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The Importance of Protein in a Balanced Diet


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Protein is an essential component of a diet. It helps the body repair damaged cells as well as make new ones.   What Is Protein, and Why Do I Need It?   Proteins are critical components of all tissues in the human body and have crucial roles in metabolism, immunity, fluid balance, and energy. The building blocks of protein are…

Turmeric Tea


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As mentioned in my earlier post, health benefits of turmeric, turmeric is known to have more than 600 health benefits! Since there are so many health benefits of curcumin, turmeric tea is one way of enjoying them.   How to Make Turmeric Tea 1 tsp cinnamon 1 clove 1 tsp fresh ginger pinch of fresh ground black pepper As much turmeric…

Health Benefits of Turmeric


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Turmeric is a powerful herb for fighting and potentially reversing disease. Turmeric is an old Indian spice with a powerful medicinal compound called ‘Curcumin’. Antioxidant: Curcumin has the ability to quench free radicals that can cause mutation in our DNA. Cancer Preventative: The cancer-causing effects of cigarette smoke, barbecuing, and smoke of any kind are suppressed by curcumin. Anti-Inflammatory: Curcumin’s…

Why alcohol is detrimental to weight loss


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Simply put, alcohol can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. In any fat loss plan, there are three main components that should be priority: Diet, Exercise, and Sleep.   1. Alcohol Supplies Almost Twice As Many Calories As Protein And Carbs At seven calories per gram, alcohol supplies almost twice as many as protein and carbohydrates. In fact, alcohol has only two…

Why fruit juice is not healthy


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Fruit juice is often perceived as healthy. That is understandable, given that it is natural and has the word “fruit” in it. However, what many people fail to realize is that fruit juice is also loaded with sugar. In fact, fruit juice contains just as much sugar and calories as a sugary soft drink. Take a look at the breakdown…

Carbohydrates and Blood Sugar Levels


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When we eat food containing carbohydrates, the digestive system breaks down the digestible ones into sugar, which enters the blood. In this article, I would like to explain what happens to our blood sugar levels when we eat different types of carbohydrates.  Take a look at the following video.     Here are some examples of food containing complex (good)…

Cereal Killer!


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The supermarket aisle is filled with colorful boxes of breakfast cereals.   You see labels that use all the right buzz words and phrases such as ‘Natural’,  ‘Packed with essential vitamins and minerals’ ,  ‘a healthy breakfast’ but are they really as healthy as they portray themselves to be? Or are they high in sugar and refined carbohydrates?    …

Beware of Sugar!


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Diabetes has become a very serious health problem across the globe. The WHO predicts that in the next 15-20 years, the number of diabetics will rise to almost double the adult population in developing countries. Type 2 Diabetes now affects as many children, as young as eight years old. Many people consume more sugar than they realize. You need to…

Why you should not use Vegetable Oils


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What Are Vegetable Oils? Vegetable oils are usually manufactured from genetically modified crops that have in all likelihood been heavily treated with pesticides. The manufacturing process involves many steps such as chemical extraction, bleaching and deodorizing. These oils are therefore highly processed.  Take a look at this video.   If the vegetable oil is to be further processed into shortening or margarine,…

Yes you can!


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The sad statistic is that most people that embark on a fitness program either give up or fail. Setting unrealistic goals (not having a clear vision of what your weight loss goals are), eating “emotionally” (when the love of food is used as a coping mechanism during times of stress or sadness), hating yourself or the way you look, failing…

What is “Processed Food”?


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We often hear the phrase “Processed Food”. What exactly does this mean? Food that has undergone processes that alter it from its natural state and include other ingredients such as preservatives, artificial flavors, nutrients and other food additives or substances approved for use in food products such as salt, sugar and fats is processed food. You can determine whether a…

Food cravings that wreck your diet


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The drive-thru is convenient after a hectic day but once you are there, can you resist that milkshake or other treat? And if you allow yourself the ease of fast food once, it could become a habit. According to one long-term study, people who ate fast food more than twice a week gained 10 more pounds than those who had…