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Few things you can do for your health today

Posted by Dan Buda on May 28, 2017 in Blog

Personal trainer in Oxford , Dan Buda talks about few things You Can Do for Your Health Today

Eat Slowly

This gives your brain the chance to get the signal that you’re full, so you’re less likely to overeat. And if you take it slow, you’re more likely to think about what you’re eating and make sensible, healthy choices.

Socialize

It’s not about how many people you know or how often you see them. What matters is a real connection with others. It can make you happier, more productive, and less likely to have health problems. So call up a friend and go to dinner, or join a team or club to make some new ones.

Ditch the Juice, Eat the Fruit

If you like orange juice, have an orange instead. Even 100% pure juice loses nutrition when you process it, and it can put a lot of hidden sugar in your diet. On the other hand, actual fruits are good sources of vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and folic acid. And they’re low in fat, sodium, and calories.

Take Time Off

It’s a time when you can bond with family and friends, which is good for your mental and physical health. People who take more vacations live longer and are less likely to have heart disease and other health problems.

Watch the Fat

It’s not as clear-cut as it sounds. You definitely want to keep an eye on trans fats, which are added to some foods (like frozen pizza and baked goods) to keep them fresh. They’ve been linked to heart disease. But some fat — from dairy, whole eggs, fish, avocado, or nuts, for example — is good for you as part of a balanced diet. And high-fat dairy may even help you lose weight better than low fat.  This may be because the fat satisfies your hunger better than other calories.

Manage Your Stress

We all have stress in our lives. It makes your muscles tense and your heart race. If this happens a lot — during your daily commute, for example — and you don’t handle it well, it can cause serious health problems, including high blood pressure, ulcers, and heart disease. So take time to breathe, do something that calms you, and try to accept what you cannot change — like rush-hour traffic.

Cut Back on Sugar

Most of us get way more of it than we need. It’s not just the added calories and the lack of nutritional value: It also can make your blood sugar spike and then crash, and that leaves you tired, hungry, and irritable — “hangry.”

Be Active

Exercise is a proven way to improve your health, your mental well-being, and even your libido. You don’t have to sign up for the New York Marathon — just get your heart rate up for 30 minutes or so a few times a week. Gardening works, and so does a walk around the block. If you can’t make it a habit on your own, try to make it social: Join a local sports league or plan regular runs with a friend.

Keep Moving

If you work in an office, get up and walk around every hour or so, or try a standing desk for part of the day. You’ll burn more calories, improve your circulation, and stay more alert. It may even help prevent certain health issues, like diabetes and high blood pressure.

Eat Your Greens

Kale, spinach, collards, Romaine, arugula, bok choy, broccolini — make sure you get plenty of these leafy green vegetables. They’re chock full of nutrients, low in calories, and have loads of fiber, which fills you up and satisfies your hunger.

Dance

It keeps your mind sharp because it’s a skill that involves body movement, and that’s especially good for your brain. It’s also social and can be lots of fun, which bring health benefits of their own. And you might not even notice that you’re exercising!

Get Your ZZZs

A lack of sleep can lead to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression. If that’s not enough reason to get your ZZZs, it also causes car crashes and other accidents. Adults should get 7 to 9 hours each night.

Get Outside

The sunlight helps set your sleep clock and leads to more exercise. You’ll also get more vitamin D, which many Americans don’t get enough of. It’s important for cell function, mental health, and heart health. But don’t stay in the sun too long, and wear sunscreen. Too much sun is linked to skin cancer.

HOW MUCH WATER IS IN YOUR DIET?

Posted by Dan Buda on May 28, 2017 in Blog

How Much Water Is in Your Diet?

Drinking liquids isn’t the only way to stay hydrated. You typically get about 20% of your water each day from food. You can get even more if you eat certain things. And there are benefits to taking in water through food: You absorb it more slowly and get nutrients along the way.

Cucumbers

They’re 95% water and low in calories. They also may help fight inflammation and might even slow the aging process. They’re great in a salad or as an edible scoop for dips.

Carrots

This one may be a surprise. Crunchy and dense, you wouldn’t think they’re full of water. But they are, around 90%. And they’re loaded with beta carotene and other antioxidants that protect you against cancer and keep your heart strong. Add them to a salad or have them as a snack.

Zucchini

This green squash that grows like a weed in the South is 95% water. It has antioxidants — things that help protect your cells from damage — including two that are good for your eyes. It’s great grilled or roasted in the oven.

Iceberg Lettuce

It’s 95% water, and while it has fewer nutrients than some other greens, it does give you a few things. Besides fiber — which helps keep you regular — it also delivers potassium, manganese, iron, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous — all essential minerals that can help keep you healthy.

Spinach

Here’s a green leafy veggie that can be used raw in a salad or sauteed as a side dish. It doesn’t have quite as much water as iceberg lettuce, but it’s loaded with vitamin K, folate, manganese, and magnesium, plus antioxidants that help fight inflammation and cancer.

Celery

It has a satisfying crunch and is still 95% water. It’s also low in calories and high in vitamin K, folate, and potassium. And celery is good for digestion because it has lots of fiber and helps prevent inflammation in your digestive system.

Cauliflower

You may not have thought of this one, but it’s 92% water. It’s also rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, and other essentials. And it has other nutrients that may help lower cholesterol and protect you against cancer. But don’t boil it — roast it to keep in the nutrients.

Soup

No surprise here: The whole idea of soup is that it’s largely liquid. But it’s a great way to get fiber and nutrients as well — and there’s one for every taste. Make broth from fish, chicken, or vegetables, and add almost anything to it, from beans to greens and meats — even pasta. Homemade chicken soup is not only good for hydration, but it also might help fight the common cold.

Tomatoes

They’re 95% water, and they can add flavor and sweetness to a sandwich or salad. They have lots of antioxidants, including one called lycopene that may help fight cancer. They also can help lower “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and may boost your overall heart health.

Watermelon

This summer treat is a good way to stay hydrated when it’s hot. It’s sweet, but low in calories, and can quench your thirst, thanks to its 91% water content. Like tomatoes, it has lots of lycopene, an antioxidant that may protect your cells from sun damage and help your skin.

Strawberries

They’re 91% water and also have lots of antioxidants, especially flavonoids — chemicals that help your brain stay sharp and healthy. Eat them for dessert with a bit of whipped cream, or put them in a summer salad.

Yogurt

It’s 85% water and a great source of protein and electrolytes that make your heart and other organs work the way they should. It also has bacteria (probiotics) that are good for digestion and help keep you regular. Have some with a few strawberries to get even more water in your afternoon snack.

Oatmeal

Made with water or low-fat or skim milk, it can help keep you hydrated and give your heart a boost. It can lower your cholesterol levels and may even help ward off type 2 diabetes and breast cancer. It’s a healthy way to start the day — as long as you watch the added sugar.

Grapefruit

That sour bite can sure wake you up in the morning. Plus, at 90% water, it will help keep your body hydrated. It’s also full of fiber and nutrients, especially vitamin C, which helps your immune system and can protect your cells against damage. But it can cause problems if you take certain medications, so check with your doctor first if you take any prescription drugs.

Stop your soft drinks habit

Posted by Dan Buda on January 7, 2017 in Blog

Personal trainer at Triumph Fitness tells you how to Stop your soft drinks habit


Don’t Pop That Top -Kick the Soda Can
A 12-ounce cola has about 150 calories and 10 teaspoons of sugar. That’s 4 teaspoons more than most women should have in an entire day and 1 more than most men should. Too much sugar in your diet is bad for your teeth, can make you gain weight, and isn’t good for your heart. That may be because it can raise your blood pressure and put harmful fats in your bloodstream.


Water
When you’re thirsty, reach for a glass of water — your body will thank you for it. This naturally sugar-free option is good for you in many ways. Staying hydrated helps keep your body the right temperature, gets rid of waste, and even helps your joints move.
Homemade Lemonade
If water by itself isn’t your thing, spruce it up with some lemon and a little sugar. That sweet-and-sour combo can sneak it — and its health benefits — right past your taste buds.
Coffee
Part of your soda craving could have something to do with the caffeine in soft drinks. Try a cup of coffee instead. Even with a teaspoon of sugar, about 15 calories, it’s better for you than a typical soda.
Tea
Replace that soda with a cup of tea, especially the green variety. It may be linked to a lower risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. But be careful not to add too much sugar, or you’ll tilt the scale back the wrong way.
Spritzer
A little juice in some sparkling water is kind of like a soda and may be a way to scratch that soft-drink itch without the empty calories. But juice has as at least as many calories per ounce as most soft drinks, so a little splash is all you want.
New Ritual
Old habits die hard, particularly when it comes to sugar. If you enjoy a soda every day at 3 p.m., it may be tough to kick it unless you replace it with something else you enjoy, say a cup of coffee or a square of dark chocolate.
Diet Soda
Don’t think of this as a good substitute. Research shows that the artificial sweeteners in diet sodas can throw off your metabolism, make you gain weight, and increase your risk for diabetes and heart disease. And a study of more than 3,000 women (mostly white) showed that two or more diet drinks a day can be hard on your kidneys.

11 Easy Ways to Make Healthy Eating a Habit

Posted by Dan Buda on December 31, 2016 in Blog

11 Easy Ways to Make Healthy Eating a Habit

 

Sneak Yourself More Vegetables

You know you should eat more veggies. They’re full of good-for-you fiber and vitamins. But the average person eats only about half the amount they should. So how can you get more in? Swap out pasta for strands of zucchini that you shred with a julienne peeler. Or pulse cauliflower in the food processor until it looks like rice, and use it in pilafs and stir-fries. You’ll cut calories and add major nutrition.

Curb Snack Attacks With Protein

It’s hard to resist the junk food-filled vending machine when your stomach is growling at 3 p.m. But you don’t need to rely on willpower alone. The right food choices earlier in the day can set you up for success. Reach for protein: It fills you up and helps you feel satisfied longer than carbs do. Go for meals and snacks that include things like hardboiled eggs, Greek-style yogurt, peanut butter, and skinless chicken.

Don’t Ditch Full-Fat Dairy

If you miss the flavor and texture of whole milk and full-fat yogurt because you think skim is better for your waistline, you may be in luck. It’s OK to indulge in the regular versions of dairy products from time to time. Drinking creamy whole milk was even linked to a lower risk of obesity in one study. Just make sure you don’t overdo it and get too many calories or grams of fat overall.

Give Yourself Proper Portions

You might think you’re likely to eat more when you’re really hungry or if you’re digging in to one of your favorite dishes. But that’s not always the case. One of the biggest things guiding how much you eat is portion size. Studies show that people eat more food, even if they don’t like it, when it’s served in a large container. So serve food on smaller plates to limit how much you eat.

Log Your Meals in a Food Journal

It takes just a few minutes a day and can make a big difference. Not only do these journals make you more aware of your food choices, but they also can help you stick to a healthy diet. In one study, people who kept food diaries over the course of a year lost more weight than those who didn’t. Try online tools, mobile apps, or plain old pencil and paper to find what works for you.

Eat More Beans

A satisfying, protein-rich meal doesn’t have to be built on an expensive slab of steak or pork. At only 25 cents per cup, dried beans are one of the best values at the grocery store. To save time, cook up a double or triple batch of beans and freeze them in 1- and 2-cup portions for fast meals later on. Don’t get stuck in a rut with any one kind: There’s a rainbow of options that can add variety to your diet.

Have Veggies at Breakfast

There’s no rule limiting vegetables to lunch and dinner. If you want more in your diet, breakfast is a great place to start. Cut one egg out of your favorite omelet and add cooked spinach, mushrooms, onions, or red peppers. Make a smoothie loaded with kale, apples, bananas, and yogurt. Vegetables are lower in calories than most other breakfast foods, and their fiber will keep you feeling full longer.

Cut Back on the Food Blogs

Ever find yourself drooling over photos and recipes on TV shows, magazines, or blogs? Seems harmless. But when you ogle those images of tasty dishes, you’re likely to be hit harder by cravings. Pictures of food can make your body produce more ghrelin, the hormone that makes you feel hungry. To stick with your healthy habits, try to limit the foodie TV shows and blogs — and view them after you’ve eaten, not before.

Plan a Weekly Menu

It can be hard to think straight when you come home tired at the end of the day. It’s also the worst time to try to figure out what to make for dinner. You can save yourself from the drive-thru when you plan meals and have convenient dinner building blocks handy, like frozen vegetables. When you cook, make a double batch. Sliced and seasoned chicken means an almost instant stir-fry, and cooked ground beef makes for a speedy taco night.

Chop Right

When you bring your groceries home from the store, don’t just stash your veggies in the crisper. Instead, take a few minutes to cut your carrots, cucumbers, and red peppers into snack-friendly sticks. That way, when you get hungry, vegetables are just as easy to grab and eat as pretzels or potato chips. Hate chopping? Buy bite-sized veggies like baby carrots and grape tomatoes, or get the precut kinds.

Focus on the Positive

As you build healthy eating habits, find things you can add to your diet. Seek out cool new fruits beyond the usual apples and bananas, like kumquats or clementines. Pick up an unfamiliar vegetable at the farmers market, like a neon-colored cauliflower. You’re more likely to stay on track when you embrace what you can have instead of dwelling on things you want to limit, like junk food and sugary soda.

 

TOP 10 SUPER FOODS FOR WOMEN

Posted by Dan Buda on December 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

Top 10 super foods for women

What foods do you need to stay strong and healthy?

Weird and wacky super foods that are big on promises but sometimes short on substance change all the time. We’ve had yuzi fruit and chai  seeds to acacia berries and seaweed. These so-called  superfoods often have their moment in the spotlight and then fade away until the next one emerges.It can be hard to work out what’s the latest marketing ploy and what really are the best foods to eat. We asked the experts from the  British Dietetic Association for their advice on the healthiest foods for women – the real super foods to include in your  diet.

  1. Apples – We’ve all heard of apples! No strange and novel discovery there, but still a brilliant food to include in your  diet.

“It is best to eat apples with the  skin on as a lot of its  vitamin C is concentrated just under the  skin,” says registered dietitian, Perryn Carroll. “In addition to this, the skin provides a great source of  insoluble fibre that is good for gut health.”Fibre is essential for a healthy  digestive system. Insoluble fibre (‘roughage’) helps prevent  constipation. Apple flesh also contains a soluble fibre called pectin, which can help bind  cholesterol and lower  blood cholesterol levels.

2. Yoghurt-Yoghurt is an excellent source of protein,  calcium,  potassium,  zinc and  vitamins B6 and B12.

They are good for digestive and  bone health“If you’ve been on  antibiotics your gut is stripped of healthy bacteria so pick yoghurt with  probiotics or prebiotics to top up your natural levels,” says registered dietitian and BDA spokesperson Sioned Quirke. “Yoghurt contains  calcium which is essential for women’s  bone health, three  dairyfoods a day are recommended and a pot of yoghurt is an easy and portable option,” she says.

Always read the labels on yoghurt as some are high in  sugar, fat or both.

3. Oily fish – Salmon, sardines and mackerel contain the health giving omega-3 fats.

“Oily fish is a great source of omega-3s that may help with  heart disease prevention and is also a good source of  vitamin D, a fat soluble  vitamin which helps with bone health,” says Perryn.

“With oily fish the omega-3’s are in the flesh of the fish that’s why it’s a darker colour than white fish,” says Sioned.

“Evidence is still not conclusive,” says registered dietitian and spokesperson for the BDA Sasha Watkins, “but studies suggest that eating oily fish may be protective against macular degeneration which is a cause of blindness in your old age.”

Perryn says aim for at least one portion of oily fish per week, with women who are pregnant, or planning to be pregnant, or  breastfeeding not eating more than two portions per week.

4. Beans and pulses- Pulses are a great low fat protein source providing  carbohydrate, fibre and  iron.“They are an excellent source of protein, high in fibre with no saturated fat” says Sioned, “which helps with  bowel health and longer term  digestive problems.”

“The fibre found in pulses has been found to help with lowering  blood pressure,” says Perryn.

In studies published in the International Journal of  Cancer, researchers found that beans in general, and lentils in particular, may have some protective effects against breast cancer.

5. Berries – Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and cranberries not only taste good but are good for us too. They are high in  folic acid and vitamin C which offer anti-oxidant protection.

Anti-oxidants are thought to have  cancer fighting properties, says Sioned: “A lot of research is being done in this area but the medical profession doesn’t fully understand all of the properties and benefits at the moment.”

“Blueberries, blackberries and strawberries contain flavonoids which may be beneficial for  heart health due to their  antioxidant activity,” says Perryn.

Frozen berries are an alternative to fresh and are often cheaper.

6. Whole grains – Whole grains are a cornerstone of a healthy  diet and include foods like brown rice, wholemeal bread, wholemeal pasta and wholegrain  breakfast cereals.

“Wholegrain refers to the entire grain, meaning it contains all three layers of the grain in the product,” says Perryn.

“These layers include the fibre rich outer layer, the nutrient packed inner layer and central starch layer. In combination they work together to reduce the risk of developing many common diseases such as  heart disease,  stroke, some forms of cancer and  type 2 diabetes,” she adds.

“They are also good for bowel health, lowering  blood pressure and reducing cholesterol,” says Sioned.

Many are fortified with folic acid and iron which is particularly good for women as they are more prone to  anaemia.

7. Bananas – One of the most portable snacks and much healthier than a packet of crisps or a bar of  chocolate.

It may have a few more  calories than other  fruits but bananas are rich in potassium which helps to regulate blood pressure.

They also contain  vitamin B6 for skin and  hair health.

Powdered extracts of banana and skin has been shown to have an antacid effect, but there’s no evidence so far for fresh bananas

8. Green vegetables- It’s good to include green non-starchy vegetables like broccoli, spinach and green beans in your diet.

Leafy greens are low in  calories and fat but  high in protein, fibre and iron.They’re also full of  vitamins and minerals like  magnesium, vitamin C and K., and very high in  vitamins

A review of six studies by the University of Leicester found that increased green leafy vegetable intake was associated with a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

“For women especially, try to go for leafy green veg because of their good iron content,” says Sioned, to ward off deficiency.

A 2014 study from scientists at University College London confirms the importance of vegetables and fruit in our diet.

Registered dietitian Sasha Watkins says: “It found eating seven or more portions of vegetables and fruit a day reduces the risk of death by cancer and by  heart diseaseby 25% and 31% respectively. The research also found that vegetables have significantly higher health benefits than fruit.”

9. Eggs – An egg is one of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat.

“Eggs are protein packed with nutrients such as vitamins D, A, B2 and iron. Contrary to belief, eggs are fine to include in the diet and there are no restrictions to how many we can eat within a balanced diet,” says Perryn.

“Keep these in the fridge for quick meal ideas on busy nights or boil a few and save for salad or sandwich fillers,” she recommends.

10. Water – “This is a super fluid rather than a super food,” says Sioned.

Keeping hydrated is an important thing to do as most of our body is made up of water.

“The chemical signals in our brains for  dehydration and hunger are similar so don’t have a snack have a glass of water instead. You may be thirsty not hungry,” she adds.

Foods that really are super

So-called super foods come and go (that’s your hemp and goji berries!) but our experts recommend including the top 10 foods in your diet.

“We often overlook the health benefits of ordinary foods because they are everyday,” says Sasha. “We already know about them and they simply don’t make as ‘super sensational’ newspaper headlines.”

They are the building blocks of  healthy eating rather than one minute wonders that don’t always deliver on the hype.

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