Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Main Products for Detox. Part 1.

Main Products for DetoxFollowing the detox program has already become a good habit of many people who control their health and weight. The easiest way to do this is including products from this list in your diet.

Green leafy vegetables (green salads, celery, cabbage, spinach). Eat them raw; add them to broths, vegetable salads, garnish and fresh juices. They protect your liver from harmful toxins (pesticides, heavy metals).

Lemons. You should make lemonade; add lemon juice to salad seasoning, hot dishes (many recipes often need adding fresh lemon juice); drink water with lemon and honey because it can still thirst perfectly. To cut a long story short, do not neglect the vitamin C! It’s true that lemon was recognized to be detox vitamin: it transforms all toxins and chemical waste into water-soluble substance and removes them easily from your body with excess fluid.

Garlic. It could be safely added to most dishes. In addition to its essential quality of helping your heart working, it also activates the formulation of the liver enzymes, helping your body to filter chemical waste and other harm substances.

Green tea. You should better prefer green tea to black tea and coffee. It is saturated with antioxidants, and it is almost the best means to get rid your body of excess fluid. It contains catechines which activate your liver.

Broccoli sprouts. Of course, you can also eat broccoli inflorescences, but broccoli sprouts has high content of nutrients concentration in them (which struggle with heart disease, cancer, and stimulate the expression of enzymes).

Sesame seeds. A lot of dishes in Asian cuisine contain them, for example, the dish called Sesame; but you can simply add the seeds to salads. They protect your liver cells from the harmful effects of alcohol and chemicals (such as antibiotics).

Cabbage. It promotes detox better than all of mentioned products. First, it contains a large quantity of sulfur, chlorine and iodine in its compound, and they clean stomach and intestines mucous membranes. Secondly, the cabbage is rich in organic acids that improve digestion, helps to maintain protein metabolism and calcium absorption; prevents sugar and other carbohydrates changing into fats.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Fats That Make You Slim

Fats That Make You SlimForget about dry toast and simple vegetables. Add these fats to your diet and you will get the body you want.

Coconut oil
Most of vegetable oils including olive and cereal oils, include fatty acids that circulate in your body, and feed hungry fat cells. Coconut oil, however, is rich with fat called medium chain triglycerides (MCT) which is rarely found in other foods. In addition, your body requires extra energy to decrease MCT. And every day your body requires burning up extra 45 calories.
How to use it
Coconut oil is often used for toasts instead of butter. But do not add it into frying fat because coconut oil is destructed at high temperatures.

Traditional fats contain three fatty acids, but Enova has only two fatty acids; and that’s why your body perceives it in another way. It is processed almost the same way as coconut oil proceeding directly to your liver where it is burned up and used for energy.
When being on low-calorie diet people consumed 15 percent of their daily calories from Enova (3 to 8 teaspoons), they lost one percent of their weight more and almost 3 percents of body fat cells more than those who ate a similar amount of vegetable oil.
How to use it
Neutral taste of Enova is good for salads flavoring. You can also bake adding Enova but do not use it for frying; reducing Enova to high temperatures you could change the flavor and color of a dish.

Peanut oil
The study showed that people who ate peanut oil often weigh less than those who avoided it. It seems that a combination of protein, fat and fiber satiates much faster, so you eats less.
Whole nuts have the same effect; a study found that people, who were adding peanuts to their diet during 19 weeks, increased the number of burning dormant calories at 11 percent. Why? Unsaturated fat in peanuts and nut oil is burned up more quickly than other fats.
How to use it
Peanut oil flavors Asian noodles and sauce, also you can spread bread with peanut oil. The ideal number is 1-2 tablespoons of oil.

Monday, February 9, 2009

The French Diet or What We Can Learn From the French

The French DietThe traditional French diet is simple, it has not a delicacy promoted by French restaurants. The French are inclined to fat as well as other nations, but it happens because they prefer eating the traditional food for the sake of changing tempo of life, advertising, etc. What distinguishes the traditional French feeding system?

1. The freshness. There are a lot of fresh food, high-quality fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices in a diet which make food delicious without adding extra calories.

2. Balance. We can say that each meal includes all food product groups (fruits, vegetables, bread, fish, meat, oil, etc.). The French diet is rich with healthy fats. They take a lot of olive oil and butter. The French do not torment themselves with question of fat in their diet, they also do not trespass bad fats, margarine and hydrogenated fats.

3. Moderate eating. This is probably the most important thing that we can borrow from the French and is achieved by means of small portions. The French eat everything; even desserts are allowed for them. Small portions allow them to indulge themselves.

4. The pleasure of eating. The French know how to get pleasure from the process of food uptake. They masticate food properly and by easy stages, and they never eat in front of the TV. During the meal, they zero only in food.

5. Dining at home. The French prefer eating at home, thus it is easier to control products and food quality. Americans prefer eating anywhere but not at home; and then they suffer from fat excess in dish they have eaten, and very large portions of food.

6. Active lifestyle. The French like walking on foot. They often are forced to do so, because it is difficult to find parking in old urban centers. But this has benefits for their health and figure.

In general, we should borrow the ability to enjoy food, small portions, fruit and vegetable variety from the French diet, as well as active lifestyle and a positive approach to life.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Dietetic Vitamins and Vitamin Diets

Dietetic vitamins and vitamin dietsAs a rule, we take on several extra kilos during winter and we hasten to stick to a diet. Unfortunately, when we exclude harmful (from our point of view) food, we deprive ourselves of vitamins necessary for our health. Here are several helpful tips on how to choose a better diet and not to damage our bodily health.

No to mono-diets!
Those who are fond of the so called mono-diets (it is when the ration is reduced to one or two kinds of food, for example, buckwheat porridge and yoghurt), we warn: you may encounter some very unpleasant consequences. May be, you will manage to part with some extra kilos but your skin may turn dry, flabby so as your nails and your hair. Food is the source of vitamins and microelements for your body. Thus, starting a mono-diet, you deprive yourself of this source. Limitations can be made in consumption of fats, carbohydrates, calories and even in the quantity of food. But despite all this, your nourishment, though, should not be monotonous.

Choose pickled cabbage (without vinegar), citruses, green vegetables and fruits. Ferro is longer preserved in apples. The source of vitamin C is not only citruses but also potatoes – both boiled and baked. Don’t forget about the principle of well-balanced nourishment: retain the sense of proportion.

What to remember:
To meat-eaters and vegetarians: If your food is deficient in proteins then vitamins are not digested properly. If your food is, on the contrary, overloaded with proteins, then splitting and utilization of proteins will require more of vitamin B6, which is also very bad, because vitamin B6 regulates the amino acids exchange.

To those who love fatty food: Much fat in your food lowers synthesis of vitamin B2 in the small bowel.

To those who has sweet tooth: Large amount of carbohydrates requires more vitamin B1.

To those who doesn’t like beef, pork, cod-fish liver or butter: If your ration has vitamin A deficiency, then automatically you will have deficiency in vitamins E, C, B12 and folic acid.

Yes to mono-vitamins!
Poly-vitamins offer us to renew the storage of the necessary ingredients in bulk. But, unfortunately, only 3-4 vitamins at a time can be digested. Moreover, unlimited consumption of poly-vitamins can lead to immune instability. So don’t be surprised to have allergic reactions. Try to take vitamins apart from each other. Take vitamin A for a week, and then have an interval. Then take vitamin from group B. In ten days change the vitamins again – take vitamin C. Of course, you will need more concentration for this and although following this scheme is much more laborious, at the same time it is better for your health.

Monday, February 2, 2009

How to Fight with Overeating. Part 2.

How to Fight with OvereatingTactics 3. "The golden mean"
However, most of nutritionists say that there is no tactics useful to everyone. The point is to understand your strengths and weaknesses and build the strategy suitable only for you. If you can’t cope with keeping moderation, it is better not to have harmful products at home. Other people are fully capable to put favorite products in small quantities in their diet; it helps them not suffering from overeating.

We can suggest the following strategy to those who want to find their "golden mean":
• If you are not able to completely give up eating your favorite product, let yourself eat just one small portion a day. Try not to exceed the limit of 200-300 calories.
• If you love something so much and it always leads to overeating, let yourself eat it only once a week.
• Keep only one kind of favorite food at home: it may be candy, ice cream or crisps. You can’t help eating it just when you look at product; it doesn’t worth saying about keeping a lot of harmful products at home!
• Do not hurry. Eat each piece slowly savoring its taste to satisfy psychological hunger.
• Do not take some liquid after your favorite product in order to enjoy the taste completely.

But what if you have already overeaten?
• If you exceed your calorie limit, do not starve the rest of the day. The feeling of hunger is fraught with new overeating and a slowdown in metabolism. At night it’s better to have a snack that is rich with protein and contains no fat: fatless cheese, lean meat with vegetables, fruit. Drink more liquids; herbal tea or mineral water is the best; enough liquids helps digestion and speed up the metabolism needed for burning fat.
• Eat more fiber. Products rich with fiber are usually low-calorie but they delay an attack of feelings of hunger and help to bring the slag out of your body.
• You should do gymnastics that day by all means, or extend your normal complex of daily exercises. Living activities will not only reduce the feelings of guilt but also burn some extra calories.