Eating Healthy is Eating Well

Healthy eating is not about limiting the number of calories one eats, but more about where you are getting them from. Consuming 200 calories of fast food is definitely not similar to eating those same amount of calories in vegetables and fruits.

What is healthy eating?

With hundreds of thousands of information floating around the web, it can get quite confusing when people look for information about what to eat. However, what most people look for isn’t healthy eating but quick and fast weight losing diet that involves counting calories and cutting down a lot of food that the body needs to function. Healthy eating means consuming food packed with nutrients the body needs for your health, to help make you feel good and more energised.

Healthy eating is a ‘non-diet’ approach to losing weight

Meeting your weight losing goals by starting to eat healthy is a far better approach than cutting back on food altogether. The ideal way to start eating healthy is changing your bad eating habits by swapping one or two items like white bread for whole-wheat and white rice for brown or wild. If you compare the number of calories between white and brown bread and rice, they are almost the same. However, brown rice and wheat bread have much more nutrients like fibres, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that the body needs.

Healthy eating means a balanced diet

To maintain a healthy body, we all need a balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins and minerals. Here’s a list of produce that contains all the nutrients your body needs:

• Fish, poultry, dairy products, beans, nuts and seeds, tofu and soy products are packed in healthy protein
• Good or healthy fats like olive, peanut, sesame oils, avocados, sunflower, sesame and pumkin seeds contain mono-saturated and poly-saturated fats
• Cereals like all-bran and oatmeal, vegetables like spinach, broccoli, greens and grains like barley, wheat, brown rice are good sources of fibre
• Yoghurt, cheese, milk and sardines are good sources of calcium
• Healthy carbs include brown or wild rice, whole-wheat pasta and spaghetti and whole-wheat or whole-grain bread

One step at a time

Make small changes in your daily eating habits instead of going for a strict diet that tortures the body, preventing it from essential foods. This includes adding salad to your daily meal and eating fruits instead of snacking. Whole-wheat or whole grain and brown rice are ideal as they are packed with nutrients that will keep you full the whole day. Prepare your own meals and monitor whatever goes into your food, from salt and sugar to oil and processed meat.

Feeling satisfied with your meal

Eat as much food as your body needs. You should feel satisfied after every meal instead of feeling stuffed or bloated. Additionally, you can indulge in your favourite meal once or twice a week. You can eat a burger or pizza during lunch and choose something healthy for dinner. No food is off limits as long as you moderate its consumption. Go for smaller portions or share large plates with friends to limit your occasional indulgences.

Fruits and vegetables should be present everyday

Add more fruit and veggies to your diet as these should be part and parcel of your daily eating habit. Low in calories and rich in nutrients, fruits and vegetables will naturally fill you up and help you cut back on unhealthy foods. Add fruits to your breakfast and one or two vegetables to lunches and dinners to start with.

Make your vegetable dishes tasty

Use colourful veggies to increase and vary the colour of your salads and vegetable dishes. Try to liven up your salads with different types of leafy greens, spicy dressing and even cheese. Additionally, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, onions and bell peppers will add sweetness to your meals and partly satisfy your cravings for sugar. Try grilling and roasting your veggies instead of always steaming or boiling them.

Make meal plans every week or month

Start with a detailed weekly planning and go grocery shopping according to that list. Stock the fridge with your favourite fruits and vegetables. Today, most supermarkets have a healthy food section that include snacks, sugar free energy bars, whole wheat pastas, biscuits and many low calorie and nutrients rich products. Make it a habit of comparing items by carefully reading the label on each product for information about the percentage of sugar, protein, fat and carbs.

 

Combine healthy eating with daily exercises

Being physically active and eating healthy is the perfect combo to help the body stay strong and healthy. However, nobody is forcing you to join the gym or fitness training classes. You can exercise at home every morning or evening by watching informative tutorials on YouTube and internet. Even if don’t have time for daily exercises, you can always take the stairs, walk or bicycle to go shopping or to work to stay active.

Peculiar Dishes From Around The World

A cuisine can be a relish for the palate for one and a horrific experience for the other. Choosing from the most popular countries around the world, we give you their weirdest dishes ever made and enjoyed by the locals.

• Smalahove- Norway
Traditionally a delicacy in Norway, the sheep’s head is eaten by the whole family on Christmas. The dish is prepared by following a long process which involves water, salt, drying up and smoking up the head. The Smalahove is eaten following an etiquette. The start should always be with the ear and eyes, then the other parts.

• Khash – the Middle East, East Europe & Turkey
A dish made from boiled cow’s or sheep’s feet, though other parts can be added later on. This original Eastern European dish is famous for being served with the condiment of your choice. Khash is usually eaten during weekends or holidays as it requires a long cooking process.

• Yak Penis – China
Also known as “Dragon in the Flame of Desire”, the yak penis is a highly sought-after dish in China. Rumors or beliefs had it that the yak penis is good for the skin! Try it to know!

• Tuna Eyeballs – Japan
A delicacy in Japan, this dish tastes like squid. It is covered with fish fat, the method to cook it is simple – boil and season to taste.

• Casu Marzu – Italy
Literally translated to “rotten cheese”, it is also known as ‘maggot cheese’. It is made of traditional sheep milk and insect larvae. The cheese is kept to rot in a dungeon and flies are put later on. The best way to eat it is with the larvae on the cheese.

Balut – Philippines
Also known as “the treat with feet” or “the egg with legs”, this dish is a favorite snack in the Philippines. It is eaten with its shell after spending a week buried in the ground and then boiled.

 

• Cuy Bien – Peru
The little guinea pig you keep in your room is a tasty and traditional dish in Peru. It is roasted as the guinea pig is low in fat and high in protein. Its taste is very similar to that of chicken or rabbit.

• Menudo – Mexico
A traditional dish from Mexico. This dish is believed to taste better after being reheated. Prepared from the cow stomach and spinal cord, it is garnished with onions, garlic, and red chili peppers.

Sannakji – South Korea
A South Korean savory. This dish is eaten when the octopus is still alive and eaten raw. It is served with a splash of sesame oil. It is a risky dish, as the tentacles can attach themselves down the throat.

 

Well, after all these ‘weird dishes’, I guess a long break from food is indeed needed!

Fascinating Rules of Etiquette Around The World

Etiquettes are manners made either to please or make you feel welcome in other countries or places. In this world full of people and different religions and societal norms, there are etiquettes which are to be respected. For example, you cannot pick up a food or drink water from your left hand as it is considered unhygienic in Africa, and many more etiquettes which will surprise you.

Sit up straight and note down!

 

 

 

  • In the United Kingdom, “What a delightful idea!” means “No, not in a million years”- So never use this whenever you start a conversation with a Brit, they might be offended.
  • In South Africa, “Just now” does not mean immediately, it means that it is going to happen in the near future and “Now now” means right now! Weird isn’t it?
  • Prepare your cheeks whenever you plan to be in France Geneva or Brussels, as people there will greet you by kissing your cheeks, it goes like that- is L-R (Paris), L-R-L (Geneva), L-R-L-R (Brussels).In Africa, it is considered unhygienic to pick up food or drink water from your left hand.
  • In Italy, the cappuccino is a morning drink. It is gauche to drink it in the afternoon or evening: Switch to espresso. So advice, don’t have a morning drink in the mid-afternoon, they will frown upon you!
  • Never tip or blow your nose in Japan, people get offended as it is a sign of disrespect.
  • If you like your friends spit on them! The Masai tribe of East Africa greet each other by spitting on each other. When greeting an elder, they spit on the shaking hand before offering it. Be prepared to be spit on when visiting!
  • In India, always use only your right hand for eating, receiving, and giving things. The left hand is to be used for only personal things such as wiping after going to the bathroom and handling items that have touched the ground, such as your shoes.
  • In South Korea, it is very rude to keep your hands in your pockets while talking to other people. It is a sign of disrespect and considered ill-mannered.
  • Never give an even number of flowers to Russian. It is considered impolite and superstitious to them. They also do not like to meet shaking hands through the doorway, it brings bad luck.
  • Cover you shoulders when you are in the Middle East. It is considered as a respect.
  • Always say “ma’am,” “sir,” “please,” and “thank you” in South America.

 

Remember these points whenever you travel these countries!