What is clean eating?

On this weight loss band wagon, I have tried a whole lot of diets.

From counting calories to eating only protein, I have tried them all.

One thing I have learnt on this journey is how much I enjoy my food.

I enjoy the smell of good food, the taste and the satisfied feeling I get when I have had a good meal.

So while I want to lose weight and look good, I also want to have a great quality of life.

So how do I have my cake and eat it?

I have decided to try eating clean.

What is clean eating?

Clean eating involves whole foods or unprocessed foods.

Whole foods are foods that have not been packaged or canned such as fruits, vegetables and fresh produce.

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Foods that protect your heart

So every other day we read about the latest food fads, from coconut oil to avocados.

Most of these foods start trending on social media due to their stated health benefits. Some are fact while others are merely fiction, but most people would try anything in the quest for a healthy life.

Through all these those that catch my eye are those mostly related to cardiovascular health?

I am of African descent and people of my race have been known to have a higher risk of heart diseases, diabetes and hypertension. So in my quest to live a healthier and happier life I try to eat foods known to improve the heart.

Having low LDL cholesterol levels are said to be the best way to improve your heart and preferring the homeopathic path I search for foods that can help me achieve my goal.

So what foods help reduce LDL cholesterol levels?

  1. Oatmeal: I have previously written about the health benefits of eating oats and it is still my go to breakfast of choice (i.e. when I do eat breakfast). Oatmeal is rich in fiber, which helps bind cholesterol away from the blood that is then excreted out of the body. It also regulates blood sugar levels, aids in digestion and keeps you fuller for longer which helps aid weigh loss.

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The #Nobreakfast diet

I was raised to believe that breakfast was the most important meal of the day.

Growing up I watched commercials sprouting the benefits of eating a good breakfast in the morning.

So when I got on the weight loss train I earnestly stuck to those words.

Every morning I would either eat cereal, oats or a sandwich for breakfast.

Knowing that wheat bread was supposedly an healthier alternative to white bread I lightly buttered my wheat sandwich and told myself it was healthy because it had vegetables such as lettuce and tomatoes in it.

But was about if what I had always known was wrong ?

What if I skipped eating breakfast instead what could possibly happen?

I stumbled on this thought when I woke up one morning and I didn’t feel like eating at all.

I didn’t feel like eating oats and due to my new year resolution of not eating bread this year, I couldn’t eat a sandwich either.

So I decided not to eat anything.

By noon I started feeling hungry but I also realized something else, I felt lighter.

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The nutritional wonders of Amaranth

Amaranth is a weed that is consumed as food.

It is eaten in numerous countries and is praised for its numerous nutritional qualities.

The nutrients in Amaranth are carbohydrates, starch, and protein, sugars, fat and dietary fiber.

It also contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, C and E.

It is also rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium       and zinc.

It is advised that you cook amaranth leaves before consumption to remove the phytochemicals that reduce the nutritional content of the vegetables.

Amaranth grains are gluten free, easy to cook and rich in protein and so this super food is both nutritionally rich and delicious.

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Let’s talk about Poop.

We all do it, young and the old, celebrities and CEO’s we all poop.

And I am sure you have looked down the toilet bowl after doing number two and wondered why your poop looked funny.

Lets take a look at different types of poop and what they say about your health.

What is poop?

Poop, stool, feces, excrement and doodoo as it is fondly called are the waste products of digested food. Once your body takes the nutrients it needs from the food you have eaten, you poop out the waste.

This is really important for your health because it is the body’s natural way of expelling waste.

How frequently should you poop?

Poop frequency is personal, some people go once a day while other go once a week. As long as you don’t have any signs of constipation such as abdominal pain then you should be fine.

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Is Honey healthier than Sugar?

I have heard for years that I should reduce my sugar intake, this is really hard because I loooovvvvveeee sugar.

From candies to ice cream I love them all.

Just tell me that you have chocolates for me and you would see a huge grin on my face.

So knowing my weakness for sugar I tried to find an alternative, one that offered the same sweetness but with less health risks.

I researched saccharine, stevia, coconut sugar and honey.

Honey seemed to be my best option for the following reasons

  1. It is natural.
  2. Full of antioxidants
  3. Full of vitamins and minerals.

So filled with thoughts of the healthy sweetness of honey I overindulged.

But there is a downside to sweet “natural” foods and that is they are usually high in calories.

1 teaspoon of honey contains about 21 calories compared to 16 calories in a single teaspoon of sugar.

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Why is it so hard to lose weight ?

You all know how the story goes.

I had a great Christmas, I was with friends and family and we had so much fun.

I conveniently forgot about my diet and over indulged.

Cakes, pies, candy and drinks I had them all.

Then came January and I suddenly realized that I had gained 5 extra pounds.

For the past 2 years, I have been trying to get rid of the extra 10 pounds that I am carrying around on my hips.

So here I was, weight loss New Year resolution on my mind and I had 15 pounds of excess weight to lose.

As I tied on my shoelaces and warmed up for my exercises, I strategized on my weight loss plan.

I gave my self 3 months to lose the weight and motivated with thoughts of a healthier me I took my first step.

Now it’s the second month and I still have 12 pounds to go.

Why is weight loss so HARD.

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Diet versus Exercise

There is a saying that goes “you cannot exercise your way out of a bad diet”.

It’s a New Year and with it comes New Year resolutions.

The number one New Year resolution and a personal favorite of mine is Weight loss.

But what works best diets or exercises?

I have tried both options and this is my conclusion.

While I lose weight much faster with diets, I look and feel healthier with exercises.

So which is actually better?

Research has shown that for weight loss the 80 – 20 rule works best.

This means 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise.

So even if you slave away at the gym and you don’t change your dietary habits, you tend to see little or no movements on the scale.

Doing either exercises or diets alone are not ideal either.

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Juicing or Cleanses, which is better ?

 

I love celebrity gossip, it is one of my guilty pleasures.

I watch in interest as they talk about who has gained some weight (Oh, the horror), who lost the baby weight (Girl, you’re looking good in that bikini) and who is on what diet.

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Low-Carb,Fat-Free or Calorie Counting.

It is a new year, so  I would be going through my usual new year ritual : New year resolutions.

Over the years, I state a few my new year resolutions n the first day of the year and I always plan to stick to them, but then life happens.

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