Woman with an apple in hand lying on hay.

Resveralife Eat Well: The Hay Diet (Your Guide to Food Combination)

Sometimes necessity really is the mother of invention. William Howard Hay, a New York physician, began developing what later became known as the Hay Diet in 1904. Hay was suffering from numerous medical issues including a dilated heart. Determined to improve his health and extend his life, Hay began researching the impact of diet on overall health. Through his research he created a diet plan meant to remedy his health conditions. In a period of about three months, Hay dropped 50 pounds and was free from his medical problems. Sound intriguing?

Potatoes with a meat dish on a serving plate.

What is the Hay Diet?
To combat his medical issues, a kidney disease, dilated heart and high blood pressure. Hay’s diet consisted largely of meat and potatoes, a staple at dinnertime for many families not only in the past. Many of us still prepare dinner with meat as the protein and some form of carbohydrate as a side dish. Hay decided to go vegetarian as his first plan of attack. He eliminated two meals from his day and only ate vegetables for the third. When Hay reached a weight he considered appropriate, he did not stop the diet. Rather, he continued working on it and researching the link between diet and health.

All of his research and personal experience lead to the conclusion that health is impacted based on the body’s natural chemical process, digestion. The Hay diet claims to work by separating food into three categories:  acid, alkaline and neutral. The body uses an alkaline digestive process for carbohydrates, The digestion of protein is an acidic digestive process. Hay suggested that if alkaline food and acidic food was consumed at the same time, the acid process interrupted the alkaline process. Hay presumed that the combination of incorrect foods caused people to retain excess fluids, gain weight and “drain vitality.” Thus, the Hay diet relies largely on eating according to what type of food you are ingesting.

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Following the Hay Diet
This Resveralife Eat Well Guide shows you how to follow the Hay diet. To follow the Hay diet, you must learn which foods are acidic, alkaline or neutral. Hay classified starchy foods and sweets as carbohydrates while fruits were classified as acidic. Vegetables were classified as neutral foods which meant that they could be eaten at the same time as both alkaline and acidic foods. When following the Hay diet, it is no longer advised that you skip two meals per day. We know that food fuels our bodies and as such, we need to feed it. You can still use the Hay diet to your advantage by following the basic tenants of the diet.

  • No meat. The Hay diet as it originally existed when introduced in 1911 forbade meat. You can find protein from other sources such as tempeh, quinoa or in a smoothie by using pea protein powder. Alternatively, if you aren’t willing to forgo meats,  modern applications of the diet allow for lean meats consumed sparingly.
  • Know your food types. Acidic foods (fruits) are divided up into acidic fruits, sub-acid fruit and sweet fruits. Further, melons such as honeydew and cantaloupe are in their own category.
  • As with the acidic foods, alkaline foods are split into separate categories. There are low and non-starchy vegetables and carbohydrates/starches.
  • Identify fats and use sparingly within your diet.
  • Never mix alkaline foods with acidic foods. Ever.
  • Vegetables are neutral and you are free to, and encouraged, to eat them with all meals.

The Hay diet, like any eating plan, has it’s critics. Still, there are numerous advocates for learning what foods alkalize your body and what foods produce an acidic response. Is it really possible to eat yourself thin? Give it a try and find out.

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Resveralife Live Well: Can Colors Help You Lose Weight?

Think you’ve tried absolutely everything to lose weight? It might be time to reconsider. You know that the key to sustained weight loss is a sensible, healthy diet and regular exercise. However, perhaps you want a bit of a jump start on your weight loss or you want to lose those stubborn last five pounds. New research indicates that the color of your plate and food may help you reach your weight loss goals. This Resveralife Live Well Guide shows you how colors can help you to lose weight.

Woman enjoying a color therapy session in her bath.

Color Therapy
Color therapy, also known as chromotherapy, has been acknowledged for centuries as a way of healing the body. The National Center for Biotechnology Information provides a cursory view of the hypothesis behind chromotherapy:  “The human body, according to the doctrine of chromotherapy, is basically composed of colors. The body comes into existence from colors, the body is stimulated by colors and colors are responsible for the correct working of various systems that function in the body.” Every organ in the body has a distinct color. In addition to our body being composed of color, the atoms, cells and organs co-exist in the form of energy, and each has its vibrational or frequency energy. Each organ and energy center harmonizes and vibrates with the frequencies of these colors.

Exotic image of a food dish with red tomatoes and greens in the background.

Why Color Matters to Your Waistline
Okay, so our bodies are a veritable rainbow of frequencies and energies, but what does that have to do with losing weight? Researchers suggest that colors create fields of energy or electric currents that activate hormonal and biochemical processes in the human body. Some colors are more likely to increase our appetite while others decrease our appetite. So what colors help your weight loss quest and which ones can be harmful? According to ColorMatters, “blue is an appetite suppressant.” Experts theorize that this is because blue is not a common color of natural foods. With the exception of blueberries and some types of potatoes, there are very little naturally occurring blue foods. Because of this, experts believe that we are less likely to associate blue with hunger. To use the color blue to your advantage experts recommend a few tricks.

  • Add blue food dye to your food to decrease the amount you ingest.
  • Swap the light bulbs in your fridge to blue ones. This will help decrease your desire to snack when you open the doors.
  • Use a blue plate for your meals.

The color most likely to derail your progress is red. Red increases your appetite, so get rid of red dishes or placemats and use the more mellow color of blue. It is worth noting that red also increases metabolism as well as appetite, so it can be useful when used properly. Consider using red water as a tool in your healthy eating routine. The LiveStrong organization suggests making red solarized water by “wrapping a clear glass with red cellophane paper and putting the glass in the sunlight. After a few hours, the water will be energized with the color red and ready to drink.” Using color therapy may just be the trick you need to help you with your weight loss mission.

If you aren’t quite ready to jump into dyeing your food blue, you can still use color to your advantage in the kitchen. Use plates that contrast highly with the food that you are eating to help you be more satisfied with less food. For instance, keep salads away from green plates and spaghetti dishes away from red. Picking a plate that contrasts with your food can be a great start to using color to help you lose weight.

 

Glycemic Index list

Glycemic Index and Why It's Important to Beauty

Here at Resveralife, we hear new terms related to healthcare and diet all of the time. With so much information it can be hard to fully comprehend what each term or phrase relates to and why these things matter to us. One of the frequently discussed health terms is “glycemic index.” But what exactly is the glycemic index and why does it matter to us?

The Glycemic Index

The glycemic index (GI) is a diet system, originally intended to aid diabetics in making appropriate food choices, that ranks foods based on the effect that carbohydrates have on our blood levels. Foods are assigned a numerical ranking, providing a way to identify which foods are beneficial for our blood sugar, and which could be damaging. Those foods with a high ranking have a rapid blood sugar response while those that are low help to maintain steady levels of of sugar. The glycemic index ranges from the zero to 100.

The Health Benefits

The theory upon which the glycemic index is based maintains that when we ingest foods that rank highly on the scale, our blood sugar response is quick. This results in a sugar spike in our bodies, which inevitably leads to the dreaded sugar crash. When we experience the comedown from sugar, our bodies respond by producing cravings for more sugar.

However, there are other benefits to knowing a food’s glycemic index score than knowing what to avoid if we don’t want to experience sugar crashes. When we consistently feed our bodies large amounts of sugar, there are a number of undesirable reactions. The National Center for Biotechnology Information states that the glycemic index is “increasingly being used to prevent typical diseases of the Western world, including type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome and acne.”

The benefits of understanding and following the glycemic index range all the way from our heart health to the clarity of our skin.

The Beauty Benefits

We all want radiant, clear, beautiful skin but most of us find the perfect complexion elusive. That’s because what we are putting into our bodies is just as important as what we are putting onto our bodies. We have all heard that eating a certain food whether it is pizza, chocolate or fries will cause breakouts. This is not true, though it is important to put thought into your foods. The reason that foods with a low ranking on the glycemic index may be beneficial to skin is that our blood sugar is responsible for inflammation in our bodies. By reducing the inflammatory response, we reduce the number, frequency or severity of pimples.

Experts caution that the glycemic index is a great starting place to help control our levels of blood sugar, but it is equally important to maintain a well-balanced diet. Some foods that rank highly on the glycemic index, fruits for example, are full of nutrients and vitamins that are beneficial both to our bodies and our skin. Paying attention to what we eat does help in our quest for healthy skin, though it is not the only determining factor in how our skin appears. A good guideline for both body and skin is to gravitate towards fresh produce, lean meats, low-fat dairy and avoid refined carbohydrates as much as possible. We won’t only be eating our way to clearer skin, but also to improved health.

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Eat Well: Foods to Avoid for Beautiful Skin

Taking good care of our skin goes beyond the products we choose to apply and how frequently we wash or exfoliate our skin. We have all heard the old maxim, “you are what you eat,” and in some ways this really is true. There are foods that doctors and dermatologists recommend for a more youthful, glowing complexion and there are foods that these experts advise us to stay away from if our goal is clear, glowing skin. We know that a healthy, well-rounded diet and exercise help to keep us in good shape, but this nutritious eating may also help improve the texture, tone and appearance of our skin.

Regulate Blood Sugar

Dr. Valori Treloar, co-author of the book titled The Clear Skin Diet, suggests that one key factor that links diet and skin condition are foods that cause our blood sugar to spike. When our blood sugar levels rise, our bodies respond by increasing the insulin produced. Insulin in turn signals the body to release hormonal effects that include the release of androgen (an acne causing hormone), high levels of oil and increased production of skin cells, which all leads to clogged skin and subsequently, breakouts. Instead, we are advised to choose foods that have a low glycemic index. Glycemic index refers to a number that provides an estimate for how quickly our bodies convert carbohydrates in food into glucose. To make the use of the glycemic index even more effective, eat small meals throughout the day to help keep blood sugar levels steady.

Dairy Dairy

A hot topic when it comes to diet and skin is the subject of dairy. There are no definitive studies or tests that prove without a doubt that dairy is linked to causing acne or breakouts. However, there are some well-researched theories that involve dairy consumption and the condition of our skin. Milk contains substances that are closely related to the male hormone, testosterone. This is important because testosterone increases oil production, which can lead to acne. Dairy seems to target specific areas on the face, so if breakouts are present on the chin, neck and jawline, limiting dairy may help remedy this.

Cheeseburger and friesFats

While eating a cheeseburger and fries once in a while is not going to cause our skin to react badly constantly, it is important for us to monitor the amount of fatty acids we are consuming. Fatty acids are good, as they can help to alleviate inflammation in the body and skin. However, too much of a good thing in this case is decidedly bad. If not balanced, fatty acids can increase the amount of inflammation which may lead to pimples on the skin.

Alcohol bottles Alcohol

We don’t have to eliminate happy hour from our lives, but it is important to be intentional about what alcoholic beverages we are consuming. Alcohol dries out the skin which inhibits the healing process for present breakouts and exaggerates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Experts also mention that alcohol affects vitamins A, B3 and C negatively. These antioxidants  are important in the regeneration of skin cells. A good guideline to follow, for reasons beyond just clearer skin, is to consume one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you drink. The good news here is that our favorite red wines are not terrible for our skin. In fact, a single glass of red wine can be beneficial to our skin due to the antioxidant resveratrol.

The links between diet and skin continue to be studied, but there are promising results that indicate what we put into our bodies reflects what our bodies look like on the outside. Exercise moderation in all things, particularly fat. Dairy substitutions such as soy or almond milk are a great idea to help eliminate chin, neck and jawline breakouts. Drink plenty of water and maintain a good skincare regimen to get the best skin possible.

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Eat Well: How to Grocery Shop the Healthy Way

Good nutrition begins with the grocery list. Without healthy and nutritious ingredients in our kitchens making meals that nourish our bodies is difficult. However, knowing what to buy when you are at the grocery store can feel overwhelming. Most of us don’t have the time to stand in the store reading long label after long label, it’s just too time consuming. Even with having to read long ingredient lists (because it is important to know what is going into our bodied), grocery shopping in a healthy way does not have to be stressful. The following four tips help keep grocery shopping from feeling like such an intimidating task.

Plan Ahead
Healthy grocery shopping begins long before we even step foot into our local grocery stores. Many health experts recommend planning meals for an entire week and assessing what ingredients will be needed to make these meals. Preparing a list in advance of heading to the store helps reduce the amount of time we spend in the grocery store wondering whether we will actually need this item or that item. In addition to reducing the amount of time spent in the grocery store, writing everything we need for a week forces us to really take a good look at what we are planning to put into our bodies. Sometimes, seeing things on paper makes us think twice about the food we intend to purchase.

Shop on a Full Stomach
One of reasons we come home with extra cookies, chips, ice cream and other poor food choices is that we go grocery shopping when we are hungry. Grocery shopping on an empty stomach leads to making bad decisions. When our stomachs are empty our ability to resist temptation is significantly lowered. Keep impulse purchases to a minimum by making sure to shop full and never hungry.

Shop the Perimeter
The layout of most grocery stores is similar. The perimeter is generally where the fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat and fish are stocked. By spending the majority of our time in the stores perimeter, we limit the amount of temptation we face in the form of prepackaged, fat and sugar laden products. Walk the outer portion of the store first stocking up on fresh produce, lean meats and low-fat dairy options. When heading towards the center of the store, stick to the list and only buy what is written down. Choose whole grains when purchasing items such as breads and pastas to help increase the amount of healthy food in the cart.

Consider Convenience
While not the most cost effective option, sometimes the added convenience of food that has already been portioned is worth the increase in price. Most of us are constantly rushing around from one obligation to the next, leaving the amount of time available for spending hours preparing healthy food limited. Choosing vegetables and fruit that has already been sliced and snacks such as nuts that have been portioned can make eating healthy easier even with the crazy schedules we keep.

Grocery shopping in a health conscious way doesn’t have to be a time consuming chore or a confusing expedition. By spending a little extra time preparing for our grocery trips, we eliminate the frequency of impulse purchases. Vary the types of fruit and vegetables bought and keep a large array of spices on hand to create endless healthy options. 

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Live Well: Gentleman's Guide to a Healthy Diet

Throughout time, diet has been an important role in terms of development and growth. Now more than ever, it is essential to choose and opt for healthy meals and meal ingredients as most of the pre-packaged and pre-made foods that are readily available in supermarkets worldwide have become laden with chemicals and unhealthy, toxic ingredients. Resveralife would like to help our male readers understand how they can make better, healthier food choices, and feel their best by doing so. With these easy to do tips, the hardest part will be developing the willpower to make these changes – for life.

Opt for Fresh & Raw

Choosing fresh, raw ingredients when you are at the grocery store is the best thing you can do for your body. As a general rule, sticking to the aisles on the outer edges of the grocery store is your best bet. If you think about it, all you really need and all you should be eating is located along the outer walls of the store. Produce, dairy, and meats line these walls, and should be eaten more than anything else in your diet. Diets rich in fresh, lean proteins, such as lean turkey breast, chicken breast, fish, and raw vegetables and fruits will help you to feel fuller longer, become healthier, and even lose weight – guaranteed. Proteins also play a large role in the development of muscle mass when working out – so be sure to get plenty of it on a daily basis.

Eliminate Refined Sugar and Added Salt

Refined sugars can be found in those cakes you love so much, and many versions of breads and other carbohydrate laden foods. Rather than toss extra salt over your meal, try to do without it. If you use a small amount of salt to cook your food, that’s fine – but keep it to a minimum. By doing this, you may be able to lower your risk of heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and other health concerns. Refined sugars also lead to excess weight gain – and it can be difficult to lose the pounds accumulated. You will feel far less bloated when you eliminate unnecessary salt and sugar from your diet. You should do your best to try to eat natural sources of these compounds, such as fruit (fruit pectin within the fruit is a natural sugar) and olives or certain types of fish, such as Cod, which are salty by nature.

Eat Organic when Possible

Eating organic fruits and vegetables is always a safe bet. Not only will you eliminate excess toxins from your system this way, you will have more control over the food you eat and will enable yourself to gain the true health benefits of the fruits and vegetables you consume. Produce which is grown in an organically friendly environment are generally better in quality and taste, therefore you would be doing your body and your taste buds a favor. Always opt for organic when possible.

Eliminate Junk Food

This is a no brainer. Junk food packs on unnecessary pounds. To lose the pounds and keep them off, eliminate junk food such as chips, cookies, cakes, and candy from your diet as much as possible. Once in a great while, a small portion of one of these foods are fine – but not unless it’s a rare occasion. You will be amazed how great your body feels once it rids itself of the toxins these terrible foods have left behind.

Don’t Eat at Night

Eating after 7 PM is discouraged by many doctors, because as the night winds down, and you lay down to go to bed, the food you consume at night is left to sit. Your metabolism slows down at night, and all but comes to a screeching halt as you sleep. Do you really want to wake up with yesterday’s dinner still sitting where it was when you went to bed? We didn’t think so. Opt for eating earlier in the evening if possible, and allow your stomach at least four hours for the food to break down before bed.

By following the above guidelines, you can’t go wrong. Resveratrol wants to see every man live his healthiest and his best this year, and making small changes will add up quickly. Here’s to a healthier, happier you!

 

 

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Resveralife Eat Well Guide: Healthy Eats in 2015 According to Seasons

Eating healthy in the New Year is something many people resolve to do, but few stick with it for any number of reasons. Regardless of the reason why people tend to fall off of their healthy eating habits, and resort back to an unhealthy lifestyle, we know it’s because many people would rather eat the things they’re used to, rather than educate themselves on the things they need to implement in their lives. Resveralife has taken some of the guess work out of the deal for you and we have created this handy guide on healthy, seasonal fruits, vegetables, and other things that are seasonal and fresh at a farmers market near you.

Winter Veggie

Winter Fresh Foods

Nuts

Nuts are always in season in the winter time. Whether you love peanuts, brazil nuts, cashews, walnuts or almonds, nuts are generally harvested in the fall and are fresh and ready to go in the winter. You can opt for buying them in cans, jars, or fresh from a farmers market or supermarket. There are so many different things you can do with them to use in food preparation and recipes that the possibilities are virtually endless. For instance, you can make nut butters, salads with slivered nuts, stuffing recipes, and baked good recipes, just to name a few. They are loaded with protein and magnesium, as well as Vitamin E.

Oranges

Oranges are one of nature’s sweetest delights, and they pack a mean punch in terms of anti-oxidant fighting power and Vitamin C. One of nature’s purest forms to ward off sickness and keep it away, oranges are an incredible addition to any diet. Eat them peeled and separated, throw them in a salad, add them to a smoothie or create a delicious fruit salad. There are many varieties available during the winter months. Many of the oranges produced and sold in the United States come from Florida, California, and South Africa.

Turnips

While it may take an acquired taste for many to enjoy the bitterness of a turnip, they are certainly worth incorporating into one’s diet. They are loaded with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic properties, and may even ward off certain forms of cancer due to their glucosinolates, which are a sulfur based compound known to fight certain types of cancer. You can sautee them, boil and mash them, cube them up and roast them, or even put them in a soup. There are many different uses for this amazing root vegetable – try them for yourself, and we’re sure you’ll agree they’re quite tasty!

Spring produce

Spring Fresh Foods

Swiss Chard

While the name may be off putting to some, swiss chard can be likened to kale – one of nature’s super foods – and Spinach – another super food. Swiss chard is extremely versatile and is best served heated either by steaming, boiling, in a soup, or even in a quiche. It’s a leafy green vegetable worthy of all the praise in terms of health benefits, because it provides high doses of Vitamins K, A and C and is an essential part of any healthy diet.

Spinach

Spinach was made famous by the loveable character in the television show, Popeye. This powerhouse food is also extremely versatile, and you can eat it raw in a salad, which is the most healthful, or opt for incorporating it into an omelet, soup, lasagna, or steamed. One of our favorite ways to serve spinach is steamed under a piece of delicate white fish with a small amount of herb finishing butter. Yum! This amazing super food is chock-full of phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins. Eat up to your heart’s delight!

Basil

If you’ve never tried the amazing herb that is basil, you are most certainly missing out! Basil is an aromatic fresh herb which is perfect for incorporating into many different types of dishes, or even eaten raw. Try it in spaghetti sauce, or chopped with fresh roma tomatoes, whole mozzarella cheese, diced with a drizzle of olive oil on toasted Italian bread for a delicious bruschetta. Basil has plenty of magnesium which has been shown to alleviate and ward off certain types of migraine headaches, and is also fantastic for the heart and its vascular function.

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Summer Fresh Foods

 Strawberries

Strawberries are beautiful, ripe and juicy during the summer months. Many varieties are grown and harvested in Florida, and ship to locations all throughout the United States. Whether you opt for fresh or frozen strawberries, you will be doing yourself a favor by finding ways to include them in your daily diet. We love them because they pack a punch in the anti-aging process – and we of course love that fact – as well as promote healthy eyes and memory support. They even offer support to the heart and bone health. Some simple ways to include them in your daily diet are to slice them in half and add to your breakfast cereal, in a smoothie, in yogurt, or eat them on their own for a healthful snack.

Broccoli

Broccoli is known to be one of the best anti-inflammatory foods out there, and also boasts some fantastic antioxidant benefits as well. It’s loaded with Vitamin C which is essential to skin, hair and overall health. You can do a variety of things with fresh broccoli, such as serve it rinsed and raw with a low fat dressing as a snack, in a salad, or even in a no-cook soup. You could sautee’ it in olive oil with garlic and serve it as a side dish, or throw it into your favorite healthy stir fry.

Summer Squash

Summer squash, much like zucchini, thrive on the warm summer air and sunlight. They are a great addition to any summer meal! It’s loaded with manganese, but also has plenty to boast in the carotenoid department – which is essential for good and healthy vision. There is also a potent dose of Vitamin C to keep you healthy or fight illness. You can cook summer squash by steaming, boiling, or incorporate it into your favorite healthy starches, such as cous cous or wild rice dishes.

Fresh fall produce

Fall Fresh Foods

Carrots

Carrots are a fabulous addition to almost any dish – and are also an important part to any healthy diet. These root vegetables are harvested in the fall and winter months, and store well in a refrigerator. They can be diced for cooking, cut into thin shreds and eaten raw in a salad, or even mashed once steamed and used in recipes such as muffins or cake recipes. Carrots are packed with Vitamin C and carotenoids, which play an important role in preventing oxidative damage to the body – and they also help promote good, healthy vision! There was actually some truth to the question when the eye doctor would ask you as a child, “Are you eating your carrots?”

Onions

Onions provide loads of flavor and essential vitamins to your daily diet. They are a favorite among chefs as they add the perfect flavor accompaniment to any recipe. You could slice them thin and serve them in a salad, or even use them in your favorite soup. Why not try a great onion soup recipe? You could even do something fun and make an onion and cheese bread or use them in your favorite rice dish. They pair well with just about anything! Onions provide protection to the heart and blood. There are old wives tales surrounding this miraculous vegetable, stating claim that if you cut an onion in half and place them on the windowsill or counter in your kitchen, they will absorb germs and fight infection. Also, another old wives tale surrounding onions states that if you cut an onion in half and place the cut side against the feet of someone who is sick, and then place a sock over their feet, by morning, the onions will have turned black with the infection removed from the sick individuals body. We aren’t sure how much truth there is to this, but it sure is fun to think about trying it!

Ginger

Ginger has long been adored by those in Asian cultures for its natural medicinal properties such as soothing a stomachache, heartburn, or even a sore throat. Ginger is a root which is essential to the Asian way of cooking, and has become quite popular in Western civilization as well. You can make a simple ginger tea by boiling water and allowing slices of fresh ginger to steep in the water. You can discard the ginger or eat it for health benefits. You could also use it in your favorite rice, fish, or chicken dishes for some interesting flavor. Ginger provides sulfur containing properties which help fight infection and may possibly fight certain forms of cancer.

Eating fresh and seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs promotes overall health and well-being, and is great for the economy. The fresher your food is, the more health benefits it has been able to hang onto. When you buy foods which aren’t local, you are essentially wasting money on foods which would be better spent on those that are locally sourced and still have their beneficial health properties.

We at Vine Vera hope this guide has helped you learn more about the different foods available to you seasonally, and wish you the best of luck in making good, healthy food choices in 2015!

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Resveralife Live Well: 5 Amazing Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle

5 Amazing Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle

It’s important to get time for oneself these days. The problems are many when it comes to taking care of ourselves – there is too little time for us if we are one of those who work. Whether it is the office that we go to or the business that we handle, there are so many things that we need to take care of.

We have all heard that amazing speech which tells us the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle but never really stopped to practice them in our own lives. Good health can improve the quality of your life regardless of your age, sex or physical abilities. Know more about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and try it today.

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Controls Weight

Healthy lifestyles where you eat the right kind of foods and exercise regularly helps you to stay in shape, shed of those extra calories and maintain your ideal weight for years to come. There are simple ways in which one can exercise without having to take out time for the same. Simply walk to your destination instead of driving to it or take the stairs instead of the elevator regularly. Eating a low-fat diet too can also help manage weight. It is recommended to make your breakfast the heaviest meal of the day and dinner the lightest. 5 portions of fruits and vegetables must be eaten throughout the day to get your share of vitamins and minerals.

Fight off diseases easily

A healthy lifestyle makes your body strong enough to fight off all kinds of health conditions by increasing the ‘good’ cholesterol which is high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and decreasing the ‘bad’ cholesterol which are the unhealthy triglycerides. Your body has a reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases along with many other health problems such as depression, diabetes, cancer of all kinds and even arthritis.

Boosts Energy

On eating foods high in sugar and saturated fats, our energy levels drop tremendously and we start feeling fatigued and tired. A balanced diet, on the other hand, provides your body with enough energy and increases energy levels tremendously. A balanced diet would include lean meats, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and vegetables and fruits of all sorts. Your muscle strength and endurance also gets a great boost with physical exercise and more and more oxygen starts getting delivered to body tissues.

healthy eatingImproves Mood

A healthy lifestyle includes physical activity which in turn stimulates the brain cells and leaves you feeling happy and relaxed than before. You start feeling good about your appearance which gives a great boost to your self-esteem and confidence. It also results in less stress and ability to analyze things better. Making social connections too is a part of a healthy lifestyle which improves your mood as you stay happy when in the company of people. Join a club, go out for movies or indulge in communal activities to feel good about yourself and those around you.

 

Increases your life span

A healthy lifestyle increases the chances of you having a longer life. Studies reveal that simple exercises such as 30 minutes of walking can reduce chances of premature death and avoid sudden heart strokes.

Beautiful over 40 couple enjoying in the dinner.

Resveralife Eat Well: Recipes for Over 40

Resveralife would like to present you with some healthy, delicious options in terms of food and recipes that you can eat over 40 years of age, and will thoroughly enjoy. Just because something is healthy and good for you, doesn’t mean it won’t taste delicious! We understand how important it is to get your health and fitness under control, and that’s why we have developed these simple, easy to make recipes which will leave you feeling satisfied, happy, and healthy.

Spicy scrambled eggs with leftover veggies Spicy Veggie and Eggs Scramble
Ingredients:

  • 2 whole eggs, scrambled
  • 2 additional egg whites, scrambled into 2 whole egg mixture
  • Leftover vegetables in the fridge such as asparagus, kale, cabbage, peppers and onions – whatever you have works
  • ½ tsp coconut oil
  • Sriracha sauce

How to:

  1. Sauté the veggies in the coconut oil.
  2. Add scrambled egg mixture and scramble with veggies.
  3. When done, top with sriracha sauce. Serve with some whole wheat toast topped with reduced fat peanut butter for an extra kick of protein, or with reduced sugar jam.

Beautifully arranged plate of chicken salad Low Fat Chicken Salad
Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts, grilled or poached
  • ¼ C Fat-Free Greek Yogurt
  • 1/3 C Grapes, halved
  • 1/3 C apple, diced
  • 1/3 C celery, diced
  • Walnuts, optional

How to:

  1. Dice chicken breasts into small pieces. Add greek yogurt to the chicken, coat evenly.
  2. Add grapes, apples, and nuts, if desired. Add in celery and give a quick toss.
  3. Serve on a whole wheat English muffin, halved, and toasted, or serve on a bed of lettuce.
  4. Enjoy!

Salmon fillet with pesto and herbsQuick and Easy Oven Baked Pesto Salmon

Ingredients:

  • 1 large salmon filet, cut into four pieces
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 jar pesto sauce, for ease of use
  • Lemon, if desired

How to:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Season salmon with salt, pepper, and apply 1 teaspoon of pesto to each salmon filet. Brush on to coat.
  3. Arrange salmon in a shallow baking dish or on a cookie sheet. Spray pan with olive oil spray before baking, or brush lightly with olive oil.
  4. Bake anywhere from 12-15 minutes until done.
  5. Serve with wild rice, and a side salad, or steamed seasonal vegetables.

 

Roman Style Chicken with Fresh Tomatoes and Herbs

Ingredients:

  • 4 skinless chicken breasts – bone in (ribs)
  • 2 skinless chicken thighs –bone in
  • 1½ TSP of sea salt
  • ½ TSP fresh ground pepper
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • ½ C white wine (important – not white cooking wine, just white wine)
  • 1 TBSP fresh thyme leaves – fresh is desired as dried won’t produce same taste
  • 1 TSP fresh oregano – again, fresh is desired
  • ½ C chicken stock, low fat or low sodium, if possible
  • ¼ C olive oil – good quality, any type
  • 1 each of red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, sliced or diced
  • 3 oz. prosciutto, cut into small pieces –Look for Boars Head brand, if possible (high quality)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

How to:

  1. Season chicken with ½ TSP salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil on medium high, add chicken. Cook until browned on both sides. Remove from pan and place on a dish; set aside.
  3. In same pan, add prosciutto and peppers to pan. Cook for about 5 minutes until prosciutto is browned and crispy. Add garlic and sauté for about one minute.
  4. Add tomatoes, wine, and herbs, stirring with wooden spoon. Return chicken to the pan and add in the white wine and chicken stock. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat, simmer while covered for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Serve with a side salad. You will love the intermingling flavors and so will your guests!

Many bowls of different super foods

Resveralife on Super Foods Containing Resveratrol

Now found in supplements and many skin care products the phenol compound Resveratrol is being hailed by scientists, health professionals and beauty experts as the newest wonder product due to its many health benefits. However, you do not need to purchase fancy health and beauty products to get your fix of resveratrol as it is found naturally in many food products. Here we take a look at the super foods containing Resveratrol and how they can benefit your health.

Just before we discover what foods contain this wonder product we need to know exactly what it is and what the benefits actually are. Resveratrol is a plant phenol that is a powerful antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory. Research into the compound has shown some of the many health benefits include lowering cholesterol, targeting insulin resistance which the precursor to diabetes and promoting general good health. As it works on a cellular level to encourage longer cell life it is even thought to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and even limit the spread of cancer cells. Resveratrol’s powerful capabilities of prolonging cell life also make it the must-have ingredient for many anti-aging products.

So, what are the super foods that contain such a miraculous compound? One of the best foods featuring resveratrol is red grapes. They are not only packed with the antioxidant properties of resveratrol but are also full of vitamins and minerals. The grapes loose none of their power when turned into wine; making red wine another popular choice when it comes to intake of resveratrol. Whilst the odd glass can benefit your health you must still only ever drink in moderation; overdoing the alcohol will only cause other health problems.

Staying on the fruit theme, many berries are also a great source of resveratrol. Cranberries, bilberries and especially blueberries are all a good choice. Blueberries are another example of a super food full of useful vitamins and minerals as well as resveratrol.

If fruit really isn’t your thing you may be pleased to know that resveratrol can also be found in foods such as peanuts and dark chocolate both of which are also a good source of manganese; great for strengthening the bones. The benefits are the same whether you eat peanuts as they are or as peanut butter. When it comes to the chocolate, the darker it is the higher the amounts of resveratrol. Again, it is important to remember that whilst these contain good things they are still pretty high in calories so don’t go mad!

For those of you who enjoy a nice cup of tea, why not try Itadori tea?  For many years this has been used as a traditional remedy in China and Japan. It contains resveratrol and is thought to help prevent strokes and heart disease. It is made from Japanese knotweed and tastes very much like rhubarb.

You can get your Resveratrol fix from these foods or for a higher dose try Resveratrol supplements.