What We Can Learn From the French
The French Diet
The traditional French diet is simple, it has not a delicacy promoted by French restaurants.
The French are inclined to fat as well as other nations, but it happens because they prefer eating the traditional food for the sake of changing tempo of life, advertising, etc. What distinguishes the traditional French feeding system?
1. The freshness. There are a lot of fresh food, high-quality fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices in a diet which make food delicious without adding extra calories.
2. Balance. We can say that each meal includes all food product groups (fruits, vegetables, bread, fish, meat, oil, etc.). The French diet is rich with healthy fats. They take a lot of olive oil and butter. The French do not torment themselves with question of fat in their diet, they also do not trespass bad fats, margarine and hydrogenated fats.
3. Moderate eating. This is probably the most important thing that we can borrow from the French and is achieved by means of small portions. The French eat everything; even desserts are allowed for them. Small portions allow them to indulge themselves.
4. The pleasure of eating. The French know how to get pleasure from the process of food uptake. They masticate food properly and by easy stages, and they never eat in front of the TV. During the meal, they zero only in food.
5. Dining at home. The French prefer eating at home, thus it is easier to control products and food quality. Americans prefer eating anywhere but not at home; and then they suffer from fat excess in dish they have eaten, and very large portions of food.
6. Active lifestyle. The French like walking on foot. They often are forced to do so, because it is difficult to find parking in old urban centers. But this has benefits for their health and figure.
In general, we should borrow the ability to enjoy food, small portions, fruit and vegetable variety from the French diet, as well as active lifestyle and a positive approach to life.
Dietetic Vitamins and Vitamin Diets
As a rule, we take on several extra kilos during winter and we hasten to stick to a diet.
Unfortunately, when we exclude harmful (from our point of view) food, we deprive ourselves of vitamins necessary for our health. Here are several helpful tips on how to choose a better diet and not to damage our bodily health.
No to mono-diets!
Those who are fond of the so called mono-diets (it is when the ration is reduced to one or two kinds of food, for example, buckwheat porridge and yoghurt), we warn: you may encounter some very unpleasant consequences. May be, you will manage to part with some extra kilos but your skin may turn dry, flabby so as your nails and your hair. Food is the source of vitamins and microelements for your body. Thus, starting a mono-diet, you deprive yourself of this source. Limitations can be made in consumption of fats, carbohydrates, calories and even in the quantity of food. But despite all this, your nourishment, though, should not be monotonous.
Choose pickled cabbage (without vinegar), citruses, green vegetables and fruits. Ferro is longer preserved in apples. The source of vitamin C is not only citruses but also potatoes – both boiled and baked. Don’t forget about the principle of well-balanced nourishment: retain the sense of proportion.
What to remember:
To meat-eaters and vegetarians: If your food is deficient in proteins then vitamins are not digested properly. If your food is, on the contrary, overloaded with proteins, then splitting and utilization of proteins will require more of vitamin B6, which is also very bad, because vitamin B6 regulates the amino acids exchange.
To those who love fatty food: Much fat in your food lowers synthesis of vitamin B2 in the small bowel.
To those who has sweet tooth: Large amount of carbohydrates requires more vitamin B1.
To those who doesn’t like beef, pork, cod-fish liver or butter: If your ration has vitamin A deficiency, then automatically you will have deficiency in vitamins E, C, B12 and folic acid.
Yes to mono-vitamins!
Poly-vitamins offer us to renew the storage of the necessary ingredients in bulk. But, unfortunately, only 3-4 vitamins at a time can be digested. Moreover, unlimited consumption of poly-vitamins can lead to immune instability. So don’t be surprised to have allergic reactions. Try to take vitamins apart from each other. Take vitamin A for a week, and then have an interval. Then take vitamin from group B. In ten days change the vitamins again – take vitamin C. Of course, you will need more concentration for this and although following this scheme is much more laborious, at the same time it is better for your health.
Seven Perfect Foodstuffs for Weight Loss
In case if you would have to find yourself at the deserted island, which food would you like to have there?
First you might have thought about some mouth-watering snacks, but finally you would definitely dream about healthy food to keep you fit and beautiful. Thus, we choose useful, rich for minerals food and neglect the one overfilled with trans-fats, rich for fats or sodium (Na). So, if you want to lose weight, you should do the same.
Almonds. Proteins and fiber combination in this tasty nut will keep you full of energy. Almond, this reach source of healthy mono-unsaturated fats also contains calcium and vitamin E. Almond consumption will help you to strengthen bones and low down cholesterol even. Go ahead! Try this: add some fried pieces or slices of almond to the cooked vegetables, e.g. broccoli, cabbage or green beans.
Avocado. Avocado is rich for oils, but the bigger part of them is mono-unsaturated one. It also contains vitamin C, potassium, folate and lutein, which make healthy impact on your eyes. Avocado contains seed sterol (beta-sitosterol), which helps to low down the cholesterol level. Try this: mash avocado till liquid slurry condition, add some lemon or lime juice and consume it instead of mayonnaise or other spices.
Broccoli. Broccoli is the rich source of vitamins A, C, K and beta-carotene.
Eggs. For 75 calories only one small egg fills you with 13 essential minerals and vitamins. The eggs also make us stronger as they appear to be a rich source of useful protein.
Sweet potato (batata). One batata contains day’s quantity of beta-carotene, really nourishing substance which prevents cancer appearance. Your heart will also be happy because of vitamin C and potassium contained in batata. Try this: mash the baked batata in vegetable broth and serve as the first course.
Teff. These tiny grains are simply overfilled with nourishing substances: teff contains twice as much of iron (Fe) and twenty times more of calcium than other grains, plus the efficient amount of fibers. Try this: ½ glass of dry teff pour over with ¼ glass of boiled water. Let the mixture brew up for about 10 minutes, then mix it with lean beef or turkey to make healthy and tasty sandwich.
Yoghurt (low-fat, food additive free). Yoghurt, like the other dairy products, appears to be a rich source of protein and calcium. But, due to its bioactive cultures (beneficent bacteria) it can positively treat your digestion and immunity systems.