19
Jan
2017
1

Fat: guilty or innocent?

Many debates resolve around fat; is it here to kill you or to save you from a heart attack?

There are different types of fat, the bad fats: saturated fat (from animal source mainly) and trans fats (created in labs to better preserve industrial pastries). Good fats are ;monounsaturated fats (olive oil,canola oil..) and polyunsaturated fats (omega 6 and omega 3 found in fish oil and some seeds).

Saturated fat sources are butter, lard, cheese, and red meat. Trans fats are mainly found in margarine, donuts and industrial sweets.

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12
Jan
2017
0

The “bloat free” diet

‘’Sur mesure’’ diets are all over the place; gluten free, high protein, low fat, low sodium … There are a lot of people suffering from bloating. In restaurants for example those people spend half an hour choosing what to eat to avoid later cramping attacks. The bloat free diet will put an end to bad days dictated by your belly’s mood!

Bloating results from a constriction of intestinal muscles as a reaction to stress thus causing abdominal cramps and distention. This condition is know as IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a stressful life can lead to high level of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline that trigger intestinal sensitivity. Whether it is an exam you have to pass, an interview for a new job or even a fight with a friend or partner your body goes into a fight or flight situation whereby your ancestors ran in the wild to escape dangerous animals when all you are doing today is escape the wildness of your personal life. Read More

2
Jan
2017
0

Fitness or laziness

Fitness or laziness

Exercise is the only thing that no one can do for you… Unfortunately or finally (depending on which group you belong too lazy or energetic) you and only you will be the one hitting the gym. Your trainer or home DVD will be your ‘health friend’, the one who will put you out of your laziness and into the training shoes. Hands up Partner!

There is a lot of misconception regarding diet and exercise; people tend to do whatever they hear regarding miracle substitutes to exercise (electrotherapy, power plates…) but those are not risk free, power plate for example creates vibration that can stimulate muscle function which can cause cartilage damage, lower back pain, blurred vision and even brain damage. Read More

31
Dec
2016
1

Clean eating or dieting?

It is sad to see how people tend to become diet addict to the point where eating out has become a big issue rather than letting go and having fun. While dining in groups a lot of discussions revolve around new diet trends, tips and guidelines from untrustworthy sources. Women are extremely picky on the way they look and consider photoshopped models as a benchmark. Young ladies are influenced by new fashion trends, as they always want to dress to impress and diet to fit in. The media has poisoned our minds to think that bling and thin are a must to succeed, creating a lot of insecurities! Motivation is the base of every dream for it to become reality whether it is a car you want to buy or an exam you want to pass, stubborn kilos you want to lose, you should always push yourself to do what it gets. Wrong goals will lead to failure at achieving, one should be aware of the true meaning of happiness before engaging in anything. Some women tend to think that by losing a couple of pounds they will regain happiness. Read More

30
Aug
2016
1

The impact of organic food on biodiversity

Engineers of all kinds are controlling crops in order to harvest good-looking apples or cucumbers. Corn is invading everything we eat or drink from juices to biscuits to serve market demand rather than nutrition. Cornfields became genetic labs with standardized produce; weather forecast is no longer the farmer’s biggest concern but the need to acquire knowledge in the latest pesticides and insecticides for mass production.

Organic products have a minimum exposure to chemicals thus bringing us back to traditional agricultural methods thus preserving biodiversity. Read More

22
Aug
2016
0

Low calorie diets or clean eating plans?

For the past decades,we are bombarded with the notion of low calorie as being part of a healthy routine.Have a meal plan for 1500 kcal per day !Go for the 1200 kcal diet for quick results! Stick to 800 kcal to break the plateau!

All those ideas hit our brain at every meal; we were tricked to perceive calories as the enemy and that high calorie foods will make us fat forgetting what nutrients and vitamins are all about.It is more about the quality of our foods rather than its calorie count. Read More

11
Aug
2016
0

Hunger and fullness

Hunger must be one of the most talked about subject, whether it is to fulfill it or to combat it, people are always wondering whether it is time to eat or not. The best indicator is your body’s inner signals. Unfortunately diet and overeating disrupted our sense of normality thus creating an imbalance in our biological clock.

What is the practical definition of hunger and fullness?

Is it a sense of discomfort in the belly after food consumption or belly noises before eating? Read More