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Here Are Some Key Pointers On Healthy Eating During Festivity

22 Dec

A common complain at the end of the festive season is ‘I ate too much’. We can’t blame you, that’s the time when the best food is laid out, temptation creeps in, the mouth starts to water and food just cannot evade you. Healthy eating is not on your mind, but deep down you wish you knew the secrets to how to eat healthy during celebrations. Gastroenterologist with Moolchand Medcity in New Delhi, Dr. S K Thakur spills the beans on healthy eating, specifically on how to eat healthy during the next couple of weeks.

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Here are some key pointers on healthy eating during festivity:

Never go out with an empty stomach: Generally, people tend to starve the entire day and hog at the evening wedding feast. This is like abusing one’s own body. Our body has a biological clock that needs to be maintained. It is simply impossible to persist yourself to the tempting delicacies served during the parties; it is better to opt for a healthy substitute an hour before to control your hunger before going to the party. A plateful of salad or a big bowl of vegetable soup consumed an hour before the party will help you to escape from constipation. In fact, this will fill you up and persist you to not attack the food platters.

Eating everything but in moderation: Sensible eating doesn’t mean starving yourself. One can definitely eat the food you love, but eat in smaller amounts at frequent time intervals. Limit the intake of starters exchanged frequently which are high in fats and cholesterol content.

Avoiding acidic foods: Avoid copious amounts of acidic foods to keep yourself light when you head off to sleep. Nothing is worse than burping in your sleep and feeling heavy the next morning. Avoid cheese, red meats and those foods that have too much oil floating on them or appear too spicy.

Keeping yourself well hydrated: Water is a one stop solution for the entire problem whether it is about combating hunger or the next morning’s hangover. Indulge in lemonades, fruit juices, coconut water in between your alcoholic drinks – but make sure that these aren’t unhealthy, sugar-heavy drinks.

Choosing the right drinks: Be sure to choose drinks with low levels of cogeners (light drinks such as white wines, gin and vodka). These are additives that are found in alcohol that increase your risk of a hangover. Take alcohol by the rule of moderation.

Not mixing drinks: Make sure you are not going overboard with your mix of drinks. Detox immediately by drinking a lot of water and not munching snacks with every sip. Do not mix your drinks, which are customarily served to all the guests. Also, do not force drinks on others. Excess of alcohol weakens the immune system, so avoid too much of alcohol. Hangovers due to alcohol can be similarly treated.

These healthy eating pointers can save you from the guilt of eating too much during this festive season. Healthy eating does not involve starving or abstaining from delicious food. Eat right and that will answer your question on how to eat healthy.

Sea Food Good is for Health?

12 Oct

A lot of nutrients are present in sea foods. So, some experts argue that sea food can help to decrease the risk of heart problems. Eating seafood two times a week is great for the heart according to the Institute of Medicine in Washington, US. According to the Institute, the types of fishes that should be eaten are shellfishes.

For human health, omega-3 fatty acids are necessary but it cannot be formed by the body. So, omega-3 fatty acids must be obtained from food. Omega-3 fatty acids are present in fish and seafood. Oily seafood such as salmon, trout, mackerel, sardines, herring, tuna, anchovies, tiger prawns and blue mussels are excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids may be helpful to treat a variety of diseases. Mainly, it is helpful to treat heart disease and problems that contribute to heart disease. However, it is also advantageous for people who suffer from high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and osteoporosis.

Some people approve seafood as it supplies nutrition and protein that’s essential for the body while several other people disapprove it. In most of fishes, toxic mercury level is so high which is the most potent argument against seafood utilization. It is also pointed out by experts that some fishes like tuna, and swordfish etc. has more mercury level than other varieties. According to the US Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency, women and young kids must not consume too much of swordfish, mackerel and shark.

Specific instructions are provided by health experts and dieticians for pregnant women. Cognitive defects in the fetus and kids can be produced by eating too much of sea food that contain a high level of mercury. A harmful agent, methyl mercury is found in larger variety of fishes like shark which is also known to cause delay in the development of growing children. On the other hand, adults stand the risk of experiencing heart problems, kidney and nervous system functions.

Due to its so many risks, eating of sea food is safe or not? According to experts, it might be safe to eat aquatic food preparations or seafood, but with some restraint. Also, the amount of utilization based on the physical condition of a certain person.


Healthy eating take you happy

21 Sep

Healthy eating is not about strict nutrition philosophies, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, and keeping yourself as healthy as possible– all of which can be achieved by learning some nutrition basics and using them in a way that works for you.

Fears of high cholesterol were frequently voiced up until the mid-1990s. However, more recent research has shown that the distinction between high- and low-density lipoprotein (‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol, respectively) must be addressed when speaking of the potential ill effects of cholesterol. Different types of dietary fat have different effects on blood levels of cholesterol. For example, polyunsaturated fats tend to decrease both types of cholesterol; monounsaturated fats tend to lower LDL and raise HDL; saturated fats tend to either raise HDL, or raise both HDL and LDL, and trans fat tend to raise LDL and lower HDL. Dietary cholesterol itself is only found in animal products such as meat, eggs, and dairy, but studies have shown that even large amounts of dietary cholesterol only have negligible effects on blood cholesterol.

Particularly within the last five years government agencies have attempted to combat the amount and method of media coverage lavished upon “junk” foods. Governments also put pressure on businesses to promote healthful food options, consider limiting the availability of junk food in state-run schools, and tax foods that are high in fat[citation needed]. Vending machines in particular have come under fire as being avenues of entry into schools for junk food promoters. However, there is little in the way of regulation and it is difficult for most people to properly analyze the real merits of a company referring to itself as “healthy.” Recently, the United Kingdom removed the rights for McDonald’s to advertise its products, as the majority of the foods that were seen have low nutrient values and high fat counts were aimed at children under the guise of the “Happy Meal”. The British Heart Foundation released its own government-funded advertisements, labeled “Food4Thought”, which were targeted at children and adults displaying the gory nature of how fast food is generally constituted.

Healthy eating begins with learning how to “eat smart”—it’s not just what you eat, but how you eat. Your food choices can reduce your risk of illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, as well as defend against depression. Additionally, learning the habits of healthy eating can boost your energy, sharpen your memory and stabilize your mood. You can expand your range of healthy food choices and learn how to plan ahead to create and maintain a satisfying, healthy diet.