Unfortunately, flu season is upon us. Although there are ways to reduce your risk of catching a flu virus, it is likely that you or a loved one will fall ill at some point during the colder months of the year. When you catch the flu, it can be hard to know what to eat to feel better and stay appropriately nourished. Take note of these ideas to help yourself and the members of your family to recover more quickly.
If you’re trying to lose weight, you probably think about what you’re going to eat. But new research suggests that when you eat may be as important as what you eat when it comes to controlling your weight. A team of researchers at the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam carried out a study that addressed this issue, and the results may surprise you.
You can't out exercise a bad diet! Here are some meal and snack ideas to help you stay on track with your eating. Remember nutrient timing is EXTREMELY important when it comes to achieving the body you've always dreamed of. Eat on a schedule. Train with intensity. Then you will see the results!
Your insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism are directly correlated to your body composition. Impair your body’s ability to efficiently store glucose, and you’ll be fighting an uphill battle against fat loss. Here are 10 ways you can increase insulin sensitivity and make it easier to change your body composition for the better.
It’s a fact that Americans get a lot of extra calories added to their diets from consuming carbonated drinks that are loaded with sugar. So, theoretically, replacing calorie-laden sodas with non-caloric diet sodas would seem like a logical fix. But interestingly, some studies show that diet sodas have the exact opposite effect. Switching to diet soda has not proven to be a viable weight-loss strategy at all. In fact, diet sodas have been linked to above average weight gain.
At one time low-fat diets were all the rage. Health conscious consumers carefully selected their purchases based on how many grams of fat they contained, and anything that was labeled “fat-free” flew off the shelves. These days more people are aware that you need a certain amount of fat in your diet, and eating food containing fat won’t necessarily expand your waistline.
Fast-food restaurants aren’t known for being healthy. Fortunately, some of them are mending their ways by adding more health-friendly options to the menu including such options as oatmeal, yogurt and salads. Some healthy eaters order a fast-food salad instead of a burger in hopes of avoiding the pitfalls of drive-thru dining – but are fast-food salads healthy?
If you’re pregnant, you’ve probably heard people talk about how lucky you are to be able to eat whatever you want. Unfortunately, this common phrase is far from the truth. What you eat during pregnancy can greatly affect your unborn baby’s health. Excess sugar in your diet and a lack of nutrients can cause attention deficit issues, learning problems, and an elevated risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Experts recommend you fill your plate with an array of colorful vegetables and fruits to maximize the health benefits of your diet – and for good reason. Veggies and fruits get their color from plant pigments that help to protect plants against predators. These same pigments protect human cells against damage and have a variety of other health benefits that makes them worthy candidates for your dinner plate. Have you ever wondered what these colors can do for you? Here’s a rundown on what each color means for your health
Broccoli is a member of what is called the cruciferous family of vegetables. This family also includes cabbage, cauliflower and watercress. Broccoli is usually steamed before being served with a meat dish, but some people also enjoy eating it raw. Although most people know that broccoli is good for your body, the reasons why this is the case are often left mysterious. Read on to find out how eating more broccoli might help to improve and extend your life in ten different ways.
Whole foods not only supply energy, but many are a source of natural compounds that help to reduce the risk of disease. The key is to make your choices wisely by selecting less processed foods and more fruits and vegetables. There are certain foods that have rightfully earned the status of “superfoods” because of their role in protecting against diseases that are common in females. Here are some you’ll want to add to your grocery cart.
There have been numerous studies done touting breakfast as the most important meal. In fact, a quarter of our daily calorie allotment should be taken in at breakfast time. A good breakfast should consist of a balance of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fat. Here are just a few reasons not to skip breakfast: