Monday, 31 January 2011

[Guest Post] Eat Happy!

by Mahsa A

Everyone’s obsessed with diets, calories, carbs and fat content. But we rarely ever hear what’s good for maintaining a healthy diet that helps with old age, healthy skin, sleep and even a cold or the flu.

Well here are a few tips that I have picked up over the years, through articles, TV, Radio, friends and of course, my mom.

Red meat is delicious but unfortunately (and like so many other delicious things) it has so many negative effects on your body. And those negatives heavily outweigh the positives. I cut down my red meat consumption to once or twice a month and am hoping to cut it out of my diet completely.

Ever since I have done this, I have lost some weight, my skin is clearer and healthier looking and I am definitely seeing a positive difference in my health and eating habits in general.

But what's so terrible about red meat anyway? An article by Larry West on About.com perfectly explains just why I try to avoid red meat. Specifically:

...Nutritionists hardly need more evidence about the potentially negative health effects ofeating red meat. For starters, the saturated animal fat in red meat contributes to heart disease and atherosclerosis. Recent research also shows that frequent red meat eaters face twice the risk of colon cancer as those who indulge less often. Red meat is also thought to increase the risks of rheumatoid arthritis and endometriosis.
Meanwhile, according to the American Dietetic Association, vegetarian diets can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease, colon cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, kidney disease, hypertension, obesity, and other debilitating medical conditions. While red meat is a key source of protein and vitamin B12 in North American diets, nutritionists explain that properly planned meat free diets easily provide these important nutrients while keeping you healthier in the long run.

I know, I know! I love burgers and steak too (sad face) but here’s a tip: if a turkey burger is made right it’s just as delicious and lamb (if its flavour doesn’t bother you) is less harmful than beef.

You should also look into permanently switching to brown sugar. It is always the better option under all circumstances. Even though it takes more of it to sweeten things (because it's natural) it is still better than the controversial and heavily processed artificial sweeteners and of course, white sugar which has been processed and bleached

On a similar note, avoid white bread. When flour gets refined it loses its fiber, the majority of its minerals and vitamins and also its much needed fatty acids. Only iron, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin and folic acid are legally required to be added back in so about 25 other essential nutrients are missing. Basically 1 piece of whole wheat bread has the same amount of fiber as 8 pieces of white bread.

Aim for breads that don’t have high fructose corn syrup contents. It is always important to read Product Labels very carefully. Try to avoid high fructose corn syrup wherever possible. Not only is this a high calorie ingredient, it also increases the risk for type 2 diabetes and raises cholesterol levels. The documentary King Corn is a good source of information on the subject.

If you can't afford organic/natural products, a great rule of thumb is to read the backs of products that are within your budget and pick the ones that have the least amount of chemicals and if possible not high fructose corn syrup.

Here's a popular tip that we can all enjoy: a small amount of dark chocolate everyday is good for you, which is true scientist are saying that it can help stabilize high blood pressure, maintain good blood flow and it’s said to help with good heart health. However make sure to avoid eating any when it's close to bed time, because it has the same effect as coffee. Even a small piece of chocolate can keep you up for hours on end.

Fruits and veggies are of course, always the best - but this doesn't mean you have to eat broccoli all the time! I try random stuff in the produce section every time: some I like and buy again and some I don't. If you are too lazy or don't have enough time to make a salad like myself then buy the readymade ones.

Even if you don't like eating them, several fruits and vegetables can still work wonders on your skin. Specifically, the inside peels of most fruits and vegetables can be rubbed onto your skin which will absorb all the nutrients. Avocado is one that I would highly recommend.

Finally we get to the nasty flu season demon. When you're sick, even though orange juice is great and yes drink lots of it, but try drinking 4 to 5 big classes of natural pineapple juice as well. Pineapple has great healing properties as it has bromelain and vitamin C which work together to aid your immune system and is also said to help with arthritis and digestion. I remember when my sister got major surgery done, my mom made her eat so much pineapple after her surgery that compared to anyone else I had seen before and anyone since who had undergone similar procedures, she healed in almost record time.

I hope my tips help you with having a healthier diet.

Until next time, much love from your personal eat happy consultant, Mahsa A.

Sources
Images (all edits by me):
TriColor by Denitorious @deviantArt
Fast Food - Burger by helmuc @ deviantArt
Bread by Cheriznjalapenoz @ deviantArt
Chocolate by BakeryGirl-stock @ deviantArt
Swim in Produce 3 by vacuumslayer @ deviantArt

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19 Comments:

At 31 January 2011 at 22:10 , Blogger Alex said...

great article!

 
At 1 February 2011 at 05:28 , Anonymous gingerSnap said...

This entry is very helpful. Thanks for this healthy tips. I will cut down my read meat consumption.

 
At 1 February 2011 at 09:04 , Blogger ..R May A.. said...

really useful tips :)
been so helpful thank you for sharing!! x

 
At 1 February 2011 at 16:06 , Blogger Venus In Virgo said...

Great info, very useful thank you XOXO

 
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At 2 February 2011 at 13:39 , Blogger All Made Up said...

Fantastic post! I'm actually gonna be starting an 8 week healthy eating/more exercise plan shortly so I found this really interesting. I like the tip about eating stuff that isnt packed with chemicals. Its almost frightening when you read the ingredients of some processed foods and they're just packed with chemicals and scary sounding things! :)

 
At 3 February 2011 at 01:06 , Blogger Vanilla said...

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At 3 February 2011 at 08:27 , Blogger Not quite beautiful said...

Great post! very useful info.

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At 3 February 2011 at 09:03 , Blogger SOPHIE WEARS said...

very informative article! :D
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At 3 February 2011 at 09:50 , Blogger Sara.H said...

great post :) very helpful indeed

 
At 3 February 2011 at 10:39 , Blogger Jane Alisa said...

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At 3 February 2011 at 14:32 , Blogger Venus In Virgo said...

thanks for the info you posted XOXO

 
At 3 February 2011 at 15:56 , Blogger Lil Lina said...

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At 4 February 2011 at 01:11 , Blogger Leia said...

Great article. You want to be careful about brown sugar though. A lot of the time (depending on where you live), brown sugar is just white sugar that has been dyed. Demerera or jaggery is a healthier option, but still not really healthy because of the way it spikes your blood sugar. If you're looking for a TRULY healthy sweetener, opt for brown rice sugar, maple syrup, or agave nectar - these are sweet, natural, and don't wreak havoc with spiking and plummeting your blood sugar levels.

Also, it's not only red meat that's bad for you, it's all animal flesh, but I won't go into that :)

Leia

 
At 4 February 2011 at 12:16 , Blogger Tashrin said...

This was such a helpful article. I loved the part about red meat and veggies. :)

Thank you for sharing .

Look forward to hearing from you

Love

Tashrin - A Toronto based personal style blog

 
At 5 February 2011 at 12:36 , Blogger Rachel said...

This was really interesting thanks! I had no idea that white sugar was bleached! I'm definitely going to switch to brown sugar now after reading that. Thanks for sharing this :)
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At 7 February 2011 at 21:30 , Blogger 20 York Street said...

Oh no but I love red meat and white bread! Boy, I guess I'm gonna have to make major sacrifices!

xox,

ML
20 York Street

 
At 7 March 2011 at 17:18 , Blogger Kristin said...

White bread is so my weakness!

 

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