Eat Out And Keep Healthy And Frugal
Sep30

Eat Out And Keep Healthy And Frugal

While there’s a lot to be said about homemade cooking and how it helps you lose weight and save money, the fact of the matter is that it’s likely you’ll want to go out to eat once in a while. Whether you’re going out with friends or there’s a certain place that makes guacamole like nowhere else, there’s absolutely no reason why you should deny yourself the pleasures of restaurant dining every so often, even if you’re on a budget and trying to live healthily. Just like with anything else in life, there’s a positive, intelligent way to go about eating out on a budget and there’s the not-so-good way. Here are some times to avoid the not-so-good-way. First, try going out for lunch rather than dinner. Most restaurants are cheaper at lunch and the food is just as good. Many restaurants even offer special business lunches, which have multiple courses and are usually steals. Even better, lunch food has a tendency to be lighter than dinner courses, so eating out at lunch may offer you healthier choices than the dinner menu will. If the place you love to go has large portions, try dining out with another health conscious friend and split the plate. The truth of the matter is that the vast majority of restaurants have enormous portions, and digging in to that chili dog meal alone is an excellent way to blow your calorie count out of the water for the rest of the day. Alternatively, ask for a doggie bag and take half your meal home to eat later – after a spot of exercise, perhaps! Order vegetarian. Many restaurants these days offer vegetarian options ” or will at least listen if you tell them to hold the meat. This depends highly on what kind of restaurant you are at, as you’re likely to be unable to ask the guy making you a burger to “hold the meat” However, if there is a vegetarian option available, it’s likely to be lower in calories and just as delicious as its meat-laden counterpart. Last, make it a point to skip dessert. Now, one of the cardinal rules of dieting is not to be overly cruel to yourself, but the fact of the matter is that a giant sundae is likely to have more calories than the rest of your meal combined and will definitely add some dollars to your bill. Enjoy eating out, of course, but don’t go...

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Tips for Low Impact Exercisers
Sep30

Tips for Low Impact Exercisers

The following fitness tips can be applied to all low impact exercises. It is important to follow these tips as they will help reduce your chances of injuring your body especially if you have not exercised in a while. If you have not exercised in a long time check with your doctor before beginning a new program. While exercising if you feel dizzy or experience pain stop exercising immediately. Work out at a pace that is comfortable for you. Never exercise if you are sick and have a fever. Perform exercises which incorporate both stretching and have a cardiovascular component. Drink plenty of water, around 70of your body is water which you lose during sweat, so it is important to replace this each day. A protein bar or banana make a good pre-workout snack. Make sure you have all the correct equipment so you can work out effectively. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Good shoes are crucial for exercising without getting sore feet. Choose running shoes which are cushioned and which support your arches. Performing a warm up will enhance your exercise. Stretching after exercising helps to reduce the severity of aches and pains the next day. Eat a high energy snack after you have completed your exercise. Don?t eat a large meal for at least an hour after your workout. Incorporate exercise into your life gradually. If you are new to exercise start off with 10 minutes segments a couple of times each day. Getting 8 hours of straight sleep will help improve your exercise performance. Eating sensibly goes hand in hand with leading a healthy lifestyle. No one is ever too old to work out, start slowly and seek medical advice if you have an ongoing medical condition. Try to choose a low impact exercise that helps to target any trouble areas. For example bending and stretching will help tone and tighten your legs and buttocks. Performing crunches will help tighten your abdominal muscles. Exercises like walking, swimming and cycling will provide you with a whole body workout and help to increase your stamina and energy levels. Just remember that eating a healthy diet is very important. You can make small changes like cutting back on the amount of soda you drink each day. Small steps really do make a huge difference when it comes to improving your...

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Diet and Exercise Tips for a Flatter Belly
Sep30

Diet and Exercise Tips for a Flatter Belly

Do you want to know the natural way to lose belly fat? Do you dream of washboard abs or a flat stomach but don’t want to take pills, potions, or shakes? Do you long for an exercise program that doesn’t depend on complicated abdominal crunches that take an athlete to actually pull off? Well I have a solution for you. There is a natural way to lose belly fat. It’s called a proper diet and exercise. First of all, you want to have a balanced low calorie diet. One suggestion is to “eat around the outside of the supermarket.” That is, don’t go into the isles where all the processed food is. Instead, eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as a moderate amount of lean meat and low fat dairy products. Bulk up with natural foods like whole grains and legumes. Be aware that there are food choices that you can make to save calories. For instance, swapping 2 cups of air popped popcorn for 1 cup of potato chips saves you 95 calories. And, instead of eating the prepackaged fruit on the bottom strawberry yogurt, eat 1 cup of sliced strawberries with 1 cup of fat free vanilla yogurt and save 105 calories. Then, start to ramp up a cardio routine. You should be doing heart healthy exercises at least 5 times a week. One study showed that dieters who also walked for 50 minutes 3 times a week lost nearly twice as much belly fat as those who only reduced their calories. You should aim for 45 minutes of strenuous exercise as a natural way to lose belly fat. This exercise can include moderate to fast walking, jogging, cycling, or using any cardio machine at your gym. One popular routine that can burn up to 500 calories in a single session has you warming up for 3 minutes, picking up the intensity for 3 minutes, pushing yourself as hard as you can for two minutes, then slowing down for 3 minutes followed by pushing yourself for another 2 minutes. Repeat this for a total of 45 minutes before doing a 2 minute cool down period. You should be doing strength training on top of your cardio as well. Working your muscles is key to finding the natural way to lose belly fat. Buy a belly ball and work out with this large 22 inch stability ball. They cost about $30 in sporting goods stores, and if you are serious about finding a natural way to lose belly fat, you’ll get one. Lie on your back and hold the ball in the air between your...

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Study stresses danger of inflammatory diet
Sep30

Study stresses danger of inflammatory diet

The evidence for the health benefits of anti-inflammatory foods keeps building, with a recent University of South Carolina study showing a strong link between inflammatory foods and gastrointestinal-tract cancers. The study, funded by the university’s Center for Colon Cancer Research and presented as a poster at a recent American Institute of Cancer Research meeting, took a fresh look at existing dietary data from the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study from 1987-2003. Using an inflammatory diet index developed by James Hebert, director of the South Carolina Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program and a distinguished professor at the University of South Carolina, researchers determined that participants with an anti-inflammatory diet were 400 percent less likely to die from gastrointestinal cancers. Susan Steck, one of the study’s authors and an associate professor at the university, cautioned that the sample size for GI deaths in the study is small. The 400 percent number shouldn’t be the takeaway as much as the growing evidence that diet can play a major role in diseases such as esophageal, stomach and colorectal cancer. And an inflammatory diet can contribute to higher rates of those cancers.   Foods high in saturated or trans fats, sugar and gluten are especially inflammatory on the digestive tract. Alcohol, white bread and milk (but not low-fat milk) also are inflammatory. Fruits and vegetables and many non-processed foods are anti-inflammatory, and so are many spices such as turmeric, ginger, oregano and garlic. While it doesn’t exactly make you feel warm and fuzzy, inflammation is the body’s totally healthy response to injury and infection, a way of defending ourselves by sending immune cells and key nutrients to the areas that need them most. How do those fighter cells get there? Via increased blood flow, which in turn creates the redness, warmth, swelling and pain you likely associate with the word “inflammation.” Say you cut your finger, and notice it turns a little red. “That’s inflammation,” says Dee Sandquist, RD, CDE, an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson. “It helps to heal your finger.” But a small red cut that heals over time is entirely different from a state of chronic inflammation. This can be quite dangerous, in fact. When inflammation as an immune response is never “shut off,” so to speak, the constant production of immune cells can do permanent damage, leading to cancer, heart disease, arthritis and Alzheimer’s, among other health concerns. “When we don’t see the inflammation system switch off, we end up in a detrimental state,” says Julie Daniluk R.H.N., author of Meals That Heal Inflammation. The causes of chronic inflammation can vary person to person, but include being overweight, experiencing...

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Rice is bad for your DNA and Weight Loss
Sep30

Rice is bad for your DNA and Weight Loss

Cancer risk exposed in high rice diet study: Manchester research links genetic damage with arsenic in rice Eating large daily helpings of rice tainted with high levels of arsenic has been linked to genetic damage that heightens the risk of cancer, a study suggests. Naturally-occurring arsenic in drinking water is a long-known health hazard, especially in Bangladesh, where tens of millions of people depend on wells drilled in the 1970s. Scientists have been concerned about rice grown in contaminated groundwater, but this is the first time they have found evidence of a risk. Researchers at Britain’s University of Manchester and the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology in Kolkata studied 417 villagers from India’s West Bengal.   They asked the volunteers to provide details about their lifestyle and amount of rice eaten daily, and to provide samples of cooked rice and their...

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