Thursday, June 26, 2008

Lose the Weight, Do Not Lose Heart!


When we are trying to lose weight, food becomes a big deal to us. Families often celebrate a happy occasion around the dinner table - Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthdays and so on. When friends meet to catch up, they often do it over dinner at a restaurant. And when business people attend conferences and seminars, they have corporate buffet and dinner functions as well. The common thing in all of these events is food - we tend to eat a lot at such events!

For those of us trying to lose weight, attending such events become doubly difficult. And it is not only the easy accessibility to food and the abundance of it at these events that makes it hard to lose weight. There can be any number of setbacks along the way to make one's resolve dissolve! You could fall sick, have too much work and responsibilities at home and become stressed, or depressed. And when that happens, there is a tendency to revert to bad eating habits, or to seek solace in food.

How can we avoid this?

Plan for Success


Do not plunge into a weight loss program and hope to succeed. Many people fail in their quest to lose weight mainly because they do not recognize how difficult it is to break old habits and adhere to new ones. Hence they do not set clear and realistic goals.

The key is to make sustainable changes instead of adopting an all of nothing approach. Begin by setting achievable short-term goals. This will make it easier for you to stick to your plans, and counter the negativity that comes with not being able to accomplish goals that are far too daunting.

Do not Eliminate Food, Substitute Instead


Find substitutes for foods and beverages that you usually consume instead of eliminating them altogether. You could switch to foods with lower fat content or calorie count, and resist buying unhealthy snacks when grocery shopping. Try also reducing portion size gradually, and drink water instead of soda.

Slow and Steady Exercise Program

Do not embark on an overly ambitious exercise program, especially if you haven't been exercising regularly. You are likely to be highly enthusiastic in the beginning, but gradually become lazy, and slacken because of lack of discipline and motivation. Start on a program you know you can continue on based on your energy levels, your work schedule, and your free time. Nothing gets you off track faster than skipping your planned exercise program when you lack the time for it. That is a slippery road.

Remember that slow and steady wins the race.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Strawberries Promotes Health

June being the season for strawberries, I thought I would write a bit about its many health benefits. Strawberries not only look like a fruity heart-shaped valentine, they are filled with phytonutrients that love to promote your health. Strawberries are also an anti-cancer food. At the end of this article, you will find a link to healthy smoothie recipes that use fresh strawberries, amongst other equally beneficial fruits, as ingredients. So please improve your health by having a glass of healthy and delicious home-made smoothie today! I know I do.

Potent Antioxidant Protection from Phenols

Strawberries, like other berries, are famous in the phytonutrient world as a rich surce of phenols. In the strawberry, these phenols are led by the anthocyanins (especially anthocyanin 2) and by the ellagitannins. The anthocyanins in strawberry not only provide its flush red color, they also serve as potent antioxidants that have repeatedly been shown to help protect cell structures in the body and to prevent oxygen damage in all of the body's organ systems. Strawberries' unique phenol content makes them a heart-protective fruit, an anti-cancer fruit, and an anti-inflammatory fruit, all rolled into one. The anti-inflammatory properties of strawberry include the ability of phenols in this fruit to lessen activity of the enzyme cyclo-oxygenase, or COX. Non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen block pain by blocking this enzyme, whose overactivity has been shown to contribute to unwanted inflammation, such as that which is involved in rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, asthma, atherosclerosis, and cancer. Unlike drugs that are COX-inhibitors, however, strawberries do not cause intestinal bleeding.

Strawberry Phytonutrients Promote Health

The ellagitannin content of strawberries has actually been associated with decreased rates of cancer death. In one study, strawberries topped a list of eight foods most linked to lower rates of cancer deaths among a group of over 1,000 elderly people. Those eating the most strawberries were three times less likely to develop cancer compared to those eating few or no strawberries. A study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry analyzed eight strawberry cultivars for their content of protective plant compounds (phenols, flavonoids and anthocyanins) and their antioxidant capacities. Although the various cultivars differed significantly in the amounts of the various beneficial compounds each contained, all cultivars (Earliglow, Annapolis, Evangeline, Allstar, Sable, Sparkle, Jewel, and Mesabi) were able to significantly inhibit the proliferation of human liver cancer cells. nterestingly, no relationship was found between a cultivar's antioxidant content and its ability to inhibit cancer cell proliferation, which suggests that this beneficial effect of strawberries is caused by other actions of their many beneficial compounds.

Protection against Macular Degeneration

Your mother may have told you carrots would keep your eyes bright as a child, but as an adult, it looks like fruit is even more important for keeping your sight. Data reported in a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology indicates that eating 3 or more servings of fruit per day may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults, by 36%, compared to persons who consume less than 1.5 servings of fruit daily.

In this study, which involved over 110,000 women and men, researchers evaluated the effect of study participants' consumption of fruits; vegetables; the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E; and carotenoids on the development of early ARMD or neovascular ARMD, a more severe form of the illness associated with vision loss. While, surprisingly, intakes of vegetables, antioxidant vitamins and carotenoids were not strongly related to incidence of either form of ARMD, fruit intake was definitely protective against the severe form of this vision-destroying disease. Three servings of fruit may sound like a lot to eat each day, but strawberries can help you reach this goal. Top your morning cereal, lunch time yogurt or cottage cheese with fresh strawberries. Dress up any green salad with sliced strawberries, slivered almonds and a splash of balsamic vinegar. For an easy, elegant dessert, blend fresh or frozen strawberries with a spoonful of honey and some soy or cow's milk or yogurt. Freeze for 20 minutes, then spoon into serving cups and decorate with a sprig of mint.

Protection against Rheumatoid Arthritis

While one study suggests that high doses of supplemental vitamin C makes osteoarthritis, a type of degenerative arthritis that occurs with aging, worse in laboratory animals, another indicates that vitamin C-rich foods, such as strawberries, provide humans with protection against inflammatory polyarthritis, a form of rheumatoid arthritis involving two or more joints. The findings, presented in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases were drawn from a study of more than 20,000 subjects and focused on who developed inflammatory polyarthritis and similar subjects who remained arthritis-free during the follow-up period. Subjects who consumed the lowest amounts of vitamin C-rich foods were more than three times more likely to develop arthritis than those who consumed the highest amounts. In terms of traditional nutrients, strawberries emerged from our food ranking system as an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. They also qualified as a very good source of dietary fiber and iodine as well as a good source of potassium, folate , riboflavin, vitamin B5, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin b6, vitamin K, magnesium, and copper.

Fresh Strawberries in Smoothies

Why feed your body with artificial juices when you can easily make yourself a healthy drink filled with all the beneficial nutrients yourself?

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Take Charge of Your Health and Self-Image - Fat Person No More

Welcome to my diet, nutrition and healthy foods blog. I decided to start this blog to provide tips and diet guide to people (especially women like myself) who are struggling to take charge of their lives by living healthy. I will include lists of healthy foods, information on how to get essential vitamins and minerals in your daily diet to increase your metabolism and energy for life, healthy diet tips and nutritional tips, as well as healthy food trends and healthy food recipes.


This blog will draw upon knowledge from my own personal experience. I have been obese, and I have worked hard to lose my excess weight, increase my stamina and maintain my positive energy for life. I have struggled with many of the issues that I will write about in this blog. I know how difficult it can be to want to be happy and healthy, but fail at it due to a lack of easy access to health information and a lack of motivation. It took me years to learn that my excess weight was only one visible symptom of the underlying negative unhealthy issues I had in my life. Even with that self-realization, it was an uphill battle to lose the weight and live healthy. You still need to have the information and positive reinforcing motivation at your fingertips.

It is my hope that this blog will help provide my readers with those two all-important attributes, and that my readers will find the healthy foods trends and healthy recipes, essential vitamins, minerals, diet and nutrition information contained in this blog useful. Please visit often, and provide me with your useful comments. Thank you!

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

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