Food combining is a great way to manage your weight. The idea is that if you eat a single food by itself, or more than one food in the right combination with other foods,you maximize your digestive capacity and ability to break down the foods effectively. This means your body doesn’t hold on to undigested food which can then gets turned into fat balls of toxins and cellulite. Proper food combining allows the body to efficiently burn fat.
How it works:
Group 1: Proteins (meat,poultry,cheese,fish,eggs,milk,nuts) produce acid juices for their digestion. *They digest slowly.
Group 2: Carbohydrates (grains and the foods made from them) and starchy vegetables (such as potatoes,yams and sweet corn), which produce alkaline juices. *They digest quickly and require different enzymes to proteins.
If you combine Group 1&2 together,the competing enzymes and digestive juices will fight and neutralize each other. The result is that food doesn’t get digested properly.
Group 3: Salads, non-starchy vegetables, roots, seeds, herbs, spices, nut and seed oils.
*These can be digested with either Group 1 or 2 above.
Group 4: Fruit. This is out and on its own and holds the record for the *fastest digestion rate. Fruit uses completely different enzymes from all other groups above.
Good Carbs vs Bad Carbs
These are the carbs without the added refined sugar: for instance, fruits, whole grains, (brown), rice and vegetables. These healthy carbohydrates (called complex carbs) contain naturally occurring sugars that the body can easily and slowly metabolize for balanced brain function, mood attitude and useful energy. They are not stripped of their nutrients.
Simple carbs are the sugary, refined type of carbohydrates which are not good for you. These include chocolate, cakes, cookies, sweets and anything made with added, refined sugar or flour or processed white rice. During the refining process, the majority of the minerals and vitamins are removed, and these foods behave like pure sugar when they enter the body. They rush into the bloodstream, causing blood glucose disturbances and sugar cravings. Eat too many of these foods and you will undoubtedly have mood swings. You may get depressed, angry, and irritable. If you want to be fat and ill, eat bad barbs. Excess bad carb residues are stored as fat in the body. And finally, years of bad carb eating could lead to diabetes. It’s not worth the risk.
Health Tip of The Day:
Dry Roasted Soy Nuts Can Reduce Blood Pressure
These snacks don’t just take your blood pressure down a little. According to research presented to the American Heart Association; eating a half-cup a day can drop your blood pressure as much as some prescription blood pressure medications.
Body fat vs Nutritional fat
It is commonly said that a gram of fat contains 9 calories. But there are 454 grams in a pound, and 9 x 454 = 4086 calories, not 3500.
The reason for the discrepancy is that body fat, or adipose tissue, contains not only fat, but also other substances including protein, connective tissue, and water. The dietaryfat referred to in the nutritional analysis of food is pure.
Looking at it another way, 3,500 / 454 = 7.7 calories. Thus a gram of body fat contains only 7.7 calories versus the 9 calories found in pure fat. It’s easy to see that there should be a difference when you consider that body fat contains water, which has no calories.
Because of the differences in the two types of fat, it is appropriate to use the 3500 calories per pound figure when discussing fat “burned” by activity, and the 9 calories per gram figure when discussing the nutritional content of food.
50 Easy Ways To Cut 100 Calories
Lose Weight Without Deprivation
— By Emily Vale, SparkPeople Contributor
Cutting calories may seem like a daunting task, especially when you’re trying to cut hundreds of calories each day to lose the recommended 1-2 pounds per week. Will you go hungry? Will your meals taste like cardboard? Will you have to give up your favorite foods?
Don’t worry. When you make small changes, the only difference you’ll notice is a drop in the scale! Keep in mind that cutting calories can involve smart substitutions or changes in portion sizes, too. Just remember, start small and work your way up to a new—and healthier—way of eating.
- 1. Split a 20 oz. bottle of regular soda with a friend. Save 120 calories!
- 2. Drink 1 cup of diet soda instead of 1 cup of regular soda. Save 97 calories!
- 3. Swap a 12-oz. glass of whole milk for skim milk. Save 96 calories!
- 4. Drink two 12-oz. light beers this weekend instead of two regular beers. Save 100 calories!
- 5. Instead of 1 cup of prepared lemonade, try 1 cup of a sugar free variety. Save 103 calories!
- 6. Eat a medium orange instead of drinking 12 oz. of fresh orange juice. Save 106 calories!
- 7. Prepare your coffee with 4 oz. of fat-free half and half instead of regular half and half. Save 88 calories!
- 8. Enjoy 5 oz. of chocolate milk instead of 5 oz. of a chocolate milkshake Save 110 calories!
- 9. Spread your whole grain waffles with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup instead of 1 tablespoon of margarine or butter. Save 110 calories!
- 10. Top your whole grain bagel with 1.5 oz of fat-free cream cheese in lieu of regular. Save 108 calories!
- 11. Try 1 oz. of maple turkey bacon instead of maple (pork) bacon. Save 118 calories!
- 12. Ditch the glazed donut and eat a bagel instead. Save 93 calories!
- 13. Eat 3/4 cup oatmeal instead of a 1-1/2 cups of oatmeal. Save 97 calories!
- 14. Substitute 3 oz. of turkey sausage for a serving of pork sausage. Save 120 calories!
- 15. Grab a small bagel instead of a medium bagel. Save 99 calories!
Snacks and Sides
- 16. Dip 1 cup celery into your favorite salsa or hummus instead of 1 oz. of tortilla chips. Save 125 calories!
- 17. Eat an entire medium apple instead of a small (5 oz.) candy apple. Save 118 calories!
- 18. Snack on 1 oz. of baked potato chips instead of regular chips. Save 90 calories!
- 19. Better yet, eat 2 oz. pretzels instead of the same size portion of potato chips. Save 94 calories!
- 20. Bake 2 oz of oven fries in lieu of 2 oz. of fast food fries. Save 88 calories!
- 21. Forgo a 6-oz portion of potato chips and nosh on 6 oz. of tortilla chips instead. Save 96 calories!
- 22. Say no to 1 oz of deep-fried onion rings and instead enjoy 1 oz. of grilled onions with your meal. Save 92 calories!
- 23. Try 1.5 oz. of fresh grapes instead of 1.5 oz. of raisins. Save 98 calories!
- 24. Enjoy a healthy 8-oz. baked potato instead of 8 oz. of French fries. Save 104 calories!
- 25. Choose 3 oz. of mozzarella cheese for your sandwich instead of Swiss cheese. Save 108 calories!
- 26. Swap 1 cup of canned pineapple in heavy syrup for crushed pineapple in water. Save 119 calories!
Lunch and Dinner
- 27. Cut a 6 oz. steak in half and take the other portion home for another meal. Save 111 calories!
- 28. Order a skinless chicken breast instead of chicken with skin. Save 102 calories!
- 29. Substitute a fat-free beef hot dog for a regular beef hot dog. Save 104 calories!
- 30. Build a sandwich with1.5 oz. of deli turkey breast instead of an equivalent of hard salami.Save 119 calories!
- 31. Instead of 6 oz. of crispy fried chicken with skin, eat 6 oz. baked chicken with skin. Save 102 calories!
- 32. Choose a slice of thin crust pizza over thick crust pizza. Save 106 calories!
- 33. Add vegetable toppings to your pizza order and say no to pepperoni. Save 100 calories!
- 34. Forget broccoli cheddar soup. A 7-oz portion of vegetable soup is better. Save 119 calories!
- 35. Enjoy 12 oz of steamed rice (choose brown rice when possible) as an alternative to fried rice. Save 96 calories!
- 36. Unwrap your 13-inch tortilla wrap and make a sandwich on a 3-oz. whole grain bagel instead. Save 96 calories!
- 37. Eat only half of your hamburger or sandwich bun. Save 100 calories!
Condiments and Sauces
- 38. Dip your salad in a side of ranch dressing (2 tsp.) instead of pouring 2 Tbsp of dressing on the salad. Save 97 calories!
- 39. Skip the 5 oz. of Alfredo sauce and eat a whopping 7 oz. of marinara sauce. Save 129 calories!
- 40. Add flavor to vegetables with 3 oz. of hot sauce—not 1 oz of bleu cheese dressing. Save 117 calories!
- 41. Top your salad with 1.5 oz. reduced-fat Italian dressing instead of regular. Save 96 calories!
- 42. Try either cheese or croutons on your salad—not both Save 72-116 calories!
- 43. Instead of 3 oz. of regular sour cream, use a fat-free variety. Save 120 calories!
- 44. Use 2 Tbsp reduced-fat light mayonnaise instead of regular mayonnaise. Save 102 calories!
Sweets and Desserts
- 45. Serve ice cream in a dish instead of a waffle cone. Save 121 calories!
- 46. Try a healthier peanut granola bar instead of a peanut candy bar. Save 94 calories!
- 47. Finish dinner with 1 cup of low-fat frozen yogurt instead of regular ice cream. Save 121 calories!
- 48. Substitute 5 oz. of apple pie, with 5 oz. of baked apple crisp. Save 85 calories!
- 49. Instead of 4 oz. of regular chocolate pudding, enjoy a sugar-free portion. Save 92 calories!
- 50. Leave that 1/2 cup of strawberry ice cream in the freezer. Enjoy 1/2 cup of fresh strawberries topped with 2 Tbsp of fat-free whipped cream as an alternative. Save 102 calories!
Cutting 100 calories here and there is an easy way to form healthier eating habits without feeling deprived or hungry. With just a few of these tricks up your sleeve, you’ll be on your way to reaching your goals in no time!