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Being happy for a healthier life

Being happy for a healthier life

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim, and end of human existence.” Aristotle

The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle pronounced these words more than 2,000 years ago, and they still ring true today.

Happiness is a large topic that illustrates the experience of positive emotions, such as joy, contentment, and satisfaction.

Some new researches show that being happy is not only the feeling of a positive mood, it also brings potential benefits for your health.

We will discover why being happy could help you to be healthy.

Happy people tend to eat more fruits, vegetables, and grains.  A study made on more than 7,000 adults showed that people with a positive well-being were 47% more likely to eat fruits and vegetables than people with a less positive attitude. Fruits and vegetables are associated with numerous benefits: reducing the risk of diabetes, strokes and heart diseases.

During the same study, researchers also demonstrate that people with a positive well-being were 33% more likely to make a physical activity (with 10 or more hours per week). A regular workout helps increase your energy, build strong bones, eliminate body fat and reduce blood pressure.

Moreover, being happy can help you sleep better which can significantly increase your concentration, productivity, performance and it is important to maintain a healthy weight.

Another study of over 700 adults showed that people with a less positive well-being experienced 47% more sleeping problems (troubles to fall asleep or difficulties to stay asleep).

But if being happy makes you healthier, the other way works too! You can increase your happiness by being healthy!

There are different ways to increase your happiness: express gratitude, get active, get a good night’s rest, spend time outside, meditate and eat healthier are all great ways to help improve your mood!

 

The 6 best foods if you run this summer

 

For most of the runners, summer is a big relief: no more days running in the darkness and icy paths! Let’s enjoy the sunshine and long evening runs.

But just as we change clothes with the seasons, we should adapt our diet too. Eating some specific foods before and after your runs can help you give the best of you even with high temperatures!

1. Coconut water

Regarded as the nature’ sports drink, drinking coconut water is the best way to rehydrate yourself after your long runs (better than any sports drinks). The coconut water is rich in potassium and therefore, in electrolytes (nutrients) that help prevent dehydration, to keep a good blood sugar level and to relax. Coconut water is lower in carbohydrates than normal sports drinks (ideal for people following a low-carb diet).

2. Avocado

Avocados are incredibly rich in nutrients and full of vitamins and minerals (vitamins B and C), which we need every day. Avocados are beneficial for your health and are very useful for runners because they are full of monounsaturated fats which can reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

Avocados are also rich in fiber, which gives to your stomach the feeling to be full for a longer time (perfect for the long runs during the morning). This may seem contradictory because the avocado is considered as a fatty food but the fat comes from monounsaturated fats that improve insulin sensitivity and help your body to burn more fat.

3. Blueberries

Blueberries are ideal for runners because it contains a high water content so that consuming blueberries before a long run will help you stay hydrated. Moreover, they are high in antioxidants which protect you against numerous chronic diseases.

4. Kefir

The kefir is rich in probiotics which help you to boost your immune system, help improve allergies and maintain a healthy weight.

5. Quinoa

Quinoa is a complete protein source that provides all the amino acids our body needs. If you don’t eat meat, quinoa is a good alternative to boost your protein intake and it is gluten-free!

6. Spinach

One study discovered that the nitrates, found in the greens like spinach can help you reach better performance during short exercises like sprints or interval running.

Choose the right foods to help you beat the summer heat both before and after your run! Your body will thank you!

 

The health benefits of oats

 

The health benefits of oats

I don’t start my day without eating a steaming bowl of freshly cooked oats with coconut milk. Now I know why and I won’t stop.. Did you know that oats are considered as the healthiest grains on earth?

Indeed, different studies prove that oats and oatmeal (porridge) are incredibly nutritious and well-balanced: oats are high in fibers and contain a lot of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and antioxidants. You can find oats in a lot of ingredients such as cookies, granola bars, muffins, some pastries,…

The types of oats

  • Instant (quick) oats: quick oats are created by rolling the oat flakes thinner or by steaming them longer. The texture changes and sometimes it can be a little mushy if you cook it too long but the nutritional value is the same.
  • Rolled oats: also called old-fashioned oats, these are the result of steamed oat groats rolled into flakes. They stay fresh longer and the cooking time is higher than instant oats because the flakes are thicker.
  • Steel-cut oats: also called Irish oatmeal, steel-cut oats are simply the result of cutting groats in two or three pieces. It takes less time to cook because the pieces are smaller.
  • Scottish oats: These are similar to steel-cut oats but instead of cutting the oats, these are ground and the result is creamier.
  • Whole oat groats: also called “grain kernel”, these are the most intact form of oats. In other words, oat groats are cleaned and harvested oats. People used to eat them less often because the cooking time is about 50-60 minutes.

Rich in fibers

The rich soluble fibers of the oats provide a lot of health benefits. First, they significantly help lowering cholesterol levels and as a consequence, it reduces the risk of coronary heart disease but also cardiovascular disease risk.

According to some findings published in BMJ, “a high intake of dietary fiber, in particular, cereal fiber and whole grains, was associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer.” 

Oats are also very filling and this is thanks to a powerful soluble fiber called Beta-Glucan. This fiber will give you the sensation to be full and consequently reduce the risk of obesity. You will eat less and later during the day so that it may help you to lose weight. 

The Beta-Glucan also reduces blood sugar levels and improves insulin sensitivity.

The fiber inside the oats is also a good remedy to relieve constipation and allows to have a better intestinal transit by reducing glucose absorption.

Rich in antioxidants

Oats contain a lot of antioxidants (such as polyphenol and avenanthramides), helping lowering blood pressure, leading to better blood flow and acting as an anti-inflammatory and anti-itching if it is applied to the skin (a lot of skin care products contain oats).

In summary, oats are among the healthiest foods you can eat.

 

Greek Salad

Grreeksalad

12 Ingredients

410 Calories

30 Minutes

Sun is there and it feels like holidays! So we need the freshness of a Greek Salad!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 red onion (small, thinly sliced)
  • 2 tomatoes (large ripe, roughly chopped)
  • 1/2 cucumber (deseeded and roughly chopped)
  • 100 grams feta cheese (/3½oz reduced fat, drained and cut into cubes)
  • 50 grams black olives (/1¾oz, pitted and drained, in brine not oil and preferably Kalamata olives)
  • 1 handful fresh mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pita bread (wholemeal, warmed)

Preparation

  • Put the onion, tomatoes, and cucumber in a bowl and season to taste.
  • Scatter the feta, olives and mint leaves on top. Sprinkle over the oregano and toss lightly. Drizzle over the oil and lemon juice and serve with warmed pitta bread.

And you have your Greek salad! Enjoy!

5 things you think are healthy

5 things you think are healthy

With the current trending of eating well, new products hit the market every week pretending to be healthy and nutritious.  But in fact, many food companies are selling products that are actually burst with additives chemicals and other suspicious ingredients that can have bad effects on health.

Which ingredient should you remove from your diet? We have prepared for you a list of 5 foods that you should avoid and other options that you can swap in instead.

  1. ATLANTIC SALMON

Although the fish can be considered as a healthy ingredient with essential micronutrients and numerous health benefits, you should be careful with the farm-raised salmon mainly known under the name of “Atlantic salmon”. Indeed, according to a study led by the National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research in Norway, the consumption of farmed salmon containing persistent organic pollutants causes insulin resistance and obesity. 

You can use other types of fish as an alternative, providing you the dose of omega 3 you need in your healthy menus such as the Alaskan wild-caught salmon, the Atlantic mackerel, or Pacific sardines.

  1. STORE-BOUGHT GRANOLA

Even if the granola doesn’t contain as many calories as pancakes with Nutella, we can’t consider it as a healthy breakfast. The high quantity of sugar in granola can lead to a higher risk of cancer, diabetes, and obesity (especially if it is the first thing you eat in the morning). A good alternative will be to cook your own granola at home using oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.

  1. FRUIT JUICE

While the fruit juice was recommended over the years thanks to its contribution of vitamin C, nutritionists change their mind. Drinking a fruit juice will bring you the sugar found in the fruit but without the fiber. The fiber plays an important role because it helps slow down the absorption of sugar, reducing the risks of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. Eating the fruit in itself is a better alternative for your health.

  1. VEGGIE CHIPS

The veggie chips are a new concept consisting of chips being prepared using vegetables. Even if it seems really appealing and guilt-free, the veggie chips are not healthy: high in sodium, fat and artificial ingredients. Marketing strategy again. The best alternative: try to cook your own veggie chips or prefer another snack such as air-popped popcorn, roasted chickpeas, or toasted pumpkin seeds.

  1. ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS

The artificial sweeteners such as aspartame or sucralose are actually doing the contrary effect of what you really want. In other words, it, will increase your appetite and might contribute to weight gain. If you like to add a touch of sweetness to your food or drinks, prefer natural ingredients such as fresh fruits, stevia, or raw honey.

 

 

Coconut Super Grain Granola

Fit Girl’s Kitchen continue sharing another one of her favorite recipes. Granola is not only a satisfying, easy to make and filling, it’s also a nutritious contribution to your breakfast. Hence, it also suits those of you who wants to lose weight. One serving is around half a cup.  Enjoy and happy weekend!

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