Protein shakes are a type of whey protein supplement that are designed to aid recovery after intense physical training. However, they can also benefit people who have concerns about their basic health by improving some of their bodily functions.
Where ever you live, one thing is common to most countries. The governments are always trying to control everything....just because they think they can. One of their newest obsessions is controlling our salt intake.
You would think that a thick-crust pizza would have more calories. It has more dough, right? And dough has a lot of calories, right? One cup of average All-Purpose Flour, or Bread Flour has 455 calories. A thin pizza crust will ususally have 2 cups of flour in it (for a 14"-16" pizza).
New York City’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg proposes to cut down on the sales of large soda items at restaurants, movie theatres and by street vendors in an attempt to combat the rising obesity epidemic.
Most often, the sugary bribe works, and works well – which is precisely why so many parents resort to it. There is one side of the parental brain that essentially runs out of innovative ideas to get the kids to conform.
In most cases you don’t need a doctor, or a pill, or a piece of exercise equipment, or a television show, an infomercial, a website or any other scam to help you out of the self inflicted mess of being overweight. All you need to so is eat less and do more.
A cup is defined as 1 cup of fresh fruit, ½ cup of dried fruit, or 1 glass of 100% fruit juice. It is important to recognise that this is 100% fruit juice not fruit juice concentrate or fruit juice mix. 100% fruit juice still contains many of the nutrients and is actual juice of the fruit.
Often considered to be evil, sugar actually plays a role in many processes of the body. Sugars are broken down into glucose, the simplest form of sugar in the body.
To ensure that you consume a balance of these fuel sources and nutrients it is recommended that all of your main meals should be based on the rule of ½ plate of fruit or vegetables (or salad), ¼ of your plate should be from a protein source (for example fish, lean white or red meat, eggs, lentils) and the remaining ¼ of your plate should be made up of wholegrain or low glycemic index carbohydrates.
If you are looking to incorporate healthy snack options into your diet look for snacks that are based on fruits, vegetables, reduced fat dairy products, nuts and seeds and wholegrain cereals.
Basic foods should make up the majority of your shopping list. Basic foods include pasta, rice, wholegrain breads, flour, couscous, quinoa, oats, barley, beans/lentils, lean meats, eggs, fruits, vegetables, milk and yoghurt.
Most of the calorie content of energy drinks comes from sugar. Some energy drinks contain up to 5 teaspoons of sugar per 250mL! The Harvard School of Public Health reports that nearly 16 percent of the average Americans daily intake is made up from sugar that has been added to food.
Before an exercise session it is important to eat a high carbohydrate snack to ensure that your muscle and liver glycogen stores are topped up. If you do not have enough carbohydrate stored as fuel for use you will fatigue early.
There is a lot of publicity around supplements and sometimes you can feel that you have to give your child vitamin and mineral supplements. Let’s look at why you need these first before we decide if you should be giving your children them or not.
As well as fast food containing too much fat and sugar it is also very high in salt. Although we need some salt in our diet, we consume more than enough each day, especially when you choose fast food.
When you are cooking or baking you don’t need to feel compelled to follow a recipe exactly. Meals can be adjusted and made healthier by a few substitutions or additions and with a bit of trial and error you can still make your favourite recipes, but feel confident you are serving up a healthier dish.
Meal times do not have to be a battle, make them enjoyable and slowly introduce new food with positive encouragement. It may just surprise you how willing your child is to try new foods when they are presented in a completely different way.
If your children eat less sugar they are more likely to maintain a healthy weight, have less dental problems and consume more nutrients. Overall you will have a healthier, more energetic child!
Research has also shown that individuals who eat breakfast are much more likely to make better choices throughout the rest of the day, and are less likely to overeat.
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