Eating Healthy For Better Living!

Paula Megginson By Paula Megginson, 2nd Dec 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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After watching both of my parents suffer health ailments that were diet related and they both pass away at the tender age of 51, I chose to change the way I was taught to eat. I searched for years and found healthy alternatives to the diet I grew up on. In all of my searching I have found that the benefits of healthier eating are wonderful.

I Have A Lot Of Interest Such As Healthy Eating!



I have a lot of interest such as healthy eating and writing, dancing and so much more. Today however I would like to begin by talking about healthy eating. I am learning so much about it that I was not taught as a child. Both of my parents died when they were 51 years old, of ailments I now believe were diet related. My Father died in the midst of open heart surgery; my mother died of a heart attack that was brought on by diabetes, kidney failure and a few other ailments. I am choosing not to follow their path of unhealthy eating habits. My hope is living a longer and healthier life. So far it is working, I a presently 58 years old.

It has taken a bit of discipline to change old habits, but with time, persistence, and determination to live and not die I am getting better all the time. I started by reducing my meat intake and the type of meats I eat I used to eat a lot of pork and beef roast, but I found out that the pork made me swell and raised my blood pressure and the beef took too long to pass out of my system. Next I reduced the carbohydrate intake, namely breads and pasta and white rice. Eventually I stopped eating bread altogether and pasta too except for holidays and special occasions. I saw large improvements so that encouraged me to continue. Later I learned that there are certain foods that cause me ailments such as too many raisins,(which I used to eat daily) caused bowel issues for me and Cow milk kept me very bloated and gassy, it also caused more arthritis pain so I eliminated them from my diet. I added more fruits and vegetables to my diet and saw a huge increase in weight loss and in less water retention. I even came off of pain medication which I took for arthritis. I added things like fresh ginger, kiwi, peaches, cilantro, zucchini and yellow squash. I added salads like kale salad, and carrot and raisin salad and my favorite homemade cole slaw with homemade dressing.

Kiwi Has Great Health Benefits!

When I saw this delectable photo of these kiwi pops I decided to take a closer look at the kiwi. Kiwi is an amazing little fruit that has not been around for a very long time. Kiwi is packed with vitamin C, A, E, fiber and so much more. The fiber in kiwi is good for help with proper elimination. Too many people are bound more than they should be and this little fruit provides freedom and helps with weight loss. Vitamin C helps build the immune system so that many ailments can be fought off. Kiwi helps fight off diseases such as asthma, diabetes, colon cancer and other ailments. The skin can be eaten and has most of its vitamin content in it. Brush the hairy fibers clean before consuming the skin to prevent eating debris like sand...Kiwi is also a good source of iron, water and energy and so much more.

Caution if you are allergic to latex you may want to stay away from kiwi because it contains a substance called actinide which is a cause of latex allergies. Among the symptoms of this allergy are itching in the mouth.

Kiwi can be eaten scooped, sliced, as an addition to salads added to yogurt with strawberries, bananas or blended in a smothie. Kiwi is essential in aiding in weightless, and it is low in calories and cholesterol. This delightful little fruit when eaten in combination with a healthy diet will help you in your quest to live a healthier life. It is just one of many that is certainly helping me.

Great Ways To Enjoy Kiwi!

Below is a delightful fun summer recipe that is healthy and delicious!


Kiwi Strawberry Fruit Popsicles
2 Cups of cut up Strawberries
2 Cups of cut up Kiwi
2 Tablespoons Sugar

Directions:
Cut up 2 cups of Kiwi and add them to a food processor. Pour in one tablespoon of sugar and blend until a thick, but smooth consistency. Add Kiwi into Popsicle mold and rinse food processor and repeat the steps with your strawberries. After adding strawberries in Popsicles molds place in freezer for 4-6 hours. Serve and enjoy!

Kiwi-Cucumber Green Smoothie Recipe with Broccoli
1 medium frozen banana, peeled and sliced
1 cup frozen broccoli, chopped
2 kiwifruit, with peel if organic (peeled if not organic)
2 small cucumbers, or ½ a large one
8 ounces filtered water
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (I use a Vitamix), followed by the soft fruit. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 351
Fat: 3g
Protein: 9g
Carbohydrates: 84g
Fiber: 17.2g
Calcium: 19% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Iron: 2.6mg
Vitamin A: 124% RDA
Vitamin C: 495% RDA

This smoothie is also a rich source of folate, vitamin B1 – B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.) http://www.incrediblesmoothies.com/recipes/kiwi-cucumber-green-smoothie-recipe-with-broccoli/

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Allergic Reaction, Allergy, Health Benefits, Health Facts, Healthy Eating, Healthy Food, Kiwi, Laytex, Strawberry

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author avatar Paula Megginson
Hello! My name is Paula (Brower) Megginson, I am a 55 year old mother of 3 (adults), and a writer and lover of poetry. I am a Christian and ordained minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have been

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author avatar Johnny Knox
2nd Dec 2013 (#)

Paula thank you for posting this, very useful!! I needed this!

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author avatar Vickylass
2nd Dec 2013 (#)

I´m on the opposite side. My mother taught me good, food habits, because she had little money for fancy or junk food. thus, since early age, I got used to eat veggies, fish and whatever my mother cooked. On top of this, I was raised in Spain to enjoy the best diet of the world -Mediterranean diet. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Paula Megginson
3rd Dec 2013 (#)


johnny you are welcome! thank you for reading it.

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author avatar Paula Megginson
3rd Dec 2013 (#)

good for you Vickylass, If I had been so blessed. my parents in thier ignorance didnt do that for us, they thought it was cheeper to eat the way they did, I am glad I learned

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author avatar Retired
3rd Dec 2013 (#)

I love kiwi but did not know that you could eat the peel. Thanks for sharing this very informative article.

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author avatar Paula Megginson
4th Dec 2013 (#)

you are welcome!

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
16th May 2014 (#)

Great ideas and instructive article..

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author avatar Paula Megginson
20th May 2014 (#)

thank you

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