Sabtu, 23 Juni 2012

Are Your Healthy Foods Making You Sick

Healthy eating is important.

So, how can it be that some people

- eat healthfully but don't feel truly healthy?

- are fanatical about health and healthy eating and they're still not healthy?

- no matter what they do, just cannot get healthy?

Do they have "bad genes?" Are they destined to be unhealthy? Or is there some other explanation?

Do you see yourself or someone you know in this scenario?

Let's look at what it means to be healthy.

When you're healthy, you

- feel good

- have a lot of energy

- have a zest for life

- have a positive mindset

- experience vitality in body, mind and spirit

An optimal state of health occurs when your

- body chemistry is in balance

- cells are nourished down to the deepest cellular level

- body is absorbing all the nutrients it needs

- body is working like a fine tuned machine

So, how is it that some people work really hard at being healthy and are doing everything right yet still are not able to achieve excellent health?

The truth is that optimal wellbeing sometimes takes more than a healthy diet, regular exercise and a positive mindset. You are unique. There's no one else on the face of the earth exactly like you. Your needs are unique. You must meet your unique needs to realize your true health potential.

It's true some people, no matter how they live their life, seem to be robust and fit. They're among the few who've been blessed with a strong genetic makeup and they don't seem to have to work at being healthy.

Rabu, 06 Juni 2012

Healthy Foods You Were Instructed NOT to Eat

How many times you have been instructed to avoid fatty foods because they make you fat, or other non-fatty foods because they stimulate fat storage? Well, you may have heard of the following foods before, or maybe they're your favorite but you have been told to stay away from them because they are "unhealthy".

It's your lucky day because I am about to prove that these labeled "unhealthy" foods actually stimulate fat loss.

1. Dark chocolate:

Chocolate bars that are rich in cacao are actually good for your health, as they contain a lot of fibers. But most importantly dark chocolate contain a very powerful antioxidant called theobromine, which is proven to strengthen your heart, and lower blood pressure.

What you should be looking for is a chocolate that is high in cacao (70% or more) as the more cacao it has the richer it is in fiber, and the less sugar it contains.

2. Whole eggs:

Yes! You should eat the egg yolk too. Since day one of my fitness Journey I have heard trainees, mentors, and basically everyone who tries to give me advice on my diet, say that I should only eat the egg white as the egg yolk contains high portions of fat.

Unfortunately, you have only heard the negative side of the story as egg yolk contains 90% of all the vitamins and minerals in the egg, as well as all the essential fatty acids.

However, those benefits are only present in organic free-range eggs as the chicken that lay them roam freely and eat naturally compared to the grocery store eggs coming from chicken that are fed soy and corn and kept indoor 24/7.

3. Nuts: Almonds, pistachios, macadamias, Cashews... etc.

Those are actually my favorite snack. Nuts are rich in monounsaturated fats (the good fat), along with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They also contain a good share of protein and fiber which are good for stimulating fat as you know.

Not only that but nuts can maintain a good level of fat burning hormones in your body, and aid to control appetite, and cravings so you generally have a lower calorie intake even though they are calorie dense themselves.

Other than having nuts as a snack, you can use them as appetizers (or more likely unappetizers) 30 minutes before a meal so you'll feel full faster when you go to eat. This way, you end up consuming less calories overall.

There you go, Now you have a good reason to include nuts and whole eggs in your diet. These foods are good for your health so don't exclude them totally off your diet, but instead consume them in moderation.