Category: Detox & Diet

Pioppi Diet, Secret to Living Longer?

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Pioppi Diet, Secret to Living Longer?

 

What is a Pioppi Diet?

Apparently there is a small village in Italy called Pioppi, where the average life span of a man is 89 and some lived to a hundred.  In this village, the ails of old age like dementia and diabetes are practically unheard of.

It is also interesting to note that American physiologist, Ancel Keys, who first authored the Mediterranean Diet, which by the way is now protected by UNESCO under the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, stayed in Pioppi for 28 years.  He left this beloved village at age 100 and died soon after at age 101.

It is being claimed that adhering to the Pioppi Diet can regulate the insulin and help to lose excess fat, thus lowering the risk of contracting many types of diseases and illnesses.

 

Guidelines for the Pioppi Diets in a nutshell:

 

These are the Dos:
  • Eat plenty of fibrous vegetables and whole fruits.
  • Keep eating red meat.  (I like)
  • Eat a handful of tree nuts everyday.  (like coconut?!!!, probably not, perhaps like almonds, walnuts, chestnuts but not peanut as it is legume)
  • Walk for at least half an hour a day.
  • Fast for 24 hours each week.  (Nooooooooo)
  • Eat three meals a day. Sup until you are full.
  • Enjoy a glass of red wine.
  • Do breathing exercises four times a day.
  • Sleep seven hours a night.
  • Have at least 2 tablespoonful of extra-virgin olive oil a day.
These are the Don’ts:
  • Do not eat added sugars, including fruit juice, honey and syrup.
  • Do not use seed oils, such as rapeseed, sunflower and soya bean oil.
  • Do not eat refined carbs such as in bread, pasta, noodles, cakes and biscuits (kill me now!)
  • Do not sit still for more than 45 minutes at a time.  Get moving!

Sober October

Sober October

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Autumn is October and to mark the start of this season, a worthy UK charity  Macmillan (cancer relief) has suggested that we make this month ‘Sober October.’

Instead of buying and imbibing alcoholic drinks, we should take up the challenge of being teetotal and donate the money we would otherwise spend on booze to charity instead.

A worthy cause we hope many will try.

A good friend who likes his lager will give it a go ;).

Drinking Alcoholic beverages  in large amounts can be a cause of cancer.

Alcoholism is a problem

These recent sobering statistics from Alcohol Concern highlight the problem.

Statistics on Alcohol

  • More than 9 million people in England drink more than the recommended daily limits
  • In the UK, in 2014 there were 8,697 alcohol-related deaths
  • Alcohol is 10% of the UK burden of disease and death, making alcohol one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death in the UK, after smoking and obesit
  • An estimated 7.5 million people are unaware of the damage their drinking could be causing
  • Alcohol related harm costs England around £21bn per year, with £3.5bn to the NHS, £11bn tackling alcohol-related crime and £7.3bn from lost work days and productivity costs
  • A minimum unit price is one of the most effective strategies of reducing alcohol-related harm. Selling alcohol for no less than 50p a unit would tackle health inequalities, reduce alcohol related crime, hospital admissions, lost productivity days and save lives.
  • Alcohol was 61% more affordable in 2013 than it was in 1980

Alcohol and Health

  • Alcohol is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including: mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancers; high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver; and depression
  • In the UK in 2012-13, there were 1,008,850 hospital admissions related to alcohol consumption where an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the primary reason for hospital admission or a secondary diagnosis
  • However, if you include deaths where alcohol was a contributing factor (such as various cancers, falls and hypertensive diseases), the figure increases to 21,512: 13,971 for males and 7,541 for females
  • Males accounted for approximately 65% of all alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2014
  • Alcohol now costs the NHS £3.5bn per year; equal to £120 for every tax payer
  • The alcohol-related mortality rate of men in the most disadvantaged socio-economic class is 3.5 times higher than for men in the least disadvantaged class, while for women the figure is 5.7 times higher
  • In England and Wales, 63% of all alcohol-related deaths in 2012 were caused by alcoholic liver disease
  • Liver disease is one of the few major causes of premature mortality that is increasing
  • Deaths from liver disease have reached record levels, rising by 20% in a decade
  • The number of older people between the ages of 60 and 74 admitted to hospitals in England with mental and behavioural disorders associated with alcohol use has risen by over 150% in the past ten years, while the figure for 15-59 years old has increased by 94%

We hope as many will take the time to digest the above and reduce digestion of alcohol this month and beyond.

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1001: Diet Healthily

The first law of dietetics seems to be: if it tastes good, it’s bad for you.
– Isaac Asimov

Fashion

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Spring is nearly hear.  Christmas is over, New Year is over.  Valentine’s Day is over so no excuse to not start a good healthy way to diet.

I have read thousands of tips on how to diet.  Some tips are so rigid that it would be hard to keep up.

Out of the many thousands of these diet tips, we will compile a list of the most effective ones, which will not scar us mentally, emotionally and maybe even physically. 😉

Let us maintain a regimen of healthy diet.  A healthy diet would mean a healthier, happier and revitalised YOU/US!

1001: Diet Healthily

Dos:

  • Pin your photograph, when you were at your ideal weight, on the fridge door.  Your photo will be an inspiration and a reminder that you are on a diet, every time you open that fridge door.
  • Eat a celery.  Munching a celery would actually make you lose weight as it contains minimal calories.
  • Limit your alcohol intakes.  Most alcoholic drinks are high in calories.
  • Eat more whole grain foods as part of your healthy lifestyle.  People who eat whole grain foods tend to have lower Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Start your day with a bowl of porridge or cereal with high-fibre.
  • Add barley or lentils in stews and casseroles.
  • Flavour your food with garlic and herbs rather than with salt.
  • Keep your fruit bowls well stocked and accessible, so you can just grab a fruit on two on your way out to work or school.
  • Eat more fish like salmon and sardines.  They are rich i omega-3 fats necessary for a healthy heart.
  • Use olive oil rather than butter or lard in cooking.
  • Brush your teeth after each meal, a Japanese study found that people who develop this habit keep their weight at a healthy level.
  • Use smaller plates to encourage for smaller portion of food.
  • Use children cutleries a la Liz Hurley.  smaller utensil will encourage taking time with eating and chewing.
  • Eat slowly.  Eating fast will encourage you to gobble up more calories.

Don’ts:

  • Never shop on an empty stomach.  When we are feeling peckish, we are more susceptible to all the goodies, that supermarkets have expertly located within our reach and attention.
  • Do not lick a stamp to stick it on an envelope.  Stamps contain 7 calories

Detox Foods

How long does getting thin take? asked Pooh, anxiously.
– A.A. Milne

There is still time for detoxing before summer really gets underway here in the UK. (If it shows up at all, LOL). Below is a list that will help your cleansing regime.

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10 Best Detox Foods You Should Start Eating

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Detoxing has become bit of a trend with all the different fasting formulas and super foods that are out there. Unfortunately, most of the popular “detoxes” really aren’t safe for you and aren’t healthy either. If you want to detox your body, did you know it can be as simple as eating the right foods? Here’s a list of 10 foods you can enjoy if you really want to cleanse your body.

avocado1. Avocados – Do you love avocados so much you would put slices of them on just about any food you eat? There’s no reason to feel guilty about doing this, especially because this is such a great food for you to eat. Avocados are packed full of antioxidants, including glutathione. This detoxes the body by transporting harmful toxins right out of it. By reducing the chemicals and toxins in your body you will be healthier and feel better.

 

cranberries2. Cranberries – These might be great for preventing urinary tract infections, but they can also get rid of toxins inside of your body. These get rid of waste from the body and are antibacterial so they remove toxins.

 

 

 

cabb3. Cabbage – This food has sulfur inside of it, which is essential when it comes to breaking down chemicals in the body. Sulfur can help get rid of everything from pesticides to prescription drugs, which could be harmful if they stuck around.

 

 

 

4.Limes & Lemons – These are great in drinks and recipes, but they are also packed full of vitamins and antioxidants. These protect the liver and they get rid of chemicals inside of the body. Consuming lemons on a regular basis can improve health.

 

 

 

5. Broccoli – If you’re the type of person who doesn’t like broccoli, you should try it out once again! It’s full of antioxidants that can cleanse your body. It’s also high in enzymes that help to get your digestive system running efficiently. Raw broccoli is best because it has a high level of nutrients inside of it.

 

 

 

Garlic Photo by Jean Morton

6. Garlic – Packed full of sulfur, this is another great food to use for body cleanses. It also has antibiotic properties so it can help internally heal your body. There are a lot of advantages to eating garlic on a regular basis; it’s even available in supplement form!

 

 

 

beets7. Beets – These can be incorporated into a lot of different recipes or they can be eaten raw. They are full of betaine and pectin, which help protect the liver and the digestive system. These can cleanse the body so you have fewer toxins.

 

 

 

8. Grapefruit – This fruit helps cleanse the digestive system and it can prevent kidney stones from developing. It’s also low in natural sugars and calories, so it’s great for dieting.

 

 

sun9. Sunflower Seeds – These are great to snack on and can detox the liver so it’s healthier. It can also get rid of harmful toxins floating around in the body. In addition to this, it prevents cholesterol from building up and causing body damage.

 

 

 

lent10. Lentils – These aid the digestive system to cleanse and detox your body. Lentils also lower the cholesterol and help balance the blood sugar inside of your body.