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The "Dunkin’ Donuts" Diet – Can You Really Lose Weight Eating Donuts?

It may seem completely unbelievable; but the truth is: Food does not make you fat. Of course we’ve all been told that eating fat makes you fat, or eating sugar makes you fat; but this simply isn’t true – and, at some level, you already know this to be the case. I’ve actually proposed a book called, “The Dunkin’ Donuts Diet,” in which I outline many of the points I’ve been talking about for a number of years – including the fact that I lost 55-pounds without giving up one of my favorite treats: Dunkin’ Donuts. But I’ll give you the secrets right now – in condensed form.

For starters, everything you eat is made of molecules; and molecules are made of atoms. All your body needs in order to manufacture fat is Hydrogen, Carbon, Oxygen, and a reason to make fat. Fats are Hydrocarbons; and the materials for these are readily available in practically any diet. Your body breaks down the foods you eat and then uses the materials it needs (or thinks it needs) in the way it thinks it needs to. A fit person eats a box of donuts and has one outcome; while an unfit person eats the same donuts and gains weight, for example. We’ve all seen this happen. But why does it happen?

Stress is the main reason people get fat; in fact, it’s really the only reason. For those of you, who think you need to consume fat in order to be fat, consider ice cream, butter, and steaks marbled with fat. You believe that you must eat things like this in order to get fat; but the fat in the steak, as well as the milk-fat in the butter and ice cream, were manufactured by a cow that lived on a diet of grass and water – not steak and ice cream. The same is true of the largest mammals on the planet. While some gorillas are meat eaters, they primarily eat a vegetarian diet; and gorillas are very big and very strong. There’s much more to the story of fat than just the food we eat.

What you believe about your body, and about the food you eat, has much more to do with the way your body processes and stores that food. If you see yourself as fat, or if you see food as a threatening thing that could make you fat, then there’s a good chance you’ll be fat no matter what you eat. How’s this work? Well, Cortisol – which is a stress hormone – is the chemical that helps your body convert undigested food into fat for storage. Whenever you are stressed, your body slows or stops digestion and produces chemicals – like Cortisol – to deal with the undigested food, and to store it in a form that will be usable later in case you need it.

The production of fat serves several other purposes, as well. Stress implies a potential threat; and the production of fat provides a layer of protection between you and your enemies – making you look bigger, or less attractive to them. Fat also insulates you from the elements and protects you from falls and other impacts. When your body is threatened – even if the threat is only in your mind – stress is the natural response. And producing fat provides a solution to several threats all at once – as well as dealing with the undigested food that you are carrying in your digestive system.

If you think food makes you fat, it probably will. There is a biblical saying, “As a man thinketh, so it is done unto him,” that speaks to this phenomenon; and industrialist Henry Ford echoed the same sentiment when he said, “If you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right either way.” What you think about will happen – in one way or another – so don’t make an enemy out of food. Visualize yourself as healthy and fit; and come to terms with food – it is an experience to be enjoyed, not feared or overindulged. There’s nothing wrong with eating a donut, in other words, unless you think there is.

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Why Popular Acne Treatments Don’t Work, And Why Diet Does

What is the best way to get rid of acne?

No, it’s not Accutane, it’s not Proactiv, it’s not Retin-A. It’s not Cetaphil, either.

These treatments only attack the symptoms of acne, and completely ignore the true causes of acne.

The result?

1) Your acne might go away temporarily, but it will likely come back if you stop using the treatment

2) You’ll get side effects… dry, itchy, irritated skin, headaches, fatigue, and worse…

We need a new approach. The magic answer? Diet.

Quite simply, we create our skin health by what we put in our mouths. If we eat crap, our skin will look like crap, unless we’ve got perfect genes, which most of us (including your author) don’t.

In fact, I have to be extremely careful about what I eat, or I break out.

The problem is, we can’t just hope to “eat healthy” (whatever that means) and expect to get rid of our acne. It’s more complicated than that.

That’s because the “popular wisdom” about what constitutes a healthy diet is almost completely wrong.

Think about this: if popular wisdom about diet was correct, why do 60 million adult Americans have acne? Why are acne rates steadily rising, when they should be falling as our knowledge of health and diet grows over time?

Again, it’s because the popular wisdom about diet is wrong.

For example, take saturated fat. Saturated fat is NOT bad for you, and it does NOT cause heart disease, contrary to what almost everyone, including most doctors and the American Heart Association, will tell you. To prove this, I went to http://www.pubmed.gov, the federal government’s national science research database, and searched “saturated fat cardiovascular disease meta-analysis”. What I found stunned me:

“CONCLUSIONS: A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD.”

That’s amazing! This paper reviewed 21 studies, following 347,747 people in total. And what did they find? “Intake of saturated fat was not associated with an increased risk of CHD, stroke, or CVD.”

D’oh!

Now, this article is not about saturated fat, and it’s not about heart disease. It’s about acne.

More than that, though, it’s about why you should be EXTREMELY skeptical of popular wisdom about diet.

The popular wisdom about diet and acne is that, well, either diet has little to no effect on acne, or that simply by avoiding “greasy foods,” your skin will remain clear. I know from personal experimentation and reading many studies that this is patently false.

For instance: dairy. Eating dairy is almost guaranteed to give you acne, if you’re acne-prone like I am. Ultra-pasteurized, homogenized, feedlot-produced dairy is the worst kind. Why is dairy so bad for acne? Well, quite simply, it spikes your levels of the hormone insulin, which makes acne worse by:

1) preventing your dead skin cells from sloughing off properly, so they bunch up inside your pores and clog them

2) making your skin cells divide too fast, compounding the problem and clogging your pores

3) making your skin produce too much sebum, again clogging your pores

Furthermore, dairy is a highly inflammatory food, meaning that it kicks your immune system into high gear for no good reason. That means clogged pores will become large, red, painful, swollen, inflamed bumps. And that, as I’m sure you know, is the worst kind of acne to have.

There are other common “health” foods that can make acne worse too — whole grains, legumes, vegetable oil (e.g. canola oil), and fruit juice come to mind — and only by learning about all these foods can you finally get rid of your acne for good.

That’s my mission. Helping you get rid of your acne for good. No, it’s not easy. Yes, it takes work. No, it will not happen overnight. Yes, it will be difficult.

But as has often been said, everything worth having is worth working hard for.

I have a real sense of accomplishment now that I’ve cured my acne. It took a lot of hard work, learning, and effort, but it paid off in spades. I’m now looking the best I ever have.

It’s time for you to do the same!

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What Are the BRAT and CRAM Gastrointestinal Upset Diets?

The BRAT and CRAM gastrointestinal diets are often recommended by physicians for gastroenteritis and/or severe diarrhea.

The BRAT Acronym stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast.

The CRAM Acronym stands for Cereals, Rice and Milk.

When a person is suffering from severe dehydration caused by diarrhea and/or vomiting, it is essential to replace the loss of body fluids. Years ago, doctor’s recommended the BRAT diet for several days until the gastroenteritis subsided, but now that diet has been replaced with the CRAM diet because it contains more protein and fat content than the BRAT diet.

Symptoms of dehydration include but are not limited to: dry mouth, lack of urination, dark urine, headache, rapid heart rate, dry skin, skin flushing, fatigue, fever, chills, extreme thirst and muscle spasms.

It is also important to start oral re-hydration therapy as soon as vomiting subsides and the patient can tolerate the intake of fluids. It is highly recommended that the patient start with caffeine-free soft drinks, low acidic juices and soup broths to help replace the fluid loss. These beverages are usually recommended for 24-48 hours.

Here is a suggested list of food and beverages to try:

plain oatmeal

rice cereals

toast

cream of wheat

pudding

gelatins (jello)

chicken or beef broth

gingerale

caffeine-free cola

water

Italian ice’s

popsicles (fruit juice or rootbeer flavors)

bananas

plain rice

applesauce

yogurts

If your symptoms persist for more than 24 hours or if they are accompanied by abdominal pain, blood in your emesis, blood in your stools or a fever over 101 degrees, it is time for you to call your Physician or visit your local hospital or health clinic.

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Lentils Health Benefits – Nutritional Facts of Masoor Dal

Lentils are an integral part of the daily diet in India. Rich in proteins, lentils have an earthy, nutty flavor and come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. From the south Indian staple Tuvar dal to the ‘very lite to digest’ Moong dal, to the ‘packed with power’ Chana dal, to the oft fermented Urad dal, and on to the ‘vegetarians delight’ Masoor dal; they all have their pride of place in the Indian kitchen. It is now a scientifically proven fact that eating nutrient-rich lentils can curtail several kinds of medical problems.

Compared to other legumes like Rajma, Cowpeas, Black Beans, etc., lentils have a shorter cooking time, and they don’t require to be soaked. Lentils are thus very easy to cook and a perfect addition to all meals.

Masoor dal or Red lentil is a vegetarian’s delight. Its color and flavor make it one of the tastiest lentils. It is extensively used in Ayurveda as it has several medicinal properties. Rich in antioxidants it is anti cancerous and good for anemic people. Apart from this roasted powder makes an excellent face and body scrub.

Power to lentils:

Lentils, come from the legume family and are packed with nutrition. Protein dense lentils have numerous health benefits. Not only packed with dietary fiber, folate and iron they are full of calcium, potassium, zinc, several vitamins, and niacin. Listed below are the full health benefits of lentils which will make you reach for your daily fix of dal.

Lean protein: For vegetarians, lentils are the third major source of proteins after soybeans and hemp. A cup of cooked lentils gives about 18 grams of protein. What is wonderful is that this is lean protein without any cholesterol or saturated fat. Though they do not contain all the amino acids combining them with rice or wheat provides the complete range of proteins.

Complex carbohydrates: Lentils contain a high amount of complex carbohydrates which burn slowly so that you feel fuller for longer.

Balances blood sugar: Presence of soluble fiber and manganese helps in stabilizing and balancing blood sugar levels.

Decreases blood pressure: Some good news for people with high blood pressure! The potassium, calcium, and manganese present in lentils help in lowering blood pressure.

Monitors digestive disorders: Lentils have a high amount of insoluble fiber which is great for reducing digestive disorders like constipation, flatulence, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Reduces cholesterol: Regular intake of lentils reduces arterial and blood cholesterol thereby reducing the risk of stroke and keeping your heart healthy.

Fights obesity: Full of fiber, proteins and several minerals, lentils act as a bulking agent, keeping hunger pangs at bay. They are very low in calories thus helping in weight management.

Provides energy: Lentils are full of iron and provide you with instant energy to keep you going. Eating lentils is a great way to fight fatigue, especially for women.

Fights cancer: Selenium present in lentils fights inflammation thus reducing tumors. It stimulates the production of cancer-killing cells in the body as well as helps the liver detoxify cancer causing elements. The fibers in lentils also lower the risk of colon cancer. Regular consumption of lentils also keeps breast cancer at bay.

For Healthy Pregnancy: The folate in lentils prevents congenital disabilities as well as provides folic acid for women to help them carry their babies to term.

Lentils are Good! Good! Good!

1 cup of cooked lentils provides –

0.90 percent folate

0.49 percent manganese

0.37 percent iron

0 36 percent phosphorus

0.22 percent thiamin

0.21 percent potassium

0.18 percent vitamin B6

Apart from several trace elements like selenium, riboflavin, niacin, zinc, copper, etc.

Masoor dal or red lentil is a vegetarian’s delight. Its color and flavor make it one of the tastiest lentils. It is extensively used in Ayurveda as it has several medicinal properties. Rich in antioxidants it is anti cancerous and healthy for anemia. Apart from this roasted powder of masoor dal makes a great face and body scrub.

When buying lentils make sure, you pick up an organically grown pack to ensure that you have all the goodness of lentils without the side effects of harmful pesticides.

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The Relationship Between Nutrition And Weight Loss

It’s no secret that what we choose to put in our bodies has a profound impact on what happens on the outside of our bodies, as well as impacting our overall health. Poor nutrition has been inexorably linked to everything from obesity to cancer. So when it comes to shedding those extra pounds, it’s no surprise that nutrition and weight loss go hand in hand.

The relationship between nutrition and weight loss exists because of the primary role that food plays in weight control. In order to lose weight you must reduce caloric intake and increase physical activity. A balance must be achieved between these two components in order to achieve a healthy weight. And in order to find the balance that’s right for you it’s important to evaluate how nutrition and weight loss affects you personally.

Many people – when they take an objective look at their food choices throughout the day – will be surprised by how poor their diet really is; a day spent skipping breakfast, nibbling chips and sweets, downing coffee to stay awake, and gorging themselves at night. It’s a cycle with which we are all, unfortunately, familiar. Staying in this unhealthy pattern will slow metabolism, deplete us of energy, and cause our bodies to store excess fat. In order to establish a positive relationship between nutrition and weight loss, it is imperative to make some critical lifestyle changes.

Nutrition and weight loss begins with making different choices when it comes to food. First and foremost, skipping any meal in the hope of weight loss is not only unhealthy – it also doesn’t work. In order to keep the body’s metabolism at a consistent pace – that which burns calories throughout the day – you must give it something to burn. By eating a healthy breakfast, we jumpstart our metabolism for the day. That is also why most experts recommend eating small meals frequently throughout the day – to keep our metabolism burning at the optimum rate.

But it is also just as important what and how much food we put in our mouths. In order for nutrition and weight loss to have the symbiotic relationship it is meant to have in order to optimize health, it is imperative to focus our meals and snacks around whole, natural foods. Choose fresh fruits, green, leafy vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Avoid fried and processed foods. And keep your portion sizes reasonable.

Nutrition and weight loss is inseparable. In order to achieve your optimum weight, you must turn a critical eye on the foods you are eating. Make some better choices and big changes, and you will soon find that you feel – and look – better than ever!

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What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Grass-Fed Beef?

There is now an ongoing, and may I add quite intense debate concerning the advantages of grass-fed beef versus grain fed beef. As with any arguments that becomes so emotionally charged, there are quite a few claims and misinformation that goes into either argument. This short article will attempt to only touch on some of the issues, but will take out the “meat politics” that goes into the argument.

First, a couple of definitions are in order. Grass-fed beef, we will refer to here, is beef that is entirely fed on grass throughout the animal’s life. Grain fed beef does not mean that it was fed on grain throughout its life. For most of its existence it has been fed grass, and then just prior to slaughter the cattle were “finished” on grain. Many nutritionists and organic farmers have shed a bad light on this method, saying that it compromises the nutritional value of the beef.

So let us take a look at the two using price, taste and nutrition as the three basis of comparison:

1. Price. As the argument for grass-fed beef has gained momentum, to answer this demand we are seeing more grass-fed meats showing up in markets. The first thing you’ll notice is the higher price. The reason for this is pretty simple: grain feeding gives the cattle much more bulk, and as a result brings the cost per pound down. This is reflected by lower costs in the store.

2. Taste. Just looking at grass-fed beef as compared to grain fed in the market there will be a noticeable difference. Grass-fed will be much darker, and this is due to the fact that it won’t have the fat marbling you will see in high-grade grain fed meat. By feeding the cattle grain prior to slaughter the cattle will not only add pounds at a faster rate but will add fat. This will give this beef a much richer taste.

3. Nutrition. This is the area where proponents of grass-fed beef will make their case. They will point out the facts that they are lower in calories, have more vitamin A and E, plus have a higher level of antioxidants. You also hear how this beef contains healthy omega-3 fats. While this may be true, the amount of omega-3 fats in beef compared to, let’s say salmon is negligible.

The savings in calories however is noteworthy. If you ate 67 pounds of beef per year, which is the average per person in the United States, by switching completely to grass-fed beef you could save over 16,000 calorie per year. That does translate into quite a few pounds, and if you’re trying to control your weight you would be wise to eat a lot less of those tasty, marbleized steaks.

The debate will go on concerning this issue. And we haven’t even gotten into the antibiotics question, and there’s a lot there. But considering the fact that each side has an argument, and then throw in all the environmental issues (such as do we have enough grasslands to support grass-fed beef only) we will probably always be offered choices. It will be up to us individually to determine what is best for us.

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Natural Cures for Prostate Cancer – Just Go for It

Prostate cancer is treated in many ways. Hormone therapy, surgical removal of the gland and radiation therapy are just a few of the options available. Treatments like these are commonly resulting in various side effects as well. Some side effects are mild and short-term but some also are permanent and irreversible.

Alternative treatments for prostate cancer are also available and all are natural cures. From the cost viewpoint to effectiveness to less risky side effects, these are just some of the benefits gained from natural treatment of prostate cancer. Undergoing this treatment involves a change in one’s nutritional diet, supplementation and herbal remedies. Under the guidance of a nutritionist and discipline of one’s body, better health is coming your way.

Advice for Natural Cures for Prostate Cancer:

Following a nutritionist’s advice is essential in taking the first step in undergoing natural healing process. One has to change his diet in order to have proper nutrition. Practicing healthy living through balanced diet and proper nutrition is believed to make your immune system stronger and thus hinders the growth of cancer cells. Having poor nutrition, on the other hand, will only enhance or facilitate cancer cell development.

There are several food groups that mainly consist a prostate cancer patient’s diet. Fruits and vegetables are vital components of the balanced diet. As well as good sources of omega 3 fatty acids from cold-water fish like tuna, mackerel and salmon. Using olive oils instead of conventional oils in your diet provides cholesterol free healthy fat.

Daily supplements prove to be one of the natural cures for prostate cancer patients. Some known healthy supplements are green tea, selenium, melatonin, lycopene, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E and folic acid. Altogether, they aid the patient’s system to make sure that the body is absorbing all essential nutrients.

Medications for Natural Cures for Prostate Cancer:

Herbal medicines are proven to be the most natural among treatment. The most popular claim of healing is serenoa repens, commonly known as saw palmetto. This herb works by preventing testosterone from breaking down in another form of the hormone associated with prostate tissue growth.

Surely herbal medicine is proven safe and effective but you still need to make sure that you are getting the right concentration of the herb associated with healing. Other herbs taken in may inhibit the saw palmetto’s positive effect that is why it is better to be aware of what you take in and have your nutritionist’s approval first.

Natural cures for prostate cancer [http://www.prostatecancertreatmenthelp.com/Prostate_Cancer_New_Treatment/] will take some time to show significant improvement in one’s health. Depending on the severity of one’s condition, several months have to be pondered before seeing any significant healing. For a more secure assurance, medical tests conducted regularly have to be part of your healing process too. It is necessary to check for any changes in your condition in order to have the necessary preparations of more aggressive procedures, if the needed.

Natural cures are taken in hoping for better health and recovery from the condition, it usually takes longer than other conventional ways of treatment. Proper nutrition, suitable supplementation, combined with a balanced way of living through exercise will surely bring you a better prostate health in the future.

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Solve Your Eye Vision Problem With Zeaxanthin For Macular Degeneration

Zeaxanthin for macular degeneration is one side of the story. The other side rests with another nutrition called lutein. Both are complimentary to each other and it is better to pay attention to both. However I will strongly recommend for a holistic approach to age related macular degeneration AMD.

Both zeaxanthin and lutein are present in our eyes. The UV rays in the son have the danger to affect our eye vision. Hence nature has provided these two pigments in our eyes. While zeaxanthin is in the eyes, lutein is not only in the eyes but in the entire skin of our body to protect from UV rays.

Apart from the fact that they are pigments, they are great antioxidants. That is why both lutein and zeaxanthin for macular degeneration are seen as solution. When we become older or due to many reason the cells in our body become weak. When they are weak they cannot carry this pigment and maintain their potency. In such cases their quantum is depleted and they lose their potency.

You should know that there are two types of AMD. One is dry. It is a slow process. The moment you have blurred eye vision you should consult ophthalmologist. Also you should ensure to take this nutrition. In case you do not take care of this, the result will be the wet AMD. In this case abnormal blood vessels will grow in the macula region and it will spread faster and irreversible. This is highly dangerous.

Take vegetables like broccoli, lettuce, carrot, tomato, potato, marigold, spinach, corn, papaya etc. They have good amount of both lutein and zeaxanthin for macular degeneration. However their quantum varies in these sources. The ideal would be to go in for natural nutrition supplement.

I will recommend you a fantastic natural nutrition supplement that comes out of New Zealand. It has more than 70 natural herbs and salts in ideal proportion. This has both lutein and zeaxanthin for macular degeneration derived from marigold. This comes with enteric coated technology produced in high GMP conditions. Visit my website and I am sure you will find that one to solve your problem of macular degeneration.

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Diet With Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a medical condition that affects your thyroid gland. Basically it stops producing the hormones that it is supposed to; hormones that have vital functions in your body. The disease is treatable but requires some dieting to help the healing process. There is a specific diet with hypothyroidism that can help out with the condition and improve your health. The diet is more like a set of guidelines so here are some tips and tricks:

What You Shouldn’t Eat

Although the diet with hypothyroidism is very permissive as long as you don’t go to extremes, there are some food types you should avoid eating as much as possible.

Gluten is an absolute no. Gluten has a chemical composition which is nearly identical to your thyroidal tissue. This usually causes your body to trigger a damaging autoimmune attack against your gland which nearly always makes the illness worse.

What You Should Eat

There are a number of food types which you should include in your diet with hypothyroidism. These types of food have different beneficial roles that help speed up the recovery time.

Back Walnuts are a must in your diet. These contain a very high iodine concentration. Iodine is very helpful for your thyroid gland as it facilitates its activity and furthermore, stimulates it.

The reason black walnuts are so good is the iodine concentration. However there are also other food types which have a high Iodine concentration like: bananas, seafood and eggs.

Hormones need plenty of fats in order to move around your body effectively. However not all fats are good at this. Try adding healthy organic fats in your diet. Fish are an excellent source of healthy fat. Organic meat, eggs, milk and coconut oil also provide a high fat intake.

Besides fats, hormones need proteins in order to get transported in your body. If the fats were the road, the proteins are the vehicles that move hormones around. Eat high protein food like: eggs, meat, fish and nuts.

Besides what you should eat, is the matter of what you should drink? There are little things that can make the situation worse, but there is a way to improve it. The answer is an herb called Nettle. Having some Nettle tea each day should be a part of your diet. The tea has an amazing effect on your thyroid gland.

By following these guidelines listed above, you should be able to help the healing process.

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Fast Food Nutrition: An Oxymoron?

As many people do, I find that in my busy schedule I do not have time to prepare my own meals, so incidentally I eat out quite a bit. Sometimes I will sit down and eat, but for the most part I find myself going through the drive through, and eating in my car to save on time. When eating fast food you will find that it can be difficult when you are trying to make an attempt to eat somewhat healthy. In most places, you will find that the nutritional information of the food you are eating is not available at all. When I go to get a burger, I will always know the caloric content of my meal when I look at the nutrition menu.

Being a person who likes to know what they are getting, and what exactly they are putting into their body, the availability of this kind of information is very important to me. In order to maintain a healthy weight, you have to regulate the amount of calories you are taking, and how much energy you are burning off. When not eating food you have prepared yourself, it is difficult, sometimes even impossible to be conscious of how much you are consuming, calorie wise. When I look at the nutrition guide, I am able to know how much I am taking in. And when I know how much I am taking in, I am able to calculate my caloric needs, and therefore keep my body in a healthier state.

For some, the thought of a nutrition guide for any fast food is laughable. But, if you take the time to consider what goes into each meal, you can make better choices when you do need to eat fast food. And there are healthy versions available, provided you take the time to look.

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