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Comfort Food, Eating Healthy Is Not Boring

Updated on March 25, 2011

Comfort Foods

Despite what most people believe, eating healthy can be a lot of fun! Comfort food is the best thing ever. If you are looking for something that will make you feel much better, then you might as well go for the top comfort food. Believe it or not, food has a lot to do with the way you feel. If you don’t have a balanced diet, odds are you will feel upset, disgusted, annoyed, etc. You need to go for the right diet plan or else you will face the consequences.

Comfort food items are foods we love because these items are simple and familiar and they tend to remind us of home. Macaroon, for instance is very easy to prepare. You don’t need too much to make it and it’s very tasty. When it comes to your mood and food, there is a strong connection that will remain forever! Many do not hesitate to grab their favorite foods in an instant for an immediate pick me up and make me feel better. Most of these foods are quite easy to digest and you will not see salads on anyone’s list of their favorite comfort foods.

Comfort food items are foods we love because these items are simple and familiar and they tend to remind us of home. Macaroon, for instance is very easy to prepare. You don’t need too much to make it and it’s very tasty. When it comes to your mood and food, there is a strong connection that will remain forever! Many do not hesitate to grab their favorite foods in an instant for an immediate pick me up and make me feel better. Most of these foods are quite easy to digest and you will not see salads on anyone’s list of their favorite comfort foods.

In terms of comfort, men and women are like Venus and mars. Some believe preparing this food is calming, some others find this absurd as they need to be preparing the whole dish. However, so much is said that it has become like a controversial theme. It is like ice cream, chocolate or some other food items, it is up to tastes and preferences.

According to many studies, candy and sugary items are the most searched by women. Men, on the other hand, prefer tasty and delicious comfort food such as pizza, sandwiches, ice cream, etc. All the mentioned food items are on top of the list. Many men claim this food reminds them of people adoring them. Yet, you should watch out for calories, you don’t want to end up putting a lot of weight. If you go for them too frequently, odds are you may end up noticing a few extra pounds. You can always find a more natural option, yet keeping the main recipe. If you happen to love creams and ice cream, for instance, consider going for frozen yoghurts. You can even go for apple pie or some other options that are suitable, too.

It can even be very effective in order to properly increase the respective food volume considering low calorie ingredients. You can cover the frozen pizza with chopped peppers and onions before baking advance, or increase the height of the sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers to fill a little more. However, the end may have a specific meal only to accomplish its mission. For some people, there is no 'chicken noodle soup' to serve - only a particular brand or Mom's homemade version, is truly rewarding. It may be way too difficult to go ahead and break or even modify the whole strong partnerships that we have with all these family meals. If you actually find a suitable way to prepare these foods that are a little healthier, it would be very comforting, too, right?

The virtues of omega 3 and omega 6 for heart health should no longer be demonstrated. They are also indispensable for a great emotional balance. However, where we find and how we can use to benefit our health?

Omega 3 and Omega 6

What you should know about omega 3 and omega 6?

Above all, we must mention that omega 3 and omega 6 are part of the family of lipids. More known as fats, lipids are essential to a balanced diet. The overconsumption of lipids is the main reason for gaining weight. Two families of polyunsaturated fatty acids, called omega 3 and omega 6, each with their particular properties are essential to an equilibrated diet.

Properties:

Omega 3

· Possesses numerous beneficial qualities for the cardiovascular system: restore endothelial function and stabilize artery plaque;

· Prevents cardiovascular complications: myocardial infarctions, strokes, lower limb arthritis;

· Those substances are good for restoring emotional balance, regaining optimism, and increasing the capacity to take decisions in a positive way. It also increases energy and concentration.

Omega 6

It allows the decrease of "bad" cholesterol in the blood (LDL cholesterol). It can be found in sunflower oil and certain types of meat. Both omega 3 and omega 6 are essential fatty acids. Our body can not synthesize them, so we must obtain them by eating.

Omega-3 fatty substances are fragile, can oxidize in contact with water or certain minerals such as iron or copper. This transformation produces chemical substances whose toxicity is still unknown. Therefore, foods rich in omega-3 should be consumed quickly. It is very important the moment of the day chosen for your meal, as the blood must have a significant amount of antioxidants (vitamin A, C, E, selenium, and zinc). The antioxidants can be found in vegetables and fruits. It is recommended a daily intake of 2 grams of omega-3 fatty acids from 500 grams of different fruits and vegetables.

Where to find Omega 3 and Omega 6?

The omega 3 rich foods:

· -walnut oil, canola oil: 8-12 grams per 100 grams

· -wheat germ oil, soybean oil, nuts: 6 to 7 grams per 100 grams

· -fish oil, chicken fat, butter: 1-6 grams per 100 grams

Do not forget that a diet that contains omega 3 and omega 6 should be based mostly on those aliments, for example, if you eat more oily fish (rich in omega 3), you must add sunflower oil, which rich in omega 6. This is because the relation between these two types of fatty acids must be balanced in our diet in order to achieve the equilibrium of the cardiovascular system.

Foods rich in omega-6 fatty acids:

· -sunflower oil, walnut oil, soybean oil, wheat germ oil: 50-70 g per 100 grams

· -margarine, sunflower seeds: 30 to 50 grams per 100 grams

· -canola oil, peanut oil, chicken fat: 10 to 30 grams to 100 grams

· -olive oil, whole egg, butter, fish oil: 1 to 10 grams to 100 grams

  Some tips to have a diet rich in this type of fats:

· consume fish and lean meats;

· eat fish 2-3 times per week;

· reduce consumption of butter, but do not suppress;

· limit the intake of fatty dairy products and cheeses;

· limit the consumption of sausages;

· don’t consume more than 3 eggs a week;

· Don’t consume alcohol or other sweet juices.

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