healthy diet

  1. Fruits and veggies can help your heart and mood

    Pick produce to be happier and healthier

    You don't need me to tell you that you should eat plenty of fruits and veggies. After all, Mom already took care of that.

    But have you ever really taken her excellent advice to heart?

    If you haven't yet officially declared the produce aisle your favorite spot in the grocery store, let's see what we can do to change that.

    Fruits and veggies are practically spilling over with the essential antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals you need to fight disease and stay healthy. These nutrients literally help us to fight cancer, heart disease, diabetes, aging and more.

    A large Swedish study tracking the health of 32,500 women for a decade found that those ladies who ate more fruits and veggies were healthier. Even more impressive, they had a hefty 20 percent lower heart-attack risk, according to the study published in The American Journal of Medicine.

    And some research out of Britain finds that that all that might be standing between you and real happiness is a lack of fresh produce. When British scientists dug into the health data of 80,000 men and women they found that those that eat the most fruits and veggies also reported being the happiest overall.

    But the key to these healthier, happier, and heart-attack-free lives all hinged on one little factor... and that's the number of servings.

    In the Swedish study the women who avoided heart attacks were enjoying a delicious seven servings of fruits and veggies a day. And those happy Brits were bouncing through their days downing seven delicious servings a day too.

    Sadly only fourteen percent of adults are getting the seven servings a day they need. Don't be one of them! Grab the shopping bags and plan a trip to the produce aisle TODAY.

  2. More meals, less weight

    If you want to weigh less... eat more often.

    That might sound counterintuitive, but some of the most successful dieters around are the ones who make sure they have all three meals each day -- or even more.

    I even know some slim and trim people who eat five or six small meals a day. It's like they're always eating -- yet they never gain any weight.

    A new study confirms that these people aren't just blessed with a magical metabolism -- just good habits. Because as it turns out, overweight and obese people actually eat less frequently than people who keep slim and trim.

    Researchers used data from two studies on eating habits: One looked at how much -- and how often -- obese and overweight people ate, while the other looked at the habits of people who had normal BMIs for at least five years.

    Roughly half of the people in that second study were once overweight or obese themselves, and had to lose at least 30 pounds to get there.

    Regardless of whether they were once fat or always thin, these normal-weight people had a few things in common: First, they were more likely to eat three meals a day and two snacks than the overweight and obese, who actually ate less frequently (including, believe it or not, fewer snacks).

    Second, the thin people consumed up to 200 fewer total calories each day despite their more frequent feedings, according to the study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

    And third, the people who kept the weight off were more likely to get more movement -- a lot more movement. In fact, the researchers say they burned up to 2,200 calories per week more than the overweight and obese.

    If you're overweight and hate the idea of joining a gym, don't worry. The good news is these people weren't iron-pumping fitness fiends. They weren't even treadmill junkies.

    They just walked an average of 60 minutes a day, every day -- something just about anyone can do if they commit to it.

    Naturally, it doesn't matter how often you eat if you eat all the wrong things -- three meals a day at McDonald's will still leave you bloated and sick, and let's not even think about two daily snacks of chips and ice cream.

    So eat more often -- just make sure you eat better, too. And if you commit to a healthy diet low in carbohydrates and rich in healthy fats and fresh vegetables, you won't even have to count calories.

    Just eat until you're full, and your body will take care of the rest.

  3. Eating home is eating best

    One of the best things you could ever do for your children or grandchildren is prepare a meal for them.

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