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    Information About Healthy Food - Try our Omega Salmon Salad for a Skinny New Year!

    Appetite's Marketing Team
    Publication Date: 20 Jan 2016

    Our last blog, which also contained information about healthy food, highlighted the importance of maintaining healthy habits and remaining consistent with an exercise program in order to reach your new year’s goals and stave off discouragement.

    Related: The Secret To A Successful New Year Diet Plan - Light Lunch Ideas

    This time, we would like to spotlight the benefits of incorporating foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids in your diet. It was Hippocrates who said “let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food,” this principle philosophy should guide the daily decisions we make regarding our diet and personal health --- why eat healthy food?

    Let us explain...

    The brain makes dozens of decisions every second through chemical reactions. Of the 400 billion bits of information per second that reach the brain, only 2,000 bits are utilized to make us aware of our surroundings. Those 2,000 bits mentioned are the basis for impulsive and logical thinking; where more complex decisions are made. According to multiple sources on the Internet, the average amount of moderately conscious decisions an adult makes each day is a staggering 35,000. Researchers at Cornell* found that people make an average of 221 decisions about food alone. 

    *Wansink, Brian and Jeffrey Sobal (2007), “Mindless Eating: The 200 Daily Food Decisions We Overlook,” Environment and Behavior 39:1, 106-123

    Decisions are made based on brain development, experiences, activity, etc. so fueling our body with wholesome, organic (when possible) nutrient dense food prepares it for all that must be completed on a cellular level. We cannot stress enough, the importance of healthy eating, for it provides us the energy needed to sharpen our senses, improves cognition, mood, and our emotional decision making processes as well. Eating well sustains us so we may be of service to our family members, remain productive at work, and positively influences our mood. Micro to macro; as within so without. Thus, the process is circular (a closed loop if you will) feed your body what it needs to better support you in continuing to make positive choices that greatly impact your life and well-being. As our understanding about information about healthy food grows, so does the likelihood that we will apply this information by making positive choices. 

    So what are essential omega-3 fatty acids?

    Fish oil (found in in the fatty tissues of cold water, oily fish, but in exceptionally high amounts in Salmon) is a rich source of the two essential omega-3 fatty acids known as EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).

    Why are they necessary?

    Both omega-3 and omega-6 are essential fatty acids, which means the body cannot make them. They must be obtained through the diet. For most of human history, these fatty acids were present in the diet in roughly equal amounts. However, modern processed foods provide an overabundance of omega-6 fatty acids, mostly from refined vegetable oils that are used in fried food as well as snack foods, cookies, and crackers. Omega-3s, conversely, are now relatively rare in most diets. The result is an imbalance of these essential fats that drive inflammation and promote several diseases.

    Compared to typical dietary intakes, regular consumption of fatty fish and the omega-3 fatty acids combined with reduced intake of omega-6 fatty acids can optimize fatty acid ratios and may help protect mental and physical health. Research indicates omega-3s reduce inflammation and may in turn help reduce the risk and symptoms of a variety of disorders influenced by inflammation. These may include heart attack, stroke, several forms of cancer, autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and depression. Some researchers have found that cultures who eat food with high levels of omega-3s have lower levels of depression. FIsh oil also seems to help the depressive symtoms of bipolar disorder. Do your body a favor this month and be sure to get you Omegas!

    SKINNY RANGE … Here is your prescription!

    Get ready! We are rolling out several new NEW items which pack a powerful punch for you to knock out your New Year goals! Keep checking back on social media or here, on our blog, for more information about healthy food, . In the meantime, pop in and try our new omega salmon salad!

    Omega Salmon Salad

    Ingredients Include: Salmon, Peas, Edamame, Red pepper, Kalamata Olives, Basil, Coriander, Parsley, Lemon, Garlic, Celery, Red Cabbage. *Nut Free

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