Sunday, July 15, 2012
Chia Seeds. My new health thing.
A one-ounce (28 g) serving of Nutiva’s Organic Chia Seeds contains approximately 9 percent of the recommended daily value for protein, 13 percent of the recommended intake for fat and 42 percent of the recommended daily intake of dietary fiber.
Chia seeds are an excellent source of essential minerals including phosphorous and manganese and calcium as well as trace amounts of sodium and potassium. Minerals play a variety of roles in the body, helping overall organ function and performance.
The chia seed is also a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids—more Omega-3 than the popular flax seed. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for heart health, brain function, hair and skin and have been linked to decreasing and preventing depression.
Getting fiber in our diets everyday can reduce the risk of certain types of heart diseases, help to maintain proper digestive function, regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, decrease cravings for junk food by making us feel full longer; it boosts energy and overall performance, and may improve brain function by helping to decrease “cloudy” thoughts and lack of focus. Chia seeds provide an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fiber.
The chia seed health benefits also includes a wide array of rare antioxidants, including caffeic and chlorogenic acids, myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol, which have been linked to reducing the risk of certain diseases, including several types of cancer.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
My new containers are working out well, though I went over my calories yesterday by 400 (how? all I did was eat veggies!). I need to be more strategic about my food and I plan to do so.
Color, Red: Tomatoes, Berries, Peppers, Radishes
Nutrients: Lycopene, Anthocyanins, Ellagic Acid, Bioflavonoids including Quercetin, and Hesperidin
Benefits: Reduces risk of prostate cancer; lowers blood pressure; scavenges harmful free-radicals; reduces tumor growth; reduces LDL cholesterol levels and supports joint tissue in cases of rheumatoid arthritis
Color, Orange/ Yellow: Carrots, Yams, Squash, Papaya
Nutrients: Beta-carotene, Zeaxanthin, Flavonoids, Lycopene, Vitamin C, Potassium
Benefits: Reduces age-related macular degeneration; lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol; fights harmful free radicals; reduces risk of prostate cancer, lowers blood pressure; promotes collagen formation and healthy joints; encourages alkaline balance and works with magnesium and calcium to build healthy bones
Color, White: Mushrooms, White Tea, Flaxseed/ Pumpkin
Nutrients: Beta-glucan, EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), SDG (secoisolariciresinol digulcoside), lignans
Benefits: Provides powerful immune boosting activity; activates natural-killer cells, B-cells and T-cells; may reduce risk of colon, breast and prostate cancers; boosts immune-supporting T-cell activity; balances hormone levels and may reduce risk of hormone-related cancers
Color, Green: Wheat Grass, Barley Grass, Oat Grass, Kale, Spinach, Cabbage, Alfalfa Sprouts, Mustard Greens, Collard Greens
Nutrients: Chlorophyll, Fiber, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Calcium, Folate, Glucoraphanin, Vitamin C, Calcium, Beta-Carotene
Benefits: Reduces cancer risks; lowers blood pressure; normalizes digestion time; supports retinal health and reduces risk of cataracts; builds and maintains bone matrix; fights harmful free-radicals; boosts immune system activity; supports vision and lowers LDL cholesterol levels
Color, Purple/ Blue: Blueberries, Pomegranates, Grapes, Elderberries, Eggplant, Prunes
Nutrients: Anthocyanins, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Resveratrol, Vitamin C, Fiber, Flavonoids, ellagic acid, quercetin
Benefits: May protect brain cells against Alzheimer’s and other oxidative-related diseases; supports retinal health; lowers LDL cholesterol and prevents LDL oxidation; boosts immune system activity and supports healthy collagen and joint tissue; supports healthy digestion; improves calcium and other mineral absorption; fights inflammation; reduces tumor growth; acts as an anticarcinogen in the digestive tract, limits the activity of cancer cells –depriving them of fuel; helps the body fight allergens
So. I'm going to try think of food in color forms. As it is, I am eating an orange (carrots), red (Apple, tomato), and green (lettuce). I need to upgrade the KIND of colors i'm eating as well as find a way to get a white (potato maybe? ...so much starch though...) and blue. In my country though, blue/purple veggies and fruits are massively expensive. Dunno...
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Weekends REALLY are bad. I must say. I spent the weekend with my Partner on another Island and that really messed with me. I don't seem to eat well when I'm around her, though she is in the same dilemma as me. She event eats better! I guess I was in vacation mode, which, as a mentality, is horrible.
I am the type of person to compartmentalize my life completely. I bought the Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid set of 18 (in my country, it was $20 but $10 in the US! Americans can be so lucky sometimes).
It's already worked, as I feel more comfortable with the portions that I've set out for lunch.
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
The weekends are my enemy. They are my mortal nemesis, and I hate them yet love them. I love them, because they're fun. I hate them because I always eat badly.
I've fallen off the bandwagon but I will get back. I didn't go to the gym Monday or Tuesday so I am trying to get back on THAT band wagon. I also ate whatever the hell I wanted. Monday was bad but not super bad. Tuesday however, man. Little Debbie Cakes, Toast with jam and cheese, lots of cereal, ginger ale and Cheetos (well that part, the soda and chips, that was today) so I am really trying.
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
I really don't do weekends well.
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