Sweet Tooth

 

I found myself craving something sweet tonight.

A bowl of bananas, raspberries and dark chocolate is the perfect cure for a sweet tooth. YuMmY!ImageBananas 

Regulates blood pressure

Helps maintain a healthy heart

Improves bowel function

Improves your mood

Helps fight a hangover

Helps with an upset stomach by reducing the acidity

Raspberries 

Anti-inflammatory food

Antioxidants help fight aging and cancer

 Dark Chocolate

Filled with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals

Great for your heart

Controls your blood sugar

 

 

Top 8 Best and Worst Anti-Inflammatory Foods

8 Best Anti-inflammatory foods

1. Fish: Salmon, herring, black cod, and sardines are filled with omega-3s to help decrease inflammation. If you don’t enjoy salmon, try taking an omega-3 supplement with EPA and DHA (3 grams/day).

2. Healthy Fats: Extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, avocado, flaxseed, and nuts are great for inflammation, arthritis and the heart.  Best way to incorporate extra virgin olive oil or canola oil into your daily meal is to add it to a homemade salad dressing.  Can add flaxseed to your cereal or yogurt.  Nuts are a wonderful mid-day snack option.  Add fresh avocado to a salad or sandwich.

3. Vegetables: Incorporate dark green vegetables into your daily meals. They are rich in antioxidants and help prevent inflammation. You can make a vegetable stir-fry or a delicious green salad to ensure you are consuming enough vegetables.

4. Fruit: Berries, red grapes, peaches, oranges, nectarines, plums, cherries, pears, apples and pomegranates help improve your bodies health. You can make high-fiber blueberry muffins or enjoy a fruit salad with yogurt.

5. Spices: Tumeric and garlic help rid the body of pain.  Try adding tumeric to spice up a curry dish. Garlic can be added to your homemade dressing or incorporate it into your vegetable stir-fry.

6. Green Tea: Filled with antioxidants to help with inflammation, cancer and aging. Make an effort to have one glass per day.

7. Sweet Potatoes: Try swapping normal white potatoes fries for some sweet potato fries. Taste even better and provides so many great benefits for your body.

8. Beans: Black beans, lentils, garbanzo beans are just a few beans that help improve your daily health.  You can add these to a chili dish or blend them up for a hummus dish.

8 Worst Anti-inflammatory foods

1. Sugar: The best way to decrease your sugar intake is to avoid processed foods and substitute high calorie desserts for a delectable fruit salad.

2. Cooking Oils: Soy, corn, safflower, cottonseed and sunflower oils are made with ingredients that increase inflammation.  Use extra virgin olive oil instead.

3. Trans Fats: Most often found in processed foods (anything in a box), fast food or foods that are made with hydrogenated oils (fried foods).  Avoid these foods at all cost by enjoying fresh meals.

4. Dairy: Try to avoid dairy products as much as possible by using almond or soymilk instead.  You can also replace dairy yogurt with coconut or rice yogurt.

5. Meat: Avoid eating meat that has been injected with hormones and ones that were not grass fed.   The best alternative is organic meat.

6. Red Meat: Not the best thing to be putting into our bodies.  Make a conscious effort to consume more poultry and fish and only have red meat once in a while.

7. Alcohol: Enjoy a glass once in awhile on a special occasion.

8. Refined Grains: Basically, you should try to avoid all white foods.  There is no added health benefit and they are just empty calories.  Purchase wheat products that contain fiber instead.

Souces:

http://www.chicagonow.com/clean-convenient-cuisine/2010/09/best-and-worst-top-10-most-inflammatory-and-anti-inflammatory-foods/

http://www.drweil.com/drw/ecs/pyramid/press-foodpyramid.html

 

 

Tips For A Healthy Holiday Season

15 Tips For Eating Healthy During the Holiday’sImage

  1. Enjoy a warm broth based soup before the main entrée. This can help prevent you from overindulging.
  2. While enjoying conversations with loved ones, try to stay a few feet away from the appetizers.  This helps prevent mindless munching.
  3. When you’re enjoying delicious holiday meals, slow down to enjoy every bite.  Take in the smells, flavors and textures of course.  This not only allows you to enjoy your food, but also decreases the amount you mindlessly consume.
  4. It’s Christmas shopping time!  Before going to the mall try to eat a healthy snack to avoid a quick stop at the food court.
  5. Stay away from the color red.  Studies have shown that red entices us to consume larger portions.
  6. Eat breakfast!  This helps jump start the metabolism and helps you eat well balanced meals thoughout the day.
  7. When you are full yet tempted to eat more go brush your teeth, eat a breath mint, or gargle with mouthwash.
  8. Stay away from office snacks and desserts.  Out of sight, out of mind.
  9. When enjoying your entrée and dessert try using a smaller plate.  This helps decrease the size of your potions.
  10. Use tall skinny glasses instead of short round ones.  According to studies, people tend to pour themselves more in a short round glass.
  11. Keep up with your exercise routine.
  12. Surround yourself with healthy eaters. You are less likely to indulge if your dinner party is enjoying a healthy meal.
  13. If you are going to splurge make sure it’s a good one.  Don’t waste your splurge on something you can have all year round.  If it’s going to add 10 extra minutes onto your gym routine make sure it’s worth it!
  14. If you have a favorite pair of pants, try them on once a week to make sure they still fit.
  15. Before you indulge, ask yourself if it’s worth it, if you are really hungry or just eating it because everyone else around you is.

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