Vegetarian Means Vegan, Right?

Actually vegetarians tend to differ from what Vegans consider themselves to be. The exact reasons for why, evade me at the moment.

I eat plenty of vegetables but also enjoy eggs so I think this means I may be a vegetarian but I am not a vegan because eggs are not on their menu. I need to watch my calories and weight.

Veganism, if I may, seems to be more like a religion than just a healthy eating regime. I think the term is applied to not only eggs but even to wearing things that may have once been alive, like leather.

I have no feelings on this one way or another and think our life choices are just that, our life choices.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Consider These Healthy Foods For Losing Weight

By James Zane Johnson

Everyone needs to know the importance of a healthy diet. Because there are so many advantages that eating healthy food brings, it's amazing that there are people who do not care to eat right or even don't care what they eat at all! This is the main reason for heart problems and obesity. With all the statistics, people still don't consider changing their eating habits.

Eating healthy food may become a struggle especially when there are so many fast food restaurants everywhere we turn. Often people make excuses like they don't have time to get healthy food, it's not that accessible or that they don't know how to prepare it. However, there are just as many supermarkets that stock fresh produce as there are fast foods outlets, so accessibility is a poor excuse.

The rate at which obesity in children is rising is more shocking than that in adults. But what is the root to this problem. One cannot really blame the children as they learn from their parents. Children are more likely to eat unhealthy foods if their parents do.

The benefits of eating a healthy diet include one living a longer life, feeling happier, gaining vitality, weight loss and a healthy appearance. Processed food decrease the quality of our lives, so eating healthy foods means we can better fight diseases and live longer. When it comes to happiness, studies have shown that eating healthy foods is an excellent natural anti-depressant.

When you eat healthy your energy levels tend to rise. Because of fatty foods causes weight gain you will also have a better chance of losing weight with a healthy diet. You will not only feel healthier but will look healthier. Your skin, hair and nails will become so gorgeous.

Remember that a mere apple a day is not going to make much of a difference. You need to create a healthy eating plan and be very strict on your self to follow it.

The best time to eat healthy is the morning. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so keeping at least your breakfast healthy is a good start. Drinking a smoothie in morning is a good healthy option. It is packed with goodness and tastes delicious. Yoghurt also makes for a healthy breakfast but stick to low fat, unsweetened yoghurt. Eating plain yoghurt with freshly cut fruit pieces may be an even healthier option. Eggs and whole wheat bread or bran muffins is more filling. Eating cereals or oatmeal is also better than eating a fatty breakfast or even no breakfast.

For the rest of the day eat meals that contain a good amount of starch as it is packed with energy. This includes foods such as bread, cereal, rice, potatoes and pasta, but don't eat too much though. Eat enough just for energy.

Load your daily ration with as much fruits and veggies that are humanly possible. However, 5 portions are more than enough to sustain a healthy diet. Don't eat too much meat, go for fish instead. Also, avoid fatty and processed foods but do not cut it out of your diet completely. Always drink enough water so that stay hydrated and that you can stay healthy.

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