How Eating Quality Foods Can Make All the Difference for You
How’s it coming with the holiday shopping and preparations? Hopefully you are taking time to enjoy this time of year and not getting too bogged down in the busyness of it all.
It can be so difficult during the holiday season to stay on track. We have so many social engagements, holiday parties, different events to go to, and even host some of our own. It is often a time for overindulgence, isn’t it?
Of course, it is always wonderful to have those special treats – you know, the ones we seem to save for the holidays! One of my family’s favorites is the Cranberry Bread I make.
In the past, I would just over-indulge and feel lousy about myself, feeling like I had no self-control – or my stomach would feel so bad from having over-consumed.
Many of us live by that counting calorie guide, and of course, we find ourselves way over the limit at this time of year.
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At this time of year, we are totally thinking about food. What are we going to feed our guests – what is it that I can take to my friend/relative’s house for Thanksgiving dinner.
Even though it’s that time of year that we tend to indulge ourselves, we can still add many healthy and delicious options to our menus. Of course, when it comes to eating healthy, we often think twice about buying the healthiest options at the grocery store because of the price.
Foods that help with cravings…..When you think about food cravings, typically the first thing that comes to mind would be some type of junk food – something that is high in calories, low in nutrients, processed and quite unhealthy. Is that what you tend to crave when a craving kicks in? What is your go-to craving — chocolate chip cookies? A big bowl of ice cream? For me a crave English chocolate and often lightly salted peanuts!
Can Certain Foods Make A Difference With Migraines and Headaches? It is probably not news to the majority of migraine sufferers that most of us are in some way affected by the foods we eat. It can get complicated – some foods we know are triggers for us, and yet on some – more rare – occasions, we can eat that same food with no reaction……go figure!
Foods most likely to trigger migraines (and even some types of headaches) include wheat, milk, cheese, chocolate, coffee, sugar, peanuts, pork and chemical additives and preservatives.
The good new is that some foods do not cause or irritate headaches or migraines, and some foods can even help prevent or alleviate headaches and migraines.
So here’s the deal – many adults have unknown food allergies. Did you know that a high percentage of headaches – and even migraines – involve food intolerances? You have probably experienced for yourself what many migraine sufferers have also experienced – fewer headaches after eliminating foods they hadn’t even realized they were allergic to!
Let Food Be Thy Medicine. Food has been used as medicine for thousands of years to help us with healing, repairing, and living our lives. Scientists have spent years of research so that they could isolate different components of food to try to understand their functions as well as find evidence of their medicinal properties. We now know that the micronutrients in food; vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants, are essential for keeping our bodies functioning. There is some growing evidence relating to some medical conditions that certain foods can help to alleviate symptoms and even prevent some diseases from developing.
It is quite obvious from advertisements, news reports, emails, and the Internet, that there is no shortage of nutritional information available. Unfortunately, there is more misinformation than good, solid information. How do we wade through this mountain of information and decide what is fact and what is fiction? As consumers, how are we to determine what nutritional practices are effective, and of this which are effective, how do you adopt such practices to improve and support overall health and well-being? For us to sort all this out, the easiest way is probably to start by shifting the focus of daily diet habits from restrictions of what to eat and what not to eat, to a more common-sense and lifestyle-change approach. It’s the “Fad v. Fact Diet Confusion!”