Don’t diet: Healthier ideas to lose weight

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Updated 07 October 2016
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Don’t diet: Healthier ideas to lose weight

So, who has tried getting on a diet and sticking to it? I know you’re mentally raising your hand guilty as charged, I for one don’t believe in diets as much as I believe in using the term “changing food habits.” There is always this nagging voice in your head that keeps reminding you to drop those chips and order water instead of coke, for once that nagging voice is right! We do need to cut down on things that not only accumulate in the mid section, but can cause serious damage to our bodies inside and out. This isn’t news to us all, we’re just not listening properly.
To continue the decluttering of your lifestyle, we already covered major changes as well as conquering those stressful unorganized objects that could cause your stress levels to be elevated, so we decluttered and de-stressed. Having some peace of mind is exactly how everyone should live their lives, regardless of the ups and downs that occur on a daily basis, but you can deal with it I’m sure. Let’s talk diets! How many times have you followed through with a diet? Some studies find that 73 percent of people don’t follow through after about five weeks of dieting, some are higher and some lower, but generally it’s found that many have difficult times sticking to a diet. So don’t, yes don’t.
Labeling food is just annoying so we opt for “improving” or “changing food habits” to “lifestyle” to just simply “food”. This transition is gradual and will allow you to understand that changing your eating and food choices mean that you need to be deprived of it, you can indulge in so many foods but change the way they’re cooked for example or the ratio of protein vs vegetables, etc. There are many ways in which you can change and spice up your diet. Keep in mind:
• Consume less sugar and add more fruits and vegetables.
• Opt for one meatless day, for example, meatless Monday, consuming large amounts of red meat high in saturated fat raises cholesterol levels which can lead to a higher risk in heart diseases.
• Use less salt.
• Stop consuming fried foods.
• Legumes, nuts, oats, brown rice are necessary but not in excess amounts.

It’s all about prioritizing honestly and deciding which path you’ll want. Naturally, you’ll chose the healthier option. And why not? There are plenty of choices to 1) help lose weight 2) lower cholesterol 3) help decrease occurrences of non-communicable diseases and so much more. Just eating nuts such as almonds can ensure bone building material, almonds also help the appearance of your skin due to the high levels of vitamin E, cashews provide good levels of protein, zinc and iron and decrease age-related memory loss, and pecans are rich in anti-oxidants that help prevent plaque formation in the arteries. And that’s just the tip of the pyramid, clean eating is your target path.
Clean eating doesn’t require much, please don’t head to your nearest supermarket and buy the whole “diets” aisle, try substituting one item from the unhealthy list to the healthy list. You like chips, make them at home using real potatoes, for example, change it up a bit and use parsnips and sweet potatoes for a more colorful variety. Try eating at home for one week, nothing from restaurants or buffets, you’ll see that first your tastebuds will approve, your GI tract will thank you and lastly just peeking at your bank account will have you at ease, no I’m not being sarcastic, the less money you spend on unhealthy food, the more stress prone you’ll be. Don’t believe me, try it yourself and watch how your mood plummets as your bank account shows a number you’re not happy about.
Moving from “improving food habits” to “changing” it is a major step, the best way to transition is by making sure you’re comfortable. Comfortable with the small changes you’ve added, comfortable with less sugar in your coffee or slice of cake every now and then (no, not every other day, every now and then) and removing the salt shaker from the dining table does make a difference. You’ll feel the changes both mentally and physically, knowing that you’re cutting out unhealthy dishes and substituting them with something more fresh, more colorful that will reflect on your mood, you’ll feel lighter, calmer not to mention no more upset stomachs. There is no need to create major shifts in your lifestyle to feel complete, it’s the simple and minor changes that make a bigger impact, just enough as to not shock your brain nerves.
It’s normal to succumb to the voice in your head but ask yourself, do you want healthy hair even at the age of 60? Less wrinkles? Would you like your memory to be top notch and healthy by 70 or even 80? Yes, it is possible with proper clean eating, it’s never too early to start. Don’t let those blue, animal looking gummy candies convince you that it can ensure you long, thick and shiny hair, there’s nothing better than proper nutrients from actual food. Pass the sweet potato chips with yogurt, it’s time to watch some American football.


Australia offers reward amid mystery strawberry needle scare

wholesale prices had fallen by half to 50 Australian cents per punnet, below the cost of production. (Supplied)
Updated 17 September 2018
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Australia offers reward amid mystery strawberry needle scare

  • Several brands grown in Queensland have been withdrawn from supermarkets, and there have been multiple reports of other cases in the states of New South Wales and Victoria

SYDNEY: An Australian state has offered a large reward for information after sewing needles were found in strawberries sold in supermarkets, in what the federal health minister described as a “vicious crime.”
The issue came to light last week when a man was taken to hospital with stomach pains after eating the fresh produce bought at a supermarket in Queensland state.
Since then, people have posted on social media photos of other strawberries with small metal pins stuck into them.
Several brands grown in Queensland have been withdrawn from supermarkets, and there have been multiple reports of other cases in the states of New South Wales and Victoria.
“Whoever is behind this is not just putting families at risk across Queensland and the rest of Australia — they are putting an entire industry at risk,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Saturday.
Her government is offering a Aus$100,000 ($71,500) reward for any information that leads to the capture and conviction of those responsible.
“I would urge anyone with information that may be relevant to this incident in any way to contact police as soon as possible,” she added.
Queensland Police told national broadcaster ABC the contamination of the strawberries — usually sold in small plastic boxes called punnets — was done “obviously to injure somebody.”
They have yet to reveal possible motives but the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association said a disgruntled former worker might be responsible.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said Sunday he had ordered the national food safety watchdog to assess the handling of the cases, calling the sabotage a “very vicious crime.”
The Queensland strawberry industry is valued at about Aus$160 million ($114 million). The ABC said Saturday wholesale prices had fallen by half to 50 Australian cents per punnet, below the cost of production.
Consumers have been urged to cut up their strawberries before eating.