Healthy Foods To Eat During Pregnancy.

by Jeremy Michaels

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A healthy diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any time, but especially vital if you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Healthy eating keeps you feeling good and gives your baby the essential vitamins and nutrients they need.

Overall aim for a balanced diet with the appropriate blend of all 5 food groups:

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Have a healthy breakfast everyday. Also aim to drink 8 glasses of water a day. You will probably find that you’re more hungry than usual but you don’t need to “eat for two” as they say – even if you’re expecting twins or triplets.

Fruits and Vegetables. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables because these provide lots of vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber. These include kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, avocado, blueberries, raspberries, apples, oranges, cantaloupe, grapes, peppers, etc.

Complex carbs. Starchy foods are an important source of vitamins and fiber, and are satisfying without containing too much calories. This includes bread, sweet potatoes, potatoes, cereal, rice, pasta, noodles, oats, oatmeal, yams and corn meal. These foods should be the main part of every meal and you should aim for about 8 portions a day.

Protein. Foods containing protein help the baby grow. Meat, fish, chicken, eggs, milk, cheese, nuts and beans are all good sources of protein. Eat some protein everyday and always choose lean meat.

Dairy. Dairy foods such as milk, cheese, yogurt, etc. are important because not only do they contain protein, they contain calcium and other nutrients that your baby needs. Always choose whole fat and aim for 4 portions a day.

Fats, Sugars and Oils. These foods include butter, oils, salad dressings, cream, chocolate, biscuits, pastries, ice cream, cake, puddings and high sugar drinks such as juice and soda. You should eat only a small portion of these foods and only occasionally. These foods contain too much sugar and too much fat without providing enough nutrients and can contribute to weight gain, obesity, tooth decay and disease.

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The following are foods you should not eat when you’re pregnant because they have a high probability to make you ill and harm your baby. Also they’re very healthy for health in general:

Any fried foods
Processed foods
Processed meat such as deli meat, pepperoni, hotdog, etc.
Raw or undercooked meat
Liver or any liver products
Shark, marlin, swordfish, sushi
Unpasteurized milk
Caffeine: coffee, soda, energy drinks, etc.

Making A Long Distance Relationship Work.

by Jeremy Michaels

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Staying connected to the one you love can be a challenge in any relationship. In a long distance relationship especially when days, weeks and even months go by between visits and there is no consistent personal interaction and physical vibe. Although the distance that separates you from your significant other can make things difficult, successful long distance relationships can and do exist. Distance doesn’t ruin a relationship, doubt does. If you can’t handle long distance love, you can’t handle love, period.

Here are 4 tips you can use to keep your long distance relationship strong and working:

1 – Build trust with your partner. Just like any other relationship trust is the main foundation to make it work. Just because you don’t physically see your partner as often doesn’t mean you should entertain doubt and ideas of mistrust. Remember, if there’s no indication or evidence of cheating, it is probably not happening.

2 – Visit and spend time with your partner as often as you can. A relationship cannot thrive if the only thing you have are history, memories, potential and hope. Consistently making the effort to see your partner and spend time with them shows your love and true intention. Just like any other relationship, spoiling your partner with your time is the most valuable thing to keep a relationship strong.

3 – Communicate in some way, everyday. The quality and quantity of communication with your partner will need to increase substantially when you’re in a long distance relationship. It’s important you maintain an emotional connection through phone calls, facetime, e-mails, texts, letters, greeting cards and any other romantic messages to keep pure romance burning.

4 – Share great memories with your partner as often as you can. Besides trust, time and communication to make a strong long distance relationship work, great memories with your partner is very important. It’s like the fuel to your long distance relationship to keep you interested and happy.

A long distance relationship is no different than any other relationship – they both require time, effort, communication, trust, good memories and patience. Similar to cell phones – long distance works with the right plan.

Beer 101

by Jeremy Michaels

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In the world of natural health, there is a much greater emphasis on what we eat. Sometimes, it seems that the focus on food overshadows the importance of scrutiny over alcoholic beverages. With all of the hard work we put in with our diet and exercise, we can lose all that work by having a big night or weekend out having fun and drinking. And FYI alcoholic beverages are not required to list their ingredients like food and non-alcoholic beverages. The best bet is to find a brew that you can trust. Avoiding cheap beer is also recommended since they are cheap for a reason.

The following is a list of ingredients in beer that are unhealthy:

GMO Corn Syrup
GMO Corn
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Fish Bladder
Propylene Glycol
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
Natural Flavors
GMO Sugars
Caramel Coloring
Insect-based Dyes
Carrageenan
BPA
And more…

8-beers

The following 8 Beers brands are known to be unhealthy and you should stop drinking it immediately:

1 – NEWCASTLE BROWN ALE. Contains caramel coloring; class 3 and 4 caramel coloring are made from ammonia, a carcinogen.

2 – BUDWEISER. One of the most popular beers in the world and the United States. Bud is made with GMO corn.

3 – CORONA. GMO corn syrup.

4 – MILLER LITE. GMO corn syrup and GMO corn.

5 – MICHELOB ULTRA. Contains a genetically modified sweetener called GMO dextrose.

6 – GUINNESS. Contains isinglas, which comes from fish bladder.

7 – COORS LIGHT. Cheap and readily available, this has GMO corn.

8 – PABST BLUE RIBBON. Contains GMO corn and GMO corn syrup.

It is easy to remember that it is best to avoid American beers and go with something organic. There are also non-organic beers that are fine with no hidden ingredients and health alerts.

The following are some healthy beer alternatives:

Organic Beers (Unpasteurized & Unfiltered):
Wolaver’s – all beers
Lamar Street – Whole Foods label (brewed by Goose Island)
Bison – all beers
Dogfish Head
Fish Brewery Company – Fish Tale Ales
Lakefront Brewery – Organic ESB
Brooklyn Beer
Pinkus – all beers
Samuel Smiths – Samuel Smiths Organic Ale
Wychwood – Scarecrow Ale

Non-Organic Beers (Unpasteurized & Unfiltered):
Sierra Nevada – all choices
Duck Rabbit – Brown Ale, Porter, Amber Ale, Milk Stout
Dogfish Head – 60 Minute IPA, Shelter Pale Ale, Chicory Stout
Shipyard – Summer Brew
Victory Brewery – Whirlwind
North Coast – Blue Star
Bridgeport – IPA (Bottle conditioned)
Ayinger – all choices
Royal Oak – Pale Ale
Fraziskaner – Hefeweisse and Dunkel Weisse
Weihenstephaner – Hefe Weissbier
Maisel’s – Weisse
Hoegaarden – Belgian Wit
Heineken
Steamwhistle
Amstel Light
Duchy Original Ale Organic
Mill Street Brewery
Fuller’s Organic
Nelson Organic Ale
Natureland Organic

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Beer contains almost all the minerals we need to survive. It was a staple of many diets during the European middle ages, when good nutrition was rare. Back then you drank beer to survive. Today, beer is considered good and healthy in moderation. Most importantly, you have to make sure you’re drinking the right beer (organic/non-gmo) and avoid the beer with both the known unhealthy ingredients and hidden ingredients.