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Where to Start with Healthy Eating

by Sonia Chartier, on 14 June 2014, Healthy Eating
Where to start with healthy eating

Healthy eating is the foundation of good health.  It is the way to simply promote wellbeing, prevent illnesses and maintain (or reach) a healthy weight.  As it is usually true for most things, balance is key.  For good health, you must not only eat right, but exercise is also essential.

What is eating right?  Well it is not all about good food or bad food; it is about regular diet and habits.  What you do not want is to develop “orthorexia nervosa” which is the obsession of eating only the right foods.  Then you lose the fun of eating and make yourself and people eating with you miserable. Michael Pollan sums up healthy eating in his book Omnivore’s Dilemma by saying:  eat food, not too much, mostly plants.

There are all kind of diets advertised everywhere, aiming to help with weight loss: the Atkins diet, the Paleo diet, the cookie diet, the no-carb, etc.  You should not to get carried away with diets that suggest something other than a balanced diet. Over the past 90 years, nearly 23 000 different kind of diets have been published and apparently none of them works on the long term to maintain health and weight.  What are the chances that the next one will?

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Less Salt… More Taste!

by Sonia Chartier, on 23 March 2014, Healthy Eating
Less Salt... More Taste!

What You May Not Know About Salt

Feel tired? Suffer from fluid retention? Blood pressure too high ? Suffer from arthritis, rheumatism, gout or osteoporosis? If so, your choice of salt could be the answer.

Salt is sodium chloride which, in limited amounts, is useful to the body.

Together with potassium it helps with keeping fluid (e.g. water) correctly balanced. The maximum recommended adult intake of salt daily is 6 grams, yet the average adult ingests about 9 grams.

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Meat-Free Barbeques

by Sonia Chartier, on 23 March 2014, Healthy Eating
Meat Free Barbeque

Where’s the Beef?

You don’t have to eat meat enjoy the summer BBQ season – there are plenty of vegetarian dishes that can be enjoyed.

1. Veggie kebabs: Chop yellow peppers, red onions, parsnips, carrots, corn and red peppers into one inch cubes and, together with whole cloves of garlic, push a wooden or metal skewer through different pieces so as to create a colorful medley and then marinate them in olive oil, fresh herbs and Herbamare (a herbal sea salt low in sodium).

2. Veggie burgers: Nut burgers, veggie burgers and veggie patties are all extremely tasty and can be used for barbecues.

3. Corn on the Cob, usually a favorite with kids, cooks well, giving wonderful aromas. Wrap it in tin foil to avoid direct contact with the hot charcoal.

4. Baked potatoes can be finished off foil wrapped over the coals.

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7 Harmful Effects of Coffee on Your Body

by Sonia Chartier, on 23 March 2014, Healthy Eating
7 Harmful Effects of Coffee on Your Body

Coffee and Your Body

Are you one who can’t start your day without coffee?  It has almost become a tradition to start your day off with a coffee, but being aware of how it has an impact on your body is definitely important.

It’s time to educate yourself on the effects of high doses of caffeine on your system.

7 Harmful Effects of Coffee on Your Body

1. Decreased iron absorption

The presence of tannin in coffee may reduce the absorption of iron in foods when you drink coffee during a meal.

2. Aggravates osteoporosis

Coffee is bad for bone health. Heavy coffee consumption has a significant diuretic effect and, as such, increases the depletion of minerals from your body, including calcium. Vitamin D is extremely important in fighting decalcification, particularly for those who drink large amounts of coffee.

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