October 12 2016
Did you know that the eating processed foods is one of the leading causes of major health issues and weight problems? You may unknowingly be eating these unhealthy foods routinely. Find out how to reduce your consumption of these deadly foods. Do so and you can improve your wellbeing significantly, safeguarding your most precious asset – YOUR HEALTH!
You’ve likely heard the words “processed food” in the past, and perhaps don’t think of it much while browsing the isles at the grocery store each week.
You may be wondering “What are processed foods?”… Well, you can think of them as any food that is unnatural, or does not occur naturally in nature. This includes foods that have been altered from their original form by addition of additives, preservatives, hormones, vitamins and minerals, heat treatments (that destroy natural enzymes), fatty acids, chemicals or that contain genetically altered ingredients.
Why Do Processed Foods Exist?
There are several reasons including to prolong the shelf life of the food, “enhance” flavor, make the food more esthetically appealing, and in general to try to get you (the consumer) to buy more and reduce associated cost to the food producer. Most processed foods are design with convenience in mind, ahead of your wellbeing.
Types of Processed Foods
Browsing the grocery store, you’ll begin to recognize that more and more of the foods we eat today are processed in some form. We as consumers need to keep our eyes open when purchasing food. This includes reading labels. It’s our own responsibility to choose what we eat carefully and individually to take control of our own health – no one else will do it for us!
In general most foods that are packaged, canned, or in some cases frozen are very likely to be processed in some form. Many have a very long shelf life.
More specifically, you’ll likely want to avoid these common culprits:
- Refined sugar including its variations such as corn syrup / high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, maltodextrin, sucrose, etc.
- Refined carbohydrates such as items with refined white flour.
- Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (Equal / NutraSweet), Neotame, Saccharin (SugarTwin / Sweet’N Low) and Sucralose (a.k.a. Splenda)
- Chemically processed foods including artificial coloring, flavors, added textures or food additives.
- Soft drinks, or drinks with added sugar (including any of the refined sugar or artificial sweeteners, colorings or flavors)
- Fast foods
- Junk food
- Processed meats
- Frozen foods
- Refined wheat flour, including bleached white flour
- Boxed food items
- Margarine and hydrogenated vegetable fat
- Refined vegetable oil
- Canned items
- Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and Foods – Hint: By avoiding the foods listed above, it will help reduce your exposure to the ever increasing use of unnatural and potentially detrimental effects of genetically modified foods that are more commonly used in processed foods.
In addition to avoiding the foods listed above, whenever possible it’s advisable to eat organic products including produce, milk product and meets, as organic foods are subject to less processing and reduce to odds of the damaging effects of processed foods. The more processed foods you eat, the more you are subjecting your body to its dangers.
Before explaining the dangers, it should be noted that not all processed foods are bad food choices. Though it’s always preferable to eat fresh whole foods that resemble their most natural form, some processed foods can be eaten safely as part of a balanced diet, and/or in moderation. For example, frozen vegetables or fruits are not necessarily bad choices though fresh alternatives of course are healthier.
The processed foods that are of concern are more so the chemically processed foods.
What Are the Dangers of Processed Foods?
There’s no question you want to slash your risk of disease, improve your overall health and live a longer happier life. We all do, but most of us don’t take action and don’t realize the MOST EFFECTIVE way to achieve this is by paying closer attention to what we eat!
Studies confirm that the effects of processed foods are making us sicker, fatter and shortening our lives at increasing rates.
Processed foods generally contain high amounts of refined sugar and/or carbohydrates (see the list of “refined sugar” types above). This is a major concern, as the human body was never designed to eat so much sugar. Excessive sugar consumption has been linked to many diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and even cancer. Consuming too much refined carbohydrates in general can also lead to issues such as insulin resistance; a precursor to many chronic diseases.
You are likely unaware of just how much sugar is in typical items you use regularly. Items that may not seem like they contain much sugar, in fact have very high amounts and it all adds up throughout the day.
On top of this, processed foods contain artificial ingredients such as preservatives, colorings and flavors that are designed in the interest of food manufactures, and not your health. Studies confirm that many of these have been linked to allergic reactions, cancer, and other diseases.
Another major issue is the amount of unhealthy fats, known as trans fats. These fats are commonly used in processed items, and has been linked to many health issues including heart disease.
These convenience foods also lead to one of the developing world’s biggest issues… obesity. Processed foods generally have much more calories vs natural alternatives and have less fiber content. This leads to eating too many of the wrong type of calories and in the end, weight gain.
Think twice when you eat processed foods – they’re more dangerous then they may seem.
What Should You Do?
Think of it this way: If it wasn’t in that form in nature, there’s a good chance it’s not the best food choice that your body was designed to eat.
Look for fresh vegetables, fruits, unprocessed meats, eggs, nuts, seeds and avoid boxed items, cans, and convenience foods and make your meals at home.
An easy way to improve your health and avoid the dangers of processed food is to have a plan about what you will eat and to make meals from scratch at home. By doing so you avoid unhealthy purchases, and know without a doubt you are eating the right foods for optimal health and wellbeing.
If you would like help planning whole food meals please consider joining MealEasy. All of our meal plans are based on using unprocessed whole foods. You’ll see step-by-step how to make a huge variety of delicious healthy meals the easy way. Improve your diet significantly by giving it a try.
September 02 2016
According a report published in JAMA Internal Medicine, more than one-third of Americans are obese and overweight. Obesity is a common condition that causes life-threatening health issues, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Continue reading
August 29 2016
Are you allergic to gluten? Although “gluten-free diet” is the latest buzz word, not many people know what‘gluten’ really is.
Gluten is a type of protein found in certain grains, wheat, rye and barley. It consists of proteins known as gliadin and gluten in, which can be detrimental to some people’s immune system. Continue reading
August 01 2016
In today’s fast-paced life, we often don’t think about the true root cause of most of our health problems. More often than not it is the food we eat – no matter what conventional health care professionals tell you…
WHAT YOU EAT MATTERS AND IT HAS INCREDIBLE POWER TO CURE YOU OF THE WORST HEALTH CONDITIONS!
Recent studies have linked the food we eat to leading chronic diseases. What it also means is that the food we eat can also have a profound effect on our health!
Can Even Cancer Be Prevented Or In Some Cases Even Cured With The Food We Eat?
Yes it can. Just think about it! According to recent statistics, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women is expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Cancer is the dreaded word none of us want to hear from our doctors, but it’s just all too common.
Conventional medicine will have you believe that the front line approach is radiation, chemo, and surgery. The system is in place and will have you believe you have no control. Although success rates of some cancer treatments have improved, the success rate of many forms of cancer have not improved significantly over the years, and the conventional treatment for the other forms of cancer is often just as bad as the disease, due to the suffering induced from the treatment itself.
Doctors have good intentions, but are unaware of the effectiveness of alternative treatment choices. To learn more about alternative tried and proven cancer treatment alternatives please visit our trusted friends at The Truth About Cancer.
It turns out people are getting cured successfully and PERMANANTLY using natural methods that use food as a primary key form of medicine. In most cases, we bring on our own disease due to our lifestyle and in very large part due to what we eat.
Did you know recent studies have shown:
- Eating just 10 grams or more per day of button mushrooms per day reduced breast cancer rates by about 64%! And by also drinking green tea reduced breast cancer rates by up to 89%! The results are incredible.
- Berries contain ellagic acid and have been shown in lab studies to reduce esophageal cancer 30-70% and colon cancer rates by 80%! The research is encouraging to say the least.
- Many patients have reversed their cancer diagnosis by following specifically designed diets, such as the well-established Gerson Therapy alone, primarily based on juicing and using natural nutrients to heal ones’ body.
Food has the power to heal us, IF we choose to use food as our medicine. We encourage you to be your own body’s “best doctor” and search for the truth about how to reverse and prevent cancer naturally – your doctor and/or the medical establishment are unaware that natural and effective treatments DO EXIST RIGHT NOW to cure even stage 4 cancer in some cases and this degree of cancer is typically thought to be incurable.
What About Heart Disease? Can It Be Cured Without Surgery?
Eat the right food and follow a healthy lifestyle and you may not need surgery, even if your surgeon told you that it’s imperative and urgent! A bold and profound statement, but read on…
Dr. Julian Whitakar is the author of author of Reversing Heart Disease, Reversing Diabetes, and Reversing Hypertension and founder / past president of the American Preventive Medical Association. He states “bypass surgery does not prevent heart attacks or save lives in close to 90 percent of people who receive it”, a 1977 study showed no benefits, though it’s still blindly being done today!
MUCH safer alternative methods exist, and a key part of it is diet and lifestyle.
Let’s stop and consider safer common sense options, before we fall victims of the routine and established practice to cut first, and consider “alternative” approaches second. Freedom of choice applies to choices we make when it comes to our health. Consider alternatives when a conventional medical treatment is offered. Alternative treatments do exist and often the results are profound and superior to the conventional options. Educating ourselves and finding a practitioner we can trust can save our life.
Will You Consider Your Food As Your Primary Medicine?
Heart disease and cancer are the top two causes of death in America today, accounting for over 46% of all deaths!
Think about it: What are you fueling your body with each and every day?
Start with whole foods that are made of raw ingredients and avoid unhealthy packaged and processed foods. That means:
- Include lots fresh vegetables in your diet
- Eat organic and avoid genetically modified foods (GMO)
- Avoid boxed and packaged foods
- Avoid processed meat (that studies now show as linked to causing cancer)
- Eliminate entirely all artificial sweeteners (extremely unhealthy and linked to many diseases and obesity)
That’s just a starting point to get you on the right track, but it can be life changing if you decide to commit to it.
Planning ahead gives you a major advantage and ensures the food you are putting on your plate is beneficial to your health.
MealEasy® meal plans all follow natural health principles, so whether you want to generally improve health, lose weight, improve your heart health, or combat diabetes, there is something for everyone. Check out our heart healthy, weight maintenance, balanced and pre-diabetes meal plans today.
July 28 2016
Diabetes is a long-term medical condition that has been on the rise in recent years. The Journal of the American Medical Association states that more than half of U.S. adults have diabetes or pre-diabetes. And even though its causes may vary, a poor diet is one of the causes of diabetes.
Unhealthy dietary choices cause obesity, which increases the risk for diabetes. Consuming unhealthy calories,can increase your body’s resistant to insulin. This causes irregularity in the blood sugar level.
It is, therefore, imperative to adopt a well-balanced diet to prevent or control diabetes. Whether you have pre diabetes or type 2 diabetes, here are simple ways to embrace a healthy diet:
What constitutes a healthy diet
A healthy diet entails a variety of foods. The key is to eat smarter. Try to consume a wide range of food items that are full of quality nutrients. Last, but not least, keep an eye on your portion size.
Increase your consumption of raw or cooked vegetables. Vegetables consist of minerals, vitamins, fiber and phytochemicals. They also have few calories and carbohydrate. The best choices include non-starchy veggies, such as carrots, celery and cucumber. Most of these items are available all year around.
Similarly, green vegetables have been associated with decreasing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
A balanced diet includes protein. But choose your protein carefully. This is because some protein sources have a lot of saturated fat. Your best choices are fish, plant-based protein, cheese and eggs, and chicken and other poultry. Remember to consider your portion size.
Sweets, carbs and fats
The human body needs carbs, whether you have diabetes or not. Carbohydrates affect the blood sugar level. They create glucose that enters the bloodstream.
The type and quantity of carbohydrates you choose will have an impact on your diabetic condition. Stick to high-fiber complex carbohydrates. Since they are digested slowly, they prevent your body from producing too much insulin.Moreover, limit your consumption of refined carbohydrates –pasta, rice, soda, packaged meals, among many others.
When it comes to fat and sweets, you don’t have to eliminate them entirely from your diet. Instead, have small portions of sweets or better yet choose healthier natural sweeteners. Furthermore, consume less unhealthy fats – saturated and Tran’s fats. Instead, focus on Omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats – almonds, olive oil and more.
July 27 2016
Despite its unlimited benefits, healthy food is considered to be more expensive. According to a study by Cambridge University, healthy food costs three times as much as consuming unhealthy food.
Soshould we use this to justify eating the “unhealthy” food that is often not even fit for human consumption? We also need to ask ourselves if our health is worth the savings and then, should we be even comparing? There are huge savings to be realized by making our own meals, which by far outweighs the “additional” cost for the “healthy” food.
Let’s look at it this way: Would you put cheap oil in your car’s engine to save $20.00, if you knew it could cost you $600 in repairs down the road? And here we are talking about our health, not a car engine.
If money is still an issue, there are plenty of practical ways to reduce expenses.
Here are 5 tips that can help you eat well-balanced foods on a budget:
Buy seasonal produce
Purchase seasonal food to save money. Not only do seasonal fruits and vegetables taste better, they often cost less than off-season items. Since seasonal produce is in abundant supply, it costs less than foods that are out of season.It’s a good idea to stock up on these items.
Buy in bulk
Another great way to save money and time is to purchase food in bulk. Although bulk purchases entail a hefty cost, it really saves money in the long run.
Buy seasonal produce and grains in bulk, whenever possible. Make sure to store them properly in air-tight containers, so that they don’t go bad.
Similarly, you can purchase large quantities of meat and then freeze or use smaller portions for use later on.
Try to cook large portions. If you are left with leftovers, don’t discard anything. You can reuse dinner leftovers as a scrumptious homemade lunch. Furthermore, you won’t have to make multiple meals throughout the day.
You can even freeze your dinner leftovers and then reheat them later on as convenient lunches or dinners. To help you with this, MealEasy meal plans show you which meals are freezable.
Eat more beans and whole grains
Try to eat more beans and whole grains than meat. Black beans are packed with folic acid, fiber and potassium. They cost $0.30 per 1/2 cup or $1.50 per can. Moreover, quinoa and brown rice are delicious yet economical healthy food items. Purchase these items in bulk. You can use them immediately or store them for later use.
Plan and prep meals
Most importantly, plan your meals ahead of time, to help you not only to balance your nutrition, but also to balance your budget.
Planning ahead not only gives peace of mind knowing what your next meal is going to be,but by having a shopping list generated as part of the plan,you will avoid spontaneous purchases that can add to the cost of groceries,for food you don’t really need.
For the most efficient online meal planner, we have got you covered. MealEasy provides an array of low-cost meal plans to help families save on groceries and the cost of unhealthy eating. To keep your costs down, MealEasy indicates which meals are lowest cost, while ensuring they are healthy. In addition, the online portal features other meal plans, which include heart-healthy meal plans, and vegetarian meal plans – among others.
July 01 2016
We all know the countless benefits of eating healthy. A well-balanced diet is imperative to losing weight. But that’s not all.
A nutritious diet is the secret to glowing, radiant skin. Not to mention, consuming a balanced diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients boosts brain and heart function, and prevents diabetes.
What you eat has a substantial impact on your health. In fact, your food choices can even change your outlook on life. If you want to look and feel good, it’s crucial to adopt a healthy, balanced dietary routine. In other words, focus on fruits and veggies, low-fat dairy, protein, and good fats.
But planning and sticking to a balanced diet is easier said than done. In order to assist you, here are 5 tips you should follow:
Simplify your meals
Don’t obsess over calories at this point. Instead, choose foods and drinks based on freshness and variety. Eating a variety of foods will ensure that you get all nutrients and vitamins. Moreover, it will limit your exposure to harmful substances in a particular food.
Similarly, opt for fresh ingredients. Avoid processed food as they contain toxic ingredients that are detrimental to your health.
Develop a workable game plan. Be realistic. Plan and prepare your meals accordingly.
Take advantage of MealEasy’s eating plans to cook scrumptious, yet wholesome, meals on time and within your budget.
You can use MealEasy’s balanced meal plan to search for recipes, track nutritional values, shop for ingredients and prepare meals based on your individual preferences and health and dietary goals.
Rotate your meals
Alongside meal planning, try to mix up your meals to prevent boredom. Also remember to experiment with a variety of healthy ingredients.
For example, if you want to add greens to your meal, think beyond lettuce or broccoli. There are plenty of other options to choose from, such as Chinese cabbage and Kale.
Aim for balance
In addition, avoid eating at night. Aim to eat dinner early for proper digestion of food. Most importantly, listen to your emotions and body. Be mindful of what you eat; don’t feed your feelings.
Have smaller portions and take time to enjoy your meal. Stop eating when you feel full.
Last, but not least, eat in moderation. Don’t have too little or too much of a certain food. Even if it’s sweets, have smaller portion to satisfy your craving. Don’t ban any single food.
Follow these simple tips to live a happy, healthy life!
June 29 2016
Do you have gluten sensitivity? You’re not alone. Statistically speaking, nearly 18 million Americans are allergic to gluten. In addition to gluten sensitivity, many individuals have adopted a gluten-free dietary routine because of its health benefits.
Needless to say, a gluten-free diet has become a popular trend today. The demand for gluten-free foods is surging substantially. According to Statista, the market is projected to be valued at $23.9 billion by 2020.
In addition to gluten intolerance, many individuals have adopted a gluten-free dietary routine because of its health benefits.
But is this diet really beneficial? Read on to find out …
What is gluten?
To put it simply, gluten is a special type of protein that is present in certain grains, wheat, rye and barley. Its main purpose is to keep food elasticity intact during the production phase.
Gluten consists of gliadin (a prolam in protein) and gluten in (a glutel in protein). Gluten is harmful for certain individuals due to their body’s inability to digest gluten properly.
Consuming gluten can cause celiac disease. Some symptoms of celiac disease include diarrhea, change in appetite, bloating or gas, nausea, skin rashes, fatigue and much more.
What comprises a gluten-free diet?
A gluten-free diet excludes the protein gluten. You should avoid consuming foods that contain rye, barley, wheat and triticale. Focus on fresh fruits and veggies, beans, low-fat dairy, fresh eggs, lean meat and fish.
That being said, sticking to a gluten-free diet can be extremely frustrating. You need to prepare yourself to achieve successful results.
Here are some effective tips to help you limit or take out gluten from your meals:
Always read food labels
For example, if you want to buy cereal, look for gluten in the list of ingredients.
Some items are labeled gluten-free for your convenience.
Keep yourself informed
Educate yourself in the pros and cons of a gluten-free diet. Start searching for information online.
Plan your meals appropriately
Plan your meals to make your life simpler. Try to keep a stock of ingredients on hand for all three meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with snacks.
As a rule, cook in quantities and store carefully. If you have leftovers, freeze them.
Vary your diet
Add variety to your diet. Mix things up. Otherwise, you may get sick of a gluten-free diet quickly.
Moreover, incorporate an array of gluten-free foods into your diet to obtain essential vitamins and nutrients.
Check out the many delicious, healthy gluten-free recipes on MealEasy. With over 900 gluten-free meal ideas, Meal Easy makes gluten-free meals planning simpler and affordable.
May 28 2016
Adopting a vegetarian diet has gained much attention in recent years. Whether it is animal welfare or health concerns, an increasing number of Americans are embracing a vegetarian diet. Continue reading