Nutrition Insight

How to Eat to Your Heart’s Content and Lose Weight

Isn’t it odd that people get fat so often?

There is no other animal in the wild that gets fat.

Even humans in indigenous tribes never seem to be overweight.

If in nature every creature is perfectly healthy and trim, why do we suffer from obesity in our civilized world?

After all, hunger should regulate depending on how much energy and nutrients we need.

The problem with the modern food supply is that we eat too many calories and too little nutrition.

If we ate a balanced whole plant food diet, we would undereat on our calories and overeat on our antioxidants and phytonutrients.

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What Unhealthy Processed Foods Are and Why They Are So Bad for Us

Processed foods are ubiquitous.

On the supermarket shelves, on the news, on our tables…

We all know they are supposed to be bad for us but do we truly know what processed foods are?

Most people will think of a candy bar or chips.

That is just the top of the pyramid, though.

Any natural food that has parts of it removed or has been chemically altered is a heavily processed food.

Think of sweet beets and sugar. Olives and olive oil.

They have very little in common.

And neither the oil or the sugar is healthy.

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The Unexpected Ways How Becoming Vegan Changes Your Outlook on Life

Before we became whole food plant eaters, vegan was an odd word describing an odd person.

Are the animals that important?

What’s the big deal about eating some animal products?!

Do you really need to see the world in black vs white, meat eaters vs vegans?

Nah…

We stopped eating animals but not for anybody or anything else but for the personal health gains that eating vegan offers.

Than, however, something strange happened.

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Cooking Is Not a Chore, It’s a Privilege

A friend asked us recently how can he eat healthfully when he had only 15 minutes in the morning for preparing and eating his food.

Naturally, at first, we gave ideas about what he could do so in such a short time.

Prep some sandwich dip in advance, prepackage smoothie ingredients and freeze them…

Later that day, however, it dawned on us.

You never ever don’t have time for cooking and eating.

You prioritize not to.

What we eat determines our health and the state of our health determines our happiness. So, well, discarding food as a chore is, frankly, at best ignorance.

Ignorance that may cost us a lot down the line.

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What Carbs Are and Why You Need Them

It seems that a healthy diet cannot be described without mentioning carbs.

They are more often than not vilified as the main culprit for the health crisis that we face today.

Yet, few people understand what carbohydrates actually are and the role they play in our bodies.

Without them, you will practically cease to exist.

Carbs are actually an all-important nutrient and energy source.

Here’s why.

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How to Eat Carbs and Lose Weight

Carbs have been getting a bad press lately.

Cutting down on carbs has been promoted as a way to get lean and healthy.

However, most people don’t really understand what carbohydrates actually are, let alone how to avoid them.

And since carbohydrates are the main fuel for your brain and muscles, it is important to understand how and why they impact your health and waist.

Naturally, there are good and bad carbs.

Here’s how to choose the good ones and lose the extra weight in the process.

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How We Store Energy After We Eat

The more we eat the fatter we get.

Or that’s what most of us are led to believe.

It is true, though, and why it is that some foods might make us fatter fast while others do not seem to be making such an impact on our waistlines?

Part of the answer lies in understanding what our energy sources are and how our bodies actually store the excess energy.

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What Whole Plant Foods Are

A plant-based diet, a vegan diet, a whole foods plant-based diet…

They all seem to be used interchangeably by some but can have a vast difference for others.

At WellnessDove we think that there is a difference so here is what we understand by a whole plant foods.

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The Allure of Processed Junk Foods Explained

What is food?

A simple question that everybody can answer.

Yet, the answers people give can be quite surprising.

Food can be fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy and even… a candy bar!

A candy bar is in essence super concentrated empty calories. But for some people it is food!

Why?!

Why, when we know that fruits and vegetables are best for us, do we eat processed foods?

What makes them so alluring?

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Is Gluten Harmful and Should You Avoid it?

Gluten-free is the new buzzword in the health food stores.

It seems that flour products have suddenly become a hazard for our health.

Somehow we find it strange that a staple food of civilization has suddenly become the villain of modern health.

Simply put, the wheat we consume today is very different to the wheat varieties of old. And we are no longer eating whole wheat products.

However, in any case gluten can truly have some ill-effects on your health. Here’s why and what you can do about it.

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Carbs are NOT a Villain

Carbohydrates have been getting a lot of bad press for quite a while now.

And still, everybody loves them and it seems that everybody cannot resist the guilty pleasure of enjoying them even if they know that they should not.

Why?

It’s rather simple, actually. Carbohydrates are the cleanest and best fuel for humans.

It is what most of us think what carbs are that is the problem.

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Why You Do Not Need a Sugary Treat to Boost Your Energy

We  all have felt that need to fill up on something sugary when we are tired.

The quick get-up-and-go effect of sweet foods is a sure way to quickly fuel up our brain and body.

Yet, it’s common knowledge now that sugar is not a friend to human health.

Highly glycemic foods send sugar into the bloodstream way faster than you could use it up. The pancreas is overworked to release way more insulin than is natural and insulin… Well, high insulin promotes growth, among else, to your fat tissues, causes you to age faster and all kinds of other mischief.

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Why Whole Plant Foods

We all know that people are omnivores. Out of necessity. Like most other omnivores. Almost. The main difference between us and, say, bears, is that bears are carnivorous creatures who also eat a range of plant foods in order to survive. We are the other way around. We are herbivorous creatures who learned to eat …

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Gluten Is Not as Unhealthy as You Might Think

Gluten is a humble protein in wheat that makes bread rise.

It has also become a culprit for the worsening health of our society.

Gluten-free foods are becoming a common sight not only in health stores but in any given supermarket.

And for a good reason – gluten can truly be the reason why you have allergies, asthma, autoimmune diseases or else.

Should you forget about your favorite bread then?

Thankfully, the answer is NO!

Poor old gluten is not to blame. What we have done with the wheat mother nature gave us, is!

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