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Celebrate Aidilfitri with Diet Angel

Article courtesy of Davina Goh

During this festive time of Aidilfitri, it is easy to indulge oneself in the gastronomic wonders that Open Houses bring. As much as it is important to have a good time and not disappoint your hosts, it is equally important to approach any feast in a way that does not compromise on your health and good spirits. Here are some tips on how to eat healthy this Aidilfitri:

  1. Avoid heavy meals.

If you are emerging from fasting month, your body needs time to re-adjust to regular eating habits. Instead of having 2-3 huge meals that will shock your system, break it down into 4-5 smaller meals, to give your stomach the chance to digest the food better.

 

  1. Eat more fruits and vegetables

Keep meat intake to a minimum (especially red meats) to prevent digestion problems and to keep cancer, diabetes, liver and heart disease at bay. Plenty of vegetables and fruits are recommended, as their high water and fibre content could keep you from over-eating.

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  1. Choose Low-GI sweeteners

The Glycaemic Index (GI) measures how fast the body breaks a food down into glucose. The lower the measurement, the slower the breakdown and the more gradual rise in blood sugar levels. A low GI sweetener, like Big Tree Farm’s Organic Coconut Sugar, could replace normal sugar in drinks such as cordials and tea and coffee, and could help you avoid a ‘sugar crash’ that contributes to that notorious food-induced coma.

 

  1. Chew!

There are multiple benefits in chewing your food for longer periods. An increased exposure to the enzymes in your saliva allows for easier digestion after swallowing, it maximizes the intake of nutrients, and gives your brain time to realize when you are actually full, which usually takes 15-20 minutes. There’s no rule to how many times you should chew, but 30-40 times is a safe range to reap the rewards.

 

  1. A sweet ending with Dark Chocolate

When it comes to desserts, reaching for some dark chocolate might be a good idea. Research has shown that dark chocolate gives you a feeling of fullness better than milk chocolate does. At the same time, eating dark chocolate reduces cravings for other sweet desserts, as well as salty and fatty foods, which could save you from going back for seconds. Big Tree Farms’ Wonder Chocolate is a great option to have at the dessert table with its pretty packaging and modest size.

 

Can't Resist – Check Out The 4 Fixes To Fight Cravings

Can’t Resist – Check Out The 4 Fixes To Fight Cravings

Most of us crave for chocolates once or twice in a day. For decades, cravings were thought to be tied to nutritional deficiencies. For example, there are people who consume dark chocolates on a regular basis in their diet think that they might lack in magnesium. But this is not so. The fact is that there are certain foods (especially those loaded with fat, sugar, and salt) which lead to the activation of brain reward pathways that eventually overrides signals of satiety and hunger.

Can't Resist – Check Out The 4 Fixes To Fight Cravings

If good quality and healthy ingredients matter to you, then Diet Angels’ products are not only good but are great, premium, organic, raw and whole foods to satisfy the hunger cravings. They are certified organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. They’re truly wonderful and truly great in taste!! So, check out these 4 fixes to combat cravings.

FILL UP FIRST ON WHOLE FOODS – The best way to reboot happy brain chemistry is to be sure you’re giving it the right building blocks, and that’s real whole foods. Fill your plate first with whole foods, such as whole grains, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins. You can also have organic raw cacao sweet nibs which are mildly sweetened with low glycemic coconut palm nectar. To satisfy the crave for sweet dishes, you can include organic cold processed dark chocolates in your diet which are full of healthy nutrients. Instead of reaching for that bag of potato chips or cookies, you can treat your taste buds with sweeter, richer and more appetizing organic raw cashew cacao cluster.

START THE DAY WITH A BRISK WALK – Exercise is one of the vital secrets behind changing your response to tempting food. People who start their day by walking briskly for 45 minutes in the morning had a much milder brain response to food images compared to those who never exercise or exercise as per their convenience. People who follow exercise routine burn more calories, which is a plus point for weight control.

TAKE AT LEAST 8 HOURS OF SLEEP – People who sleep for less than 8 hours in a night have higher levels of body fat than those who were well rested. Getting too little sleep seems to interfere with the body’s hormones that regulate hunger and satiety – ghrelin and leptin. Hence, it’s very much vital to take at least 8 hours of quality sleep on most nights to minimize sleep-deprivation-driven cravings.

INTERRUPT THE CRAVE CYCLE – The best way to break a craving cycle is to replace it with a fresh new alternative routine that works. Commit to your new routine for 30 days before you decide if it’s working; because by then you would have become habitual of the same and it will seem to you downright easy.

The more you can interrupt your craving pattern and reprogram your mind and body with a new pattern, such as including organic raw dark chocolates in your diet, starting the day with a brisk walk of 30 to 45 minutes, taking a sound sleep of 8 hours daily in the night, or making yourself busy with some other work when craving peaks. These will surely lead you onto the path of success in controlling the hunger pangs.

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Eating Dark Chocolate May Improve Your Cognitive Functions

Eat a little dark chocolate every day and you could improve your brain memory. This good news is already rolling among chocolate lovers. Consumption of chocolate (in modest quantity) is associated with cognitive brain function. You might have heard previously that dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids (70 percent cacao content) which is linked with improved heart health and stress reduction, but new studies have confirmed that it can potentially improve memory and make your brain smarter.

 

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Research check: Does eating dark chocolate improve brain memory?

 

“Chocolate intake is associated with better cognitive function: A Maine-Syracuse Longitudnal Study” by researcher G.E. Crichton and his team identified the relation between chocolate intake and cognitive function. The study concluded that people who consume more chocolate also score higher in brain tests such as visual-spatial memory, working memory, scanning & tracking and abstract reasoning.

 

Initial studies at Loma Linda University by a California team of researchers have shown that cacao flavonoids penetrate and accumulate brain regions associated with learning and memory. Cacao present in dark chocolate can increase sensory awareness as well as improve brain communication. Lee Berk, who led the California team, also stated that flavonoid-rich dark chocolate has restorative uses for people suffering with dementia and aging-related issues.

 

Dark chocolate can be a part of your healthy lifestyle. The findings of these new research studies have unraveled the connection between dark chocolate and our brain health. So now you got another good reason to eat chocolate! Give your brain a tasteful treat with our best vegan dark chocolate bars. Being one of the leading suppliers of certified organic food in Malaysia, we only provide cold-processed, vegan dark chocolate having breathtaking flavors, smooth texture and taste that will bring a crescendo of indulgence to your palate.