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Simple Holiday Diet And Weight Loss Ideas

Diet and Nutrition

The coming holidays can be a challenge for anyone engaged in a weight loss or diet regimen and with very good reason.

  1. With all of the treats that seem to lurk around every corner, workplace get-togethers and holiday parties; it can be easy for even the most driven dieters to get sidetracked and lose sight of their weight loss goals.
  2. This year though you can do things a bit differently. Giving your choices and portions a little carefully targeted attention you can steer clear of ruining all the hard work you have put into your eating habits the rest of the year.
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Fat Loss 1 Page (Photo credit: sean_oliver)

One of the biggest challenges for many those on a diet during the holiday season…

  • Is avoiding the hectic round of get-togethers and parties that almost always come hand in hand with the holidays.
  • The good news about such events; however, is that many of them tend to be buffet and pot-luck types of affairs; which gives you numerous options that can help you to stick to your diet plans.
  • While buffet tables are typically laden with heavy casseroles and fatty appetizers, you can usually find at least one platter of fresh vegetables served with a nice low-fat dip.
  • Also, opt for fresh fruits instead of the abundance of baked desserts that are typically offered.
  • Instead of stocking your plate up with diet dangerous foods, choose steamed vegetables and healthy grains such as wild rice and wheat bread.
  • Opting for white meat instead of dark meat can also help you to stay on the straight and narrow, by avoiding additional calories.

When possible, restrict the amount of alcohol based beverages that you take in. Just a few alcoholic beverages contain a shocking amount of calories; not to mention the fact that they only serve to boost the appetite of most people. Choose plain water, an alcohol free beer or a wine spritzer or Pelligrino water instead.

When your turn comes to prepare the abundance of necessary holiday food, remember that there are various tricks you can employ in order to stay true to your diet goals and continue to keep family and friends pleased at the same time.

food sources of magnesium: bran muffins, pumpk...
food sources of magnesium: bran muffins, pumpkin seeds, barley, buckwheat flour, low-fat vanilla yogurt, trail mix, halibut steaks, garbanzo beans, lima beans, soybeans, and spinach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One way to do this is by substituting dairy free or evaporated skim milk for regular milk or cream in your holiday recipes. This will help to tremendously cut down on the amount of fat and calories included in your dishes without compromising taste.

IUnsweetened applesauce with cinnamon makes a great alternative for calorie laden oil while egg substitute can easily replace the necessity for eggs in most tasty recipes without any recognizable change to the flavor.

Ultimately, one of the greatest ways that you can steer clear of overindulging this holiday season is to take it slower and simple. Bear in mind that the whole point of this time of the year is to get together with close friends and loved ones; many of which you might not see for many months to come.

Focus on the fun and conversation instead of hurrying through a hefty meal and you will find that not only did you enjoy this year more, but that you made it through with your diet in one piece.

17 Weight Loss Tips- Simply Check Your Thyroid

10 Secrets About Your Metabolism That Can Help...
10 Secrets About Your Metabolism That Can Help You Lose Weight! – Avoid Late Night Eating (Photo credit: UrbaneWomenMag)

 

 

A  Healthy Thyroid Equals Balanced Weight loss

 

  1. Your thyroid dictates much of your metabolism, any malfunction or disease afflicting this area may cause you to have problems in metabolism leading to a drastic problem with your weight so you may either gain weight, lose weight, or may find that losing weight is harder than usual.
  2. Those that plan diets do not consider how their thyroid plus metabolism may affect their weight loss program. Most experts and even the media pitch in and recommend that the best way to lose weight is to cut down calorie intake.
  3. Those with a condition called hyperthyroidism suffer from an overactive thyroid leading to one having his or her metabolism skyrocket. If this is the case, then you will probably lose weight fast. This is a nice proposition for some who wish to lose weight. However, this is actually hazardous to the health.
  4. Aside from the medical difficulties such a disease brings, one will also notice weight problems as a result. These people have trouble keeping on weight and may notice weakness and bulging of the eyes. This disease may need special treatment from doctors.
  5. Hypothyroidism on the other hand works in the other direction by immediately slowing down the metabolism until the body gains weight at a regular rate. Like hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism causes a general weakness in the body. It too may need special treatment and may cause serious health problems if left unattended.
  6. While cutting calories can be a challenge for most people to imagine, people involved in life and death struggles head to the supermarket to make serious decisions on whether to buy that extra box of sweets, or other foods they know aren’t quite healthy for them. Then some others have exactly the opposite problem.
  7. Instead of eating too many calories which is a problem in itself, they eat too little calories instead. The key is to find the midpoint. Balance.
  8. Problem? What Problem? The problem with some is that they believe that since the experts say that they have to cut calories, cutting calories to an inordinate amount will reap greater results. Unfortunately, it does not work that way. While cutting calories helps diets, consuming too little calories pushed the body into a hoard mode, the body’s metabolism slow to adapt to the lesser amount of available energy.
  9. If your body enters this mode, your body will work at such slow metabolism that losing weight becomes impossible. The technique here is to cut calories without the body slowing its metabolism. Only then can losing weight become easier.
  10. Another problem that can arise from decreased metabolism is that when your metabolism slows due to a drastic reduction in metabolism, and then you suddenly eat a good, hearty, calorie-filled meal, you are bound to gain more weight owing to the increased surplus of energy.
  11. This is why an imbalanced meal is highly discouraged among those that seek to lose weight. The sudden loss and increase of calories will cause an imbalance in a person’s energy consumption directly affecting fat deposit.
  12. Here is a simple computation to help you get to the right amount of calories you will need per day so that you get your nutrients in the right balance.
  13. First of all, multiply your weight in kilograms by 30. If you only know your weight in pounds, divide it by 2.2 to get to its English equivalent. We divide this number by 30 because that is the number of calories you need to support your weight per pound of weight.
  14. For example if your weight in pounds is 150, divide it by 2.2. That will give you a figure of 68.18. This is your weight in kilograms. Multiply this by 30 and you will arrive at the amount of calories you will need per day to keep up 150 lbs.
  15. You may consult a nutritionist to help you come lose weight. In the end it all comes down to math. If you consume more that your body needs, it stores it as fat. Now is probably a good time to start studying the back of those grocery cartons.
  16. Try to keep your diet at a 40% protein, 25% fat, and 35% carbohydrate meals at 300 calories per meal. Spread out these meals in a day for best results.
  17. While it can be simple computation to get at numbers, do not forget the earlier mentioned fact that the body adapts to its condition. Expose it to extreme ones and you may find yourself getting results you never wanted. Consult a nutritionist for more advice.

 

Weight Loss Exercise Just Makes Sense

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Bill 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

A lot of us live our lives like we are bound by something unseen. Yes, still humans are built to move, too often many put themselves on activity restriction. We have bodies designed and quite able to  race across the savannas, but some live a lifestyle made up of: dragging along from the bed to the breakfast table; to the car seat; to the office chair; to the restaurant chair; to the living room couch and finally back to the bed.

 

It was not always this way. Not long ago in the United States, a man who worked on a farm did the equivalent of 15 miles of jogging every day; and his wife did the equivalent of 7 miles of jogging.

 

Today, our daily obligations of work and home keep us tied to our chairs, and if we want exercise, we have to desperately make time for it.

 

The fact is, health experts insist that the worldwide obesity situation is probably caused as much by lack of physical activity as by eating too much. Hence, it is important that people get revved up to move around.

 

However, that does not mean that a lap or two around the old high school track will offset a daily load of donuts. Exercise alone is not very efficient, experts say. They contend that if you just exercise and do not change your diet, you may be able to prevent weight gain or even lose a few pounds for only  a little while then the weight may just slide back on.

 

Nevertheless, it is not something that you are likely to sustain unless exercise is part of an overall program. The more regularly you exercise, the easier it is to maintain your weight. Here is what to do every day to make sure that you get the exercise you need.

 

1. Get quality rest preferably at night.

 

Make sure that you get adequate sleep. Good sleep habits are conducive to exercise, experts point out. If you feel worn out during the day, you are less likely to get much physical activity during the day.

 

In addition, there is evidence that people who are tired tend to eat more, using food as a substance for the rest they need.

 

2. Take A Walk

 

It is probably the easiest exercise program of all. In fact, it may be all you ever have to do, according to some professional advices of some health experts.

 

Gradually build up to at least 30 minutes of brisk walking five times a week. Brisk walks themselves have health and psychological benefits that are well worth the while.

 

3. Walk On A treadmill

 

When the weather is bad, you might not feel like going outdoors. But if you have a treadmill in the television room, you can catch up on your favorite shows while you are doing your daily good turn for your weight-maintenance plan.

 

Most of us watch television anyway, and indoor exercise equipment enables anyone to turn a sedentary activity into a healthy walk.

 

4. Go For It Today

 

Excuses aside, lack of time is certainly a limiting factor in most lifestyles. That is why health experts suggest a basic guideline for incorporating exercise into your schedule. If you needed another reason to get started, there are many.

 

Get as much exercise as you can that feels good without letting it interfere with your work or family life. If you need to, remind yourself that you are preventing many health problems when you prevent weight gain; and keeping your health in a manageable place is a gift to your family as well as yourself. Live lighter, live longer.

 

6 Easy Steps To Succeed!!!!

The Quick Start To Success List 

First step: Review questions 1-6

1. What do you want?
 
2. Why do you want it?
 
3. When do want it?
 
4. Have you written it down?
 
5. What is the price?
 
6. Pay for it!

If your first reaction to the list is one of ‘is that all?’ then you’re underestimating the

power of simplicity for achieving great things.

Attracting Success Its easier than you think. 6 steps, while simple, form the most powerful achievement strategy on the planet!

1. What do you want?

Sounds obvious right, no wrong. Just ask someone what they want to do with their exercise plan, or even their life, and you will receive vague answers at best.
Let’s break this down; Things like “weight loss” or “become rich” or “earn more” are not goals.
OK NO. They’re not.
However they are better classified as hopes that are so vague and meaningless that we can pretty much guarantee they will fail.
A real goal, however, is clearly stated and summarizes identifies what you  want , with a time frame attached to it. This way, you have a reference point to measure how far you are from completing your mission.
For example ‘lose weight’ becomes ‘lose 30lbs’ or ‘weigh exactly 120lbs’. ‘Get fit’ becomes ‘buy a car’ or ‘buy a Mercedes in 10 months’ and ‘earn more money’ becomes ‘earn $110,000 a year after taxes’
See the difference?
One is open-ended and allows for excuses and get out clauses while the other identifies the target and the way you will obtain your goal. This way, you measure your current level of success and adjust your course as needed.
Again, what is it YOU want? (Jot it down on a sheet of paper RIGHT asap!)

2.  Why do you want it?

It is amazing how people happily set goals they don’t care much about.
You hear them say ‘I’m going to do this’ or ‘I’m going to do that’ yet when you ask them why they have no explanation. No reason for doing something is  a sure sign that a goal may fail and is also definite sign you should look for when setting your personal goals.

3.  Why do you want it?

A goal without a date of completion is like a book without words in it. See, clearly something is missing.
Until you define the time frame to complete your goals,  you are
just reverting back to the ‘one day i will’ dream and let’s not forget ‘wouldn’t it be nice if..’ wishes that most people have. Why wish when you can make results!
Wishing is a cleaver way of giving yourself an excuse to Not act, And we know, without action nothing changes.
When you know what you want and why you want it, next you MUST set a date for getting it. This way, there is a sense of urgency to get your goal. In truth, This is what you want!
Also, you are able to measure whether or not your goals are on schedule or not and what actions it will take to get you on track.
So, WHEN do you want your goals to come to life?

4. Write down your goals and read them regularly

There is a definite sequence to take a goal from an idea to reality. This sequence is summed up in three words.
Thought + Word = Action
Up to now we reviewed thoughts and the importance of deciding what you want, why you want it and the time factor of when you want it. This is the inner work to goal setting. This is a vital step to the achievement of your goals, this alone is not enough to bring goals into reality.
By now you should have a clearer defined dream, right now it’s still just a dream.
To take your goal from a dream to reality… it needs to become real in some way.
Studies have shown, the act of writing goals down increases the likelihood of their achievement from 500% to 5000% plus, reading the words out loud on a daily, several times a day, increases the effectiveness of achievement even more!
Certainly every successful person I’ve ever met or known has told me that they not only have a written list of goals, but they also read their goals many times a day and carry their list with them too.

5. What is the price?

People set goals correctly, they know what they want, why they want it, when they want it and they write their goals down too, But, In spite of doing everything right, they never make any real headway toward achieving their goals.
They don’t think about the cost of achieving their goals before starting and when they have to pay for their goals in the way of hard-working time… they’re disappointed and second guessing their plan.
The REAL truth is, every goal has a price that must be paid.
It might be financial, it might be time, it might be a change of lifestyle, it might be a relationship or ANYTHING, but trust me, there WILL be a price.
Certainly, at the start of my career (and even now to a lesser extent) my determination to have my own
business, to become a entrepreneur, consultant, healer and author meant that I would have to pay the price of longer hours at work, less time with my family and a higher degree of financial risk.
That was my price. I didn’t have to pay it at first, If I was not willing to pay the cost, I wouldn’t reach my goals. I had a clear choice. What is the price of YOUR goals?
Think about it now, so that you can decide your next move, whether or not the cost is too steep and if it is, just set another goal that you want to strive for. It’s alright to save yourself some time.

6. PAY The Price!

Paying the price gets its own category because, since knowing the price, paying it is an ongoing investment that you must make every day until the goal is yours. What we’re talking about is the consistent, ACTION that many people are simply not willing to take.
Sure, they come out of the gate looking fully motivated to get their goal but, they soon slow down, and go to something else. It starts with one day without action toward their goals, then two, then three and, before you know it, their action towards their goals has stopped.
What happened?
They stopped paying the price.
Here’s the thing most people don’t get;
If you’ve been paying the price, and paying the price and paying the price for days, weeks, months and even years, The One day you choose to wake up and stop paying the price, every single payment you made was a waste. Some would say…
A waste of your time.
A waste of your money.
A waste of your effort.
Yes, the only way to possibly get your return on investment is to achieve your goals.
Anything less was a failed attempt at success.
This might sound a bit over the top but it’s true.
Once you start paying the price, stay with the goal until it’s achieved.

That’s it!

 

That is all to getting what you want from life. Stay in there. Stick with it! It will only get better. Though simplified, if you apply these 6 steps you’ll get what you want faster.! Go for the GOLD!

100% Raw Food Diets May Not Be The Best For You.

A picture taken, of A Green Salad.

 

 

 

Raw Food Diets – The Ayurvedic Perspective

by Claudia Ward, L.Ac

There is much confusion as to what is the healthiest diet for us to consume–a predominantly raw food diet or a cooked-food diet? On the one hand we have raw food enthusiasts recommending a natural diet of 100% raw food. This is based on the fact that raw food is high in nutrients, enzymes, and prana (life energy). Some raw foodists can get quite fanatical about their philosophy that cooked food equals “dead food” which has lost most of its nutrients. Others have their Chinese or Ayurvedic doctor recommend mostly cooked foods and see a lot of their health issues disappear on such a diet. Now who is right and who is wrong? I myself have experienced the benefits of raw foods and especially juicing, which manifest in increased energy, clarity of mind, radiant complexion, and weight loss, just to mention a few. There are certainly many documented cases of individuals overcoming serious health issues, some life threatening, through adherence to a raw food regime. And of course I have to agree, that some types of cooked food are not very good for you when consumed over a long period of time – fried foods, heavily salted food, over-cooked vegetables, microwaved food, etc.

However, everyone is different, and diet must be individualized. There is no one single diet that is “best” for everyone. Some people will do best on raw, others on macrobiotic diets. Also, a 100% raw food diet can be problematic – even though a good healing diet, it can create problems in the long run.

Orange, pear, apple
Orange, pear, apple (Photo credit: Joe Lencioni)

Below are the symptoms and problems associated with a long-term strict raw food or vegan diet:

* a general lack of vitality

* low body temperature (always cold)

* a weak digestive system with a loss of digestive strength

* food cravings

* rapid growth of grey hair

* stalled weight loss due to low metabolism

* emaciation

* amenorrhea (menstrual cycles cease), even in young women

* loss of libido

* hair loss and nail problems

* dental erosion

* insomnia and neurological problems

* constipation

* diarrhea

* infertility

Obviously, the modern Western diet sickens us with its overload of meat, salt, bad fats, white sugar, white flour, and its deficiency of living foods.

There is no question that cooking deactivates some vital nutrients, including enzymes, but cooking also makes digestion less stressful. Many people with poor digestion don’t handle raw foods or beans very well, which is in part why macrobiotic diets may have worked for some people recovering from various maladies. The higher proportion of nutrients in raw food is useless if the food can’t be digested, absorbed and assimilated. Cooking contracts vegetable foods, concentrating more nutrients with less bulk. Bitter greens like spinach and kale are generally more edible when cooked, because cooking also eliminates the oxalic acid, which interferes with calcium absorption.

Cooking significantly improves the digestibility/bioavailability of starchy foods such as potatoes and yams, squashes, grains, and legumes. Legumes need to be soaked and cooked thoroughly, otherwise they contain enzyme blockers, that inhibit protein and carbohydrate metabolism. They also contain lectins, phytic acid and saponins that are deactivated by cooking. Lectins play a role in certain auto-immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory diseases. Green beans always need to be cooked until soft otherwise they are toxic! Raw beans are poisonous because they contain prussic acid, which is de-activated only by cooking. Beta-carotene absorption can be as low as 1-2% from raw vegetables such as carrots. Mild heating, such as steaming, appears to improve the extractability of beta-carotene from vegetables, and also its bioavailability. Mineral losses from cooking are insignificant.

 

diagram of a human digestive system

 

Lycopene in tomatoes has been hypothesized to be responsible for reducing the risk of some cancers and heart disease. The cooking of tomatoes with olive oil is a characteristic combination in the Mediterranean diet. Previous studies have shown that the absorption of lycopene is greater from cooked tomatoes.

The Ayurvedic Perspective:

There is not just one dietary approach that would be ideal for everyone. In order to correctly determine our optimal requirements we need to examine many factors. We have to take into account the individuals constitution (prakruti), the nature of their imbalance and symptoms (vikruti), the seasonal and climatic influences, stage of life, occupation, etc.

In general, those of a pitta, or pitta/kapha constitution, can do very well on some raw food in their diet, especially in the late spring and summer. But if someone has a severe vata imbalance, characterized by insomnia, excessive worry and anxiety, sense of being overwhelmed, spaceyness, dryness, gas, bloating, constipation, or amenorrhea, they may need nourishing, warm, moist, easily digestible cooked food as part of their healing journey.

Someone with a kapha imbalance can easily develop sinus problems, asthma, or allergies on a raw food diet.

My recommendation for those who chose to follow a raw food diet is to apply some of the ancient Ayurvedic wisdom to help avoid potential problems and help you stay well. Ayurveda recognizes our unique individual differences.

Balancing a Raw Food Diet With Ayurveda:

By using these simple Ayurvedic principles, any diet can be made more balancing:

* Daily warm oil massage (using unrefined, organic sesame oil), Ayurvedic-style, can be very helpful.

* Herbs with a calming action, including the commonly available chamomile tea. (Many other herbs are available, see an Ayurvedic health practitioner for recommendations.)

* Some raw-foodies report that running, cycling, swimming, or other aerobic exercise elevates their body temperature and also improves their digestion and the quality of sleep.

* Spices: ginger, cayenne, black pepper, cumin, coriander, fennel, etc. will improve digestion and metabolism. Pungent greens, like mustard, watercress, arugula, are alternatives to pungent spices.

* Tonic herbs: the Ayurvedic herbal blend triphala, strengthens the entire digestive system, and is extremely beneficial for the colon.

* Avoid cold food and liquids. Allow refrigerated items to return to room temperature before consuming.

 

ARS ginger

 

* Sipping hot water with meals, and in between meals, can help provide warmth to the body. The addition of a small piece of fresh ginger root (about 1/2 inch piece) to hot water will help considerably to increase agni (the digestive fire) and improve digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Adding fresh ginger or a little bit of flax seed oil or olive oil to a vegetable juice will increase the nutrient absorption, increase agni and not aggravate vata as much.

* Using a food blender, or consuming vegetable juices will decrease dryness.

* Adding fresh lime or lemon juice to foods also increases agni due to its sour taste.

* Using organic extra-virgin olive oil, walnut oil or flax seed oil on salads and other dry foods will help diminish their vata provoking quality and provide necessary fatty acids to the diet.

* Chewing a thin slice of ginger sprinkled with salt before a meal will get the digestive juices flowing.

*Chewing fennel seeds after a meal will prevent gas or bloating.

* Relaxing for at least 10 minutes after a meal without getting up and rushing immediately will promote digestion and counteract fatigue after eating.

When it comes to deciding what foods to eat use common sense, eat according to your constitution, eat mostly cooked foods when the weather is cold, when it is foggy or in the evenings. Salads are best eaten at lunchtime (when the digestive fire is strongest), in summer, or when the weather is hot. I am always amazed when I go back to Europe, how healthy and grounded my friends are, even though their diet is not really 100% nutritionally correct (lots of wine, bread, pastries). How is that possible? I think the answer is that they sit down with their friends or families and take time in preparing and enjoying their meals. Here in California a lot of people are just sipping some green protein shake and hurry off to their yoga class. Now when you lovingly prepare your food, and really look forward to eating it, and enjoy every bite, guess what happens? All the digestive juices are flowing at the right time and the body will extract all the nutrients it needs. Food that is gulped down quickly, just because one thinks it is healthy, but is not really enjoyed will actually be harmful to your health!! It does not get digested well and wreaks havoc throughout your system.

So take time in preparing fresh meals, enjoy your food in good company and relax after eating! Happiness is the best digestive aid!

Fruits and Vegetables: List Of Low Carbohydrates and Calories of your Favorite Fruits and Vegetable.

Fruits and vegetables are always good when included in a diet. Whether you believe in vegetarianism or not, make sure that you include some of these low carb vegetables and fruit in your daily diet. Stay fit and healthy.

Vegetables are part of a healthy diet but not all vegetables are equal. Some

contain significantly more calories and carbs than others do.

Choose your vegetables wisely. If you are able to afford them, please choose organic foods whenever possible

Unless otherwise stated, the vegetable food counts (carbohydrates and calories) are for average size portions of 3½ ounces, which is 100g.

Where the vegetables are listed as boiled or baked, this means plain boiled or baked with nothing yet added such as butter or oil. Unless otherwise stated, the food counts are for fresh (not canned) vegetables.

Low carbohydrate vegetables are non-starchy and low in carbs. A low carb vegetable diet is the perfect way to stay lean and fit, as these vegetables have all the necessary fiber, minerals and vitamins required by the body. Though the exact carb count depends on the serving size, these low carb vegetables should be a daily part of your diet, no matter what the quantity. Let us list a few low carb vegetables and fruits. When looking at some of the carb counts, know that fiber is not counted as carbohydrates.

Low Carb Vegetables

An average vegetable portion of 100g equals 3½ ounces Calories per portion stated Carbohydrates per portion stated
Aubergine (eggplant), raw, 100g 15 2.2
Alfalfa sprouts, raw, 100g 24 0.4
Artichoke-Jerusalem, boiled, 100g 41 10.6
Asparagus, boiled, 100g 22 4
Asparagus, canned, drained, 100g 19 3
Bamboo shoots, canned, 100g 11 0.7
Beansprouts mung, raw, 100g 31 4
Beetroot, raw, 100g 36 4.6
Beetroot, boiled, 100g 46 9.5
Beetroot, pickled, drained, 100g 28 5.6
Broccoli, green, boiled, 100g 24 1.3
Broccoli, green, raw, 100g 33 1.8
Broccoli, purple, boiled, 100g 19 1.3
Broccoli, purple, raw, 100g 35 2.6
BrusselsSprouts, boiled, 100g 35 3.1
Cabbage spring, boiled, 100g 7 0.6
Cabbage Chinese, raw, 100g 12 1.4
Cabbage red, raw, 100g 21 3.7
CabbageSavoy, raw, 100g 27 3.9
Cabbage, white, raw, 100g 27 5
Capsicum Pepper, green, raw 100g 15 2.6
Capsicum Pepper, red, raw 100g 32 6.4
Carrots, old, boiled, 100g 24 4.9
Carrots, young, raw, 100g 30 6
Cassava chips, 100g 354 92
Cassava, steamed, 100g 142 37
Cauliflower, boiled, 100g 28 2.3
Celeriac, raw, 100g 18 2.3
Celery, raw, 100g 7 0.9
Corn, baby sweetcorn, boiled, 100g 24 2.7
Corn kernels, canned, 100g 123 27
Corn kernels, raw 100g 93 17
Corn-on-cob, boiled, plain, 100g 66 11.6
Courgette (Zucchini), raw, 100g 18 1.8
Curly Kale, raw, 100g 35 1.4
Cucumber, unpeeled, raw 100g 10 1.5
Chicory, raw, 100g 14 1
Eggplant (aubergine), raw, 100g 15 2.2
Endive (Escarole), 100g 11 2.8
Fennel, raw, 100g 12 1.8
Garlic, fresh, raw, 100g 98 16
Leeks, raw, 100g 22 2.9
Lettuce leaf, butterhead, raw, 100 12 1.2
Lettuce, cos, romaine, raw, 100g 16 1.7
Lettuce, Iceberg, raw, 100g 13 1.9
Marrow, boiled, 100g 9 1.6
Mushrooms, common, raw, 100g 22 3.4
Potatoes, new, boiled, 100g 75 18
Potatoes, old, raw, 100g 86 20
Okra, raw, 100g 31 3
Onions, raw, 100g 64 7.9
Parsnip, raw, 100g 64 12.5
Peas, frozen, raw, 100g 66 9.3
Peas, fresh, raw, 100g 83 11.3
Pumpkin, raw, 100g 13 2.2
Radish, red, raw, 100g 12 2
Spinach, raw, 100g 25 1.6
Squash, butternut, baked, 100g 32 7.4
Squash spaghetti, baked, 100g 75 18
Zucchini (Courgette), raw, 100g 18 1.8
Sweet potato, baked, 100g 115 28
Tomatoes, canned, & liquid, 100g 16 3
Tomatoes cherry, raw, 100g 18 3
Tomatoes, ordinary, raw, 100g 17 3
Water chestnuts, canned, 100g 28 7
Watercress, raw, 100g 22 0.4
Yam, baked, 100g 153 37.5
Zucchini (Courgette), raw, 100g 18 1.8

Apart from these low carb diet vegetables, the following vegetables are also very fiber and mineral rich, without carrying a lot of carbohydrates.

  • Collards
  • Mustard Greens
  • Herbs like parsley, cilantro, basil, rosemary and thyme
  • Sea vegetables like nori
  • Okra
  • Avocados
  • Green beans and wax beans
  • Scallions or green onions
  • Tomatoes
  • Artichokes
  • Carrots
  • Turnip
  • Fresh ginger and garlic

Fruits are part of a healthy diet. However, some fruits contain significantly more carbs than others do.   If you are following a low carbohydrate diet and want to include fruits, choose the best low carbs fruits. Additionally, if you want to maximize the health benefits and help our planet, eat organically grown low carb fruits whenever possible.

It’s best to avoid sweetened, canned, or dried fruit. Most dried fruit has sugar added during processing.

Dried fruits are not part of a weight loss diet. Even berries such as blueberries and cranberries have added sugar when bought as dried.

The calories in fruit count are then approximately the same as dried raisins. If you shop around, it is possible to buy sugar-free dried fruit.  This chart gives the number of calories and carbohydrates in fresh fruit.

Fruits, whole grains, oatmeal and vegetables contain complex carbohydrates. If you want to reduce or maintain your weight, a low carb diet can definitely help you. The diet may help solve all weight related problems like heart disease and diabetes. Lots of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables should be included in the diet as they supply the necessary nutrients to your body. Deficiency of nutrients can lead to various health complications and fatigue, which can affect your work and health. Low carb foods having a low glycemic index help protect your heart from damage due to fats. Dietitians usually recommend low carb diet to diabetics.

Low Carb Fruits

Per single fruit or the portion stated Calories per fruit or the portion stated Carbohydrates per fruit or the portion stated
Apple (with the peel) 81 21
Apricot 17 4
Avocado 306 12
Banana 105 27
Blackberries (½ cup) 37 9
Blackcurrants (½ cup) 36 9
Blueberries fresh (½ cup) 41 10
Cherries (½ cup) 52 12
Cranberries fresh raw (½ cup), 23 6
Currants Red fresh (½ cup) 31 8
Dates dried/sugar (½ cup) 280 62
Date 1 fresh/unsweetened 7 2
Fig (medium) 37 10
Gooseberries fresh (½ cup) 34 8
Grapes (10 medium seedless) 36 9
Grapefruit (1 medium half) 46 12
Guava (½ cup) 42 10
Kiwi (medium) 46 11
Lemon (with peel) 22 12
Lime (with peel) 18 10
Lychees 1 oz. 19 5
Mango fresh 135 35
Melon Canteloupe (1 half) 94 22
Melon Honeydew (1 tenth) 46 12
Nectarine (medium) 67 16
Olives green (pitted) 1 oz. 33 0.4
Olives black (pitted) 1 oz. 96 2.5
Orange 65 16
Papaya (½ cup cubed) 27 7
Passion Fruit (medium) 18 4
Paw Paw 34 7
Peach 37 10
Pear (medium) 98 25
Pineapple fresh (½ cup cubed) 39 10
Plum 36 9
Prune (1 dried & pitted) 20 5
Raisins (dried ½ cup) 110 29
Raspberry (½ cup) 31 7
Rhubarb (½ cup cubed) 14 3
Satsuma 37 9
Strawberries (½ cup) 23 5
Tangerine 37 9
Tomato (large) 26 6
Tomato Cherry 3 1

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If you want to have a handy list of low carb fruits and vegetables, which you can always keep with you, here is one for you.

Low Carb Foods List – Vegetables and Fruits

Sprouts like bean, alfalfa, etc.
Greens – lettuces, spinach, chard, etc.
Hearty Greens – collards, mustard greens, kale, etc.
Radicchio and endive count as greens
Herbs – parsley, cilantro, basil, rosemary, thyme, etc.
Bok Choy
Celery
Radishes
Sea Vegetables
Cabbage/sauerkraut)
Mushrooms
Jicama
Avocado
Cucumbers
Asparagus
Green Beans and Wax Beans
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Peppers like green bell peppers, red bell peppers, jalapeño peppers
Summer Squash
Zucchini
Scallions or green onions
Bamboo Shoots
Leeks
Brussels Sprouts
Snow Peas (pods)
Tomatoes
Eggplant
Tomatillos

Low Carb Foods List – Fruits
Artichokes
Fennel
Onions
Okra
Spaghetti Squash
Celery Root (Celeriac)
Carrots
Turnip
Water Chestnuts
Pumpkin
Lemon or Lime (small amount)
Passion Fruits
Rhubarb
Raspberries
Blackberries
Cranberries
Strawberries
Casaba Melon
Papaya
Watermelon
Peaches
Nectarines
Blueberries
Cantaloupes
Honeydew Melons
Apples
Guavas
Apricots
Grapefruit

I hope you found the above lists of fruits and vegetables helpful. Now that you know about low carb foods, you can design your own low carb diet. These food items will keep you fit and active and you will be able to achieve your goal of weight loss. It is necessary to consult a physician before opting for any diet. Be sure that you don’t have any health problem and see to it that you get all the essential nutrients when on diet.

Hydrate Your Body With High Water Content Fruits and Vegetables In Your Diet

Water makes up about 60% of the body=s weight. For the body to function properly, we need to consume about two quarts of water (or liquid) per day. Every system in your body depends on water. Water regulates body temperatures, eliminates toxins, carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells, and provides a moist environment for body tissues and joints.  Water needs vary but depend on the food a person eats, environmental temperature and humidity, a person=s activity level and other factors. Fruits and vegetables contain large quantities of water in proportion to their weight. When these foods are eaten, the water can be absorbed by the body. The following table provides the water content of several popular raw fruits and vegetables.

Hydrating Foods

 Drink eight to 10 glasses of clear fluids daily and eat one to two juicy fruits and veggies per meal to stay hydrated.  The list below contains the most hydrating foods. .Grapefruit contains only 30 calories and is comprised of 90 percent water. Phytonutrients called limonoids, found in grapefruits, can be detoxifying and may inhibit tumor formation of cancers.Coconut water is comprised of 95 percent water. It is one of the most popular ways to hydrate the moderate intensity athlete. Coconut water differs from coconut milk because it is found in young coconuts only. It may be a poor choice for high intensity or endurance athletes because of its relatively low carbohydrate and low sodium content.

Hydrating Potassium Foods

Potassium is the predominant positively charged electrolyte in body cells.  The flow of potassium and sodium in and out of cells maintains the normal functioning of the heart, brain, kidney and skeletal muscles.  Potassium is important for muscle contraction and the rhythm of the heart. The majority of potassium in the body is stored within the cells, so small changes in the concentration of potassium in the bloodstream can have serious health consequences. The most hydrating potassium rich foods are:
Cantaloupe which provides 29 calories and is made up of 89 percent water. Cantaloupe is an exceptionally good fruit for supporting energy production through its efficient carbohydrate metabolism and ability to keep the blood sugar stable.

Strawberries contain 23 calories and are made up of approximately 92 percent water. Strawberries rank as the fourth strongest antioxidant rich fruit.  The polyphenols found in strawberries aid in regulating the blood sugar response in active individuals.

Hydrating Sodium Foods

Sodium is a required element for normal body functions. It is lost in sweat and urine and is replaced by diet. The body has a remarkable ability to maintain sodium and water balance throughout a variety of conditions. During exercise, especially in hot weather, more salt is lost in sweat per hour than can be replaced by food or even sport drinks. The body can tolerate a slight degree of imbalance, but only for a short period of time. Hydrating through sodium-rich foods such as celery can be a powerful addition to diet.

Celery is considered to be a powerful electrolyte food. As little as two to three mineral-rich stalks of celery can replenish an athlete’s sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and zinc levels after intense exercise.

Soups: Whole fruits and veggies are the most hydrating way to “eat your fluid”, but if you’re looking for substance that you can chew on, choose a soup that may contribute to your daily fluid needs! Look for low-sodium brands of stock, or even better, make your own. Flavor your soup with plenty of herbs, and spices and sea salt to taste. Fill your soup with many vegetables for a bowl full of hydration.

Hydrating Magnesium Foods

Magnesium is an essential mineral which acts as a co-factor for over 300 enzyme systems, including those that control the metabolism of glucose.  Magnesium has a strong independent role in controlling blood pressure and is thought to be an important factor in preventing heart attacks. The most hydrating magnesium rich food is broccoli.

Broccoli is part of the cruciferous vegetable family. It contains 90 percent water and many health supporting compounds which are anti-inflammatory, others protect DNA with their antioxidant capacity, anti-cancer nutrients are found in broccoli and those that help to detoxify the vast number of potential toxins that we encounter each day.

Make your own flavored, zero-calorie water by filling a water infuser with basil, mint, lavender, citrus, strawberries, or cucumber. Drop into a pitcher of water. Chill 30 minutes to allow the flavors to disperse.

Add High Water Content Fruits and Vegetables to Your Diet for Weight loss

Include in your diet things that contain more water like tomatoes and watermelons. These things contain 90 to 95 % water so that there is nothing that you have to lose by feasting on them. They fill you up without adding to the pounds.

Eat fresh fruit instead of drinking fruit juice. Juice is often sweetened but fresh fruits have natural sugars. When you eat fruit, you are taking in a lot of fiber, which is needed by the body, and fruits of course are an excellent source of vitamins.

If you do have a craving for fruit juice then go for fresh fruit juice instead of these that contain artificial flavors and colors. Or even better, try making your own fruit juice taking care not to sweeten it with too many calories.

Choose fresh fruit to processed fruits. Processed and canned fruits do not have as much fiber as fresh fruit and processed and canned fruits are nearly always sweetened.

Increase your fiber intake. Like I mentioned, the body needs a lot of fiber. So try to include in your diet as many fruits and vegetables as you can.

Go crazy on vegetables. Vegetables are your best bet when it comes to losing pounds. Nature has a terrific spread when it comes to choosing vegetables. And the leafy green vegetables are your best bet. Try to include a salad in you diet always.

Eat intelligently. The difference between man and beast is that we are driven by intelligence while beasts are driven by instinct. Don’t just eat something because you feel like eating it. Ask your self whether your body really needs it.

Eating fruits and vegetables with high water content can help satisfy nutrient recommendations and keep you hydrated. If you don’t drink the recommended amount of water in a day, fruits and vegetables can provide you with supplemental fluid, keeping you nourished and healthy. Water-rich fruits and vegetables are popular choices for juicing, snacking and dieting.

Water is essential for plant growth, reproduction and nutrient utilization. As with humans, water makes up a substantial percentage of the total mass of a plant. Fruits and vegetables, which are typically the edible portion of a plant, are thought of as storage centers for water and nutrients. Depending on the type of plant, the water content in most fruits and vegetables accounts for approximately 70 to 95 percent of their weight.

Water Content of Fruits

According to the University of Kentucky the following fresh fruits have a water content of 85 percent or higher: apricot, blueberry, orange, peach, pineapple, plum and raspberry. Melons such as cantaloupe and watermelon have some of the highest water content, at more than 90 percent. These melons are good choices for snacking because they contain less sugar than many other fresh fruits.

 

Items Food Water Percent
  Weight(g) Weight(g) Water
Apple 138 116 84
Apricot 106 92 86
Banana 114 85 74
Blueberries 145 123 85
Cantaloupe 160 144 90
Cherries 68 55 81
Cranberries 95 82 87
Grapes 92 75 81
Grapefruit 123 112 91
Orange 140 122 87
Peach 87 76 88
Pear 166 139 84
Pineapple 155 135 87
Plum 66 56 85
Raspberries 123 106 87
Strawberries 149 136 92
Watermelon 160 146 92


Water Content of Vegetable

Many vegetables have a water content of more than 90 percent. The University of Kentucky lists the following fresh vegetables as having some of the highest water content: celery, cucumber, iceberg lettuce, tomato and zucchini. Other nutrient-rich vegetables with high water content include broccoli, green cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant and spinach. Vegetables are excellent sources of antioxidants, minerals and fiber.

Items Food Water Percent
  Weight(g) Weight(g) Water
       
Broccoli 44 40 91
       
Cabbage      
(green) 35 32 93
       
Cabbage      
(red) 35 32 92
       
Carrots 72 63 87
       
Cauliflower 50 46 92
       
Celery 40 38 95
       
Cucumber 52 50 96
       
Eggplant 41 38 92
       
Lettuce      
(iceberg) 20 19 96
       
       
Peas (green) 72 57 79
       
Peppers      
(sweet) 50 4 6 92
       
Potato      
(white) 112 88 79
       
Radish 45 43 95
       
Spinach 28 26 92
       
Zucchini 65 62 95
       
Tomato      
(red) 123 115 94
       
Tomato      
(green) 123 114 93

 Virtually all food has some water in it. Natural, whole foods have the highest water content. Fruit and vegetables contain 80 to 98 percent water. Eating dense vegetables such as cucumbers, tomatoes, jicama, beets, carrots or celery with a meal or snack is one of the easiest ways to improve your hydration.

High Water Content Vegetables And Fruits For Low Blood Sugar

Many people today suffer from diabetes, a disease in which the blood contains high levels of sugar.

Vegetables that have high water content may help lower your blood sugar.

Certain vegetables may help people with diabetes because the high amounts of water help to flush out toxin and other harmful wastes from the body, balancing the sugars in the blood.

If you have high  blood sugar levels, you can take steps to help lower it. Foods such as avocados, cabbage, cucumbers, and tomatoes are all high in water content and fiber and have been shown to lower blood sugar in the body. These fruits and vegetables are not only good for you, but they are also low in calories.

By eating these vegetables with high water content, your body does not convert them into sugar quickly, but uses them as a source of fuel, slowly giving you energy throughout the day.

Another tip when you have high blood sugar is to avoid the vegetables with high starch content such as potatoes because the body quickly converts them into sugar, rather than a burning fuel slowly. Drink plenty of water, to keep you hydrated, to help remove toxins and lower blood sugar levels.

If you want a snack, try celery, which too has high water content. A few other fruits and vegetables with high water content include watercress, raspberries, leeks, strawberries and citrus.

They will help keep the blood sugar at an acceptable level and they are high in nutritional value too.

Water Content of Fruits & Vegetables

Apples             85%
Apricots           85%
Bananas            76%
Bean Sprouts       92%
Broccoli           91%
Cabbage Raw        92%
Cantaloupe         91%
Carrots Raw        88%
Cauliflower Raw    91%
Celery             94%
Cherries raw       80%
Coconut Dried       7%
Collards boiled    91%
Corn, Sweet Fresh  74%
Cucumbers Raw      96%
Eggplant Raw       92%
Grapefruit Raw     88%
Grapes             82%
Kale               87%
Lettuce Head       96%
Okra Boiled        91%
Olives             80%
Onions             89%
Oranges            86%
Papayas Raw        89%
Parsley Raw        86%
Peaches Raw        90%
Pears Raw          82%
Peas Raw           81%
Peppers Green      94%
Pickles Dill       93%
Pineapple Raw      85%
Plums Raw          87%
Potatoes Raw       85%
Pumpkin Canned     90%
Radishes Raw       95%
Raspberries        81%
Rutabagas Boiled   90%
Spinach Raw        92%
Squash Boiled      96%
Strawberries Raw   90%
Sweet Potatoes
  Boiled in Skin   71%
Swiss Chard        94%
Tomatoes Raw       93%
Watercress Raw     90%
Watermelon         93

Drinking during Meals :The Truth As To Water Drinking With Meals

Why can’t you drink water while you eat food?

Though doctors can recommend that there is nothing wrong with drinking water during meals. As per yogic/ ayurvedic philosophy you must drink lot of water throughout the day, but avoid drinking water during meals. The stomach must not be heavily loaded. Half of the stomach should be filled with solid food, one fourth with watery portion and leave one fourth empty. Also, keep in mind that fruits and vegetables itself contain large amount of water. It is recommended to drink minimal amount of water half an hour prior to eating meals and two hours after meals.

But there cannot be a hard and fast rule for drinking water. You may have to drink water if you are having meals after a hard day of work in hot and dry climate. The amount of water you drink depend on weather conditions and your physical activity levels. Also, the amount of water required will depend on type of food you are eating. If food is sattvik and consisting mostly of fruits and vegetables, water requirement will be minimal. Whereas for spicy Tamsik diet, water requirement will be more and you cannot avoid water with meals.

Also, remember that efficiency of digestion does not depend solely on the amount of water taken with meals. Take into account nutrition levels of your diet, lifestyle, stress levels and eating habits while analysing your digestion

Water During Meals
1. Avoid drinking water with your meals. Drinking water with your meals dilutes the gastric juice and slows down the process of digestion in the stomach and intestines. Even if you need to drink water just sip water kept at room temperature. Ideally, Ayurvedic texts recommend sipping minimal amount of plain warm water during meals.

2. Cold water during the meals reduces the digestive fire. Digestive enzymes become inactive, digestive process is hampered and leads to accumulation of toxic waste in the body. Hence drinking of iced water, soft drinks, sodas, tea or coffee or alcohol is strictly prohibited.

3. Chew your food properly and it will easily pass down to your stomach. Do not drink water to swallow food in a hurry. If required drink water after swallowing food.

When To Drink Water
4. Drink water approximately half an hour prior to eating your meals. This will quench your thirst and to some extent give you feeling of fullness. Drinking more water before meals promotes weight loss as plain water contains zero calories. Drink a glass of water when you are hungry. You can take plenty of water two hours after meals as most of the digestion process will be over by now.


5. Cold water should also be avoided during winter season, as the digestive fire is lower in this season.

6. Do not drink excess water with meals if you are suffering from digestive ailments like acid reflux or hiatus hernia or your digestive process is slow. In such case, drink minimum amount of water with meals.

7. If the stomach tone is less than normal, excessive water stays a long time in stomach interfering with digestion.

8. Poor gastric motility also implies inability to take large amounts of water and can be recognised by feeling of fullness, heaviness, and weight, after small amounts of food. Small amount of fluids takes away the appetite. Even in bad cases, eight ounces of fluid is generally allowable at each meal.

The Truth As To Water Drinking With Meals 

“Shall we or shall we not? Yes or No? ” asked the lawyer. Was the witness evading the question when he answered, ” Partly yes and partly no? ” Not at all. There are some questions which can neither be truthfully nor satisfactorily answered by one word. Strange to say, many of the magazine articles treating this subject have attempted to answer yes or no for all individuals. About the briefest answer which can be given to the question, Should we take water with meals? would be: seventy per cent of us should; thirty per cent should not — or at least not more than eight ounces of all fluids.

To the average person a stomach is just a stomach. He does not realize there is great variation as to size, shape, position, muscular, and secretory powers. No two leaves are alike. It is not strange that stomachs also vary.

An attempt will here be made to develop the treatment of this subject from a scientific stand-point. The first requirement is to state facts on which conclusions may be based.

The gastric juice is well represented in its chemical value by the amount of hydrochloric acid which it contains. If this is greater than average, water drinking with meals may be an advantage ; if less than average, a disadvantage; if average, not harmful.

So much for the secretory factor in the case. Motility is the other important factor. Motility refers to the motor power or the mechanical ability of the stomach to receive food, hold the same within its grasp, mix thoroughly with its own juices, and, at the proper time, pass it on to the duodenum. The size, shape, position, and muscular power of the stomach determine its motility.

The first real information regarding its muscular contractions was obtained by observation of a man who had received a bullet wound in the stomach, leaving a permanent opening through the abdominal wall. Generalization from such a specific instance was a mistake. Our present information on this subject is quite different. Much of this was obtained by means of the X-ray, which affords opportunity to observe stomachs of many kinds — normal as well as abnormal. This has helped to answer the question, ” Should we drink water with meals? ” and has given sufficient reasons therefor.

An X-ray classification according to the shape and strength of the stomach is simple and easily understood. First, there is the stomach which is shaped like a steer’s horn, large end uppermost, called the hypertonic stomach (meaning increased tone). Tone refers to muscular power.

Second, there is the stomach with normal tone orthotonic — shaped like the letter J.

Third, there is the stomach with less than normal tone (hypotonic) —more like a U than a J — the left arm reaching half the height of the right.

Fourth, there is the stomach with practically no tone at all — atonic — shaped still more like the letter U — that is, the left arm comes up almost as high as the right.

Digestive System Diagram

For X-ray examination, a bowl of oatmeal and bismuth is given. The bismuth casts a shadow, enabling one to observe its movements through the stomach. A stomach of the first type is emptied of such a meal in two or three hours; that of the second, in three or four; the third, in four or five; and the fourth, in five to seven. It is uphill work for the last two types to empty themselves. Since water seeks the lowest level, it is more difficult for such weak stomachs to pass water than solid food into the intestine.

Every one is familiar with the way in which sand is washed ashore by the waves of the ocean. With each wave the sand is brought further and further on the beach, and the water flows back again. Contractions of the stomach act in a similar way. Each wave brings the solid food toward the outlet of the stomach, and it is gradually passed to the duodenum. In the weak stomach, water flows back again and consequently too much fluid always remains.

In the first and second types, the greater part of the water passes through the stomach in less than fifteen minutes; therefore it will not interfere with the meal. Even three to five glasses may be taken at one meal and half an hour later no more will remain than if only one had been taken. The same cannot be said of the last two types, for the solid food remains long in these, and the fluids even longer. Two glasses of water weigh one pound. If one takes four glasses of water or its equivalent, two glasses of water, one cup of coffee, and one plate of soup, he adds to the weight of the stomach contents two pounds (equal to eight small lamb chops). This is greater than the weight of the solid food contained in an ordinary meal. Most of this water remains to the end of the meal, adding to the weight of the stomach contents for quite a while. It so happens that these weak stomachs, just the ones which cannot stand a heavy load, retain it longer than those which could endure it better — the strong ones emptying rapidly.

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The stomach is a hollow organ. The function of its muscles is not only to mix and pass the food along, but to maintain its shape and prevent undue stretching and dilatation. When the muscles are weak, the elasticity of its walls is lost and, like an old rubber band, it stretches when filled but does not show a tendency to return to normal size when empty. It is correct to say that the normal stomach is, within limits, the size of its contents; that is, after a small meal, it is seen grasping its con-tents closely; after a large meal, it stretches to accommodate the greater bulk. The stomach of poor tone, instead of grasping its contents, is more like a flour sack — lifeless and inelastic.

There are a few symptoms by which poor motility and therefore inability to take large amounts of water may be recognized. There is a feeling of fullness, heaviness, and weight, after small amounts of food. Soup so fills one that it takes the appetite away. Large meals cannot be taken without causing distress.

Even in bad cases, eight ounces of fluid is generally allowable at each meal.

The subject should be easily understood after this presentation of the mechanical features of the stomach. To review — those with a large amount of gastric juice, of high acidity, may drink with advantage; those with low acidity, may be injured, especially if motility is at the same time impaired. Those with good motility have no reason to avoid water drinking with meals. Those with poor motility should take no more than eight ounces of fluids of all kinds with each meal.

A certain amount of water is a necessity and it should be supplied between meals in sufficient amounts to bring the total quantity for each twenty-four hours up to one and one-half quarts in winter, with a further allowance for unusual exercise and for warm weather.

Tips for Drinking Water with Meals

The general rule of thumb is to avoid drinking water from about 15 minutes before you eat until at least one hour after you eat. But it’s all too common for people to go to extremes with this advice. Avoiding any and all liquids before, during and after meals is rarely needed to see improvements in digestion. Instead, apply these simple tips for drinking at mealtime:

1. Think small sips.You don’t have to forego water during meals altogether. Instead, simply opt to take small sips of water during your meal. This is great for cleansing the palate and maintaining hydration without flooding your digestive system with massive amounts of water just when it’s getting down to business. You can also add a squeeze of lemon or a bit of apple cider vinegar to your water to help aid the digestive process.

2. Choose warm over cold.Iced drinks may be particularly problematic during meals, especially for those with existing digestive issues. If you’d like to have something to sip on during meals, warm liquids are more friendly for digestion. Warm tea or homemade broth are excellent to accompany your meal, and can actually aid digestion rather than impair it.

3. Hydrate before you eat.If you frequently find yourself thirsty during and after your meals, it may help to make a habit of drinking a glass or two of pure water about 15 to 30 minutes before you eat. This can prevent the urge to drink too much water while your stomach is working to digest your meal.

4. Stay hydrated during the rest of the day.Drinking during meals can be a difficult habit to break. However, it’s easier to do if you keep yourself hydrated the rest of the time. Begin your day by drinking a glass or two of pure water and then make a habit of repeating this between meals. Soon you’ll be well-hydrated and won’t crave large amounts of water during your meals.

5. Think moderation.There is no reason to become dogmatic about drinking during meals. Some people find it makes an enormous difference to avoid drinking a lot of liquid during a meal, while others find it has little effect. Others note that simply avoiding ice water or not drinking quite so much water during meals is enough to ease their digestive woes. It will depend on the individual how much of an impact this has on his/her digestion, but it’s worth considering if you have problems with gas, bloating or pain after meals.

Drinking Water and Weight Loss : How To Lose Water Weight

What Is Water Weight?

To put it simply — It is the amount of water that the body holds on to. The tissues of a body can retain water molecules and this increases weight in them. It makes all the tissues look like they are bloated. The fingers, the ankles, the ribs, the face, the STOMACH, etc… they all look puffy. This means that the body will retain some extra pounds in the body, and there are a few reasons as to why a body gains these pounds from water.


Common reasons for increased water weight


1. Dehydration: The hardest concept to understand about this is that more water equals less. The simple explanation is that whenever dehydration takes place in a body, it means that the body comes into a sort of panic control mode. The next time you decide to drink some water, the body clings on to it; and hence, the body gains a lot of water weight. Basically, you drink water to lose weight.

2. Inactivity: A person sitting around idle doing nothing will cause the body to stick to a lot of extra water. Only by the regular movement of the body parts can the water be eliminated from the body causing water weight loss.

3. Hormonal Imbalance: During the period of menstruation, the hormonal imbalance causes the body to stick to a lot of extra weight, causing the process of stopping water retention to be a difficult task.

4. Side effects due to medication: Some of these drugs, like estrogen, causes you to hold on to a lot of water as a result of a side effect — Also making weight loss more difficult than it should be.

5. Sugar Levels in the body: The excess of sugar levels inside the body of an individual causes the insulin levels to be blocked, which then no longer allows the water molecules in a body to be flushed, thus making weight loss incredibly hard to get accomplish.

6. Salt content in the body: If the salt content in the body gets as high as possible then the flushing of water molecules become a bit too difficult which will then increase the overall water mass in your body.

How can drinking water and weight loss possibly be connected you ask? Weight loss is much more than calories in, calories out and water plays a big and crucial role in metabolism and hunger. Plus, drinking water to lose weight is easy!

Drinking water and weight loss – Raise your metabolism with water If the subject of metabolism is a little fuzzy for you, you’re probably not alone. It’s important to realize your metabolism isn’t a living breathing thing in your body, it is the result of many things going on which amounts to how fast waste can move through and out of your body and how efficiently your organs are performing.

The kidneys need sufficient water to function properly and if they aren’t allowed to meet their quota then the liver has to pick up the slack. When the liver is doing double the work it can’t concentrate on its main job: metabolizing fat. It still works on this, but now it can’t do it as quickly or as efficiently.

So, by drinking enough water you allow your liver to put all its energy into metabolizing fat and you can amp up your metabolism and avoid storing fat.

Drinking water and weight loss – Is it fat or are you just bloated?

Water weight tends to be another subject that the facts are unclear on, but chances are you are storing some water or possibly a lot.

Many people mistake water weight for fat because water weight will make you look bloated and puffy.

to better understand why the body stores water and how to lose it.

But simply put, you can lose water weight simply by drinking more water because the new water will flush out the old water that the body has been holding onto in survival mode.

It is also a good idea to stop eating salt and eat more raw, water rich foods.

Drinking water and weight loss – Are you really hungry or just thirsty?

Sometimes it’s actually hard to tell the difference and you can mistake one for the other. This is because the body knows food contains water, so if it can convince you to eat something it thinks it might get the water it’s actually after.

The problem often is that if you eat cooked food that has been dehydrated of its water then you’re making the problem worse. The body has to then supply the water to digest and metabolize any food that is void of the water nature created it with. Now you are even more dehydrated and will continue to eat but still receive no satisfaction.

The solution is to make sure you are always hydrated. Drink much more than the recommended eight glasses a day – 3 to 4 liters is best, depending on exercise levels and sweating, etc. – and stay away from cooked and salty foods the best you can. Your pee should be always be clear and going to the bathroom up to ten times a day isn’t too much. Your sleep might be interrupted a few times in the course of the night but it is for a good cause!

Drinking water to lose weight is easy so pour yourself a nice cold glass, squeeze in a lemon, and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Lose Water Weight

Want to lose up to ten pounds in one week? The key to learning how to lose water weight is knowing what to eat. The body holds onto water to dilute toxins so the only way to lose water weight is to stop eating the foods that are poisons to the body.

Some people are holding up to 15 pounds of weight just in water! This leaves you looking puffy, bloated and swollen. Remember…the solution to pollution is dilution and this is why water and weight loss are so closely connected.

Here are the ways for how to lose water weight quickly.

No more salt, not even a grain

Banning salt from your diet is the number one way to easily shed water weight. Salt is not healthy and is much different from organic sodium found naturally in foods. The body always treats it as a toxin, no matter what form it is in (sea salt, kosher salt, etc.). Ever notice how thirsty you are after a salt laden meal like Chinese take out?

Losing water weight suddenly becomes effortless when you learn this, but it will take some exertion on your part to keep it out of your mouth.

Salt is in virtually everything that has been prepackaged, pre-made, or served in a restaurant, and this is why we unknowingly consume so much of it. The kidneys can only filter out up to a couple hundred milligrams a day so what happens to the rest?

Between breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks people can easily take in thousands of milligrams of sodium from salt. What the body can’t get rid of right away it will store in the body, mostly in the tissues where water can dilute it so that the organs are not harmed. This is why people who eat a lot of salt have swollen eyes with bags under them, swollen bellies and ankles and a host of other symptoms.

Get the sodium your body needs from organic sources such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and mangoes. Salt is inorganic and toxic to the body. Leave it in the ocean.

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Eat less cooked and more raw

Raw food comes in the package nature intended. It is full of water and nutrients and nothing has been fooled around with. But take cooked food that has been heated and stripped of its water content, and the body runs into a problem.

The body must have water to digest food, utilize nutrients, virtually every process carried out by the body. This is why raw food is packed with water. Mother nature already knows this but we have forgotten.

So when cooked food enters you and there is no water, the body must supply it. So it in turn robs itself of water from other places but there is a price to be paid.

Now you become dehydrated and thirsty and the next time you drink any fluids the body is going to remember what it went through and try to protect itself in the future by holding onto any water you give it so that it is not strapped in a future emergency.

The same goes for other toxic “foods” like vinegar, garlic and onions, and alcohol.

Never underestimate the brilliance of your body. The name of the game is self preservation.

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Drink more water!

If you are looking for ways to learn how to lose water weight then don’t forget to simply drink more water so that the body knows it doesn’t have to hold onto it. When the body finally sees that water is plentiful and there won’t be a drought, it will flush the stored water out and use what it needs.

How much water is enough? Your urine should always be clear. If it is yellow, then you are already dehydrated. Strive to pee up to 9 to 10 times a day. It may seem like you are always hitting the toilet but it is a small price to pay for optimum health and the chance for the body to heal.

And remember, after a long night of sleeping, always drink 2-3 big glasses of water upon rising.

If you’ve always wondered how to lose water weight, then start eating the foods that let all that bloat go. Your face will look slimmer, your belly flatter, and you’ll be lighter and happier.

How to attract the love you want?

Many individuals can not understand why they get the same things reoccurring in their lives, they feel they should have someone who is more compatible with them, more harmonious plus a person with less complications too.

It is so important to sit down and take note of how you view the mates’ of your past and present. To begin to understand what it is you are attracting to you, think about your relationships for a minute.

What were the reasons they did not last? please write down a list of qualities and traits your person likes and also do a separate list of the qualities and traits your person does not like or care for in the other person.

Think about the things you like longer than you do about the things you do not like. Then write those things down. If you feel tension in the body as you do this exercises; ignore it! Keep going, this is a chance to set the record straight and to finally get clear on what you want to attract.

Really get into this list now, next make sure you have added as many things that your person does not like as needed.

Close your eyes and picture the conversations with people you have had about your relationships. Think of who you spoke to, their energy and manifesting effectiveness and then think about how many times you have entertained a talk about either the items on list one or number two.

Ask a couple questions to clarify the answers that come to you. Ask what positive words have I said about this person or situation? Also ask, how many times have I spoke about relationships between me and another with words that express my discontent for them. Use a number between 1-10 to rate your answers.

After you do that take a deep breath because you are well on your way to changing your future. Since you have reflected on the patterns of your life, you can now make some life long changes to the area of your life that deals with relationships. It is time to break the old patterns to make way for new things to come in.

Many individuals do not know how they attract everything they do not want to them. I am here to tell you that the law of attraction works with everything on earth. There is no exceptions. Your job is to keep pointing to all that you want to see more of. Remember that.

A good example of this was a friend was telling me that all she was attracting to her was, things like married men, shady friends’, unbalanced health to name a few. Next thing i asked was how many times does she say i do not want this or that to her friends or acqintences. When i asked that question, she said a lot. I said bingo! So i told her to follow the next steps.

Next, write down what you WANT in a mate right now. Do not hold back. Write a list of as many things as you need to to make the list complete. Now take this list and write affirmations out of them. On your list of I want it now: If you wrote: I want a mate who cleans up after themselves…

OK good, now to turn this into a affirmation that will assist you in the present we need to make sure the affirmation is written in the present tense for one. But also we need to speak about the item on this list that you want as if you already have it and its happening right now.

So here is the example of the finished affirmation: I am in a joyous relationship with a mate who cleans up after themselves (no matter what), (all of the time) or (daily) are some extra words you could add to really personalize the affirmation further.

It is important to word affirmations right because we get what we ask for. What we ask for is nothing more than things we feel passionate about. When we are passionate about something we are sending concentrated energy to it constantly.

In addition we need to recognize the healing that needs to take place within us. Yes we wrote lists and we can identify what others’ may need to transform. How about we write down some things about us that we can work on so we can bring forth a better us next time we are in a romantic relationship. Remember we must become the thing we seek. Like attracts like. After you write your list, then write a date that you want to heal or change the thing.

The other step to attracting the love that you want is to see you and someone together already. It does not matter if this is a picture of a place holder, meaning you choose to manifest visually with a photo of someone you do not know because you have not met a prospect to related or mate with yet.

To tie everything together that you have just read, please read the post that speaks about the 5 Step Process to attract Abundance and apply them along with the steps listed in here.

Success is yours already! Visualize it!