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Vegetarian Pyramid

If you are thinking about becoming a vegetarian, you might be surprised to know that there is a food pyramid that you can use as a guide just like the food pyramid that is recommended by health professionals for people who do eat meat. The vegetarian pyramid contains recommendations for dairy since vegetarians, unlike vegans, do eat dairy, so if you are wanting to be a vegan, you need to take that into consideration!


At the bottom of the vegetarian pyramid are the basics of a good vegetarian lifestyle. These are foods that you can eat liberally – as many as six to eleven servings per day. The base of the vegetarian pyramid includes whole grain bread, pasta, rice, and cereal.


The second part of the vegetarian pyramid includes foods that can be eaten generously. There are two parts to the second step of the vegetarian pyramid – the vegetable and fruit group. You can have three to five servings a day of this food group and they are good for you as well as good tasting. This part of the vegetarian pyramid includes all types of fruits and vegetables. Keep in mind that fruit contains a large amount of water so you will want to take it a little easy on the fruit so that you don’t retain too much water.


Then we take a step up the vegetarian pyramid to the level just below the top. Again, there are two sections to this part of the pyramid and they should be eaten in moderation. That means two to three servings per day. The first part of this step in the vegetarian pyramid is the low-fat and/or no-fat milk, yogurt, fresh cheese, and fortified alternatives such as soy milk and fortified yogurt products. The second part of this step is the meat alternative part of the vegetarian lifestyle which contains your proteins. That means beans, nuts, and seeds.


The final part of the vegetarian pyramid is the one where you want to consume sparingly. That’s because even though these ingredients are necessary, if you eat too much of them, it can be detrimental to your health if you eat too much. The top part of the vegetarian pyramid includes vegetable fats, oils, sweets, and salts.


Just like knowing the part of a “regular” pyramid, knowing the steps of the vegetarian pyramid can be very helpful when you are planning out your vegetarian meals. You need to be sure that you are getting the right amount of servings of foods that will help keep you healthy and keep your body working at its maximum potential – all without meat!

And remember to include a teaspoon a day of certified organic probiotic superfood to keep you healthy on the inside too.

How Can You Tell if Your Organic Skincare is Actually Organic?

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How Can You Tell if Your Organic Skincare is Actually Organic? – Health

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How can you tell if your natural skin care products are actually natural? Why should you care? Modern personal care products can contain any one or more of over fifty thousand natural and some decidedly unnatural ingredients. Indeed, most personal care product manufacturers will tell you that making certified organic skin care products is simply impossible, that making skin care products that work just cannot be done without chemicals.That just is not so.One of the most important tasks of personal care is protecting the skin from the ravages of the sun. Any of a great number of chemicals will protect skin from the damage from the spectrum of sunlight known as UVB. Only one chemical-but a great number of organic formulations-will protect your skin from the even more abundant, more damaging spectrum of sunlight known as UVA. For sun protection, organic is better.Another of the key goals of effective skin care is protecting the skin from the effects of hot water and detergents. Silicone gels definitely prevent what used to be called “dishpan hands.” A research team in Denmark found that these commonly used commercial chemicals prevent up to 25 per cent of the damage to skin caused by hot water.The same Danish research team, however, found that an organic emollient protected the skin from up to 75 per cent of the damage caused by hot water. For moisturizing the skin, organic is better.No one could disagree that you have every right to expect that anything labeled as natural should also be organic. The problem is, it frequently is not. If there is any ingredient on the label that reads:Sodium lauryl sulfate, the more common chemical cousin of ammonium lauryl sulfate, orPhthalates, orParabens (isobutylparaben, butylparaben, benzylparaben, ethylparaben, and propylparaben)SuttocideYou can be completely sure the product is not organic. And it’s not especially natural, either.The world’s biggest selling manufacturer of skin care products, for instance, uses these chemicals in its “natural products,” but gives them natural and exotic sounding names. The process of making sodium lauryl sulfate, for example, begins with pure and natural virgin coconut oil. You dump sulfuric acid into the coconut oil, neutralize the bubbling brew with ethanolamine, and there you have your sodium lauryl sulfate.Natural? Well, it starts that way. Organic? Absolutely not.And you certainly can’t believe any manufacturer who would call a formula containing parabens organic. Parabens preserve products against the deterioration caused by bacteria and molds. These chemicals are in suntan lotions, shaving cream, shampoo, and toothpaste. And they are in breast cancers and ovarian cancers.So that’s how you know a skin care product is not organic. How do you recognize the best certified organic hand creams and lotions? Fortunately, that’s simple. The label should list no chemicals at all, just the best organic ingredients like pure and organic shea butter. It is not just women who need the certified organic hand creams or lotions. Men need the best quality skin care products as well. Always make sure that every item listed in the ingredients is natural, beginning with the most important ingredients, such as pure and natural shea butter. And the ingredient has a chemical name, it is not one of the best certified skin care products.

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