Health, Living & Lifestyle

The Best Natural Sweeteners (Including Sugar!)

You might be horrified to find out that the average American consumes approximately 66 pounds of added sugar a year! This translates into a whopping 19.5 teaspoons or 82 grams of sugar every day! And it seems that the consumption of refined sugar is increasing every year. But that’s not all that’s on the rise. So is the rate at which we consume artificial sweeteners. They seem to be everywhere, and not just in so-called ‘diet’ products either. Although the safety of some artificial sweeteners has been debated for many years, the FDA technically classifies them as ‘safe’ for [...]

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7 Quick Tips for Vegetarian Health

Being a vegetarian is often a choice people make for a more healthy and ethical lifestyle. Following a vegetarian diet can be nutritionally superior to the other way of eating. It can also be one of the healthiest ways to eat. Plants are full of nutrients, which protect our health. But there are several things to consider in a vegetarian diet and the most important, is the amount of nutrients you are getting from your diet. Of course, a healthy diet has the same basis for everyone. With a well-balanced diet, you can improve your health and your waistline. [...]

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A Diabetic’s Cup of Tea (Or Coffee)

In order to understand the effects of tea and coffee on a person with diabetes, we need to know what Diabetes is. A common misconception that a diabetic person consumes too much sugar, is pure myth, as this is not the case.   What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a disease, where the body is unable to produce, or respond to insulin. Due to this, the ability to metabolize sugar, and carbohydrates, becomes problematic. The purpose of insulin is to lower blood sugar.   When insulin is not being produced, it results in elevated blood sugar/glucose readings.  The most common is Type 1, [...]

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When It’s Okay to Buy Non-Organic

Organic or not, we all know food is just not what it used to be. Our great grandparents used to eat vegetables that had been grown in small farms and came home from the shop in a wicker basket or paper bags. The fruit and vegetables that were available were in season, and the meat didn’t have antibiotics in it. Most of the foods we eat now are full of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and herbicides.  The meat has growth hormones and antibiotics, and none of these foods have the same level of vitamin, minerals, and nutrients that fresh produce [...]

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should we be eating less meat: pbfy blog

Should We Be Eating Less Meat?

For many of us, eating meat is something we do without any thought or consideration. Eating breakfast, grabbing lunch on the go at work and coming home to throwing something together and sticking it in the oven, are all actions we do without really considering the amount of meat that is in those ingredients. Of course we tend to think about whether our food is healthy, we might choose the chicken salad at lunchtime rather than a wrap and we’ll more than likely add vegetables to our evening meals, but the amount of meat we consume tends to usually [...]

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Exercising to Reduce Stress

We all suffer from stress occasionally, most days bring a few moments of stress such as being stuck in traffic and knowing you’re going to be late for work or getting behind on a project but it’s quite normal for these situations to present themselves and then pass. Of course sometimes stress can build up to the point where you struggle to cope and everything becomes too much. Sometimes our stress levels can peak without us really even noticing, but our bodies always find ways of letting us know when something isn’t quite right. Many people assume that stress [...]

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How to Plan a Stay-cation

Sometimes we fancy a holiday, and sometimes we can’t have one because, well, we just can’t afford it. As depressing as it can feel when there’s holiday adverts everywhere, and your friends and family are talking about where they’re flying off to next month or next year, there are ways to give yourself a little vacation without denting your bank balance or taking out a small loan.  The stay-cation is the next best thing. No, you’re not actually going to be going anywhere, but you get the advantages of a holiday without having to pack, pay an expensive taxi to [...]

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