5 Dec

How to Break Your Sugar Addiction

The power of sugar

Many of us can’t hide the fact that we like the sweet stuff. But one important thing to realize is sugar is a carbohydrate. The amount of sugar most of us subject our bodies to is excessive. Also it is worth noting that the sugar we eat is not natural sugar. There are so many things added sugar is pumped into including: cereal, doughnuts, cookies, chips and soda. Those who have a sugar addiction need to know that almost every processed food possesses added sugar. Continue reading

19 Nov

Weight Loss and Hunger Control

Learning to live with hunger

Weight loss and hunger control doesn’t have to sound painful. Not all diets have to impose bouts of hunger, but some hunger can be good for you. It goes back to the times of the caveman or woman, when food wasn’t always plentiful or a doorbell away. As early mankind lived in tribes of hunter-gatherers, small prey were caught with more frequency than larger prey, which took more effort and risk. Besides the addition of seasonal berries there wasn’t much else on the menu. This invariably led to times of hunger of varying degrees and periods. Continue reading

6 Nov

The importance of a High Fiber Diet

Understanding Fiber

Many moons ago, my parents touted the importance of eating All-Bran citing such reasons as keeping you regular and healthy. The flavor as a kid, I found distasteful, probably because it didn’t possess enough sugar and I couldn’t think of a more boring cereal, turning my nose up at it, I only ate it when I had to.

Today considering all the talk about fiber, it is surprising how little this important nutrient is understood and how little of it ends up on the kitchen table. Simply put fiber is a complex carbohydrate that humans cannot absorb or digest in large quantities.

Unlike a kid’s perspective on All-Bran, fiber is indeed wonderful, hence the importance of a high fiber diet.

It helps clean out the gastrointestinal tract (GI) and is nature’s wonderful plumbing agent for the body. More about the many benefits of fiber later and where to find it. Continue reading

25 Oct

Sunny Health and Fitness SF-RW5515 Magnetic Rowing Machine – It stands alone

Price: $230.48 with free shipping
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Such a choice!

Probably because rowing machines offer such effective full-body work outs and the results can be seen in a relatively short amount of time, their popularity is soaring. With a wider selection than ever before, when it comes to picking the right one, there are many considerations.

These considerations we will look into and can range from how easy it is to assemble the machine to the Continue reading

14 Oct

Medicinal uses for Turmeric

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Some say it is the color of gold-rust, this bitter, earthy spice owns a mild unique fragrance that is remotely reminiscent of ginger and orange. Turmeric is thought by many to be one of the most versatile and healthiest spices available. Used for over four thousand years, it is one of the oldest spices known to man and it has had widespread use in ancient cultures. Turmeric is certainly one of the more studied spices.

The Chinese have known about turmeric and its uses for centuries. It is grown throughout Asia, India and even parts of Africa. For centuries it was mostly used for liver and stomach problems and sometimes as an  antiseptic. It has been called “Indian Saffron” due to its orange yellow color and great popularity in countries such as India, where a curry is seldom seen without it. It’s one of the key ingredients in many Pakistani, Persian and Thai dishes. The medicinal uses for turmeric are seemingly endless, along with its unique tart flavor, it is a favorite item in any household kitchen and a common ingredient in mustard.

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3 Oct

The Many Attributes of Garlic

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Is garlic just for vampires?

Besides warding off vampires, garlic has many fascinating qualities. In the history of civilization, garlic must be one of the most studied plants. From very early times garlic has been used for medicinal purposes as well as food and there are numerous reasons why garlic is good for you. Garlic has lovingly been referred to as “The Stinking Rose” but truth be told, it is actually a member of the lily family.  Garlic is known as Allium sativum, it belongs to the Allium class of bulb-shaped plants, which also includes onions, chives, shallots, leeks, and scallions. Continue reading

19 Sep

The Health Properties of Ginger

Ginger’s History

The history of ginger dates back over 5,000 years to South Eastern Asia and the Ancient Greeks. It was discovered to have its uses both as a medicine and as a nutritious food. For centuries the health properties of ginger have been exploited and explored. The Chinese found it had a cure for sea sickness, while the Greeks and Romans found it helped aid digestion after a big feast, and for this it became heavily taxed. Marco Polo after returning from one of his trips to the orient remarked on how expensive it was there. Queen Elizabeth 1 of England is credited for making the first original gingerbread man.

Ginger is mainly cultivated in the tropical regions, ginger thrives in moist conditions and a hot climate with plenty of sun and rain. Currently most of the world’s ginger is grown in Hawaii, Jamaica, India and China.

The term “ginger root” is seen as a major food source or supplement, however it is really the underground stem which is eaten, this is referred to as the rhizome. Continue reading

2 Sep

The Health Benefits of a Banana

There is no monkeying around when it comes to the health benefits of a banana. In fact, bananas are one of the most widely eaten fruits in the entire world and their benefits are amazing! Bananas are packed full of nutrients and full of health benefits. It is no small wonder that bananas are grown in over 100 countries. In America alone more bananas are eaten than apples and oranges combined.

Bananas happen to be a very good source of vitamin B6. They contain modest amounts of vitamin C, dietary fiber and manganese. Manganese a little known trace mineral is needed for skin integrity, blood sugar control and bone production. Free radical damage in tissues and cells and asthma are symptoms of low manganese content in the body.   Continue reading

19 Aug

The Portion Control Diet Plan

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Most of us, without realizing it are creatures of habit. When it comes to a portion control diet plan, it is important to take precautions and try and be ready for any occasion. If we are serious about losing weight we need to look at our plate size and how much we are ingesting. Many people like to serve meals on big, full dinner plates. If our plates aren’t full, we naturally think we are missing out on something. Well get ready for this, in actual fact you aren’t missing out on anything other than the chance to lose weight.

Habits and food

It is important to have a portion control diet plan at the ready and this takes forethought and practice. Being creatures of habit doesn’t mean we can’t change our thinking and how we do things. Habits we know can certainly be changed or broken, just ask anyone who has given up smoking! Serving your food on a smaller plate can be just as satisfying as on a larger plate, but with less calories. Continue reading

9 Aug

Super foods, super health

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Welcome to today’s article about super foods. In trying to decipher which are the best super foods and researching to see what foods would make my top ten, it appears confusing as everyone who knows about diet and nutrition has a different opinion. I could have revised this to my top 100, if I was to incorporate all the foods which made some lists but not others.

As we don’t have the time or inclination to read what are the best one hundred super foods I have come up with an average position on my list from various reviews. The sources of which range from Dr. Oz to Dr. Ian K. Smith and a spectrum of folks and organizations in between are as varied as the foods presented on these various lists.  Continue reading