Spring Forward With Fruits and Vegetables

Now that you’ve finished up the big meal from the Spring holiday, let’s get the folks who strayed from their best laid “healthy” eating plan back on track. In this season of fresh tender vegetables and richly flavored fruits, these food groups come with plenty of the right stuff. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables are an aid in maintaining good health. A produce-filled diet can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower the risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar which can help you monitor your appetite and avoid overeating.

According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) only one out of ten Americans eats enough fruits and vegetables. Consumption varies throughout the country, however all regions fall short of recommended goals. The federal recommendation for fruit is 1-1/2 to 2 cups a day while vegetables weigh in at 2 to 3 cups daily. How much is enough? If you eat one banana and one-half apple, you’ve met your fruit goal. You can knock out the veggie recommendations by adding a side salad or slaw with lunch and two vegetables with dinner. It is easy and this is the season when we start to see more of the fresh items that have been out of season. Although most fresh produce can be found year ’round, the price is generally better when they’re in season. And remember you can use canned, frozen or dried produce e to eat the amounts recommended each day.

In addition to the perennial favorites of asparagus, artichokes, chives, strawberries and grapefruit, I’m sharing information on in-season choices that may not be top-of-mind. One of my goals is to share options and encourage you to eat from a variety of foods to make a colorful plate.

New Potatoes are often red-skinned, small and freshly harvested. You can find them in the market April to July. They retain their shape when cooking and are a sweeter potato because their sugar content is not converted to starch yet. They are a good source of Vitamin C, and low in fat and calories. They also contain antioxidants which can help prevent hypertension and protect against heart disease and cancer.

Snap Peas are in the legume family. They are in the market March to June. The crisp pea pods do not require shucking before cooking and are a wealth of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to both bone and heart health. They contain Vitamins A, C, B6, folate and vitamin K. These peas are low in calories and are a source of fiber.

Cara Cara Oranges are available December through April. These sweet and tangy oranges are seedless which makes them very easy to use as a snack or in salads. They are high in vitamin C with a reddish-pink flesh. The flavor is similar to strawberries and cranberries.

Kumquats are miniature oval-shaped oranges, which have a thin sweet skin that can be eaten. They also contain seeds which you will want to avoid because they are bitter; remove them before eating or cooking. They’re available January to June and make a great snack or addition to breads and muffins. This bite-size citrus is a good source of dietary fiber; vitamins C and A. Eight whole kumquats contain just 18 calories.

As you increase the fruits and vegetables in your daily diet, consider these foods and try new varieties found at the supermarket. As you try new items, think of them as samples-you just may like them enough to add to your menu often.

5 Tips On How A Woman Can Lose Weight

Women are always conscious of their health and fitness. They always desire to look slim and trim. If any woman gains extra weight, she looks for a quick solution to it too, by losing the weight quickly. There are numerous ways to do so, but some of the quick weight loss tips are as follows:

TIP 1: Take low-carb diets

Carbohydrate foods are rich in the calories, but at the same time they have to be taken in low quantities. The major advantage of eating low-carbohydrate foods is that they compel you to eat less. Without keeping an eye on the amount of calories they are consuming, the weight conscious people love taking the foods with lesser carbs and few carbs. If sugars and starches are consumed in greater amount they stimulate the hunger pangs. Hence, if carbohydrates are reduced in the food the appetite is likely to decrease also.

TIP 2: Drink enough water

Water is great for metabolic activities. Adding more water to your menu will reduce the hunger pangs. Taking water in the morning is the first step to do so. Water gives a feeling of being full, thus the food intake also cuts down. The final aftermath is the loss of weight. Water is a zero calorie food ingredient. It can flush out the excess weight. An addition of lemon wedges and mint can add refreshing flavors to your drink.

TIP 3: Go for Cardio

A thirty minute session that can speed up your heartbeat will burn out your extra calories. Any such work out will help take away the extra calories from your body. Thus, it becomes a great way of staying fit and slim. Any session of cardio on a regular basis is a great help for the weight conscious ladies.

TIP 4: Add more minutes to your bedtime

Although it seems strange, but still a few more hours of a happy sleep will stimulate your metabolic rate and help you shed off your weight quickly. No matter how long you sleep, just add half an hour to your bedtime and you will feel recharged. It will add to your muscular strength, keeping you healthy and active.

TIP 5: Start enjoying the proteins

There is no blinking of the fact that proteins are a great source of energy. If you are looking for quick weight loss, then the best option is to give up the carbs and start taking the proteins in the form of meat, eggs and fish. It is a good alternative to the carbohydrate foods. It gives a feeling of fullness that keeps you away from the extra food intake. A combo of protein source, a fat source and a low-carb vegetable can be great for reducing the weight quickly.

So, if you are a health loving, lady of style, the best way to get rid of the extra weight on your body is to follow these easy tips and get a healthy lifestyle. There is no need to go for a crash diet, but instead opt for healthy lifestyle.

Alcohol and Drugs Cause Extremely Painful Death

The longer one lives, the more adept one becomes at reading the signs. My experience of dying and reincarnation is insight into the role of death and how everyone has returned as we are in the last days. The great population explosion is the result. Many come back to what they knew in their last life and that leads to addictions and a repeat of the same behaviour. Over the years of watching the number of things that cause death has grown and the pain of dying increased as evil is protected.

In these latter years there are far more things to cause addiction than ever. In my young days the war had handicapped the economy and the loss of men required to service industry was great. There were no luxury items available and alcohol and drugs were practically unknown in communities where such would not have been tolerated.

As the populations recovered, however, things took a different turn. A new industrial revolution began with food and alcohol leading the way. These were the chief money cows of the economy until fashion and other things came to the fore. Hollywood showed their audiences how good life can be with addiction to wealth and the use of drugs.

The economy is thriving and the greatest income is made from drugs and fashion. It is now the ‘norm’ for tattoos, body piercings, hard drugs, and other things to be a part of one’s social life. All of these things make cancer and other scenarios possible.

Parties with drugs and alcohol involved often result in brawls, stabbings, and murder. There have been many violent incidences recently in Australia where uninvited guests ordered to leave parties have turned violent. They have killed for the sake of a few free drinks and are now in jail.

There is another more insidious death awaiting users of alcohol and drugs. It has to do with cancer, loss of brain function, or other things like homelessness, inability to work, and rejection by family and society. There are no answers to these problems because what they do is legal and the system is built for making money and putting lives at risk.

Individuals cannot wake up who are constantly seeking more alcohol or drugs to feed their addiction. They are like fish caught on hooks being gathered to another feast of the same. Their ultimate death is often excruciating and lonely and all because of money.