ARE FRESH JUICES AS HEALTHY AS THEY SEEM?

All of us have repetitive family interactions that can break into short sequences in which everyone participating (and only they are) is pretending to know what is going on. One of our family interactions looks like this.

My kid Alex makes puppy’s eyes to his grandfather at the juice bar. My dad pulls out his wallet and says to me “I know – I know.” What he really means is that he does not want to hear my speech again, just how healthy the juices pretend to be.

But hey you just started the article on juices, so I hope you still want to read it.

I’ll start with the positive: Juices have lots of minerals, vitamins and water. If you hesitate between lemonade and juice, the choice is clear.

However, juice is just water and natural sugar. There are three things:

  • Less fiber: while we eat much less fiber already than our own intestines, we are also taking away fibers that we need from our natural foods
  • Energy on a swing: Sugar and water can quickly provide energy, but that energy that will quickly fall. Easy come, easy go.
  • We do not feel satisfied : firstly because there is no fiber, and secondly because when we drink liquids to satisfy our thirst we never change the perception of hunger.

So soon after we have drunk juice, if we are not hungry, we are without energy and we have not delivered the body whatever is needed. What happens next? We eat immediately or have the next meal bigger than usual. That would not be so bad, but we were at the same time drinking lots of calories in our juice. In those big fresh (400 ml) there are 3-4 pieces of fruit. We rarely eat fresh fruit in big portions, but it is not problem to drink it in fresh juice.

So what about drinks, which can replace snacks with proper calories, but does not fill our body and nourish us like a snack? Just it is good to know that the juices are not as healthy as they look. Keep them as a delicacy, not a part of a balanced daily diet.

So now you can say while at the juice stand: “I know.”

Danica Dobisová
Psychologist and nutritional counsellor. I help people to lose weight without dieting and forever. I follow the principles of mindful eating and teach people what and when to eat and how to create healthy eating habits. Here is more information.
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WHAT ARE PROBIOTICS AND WHY YOU SHOULD TRY THEM?

Every month, in November and December, my monthly mileage is not worth even mentioning. As soon as the first nursery virus is at home with us, we have two months in the rhymes and coughs. That’s why I’m without energy while I run through my daily duties, paradoxically, much less than the fact that I will have to have a long weekend run.

And because I was looking through the diet for most of my troubles, the thought sequence was as follows. Strengthen Immunity – promote intestinal microflora – prebiotic, probiotic diet.

Our intestinal microflora has a major impact on many body processes, starting with mood and better the absorption of nutrients, minerals and vitamins ends. A large number of bacteria coexist in the digestive tract. Your beneficial health maintains the digestive system in harmony and consequently contributes to the whole-body balance.

The proportion of favourable and unfavourable bacteria varies, in particular, in our diseases (especially if we use antibiotics or analgesics), stress (including intensive, regular workouts) and the influence of inappropriate diets (many sugars and industrially processed carbohydrates / low fibre).

In order to harmonize the intestines again, it is good to increase prebiotics and probiotics.

• Prebiotics: an indigestible food ingredient that promotes growth and beneficial intestinal activity microflora. Where are they? In root vegetables, onions, garlic, other kinds of vegetables and fruits with peel.

• Probiotics: A live culture with food or as a dietary supplement in capsules. Where is can we find? In white yoghurt with live cultures, acidophilic milk, ripened cheeses and fermented foods (cabbage or fermented food from Asian cuisine as a miso pasta, kimchi and soy sauce).
Capsule accessories are good for diseases. The only problem is that they are not always alive in them microorganisms are still living in the declared amount. In addition, it appears to be more beneficial to support (own) the microflora itself and allow it to gradually recover and regenerate.

Healthy bowels are not only the result of eating enough fibre and prebiotic aprobiotic foods, but also what we do not eat. We do not prescribe antibiotics and analgesics and we restrict it sugar with other unsuitable carbohydrates (white flour, processed foods as breakfast crisps, biscuits, etc.)

What to take from it when we are doing sports? A diet nourishing our intestinal microflora will improve our immune response, so we do not miss out on so many trainings due to viruses and we will not come up with a tightly-built condition. It can promote regeneration for training and definitely maintain a healthy digestive tract, so we avoid the intestinal problems.

I took my own advice on my heart, started to eat the cabbage regularly and I was slightly below the plan, it’s my most efficient running autumn since I got a child at the kindergarten.

This article is prepared for you by:

   Danica Dobisová
Psychologist and nutritional counsellor. I help people to lose weight without dieting and forever. I follow the principles of mindful eating and teach people what and when to eat and how to create healthy eating habits. Here is more information.
You might be interested in a free eBook: Ebook: 3 návyky pro štíhlou postavu.

IS COCONUT OIL GOOD FOR US?

Coconut oil is an excellent product to buy. It exudes exoticism, looks interesting and offers us visions of beach holidays.

Should we therefore buy it?

First let’s discuss some theory. The quality of oil or fat is judged by its building blocks, i.e its oily acids. Fatty acids consist of carbon chains that are short (up to 6 carbons), medium-long (6-12 carbons) or long (12 or more carbons).

We then recognize saturated (single carbon bonds), monounsaturated (one double bond) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (more than one double bond).

We eat healthily when the proportion of unsaturated fatty acids and fatty acids predominate in the food medium-length chain.

They are usable as a source of energy and some are essential as our body does not know how to create them and needs to get them in sufficient amount of food).

It is most commonly found in plants like nuts and seeds, but also in fish.

In contrast, saturated fatty acids contribute to increase cholesterol levels or atherosclerosis (an inflammatory disease of the blood vessels in which fat is deposited in the vessel wall). Fatty acids with long chain are not used as a direct source of energy but are transported by our blood to the ditches and in that way the part is saved. It is mainly found in animal fats.

I think that at this point, the memory of the smell of coconut oil has faded in your mind, and you now remember your school lab exercises in chemistry. Excellent!

Now we can look at coconut oil uninterestedly.

Coconut oil, despite its vegetable origin, has a composition similar to animal fats. Therefore, it is stiff and should be named coconut fat. 90% of its fatty acids are saturated (by the way, butter has only 68% and lard even just 41%) and almost half of its fatty acids have a long carbon chain. Not even the presence of essential fatty acids – not worth mentioning. Much more valuable in this respect are our local oils – rapeseed and linseed. So what about coconut oil?

If you want to highlight its exoticness and coconut in a meal, calmly in the kitchen occasionally use, the world (or your healthy eating) will not shrink.

But otherwise, I would, especially in winter, move it into the bathroom. It is good for dry skin, sore spots, cracked lips or thorough relaxation.

This article is prepared for you by:

   Danica Dobisová
Psychologist and nutritional counsellor. I help people to lose weight without dieting and forever. I follow the principles of mindful eating and teach people what and when to eat and how to create healthy eating habits. Here is more information.
You might be interested in a free eBook: Ebook: 3 návyky pro štíhlou postavu.