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Posted on May 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I’ve heard many opinions on how to keep your body healthy and of course, I’ve seen many diets and programs that “achieve” this and other things such as weight-loss, cancer, diabetes and more. Even though I’m a tyke compared to other bloggers I’ve followed (not actually followed, I’ve just read their blogs), I’ve decided that I want to use the knowledge and research I’ve done on nutrition and help people with it. I’m tired of looking at a television program about a morbidly obese woman or man trying or succeeding at losing gallons of gallons of fat off of their body (not really, because these shows interest me too much). Instead of getting to this problem, I want to help people before they even encounter it. I want to make sure that people have the knowledge to know what food in this witch of a food industry is good for you and which is bad. I want to help some learn how they can cure their tiredness or stress by altering their diet and changing their sedentary lifestyle. And I DON’T want people to resort to programs or other items that have to be paid for. I want everyone to have this information. If we all shared certain things, the economy would be a better place, right? :] IDK


The reason I’ve gotten into nutrition in the first place is when I got tired of being weak and tired. Coming from school and the only thing you wanna do is take a nap isn’t something I liked doing. Wasting the day sucks. Also, due to other personal experiences (family stuff) and my sense of nationalism (hate seeing fellow Americans get suffocated in illness and fat… ), I feel as though everyone could know how to treat their body. It really surprises me how some are just plain oblivious. Nevertheless, they remain happy while enduring health problems. All in all, I think that health AND happiness are just a win-win. Double the happiness.

Now, since I ate a fair amount of junk, which is horrible, it took me a while to find out what I really like to cook that is good for you. Countless trips to the farmer’s market, unbearable and exceeding the budget prices and this fad with “organic food” really stressed out my family when it came to me grocery shopping. However, it’s all worth it in the end. I find out what is cheap and good for you at the same time, which is hard for people to understand at times. At first, it might take an investment but eating healthy can REALLY be affordable. I think it depends on how picky you are of an eater or not… but overall, It can be cheap! I will explain this in future posts, so don’t worry.

Other than it all being affordable, another complicated issue when it comes to being nice and healthy is ignorance of HOW to be healthy. Now when I say ignorance, I mean the fact that people don’t know how but are influenced by their surroundings which tend to give off stereotypes and what not. Nothing wrong with this because, to be honest, there isn’t anyone to blame except the mean food industry. They trick most into buying their product just because of the proclaimed health benefits, but there is always a catch.

The easy part of all of this is your raise in confidence, possibly energy, happiness and great health. I was actually happier and I felt better about myself when I start treating my body better. Also, if you’re trying to lose weight, leaving behind the processed 2% milk and low fat snacks and frozen meals, I seriously think you’ll succeed because not only is your body ingesting what it’s SUPPOSED to ingest, but your metabolism with improve, along with everything else that goes with it. Everything is linked to being healthy in my perspective and plenty of other nutritionists whether they are amateur or experienced would agree.


    What can you expect?

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·         Tips on how to save money and buy healthy whole foods at an affordable price in an affordable way. 

·         Simple recipes for easy fixes: Breakfast, dinner, lunch, snacking and drinks

·         Nutrition Facts and Information on certain foods

·         Fitness tips: My take on exercise and what types of exercise do you need for your body

·         An opportunity to post your own opinions and tips on nutrition

·         REVIEWS on products that are not nearly as bad as the highly processed and/or unhealthy snacks and meals. This would be ideal for people who need quick fixes.

·         The best foods for weight loss, diabetes and other

·         Links and sources for you to find out what foods are good for you on your own

What exactly is there to know?

 

Motivation (when trying to better yourself):

They key to changing your lifestyle into a healthy one is having some type of amount of motivation. Maybe you’ve been a cancer patient or have had someone close to you that has had cancer. In my opinion, the reason why cancer, even though it is widely caused by nature and whatnot, is such a big controversy is because of the diet and lifestyle people have been living in the past 100 years. The reason why I think this is because sugar foods are a staple of most of our diets, even if we don’t think so. Frozen meals, breads and pasta (which naturally turn to sugar when ingested anyway) and even those “sugarless” cookies or candies, which are filled with sugar replacements which, 9/10 are even worse for you). Sugar additives are added to so many foods even the foods that seem completely savory. We eat these foods, including diet sodas, which a handful of us might think is better for you than regular soda pop, each day. All of this sugar creates an acidic environment in your body, which cancer loves. It can cause bone loss, weakening of bones, slower metabolism (your body will try harder to balance the acidity out), and cavities. Now, it shouldn’t be a surprise if you’ve had tons of fills in your teeth due to excessive candy and cake eating when you were a kid.

Other than cancer being a motivation, there is a more popular one, which is obesity. Of course, when you are obese, it’s probably because you are unhealthy. I seriously believe that if you ate the right thing and if you did the right thing, you’d feel better and you would look better, even though you’re probably outstandingly beautiful or handsome at this moment. When it comes to being overweight or fat specifically, there tends to be misinterpretations on losing weight. Diets do NOT work (in my opinion, and they are a waste). And if they do, it’s probably unnecessary or it will only work for a short period of time (two weeks to a month) and stop working. Now, if it’s successful all the way through, then that’s great. However, how long do you think you can take a diet? A couple of months? Possibly a year? Odds are, you’ll get bored and go back to your old ways. All of it is unnecessary. Eat what you want, but know what you eat. Take into consideration what it is and make sure what you’re eating is WHOLE and unprocessed (easier than it sounds). Don’t worry, I’ll teach you everything I know if you keep reading this blog.

Now of course, many people think about how they will look instead of feel. I think this part is important. If you’re too busy checking your weight instead of your emotions, you won’t make much process. I think this is why people are so devastated when they eat something “wrong” or when they miss like a whole week of their daily dose of fitness. They forget the key to their success: being healthy in the first place. If you feel better, keep it that way. Don’t beat yourself up each time you eat a piece of chocolate or a slice of cake topped with gravy.

Of course, there are more motivations, but these are some that I wanted to cover. Whatever your motivation is, keep it in mind. Set reminders for yourself. Do something for you that is productive and/or will have a long-lasting and helpful outcome, such as great health!

 

Sedentary Lifestyles:

Physical activity is important for everyone. It doesn’t matter about your weight, size, age, NOTHING. Many people achieve this weekly or daily through the common exercise. You know, the pushups, weight lifting, cardio, palates, yoga… all of that. Working your body keeps you healthy in numerous ways. Keeps you fit, sustains muscle mass, helps with weight-loss, and your metabolism. It also gets rid of a certain hormone (can’t remember the name) which induces stress. When you exercise, this hormone is released into the body to compensate for all that hard work you do, which prevents you from stressing and being frustrated later on. When you have a sedentary lifestyle, which is a lifestyle that contains little to none or irregular physical activity (irregular meaning exercising one month then stopping for the next two, same with weeks), you probably will be a bit more emotional, tired (YES, you have more energy when you exercise) and weaker. I think it’s very important when your older since you tend to lose more muscle mass while when younger, it’s sustained due to youth more so. Either way, it should be prevalent.

Remember, there is always sports and fun activities you can do. Racing, football, basketball, badminton (love it), jumping rope, soccer,  

 

Your diet Lifestyle:

There is much confusion or ASSUMPTIONS when eating alleged health foods. The most important thing is that the food is unprocessed and whole. If nothing at all, know what each ingredient on the nutrition label is. If it’s an apple, orange or evaporated cane juice aka sugar (watch it when eating sugar), great. If it’s stuff like natural and artificial flavoring, Phosphoric Acid, High Fructose Corn Syrup (okay, everyone knows what this is, but if it wasn’t so controversial, you get what I mean), Sodium Benzoate and more, then you might not want to get it.

Now, earlier, I’ve said that you can still eat what you want. I don’t recommend any reduced fat cheese or reduced fat anything. Most things reduced fat catch people’s attention with the promise of “low fat being healthier” are more than likely processed and there for, not good for you. Detesting any frozen dinners, especially with the promise of it being available of lower calories or other health benefits, I do have many products to review that are acceptable. :]

The reason why these reduced fat unedible foods are probably not good for you is that most of the time these products have the fat processed out of them or contain ingredients replaced with processed replacements and other stuff we don’t need in our body. These ingredients slower our metabolism but forcing out liver and body to get rid of the unfamiliar (remember the cavemen!) substances and it doesn’t have time to breakdown fat and absorb the fat and nutrients like it intends. 

 

Having Self Control:

Changing your lifestyle into a healthy one takes time, especially if your current one is filled with processed macaroni and sugary drinks. What you eat, how you eat it, when and why might change when you are converting yourself to live better for your body. This is where self control comes into place. In order to dissolve habits, slowly change what you do. Maybe you can start trying to exercise ten minutes a day or every other if you don’t usually do anything. It’s also important to change your diet slowly so that you don’t feel to pressured and discouraged in the first week of your revelation.

 

Is that all I am should to know? Nope. There is more. That’s why this is a blog, not a onetime topic article!

I hope those who have read through this post like what they see and I hope that you guys come back for more. I really want to help those who yearn and crave nutrition so stick around if you are one of them. :]

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Sources and Useful Websites

foodfacts.com

"find out what's really in your food"

this awesome website gives you the ingredients and it's predicted health score. It's a real wakeup call to those of you who don't really pay attention to what's in your food. I use this alot and I recommend it for anyone who needs a bit more guidance on choosing foods. They have a score on msot things including raw fruits and veggies, frozen meals, organic products, fast food restaurant meals, pasta and even over the top medicine. You can even click on some of the ingredients and an explanation/definition will come up, giving you more information on it. The only downside is that some of the products might be poorly scored, but you'll know if it's right to eat or not if you follow this blog frequently. :] (REMEMBER, don't go crazy over the product just because it has a high score. It's important to look only for wholefood ingredients without the scientific stuff)

stilltasty.com

"you're ultimate shelf life guide"

since you're gunna need more fresh food in the kitchen, you're going need to learn how to store fresh wholefoods and how long they will last. This is one of the great sites I use nearly everytime I go to the farmer's market and it can also tell you how to store them. I recommend the freezing options each time.


Fruits and Veggies that are in Season

It's important to buy fruits and vegetables that are currently in season. When you don't, you're most likely buying something that is processed, GMO'd or something along those lines... We don't want that in our bodies. By buying things that are in season, the vendor becomes knowledgable of what the customers like during what times of the year and most likely, they won't even need to do the extra chemical extracting to get the veggies and fruits to grow effeciently, since they are already influenced by the time of year.