Weight Loss, Diets and Nutrition

Macrobiotics – Basics and History

Macro what?? I want to eat healthy, not study science! I want to cook simple, fast, delicious healthy recipes, not spend hours researching impossible words on the internet and wasting time searching for exotic ingredients in hippy health food stores and then trying to find the time to cook them! Besides, my kids would never eat that mumbo jumbo, barely cooked, Japanese influenced stuff anyway….

You’ve just made the same misunderstanding about macrobiotic cooking as I did when my friend showed me her latest macro cookbook. Yeah, I’ll admit, at the time I was searching around for new healthy recipes to boost my health and energy and minimize the risks of contracting diseases, but I have barely enough to even eat at dinnertime after I finish work, let alone cook some strange eating concept that I could not even pronounce!

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Recipes with a Spice

Emphasizing nutritious, high-fiber diets that are low in saturated fats and cholesterol, allowing you to spice up dinner time and treat your taste buds to an exciting range of flavors, Recipes with a Spice – Indian Cuisine for Balanced Nutrition makes cooking a creative process for healthful living.

Combining typical Indian ingredients and techniques with foods such as broccoli, soy products, wheat germ, and flaxseeds it offers something for everyone. A collection of 260 recipes from different regions of India, it provides selected meat dishes but mostly vegetarian and vegan dishes to facilitate a change in life-style.

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Workout Foods and Nutrition

These days with high gas prices and just an overall higher cost of living, eating healthy can cost a well-defined arm and a leg for the average athlete. The truth of the matter is that you don’t always need these well-marketed supplements or sport designed bars, you just need to get back to the basics, FOOD.

Whenever I think of high energy with low cost, I immediately think pasta. Whole-wheat pasta with a basic tomato sauce tastes great, costs almost nothing and offers plenty of glycogen filling carbohydrates with fiber and protein.

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Diet Preparation 2

Like any assault course, dieting and fitness can be hard going. So give yourself a good start by knowing where others have already fallen off the track with this three point tip.

Tip 1. Start Slowly
Many fail because they are too aggressive, too eager to get to the end of the road. You’ve got to start out slowly, let your own body tell you how fast a pace to set. If you are changing your diet do it gently, one step at a time. If you are starting out with exercise take it gradually and build up to it.

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Pre Workout Nutrition

Energy Balance

There are more diets out there to lose weight then there are pounds to be lost. The nutrition weight loss field has been saturated with fad diets. Every year it’s a new revolutionary diet program that promises to solve all of the average Joe’s weight problems.

The truth to weight loss is simple, “Energy Balance”. It is a fact that energy can not be created nor destroyed, only transferred. The energy that we eat is represented as calories. If the amount of calories we eat in a day equals the amount of calories we use in a day, then there can be no weight change.

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Diet Preparation

“It looked so good in the magazine but it was much too hard to keep up and it cost a fortune!”

Before you start that diet, look beyond the mouth-watering recipes and claims of how easy it is and answer these three questions. Then, only if it passes the ‘Three Question’ test, should you do it.

First, what do you need to buy for, say, five straight days. Remember, this isn’t the way you normally eat – can you buy in small enough quantities not to generate mountains of waste that needs to be thrown away?

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Eating Organic

When the average American hears the words “organic food” they usually picture a hippie from the seventies. The reality is that our society is starting to look towards an alternative way of eating.

Most people do not wish to have genetically altered foods filled with countless pesticide chemicals or growth hormones on their dinner plate anymore. Eating organic has numerous benefits for the body as well as the environment.

Organic produce is grown without conventional pesticides or fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients. This prevents you from ingesting any man made toxins that have been shown to cause cancer.

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Caution with Weight Cutting for a Fight

The major problem comes when the scale time and match time are only separated by single digit hours.

A fighter has many training objectives to achieve before competition, but probably the most controversial are the last minute weight cutting regimens. A fighter’s objective is to enter a fight with a superior weight to power ratio then their opponent. Now that’s logical thinking, but the extreme measures that wrestlers or jiu-jitsu fighters take to cut their water weight puts their health and performance at a major risk.

A common scenario for most weight class fighters is the issue of dropping 1-15 pounds of water weight before they hit the scale, and then being able to re-hydrate and refuel by the start of the match.

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Diabetes and The South Beach Diet

As you well know the South Beach Diet is a hybrid of Atkins and low carb weight loss. The diet with a few modifications can be a great diabetic diet, when used in accordance with your doctor’s advice. The reason that this can be beneficial is the book has detailed diet information related to recipes and grocery lists. The genesis of the diet promotes the liberal use of vegetables which is a general setback to most folks who are using the Atkins system for weight loss.

Since most diabetics don’t have a problem with their weight the South Beach advantage is clear, great food, plenty of vegetables, just common sense good nutrition. The diet naturally keeps you away from foods that tend to be high in sugar (carbs) so the diabetic can buy the book and talk to their nutritionist about creating a customized diet plan using the det plan as a foundation.

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Diabetic Sour Cream Poundcake Recipe

This is a great recipe using Splena it makes: 18 servings
The total prep. time is about: 15 minutes
It will be done in: 1 hr, 20 min.

3 cups of sifted cake flour
1 1/2 cups SPLENDA® Sugar Blend for Baking
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup whole cream butter, softened
6 medium eggs
1 (8-ounce) tub of sour cream
2 teaspoons of vanilla

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