What is a healthy eating plan?Written by Cheryl Haining
What is a healthy eating plan? Healthy eating is important for everyone, from babies to elderly. Learning to eat well is more than just eating a variety of foods so that your body gets proper nutrients. It is also about enjoyment of foods and maintaining a healthy weight. Anyone can eat for good health. It involves 2 simple steps. First is to eat foods from all different food groups. The second step is to eat a variety of foods from each group every day. Sounds simple. However so many people are not following a healthy eating plan. Busy lifestyles, availability of fast food, advertising and a lack of understanding of what healthy food is, all work against people trying for healthier eating. Unhealthy eating causes illness and weight problems. Type 2 diabetes is increasing dramatically and is directly linked to increase in obesity. Heart disease and some cancers are also linked to obesity. A study by Medical Journal of Australia found that 56% of Australian adults are considered overweight or obese. This is a 61% increase in obesity since 1991 Un-treated obesity poses significant, even life-threatening health risks. Everyone understands importance of having car/home/ insurance. Have you considered importance of nutritional insurance? This means eating foods that will protect you against future disease, and understanding benefits nutritional supplements can provide. If you are currently not following a healthy plan you will be surprised that you are most likely not eating enough. You may need to increase amount of food you consume.
Daily Food Suggestions Fruit 2-3 serves, Vegetables 5-7 serves, Protein 3-6 serves, Whole grains 2-3 serves, Dairy 2-3 serves
Antioxidant Super Foods Antioxidants help prevent cellular damage. Eat plenty of foods rich in antioxidants such as almonds, berries, citrus, carrots, spinach, tomatoes, and bell peppers. 1. Top your cereal with almonds or berries; add tomatoes to sandwiches, soups or stews; layer your whole grain bread sandwich with slices of peppers and fresh spinach. 2. Pack a snack bag of nuts, baby carrots, grape tomatoes, and bell pepper slices for a nutritious pick-me-up between meals. 3. Protein snack bars carry easily for quick energy and a tasty treat.
Calcium Calcium is super nutrient that keeps bones and teeth strong. Now research shows that low-fat dairy also helps people lose weight! The best sources of calcium come from cow. 1. Start your day with a protein rich breakfast. Add a bowl of whole grain cereal topped with skim milk and fresh fruit for a breakfast of champions. 2. Snack on low-fat yogurt or cheese between meals for an energizing treat. 3. Calcium-fortified juices and cereals are excellent alternatives to meet your three-a-day requirement.
Hoodia Gordonii Buyers Guide to the worlds most potent weight loss plantWritten by Jason Odom
Hoodia plants of gordonii variety are succulent plants from botanical family Asclepiadaceae. The cactus has spines resembling a true cactus. Hoodia Gordonii and has been used for centuries by San Bushmen of South Africa as a way of controlling hunger and thirst during hunting expeditions in Kalahari desert. The use of hoodia as an appetite suppressant and recent research on its benefits have made doctors and scientists engaged in fight against global epidemic of obesity sit up and take notice. The consistent demonstration of appetite-controlling effects of hoodia has led to wide public interest in use of this plant as basis of a dietary supplement for weight control.
I can say it definitely works. It really does take away your appetite and works wonders for giving you a great start with basic fasting. The first time I took Hoodia I didn't eat for 56 hours and never had any problems other than being psychologically thrown off. This happened because we tend to eat out of habit, so I thought about eating but I wasn't actually hungry. As for discomfort - NO HUNGER pains.
Whole hoodia powder made form WHOLE plant contains some fiber, organic material, antioxidants and biologically active substances. The most important of these is steroidal glycosides. These molecules actually fool brain into thinking stomach is "full", as if you have just eaten a big meal.
Weight control is simply about calorie control. I don't care what Atkins, Hilton Head, Trim Spa, South Beach people claim. Scientific studies have proved hoodia's ability to suppress appetite, helping obese people lose weight. Even rats, a species that will eat anything from meat and plants to indigestible fiber, lowered their dietary calorie intake to a degree that made them get thin.
Clinical and laboratory experiments show both animals and humans automatically restrict their food intake when taking hoodia orally. Some experiments are elaborate studies where obese people have taken hoodia in a controlled metabolic environment. EVERY case has shown they have been able to reduce their calorie intake by 900 to 1,100 calories daily. This is enough for most people to lose a pound every three days.
Being overweight is often associated with high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and insulin resistance. Diabetes related illnesses affect 70 million Americans and is a common cause of premature death and disability. Hoodia could be an important nutritional factor combating overeating and diabetes. One thing for sure, it fulfills its promise of appetite control and weight loss.