A banana a day keeps the Doctor away…

single banana

Forget about an apple a day, bananas are the new (not so new) super food! So, recently I’ve given myself a personal challenge to eat at least one banana a day due to all of the health benefits it provides. Here’s some of the amazing benefits of this natural super food:

  • Bananas can aid the prevention and reduction of depression due to it’s high levels of tryptophan ( an amino acid) which transfers into serotonin, which makes you happier! Yay!
  • Sustains blood sugars
  • Enhance your mood and reduce PMS symptoms.
  • Bananas are a source of iron – less chance of anemia!
  • As bananas are high in potassium and low in salt they are recognized to lower blood pressure and prevent strokes and heart attacks!
  • Bananas aid digestion due to their pectin levels.
  • Bananas are high in fiber so helps regulate the digestive system ( but if eaten to the extreme can cause diarrhea or constipation).
  • Prevent asthma
  • Fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B6 all contribute towards a healthy heart therefore preventing cardiovascular disease.
  • They provide electrolytes which are lost during diarrhea therefore helping you feel less weak and healthier at a faster pace.
  • Bananas can help diabetics maintain stable blood sugars, studies have shown.
  • Can help preserve memory.

An average banana contains these vitamins and minerals:

  • Vitamin B6 – .5 mg
  • Manganese – .3 mg
  • Vitamin C – 9 mg
  • Potassium – 450 mg
  • Dietary Fiber – 3g
  • Protein – 1 g
  • Magnesium – 34 mg
  • Folate – 25.0 mcg
  • Riboflavin – .1 mg
  • Niacin – .8 mg
  • Vitamin A – 81 IU
  • Iron – .3 mg

I’ve achieved eating a banana a day so far,  and hope to get in 2 a day when I start blending smoothies (when my smoothie maker arrives)!

However, many ask how many is too many due to risk of potassium overdoes etc? Well it is advised by professionals to eat 2 a day, which provides you (along with a well balanced diet)  your daily recommended amount of potassium. If you consume too much potassium you can suffer with headaches and fatigue.

Some people believe ‘the more the merrier’, for instance, Freelee the Banana Girl who consumes around 50 bananas a day! Although, a controversial figure, I believe there is method in her madness and as long as she is reaping the rewards of her diet then people shouldn’t judge. She does mention that for her weight and height she would have to eat 300+ bananas in 30 seconds in order to harm herself, which to her own admission she considers impossible. I have been considering the raw vegan lifestyle for quite some time now and Freelee has really turned her life around with it! ( I’ll leave a link to her page at the bottom). I personally won’t be eating anywhere near that many bananas as I feel one a day is enough to be getting on with, in order to lift my mood and reap the rewards the nutrients have to offer. I will update on how this has effected my well being in the future.

Do you agree or disagree with Freelee’s lifestyle? How have your experiences been with the raw vegan diet? 

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Emily XX

If you want to know more about Freelee, this is her YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Freelea

& her website: http://www.30bananasaday.com/

References:

http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/25-powerful-reasons-to-eat-bananas

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/271157.php

Top 5 Feel Good Songs, guaranteed to lift your mood…

We all have down days, where everything’s going wrong: that guy you like isn’t messaging you or you’ve spilled coffee all over your new top. Although trivial problems, within the greater scheme of things, they can really get you down at the time. I’ve selected a few songs that can put a smile on your face.

1) Tim McMorris – A Beautiful Life. This is one of my favorite feel good songs.

2) Tim McMorris – A Beautiful Life

 

3) Imagine Dragons – On Top of The World

 

4) Brandon & Leah – Life Happens

 

5) Ben Howard – Keep Your Head Up

Remember, if you are concerning yourself with the trivia’s of day- to- day life (as we all do) just think you aren’t going to live forever so just take a step back and really think, is this going to matter in five years time? If not, then why worry about it now? YOLO ( oh gosh, I can’t believe I wrote that). I’m going to be going into this in more depth in a blog post on inner peace and happiness in the near future! Of course, not all issues can be solved with a simple song and aren’t trivial so I’ll also be addressing more serious lifestyle changes to enhance your mood and well being. However, for now here’s a link to a blog post I wrote naming 6 foods that can make you lift your mood! https://emilyshappiness.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/good-mood-foods-6-ways-to-eat-yourself-into-a-good-mood/

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Thanks for reading 🙂

Emily X

Good Mood Foods… 6 Ways to eat yourself into a good mood!

 

happy person eating

Hey there!

 Have you noticed feeling fatigued or having an unusually low mood? This can’t always be avoidable but you can avoid getting into unhealthy eating habits and start making some positive changes. Before you know it your mood will be enhanced! I used to eat a KFC a day and had awful physical and mental health. I have cut out junk food almost completely now and feel like I can face life’s issues with far more ease than I used to.

These foods should help you gain a spring in your step:

   1) Dark Chocolate – This food is not a chore to eat and contains serotonin, which is a natural anti-depressant.  Additionally, it is high in magnesium which calms your muscles and can reduce anxiety. My favourite is Green and Blacks.

Dark chocolate

2) Chickpeas – Chickpeas are a good source of magnesium and this can help your muscles relax. They also contain Vitamin B6 which can help the reduce irritability and depression. A great way to eat this is by making a hummus dip! It’s amazing with Rivita or chopped veg.

hummus

3)  Wholegrain rice – As with chickpeas, this staple contains magnesium and B6. Other complex carbs, such as, oatmeal, beans and wholegrain pasta can also have the same effect.

wholegrain rice

4) Berries – Tasty fruits, such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries contain anthocyanidins and anthocyanins-nutrients that aid stress reduction and depression. 

summer fruits

5) Green tea – This amazing tea contains theanine (an antioxidant) that helps you stay calm.

green tea

6) Flaxseeds – You can buy these in a grounded form and eat them on your cereal for breakfast!

flaxseeds

Exercise has also been proven to be as effective for improving mood as medication! Although, it can be difficult to get up and move when you are feeling low, it can have a really positive impact. Here’s my blog post on some exercises I do and my favorite motivational music at the moment: https://emilyshappiness.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/top-ten-workout-songs-keep-it-going/

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Emily X