7 Signs You Are Overeating

7 Signs You Are Overeating

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We live in a society that’s filled with over-sized meals, so it’s no wonder more of the population is overeating each time they sit down for a meal. To aggravate the issue, people are being brought up on fast foods with zero nutritional value and high amounts of fructose corn syrup. A study conducted by Scientific American showed that excessive eating releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes the body feel good. Dopamine creates a positive reinforcement for overeating.

To break this addictive eating behavior, it’s important to identify these eight signs of overeating:

1. Feeling Distressed After Eating

One of the obvious signs of overeating is the feeling of disappointment for not pushing away that plate sooner. Binge eating, another term for overeating, leaves people unable to control themselves. According to studies conducted by the Mayo Clinic, people who overeat will repeat this vicious cycle day after day even after feeling depressed as a consequence. When it is time to eat, a person will feel comfortable for a moment, but the binge pattern takes over, and as soon as they are done eating the self-loathing and regret sets in.

2. Increased Waist Size

A potbelly can appear immediately after eating a large meal. Studies at the Mayo Clinic have shown that binge eating can result in weight gain, which then reinforces compulsive eating. The worse a person feels about his or her appearance, the more that person will reach for food to cope. They eat to feel good. They start to feel worse, then return to food for comfort.

Top 7 Foods That Fight Migraines

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Just about anything can cause a migraine headache, from changes in weather, certain foods and drinks to a lack of sleep, strong odors, and increased stress. If you understand exactly what triggers your migraine headaches, then you are in a better position than most people. Unfortunately for many, migraines are an unexpected surprise. If you are battling these painful headaches and don’t know what’s triggering them, consider these seven foods that fight migraines that may help to bring you some comfort.

1. Bananas

If you are having trouble with persistent headaches, consider eating a few bananas. The magnesium in bananas relaxes the blood vessels throughout the body and can help ease pain. Potassium is a crucial part of overall electrolyte balance. In addition to helping bring comfort from a stubborn migraine, bananas can also help ease muscle fatigue and prevent nausea.

2. Fresh Salad

The pain from a migraine headache is due in part to the body experiencing dehydration. The high fiber and water content in vegetables, such as spinach and lettuce leaves, will rehydrate your body and reduce the pressure on the blood vessels in the brain. Iceberg lettuce has a higher water content, but it lacks the nutrients needed to fully eliminate pain. Consider adding romaine, escarole, arugula, spinach, or butter lettuce to your salad as an alternative to iceberg. Rather than eating baked snacks throughout the day, keep a fresh salad in the refrigerator and enjoy the healing benefits.

9 Foods You Never Thought Could Be Stored Outside the Fridge

9 Foods You Never Thought Could Be Stored Outside the Fridge

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We’ve all had similar experiences– a lot of us think that we should store almost everything inside the fridge to prevent it from rotting and spoiling, while keeping it fresh longer. Although it’s somewhat true, believe it or not, there are some foods that you shouldn’t refrigerate at all, because refrigeration will just shorten their shelf life. Here are some of them.

1. Bread

Most of us are aware that freezing bread is a great way to lengthen its shelf life. Thus, it’s easy to conclude that if we’ll keep it cool inside the fridge, we can also prolong its shelf life even for a short term. Unfortunately, doing that will have an opposite effect. For one, putting bread inside the refrigerator can make it lose its freshness more quickly as compared to leaving it out in warm temperature.

Some food experts suggest that freshly made baked goods, especially bread, must be moist inside, while completely dry on other parts. The most common reason why bread goes stale is when water enters the bread, making it uniformly moist. So, keeping bread in cool temperature, actually contributes to this process. On the other hand, freezing bread will just keep prevent the water from spreading, as it stays in one place.

2. Tomatoes

Keeping the tomatoes inside the fridge won’t do any good at all. Refrigerating them will just cause the tomatoes to lose their flavor. The cold air in the fridge blocks the ripening process, and for those who doesn’t know, it’s what gives the tomato the flavor it has. Also, refrigerating them would alter the texture, as the cold temperature breaks down the membranes inside the fruit.

Tomatoes are best kept in a basket or bowl on the counter top.

3. Onions

Onions contain water and putting them inside the fridge will just make them soft and moldy. Thus, it’s better to store them in a cool, dry place instead. Although chives and scallions should be stored in the fridge, because of their high water content, onions are different. Likewise, keep the onions away from potatoes when storing them in a basket on your kitchen counter.

8 Reasons Why Not Everything That's Green Is Healthy

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We’re always told that we should eat our vegetables if we want to stay healthy– especially the greens. However, what if these vegetables aren’t really great for us at all? We’re not saying that they’re totally bad, but for some people, it will be better if they’ll avoid the greens, and we’re going to reveal why.

Presenting, some of the reasons why not everything that’s green is healthy.

1. Some Greens Could Irritate the Mouth and Intestinal Tract

Some green vegetables contain chemical called oxalic acid. Although it’s a form of chemical that’s completely harmless for some, there are those who are allergic to it. Thus, the substance end up irritating their mouth as well as intestinal tract. Aside from that, there are instances that it also blocks the calcium and iron absorption of the body– this could lead to the formaldehyde of kidney stones.

Fortunately, it’s possible to reduce the oxalic content of food items through cooking or steaming– it’s important to discard the water used after.

Some of the vegetables that contain oxalic acid are chard, spinach, parsley, beet greens and purslane.

2. Although Spinach Is Rich in Iron, This Doesn’t Indicate That You’ll Get the Amount of Iron the Body Needs

Although spinach is best known for being rich in iron, you have to know that eating it raw wouldn’t give you the benefits you need– it’s all because of the oxalic acid present. That’s why it’s very important to cook the spinach first if you want to experience an iron boost minus the indigestion– we advise that you stay away from raw salads that have spinach. Aside from that, don’t pressure yourself from eating a lot of parsley garnish on your next dinner. Just like the saying too much of anything is bad, this holds true to munching parsley as well. Too much of this can cause stomach problems. Likewise, by eating a big bowl of raw spinach salad every day, you’re just succumbing yourself to kidney stones– instead of maintaining a healthy body.

7 Products That Become Even Healthier When Boiled

7 Products That Become Even Healthier When Boiled

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The benefits of boiling some foods surpasses the need of having a delectable dish that is prepared from hours of frying, mixing, grinding or baking. Some cooking methods make food delicious and pleasing at the expense of nutrients, which are lost during the long processes of making the food more delicious. Though some claim raw foods support optimal health by maintaining all the nutritional values, some studies show that some products become even healthier when boiled. This a fact that most people are not aware of today.

For people who are conscious about their health, boiling as a method of cooking can be the best option in helping you preserve the maximum nutritional value in some foods. While frying makes food delicious, it can destroy nutrients present in some of them.

Moreover, boiled foods are not always unpleasant. It helps to maintain the original flavors and the original color of food products. This makes boiled food delicious and appealing with their taste and color intact and thus enjoyed at their best.

Here are some of the food products that are become healthier when boiled:

1.Carrots 

Carrots are known to contain vitamins and fiber content which are beneficial to the body, including their ability to boost one’s night vision. Their natural occurring sugar makes them a good source of anti-cancer properties (falcarinol)

While some may argue that raw carrot are healthier than cooked ones, recent studies has shown that the heat generated by cooking carrots breaks down the cell walls and helps to release antioxidants and vitamins from the carrot into the body.

A study carried out in Newcastle University found the best way to cook carrots is by boiling them whole. This prevents loss of Compound Falcarinol, which is known to be an anti-cancer property, by a quarter. Boil your carrots whole rather than slicing then and avoid loss of healthy ingredients. It might actually prove to be quite helpful to your body in the end.

9 Foods That Surprisingly Have Very High Amount Of Sugar

4206333_ml  We all know that sugar can be found in copious amounts in certain foods, but there are still a few surprises as to which foods contain seriously high levels. Of course the problem is that the actual amount of sugar is often hidden, so we can easily be consuming more sugar than we actually realize. So, to prove this point here are some foods that surprisingly have very high amount of sugar.

Milk

Milk is good for us thanks to the level of calcium that is in it, but it is also very high in sugar. In a typical serving you are looking at approximately 12g of sugar. Do yourself a real favor by limiting yourself to around one glass of milk per day or you are going to be able to get a large percentage of your daily intake of sugar just by drinking milk.

Coleslaw

So many people love coleslaw, but fewer people are aware of the amount of sugar that is in the average serving. If we use one cup as a serving size, then you can expect 3.5 teaspoons in each cup. This is surprising for a number of people as they are not aware of the sweetness in most varieties and do not think that the cheaper versions will be worse as this amount of sugar is pretty standard.

Flavored Yogurt

Greek yogurt is well known for being a healthy food, but for your own sake you should always buy the un-flavored option because flavored yogurt uses a lot of sugar in order to really get that taste going. In a typical pot you can expect around 20g of sugar and that really is sky high for such a small amount of yogurt.