If you enjoy chowing down on a bacon sandwich, this article might just lure you into going vegan.

Today, more and more people turn vegetarian every day. If in case you’re wondering why, we have compiled some shocking facts that might make you reconsider living green.

Shocking Facts That Could Make You Go Vegan

Vegans live longer

A group of researchers from Lona Linda University conducted a study and followed 7,000 men and women in a span of 6 years. In the said study, they have discovered that people who follow a meat-free diet are more likely to live longer. Mortality rate is also lower.

In a more recent study, researchers from the University of Oxford revealed that the risk of death or hospitalization due to heart diseases is 32% lower in vegans as compared to their meat-eating counterparts.

Save animals

150 billion animals are killed every year just to keep up with the demand of consumers. And yes, we mean billions!

A slaughterhouse kills an average of 1,100 pigs per hour. Considering the volume, this means that most of the pigs that enter the scalding tank are not properly stunned. Hence, most of them are boiled while they are fully conscious. Meanwhile, 200 million baby chicks are ground alive each year in egg factories worldwide.

Meats aren’t as fresh as you thought

When buying steak at the grocery, most of you would choose the nice-looking reddish meat because it looks fresh. But what consumers fail to realize is that the meat is treated with carbon monoxide to keep it from turning color.

Solves world hunger

Despite producing enough corn and grain to feed everyone in the world, more than 925,000,000 people from all over the world don’t have food to eat. This is because most of the corn and grain are used to feed livestock.

Additionally, an acre of land used to raise cattles can produce 20 pounds of edible meat; whereas, if soybeans were grown instead, that same acre would yield 356 pounds of protein – nearly 17 times as much.

 

 

Release the guilt, release the weight!We’ve all been there: you grab the extra cookie (or two), you have the second helping of pie, you go back for just “one more” nibble. Then, the guilt, the shame, and the anger at your actions sets in.  We are human. Cravings happen because things like sugar, salt, alcohol, and even fat have addictive qualities which sometimes makes resisting temptation biochemically impossible.
I’m encouraging you today to release that guilt. In turn, release stressing about future temptations before they happen too. If we have guilty, stressful, or shameful emotions surrounding food and during digestion, the stress hormones and the enzymes needed to process the food are out of balance. The brain/body connection is real. If we eat quickly, unconsciously, and overload our bellies, then top it off with emotional distress, guilt and worry, it’s a worse combination than you can imagine.
Eat slower. Chew completely. Drink more water. If you happen to over-indulge, make a point to wash your hands of it as soon as possible. Tell yourself something positive, move on, and get busy doing something healthy and productive. Quiet your mind as best as you can by meditating, praying, calling a positive friend, reading something good, taking a walk, enjoying nature, or simply turning on some good music. Throw away leftovers that you know you’ve had enough of and don’t need anymore. Out of sight, out of mind.
Stress on the brain and body can actually hold you back from losing weight. Just move on and know that you are in control, and way stronger than you think!

 

Simple Ways to Trick Yourself into Eating Less

Everyone knows that eating less and exercising more is the surefire way for weight loss. Unfortunately, humans aren’t great with self-control, especially when it comes to food. After all, two thirds of the population wouldn’t be overweight if losing weight were easy.

In this article, we’ll give you a few tips on how to enjoy your meal while tricking your brain to stop when you are satisfied, not when you’re stuffed.

Drink up

Most people confuse hunger with thirst. If you have just eaten an hour ago, drink a glass of water and wait for a few minutes. Those tummy twinges will disappear if you’re only hungry, but will intensify if you are truly hungry.

Drinking a glass of water before meal is also an effective way to trick yourself into eating less. It fills the stomach, making you feel full faster.

Use smaller plates

A full plate sends the signal that you are eating a full meal. Whereas, a partially full plate makes you think that you are not eating enough, regardless of the quantity of food.

In order to trick your brain into eating less, use smaller plates and fill it up. Studies have shown that people tend to eat less when eating in a small plate or bowl.

Start with soup

When dining outside, we recommend starting your meal with a broth-based soup. It will take the edge off your hunger. Plus, it contains fewer calories as compared to the creamy ones.

Don’t eat from the package

When you’ve got a hankering for potato chips, serve yourself a proper portion instead of eating mindlessly from the bag. Use a bowl, a plate or even a napkin. This way, you know exactly how much you are eating. Otherwise, you’ll lose track and consume double or triple the amount you’re supposed to eat.

Keep snacks out of sight

According to studies, people eat a lot more when food is visible. To avoid extra snacking, keep tempting foods such as chips, sweets and processed foods where it can’t be seen. The harder the food is to get to, the less likely you are to eat it.

 

Reasons Why You Should Eat More Fish

Fish is a key component of a healthy diet. As a matter of fact, studies show that substituting red meat with fish, even just once a week can be one of the best dietary changes you can make for your health. It can protect you from a range of diseases like arthritis, heart diseases and cancer.

To inspire you to change your diet, we’re giving you some of the benefits that you can get out of eating fish. Read on and find out why you should eat more fish.

Enhance your brain power

If you have an exam or a presentation coming up, you might want to eat lots of fish.

One study revealed that Omega-3 can help enhance a person’s brain power. In this, study a group of men and women, aged 18 to 25 was encouraged to eat fish at least once a week. Over the course of 6 months, researchers did a series of exams to test their memory. Their performance has improved steadily. Researchers also revealed that a lack of Omega-3 fatty acid may reduce the dopamine level, which is attributed to working memory.

Reduce the risk of heart diseases

Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, but sticking to a healthy diet that is rich in oily fish can cut your risk of a deadly heart attack. It can also improve your chances of survival following a heart attack.

Improve your child’s brain development

Studies suggest that Omega-3 plays an important role in the development of a fetus’ nervous system and brain. In fact, mothers who consumed fish oil supplements while they are pregnant are more likely to have a child with a high IQ, improved communication, social development and fine motor skills. This was based on a study that was published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Ease depression

Studies have shown that the Omega-3 found in fish is actually effective in treating depression when taken along with prescription medications.

One study revealed that pregnant women who eat more fish are less likely to experience post-partum depression.

 

 

Natural Antibiotics That Fight Diseases and Promote Health

A lot of people don’t want to jump on the antibiotic bandwagon each time they get an infection or a sore throat. This is not actually surprising since prolonged use of antibiotics may eventually cause antibiotic resistance. Luckily, there are several foods and herbs that can prevent a wide variety of diseases and keep the body’s health in balance.

The goal is to keep your immune system strong so it is ready to attack when an invader comes. By limiting the use of antibiotics and feeding your body with foods that have medicinal value, you’ll be able to create a natural immunity from infections.

Here are some foods that can help defend your body against microbes.

Turmeric

There is no denying the antimicrobial power of turmeric. Among the foods on this list, turmeric has the most number to prove its therapeutic properties. In fact, studies suggest that it is effective against several bacteria strains like Escherichia coli, Escherichia coli Pseudomonas aeruginos and Staphylococcus aureus.

The compound that gives it a bright orange color is the same compound that give it its anti-microbial power.

Garlic

Most people know garlic as an herb that is used for cooking, but time and again, this herb has been proven to have varied therapeutic uses. In fact, garlic is one of the most powerful anti-microbial foods you can eat.

It can be used as a remedy for simple diseases like colds and flu to pneumonia and ear infection. Garlic is also thought to reduce blood cholesterol levels and prevent heart diseases.

Green tea

Green tea contains antioxidants that helps cleanse the body and get rid of free radicals that cause diseases. It may not have an antibiotic property, but it aids in the improvement of the mechanism of action of certain antibiotics.

Honey

Honey has natural antibiotic properties. Adding honey to tea is a great way of getting its health benefits.

For wounds and burns, honey can help speed up the healing process and fight infections. People with environmental and seasonal allergies can also find relief by consuming honey on a regular basis.

 

 

Natural Antibiotics That Fight Diseases and Promote Health

Pumpkin pie, turkey, sweet potato casserole, dressing,… The annual thanksgiving feast is something everyone looks forward to. If you are one of those people who have been secretly loosening their belt after gorging on the sumptuous dishes on the table, you are not alone. At Thanksgiving dinner alone, the average American consumes as much as 3,500 calories. That said, it is not surprising why most people pack on 1 to 3 pounds during the holidays.

Gaining weight over the holiday season is a national pastime. But wouldn’t it be great if this tradition-blessed binge didn’t wreck your waistline woes?

Here are a few tips on how to satisfy your desire for traditional favorites without resulting to a food coma.

Go heavy on the veggies

As compared to carbs and meat, vegetables pack fewer calories. While we are not suggesting that you steer clear from turkey or mashed potatoes, it would be a good idea to take larger portions of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Eat breakfast

Eat before the big feast. Start you day with a small healthful meal so you won’t be starving when you arrive at the gathering. This will give you more control over your appetite and prevent yourself from gorging on a 3,500 calorie meal.

Volunteer to help clean up

Thanksgiving tables are a beautiful and bountiful display of traditional favorites. That said, most of us tend to overeat.

Instead of helping yourself to a second serving, why not volunteer to help the host clean up? This will not only take your attention away from the food, the host will definitely appreciate the gesture. An added bonus, cleaning up will also help you burn some calories.

Plan a post meal walk

Eating less and exercising more is the key to avoid gaining weight during the holidays. Once you arrive at the dinner, let everyone know that plan to take a walk after the meal and encourage others to join. Once you get a few people in on board, it will be difficult to bail out. A brisk walk will not only help you burn some calories, it also a great way to enjoy time with your family.

 

Quitting Smoking: Ways to Resist Nicotine Cravings

If you are trying to quit smoking, resisting your nicotine cravings is probably the biggest challenge you’ll be facing. Cigarette cravings often kick in fast. A typical smoker would feel these cravings an hour after putting down his last cigarette stick. This is because smoking is not a habit, it’s an addiction.

The good news is, most cravings last only for 3 to 5 minutes. That said, you need distractions from nicotine cravings. After that, it gets a little easier. Each time you resist a nicotine craving, you are one step closer to quitting smoking for good.

Here’s what you can do to resist the urge to light up.

Avoid the triggers

Avoid drinks that you may have associated with smoking like alcohol or coffee. Many people have a habit of smoking while they drink; while some would smoke with a cup of coffee. While we’re not suggesting that you should give up these drinks, you have to try to avoid them until you have broken the association with smoking.

Get busy

Despite being intense, remember that cigarette cravings are often short-lived and will pass within a few minutes. When an urge to smoke strikes, tell yourself that you have to wait for 10 minutes, then focus your attention on other things and get yourself busy.

Get physical

Physical activities may help relieve some withdrawal symptoms and reduce your nicotine cravings. Exercise stimulates brain chemicals that fight nicotine cravings. Plus, it helps keep the pounds off.

Most people gain an average of 8 pounds when they are trying to quit smoking. Exercise will not only help you deal with the cravings, it can also keep your weight down.

Drink a glass of water

We all know that drinking water offers a wide array of health benefits. In addition to that, it provides a calming effect on nicotine cravings.

Chew on it

In order to successfully fight the cravings, give your mouth something to do. Try snacking on nuts, carrots, sunflower seeds or celery – something satisfying and crunchy.

 

Gobble, gobble, gobble …

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4 Things Successful Dieters Have in Common

If you are to study successful dieters, you will find that they think differently than they did before. Keep in mind that the most important change you can make is not about what you do. What’s more important is how you think.

In an attempt to help you reach your weight loss goals, we have put together a list of the common traits successful dieters share. Read on and keep off those unwanted fats.

I can do it

Rather than thinking that that losing weight is hard, successful dieters tell themselves that they are capable of achieving their goals. They have a clear vision of how they want to live their life and motivate themselves to stick to their diet. They eat healthy and exercise regularly, not when it’s convenient.

They enjoy the process

Successful losers make sure that they enjoy what they are doing. This way, they are less likely to go back to their usual routine.

It may be difficult to squeeze in exercise into your busy schedule, but if you are actually enjoying what you do, you’ll be looking forward to do it. For instance, you can exercise with a friend or walk in the beautiful outdoors. This will not only help you lose weight, it will also help you relieve stress and tension after a long and tiring day at work

They don’t weigh themselves everyday

We understand that you are eager to see the results of your hard work, but you are not doing yourself a favor by weighing yourself every day.

As you exercise, fat can be burned while you gain muscle mass. Weight can manifest itself in different ways. Successful losers weigh themselves once a week, not every day.

Just because your weight didn’t change, it doesn’t mean that your diet and exercise routine is ineffective.

They do not starve themselves

You’ve probably heard that eating less and exercising more can help you lose weight. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works.

Restricting your food intake will make you hungry and will slow down your metabolism; thus, causing you to eat more and gain weight. Successful dieters do not eliminate carbohydrates from their diet. Instead, they focus on real whole foods.

 

How to Distract Yourself When You Want to Eat Junk Food

We all know that junk food doesn’t do any good to our body, but most of us indulge on it once in a while. For some, the craving becomes too frequent that they have to drop by a fast food chain a few times a week or reach for a candy bar out of boredom.

Resisting temptations can be hard, but it’s not impossible. You can overcome your cravings and take charge of your diet. These distractions can get your mind off that French fries, candy bar or triple layer pumpkin pie that’s calling your name.

De-stress

If stress is causing your expanding waist line, learning to deal with your stressors can potentially save you hundreds of calories a day.

Once you’re feeling stressed, take a break and try deep breathing exercises. Or better yet, close your eyes and visualize a serene scene on your own. You’ll feel relaxed in an instant and won’t resort to emotional eating.

Keep yourself distracted

Most people resort to binge eating because they don’t have anything else to do. Think about it. The last time you binged, it was a weekend. You were home alone and bored. All you did was sit in front of the TV and watch some random movie. Cracking open a jar of peanut butter was easy.

Next time you get bored, distract yourself or do something productive. Don’t let the cravings arise. Read a book, exercise, go on a walk or talk to a friend.

Remind yourself you’re not hungry

If you find yourself craving for a cookie, but you have just finished eating an hour ago, just remind yourself that you are not hungry. Drink a glass of water. This can extinguish your craving.

Make binge eating inconvenient

Sometimes, people crave for junk food because they are exposed to it. If you really want to stay away from junk foods, you should be willing to get rid of it or resist yourself from buying them. If that’s not possible, just hide them from sight.