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A New Look at Eating Healthier

Thursday, January 21st, 2016 | Permalink

Many of us have a love-hate relationship with food. Or put more precisely, we love to eat, but hate the weight we gain from it. Author and food journalist Bee Wilson offer some insights on how we can improve our diet and take more pleasure from eating.

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Realize that eating is a psychological activity as much as it is gustatory. According to Ms. Wilson, our problem with food starts at childhood, with most of us grow up thinking that healthy food – particularly vegetables – don’t taste good and are no fun to eat. For us to have a healthier diet, we have to make a shift in our minds and cultivate genuine liking for food that are good for us.

We all too often fall (and fall in line) for unhealthy food. Today’s modern society makes it all too easy to eat food that are bad for us. Just consider that in most first world countries, there’s an open fast food restaurant just a block or two away from anyone at any time. In the United States, where fast food is most copious, about two-thirds of the population are obese or overweight.

Eating well is an uphill battle as most states don’t support healthy eating. Compared to dining at a McDonald’s, it’s much harder – and costlier – to shop for healthy food items and cook them at home. And if we want to have healthy food served to us conveniently, then our only option is to go to expensive restaurants, which is simply unfeasible for most people. It’s simply so much easier to give in to an unhealthy diet.

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We unintentionally pass on our dislike of healthy food to our children. If you’re like most people, your introduction to, say, broccoli was probably unpleasant. At the dinner table, your well-meaning parents probably indicated through subtle actions that, yes, broccoli tastes terrible, but that you simply must eat some. We need to stop this cycle and introduce healthy food to our kids as something that is actually enjoyable.

We can always change our food preference to something healthier. A great thing about people is that we always have the capacity to change. Of course, we couldn’t change dramatically overnight, but gradually, if we’re vigilant about the food that we eat, we can develop a preference for vegetables over processed foods or even reduce our liking for food that used to be our favorites but are too unhealthy for us.

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5 Healthy Seeds Worth Adding into Your Meals

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 | Permalink

For most of us, seeds only serve as an afterthought: toppings for our muffins or a salty snack. However, it’s about time that we start seeing these little seeds as a source of nutrition in our diets, and incorporate any of the following seeds in our meals.

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1.       Chia Seeds. These seeds are probably one of the healthiest seeds out there. Apart from being packed with protein and omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds also help in boosting energy and forming strong bones and cartilage. Other than that, these seeds can also serve as a useful component in your weight loss program as it can fill you up faster. So use it as a replacement for your eggs every now and then for a healthier meal.

2.       Hemp Seeds. Considered as a superfood and complete protein, hemp seeds are rich in copper, fibre, iron, magnesium, potassium, and omega-3 and -6 acids. These seeds can even serve as a great replacement for energy bars minus the sugar and unhealthy additives. What’s more amazing is that unlike other protein-rich foods like cheese, eggs and meat, hemp seeds can be easily digested.

3.       Pomegranate Seeds. Unlike most seeds, pomegranate seeds can be instantly eaten once the fruit is sliced open. Apart from being high in fibre, folate, potassium, vitamins C and K, these seeds are also rich in antioxidants. With this, you can now fully enjoy eating the pulp and seeds of the fruit.

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4.       Poppy Seeds. Extracted from the opium poppy flower, poppy seeds are obtained after the flower’s seedpods have dried, rendering it free of any narcotic effects. These seeds are rich in copper, fibre, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, linoleic and oleic acid, and zinc. Just like other seeds, it can be consumed as is or based on your personal preference.

5.       Sesame Seeds. Apart from adding a delicious crunch and nutty taste to our dishes, this seed is also rich in fibre, calcium, iron, folate, manganese, magnesium, potassium, protein, zinc, omega-6 and vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6. Other than that, sesame seeds also contain nutrients known as sesamolin and sesamin, which helps in preventing high blood pressure and lowering cholesterol levels.

Apart from giving an earthy feel to our meals, adding these seeds into your diet will also help in ensuring that you get all the necessary nutrients that you need every day.

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