The Answers to All Your Problems...

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Answers to All Your Problems...
Feeling stressed? How about fat? Maybe sad or low on energy? Want to increase your metabolism or need to get some sleep? Afraid you are not getting the most from your workout? Suzy's been there (as in everyday) and is constantly trying to find the right solutions. According to her friendly e-mails from Eat This, Not That you can fix anything with food. Halejuha! And the best part? It does not seem to tough. Here are some of their solutions:

When You're Stressed
Eat This
1 Cup of Low-fat Yogurt or 2 Tbsp of Mixed Nuts
Scientists in Slovakia gave people 3 grams each of two amino acids—lysine and arginine—or a placebo and asked them to deliver a speech. Blood measurements of stress hormones revealed that the amino acid–fortified guys were half as anxious during and after the speech as those who took the placebo. Yogurt is one of the best food sources of lysine; nuts pack tons of arginine.

Not That
Can of Soda
A study from the American Journal of Public Health found that people who drink 21⁄2 cans of soda daily are three times more likely to be depressed and anxious, compared with those who drink fewer.

When You're Feeling Fat
Eat This
Grilled Chicken Breast
The protein in lean meat and poultry fills you up and speeds metabolism, which cuts your cravings while easing off the pounds. High-protein diets also help to build muscle and attack extra belly fat.

Not That
Canned Soup and Salty Snacks
Sodium binges can lead to water retention, which makes your stomach feel like a beach ball. Avoid inflation by skipping salty foods like salted nuts and potato chips, and resist your cravings for Chinese takeout and Mexican food, two of the most salt-laden cuisines.

When You're Low on Energy
Eat This
A Handful of Trail Mix
Raisins provide potassium, which your body uses to convert sugar into energy. Nuts stock your body with magnesium, which is important in metabolism, nerve function, and muscle function. (When magnesium levels are low, your body produces more lactic acid--the same a fatigue-inducing substance that you feel at the end of a long workout.)

Not That
Espresso-based Drinks
Sure, the caffeine will perk you up, but with anywhere from 16 grams (latte) to 59 grams (white chocolate mocha) of sugar in your Starbucks drink of choice, the spike in blood sugar will ultimately send you crashing. Stick to brewed coffee.

When You Want to Increase Metabolism
Eat This
Green Tea
Catechins, the powerful antioxidants found in green tea, are known to increase metabolism. A study by Japanese researchers found that participants who consumed 690 milligrams of catechins from green tea daily had significantly lower body mass indexes and smaller waist measurements than those in a control group.

When You Need to Get Some Sleep
Eat This
Nonfat Popcorn
Pop a bag half an hour before bedtime: The carbs will induce your body to create serotonin, a neurochemical that makes you feel relaxed. Skip the butter—fat will slow the process of boosting serotonin levels.

Not That
A Glass of Warm Milk
Forget what your mom told you: This popular remedy for sleeplessness could be making matters worse. The protein in milk boosts alertness. Plus, unless it's skim, the fat in milk slows down digestion and makes sleep more fitful.

When You Want to Look and Feel Younger
Eat This
Sunflower Seeds
These tiny wonders have the highest natural vitamin E content of any food around, and no antioxidant is better at fighting off the aging effects of free radicals. Other great sources of vitamin E include Swiss chard, Total Cereal and Propel Fitness Water.

When You Want the Most from Your Workout
Eat This
PB&J or Pasta
The perfect post-weight training repast has about 400 calories, with 20 to 30 grams of protein (to build new muscle) and 50 to 65 grams of carbohydrates (to repair old muscle). Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or a small bowl of pasta with meat sauce fit that formula.

Here for a complete list of what to eat and what not to eat. As they say...when life hands you lemons, eat yogurt and 47 other super foods
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