Diets the name of the Game
Want to baby your liver? Keep your GI tract fit? Flush out toxins? These 10 foods — many of them chosen by RealAge experts Drs. Oz and Roizen — can spring clean your body and keep refreshing your vital parts all year ’round. No need to fast. Just take these three steps:
- “Eat clean,” avoiding processed foods and chemical additives.
- Stay well hydrated by drinking lots of filtered water.
- Include some of these 10 foods in several meals throughout the week.
The Detox Top 10
- Leafy green vegetables. Eat them raw in a salad, throw them into a broth, steam them and mix with rice or add to an omelet, or puree them into juices. The chlorophyll in greens helps swab out environmental toxins (heavy metals, pesticides). It’s also an all-around liver protector, which your liver needs since it’s your major domo detoxifier.
- Lemons. Fresh lemonade made with filtered water will keep you hydrated, and its vitamin C helps convert toxins into a water-soluble form that’s easily flushed away. (Add some pureed greens — see above — to further bolster your C level.) Here’s another cleanse that really works.
- Watercress. Put a handful into salads, soups, and sandwiches. The peppery little green leaves have a diuretic effect that helps the flushing process. Plus cress is a mineral mine, rich in iron, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium.
- Garlic. Add it to everything — salads, sauces, spreads. In addition to the heart-friendly bulb’s cardio benefits, it activates liver enzymes. Research also indicates that garlic diminishes a process that creates cancer-causing compounds in your body.
- Green tea. This antioxidant-rich brew is one of the healthiest ways to get more water into your system. Bonus: It contains catechins, which speed up liver activity. Learn more about how to love your liver.
- Broccoli sprouts. They pack 20 times more cancer-fighting, enzyme-stimulating activity into each bite than the grown-up vegetable. Research suggests that eating the sprouts (they have a radish-like taste) kills off H. Pylori bacteria that causes stomach irritation and ulcers.
- Sesame seeds. They’re credited with protecting liver cells from the damaging effects of alcohol and other chemicals. For a concentrated form, try tahini, the yummy sesame seed paste that’s a staple of Middle Eastern cooking.
- Cabbage. There are two main types of detoxifying enzymes in the liver, and this potent veggie helps activate both of them. It’s the largest member of the Brassica veggie family, all of which delivers colon-cancer fighting isothicyanates and vitamin C. Coleslaw, anyone?
- Psyllium. This plant’s bursting with soluble fiber, which mops up toxins (cholesterol, too) and helps clear them out. Stir powdered psyllium into juice to help cleanse your colon, or have psyllium-fortified Bran Buds for breakfast. (Start with a small amount and gradually increase your dose as your GI tract becomes used to it.)
- Fruits, fruits, fruits. They’re full of almost all the good things listed above — vitamin C, fiber, nutritious fluids, and assorted antioxidants. Besides, nothing tastes better than a ripe mango, perfect pear, or fresh berries.
Ultimate Detox Recipe: Easy Wilted Garlic-Sesame Salad
Toss dark green leafy vegetables in hot, garlicky oil for a cleansing — and delicious — dish.
4 servings, about 65 calories each
1 tsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lb. spinach, stemmed,
or 1 lb. Swiss chard, stems sliced, leaves torn
or 1 lb. mixture of spinach and watercress
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 tsp. sesame seeds for garnish
Warm oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and stir until lightly browned, about 45 seconds. Add greens (do in two batches if necessary) and toss until just wilted, 2 to 4 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Today anyone can find just about anything on diet and weight loss. There is a ton of information out there regarding diet and weight loss. Anyone that calls themselves an expert can publish a book about weight loss and provide their opinion on the topic. But what is weight loss really about? Is it about eating fewer calories to create a deficit, which in thus results in losing the weight? Or is it about suppressing our appetite with dietary supplements that contain ingredients that the average person has no knowlegde about, which could pose a risk or harm our bodies if misused? What ingredients are in that diet pill anyway??? Do we really know what’s in our dietary supplements? For all we know, we could be poisoning our bodies and not even realize it.
Western dietary practices say “Eat fewer calories, increase energy expenditure and you will lose weight, period.” But is it really that simple? I think not. There are variables – it depends on what your’e eating, how much rest you’re getting, stress levels, hormone levels, etc. Another thing to consider, is the weight loss water, muscle or fat?? There IS a difference! In some situations, they even take diet pills that suppress the appetite, which may alter your body’s digestive functions – it may slow digestion down, and hold on to stuff longer.
In Eastern culture, their main emphasis is promoting good digestion. They incorporate soups and porridges to their dietary intake, accompanied by whole foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Soups can be very nourishing to the stomach and spleen, and can be filling as well. They don’t overdo animal based meats, however they do increase their consumption in cases of severe nutritional deficiencies. Fish is one of the main staples in their diet, and they incorporate moderate physical activity to promote good health and longevity. They also add herbs to their cooking and medicinal teas to nourish blood, tonify internal organs and boost energy. They don’t tamper with the appetite, rather their focus is more on promoting the body’s ability to digest foods. So in other words, they promote your body’s digestive machinery to ensure that it is functioning and moving food stuff efficiently. That is the difference betweeen Eastern and Western theories on weight loss
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If I’m not posting please believe that Im workin!…or doing something.
My daughters first birthday came and went…We semi survived the first year. No lost… no gain. Her B-day was my off day…and boy was it off.
Since then I’ve been eating clean except for maybe a nibble at the left over birthday cake and some candy…but I dont scrap the day. (some of you know what I mean). I notice it takes very little to fill me up these days. It’s very possible that you can train your stomach to be small…on the insides, no surgery needed.
I do have this lil sweet tooth with all the crap left in the house. So Im making some protein carrot cake.
Carrot Cake Protein Bars
Fats: 1.25 grams (9)
Carbs: 15 grams (4)
Protein: 12 grams (4)
- 1 cup oat flour (dont laugh I get this from the baby food section)
- 2 scoops
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp allspice
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 4 egg whites
- 3/4 cup Splenda, Truvia, or 2 tbsp brown sugar
- Carrot pulp from juicing (or baby food carrots)
- Water or soy milk for consistency
- 1 tbsp raisins or walnuts (DO NOT GO CRAZY HERE)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix flour, whey protein, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, baking soda and salt together in a bowl.
- Mix egg whites, Splenda, carrots and water (optional) in a bowl.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix together.
- Spray glass pyrex dish with non-stick butter spray.
- Pour ingredients into dish.
- Bake 20-30 minutes.
Although he was diagnosed with type 2 eight years ago, Anthony Anderson only made the decision to switch to a healthier life a year ago. Thanks to his better eating choices and a lifestyle that includes exercise, he has managed to lose 40 pounds.
The former Law and Order actor has now made a habit out of eating healthy food and exercising on a regular basis. Last year he decided to start taking more care of his body, after he realized that his condition might be getting worse if he doesn’t make an immediate lifestyle change.
“I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about eight years ago, but it wasn’t until early 2009 that I experienced a wake-up call and really made lifestyle changes, like losing over 40 pounds to actively manage my diabetes,” he confessed.
His family also embarked on a healthier diet and they are all careful about what they eat. Anderson’s diet now includes brown rice, baked chicken and collard greens cooked with turkey.
The actor even shared some diet tips on how to live a healthier life, while still enjoying meals.
Anthony Anderson’s Healthy Diet Tips
- Skim the fat from meat juices before making gravy or sauces.
- Reduce the amount of sugar you add to your sweet potatoes and squash.
- Help your guests eat healthier and manage their portion sizes. Try reducing the number of food choices offered. You don’t have to have such a big selection of food!
- Use smaller plates.
- Cut desserts into smaller pieces.
- After that Thanksgiving meal, think about taking a long walk. It may be the perfect post-dessert activity!
- Healthy Hollywood: Fab Food Friday – Anthony Anderson Takes On Diabetes! (omg.yahoo.com)
- JourneytoWellness.com Interviews Actor Anthony Anderson on Diabetes in African-Americans and Gives Tips for Healthy Habits this Holiday Season (prweb.com)
- 7 Steps Newly Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetics Should Take (health.usnews.com)
Southern born rapper David Banner grew up on famous Southern comfort food and knows all too well what that kind of diet can do to a figure, especially when a person is lacking a workout routine as well.
But, after weighing in at over 255 pounds, Banner decided to do something about his weight and lifestyle. He had high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and was a near diabetic so his doctor did not leave him much choice, telling him he had to get it together.
I just took it as a challenge,” he says. ” I really took it as an initiative to help people get healthy. And that pushed me that much further, and motivated me to push that much farther.”
Now that he has “got it together”, his blood pressure has dropped, the sleep apnea is virtually non existent, and he’s not diabetic. However, he still has to watch his blood pressure because, after losing the weight, the doctor’s determined that it is a genetic situation.
To accomplish the weight loss feat, Banner had to give up a few of his favorite foods such as macaroni and cheese and fried chicken, but he has found quite a few healthy foods to replace old cravings with.
I tell people is this,” he says, “once you submerge yourself into healthy eating, I am willing to bet any amount of money that you will find the same amount of healthy things that you like and dislike, that you would unhealthy things.”
Even when the singer is out on the road, he now makes it a point to eat healthy. This might even mean a stop at a grocery store to choose among healthier food options, but believes that if a person is serious enough about his or her health, he or she will find a way to make it happen.
And, serious, this man is. He’s feeling better than he did at the age of 20, enjoys running, doing things he hasn’t done in years, and even increased his weight loss goal to 205 after reaching his goal of 215.
Because he has been so excited and motivated to achieve his healthy living goals, he has become an inspiration to many of his fans and even fellow rappers. T-Pain has said that he dropped 30 pounds thanks to being inspired by Banner and his trainer, Scott Parker’s, clientele is growing because of him as well.
I was just taking it and turning it into something positive, and hopefully, motivate people to do bigger and better things, to feel better. I know I feel 100% better than I ever have,” he says.
Now, his only problem is making sure he does not lose too much weight, but rather focuses on putting the muscle back on with the help of his personal trainer.
“I know how not to — and this is strange, he [trainer,Scott Parker] said he’s never seen this before — but I can knock off five pounds in a week. I know exactly what to do. I know how to run, how to set my own plans, just based on my body chemistry and my body makeup. I know what to eat, I know how many times a day to run, I know how much water to drink in order to really control my body weight. So now I’m in a position where I know my body,” he concludes.
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Interesting article….There are places in the US called deadzones. These are areas where grocery stores don’t exist for miles, but guess what?! A McDonald’s is never too far…
That’s the disturbing point brought home by the latest project of New York City-based artist and photographer Sally Davies, who bought a McDonald’s Happy Meal back in April and left it out in her kitchen to see how well it would hold up over time.
The results? “The only change that I can see is that it has become hard as a rock,” Davies told the U.K. Daily Mail.
She proceeded to photograph the Happy Meal each week and posted the pictures to Flickr to record the results of her experiment. Now, just over six months later, the Happy Meal has yet to even grow mold. She told the Daily Mail that “the food is plastic to the touch and has an acrylic sheen to it.” NASTY
- Health Group Says It Will Sue McDonald’s Over Happy Meals (dailyfinance.com)
- McDonald’s Happy Meals Might Become Less Happy (bloggingstocks.com)
- What does a 142-day-old Happy Meal look like? (thestar.com)
It seems the most asked about part of the human body are the abs. I see guys in the gym 30lbs overweight hitting the ab machine hard…I mean really hard. I wonder if they hit the kitchen and dieting as hard. I often hear the question, “How do I get the six pack?” My response is normally the same. It really doesn’t matter how many crunches you do, you will never be able to turn that keg into a six and SEE it until you change the way you eat. The combination HIIT and diet has worked for me over the past few weeks. I can do better but you wont start seeing abs until (Men) you start hitting around 15% BF
Unfortunately, there are so many “diets” out there that claim to do this or that, many people try one, become frustrated with the results, or lack thereof and quit. No single approach works for every person. Fortunately, the October 2010 copy of Men’s Fitness breaks it down for
Low-Fat diets, like the USDA Food Pyramid and most vegetarian diets
Info- The most straightforward meal plan: Eat less fat, lose more fat. A gram of fat calories contains more calories (nine) than a gram of carbs or protein (four).
Works best for- Highly active people, since exercise requires more carbs for energy
Pros- Makes calories easier to keep in check. All those carbs (whole grains, fruits, and veggies) also boost your daily vitamin, mineral, and fiber intake.
Cons- high-carb meals raise your insulin levels, which can inhibit your body’s ability to burn excess fat.
Isocaloric diets, like The Zone Diet, typical bodybuilding diets
Info- you eat almost equal proportions of carbs, fat, and protein (usually a 40/30/30 split). Lowering carb-intake and increasing protein and fat levels can blunt your body’s release of insulin after a meal and shows the rise in blood sugar.
Works best for- Moderately active people who are less than 25 pounds overweight or who lift weights three to four days a week.
Pros- Relatively low insulin levels, leaving you with few cravings and les hunger. Plenty of protein also prevents potential loss of muscle mass.
Cons- It’s easy to overdo it on fatty foods or to take in way more calories than you’re burning.
Low-Car diets, like Body-for-Life, Protein Power, Atkins Diet
Info- Dieters greatly cut back on (or totally avoid) carbs.
Works best for- People looking to jump-start fat loss- or people who spend the majority of their day sitting around (like at a desk).
Pros- You get rid of the sugary processed foods that people are most prone to OD on, so fat should come off incredibly fast. Even better. When followed strictly, this is one diet that is nearly impossible to gain weight on.
Cons- The diet is high in fat, including the saturated kind, which is widely considered a factor in heart disease risk. Not eating carbs also causes the amount of fiber in your diet to plummet.
Again, no diet works best for everyone. Review your current level of activity and adjust your food intake accordingly.