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Clean eating steps begin with avoiding processed foods. But there are always going to be times when seasonal holidays, birthday celebrations and get-togethers with family and friends make it tough for you to eat in a healthy manner.
The video below provides an excellent overview of clean eating, as well as helpful tips. Be sure to watch the video now.
However, there are some steps you can take which will help you avoid processed food any time you eat away from your home. For instance, avoid processed salad dressings and choose oil and vinegar instead the next time you join your friends for dinner, either in their home or restaurant.
Opt For Grilled
Choose grilled over fried as an option whenever possible. Food items which are processed and prepackaged may be fried in oil that contains trans fats. And when eating at a restaurant, donвЂ™t be afraid to ask your chef or waiter how certain meals are prepared.
Another great way of avoiding processed foods when you eat out is to take advantage of the growing movement towards healthy dining options.
Many restaurant menus contain gluten-free, heart-healthy and non-processed sections, making avoiding processed foods easy. Sometimes these are not printed. But all you have to do is ask and you might get a meal prepared in a healthier way.
Skip dessert or Opt for raw fruit
You might want to skip dessert as well. Desserts are notoriously high in sugar and other processed additives which serve no other reason than to preserve them longer and get you hooked on their taste.
One of the best ways to keep from eating unhealthy manufactured foods when attending a party or gathering is to bring your own dish. And whether at a friendвЂ™s house or restaurant, skip flavored beverages and stick with water.
You can also eat a small portion of something healthy and filling before you head out, so you limit the number of processed calories you consume. Now letвЂ™s take a look at some yummy dishes you can make at home that beat their processed counterparts in flavor and health.
Healthy Homemade Alternatives to Common Processed Foods
Make these flavorful foods at home and you can save money while eating healthy and responsibly.
Tomato based products вЂ“
When you make your own pasta sauce, ketchup and salsa, you dictate exactly what healthy ingredients you are using. When you purchase these tomato-based items at a grocery store, they have likely gone through an extreme manufacturing process.
Sauces and dressings вЂ“
We mentioned in the last section about eating out how you can choose healthy oil and vinegar as a salad dressing over processed options. There are also dozens, if not hundreds, of great tasting dressings and sauces you can make right at home, using healthy ingredients. This also means never purchasing expensive processed sauces or dressings again.
Granola and energy bars вЂ“
There are multiple healthy recipes online for making your own granola bars. The same goes for energy boosting bars, which you can make for up to 50% less money than purchasing the unhealthy processed options at your supermarket.
This is another вЂњmade at homeвЂќ processed food alternative which is not only healthier when you create it in your own kitchen, but also less expensive than the store-bought variety.
Do-it-yourself yogurt is so much healthier than the products offered at your favorite supermarket. Some yogurt can be healthy off-the-shelf, but most of it is extremely processed.
You can purchase a versatile bread machine, or simply make healthy and incredible tasting bread varieties in cooking tins in your oven. The list of healthy ingredients you can incorporate into homemade bread, like whole grains and fruits, is virtually endless.
Store-bought soup is notoriously high in sodium. If you are crunched for time, you can slow cook several servings of healthy, tasty, homemade soup in a slow cooker and freeze for instant enjoyment later.
How to Deal With Cravings for Processed Foods
Clean Eating Steps
One of the best ways to deal with an addiction is to remove a physical presence. We spoke earlier about cleaning out your pantry, and removing processed foods from your living environment. After all, if a sugar-filled snack or processed microwave meal is not available, you canвЂ™t eat it.
But sometimes you may experience cravings for processed foods when you are away from home. A great way to kill those desires is to keep healthy and delicious tasting fruits, vegetables, homemade granola bars and other unprocessed snacks in your car and workplace.
Drink lots of water
Studies have shown that drinking 8 to 16 ounces of water can fight a food craving for more than an hour. Also, if you eat 5 or 6 meals throughout the day your stomach constantly stays full. This means less of a chance that you will give in to the urges created by a processed food that is calling your name.
Keeping a food journal is also helpful here. Whenever you experience a craving for unhealthy, processed food, write down your feelings. Then look at what happened just before the craving hit. Did you receive an exceptionally good or bad piece of news? Emotional eating is not in response to true hunger, and is often attached to a sugar addiction which can be a problem with processed foods.
Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals is extremely important. If you have someone you can talk to that is also trying to steer clear of the dangers of processed foods, your chances of eating smart and never giving into unhealthy cravings are much higher.
You should also keep a вЂњWhy?вЂќ belief statement on you at all times. This can be simply a small card that fits in your wallet, pocket or purse. Write down the reasons why you are avoiding processed foods and trying to eat a much healthier diet. This can provide the motivation to beat even the strongest cravings.
The Clean eating steps mean avoiding heavily processed foods. And you can actually save money by treating your body to a much healthier diet in many cases. There are cookbooks, DVDs, courses and web videos which arm you with the proper information regarding processed foods and their dangers, and how to avoid them.
The information included in this short guide, found in this and 2 other related posts, acts as a primer to get you started on a path towards healthy and smart eating. So formulate a game plan of clean eating steps. Choose a plant-based diet beginning today, and you will treat yourself to a happier and healthier tomorrow.
Angelina Jolie is a great actress and inspiration for many women all around the world. But I wasnвЂ™t expecting this.
Apparently, Jolie isnвЂ™t a big fan of grains and cereals in her diet. She was seen in Cambodia, sharing the taste of scorpions, tarantulas and other insects with her kids. IвЂ™m not sure if they enjoyed their delicious snack.
Angelina and her children have been involved in the filming of вЂњFirst They Killed My FatherвЂќ and had the chance to taste the delights of the local diet of Cambodia.
Scorpions, tarantulas and other insects have become the new healthy snack вЂ“ not only Angelina Jolie includes them in her diet, but also other celebrities like Salma Hayek. Hayek has more than two videos on Instagram eating crickets.
Jolie teaches her twins Knox and Vivienne to eat spiders. She has a past with eating this kind of foods.
вЂњFirst I tried the crickets, then crickets with beer and then I dared with the tarantulas,вЂќ said the actress.
This passion has been passed to her children, especially Shiloh, 10 years old. They cook a tarantula together and eat the meal later without any hesitation.
The issue that comes up again is the nutritional value of insects as an important source of protein but today few people dare to try.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) they are among the best quality protein sources. As a result, 100 grams of grasshoppers have 20.6 grams of protein, just the same as a beef steak containing about 25 grams. Another of tarantulas interesting contributions is the amount of fatty acids and richness in essential amino acids which makes them easy to digest. Also, they are very rich in calcium, magnesium and vitamins B.
According to Dr. Julieta Ramos-Elorduy, a researcher at the Institute of Biology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), вЂњproteins repair and build our cells, tissues and organs of the body and also are involved in the functioning of the immune system that protects us. Insects not only provide a large amount of protein, but can even exceed the quality of fish, chicken and any other source of protein, вЂњsays the expert.
Knowing that, it is not strange that every day, more and more countries eat insects or include them in their diet. In Japan, they enjoy silkworms and bees with soy sauce as an appetizer.
In many Asian countries, scorpions, spiders and beetles are fried and accompanied by large bowl of vegetables.
IвЂ™ve been doing some research lately my dear cyber sisters and I have concluded and yes, you may quote meвЂ¦. High Fructose corn syrup is a motherfucker.
Now I realize this statement is quite bold and somewhat brash, but the truth often is. Let me mix no words here. Let me fully assert my opinion – вЂњgreyвЂќ is a fabulous colour- but the only place is belongs is on a PRADA summer runway. Fences were made to keep people in or out- not to sit on. PICK A SIDE….
High Fructose corn syrup or as many of you may now refer to it ; вЂњthe motherf*&kerвЂќ is also called glucose-fructose syrup in Canada. It comprises a group of corn syrups that has undergone enzymatic processing to convert glucose into fructose and then has been mixed with pure corn syrup. (essentially the sweetening equivalent of an “acrylic blend”)
The most widely used form of high fructose corn syrup is HFCS-55 which as the name suggests is 55% fructose, 45% glucose. This form is used in most soft drinks and sugar drinks. HFCS-42 (again 42% fructose) is used in most baked goods, while HFCS-90is used in most candies.
The benefit of this Mother of a molecule is it is cheap and sweetens like no other. Import taxes on foreign sugar have raised the price of sucrose, while the government in the US and Canada have offered a significant amount of subsidies to corn growers. This amounts to HFCS being a relatively cheap alternative to beet sugar or other forms of sucrose.
High fructose corn syrup was first produced by Marshall and Moffat in 1957 and was mass produced for industry in Japan in the late 1960’s. From 1975-1985 it was as common in processed foods as a Madonna remix at a gay pride parade.
And now, my cyber sisters… a lesson in sweetness….
Cane sugar and beet sugar are essentially pure sucrose. Sucrose is a disaccharide- meaning it is composed of two monosacharides (glucose and fructose) put together with a relatively weak bond. Think of sucrose as a fabulous power suit, while fructose is this season’s boyfriend jacket. Both do the job- but for different occasions.
Honey has a glucose/fructose ratio very similar to HFCS and in fact the motherfucker has been used to “stretch” honey during production.
Make no mistake, sugar is sugar regardless of the source. Cane, Beet or Honey if eaten in large quantities will still make your ass look big. It does not matter if the sugar source is a rainforest in Peru, a sugar beet in Saskatchewan or the product of a bunch of honey bees vomitting for queen and country.
However, there appears to be more to the High Frcutose Corn Syrup than just the sugar itself….In fact, recent studies have shown just what an asshole this sweetner really is.
A study published in the Journal of Nephrology on July 1, 2010, looked at HFCS consumption in 4528 American adults. The study was sponsored by the National Institute of Health and found taht those inidvuals drinking more thhan 75 grams of fructose per day (2.5 sugary drinks per day) had the highest rate of high blood pressure. This study controlled for all other risk factors for hypertension including age, obesity, family history and smoking.
A further study out of the University of Colorado in 2007 looked at the effects of fructose on certain metabolic factors in otherwise healthy men. Two groups of men (12 in each group) were fed two different diets for 4 weeks. One group had a diet rich in fructose the other rich in glucose. The high fructose group had a significant increase in their blood pressure, abdominal fat and insulin levels compared to the glucose group after only four weeks.
One of the theories as to why frucotse is so toxic is that it breaks down in the body to uric acid, which in high levels increases blood pressure and insulin levels and cardiovascular risk in the body.
Interestingly, fruit in its raw form does not have the same effect as fructose. The theory behind this is that the fibre and Vitamin C in fruit counteract the effect of fructose.
Look, I know that that fructose is not the only thing to blame here In fact I have never been a fan of just holding one culprit accountable. I like to blame multiple people and have them share the resposibility for the world’s current state of affairs. Last week it was the skinny jean, the week before it was BP oil, next week is really a crap shoot. Who knows who will disappoint me in the next 7 days?
But for now, I have raged a war on all fruit juices, jams, canned soups and cereals. Our pantry is now down to one single cupboard which contains mostly spices and a few cans of tuna (more on mercury at a later date).
No it won’t solve the world’s problems but at least I can sit on my high horse for another few hours and feel a sense of self importance that no sugar rush could even hope to compare to…. so it is written, so it shall be done.
Renova used to treat wrinkles, brown spots, and surface roughness on the face.
Renova is also effective against stretch marks, such as those seen on the abdominal wall in women after pregnancy. This can also be used to treat acne.
Renova works by binding to specific cell receptors of skin after a topical application. After the cell receptors have been activated, there is a modification in gene expression, subsequent protein synthesis, and cell growth and differentiation. Thus, the epidermal cell is modified to produce a greater amount of new skin. In clinical studies there is an enhanced production of collagen in areas of treated skin.
Apply a thin layer to affected area once a day at bedtime. Use a gauze pad or cotton swab to apply the liquid. Wash your hands immediately after use. Using this medication more frequently or in excessive amounts does not improve the results, but may increase side effects. Avoid applying near the eyes, mouth, or open cuts since this medication can irritate sensitive skin. Acne may appear to worsen when the medication is first used; continue therapy. It may take three to six weeks before the full benefits of this medication are seen.
Use mild soap when washing your face. Do not wash face excessively. Abrasive soaps, cleansers, medicated creams or lotions can increase skin irritation. Consult your doctor or pharmacist about their use. Use other acne preparations with caution while using this medication.
This medication can increase sensitivity to sunlight, wind and cold. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and sunlamps. Wear protective clothing and use an effective sunscreen. This medication should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed. It is not known if Renova appears in breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. Use mild soap when washing your face. Do not wash face excessively. Abrasive soaps, cleansers, medicated creams or lotions can increase skin irritation. Use other acne preparations with caution while using Renova.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered; do not use if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not “double-up” the dose to catch up.
Possible Side Effects
Immediately after applying, the skin may feel warm or mild stinging or redness may occur. Some peeling of the skin may occur. These effects should subside as your skin adjusts to the medication. If they persist or become bothersome, stop the medication. This medicine may also increase sun sensitivity. Renova may also cause itchiness and scaling of the skin. You may experience some itching or scaling if too much Renova is applied.
Store at room temperature away from sunlight. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.
An overdose of this medication is unlikely to occur. If you do suspect an overdose, or if Renova has been ingested, call an emergency room or poison control left near you.
If you have been previously treated with keratolytic preparations or exfoliants, you should wait until any skin rash clears up before beginning even low strength treatment. Studies of the effect of this product on pregnant women are incomplete. For this reason, it should only be applied when absolutely necessary and always under a doctor’s supervision.
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Mega Hoodia is a natural appetite suppressant.
Mega Hoodia pills contain Hoodia Gordonii extract. Hoodia Gordonii is a cactus-like plant discovered and used by the San tribe from the Kalahari, South Africa, since prehistoric times. They chewed the bitter Hoodia plant twice a day to suppress hunger and thirst during long hunting trips.
Hoodia Gordonii is a natural ingredient that works to achieve long-term weight loss by suppressing past eating habits. This is probably the most natural way of losing weight and staying healthy, as weight loss is achieved through normal healthy eating.
Taking Mega Hoodia when you are hungry alleviates the feeling of hunger and so makes you less likely to snack between meals. When you take Mega Hoodia before a meal, even a small meal leaves you feeling more satisfied which encourages you to eat smaller meals.
However, some plants are very dangerous and poisonous and mustnвЂ™t be present in your house.
Dieffenbachia is one of the favorite current plant inside our homes, although is dangerous.
If by any chances you have a taste of the leaves, can occur violent pains and within a week the person that was with touch with the leaves loses ability to speak. If the juice of this plant gets into your eyes can cause blindness. While dusting the plant you may experience redness and itching skin.
So if you have small children in your home it will be better if you get rid of this dangerous plant. As we all know, children can be naughty and disobedient, so even if you tell them to stay away from the plant or not to pick any of the leaves, they may not listen to you.
Those of you who possess dieffenbachia should be extremely careful especially if children are around, because the plant is deadly if consumed.
In case of poisoning, it is recommended to cleanse the mouth with cold, wet cloth and rinse the eyes. If a person comes into contact with this plant must be given milk and then immediately seek medical help.
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Happy New Year my Lovelies!!!
Excuse my absence, I have no new excuses other than more excuses (haha) pregnancy, traveling, holidays, being a mother and a wife etc.
However I’m turning over a new leaf and trying to be more consistent. So let’s kick 2015 off right. Wash Day for me was a breeze in which I was pleasantly surprised being that I recently took out box braids and I’m currently around 35 weeks post relaxer. Detangling was a breeze using the kinky curly knot today (winner winner chicken dinner!) Check out my wash day run down below.
“A) After detangling in quads I proceeded to shampoo wash using a oldie but goody organix hydrating macadamia oil shampoo.
“B) T-shirt dry then deep conditioned using macadamia oil conditioner. C) Cool-rinsed and bunned. Before bunning I air dried for about 20 minutes, used the scarf method for my edges. Viola!!!
Simply as that my friends!! How was your wash day? Hoping it was as easy as mine=)