A large percentage of Africans cannot digest lactose properly and most of us are unaware of this! Consuming lactose makes us bloated, often gives us diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. In fact, lactose may contribute to skin irritations and acnes in some individuals. Understanding how your system reacts to the consumption of milk, and which lactose containing food / beverage you are sensitive or insensitive to is vital. Watch the video to gain more insight on milk and lactose.
Eliminating bread completely may lead to intense carb cravings and we don't want that on your weight loss journey! Absolutely yes! Perhaps you’ve always thought bread is fattening. However, eating certain types of bread on a weight loss diet or to maintain a healthy weight is all about the quality of bread and the quantity. Nowadays, most major supermarkets in Africa stock dark breads such as pumpernickel and other breads that are rich in healthy seeds, such as pumpkin,
sesame, and sunflower seeds. Please do not confuse these kinds of bread for the regular wheat bread. This episode shows you how to choose quality breads on your diet, and how to spice up you bread with healthy ingredients.
These two are natural sweeteners. Chemically, both honey and sugar are made up of glucose and fructose. Sugar is solely sucrose, and sucrose breaks down into glucose and fructose in the body. Honey is made up of glucose and fructose.
Table sugar is a lot more processed than honey.
You should avoid highly processed foods and honey is the more minimally processed of these two.
If you have to eat any sweeteners, some types of honey aren't processed at all,
especially the local types of honey available in some local African markets so you should consider choosing these types of honey.
However, honey and sugar are just empty calories that should be avoided because they contain nothing else but sugar molecules.
You should consider leaving sweeteners out of your meals gradually, in order to achieve a sustainable and healthier body weight; this in the long run elongates your body's life span!
Whether you are on a diet or not, feeding your body with chemicals posing as food is not the way to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Choosing the right kinds of drinks when thirsty, and developing a lasting mental positive attitude towards water, teas and natural fruits / flavours is essential on your healthy lifestyle journey.
You probably know that most carbonated drinks; Coca-cola, Fanta, Sprite, Mirinda, Lemonades etc. aren't good for your health, they are empty calories and full of sugar.
Colouring agents and sweeteners are chemicals that your body cannot digest avoid them until you have mastered the art of leaving them out completely.
Making the right choices when it comes to your drinks, is an achievable habit that would soon turn into a healthy lifestyle. Make your own vitamin water in less than five minutes and enjoy the benefits of nature!
Many of us Africans, especially women, worry about the amount of fat that is stored around our tummies. We run off to buy cinchers that somewhat flatten the belly, these often feel uncomfortable, doesn’t improve health and only compresses the storage tissues.
Carbohydrates and starchy food converted into excess energy is stored as glycogen,
this is the reason behind protruding bellies.
Have you considered having at least one salad per day? Replacing one of your meals, perhaps lunch, with a bowl of salad and some fish or chicken?
Salads are healthy and loaded with vitamins and minerals. They are a quick fix too! You're just literally cutting stuff and throwing them together. Doesn't take more than five minutes of your time.
Eating healthily is not a thing of a day or two weeks. It is about cultivating an entire lifestyle to last a lifetime. Healthy living is a habit to be mastered and I believe you’ve got enough discipline in you to do it!