New book in Dutch

Eet vet word slank

Eet vet word slank gepubliceerd januari 2013

In dit boek lees je o.a.: * heel veel informatie ter bevordering van je gezondheid; * hoe je door de juiste vetten te eten en te drinken kan afvallen; * hoe de overheid en de voedingsindustrie ons, uit financieel belang, verkeerd voorlichten; * dat je van bewerkte vetten ziek kan worden.

Trick and Treat:
How 'healthy eating' is making us ill
Trick and Treat cover

"A great book that shatters so many of the nutritional fantasies and fads of the last twenty years. Read it and prolong your life."
Clarissa Dickson Wright

Natural Health & Weight Loss cover

"NH&WL may be the best non-technical book on diet ever written"
Joel Kauffman, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA

Healthy eating boosts a positive mind

positive mind

It may sound far-fetched to suggest that there are foods that boost your confidence while some can knock it for six, but feeling good about yourself is more than just what is on the outside.

A recent survey conducted by The Mood and Food project found that dietary changes were beneficial for 80% of the 200 subjects surveyed, experiencing substantial improvements in mood and self-esteem. Of those 80%, a further 80% of participants found that cutting down on sugar boosted their confidence and wellbeing while 79% found the same for cutting down on caffeine *.

Feel fantastic fats: : Avoiding all types of fat - in a low-fat diet for example – can lead to anxiety and depression and other mental health problems. Polyunsaturated ‘omega 3’ fats are especially important and these are particularly high in oily fish, nuts and seeds. But I always recommend taking a high-quality omega 3 supplement to safeguard your levels.

Positive thinking protein: Certain amino acids within protein have a direct effect on our brain chemistry. In particular, the amino acid ‘tryptophan’ is converted by the body into serotonin - a brain chemical which elevates mood and self-esteem. Tryptophan is the active ingredient in 5-HTP supplements and turkey and nuts are also rich sources. Bananas and avocadoes also provide you with tryptophan.

Visionary vitamins: Specific multivitamins and minerals are essential for emotional and mental health. For example the conversion of tryptophan is helped by various ‘co-factor’ nutrients such as; vitamin C found in watercress; folic acid found in avocado, lettuce and walnuts; vitamin B6 found in banana and sunflower seeds; biotin found in corn pasta, oily fish and fruit; and zinc found in oats and sardines. If you think you may be deficient in any of these nutrients, a high-quality multivitamin can offer some insurance.

Confidence in carbohydrates: The absorption of tryptophan by the body is greatly enhanced by eating carbohydrates. Although, reducing your carbohydrate intake helps to avoid the roller coaster ride of energy and moods associated with large fluctuations in blood glucose levels.

By Henrietta Norton, a qualified nutritional therapist and member of the British Association of Nutritional Therapists.
* The Mood and Food Project, Amanda Greary: An exploration of dietary and nutritional self-help strategies used to improve emotional and mental health

Last updated 21 July 2011

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