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Balancing a happy diet

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We all know that food can be tied up with a whole host of other issues – self-image, confidence, health, happiness and all points in between. You name it, food has a place in there somewhere.  When you start to recognise that what, when, where, how and how much we eat is bound up in each of our psychological and emotional make-ups, food can become a hugely complicated subject.

And that’s before you get down to the nitty-gritty of what makes one thing healthy and another a no-no. Food has an extremely diverse second life. It is what anthropologists call an indexical – something pointing to something other than itself: like a bingeing habit pointing to some form of guilt.

Thankfully there are a lot of resources out there to help us make the right choices when it comes to food. It’s worth educating yourself on food labels and nutrition but you also need to address the underlying reasons why you might make bad food choices. Some people have found that alternative therapies such as psychic readings and hypnosis have helped them correct their bad eating habits. Many people have found that seeing a psychic can provide insight into their life and help them to move forward in a constructive way. Weight loss and healthy eating programs may also give you the support and information you need to balance your diet.

This is hard enough when it’s just one person whose diet is being analysed. When you start to look at a whole family, and the whole dynamic that can feed into that picture, things can get even more complicated.

But as so many women are responsible for the meals of others – especially children – it would be wrong to pretend that this indexical consideration of what food means and what it can signal is not important. It is vital!

What our children learn about food today will stay with them for the rest of their lives, and what’s more it will have a direct bearing on the quality of their lives. This is not a subject to be swept under the kitchen rug.

Recognising that kids of all ages (up to and including grow up ones) like more salt, fat and sugar than is strictly good for them is an important start. It means you can start to make the rest of the family take responsibility for their own diets. And that granting of control, that letting go, is in and of itself one of the most important things you can do.

Parents who are overly prescriptive when it comes to mealtimes are simply storing up trouble. What you need to put our faith in is the power of education and the persuasive long-term effects of a good example.

But going too far the other way has its dangers too: just as taking mealtimes too seriously can turn healthy teenagers into a fast food rebels, being too relaxed can be a recipe for complacency.

The real danger lies in the fact that food and diet is one area in which people of all ages are able to exercise some level of control. If the rest of their life is in some restricted, a person may seek to compensate by expressing their desire for control in terms of their diet. It is an indexical in the sense that it can point to a distant point of unhappiness or distress, but we should never lose sight of the fact that a healthy diet is wholly instrumental when it comes to maintaining long term health and happiness. That is why it is so important to get it right, and to keep getting it right. As in all things in life, the trick is to strike the right balance.

The fact that food is so central to our lives and that good eating habits are so important means that the significance of what we consume is becoming an ever more fraught topic for discussion. There are vested interests in the commercial food industry who have their own agendas in this sort of discussion. We should be aware of them, just as we should be aware of how our children respond to their messages. Commercial messages are highly skilled in manipulating the power of indexicality. A happy meal may not be everything it claims to be.

 

 

3 Ways To Drink More Water

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After a little research it is apparent that nobody really knows where the saying that you need to drink 8 cups of water per day comes from. Some people trace it back to a study in the 1980’s, and other people claim that doctors starting telling people that amount because it was a good goal, but didn’t have any scientific research to back it up with.

Either way, the point is clear, water does wonders for your body, and your brain. Water is well known to cleanse your body of harmful chemicals through your intestines and also throughout your urine tract. Without proper water intake, our bodies break down very quickly, in a matter of days. Without food, however, some people can live for a week or two. That just shows how important water is to our bodies.

Here are 3 quick tips for taking in more water.

1. Always have water available.

I like to buy the 12 ounce bottles of water and keep them in the fridge. Whenever I go to the gym I grab a bottle. On my way out the door to work, I grab a bottle. Before a trip that will be 30 minutes or longer, I grab a bottle. When I watch a movie, I grab a bottle.

Whenever I am sitting watching TV or a movie, I will keep the bottle in my hand with the lid off. I take a lot of little sips until the bottle is gone. A great way of making sure you drink more water is to make sure it is easily accessible.

2. Keep it cold.

I don’t know many people who like to drink room temperature water, I sure don’t. If you keep your water cold, you will drink more. I make sure there is always ice in my freezer, this make it very easy to have a cold glass of water anytime.

3. Chose water in restaurants.

Whenever I go out to eat, I always drink water with some lemon. The lemon adds a little spunk to the taste and the water is always nice, cold and refreshing. After a short time you will stop craving your old drink of choice and will begin to appreciate the taste, or lack of taste, that water provides.

Give water a shot and your body will be thankful!

6 Tips For A Healthy Dinner Out

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Ever wonder how you can possibly lose weight when the average dinner out contains over 1,000 calories? Well, don’t fret! Keeping yourself in shape when dining out is simply a matter of ordering the right menu.

Below are 6 tips for having a healthy dinner out (while still enjoying your meal like normal!):

– Watch Your Drinks – By not ordering an alcoholic beverage, you’ve saved yourself a considerable number of calories. Try sipping iced tea sweetened with a noncaloric sweetener, a diet soft drink, or water with lemon. You’ll be glad you did when you consider the calorie savings.

– Have A Salad – One of the best menus to have is salad. Not only will it fill you up so you’ll consume fewer calories overall, but it will also give you a hefty dose of antioxidants which are heart healthy. Be sure to ask your waitress to hold the croutons and cheese which will further reduce your caloric load. Also, choose your dressing wisely. Avoid cream based dressings and go for the vinegar based ones. You also have the option of using vinegar and olive oil which is heart healthy.

– Don’t Order An Appetizer Unless Necessary – Do you know that some appetizers have more calories and fat than the main course? Plus, many appetizers are fried and served with heavy sauces which will add to your intake of saturated fat as well as trans fats and calories. It’s not a healthy way to start your meal.

– Choose The Right Kind Of Foods – Go for broiled and grilled rather than fried. Not only will you save calories and fat grams, you’ll also avoid trans fats which are so prevalent in fried foods. Instead, consider asking for a doubles order of vegetables with your entree. Very few Americans are getting the 7-9 servings of fruits and vegetables recommended for optimal health. Plus, by avoiding the starch, you’ll be reducing your caloric and carbohydrate load. Also, stick to tomato based sauces rather than cream based and you’ll enjoy a considerable calorie savings. Lastly, ask for the sauce to be served in a separate dish on the side so you can control the amount you eat.

– Don’t Overeat – Today, many restaurants are serving larger quantities of food than in the past. If this is the case, put aside a portion of your entree at the beginning of the meal to take home with you. If you remove it from your plate before you start eating, you’ll be less tempted to overeat.

– Say “No” To Sugary, Fatty Desserts – Instead, go for a low fat or low carbohydrate dessert selection such as a low carb cheesecake. These are wise choices for the health conscious eater and still allow you to end the meal on a sweet note. If a healthy dessert option isn’t available, try a cup of coffee with skim milk to help satiate your desire for something sweet.

The next time you go out for dinner, keep the above tips in mind. You will be surprised how many calories you are able to slash out of your meal just by ordering the right menus! Happy healthy eating!

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