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EATING HEALTHY

Quick Tips for a Healthier Diet and a More Energized Life

By Bee-Alive, Inc.

CBN.com We all know we should be eating a more nutritious diet. It's important for our overall health, and also for maintaining higher energy levels. It's not that we don't want to eat better… but it can be a bit overwhelming. In our fast-paced society, between work, family, church and other responsibilities and activities, it's amazing that we even get to the grocery store… let alone prepare a meal. We're surrounded by dietary options that are way more convenient for our hectic lifestyles, from fast food to processed food in the grocery store. Who has the time to really plan out a healthier diet? Maybe it would be different if you could afford a personal nutritionist and chef. But you're not a Hollywood celebrity. For most of us "average Joes and Janes," a healthier diet amounts to a smaller size order of French fries at the fast food restaurant.

Maybe you can't do a complete overhaul of your diet right now… and you may not need to. The important thing is to be aware of healthy dietary practices, and to be always moving in the direction of a healthier lifestyle; even if it's only one small step at a time. There are scores of excellent books on the market to help you make improvements in your diet. But we'd like to offer a few quick suggestions that you can focus on right now. Even if you just incorporate one of these tips today, you'll be a step closer to a healthier diet and a more energized life.

1. Cut back on the red meat. Too much beef is not a good thing and not just because of the "Mad Cow" scare! The average American eats burgers three times a week. Studies continue to point to the fact that "less is more" when it comes to eating beef. Heavy consumption of red meat has been linked to heart disease and certain types of cancer, among other health-related problems.

2. Cut back on the sugar. You know from your family dentist that sugar can promote tooth decay. Beyond that, however, there may be other dangers from too much sugar. Studies have proven that sugars (carbohydrates) cause increases in insulin levels in the blood. Over a period of years, an increased level of insulin can lead to a condition known as "insulin resistance" in susceptible people, which could lead to Type 2 Diabetes. Too much insulin also causes food to be converted into body fat, which leads to obesity. In addition, high insulin levels can cause cholesterol deposits in the arteries and high blood pressure. In 2003, a report commissioned by the World Health Organization and the Food and Agricultural Organization recommended that people get no more than ten percent of their calories from sugar. The report was prepared in an effort to help stem the global epidemic of obesity-related diseases. (CNN.com) When it comes to sugar intake, moderation is definitely the key.

3. Minimize salt intake. For years, medical experts have been touting a diet low in salty foods as key to a healthier lifestyle. Most Americans consume too much salt, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Salt increases average levels of blood pressure, and higher blood pressure, as we know, is linked to increased risk of heart disease/attack, or stroke. Keep an eye on "Nutrition Facts" labels to compare the amount of sodium in processed foods. Try using herbs, spices and fruits for flavoring instead of salt.

4. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans include choosing a variety of fruits and vegetables daily. While at least five fruits and vegetables are recommended each day, the average American eats only three. Studies recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Academy of Sciences suggest that the nutritional goodness of fruits and vegetables, particularly those containing vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber, as part of a diet low in fat, saturated fat and cholesterol that contains plenty of whole-grain breads and cereals, may decrease the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer.

5. Eat smaller meals, six times a day, to keep your body well nourished. You'll be amazed at how consistently good you feel when you keep your body nourished throughout the day, instead of waiting for long stretches of time for your next meal. Smaller, more frequent meals that focus on protein and vegetables, with a few carbohydrates like rice, are easy to prepare; will help keep you feeling nourished and energized through the day; and will keep you from "pigging out" from hunger when you sit down to eat.

6. Don't skip meals! Make a conscious effort every day to eat meals on a regular schedule, and not to skip any meal -- especially breakfast! Consistency in diet and eating habits goes a long way. You'll feel better and perform better!

7. Make sure you're getting enough vitamins and minerals. Most of us are not getting the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of nutrients from the food we eat due to pollution, poor soil conditions, over-processing, and our fast-paced lifestyles. That's why even medical doctors are touting the benefits of supplementation. Dietary supplements are not a substitute for adequate food intake, because they don't provide the necessary calories essential for energy production. But a good multivitamin/mineral supplement is important for overall nutrition. In addition, many people find it helpful to supplement their diet with Royal Jelly , a natural food substance from the beehive. Royal Jelly consists of many nutritious bioactive compounds that can be beneficial in many ways, particularly in increasing your energy, stamina and vitality.*

Improving your dietary habits does not have to be an overwhelming project. Take a step at a time and you'll find that you really can eat your way to a healthier, more energized life!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. As with any natural product, individual results will vary.

For more information about Bee-Alive or Royal Jelly, please visit www.beealive.com.


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