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Turn Fast Food into Fast “Health” Food

Here are some ideas on Fast “Health” Food

Yes, healthy fast food does exist…and not only fast food, but “traveling fare” is also at your fingertips. Let’s say you are going on a long car ride and don’t want to have to pack a huge cooler, or you are on a hike and want to stop for lunch, or you are a flight attendant and are tired of unhealthy airplane and airport food Fear not, we’ve got you covered.

Fast Health Foods - Tabouli

But first, some stats on “ordinary” fast food…

  • 30% of Americans eat at least one meal outside the home
  • six out of ten Americans are either overweight or obese
  • 15% of 6 to 9 year olds are overweight
  • one in three children in the US eat at least one fast food meal per day

There are the obvious fast health foods, (or maybe not so obvious), healthy choices such as fruit bars and trail mix. These are usually my first choices, they are inexpensive, don’t need to be refrigerated and will help keep you healthy while under the stress of traveling. Read More→

Food addiction explained – Are you a food addict?

Food AddictionFood Addiction

If you are like many of us, you feel like you have absolutely no will power when it comes to food. If you are the average person, a typical day starts with a cup of coffee and a breakfast food. Perhaps you lean towards a cheese Danish, cereal with milk, toast with jelly and butter, or a toaster pastry.
You go about your day and by mid morning you are tired and starting to get hungry. You reach for a donut, cookie or another simple sugar and maybe another cup of coffee.

Now you are watching the clock for lunch time. Lunch is a sandwich of some sort, perhaps a burger, on white bread. Maybe it includes pasta, French fries, cheese and meat burritos, pizza and a soda.

In the next two hours you find yourself struggling to keep your eyes open and counting the minutes to bed time so you can finally get some rest. The next morning, you start all over again. Never once have you ever thought that, perhaps, what you are eating is one of the main reasons you are so tired all time. Read More→

Vitamin A and the Vegan Diet (and other supplement questions answered)

Vitamin ARecently someone had read an article on the importance of Vitamin A and he asked me to read it and give my opinion. The article stated that the best sources of Vitamin A were from animal products such as fish and milk. I get questions like this a lot…there’s a news story that someone reads and they feel that if they don’t get this vitamin or that supplement, it could be the end of the world.

Now we all have health issues, yet most times we rely on doctors who might have less knowledge about health then you have. Most doctors, (not all, so don’t send me nasty e-mails) are experts on dealing with sickness. When it comes to dealing with health, be sure to find someone who is an expert in getting well and staying well, not someone who is an expert in just covering up the symptoms.

Vitamin A – How it relates to Vegans

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Eat Your Vegetables! High Five or Vegephobic?

VegephobicDo you eat your vegetables?

Do you eat enough to maintain good health? Here’s a pop-quiz to measure your results.

Circle the fruits and vegetables you have eating in the last week. Give yourself a point for every serving. (A serving is defined as 1 cup lettuce or raw leafy vegetables; ¾ cup of 100% fruit or vegetable juice; ½ cup cut–up-fruit or cooked vegetables; 1 medium whole fruit; ½ cup cooked beans or other legumes or ¼ cup dried fruit.) Count the total and read below for your score. Read More→

Nutrition and Your Immune System Keep You Healthy

immune systemThe Immune system, or the part of the body which fights disease, is a very complex system supported by many different body organs. It is not located in one part of the body, but is the body working in harmony to fight off foreign invaders.

Many lifestyle factors, including drugs and stress cause our immune system to become suppressed. Often, the immune system becomes depressed when a person takes drugs. There are times when drugs are needed to fight off an illness or disease. However, extended use of commercial or illegal drugs will suppress your immune system to the point where your body can no longer fight off simple problems and diseases. Result: Drug abusers of both illegal and prescription drugs have suppressed immune systems which increases their risk for infection and disease. Read More→

Got Milk? I Hope Not!

Lactose Intolerant?

Lactose IntolerantWe all know that advertisers would have us believe that milk is a great source of calcium. We also know that we need calcium for strong bones. It would then seem logical that we need milk in order to have strong bones. Let’s look a little deeper than the superficial marketing ploys and find out if this is true.

If we just look at basic nutrition and chemistry, it is a well-accepted fact that in order to absorb calcium to it’s fullest, we need magnesium. Milk is essentially devoid of magnesium. Granted, milk is very high in calcium, however it does not matter how much calcium we ingest, if we cannot absorb it, it is of little use.

Studies have shown that the higher the intake of dairy in a society, the greater the risk of osteoporosis. You would think that the opposite would be true, but it is not. One explanation might be that animal proteins, including milk, contain the amino acids methianine and cistine. These amino acids attract calcium and bind to it, making it unavailable for absorption. If there is not enough calcium floating around, the body is forced to give up calcium from the bones in order to satisfy the needs. Read More→

Nutrition and Life Expectancy

Nutrition and Life Expectancy by Dr. Joe Esposito, DC, BS, DCBCN, DABCO

Life Expectancy and NutritionWe keep hearing that cancer and heart disease are the top killers in our society and that there is a new treatment coming out for X and Y diseases, but seldom do you hear about what is causing the conditions. Did you ever think that heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis ( Bones & Teeth), obesity, Alzheimer’s Disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, allergies, digestive disorders, fatigue, mental illness, depression, mood swings, mental alertness, sleep disorders, skin conditions, wrinkles, pimples, blackheads, dry skin, stress, and just about every other health condition, are related to your diet?

Nutrition and Life Expectancy…

So often we dig our own graves with our fork. I have a rule that I follow before I eat anything, if this is going to be good for me, I eat it, if it’s not going to be good for me, I don’t. The average life expectancy is about 26,950 days, that’s not a lot! Why waste even one day for a food that tastes good when you know it will adversely affect your health? It makes no sense to me. Read More→

7 Foods You Should Never Eat

7 Foods You Should Never EatThere are 120,000 edible plants on this earth, yet most of us will consume about seven to ten “foods” in different combinations for most of our meals. If you have never though about it, write down everything you eat for one week and you will probably see the same things come up over and over again. This may not be so bad, but the things that come up on the average American’s list usually are what I call “the seven deadly sins.”

All of the big seven will do damage to your body. Depending on your immune system and the type of genes your folks gave you, the reactions will vary from person to person. Some folks may be able to handle them better than others. Some may be able to eat them and suffer only minor damage. The problem is you don’t know if they will cause disease or death until it is usually too late. Why take the chance when there are thousands of other food choices that taste just as good or better and are just as easy to get your hands (or mouths) on.

The seven foods you should never eat and we would all do well to avoid are alcohol, sugar, artificial sweeteners, coffee, soda, dairy and meat. To many people, that is their whole diet!

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Healthy Weight Loss

Healthy Weight Loss – A New Way To Lose Weight and Get Healthy

Healthy Weight LossWhat we’re talking about is called intermittent fasting. The body takes about eight hours to burn up the last meal you ate. After that it starts to burn fat as a fuel source. So, if we are going to do intermittent fasting we want to stop eating at around five o’clock at night. Eight hours from then, which would be about one o’clock in the morning your body starts to burn fat. So, if you do not eat again till seven in the morning you have six hours of fat burning. If you can wait till about 10 o’clock in the morning you now have 11 hours of fat burning.

For some folks it is hard to go that long without food, so what I suggest is that you try it and see how you feel. If you start feeling weak before 10 o’clock then you can have a little something like a piece of fruit or two and then each day try to extend the time you are fasting just a little longer.

Healthy Weight Loss Starts in the A.M.

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