By Stacey Thompson
Just about everyone who has tried to make radically healthier changes to their daily food consumption have realized that this is easier to accomplish with some kind of support system aside from your own will to succeed. It is a great help for people to cheer you on, support you, give you advice, or even criticize you on your way to better eating and overall health. Sometimes, you just can’t trust yourself as you are prone to self-rationalization (you are the best person to convince yourself to do anything), and an external perspective can be very useful.
We live in an age that a community can be in touch with one another, regardless of where they are physically. Health and fitness communities span countries, or even continents; they can share recipes, compare notes, and keep tabs on each other’s progress. Despite the widespread contagion of contaminated food, questionable chemical and genetic concoctions supposedly for human consumption, and strains of resistant bacteria, there has never been a better time in human history to sculpt the healthiest human beings ever to walk the planet.
It is because of the (Read More....)
The health authorities are constantly whining about the state of our diets, the newspapers are telling us that everything gives us cancer and the media are producing TV shows to exhibit obese children and their terrible parents. However, while many are taking a negative stance on the man-against-cardiovascular disease campaign, there have been plenty of positive and encouraging reactions to our heavier society. TV chefs have made money promoting simple, healthy meals, a new wave of food branding has emerged with friendly, tongue-in-cheek comments on their pastel-colored cartons and McDonalds now sell bags of fruit. Among these positive reactions lie the ‘Superfoods’.
Superfoods have risen to stardom as a result of their high phytonutrient content. Phytonutrients are found in plants and are said to have health benefits, such as lycopene which is found in tomatoes and is thought to lower the risk of developing prostate cancer and cardiovascular diseases. While there has been some cynicism surrounding the actual health benefits of superfoods, these are undeniably healthy foods containing anti-oxidants so no one can complain that we’re being encouraged to eat them.
One of the best of these superfoods is the humble apple. Containing a large amount of skin-friendly Vitamin C, apples are a great snack to ensure that you’re left feeling and looking (Read More....)