Make healthy eating simple

Eating more healthily doesn’t have to be difficult. Just making a few small changes here and there can make a big difference. Here are some painless (and delicious) ways to get started.

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Eating more healthily doesn’t have to be difficult. Just making a few small changes here and there can make a big difference. Here are some painless (and delicious) ways to get started.

Simple changes to your diet

Eating muesli for breakfast can be a great way to start the day, but many shop-bought mueslis are full of sugar. Why not make your own? Mix some oats with your favourite dried fruits and nuts, and sprinkle with a handful of sunflower seeds.

Salad dressings are often high in fat and sugar, but a naked salad is a sorry salad. Try sprinkling your lettuce with lemon juice or balsamic vinegar instead.

Is the tuna in your cupboard packed in oil? If your fish looks greasy it might be time to make the change to tuna in springwater.

Dark chocolate has nearly eight times more antioxidants than strawberries, and has been shown to reduce cholesterol. It can lower blood pressure and it tastes great – dark chocolate is the perfect tasty treat.

Alternatives to fatty foods

While the weather is chilly we often crave juicy, fatty foods. If you’re looking for some comfort food why don’t you go back to basics and make yourself a baked apple? Check out our delicious recipe below.

Ice-cream is a great addition to any warm dessert, but it’s also full of fat. Soy ice-cream and sorbets are both healthier options, and they taste just as good.

Easy ways to increase your vitamin and mineral intake

Sweet potatoes are full of vitamin A, which helps maintain good vision.
Clams, oysters and mussels are all high in vitamin B12, which is essential for a healthy nervous system.
The body does not store vitamin C, so it is important that you eat citrus fruits and vegetables such as broccoli daily.
Toasted wheatgerm is packed with zinc – try it sprinkled on steamed veggies.
 
Three food myths busted

Myth: Salt is bad for you
Busted: A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed a link between reduced salt intake and heart disease.

Myth: Margarine is healthier than butter
Busted: The process of making margarine involves the use of a number of toxic chemicals. Butter is much more natural – you can even make it at home.

Myth: Strawberries taste sweeter than lemons so they must have more sugar
Busted: Lemons actually contain more sugar than strawberries





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    Peter B
    30th Oct 2012
    4:49pm
    Myth: Soy is good for you.
    Busted: Only fermented soy is suitable to consume. http://www.optimumchoices.com/Soy.htm
    Margaret
    30th Oct 2012
    5:37pm
    Thanks Peter B for link to this very interesting site.
    gerberry1
    31st Oct 2012
    8:07am
    Just goes to show how peoples eating habits have grown over the years. Mayonaise, was not used in our household when I was growing up and still love a 'naked' salad. You get the real taste of the salad. If I am served a salad with mayonaise or oil, I will not eat it.
    Betty
    kino
    1st Nov 2012
    12:16pm
    Myth, Muesli (grains) and milk products are good for you!
    Most formula fed infants developed symptoms of ALLERGIC rejection to cow milk proteins before one month of age. About 50-70% experienced rashes or other skin symptoms, 50-60 percent gastrointestinal symptoms, and 20-30 percent respiratory symptoms. The recommended therapy is to avoid cow's milk."
    "Epidemiological and Immunological Aspects of Cow's Milk Protein ALLERGY and Intolerance in Infancy." Pediatric-Allergy-Immunology, August, 1994, 5(5 Suppl.)

    We do not grow out of dairy allergy! Symptoms may change from pimples to gall stones to heart disease to back problems, but we do not grow out of allergic responses
    Peter B
    1st Nov 2012
    1:20pm
    Wheat is another one where allergic reaction is very common. Unfortunately, wheat is in so many things, and a big part of our usual diet, that it's hard to eliminate. Reduce intake as much as you can, I say.
    Well known as a gut irritant.
    BrianP
    3rd Jan 2013
    9:39pm
    This works for me and my friends. Made from only natural sources, you get everything your body needs for about $3 per day. We are 60 in a few months and have noticed the difference. Have a look at this Navig8.me/3199120
    BrianP
    7th Apr 2013
    10:11pm
    Saw some disturbing cancer news recently. It was an independent scientific report. About the effects the decline in the quality of food and fruit and how it affects everyone's health. It was on a short video here http://www.mannatechhealth.net/p/how-to.html


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