Go Green At The Start Of The Week

Thinking about going on a health binge? Chances are you are doing so at the start of the week. At least that was what research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found after researchers analyzed weekly patterns in health-related searches on Google. Their findings showed that health related searches were 30% more common at the beginning of the week than later on in the week, with the lowest searches being on a Saturday, which isn’t surprising as many people deem the weekend to be a “cheat” or treat yourself day.

So why do are we more likely to be healthier at the start of the week? Well the chances are that it is as simple as starting the week as you mean to go on! Almost like a mini New Year’s resolution and if you start the week strong then there is no reason why you shouldn’t continue it. Also as a lot of people live for the weekend, consuming a lot of calories and alcohol, then they see Monday as a reset day where they are healthier to make up for it and to attempt to cure their hangovers.

But what does knowing that people are more health conscious and proactive at the beginning of the week mean in terms of using this research? Well quite a lot apparently! By knowing when people are more interested in their health, public health initiatives will have a lot more impact when they take this information into account compared to if they did it during the weekend. If you target someone on a day where they are more willing to adopt healthy behaviours then you will have much more success overall, after all healthy habits have to start somewhere.

For instance if we posted this article to inform you about how unhealthy certain salads can be, the chances are you might ignore it later in the week but it could really stick with you at the beginning and therefore affect your decisions when it comes to lunch time. So in case it is the start of the week and you are reading this, here are our tips on what to avoid in salads.

Bottled Dressing
In a perfect world we would have a salad as part of every meal but we are so used to having strong flavours that people lather on bottled sauces. In truth they are very high in sugar and no better for us that fast food. Keep it clean with olive oil, balsamic and citrus juice.

Yes it is nice to have some additional texture but is eating buttery, processed bread a good idea in a healthy salad? If you are craving carbs then consider introducing the likes of sweet potato into the salad till you are sated or nuts to give you a similar crunch.

Cheese can be an important part of your diet but if you are incorporating it into all your salads or using grated cheddar then the chances are you are consuming unnecessary saturated fats, salts and calories.

Getting The Right Nutrients From Food

On a daily basis there aren’t too many of us who take nutritional deficiencies into account…have we gotten enough protein/carbohydrates/nutrients from our food? Most of us when trying to lose weight and build muscle want to know what we should be eating and are willing to restrict our diet to achieve this. But whilst a high protein diet that cuts out a lot of carbs and sugars, whilst eating a lot of greens sounds like a good one, it is surprising to find that it can still have several deficiencies.

Research has proven that even the healthiest eaters and athletes can be deficient in many nutritional areas. So if there is no hope for them then imagine how your average persons diet compares! An example of how important getting the right nutrients can be is research that showed a 5% decrease in aggression and 26% decrease in antisocial behaviour in prison inmates and all it took was for them to take fish oil supplements, multi-vitamin and mineral supplements.

The truth is that no matter how well we eat, we are still likely to have some type of nutritional deficiency. This is thought to be why a lot of people on diets start to look better but feel bad about themselves!

So what are some of the most common deficiencies that people can look out for? The most obvious and common one is dehydration; by not consuming enough water you are likely to experience bloating, constipation and low energy to name but a few issues. Vitamins and minerals deficiencies will result in a poor immune function and low energy, and a low protein diet result in low amounts of lean muscle, reduced strength and low energy.

If you are feeling these kinds of symptoms then you should definitely consider turning your diet around and you will see near immediate benefits. Here are our tips on how to do so:

Get Hydrated
Drink a lot more water and take how much you exercise into account too as this will mean you have to consume more as you will have lost it through exercise. Also be sure to cut out carbonated, high sugar drinks and caffeine too.

Try to eat more protein-rich foods such as eggs and chicken, for vegetarians you should try to consume more nuts and legumes and consider taking a protein supplement to help you get the nutrients you need.

Essential Fats
Not all fats are bad and you should be looking to incorporate essential fats from the likes of olive oil, fish and avocado into your diet. Aim for a few small servings of these fats a day but be sure not to be too excessive.

Go Green
What better way to get all your nutrients than to really increase the amount of green vegetables that are in your diet? It is not only simple to do but your body craves these nutrients and you can get them from all sorts of places such as wheatgrass or even supplements.

Can Fast Food Be Healthy?

We all know that the vast majority of fast food is bad for us but when we are in a squeeze and on the run it can also really hit the spot…after all it is cheap, tasty and fast. The downside of this is that it tends to be loaded with enough fat and calories for an entire day and all sorts of other nasties people don’t like to think about.

Fast food menus are a pretty difficult area to navigate if you are on a diet and we challenge anyone to find a healthy, nutritionally balanced fast food restaurant! But having said that there are ways to be healthy and also eat fast, you just have to be smart with your decisions.

But can fast food really be healthy? The key tends to be in the wording, you can make fast food “healthier” but it isn’t necessarily healthy for you. It would be pretty hard to maintain a healthy diet if you were to regularly eat at a fast food establishment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t very occasionally treat yourself. The issue is that fast food is so high in trans and saturated fats, sodium and calories that it is almost like punishing your body, these places also tend to lack any kind of fresh fruit and vegetables too.

Have you ever heard anyone tell you moderation is the key? Well it’s true and if you do go to a fast food restaurant then the next best advice is to choose what you eat carefully, it might not seem like a big deal at the time but all the neglect takes a toll on your body. Here are some ways to cut back on the excess:

Keep Your Meals To 500 Calories Or Less – You would be amazed how many calories people can put away from eating a large burger and fries, you can literally get your daily calorie intake and more in one meal. On average an adult consumes 836 calories per fast food meal, be sure to check the calories before you go wild!

Bring Your Own Health Boost – We aren’t so much saying to bring a pack-lunch (although that would be healthier) instead bring a few healthier bits to counteract the unhealthiness of the meal. Even bringing bottled water has an immediate benefit over drinking sugary carbonated drinks and it cuts the calorie count down a lot too.

Don’t Be Afraid To Adjust An Order – A lot of places will adjust your order to suit your preference so don’t be afraid to ask them to use a wholegrain bread instead of white or to not use too much sauce, remember every little helps.

Know Portion Sizes – Some restaurants supersize meals and have larger portion sizes than you might expect so always be wary of this and lets face it, if you have accidently ordered something too large, you don’t have to eat it if you don’t want to. Don’t feel obligated to finish a huge portion of fries that is way more than a usual portion is.

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