Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Skinny on Eating Healthy

Melon- a watery fruit that is low in calories high vitamines and filling with water.

Green Tea-full of catechines that help burn fat. A low dose of caffeine that helps get you moving with out being a harmful amount.

Wine- Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism said that one serving a day of alcohol gives you a slimmer waist line. If you drink it with your meal it will speed up your metabolism. Remember this is a small serving a day.

Chicken & Fish- Lean protein takes more energy to burn than carbs and fat.

Walnuts & ground flax seed- They contain much needed Omega 3's. This helps your brain recover during and after children. Our kids rob us of this much needed brain fat. (think about how hard it is to remember things during pregnancy and after giving birth) They also help reduce you stress levels. When stress goes down so does fat storage.

Yogurt/Probiotics- Yogurt contains much needed probiotics that line your intestines. This is the good bacteria that your body needs to make your body regular. You can also get probiotics in a pill form. Probiotics cut down on harmful yeasts and are thought to help reduce the amount of fat your body absorbs.

Whole Grains- Peen State research shows that people who ate 5 or more servings of whole grains (not enriched) while following a low-cal diet shed 24 % more stomach fat than those that ate the same number of calories but ate refined grains.

Chili Peppers- Contain capsaicanthat increase your body temperature. This gives your metabolism a kick.

Cinnamon-helps blood sugar and helps you to store less fat.

Grapefruit-curbs insulin spike that leads to fat storage. The vitamin C boosts your immune system and helps you feel healthy and keep you moving.

Blueberries-are thought to protect the body against free radicals and ageing. Based on data from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (Boston, MA), blueberries are among the fruits with the highest antioxidant activity. In a USDA Human Nutrition Research Center laboratory, neuroscientists discovered that feeding blueberries to laboratory rats slowed age-related loss in their mental capacity, a finding that has important implications for humans. Researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey have identified compounds in blueberries called proanthocyanidins that promote urinary tract health and reduce the risk of infection by preventing bacteria from adhering to the cells that line the walls of the urinary tract.

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