferences – If you’re a gal who loves pasta, mangia. If chocolate turns you on, go for it. Start to carry it around in your bag. Do things that will reinforce the message to your brain that food is safe and you can be trusted around it. Eat when you’re hungry and set an intention to stop before you get too full. When you overdo it, forgive your goof and move on. This is a process that comes with being kind to yourself. You will begin to quiet your cravings when you start to eat and feel safe around the foods you love.

Eat mindfully more often – Don’t assume you know what food really tastes like. When you live depriving yourself of foods you crave, it makes you want them more. When you finally get to eat them, you may end up binging on them. That’s because you’re not really after the food, your brain is seeking to recreate the feelings that those foods have stirred up in your body. By slowing down and recognizing that you can eat those goodies anytime you want, you unplug that desperate urge to have them. You may have loved candy corn and caramel apples as a little girl, but as an adult giving yourself food freedom, you may begin to notice that the old craves aren’t all they were cracked up to be.

Deal with your stress – Since the real cause of your overeating and obsessive ‘food think’ is an imbalance in your body’s energy system, coping with the upsets in your life is probably the biggest factor in your ability to succeed in getting thinner without dieting. I tend to favor using energy coaching tools that are equivalent to emotional acupuncture without the ouch of needles. One of my favorite go to stress relief methods that I use often is Emotional Freedom Technique. EFT has its roots in the ancient science of acupuncture and by tapping on different parts of your face and upper body, you can eliminate negative emotions rapidly. This is because your body is a low level electro-magnetically charged system and when you have negative emotions, it is caused by a block in your energy. No matter what method you choose, know that unless you deal with the buggin’ you’s that are buggin’ you in life, you will never have control of your thoughts. In order to short circuit your tendency to obsess about food, you must find alternative ways to cope with your stress.

Be gentle with yourself – Changing the way that you talk to and treat yourself is a key component in reclaiming your power. After all we teach others how we want to be treated. As you take aggressive action to deal with your stress, you have a clear head and can eliminate the distractions in your life that are making you feel powerless. Having this expanded sense of inner peace will give you an ability to be more compassionate, respectful, gentle and loving with yourself. When you recognize that you deserve to be treated well, you fulfill yourself from the inside out. When you feel fulfilled, your issues around food will effortlessly fall into place.

You Didn’t Know About Foods

Don’t think that you know everything that there is to know about foods that burn fat. These foods do so much more than just burn fat.

You’ve heard about foods that burn fat. And now you are a bit skeptical because you think that fat burning foods work by simply burning fat. But don’t think that you know everything there is to know about burning fat foods. They definitely don’t simply burn fat.

Here are 5 surprising things that you didn’t know about foods that burn fat. These things will help you to include fat burning foods in your diet to start benefiting from them.

  • There are 5 different types – Foods that burn fat are divided into 5 different categories, according to the main benefit that they hold. It is important to include fat burning foods from each category to really reap the rewards of the different benefits of each category.
  • They can also speed up your weight loss – There are some burning fat foods that can also speed up your weight loss and make you not only lose fat, but also weight.
  • They will help you to be fuller for longer – Some of those foods works by keeping you fuller for longer. And when you are fuller for longer, you will eat less and lose more weight and fat.
  • They can help you fight cravings – These foods are excellent if you struggle with cravings. They will help you to say no to cravings.
  • They will make you healthier – All foods that burn fat are super healthy and will boost your health with every bite. You will not only look better, but you will also feel better if you include them in your diet regularly.

Do you want to learn more about what foods to eat to lose fat and get leaner? If you do, my FREE special report (Fat Burning Foods Uncovered) will be perfect for you.

Why Are We So Passionate About Food

Finding the right foods to be passionate about can be very difficult. With all the sugar, fat and other great tasting ingredients, choice has become a big part of our daily lives. Being obese is so simple, every child’s dream must surely be about food?

Obesity-Why are we so Passionate about Food?

I love to eat and food can be overwhelmingly so great as to consume most of our waking moments. I see people all around me, especially children, that crave food from the moment they get up in the morning until they go to sleep at night. Do you know any? More importantly, do you know “why”?

The earth abounds in a wealth of nutritional availability that most of our Grandparents and Great- Grandparents would turn over in their graves if they only knew how we were wasting it all on being a gluten society of overweight and obese people. Shame on us all!

Don’t get me wrong now, I love food just as much as you do, maybe more. I just love my life and being healthy more. Can I say this and be grammatically correct? Food has us all tied up in knots and even the First Lady is involved. We are no longer trying to find a way to feed the hungry(even though hunger still exists) we are trying to find ways to stop people(especially children) from eating so much. Incredible when you think of it?

Why are we so Passionate about Food?

Their must be this magic formula in our brain that sets off our desire for food. Their can only be so many reasons that most of us are getting so fat as to create all this obesity fuss around the world.

The passion we have for foods seems to be overtaking the passion we use to have for sex. Now their is a good one. I just read a story lately of many married people not being able physically to even have sex, because they are so big. Can you imagine that? How can this be happening to most people that know better? Their must be powerful drugs, induced purposely into our foods, that are making us go wild about food, more than sex? Who would ever of thought?

On a more serious note now:Why are we so Passionate about Food?

  • Do we have too much time on our hands?
  • Are we just lazy and weak?
  • Are we so afraid of being afraid that we do not even leave our kids play outside on the streets anymore?
  • Are all schools off limits for extra-curricular activities because of union problems and insurance companies afraid of being sued if kids are hurt?

Food seems to be taking over the Passion we use to have in our hearts to just be good people and wanting to strive to attain dreams and goals that were not tied into our ability to feed our stomachs for pleasure. We need to learn to eat to maintain our health and to fuel our brains to achieve greatness.

Special Article About Food

This article takes a special look at two different industries of food and network marketing. You will be impressed at how you can apply some basic principles to your successful benefits in both.

There is a lot of buzz lately about Food and Nutrition and how food choices will make or break your health.

There is enough food for thought here to think that your choice of marketing plan will make or break your home business.

There is even a Food Revolution proposed by Jamie Oliver, celebrity chef from Britain, who states that eating pizza and chicken nuggets for breakfast by schoolchildren is not as nature intended for their cellular biology. His big picture is for families to take ownership of their food and diet where it comes from, how to prepare it and its benefits versus processed foods. It is the right time for a Food Revolution because of increasing disease statistics.

Just perhaps, it is time to take ownership of the network marketing opportunity. We can make the basic principles popular and workable for everyone. We can take away high priced autoships, huge training curves, and difficult prospecting with legitimate excuses that it is too expensive, too difficult to learn, much less pass on to other people.

It is not surprising that when the time is right, people will honestly consider change in order to evaluate what is not working and how to make things better. Interestingly, there is more and more focus on the return to basics as the right call to action. It is the right time for a network marking MLM revolution because too many hard working networkers do not succeed and only a handful of top internet marketers amass profits worthy of a king’s ransom. But this unique home-based system is touted as a level playing field with equality of hopes for every family. So how can these discrepancies be addressed?

There are two premises to consider:

1. Families who do not return to basic whole foods as nature programmed will suffer nutritional deficits and obesity because of manufactured food stuffs. It is estimated as much as 90% of consumed food is packaged food with labels to signify it as food. It should be the opposite 90% natural, 10% manufactured.

2. Networkers who do not practise basics principles of network marketing will struggle to duplicate their marketing plans with complex internet “branding” programs. It is estimated 90% of networkers do not succeed in earning a suitable income and it should be the opposite 90% success rate and perhaps a 10% failure for lack of effort. Families with the ability to earn extra home business income will face less stress in a changing economy and public perception will get excited because it works.

When the time is right, the teacher will come. Here is a food related example:

Dr. Mehmet Oz, now has a successful TV show called Dr. Oz. His advice is to read food labels as carefully as reading a prescription and to red flag certain ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, sugar, enriched flour, trans fats, and saturated fats. He recommends his list of favorite foods which include tomatoes, broccoli, kidney beans, blueberries, artichokes, omega 3 fats, olive oils and fiber with oatmeal, lentils and peas. This is about as basic as you can get. Personally, I have followed this diet for years and enjoy all the benefits of good health.

When the future evolves, the right home-based business opportunity will appear.

My Shopping Genie is a small innovative software application that rides on top of major search engines which instantly finds the lowest prices and highest savings on the internet. The best news is that is free to use and share in these fastest growing trends. There are 9 ways to earn income with a one-time lifetime distributor’s license and low-cost monthly subscription ($29). The marketing plan consists of 3 Steps that everyone can manage. How basic is this. Now better evaluate this opportunity with other multi-level enterprises with high entry fees, high autoships, intensive training and high attrition.

Let’s continue this interesting comparison. Here are a few facts about the food industry that makes a back to basics food revolution timely and sensible.
…factory farming has increasingly replaced individual farmers
…our food supply chain is highly industrialized from mass production to distribution
…industrialized production by 1980 showed approximately 50,000 invented food stuffs
…eating habits are promoted by billions of advertising dollars..ex. 15 billion to advertise “junk food”

the diet industry has produced at least 10,000 diets in 30 years (95% don’t maintain weight loss)

Can you see why people have started to believe in manufactured foods as somehow better, more nutritionally analyzed, than what grows in the garden? Can you see why we must return to basic whole foods provided by Mother Nature’s millennium-old pharmacy and synergy.

How does this relate to some serious facts about the network marketing home business industry:

started in 1950’s when original networkers shared excellent nutritional products and commission structures by word of mouth
…continues worldwide growth…600,000 new networkers start a home business yearly
…average MLM earning is $500 monthly while others can replace their income or reach 7 digits
…the potential income structure is inbuilt but how can we make it more fair and democratic?
…accelerated information flow via the internet and the backyard became world stage
…skilled internet marketers evolved and flouted their complex programs to become more magnetic to attract followers

MLM has never been about duplication of “magnetic leaders.” In fact, the current hew and cry from internet marketers is “I don’t want to do this anymore! There is too much information overload…lets return to basics.”

So let’s return to basics. Food wise we need to eat at least 7 fresh vegetables and fruits daily for healthy functioning cells. They will provide all the enzymes, anti-oxidants, phytonutrients, soluble and insoluble fiber and more. We continue to listen to experts like Dr. Oz because he keeps our WHY reasons clear and HOW motivation high.

Business wise we need to simplify the network marketing home business to 3 essential steps: (1) leverage an expert’s knowledge (2) duplicate a simple message and (3) earn multiple residual incomes.

We embrace My Shopping Genie because future trends keep our WHY reasons clear and HOW motivation high. The Internet Click Revolution simplifies the marketing plan. The founding principles of network marketing is a cooperative home business for the distribution of profits for many families not the aggrandizement of a few. You, too, can share a phone call, a video, a test drive to save money and a plan to make serious money from home.

When the time is right, the teacher will appear. But the teacher can only open the door and show the way.You have to decide to walk through. Your questions and comments are very important to start a dialogue about what you really want and what really works.

Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class, but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

Effective Weight Loss Is More Than Just About Food

Make sure you get enough sleep

Researchers point out that you can compromise your weight loss efforts if you do not get enough sleep each night. The main problem with getting too little sleep is that your metabolism is trying to compensate for the lack of energy by slowing down, which means that your body will turn the food you eat into energy at a slower pace. Studies carried on small groups have showed that people that sleep less than necessary are likely to eat more and turn fewer calories into energy when performing the same activities. So, for effective weight loss, you need to get enough sleep.

Eat more varied foods

Another secret for losing weight efficiently is to eat more varied food. If you eat the same food every day and at every meal, you will not only grow bored with it, you will also feel tempted to eat more to compensate for the hunger you will feel. It seems that humans and animals alike are inclined to eat less, quantity wise, if they are offered a higher diversity of foods to eat. So, instead of loading your plate with a single type of food, add various foods to the same plate, and you will see how easy it will become for you to lose weight, while eating less.

Effective weight loss is about attitude

Having the proper mindset when starting a diet or making a promise to live healthier and lose weight, is very important. If you dismiss what you think about food and eliminate it from the equation, do not be surprised when you will notice that things do not work like this. What you need is a positive attitude, you will have to change the way you think about food, and to focus on healthy choices. In time, your mindset will become an ally in the fight against extra pounds, and you will find it much easier to lose weight.

The best zero calorie drink: water

Drinking water is important when you want to lose weight. One great quality of plain water is that it helps the body flush out toxins and especially sodium, which is the main culprit when you feel bloated for no apparent reason. Fizzy drinks should be out of the question when you consider effective weight loss, but water should always be plentiful and readily available.
Worry less

Last, but not least, effective weight loss strategies must also include less stress. When you are stressed out, you tend to eat more than usual to compensate for how you feel. Instead of feeding the blues with unhealthy foods, consider starting again on the right food with a healthier lifestyle.

Five Greatest Myths About Food

There have been countless suggestions and theories regarding health and fitness over the centuries. In fact health and fitness is the only topic where so many contradictions exist at the same time. Every few years, a new diet system or exercise regime is introduced to the world and it quickly becomes the fad only to be thwarted by experts after sometime. But during their short-lived glory these fitness fads give birth to lots of false beliefs and information. This article will try to clear up some of the confusions and myths so that people around the globe can develop healthy eating and living habits and stop repeating ineffective or dangerous fitness routines.

1) Packaged Fruit Juices Are Good For Health

When bottled or packaged fruit juices were first introduced to the commercial market, people immediately became big fans of these beverages. Eating fruit is a healthy habit but people become impatient very quickly when they have to buy, wash, peel and juice each fruit before getting the nutrients inside their body. The bottled juice was the perfect solution for them. Now-a-days, people believe that gulping down a bottle of Real Grape juice is the quickest and best way to make up for their otherwise unhealthy lifestyles. Unfortunately, this is not entirely true. Yes, there is no harm in drinking these juices but there are hardly any benefits either.

The manufacturers extract a large volume of juice from the fruits and store them in tanks. This stored juice is then packed and sold throughout the year. This is the reason you can easily find orange juice during summer and Pineapple juice during fall. All the Oxygen from the stored juice is taken out to keep it fresh for months. But as the Oxygen is sucked out, almost all nutrients, vitamins and minerals of the juice are lost as well. So next time you feel like grabbing a bottle of juice, buy some fresh fruits instead. That will give you a lot more benefits at a fraction of the cost.

2) Crash Diet Is Great For Losing Weight Quickly

No matter how much the fitness experts try to preach otherwise, there are still a lot of people who believe that the best way to shed off extra pounds is to go on random diets. Yes these crash diets can help in shorter term but cause much more damage to the digestive system and the body in the longer run. When people eat very less for a month or two, they lose some weight pretty quickly but their body becomes increasingly weak from the lack of electrolytes, vitamins and other nutrients. A month or so in the crash diet, most people often feel tired, dizzy and weak.

A greater danger of crash diet is weight gain instead of weight loss. Our body has several defense mechanisms that trigger under different circumstances. When you are eating very less each day, your body can mistake it for famine. It then stores almost all the calorie from the ingested food and spends very less for daily activities. Once this cycle sets in, you will be gaining weight instead of losing. A well planned diet with lots of vegetables and fruits is still the best way to lose fat.

3) Certain Fruits Can Give You A Cold If Ingested At Night

Some people believe that certain fruits are cold in nature and they can give a person cold or flu if eaten during night. Banana, Sweet Lime, Pineapple and Apple are considered the main culprits behind this phenomena. This theory, however, is absolutely wrong. Cold and flu are caused by viruses and the viruses can spread from anywhere. Coldness of these fruits have nothing do with you catching cold. So next time you feel like grabbing an apple after dinner, do so happily.

4) Gluten Free Foods Give More Energy

Yes, they do. But only to the people who are Gluten intolerant or suffering from Celiac disease. These people can feel fatigued, tired and sick after eating food that contains Gluten. Once they start ingesting Gluten free food, they feel more energetic and vivacious in all aspects of life. The best example of this phenomenon is tennis star Novac Djokovic. After he started his Gluten free diet, his game improved manifolds and today he is one of the top four tennis players of the world.

But for regular people, Gluten free food offers no incentives at all. They might feel more energy after eating Gluten free food but the reason for that is more mental than physical. Also these special diets cost much more than regular food. So before you go munch on Gluten free food, get yourself checked for Gluten intolerance. If you are not Gluten intolerant, stick to your regular diet.

5) You Can Eat As Much As You Want As Long As You Exercise Regularly

This is true to a very small extent. If you are eating a cheese sandwich and expecting your workouts will cancel out the extra calories, it probably would. But if you are ingesting too much carbohydrate and fat, then your exercise routine may not be enough to shed off the calories unless you exercise like professional athletes. Getting calorie inside the body is much easier than driving it off. So do not set any wrong expectations.

The Shocking Truth About Food

If you are like a lot of people, you have already responded to much of what you see in the news about being ready for the coming crisis by food prepping. You would need to live in a cave to not notice the signs. The good news in this is that many people have started to stockpile food, but care must be exercised that money isn’t wasted. After all, when you buy one type of food, you have that much less money to buy something else that you might need in an emergency situation.

The Shocking Truth About Food Prepping

Just as is the situation with so many other issues, vigilance is the key. As a result, you might be extra cautious when you pick one food over another when you buy. You might also be careful about buying a little extra to keep for an emergency over and above what you would use every day. The problem that many preppers run into, however, is buying food that they think they will need when they don’t really need it. What follows are a few guidelines to help you discriminate one from the other.

Don’t Trust Generic Plans

It doesn’t take long being a prepper before you are faced with the problem of competing suppliers, each telling you that their food prepping plan is the best. Further, these plans often boil down to telling you to buy X pounds of rice, X pounds of beans, etc., multiplied by the number of people you have in your family, and how many days you are planning for. The truth is that it’s an easy trap to fall into. After all, nobody wants to be caught unprepared. Further, how can anyone realistically determine what is best for your family?

Every family has its own needs, likes and desires. It’s that easy. And the only likes you have to satisfy in an emergency situation is your own, not satisfying what others say you will need. Let’s say that a member of your family has an allergy to peanut products, but the prepping experts say that since peanut butter is such a good foodstuff to stock up on because it will keep for a long time, you should do so? What good will that do the family member who is allergic to peanuts? The plain truth is that it will do far more harm than good.

Another problem with a generic food prepping plan is that it is entirely likely that following such a plan will create shortages of one type of food while you have a surplus of any other. This is just as bad a situation as if you had a shortage of everything. In an ideal situation, you will want to keep a balance of nutritious food that will continue to be in as similar supply as all the others, for as long as needed.

Admittedly, this is a difficult trick to pull off, but it can be done. Perhaps the most difficult part of the problem is dealing with so many different unknowns when you are planning. For example, how many days is it realistic to plan for you to be in such a situation? How can anybody really know with any great degree of accuracy? In most cases you will need to rely on rules of thumb, but with other factors such as what percentages you will need of different sorts of products, it is much easier to estimate what you would need as opposed to what you will need less of.

A Workable Plan

The best guide you can use to determine what you will need in a given future situation is to rely on the past. What, for example, have you eaten in the past two weeks that could be repeated in a crisis situation? This is as good a place to start as any.

Once you have your list, look at it carefully to decide what might not be available and/or affordable in a crisis. Meat is a good example. If you don’t have a stockyard in your backyard, you probably will not have access to fresh meat in a crisis. If so, it will probably have such a high price tag that it would be better to make a staple of something else.

What Everybody Ought to Know About Food

Every day we are bombarded with information about food products that are healthy, all natural, have no artificial ingredients, no preservatives, low fat, no fat, no cholesterol, sugar free, vitamin fortified and provide 100% of your daily vitamin requirements. Are these foods as healthy as the advertising tries to make us believe they are?

Let’s look at the facts. There are more than 3000 different chemicals added to our food. The company that wants to produce the chemicals or use the chemicals in the foods they produce usually does the testing for safety. Safety testing has only been done for individual additives, not for combinations of additives. Nobody knows the effects of the many different additives used in the thousands of different combinations. To make matters worse, because of political pressure, the FDA allows manufacturers to add small amounts of cancer-causing substances to our food. So, not only are many of our foods not healthy, they’re unsafe.

The FDA has even approved, as safe, additives it has known to be unsafe. Take, for example, Olestra, the fat substitute which was approved by the FDA over the objections of many leading food scientists. Olestra can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramping and may even contribute to cancer, heart disease and blindness. Foods containing Olestra must have a warning label on the package.

Then there’s the artificial sweetener aspartame, also known as Nutrasweet. Aspartame was approved and claimed safe by a specially appointed FDA Commissioner after his own Board of Inquiry that investigated aspartame claimed it unsafe. Aspartame can cause birth defects, central nervous system disturbances, menstrual difficulties, brain damage in phenylketonurics, seizures, death and a long list of other reactions too numerous to mention. It may cause irreversible health damage over the long term.

Fats are another story. A certain amount of the right kind of fat is necessary for your nervous system, your immune system, the formation of cell membranes, and the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins. The problem is that over 90% of the food produced today contain hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil, which contributes to heart disease, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, non-insulin dependent diabetes and cancer. Research even shows an association between attention deficit disorder and hydrogenated oils.

The next time you grocery shop, look at the label of every item before you buy. Unless you already buy all organic and natural foods, almost every item you pick up will contain hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. Instead, choose products that say no hydrogenated oils. Use raw organic butter instead of margarine, and extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil or flaxseed oil (flaxseed oil should never be heated).

If you’re eating more chicken, turkey and fish, because it’s healthier, you may be surprised to learn that sliced chicken and turkey from the deli contains nitrites. And nitrites cause cancer. Nitrites are found in almost all processed meats, including luncheon meats, hot dogs, sausages and bacon. Then there’s tuna, a healthy choice if it only contains tuna and water and is only eaten occasionally. But, most tuna contains broth or hydrolyzed vegetable protein, which contain MSG. And MSG is not required to be listed on the label because it is an ingredient in the broth, not directly added to the tuna. This is the way food manufacturers hide MSG in the food they produce. And hidden MSG can be a very serious problem to those who are sensitive to it. MSG can cause a wide variety of symptoms including migraines, numbness and tingling, asthma, seizures, diarrhea, panic attacks and heart problems.

Other sources of hidden MSG include autolyzed yeast, boullion, stock, malt extract, malt flavoring, barley malt, maltodextrin, natural flavors, pectin, seasonings, carrageenan, soy sauce, soy protein, whey protein, anything enzyme modified, fermented, protein fortified, or ultrapasteurized, fast foods, chips, condiments, salad dressings, lunch meats, sausages and soups. In fact, most processed foods contain MSG according to Kathleen Schwartz of the nonprofit group NoMSG.

So, buyer beware! Even if the label says “all natural ingredients” and “no preservatives,” the product could contain harmful additives. So, how do you know which foods are really safe to eat? You need to read the labels and know how to interpret the information on the label.

Here’s a few hints on what to eat and what to avoid: Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, good quality protein and healthy fats. Avoid these additives:

Aspartame or Nutrasweet

Saccharin

MSG and Free Glutamates

Artificial colorings

Nitrites and Nitrates

Caffeine

BHA and BHT

Brominated vegetable oil or BVO

Olestra or Olean

Sulfites

Here’s a general rule of thumb: If the list of ingredients is long, there are probably a lot of chemical additives in the product, and you’re risking your health by eating it. If the list of ingredients is short, it may or may not have harmful additives in it, so you need to read the label carefully before you purchase it.

Dr. Christine Farlow has made it easy for you to identify which additives are harmful and which are not. In her handy pocket-sized book, FOOD ADDITIVES: A Shopper’s Guide To What’s Safe & What’s Not, now in its 2004 revised edition, she classifies 800 commonly used food additives according to safety, whether they may cause allergic reactions and if they are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the FDA. In just seconds, you can find out if an additive in the food you’re buying is harmful to your health. It’s clear, concise and easy to use. Make this book your constant grocery shopping companion and you’ll never again wonder about the safety of the ingredients listed on the package. You’ll know.