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Vegetables - Which Of Them Can Keep You Young?

Dt. Neera Srivastava 88% (136 ratings)
Certified in Applied Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bhopal
Vegetables - Which Of Them Can Keep You Young?

Vegetables have always been an integral part of every healthy meal. They contain nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins which ensure smoothness of skin and prevent wrinkles. Here are some of those veggies which would help you maintain your youthful, healthy appearance and visage. Read more to find out about them:

1. Broccoli: Make sure you have a generous portion of this vegetable when you are on a meal as this green cruciferous vegetable is stuffed with phytonutrients which reduce inflammation and also help in preventing lung cancer and stomach cancer. They also contain essential nutrients which help in cell repair and slowing down the aging process.

2. Spinach: Spinach is your go-to food if you want to retain your hard-earned muscle tone. Studies indicate that spinach helps in strengthening your muscles. It contains magnesium, more than any other food item per serving. It helps to maintain muscle definition and nerve function as well as regulates blood pressure and blood sugar.

3. Kale: Kale is full of vitamin K which is very essential for blood coagulation and preventing internal hemorrhaging. It is also essential to maintain the strength in your bones as you age. Studies have shown that kale also helps to prevent prostate cancer. Consume it cooked to maximize its benefits.

4. Onions: Onions are very helpful in preventing and ending your stomach troubles. They prevent the growth of H.pylori bacteria which causes ulcers, gastritis and gastric cancer. Unfortunately, deep fried onion rings do not count.

5. Eggplant: Eggplants are rich in Nasunin, a nutrient which helps in the anti-aging process and prevents cancer as well. Eggplant also prevents Alzheimer's disease.

6. Red Bell Pepper: Red bell peppers contain vitamin C, which triggers the production of white blood cells that fight against germs and bacteria. Consuming a diet which is rich in vitamin C helps to lessen wrinkles because it helps in the production of collagen.

The above discussed vegetables must be in your daily diet plan to keep yourself healthy and hearty forever.

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Ketogenic Diet - All You Should Know About It!

Vidhi Vijaywargiya 93% (57 ratings)
P.G.Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bhopal
Ketogenic Diet - All You Should Know About It!

If you are on a mission to lose weight, the ketogenic diet or the keto diet is what most nutritionist will recommend. It is a diet that is low in carbohydrates. The idea behind this diet is to deprive the body of carbohydrates so that it produces ketones. The body enters a metabolic pathway, whereby fats stored in the liver are broken down to produce ketone bodies. This process of ketone synthesis is known as Ketogenesis. Thus, in the absence of carbohydrates, the body's energy requirements are met using the ketone bodies, a state referred to as Ketosis.

A person on a ketogenic diet should consume more of;

  • Vegetables: Spinachbroccoli, kale, cauliflowercabbage, Brussel sproutslettuce. Include green leafy and above the ground vegetables as they are low in carbohydrates.
  • Fruits and berries: Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, kiwi, avocados. Consume raspberries and blackberries in limited quantity.
  • Walnutssunflower seeds, macadamia.
  • Coconut oilolive oilavocado oil, macadamia oil.
  • Fatty fish, coconut butter, cocoa butter, egg yolk, hard cheese (Cheddar, Feta, Parmesan), soft cheese (Mozzarella, Colby, Monterey Jack).
  • Vegetable oil, if used, should be cold compressed.
  • Include more of saturated and monounsaturated fats into the diet. 

On a ketogenic diet, one should avoid;

  • Fruits: Apples, oranges, bananas, mangoes.
  • Vegetables: Potatoes, tomato, eggplants, mushrooms, yams.
  • Blueberries.
  • Honey, maple syrup.
  • Cereals, wheatcornrice.
  • Avoid processed polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and trans fats.

One needs to drink water at regular intervals of time. Physical activities like exercise, jogging, morning walks are a must.

The ketogenic diet should be low in carbohydrates, moderate in proteins and contain high amounts of fats.

Benefits of a Ketogenic diet:

Low in carbohydrates, the ketogenic diet takes care of many ailments and medical conditions.

Weight management: The diet is a blessing for those who are struggling to get rid of the stubborn fats. Deprived of carbohydrates, particularly blood glucose, the fats (in the liver), are broken down to provide the body with ketones (an alternate source of fuel) so that the body can function normally. In doing so, it helps the body get rid of the unwanted fats.

  1. The diet helps to maintain the insulin level.
  2. A diet low in carbohydrates plays a pivotal role in controlling the blood sugar level.
  3. The high-fat ketogenic diet helps to minimize the hunger pangs and food cravings, without compromising on the energy quotient.
  4. A ketogenic diet goes a long way to treat epilepsy successfully.
  5. In addition to being a fat burning fuel, ketones are also brain fuels. Thus, the diet helps to improve concentration and mental focus.
  6. Carbohydrates can spell doom for your skin. A high-fat (ketone) diet reverses the damage, reducing the instances of acne, skin rashes, lesions and other skin problems drastically.
  7. A keto diet brings about a significant increase in the Good Cholesterol or HDL level while lowering the concentration of LDL in the body.

Most importantly, Ketogenic diet is for epilepsy. If you want to follow this diet for weight loss, you should always be doing it under a qualified Dietitian or Nutritionist who will modify this plan accordingly & would guide you to come back to a normal Indian diet plan without regaining lost weight.

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Ketogenic Diet - Ways It Can Help You In Weight Management!

Dr. Ritu Singh 96% (46 ratings)
M.Sc - Clinical Nutrition, B.Sc - Home Science, Certified Diabetes Educator
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Ketogenic Diet - Ways It Can Help You In Weight Management!

If you are on a mission to lose weight, the ketogenic diet or the keto diet is what most nutritionist will recommend. It is a diet that is low in carbohydrates. The idea behind this diet is to deprive the body of carbohydrates so that it produces ketones.

The body enters a metabolic pathway, whereby fats stored in the liver are broken down to produce ketone bodies. This process of ketone synthesis is known as Ketogenesis. Thus, in the absence of carbohydrates, the body's energy requirements are met using the ketone bodies, a state referred to as Ketosis.

A person on a ketogenic diet should consume more of:

  • Vegetables: Spinachbroccoli, kale, cauliflowercabbage, Brussel sproutslettuce. Include green leafy and above the ground vegetables as they are low in carbohydrates.
  • Fruits and berries: Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, kiwi, avocados. Consume raspberries and blackberries in limited quantity.
  • Walnutssunflower seeds, macadamia.
  • Coconut oilolive oilavocado oil, macadamia oil.
  • Fatty fish, coconut butter, cocoa butter, egg yolk, hard cheese (Cheddar, Feta, Parmesan), soft cheese (Mozzarella, Colby, Monterey Jack).
  • Vegetable oil, if used, should be cold compressed.
  • Include more of saturated and monounsaturated fats into the diet. 

On a ketogenic diet, one should avoid:

  • Fruits: Apples, oranges, bananas, mangoes.
  • Vegetables: Potatoes, tomato, eggplants, mushrooms, yams.
  • Blueberries.
  • Honey, maple syrup.
  • Cereals, wheatcornrice.
  • Avoid processed polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and trans fats.

One needs to drink water at regular intervals of time. Physical activities like exercise, jogging, morning walks are a must.

The ketogenic diet should be low in carbohydrates, moderate in proteins and contain high amounts of fats.

Benefits of a Ketogenic diet:

Low in carbohydrates, the ketogenic diet takes care of many ailments and medical conditions.

Weight management: The diet is a blessing for those who are struggling to get rid of stubborn fats. Deprived of carbohydrates, particularly blood glucose, the fats (in the liver), are broken down to provide the body with ketones (an alternate source of fuel) so that the body can function normally. In doing so, it helps the body get rid of unwanted fats.

  1. The diet helps to maintain the insulin level.
  2. A diet low in carbohydrates plays a pivotal role in controlling the blood sugar level.
  3. The high-fat ketogenic diet helps to minimize the hunger pangs and food cravings, without compromising on the energy quotient.
  4. A ketogenic diet goes a long way to treat epilepsy successfully.
  5. In addition to being a fat burning fuel, ketones are also brain fuels. Thus, the diet helps to improve concentration and mental focus.
  6. Carbohydrates can spell doom for your skin. A high-fat (ketone) diet reverses the damage, reducing the instances of acne, skin rashes, lesions and other skin problems drastically.
  7. A keto diet brings about a significant increase in the Good Cholesterol or HDL level while lowering the concentration of LDL in the body.
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Veggies That Keep You Young!

Dt. Mansha Bhardwaj 89% (10 ratings)
Bsc - Home Science, Pg Diploma In Dietetics & Public Health Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Greater Noida
Veggies That Keep You Young!

Vegetables have always been an integral part of every healthy meal. They contain nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins which ensure smoothness of skin and prevent wrinkles. Here are some of those veggies which would help you maintain your youthful, healthy appearance and visage. Read more to find out about them:

1. Broccoli

Make sure you have a generous portion of this vegetable when you are on a meal as this green cruciferous vegetable is stuffed with phytonutrients which reduce inflammation and also help preventing lung cancer and stomach cancer. They also contain essential nutrients which help in cell repair and help to slow down the aging process.

2. Spinach

Spinach is your go to food if you want to retain your hard-earned muscle tone. Studies indicate that spinach helps in strengthening your muscles. It contains magnesium, more than any other food item per serving. It helps to maintain muscle definition and nerve function as well as regulates blood pressure and blood sugar.

3. Kale

Kale is full of vitamin K which is very essential for blood coagulation and preventing internal hemorrhaging. It is also essential to maintain the strength in your bones as you age. Studies have shown that kale also helps to prevent prostate cancer. Consume it cooked to maximize its benefits.

4. Onions

Onions are very helpful to prevent and end your stomach trouble. It prevents the growth of H. pylori bacteria which causes ulcers, gastritis and gastric cancer. Unfortunately, deep fried onion rings do not count. Garlic and tea, other food items which are rich in flavonoid are some other alternatives which you can go for.

5. Eggplant

Eggplants are rich in Nasunin, a nutrient which helps in the anti-aging process and helps prevent cancer as well. Eggplants also help prevent Alzheimer's disease.

6. Red Bell Pepper

Red bell peppers contain vitamin C, which triggers the production of white blood cells that fight against germs and bacteria. Consuming a diet which is rich in vitamin C helps to lessen wrinkles because it helps in the production of collagen.

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How Ayurveda Can Help Treat Sinusitis?

Dr. Nisha Singh 91% (222 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lucknow
How Ayurveda Can Help Treat Sinusitis?

The vast majority of us never consider our sinuses when we take a full breath through the nose. For others, this problem of stuffy nose, excruciating headaches, fever and infections, in episodes of sicknesses, last up to twelve weeks no less than four times each year. We should take a look at how this issue occurs and how to help them through Maharishi Ayurveda. This is how sinusitis occurs:

  • Sinus issues are really brought on by a fundamental irregularity in Prana Vata (the subdosha of Vata that sees the brain and the head) and Shleshaka Kapha (a subdosha of Kapha, which administers oil and dampness levels).
  • At the point when these two sub-doshas are at the same time imbalanced, another problem emerges. Ama, the sticky waste that is a result of processing, gets blended with Shleshaka Kapha in the sinus area, shaping a more toxic, sticky bodily fluid called Shleshma. Shleshma settles in the zone and stops the channels of the sinuses. Because of the confinement and blocking, Pitta dosha likewise gets to be imbalanced, and irritation occurs.
  • At that point when each of the three doshas are out of adjustment, the body turns into a ground for bacteria, allergens, or infections. Air contamination, changes of hot and frosty climate increase it further. Eating unnecessary measures of chilly, sweet, not being able to workout or exercise can add to the problem.

Here is how it can be cured through Ayurveda:
Step 1: Eat foods that are not very hot, furthermore not very chilly. Stay away from extraordinary temperatures or foods that have extreme temperatures, for example, stew peppers or super cold foods and refreshments. Eat properly cooked, warm dinners that are light, sustaining, and simple to process. For instance, for breakfast, you could eat a stewed apple, and for the dinner eat khichari (a light and sustaining porridge made with two sections rice and one section mung dhal).
Step 2: Drink a lot of water seasoned with flavours, to decontaminate the sinuses of toxins and to allow the harmful waste that has developed to stream out. Bubble two quarts of water, empty the water into a bottle, and put two leaves of basil, two thin cuts of ginger, four leaves of mint, two bits of clove, and ¼ teaspoon of marshmallow root. Continue drinking this water for the duration of the day, however, make it again every morning.
Step 3: Detoxify the body and restore the sinus territory. Eat a lot of natural, crisp foods grown from the ground. Abstain from eating eggplant, banana, tomato and pepper, since these block the channels. Try not to skip meals or suppers, since that will annoy the stomach and create more problems for your body.

Sinusitis is Vata Kaphaj Disorder - Do's and Don'ts 

  1. Avoid sudden temperature and too much cold temperature . 
  2. Avoid cold beverages and food products . 
  3. If your nose is stuffy take regular steam. 
  4. Taking fumes of ajwain, turmeric and ghee are in running nose. These things will clear the passage and cures the headache problems.
  5. Taking ajwain with jaggery lowers the allergic reactions in body. 
  6. Avoid curd, urad dal, egg, area full of dust and damn places. 
  7. Keep your bowl healthy, it will itself lowers the kapha in body.

Veggies That Keep You Young

Dt. Ms. Sahana Dasharathi 90% (37 ratings)
MSc - Dietetics and Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
Veggies That Keep You Young

Vegetables have always been an integral part of every healthy meal. They contain nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins which ensure smoothness of skin and prevent wrinkles. Here are some of those veggies which would help you maintain your youthful, healthy appearance and visage.

Read more to find out about them:

1) Broccoli

Make sure you have a generous portion of this vegetable when you are on a meal as this green cruciferous vegetable is stuffed with phytonutrients which reduce inflammation and also help preventing lung cancer and stomach cancer. They also contain essential nutrients which help in cell repair and help to slow down the aging process.

2) Spinach

Spinach is your go to food if you want you to retain your hard earned muscle tone. Studies indicate that spinach helps in strengthening your muscles. It contains magnesium, more than any other food item per serving. It helps to maintain muscle definition and nerve function as well as regulates blood pressure and blood sugar.

3) Kale

Kale is full of vitamin K which is very essential for blood coagulation and preventing internal hemorrhaging. It is also essential to maintain the strength in your bones as you age. Studies have shown that kale also helps to prevent prostate cancer. Consume it cooked to maximize its benefits.

4) Onions

Onions are very helpful to prevent and end your stomach trouble. It prevents the growth of H. pylori bacteria which causes ulcers, gastritis and gastric cancer. Unfortunately deep fried onion rings do not count. Garlic and tea, other food items which are rich in flavonoid are some other alternatives which you can go for.

5) Eggplant

Eggplants are rich in Nasunin, a nutrient which helps in the anti-aging process and helps prevent cancer as well. Eggplants also help prevent Alzheimer's disease.

6) Red Bell Pepper

Red bell peppers contain vitamin C, which triggers the production of white blood cells that fight against germs and bacteria. Consuming a diet which is rich in vitamin C helps to lessen wrinkles because it helps in the production of collagen.

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Veggies That Keep You Young

Dt. Kanchan Khurana 86% (10 ratings)
M.SC Food and Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Noida
Veggies That Keep You Young

Vegetables have always been an integral part of every healthy meal. They contain nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins which ensure smoothness of skin and prevent wrinkles. Here are some of those veggies which would help you maintain your youthful, healthy appearance and visage.

Read more to find out about them :

1. Broccoli

Make sure you have a generous portion of this vegetable when you are on a meal as this green cruciferous vegetable is stuffed with phytonutrients which reduce inflammation and also help preventing lung cancer and stomach cancer. They also contain essential nutrients which help in cell repair and help to slow down the aging process.

2. Spinach

Spinach is your go to food if you want you to retain your hard earned muscle tone. Studies indicate that spinach helps in strengthening your muscles. It contains magnesium, more than any other food item per serving. It helps to maintain muscle definition and nerve function as well as regulates blood pressure and blood sugar.

3. Kale

Kale is full of vitamin K which is very essential for blood coagulation and preventing internal hemorrhaging. It is also essential to maintain the strength in your bones as you age. Studies have shown that kale also helps to prevent prostate cancer. Consume it cooked to maximize its benefits.

4. Onions

Onions are very helpful to prevent and end your stomach trouble. It prevents the growth of H. pylori bacteria which causes ulcers, gastritis and gastric cancer. Unfortunately deep fried onion rings do not count. Garlic and tea, other food items which are rich in flavonoid are some other alternatives which you can go for.

5. Eggplant

Eggplants are rich in Nasunin, a nutrient which helps in the anti-aging process and helps prevent cancer as well. Eggplants also help prevent Alzheimer's disease.

6. Red Bell Pepper

Red bell peppers contain vitamin C, which triggers the production of white blood cells that fight against germs and bacteria. Consuming a diet which is rich in vitamin C helps to lessen wrinkles because it helps in the production of collagen.

Must Have Veggies To Keep Yourself Youthful!

Dt. Kavita Agarwal 91% (1470 ratings)
M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition, Diploma in Food & Nutrition & Diabetic Educator , B.Sc. - Home Science
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
Must Have Veggies To Keep Yourself Youthful!

Vegetables have always been an integral part of every healthy meal, as they contain nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins, which ensure smoothness of skin and prevent wrinkles.

Here are some of those veggies, which would help you maintain your youthful, healthy appearance and visage. Read more to find out about them:

  1. Broccoli: Make sure you have a generous portion of this vegetable when you are on a meal as this green cruciferous vegetable is stuffed with phytonutrients, which reduce inflammation and also help preventing lung cancer and stomach cancer. They also contain essential nutrients which help in cell repair and help to slow down the aging process.
  2. Spinach: Spinach is your go to food if you want you to retain your hard earned muscle tone. Studies indicate that spinach helps in strengthening your muscles. It contains magnesium, more than any other food item per serving. It helps to maintain muscle definition and nerve function as well as regulates blood pressure and blood sugar.
  3. Kale: Kale is full of vitamin K, which is very essential for blood coagulationand preventing internal hemorrhaging. It is also essential to maintain the strength of your bones as you age. Studies have shown that Kale also helps to prevent prostate cancer. Consume it cooked to maximize its benefits.
  4. Onions: Onions are very helpful in preventing and resolving your stomach trouble. It prevents the growth of H. pylori bacteria, which causes ulcers, gastritis and gastric cancer. Unfortunately deep fried onion rings do not count. Garlic and tea, other food items, which are rich in flavonoid are some other alternatives, which you can go for.
  5. Eggplant: Eggplants are rich in Nasunin, a nutrient which helps in the anti-aging process and helps prevent cancer as well. Eggplants also help prevent Alzheimer's disease.
  6. Red Bell Pepper: Red bell peppers contain vitamin C, which triggers the production of white blood cells that fight against germs and bacteria. Consuming a diet, which is rich in vitamin C helps to lessen wrinkles because it helps in the production of collagen.
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Excess Sugar - Best Tips To Cleanse Your Body Off It!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Faridabad
Excess Sugar - Best Tips To Cleanse Your Body Off It!

Sugar is present in all your beverages, smoothies, cookies, desserts, food items and more. But the not so sweet truth is that too much sugar in your diet can turn your life topsy-turvy. It increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, deters the immune system and even harms the brain function. So, in order to break the addictiveness of sugar that can rob you of your health, all you need is a clear path to detox from sugar.

Here are some pointers on how to detox your body off excess sugar:

  1. Turn away from sugar: Sugar is more addictive than cocaine. So you need to develop a strong will power to eliminate sugar completely, as you would do if you are trying to come out of alcoholism or other intoxications. You should not just avoid table sugar, but also keep away from all the sneaky sugars available in processed food and beverages. Ideally, a time period of 10 days is suggested to give up on any kind of sugar.
  2. Stack up on proteins: Eat meals that contain lots of good protein and fat. Since they are difficult to digest and take more time to absorb, it will make you feel full for a long time and sustain your energy levels. The key to balancing blood sugar and insulin levels, without much cravings can be achieved through a high protein diet.
  3. Eat the right carbs: Avoid refined carbs and starchy foods like potatoes, white bread, pasta and baked goods. Instead opt for natural carbohydrates present in vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, leafy greens, eggplant, and artichokes. It is also good to avoid grains and beans during your detox period.
  4. No artificial sweeteners: You might be tempted to replace sugar with artificial sweeteners, but this is not really beneficial. Artificial sweeteners are just temporary solutions when weaning from sugar and we do not know about its long term benefits. In the long run, it might be just as addictive as sugar. If at all you crave for something sweet, go for natural fruits.
  5. Consume whole foods: Foods that don’t come in boxes, cans or bottles. Whole foods like vegetables, fruits, lean meat, nuts, fish, seeds and healthy fats will help a great deal to curb cravings and also keep you satiated.
  6. Sleep well: Last but not the least, get quality sleep time to beat cravings for sugar and suppress hunger hormones. Sleep your way to fight against the desire to overeat and improve your energy levels. A good night’s sleep will do wonders for your overall well-being.
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Macrobiotic Diet

Dt. Surabhi Jain 93% (1769 ratings)
MSc
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Lucknow
Macrobiotic Diet

People ask me about the latest concept in Diet That is Macrobiotic Diet . I am personally a Big fan of Chinese/ Korean / Japanese Television Series . So their food always attracted me and how they put their meal together was always very intimidating for me . So lets see what is actually this Macrobiotic Diet...

Macrobiotic diet: Macrobiotic is a Greek word that combines two words- macro, which means great and bios, which means life.

Macrobiotic literally means the ‘passageway to a long and healthy life’. The macrobiotic diet has its roots back in the Japanese food traditions. It was developed and popularized by a Japanese philosopher named George Ohsawa. The core concept of this diet revolves around the Chinese philosophy of balancing ‘yin and yang’ and involves making certain changes in eating habits, lifestyle, and meal options, in order to remain fit and healthy.

The macrobiotic eating approaches have long encouraged people to eat natural, whole foods that not only support the health of their bodies, but also the ecosystem and natural order of life. Major principles of macrobiotic diets are to reduce animal product, eat locally grown foods that are in season, and consume meals in moderation. This diet is more about achieving a balance in your life and not just in your diet. It promises a healthier and more holistic long-term lifestyle to its followers. This diet has no age restrictions and can be followed by all kinds of people, irrespective of their age. This diet has various benefits including a better immune system, weight loss, prevention of degenerative diseases, prevention of heart related problems, increased fitness levels and a prolonged life span.

When on Macrobiotic Diet: ‘What to eat’ and ‘What not to eat’

Macrobiotic diet is a restrictive diet.

The macrobiotic diet suggests that you should eat the following:

Whole grains: 40 to 60% of your diet should be organic grains. They should include grains such as oats, brown rice, millet, corn, and buckwheat. Vegetables: 20% to 30% of your diet should consist of vegetables. You can have broccoli, cauliflower, green cabbage, carrots etc. Choose locally grown and in-season vegetables. Veggies such as potatoes, eggplant, spinach, tomato should be cut down on. Beans and sea vegetables: Beans should be about 5% to 10% of your diet. Chickpeas, lentils can be had. You can have sea veggies such as noru and agar-agar.

You can have seafood while on macrobiotic diet but make sure that it is only occasionally and the seafood that you choose is freshly caught. You can have about 1 to 2 two cups of nuts every week. Nuts like chestnuts, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, and pecans are regarded as the best. Fruits: Macrobiotics tend to eat fruit only few times a week. Make sure that the fruits you choose are organic, locally grown and in-season.

What you cannot eat on macrobiotic diet:

-You're not allowed to eat dairy products, eggs and poultry, other meats, processed foods as well as refined sugars, tropical fruits, any fruit juice, chocolate and some vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplant, spinach, and zucchini.

-You can only drink when you feel thirsty. Also, spicy stuff is a complete no-no. Alcoholic beverages, soda, coffee, and anything that is highly refined, processed, or chemically preserved is also not allowed when following this diet.

Methods used for cooking: The favored methods are lightly steaming, boiling, pressure cooking, stewing, pickling, or quick sautéing with unrefined, cold-pressed oil. However, on occasion, macrobiotics may broil, bake, dry roast, pan fry, deep-fry, juice, or eat food raw. Some devotees also avoid cooking methods that involve electricity. Instead they use pots, pans, and utensils made from naturally occurring materials. Also, if you follow the macrobiotic diet, you will only be eating two or three times a day. No snacks in between meals either. Another rule is to stop eating food before you are full, even if your plate may still contain food.

Chewing of food: Chewing of food is an important ritual of the macrobiotic diet. Each bite of food should be chewed at least 50 times ( lets be realistic and I suggest 17 times). The supporters of this diet are strong believers that if you chew your food until it turns to liquid form, it will be easier for your body to digest it. Being grateful for food is another practice that followers of macrobiotic diet follow. Pausing to express gratitude towards food before eating it is a habit followed by macrobiotics.

The level of effort required for this diet is high.

The macrobiotic diet requires steady effort. Although it may not seem so at first but it is actually flexible. Depending on how you prefer it, you can begin slowly, move gradually from one level of intensity to the next.

Exercise: Regular exercise should be done.

Are there any Restrictions or Preferences?

Vegetarians and vegans: The classic macrobiotic diet is pescatarian (meaning it allows you to eat fish) as well as being low-salt and low-fat, but you can easily modify it to make it vegetarian or vegan. You need to make sure that all your nutritional needs are met, including vitamin B12, iron, zinc, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Gluten-free: Although the macrobiotic diet doesn't prohibit gluten, you may be able to adapt it to work for a gluten-free diet.

Does it show results?

If you’re looking to adapt to a diet plan that is healthy, the macrobiotic diet is definitely a good choice. It’s opulent in nutrient-packed foods that are at the same time low in calories.

While there’s no complete proof as such, but medical research has always been in favour of diets that are mostly vegetables, fruits, and whole grains may lower the risk of several diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Anyway, you’ll reap plenty of health benefits with this diet.

If weight loss is on your checklist too, the macrobiotic diet is likely to help you with that too.

Is It Good for Certain Conditions?

A diet that is plentiful in vegetables and fish is a great option if you have diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or any heart disease. It helps in lowering cholesterol, and any diet that helps in shedding the pounds is good for all these conditions.

Because the diet limits the intake of sugary and fatty foods, it’s also good for people with diabetes.

Macrobiotic diet: The Verdict:

Any diet that increases vegetables, decreases sugar and fat, and includes a lean source of protein like fish is good for you in many ways. But it will take time for most people to adjust to this new eating lifestyle and philosophy. The first 10 days are the hardest.

If you can stick with it and eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods, you’ll be on your way to better health.

Make sure that you include non-dairy foods fortified with calcium and vitamin D, such as soy and almond milk, because the diet eliminates dairy.