- Most of the fruits and veggies we find on the grocery store shelves have been irradiated; meaning they have been treated to help prolong shelf life and delay ripening. Unfortunately, this process also destroys essential nutrients; especially water soluble vitamins and antioxidants.
- Aggressive farming, acid rains, use or artificial fertilizers and synthetic pesticides have caused soil depletion. These activities deplete the essential nutrients in the soil. As a result, nutritional values of fruits and vegetables are greatly reduced.
- Depending on your lifestyle or behaviour, you may need extra supplementation; athletes, pregnant or nursing women, or people who work in physically demanding occupations need them to make up for the extra nutrients that are being lost.
- Pesticides are often to destroy and control pests; according to the EPA, the health benefits of our fruits and vegetables are reduced by the use of pesticides.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
- eat slowly and mindfully
- try new vegetables
- try new spices
- learn new cooking techniques
- experiment with seasonal produce
- try recreating your favourite restaurant dish at home
- eat out less
- walk more
- cut out the sugar in your morning coffee
- pay more attention to food groups
- don't feel guilty if life gets in the way of your goals...just refocus
- make sleep a priority
- don't wait till the beginning of next week...get back on track today!
Friday, October 15, 2010
Many people find that they start gaining weight as soon as bathing suit season is over; here are some tips to help keep the weight off, so you don’t need to rely on your winter clothes to hide the extra pounds!
· Try eating in season; fall foods such as soups, stews and squashes are packed with fiber, beta carotene and vitamin C.
· Stews are hearty, but can also be fattening; make sure to use lots of vegetables and go light on the meat and potatoes, or change it up by using turkey and yams instead.
· Soups are a great fall food, but keep them healthy by avoiding heavy cream or cheese filled soups.
· Take advantage of the apple harvest by making applesauce, baked apples or eating them fresh off the tree; try to avoid the temptation of baking them into pies...however if you just can’t resist, try making a healthy apple crumble.
· Get outside and get moving; take advantage of the cooler temperatures and go for walks, bike rides or hikes through the woods to check out all the changing colours on the trees.
· As it starts getting darker earlier, enjoy the early morning sunlight to get out and get your workout in!
· Try not to get caught up in the new Fall TV lineup...and if you do, don’t get caught up snacking through your favourite shows! Remember to practice portion control.
· Consider trying light therapy; there has been a connection between lack of sunlight and depression. Since mild depression can increase your cravings for carbs, some people find that using a full spectrum light box can help beat the winter blues.
In good health,
Sunday, October 3, 2010
One reason why people end up eating so unhealthy is because of a lack of time...you rush off to work in the morning, forgetting to take anything out for dinner; then get home after working all day, thinking that you might as well just order out (or eat the Mac & Cheese that's in your cupboard!), so you can sit down and relax.
Always have tuna and beans in the cupboard, a quick tuna casserole can be whipped up in no time, beans also are great for a protein that can be whipped up into a soup in 20 minutes (as long as you have a good stock of reduced sodium stock in your cupboard).
In good health,