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So what is a healthy diet?

What is a healthy diet? Most people don't know, not because they're ignorant or don't care - it's because they're confused. There is so much conflicting advice about diet and nutrition, who can blame us when we throw in the towel and eat pizza?

You may hear much conflicting advice and confusing information, but actually, hidden away among the self-serving propaganda of a lot of the food industry - and even the nutritional supplement industry - there are very clear guidelines for healthy eating. After years of research and campaigning, there are finally official and nutritionally sound guidelines for a good diet.

The message is plain: a low saturated fat, moderate protein, low simple-carbohydrate, high complex-carbohydrate diet is the way to go. Stated simply, the golden rules for a healthy diet are:

bulletrain.gif Avoid stimulants such as sugar, coffee, tea and cigarettes, and limit alcohol.
bulletrain.gif Avoid saturated (animal) fats and especially hydrogenated (processed) fats.
bulletrain.gif Avoid simple (refined) carbohydrates, including white bread, biscuits, cakes and other processed foods.
bulletrain.gif Avoid unnatural additives, flavourings and preservatives.
bulletrain.gif Eat more beans, lentils, seeds, nuts and wholegrains.
bulletrain.gif Eat more vegetables, raw or lightly cooked (steaming is best).
bulletrain.gif Eat several servings of fresh fruit every day.
bulletrain.gif Eat oily fish several times a week.
bulletrain.gif Whenever possible eat organically-grown, natural, unprocessed foods.
bulletrain.gif Drink plenty of filtered water.
bulletrain.gif Avoid these poisonous items in your diet and medications: aspartame, ritalin, Prozac, fluorinated water, vaccinations.

Alongside regular exercise, this works for weight loss but more importantly it's the cornerstone of optimum nutrition - an approach to diet and health that says food can be both pleasure and medicine, and that diet has a crucial role to play in disease prevention and longer, healthier living.

What is a healthy diet? Is it what we eat, how we eat, when we eat? You are probably familiar with the food pyramid provided by the health experts out there - there is dairy, meat products, bread, veg and fruit. But how accurate is it? Truthfully – not very accurate. We need better and more up-to-date information. VegeVega Blog have put together an extensive guide on What Is a Healthy Diet?

Many people would like to believe that as long as they take their vitamin supplements they can keep eating all the "bad" foods they desire. But you can't rely simply on supplements; a well-planned, varied diet is essential.

Of course it is good to eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals. But this is only one criterion. Good food should also be low in saturated fat, salt and fast-releasing sugars, and high in fiber. Alkaline-forming foods (foods high in calcium, magnesium and potassium) are preferable - such as all fruit and vegetables, millet, seeds, almonds, brazils, herb teas, yoghurt, bean sprouts. These help to buffer the acids that result from the metabolism of proteins, refined foods and stimulants. Such a diet will also be low in calories. And to further help keep your weight in check, eat earlier in the day, rather than later when the metabolism slows down. And of course, equally important is to exercise every day.

Honest Food Guide
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The best sources for essential nutrients include:
bulletrain.gif Carbohydrates - Beans, lentils, wholegrains, vegetables, fruit
bulletrain.gif Protein - Nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, wholegrains, vegetables, and moderate quantities of animal produce
bulletrain.gif Fats - Nuts, seeds, cold-pressed vegetable oils, wholegrains, oily fish used in moderation
bulletrain.gif Water - Filtered water, still bottled water, fruit and vegetables
bulletrain.gif Vitamin A - Carrots, watercress, spinach, cabbage, squash, sweet potatoes, melon, pumpkin, broccoli, apricots, beetroot and tomatoes, eggs, fish liver oils, cheese
bulletrain.gif Vitamin B Complex - Wholegrains, seeds, nuts, vegetables, beans, lentils, eggs, milk, yoghurt, liver, poultry, fish, meat, eggs
bulletrain.gif Vitamin C - Berries, tropical fruits, peppers, tomatoes, cabbage
bulletrain.gif Vitamin D - Fish, dairy products, egg yolk
bulletrain.gif Vitamin E - Wheatgerm, unrefined vegetable oils, avocados, seeds, nuts, beans, peas, fish, egg yolk
bulletrain.gif Vitamin K - Kelp, alfalfa, cauliflower, leafy green vegetables, potato, tomatoes, polyunsaturated oils, dairy products
bulletrain.gif Calcium - Peanuts, sunflower seeds, dairy foods, bones in small fish, green leafy vegetables
bulletrain.gif Chromium - Brewer's yeast, egg yolk, mushrooms, wholewheat bread, molasses
bulletrain.gif Iron - Green leafy vegetables, dried fruits, wholegrains, beans, lentils, fish, meat
bulletrain.gif Magnesium - Green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, soya beans, wholegrains
bulletrain.gif Potassium - Fruit - particularly bananas, vegetables
bulletrain.gif Selenium - Nuts, seeds, wholegrains, fish, meat, eggs, dairy products
bulletrain.gif Sodium - Fruit, vegetables contain all you need
bulletrain.gif Zinc - Nuts, seeds, wholegrains, wheatgerm

Help with Healthy Eating

You are what you eat, they say, but taking full responsibility for food and healthy eating in your life can be quite a challenge. We need to understand the causes of gaining weight. Especially nowadays, in the modern world, we are all surrounded by temptations to consume too much, and too much of the wrong thing. And not only temptation - a whole industry is devoted to persuading us to indulge ourselves to excess.

We also need to know the foods rich in vitamins, and which vitamins give you energy.

What if you have been depriving yourself unhealthily, and are trying to return to a more balanced approach? All that pressure is no help to you either.

Of course you need to take practical measures to manage your food intake and establish a good and healthy routine, but you will be much more likely to succeed at this if you focus on the psychological aspects of nutrition and eating. And this is where hypnosis can really help you.

The following food and healthy eating hypnosis downloads are based on a solid understanding of the psychological underpinnings of unhealthy consumption. You can find a download to help you comfortably, easily and effectively take control of how food contributes to your healthy lifestyle...

Anorexia Treatment
You can begin to free yourself from anorexia

Bulimia Treatment
This download can help you control and overcome bulimia

Drink More Water
This session will help program your unconscious mind to remember to drink plenty of water

Eat More Vegetables
You really can look forward to being able to eat more fruit and vegetables

Gain Weight
Get motivation and focus to gain weight quickly

Gluten Free Diet
Hypnosis is a great help if you really want to keep to your gluten free diet regime

Picky Eater
It's easy to stop being a picky eater when you use hypnosis to help

Reduce Salt Intakep
Reduce your salt intake by getting your unconscious mind on your si

Stop Drinking Soda
Drinking soda is bad news for your health - now you can cut it out

Help with Weight Loss

Are you struggling with weight loss? Hypnosis can provide the extra motivation and determination to keep you moving in the direction of your goals, and help you escape the many food traps that can cause weight gain.

Self hypnosis for weight loss is the perfect tool for re-educating your unconscious mind - the part that creates cravings and impulses - to give you back real choice in what you eat. You know that a real and permanent change in your weight only comes with a change in lifestyle, not through fad diets that you can't possibly keep up over the long term. The following weight control hypnosis downloads can help you make those changes, and far more quickly and easily than you ever imagined possible.

Why is hypnotherapy so much more effective than just dieting alone? Because it lifts you out of a double bind. On the one hand, faddy dieting and unnatural calorie restriction actually causes your body to store fat more effectively, and create cravings for high-calorie, unsatiating foods. In addition, feeling 'deprived' on a daily basis is eventually going to drive you to bingeing and rebellion, no matter how strong your self-control. In short, hunger always wins in the end.

Break the patterns and habits of poor or over eating and take control of your hunger and weight.

Taking a psychological approach with hypnosis deals with the hidden patterns behind poor eating and over-eating at the same level as they occur - deep in your unconscious mind. That's why it's so much more effective. Taking control back and giving your body the foods it needs will make maintaining a healthy weight natural and easy.

Save 42% with the 10 download Weight Loss Hypnosis Pack, containing the 10 most needed solutions to weight loss problems.

Banish Fast Food
Use hypnosis to break the fast food habit and achieve your weight loss

Boredom Eating
Quickly get control over the monotony munchies with hypnosis

Control Hunger
Use hypnosis to learn a new way to respond to hunger signals

Eat Slowly
Slow down your eating and give your digestion a chance

Enjoy Healthy Cooking
Get the motivation to cook healthy food and develop a helpful habit

Keep Weight Off
Hypnosis will help you keep weight off after a successful diet

Low Carb Diet
Use hypnosis to 'reprogram' your brain to recognize a low carb diet as attractive

Portion Control
Learn how to unconsciously know when enough is enough on your plate

Stop Binge Eating
Hypnosis can free you from the grip of compulsive bingeing

Stop Comfort Eating
Escape the compulsion to make yourself feel better with food

Stop Emotional Eating
Keep emotional and physical needs apart with hypnosis

Stop Night Eating
Reprogram your subconscious mind to eat at appropriate times

Stop Snacking
Stop snacking on the wrong stuff. Eat the right stuff instead

Sugar Addiction
Train your brain to lose your sweet tooth

Think Thin
Use hypnosis to re-train your brain and lose weight naturally

TV Junk Food
Stop the wrong food types creeping up on you when watching TV

Weight Loss Motivation
Use hypnosis to help yourself maintain your weight loss regime until you reach your goal

Weight Loss: Healthy Eating
Hypnosis can teach you to steer clear of diet busters and choose healthy options