Sunday, March 1, 2009
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Eat a healthy, balanced diet and stay active
The key to a healthy balanced diet is not to ban or omit any foods or food groups but to balance what you eat by consuming a variety of foods from each food group in the right proportions for good health.
5food groups on the eatwell plate are:
Fruit and vegetables
These should make up about a third of your daily diet and can be eaten as part of every meal, as well as being the first choice for a snack.
You should eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day. Research suggests this can help to protect against cancer, obesity and various chronic diseases such as heart disease. This is because of the unique package of nutrients and plant compounds they contain.
Bread, rice, potatoes and pasta
This food group should also make up about a third of your diet and contains the starchy carbohydrates that are the body's main source of energy.
When selecting products from this food group, choose unrefined carbohydrates over those that have been refined, as they will contain the whole of the grain. Wholegrain foods are rich in fibre and other nutrients that have many health benefits, and people who consume wholegrains seem to have a reduced risk of certain cancers, diabetes and coronary heart disease.
The final third of the eatwell plate is made up of three groups containing foods that need to be consumed in smaller proportions than the other two principal categories. These food groups also contain nutrients essential to our diet, so it's important not to leave them out altogether.
Milk and dairy foods
These should be eaten in moderation because of their high saturated fat content, but they're an important source of calcium, which is essential for healthy bones and teeth. Choose low-fat or reduced-fat versions.
Meat, fish, eggs and beans
This food group includes both animal and plant sources of protein, which is a major functional and structural component of all cells. Protein provides the body with between 10 and 15 per cent of its dietary energy, and is needed for growth and repair.
Foods and drinks high in fat and/or sugar
This group makes up the smallest section on the eatwell plate and includes foods that should only be eaten sparingly because, although they're an important energy source, they contain very few nutrients and are often known as 'empty calories'.
Foods from this group are high in unhealthy components such as saturated fat, trans fatty acids, sugar and salt - all of which are associated with an increased risk of developing certain diseases.
They should only be eaten as occasional treats, or to increase the palatability of other important foods (such as olive oil on salads, a scraping of spread on bread, or a sprinkling of sugar on some tart fruits).
How to eat a balanced diet
Eat a variety of foods to obtain all of the essential nutrients
Too much as well as too little can be bad for you – balance is required
Everyone's plate will look slightly different as we all have different requirements depending on our body’s shape and size, and our levels of activity.
Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet
The Food Standards Agency's eight tips for eating well are:
Base meals on starchy foods
.Eat lots of fruit and vegetables
.Eat more fish
.Cut down on saturated fat and sugar
.Try to eat less salt - no more than 6g a day
.Get active and try to be a healthy weight
.Drink plenty of water
Don't skip breakfast
In recent years, portions have been gradually getting bigger with the introduction of king-size chocolate bars, bigger bags of crisps and super-sized meals.
Larger packets and plates can encourage us to eat greater quantities of food, which increases our energy intake. Studies have found that consuming additional food doesn't increase your sense of fullness, so think of 'down-sizing' rather than 'super-sizing' for most foods, except fruit and vegetables.
This is the amount of stored energy in food. Just 1g of fat provides nine calories, which is more than double the calories in 1g of protein or carbohydrate. This means you can feel fuller on fewer calories if you choose the right foods, and in the long term you're less likely to gain weight.
Food is there to enjoy, which is often forgotten amid all the media hype surrounding various food items. Just remember to keep a check on portion size and energy density.
Food habits change slowly, but
try new foods
join a local cookery club to boost your culinary confidence
have a positive attitude about food – it's one of life's pleasures
Exercise helps to maintain your body weight by balancing your energy intake (food eaten) with energy output (exercise).
"Though I do believe we are all capable of 'good,' I tend to think we are more evil than good and society forces us to sublimate it and/or different religions/spiritual praxes condition us otherwise."
We really cannot know for certain if that's ture, or if we are inherently good. Maybe we're not inherently anything! And of course, what do we mean when we use the terms, "Evil" or "Good"? She noted, "I know it reflects a sad state of mind and heart." But I really don't think so. We are all making the best choices and drawing the best conclusions we can, given the evidence with which life presents us.
What is it about your life at this moment that you just can't accept? Is it
What if you accepted everything? Would that be a receipt for disaster, or a prescription for Enlightenment? Read on and discover how to be accepting is part of our Inherent Nature. Then why don't we?
financial? your physical condition? your age? your weight? some situation you are involved in? your work?
When we were small, some of what came to us was crushing and overwhelming. We were little people in a big person's world. We felt things with an intensity that might not have been at all intended. And so we learned to buffer or filter what life brought us. This was a survivalist adaptation, and served us well in our vulnerability.
Now we are now adults and no longer as vulnerable as we once were. Unfortunately, we carry that childhood vulnerability unconsciously around with us and will need to do some inner healing work to stop identifying with our wounded child and realize that our adult nature is strong enough to deal with whatever comes into our lives.
Accepting means being willing to allow life to happen in and around us without trying to stop or control it. Of course there are things and situations which we will need to reject -- or rather, choose to reject: Those things which would do us or others harm, be they beliefs or actions. Fortunately our Inherent Wisdom is there to assist us in discerning what those things are and so we can make the choice to avoid or accept them.
Try saying this to or about someone with whom you have a relationship: "I accept you just the way you are." Notice what saying that brings to mind. If you are observant, you may notice that some things come to mind that are definitely NOT accepting. You may discover that in fact there are several areas in which you have "druthers" about this other person: "I'd rather they didn't smoke." I wish they didn’t snore, pick their nose, talk so much, come on so strongly, drive so fast, spend so much money, wear their hair that way, wear so much makeup, etc., etc. Make a list of all the things you DON'T accept about that person and see if you can practice accepting one of them for a week. Then move on to the next. You may discover a huge shift in the dynamics of your relationship if you try this. Acceptance invites intimacy. Rejection or judgment keeps intimacy at a distance. Rejection may never come out into the open, as in active hostility or argument; but it lies there as a fog in which the relationship lives.
Do the same for yourself. Say: "I accept myself just the way I am."Then notice what comes out that you DON'T accept about yourself and work on one of those for a week. I don't like or accept my grumpiness; my weight; my inferior education; my low energy; my low salary,: my "bad thoughts" about sex; my lack of interest in sports, etc. Then just go for a week saying I accept that aspect of myself. See what might happen in your own inner life.
Your inherent nature is to accept. You learned to not accept because you got hurt, or because you were taught that it isn't safe to be accepting. ("Don’t take candy from strangers.") Now, however, it is time to undo those restrictions and allow your accepting nature to emerge.
If I accept this it will never change!” By accepting something that you currently experience as negative, you may discover that it isn't actually negative or harmful and that it has value or worth or even pleasure in it. On the other hand, if it turns out to be actually harmful, your acceptance does not mean that you cannot change it; in fact, the first step in meaningful change is acceptance. Without accepting a situation, there is no way you can constructively change it. You will be reacting to the situation as a victim and not in a position to actually make a change. You will be reacting to your negation and trying to change what is “out there," when rejection is in fact your own inner response. Once you have reoriented your response from rejecting to accepting, THEN you can go on and make any needed or wanted changes. But you are doing so after your have taken responsibility and ownership of the situation by accepting it. I can only change what I have accepted.
So that :Accept; then change. Realize this aspect of your Inherent Nature and you will discover a great power.
I can only react. And reaction does not lead to change.