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Nutritional content tablesNutritional content tables    Find out how many calories, proteins, carbohydrates, cholesterol, vitamins and minerals your food contains. Either you are dieting to loose weight or cleanse your body, or you figured out what is your metabolic type and you need to know specific foods for your type, well, the nutritional content tables will provide you with the answer you need. Ref. USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory, SR20 / 2008  database.

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21 December 2008

Nutritional content tables

nutritionEither you are dieting to loose weight or cleanse your body, or you figured out what is your metabolic type (you took the metabolic typing self test ) and you need to know specific foods for your type, well, the nutritional content tables will provide you with the answer you need.

Even more, you may have pathological conditions like diabetes and sugar content of foods is important for you, or you have high blood pressure and you want to know what foods are high in Sodium, again the nutritional content tables will get you the information you need.

This information is extracted from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) database (Nutrient Data Laboratory, SR20 / 2008 Release). It provides detail content of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein and fats (including cholesterol) for more than 1200 foods.

So follow this link to find out what is in your food:  nutritional content tables .

21 December 2008

Nutritional assessment

Category: Self tests

How much food in a day is too much?  Am I overweight?  What is my body fat content? Am I better off with proteins (Atkins diet) than carbs (Mediterranean diet)? No easy answers to these questions for many of us. Even if you feel good and you are happy with the way you look you should still consider the long term impact of an improper caloric balance or carbs vs. protein balance to your health.  Read on to find out ...
   

21 December 2008

What is your metabolic type?

Category: Self tests

One man's food is another man's poison

My interest in healthy living, yoga and meditation lead me to an almost vegetarian diet for more than one year. And I didn't feel quite well. My body was sending me repeated signals that it didn't like it. When at some point toward the end of this painful experience I indulged into eating meat again, I realized that all the bad experiences vanished. I tested for days in a row, on and off my vegetarian diet. I found out, without a doubt, that I am not vegetarian "by design". Disappointed as I was, I had to admit my "limitations" and befriend my body again.

Intrigued, I researched the topic and I found out about Dr. William Donald Kelley original approach to nutrition. Further on William Wolcott extended this research and wrote the book (Metabolic Typing Diet ) which is the basis of the metabolic type self test.

A proper, "customized" diet has many benefits: painless weight loss, increased energy and improved health. The metabolic type diet does just that.

This is a long test, sixty five multiple choice (A,B,C) questions, so expect to spend around half an hour with it. Far less though than the time I spent to realize what food is good for me.

To take the test and find out your metabolic type click on this link: metabolic type self test or further read for specific details related to your metabolic type.

Protein type

Protein types are fast oxidizers or parasympathetic dominant.

Most of your meals should contain 70 % proteins and only 30 % carbohydrates.

Atkins Diet, Hamptons Diet are just two examples of high protein diets.

The following twelve steps will help you adjust your diet specifically for Protein types.

  1. For the first five to seven days, eliminate all "caution carbs"—grains, cereals, breads, desserts, fruits, starchy vegetables—as well as milk products.
  2. Eat freely of any of your allowable proteins and fats: meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, butter, and vegetable oils.
  3. During these few days, limit your vegetable intake to the following non-starchy varieties: asparagus, celery, green beans, cauliflower, spinach, and mushrooms. Start out with only a small portion of vegetables as compared to your protein amount. This is your baseline.
  4. Eat until you are full but not to the point of feeling stuffed.
  5. Have snacks between meals if you like, using the same food choices.
  6. Most Protein Types will feel better almost immediately. They will be able to go longer between meals without eating, will lose their sweet cravings, will feel a distinct energy boost. Some Protein Types can experience withdrawal from high-starch and sugary foods. This usually does not last for more than forty-eight hours. It might involve any number of symptoms such as headache, flulike sensations, or extreme sweet cravings. If this should happen to you, just hang in there for two to three days and you should start to experience some of the positive feelings listed above,
  7. Typically, Protein Types will feel better for five to seven days after eliminating all the "caution carbs." Sometime thereafter they generally begin to feel irritable, short-tempered, and tired, and then crave sweets s and feel hungry or unsatisfied after eating. When you reach this point, increase the amount of non-starchy vegetables as compared to your quantity of protein, until you once again begin to feel well.
  8. If you still do not feel well even after increasing your non-starchy vegetables, begin to add a little starch to your meals, starting with only one tablespoon of a starchy vegetable, such as artichoke, corn, peas, potato, or winter squash with dinner.
  9. If you still feel well or even better by eating a little starchy vegetable with dinner, add one tablespoon of a starchy vegetable at lunch, and then one tablespoon at breakfast.
  10. If all goes well, raise your starchy vegetable intake to two tablespoons per meal.
  11. Then, if all is still fine, substitute some whole grain in place of starchy vegetables.
  12. In this manner, you can continue to slowly increase your carbohydrate intake. At some point, you'll move beyond your personal fuel mix and begin to notice a reappearance of your "old" symptoms—fatigue, depression, mood swings, sweet cravings, digestive problems, and so on. When that happens, you'll know you need to start decreasing your carbohydrates gradually until you start feeling well again. At this stage, if you have any degree of uncertainty, you can always return to your baseline and start over.

Carbo type

Carbo types are slow oxidizers or sympathetic dominant.

A general guideline for Carbo types is 60% Carbohydrates 40 % proteins.

The following twelve steps will help you adjust your diet specifically for Carbo types.

  1. For the first five to seven days, eliminate all "caution carbs"—grains, cereals, breads, desserts, fruits, starchy vegetables—as well as milk products.
  2. Eat freely of any of your allowable proteins and fats: meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, butter, and vegetable oils.
  3. During these few days, limit your vegetable intake to the following non-starchy varieties: asparagus, celery, green beans, cauliflower, spinach, and mushrooms. Start out with only a small portion of vegetables as compared to your protein amount. This is your baseline.
  4. Eat until you are full but not to the point of feeling stuffed.
  5. Have snacks between meals if you like, using the same food choices.
  6. Some Carbo Types, particularly those with blood sugar problems, will feel better almost immediately. They will be able to go longer between meals without eating, lose their sweet cravings and will feel a distinct energy boost. But other Carbo Types will not feel well. They may experience symptoms of withdrawal from high-starch and sugary foods. This usually does not last for more than two to three days. It might involve any number of symptoms such as headache, flu-like sensations, or extreme sweet cravings. If this should happen to just hang in there and you should start to experience some of the positive feelings listed above.
  7. True Carbo Types who are already eating correctly will not feel by cutting back on their carbohydrate intake this way. However, a majority of Carbo Types, will actually feel better for a few days by eliminating the "caution carbs." But shortly thereafter they will begin to feel irritable, short-tempered, and tired, and then crave sweets, feel hungry or unsatisfied after eating. Whenever you reach this point, increase the amount of non-starchy vegetables as compared to your quantity of protein, until you once again begin to feel well.
  8. If you still do not feel well even after increasing your non-starchy vegetables, begin to add a little starch to your meals, starting with only one tablespoon of a starchy vegetable, such as potato, rutabaga, or yam with dinner.
  9. If you still feel well or even better by eating a little starchy vegetable with dinner, add one tablespoon of a starchy vegetable at lunch, and then one tablespoon at breakfast.
  10. If all goes well, raise your starchy vegetable intake to two tablespoons per meal.
  11. Then, if all is still fine, substitute some whole grain in place of starchy vegetables.
  12. In this manner, you can continue to slowly increase your carbohydrate intake. At some point, you'll move beyond your personal fuel mix and begin to notice a reappearance of your "old" symptoms—fatigue, depression, mood swings, sweet cravings, digestive problems, and so on. When that happens, you'll know you need to start decreasing your carbohydrates gradually until you start feeling well again. At this stage, if you have any degree of uncertainty, you can always return to your baseline and start over.

Mixed type

Mixed types are neither fast or slow oxidizers, and are neither parasympathetic or sympathetic dominant.

A 50% of each of carbohydrates and proteins is recomended for the Mixed type diet.

40-30-30 Diet (e.g. Zone diet) is suitable for the Mixed types.

 

The following twelve steps will help you adjust your diet specifically for Mixed types.

  1. For the first five to seven days, eliminate all "caution carbs": grains, cereals, breads, desserts, fruits, starchy vegetables—as well as milk products.
  2. Eat freely of any of your allowable proteins and fats: meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, nuts, seeds, butter, and vegetable oils.
  3. During these few days, limit your vegetable intake to the following non-starchy varieties: asparagus, celery, green beans, cauliflower, spinach, and mushrooms. Start out with only a small portion of vegetables as compared to your protein amount. This is your baseline.
  4. Eat until you are full but not to the point of feeling stuffed.
  5. Have snacks between meals if you like, using the same food choices.
  6. Many Mixed Types will feel better almost immediately. They will be able to go longer between meals without eating, will lose their sweet cravings, and will feel a distinct energy boost. But some Mixed Types can experience withdrawal from high-starch and sugary foods. This usually does not last for more than forty-eight hours. It might involve any number of symptoms such as headache, flu like sensations, or extreme sweet cravings. If this should happen to you, just hang in there for two to three days and you should start to experience some of the positive feelings mentioned earlier.
  7. Typically, Mixed Types will feel better for five to seven days after eliminating all the "caution carbs." But shortly thereafter they generally begin to feel irritable, short-tempered, and tired, then crave sweets, and feel hungry or unsatisfied after eating. When you reach this point, increase the amount of non starchy vegetables as compared to your quantity of protein, until you once again begin to feel well.
  8. If you still do not feel well even after increasing your non starchy vegetables, begin to add a little starch to your meals, starting with only one tablespoon of a starchy vegetable such as artichoke, corn, peas, potato, yam, or winter squash with dinner.
  9. If you still feel well or even better by eating a little starchy vegetable with dinner, add one tablespoon of a starchy vegetable at lunch, and then one tablespoon at breakfast.
  10. If all goes well, raise your starchy vegetable intake to two tablespoons per meal.
  11. Then, if all is still fine, substitute some whole grain in place of starchy vegetables.
  12. In this manner, you can continue to slowly increase your carbohydrate intake. At some point, you'll move beyond your personal fuel mix and begin to notice a reappearance of your "old" symptoms—fatigue, depression, mood swings, sweet cravings, digestive problems, and so on. When that happens, you'll know you need to start decreasing your carbohydrates gradually until you start feeling well again. At this stage, if you have any degree of uncertainty, you can always return to your baseline and start over.
   

21 December 2008

Supplements

Category: Supplements

Supplements as defined by name, help us make up for the missing vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other essential nutrients in our food. Even eating the best quality food is hard to imagine that we can cover the large spectrum of nutrients one needs in order to preserve health. Combined with chemicals and pollutants in the modern environment makes nutritional supplements essential to wellbeing. Quality of the supplements is essential. The unregulated supplements industry thrives on useless products. Baseline Nutritionals is up to the task of producing quality products that tackles also on the efficacy side. Similarly, more focussed on your mind performance is dr. Ray Sahelian's "Mind Power Rx " supplement. Dr. Sahelian is well known for "designing" highly effective supplements. "Mind Power Rx" is no exception.
   

18 May 2009

I unjunked my body!

Category: Diet

Do you need a detox?
  • Are you often tired ?
  • Do you get headaches frequently ?
  • Do you have hard time losing weight ?
  • Are you bloated or retaining water ?
  • Mental cloudiness ?
  • Is you skin getting bad ?
If you answered “Yes” to more than three questions above there is a good chance your system experience a toxic overload.

Detoxing once or twice a year is often recommended as a solution.

Every day our bodies are exposed to toxins from the water we drink, the air we breathe and especially from the processed foods we eat. If our bodies get overwhelmed with toxins, our liver suffers and we start seeing the effect on our health: our skin is affected, we get tired, we retain water, get headaches, digestion problems, bad breath and find it especially hard to loose weight.

Researches have now discovered the biological cause of those stubborn pounds: toxic particles bind water in the body’s soft tissue and inhibit your metabolism from burning fat efficiently.

It definitely makes sense that we get tired and bloated from too many toxins from our foods and from our environment, but gaining weight and retaining water are not as obvious. Well, it is now scientifically proven that detoxifying our bodies helps to lose weight too.

Less weight, a brighter cleaner skin, means a more beautiful and healthier person.

Conclusion: to loose weight it may be necessary to cleanse your body first: Effective detox diet
   

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