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Healthy Living Tips – Carbs – What You Really Need to Know

There are fad diets on the market, which are based on the notion that carbohydrate consumption is bad and is making you fat. They suggest cutting carbs from your diet (sometimes for prescribed periods of time, then gradually adding them back in). This has been problematic and counter-productive for people who are trying to lose weight and become fit. It is an unhealthy Idea.

The truth is that the human body requires the consumption of carbohydrates in order to function normally. Carbs provide a critical source of energy that our bodies need, in order to perform any and all basic daily activities. Your body, being a miraculous entity of intelligence an self preservation, knows this. This is why when you are not getting enough carbohydrates, you are craving them.

You can guess why the low carb diet phenomenon in recent years has caused a world of weight loss disappointment. Cutting carbs may cause temporary weight loss, but it is impossible to maintain and inevitably, you WILL give in to your body’s craving to make up for lost carbs. The process of regaining the carbs will feel like a pathetic loss of control, which will likely make you feel badly about yourself and could start a nasty vicious cycle of eating badly, of-course causing all of the lost weight (and probably more) to return.

Cutting carbs from your daily nutrition routine causes lowered brain functioning, fatigue, listlessness and a general lack of energy and motivation, not to mention probable digestion and other related problems and missing out on the many health benefits from consuming nutrient rich, fibrous, healthy carbs. The trick is; there are carbs that are very good (and necessary) for you and there are carbs that are very bad for you and will thwart your progress. You need to know the difference.

Bad Carbs are the highly processed and “simple” carbs, which are sometimes also referred to “high glycemic index” carbs. Unfortunately for us, items containing these carbs are the most prevalent and easiest to find in mainstream grocery stores. This is not an accident, these products are cheap for major food manufacturers to produce and easy to to sell to an unknowing consumer. Many times they are even marketed as healthy lifestyle foods. They are called “simple” because by the time you ingest them, they have already been highly processed and broken down in order to make them seem more desirable to consumers and to extend their shelf life.

What happens when you eat them? The short story is this: You’re feeling hungry, you eat a simple, highly processed carb filled meal (extreme example, a plate of Kraft Dinner and a slice of white bread). There are grains in the pasta and bread, but they’ve been processed so finely that you’d never be able to tell they they contain anything that ever looked like a grain or a seed.

Your body is designed to do the work of digesting whole grains as part of your natural healthy diet. This process normally takes a few hours and you feel satiated until you’re done and it’s time to eat again. But the Kraft dinner and white bread are already broken down when you eat them, so digestion occurs almost instantly, leaving you almost immediately hungry again. Now, to sustain you through your day, you have to eat something else. What should you have now? More high calorie, low nutrient, highly processed carbs to get you through another 15 minutes? Certainly not.

Consume foods (carbs included) which are as close as possible to their original natural state and let your body do the work of digesting and pulling nutrients from them, the way it is designed to do. Give yourself foods that will keep you feeling strong and satiated for extended periods, so that you are not constantly grasping around for quick fix, high fat or sugar little gremlins that are killing your fitness efforts. You want to have real and sustained energy to get you through your days.

Here are some quick healthy living tips on what carbs eat and what to avoid:

Eat: Whole grain breads and pastas (not multi-grain, WHOLE GRAIN). Stone ground breads are okay too. Long grain or basmati rice. nuts and seeds (almonds are fantastic, but almost all nuts are very healthy in moderation). Old fashion rolled oats are a great choice for breakfast, but NOT the kind you get in the little individual packets. Low sugar granola with lots of nuts and seeds. Homemade treats i.e. muffins, granola squares, even cookies containing whole wheat or whole grain flour (of-course eliminating fat and sugar where possible). Fresh (not canned) fruit. Fresh or frozen vegetables.

Avoid: White bread and white bread which has been artificially coloured brown, to appear more healthy (yes, they do this). Highly processed white pasta. Sticky white rice. Just about every variety of cereal out there (remember stick with things that are still in their original natural state). Anything made with white flour (cakes cookies, breads, pastries). You can find better (and probably tastier) versions of these things in health food stores and local health conscious bakeries. Juice (eat the fruit). Sugar (cut out as much as you possibly can from your diet).

How to Make Healthy Living a Priority

Health is the greatest asset owned by man. This is why every effort of man points towards a healthy living. Continuous agitation for health has made many organizations to dedicate a substantial part of their budget to providing healthcare services for both their employees and their host communities. In a general point of view, many nations are making relentless efforts to keep the health of her citizens in top form. Despite all these efforts, the health of a greater number of the populace is deteriorating by the day.

The effort of medical science is helping so much but has not solved the overall health need of man on the planet earth. The primary means of making a healthy living is to be careful with the feeding pattern. This is very necessary in ensuring that health is maintained since what we eat has direct contribution to our health in both the short and long run. It could be noted that much consumption of sugar will not only increase the body weight but also encourages the growth of cancerous cells in human body. It pays to maintain a menu that has proper nutritive value for appropriate health. To keep healthy, viable information from experts on the appropriate dietary need at all times is very necessary.

It pays to have adequate rest in the process of looking for money. This will help you to maintain healthy living as the body cells rejuvenate when the system is at rest. The cost of healthcare in many parts of the world could be adequately reduced if the citizenry will learn to manage stress properly at all times. In order to manage stress adequately and maintain good health, private times should not be used for official assignment while adequate rest is observed.

Always try to do the impossible tasks at times. It may be difficult for you to walk for about 3km to 5km in a day in an attempt to control over weight however, doing this impossible task can add to your healthy living. It is good to shun sedentary life style in order to keep healthy. This implies that exercising is necessary for proper health.Though many people do not fast but it is a necessary health tip for removing some accumulated toxins in the body. The fasting may not be strenuous but should be made a practice even if it is means skipping only breakfast or eating lightly. This may be impossible but doing it can change your health situation. It is noteworthy that for some of these practices to be done, the individual should not be suffering from a know ailment but if such a situation exist, the counsel of a doctor will be inevitable.

If you must keep healthy, you need to work it out yourself by avoiding some excesses to health as descrided in this article. You cannot but look for expert advice in some instances to maintain already impaired health.

How Fatherhood Contributes to Fitness and Healthy Living

When speaking about fitness and healthy living, most men usually think of the stereotyped image of a guy eating a balanced diet, going to the gym regularly, and engaging into sports activities. All right, if you want to be different, you’ll probably choose yoga, ballroom dancing, carpentry, or even pottery as your means to exercise, relieve stress, and fight boredom. But you’ll probably do a lot of sneaking when you want to do some unique stuff. Yet the truth is that male health is not only limited to diet or doing exercises or sports. For, there are other aspects of a man’s life that directly or indirectly influence his health. No wonder, fitness and healthy living is a must for every man.

If you’re a father, you may be wondering how that role affects your over all fitness and healthy living. Of course, expecting and having your first-born child is a mixture of excitement, happiness, and worry. Yet as the number of your kids increase and you start to face the tough challenges of parenting, you’ll probably give a more serious thought on your role as a dad. You’ll have to quickly master multitasking as you change diapers, feed your kids, watch them as they run around the house, or reprimand them when they get excessively naughty. Is fatherhood doing good or bad things to men’s health?

Generally, fatherhood creates positive changes to the entire male health. This is true compared to men who aren’t married or who don’t have kids yet. Of course, this does not mean that single men aren’t as equally healthy as married men. However, being a father gives you a certain edge in terms of fitness and healthy living. In fact, fathers who spend quality time with their kids are more likely to experience greater happiness and fulfillment. The responsibility of being a father always changes the lifestyle of men. They no longer work nor live for their wife, but for their entire family. In this case, they may start to drop unhealthy practices such as smoking and drinking in order to set a good example for their kids. Moreover, their desire to watch and be with their children as they grow will inspire them to maintain their health and live longer. Hence, they’ll find more reasons to eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, drive carefully, and visit their physician regularly. Of course, the joy of men is even doubled or tripled when they start to have grandchildren. Things keep on getting better as their family grows. It goes without saying that fitness and healthy living is still maintained when a man becomes a father.