Ted Begnoche is a writer and avid researcher on the subjects of nutrition and holistic wellness. He has recently published books on Sugar Detox as well as the inflammation epidemic, and continues to improve his knowledge by constantly remaining up to date with the latest news and trends in the nutrition world. When not busy writing, you can find him playing the banjo or guitar, outside fishing, or working on his blog, http://holistichealthpath.com
For those of you who wish to keep their blood sugar levels optimal, it is best to avoid foods that are high on the glycemic index (GI). As a general rule, the more ripe, cooked, or processed a fruit, vegetable is, the more likely it is to be higher on the GI. The key offenders include - bananas, pineapple, watermelon, carrots, parsnips, mashed or russet potatoes.
Although protein intake is important, the wrong amount of it might cause serious health issues. Less protein content weakens the muscles, whereas high protein content causes weight gain. Know the right amount required and regulate your diet accordingly. Always prefer natural sources of protein (vegan or otherwise) in your diet over supplements.
Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols (FODMAPs) are short-chain carbs that, if poorly digested, ferment in the bowel to cause symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). A low FODMAP diet, strictly designed under the supervision of a dietitian, may help you identify the intolerant FODMAP foods, thus easing digestive stress.
Do you know a handful of nuts can give you 25% of your daily needs of magnesium and manganese? Walnuts are packed with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Pistachios can work in lowering your blood pressure. Pecans and pumpkin seeds are equally healthy. Snack on a bowl of these nuts or add them to your salad to increase your nutrient intake.