7 Foods To Avoid That Will Terribly Upset Your Stomach

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One of the serious side effects of eating the wrong foods is an upset stomach that will result in bloating and abdominal pains. There are many foods that you should be avoiding each day that contribute to your digestive issues. The troubling issue is that 15-30% of people experience this abdominal pain on a consistent basis. The bloating and pain can almost surely be traced back to something in that diet, and identifying specific food that terribly upset your stomach can go a long way improving your overall health. These seven foods should be avoided to allow the stomach to function properly and improve your well-being.

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1. Beans

Beans can be a great source of minerals and vitamins, but not all beans offer the body the nutrients it needs to thrive. Several beans contain sugars called alpha-galactosides, and can cause an increase in the gas produced by the stomach. That increased gas will result in stomach pain and can cause irritable bowel syndrome. The result is cramping, diarrhea, bloating, and flatulence. If you must consume beans, look for the ones that provide higher amounts of healthy carbs and proteins. One of the ways to improve the quality of the beans is to sprout or soak them before consuming. If the beans are causing you stomach discomfort, make the switch to healthy grains instead.

2. Soda

One of the foods that you should seriously consider eliminating from you diet is carbonated soda. These drinks contain high levels of carbonated gas, adding to the bloating in your stomach and increase of abdominal pains. Each time that you swallow a mouthful of soda, you are simply added more gas to the stomach that will eventually get trapped in your digestive system. The result is excessive cramping and pain. There is zero nutritional value in soda, so instead of putting your stomach health at risk, consider the switch to flavored water instead. Soda removed from your diet will help your digestive system to heal and allow you to enjoy your meals each day.

10 Foods That Fight Osteoporosis 

Milk Against Osteoporosis

Even though osteoporosis is a bone disease, there are different things that you can do that will reduce the chances of you developing the disease, or at least helping to strengthen your skeleton to make it less of a problem. In actual fact, there are a number of different foods can that fight osteoporosis if they are included in your diet on a regular basis.

1. Milk

Milk is the main thing that you should be including in your diet if you wish to combat the effects of osteoporosis. This is clearly due to the calcium that is in milk, but there is also a huge amount of protein, which is also beneficial with strengthening your bones. In general you should keep to skimmed milk as the reduced fat content is going to be kinder on your health.

2. Nuts

Nuts are a wonderful food source that is often vastly underrated. You should pay particular attention to both pistachios and almonds for the sake of osteoporosis as they are high in calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. If you want to get your daily recommend allowance, we are talking about just a handful of nuts on a daily basis, which is a simple but effective step.

3. Green vegetables

Green vegetables are amazing things in a number of ways, but when we are talking about osteoporosis we are mainly talking about okra, broccoli, and cauliflower. The various nutrients and minerals that are contained within them are seen as being extremely beneficial to your skeleton. However, make sure that they are either fresh or frozen in order to get the maximum amount of nutrients out of them.

5 Important Nutritional Reasons You Should Not Cut Fruit

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While many people cut their fruit as a convenience before serving and eating these delicious treats, studies have shown that you could be doing more harm than good by cutting fruits before you serve them. Food scientists have conducted studies on several fruits that are prepared by cutting compared to those served either whole or peeled, and the results might surprise you. The slicing, chopping, and cutting of fresh fruit actually wounds the fruit and puts stress on their physical condition and reducing the overall nutritional value. Consider these important nutritional reasons you should not cut fruit the next time you have a craving for that apple, kiwi, or strawberry.

Reducing Nutritional Value of Fruit

When you slice certain fruits, you are in basically taking away some of the nutritional value of the fruit. If you are cutting and serving the fruit immediately, you lose a small amount of nutritional value, but if you slice and then store fruit in the refrigerator, you could be robbing the fruit of up to 25 percent of its vitamin C in only a few days. Cut fruit will lose more vitamins faster than cut vegetables stored for the same amount of time. A tray of cut strawberries and apples will definitely have less nutritional value than a tray of carrots, celery, and broccoli that was cut and stored for the same time period. Studies conducted by the United States Food and Drug Administration have shown that storing cut fruit for two weeks will deplete as much as half the vitamin C content.

Everything You Need to Know About Eating a Healthy Breakfast

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Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, but not everyone eats first thing in the morning. It may be that they simply don’t have time – sleeping a little later, rushing to get the kids out the door in time for the school bus, and getting ready for work clothes can all make sitting down to eat a real challenge.

However, if you skip breakfast on a regular basis, you’re setting yourself up to overeat throughout the  day. Think about it – your body has gone without sustenance during sleep, which could be as long as 10 hours, and needs refueling. Even if you don’t feel particularly hungry, a  nutritious breakfast gives your body what it needs to perform at its best.

Erica Giovinazzo, MS, RD, a nutritionist based at New York’s Clay Health Club and Spa, recommends a breakfast that “combines good carbs and fiber with some protein”. She regularly cooks whole eggs or egg whites, which she eats topped with peach and mango salsa. She also suggests that people may want to avoid high-sugar breakfasts:

“I am a firm believer in the importance of protein at breakfast. Because we’re fasting overnight while we sleep, our body naturally releases sugar into our bloodstream, and so our blood sugar is always slightly higher in the morning. There’s no need to add fuel to the fire with even more sugar!”

So, what should you eat to set yourself up for the day, curb those pre-lunch cravings, and get the morning boost you need so much? Here are some nutritious breakfast options:

10 Delicious Football Foods That Won’t Wreck Your Diet

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Everyone loves tasty snacks while enjoying the game, especially if you’re having friends over. The problem is, this can easily become a major calorie-consuming scenario if you’re not careful. The good news is that you can have yummy ‘football foods’ without a guilty conscience. Here are 10 great foods that you can eat while watching the game without worrying about gaining weight.

1. Baked Buffalo Chicken Bites

Forget those deep-fried Buffalo wings! You can have a delicious snack of less fattening, bite-sized cooked chicken. Just mix cooked chicken breast with hot sauce, chopped green onions and non-fat cream cheese. Take a spoon and shape the mixture into small, bite-sized balls, then cover them with whole-grain breadcrumbs.

2. Blue Cheese-Apricot Balls

These are delicious treats for your game-day party – and they take only 25 minutes to prepare. You’ll need the following ingredients:
¼ cup of crumbled reduced-fat blue cheese
5 tablespoons of finely chopped toasted walnuts
12 finely chopped dried apricots
6 ounces of reduced-fat cream cheese
¼ teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon finely snipped fresh rosemary
Mix them all together and enjoy the healthy (yet tasty) goodness.

3. Sloppy Joe Sliders

For many people, Sloppy Joes bring back good memories from their childhood, but this tasty sandwich can be made in a healthier way. To make this tasty treat, use 95% lean ground meat, and for even more fiber and protein, add smashed kidney beans. Cook it up with some tomatoes and your favorite spices, then serve it on a mini whole-wheat bun. Just make sure you have napkins ready!

7 Secrets For Beating Sugar Addiction

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The test for potential sugar addiction is simple: if you think you might be addicted to sugar, it is safe to assume that you are. And even if you’re not quite there yet, the earlier you nip your sugar habit in the bud, the better it will be for your current and future health. Some compare sugar addiction to drug addiction, and while this may seem like an exaggeration to those who have no problem with sugar, there is experimental evidence that backs this assertion.
Ideally, no one should consume more than 10% of their daily calories in the form of refined sugar (even less is preferable). But incredibly, millions of Americans ingest two-to-three times this much, and will often continue to do so for many years. Adult obesity rates in the United States are currently about 35%, and there is no doubt that sugar – and sugar addiction – is a contributing factor to this frightening statistic.

When refined sugar reaches the bloodstream, it is almost instantly converted to glucose. It then makes a beeline for the pleasure centers of the brain, where it locks into specific receptors and leaves you feeling positively giddy – for a while. Repeated reinforcement of this cycle through further sugar consumption ‘seals the deal,’ and this is how real sugar addiction takes hold –in much the same way that drug addiction does.

Continuous over-consumption of sugar, fueled by the cravings and compulsions of addiction, is a health bomb that will eventually explode, leading to biological havoc that drastically lessens quality of life and shortens lifespans.. Sugar kills softly and slowly, but in a time-delayed form, its bite is as toxic as a cobra’s.

Rolling a Lucky Seven

Beating sugar addiction is not easy, and is not an effort to be undertaken casually. Smart strategy is a more potent remedy than sheer willpower, but if addicts follow these seven steps their chances of a full recovery – and a healthier future – will be greatly enhanced.

1. Put the ‘food for pleasure’ routine on hold

We obviously eat for nutrition, and for the calories our bodies need for energy. But equally we eat for pleasure.
Where do sugar addicts turn when they eat for pleasure? To old favorites such as cookies, cakes, pies, candy and soft drinks; if it’s loaded with refined sugar, it will likely be desirable. So those who are trying to beat a sugar addiction should put their food-for-pleasure routine in sleep mode for a few weeks, as they work to break the hold that sugar has over their lives. Once the detox phase is complete and sugar is out of the equation, a return to eating for pleasure could be a safe option.