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Find out how to best cook meat this summer with these helpful tips on handling, marinating, and cooking meat for the grill.
Tips on How to Handle and Cook Meat #1.
Have you thought about all the things our bodies are exposed to? Secondhand smoke, air pollution, EMFs, food additives, chemicals… the list goes on! Sooner or later, all of these toxins start to disrupt the natural functions of our bodies. More importantly, they can disrupt the very mechanisms our body uses to get rid of toxins in the first place!
Organic aisles have popped up in almost every grocery store across the country. More people are making the switch as the evidence stacks up toward the benefits of consuming organic foods, which contain less pesticides and more nutrients. However, some foods have also shown little difference in pesticide content between organic and conventional growing methods.
Food allergies are a serious medical condition that affects about 15 million Americans. They are many foods that cause reactions in people but there are eight foods are the top offenders. The top eight foods for allergic reactions are: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish.
Just like all other allergens, reactions to food allergies can range from mild to life threatening. Reactions include rash; nausea; stomach pain; swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat; shortness of breath, and loss of consciousness. Living with food allergies does not have to be burdensome; it just takes a bit of planning. Changes to diet and lifestyle are certainly necessary and will get easier with time and forming of habits. Below are some tips for living with food allergies.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Stuck in a weight-loss rut? Turns out you're not alone. Those last five to 10 pounds are often the hardest to lose.
MyFitnessPal -- the largest digital health company with more than 50 million users -- surveyed its users to find out what's keeping them from reaching their ultimate goal. Turns out there's five primary reasons those last few pounds seems to stick around longer than the ones before.
Elle Penner, MyFitnessPal's registered dietician, came up with tips to combat each and every one of those pitfalls that's keeping the number on your scale from going down:
Strong Sweet Tooth
Fifty-four percent of MyFitnessPal users say dessert is a major obstacle to weight loss. Penner said it's important to keep a tally of miniature treats. Three to four "snack-size" treats and a handful of M&Ms can quickly add up to the fat and calories of full-size desserts. "Even if you don't have time to track every morsel of food you eat throughout the day, a little snacking insight can go a long way in preventing sneaky weight gain," she said.
People Hate Veggies
Nearly 1 in 10 people said not eating vegetables is the culprit. Try to get your fruit and veggie servings in early in the day, said Penner. "The oh-so-popular green smoothie is the perfect way to get in a serving of veggies before you even get to the office. Try adding low-fat yogurt, milk or nut butter. It will up the protein and help keep you satisfied and focused throughout the morning," she said.
Carbs Are the Devil
Forty-seven percent say love for bread and pasta keeps them off-track. So, Penner said, consider taking a temporary weight loss vacation. Put it on the back burner for a week or so, just aim not to gain any weight, and come back with a fresh mind to reset your habits, she said. "When life gets really busy or stressful, avoiding additional weight gain is an achievement in itself," she said. "Set yourself up for success and pick back up on your weight loss efforts when you have the time and energy to dedicate to doing it healthfully."
Turns out more than half of us blame binges on mood swings. Penner said getting new workout gear could help. It sounds superficial, but nice workout gear really can make you feel better during a workout, and be an incentive to get you moving. "Rather than rewarding yourself with an indulgent meal when you hit a new health goal," she said, "invest in your next one by adding a new item to your workout wardrobe."
No Me Time
More than 20 percent of users report they don't have the time to cook or exercise. Penner said to stock the pantry. "When they're on sale, stock up on canned beans and tomatoes, herbs and spices, nuts and whole grains like quinoa, rolled oats and whole wheat pasta. Having a stash of healthy pantry staples will save time and money," she said. Instead of buying packaged convenience foods, filling your pantry with these healthy staples will give you a solid foundation for preparing more nutritious meals at home.
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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- You probably know that air travel isn't good for your stress level, but it's also not great for your waistline, especially on Allegiant Air, which ranked last in a survey of airline food released Tuesday.
You may be getting tired of people toting their eating habits around like a badge of honor rather than an important dietary choice, but beneath the obnoxious exclamations, there are some real benefits of healthy vegetarianism. Simply ceasing to eat meat is not the only facet of a vegetarian lifestyle. Many people do not compensate for the lack of protein and other nutrients provided by meat and may suffer from illness if they do not balance their diets with foods rich in protein and certain vitamins or take supplements.