Nutritional Nuggets for Natural Health
7. Drink 8 glasses of water every day. TRUE – But only if you weigh 128 pounds. Here’s the rule – Take your weight (actual, not what you dream about!) and divide it in two. That’s the minimum number of ounces you should drink every day. In other words, if you weigh 128 pounds, you divide that by 2 and get 64 and that’s 8 – 8 ounce glasses water. If you weigh 150 you would drink 75 ounces of water and that’s more than 9 glasses. If you drink coffee that’s dehydrating, you need to drink more water. Your body is mostly water, fill it up often!
8. Alcohol is bad – FALSE – Too much alcohol is bad for you. Too much of anything is bad for you. Six ounces of wine and 12 ounces of beer are considered moderate amounts, and shouldn’t result in any bad health effects to the average healthy adult. All alcohol is an anticoagulant and red wine also contains antioxidants, so drinking a small amount daily can be beneficial.
9. If you watch what you eat, you don’t have to exercise – FALSE. It’s better, that’s for sure. But exercise is good for more than just your weight. Regular physical exercise, especially cardiovascular forms, can help you strengthen your lungs and heart which can prevent or prolong heart disease. Physical activity can also improve your cholesterol level by increasing your good cholesterol. Regular exercise can also be a stress reliever.
10. Eggs are bad for you. FALSE. Eggs don’t raise your cholesterol. You’d have to eat a lot of eggs to have it affect your serum cholesterol levels. In healthy people, “the research with eggs has never shown any link of egg consumption with blood lipids or with risk of heart disease,” says Don Layman, PhD, professor emeritus in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Eggs are actually a great source of about 13 vitamins and minerals!
See previous posts – N is for Nutritional Nuggets – fact or fictioN – parts 1 & Part 2.
So eat up, eat well, eat healthy, eat enough, drink enough and do everything in moderation and you will be a naturally healthy person, and beautiful as well!
nutritional myths for your natural health
3. Carbohydrates are bad. FALSE. Carbohydrates are the powerhouses of energy for our bodies. White carbohydrates that have no nutritional value – like white bread or white pasta – turn to sugar in the body and add nothing of value – so why bother? Eat something whole and brown and complex and the right portion size – and yes, they still are carbs!
4. Eating less or skipping meals will help you lose weight. FALSE. In order to lose weight, you have to eat the right amount or your body will think it’s starving and do anything to prevent that. When you skip a meal, you slow down your metabolism, the speed that your body is running. Also when you skip a meal or skimp on nutrition, you tend to eat more at other meals to compensate for feeling so hungry. Eating five small meals spaced out throughout the day helps people control their appetites better and keep their fuel (calories) burning. You won’t be eating to catch up and get more energy. You’ll be gliding along perfectly all day long.
5. Low fat or fat-free foods will help you lose weight. FALSE. Low fat or fat-free does not mean calorie free. In order to give fat-free food more flavor (good for F days!), there is usually something added for taste – and usually it’s a whole bunch of worthless sugar!
6. Eating late at night is counterproductive to losing weight. MAYBE YES AND MAYBE NO! If you eat a great big fatty meal at night and then lie around in front of the TV, yes you will gain weight. Or at least not lose any. What really matters is eating less than you burn off – any time of the day.
See N is for Nutrition Nuggets – Fact or fictioN – Part 1 and then stay tuned for Part 3!
Energy Drinks - Natural Health???
When you can’t eat the right foods for energy and you have an important meeting or you want to work out in the afternoon, should you reach for one of the many energy drinks on the market now? There’s Red Bull and Monster and 5 Hour Energy and Rockstar and on and on. Here’s what Rockstar has to say about itself:
Bigger. Better. Faster. Stronger. ROCKSTAR is the world’s most powerful energy drink. Enhanced with the potent herbal blend of Guarana, Ginkgo, Ginseng and Milk Thistle, ROCKSTAR is scientifically formulated to provide an incredible energy boost for those who lead active and exhausting lifestyles–from athletes to rock stars.
Kind of makes you want to run out and get some, no? Better stop and check out the ingredients before you gulp one down. Lots of sugar, lots of sugar (so much I had to repeat it twice!) and lots and lots of caffeine. Is that what we naturally beautiful women want to be putting in our bodies? I don’t think so!
And calories??? One can of Red Bull has 150 calories – just think of how much really good energy food you could be consuming – food that would keep you healthy, energized, disease free, with beautiful skin and hair.
If you want energy, don’t reach for that shiny can full of caffeine and sugar – you might get a slight burst of energy that will feel like a high and keep you going for a minute, but your blood sugar will tumble when the sugar and caffeine are used up, and you’ll be even more fatigued than you were before. So for real true energy – eat the right foods, drink plenty of water, think positively, get a good night’s sleep – all these things will keep you a naturally beautiful woman and a healthy senior woman!