Optimal Tea Harvesting Schedules for the Main Tea Producing Countries

Tea Harvesting

The harvest time for tea leaves depends largely on the region in which they are being grown, and can also vary from season to season in regards to the fluctuations in weather.

 

Timing the harvest is of the utmost importance because it can take only a few days for a bud to appear, open up and grow into a large leaf. If the optimal harvest time is missed a whole crop can be destroyed.

 

This is mainly due to the fact that a specific style of tea may require the use of only the buds, or that only a certain number of buds be picked after they open. If there is a period of dormancy, due to cool weather, the first new shoots after this period are of the highest quality, making them the most sought after and usually the most expensive.

 

The reason for this increase in quality is that they have been building up nutrient reserves over this period for the new leaves. When those new leaves bloom, it’s like a burst of “Super-charged” leaves.

 

Several growing regions have names for the first harvest of tea leaves. In India and Nepal, it is called the “first flush”, in China, these harvests are known as “Pre-Qing Ming” teas, in Japan they are referred to as “Shincha” and in South Korea, Ujeon.”

 

Each growing region also has a special set of terms for referring to a period of growth in the tea plant. In China, Taiwan and South Korea, the terms used to signify tea harvests are dates in the traditional East Asian Lunisolar Calendar.

 

Here is a guide to the harvest seasons for the world’s major specialty tea producers:

 

India, Nepal and Sri Lanka Tea Harvest

 

Darjeeling, India and Nepal – The Darjeeling and Napoli harvest period lasts from late March to early November and is broken up into 4 parts: first flush, second flush, monsoon flush and autumnal flush. Sometimes, the plants will continue to flush past November and this is usually called a winter flush.

 

First Flush: March – April

Second Flush: May – June

Monsoon Flush: July – August

Autumnal Flush: October – November

 

Nigari India and Sri Lanka – Since there isn’t a cold season in the southernmost growing regions like Nigari in South India and Sri Lanka, tea plants can be harvested throughout the year.

 

Assam India – Assam, like Darjeeling, are usually harvested from March to October. The higher quality teas are harvested during the two distinct growth periods of the first and second flush. The first flush begins in March and the second in June.

 

China and Taiwan – In China and Taiwan, the harvest season varies greatly between the different growing regions and elevations in the countries. However, in general the harvest season can begin as early as April and last until late November.

 

The harvest season in these regions are:

 

Qing Ming (clear bright): This is tea picked before April 4-6

Yu Qian (before the rains): Tea picked before April 20

Gu Yu (grain rain): Tea picked before May 5

Li Xia (start of summer): tea picked before May 21

 

Japan

Japan’s harvest season also varies by region, but typically begins in late April and ends in early October.

 

Japan’s harvest periods include:

 

Shincha (new tea): this is the name given to the first harvest of the year.

Ichibancha (first tea): this refers to the whole first harvest season, including shincha and usually occurs from late April to May.

Nibancha (second tea): This refers to the second harvest of the year that takes place from June to the end of July.

Sanbancha (third tea): The third harvest of the year taking place in August.

Yonbanchi (fourth tea): This is the fourth harvest of the year which can take place as late as October in some regions.

 

South Korea

The growing seasons in South Korea correspond to dates on the lunisolar calendar. It’s important to know that in South Korea, different grades of tea are harvested during different times so the harvest period is defined by the grade of tea picked during that time.

 

Here are the different harvesting periods in South Korea:

 

Ujeon (before the rain): This is tea picked before April 20 which corresponds with Gogu on the lunisolar calendar.

Sejak (small sparrow): Tea picked before May 5-6 which corresponds to Ipha on the the lunisolar calendar.

Jungjak (medium sparrow): This is tea picked around May 20-21 which corresponds to Soman on the lunisolar calendar.

Daejak (large sparrow): This harvest period refers to lower quality large leaves tea picked during the summer.

 

Africa

Due to the lack of a cold season in the East African countries of Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Burundi and Ethiopia, tea is able to be harvested year around. Peak tea production coincides with the rainy seasons.

 

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An Easy and Healthy Diet You Can Live with and Lose Weight

An Easy and Healthy Diet You Can Live with and Lose Weight

 

Diets are notorious for being difficult to stick to. This usually has more to do with being forced to eat boring food lacking in taste and not being able to eat enough, resulting in constantly feeling hungry, and less to do with not having enough willpower to follow through with the diet.

 

Besides not losing the weight you want, these issues mainly lower our self-esteem and make us feel like failures. This overpowering shot to our self-esteem makes us feel worse about ourselves, makes us feel like failures and we then give up on diets, or even healthy eating altogether.

 

Here is a 1,350-calorie-a-day diet that features foods wonderful at curbing your hunger and that constantly hungry feeling so you can succeed in losing the weight you want, feel good about yourself and feel like a success at doing it.

 

Researchers all over the world say what really works in dieting is not only cutting your calories, but satisfying your hunger with the right kinds of food. In fact, it’s been proven that people who are on a low fat diet lose 23% more weight when they are allowed to fill up on all the fruit and vegetables they want are much more successful then people who are on a strict, traditional diet alone.

 

Breakfast (400 Calories)

 

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Great Tasting and Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

For breakfast, try a smoothie that consists of filling your blender with:

1 ½ cups of 1% low-fat milk

1 Chopped banana

1 Cup of baby spinach

2 Tablespoons of old-fashioned rolled oats

1 Tablespoon ground flaxseeds

1 Teaspoon of honey

 

Blend all of the ingredients until smooth and enjoy this “out of this world” breakfast smoothie. This is also the ideal breakfast for the person on-the-go to drink while on the drive to work.

 

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BLT Egg Sandwich

Coat your skillet with cooking spray and cook:

1 Whole egg

2 Slices of turkey bacon

When cooked, place this on a whole-grain English Muffin, add 2 Romaine lettuce leaves and 2 slices of tomato and serve with an orange.

 

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Smoked Salmon on Rye with an Apple

Spread 2 tablespoons of 1/3-less-fat cream cheese on 2 pieces of rye bread. Top the sandwich with 1 ounce of smoked salmon, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives and serve with an apple.

 

Lunch and Dinner (Choose Two Daily; 400 Calories each)

 

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Soup and a Whole-Grain Roll

Heat 1 ½ cups of canned reduced-sodium butternut squash or lentil soup. Combine 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Dip 1 whole-grain roll in the vinaigrette and serve with the soup.

 

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Smoked Salmon Sushi

Wrap 3 nori (seaweed) sheets, each with 3 tablespoons cooked brown rice, 2 tablespoons cooked brown rice, 2 tablespoons shredded cucumber, 2 tablespoons shredded carrots, 1 tablespoon diced peeled avocado, and ½ ounce smoked salmon. Drizzle this with low-sodium soy sauce then serve.

 

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Chicken Cobb Salad

Toss 2 cups salad greens, ½ cup shredded carrots, ¼ chopped, peeled avocado, 1 sliced hard-boiled egg, 2 ounces baked or skinless rotisserie chicken, and 2 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette.

 

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Thai Tofu Sandwich

In a skillet that’s coated with cooking spray, heat 1 (4-ounce) piece of tofu until golden brown, which is about 4 minutes on each side. Brush with ½ teaspoon Sriracha (Thai chili-garlic) sauce.

 

Place the tofu, ¼ sliced peeled avocado, and ¼ cup each of cucumber slices, shredded carrots and fresh cilantro on a whole-grain roll. Serve sandwich.

 

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Steak Lettuce Wraps with Seasoned Home Fries

Preheat your oven to 400°. Slice 1 small potato into home fry shapes, toss with 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon chili powder. Roast on a baking sheet until golden brown, which is around 30 minutes, then grill.

 

Take 1 (3-ounce) sirloin steak until you desired degree of cooking, slice it into thin strips. Next fill 6 Romaine lettuce leaves with steak. Top with ½ cup thinly sliced red bell pepper; drizzle with 1 tablespoon balsamic vinaigrette.

 

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 Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

Chop 1 small sweet potato into 1/2 – inch cubes. In a skillet coated with 1 teaspoon olive oil, sauté cubes, 1 minced garlic clove, and ¼ teaspoon cumin for 15 minutes. Add ½ cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained, then cook for 5 more minutes.

 

Fill 3 warm corn tortillas with the bean-and-potato mixture, 1 tablespoon salsa, and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro.

 

The important things to remember about a successful diet is that you need to eat sensible dishes and watch your calorie intake.

 

However, you must eat meals that leave you full and satisfied, otherwise your diet becomes much more difficult to maintain and loose the weight you want to.

 

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RFID Chips Implanted in Humans – Beneficial or Big Brother?

 

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A couple years ago the Food and Drug Administration approved the implantation of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags into humans. According to VeriChip Corp., a subsidiary of Applied Digital Solutions Inc., the 134.2-KHz chips could save lives and possibly limit injuries from errors in medical treatments.

It is believed the chips could provide easy access to medical information for individuals with life-threatening diseases, and could be specifically useful during a medical emergency. The chips are expected to give people the ability to know and manage their health-care issues at the very critical time of an emergency situation.

RFID tags have the ability to store a wide range of information, from one serial number to several pages of data. Readers can either be mobile, so that they can be carried by hand, or they can be mounted on a stationary or mobile object. Reader systems can also be built into the architecture of a cabinet, room or building.

The FDA is not aware of any adverse events associated with RFID tags. However, there is a concern about the potential hazard of electromagnetic interference (EMI) to electronic medical devices from radio frequency transmitters like RFID. EMI is a degradation of the performance of equipment or systems (such as medical devices) caused by an electromagnetic disturbance.

Since the technology continues to evolve and is more widely used, it is important for healthcare professionals to keep in mind its potential for interfering with pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), and other electronic medical devices.

Other important uses for human RFID implants are child abductions. Many parents agree with implanting RFID chips in their children so that if the child was ever abducted, law officers would be able to track them and locate them much quicker than they can now.

Another application is for key political kidnappings, which is along the same lines as the theory of child abductions. There is also discussion about tracking prison inmates and parolees, to effectively locate and monitor them.

Most of the opponents to human RFID implantation in the case of medical records is the belief that anyone would have access to all of your medical records if they had an RFID reader. This isn’t true because the chip implanted in the person would only contain a serial number that would need to be entered into a secure website before any records or medical history for an individual could be accessed.

Whether you agree with the technology or not, RFID chips are the future of identification and traceability. It’s not a perfect technology at this point, but no technology ever was or will be perfect in the beginning, or ever for that matter. The point is it will be what we make of it.

 

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An Orange a Day … The Benefits Found in this Amazing Fruit

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Everyone knows the popular saying “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. However, an orange a day can provide you with several health benefits as well.

 

There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of reasons why eating an orange a day is great advice for good health. Oranges are low in calories and full of nutrients. They also promote clear, healthy skin and even lower your risk of several diseases and conditions, making them a healthy part of everyone’s diet.

 

Oranges are one of the most popular fruits because of their natural sweetness, wide variety of types, and uses. They are also very versatile, they can be made into juices, marmalades, eaten whole, or even used as a face mask.

 

History

Oranges are believed to have originated in southern China, northwest India, or maybe even southeast Asia. They are also believed to have been cultivated in China around 2500 BC.

 

In Europe, oranges were first introduced to Italy in the 11th century by crusaders and were grown widely in the south for medicinal purposes. However. it wasn’t until the late 15th century or the beginning of the 16th century that sweet oranges became more widely known. This is when Italy and Portugal brought orange trees to the Mediterranean.

 

Shortly afterward, the orange was adopted as an edible fruit as well. They were widely considered a luxury item, at this time to which only wealthy people grew oranges in private greenhouses, called orangeries. It wasn’t until 1646 that the sweet orange was well known throughout Europe.

 

It was Spanish travelers who introduced the sweet orange to the American continent. It is believed, that on Christopher Columbus’ second voyage, in 1493, he planted the first orange tree.

 

Health Benefits

1-  Oranges protect against cancer

Oranges are rich in citrus limonoids which have been proven to help fight several varieties of cancer including skin, lung, breast, stomach, and colon cancers.

 

2-  Orange juice helps prevent kidney diseases

Drinking orange juice regularly prevents kidney diseases and reduces kidney stones. However, you should drink orange juice in moderation because the high sugar levels in fruit juices can cause tooth decay and the high acid content can wear away tooth enamel.

 

3-  According to studies, Mandarin oranges fight liver cancer

Two studies conducted in Japan have shown that eating Mandarin oranges reduces liver cancer because they contain vitamin A compounds known as carotenoids.

 

4-  Oranges are rich in potassium to improve heart health

Potassium, which is an electrolyte mineral responsible for helping the heart function properly, reduces the chance of you developing an abnormal heart rhythm, known as an Arrhythmia.

 

5-  Oranges fight viral infections

Studies have shown that the levels of Polyphenols in oranges protects against viral infections.

 

A great source of antioxidants

Oranges have over 170 different phytochemicals and more than 60 flavonoids which have proven to  have anti-inflammatory properties and strong antioxidant benefits.

 

Oranges also contain:

  • Thiamin
  • Riboflavin
  • Niacin
  • Vitamin B-6
  • Folate
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Phosphorus
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Selenium
  • Copper

 

Do to their high vitamin C content, which is over twice the daily recommendation, oranges help to boost the immune system.

 

Interesting facts about oranges

  • Oranges are the largest citrus crop in the world.
  • Brazil produces more oranges than any other country in the world.
  • In America, roughly 25 billion oranges are grown every year.
  • In the 18th century, British sailors took oranges on their ships to prevent scurvy.
  • Florida produces roughly 70 percent of all oranges in the United States, 90 percent of that production goes to make orange juice.
  • In the Victorian era, oranges were commonly given as Christmas gifts.
  • Oranges are the world’s third favorite flavor after chocolate and vanilla.

 

Concerns about oranges

Orange crops are sprayed with insecticides, this is why it is extremely important that you always wash your oranges in cold running water. For people who are susceptible to foodborne illnesses, it is a good idea to avoid drinking unpasteurized or freshly squeezed orange juice that may contain harmful bacteria.

 

Other uses for oranges

In addition to the many health benefits and the great, fresh taste there are several other beneficial uses for the amazing orange. A few of the uses of oranges include:

 

Bath oil or powder

The next time you want a relaxing bath squeeze the leftover orange peels into the bathwater which will make the water stimulating and provide several health benefits to your skin. You can also dry orange peels and grind them into a fine powder using a mortar and pestle.

 

Face and body scrub

A mixture of orange peels and other healthy ingredients will produce an excellent exfoliating scrub. Just dry your orange peels in an oven or direct sunlight then ground them into a fine powder using a coffee been grinder or a food processor. Next add chickpea flour and you will have an instant healthy naturally exfoliating cleanser for your body and face. Massage your orange scrub into your skin to get rid of all the dead skin cells from your body.

 

Orange face mask

You can make an orange face mask, which can be easily prepared from the comfort of your home, from ground up dried orange peels. This will give your face a healthy and refreshing appearance. Mix equal amounts of the orange powder and milk (or water) with one teaspoon of honey, then apply the mixture after thoroughly washing your face with lukewarm water. Let the mask sit for approximately 30 to 60 minutes till it has dried completely. Rinse with lukewarm water and you will enjoy a youthful appearance.

 

Excellent household cleaner

Cleaning up tough household messes is a breeze with a natural orange based cleaner. You can easily make an all-purpose orange spray cleaner by placing orange peels in a glass jar with ingredients that include:

  • Cinnamon sticks, whole cloves or almond extract
  • Lemon peels with rosemary and vanilla
  • Grapefruit peels with mint leaves
  • Lime peels with Thyme sprigs

 

Over your choice of the above mixtures and orange peels pour white vinegar and allow to sit for 2 weeks. Remove and discard the peels and dilute mixture with water at a 1:1 ratio and put it into a spray bottle. Your all-natural cleaner can be used to clean tough household messes on ceramic, stone, porcelain, marble, granite and laminate surfaces.

 

Note:  This cleaner may discolor wood, so be sure to first test it in a small inconspicuous area.

 

Attractive all-natural decorations and gifts

It’s easy to make and attractive pomander with a sweet aroma out of orange and cloves. With a toothpick, poke holes in the orange creating an attractive design. Fill the holes with cloves and bake in the oven on at low temperature until it hardens.

 

Allow the orange to cool, then decorate with string or ribbons and hang in closets, kitchens, bathrooms or even as a decoration for your bedroom. The pomander will fill the air with a relaxing fragrance for a long time with the additional bonus of reducing moths.

 

As you can see the amazing orange provides many health benefits as well as several additional beneficial uses. So the next time you are at the grocery store swing by the orange stand and grab a couple extra to try one of the many beneficial uses we suggest.

 

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Does Chicken Soup Really Cure a Cold?

Does Chicken Soup Really Cure a Cold

 

Chicken Soup is an actual remedy for the common cold, fact or fiction? Believe it or not, the folk remedy is actually true. Ever since we were children, mum always made us chicken soup when we had a cold. She swore by the magical, healing properties of a fresh, homemade bowl of “love”.

 

Also known as “Jewish penicillin” the chicken soup remedy for the common cold has been put to the test in a lab with scientists to make sure the chicken soup was properly analysed for the infallible test results.

 

One study made on chicken soup was conducted in Nebraska in 2000 by, pulmonary expert, Dr. Stephen Rennard. The conclusion of the study found it was the anti-inflammatory properties, found in several ingredients typically added to chicken soup that helped ease the symptoms of the common cold by reducing congestion.

 

Even though studies like this can’t be considered conclusive, they do add weight to the claims of mothers and grandmothers throughout the past hundreds of years.

 

If nothing else, people suffering from a chill will benefit from the hydration that chicken soup provides. Another benefit is all of the nutritious ingredients in soup that are cooked down to a point that makes them easily digested.

 

Chicken protein also provides a person with a great source of cysteine, an amino acid which is chemically similar to a drug known as acetylcysteine, which helps to clear the mucus that builds up in a person with a cold.

 

A properly prepared chicken soup stock also contains gelatin extracted from the collagen found in chicken. The gelatin provides a velvety texture that also adds a rich flavour to the stock base. It’s also a good source of hydrophilic colloids, which are compounds that attract gastric juices and stimulates digestion.

 

If you want to super-charge your chicken soup to become a more powerful weapon to knock that cold out faster, here are some ingredients that will help:

 

Garlic

Garlic has been used for centuries in traditional herbal medicine to prevent and treat colds, the flu, coughs and even to rid the body of parasites. It’s anti-microbial activity is provided by the compound allicin, a major biologically active component of garlic. Allicin is activated when the garlic is crushed or chewed. This process exposes the allicin to the enzyme alliinase.

 

This is why garlic is best if eaten fresh, with minimal cooking. For the best results to release all or garlics multiple benefits it’s best to either finely chop or put it through a garlic press.

 

Ginger

Ginger contains a number of immune-boosting properties which can add extra power to your pot of chicken soup. Anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties are found in gingerol, a compound of fresh ginger. These components can help lessen the symptoms associated with colds.

 

Fresh ginger provides a unique diaphoretic capacity. Which means it can increase the body’s temperature to induce sweating, that often provides relief during a cold.

 

Turmeric

Because of its high antioxidant capacity, Turmeric is considered a general immune system booster. Current research suggests that it possesses strong anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the symptoms associated with colds and the flu.

 

Containing the unique immune-stimulating polysaccharides, Turmeric can aid the healing process in the body.

 

The Chicken

For the most potent and nutritionally packed chicken soup possible, the chicken you choose will make a major difference in the overall results of its ability to help get you back on your feet faster. Choose a free-range bird of a fairly small size. Smaller chickens contain more skin, bone and connective tissue. This results in a richer broth with more flavour.

 

The next time someone you care about comes down with a common cold, try making them some homemade chicken soup and they will begin feeling better in no time. Another very powerful component to the chicken soup remedy is the fact you add a little love mixed in with the ingredients to give the healing boost your sick loved one will greatly benefit from.

 

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Eating Healthy Foods is the Answer to the Perfect Diet

Eating Healthy Foods is the Answer to the Perfect Diet

 

It is so important to include healthy foods in your diet. Whether you want to lose some extra pounds or you want to live a healthier lifestyle. It’s so important to add healthy foods to your regular diet.

 

It’s so important that I’ll say it again. If you are on a diet, to lose a few extra pounds you should never starve yourself. You will be much more successful if you just monitor your calorie intake and eat healthy foods.

 

A healthy diet starts with a wide variety of nutritious foods for sufficient intake of all nutrients, including vitamins and minerals. Foods you want to include are breads, pastas, lean meats, fish, fruits and vegetables.

 

A healthy diet can help you maintain a healthy body weight and decrease your risk of several diet-related chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

 

A Healthy Diet Should Contain a Wide Variety of Foods

There are several different foods you should include several different foods including:

 

  • Plenty of breads and cereals (particularly wholegrain), fruit vegetables and legumes (such as chickpeas, lentils and red kidney beans)

 

  • Low-salt foods, and use salt sparingly.

 

 

  • Small amounts of foods that contain added sugars.

 

  • Reduced-fat milk and other dairy products.

 

It’s also important to drink an adequate amount of water.

 

Physical Activity and Healthy Eating

A good balance of exercise and healthy food is important, because it helps to maintain muscle strength and a healthy body weight. At least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity, like walking, is recommended every day.

 

Keep Fat Intake to a Minimum

An adult’s diet should be low in fat, especially saturated fat, which is the main fat in animal products, fried foods, chocolate, cakes and biscuits, is more easily deposited as fat tissue than unsaturated fat.

 

Saturated fat can also be converted into cholesterol and cause blood cholesterol levels to rise. Dietary fat helps with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K). Small amounts of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats may have some health benefits when they are part of a healthy diet.

 

Monounsaturated fats are found in nuts, olive oil and avocados, and may help to lower the bad type of cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein or LDL).

 

Eat and Drink Less High-Kilojoule Foods

The total amount of energy-dense (high-kilojoule) foods you eat may be as important as the total amount of fat in your diet. To reduce the energy density of your diet, you need to increase the amount of plant foods, such as wholegrain breads and cereals, fruit and vegetables that you eat.

 

This provides essential nutrients, that help to make you feel “full” and also reduce the amount of fat in your diet. High energy drinks such as sports drinks, cordials, soft drinks, fruit juices, energy drinks should also be limited.

 

Eat Foods Rich in Calcium and Iron

It’s important for all Australians to eat foods which contain iron and calcium. Especially:

 

  • Calcium – is important for bone health especially for infants, women and girls.

 

  • Iron – carries oxygen around the body and is especially important for women, girls, vegetarians and athletes to reduce the risk of anaemia.

 

Drink Alcohol Only in Moderation

Alcohol is high in energy (kilojoules) and should only be consumed in moderation. Men should drink less than two standard drinks per day and women, less than one standard drink per day.

 

One standard drink is 375 ml mid-strength beet, 100 ml wine or 30 ml spirits. Alcohol should not be given to children and is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

 

Don’t Skip Breakfast

As the saying goes, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, this is true for many reasons. Anyone who skips breakfast can be missing out on:

 

  • Calcium

 

  • Iron

 

 

  • Dietary Fibre

 

  • Vitamins including Riboflavin and Niacin

 

Suggestions for a Healthy Breakfast

Here are some easy-to-prepare, healthy breakfast ideas

 

  • Fresh fruit – with wholegrain breakfast cereal and reduced fat milk. Toast with a thin spread of margarine (polyunsaturated or monounsaturated).

 

  • Toast – with cheese and tomato. Hot or cold reduced fat milk.

 

 

  • Rolled oats – made with quick oats. Add sultanas and reduced fat milk. Toast with a thin (polyunsaturated or monounsaturated). Orange Juice.

 

  • Baked beans – on toast. Orange Juice.

 

 

  • Fruit or plain – yoghurt with fruit.

 

The most important thing to remember is that you should always eat healthy. When dieting, the worst thing you could do is to starve yourself. If you just watch your calorie intake and make sure the food you do eat is healthy, along with regular exercise, you will feel full and lose the pounds you want.

 

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Why Fine Dining Is Just as Unhealthy as Fast Food

Why Fine Dining Is Just as Unhealthy as Fast Food

 

Everyone knows that fast-food is bad for us. Greasy burgers, crisp salty fries and even finger licken good fried chicken. Now, don’t get me wrong, all of this food and other fast-food delicacies taste great, but yes, they are bad for you.

 

So, if you don’t have the opportunity to eat a healthy, meal you prepare yourself at home, your only other option, if you have the bread (get it bread=money LOL I slay me!) is to stop at a fine restaurant and have a healthy gourmet meal. Right? Wrong!

 

Recent studies show that eating at a gourmet restaurant can be just as unhealthy as eating at a regular fast-food restaurant (I won’t name any names but you get the idea). As a matter of fact, according to diabetes specialists who are increasingly diagnosing young business people with the debilitating conditions, gourmet restaurants are equally as unhealthy as fast-food restaurants.

 

Doctors are now seeing men as young as 40 afflicted by the disease, which is often triggered by obesity and linked to poor diets.

 

Corporate lunches and dinners at restaurants and dinners that are held at restaurants famous for dishing out foods dripping in fat, add in a job that keeps a person desk-bound with little to know exercise and you have a recipe for disaster.

 

Neal Cohen, general manager of Baker’s Diabetes Service, says many patients are unaware of the fact, finer restaurants are usually as high in fat, salt and sugar as those served in popular fast-food chains.

 

”People think that if they’re dining at a nice restaurant that it’s good and healthy food, but eating out is really code for eating badly. Whether it’s a fine French restaurant or McDonald’s, it’s the type of food that causes the problem. In a lot of cuisine, particularly French and Italian, the food is cooked with oils and cheeses and sauces and dressings that are not what you would normally do at home,” Dr Cohen said.

 

”Many of my patients will eat out three or four times a week for work and we are seeing 40-year-old businessmen who are in real trouble. To have diabetes at that age and otherwise be perfectly well with very little family history, is a really worrying thing for their future.”

 

Chief executive of IT recruitment company Peoplebank Australia, Peter Acheson, knows how difficult it is to make healthy choices when eating out. Entertaining clients up to five times a week at some of Melbourne and Sydney’s top restaurants led to him piling on 15 kilograms.

 

”The working lunches were a big contributor. You’ve really got to be careful, it creeps up on you because the food’s so nice you tend to have more of it,” the 46-year-old told The Sunday Age.

 

His daughter, being blunt as children usually are, said “You’re fat daddy,” this was the catalyst for the father-of-four to shed the weight, and while he still regularly dines out at places such as Rockpool, Pure South and Treasury, he has changed his eating habits.

 

”Previously, I’d be having entree, main and dessert and two or three glasses of wine, but now I only have one course, I’ve banned dessert, and I drink mineral water. Typically, I used to have a steak and that would come with a creamy béarnaise or peppercorn sauce, but now I’d have fish with salad and I don’t have the buttery mash or rich sauce, even if it’s provided.”

 

Dr. Cohen recommends his patients only eat out once a week, however, he thought the “MasterChef effect” was also having an impact as amateurs try to re-create the elaborate dishes from the hit television show.

 

”It’s been a wonderful series, but I’m not sure it’s going to have a terrific effect on everyone’s health because most of those things are pretty high in fat and I would like to see healthy eating incorporated into the next series,” he said.

 

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