On The Trail Of Processed Foods


Processed foods are high in the hierarchy of forbidden temptations. We know that the nutritional value of such products is lower than that of food that is not preserved, cooked, frozen, dried, ground, or salted and sweetened. But not all processed foods are unhealthy and should be avoided. The trick is to choose the right ones that, ironically, may turn out to be a very good source of valuable ingredients for you.

You need to know that produce loses important nutritional value a few hours after picking. This is because life processes are going on in them all the time. Lowering the temperature below 0 °C slows down these processes threefold. So frozen fruits are undoubtedly better than those stored at room temperature.

Other Good Processed Sources

  • Preserved/ canned fish. These canned wonders are the perfect portable sources of protein, omega-3, acids and calcium.
  • Peanut butter – Actually we recommend almond butter more. Ground nuts have their own benefits. Almonds are full of magnesium and vitamin B2, and peanuts are the perfect post-workout snack thanks to their high protein. IMPORTANT (Avoid peanut butter containing palm oil and sugar)
  • Oatmeal – Rich of vitamins and minerals
  • Yogurt. – A great way to transport protein, vitamin B12, calcium, and probiotics through your body.

Even when eating healthy food most of the time, it is good to allow yourself room for a few processed foods that can be really beneficial. Research shows that planning and allowing minor deviations from your diet can help you stay motivated to achieve your goals.

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10 Ways to Kill Your Metabolism


Metabolism Your metabolism is the engine that keeps your body running. It turns calories into fuel. Fire it up and you’ll have more energy. Let your metabolism languish under a lazy lifestyle, and you’ll kill it.

 

Here are the 10 most common ways people kill their metabolism.

 

Not getting enough sleep

If you’re not getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night, you might be killing your metabolism. Studies show that not getting enough shut-eye can lead to chemical reactions that increase fat storage and make you hungrier.

 

Eating before bed

If you snack right before bed, your body won’t deal with the excess calories—it’s busy recovering from the day. Instead, it will slow down your metabolism and save the calories as fat.

 

Carbs

Who doesn’t love carbs? They taste great, but they also cause your blood sugar to spike, which in turn increases your fat storage. It’s a chemical thing.

 

Not enough protein

Protein is important for building lean muscle mass, which burns fat, but it’s also important for your digestive system. If you’re not eating enough protein, chances are your body isn’t digesting food properly and instead is storing it as fat.

 

Sitting still

Sitting around all day—whether in the office or on the couch—puts your metabolism in a near vegetative state. And when that happens, your metabolism shuts down. Get up and move!

 

Drinking Alcohol

A cold beer might help you relax, but it stresses out your metabolism. Alcohol is high in calories and sugar, both of which confuse your metabolism and make it shut down.

 

Too many processed foods

They’re cheap, tasty and guaranteed to make your metabolism scream “No mas.”

 

Kill Your Metabolism Yo-Yo dieting

Starving yourself to lose a few pounds—and then binging. Starving yourself to lose a few pounds—and then binging again. If this is your eating cycle, your metabolism is wondering what in the world is going on—and going into survival mode, which means it’s storing calories as fat instead of burning them.

 

Cycling (and not the good kind)

Hitting the bike for 30 minutes a day is good for your metabolism. “Weight cycling” is not. If your weight goes up and down and up and down, you’re messing with your metabolism.

 

Working the night shift

Not only does the graveyard shift mess with your sleep patterns, but it kills your metabolism because you’re probably not eating a balanced diet or getting enough exercise.