16 Easy Ways to Eat Healthier Every Day

16 Easy Ways to Eat Healthier Every Day

There are hundreds if not thousands of advice on how to have a healthy diet.  And in most cases, these pieces of advice would contradict each another.

But why?

You should know that each person responds differently to a certain diet. What works for you might not work for your friend and vice versa.

Some of the tips provided below might contradict one another because you were not meant to do all of them. You just have to find out what works for you.

Here are 26 ways of eating healthily. Try them out and check which one works for you.

  1. Fast for an 8 hour period

When our body is in a fasting state it tends to burn fat quickly. Or to be more precise, after not eating for at least 8 hours our bodies enter a fat burning state called ketosis. Our bodies burn stored fats to sustain itself. So if you’re looking to burn some fat, then you better try this diet out.

  1. Eat whole foods

Unprocessed food will give you the most benefits. Processing foods will take out their natural nutrients leaving you with an edible but less nutritious meal. Also processed foods may contain preservatives which aren’t really good for your health.  So try eating some freshly grown carrots or some fresh fruits.

  1. Try the Mediterranean diet

Do what the Greeks do. Eat a meal with fish, fresh vegetables, and a glass of delicious wine.  Research shows that the Mediterranean diet can help lower the risk of heart disease.

  1. Look at the back of the product

Look at the back of the product, it contains all the ingredients used to make it.

A lot of “healthy” foods in the market may contain artificial preservatives. To avoid this look at the ingredients of the product to determine if it’s actually good for you or not.

  1. Eat slowly

Take it slow. Don’t chow down on your food like you’re in some kind of all you can eat buffet. Savor every meal by savoring every bite.  Research shows that eating slowly can trick your brain that your stomach is full. This means you’ll be eating fewer calories and still feel full.

  1. Eat some crunchy foods

And by crunchy foods, we don’t mean chocolate bars and candies. No, we’re talking about celery, peas, peanuts, and apples.  These foods take a long time to eat and they take a long time to digest. Which means you won’t go hungry and you won’t eat more calories that your body can’t handle.

  1. Don’t skip meals

Some people don’t have the discipline and the willpower to try diets that involve skipping meals.  If you aren’t disciplined or you have low self-control, then we don’t advise that you skip meals. You’ll only eat more food since you’ll be hungrier.

  1. Drink more water

If you aren’t drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water per day, then you better start now. Water doesn’t just help you rehydrate, it also helps keep your body going. Research even indicates that drinking the recommended glasses of water daily can help reduce the chances of getting fat and being overweight.

  1. Always have fruits nearby

The easiest way to break your healthy diet is by having nothing healthy to eat. If you get hungry at home and you’re too lazy to buy some fruits at the supermarket, then you’re probably going to buy some chocolate bars at the nearest convenience store. Having some fresh fruits nearby will allow you to faithfully follow your diet plan.

  1. Eat often

We tend to eat a lot if our body hasn’t eaten for a very long time. Research indicates that eating between meals can help reduce our appetites by allowing us to eat less food. Eating between 1 to 2 hours will help us digest food better and helps us absorb more nutrients in the long run.

  1. Have some cheat days

Eating some ice cream or some chocolate bars from time to time wouldn’t hurt.  If you’re not used to eating healthy then you might break down and go back to your potato chip eating ways. To avoid this, have some cheat days now and then.

  1. Eliminate temptation

This might sound like some phrase from the bible but the best way to eat healthily is by removing unhealthy foods in your fridge. Yes, say goodbye to those chocolate bars, alcohol, and soft drinks that you keep. If unhealthy foods are just within arm’s reach, then you will definitely be tempted to eat them. The best way to fight your desire for unhealthy foods is by removing them completely.

  1. Eat real fruits

Just because something has a picture of an orange in it doesn’t mean it actually contains real oranges! Real fruits aren’t as sweet nor as addictive as candy bars with fruit flavors. Real fruits contain natural fructose which is good for your body.

So don’t be fooled by products with pictures of fruit on their covers.

  1. Don’t even think about eating low-fat or diet foods

What’s the difference between a coke and a diet coke?

Answer. Not a lot because they’re both bad for you. Low-fat or diet foods often have less sugar, less fat, and less unhealthy than its counterparts. However, they’re still unhealthy.

If you’re going to drink coke, then you better drink the regular one because it’s tastier than the diet version of it. Both of them are still processed foods and they still contain artificial preservatives that are bad for your body.

  1. Make your own food

The best way to know if something is healthy or not is to make it yourself. Sure, fast food is easy and very delicious but you’ll end getting up fat and sickly if you keep on eating it.

When you make your own meals, you are making sure that you are eating exactly what you want to eat. So if you want to eat healthily, then cook for yourself.

  1. Create a meal plan

If you simply eat without a plan, then you’re doing it wrong. Planning your meals in advance will make sure that you eat better and save more money in the long run. And just like cooking your own meals, you are making sure that you are eating exactly what you want to eat.

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Best Beers To Serve At Thanksgiving

Best Beers To Serve At Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and food, but it’s also a time for a great beer. Here are the best beers you need to try at particular times at your Thanksgiving festivities:

Beers for the Early Afternoon

This is your starting beer, to go with the first appetizers and the first football game on TV. So try any of the following:

Beers with Dinner

Congratulations, as you’re still quite sober for the main event. Make sure you get a beer glass for any of the following beers:

  • Stillwater Artisanal Ales’s Cellar Door Saison. Beer experts will love its complexity, but it’s still smooth enough even for the pickiest eaters. It goes well with a wide range of dishes, and the highly carbonated drink cleanses your tongue to keep the food tasting fresh and delicious.
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s Indian Brown Ale. It’s a truly underrated beer, but you should be able to appreciate it this Thanksgiving. It starts with the malty caramel you get from a Scotch ale, and then it’s mixed with lots of American hops for an insistent bitterness that mixes pine and grapefruit notes.
  • Deschutes Brewery’s Black Butte Porter. Porters like Black Butte Porter come with a lighter roast that’s wonderfully balanced by a certain level of hop. A porter isn’t like a stout, which is generally a bit more bitter. This porter goes very well with dark meat turkey and other roasted and caramelized goodies. In other words, it seems custom-made for Thanksgiving.

Beers with Dessert

What’s Thanksgiving without dessert? Also, what’s a Thanksgiving dessert without the right beer? You can answer these philosophical questions (or at least try) with the right beers, such as the following:

  • Allagash Brewing Company’s Curieux. The Allagash Brewing Company is the most famous brewery in Portland, Maine, and they’ve been making their Curiex since 2004. It’s a very rich brew, and you can get hints of coconut, honey, pear, spice, and apples. There’s also a very slight note of bourbon, along with a bit of vanilla. Basically, you need this beer with your apple pie.
  • Brewery Ommegang’s Three Philosophers. Yep, it’s a strong beer with 9.7% ABV, but then it’s for dessert after all. Here you get notes of brown sugar with molasses, cherry, raisin, and plum.
  • Oskar Blues’s Ten Fidy. This imperial stout is released every November, and you get notes of roast, caramel, and rich chocolate that are perfect with dessert!

 

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The Goods Mart – New Spot For Healthy Snacks in LA

The Good Mart - New Spot For Healthy Snacks in LA

Located in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood, The Goods Mart is a convenience store for healthy snacks. Parents and millennials concerned with healthy eating are often dismayed when there’s really not much to choose from when they’re at a gas mart. You’ve got greasy pizza, gummies, and soda, none of which are even remotely healthy. The best you can hope for is to find beef jerky or nuts, which at best can be considered somewhat nutritious.

But now there’s The Goods Mart. Described as a lovechild between 7-Eleven and Whole Foods Market, this is the healthy convenience store that very few people even thought possible. Everyone knows that convenience store snacks are unhealthy, but The Goods Mart founder Rachel Krupa didn’t get that memo.

Here are the features that distinguish The Goods Mart from the competition:

  • It is located in the Silver Lake neighborhood in LA. This is a trendy spot for young well-off millennials, with a median age of 35 and an average household income greater than $68,000. The spot is even accessible to walking traffic, which you don’t really find in LA.
  • Like marts, it offers itself as an alternative to the grocery store for shoppers with no time to waste. Yet at the same time, its wares offer healthy snacks, which are items you don’t normally find in places like 7-Eleven. The décor in the store makes you feel like it’s a “normal” convenience shop, though the predominance of health alternatives can make you feel like Alice in Wonderland.
  • Every single item in the mart will not contain health no-nos such as artificial flavors, sweeteners, and coloring. There will be no growth hormones or disruptors.
  • Items with animal proteins come from humanely raised stock, and they’re all free of GMOs, antibiotics, and nitrates. The pork rinds are Paleo-friendly, and they’re healthier because they’ve been seasoned with pink Himalayan salt.
  • Yes, there are processed items here which you can just get on the fly, like chocolate bars, ramen cups, and cheese puffs. But in The Goods Mart, they’re made with healthier alternative ingredients such as chia seeds and quinoa.
  • The slushy machine doesn’t serve soda, but instead produces a kombucha variety with a tropical flavor. Instead of energy drinks, you can instead grab yerba mate.
  • If you’re looking for fresh produce, you can get fruit from LA’s local GrubMarket. You just have to avoid judging the book by its cover, as the fruits are tasty despite their ugly and imperfect shapes. They’re like goofy-looking mutts as the ugly lemons and oranges are placed in huge weave baskets right beside the front door.
  • The condoms here are all made from vegan, certified Fairtrade rubber. You can find your bathroom basics like shavers and toilet paper at the back of the store, and they’re all made from sustainable materials.
  • At the checkout, customers can also check out the iPads that offer info about the mission of each brand they have on their shelves. The mart also provided extended training for the staff so that they can answer questions regarding vegan, gluten-free, and other dietary options.

The Goods Mart will work as a test case. If it does work, then they may eventually become ubiquitous throughout the country. When you stop at a gas mart in the future, you may find yourself looking at healthier snack options instead.

Check out this 16 Easy Ways to Eat Healthier Every Day

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Brew a Perfect Cup of Expresso With This Human-Powered Espresso Maker

Quality espresso is hard to come by, and the good ones are not cheap. So why not make your own espresso? With Flair Espresso Maker you’ve finally got the chance to have espresso specifically just like the way it’s supposed to be.

Flair is easy to use. All you need to do is press a button and you’ve got an espresso. You don’t have to plug the unit in, no need for pods or electronics either. Even with its simplicity you’ve got everything necessary to get that espresso.

You just need to load freshly grounded coffee and pull the lever down. That’s all there is to it. The minimalist design makes it suitable for new users and it’s also durable. The Flair is portable too so you can take this with you.

The detachable brewing head adds to the ease of use as you have full control over the procedure. The stainless steel cylinder can be pre-heated and the temperature can be maintained to the level you prefer.

The chamber does have plastic components so you don’t have to worry about inconsistent results. The entire unit is comprised of die-cast aluminum stainless steel so it’s built to last for decades.

Since there is nothing to plug in you can disassemble this in a few seconds. If you’re going somewhere, just disassemble the Flair and put everything in the provided case. Once you’re ready, put it back together, select your beans and set the pressure accordingly. Adjust the pre-infusion time and you’re ready.

While the Flair is made of die-cast aluminum and stainless steel, it isn’t that heavy and only takes up 13 x 9 inches. When you’re done using it, detach the brewing container for quick cleaning. Water will do, no chemicals or cleaning solutions necessary.

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.

john@lastartups.com