Nutritious Life

Brining Nutrition to Daily Life

Carbohydrates December 30, 2008

fruits and vegetablesNow a days people are always trying to watch their carb intake. What you need to know is that we need to eat carbs to keep our body functioning. We are required to eat at least 130 grams of carbs a day just to supply energy to our nerve cells, including those of the brain. Instead of cutting carbs out of our diet we need to take out the bad carbs and add more good carbs to our diet. Examples of good carbs would be: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, brown rice and sweet potatoes.  Examples of bad carbs would be refined sugar, sodas, white breads and white pastas.

We should realize that carbs don’t make us fat… it is all the sugar and all the processed foods that make us fat.

Cutting carbs greatly reduces our nutrient intake.  People may lose weight on these low carb/no carb diets, but it is not a healthy way to lose weight.  Not to mention when you don’t have enough carbs you get irritable and shaky. Who wants to feel that way?!

When we consume enough good carbs it helps prevent the production of ketones as an alternative energy source. Excessive ketones can result in high blood acidity and ketoacidosis, which alters basic body functions and damages tissue.

People are always looking for that quick fix and to tell you the truth there is no quick fix and there will probably never been one. The best thing you can do is change your eating habits and exercise daily to keep healthy.

Remember you can never go wrong with too many fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet.

Advertisements
 

Products…Good or Bad? December 28, 2008

Filed under: All,Tid Bits — nutritiouslife12 @ 9:09 am
Tags: , , , ,

Ever wonder how good or bad your make up is or your shampoo or any other product you may use? This site below covers everything from baby products to skin and eye care products.

Check it out:  http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/index.php?nothanks=1

 

5 Healthy Holiday Foods December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas! I will keep this short so you can get back to opening presents!

5 Healthy Holiday Foods

Yams are high in vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium, and manganese; while being low in saturated fat and sodium

Green beans are an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin A, dietary fiber, potassium, folate, and iron

Nuts are the best plant source of protein not to mention they are rich in fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants like as vitamin E and selenium

Whole Grains (stone ground wheat, oats, brown rice) are a good source of B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, iron and fiber

Homemade Mulled Apple Cider is high in antioxidants, but be careful, you are better off eating an apple than drinking many cups of apple cider since apple cider is concentrated

 

Dinner time…. Amy’s Kitchen December 23, 2008

Amy's KitchenI don’t know about you, but I sure don’t always have time to cook a healthy meal every single night! About a year ago I discovered frozen meals made by Amy’s Kitchen. Get this… they are frozen meals that are organic, healthy, have natural ingredients, are not processed and most cook in 5 minutes or less.  What more could you ask for right?

Amy’s Kitchen has a variety of meals to choose from such as pizza, soups, brown rice bowls, pastas and apple pie. One thing I like about Amy’s Kitchen meals is that they tailor some of their foods for people who are lactose intolerant (such as myself) and offer pizzas, burritos and enchiladas that don’t have cheese. I might also mention all the products are vegetarian, but don’t let that scare you.   There are plenty of meals I haven’t had such as the baked ziti, the toaster pops, the lasagna or the veggie burgers, but I can honestly say that I haven’t had a bad meal yet.

I think for those who are living the busy life and don’t have the time to necessarily cook every night and are looking for something healthy and easy I think an Amy’s Kitchen meal might just be what you are looking for.

Where to buy? I have found them at WholeFoods, Henry’s, Vons (aka Safeway) and believe it or not Target (although Target has a very limited selection).  Amy’s Kitchen meals also typically cost more than your average frozen meal, but hey… wouldn’t you rather spend an extra buck or two on something that isn’t processed and that is healthy rather than a medical bill down the line because you ate too many processed foods and your arteries were clogged?

On a side note I saw Amy’s Kitchen burritos featured on How it’s Made and I was so fascinated and so excited to see a product created with real ingredients!

 

Organic or Non Organic December 20, 2008

We probably know organic is better for us, but sometimes at the expense of our paycheck it just isn’t worth it. I was reading an article in Runners World this month and came across a piece of info I found interesting and wanted to share:

“By eating the organic versions of the dirty dozen, you can reduce your exposure to contaminants by 90 percent,”

Can you believe that? This is great news … for our health and especially our wallets!

If you don’t know what the “dirty dozen” are check it out: http://www.foodnews.org/

 

Tips to buying organic and saving a buck:

-shop the farmers market in your area

– check weekly what is on sale at the local grocery stores

– if you have a Trader Joe’s in your neighborhood check them out (usually they are fairly inexpensive)

 

Izze December 18, 2008

Filed under: All,Product Reviews — nutritiouslife12 @ 8:00 am
Tags: , , , , ,

Izze

Ever had an Izze? I love Izze’s. They are so tasty. My favorite is the Sparkling Clementine. I had one the other night and happened to be reading the bottle….I mean I had read the ingredients before, however, never really READ the bottle. I found that their bottle said:

“Each bottle delivers almost three servings of fruit based on the USDA’s 2005 Dietary Guidelines. The guidelines say you should get the majority of your daily fruit from whole fruit. So, love IZZE but eat fruit too.”

What I liked about this is that they are promoting you to eat whole fruit and not to supplement fruit by drinking an Izze. Over all I think these drink products are healthy. They have no refined or added sugars, no caffeine and are 70% fruit juice with a “splash” of sparkling water. Izze’s would also be a better nutritious choice over a soda when you feel like drinking something bubbly, but of course …drink in moderation!

 

Hunger vs. Appetite December 16, 2008

Filed under: All,Tid Bits — nutritiouslife12 @ 4:10 pm
Tags: , , , , ,

Hunger is a physiological drive for food that occurs when the body senses that we need to eat… the drive is not specific.

Appetite is a psychological desire to consume specific foods… the sight of chocolate cake, the smell of fresh coffee stimulates our senses, prompting a pleasant emotion and often memories.

 

 
%d bloggers like this: