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Nothing has more of an effect on your health than what you eat and drink. One of the greatest challenges in making decisions about nutrition is that there are nearly as many different opinions on diet as there are different foods. This is not made any easier by food suppliers giving advice with financial advantage in mind. The key is to find a style of eating which makes you feel good and keeps you healthy. (click on the actual picture and you will get a larger clearer version).
Different Diets Suit Different People
The following guidelines form a basis for any healthy eating habits.
The foods you eat should be as simple as possible. Processing, refining and manufacturing of food removes a great deal of their nutritional value.
Pesticides and hormones are commonly used in food production to increase yields. Preservatives, flavourings, colourings and other additives are used to make food more attractive and last longer. Each of these things on their own would not have been permitted in food production if they were blatantly damaging to health, but combined together they are one of the major toxic loads our bodies have to bear. They are definitely not health promoters. You should choose foods as pure and organic as possible. If you are thirsty, drink water. Soft drinks, tea, coffee and alcohol should be minimised and consumed only for taste. Drinks containing caffeine and other concentrated substances are known to dehydrate you.
Fresh foods, in season, have the greatest nutritional value and taste. Frozen, canned and other preserved foods frequently lose much of their nutritional content. Fresh fruits and vegetables are high in water content, which makes them easily digestible. They add a valuable source of fluid to your body, which is essential for its efficient function, and removal of waste products.
Keep your diet as varied as possible, for interest’s sake as well as nutritional value.
You should eat your largest meal in the middle of the day and eat only to satisfy hunger in the evening. Minimise eating after 8pm, as this gives your body a chance to digest food before your metabolism slows down upon sleeping. The energy spared from digestion will regenerate and revitalise you.
A vegetarian diet has consistently been shown to be healthier. Therefore it is recommended you try and eat less animal products, particularly red meat.
Studies have consistently shown vegetarianism to be associated with lower incidence of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and many other major diseases. A great number of nutritional advisers, however, claim that the vegetarian diet is lacking in a number of essential nutrients including iron, calcium, certain proteins (amino acids) and therefore needs to be supplemented. The fact is that many people have been observed to live in excellent health for decades without eating any animal products or supplements, with only positive effects on their health.
However, the vegetarian diet does not guarantee health. Many vegetarians are not healthy because they do not vary their diet adequately, follow the guidelines listed previously, or look after the other factors which effect health.
Losing weight is about changing your lifestyle. There is no other way around it. Methods such as slimming tablets, surgery and calorie depleted food do not enhance your health or prevent excess weight from returning, they simply cover the symptoms of a poor lifestyle.
The first thing to ask is “why” you want to lose weight. Losing weight can be a health risk if you don’t need to. Be careful judging your need to diet based upon “weight” as this does not take into account the fact that people with greater physical tone and muscle bulk weigh more.
If you are carrying excessive fat, losing it can greatly enhance your health and wellbeing and reduces your chances of developing many major diseases such as certain forms of cancers, heart disease, diabetes and many others. Ask your chiropractor for an objective opinion of your needs. You should only lose weight if you need to and to please you.
You must take in less energy in the form of food and use more. Exercising in the morning (even walking) increases your energy expenditure and raises your body metabolism so that more energy is used throughout the day.
Consume your food slowly and completely and eat only what is comfortable, not until you are “full.” Shop for food only on a satisfied stomach as shopping on an empty stomach leads to “impulse buying.”
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