Changing Your Food Choices Will Change Your Life
February 3, 2012 By Billy
This sounds like a tall order and may even feel overwhelming to someone who has been thinking about becoming healthier but has not yet developed a plan. Most people make up their list of groceries for the week and do not veer off the usual to a great extent. Making conscious decisions regarding your or your entire family’s health requires planning and forethought. If you are totally clueless where to begin, the internet or books about healthy living may be of benefit to you. There are a number of websites that can give you great recommendations how and where to start in replacing detrimental food choices with favorable ones.
The Yo-Yo Diet Game
Anyone who has ever even thought of losing weight has thought of dieting. For years, that was the only advice people received. Starve yourself, eat less, eat only fruit for three days a week; eat only rice for three days a week and so on. Failure was certain in probably ninety per cent. The ten percent that actually did lose weight may have paid a price in the damage this may have caused their health. In addition, very few people kept the weight off for any appreciable time. When a new diet came along, the cycle started all over again. This type of dieting results in disappointment and needless suffering. In the end, most people just give up. These crash diets also left many people’s bodies starving for proper nutrition.
Today We Think Differently
After the obesity rate has climbed to the highest ever and diets showed no positive results more research was put forth. The overall premise is still the same: Too many calories in and not enough calories out = obesity. What is different today is how reducing weight can be combined with being healthy and gain an overall feeling of well-being. The emphasis has shifted more from pure numbers to the overall health of a person. In general, it works itself out in a way that by eating healthy a person will automatically lose weight. In this sense, the effort of weight loss has become obsolete in favor of eating food that contributes to your overall health.
What Does The Body Need?
While it is true that every human being is an individual different from the next, human beings have certain communal needs. Vitamins E, C, E and beta-carotene, for instance are all antioxidants without which certain diseases would run rampant. Everyone needs Vitamins B, D and K. Minerals, such as iron, copper, zinc, calcium, magnesium and even lead are vital for the functions of blood building, clotting, taste buds, bones, teeth and internal chemical reactions. Trace elements, such as chromium and selenium, manganese and molybdenum also fulfill functions on cellular levels. Omega fatty acids are critical to overall health as well as lean protein. Because of these specific needs it is often wise to seek an organic health supplement.
Eat More Vegetables
Even when supplementing, eat fresh and reach for the dark green, leafy vegetables rather than the starchy ones. Starchy vegetables, like potatoes, convert their carbohydrates into calories you don’t need or want. Some fruits will also help you to get the nutrition you need. The rest of the minerals and trace elements you will get from vegetables, nuts and fruits as well.Comments to this post
A Suggested Shopping List For Healthy Foods
January 31, 2012 By Billy
Some things are better for you than others; that’s why you are shopping for a different kind of food than in the past. While your local supermarket may have a good selection of super foods or nuts, sprouts, vegetables and berries in general; your health food store is sure to carry most of what you need. Not only should you buy the super foods that will ensure your good health, you should buy organic food for your purchases as well. Organic foods are grown with specific restrictions, such as no manufactured pesticides or fertilizers (which includes sludge), no meat from livestock that has been fed antibiotics and hormones, and nothing that contains any food additives like preservatives.
We need to have protein, carbohydrates and fat in our diets. The choices we make from within those three things, is what makes the difference between foods that are good for us and those that are not. Protein, for instance, need not come only from meat. Protein can be obtained from several sources. The most common vegetarian source for protein is beans. Fat can be obtained from nuts, coconut oil and coconut milk, as well as fresh fish especially salmon and tuna. Carbohydrates come from everything else, such as fruits, vegetables and grains.
The List Of Proteins
For your protein needs, if you don’t want to buy organically raised meat, buy mung beans or legumes such as lentils, chickpeas, black-eyed peas, lima beans, kidney beans, fava beans or soybeans. They are stock full of protein and can be cooked into delicious meals all by themselves. A fantastic protein bar, especially one that is organic and devoid of refined sugar is an excellent way of insuring you’re getting your protein needs met.
Carbohydrates On The List
Carbohydrates can be anything from berries to broccoli sprouts. Cranberries and blueberries are also excellent choices. Pomegranates are great fruits to promote good health with their vitamin supply. Berries, like acai berries or the goji fruit are very high in antioxidants and vitamins. These antioxidants promote cellular regrowth, energy, and boost immunity among a long list of benefits. Deep green vegetables like kale, broccoli and spinach are especially good for pregnant women because they deliver iron and folic acid. There are also many very rich greens that promote digestion, decrease inflammation and increase mental clarity. Many times they come in the form of ocean greens such as seaweed and kelp. Using these items in the kitchen can be difficult unless you’ve had experience with them already.
The Fat List
For your daily fat requirements, you should look to nuts. Almonds and flax seed oil are great sources. Avocados have a high fat content that can be used instead animal fats. For cooking with fats, consider using coconut oil. Salmon and tuna are full of omega fats which will not drive your bad cholesterol levels up. They are will keep you healthy and control your weight at the same time so long as you stop eating when you feel satisfied and full. These essentials can be balanced out with Infinity supplements and nutrition bars.Comments to this post
The Role Of Vitamins In Your Daily Life
January 27, 2012 By Billy
From the time you were able to understand, you have been told that vitamins are good for you. Mothers all over the world tell their children to eat their beans, broccoli, or carrots because they make them grow big and strong. As adults, you have learned that there is much truth to mothers’ words. Without the benefit of vitamins, you would not be able to live up to your full potential, physically and mentally. The way to get these vitamins and minerals into your body is to eat the foods that will give you these things. Minerals are very important also. They are needed only in small amounts and often get overlooked. By eating the foods that were intended for human consumption throughout the ages, you can be assured to get everything you need.
The chemical term for Vitamin A is retinol. This vitamin is important for healthy skin and hair. Eyes also benefit greatly from vitamin A, especially in the prevention of nyctalopia (night blindness) by maintaining the health of the light sensitive pigments in rods. Skin has a healthy, glowing appearance that comes from vitamin A, as does hair. Taken in supplemental form, vitamin A can be taken in excess and cause adverse reactions. It is always a good idea to take only recommended amounts of any vitamins. .
B vitamins come in several different forms. There is B1 through B6 and B12, all of which will contribute to your good health. Some B vitamins are good for enzymatic activity. Deficiency states of other vitamin B may be more visible in manifestations of diseases. Since B vitamins are water soluble, overdoses are not a problem. The best quality of Vitamin B comes from food, as do most vitamins. You need Vitamin B for maintaining your DNA and your neurological health.
Vitamins C And D
Vitamin C is an antioxidant and therefore will help you to ward off cancer and infections. It is also very important for your immune system in general. Vitamin D is needed to keep your bones from becoming weak or brittle. It has an important role in the health of your teeth. You won’t know if you are lacking certain vitamins until your body is almost depleted. By eating foods that are high in vitamins you can assure yourself of doing what you can to keep your health in good balance.
Another antioxidant is vitamin E. Like vitamin A, it will protect your skin and hair from becoming dull and dry. Infection that manages to invade your body will be kept in check by the actions of vitamin E so that other cells can begin to work on the healing process. A deficiency of vitamin E can lead to all kinds of diseases.
Why We Need To Pay Attention To What We Eat
Improper diet deprives the body of essential tools to function smoothly. In time, this will lead to disease that can affect your mind and your body. However, it is never too late to start good eating habits. During certain times of the year, some green, leafy vegetables may not be available in the supermarkets or healthy food stores. In powdered form, these vegetables will be available year round and you won’t have to worry about getting the right amount of nutrition.Comments to this post
Change Your Diet And See Life Changing Results
January 24, 2012 By Billy
Notice how the title does not say you should diet in order to change your life? It says you should change your diet, which in turn will change your life. This is an effortless process. Once you have accomplished one, the other follows automatically. This is the best way to change your entire body without the pain of sacrifice or denial. It becomes a mindset that insidiously does its job on your hunger and satiety centers as well as your pleasure areas of your brain. Because it comes from within, the brain and the metabolism won’t fight it. You will succeed in becoming naturally healthier, stronger and more mentally alert.
The Benefit Of Self-Confidence
Feeling better and looking better will give you an attitude of incredible wellness. Like the runner gets a natural “runner’s high” after running for a number of miles, your body will also reach that stage of feeling great when your system is not dealing with sugar and useless calories any longer. This great feeling alone will perpetuate your desire to keep eating the right foods. You will see the results in your mirror and on your scale. Expecting too much too soon can sometimes be a problem that leads to abandoning the effort of eating foods that count. With reasonable expectations, you will soon fit into that old pair of jeans you have saved for just this moment. Your confidence soars when you can finally strut in them once again, feeling like the beauty that you are, inside and out.
The Benefit Of A New Wardrobe
How often have you walked by a shop and looked at a dress only to turn away because you know it won’t look good on you because you’re just too overweight for it? This needn’t happen any longer. Don’t fool yourself into believing that once you begin eating the vegetables, beans, yogurt, fruits and nuts, that you will be dropping pounds from one day to the next. This cannot happen because you are now eating foods that will make you healthy. With reasonable expectations, however, your wardrobe will soon change into the one you’ve been dreaming of. Even colors that you could not normally wear because they made you look washed out may look good on you now because of your new vibrant skin tones.
Get An Extra Boost With Toned Muscles
Losing weight by eating healthy will not make you lose your muscle mass first as it does with fast weight loss. The vitamin and protein content in your vitamin and protein-rich food will keep your muscles from atrophying. Quite often this is the stage people choose to add protein powders, shakes or other supplements. This is the perfect time to give your body a healthy boost because it will ramp up your results. You will look years younger and certainly be able to move with a youthful spring in your step. With your new wardrobe and your toned body, your confidence will swiftly rise. This feeling will give you the impetus to think healthy when you shop for food and you’ll be surprised by the lack of temptation for sugary or processed items.Comments to this post
Wishing you the best for 2012
January 9, 2012 By Billy
January 3, 2012 By Billy
Billy’s Infinity Protein contains the purest raw protein superfoods on earth! Infinity Protein is formulated to support optimal lean muscle development.Comments to this post
Infinity Value Packs
It’s a great way to get introduced to our products. The Infinity Greens Value Packs are just that – a great value! We have 2 different value packs, sample all our products or our Greens, Infinity-C and Protein.Comments to this post
Simple Infinity Superfood Drink
December 19, 2011 By Billy
How To Incorporate Protein Smoothies Into An Exercise Program
If you are getting into an exercise routine you need all the help you can to get your muscles going. It is no secret that protein will help you build muscle and protein smoothies are a perfect and delicious way to get the muscle building proteins you need. Before you even consider adding the shakes or smoothies you should find flavors you love, because you will be drinking them often enough that you want to enjoy them. You can even find a variety of flavors, this will be even better because you will be less likely to get bored by one taste. If you enjoy something you will keep doing it. That applies to not only to your exercise routine but as well as the drinks you include in your diet.
You may have heard that breakfast is an integral meal of the day especially when you want to live healthy and it is absolutely true. Breakfast is the meal that gets you going and when on an exercise routine it’s the meal that you should never skip. That does not mean go and have a bacon egg and cheese sandwich every morning with a double order of toast but you can have a protein smoothie that will charge your batteries. Many people believe the less you eat, especially if you skip breakfast, the better chance you have of losing weight; they could not be more wrong. Skipping breakfast or any meal for that matter can alter your metabolism negatively. You want to eat small, nutritionally diverse and rich foods several times a day. Many experts actually suggest six small meals a day-how will you get that without breakfast?
After your exercise routine you have spent a lot of energy and your body has lost precious nutrients. In order to get back that strength, nothing is better than a smoothie. Water will rehydrate you, but you need more than hydration after a workout. Plus the time after a workout is actually the best time for your body to receive nutrients; this is called the glycogen window and that means that for the next 30 to 45 minutes your body is actively seeking nutrients and when you give them to it then it works almost as an extension of your work out.
Make Your Own
You can find protein smoothies in many locations but if you want it to really help you instead of setting you back you are better off making your own smoothie. Why? Because you never know what a store may be putting in their smoothies to add flavor. And you can add Infinity Greens Protein. If you make your drinks at home then you know exactly the ingredients you are getting into your body and what will make it more effective. If you are buying your smoothies in a health store, make sure you read the label and understand the ingredients. Another thing that you want to do when incorporating any sort of diet change to your workout routine is to make sure that you are getting all the nutrition you need. Of course you need protein but you also need other nutrients and a balanced diet will help you reach your goal sooner. For this reason many people choose to add supplements to protein shakes as part of their meal plan.Comments to this post
Billy’s Favorite Superfood Smoothie
December 17, 2011 By Billy
Smoothies & Breakfast
The Ultimate Superfood Shake for Breakfast
Add to Blender:
1 pear or banana and 5 strawberries (can be frozen!)
1.5 cups water
1-4 round teaspoons Infinity Greens . . . enough to make a real difference!
1 round tablespoon Infinity Protein (18grams protein, only 99 calories)
round tablespoon raw almond butter
optional: round tablespoon organic whole yogurt
Blend it up!Comments to this post
Coconut Bliss Smoothie
December 16, 2011 By Billy
Benefits of Health Transformation
If you can’t catch your breath when walking up a flight of stairs while others your age can sprint up those same steps and further, then it’s time to do something about your health. Exercise and nutrient dense food can do wonders to transform a person’s wellbeing. When we get our blood pumping faster it can carry away all the accumulated poisons our bodies have absorbed through a poor diet and other, harmful environmental substances.
The Changes Are Slow
We must not set ourselves up for failure by expecting to feel better the moment we start eating kale or seaweed or herbal tea. Likewise we won’t expect to lose fifteen pounds in a week. Not only would that be impossible, it would be dangerous. A gradual, but steady, loss of weight and increase in well-being is the best way to transform ourselves from poor to excellent health. Quite frequently, when expectations are set so high that it is impossible to attain them, it may be that we are not ready to change our lifestyle. Change is a lot of work and no matter what area of your life you’re looking to give a boost to, it’s hard work. It has probably taken you years to make these unhealthy habits. With the correct frame of mind, good diet and exercise, the transformation will happen slowly.
Better Fitting Clothes & Less Illness What A Combo
Imagine this scenario: digging through boxes of clothes that were discarded years ago because they were too small and coming across jeans you loved. On impulse, you try them on and could actually zip them up. It probably made you feel on top of the world. If you have started adding proteins that are high in complex B vitamins, Omega-3s and Omega-6 you will start to feel better on the inside as well. Getting the nutrients your body needs can help you feel less fatigued, have lower instances of colds and the flu and generally feel more alert and aware of your body.
Feeling Better, Looking Great
Transforming ourselves into healthy, well-balanced beings will make us glow from the inside. In the Caribbean, there is a saying about people who have gained weight: You’re carrying your troubles well. What they are really telling us is that we are trying to eat our troubles away. Food has become an area our bodies are often left unsatisfied with. Getting to the root of what caused our present state of health may not be simple, but it is worth taking the time to examine the why’s and how’s. Starting with a food journal and keeping track of how many calories you’re eating and even more importantly, what you’re eating can be very helpful.
It can be truly amazing to feel satisfied off of rich green vegetables, delicious fish, vinaigrettes, and fruits. Often the hardest part is just learning to satisfy those cravings by having a steady supply of fresh food available.
Finally You Will Feel Great:
When you take the final step to dedicate yourself to reach a certain goal, you have entered the realm of freedom. You have the freedom to live and eat healthy all you need to do is start to make the right choices. You were meant to enjoy a wide variety of natural foods that didn’t have a list of ingredients. These steps will get you closer to feeling better and healthier.Comments to this post
Pear Almond Breakfast Shake
December 15, 2011 By Billy
Totally energizing and lasting nourishment!
Pear Almond Breakfast ShakeComments to this post
Banana Mint Shake Paradise
December 14, 2011 By Billy
Banana Mint Shake ParadiseComments to this post
Add to blender:
1 ripe banana peeled and frozen
1 cup pure water
2 to 4 round teaspoons Infinity Greens
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
10 drops “Herb~Pharm” brand peppermint extract
Hit go. Serves 1
Advantages Of Organic Nutrition And What It May Mean For Your Health
December 12, 2011 By Billy
For years organic nutrition has been advocated as being more healthful, having more nutrients the body can use and very importantly, also tasting better. These foods are grown without any chemicals, any pesticides and are prepared without steroidal or hormonal changing additives. In that vein, superfoods consisting of a variety of berries or beans, vegetables nuts and teas have been welcomed as a great, health promoting part of the human diet.
Decline In Quality Of Food Increase In Quantity
Higher demand for food from an increasing population around the globe was the reason for inventing additives that grows larger potatoes, larger tomatoes, bigger apples, bigger eggs, deeper colored yolks in eggs; the list goes on and on. Adding just a few of the superfoods to everyday meals, including to meals prepared from purely organic nutrition ensures you provide all the vitamins, minerals and fats needed every day. This would counteract some of the detrimental effects caused by the over manipulated dairy foods, meats or produce offered in grocery stores.
To bring more profits within the food industry, more and faster sales are necessary. What is a chicken to do when it can lay only one egg a day? Agricultural conglomerates which supply meat and dairy products to the masses may have employers who have no other interest vested in animals or animal products than to mass produce. To achieve this, genetic modification often plays a large role in our food supply. Not all scientific advancements concerning and applied to, our food may be harmful to us and may, in fact, be necessary in order to feed the world. But what are the implications of this on our health?
Toxins Being Sprayed:
Fruit trees used to be sprayed with pesticides indiscriminately. After years of this practice, it was discovered that the effects of pesticides injured the environment to a great extent, especially since some of the pesticides have a very long half-life. Pesticides reduced the amount of antioxidants and vitamins in the fruit. Pesticides are also thought to be the culprit in many allergies, especially in children. Organic nutrients mean they have not been in contact with poisonous substances. Because of this superfoods should also be consumed only if they are grown organically.
Hormones In Our Food:
Young girls, within the past fifty to sixty years, have begun their monthly cycles earlier and earlier. In the 1950s, the average age of menarche (the first menstruation) was about twelve or thirteen years old. Little girls today have to deal with the bodies of women, often before they have completed their first decade of life. Additives of growth hormones, which serve to mature chickens earlier and make them bigger, enter our bodies every time we eat a chicken dinner. Eggs are affected as well since growth hormones will also be found in the egg whites and yolks, ready to push another generation of chickens to grow larger than nature had originally intended. Cattle are targeted for increased muscle mass and higher fertility to have more beef and veal to sell. Organic nutrition and a few superfoods are a powerful deterrent to the expedient development of children of either sex.
Breast cancer has been on a steady rise for years, being the number two cause of death in women. Men are also affected by breast cancer more frequently than in the past. This may quite reasonably be attributed to the additives and pesticides that engulf just about every food item we consume, unless we choose very carefully. It may not be terribly incorrect to label organic nutrition in general as a group of superfoods.Comments to this post
Love Your Body And Increase Your Health With The Right Food And Diet
November 28, 2011 By Billy
It is not easy to get fit, whether it is through exercise or nutrition. To do it right, we probably need to pay attention to both. Once there are extra pounds hanging on a person, it is extremely difficult to find the individual that’s inside that dough boy or girl. Likewise shallow health habits can be difficult to cure. While it can be disheartening to find oneself in that proverbial uphill battle, especially in regards to a person’s health, there are some things you can do to get help right away.
To get fit, to find that wonderful, healthy body, we need not look far. Television programs galore show us weekly the road to successfully lose weight. At the same time when we are verbally and visually prodded to join that group and become healthier, we also receive a strong dose of encouragement from the success stories we see and hear. This is more important than many people realize because giving up looms big and heavy over most people on the journey for dietary changes. This may cover you in regards to fitness, but what about how you eat? Chances are you’ll need to revolutionize how you eat. Many times we are hungry because our body is starved of nutrients. Unprocessed, organic fruits, vegetables and nuts are important as well as wild fish and lean antibiotic-free poultries. Stay away from meals that are in a box or complete frozen dinners as they are full of preservatives.
We have many aides at our disposal to help us with weight loss and better health through fitness. Everything from exercise machines, to books and DVDs, to nutrition coaches on TV and on the internet, all are eager to be instrumental in our success. The honest to goodness truth is, however, that losing weight must first happen mentally. We must have the mindset, the drive to get involved with our health from all angles. We must choose to perform exercises that help to keep us fit and healthy. In addition we must choose the proper nutrition which will help in keeping us healthy while shedding the pounds. In short, our entire life style must change.
Be In It For The Long Haul:
One big mistake many people make is to start out with a blast on the first day. They forget that they did not gain all those habits in one day. They gained them slowly. Now, their body is so used to being at their current weight that to punish it with rigorous exercise may result in serious consequences. It is important to speak with a doctor before entering a high-activity weight loss training program. Likewise this goes for extreme dietary changes. While you’re getting fit physically through moving, nutrition needs to provide the body with all the vitamins and protein, carbohydrates and fats that is necessary to retain strength and health.
The rewards after reaching a set goal are immeasurable; not only is there the physical gain of good health, you’re sure to change your entire outlook on life. To get fit means to be able to walk up a flight of stairs without having to pause to catch your breath. Confidence will also exude from every pore in one’s body because you will be healthier. Nutrition will be a major issue from that point on as will physical movement. Altogether, this makes for a much better mental health state as well.Comments to this post
Tips For Transforming Health And To Get In Better Shape
November 27, 2011 By Billy
Transforming health to get the most advantages may seem like a difficult thing to do but in reality, little things you do can have a tremendous impact on your health. You do not need a huge change all at once in fact a large, drastic change can affect your health negatively. The small changes are recommended and they can be as simple as buying a different product when you go shopping or adding a little more walking into every day. Picking healthy drinks instead of a sugar-packed one can also be another way to change to a healthier lifestyle. You just have to find all those little things that will add up to make the difference.
The main thing that you have to think about is all the things that you are putting in your body. How could you expect to have a healthy life style if all that you put in your body are the things that are known to hurt your health? If you can afford organic food then do so as it does make a difference. Organic food that does not have all the steroids, chemicals and preservatives in it will start having an impact very quickly. Avoiding red meats can also improve your health, you may not want to give up red meat altogether but should you have it 3 times a week? Instead go for chicken and fish and you will start feeling improvements. Even better if you can reduce your meat intake, that may sound hard but all you have to do is go for smaller meat portions and compliment it with more vegetables. It’s also not a bad idea to consider looking at the different items that are considered Super Foods. These nutrient dense foods can add a lot to your overall health.
Before You Run You Should Walk
If you don’t have an exercise program then you should have one. Of course this is about transforming health, but the transformation is not going to happen in a day. The reason most people will join a gym just to end up not using the membership is because they want to make the drastic change all at once. That would be fine, if it weren’t so difficult. It is more likely that you will stick to an exercise routine if you start slowly and that means walking. Walk a little bit further each day and before you know it you will be running.
If an exercise regimen promises you that you will drop 10 pounds a week just pass on it. While it is very possible to drop that much weight that fast, chances are that you will end up gaining the weight back. The reason for that is that you have not really changed your lifestyle which is what you need do to start transforming health; you have just gone through what’s considered a crash diet. If you want to impact your health you’re better to do it slow, that is the way you want it if it is to be a permanent habit. There is no magic pill to drop pounds and keep them off or to have better health; the only true answer is a balanced diet and an exercise regimen in your life.Comments to this post
What Is SuperFood And Why Is It Important To Get In Your Diet?
SuperFood is a term used to describe a variety of different fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, grains, and oils. What they all have in common is that they are rich in certain nutrients that are very beneficial and necessary to our physical and mental well-being and these nutrients can be hard to find anywhere else.
If you are working on improving your diet then you’ll want more than just SuperFoods, you’ll also need them to be organic, especially in regards to the fruits and vegetables because when they are not organically grown, they lose much of what makes them so rich with nutrients for our health in the first place. The pesticides and chemicals used on mass market produce tend to drag down the nutritional makeup of the food as well as add harmful chemical toxins.
What Foods Fall Into The SuperFood Group?
We count beans and legumes in this group because of their protein, fiber and nutrient composition. Berries, especially blueberries, cranberries, Acai berries and Goji berries are also a part of the nutrient-dense category called SuperFoods. Deep green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, kale, some seaweed and veggies that are deep red like tomatoes belong to the same group. Many nuts such as walnuts, almonds, pecans and pistachios also carry the important nutritional composition that adds them to the list. In addition, certain yogurts, fatty fish such as salmon and tuna are also vital. To be a superfood requires that it contains antioxidants which aid in the fight against cancer, certain minerals, vitamins, fats and fiber.
Children, pregnant women and often the elderly are deficient of iron, calcium, folic acid, and vitamins. In every age group and condition, superfood and organic nutrition can prevent many diseases that could carry lifelong consequences. It is therefore most important to make intelligent choices when buying food. Children without enough calcium and vitamin D may suffer from deformed bones and dental problems. Pregnant women risk Spina Bifida and other neural tube defects without sufficient folic acid, the elderly may be anemic from insufficient intake of iron or break bones from osteoporosis due to low calcium.
Different Cultures Eat Differently:
The American dinner table has a very different setting than many European or Asian tables do. Europeans shop daily for their groceries and get the freshest items that way. Vegetables do not come out of a can the majority of time and meat is not an everyday dinner item. Organic nutrition is very important to the European meal plan. Superfoods, although not known as such, have always been part of the food groups there. Although over the years even Europe and Asia have been introduced to fast food, it is not a staple on the family’s menu as it sometimes is in the United States. Consequently they experience far different levels of illness in regards to numbers and kinds.
In the US, we often don’t find enough time to prepare the nutritious meals we know our families need and deserve. In a time crunch, we are grateful for the availability of the trusted stand-bys like fast food, junk food and food in cans and boxes. While this feeds the family and satisfies everyone’s hunger, it is a shortcut which may carry serious consequences: the loss of nutrition, especially nutrient rich super foods and the important benefits of the vitamins and minerals they provide. Over time, repeated processed meals and dismissal of the importance of nature’s nutrition will lead to a serious weakening of our immune system.
Superfoods will counteract the action of poor food sources and carry out restorative functions. In this way these food groups and organic nutrition protect us from the constant onslaught of viruses, bacteria and fungi to which our bodies are subjected daily.Comments to this post
The Importance of Exercise and Healthy Eating To Look And Feel Better
November 25, 2011 By Billy
In the past decade or two, we have all been inundated with advice regarding how to lose weight and have it stay off. Some advice has merit, some is just silly and then there’s that advice that sounds good, comes from a reliable source but is totally worthless. There have been diets touted as each one being THE weight loss diet of the century.
Remember Fads Like The Cabbage Soup Diet?
Eating nothing but cabbage soup could guarantee a loss of fifteen pounds in three weeks. That’s five pounds per week, which is at the upper limit of what a person should lose according to medical pamphlets on safety. It is really a high carbohydrate diet that will deprive the body of the nutrients derived from both the dairy and meat groups. If one is looking for a quick five pound decrease in their weight, it may work. But if you want to make sure you’re getting the right nutrients for your health you’ll need more variety. These types of diets that reduce you to one or two food groups are not a healthy way to go. You need to look at your health as an overall picture. You want to consider the nutrients you’re getting and where you’re getting them from. Often your body will continue signaling that it’s hungry simply because it is not getting the right balance of nutrition that it needs to function properly.
Our Body Protects Us From Starvation
Getting well-balanced nutrition without exercise may be beneficial at any age to your overall health but may not reduce your weight. It only gets worse after age forty or so; the body seems to listen to a different drummer and the beat is definitely slower. Metabolism has crept down to rival that of a sloth. No matter how many calories are reduced, it still takes a painfully long time before the brain resets itself to lose weight. This is because as soon as the body receives less nourishment, it enters into starvation mode and conserves as many calories as it can. The body is protective that way; it is a carryover from evolution when food was available only at sporadic intervals.
What Can the Mature Body Expect?
At forty, not that forty is a magic number; people’s lives are generally a bit more settled in and not as active as they used to be. They are also entering middle age and with that, are more prone to the onset of diseases. This is not something desirable but it is a fact. The older we get, the more susceptible we are to illnesses. The importance of exercise and a healthy diet for overall improvement of health can no longer be minimized. It’s safe to say you will truly get the best results at any age if you decide to put in an effort by watching both what you eat and how active you are.
Exercise must include the stretching of muscles not used in routine functions for everyday life. When you work a muscle it gets bigger and the bigger it is, the longer it will keep on using energy from the extra calories stored in the body. Stressing the gluteus maximus by squatting, or by a game of basketball, has longer lasting effects on the muscle than the actual exercise time; the additional time the muscle uses the energy is like a freebie. Get the most out of the plan by working your diet and your activity levels.Comments to this post
Billy’s Green Power Nuggets
November 18, 2011 By Billy
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Mix in a bowl:
1 cup hemp seeds
1 cup cold pressed coconut oil (you may need to warm slightly to soften)
1/2 cup raw unfiltered honey
1 round tablespoon Infinity Greens, or more if you prefer
Optional: 1/2 cup raw cacao nibs
Optional: Add 15 drops peppermint extract, “herb-pharm” brand
Refrigerate mix for 20 minutes to firm up.
Form into round nuggets with fingers, 1″ diameter. Roll nugget in loose hemp seeds, add a goji berry on top and refrigerate to fully set . . . Yum! An easy to prepare super health-creating treat!
What Is Wrong With Dieting?
The country is overweight and there is no surprise in that statement. Because of that more and more people every day are looking for a way to shed the pounds. They try low carb diets, smaller meals, exercise routines and everything in between. But once the diet is done the weight just comes right back. The problem is that people think of dieting instead of a change in diet. A change in diet is what ultimately will help you reach your goals and live a healthier life style. Exercise must be a part of the change as well and when it comes to diet, healthier foods and healthy drinks will both be a part of the change that will get results.
Exercise Alone Won’t Work
Many people think that exercise alone can help them get back in shape but if you do not also change the diet, you will find that you may be getting in better shape, but not in good shape. It would also take a lot longer to reach your goals if you can reach them at all. Exercise will help you get your body in decent shape and to have more stamina, but if you are still filling your body full of bad fats and cholesterol you could suffer from other cardiovascular diseases or diseases like diabetes. In other words an exercise routine is a fantastic step but this alone is simply not enough. You have to change the items on your grocery list as well.
Benefits Of Organic Foods
You may have seen organic food in the supermarket and it looks the same as the other food except for the difference in price. So why buy organic food? Organic food is healthier plain and simple. For starters you can be certain that the highest standards for food growing or preparations are met. To you that means less harmful pesticides or toxic chemicals in your diet. Because of that your body will work better with fewer things that will slow it down. Studies have also shown that organic food tastes better. The more you enjoy healthy food the more likely you will be to continue eating healthy.
Substitute Unhealthy Eating
If you are going to change your diet, you have to take note of what you eat or drink. Healthy drinks for example will contain less sugar if any at all as well as some nutrients that your body needs. Compare that to some of the most popular sugary drinks on the market today and you will find that some soft drinks are all sugar and artificial colors and no healthy ingredients. That is just an example, but a good piece of advice would be to start reading labels. Once you do, you will be surprised at the things you are eating. Just a habit of looking at the labels may make a huge difference in the food that you buy and eat. Changing your diet instead of dieting will produce the best results and because you are changing your diet for good you will be more likely to stay healthy. Another thing is for certain and that’s we need to add the right, nutrient rich foods into our diets while taking away the processed foods.Comments to this post