Why Eating Late is Harming Your Health

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Could those late night snacks be adding to your waistline and causing harm to your heart? A new study suggests that its better to eat during the daylight hours.

Nighttime snackers take note: eating late is harming your health, or so suggests a recent study out of San Diego State University.

While the study looked at fruit flies, and not humans, the findings do provide compelling reasons to investigate further whether there is a causal link between late night eating and heart health, amongst other health measures. I have been saying for some time, it is not just WHAT you eat, but WHEN you eat too.

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Why avocado is the feel good food

avocadoThe avocado could be the crown jewel in a healthy plant centered diet, even though it is not a vegetable.  Avocado is actually a fruit — an oily berry, sometimes called alligator pear because of its shape and outer skin texture and color.

Avocado, along with organic rice and dry, freshly soaked and cooked beans, is more than enough to silence the meat industry’s claim that you’re not getting enough protein. Though foolishly ignored by weight watcher types for its high fat content, what is also foolishly ignored is the avocado’s high and complete protein content.

Of course, it’s easy to be foolish if you don’t know the facts. So here we go.

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5 Superfoods That Actually Live Up to the Hype

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These five superfoods won’t break the bank, but they will provide great health benefits.
Last week we talked about five superfoods that are more hype than substance. (Check it out here in case you missed it.)

Though they were healthy foods, they didn’t necessarily deserve the moniker “superfood.” On top of that, they tended to be expensive, and not really worth the money when other, more economical foods provide similar benefits.

So this week, we thought it would be fitting to turn the tables. What five foods do live up to the hype, and truly deserve to be called superfoods?

What is a Superfood?

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Dog Tired? Top 7 Foods for Fantastic Energy

Are you tired all the time? Feel like you just cannot put one foot in front of the other? You are far from alone.

Every day people ask how they can just get a little more pep in their step. Whether it’s an energy food, an energy supplement or some form of exercise they can do to beat the fatigue, energy seems to be the one thing everyone wants a little bit more of.

This is not just a personal crisis, it’s darn near a national emergency. We are all burned out, overextended, under-rested and overstimulated. In short, we are just plain, flat-out tired.

And it is affecting everyone. It’s not just the sick that are tired. The busy mom, the stressed-out dad, the busy executive and the average teenager. Across this country, people are falling asleep in their Wheaties®…which may be part of the problem.

In this article, I’m going to help you help you ease your fatigue and regain energy with seven delicious, energy-boosting foods that will skyrocket your stamina and help you take on the world.

You Truly Are What You Eat

Let’s face it: Food is fuel. Every single organ and cell in your body needs the food you take in to give it the nutrients it needs to function. But—and this is the key—not all fuel is created equal.

Your body thrives on nutrients and macronutrients from healthy proteins, fats and carbohydrates. However, if you fill the tank with sugars, trans fats and allergens, the body (just like a car) may run, but not effectively nor efficiently. In time, it will break down.

Fortunately, the opposite is also true. If you feed your body what it needs, it can do miraculous things. It can ease depression, protect against diabetes and heart disease and even fend off memory loss or even Alzheimer’s disease. And energy? Forget about it! The right food is truly the secret to great, long-lasting energy.

If you want to perform like a high-tech, well-oiled machine, then you have to fuel your body like one. You wouldn’t stick any old gas into the tank of a Ferrari racecar, would you? Of course not! Nor should you fuel your body with chips and doughnuts.

Fuel yourself with rich, nutrient-dense, whole food that keeps your blood sugars level, gives you sustained energy all day long, feeds your cells the vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals they need to function optimally and nourish yourself with the healthy protein and fat you need for growth, performance, health and, of course, energy.

The following seven foods can help you boost—and more importantly sustain—your energy day in and day out. Remember, at the end of the day, food is your number one fuel. Choose wisely.

Energy Food #1: An Apple a Day

Apples are one of the best energy enhancers around. While they are best known as a great source of the anti-inflammatory compound quercetin, apples are also a great source of boron, which is key for energy. In fact, one study found that college students who took 3 mg of boron stopped falling asleep in class!

Aim for at least one apple a day.

Energy Food #2: Potent Pomegranate

Pomegranates may be all the rage here in the United States, but this funny little fruit has been used medicinally in the Middle East, Iran, India, Egypt and Greece for thousands of years.

High in antioxidants (especially polyphenols) and ellagic acid, pomegranates have been found to help repair free-radical damage. Specifically, research indicates that pomegranates may play a role in preventing and treating cancer and heart disease.

On the energy front, pomegranates’ high nutrient profile gives your cells the fuel they need for optimal speed and stamina. And speaking of stamina, the pomegranate has been coined “Nature’s Viagra®” due to its positive effect on erectile dysfunction. No wonder it has long been associated with love, sensuality and, yes, energy.

Enjoy one 4- to 8-ounce glass of unsweetened pomegranate juice per day.

Energy Food #3: Pile on the Peppers

I’m not talking about any old peppers…I mean hot peppers. Hot peppers like cayenne, habaneros and jalapenos contain capsaicin, a nutrient that is known to boost metabolism and energy.

Capsaicin is a vasodilator, meaning it helps to dilate and relax your blood vessels, which in turn increases circulation. It also increases body temperature, suppresses body fat accumulation and promotes energy metabolism.

Dice up a couple of hot peppers and add to your favorite chicken or beef dish a couple of times a week.

Energy Food #4: Quirky Quinoa

Hot on the heels of the gluten-free craze, a funny little grain called quinoa has emerged. This ancient grain isn’t even a grain at all. It’s a seed, and it has the highest protein content of any “cereal” grain around. Plus, quinoa is loaded with both fiber and iron.

And quinoa is gluten-free to boot. Let me tell you why this is key.

Gluten is one of the top three food allergens in this country. Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, rye, barley and sometimes oats. If you are allergic to gluten (i.e. celiac disease) or have a gluten sensitivity, eating these types of grains can make you bloated and tired. By eating gluten-free, you can regain your energy (and lose the belly bloat).

Quinoa is such an energy powerhouse that legend says the Incan armies would march for days on end fueled by nothing more than “war balls,” which were made up of quinoa and fat. While you may not make war balls for the office potluck, quinoa is sure to help you battle through even your toughest day.

Aim for ½ cup to one cup of quinoa three to four times a day.

Energy Food #5: Get Nutty

If you are looking for a quick energy boost, reach for raw, unsalted nuts and/or nut butters. Nuts are a great source of healthy fat, protein and fiber. The protein and fat keep you full and your blood sugar stable, while the minerals boost energy and stamina.

My favorite nuts are almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios and macadamia nuts, as well as their butters. Just be sure to avoid the overly salted versions.

Aim for one ounce of nuts (or nut butters) a day.

Energy Food #6: Sassy Sardines

It may sound “canny,” but sardines may be pretty close to the perfect energy food. These salty little suckers are a quick, easy, first-class source of both protein and omega-3 fats, both of which are critical for energy and metabolism.

Look for sardines packed in sardine oil or olive oil. Avoid those with soybean or cottonseed oils. Enjoy with crackers, on top of a salad or straight out of the can.

Aim for one can of sardines a couple of times a week.

Energy Food #7: Head This Whey

High-quality whey protein powder is one of the most readily absorbed protein sources around. Plus, whey contains all of the amino acids your body needs in ideal balance. This translates to sustained energy.

Just be careful when choosing a whey protein powder, as many are just milkshakes in disguise. Look for a product that comes from grass-fed cows, is pesticide-free and doesn’t contain artificial flavors or sweeteners. If it also contains added nutrients, all the better.

Aim for one scoop whey protein powder a day.

For a true energy boost, combine several of these energy foods in one fatigue-busting apple pie smoothie. In a blender, mix 8 ounces water, one scoop whey protein powder, one apple (chopped), 2 teaspoons cinnamon and one tablespoon pecan butter (or one ounce chopped pecans). Blend well and enjoy!

 

http://www.wholehealthinsider.com/newsletter/dog-tired-top-7-foods-fantastic-energy/

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Finally! The FDA Admits That Nearly Over 70% of U.S. Chickens Contain Cancer-Causing Arsenic

 

I don’t know about the rest of you, but lately my poultry purchases at my local market have become more and more of a ‘hit-and-miss’ situation, with more ‘misses’ if I’m being honest. As I bite into my homemade chicken nuggets or Coq au Vin (when I’m feeling fancy) I can’t help but feel that the chicken just tastes weird, stringy, just…funny. So a few days ago when I turned on the tube and saw the news headlines stating that the FDA has finally confirmed that chicken meat sold in the USA contains arsenic, my head, and stomach, nearly hit the roof. This cancer-causing toxic chemical, that in high doses could kill you, is actually being added to chicken feed on purpose, giving store-bought chicken the illusion of healthy coloring and plump appearance. Shockingly, this is the case with more than 70 percent of all U.S. chickens! That is just awful!

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Gluten Free Is Not Healthy

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Photo by Robert Couse-Baker. Hopefully, people have begun to realize that the gluten free diet is not a shortcut to health.

Gluten Free is not healthy? Blasphemy –you must think someone has hijacked my blog, but it’s true. Just because a food is gluten free does not mean it is healthy.

Sadly, the recent popularity of “gluten free” has many thinking that if they eliminate gluten, they are on a healthy diet.  As Michael Pollan wrote last year in the New York Times Magazine, “Gluten has become the bad nutrient of the moment.” (more…)

European study finds raw milk boosts immunity, prevents colds and infections

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By Ethan A. Huff

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims that it’s basically a death sentence for you and your children. But raw milk consumption, according to a new study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, can actually help prevent colds, viruses and respiratory tract infections (RTIs) from forming in kids, as opposed to commercially processed milk which provides little or no health benefits.

A cohort of researchers, doctors and other medical professionals from across Europe investigated the effects of raw milk versus boiled farm-fresh milk and commercial processed milk as part of a larger investigatory project known as “PASTURE.” A group of women, roughly half of whom lived and worked on livestock farms in rural areas of mostly central Europe, were recruited to participate in the research. (more…)

You Can Make Broccoli Sprouts that are 50X More Powerful Than Broccoli for Cancer Protection

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It’s hard for most of us to eat lots of broccoli as a preventative measure against cancer. But relatively unknown broccoli sprouts are easy to put onto salads, other foods, and in sandwiches on a daily basis.
And Broccoli sprouts make regular broccoli’s health benefits seem miniscule. Sprouting instructions are at the end of this article, which contains an interesting food fight story with nutritional information.

 

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Two Types of Ingredients In Over 95 Percent of All Processed Foods Fuel Over-Consumption Of Those Same Foods

If you guessed refined sugars and processed oils, give yourself a gold star. Diets that lead to obesity — specifically diets high in refined sugars and processed oils may cause changes to the brains of obese people that in turn may fuel over-consumption of those same foods and make weight loss more challenging. The problem is that the body exerts a strong defense against undernutrition and weight loss, but applies a much weaker resistance to over-consumption and weight gain — a human behavior food industry scientists have learned to exploit in their favor.

There are very specific principles which influence how appetite control operates and this constitutes one form of vulnerability to weight gain. The expression of appetite is reflected in an episodic pattern of eating behaviour, the selection of dietary commodities and an associated profile of conscious sensations such as hunger, preferences, aversions and fullness.

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How To Identify Hidden Food Additives

While you may be more familiar with the main ingredient categories listed below, have you ever noticed their aliases on food labels? Often disguised under alternative names, it takes practice to get familiar with identifying these hidden additives, Use this reference on how to identify hidden additives, next time you hit the grocery aisles and aim to avoid the most common refined derivatives, or synthesized versions of these foods for a truly clean cupboard.

 

Sugar/Sweeteners

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