Being on the Omni Diet doesn’t mean you have to eat at home for the rest of your life (although I hope you’ll give fast food restaurants a permanent pass). But it does mean becoming more thoughtful about where you eat and what you order. The more comfortable you become with the diet, the easier it will be to communicate your needs and ask for — yes! — some special treatment. Don’t think you’re the only one who asks restaurant chefs and managers for help. What about those folks with diabetes or potentially lethal food allergies or any number of conditions that require dietary adjustments?
For years nuts were totally out of bounds for anyone trying to lose weight because of the calories they contain, but times have changed. We now know that nuts are superfoods brimming with health benefits and that they’re really filling, too. The latest news has to do with what almonds offer us and comes from researchers in England who have shown not only that crunching on almonds is heart-healthy, but that the positive changes it brings about show up after just a month of a daily almond snack habit! Get this: the study showed that eating just over 1.5 ounces of almonds daily can lower blood pressure, improve blood flow and boost the amount of antioxidants in your blood stream, all of which are a big help for your heart. (As you probably know, antioxidants are protective nutrients that ward off the evil effects of marauding free radicals generated by everything from bad diets to lack of sleep, pollution and lots of other things that aren’t good for us.)
Summer is in full swing and hopefully you’ve adapted your exercise routine to take advantage of the beautiful weather. One way to stay healthy in the sun is to make sure you’re staying hydrated. A lot of myths have grown up around this issue of hydration, mostly planted by the purveyors of sports drinks whose business is to convince you that without their sugar laden products you probably would keel over from dehydration in the middle of your workout. Even if you’re on to their game, you should know the truthful basics about hydration — what should you drink, how much should you drink, are sports drinks your best choice, do they enhance performance as you may have heard. Remember, your brain is 80 percent water. If you become dehydrated, your brain as well as your body will be affected. This has a profound effect on your overall focus and performance.