We as Americans are oblivious when it comes to how foods are really affecting us, so we all have to do our part to become educated about the foods we have been growing up eating, and especially the foods that we are feeding our children!
One of the most dangerous foods is probably something you've been consuming on a daily basis. Probably several times a day. It is all around us, and the negative effects of this product are clearly visible in America.
The production of white flour involves stripping away of the most nutritional aspects of the grain: the germ and the bran. It also includes the addition of lost B vitamins and iron, and bleaching it with a chemical bleaching agent to make it appear bright white. The flour itself is devoid of the fiber which aids in passing easily through the large intestine. A person following a diet that regularly includes eating white flour as well as sugar (fructose, primarily), or products made with the ingredients, increases their chances for weight gain, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes.
The more refined foods a person eats, the more insulin must be produced to manage it. Insulin promotes the storage of fat, making way for rapid weight gain and elevated triglyceride levels, which can lead to heart disease. Over time, the pancreas gets so overworked that insulin production grinds to a halt, and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or diabetes sets in. Either way, the body is getting little or no fuel from the food you eat and tries to convert muscle and fat into energy.
Also, the constant refined sugar/refined flour intake places a continual stress on the adrenals to pump out balancing hormones. This, of course, ultimately weakens the adrenals making it harder and harder for them to respond as the “emergency system” they were created to be.
So, what are you supposed to eat in place of white flour? You have a few great options:
1. Quinoa Flour
This is my absolute favorite! Packed with protein and fiber, the highest amounts out of all grains!
2. Chickpea Flour (Garbanzo Beans)
This stuff is delicious! It brings a rich flavor to our baked goods without the harmful side effects of white flour.
3. Brown Rice Flour
An absolute staple for gluten-free baking!
Welcome to 2016!
I'm a bit late, aren't I? Thanks to all my followers who were waiting patiently for me to return from my hiatus! :) I am sure you can all understand that sometimes life just gets too hectic for blogging lol.
Anyways, I am back with some GREAT news.
I was contacted by the creator of an amazing new detox cleanse and she said there was something I had to let all my readers know. The media floods us with information, and you always hear about "Greens".
Eat your greens!
Drink your greens!
But we have forgotten the very important nutrients you get from REDS!
From cranberries to strawberries to watermelon, red fruits and vegetables pack a powerful punch. Red fruits and veggies are brimming with antioxidants such as anthocyanins and lycopene, helping the body to ward off illnesses such as heart disease and cancer. These vibrant red foods also decrease the risk of macular degeneration and stroke, and they help eliminate the free radicals that contribute to aging. Here is a quick list of some of the best, most nutritious red super fruits and superfoods you’ll be enjoying during and after this detox, plus some reasons why each one is so fantastic.
Apples: Simple apples, with their bright red skins and juicy interiors, offer bone protection, help ease breathing disorders, and help keep cholesterol levels healthy.
Beets: Love them or hate them, beets continually make the list of red powerhouse foods. They are high in lycopene, folate, and anthocyanins, nutrients that help the body function properly.
Blood Oranges: Blood oranges have a rich, delicious taste and are filled with vitamin C, among other nutrients.
Cherries: Cherries aren’t just tasty, they’re a wonderful source of potassium, which can help you attain and keep healthy blood pressure levels. When fresh cherries aren't available, consider soaking dry, unsweetened ones or adding frozen ones to your smoothies. If you’re using fresh cherries, double check to be sure that you’ve removed all the pits before tossing them in the blender.
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After gaining nearly 100lbs while suffering from PCOS, my journey to lose weight has finally ended and my love and appreciation for healthy but delicious food has just begun. This my story on how I lost nearly 90lbs while still completely indulging in life.