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F.A.Q.

How can I stick to my usual diet and workout when I am on holiday or on a long business trip?

The point of a holiday is to relax. And since eating healthily is a lifestyle change, why should being on vacation change that? Choose foods that are enjoyable but at the same time healthy. Workouts at the gym can be replaced by walks, hikes, and swims in the sea or in the pool. If you are anticipating a long work trip, then workouts might be difficult. If there isn't a gym where you are staying, then you can work out in your hotel room as you would at home. You can take elastic bands with you for resistance training, for example. They don't take a lot of space and help to diversify your workout. Also, the outdoors is free of charge. You could always go for a walk, a stroll or a run.

What are some reasons for weight gain?

In a healthy individual, weight is almost always put on for one reason: the uneven balance between consumed and expended calories. The more un-needed calories we eat, the more they will be deposited as fat. However, in disease states where metabolism is compromised, this equation doesn't necessary apply. Some such diseases include gastrointestinal disorders, autoimmune disease, thyroid disease, and hormonal imbalances in general. Also, choosing foods that are more processed and high in sugar and white flour cause inflammation and inhibit cells' ability to properly metabolize fat. Eating a diet from real, whole foods is just as important (if not more important) as paying attention to calories.

Are pills effective for losing weight and do they affect my health?

The phrase, "If it seems to good to be true, it usually is," definitely applies here. Most weight loss products that are sold today are ineffective and many can be dangerous. There are some herbal supplements that can help boost weight loss attempts, but herbal supplements alone will not help you to lose weight. Again, the only sure fire way to lose and maintain your weight is with a healthy diet and exercise.

How do I know if I have any vitamin deficiencies?

When your body has any kind of vitamin deficiency, you will see accompanying symptoms. Among the most notable are: brittle, dull hair and nails, skin problems (peeling, cracks in the corner of the mouth, etc.), paleness, general lethargy, quick onset of fatigue and common colds. Your doctor can run appropriate tests to tell you if you are deficient.

Can I speed up my metabolism?

It is hard work, but it can be done. Metabolism increases if you strength train and/or weight lift. Muscles are the most metabolically active tissues in the body, therefore the bigger they are, the more energy they need. The next important thing for a quick metabolism is diet; small, frequent meals increase it. The longer you wait to eat between meals, the slower the metabolism gets.

Are electronic cigarettes bad for my health?

The evidence is still inconclusive. In a number of countries, for example in Denmark, the sale of e-cigarettes is prohibited. Just like normal cigarettes, e-cigarettes contain nicotine, but they do not have the same amount of resins and combustible products. Another benefit of e-cigarettes is the lack of harmful second hand smoke. All of this certainly doesn't mean that electronic cigarettes are safe. If you want to stay healthy, it is best to avoid smoking altogether.

Can I drink tap water or should I only buy bottled water?

There have been many reports of unwanted substances in our tap water ranging from high chlorine levels to hormones. Since this is the case, it is not wise to drink tap water. Ideally, it is best to invest in a home filtration system that will rid your drinking and washing water of contaminants like heavy metals and other unwanted substances. Bottled water is not necessarily safer either. Plastic can seep into the water from the bottle and in a lot of cases, bottled water has no difference to regular tap water with high bacterial content. Be an informed consumer before purchasing any bottled water. You can check for an NSF label on a bottle of water which ensures safety. There is also a list of companies which adhere to specific standards at www.bottlewater.org or nsf.org.

Are there any foods that can help me cope with depression?

Many use food as a drug in order to help them deal with feelings of sadness or depression. This can lead to unwanted weight gain as many times we turn to calorically dense and sugar-filled foods. However, there are foods that can help lift some depression. Increase your omega 3's with fatty fish and nuts and seeds like walnuts or flaxseed. Increase your B-vitamins. B vitamins are found in a lot of grains like buckwheat, quinoa, and oats. If you find that you are deficient, a good B-complex supplement can help. Boost your feel good hormone (serotonin) with amino acids. Amino acids are found in protein rich foods. Eggs are a good option here. Again, taking a high quality amino acid supplement can greatly boost your mood. Balance your blood sugar by eating regularly and including a lot of fiber in your diet. Avoid foods that decrease your mood. These include gluten containing foods (from wheat, rye, and barley) and sugar.

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