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Sometimes it is not enough that we workout in ellipticals or sweat it out on the rowing machine to lose weight. We also know that diet alone is not an efficient way to keep the pounds off. In order for weight loss to be safe and efficient exercise and a balanced diet is the key. Luckily there are some foods that will help speed up the process without sacrificing taste and quality of food. There’s no need to stay away from carbs or give up sweets completely if you know which foods to eat. Check out the best foods to eat for weight loss.
- Cruciferous Vegetables
If you want to hit your quota for fiber and calcium eat lots of broccoli. Other cruciferous vegetables to stock up on include Brussels Sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage. Their combination of protein and low energy density make them ideal as weight loss foods. As a bonus they also contain cancer fighting compounds.
- Whole Eggs
Eggs got a bad rap in the past because they were said to increase cholesterol levels. But rejoice because they are now making a comeback. Studies show that the consumption of eggs does not adversely affect cholesterol levels. Eggs are high in protein and very affordable making them an ideal weight loss food because they contain a low amount of calories.
Oily fish like salmon make weight loss delicious and healthy. Oily fish are highly loaded in protein and contain healthy fats and nutrients. As a plus seafood contain lots of iodine necessary to keep the thyroid functioning properly. Other fish to eat include mackerel, trout, sardines and herring.
- Boiled Potatoes
Like eggs, potatoes developed a bad reputation. However it is also undeserved because boiled potatoes has a bit of everything we need. They are rich in potassium which is very important for control of blood pressure. In fact there are accounts of people living on nothing but potatoes for years and being healthy. So stock up on sweet potatoes, turnips and other root crops.
This unique fruit is high in monosaturated oleic acid a type of fat found in olive oil. Avocados are loaded with this healthy fat that aids in heart health. They also contain lots of water, fiber and potassium. You can eat the avocado as a fruit or add them on salads or make a cool guacamole.
- Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
This condiment has long been popular within the weight loss community. According to studies consuming a teaspoon full or two diluted in water the same time as a high carb meal can make people eat 200-275 fewer calories. ACV also helps lower blood sugar levels which can spike during meals which can be very beneficial for overall health.
- Chili Peppers
Decrease appetite and increase fat burning with some chili peppers. According to one study eating 1 gram of red chili causes reduced appetite and an increase in fat burning compared to people who do not eat chili regularly. This is thanks to a substance called capsaicin.
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While there is still much controversy surrounding organic foods and the agriculture industry in the US, Canada seems to have their food industry under much better control. It has been almost seven years since they enacted new federal regulations that govern the production and sale of organic products, and I thought it would be fun to take a drive over the border to see how the certification process works, and if the final result is a better quality product for the kitchen table.
I say took the drive across the border, but in reality I don’t like to put that kind of wear and tear on my car. Instead, I took to the rails, and then rented an exotic car to make my trips in. Sounds like an unnecessary expenditure, but this is my vacation time and at the very least I wanted to enjoy the incredible Canadian landscape from the seat of a flashy exotic rental car.
The Canadian Organic Products Regulations were put into effect largely due to increased pressure from European nations to comply with their higher standards. Unlike the US, Canada does export a massive amount of natural goods across the ocean, which were in turn being returned for not meeting the definition of organic.
These new standards are in regards to the way in which livestock is housed, fed, transported and killed, how crops and produce are to be grown, harvested, processed and stored, how to treat pests and diseases, what substances, ingredients and methods may be used, and the types of environmental factors that should be taken into consideration. Pretty much every aspect of every fresh product in the supermarket is now under scrutiny if it wants to be labeled organic in Canada.
The Canadian Standards in a Nutshell:
- Only products that are produced with no less than 95% organic content can be labeled organic and must be certified by the government before getting the seal.
- Multi-ingredient products are permitted to advertise the percentage of organic material, so long as it is at least 70% organic.
- For those products with less than 70% organic materials, that is only permitted to be claimed in the ingredient list, without the use of an organic label. Even then, the ingredients listed as being organic must be individually certified.
Is Canadian Organic Better?
Historically, Canada has had a much better sense of the effects of unnatural farming methods than the United States. Just as they are further advanced in taking measures to stop global warming, their methods of providing fresh organic food are also superior. What I found is that these regulations not only made it easier to pick out organic products at the grocery store, they also had more robust flavor.
I use a lot of recipes that call for fresh produce and healthy cuts of meats, yet sometimes I do have concerns about the way in which the US is processing them. If I lived a bit closer to the border, I’d rent that exotic car every weekend and do my shopping at a Canadian supermarket.