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4 Things to Get Rid Off for a Better Health

Getting rid of our unhealthy habits for a better health is really tricky and difficult, especially if we are committing most of these bad habits intrinsically.

To help you identify the bad habits you need to let go, we’ve listed some common and destructive habits that might left unnoticed. So you better check them yourself if you are actually doing them. Then find a way to remove these stuff in your life. And what is a better way to kick off a new year than to get rid off of those bad habits? So here’s a list of stuff to let go to start the year right:

4 Things To Get Rid Off For a Better Health

1. Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are our number one enemy in losing weight and healthy lifestyle. These artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame and sucralose not only causes our body to store fat and increase our insulin level, but it also increases our risks in heart attacks, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Recommendation: It would be best to stay away from artificial sweeteners. Go for natural sweeteners like stevia and xylitol where it lets you indulge with your sweet cravings without worrying about spiking up your sugar. For fruit intake, consume moderately, especially the high-glycemic ones. We recommend eating more of low-glycemic ones like blueberries. Another thing is to never drink the fruit in its juice form so you can also enjoy its high fiber content.

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2. Plastic Food Containers and Bottles
Getting rid of those harmful plastic food containers is a big step in reducing your exposure to endocrine and hormone-disrupting chemicals like Bisphenol-A (BPA), bisphenol- S (BPS), and Phthalates.

The heat, wearing, and tearing of the plastic containers through multiple washing increases the risks in harmful chemicals being leached from these containers. You can read more about its harmful effects here.

Recommendation: It would be best to fully avoid plastic containers and replace it with glass bottles and containers. If not, your second bet is to switch to “BPA-free containers”.

3. Commercial Cleaning Products
Those commercial cleaning products that contain “tongue-twisting ingredients” is dangerous to your health. Start switching your cleaning products with simpler, basic, and natural ones like:

  • Baking Soda
  • White Vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Mixing bowls
  • Liquid castile soap
  • Spray bottles
  • Lemon juice
  • Organic essential oils
  • Microfiber cloths

4. Electronic Devices
Electronic devices distract you from concentrating on your health and well-being, making you more prone into binge-eating and over-eating. The best way to focus on your health is to stay away from electronic devices during eating and sleeping time. Sit and enjoy chewing your food, relish the feeling of those healthy foods and you will find yourself eating more healthy foods and controlling your food portions. Staying away from electronic devices will also help improve your sleep.

Year 2016 is an opportunity to be better so don’t waste this opportunity to make a change and influence others. Most of these habits that we need to let go can be hard at first but with self-control and determination, we can actually do it. All we need is one step forward, one by one, small steps or big ones, we can definitely get there! – Healthy lifestyle and healthy weight.

Did You Know that Stress can Result to Gastro Distress and Other Mental Health?

Anxiety, Depression are the most common mental health problems in the country. It is often experienced when we’re undergoing some physical or emotional changes in our life. But did you know that these mental disorders are not only triggered from the external environment?

How Stress Affects Your Gut Feeling and Mental HealthOften times, mental health problems are triggered inside our body especially in our gastrointestinal tract. Yes, you read it right. Our digestive system is very sensitive to our emotion.

Gastrointestinal distress send signals to our brain that eventually triggers mental health problems.

Gastrointestinal Distress and Disorders

Our gut is also known as our second brain or our “Enteric Nervous System“. Our digestive system homes 100 million neurons and trillions of good bacteria that process our foods, transport our nutrients and promote our mental and emotional well-being.

Whenever we’re feeling under stress, it increases our cortisol levels and attacks our gastro-intestinal tract. The harmful bacteria gum up all the work and overpower our good bacteria. This contributes into experiencing health issues such as heartburn, loose stools, IBS, and inflammation.

These digestive disorders will send signals and chemical messages to our brain and affects our mood and emotions. These psychological factors contribute to developing mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

Foods to Eat for a Healthy Gut

If you are experiencing specific digestive health problems that hinders your fast metabolism diet plan and weight loss goals, here are the type of foods you can eat more to alleviate the pain you’re experiencing from these digestive disorders.

Cruciferous Veggies – green veggies such as broccoli, kale, cabbage and cauliflower contain glucosinolates that reduce inflammation and risk of bladder, breast, colon, and stomach cancer.

Kombucha tea – this is a great pre-biotic tea that helps feed your gut with good flora and corrects the imbalances. We recommend to only drink the unsweetened one.

Artichokes – it is rich with Inulin that helps produce more good bacteria in your gut. It also increases the potency of the probiotic products you’re taking.

Remember, a healthy gut and tummy will promote healthy digestion and keeps your metabolism on fire. Take good care of your tummy to promote a healthy mental health and overall well-being!

Learning The Truth Behind Food Labels

One of the most remarkable transformations that the fast metabolism program has brought to us is we become smart and picky eaters. We become educated in identifying healthy foods from its unhealthy counterparts.

Learning The Truth Behind Food LabelsBut as we do grocery shopping to buy our food supplies, we are faced to common issue of getting confused with food labeling. The question is what do these labels really mean? Does it make a difference if we are knowledgeable with the food labels?

What does “pesticide-free”, “cage-free”, “free-range”, mean? How do they differ in affecting our overall health and well-being?

In this blog post, we will guide you on how to differentiate these food labels and be a smart consumer by picking safe and healthy choices for your fast metabolism diet program.

 

1. Organicorganic sealAn organic product bears a USDA organic seal. It is considered the highest stamp of an organic approval. The organic seal ensures that the product is being produced without any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and other growth-hormone chemicals. It ensures that the produce you’re eating is being grown naturally and manually. When a product has an organic seal, you are rest assured that you’re consuming the cleanest food possible.

 

2. Cage Free or Free Range
cage freeThis basically means that the animals are given much more freedom to move around, rather than being restrained in a cage. “Cage free” label is often applied in eggs while the label “free range” refers to the animals (cows, chicken, pigs, turkey, fish, etc).

Note: Keep in mind that the meat in “Cage Free” or “Free Range” products are not guaranteed that it was humanely treated, and that it only means that these animals are able to roam freely as they claimed.

3. Grass-Fedgrass fedThis food label means that an animal ate nothing but an animal’s milk (either cow, sheep, goat, etc), fresh grass, and hay. If you are going to purchase a product that is Grass-fed, look for “American Grassfed Association” or “Animal Welfare Approved” stamp to ensure that the animal was raised on a range or family-owned pasture.

4. Pesticide-Freepesticide
A USDA approved product is also generally pesticide free. You can look on pesticide residue-free label to identify pesticide free products. The same as with hormone free/antibiotic free.

5. All Natural or NaturalnaturalThis food label is the most intriguingly food label of all. The term natural refers to the foods without synthetic preservatives, artificial sweeteners, and additives. However, several companies are misleading the market for labeling their food as “natural” when in fact, it’s not. Your best bet on identifying natural food is with USDA seal.

 

6. Genetically Modified FoodsgmoFollowing the hype of GMO salmon, most consumers are now wary of identifying the GMO foods. You can read here on tips how to identify and avoid GMO foods.

Now that food labels are singled out in this post, you have a reason to be watchful of your foods and your surroundings. It is better to be safe at all times so minimize your exposure to bad elements such as GMO produced foods. Stay informed and be vigilant.

FDA Approved the Consumption of GMO Salmon: Is it Really Safe?

Salmon has earned its reputation as one of the healthiest fish in the world because of its amazing health benefits. Salmon is packed with omega-3 that fatty acid that is good for our heart and lowers down our adrenaline and cortisol levels. The DHA fatty acid found in Salmon also helps reduce our risks in ARMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration) and improves our eyesight. It also promotes healthy hormone balance in our body, especially in our thyroid and adrenal glands. In the fast metabolism diet, Salmon is strongly advised to be part in the diet especially in Phase 3. It’s because Salmon is a known source of healthy fats.

FDA Approved the Consumption of GMO Salmon

However, the health and environmental advocates are in hype again as the controversy of FDA’s approval on GMO salmon emerged. Let us hear more about the news below:

Last Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration approved the production of fast-growing fish salmon named as AquaAdvantage salmon created by AquaBounty technologies. A new gene was said to be inserted to the fertilized salmon eggs to boost the production of fish growth hormone. Resulting to a fast-growing salmon than its conventional, farm-raised counterpart.

The FDA’s scientific advisers concluded that the genetic engineering being done on the salmon is safe to eat and won’t contribute any harm to the environment.

“Basically, nothing in the data suggested that these fish were in any way unsafe or different to the farm-raised salmon,” – Alison Van Eenennaam, biotechnology specialist at the University of California said.

Throughout the history, the AquaAdvantage salmon is the first genetically modified animal that was approved by FDA for human consumption. The Food and Drug agency also said that there’s no reason to label it as different from the other salmons out in the market.

The FDA is requiring the AquaBounty to take precautionary measures to ensure the fish won’t get into the ocean and compete with wild salmons. They are only allowed to raise the fish on two sites– Canada and Panama. The company also ensures that the fish will be sterile. So that if the fish will escape into the ocean, they will fail to reproduce.

Credits: Image source from FoodDemocracyNow.org

Credits: Image source from FoodDemocracyNow.org

This move from FDA, however, had raised negative reactions from health advocates.

“This frankenfish, this GMO salmon, should not be approved, and shouldn’t have been approved,” says Dana Perls, a campaigner with the environmental group Friends of the Earth.

“We are deeply disappointed with the FDA’s decision to approve the AquaAdvantage salmon,” Michael Hansen, senior scientist with Consumers Union, said in a statement. “And it’s even more concerning that the FDA chose not to require any form of labeling, making it extremely difficult for consumers to know if the salmon is GE or not.”

Several big grocery stores have also promised not to sell this GMO salmon– including Safeway, Kroger, Target, Trader’s Joe’s, Whole Foods, Aldi, and others.

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The Fast Metabolism Diet Community ‘s Stand:

Like all the other health advocates, we also firmly believe that the production of GMO salmon should be stopped and have never been approved in the first place. GMO foods that contain pesticides and hormones that alter the biological process of animals will be nothing but unhealthy. Healthy fish such as salmon should be treated with utmost care. GMO foods also contaminate our body and ruins our health. So in this community, we still opt for the naturally produced one. If it is not safe for the ocean, how come it can be safe to our body? We urged the producers to label them for the sake of the consumers. How about you? Where do you stand in this issue?

IARC’s Study Shows Health Risks on Red Meat Consumption

Recently, the Health Organizations and fitness enthusiasts are in hype about this important health news. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has officially released the result of their epidemiological study on Red and Processed meats. After conducting a series of experiments and thorough research about this subject, the World Health Organization categorized the risks of consuming red meats and processed meats to be the same with the risks of smoking and asbestos.

IARCs Study Shows Health Risks on Red Meat ConsumptionThe red meat was categorized into Group 2a  which means that red meat are “probably carcinogenic to humans”. There is a limited evidence that its consumption contributes to colorectal, pancreatic and prostate cancer. While the processed meats was categorized into Group 1, which means “carcinogenic to humans”. Processed meats contributes to colorectal cancer. Experts concluded that an average of 50 gram daily consumption of processed meats increases our risk in colorectal cancer up to 18%. Aside from this, processed meats contains nitrites and nitrates. These chemicals are toxic as our body converts these chemicals into carcinogens, which increases our risks on acquiring cancer diseases.

processed foodsAfter this study was made public, the Whole Foods Market started to recall their bacon, hotdogs and among red meat products in response to this pressing issue. The U.S. Residents, however, are not surprised with this study. United States is long known for our campaign against the use of chemicals, pesticides and GMO foods, and the promotion for organic farming.

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The Community’s Stand:

As a community that is known for living a healthy, conscious life, this news doesn’t really surprised us at all. As dieters, we’ve learned how to be picky with our foods and double check the ingredients of the items we’re buying. We choose to consume the cleanest food options as much as possible. This study only gives us more reason to quit GMOproducts and instead promote organic living. How about you? What is your opinion upon hearing the news? Share your thoughts with us through the comment section.

Learning the Truth Behind Food Expiration Dates

It can be true to most of the dieters that the fast metabolism diet program teaches us to be picky with foods as a result, we can now easily identify which food is good and bad for our body. We’ve discovered how healthy and energetic we can be by just eating the right foods. Because of this knowledge, we become wary in choosing the foods to consume.

Learning The Truth Behind Food Expiration DatesIf possible, we stick with organic foods and avoid the genetically modified organism produce. We started checking the ingredients on the foods we’re purchasing to make sure it’s not filled with artificial sweeteners and colorants. However, most of us find the expiration dates on the food labels confusing. What do these expiration dates exactly mean? Is it highly discourage to consume these foods beyond its expiration dates? Does expiration dates affect our food and health safety? In this blog post, we will address this important issue and help you ease your confusion and anxiety. Let’s discuss the truth behind these expiration dates.

  best if use    best before

  1. Use-By, Best if Used by, Best By, Best Before

These terms are generally found in shelf stable products such as mustard, mayonnaise and peanut butter. These terms generally tells you how long the product will be at its best quality when unopened. After the “expiration date” has passed, you will start to notice some gradual changes on the unopened product, such as its texture, color, appearance or flavor.

But it doesn’t mean that this product is now dangerous for consumption. As long as you’re following the standard and optimal food storage guidelines, you can generally consume these foods beyond its given date.

Tip: Remember to always discard the foods with foul odor, flavor or appearance.

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  1. Sell By

This term is generally found on perishable products like meat, seafood, poultry and milk. The date displayed on these foods served as a guide for the store owners to know how long they can display a particular product.

Tip: It is important that you buy these products before the sell-by date expires. Keep in mind that you can still store and consume these products as long as you follow safety storage guidelines.

For example, you can generally consume a milk for about a week after the Sell By date had passed, given that it has been refrigerated well.

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  1. Expires On

You will likely encounter this term on infant formulas and baby foods. In this case, it is important to always use the product before its expiration date passed.

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  1. Packing Codes

The packing codes are a series of letters and numbers on foods. These generally help the manufacturers and local stores rotate, monitor and locate their products in event of product recall. Also, these package codes are sometimes use as an indicator if the product is GMO or organic.

We hope this information has shed some light about the roles of expiration dates in our food and safety.  Before you decide to discard that food, think first carefully. This will help you maximize the foods you have and save more money.

PS: Take note that the terms used in this article is based in United States Food and Safety Inspection Services. Food terminologies and practices may differ in other countries.

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