Monday, June 13, 2011

Sugar-Free your Thirst for Weight Loss

With summers heat being on head , its a time that everyone grabs a two or more diet sodas, lemonade and even sweetened juices
Lets do a simple math—each 320 ml can of diet soda, colas or juice typically has 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar , amounting to 200- 250 calories. With 3 drinks a day you typically add 600 calories.It's now a no surprise that summer's rising thirst has paralleled the epidemic rise of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Water, of course, is a best beverage option to quench thirst with zero-calorie addition to your diet. But plain water is just plain and its difficult for some to eliminate sugary beverage compltetly form the diet.For them these are few healthier beverage options:

- Flavored Waters
Infused water has been flavored with herbs or fruits. If you do not like plain water, add a jist of fruits with Sliced citrus fruits or zest (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit) , Crushed fresh mint or Peeled, sliced fresh ginger/cucumber. A treat for your taste buds without calories.

Caffeinated or decaf, Black or green, hot or cold, tea is an excellent choice for a calorie free beverage.
By this add extra flavinoids and anti-oxidants.Cathechin- a natural fat fighter which can stimulate the metabolism to burn fat faster.

- Fresh fruit cooler 
Fruit juice with lots of ice and without soda or added sugar.This drink is about 70-100 calories per glass.

Enjoy summer heat without adding extra calories to your daily diet. Stay hydrated, stay fit!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Brain- Gain: Superfoods

Do you often forget where you kept the car keys, name of the person you met last evening or perhabs even have locked car with keys in. Then, you really need to make sure you are getting recommended seven hours of sleep, one hour of exercise and not to forget good nutrition.

Sharpen your memory with foods that sometimes didn't get noticed during the monthly grocery visit.

- Almonds: When your grandmother asked you to pop-in 5 almonds early morning little did you know it has phenylalanine- a chemical that can pass blood-brain barrier. Phenylalanine generate natural mood-boosting neurotransmitters-adrenaline and noradrenaline. Being rich in zinc and riboflavin it is known to boost memory.

- Green Tea: Catechine present in green tea along with polyphenols help you relax mentally and can boost the availability of dopamine that signals brain circuits.Antioxidant property fights against many brain disorders.

- Chocolate: Jump start your thinking with a piece of chocolate? Yes, its possible due to presence of flavanols facilitating blood supply to the brain. Caffeine and flavinols enhance focus, concentration there by increase cognitive skills.
 Icing on the cake is chocolate stimulates the production of endorphins- mood ehancing chemical.

- Fish and Flax Seeds: Omega-3 fatty acid present in these are neuro-protective and release seritonin. Seritonin is a neuro-transmitter that helps you thinker faster,sharper and smarter.

Thinking what you missed buying during this grocery visit. Include any 3 of above food to think smarter.