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Jun 23, 2011

Food Cravings Sabotage Your Diet

Stop Cravings for the Food!
Many people struggle with food cravings. Studies tell us that it's fairly common for food cravings to happen at certain times.

When you're trying to lose weight, food cravings can make it impossible to stay on a diet. Once you have recognized that you have cravings and how they can sabotage your diet, it is time to get them under control.

Do you ever wonder what causes food cravings? People often crave foods with high amounts of sugar, fat and / or salt. What is interesting here is that it isn't hunger that they are feeling, but something more. Two different biological factors influence these cravings - a drop in serotonin levels or adrenal fatigue which influences the craving for salt and sugar. Most food cravings are not about satisfying a nutritional need or imbalance. They seem to be more emotion-related.

Listed below are some ideas to help you stop food cravings:
• If the food isn't available, you can't eat it! Empty the snack jar and keep it away. Keep healthy food choices on-hand.
• Recognize the feelings and emotions that lead-up to a food craving. Try to deal with the triggers the best way you can.
• Make good use of your support network and share your feelings with someone.
• Get enough sleep. When you're tired, you're more likely to crave things.
• Exercise. It helps to cut down on your cravings. Try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
• If you crave for snacks, substitute it with low-fat foods and complex carbohydrates. Example- if you crave for sweets/chocolates eat fresh dates or a sweet fruit instead.
• Never skip a meal. Eat at regular intervals and eat low calorie snacks in between meals.
• Distract Yourself. Do anything other than cave-in to your desire for food, and keep doing it until the cravings subside.
• Eat enough every day - don't drastically cut your calorie intake. You must eat enough to maintain your ideal body weight. Don't go on any kind of starvation diet.
• Eat foods with plenty of fiber which fills you up, and keeps you going for several hours.

Eat wisely, be happy, and live long!

Choose Brown Rice Over White Rice

Why the Brown Rice?
Brown rice is also called 'unpolished rice' and is brown in color.Brown rice has a mild nutty flavor, is chewier and offer more nutrition than the white rice. Only the outermost layer of a grain of rice (husk) is removed to produce brown rice, while the subsequent layers underneath the husk that contains several vitamins and fiber are removed and polished further to produce white rice.
Brown rice is a good source of various essential nutrients like energy, carbohydrate, dietary fiber, B vitamins and minerals like manganese, selenium, magnesium, zinc, folate, iron etc.

One cup of brown rice gives 3.5 grams of fiber while the same amount of white rice gives less than 1 gram of fiber.

Health experts and Nutritionists are now increasingly recommending brown rice as an excellent source of all-round nutrition. As for the health conscious people, brown rice would be the obvious choice as many health benefits of brown rice have been proved.

  • Brown rice has a low glycemic index than white rice which helps to prevent the sugar spikes in diabetics. 
  • Study has shown that people who consume at least 2 servings of brown rice per week reduced the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
  • It has been shown to lower the risk of total cholesterol and LDL level. 
  • It helps the individuals to keep a check on their weight, since the brown rice can make them feel full, which in turn make them to eat less.
  • It can help to protect the body against certain cancers, as it contains antioxidants like selenium and zinc and fiber.
  • It has also shown to reduce the risk of cardio vascular disease and stroke.

For all the health benefits, the brown rice is good. And don't forget to make this delicious, nutty-flavored grain a frequent addition to your meals!

May 20, 2009

Seasonal Diet :

Seasonal Diet, Body and Skin Care
This section provides you with useful information on Seasonal care and tips and technics to maintain a healthy body and a healthy skin.

Skin care depends on various other factors of the body condition. Fruits and vegetables are having abundant sources of vitamins and minerals to keep your body fit and healthy.

A good skin can be achieved by ensuring that all natural elements required for it are given accordingly. Sunlight, water, fruits, milk and many other such things provide lot of value to skin

Treatment for eyes : Home remedies for puffed eyes and dark circles. Treat your eyes for a rejuvenated and refreshing appearance
Summer Care - Beat the heat with fruit juices: Juices of grapes, watermelon, banana, jack fruit, lemon and pineapple are essential during summer.
Summer Care - How to avoid Heat exhaustion: Avoid Heat Exhaustion by consuming lot of water and eating more fruits and vegetables.
Custard Apple - Health Benefits : Custard Apple or Sethaphal is a tropical fruit. .

Tips to treat tired eyes: Most computer users suffer from the problem of tired eyes, dark circles and headaches. Follow these ten tips to avoid them.

Treatment for low back pain: Low back pain is a common issue among computer surfers and bike riders. These are a few simple exercises which will help relieve low back pain.
Balance your spine - Stretch: Learn how to sit, stand, move and exercise in a balanced manner to reduce the neck and lower back pain to a great extent.
Healthy Habits: Healthy habits that can be followed in daily routine life. These habits will improve blood circulation in the body and also increases the energy levels.
Workplace Workouts: Keep yourself fresh and energetic during work hours. These simple and easy methods can be followed for complete relaxation of the entire body.
Tips and Technics to Treat your eyes: Most computer users suffer from the problem of tired eyes, dark circles and headaches. Follow these ten tips to avoid them.

May 13, 2009

Organic foods and benefits

Organic foods build up the your natural resistance to infection and diseases as well as health and skin disorders. This is what a STRONG immune system is all about.. Foods that help us stay healthy have their mark reflected herein.  

Almonds : Are a good source of proteins , have cancer fighting properties and help underweight People to put on weight.  

Apples : Are an astringent and a tonic . They relieve constipation , reduce total cholesterol and remove toxins. 

 Melons : Are an excellent cleanser and rehydrator as they are high on water content virtually 99%.  

Avocados : Reduce anemia and excessive menstrual bleeding and prevent hair loss.  

Apricots : Have laxatives and anti–oxidant properties and remove toxins from the body.  

Barley : Cures ulcers , lowers cholesterol and in addition is a hair tonics.  

Beet : Are excellent intestinal cleansers , eliminate kidney stones , detoxify the liver and gall Bladder.  

Bananas : Promote sleep and are mild laxatives .They have anti fungal properties , lower cholesterol, and remove toxins. 

 Brown rice : Is a high energy food , settles disturbed nerves and is good for hair and skin.  

Cabbage : Regulates improper digestion , has properties that fight cancer and corrects skin disorders.  

Cashewnuts : Improve vitality and are good for teeth , gums and hair.  

Cucumbers : Have laxative properties , dissolve uric acid that cause kidney and bladder stones .They lower blood pressure, work as astringent and cooling and brightening agents for skin.  

Celery : Has properties that fight cancers . It lowers blood pressures , reduces joint pains and Prevents calcium deposits.  

Coconuts : Regulates the functioning of the thyroid gland and coconut extracts nourish hair and skin. 

 Corn : Has properties that fight cancers . It is food for the brain and corrects hair loss.  

Carrots : Are detoxifiers , good for the hair and skin ,regulate kidney functions and kills bacteria.  

Cherries : Release headaches and migraines.  

Dates : Are useful in anemia ,respiratory and lung disorders.  

Figs : Are a rich source of calcium and have laxative properties.  

Garlic : Has anti bacterial and antiseptic properties. It is useful in respiratory ailments and lowers cholesterol.  

Grapefruit : Is helpful in joint pains , is a cleanser of blood and has anti allergic properties.  

Kidney beans : Lower cholesterol and are helpful in diabetes.  

Kiwi fruit : Helps in Digestion. 

Lemons : Work as astringents , bleaching agents and have properties that fight cancer. They also help in reducing gall stones.  

Lettuce : Strengthens bones and hairs.  

Mango : Reduces acidity and helps in weight gain.  

Mushrooms : Lowers cholesterol and have properties that fight cancer.  

Oats : Are gentle bowel cleansers , and are good for controlling acne and hair loss And have anti-oxidant properties.  

Okra : Is soothing for the intestinal tract and relieves accumulation of gas.  

Oranges : Are an instant source of energy, work as cleansers and improve the skin. 

Papayas : Aid digestion , control gas formation and act as detoxifier.  

Parsley : Is a cleansing tonic, a breath freshener and helps clear kidney stones.  

Peaches : Are diuretic and laxative in nature.  

Pears : Are diuretic , detoxifiers and are good for the thyroid gland.  

Peas : Are rich in protein and help regulate stomach and liver disorders.  

Potatoes : Have antiseptic properties and are good for treating burn scars and Pigmentation. They also aid in muscle building .  

Radish : Clears sinuses and sore throat.  

Red Pepper : Normalizes blood pressure and improves circulation.  

Sesame seeds : Strengthen the heart and are a great source of calcium. They also have anti-oxidant Properties and help lower cholesterol.  

Soya Beans : Has properties that fight cancer and lowers cholesterol.  

Spinach : Has properties that fight cancer ,normalizes blood pressure , reduces anemia And is an immunity booster.  

Strawberries : Make the blood alkaline and are useful in relieving joint pains . They are also a blood purifier.  

Sweet potato : Reduces ulcers and is detoxifier.  

Walnuts : Are brain food and improve metabolism.  

Yam : Is ideal for PMS and also works a s a diuretic.  

Yoghurt : Is soothing for the intestinal tract, is a skin cleanser and has nourishing enzymes for the hair..