Food. What IS and ISN’T Healthy

healthy food

I recently had a discussion with Emma about the various myths around food… a lot of us really don’t know who and what to listen to when it comes to nutrition advise. There’s so much conflicting information out there – Women’s health magazines will tell you to go for low fat options if you want to lose weight or try out soy milk as an alternative and your doctor may say to stay away from soy milk… then your friend will tell you her nutritionist recommended only eating for your blood type?! It’s hard to navigate your way through it all so I thought thought I’d have a little fun and ask Emma to demystify some of the common food myths. Here’s what we came up with:

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Last Chance to WIN Baby Gear!

Ladies it’s your last chance to enter your baby or grandchild into our Naturebee Cutest Baby Contest… I have the most gorgeous prizes sitting on my desk ready to be given away. We will be announcing 19 winners in total so you have a great chance of winning!

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4 Realistic Health Tips cont.

Water: Yes, remember to also “eat” your water!  The water contained in high-water-content foods such as cucumbers, will hydrate your cells fat better than any amount of tap water.  The co-factors such as electrolytes help to carry the H2O through the cell wall.  Also remember to limit / avoid the things that ‘dehydrate’ the cells in the first place: coffee, alcohol, table salt.

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4 Realistic Health Tips To Improve Your Life

Let’s talk balance. I think it’s truly unrealistic to exercise every day, eat healthy and resist temptation all of the time… after all life is for living right? So how do we maintain balance in our quest for a healthy mind, body and soul… here are a few simple and realistic things you can try adapting into your life now to improve and maintain your overall health:

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NatureBee Cutest Baby Contest

Hi Lovely Ladies
We have now started our NatureBee Cutest Baby Contest to celebrate Mother’s Day coming up and it is cute cute cute! I’ve seen some beautiful entries and really looking forward to seeing the rest come in.

Why you should love Active Manuka Honey

What’s the big deal about Active Manuka Honey you may ask… Active UMF Manuka Honey from New Zealand has extraordinary and powerful medical properties. The Unique Manuka Factor, or UMF, is a measurement of this antibacterial property. Other honey does not have the same health benefits.

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Nutrition: Omega Facts

Omega 3 (especially in the form of DHA) is anti-inflammatory.  It is found in wild oily fish, organic egg yolks and grass-fed meats. Omega 6 on the other hand is inflammatory.  We obtain far too much Omega 6 from all processed foods, especially those containing vegetable oils of any kind (safflower, sunflower, soy, corn, canola, sesame and even olive oils), conventional chicken, nuts and seeds. Being anti-inflammatory, Omega 3 will support and encourage healthy muscle growth and repair, as well as maintenance of healthy skin rejuvenation (“anti-ageing” if you like).A high quality Omega 3 fish oil can be beneficial, so long as it’s ‘cleaned’ of heavy metals. But most importantly, drastically reduce your intake of Omega 6′s.

Omega 3 Promotes Muscle Production

Here’s a really interesting article I recently came across:

Sarcopenia, the loss of muscle mass with aging, is a major public health concern. Previous studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids stimulate protein anabolism in animals, and might therefore be useful for the treatment of sarcopenia. Bettina Mittendorfer, PhD, from Washington University School of Medicine (Missouri, USA studied 16 healthy adults, average age 71 years, and an average BMI of 25.65 kg, assigning each to receive either omega-3s (providing provided a daily dose of 1.86 grams of EPA [eicosapentaenoic acid] and 1.5 grams of DHA [docosahexaenoic acid]), or corn oil (placebo) for eight weeks.

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I LOVE Dark Chocolate

Came across this cute little ditty this week:

A Lady, while eating her dinner, declared that she’d rather be thinner: “But food has a race to get in my face, and chocolate is always the winner.”

If only this lady knew that she could have her chocolate and slim down too!  … and that it has to do with the kind of chocolate she had been eating, and a lot more to do with what was in her actual dinner.

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Eat Chocolate for your Health

Doing the weekly grocery shop around Easter is always a very good test of will power! As I walked into the supermarket yesterday, bombarded with chocolate Easter eggs and being (what some people would term) a chocoholic I dig deep, very deep resisting the temptation to buy the whole display!

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