GOING GLUTEN-FREE

Gluten is a particular kind of protein that is not found in eggs or meat but is in barley, rye, wheat and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for those who have celiac disease, a condition that causes inflammation in the small intestines, or gluten allergies.  Symptoms of celiac disease include anemia, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, headaches, skin rashes, joint pain and fatigue.

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A DIET FOR HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS

Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-fat and/or sweet laden.  Consuming such a diet often leads to poor health and weight gain. It is not surprising that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. A number of diseases, including pre-diabetes, diabetes, stroke and depression, are linked to how we eat .....

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ANTIBIOTICS IN OUR FOOD

Just what is in the food we eat? Considering the food chain, did you know adding antibiotics to food dates back to the 1940s? Antibiotic use has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases, yet there is a downside to this practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others encourage health care professionals and patients to use antibiotics more wisely and seek education and understanding about both the risks and benefits of using them.

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The best way to provide this energy is through nutritious foods such as whole-grain bread, whole-grain breakfast cereals and fruit or low-fat milk.


The aim is to start your day with a breakfast featuring foods that are low glycemic, nutrient dense and high in dietary fiber. Your meal should also include protein. Some examples of healthy breakfast options include:


•  a bowl of whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk and sliced fresh fruit such as banana;

•  a smoothie made from fresh fruit and yogurt;

•  a whole-wheat muffin with low-fat cheese, baked beans or avocado; and

•  eggs on wholegrain toast with lettuce, tomato and onion.

Breakfast, the first meal of the day, is also the most important meal of the day. It helps provide an initial boost of energy. A systematic review concluded eating breakfast is associated with a reduced risk of becoming overweight or obese and a reduction in the body mass index of children and adolescents.


Let breakfast rule your life. Keep these strategies in mind as you get ready to start your day.


Rule 1:

Eat breakfast daily. Skipping breakfast can have a negative impact on the rest of your day. You won’t have the energy you need to get going and keep going if you forgo breakfast.


Rule 2:

Have a nutrient-dense meal. There is a difference between energy-dense and nutrient-dense meals. Energy-dense meals are mostly carbohydrate based. Nutrient-dense meals have micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fats) and water. This will provide a variety of beneficial properties to your meal.


Rule 3:

Remember your vegetables and protein when preparing breakfast.

BREAKFAST RULES

CANDIDA KHAN

Candida Khan is a Staff Writer for Health and Wellness Magazine

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It is important to start your day by nourishing your body with foods from the staples (carbohydrates), protein and vegetable (dietary fiber) groups. Aim to include a variety of items from the different food groups.


Rule 4:

Eat within an hour of waking. This allows your body to change from a fasting to a fed state and reduces risks associated with prolonged fasting.


Here are some more benefits of eating breakfast:


•  helps you maintain a healthy weight;

•  provides energy;

•  provides essential nutrients such as dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals; and

•  improves alertness and mood.


Eating breakfast has been found to improve literacy and cognitive functioning, especially in school children. When you skip breakfast, you will feel tired, and that can affect your concentration. Your brain needs energy in the form of glucose.