Protecting Your Teeth against Sugar, without Completely Cutting out Sweet Snacks

Protecting your teeth against the problems caused by sugar is something we are told to do as children, told to do as adults and told to do during old age.

It is something that we are told to do our whole life. And it is something that we need to do too. But just because it is something that we need to do, it doesn’t mean we need live a life devoid of sugar. It doesn’t mean we need cut sweet and sugary snacks eaten as a treat out of our diet completely. Continue reading “Protecting Your Teeth against Sugar, without Completely Cutting out Sweet Snacks”

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Is Your Healthy Lifestyle As Good For You As You Think?

Over the years there have been many theories on what the best things are to consume for our general health and well-being. In this article are going to be some things that you probably didn’t realize you should, or shouldn’t be putting into your body.

We should all know by now that eating healthily, drinking plenty of water and exercise is the best way of keeping ourselves fit and healthy. However, with so many fad diets on the market these days, it’s easy to become confused about whether your body is getting what it needs to be at it’s best.

One of the latest trends in health and fitness includes taking vitamins and other supplements to promote weight loss, healthy skin and nails, and promotes the rate in which your hair grows. Did you know that you can get all of these promised results just by putting the right food into your body?

Many people argue the fact that they don’t have enough time each day to eat the recommended portions of each food type. This might be true, but taking a vitamin tablet each day isn’t going to fill you up either.

It may give you a portion of the vitamins you need, but then you will be more likely to binge out on other food later because you’re hungry. That’s not to say that vitamins don’t work, as some people are required to take them for their health, but whenever possible, you should be trying to get the nutrients you need through food, not a supplement.

Try to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day to ensure that your body is getting the correct nutrients.

It’s true that drinking water is the best source of hydration, but how clean is your water? Many water sources are contaminated with chemicals to make the water seem cleaner.

Water filtration systems are becoming increasingly popular these days because people are realising that their tap water alone, isn’t doing them much good.

Consider investing in a water treatment system. You can read more about it here at ncwater.net. Here you will discover that not only can water be harmful to drink when it’s not treated, but it can be harmful on your skin when you’re bathing in it too.

If you suffer from skin conditions, the symptoms are often alleviated when the water is treated because the chemicals are no longer harming your skin.

Even though exercise is a must for keeping our bodies fit and limber, there is such thing as too much exercise. Too much physical activity can cause injuries like muscle strains, and joint pains.

Some may argue that exercise over time will alleviate these problems, but remember that everything should be done in moderation. Try changing it up so that you’re doing a more gentle exercise a few times a week like yoga.

Remember, only doing one of these things isn’t enough to keep you healthy. Try changing your lifestyle today to begin seeing some great results!

This post has been contributed by Ryan Gatt, it may contain affiliate links.

Know what a paillard is? Me neither, but this one sounds tasty

It sounds incredibly simple and quick, plus now you have a new word for your cooking vocabulary.

Chicken has become my go-to meat choice now that I’ve had two stents put in during the past five years. And I’m constantly searching for more ways to cook it, as you can see on my recipe page. I recently saw this recipe for chicken paillard and I thought, what is a paillard and is it tasty?

Bon Appetit magazine seems to think it is, and for the record, a paillard is simply a piece of meat pounded flat, usually between two pieces of wax paper. Continue reading “Know what a paillard is? Me neither, but this one sounds tasty”

Still time to grill? Try these fruits and veggies for something different and fun

Labor Day Weekend is the traditional end for the outdoor grilling season, at least in northern climes such as Chicago where I live. But there will still be days when it’s warm enough to go out and fire up your grill, or grills (I have four!). Here’s a new take on grilling, ever think about fruits and veggies on the grill?

Cooking Light magazine has, apparently, in this piece on 10 fruits and veggies to grill (everything is a list these days, so they had to find 10 I’m sure).

Some of these, like watermelon, onions, eggplant and pineapple, I’ve heard of grilling before, but some, like apples and peaches really surprised me.

I’m guessing the key here is to find items with sugar content the flavor of which will be brought out by grilling.

Take a look, it’s a video, so you have to endure a commercial, but after that it moves fairly quickly.

And keep those grills fired up into fall, I know people who do their Thanksgiving turkeys outdoors in cold climates, that is hardcore grilling.

John

No Salt, No Fat, No Sugar? No Problem!

It seems that everything we put in our mouths these days is full of salt, fat, and sugar. If you are trying to cut down on the Big Three, this isn’t very helpful for your diet. In fact, it’s a killer because SFS (salt, fat, sugar) are the main ingredients which are unhealthy in large quantities. Of course, the key is to lower the amount of each you eat on a daily basis, yet it is easier to say than do. With salt, fat, and sugar everywhere you turn, it can seem almost impossible. Luckily, it’s a realistic possibility with the following tips.

Step One: Lowering Fat

Too much fat is without a doubt the biggest enemy, so let’s tackle this one first. The odds are you like to fry food because it is a quick and easy way to prepare a meal. Did you know the following facts about frying meat and vegetables?:

–    Fried food has twice as many calories as proteins or carbs

–    Eating fried food four times a week increases the risk of obesity

–    Frying oil takes away the healthy nutrients and turns them into harmful fats Continue reading “No Salt, No Fat, No Sugar? No Problem!”

Salmon so simple anyone can make it

Some people shy away from cooking fish at home because they think it too complicated. But eating fish at restaurants often means getting more salt and fat added than you want or need. So check my recipe page for a variety of fish recipes I think you can handle. Or start with this simple yet tasty way to make salmon at home.

My lemon salmon. I used leek instead of scallions and it came great. I loved the garlic flavor.
My lemon salmon..

Salmon is a great fatty fish, with what’s being called good fat these days, so enjoy it in place of steak or other meats you once ate but are giving up now because of “bad” fat concerns. Continue reading “Salmon so simple anyone can make it”

The Dangers Of Changing Your Diet

   Most of us could do with tweaking our diets a little. And, of course, there are always those ‘one-off’ occasions when we enjoy something off-plan. But changing your diet suddenly and drastically can do you more harm than good. There are lots of things to consider before you tackle a very restricted diet. The first is the needs of your body.

Yes, excess sugar, fat, and salt will do you harm in the long term. There is scientific evidence to back that up. Sugar, in particular, can do you quite a lot of harm in the short term too. Diabetes is a huge problem for a lot of people. Managing the condition requires careful monitoring of the amount of sugar you are consuming. As your blood sugar needs to be maintained, cutting out all sugar straight away, could leave you feeling light-headed, dizzy, and nauseous. This is called hypoglycemia and can be dangerous. Continue reading “The Dangers Of Changing Your Diet”