The Fat Guide: What To And Not To Eat

The Fat Guide: What To And Not To Eat

While most people are allergic to the word: fat, it is something we all have to deal with when we eat food, but if you know your stuff or if you do enough research about it, you’ll know that some fat is good for your health. Now this isn’t a signal to go crazy on chips, chicken skin, pork fat and much more, you hear me? Much like anything else in this world, there are fat inside of food that can be good or bad for our health. It can get a little tricky but that shouldn’t stop you from finding and consuming the right fat in each meal or every so often, after all taking care of your health is and should be on top of mind whenever you are about to order or make some food.

Trans fat – This is one of the more natural fat options you can find in a lot of meat and dairy options, usually in rather low quantities. Now usually if you aren’t too insane with the meat and dairy, trans fat shouldn’t be too much of a concern as in low quantities or at the very least below or exactly the recommended amount a day is alright for our health, and won’t be of concern. It becomes a concern when you consume food that has the oil is artificial and goes through the process of hydrogenation.

Hydrogenated trans fat – Usually this is the type of trans fat that is called hydrogenated vegetable oil and this is the type of trans fat that is bad for our health and can be found in several types of food. The idea is it is used to make items more spreadable if you will, making items easier to market and use for consumers plus it extends the shelf life of products, so you know that can’t be natural at all. I mentioned earlier that trans fat is normally alright but when it has gone through the hydrogenation process, that’s when you should be concerned and if you consume it in high quantities, your health could be in danger as when your food diet is focused on high trans fat, you are opening the doors to a ton of heart diseases such as stroke, heart attack and much more.

Saturated fat – Perhaps one of the most debated types of fat in this whole list, as it is usually blamed for a lot of heart diseases in earlier research. This fat is often found in butter, meat, cheese and a number of other food options out there. Now the thing is research was conducted a few years back that blamed saturated fat as the villain in heart diseases as mentioned prior, however recent, I use the word recent very casually as it was done in 1970s, showing that participants who switched from saturated fat to unsaturated fat products, did not necessarily have an impact on potential heart ailments. The research continues to this day and many are saying that saturated fat is not good for our health while others claim that we should not worry about it in our food, regardless I would pretty much consume it in controlled quantities for now, if you can avoid it good but if not maybe in very limited amounts should be fine.

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It has been proven that a lot of the fatty foods we eat contribute to major health risks like stroke and heart attack.

Polyunsaturated fat – Now this is the good stuff that you want to consume if you are really into your health, which again I am hoping you should be considering you’ve read this far regarding this topic. This is the fat that you’ve heard of when you buy salmon or other fatty fish, the good fat as they call it or omega-3 or omega-6, either or you’ll want this in your food. These healthy fat options can help you be with cognitive functions and is a great skin booster as well, plus the fact that they are essential building blocks for our body should entice you in to getting a good serving of fatty fish. Also found in some vegetable oils and nuts, make sure to get a good amount into your body for proper health, however be warned that some scientists say that too much can also lead to heart problems but too much of anything can really do a number on your body so you shouldn’t be too shocked about this I suppose.

Mono-unsaturated fat – Ever notice how they say that peanuts are the ideal food? Like walnuts and stuff like that? Well that’s pretty much due to the mono-unsaturated fat that is found in them and can really help us step up our health against a ton of diseases, such as heart diseases, which no one really wants to have a problem with. What happens when you take in mono-unsaturated fat, it increases the HDL or the high-density lipoprotein, which is regarded as a good cholesterol for you heart while it lowers the LDL or low-density lipoprotein which is regarded as the bad cholesterol. Either way getting as much mono-unsaturated fat in your food and into your body will really help keep your health up from a ton of diseases so make sure to get enough quantities of this into your system.

Now that we know what is good for you and what you should avoid, I suppose now it all goes down to you. When we are serious about our health we need to watch what food we place into our bodies, this is best done by reading the label of whatever you are purchasing after all a smart consumer is a healthy consumer. By checking the labels you will know what is inside the product you just bought or are considering to buy, you’ll not only know what type of fat is inside and if it is good for your health or not, but you’ll know pretty much everything you’ll need to about that particular food product. I don’t expect you to know every single little thing about the items inside each product but maybe have a list of things that can give you a small alert in your mind every time you see it, of course you can also research items on your phone but I’d imagine that would take you forever to finish shopping, so generally just make sure to take note of the undesirables.

Overall you need to know what you can consume everyday and what you should in controlled quantities for your own health, if you are searching for good fat, which once more I am hoping after reading this article, you will be actively searching in certain food types here and again. Remember that your health is top priority and over consuming even good fat is still bad for you, everything in controlled quantities and recommended dosage is always the ideal setting for you and your health. Food options are all around us, but choices for our health is even more apparent in everything we need to do, so take the time and choose the proper fat for your body. Stay healthy!

The Dangers Of Late Night Snacking

The Dangers Of Late Night Snacking

Late night snacking, midnight munchies, or the many other names it goes by is something a lot of us are guilty of. When you don’t sleep early enough, your body tends to play tricks on you and you end up getting cravings, notice how I say cravings and not hungry, because around that time (unless you’re on the graveyard shift) you should still be full from dinner. However if you’re up awfully late and this has become a habit, you’ll notice that you tend to snack more around the later it gets, why is that? Not quite sure really, maybe it’s because you’re tired and your body just gets bored, it could be because some of the worst decisions are made at night, either or, if you really look into your pantry consumption of cookies, chips and more, you’ll realize that you tend to snack more in the evening which isn’t good for your health. While I do agree with a snack every now and again during the day for health reasons, evening or late night snack trips are a bad idea and I’ll share why.

No diet accounts for these calories – I have seen a lot of diets and while a whole lot of them account for an afternoon snack, I haven’t really seen a lot of them account for late night snack plans. There’s a good reason for that aside from the fact that the additional calories aren’t good for both your health and your waistline, there are more reasons below as to why late night snack plans aren’t a good idea.

Your metabolism best works during the day – Research has shown that our metabolism best works during the day, so in the evening it is pretty much at a more relaxed setting. Notice how most diets have a rather heavy breakfast or lunch and a rather light dinner? Well that’s because it’s not good for your health to have a super big meal for dinner, as your metabolism is on rest mode for the bulk of the evening. What more if you plan to snack late into the night? Well then you won’t be burning off a lot of the calories or fat that you’re taking in, which will end up on your stomach or other body parts. The reason we have a higher metabolism during the day is we are usually more active during the day, so our bodies have set themselves to burn and use up more energy during the day, that’s why you should not snack in the evening.

Ruins the body’s rhythm – Late night snack attacks are not something that the body is accustomed to, and again for good reason, so when you suddenly introduce some calories or extra intake during an odd hour, the body is jolted and the rhythm is thrown off. This is bad for you as rhythm is very important for the body to maintain orderly and timely processing of food intake. This is almost like when you’re used to a certain work schedule and all of a sudden at 2 AM – 4 AM you are asked to wake up and work, won’t this kind of ruin your 9 PM to 6 PM regular work day? Well you can see how it would really throw off a lot of people and quite frankly that isn’t good for your health at all.

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While late night snacking is unhealthy, junk food makes it worse.

Higher blood sugar – Now not enough research has been done by this yet but signs have been found that late night snack meals have been linked to higher blood sugar in the body, which in turn becomes a ton of chronic diseases. Ideas have stemmed that maybe it is because of the change in temperature at night, the need for less energy as mostly in the evening should be rest and much more, however it has yet to be pinpointed and confirmed if late night snack meals are the reason for higher blood sugar. I think all the same, if you care about your health, which you should, avoid that snack altogether.

Reduced glucose tolerance – Another problem to your health is the reduced glucose tolerance that occurs with late night snack ideas. It has been found that participants who had later meals usually had a lower glucose tolerance, which can lead to diabetes. This is being studied further but it is likely that the ‘internal clock’ in our bodies is the reason we cannot process the calories, sugars and fats from that late night snack. Once more diabetes has reared its ugly head, and one of the leading diseases in the US, we should take all precautions to avoid it as much as possible. By far diabetes is one of the diseases I think we should all take very seriously and should prepare our health to fight against.

Can’t burn it while asleep – Well this one should be self-explanatory for everyone. Sure it’s not like we always go to the gym or do some exercise after breakfast or lunch, but at the very least we are moving, standing and much more during the day. Ideally you’d get some gym time after that so you can burn off more calories but it’s alright not to always do it, at the very least walk around or something. However when we are asleep, we don’t really burn that much, so a late night snack will just sit and fester in our stomach, and yes I used the word fester just to really bring it to a rather glaring light at how bad late night snacking is for your health.

Hormones could be driving the cravings – As mentioned earlier, when it gets late at night, you get cravings in the evening which pretty much drives you to snack late at night, you aren’t really hungry you just want something to munch or eat. Research has shown that hormones are the ones that drive these cravings, they are the ones that pretty much puts your health on hold and wants to just eat the night away. Well there’s not much we can do about these hormones except ignore them, at least for our own health. The idea is to stop staying up too late, so you can avoid late night snack attacks or the lack of sleep, which is another reason why you are probably eating so late at night.

So these are some pretty solid reasons not to snack at night, and now you know why you should avoid it. Not only for your health, well mostly for your health, but overall if you want to lose weight, you definitely want to avoid taking a snack or a heavy meal at night. While it has been found that a snack every so often is good for you and will help stop cravings that will break potential diets, having said snack in the evening is not agreeable whatsoever. Stay with an afternoon or late morning snack if you wake up rather early in the morning, either or anything except a late night snack that will really deter your health. Stay healthy!

Why People Choose To Become Vegan

Why People Choose To Become Vegan

A lot of people can’t seem to understand, that becoming a vegan is more than just a choice of dietary needs, sometimes there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. I have my own personal reasons for choosing to become vegan, but as I mentioned, a lot of other people have made their own decisions, which could be due to the effect on the environment, their health and much more. In fact I would like to go through a list of reasons why people often decide to become vegan, right below, perhaps you’ll understand the others that have decided to go down this difficult road or maybe even decide to rethink your own consumer decisions after reading it, either way you gain a lot of knowledge about becoming a vegan and the environment just by reading this, so please keep reading.

Health – Perhaps one of the popular reasons to go vegan, a lot of people are after the many wonderful health bonuses that comes up with choosing this dietary and lifestyle path. By removing unwanted meat by products from our body, the body can really heal itself and improve its functions to the best of its abilities. Plus by taking in more vegetables and nutrients into your body, you will be able to create an environment that will allow your organs to fully function properly. This is an ideal situation and can be created from the consumption of tasty and healthy meals, while steadily keeping up a proper exercise routine as well.

Environment – The ramifications of consuming items as a vegan cannot be disputed, the effects it has on our very limited resources and environment is nothing short of amazing. When you decide not to consume meat or other animal products, the caretaking, assuming you can say that for a lot of the animals ready for slaughter, sorry I just had to say, could be reallocated for other needs. Say the gallons upon gallons of water that they allot for cows or the feeding grounds of cows, can be reserved for other needs. The acres of land reserved for raising and grazing animals, can be used to grow produce instead. The effects on our environment is staggering and should be known to all.

For the love of animals – Quite a few people, no let’s say more than a few in fact, a lot, lot, lot of people love animals and why wouldn’t you? This is one of the reasons why a lot of people decide to become a vegan or even try it, they love animals and they don’t want to bring them any harm, thus the ideal is to lead a life where you do not consume or hurt the environment so that the animals can live a peaceful and happy life. For a vegan and many others, this is a driving force why they continue to choose the vegan environment and consumer lifestyle, it really helps the slaughtering and the subjugation of many other animals to provide for us, when the land and many other options already exist for us to consume. There is no need for us to go out of our way to cause harm to other existing and conscious beings just to continue our own way of life, alright that is a very zen way of seeing things but I honestly believe that and I’m sure many others do as well.

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People’s reasons for going vegan may vary, but one sure thing it does is boost good health.

Sustainability – As mentioned earlier, choosing the vegan option is a more sustainable path as it does not take a ridiculous amount of resources to provide for the vegan environment or dietary needs. The vegetables and other foods, are easily renewable with proper care, in fact a lot of people who choose to be vegan, grow their own food. Can you imagine? Being free of the supermarket or other needs from that either cause you to pay a lot and even more, go out of your way to buy. The wonderful thing about consuming things that you grew on your own, you will be able to tell that it was done with a lot of love and less chemicals, pesticides or preservatives, which will really help your body heal itself from the years of animal products it needs to remove. Having total control of your consumption and needs is ideal, and I’ll be honest, while it is a lot of work, I would love having everything I need ready in my backyard.

Moral reasons – The use and slaughter of animals does not sit well with a lot of people, even non vegan people see ethical and moral reasons why animals ready for slaughter need to be treated humanely. In the end however, as a vegan, even if they are treated from start to end, but in the end their life will end due to being readied for consumption, which is still unacceptable. The moral concept of being raised simply to become a meal is cruel bordering on inhumane and needs to be stopped. While picketing and live lobbying is an option, I prefer to share my knowledge and hopefully get more people to become vegan or at least cut down on meat every so often, just by cutting back on chicken once a meal every week, you can save quite a few lives, think about how much you’re really changing with each decision you make on your plate.

Logic – Hear me out on this one, given all the myriad of reasons above and the combination of them, have lead quite a few people to becoming a vegan, which is pretty much the logical step. Health, morality, sustainability and much more, the logical path for both your body and the environment is vegan. In the end choosing this lifestyle will not only better your body but it will really and literally spare thousands of lives, with each dish you choose not to consume animal by products, you give another reason to release a chicken or a cow or even a pig. By not choosing to drink dairy milk, you now give the poor old cow a day or two to rest and graze like it was meant to. Becoming a vegan has so many positive effects that the logical path is to become one, sure you can test it out but if you really agree with it, the path goes that way, why fight it?

There you have it ladies and gentlemen, some of the best reasons to become a vegan and help save the environment. While there are a lot of people who still choose to consume animal by products, there is no need to worry however I do hope that reading this will convince them of skipping at least one meal of meat maybe once a week, eating meat is not needed it is a choice, and I am hoping that at least once in awhile, you make the conscious effort to avoid it, for both the environment and yourself. Stay healthy!

Binge Eating Disorder And The Dangers Of It

Binge Eating Disorder And The Dangers Of It

Eating disorders are something that quite a few people have to face against and among them there is a binge eating disorder that can be a lot of danger for people, sadly it isn’t something that gets enough coverage in my opinion. A binge eating disorder is something that is sometimes difficult to notice or identify, however it is there and the danger is real. It can occur in regular shaped men and women, it is not confined to obese individuals, so sometimes it can be mistaken for a big appetite, but let me really get into the binge eating disorder so we can properly identify and see if someone or even if you have symptoms, so you can find some help and a possible solution.

Causes for eating disorder 

Let’s start off with the possible causes of a binge eating disorder, after all if you know the danger signs, perhaps you can step up ahead of time and see if there is anything you can do about it.

Biological imbalances – Sometimes the binge eating disorder can be triggered by an imbalance in your hormones, this could lead to possible cravings and more, keep it in check by maintaining your health overall.

Psychological challenges – This is a little tricky, as the correlation between the two can be effectual and causal, the positions could exchange between depression and a binge order depression, however the danger is very much apparent. Either case, if there are psychological signs be ready that it could branch out to a binge eating disorder or vice versa.

Traumatic situations – Once more this is something that can happen to anyone, the stress of a traumatic situation can really cause a lot of fallout and one such danger is a binge eating disorder. While certain situations cannot be avoided, it is ideal to at least be prepared for possible outcomes or results that could occur.  It would be ideal to get some help when one feels as though they need it, there is no shame in getting help and I really suggest reaching out and getting the support one needs.

Signs and symptoms of a binge eating disorder

Sometimes the signs and symptoms of a binge eating disorder is difficult to find, however if you care about someone and you want to support them, please keep a look out for the following signs of danger.

Eating when full – This can be a little hard to find as over eating isn’t uncommon in most of us, however when it is a regular occurrence please start to notice it as a sign of danger, this could be the start or some early signs of a binge eating disorder.

Eating whatever is there and the inability to stop – Another symptom that can attributed to gluttony, this sign of danger for a binge eating disorder is a little easier to notice if you really pay attention.

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Constantly having a hidden stash is one symptom that should be given attention to.

Having a hidden stash – Now this is really difficult, because some people with the binge eating disorder hide their snacks really well and they are extremely careful about eating it in secrecy. The confrontation of said hidden stash is something you need to do even though it can get uncomfortable for all parties, but realizing the danger of these signs are important too.

Eating the feelings away – Whenever you are stressed or hurt, the only way that you can feel relieved is through eating something, and this should be ringing danger alarms in your head already. While it is common to munch on something or feed yourself when you feel bad, if this is the only solution you can find to relieve your feelings, this could be a binge eating disorder. Be aware of someone who is experiencing this or even if it’s you, maybe it is time to seek some help.

Sicknesses that might occur from a binge eating disorder

Let’s now move on to discuss the possible consequences that may happen due to a binge eating disorder, this way you’ll know that the danger that comes with it, is something that we shouldn’t ignore.

Cardiovascular disease – A lot of sicknesses come from obesity or binge eating, when you consume too much and don’t burn off enough, the results could be catastrophic to your cardiovascular. I am talking about heart attack, strokes and so much more. Avoid the danger and get the help needed to handle a binge eating disorder.

Diabetes – I don’t think I need to say more about this one, but a binge eating disorder can really bring up your sugar, as the body cannot process that much at once the danger is really apparent.

Hypertension – Another disease that I don’t really have to explain, a binge eating disorder can really work up your blood pressure to an insane degree, opening the door to so much more danger that it isn’t even funny how easily you can fall victim of a disease.

Gastrointestinal difficulties – The body was not built to handle multiple binge eating amounts, and such a disorder will put the body on high stress, plus it could also leave a lot of unprocessed food items to stock up in your stomach. This will lead to discomfort, pain and a lot more danger that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Depression or anxiety – As mentioned earlier this could be a symptom or a consequence of a binge eating disorder, however the case it is still something that you need to take note of as the danger is real. A lot of people who experience binge eating, end up thinking that they don’t need to be this way or it is embarrassing or a flood of other emotions, these can really stress them out and lead to anxiety or depression, which then leads to more eating and the vicious cycle continues on.

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It is important for one to realize the difference of binge eating and the bad effects it can have.

How to get help

I think if there is anything you can and should really take away from this article, please read this part. Everyone experiencing a binge eating disorder can always use help; there is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. Help should always be given to those who need it and quite frankly, professional help can really avoid the danger that can result from a binge eating disorder. It’s not easy to get or ask for help, but please take the time to support anyone with said disorder, after all you never know how deep in trouble they really are.

With that being said, quite a few people suffer from a binge eating disorder, as I mentioned the symptoms and results can be a little tricky to identify but if it is serious enough of a case, I am sure that you will be able to see it coming and perhaps avoid the danger that comes with it. Regardless if it is yourself you are looking at or a friend or family member, a binge eating disorder is nothing to laugh up or ignore, take the time to figure things out and get the necessary help that you or they deserve. Stay healthy!

5 Best Vegan Salad Dressings

5 Best Vegan Salad Dressings

Let’s face it, the salad dressing on your salad can really make or break it, it can heighten, highlight or take the taste away of whatever raw veggies or other stuff you have in the said salad and quite frankly some of them are just down right delicious. As a vegan, I have tweaked several of my favorite salad dressing from when I wasn’t a vegan, however if push comes to shove there are a ton of vegan friendly salad dressings out there and I would just like to take a few minutes to simply sing their praises. Please note that some of them are regular items that was tweaked to be vegan friendly, for personal preferences of course.

Balsamic vinegar – Oh my gosh, don’t tell me even if you aren’t a vegan, you haven’t enjoyed a wonderful salad with a salad dressing of balsamic vinegar? If you haven’t, then you are truly missing out even if you aren’t a vegan at all. This dark sour and rather pungent salad dressing can really bring out the green in your vegetables while carefully marrying the other ingredients so effortlessly. The tricky part is finding the right bottle of salad dressing for you, given so many options out there it gets a little overwhelming, but hey if you can’t find what you like, why not make a vegan friendly balsamic vinegar yourself anyhow? It’s not that hard to do and you can adjust it to suit your tastes as well, so this is without a doubt a great idea.

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Ranch dressing is one of the most common ones.

Ranch dressing – Well the tricky part here is not using regular mayonnaise but with so many substitutes out there, it is not impossible at all to make a wonderful ranch dressing that works pretty much with any salad. I like having it with some rather colorful vegetables that can really use a nice creamy touch, paired off with crunchy, leafy vegetables and I am in vegan heaven. As a salad dressing, ranch is one of the most requested even by people who are not vegan, after all most salads come with this very basic salad dressing, and we know why now.

French dressing – One of my personal favorites among all the salad dressing available out there, and I am happy to report that it is easier to turn vegan friendly than you’d think. This simple salad dressing has made it here as one of the most requested salad dressing options out there, plus making it vegan cuts back a little on the calories and other stuff you want to avoid. Works well with not only salads, but also with lightly cooked vegetables or even vegetable sticks. Kids seem to gravitate towards this option, regardless if it is vegan or not, they seem to like the tangy after taste of this salad dressing and I can’t help but agree with them.

Thousand Island – The sweeter side of the salad dressing options and once more very easy to tweak into a vegan favorite, this works well with pretty much any salad you can come up with. When you go to the market this is possibly one of the easiest salad dressing options you can find in ready made bottles, it just sings further how this is not only a favorite in the vegan world but everyone else’s go-to salad dressing, so why wouldn’t I put it on this list?

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Pesto will always be on my list of favorites.

Pesto – Now this is fairly vegan friendly even if you don’t tweak it at all, so if you need one of those ready-made salad dressing options from a market, as you don’t have time to make it, you will find some pretty much anywhere. However if you’ve made and tried fresh pesto, well there’s rarely a choice to go back, the freshness in a new batch is just amazing and I love how it is so easy to make. Pesto is a rather unique salad dressing option but still one that I highly recommend as a vegan option.

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These are some of my favorite salad dressings. Non-dairy and egg-free!
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These are some of my favorite salad dressings. Non-dairy and egg-free!

And there you have it, some of my rather favorite vegan friendly salad dressing options out there. I’m sure you can easily find them in most stores but if you have the time please make it on your own especially if you are vegan. Stay healthy!

Chocolate: Guilty No More

Chocolate: Guilty No More

Chocolate is something most of us enjoy and many refer to it as a guilty pleasure, but with good knowledge, you will know about its health benefits.

Now hold on, don’t go crazy and peel off that sugary sweet cover and go nuts on milk chocolate, the truth of the matter is that DARK chocolate is the one full of health benefits, so don’t go crazy just yet. As always over consumption is easy to do but in small and regulated amounts, it can do wonders for you.

Dark chocolate the antioxidant champion – Let’s start off with something we all pretty much know. Yes, its health benefits are closely tied with how much antioxidant is in each bite. Antioxidants are known to protect the body and help avoid a ton of harmful molecules that can really do a number on your body. So don’t feel bad when you have a mouthful of dark chocolate, the health benefits are just starting with each scrumptious bite.

Increase blood flow – Dark chocolate is known to have quite a bit of nitric oxide, which can lower the resistance of blood flow, which in turn reduces blood pressure, so consumption of these delicious treats have that added health benefits aside from sating your sweet tooth.

Increase HDL levels and lower LDL – Now let me break it down real quick before you Google the abbreviations I just mentioned, it stands for high and low density lipoprotein and HDL is the one that helps your body with health benefits while the LDL is something you really want to avoid. Well HDL helps the body but what you really want is to remove the LDL too as it often works with radicals in your body to cause a number of problems. So enjoy the dark chocolate knowing that you can get a foot up with a ton of health benefits.

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Dark chocolates are the best ones.

Better cardiovascular resistance – Given that one of the health benefits is lowering LDL will help you fight off a number of cardiovascular diseases that no one in their right mind will want to worry about anyways. So as one of the ideal health benefits, you’ll be happy to know that this is one of the more important benefits listed for dark chocolate.

Better skin – Looking for better skin? Then take a helping of dark chocolate. Studies have shown that the dark ones have some pretty great skin health benefits, by protecting it from sun damage. So assuming you will be hitting the beach perhaps it is time to snack on a little dark chocolate to avoid skin damage.

Become smarter – Well this hasn’t been proven just yet… but the studies are in progress and so far results have shown that participants who consumed some dark chocolate showed signs of better brain functions. The studies are continuing but moving forward if they do find that dark chocolate does help brain functions, you’ll want to make sure these are among the benefits that you get while getting your chocolate on.

And there we have it, some pretty awesome health benefits of dark chocolate, again mind the consumption but over all I think you should know how much to have every now and again. While the se health benefits are great, remember that each serving still comes with sugar, so don’t feel guilty with each bite but be mindful nonetheless. Stay healthy!

Review: The Vegan Nom

REVIEW: The Vegan Nom, Austin TX

Austin Texas is rich in food places every traveler (or anybody else for that matter) would definitely need to try out and enjoy. I wanted to focus on the vegan places to dine at and share them to everyone who’s interested in eating healthy on the go. I’m so excited to share with you my first eat out review!
The Vegan Nom is a taco food truck on Austin’s eastside off Cesar Chavez.  It’s mostly tacos and your Tex Mex faves like vegan chips and nachos and guacamole. You can choose from the menu or build your own taco. Everyday there’s a special “$2 Taco” and today’s was “Migas”.
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I tend to shy away from faux cheese or processed vegan foods but I was feeling adventurous and decided to try the Migas. I liked it, the tofu scramble was the right texture and the combo of cheeses, chips and bell peppers was delicious.  I think it’s a great choice for someone who is new to vegan food but willing to try something kind of familiar. The salsas provided, one green and one orange, weren’t that spicy. I also had the spinach, mushrooms and caramelized onion taco and that was definitely more my style but it was not seasoned and a little bland but I’m a fan of the use of whole foods. I wish the salsas had more flavor because that would be an easy fix.
We also tried the chips and nacho cheese. I honestly didn’t care much for it because it is served room temperature like a hummus and I prefer nacho cheese piping hot but Thomas seemed to like it.
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The grand finale and probably the highlight of the food was the dessert: vegan Twinkies!  Super sweet, oily and incredibly delicious with our coffees from Sister Coffee next door. Thomas had a Grilled Avocado Royals off of the Signature Tacos menu which he says he always gets so it must be good.
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Twinkies! I love ’em!

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I can’t say right off the bat that I am a fan of The Vegan Nom but I’ll most definitely come explore more of the menu.
Looking forward to my next eat out adventure and I surely will be sharing my review! Stay healthy!
The Best Wines For Your Waistline

The Best Wines For Your Waistline

My dear friends, if you are anything like me you enjoy a glass of wine every now and again, however drinking your calories is a good way to really let your waistline go as most of us have learned over the years. That should be a head’s in itself to watch your waistline and keep your wine drinking to a minimum or casual, however I’m happy to share with you some tips to the best wines for your waistline, after all a happy tummy is a happy you.

Check the alcohol by volume – While there is no nutritional value in most bottles of wine, actually I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one in any bottles but oh well, the alcohol by volume or the ABV tells you how much percent alcohol is in wine. The higher the alcohol by volume, the higher the potential content of calories in it which will pretty much go to your waistline, so the lower the better if you are watching your weight.

European wine is the way to go – Given the tip above, European wine usually has stricter regulations, meaning lower alcohol by volume, which in turn leads to less calories for your waistline. Unlike US brands or other countries, European wine has quite a hold and rather strict regulations regarding the produce of their bottles, so that makes it a good win for you.

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White wine is a good choice and even better when shared with friends.

White will make it right – Another simple tip to drinking wine is to drink white, as once more they tend to have less alcohol by volume and again that means less calories for the waistline. Of course on occasion red wine is alright but again it’s all about control and moderation, but if at all possible go with white wine to save your waistline the unwanted gains.

Avoid champagne – As fun as champagne is and how great it is for special occasions, if you want to keep your waistline in check, then keep the champagne as such special occasions indeed. The sugar content within a bottle of champagne is quite significant as opposed to regular wine, that is just unwanted sugar consumption, calories and much more. Stick with regular white if you want something special for the night but feel free to splurge every so often, after all every so often is alright just don’t go crazy here.

Spritzers are a viable option – I’m not saying to do this with really good, expensive wine, that would be atrocious and an insult to the makers, even if it does help your waistline. However if you are just looking for something a little special in the evening after a long day of work, make that white wine a spritzer and you’ll not only cut down the calories, you’ll enjoy the drink and still keep your stomach in reasonable proportions. That’s a pretty sweet deal if you ask me.

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Opting for spritzers won’t hurt either.

Share that bottle – When in doubt about the calories and your waistline, call in the cavalry. Enjoy the bottle with friends, a glass of wine goes a long way with good friends but if you drink a whole bottle alone, well you really get the blunt of the calories, sharing you can almost split the calories in half. Plus you get to enjoy a nice evening with your friends or family, which makes it a ton more fun.

And there we have some pretty great tips to cut down with the calories of a bottle of wine, making sure that while you enjoy your night, your waistline won’t wake up to regret it. Stay healthy!

Vegan Festivals And Events

The world is turning vegan! Well not really but at the very least it is much more vegan friendly than ever, with so many events out there, it makes you feel like my initial statement is true. Awhile back there would only be a handful of people who were taking the vegan lifestyle seriously and back then they had people looking at them as if they were crazy, nowadays however almost every other house has a vegan or two just enjoying their new found lifestyle and even restaurants have started offering vegan options, that is no simple turn of events my friends, let me tell you that. Anyways here is a quick list of some rather popular events that are vegan centered to really get your vegan on!

US – Let’s start off with what’s in our own backyard, after all if the events are within arms reach, let’s enjoy them!

Ashville Vegan Fest – Have fun in Ashville, with the Ashville Vegan Fest where you can enjoy some awesome vegan meals, get some cruelty free products and so much more.

Vegan Street Fair – When we are talking about vegan events, how can we not mention the Vegan Street Fair? Bring the entire family and enjoy the day and night, dancing, eating and drinking. The organizers promise an even better time this year than the last, so what else are you waiting for?

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The Vegan Street Fair is very much ready for 2017!

Vegan Beer Fest – The Vegan Beer Fest in California is a very well known vegan event, the beer events of all vegan beer events in my opinion. Enjoy some live music while you sample beers, wines and much more in this vegan event, for sure you’ll have the time of your life.

Vegan Faire – Located in good old Anaheim, this beer and wine celebration will really cater to vegan people and will showcase a number of unforgettable booths, workshops and so much more, make sure to clear up your entire day as you’ll be sure to spend it there.

DC Veg Fest – While not being predominantly vegan, this Veg Fest as you have it will have over 130 vendors that will really catch your eye, while you enjoy the live music, the beer and if you have your family with you, the Kid’s activity area, one of the many events that the entire family can enjoy. Keep your eyes open for multiple locations for the Veg Fest events, you’ll be glad to join pretty much most of them.

Chicago Vegan Mania – When you are in Chicago, make sure if you are attending any vegan events, this is the one you make it to. With attendance, workshops and presentations from a number of well known vegan celebrities, this event is gearing up to be a big hitter. Bring the kids too, not only will they have a lot of fun, they will enjoy the festivities as well.

Europe – By some chance you are in Europe check out these events catered to us as people who enjoy the vegan lifestyle.

Indian cuisine by Nishma of Shambhu’s – When you enjoy the vegan lifestyle, there’s a very good chance that you like Indian cuisine. If that sounds like you, then this is one of the events you should keep a look out for. The ins and outs of Indian cuisine can be tricky, but with this vegan event, you’ll definitely learn some great recipes, some awesome tips and much more.

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VegFest UK is right up this October!

VegFest Oahu – Looking for a vegan friendly event that the entire family can enjoy? Then turn to the VegFest Oahu, where you can enjoy a lot of events rolled into one happy vegan festival. Eat vegan food from local restaurants and hear some inspirational speakers talk about the environment, health and much more, definitely something you can bring the entire family to.

The Garden of Eden, Vegan Fair – Well with a name like that you can really expect some wonderful vegan events on this site, and quite frankly with some live music, vegan food and a vegan bar even, plus much more, I don’t think you will be leaving disappointed.

Vegan Cruise in France – Ah France, what could make it even more special? How about a vegan cruise, that just puts a lot of other events to shame? Well sign me up! Join the famous blogger Fat Gay Vegan, I kid you not that’s his name, and take a cruise around the lovely French countryside. Fall in love, eat well and live better, sounds like one of the great vegan events that you can join.

Mind Body Spirit Wellbeing Festival – Now that vegans are known to be very health conscious, if you want one of your events this year to be focused on yoga, meditations and life changing workshops, then you have got to join this event. Again this event is called a festival so expect some great music, exhibitors, organic food and so, so much more. A definite must for those who want to improve their overall health and mindset, plus it’s always good to let go of your wilder vegan every so often.

Mind Body Spirit Wellbeing Festival
Mind Body Spirit Wellbeing Festival is scheduled this November.

Animal Aid Christmas Fair – Indulge in some vegan friendly food, while happily going through stalls and stalls of animal-free shops. Among all the Christmas events listed here so far, Animal Aid wants to make sure while we enjoy our holidays our animal friends will be safe from any cruelty that may befall them due to our enjoyment. You can find gifts, souvenirs and mach more in the fair, you’ll love the vegan food ready for consumption as three vegan caterers will be there for this year’s event.

Gosh if I could keep going on other events that are catered to the vegan lifestyle, we’d be here for weeks at a time but for now let’s cut it off there. Both Europe and the US have some pretty great options as events goes, the only hard part is planning which one to go to. Personally there are so many that I want to attend my head is simply spinning, but that’s the great thing about being a vegan nowadays – choices, choices oh so many glorious choices. Stay healthy!

The Most Deceiving Unhealthy Foods

The Most Deceiving Unhealthy Foods

Everyone wants to be healthier, after all a healthy person is a happy person they say. With the advent of health and exercise being something that everyone is concerned with, health food is a big must for a lot of people. However companies are starting to take advantage of that and started releasing some rather unhealthy food that is marketed otherwise. At the very least they could be shown to you in a rather different light, that makes you put it in your grocery basket, but let’s take a closer look at these deceivingly unhealthy food that you really need to avoid.

Smoothies – You’d think that this is a good way to really get your needed fruits and maybe even some vegetables, but unfortunately in most cases a smoothie is something we can count on as an unhealthy food. In order to make some smoothies more palatable and a lot more salable, they add a ton of sugar that cannot be good for you, in fact some of them have so much sugar it’s like you’re drinking a milkshake, which is a large bulk of the calories you need for the entire day. I’d rather recommend you make your own healthy smoothie at home.

Sushi – I know that this is somewhat a shock for a lot of people, after all sushi is thought to be less processed and rather healthy. I wouldn’t say it’s a completely unhealthy type of food however it depends on what and where you order something. While the basic and delicious regular sushi is great, there are a lot of variations that uses a ton of mayonnaise, cheese, fried items and so much more. While this potentially unhealthy food can seem harmless as most can be eaten in a single bite, it can pile on the more you eat and the more fried items or creamy sauces are mixed in to each sushi, so just be weary and you’ll be alright.

pre-packed yogurt
Rather than pre-packed goods, go for homemade as much as possible as you would have control over the calorie and sugar intake of the food you will eat.

Turkey and veggie burger – Shocked? I’m pretty sure you are, but don’t worry not all turkey and veggie burgers are unhealthy food items, at least it depends where and what you get once more. There are products out there with a shockingly high amount of calories in each patty, let’s not forget about the toppings, fries and so on. These can really pile on and eventually you’ll be eating your intended daily calorie intake in one sitting. Take the time to read the packaging and know what you are consuming.

Pre-packed yogurt – With fruit in the bottom of the cup is rather high in sugar, almost soda can sugar high if you catch my drift. I love yogurt and fruits, but I tend to avoid the pre-packed items as I know that they add quite a bit of sugar in them, it makes it more palatable and of course it is so much easier to sell something sweet to the consumer. Make sure you avoid this unhealthy food simply by getting plain yogurt and getting fresh fruit from your local market, you’ll be fine and the freshness just brings it to another level.

Granola – Yes the go-to healthy food of a lot of people, can turn dangerously unhealthy if you aren’t careful with your proportions. Make sure to watch your intake with this as it’s so easy to overeat and if you go overboard with the mix, you’ll also be consuming too much sugar. Pre-packaged ones are even more dangerous as they usually pile on the sugar content into it to make it easier to eat for a lot of people, in the end the safest way to eat granola is to make it yourself which isn’t too terribly hard to do plus the freshness can’t be beat.

Salad – The salad option has really launched off into a diversity unseen before, when you used to go to a restaurant they would have a viand or two as appetizers, nowadays you can see an entire restaurant dedicated to salads. As healthy of a food this is, it can quickly turn unhealthy just as fast, so be weary of your salad. The calories can pack on depending on what is in your salad, plus the dressing is a big contention for calories, sugar and much more. Make sure you watch your dressing as that can really be the one that can make your salad a food that is healthy to something rather unhealthy

Sports drinks – If by some chance you think this is a healthy drink or better than juice, I’m afraid to burst your bubble. Although not really considered part of the food group, I wanted to make sure that you know that sports drinks are unhealthy for you. Once again it depends what you get but if you don’t really get into sports or exercise a lot, you are just accumulating unneeded sugar in your body, especially if this is your everyday go-to drink. So unless you’re rather active, which I hope you are, sports drinks are a no-no, in fact even if active go for water instead. It’s delicious, refreshing and has no sugar, pretty much what you want in a drink.

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It’s the dressing and the sides that add up to the unhealthiness of food sometimes.

Fat-free items – Speaking of unhealthy food, items packaged with the words: ‘fat-free’ is something a lot of us buy, but we don’t really realize that while it is fat-free, in fact in some cases, it is reduced fat only, the calories inside of that particular pre-packaged food is full of calories. Calories and fat are not the same, so marketing experts use that confusion to their advantage. Read the label and know what you are getting to make sure your healthy food stays that way and doesn’t turn into an unhealthy habit.

Trans fat free – The idea of being trans frat free is to have less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving, which pretty much allows a lot of products to get away with murder. And yes I used the word murder because it pretty much is, just because the particular food item you are looking at says trans fat, you tend to go for it, but be weary that it could still be very unhealthy for you.

Whole wheat anything – While I completely agree that whole wheat is better than processed stuff, in the end though people end up eating more of these types of food, thinking this is healthy for us but with over consumption it ends up becoming rather unhealthy. Once more take the time to really read the packaging of each type of food you buy to make sure that you are not getting an unhealthy meal packaged in a healthy masquerade.

And there we have it, some of the most deceiving food options out there, they can really catch you off guard and because of that you can end up eating more than you should or consuming more than you originally need, thinking it is healthy and sadly learning how unhealthy that meal really was. Become a smart shopper and consumer, read the labels and know what you are putting into your body, your body deserves that much care. Stay healthy!