Juicing and Blending

I’ve noticed there’s a lot of controversy online lately about which is better and healthier for you, juicing or blending? I wanted to put my personal opinion out there and just say that whichever you’re doing, you’re heading in the right direction regardless. Both are ways that you can incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet to get important vitamins and minerals. Personally, I will blend when I want to have the drink as breakfast or snack because of the fiber that’s still in your drink, it helps you feel full, and I juice when I want to have it as just a drink. There’s a lot of positives about each one and I wouldn’t say that one is better for you than the other, but watch my video to learn a little about the benefits and convenience of both!

Nutrition for Your Noggin

What a stressful semester this has been! And guess what today’s topic is? Yup, you guessed it, S•T•R•E•S•S.

After doing some research, I found that a lot of foods and drinks that I help when I’m stressed, are actually some that can make it worse. Comfort foods are a big no. This may be the first thing you go to when you’re stressed out but a lot of these foods,at least for me, are high in sugar, butter, or cheese. The high calories that are found, like mac and cheese (my guilty pleasure) in these foods aren’t accompanied with nutrients. Keeping your body healthy by supplying it with healthy nutrients, vitamins, and minerals can help keep your body and your mind in check, and allow your body to work properly and naturally reduce the feelings that are accompanied by stress.

Another thing I’m guilty of is coffee! I rely on it to keep me awake and alert longer so I have more time to finish assignments and study. Again, not a good choice. Try to stay away from caffeinated drinks, especially in the morning. The caffeine puts your body in alert mode so it’s ready for fight or flight. In this state, your body releases hormones that increase symptoms of stress, for example high blood pressure and increased heart rate. Instead of coffee, reach for a glass of water, or an herbal tea.

To get your nervous system nice and strong, increase your intake of Vitamin E, B and C, magnesium and zinc. These are found across different food groups so it’s important to get a little bit of each. Include meats, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables and oily fish in your diet to obtain these nutrients and strengthen your nervous system.

So, hopefully with some of these changes and more sleep, I’ll be on the road to a less stressful lifestyle 🙂

(http://www.stress.org.uk/Diet-and-nutrition.aspx)

Let’s Digest: Why we eat food

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I don’t know about you but eating is one of my favorite things! There are many factors that determine when and why we eat. First off, hunger! It is definitely annoying, and sometimes embarrassing, to hear the growls of whatever monster seems to be living inside of you when you’re hungry.

Our first instinct is to feed it! Other times we eat before we get this feeling. For example, you just ate your Thanksgiving dinner and you feel more full than ever, but out comes the desserts, and there you find yourself with fresh baked pumpkin pie and apple crisp leaving your fork and entering your mouth. Although you felt like you couldn’t fathom even one more bite, our senses stimulate our desire to eat again. Who can turn down the smell of warmly baked apples in the fall?! Not me! Sometimes even just seeing something that looks tasty make you want to eat it too! I bet the picture above made your mouth water, too!

Aside from just WANTING food, our body actually needs it, and will send us signals to tell us when we do. This is often what happens when our stomach growls. It growls when food is done being digested, and there is no more food to muffle the noise of the digestion process. The growling noise we hear and feel make us aware, and hungry. This complicated process is put simply for now. In following blogs, I will discuss the impacts that eating has as determined by when and why we eat.

(http://www.eufic.org/article/en/artid/food-choice-complex-behaviour/)