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Making Healthy Living A Habit

By Christine Antoinette A Guinto

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1. Be realistic. At the start of the year, we all have lofty desires on how to make our lives better. We target going back to our svelte high school bodies before summer or eating salads only for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sounds easy? Not. And it's not exactly healthy either. Drastic weight loss and dietary changes will only take a toll on your body. Think of your current circumstances, and don't be afraid to take it slow. This way, you don't 'shock' yourself out of keeping that healthy lifestyle.

2. Keep good company. Temptations to deviate from your healthy resolves are literally everywhere. But, you'll find it easier keeping them at bay, when your own friends and family either go on the same healthy journey with you or at least support you in your undertaking.

3. Choose water. There's a whole plethora of drink choices wherever you go, the office cafeteria, fast foods, fine dining restaurants, and even right at your own home. There may be a dozen healthy or organic choices out there, but water absolutely tops the bill in terms of zero calories, truly harmless drinks.

4. Have a stash of healthy snacks wherever you go. We all go hungry at one point or another in the day, no matter how much we've eaten during that big meal. How do you keep the unhealthy snacking away? Prepare single servings of your favorite healthy bites (cashew nuts, low-butter popcorn, fresh fruits, etc.) and keep them in your office drawer, some in your bag, and even a couple more in your car. This way, whenever you feel the rumble of a hungry stomach, you resist the urge to eat unhealthy food.

5. Go natural. The 'green' trend has brought about a positive wave of new products made of natural or organic ingredients. And this is not just in terms of food. From body wash to diapers, the natural possibilities are endless.

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Juicing for Healthy Living

By Neil Anthony Jackson

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Phytonutrients are natural chemicals found in plants. The word Phyto comes from the Greek word meaning plant. These nutrients are not essential to us but they do help prevent disease and ensures that the body keeps functioning correctly. There are more than 25000 phytonutrients in plants.

Juicing has been linked to cancer remission when using carrots to juice. Carrots contain beta-carotene as well as falcarinol, a natural pesticide produced by the carrot. Carrots, according to a Harvard University study, helps reduce the risk of strokes.

Juicing is any easy way to add a variety of foods into our diet without having to eat too much. By varying our foods we get a more balanced diet, which results in a more healthy life-style and this then leads to disease prevention, which is better than cure.

Diet and eating correctly is the first line of defense against a variety of illness and conditions. It has been consistently shown that a balanced healthy diet of non-processed foods will result in a better quality of life and a longer life.

Juicing allows you to concentrate a whole day's requirement into one tasty, daily drink.

It is best to use organic fruits and vegetables, as they have not been exposed to pesticides and other chemicals. If you purchase locally produced products there are no transport requirements meaning the product can be picked later and not forced ripe during transportation.

Storage

To store your juice do not place in a large jug and decant from that. The fresh juice will oxidize very quickly in such a jug. It is best to use a glass jar that is used in canning to preserve food. They are called Mason Jars. They must be filled to the top and tightly closed to minimize oxidation.

Freezing the juice is another option and provides for a more interesting beverage, frozen juice. If you intend freezing the juice you must allow for expansion of the juice. Water expands when it is frozen.

Blenders and Juicers:

There are blenders and juicers and they are easy to confuse, but their names say it all. The blender processes both the nutrients and the fiber together, while the juicer separates the fiber from the juice. Because you are taking in both the fiber and the juice you will feel full much sooner. The juicer concentrates the goodness in the juice. Reducing the fiber intakes allow us to ingest a lot more the fruits goodness.

Healthy living can be enhanced by juicing. This will give you an insight into some of the aspects to be considered All About Juicing

 

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