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Are all calories equal?

On most diets I have been on calories was talked about, you can have xxx number of calories each day.  But are calories as important as some believe?

How are calories calculated?

There are a few ways to calculate calories.  The original way was to put food in a container which is put into water, electrical current is put through the container with the food until it burned and the rate the temperature of the water increases creates the calorie amount.  The 2nd method is to take averages for the nutrients within the food to create a total number of calories.

Nutrition? 

Bread Taste Chocolate Butter
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Compare a chocolate bar with an egg salad sandwich of the same calorie amount.

Which is better fuel in the long run for your body?

Which gives you more nutritional value?

The egg salad sandwich.

Things may have the same calories but they are probably not going to be as good fuel for your body.

When deciding on what you are going to eat think not about calories but more about nutritional value.

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Protein is important to both weight loss and wellbeing

Protein is an important way to help your weight loss, it is also a necessary nutrient for your general wellbeing.  Eating too much for long periods can cause issue but not eating enough can cause health problems.

I was talking to a woman about her diet, she said that because she was a vegetarian she could not eat protein. So untrue!

Protein is found in high quantities in meat, like beef, lamb and chicken or fish but it is also found in vegetarian foods.

Pulses and beans are a great source:

  • Baked beans
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Kidney beans
  • Butter beans
  • An so many more
Broccoli Soup Potato Bean Beans
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Vegetables

  • runner beans
  • Peas
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Mushrooms
  • And so many more

Some foods work well on their own but some should be eaten in combination.  Baked beans work better if eaten with rice.

Eggs are also a great source and very versatile.

Lentil Soup Lenses Stew Food
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Soups and stews can be high in protein by adding meat, beans and vegetables.  Try adding Butter beans or kidney beans to your stew.