A well-planned healthy vegetarian diet can lower the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and various types of cancer. Even making small dietary changes, such as participating in meatless Mondays, is a great first step towards a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle.
Nutrition is critical to helping kids reach their full potential. The first three years are especially important because your child's brain is growing. During the early years and beyond, ensuring your child consumes brain-boosting nutrients can help with concentration and performance in school, sports, music and more!
Paleo. Atkins. Zone. Dukan. Bodybuilding. Raw. South Beach. Weight Watchers. If It Fits Your Macros. Carb Backloading. It's fair to assume that every diet you hear about has indeed worked for some people, for without success no diet would ever gain the traction necessary to be known the world over. With that being said, here's the dirty little secret that nobody ever talks about: There is no diet that works for everyone.
Long before the health movement became popular, fish oil was recognized as a healthy part of a nutritious diet. The actual benefit didn't really become known until the 1970s when ingestion of these oils apparently led to better cardiovascular health. Within a few decades, the oil (as well as the fish itself) was suggested as a means to keep heart disease at bay. Today, we know of several chemicals contained within the oil that improve our health. Some of the best are the omega-3 fatty acids.
Chia seeds are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and omega-3 fats. They come from a flowering plant in the mint family grown in Mexico, and were a staple in the diet of the ancient Mayans and Aztecs. Chia seeds were thought to have magical powers. Aztec soldiers would grind up the seeds and eat them for a boost of energy to sustain them over long periods of time. I add them to oatmeal, salads, granola, and baking.
I find that cooking eggs can be a bit tricky. I usually end up puncturing the yolk of a fried egg, or completely destroying an omelette before it reaches my plate. But you don't need to worry about those problems when it comes to one egg dish: the frittata. They don't require a gentle hand--just mix all the prepared ingredients in a bowl and pour into your baking pan. Too easy, right?
Fish oil has been touted as the latest breakthrough supplement that contributes to latitude of health benefits. It has gained popularity among cardiologists, athletes and the everyday person. There are varying degrees of evidence to back up the many claims made about fish oil and while the jury is still out on some of the claims, there are many benefits to supplementing with fish oil.
Mainstream medicine has failed us yet again. The recent paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that attempts to discount the ability of omega-3s to lower heart disease risk is already generating headlines such as, "Omega-3 Supplements Don't Lower Heart Disease Risk After All." Oh, please.