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Pros & Cons of a Clean Food Diet

As people are starting to pay attention to what goes into their food and look at the long term effects of additives and preservatives, many people are considering the clean food diet. The clean food diet is one that involves only eating healthy and natural foods. People on this diet cut out added sugars, processed foods and foods that are filled with chemicals. This means focusing on fruits, vegetables and lean meat.

With any diet or eating regimen, there are pros and cons to following it. With the clean food diet there are more pros than cons, but both need to be considered before someone makes this type of lifestyle change. Following this diet has a lot of advantages because it allows people to lose weight, improve their overall health and does not require calorie counting. However, some people find it hard to follow for a few reasons, such as the cost of these foods.

The clean food diet can be one of the easiest diets to follow, but it does represent a lifelong change in eating. People on this diet do not have to count calories, add up points or eliminate carbs completely, and the clean food diet allows people to eat until they are satisfied. Since they are eating healthy foods that are low in bad fats and added sugars, people are still able to lose weight without limiting the amount of food that they eat.

The goal of this diet is twofold. First, and most importantly, this change in eating is to ensure the health and longevity of the person following it. By eating foods that are natural and filled with nutrients rather than additives leads to better digestion, more energy and an improved immune system.

Second, the diet aims to help people lose weight in a way that is completely natural. Most of the foods that we eat today are filled with sugar and bad fats because those foods taste good and light up the pleasure center of people’s brains. This is probably carried over from when food was scarce and people needed to seek out high fat and calorie foods to survive; however, this is clearly not the case today. Since there is more than enough of all kinds of food available today, it is up to people to make choices that promote health and longevity.

Still, there are some issues with the clean food diet. As with any diet that cuts out added sugar and bad fats, many people will have problems sticking to it. While it is not a particularly restrictive diet, totally forgoing most of the food people currently eat is difficult to adjust to. That said, both fat and sugar are completely acceptable in a clean food diet, they just need to be a part of food naturally, like the sugar in fruit and fat in meat and nuts.

Another common problem that people run into when following the clean food diet is the cost of these foods. Sugary, fatty, high calorie mass produced foods are cheap, whereas raw fruit, vegetables and low fat meat are not. The price rises even further if someone following the clean food diet wants to eat organic foods. Unfortunately, outside of budgeting and trying to get food at farmer’s markets, there is not a way to get around the high cost of good food. However, the fact that they are more expensive should make clear that they are more valuable to people than processed foods.

The clean food diet does represent a lifestyle change, but it is to a healthy lifestyle.

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Sam is a blogger who focuses on health and fitness as well as diet and how that can alter lifestyle. He also has recently tried the clean food diet. Thanks to Sam for providing us with this great article.

7 tips to fight the common cold

The cold snap is just around the corner, arriving at a pace we’d rather not get in the way of. This is the time of the year in which colds, coughs, sore throats and runny noses are running rampant, so you’ll want to make sure that you’re well prepared from any potential attacks on your body!

Remember, it takes just one little cough or sneeze from an “infected stranger” to put you out for 2 weeks. The following Top 7 tips for preventing the common cold are worth their word count in gold – it could be the difference between you making it through this cold season unscathed or being ill for 50% of it:

1. Don’t underestimate the power of sleep

During the colder months, you may find it increasingly difficult to get out of your warm cosy bed, ready to face to cold outdoors. On average, we sleep just 6 1/2 hours according the UK Sleep Council. This simply isn’t long enough in order to maintain a strong immune system – Keep you body healthy by grabbing at least 7 to 8 hours of shut eye each night.

2. Eat Fruit & Vegetables!

Unhealthy comfort food such as chocolate and baked goods can be the easy fix for nutrition whilst the snow falls outside. Try and substitute this habit for plenty of fresh fruit and veg. If you’re in desperate need for a sugar fix, try going for an in season satsuma or a handful of plump raisins. Root vegetables are also in harvest, so getting hold of suede, turnips, pumpkin and squash is an easy task. Affordable too!

3. Milk And Cookies!

OK maybe not so much the cookie part, but all dairy products like milk, cheese, yoghurt are great sources of vitamins A and B12 – important weapons in your immune system arsenal. The calcium found in dairy also helps to keep bones strong.

4. Keep exercising

You’ve got 80% more chance of getting a cold in the winter than any other time of the year – That’s why you want to make sure you’re as fit as possible to defend against any unwanted viruses. Aim to do around 120 minutes of aerobic or cardio exercise each week to help strengthen your immune system, and help you feel more energetic.

5. Start your day properly

You can’t beat the warming sensation that porridge can provide on a cold winter morning. It’s not every one’s cup of tea, but porridge boosts your intake of fibre for the day helping you feel fuller for longer. A few slices of fresh fruit in addition to a healthy dose of honey makes for the perfect start to any day. Read more about porridge in another one of our articles: 10 ways to kick start your day

6. Keep your hands clean

If you use public transport, are out and about throughout the day or generally handle a lot of items during the working day, you could in potential danger of picking up a dormant bug from a surface. Aim to wash your hands before every meal and after you use the bathroom in order to minimise coming in contact with any viruses – Scrub for at least 30 seconds people!

7. Multi-vitamins can help

During the winter months, get hold of an easy to swallow multi-vitamin tablet that you can introduce into your morning routine. It’ll help to keep your vitamin reserves topped up whilst your venture around the great outdoors.

Go any tips you’d like to add to this list? Leave us a comment below.

5 Home Renovation Clean Up Tips

Renovating a home is a big task. There are several things that go into such a large project, and the stress level can be immense. Even after the job is done, you may find yourself sitting in front of large amounts of trash and debris, which can be more difficult than the renovation itself. One of the biggest offenders of causing a mess is dust. This may be caused by dust from objects that have been sitting in place for long periods of time, or simply from sanding and cutting out various objects.

Regardless of how the dust got there, it is important to know how to address the problem. If not done correctly, you will end up making a bigger mess for yourself instead of cleaning up your desired area. Here are some simple steps to follow when cleaning up dust so that you do not pull your hair out.

1. Scrape off The Trouble Areas

One of the biggest reasons why debris keeps appearing is because it was not cleaned up properly in the first place. It is suggested that you take a scraper or blade and cut off anything that could eventually end up on the floor. Trimming, for example, is something that may become troublesome after the project is done. By making sure that all surfaces are smooth and have no edges, you will be able to start your cleaning process on the right foot.

 

2. Wipe The Walls Down

What most do not understand is that simply vacuuming the area will not get rid of dust. Instead, take care of the dust by wiping off the walls first. What you use to clean your walls up to you. If you use cleaning chemicals, try to use ones that are not very strong for 2 reasons. The first is that you do not want to harm your wall that you have just worked so hard to renovate. However, those strong chemicals are also harmful to yourself as well, and you do not want to hurt your lungs because of all of the chemicals. Most of the time, a damp cloth is enough unless you are trying to get rid of scuff marks and the like.

 

3. Vacuum

After that dust has settled from the walls, vacuum the floors. The vacuum is able to pick up most of the dust that has fallen on the carpet or floor. There is a slight problem with using a vacuum cleaner since the dust can be kicked back up again, but this step will help you get most of the larger pieces of dust and debris. If you want, you may also want to take the vacuum hose out and run it against the walls and ceilings so that you catch any of the other dust that may still be up there.

 

4. Mop

If you were working on a hardwood floor, follow the vacuuming with a thorough mopping of the area. Some people think that mopping creates a problem because it makes the dust wet, which can create lines of dust on the floor. This is why you want to mop after you vacuum; it allows you to pickup the finer dust particles instead of winding up with large clumps of it. That being said, you can use the wet dust to your advantage to collect smaller pieces that were missed before. Wiping the floor after it is wet will help you get most of the dust up off of the floor.

 

5. Check Back The Next Day

Leave that area alone for the rest of the day and follow up the next morning. If you still see dust, do the same steps and you will be able to get rid of the rest of the dust. By combining these steps, you be able to rest assured that you will not be finding dust for weeks after you clean.

 

This guest post has been provided by author Tim Riley whom is currently working on a new site which deals with hoover bags. He is also involved in blogging, article writing and generally surfing the net.