Nutrition Food – Healthy Diet For Healthy Living

Well food can be broadly classified as: Alkaline and Acidic. Food that we usually take is 70% acidic and 30% alkaline which in fact must be opposite for healthy living. Human body is Alkaline in nature so; it has to maintain slightly alkaline body plasma. Due to insufficient intake of alkaline food it has restore balance by extracting calcium from bones and other places like teeth etc. In addition to this lack of Vitamin D due to lack of sunlight and animal food (that vegetarians don’t eat) are the reasons for continual increase in Dental diseases, brittle bones and Arthritis.

Acidic environment leads to the development of harmful bacteria and alkaline environment leads to the development of good ones.

All types of cereals and medicines are strongly acidic and kill useful bacteria. Excess of sugar, salt and milk are also harmful, rather curd and buttermilk are healthy.

So the nutrition food includes 70%alkaline and 30% acidic food.

Below is the list of alkaline food:
Alkaline fruit:
Lemon
Lime
Avocado
Tomato
Grapefruit
Watermelon (is neutral)
Apple is and watermelon is diuretic in nature and helps reduce salts in body and keep kidney healthy.

Alkaline vegetables especially green vegetables: most of them
but not potato, corn and lentils
Alkaline seeds nuts and grains:
Almonds
Pumpkin
Sunflower
Sesame
Flax
Buckwheat Grouts
Cumin Seeds
Any sprouted seed
Alkaline Drinks:
‘Green Drinks’
Fresh vegetable juice
Pure water (distilled or ionized)
Lemon water (pure water + fresh lemon or lime).
Herbal Tea
Vegetable broth
Non-sweetened Soy Milk
Almond Milk
Never tea, coffee and carbonated drinks like colas.
Fat and oils:
Flax
Hemp
Avocado
Olive
Evening Primrose
Borage
Coconut Oil

Others:
Sprouts (soy, alfalfa, mung bean, wheat, little radish, chickpea, broccoli etc)

These points should also be taken care of for healthy living:

o Fats and oils should not exceed 10-15 ml per day (3 tea spoons)
o Carbohydrate based foods should be minimized as much as possible.
o Avoid sugar and salt as much as possible.
o Drink lot of water (3-4 liters a day in summers).
o To avoid Dental problems, use mouthwash at night.

Along with a healthy diet, exercise is an essential part of a healthy living. One-third of body toxins are removed by sweat only. Otherwise it will have heavy burden on Liver and Kidney. Elevators and Air-conditioned cars have finished little bit chance of sweating. Thus, make yoga and Pranayama your routine.

But always remember that nothing can replace a knowledgeable and well-meaning Doctor. Do not forget to have a regular medical checkup.

Is Dry Dog Food Healthy For My Dog to Eat?

Not long ago, dogs used to be fed scraps from the table, with whatever else they managed to scavenge from elsewhere. Now, as animals become a bigger part of families, we want to feed them food that they will enjoy and like. There are so many brands out there though, how do you know which one to choose? Dry dog food is certainly very convenient for the busy pet owner, but there have been many reports of dogs getting ill from eating it. What are the alternatives?

Is it healthy for my dog to eat dry biscuits?

Is it healthy for any living animal to eat the same thing every day? Of course, most animals do not have nearly as much variety as humans do. But, a mix of food types and textures is important in making food enjoyable. Dog biscuits are made with convenience in mind. They are supposed to have all the nutrients and minerals needed to keep an animal healthy. However, the nature of biscuits mean that they are preserved and dry. Not all dogs like dried food. Older dogs might struggle to crunch biscuits. Preservatives and other ingredients in ‘complete foods’ have been known to cause skin and stomach problems in some dogs, although this isn’t always the case.

What else can I feed my dog?

Most raw meat is a healthy and good alternative to feed your dog. Many people are shocked at the thought of feeding raw food – and particularly bones – to their pet, but it is actually not a problem or health risk to feed your dog raw bones. In fact, dogs love them. And they keep their teeth fantastically clean. It is actually only cooked bones that might splinter and cause internal problems with your pet. However, even if you don’t want to feed your dog raw bones, raw mince and chicken is absolutely fine. If you choose to feed your dog this sort of diet, you will have to bear in mind that your animal will also need fibre, roughage and vegetables. You can mix these in with the raw meat, or you can provide your dog with a mix of different foods: raw meat, tinned food and dried biscuits.

There is little doubt that dry dog food is the most convenient way to feed your beloved pet, but consider your pet every now and again. Try him or her with different types of food and see what they prefer.

How to Make Your Comfort Foods Healthy

When the weather is cold, it is probably the easiest time of year to curl up in a blanket on the sofa with the fire on and some lovely comfort foods. I think that’s honestly what everyone wants to do, but sadly we know that doing this too often can lead to some serious weight gain.

Chances are if you’re reading this then you may be more concerned with weight loss rather than weight gain so in this short article I aim to give you some good ideas you can use to make your comfort/treat foods healthier this winter.

It’s natural when we’re cold and tired to crave the high calorie quick fix options rather than making a meal so some will power is required.

Our summer body is earned in the winter remember? (I keep telling this to myself when I want to sit down with a bowl of ice cream and watch a film instead of training)

So without further ado I’ll give you a list of some top treat foods and tell you how to make them a little bit healthier or give you some healthy warm alternatives to eat in the next few months.

Warm Up With Porridge

I love a bowl of porridge first thing in the morning, it tastes great and is super filling. Wouldn’t recommend it just before training though as it tends to just sit in your stomach. If possible try not to have the readymade sachet ones and go for the big packs of oats, it’s cheaper and also contains a lot less sugar.

Oats give you loads of vitamins, minerals, wholegrains, fibre and protein which our body needs. On their own oats can be a little bland. You can mix the oats with water or milk (try almond or hazelnut milk) or half and half. So instead of adding sugar try out fresh berries or sliced banana or you can try some dried fruits and mixed seeds with a sprinkling of cinnamon.

I promise it tastes great and will get your day off to a flyer.

Super Soup

A great lunch time snack or something warm to come home to after work, if possible avoid soups which are too creamy and stick to vegetable versions. If you make it yourself in the slow cooker you can be in control of everything you put in, spend 20min the night before preparing put it in the slow cooker and eat when you get home from work, perfect. To make it more filling you can add a small amount of wholegrain pasta or quinoa. Plus add in your meat of choice and pack it with loads of veg. Try and avoid the big slab of bread on the side though when you’re eating it.

Use the slow cooker to make a lovely casserole as well which has similar warming effects.

Delicious Cottage Pie

How nice does that sound on a cold winter night, a steaming cottage pie with a side of green veg. As you know though cottage pie can be quite calorific so here are a couple of changes to make it healthier without ruining the meal.

With your mince make sure you run it under the tap to remove some of the fat content. For the topping swap normal potatoes, butter and cheese for flavour packed sweet potatoes with a dash of olive oil, black pepper and a few chilli flakes when mashing.

If you didn’t want mince you could use vegetables or lentils instead or just have half the mince and fill up the rest with veg.

Watch Your Desserts

Instead of a big cake and ice cream stick to more fruity desserts. You can make a fruit salad with a little bit of stevia or agave syrup or you could try it with some live yoghurt. Or if you are feeling ambitious stew up some rhubarb, apples and blackberries and add the flavour with the stevia and syrup I mentioned above, or you can even have a little bit of custard with it.

Another desert idea I read, I’m not a banana fan so you’ll have to try it and let me know. Whisk up some bananas and freeze it, when it’s half frozen whizz it up in a blender and put it back in the freezer until frozen and it tastes like ice cream apparently.

Carb Watch

When we are feeling a little sluggish then bread, chips, pasta and all those carbs seem more appealing. Switch to wholegrains where possible. Swap your white rice for brown, pasta for rice pasta or wholewheat, spaghetti for rice noodles and try not to eat too much bread, especially white bread.

Don’t Fry, Grill

A cooked breakfast doesn’t have to be really bad for you. Instead of frying just grill everything. Instead of a fried egg have scrambled, poached or boiled. Grill some tomatoes and mushrooms and have with some beans and one slice of wholegrain toast. Watch out for sausages and bacon though as that does the damage, try it with a fresh cut of cooked ham instead of bacon or you could have smoked salmon.

So that’s it for me to get you started. I hope that there are a few ideas there which you can take away and use. I’ve tried pretty much all of these myself and I promise that the changes don’t ruin the flavour and you can still enjoy these comfort foods whilst sticking to a clean diet.

Thanks for reading,

Jamie Stedman

Diabetic Diet Food – Healthy Food Handling Tips

Did you know that making a few changes with the way you choose and prepare your food could contribute to the health of people with diabetes and the rest of the family?

Eating healthy is essential for diabetics to help them control their blood sugar level, maintain their weight, and prevent them from suffering heart disease and other complications. Though termed as diabetic diet food, the meals prepared for people with diabetes are good for the whole family too.

Here are some healthy cooking and food handling tips for diabetics and the rest of your family:

• Trim the fat. When purchasing meat, choose lean cuts of pork, beef, lamb, and veal. Before cooking, remove all visible fat from the meat.

• Make soups one day ahead and store them in the fridge. This will allow you to remove the fat that has formed on the top of the soup once it is chilled.

• Instead of frying, try other ways of cooking meat products like grilling. Rub dry herbs and spices over the meat before grilling them. It gives the meat great flavor, plus there is no oil or fat involved in your cooking.

• If you really want to eat fried foods, use olive oil in food preparation instead of butter, margarine, or other types of oil. Avoid saturated and trans fat as much as possible. Use non-stick pans and cooking spray too.

• Cut down on sodium. Too much salt in your diet can increase your risk of high blood pressure. Limit salt use by training your taste buds to appreciate herbs and spices. Good salt replacement herbs include basil, bay, dill, rosemary, thyme, dill, and mint.

• When handling vegetables, be sure not to overcook them if ever they require cooking. Veggies tend to lose their nutrients when overcooked. When selecting vegetables, pick those that are in season. Wash them using tap water. Peel them thinly since most of the nutrients of vegetables are mainly found just below their skin. Take care to cook the veggies over low fire. This helps preserve the natural flavors of the veggies and makes them easier to digest.

Eating foods that are good for you requires healthy preparation. Try these healthy food handling tips mentioned above and you are on your way to managing your diabetes.

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