EATING HEALTHY WHEN EATING OUT

September 23, 2016 @ 8:31 AM

It seems as though restaurants, especially fast food restaurants, have conspired to make us all fat and unhealthy. But eating out doesn't have to be as bad for us as it usually is. Use these tips to eat healthy when eating out:

  • Drink water or order fat-free, unsweetened tea or other drinks without added sugars and unnatural sweeteners.
  • Ask for whole-wheat bread for sandwiches.
  • Start your meal with a salad packed with veggies, to help control hunger and feel satisfied sooner.
  • Ask for salad dressing to be served on the side, then use sparingly.
  • Choose main dishes with lots of vegetables, such as stir fries or pasta.
  • Order steamed or grilled dishes instead of those that are fried or sautéed.
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THE TRUTH ABOUT PIGS

September 22, 2016 @ 8:53 AM

Despite their reputation, pigs have many positive attributes including cleanliness, intelligence and a social nature. Pigs are indeed clean animals. Yes, they do roll in mud, but only because they can't sweat like people do; the mud (or water) actually keeps them cool. If available, pigs, who are excellent swimmers, prefer water to mud. Pigs also carefully keep their sleeping area clean, and will designate a spot as far from this area as possible for waste. Even piglets only a few hours old will leave the nest to relieve themselves.

Those who know pigs can't help but be charmed by their intelligent, highly social and sensitive nature. Pigs are actually more intelligent than any breed of dog. Like dogs, piglets learn their ......

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TIPS TO HELP YOU EAT FRUITS

September 17, 2016 @ 5:51 AM

General:

  • Keep a bowl of whole fruit on the table, counter, or in the refrigerator.
  • Refrigerate cut-up fruit to store for later.
  • Buy fresh fruits in season when they may be less expensive and at their peak flavor.
  • Buy fruits that are dried, frozen, and canned (in water or 100% juice) as well as fresh, so that you always have a supply on hand.
  • Consider convenience when shopping. Try pre-cut packages of fruit (such as melon or pineapple chunks) for a healthy snack in seconds. Choose packaged fruits that do not have added sugars.

For The Best Nutritional Value:

  • Make most of your choices whole or cut-up fruit rather than juice, for the benefits dietary fiber provides.
  • Select fruits with more potassium often, such as bananas,.........
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TO SHED WEIGHT, GO VEGAN

September 14, 2016 @ 6:08 AM

People on a vegetarian diet, and especially those following a vegan one that includes no animal products, see better results than dieters on other weight-reducing plans.

Ru-Yi Huang, of E-Da Hospital in Taiwan, reviewed the results of twelve diet trials involving 1,151 dieters who followed a specific eating regime for between nine and 74 weeks. The study combined the findings from various independent projects that weighed up the results of vegetarian diets against other eating plans. These included the Atkins diet, and ones recommended by the American Diabetes Association or the US National Cholesterol Education Program.

Overall, individuals assigned to the vegetarian diet groups lost significantly more weight (around 2.02 kilograms) than.........

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EVEN VEGANS NEED TO FOLLOW NUTRITION RECOMMENDATIONS

September 9, 2016 @ 8:49 AM

Vegans adhere to nutrition recommendations in varying degrees, according to a Finnish study. Some vegans who participated in the study followed a balanced diet, while others had dietary deficiencies. Typical deficiencies were an unbalanced use of protein sources, a low intake of berries, fruits and nuts, as well as failure to use nutrient fortified food products. The majority, however, used vitamin B12 and D supplements and calcium-fortified drinks as recommended.

The serum vitamin D concentrations were below the reference values in 24% of the vegan group. They also had lower concentrations of beta-carotene, selenium, iodine and essential fatty acids than the control group following a non-vegetarian diet.

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3 STEPS FOR SETTING HEALTHY EATING GOALS

September 6, 2016 @ 8:07 AM

1. Think about what kinds of goals you might set. 

One key to setting realistic goals is to identify what you want to get out of it. Here are some examples of things you might want to achieve with healthier eating. Choose one of these, or get creative and come up with your own.

 - Learn about good nutrition.

 - Buy healthier, organic foods.

 - Start with fruits and veggies you like, and slowly add in new, unexplored options. 

 - Learn how to cook and prepare fruits and vegetables in a variety of ways.

 - Learn healthier cooking techniques.

 - Try out new types of healthier foods or dishes.

 - Set a new challenge to work toward.

2. Identify 2 goals for healthier eating over the next month............

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