Eating isn’t just for when you’re hungry. A lot of people these days eat a wide variety of things that they usually wouldn’t normally eat. The word “diet” got its name from the Greek word which means sacrifice. When you eat to give to the gods or Goddesses you’re engaging in a sacrifice. Eating is actually the intake of food, usually to supply the body an adequate heterotrophic organism to enable growth and for energy.
In fact, you can eat anything you want as long as it satisfies your body’s need for nutrients. Processed foods like yogurt are rich in lactobacilli, a good bacterium that safeguards the colon by fighting off harmful microorganisms that causes bad breath, constipation, diarrhea and even stomach ulcers. Lactobacilli is also found in yogurt and may help prevent certain cancers. The key to a healthy diet is to add healthy protein, like those found in cheese, chicken, nuts, fish and eggs, along with lactobacillus to make sure your intestinal tract is kept healthy.
If you’re not allergic to dairy products, then you probably love potato chips, fried chicken, processed cheese, etc. But have you ever stopped and thought about how much calories these foods contain? Chances are you have if you are like the rest of us! A medium sized bowl of potato chips containing approximately half a pound of potato chips contains more than three hundred calories. That is equal to about four eggs! That is not only plenty of calories to fuel you for a good portion of the day, but if you combine that with eating two pieces of toast with a cup of coffee you’ve made just enough to send you home from the coffee shop with an empty tummy.
Some of us would rather skip the fast food because we know it’s full of unhealthy fat and calories but we can still eat them if we switch to healthier alternatives like fresh fruit. Fresh fruit like strawberries, pineapple, oranges and avocados contain less calories than a medium bowl of fried chicken or a pound of potatoes and cheese. Switching to a diet of fresh fruit or vegetables instead of fatty fried chicken and junk food like potato chips will help you lose weight and keep it off. These alternatives contain natural sugars so they won’t raise your blood sugar which in turn prevents the surge of sugar in your blood which leads to obesity.
Vegetables such as celery sticks, green beans, carrots, radishes, spinach, cabbage and asparagus have a low Glycemic Index (GI) which means they take longer to raise the blood sugar after eating than other carbohydrates like white bread or rice. This type of carbohydrate is a rich source of vitamins and minerals which help maintain healthy digestion, circulation, muscles and skin. Eating vegetables causes your body to produce digestive hormones which help break down foods quicker and absorb more nutrients. It also helps eliminate wastes from the intestines and makes room for more nutrients to be absorbed. If you eat enough vegetables you will feel full longer and have less hunger pangs.
Vocabulary: When learning a new vocabulary, try to use words that make sense in everyday life. When learning vocabulary in Spanish, it is important to use the proper context. For example when learning the term caballero, a Spanish term for cab, it would be most appropriate to think of a taxi whenever you see one. The same holds true when learning vocabulary like hablando and manzanita. Use the correct word for the context. While you do not need to memorize every word in the dictionary, having a few helpful words at hand can make your learning process much faster and easier.