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Eating Healthy – Many More Positives Than Just Weight Management

Eating Healthy – Many More Positives Than Just Weight Management

By Aligned Signs (864 words)
Posted in Diet on March 3, 2016

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The issue of being overweight encompasses a whole host of irritants. Having a sluggish metabolism will make you feel lethargic and unwilling to do even the simplest of tasks. You also tend to have a tired, uninspiring look on your face which in turn makes you look and feel older than you actually are.

For most people, above normal weight or in plain terms, ‘being fat’, is the general motivation for them to start looking for healthier food options. Interestingly, those who migrate to light and nutritious diets continue to keep up with their new diet long after they ahcieve their primary weight goal.


Why might they choose to continue with their healthier options? Simple: A right diet with the right balance eaten at the right times takes care of not just the weight issue but also puts you in a better mood, keeps you energetic and creates a general feeling of ‘wellness’ in your mind. Having a robust metabolism also gives you glowing skin and a more youthful look!

Here are some foods that you can make part of your diet to get that robust metabolism and some foods you should definitely avoid.


1. Fruits and Vegetables


Higher intake of raw natural foods, especially fruits and vegetables, has been linked to a faster metabolism. A faster metabolism helps boost your mood.

If you are not sleeping well, try eating a kiwi or two a few hours before you sleep. Bananas are another option as well. They're packed in potassium and magnesium, both of which are muscle relaxants. Eating them provides a more relaxed sleep! Cherry juice has also been known to help improve sleep and so has consuming dark leafy greens in either raw or juiced form.

2. Fish


Fish is the cleanest of proteins when it comes to digestion. Another great reason to consume fish? It is extremely accessible and easy to cook!

Oil from Cod improves liver function. Plus, quite a few fish proteins have been linked to stronger, healthier hair. Eaten in the right proportions and often enough, the nutrients give a natural shine to the skin as well.

3. Whole Grains


The body breaks down the grains you eat into carbs which are your primary source of energy. There are quite a few different types of grains yielding different varieties of carbohydrates.

For better workouts, you want carbs that digest slowly an release a sustained punch of energy. These carbs help you exercise longer and you'll feel less drained out afterwards. Whole Oats are your best bet. Oatmeal is also a good choice because it not only gives you slow, digesting complex carbs but also a particular fiber which regulates blood sugar levels.

To Avoid:

1. Processed Sugar


Eating excess sugar, especially of the processed variety, can bind with proteins in the process of glycation. This combo can then cause ruptures in collagen, which is the substance that keeps your skin level and wrinkle-free. So, to avoid an ‘aged’ look, you should cut down on excess sugar.

2. Coffee or Wine in the Evenings


Alcohol of any variety plays havoc with your sleep pattern. It disrupts the deeper stages of sleep, so you end up waking in the middle of the night. Alcohol causes snoring too. White wine leads to acidity and is to be avoided at dinner as heartburn may not allow you to sleep. Additionally, it is not recommended for your dental health as it can lead to enamel erosion.

For obvious reasons, you should refrain from coffee in the late evenings. Be wary of hidden caffeine sources like chocolates and cola drinks. You will not sleep well after having them!

3. Egg Yolk


Though part of many tasty recipes, egg yolk actually does more harm than good. It is high on cholesterol which can block your arteries and lead to a stroke. Egg yolk is high in proteins but the same amount of protein is contained in the egg white as well. You can eat as many egg whites as you want but limit the intake of the ‘yellow’.



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