Salt is a common flavoring added to lots of foods and many people add it to their meals as well. While salt does indeed enhance the taste of food, it may also be unhealthy. A high sodium chloride diet – the chemical name for dietary salt – could increase your chances of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, and strokes.
Herbs and spices can make all the difference between a dull meal and a delicious one. Many bland foods can be completely transformed with some smart spices and herbs. However, it’s not only your taste buds that will benefit from herbs and spices, your health will too.
Herbs and spices have long been used in both Indian and Chinese medicine and many modern drugs come from herbs and spices.
While it is unwise to try and self-medicate using herbs or spices, there is no reason not to use them in an effort to make your meals healthier and taste better.
There are literally hundred if not thousands of herbs to choose from – some of which are rare and expensive such as saffron. To help you make informed choices, here are TEN of the healthiest herbs and spices, the list taking into account availability, cost, and benefit. Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section below.
I’m often asked what I think about nutritional supplements and whether you should take them. In today’s article I thought I’d spend a few minutes answering this frequently asked question…
If you open any glossy magazine or newspapers or watch TV, you cannot fail to have been bombarded with advertisements and advertorials for nutritional supplements. Nutritional supplements fall broadly into two categories – performance enhancing and health enhancing and, according to the media, it seems like we should all be taking them. But, is this really the truth?
Sometimes, the amount of nutritional information around can be overwhelming. With much of it being contradictory, it’s hard to know just where to start! With that in mind, the purpose of this blog post is to provide you with 10 common sense and easy to apply changes so you can, little by little, re-route your current eating habits towards and healthier and more nutritious diet.
Protein powder and exercise are inextricably linked and have been so for many years. Championed in fitness and bodybuilding magazines since their inception, protein powders have gone through several transformations as our understanding of nutrition has improved. Early protein powders were digestively unfriendly egg-based powders but most modern protein powders are made from gut-friendly whey – a byproduct of cheese manufacture.
Just because you exercise doesn’t automatically mean you have to make protein powders part of your diet despite what the magazines and their adverts might tell you but they can be useful in certain circumstances…
It doesn’t matter if you are eating for health or weight loss, snacks are important. Hunger can be enough to rob you of your willpower to eat healthily but snacks can stave off hunger so you find it easier to stick to your healthy eating plan.
While you can snack on fruit, raw veggies, cooked and chopped chicken, or any other portionable healthy food, one of the best snacks around is nuts.
Nuts come in a number of varieties – a veritable A to Z – but of all the nuts, one of the best is almonds.
Many chefs and nutrition experts say we should eat seasonally. What they mean is that you should try and eat more of the food that is in season locally. That might mean more apples in the autumn, artichokes in the spring, and squash in the autumn. Obviously, what is seasonal for you depends on where you live as well as the time of year.
This is how mankind used to eat before the advent of food preservation, greenhouses, forced growing, and the ability to transport food from one side of the world to the other in a matter of days or even hours.
Eating seasonally is more than just a trendy food movement; it’s also good for your health, your wallet, and even the environment!
Diets come and go but, one of the most popular in recent years is the Paleo or caveman diet. The Paleo diet is far from new. In fact, according to the proponents of this diet, it’s been around for over 10,000 years! In more recent times, many people have “gone Paleo” in an attempt to lose weight, become healthier, and increase their energy levels but is the Paleo diet all it’s cracked up to be? Let’s take a look!
Salmon is a delicious freshwater and saltwater fish that can be prepared in lots of different ways and even eaten raw in sushi and smoked salmon. You can also take salmon oil capsules. However, you consume it, moist and meaty salmon is very nutritious and has a lot health benefits to offer.
What you eat before and/or after exercise can have a big impact on your workout as you are doing it and also the results you experience afterward. There are lots of myths surrounding pre and post-exercise nutrition and a lot of misunderstandings too. The main reason for this is that there are lots of valid approaches and what works for one person may not work for another. Similarly, your training goal will affect what you should and shouldn’t eat before and after exercise.
With those variables in mind, here are some guidelines based on three common training goals. Use the guidelines as a basis from which to design your own pre and post-exercise eating plan and don’t be afraid to experiment to find out what works best for you.