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Having Problems loosing Weight?

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America is getting fatter each year. It’s happening to younger and younger people. It is a very sad situation because this leads to more illness, chronic disease and unhappiness in life.  It can be avoided if we ate correctly! The four evils in America are Fat, Sugar, Wheat and Salt. We do need some fat for our brains to operate properly. Eat good fat like Olive Oil and avocados and fish. Avoid completely fried foods which use bad fats and are loaded with calories. Avoid sweets. This seems hard to do for someone who is addicted. After 3 or 4 days the sugar addiction goes away and you wont have as strong a craving. If you give in and some sweets, the cravings will continue on and on. Wheat turns to sugar in the body and can spike your blood sugar levels. Fruits are OK since the sugars are contained in fiber which release them slowly in our bodies. They do nor spike the blood sugar levels. Avoid cereals completely except oatmeal! Cereal has added sugar, salt and wheat. They will spike your blood sugar levels. Finally salt. Salt comes in supper high levels in processed foods. Don’t eat them! Soups can have as much as a half a day’s salt levels in one portion! Make your own from scratch and control how much salt you add. It is not the salt shaker that hurts (unless you use it excessively) but the processed foods that come with hidden salt that we can’t even taste. Remember you are in control of your health, not your doctor and certainly not your government. Decide today to take control back.

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Standard American Diet (SAD)

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English: Mizner Park, Boca Raton, Florida.

English: Mizner Park, Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Our normal diet is very SAD! We Americans eat too much salt, sugar and greasy fried foods. I was eating in a great Italian restaurant in Boca Raton, FL last night. The owner, chef was from Naples, Italy and had been chef at Grand Hotel in Rome, Italy. We got talking about Italy and how his food was very close to what you got in Italy at the non tourist restaurants. He said most people come into his restaurant and add salt to his food even before they taste it. It is a crutch! Salt & sugar can lead to serious illnesses and death. We buy prepared foods which are loaded with salt and sugars. We then salt them before eating them. Typically we have more than a daily allowance of salt in a single meal.

 

Try breaking away from prepared foods, canned foods and frozen foods as much as possible. Buy fresh produce and cook it your self. Add a little bit of salt for flavor. If you break the salt & sugar addition, you will enjoy the real taste of fresh food more and be healthier. Many people believe soup is so healthy and eat a lot of it. Canned or boxed soups are very high in salt. BEWARE! Make your own soup from scratch with little or no salt. Add a small amount as you serve it for flavor. The life you save might be your own or a loved one.

 

 

Hidden Salt Everywhere Can be Hard to Find

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We all know that too much salt is bad for you. Most people who are taking in too much salt don’t get it from the shaker. It comes from hidden salts in foods that we don’t associate with salty flavors. Yahoo Health recently ran the top ten hidden sources of salt:
• Salad dressing, dips, ketchup, mustard, soy sauce
• Cheeses
• Canned soups, stews and vegetables
• Breakfast cereals
• Bagels and baked goods
• Cured, smoked and deli meats
• Anything labeled low salt. The law says it must be 25% lower than regular product. If the regular product is very high the low version is still high.
• Fast food and French fries
• Products labeled “Low Fat” or “Heart Healthy” uses salt to make the product taste good.
• Some desserts like puddings and cream pies

Mountains of Salt Everywhere

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WebMD talks about Americans eating too much salt. It is NOT the salt shaker that gives us too much sodium (salt). It comes from other non-natural sources like processed foods. Most foods in boxes, cans, bags, etc contain salt and sugar. They usually have the natural fibers removed by the processing. Why do we eat these foods? We believe that cooking takes too long but that isn’t true. We can cook meals much quicker than running to a fast food restaurant. We can cook meals from fresh raw ingredients in about the same time as from a box, bag or can. If we eat some meals as raw foods, as we should, there is no cooking time. Our health is faltering because of the increased salt. Remember the big 3 no nos to good health: 1) Reduce salt intake, Reduce sugar intake and 3) reduce saturated fat intake (animal-based foods). Low fat, low sodium, low anything means the addition of something else like sugars. Eat what nature gave us, it has been at it a lot longer than man.

Salt, Salt … Too Much Salt

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WebMD recently said Americans eat way too much salt. Our excessive salt is not coming from the salt shakers. About 75% of our salt intake comes from commercial foods. We are eating too much processed foods and it’s killing us. Excessive salt is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. This 75% intake of salt doesn’t even add flavor to the foods it’s in. It is mainly a preservative. Many people then add more salt on top of it for flavor. Eating real food, not from a box, bag or can, is healthy and adding a little salt for flavor is fine. Watch the hidden salts. They are lurking in the shadows everywhere.