Eating Healthy for your Heart
Your heart is one of the most important organs in the body, and the foods you put into your mouth effect how your heart operates. If you want your heart to be strong and able to pump blood as well as possible all over your body, it is important for you to eat a healthy diet. Heart-healthy foods are readily available in the supermarket, so choose some that work for your personal likes and you should be able to help prevent heart disease in your own body.
Cholesterol is the most important thing when it comes to eating heart-healthy foods. There are both good cholesterols and bad cholesterols. Good cholesterols are called HDL, and their job in the body is to take excess bad cholesterol (LDL) to the liver, where it can be broken down and then will leave the body. LDL is actually not needed by your body at all from foods. Our bodies make enough of this kind of cholesterol on its own. It is the LDL cholesterol that hurts our hearts, not the HDL cholesterol, which actually helps our hearts be reducing the amount of LDL cholesterol in the body.
LDL stands for low-density lipoproteins. Because this substance has a low density, it does not flow through the blood stream as readily as it should. The red blood cells easily release the LDL cholesterol and it sticks to the walls of your blood vessels, especially in the arteries leading to your heart. This is bad for a number of reasons.
First, when the LDL cholesterol builds up on your arteries, it reduces the amount of blood that can fit through at a time, since the artery becomes smaller. That means your heart has to pump harder and faster in order to allow the same amount of blood to flow through your body. Over time, this makes your heart tired and not as strong. In the worst-case scenario, the blood vessel becomes so built up with LDL cholesterol that your artery could close completely. When this happens, your heart essentially panics because it is not getting the blood it needs and it starts beating rapidly to try to pump the blood. This causes a heart attack.
You can also have a heart attack from LDL cholesterol build up if a piece of the build-up, called plaque, breaks off and floats down the blood stream. When it reaches a smaller part of the blood vessel, it will get stuck and block the blood, which again causes a heart attack. If the piece of plaque travels to the brain instead of the heart, it will cause a blockage in this area of the body, which in turn causes a stroke. Therefore, it is simply important to cut out of your diet the foods high in cholesterol so that you can prevent heart disease and other problems in the body.
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Life is for living! And it doesn’t really matter what’s going on in your life right now – whether joy or despair or boredom – this is still true. Obviously a life filled with ‘good stuff’ seems to be a life that is easier to enjoy, I agree. But any life – yours or mine – really can be enjoyed, moment by moment.
And I hope to convince of this you with some well-chosen inspirational quotations.
And I shall do so despite what that evergreen, somewhat brutish British man with the penchant for Martini would have you believe: you only live twice. No, you only live once, James. Still, as Joe Louis said,
“You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.” — Joe Lewis
And Joe Lewis should know as he managed to become one of the greatest boxers in history. He did not do that thinking life was a rehearsal.
And here’s another quote to get you living life now!
“What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Goethe’s got a point, don’t you think?
Yesterday, for example, I did not start this article that you’re reading now (called Inspirational Life Quotes to Help You Live Your Life NOW!). And that means that, today, I have not been able to finish it.
Thankfully, I did start writing the article *today* – even I have to stop procrastinating sometime – and I’m sure, therefore, that I will have finished it by tomorrow. (Hope you’re still following me!) I better had, otherwise you’ll never get to read these words. Will you?
Many thanks to Johann, is what I say.
“I can accept failure — everyone fails at something. But I cannot accept not trying.” — Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan, for those of you who don’t live in the United States or who have never owned a pair of Nike shoes, was/is a famous basketball player. He may even have been the best basketball player ever, but as my name is Steve Nash (yes, really!) then I couldn’t possibly comment on that. Anyway, Michael was a success on the basketball court, for sure. He did quite well in life, too.
And, as Michael puts it, success is about trying to succeed in the first place.
“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” — Calvin Coolidge
That’s a lot of words, Calvin, to more or less say what Nike’s been advocating for a while, namely: “Just do it.”
So, yes, if you don’t take the first step, and if you don’t carry on, whatever the obstacles, then you’ll never, ever get anywhere worth going.
Press on, indeed.
Let’s press on with this question: what is the meaning of life, the universe and everything?
Well Douglas Adams told us, in his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, that the answer was 42. Now this answer doesn’t help us that much, I agree. So perhaps we should look to someone more eminent than Adams (if that is possible!) for an answer. Step forward one Abraham Lincoln – 16th president of the United States. And he calmly stated this one day:
“Always remember: Life is for enjoying. ” — Abraham Lincoln
Hmm, well is not life so much more meaningful if we do remember Lincoln’s words. (Well, it’s probably more meaningful than remembering the number 42, anyway.)
“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein
Ah, Albert – the man forever with the grey hair and wide-eyed look! How could you become famous for being the scientist that discovered relativity and yet still come up with a blasphemous (if you’re a scientist, anyway) and beautiful inspirational life quote as this?
Miracles are everywhere, I humbly agree. And it is to our individual credit that we live life believing so.
“Don’t cry because its over, smile because it happened.” — Dr Seuss!
What does Dr Seuss mean with these few words? Does he mean that you should feel no pain or remorse at the mistakes you make, especially when you really know you could have done better if only…?
Or does he mean that if you’ve lost something that matters to you then you should rejoice in the fact that you took enough risks in life for something to matter so much that now you’ve lost it, it hurts?
Hmm, perhaps you can see why Dr Seuss became the famous author of numerous best-selling books containing few words, and why I will never do the same.
Still, whatever way you want to look at it, I think Dr Seuss is talking sense.
“We come into this world crying while all around us are smiling. May we so live that we go out of this world smiling while everybody around us is weeping.” — Persian proverb
Wouldn’t it be great if we could truly live life knowing that this is what we leave behind. A tear. A smile. A fond memory. And, better still, maybe even the inspiration for someone to try and live their life like you did – giving it everything they’ve got, despite the occasional setback, in an effort to achieve their true goals in life. I think so.
And with that, I shall thank you for reading these inspirational life quotes, and wish you well wherever you may find yourself to be…
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This is Gospel Coaching Session 1. The purpose of these 5-6 minute coaching sessions is to give you one major gospel truth to dominate your thinking like God says the gospel must. Paul says the gospel is the power of God, and we must live in it.
The gospel fulfills the word of God in us, and produces God’s presence and power through us. The gospel empowers us to live life better by accident than we ever could on purpose — in our human drive and ingenuity.
THE GOSPEL MUST BE CENTRAL FOCUS IN OUR LIVES
This is the thought of this first coaching session: the gospel of Jesus, which was his testimony on earth, must become the central focus of our lives.
Paul was separated to the gospel of God, and we must be too (Rom 1:1). The gospel cannot just be part of our doctrine. It must be ALL of our doctrine. Jesus tells us to repent of ALL other beliefs and to believe the gospel (Mk 1:15).
JESUS BROUGHT A CHANGE IN THINKING AND BELIEVING
For 2,000 years, the message had been about sin. This was still the message of John the Baptist (Mk 1:4). Jesus came and changed the message to one of belief. The Bible says that the law came through Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus (John 1:17).
We are told the law and the prophets existed until John the Baptist, but that since him the Kingdom of God is preached– which is defined for us by the gospel. All of us should press into this Christ-imparted Kingdom of God that is revealed by the gospel (Luke 16:16).
THE GOSPEL IS LIKE THE CONSTITUTION OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
The Constitution of the United States defines the U.S. and shows us how it is meant to function. The Gospel is like the Constitution of the Kingdom of God. It describes this New Covenant of the Kingdom. It shows us who God is in us, who we are in him, and how this all works in us. It shows us the glory of God, and it reveals all that we are in Christ.
It was a message of gospel power, not sin. We are told it is the law that produces the power of sin over us, and declares us all guilty before God (I Cor 15:56, Rom 3:19-20). The gospel is just the opposite of this.
It reveals the power of God in us (Rom 1:16). Jesus knew he’d come to do away with sin and become sin for us (Heb 9:26, II Cor 5:21). Jesus knew if we just changed our beliefs, and believed the gospel, we would be overcomers over most sin problems, and we’d live a life of overcoming victory at least most of the time.
THE GOSPEL IS MEANT TO CHANGE OUR BELIEFS
It is given to us to straighten out our thinking (Rom 12:1-2). It gives us the thoughts of God himself (Isa 55:8-9). The gospel reveals to us the way God thinks. The gospel is God’s language this side of the cross. Too often, we listen to a lot of humanistic preaching and it is enticing to us because it’s how we think. But it’s not the way God thinks.
We don’t like being told what to believe, so we try to invent our own beliefs. That’s not smart!
THE GOSPEL BUST BECOME OUR LIFE
The gospel must become a ‘stand alone’ to us. It cannot be mixed with anything else. Jesus told us not to pour new wine into old bottles. To mix the gospel with other things — even God’s Old Testament law — is like mixing the blood of animals with the blood of Jesus. Don’t do that!
The gospel begins with salvation, but it is so very much more. It not only commences all spiritual life, all spiritual life continues in the gospel only. It is meant to permeate all of life. The gospel is the abundant life of Jesus that we should be living daily (John 10:10).
THE GOSPEL IS GOD’S ANSWER TO ALL THINGS
I know this sounds like something only THE GOSPEL COACH would say. But it’s true.
Paul was totally focused on the gospel of the grace of God (Acts 20:24). It was his life-long work. He dealt with problems that exist when we don’t apply gospel truth — and he showed how applying gospel truth reduces problems and creates solutions.
This is why he says our whole ministry should be the New Testament gospel (II Cor 3:6). He even said the gospel is what fulfills the word of God in our lives (Col 1:23-25). We’ll talk more about these things in later sessions.
In John 18:37, Jesus says that proclaiming gospel truth was his whole purpose in coming to earth. It was the first declaration out of his mouth, as we see in Mark 1:15. He says the gospel must be preached in all the world before the end will come (Matt 24:14). The book of Revelation says the gospel is so important even angels preach it from heaven to people on earth (Rev 14:6).
THREE THINGS WE MUST DO TO LIVE THE GOSPEL
Paul says the gospel is the power of God (Rom 1:16). For the gospel to truly have total impact and power in your life you must do three things:
(1) you must SEPARATE yourself to it like Paul did (Rom 1:1), (2) you must CONTINUE in it in all aspects of life (Col 1:23), (3) you must REPENT of all other beliefs that contradict it (Mark 1:15).
This is the way to allow Jesus to live in you, and to produce his abundant life in you… the power of God in you.
NEXT TIME: we’ll look at things that diffuse and minimize the gospel in our lives — things like man’s theology and opinion that counters gospel truth.
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Cancer can be a terrifying word. You can never understand fully what it is like to hear that you have cancer unless it has happened to you. No matter whether the cancer is a death sentence or is treatable, a cancer diagnoses means making serious life changes. The piece that follows aims to ease the shock such adjustments can bring.
Alcohol is not healthy at all, and it should not be consumed when thinking about cancer and avoiding it. Some cancers are directly related to alcohol consumption. Esophagus, mouth and throat cancers are all potential threats from over-drinking. It is acceptable to drink alcohol, but only if you do so in moderation.
A primary source of cancer is exposure to sunlight, as skin cancer is among the most commonly diagnosed forms of cancer. Two essential tools to protect yourself from the constant barrage of UV rays are a hat and high-SPF sunscreen.
If diarrhea is one of the side effects of your cancer treatments, then you should consider cutting back on other irritants like coffee. This can make you feel more awake, but it can worsen your diarrhea. Along these lines, it is wise to discontinue use of all types of caffeine while in treatment to eliminate your diarrhea.
Most people know that fish such as wild salmon are very nutritious. But are you aware that salmon has low levels of mercury and omega-3 fatty acids that can help in the prevention of cancer? You can combat cancerous cells within your body by having wild salmon a couple of times each week.
Treatment plans are becoming more complex and advanced, which allows more people to overcome cancer and enjoy long, healthy lives. An oncologist will advise you on which treatment is right for your cancer.
You will feel better, look better, and have a better chance of avoiding cancer if you pay attention to your diet and get adequate exercise. If you want to prevent cancer, you need to eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercise for at least half an hour a day and drink at least eight glasses of water per day.
Do not continue working with a doctor you are not able to openly communicate with. Find someone who will answer all your questions quickly and efficiently. You must get your questions and concerns addressed right away.
If a member of your family is a cancer sufferer, it is vital that you try not to treat the person any differently. Cancer patients do best when surrounded with positive energy. Pity can lead them to feel worse then they need to about their own situation.
Prepare yourself for all the physical changes that may take place as you receive cancer treatment. A health care professional can outline the different treatment options and the likely side effects of each one. If your hair falls out as a result of chemotherapy, you many want to purchase a wig. If your skin becomes pale, as a result of cancer treatments, you might want to wear special makeup.
Find out how treatments will affect your body before you begin them. The more you know about what to expect, the more prepared you will be to deal with changes as they happen. If you are receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment, ask other patients how they dealt with hair loss so you can be prepared ahead of time.
Eating too much sugar will make cancer cells grow. Cancer grows with sugar, so if you do not eat any sugar, it can help prevent it. This alone will not eliminate cancer, but use it with other tactics to keep cancer away.
If you know someone dealing with cancer, help them find people that they can talk to. Thanks to the Internet, it’s easy to find support groups and even people who will talk to the patient in person. This will help by giving your loved one a place where they can share their thoughts and feelings.
Your diet may impact your body’s ability to fight cancer. For example, tomatoes protect men against prostate cancer. Studies have shown this to be true.
By understanding the symptoms associated with cancer, you can help to identify if you are at risk of getting cancer. Learning how to recognize signs and symptoms of cancer is the best way to prevent it.
The fears people have of cancer are far from unfounded. Cancer can effect many different parts of your body, and it’s able to strike at any time. If you can use these tips to educate yourself, you will stand a much better chance of beating this disease should you be diagnosed with it.
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Having a family member that is suffering a mental health disorder can be taxing at times. Depending on the severity of the disorder, many families have been broken up because of this. Some of them can be blamed on the lack of love or patience a family member can bestow. Some just cannot handle the pressure and others just cannot take the shame.
But if the people around a person with a mental health disorder feels awkward, then what about what the actual person with the disorder feels? Many or most of these people are too afraid or ashamed to share their disorder with other people because they fear being ridiculed or judged.
Even as seeing a psychiatrist or taking mental health disorder medicines are commonplace nowadays, many people still distrust a person with a mental health problem; they feel that they are too unstable and unpredictable. Fearing what they do not know, this ignorance causes more depression and damage to a person with a mental health disorder.
Getting Over the Fear
What mental health disorder patients want is for them to be considered as normal people. Only that they need more compassion, understanding and kindness. Treat a mental health disorder afflicted person the same way as you would anyone, this would make him or her feel more normal.
As they feel more accepted and happy, they increase the chance of becoming normal. Also, be prepared; learn about the disorder that has afflicted your family or friend. Know the symptoms so you can be prepared as well.
For the patient, learn and try to accept your condition, do not be afraid of what people will say, open up your condition to them. If they cannot take it then they are not worth it. Remember that there are many people with mental health disorder; some are not just as obvious. Hold your head up high and live with dignity.
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If you are a person who is interested in eating a balanced diet in order to enjoy a healthy life, you may be contemplating the use of vitamins and nutritional supplements. There are some definite benefits that can be derived from the proper use of vitamin products and nutritional supplements. However, in order to make vitamins and nutritional supplements an effective and appropriate part of an overall health diet program, it is necessary to understand how these products fit within an overall healthy eating regimen.
In reality, before you embark on any diet plan that includes the use of supplements and vitamins it is important for you to obtain and seek medical advice. Each and every year people embark on a diet plan that includes the use of nutritional supplements without first consulting a health care or nutrition specialist. Some of these people end up suffering serious health problems due to a diet plan (which includes supplements) that they embark on without a professional consultation. Of course, in the end, you want to improve your health through the use of nutritional supplements as opposed to causing health problems through the use of such products.
Nutritional supplements (and vitamins) can be utilized as a means of supporting an otherwise healthy eating and exercise program. In simple terms, nutritional supplements can be used to better your overall balanced diet plan on two fronts:
1. Nutritional supplements can be used to fill in some minor nutritional gaps in your overall healthy diet.
2. Nutritional supplements can be used to assist in boosting the effectiveness of your overall healthy diet plan.
As an aside, nutritional supplements can also be utilized to make any companion workout routine more effective. By properly balancing your overall diet, your exercise routine and the proper utilization of nutritional supplements, you will be well on your way to establishing a complete plan for healthy living. Through such a regimented and appropriately crafted program you will enjoy better health and you may be able to add years to your life.
There are a number of different resources that you will want to consider when it comes to making decisions regarding incorporating nutritional supplements into your overall diet plan. You would be well versed in consulting these resources — whether from the brick and mortar world or online — in addition to seeking professional guidance from a doctor or nutrition specialist.
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In this hard world we get limited time to enjoy our self gather around with friends and families and get the flavor of life. Anybody gets to live a peaceful life and chance to smile whole heartedly should be thankful to life and always simile back to others. One should always follow this in the long run of life as happy moments do not come in pamphlets. Occasion is the best moments in one’s life as it brings out joy; make people close to each other who are living in the other end of the world. Throughout the world people believe that leading a joyful life is the most essential and best way for good health. Stress bring out frustrations, anxiety, bitterness in life so to avoid it one should always be happy cheerful and throw negative energy out from the window. Spreading love warmth and smile around the people should me once motto as we get to live our life once. Though it might not be as easy as it sound as people try to control everything in life but one can always try. In every part of world there are so many things happening everyday and it’s impossible for us to be a part of all of them. And where world is a full of diversities of language photos becomes our common language. In a very much generalized way when any family arranges any function or get together including all the family members and friends, the first thing that comes in the mind of every person is that merrymaking scope would be there. This is why we all love to be a part of such invitations. Every individual wishes to capture all the moments happening by clicking fotografo to keep that joyful moment alive forever with us. Like other event weddings are the most auspicious events in out like. Where we tie our knot to the most loved person and promise to be with him in happiness and sorrow. To keep that moment’s alive fotografo matrimoni Napoli gives us the most wonderful opportunity to capture the day. This feature is that is falling in love with the very concept of merrymaking. We all love to spread happiness amongst each other. The best way to do that is to hire the service of a genuine fotografo di nozze as it provide best photography with affordable budget In the nation of Italy these are the group of skilled individuals consider Photography is an art and only a passionate fotografo does realize this fact. For occasions worth million lives one should never hire any freelancer as they do not have the seriousness and skill to capture the million dollars worth moments perfectly. Getting that perfect short is not easy as the moment will never come back so it’s become hard for the photographer to click every moment. Fotograpi matrimoni Napoli is the finest among the bunch as it help to capture the most precious moments of your life that make its more memorable.
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If you’re like most people, you spend a ton of time working. So much time, in fact, you probably struggle to spend as much time as you should with your family. If you miss the people you love the most and want to start getting more out of your life overall, you’ve got to learn how to manage your time better.
If that sounds only slightly-easier than scaling Mt. Everest, read on! These 8 tips will give your time management skills a much-needed boost:
1. Stay organized.
If you’re running around like a chicken with your head cut off, you’re going to be completely frazzled and you’re never going to accomplish anything! So, before you start your day (or even the night before), create a schedule for all of your tasks.
Just be realistic about your goals. If you try to fit too much into your schedule, you’ll wind up getting even more stressed out trying to get everything done!
The best way to create a daily schedule is to determine which tasks are the most important and put them front-and-center on your “To Do” list. By getting the most important things done first, you’ll feel a whole lot better about tackling the rest of the day!
3. Make your family a priority.
After all, they are, right? So, treat them as such! If you don’t consciously make your family a priority every day, something else is always going to get in the way.
This doesn’t mean you can completely ignore all your responsibilities, but once you make an active effort to put your family first, it’ll become easier to carve out at least a little bit of time for them every single day. If you have to, schedule specific “Family Time” – like family dinners every night.
4. Eat lunch.
Think you can accomplish more if you work through lunch? Think again! You’ll actually get more done if you take a break and come back to your work more refreshed. Giving your mind that short break is exactly what you need to power through the rest of your day. By skipping lunch, you’re actually increasing your odds of losing focus in the afternoon!
5. Stay focused.
Speaking of being focused, you’ve got to work hard to make sure you do it. Do everything you can to avoid distractions and keep your eye on the prize – the “prize” being that feeling of accomplishment when you achieve everything you set out to do.
By staying focused, you’ll avoid the stress that accompanies falling behind. So, quit procrastinating and get to work! The sooner you do, the sooner you’ll feel better about your entire life.
6. Learn to delegate.
Trying to do everything yourself doesn’t make you a “hero”. Instead, it just makes you feel completely stressed out! So, if you have work that can be handed over to someone else, do it.
7. Get enough sleep.
You also will not be considered a “hero” if you stay up working half the night. If you want your mind to be at its sharpest, you need to give it time to rest. That means getting enough sleep at night.
8. Give your body the nutrition it needs.
Treating your body properly when it’s awake is just as important as resting at night. So, instead of grabbing whatever fast food meal you can find, make a special effort to eat healthy foods and drink plenty of water. That way, your body will have the ingredients it needs to operate at its best!
See? You don’t have to be a ball of stress and anxiety! A few simple changes can give your entire life a boost!
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Food tastes better when it is properly seasoned to bring out all the flavours. The seasoning of choice was always Salt which we now know is not the best thing to have in excess and healthy eating guidelines suggest that we avoid adding it. So how do we replace that as a flavour enhancer?
Salt in small quantities is necessary for life, you would soon be aware of health problems if you had no salt in your diet, the issue is with the huge quantities that are added to many processed foods to mask poor ingredients. There are many alternatives that can be used to give piquancy to your food. Fresh or dried herbs and spices are the obvious alternatives though I have to say, from a personal point of view, many foods taste just as good without any salt or seasoning. You get the full, natural flavour. Vegetables are one of the foods that can suffer from being salted in cooking. When you have lovely fresh Purple Sprouting Broccoli for example, or new Peas the salt masks the delicate flavours completely and turns them into something quite ordinary.
Probably the most common alternative for Salt is Pepper, it is certainly the one I use a great deal. I use freshly ground mixed peppercorns which add a richness and depth of flavour to savoury dishes. I do use white pepper with fish and chicken dishes sometimes from a presentation point of view but more often than not, I don’t worry about it! The next favourite for me is Garlic. It has huge health benefits in its own right and is invaluable in the kitchen. If I am roasting anything I throw a few cloves of unpeeled garlic into the tin and it gives a very delicate flavour. The garlic is very sweet to eat as an added bonus. Crushed or chopped in soups, stews, stir fries, in fact almost anything, sensibly used garlic enhances the flavours. If you are not very keen on it try just rubbing a cut clove of garlic across the surface of the pan before you start cooking. It will not taste of garlic I promise but it will draw out the flavour of the food.
Bay leaves bring a soft warm flavour, especially to creamy sauces and egg dishes. It is very easy to grow and is available all year round so you can just grab a couple of fresh leaves when you want them. Bruise them gently to bring out the full flavour and aroma. My Bay Tree is just outside the door so I can grab a handful without having to get wet in the rain. Another favourite for me is Parsley, again for sauces but equally delicious in savoury dishes or as a garnish where it brings a unique flavour all it’s own. Coriander is also very popular of recent times and makes delicious soups when combined with quite ordinary ingredients like Carrots. Basil has a very similar relationship with Tomatoes and is a marriage made in heaven.
I use a great of Nutmeg in cooking as well, particularly with fish and cheese dishes, freshly grated it is almost perfumed. Going for a completely different taste sensation English Mustard powder is also very useful to draw out cheese sauces and makes a Welsh Rarebit something very special indeed, particularly if you add a dash of Worcestershire Sauce. Cinnamon is useful spice with red meats, I prefer to use a Cinnamon stick and let in infuse in the sauce for a while rather than the ground spice.
Rosemary is traditional accompaniment for Lamb but I find it very useful with chicken and fish dishes too, along with citrus fruits the grated rind of lemons, limes and oranges can really lift a dish and cut through the richness that sometimes overpowers your taste buds. For more oriental dishes I like to use Ginger and Spring Onions (Scallions) or Chives which are a little more delicate.
There are some low sodium alternatives to salt on the market and for most people these can be used quite safely. If you have a heart condition however, they are not advised because of potential issues with some medications, if in doubt you should check with your medical practitioner. There are so many alternatives to all forms of Salt that fall well within the healthy eating guidelines that it should not be necessary to add any salt as there is sufficient for our health needs within the natural foods themselves.
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Healthy eating starts with careful planning and organization. Since fresh produce has a very limited shelf life, regular grocery shopping is a must. Creating a menu for the week and writing out a shopping list will save you time and money; while helping you stick to healthy recipes. Local health food stores and farmer markets are very money-wise solutions. Plus, frequent visits will allow you expand your culinary horizons as well as mingle with other health-concerned people.
Healthy eating means using fresh ingredients and gentle cooking methods without adding any artificial ingredients and fats. Healthy eating requires a lot of cooking, since take-out food often contains too many refined fats and artificial seasonings. However, with modern appliances you will discover that cooking is no longer an annoying chore reserved for special occasions, but an exciting part of everyday life.
So which products should we buy when we actually decide to begin eating healthy food? Here’s what your weekly shopping list should include.
Vegetables. All vegetables should be eaten young, when they are tender and not coarse. Vegetables are best bought from fresh food markets or seasonal, when they are sold in boxes or baskets. Supermarket vegetables are often genetically modified or have been picked green and ripened in boxes when traveling long distances. Sprouts and brightly colored vegetables contain the most vitamins and antioxidants.
Fruits. Again, the trick is to buy seasonal fruit, since exotic fruits have often traveled long distances and ripened in their boxes, not on trees. Local, naturally ripened or, better yet, organic fruit are the best choice for the health-conscious cook.
Herbs. Aromatic herbs and spices can be used fresh or dried. The best idea is to plant the aromatic herbs in pots on your window and use them fresh whenever you need them. To preserve flavor, you can buy spices whole and use them freshly ground.
Cheese. Although cheese is quite rich in fats, cheese is a great source of vitamins and minerals. Buy only fresh cheeses in small quantities and try to eat them at once, since gourmet cheeses don’t have a lengthy shelf life.
Eggs. Buy only organic or free-range eggs, and shake them before buying to ensure freshness.
Fish and shellfish. The best way to buy fish is fresh and unfrozen. Again, most of the fish in supermarkets comes from fish farms where it is fed with artificial substances, and this fish cannot be used in healthy recipes. Pink salmon and other popular kinds of fish will most likely come from a fish farm. Shellfish is a more healthy choice, since shrimp, for example, does not live in chemically polluted water. When you boil mussels, discard those that do not open.
Meat. For truly healthy eating purposes it’s better to skip meat entirely, since it’s almost impossible to find meat that comes from an environmentally and health conscious farmer. Most of the meat in supermarkets has enormous quantities of growth hormones and antibiotics. The best meat for use in healthy recipes comes from small farming communities or organic farms.
Grains. Whole wheat and whole grains should become a staple of your healthy eating routine, because many healthy ingredients are contained in the grain shell. Rice is the only exclusion from the rule, because, even though the rice grain shell is removed, many nutritional elements still remain in the rice grain.
What we eat become a part of us. So make your kitchen a starting point for your new healthy eating habits, and enjoy preparing healthy meals.
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