Lightly roasted for a quick snack, blitzed into a dip, or featured in your main course – chickpeas can fit in anywhere. And good thing, too, because they’re great for your health! This powerhouse of protein and fiber can not only help you lose weight but also defend you against cancer and heart disease. So for a healthy addition to your diet, check out the chickpea!
Avocado leaf has more protein, fiber, minerals, and phytochemicals like flavonoids and phenols than the fruit. It can prevent convulsions, lower the blood glucose level, fight ulcer with its antioxidants, and lower body weight by burning fat stored in adipose tissues. The leaf has a licorice or anise-like flavor but can be bitter. So start with one raw or freshly toasted leaf of the Mexican variety to flavor soups, as salad dressing, and as tea.
When it comes to intuition, why do most of us trust it for a host of big and little life choices, but ignore it when it comes to what we eat? Whether it is the assault of fad diets in magazines or “success stories” of friends who lost a lot of weight with a certain lifestyle change, there’s a lot that’s drowning out that little inner voice or instinct. Is it time you tuned out the noise and focussed on intuitive eating?
Wine has antioxidants like quercetin which lowers LDL cholesterol. Its low sugar content also helps in weight control. But because wine has calories, weight loss is possible only if you drink in moderation – 5 oz wine for women and 10 oz for men in a day – counting the wine calories within your diet. Don't drink before bed; it will likely affect your sleep quality. Also note that wine is no substitute for fresh fruits and veggies which contain more nutrients and in larger quantities. Nor is it a replacement for exercise.
Take 1 tbsp ACV diluted in 1 cup water or juice before a meal daily to lose weight and fat. It has just 3 Cal, and it can cut your calorie intake by up to 275 Cal by delaying digestion and keeping you full longer. It can influence your genes to promote fat burning and reduce fat storing. It can also drop post-meal blood sugar and insulin levels. Don't have more than 2 tbsps a day. If you have gastroparesis, ask your doctor first.
Legumes like kidney, garbanzo, and black beans are plant-based sources that vegans can eat. Soy products, like tofu and soy milk, also offer protein. Seitan is similar but is made out of wheat gluten. Many fake meats are made with soy or seitan. Nuts are extremely high in protein, and they’ll lower your risk for breast cancer and type 2 diabetes.
You need at least 75 mins of a vigorous aerobic activity, or 150 mins of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise every week. Running, cycling or skipping rope are the simplest and most cost-effective routes to burning off those calories. Opt for swimming if you have knee trouble or can’t take the high impact of running or jogging. Martial arts and power yoga are other options you should try.
Healthy gut bacteria synthesize short-chain fatty acids and increase good cholesterol (HDL) levels. They carry out biotransformation of bile that improves metabolism of cholesterol, lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) levels. Interestingly, changes in cholesterol metabolism also cause dramatic shifts in the gut microbiota. Restore it by consuming fiber-rich fruits, veggies, fermented foods, and exercise.
Lithium balances neurotransmitters - dopamine and serotonin. In safe small doses, lithium orotate prevents depression, PTSD, Alzheimer’s and can stop ALS progression. It improves your mood, lowers stress, and enhances focus. A dietary pill typically contains 5 mg lithium and 115 mg orotate. Ask a doctor before popping it. Pregnant or nursing women should avoid these pills.
Eating chicken skin may be a little sinful but not all that bad. There is fat in it, but it is good unsaturated fat. Lowered blood pressure and cholesterol are perks of munching on crispy golden brown skin. Chicken skin has oleic acid too (like olive oil) that inhibits cardiac, inflammatory, and autoimmune diseases. It is not high in calories so removing it won’t help much in your calorie-cutting plans.
Minimize joint inflammation to enable free movement of bones. Keep off foods containing harmful lectins (specific to blood types): wheat, corn, and white potatoes for type O; red meat, cow’s milk, and kidney beans for type A; chicken, peanuts, and buckwheat for type B; chicken, bell peppers, sesame oils and seeds for type AB. Aerobics and strength training build lean muscle while reducing joint swelling.
Exercise to burn sugar for fuel and to increase insulin sensitivity. Avoid carbs and stock up on soluble fibre-rich foods to regulate your sugar spikes. Stay hydrated to prevent your liver from producing sugar. Chew slowly, eat chromium and magnesium-rich foods (with low glycemic indices), and reduce your portion size. Glucagon and cortisol spike sugar - avoid stress and sleep well.
1000 calories meal plan: Breakfast - 1/2 cup greek yogurt, 1/3 cup nutrition paste, 1 cup kale salad, and 60 g sweet potato with guacamole. Snack - 1 clementine. Lunch - 1 whole wheat tortilla, 1 stir fried egg with 2 tomatoes, and 1/2 cup orange juice. Dinner - 1 cup mutton soup, 14g each steamed buckwheat and brown rice, spinach salad, and 1/2 an apple. Swipe left for more meal plans.
A balanced diet is essential during dialysis. Keep a strict tab on your fluid intake. Legumes, beans, and cottage cheese will provide safe protein. Eat oatmeal and oat bran to keep cholesterol levels low. Keep salt in check by cutting down on processed foods; use lemon zest, vinegar, mustard for flavoring. Choose foods low in potassium - apples, pears, berries, radish, asparagus, and zucchini.
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