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Intermittent Fasting for Beginners

The topic of intermittent fasting is rather intriguing because it is actually mentioned in the Bible a fair amount of times. People of Biblical times fasted in times of depending on God, in times of prayer and when serious decisions were called for. Today’s people also fast because they simply want to lose weight; some do it for medical reasons too. Intermittent fasting is quite a broad term that basically means that from time to time you don’t eat, usually lasting longer than the normal overnight fast.   Even though fasting goes back thousands of years, and practiced by humans through the ages, it is not so widely practiced today; what with all the new health fads around. But its methods and ways have stood the test of time and achieved amazing benefits – not only weight loss but mor...

Meal Replacement Shakes for Weight Loss

 Shake your weight off using meal replacement shakes Note:All of the following shakes can be done with vegan milk, e.g. almond milk! With summer in sight, there are millions who start thinking about ways to lose extra weight – especially if they want to show off their toned beach bods on the golden sands. Diets might not have cut it for you in the past and you don’t have time for hours in the gym. But maybe it’s time to take a look at what meal replacements are all about; because they have been designed especially for that purpose; to help you lose weight!   Diet groups, dietitians, and doctors will say that losing weight just boils down to eating a low-fat balanced diet and exercising if you want to get rid of fat. But often that kind of approach doesn’t always work for everyone. Oth...

Build a healthy Relationship with Food

You might find it an unfamiliar type of concept to hear people talk about their connection with food as a relationship. Most people don’t even think that they have a relationship with food. But they do, really. Just look in the dictionary and you will see that the word ‘relationship’ means two or more people or things which are connected. Essentially, if you are feeding your body with healthy and good foods, what does your body do? It thanks you in return by supplying you energy, happiness, and balance. Just as you wouldn’t ask someone over to your place with whom you don’t get on with or who doesn’t make you feel good – so it is with food. Food needs to be beneficial and enhancing to your body because you are welcoming it into your body.   Food impacts your attitude toward life, nega...

How to Cope with Cravings

We have all probably suffered from food cravings at some time in our lives; that intense yearning for a certain food. Often the desire can seem uncontrollable and you feel as if you just have to have that food to get on top of things and feel satisfied. Some top experts in nutrition claim food cravings don’t last for long; just a few minutes. Those who don’t experience food cravings will often say, “it’s just all in the head!” – And new research suggests they’re right. It is all in the head, from specific areas of the brain, actually. The parts of the brain responsible for pleasure and memory are where our food cravings arise from; what keeps them alive. And the food cravings aren’t for healthy fruit and veggies; no, they are for our favorite junk foods, like chocolate cake, or...

Lean Plant Proteins for Health

Earn good health through healthy living by choosing lean plant proteins   The plant-based type of diet has in modern times become very, very popular and set to become even more so for millions of people as they discover the amazing power and health benefits of plants. In fact, this way of eating goes back thousands of years, with a rich history being traced way back in time to the ancient Egyptian people, already back in 1550BC. Evidence also shows that the Roman gladiators were known for eating mostly a vegetarian diet. And look at Daniel in the Bible, who ate and drank only vegetables and water; that at the end of 10 days looked better nourished and healthier than the young men who had eaten of the royal foods.   “Vegan” is a word that was already being used around the 1840s, therea...

The importance of iron (for vegans)

Aging is when the body no longer is able to bring all the physiological and biochemical systems into the right balance – the deterioration of youth. This means that repair work to the system which is so important to health deteriorates. The body simply can’t repair the system nor can it fight off all the infections that go along with it either. When we age, there is a progression of oxidative stress, an increase in inflammation, and loss of autophagy. Fortunately, today there are simple natural interventions like taking supplements, fasting, exercising and eating the right foods, vitamins, and minerals that can bring the body back to youthful levels and lead to improvements in all aspects of aging.   Iron is important   One mineral that is extremely important is iron. There are two ki...

What Vegans Should Know About B12

Symptoms of B12 Deficiency Clinical deficiency can cause anemia or nervous system damage. Most vegans consume enough B12 to avoid clinical deficiency. Two subgroups of vegans are at particular risk of B12 deficiency: long-term vegans who avoid common fortified foods (such as raw food vegans or macrobiotic vegans) and breastfed infants of vegan mothers whose own intake of B12 is low. In adults typical deficiency symptoms include loss of energy, tingling, numbness, reduced sensitivity to pain or pressure, blurred vision, abnormal gait, sore tongue, poor memory, confusion, hallucinations and personality changes. Often these symptoms develop gradually over several months to a year before being recognized as being due to B12 deficiency and they are usually reversible on administration of B12. T...

Are Veganism and Vegetarianism Symptomatic of Eating Disorders?

Over the last year, a large number of clients have told that medical professionals advise them that that their lifestyles and eating choices are tantamount to mental illness and should be categorised as eating disorders. Their choice to not eat any animal products or limit their consumption to non-flesh based content is viewed as extreme and a response to disturbances in their psychological wellbeing. As a psychologist, I wish to address these concerns both to the clients and medical professionals. Firstly, it is important to understand what vegetarianism and veganism is. Vegetarianism is the practice of not eating flesh-based products of animals i.e. Meat, fish or chicken, although some people still call themselves vegetarian but eat fish. Choices are often made on the basis of beliefs ab...

5 Common Attributes Of A Long-Term Vegan – Proof That The Vegan Diet Is Healthy

So many people speak negatively of the vegan diet, and this is no surprise. They have been led to believe their whole life that eating meat and dairy will help you to grow strong and healthy, and consequently if you do not eat these foods your health will suffer. But oftentimes, it is the health of meat and dairy eaters that is suffering, not the other way around. This leads to the question: Is the vegan diet healthy after all? In order to answer this question, I have listed below 5 common attributes (whether physical or emotional) of a long-term vegan which I personally have noticed. They all have these 5 healthy traits in common. 1. Skin A long-term vegan will have amazing, flawless skin. Unlike cheese and dairy eaters, they do not suffer breakouts from eating an over-consumption of hard...

Your Vegan Questions Answered – Everything You Need To Know About Vegans

Perhaps you have heard about the vegan diet and you are somewhat curious about what it involves. Or maybe you are considering becoming a vegan. This article will answer 6 common questions asked regarding this diet: What is a vegan? Vegan Vs Vegetarian – What is the difference? What do vegans eat? Where do vegans get their recipes? Is the vegan diet healthy? Why go vegan? What is a vegan? A vegan is a person who does not consume any animal products including red meat, white meat, fish, seafood, eggs, butter, cream, milk and cheese. Sometimes a vegan will make lifestyle changes that go beyond their diet such as avoiding wearing fur, leather and other animal-based clothing. Vegan Vs Vegetarian – What is the difference? Both of these two diets exclude the consumption of meat, wheth...

Why Are So Many People Going On The Vegan Diet? The Hidden Truth

ou’ve just found out that another one of your friends/workmates/acquaintances has adopted veganism. You are puzzled by their decision, and you do have to wonder, ‘Is the vegan diet healthy?’ ‘Is there something that they know and I don’t?‘ This may very well be the case. Many people are unaware of the miraculous healing benefits of the vegan diet, and it’s not completely their fault. Why not? · Doctors aren’t going to tell you to eliminate meat and dairy products from your diet. They want you to keep coming back to them. If you are healthy and well, they will lose out on business. · The TV/media isn’t going to widely promote the health benefits of the vegan diet. Rather, they want their audience to indulge in cooking shows (with meat an...

Is The Vegan Diet Healthy Or Unhealthy? Opinions Vs Actual Facts and Studies

The debate of whether the vegan diet is healthy or unhealthy is not new. The majority of folks will assert that a person who adopts veganism will be deficient in essential nutrients found only in animal products, namely, animal-based protein. These folks cherish the belief that dairy milk will help keep their bones strong and that red meat will provide essential protein for their muscles. On the other hand, there is a small minority of folks (2% vegan and 5% vegetarian) who give credit to the plant-based diet curing their serious health problems, enabling them to lose excess weight, clearing up their skin and allergies, and giving them an amazing zest for life. So based on these two differences in opinions, how can one determine whether the vegan diet is healthy or unhealthy? It all comes ...

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