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Moreover, following a healthy nutrition regime includes choosing plenty of vegetables, fruit, whole grain, beans, and beyond…. and only seldom consuming foods that are high in added sugar, saturated fat and sodium.
Granted the food you eat has a direct impact on the parts of the brain that regulate mood, maintaining stable blood sugar through regular and proper nutrition help us feel better overall. Thus, healthy foods, such as fruits, whole grains and vegetables, are rich in vitamins and minerals that have been associated with an overall lower risk of depression, as have foods rich in omega-3 fats, such as nuts, salmon and other fatty fish.
Consuming healthy foods, including protein-rich diet as well as fish and dairy that contain omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium, can reduce stress by decreasing the body’s stress hormone( cortisol ) level, and bring true happiness as well as a greater ability to focus your thoughts on productivity.
Keep a Healthy Weight
According to a 2012 study in the Journal of Health Economics, the average obese person spends $2,741 more on health care per year than a normal-weight counterpart. Thus, simple healthy choices such as replacing soda with water can help with regulating your body weight and can, in turn, help lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to the Obesity Action Coalition.
Likewise, consuming veggies instead of chips, and eating a side salad in place of fries will also help you achieve your desired weight level, and, in the process, can also help you save money.
Being Healthy is Rewarding
Eating right, by consuming foods that are rich in micronutrients – like vitamins and minerals, help improve the health of both – thin and overweight people.
Whereas, eating healthy servings of fruits and vegetables that are rich in healthy vitamins and healthy minerals every day can lower the risk of dying from any health-related cause, deficiencies in healthy vitamin and healthy mineral can lead to premature death risks.
Longer Life Expectancy
A combination of exercise and diet of fruit and vegetables, and omega-3 fats from fish and olive oil was found to be associated with extended life expectancy for aging women.
Being an important part of healthy nutrition, whole grains ( Brown Rice, Quinoa, Barley, Oat, Bulgur Wheat, and beyond….) are rich in protein, fiber, antioxidants, b-vitamins, and trace minerals (such as: iron, zinc, copper, magnesium).
Moreover, consuming more whole grains can help you lose weight, reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers, improve bowel movements and also promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon, help you feel lighter and more energized.
The average adult should eat at least three servings of whole grains daily to improve their health as well as their energy levels and their weight.
Coupled with exercising, whole grains can help you attain your ideal weight while improving your health at the same time.
Author: Albert Gibosse – Blue Label Weekly Magazine Serves: serves 6
6 cups chopped broccoli florets and stems, separated, about 1 lb.
1 cup broccoli florets for garnish
2 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 medium red or yellow onion( diced )
1 tsp tumeric powder
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
1/4 tsp clove powder
2 small yukon gold potato, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups croutons/cubed bread or
4 cups vegetable broth, divided
3/4 cup raw cashew
1 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 cup fresh dill
½ teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
freshly ground black pepper
Heat the coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat and sauté the onion for 6 minutes or until softened
3/4 cup cashew nut butter (make your own, if not readily available at grocery store )
1/4 lb green beans, cut into thin rounds
Use either 12 small round Indian eggplants or five Japanese eggplants
2 tbsp coconut oil oil
1/2 tbsp cornstarch/flour diluted in water and turned into a paste
2 tbsp grated ginger
2 green chili peppers like serrano or jalapeno (optional — you also add Harissa at the the end and that has plenty of heat. If you had to pick one, pick the Harissa)
1 large sweet potato, diced
1 large red onion diced
2 plum tomatoes, pureed
2 tbsp tomato paste (tomato ketchup is a neat substitute)
1/4 cup corn from can (optional)
5 cups vegetable stock
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
2 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 cup Harissa paste
Salt to taste