Alex Ong is not a nutritionist, but his approach to healthy living makes far too much sense to ignore.
Driven by a emotional desire to not end up dead at a young age like his beloved father, Alex set out to teach himself how to live healthy -- and how to keep his family energetic and free of disease too.
"Junk or unhealthy food often make people sick or feel discomfort, such as headache, cough, excess mucus, constipated, stomach ache, bloated, tired, stress, overweight, gout, etc.," Alex tells Diet.com.
"The common 'solution' is that people will waste money on medicine or diet pills to treat the above symptoms.
"Soon after, they may experience side effects cause by the medications and many will spend extra money to treat that. The tendency is when people fall sick or feel discomfort, their energy and productivity level are likely to suffer.
"If we were to start reducing our junk or unhealthy food consumption, we will be able to save some money (from unhealthy food and medicines), save our health, and most likely enhance our energy and productivity."
Obese for 20 years, Alex watched his cholesterol rise to a dangerously high level of 288 before he took action.
After many years of "yo-yo" dieting, he finally developed a way to get rid of his unwanted pounds and lower his cholesterol to 168. His weight and cholesterol are now at healthy levels.
The tips that helped Alex improve his health are the basis for his new book, Minding Your Own Wellness.
While researching his book, Alex discovered 14 common foods that we all need to cut out or cut down.
Know The 14 Common Foods To Minimize!
It doesnâ€™t matter what kind of cowâ€™s milk it is, drink a little less and you may feel better. Just like everything else, use milk and dairy products in moderation.
Alex says common short-term side effects of milk and dairy products are:
â€¢ Respiratory problems or Asthma
â€¢ Sinus (running nose or excess mucus in the throat)
â€¢ Skin rashes
â€¢ Ear infections
â€¢ Bronchitis or sore throat
â€¢ Body aches and pains
Potential long-term side effects:
â€¢ Increase in cholesterol â€" leading to heart problems
â€¢ Increase in saturated fat
â€¢ Kidney problems from dairy foods that are high in fat
â€¢ Increase the chance of getting cancer
2) Animal Protein
Do your current breakfasts, lunches, and dinners consist of
mainly animal protein... foods like milk, eggs, bacon, cheese, sausages, burgers, steaks, or fried chicken?
Animal protein is often high in saturated fat and cholesterol.
People who eat the most animal-based foods get the most chronic disease. It is true that protein is important to the body; but if your main protein source only comes from meat and dairy products instead of plant-based protein, it could speed up your chance of getting some forms of cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure, stroke, and/or heart disease.
3) Saturated Fat
If you love to eat animal fat because that is what makes meat
extremely juicy and tender, or oily deep-fried foods, you have
taken the first step towards the Heart Attack Club.
Saturated fat is known to increase bad cholesterol (LDL).
Research has shown that even the leanest beef, pork, or chicken
breast is already full of saturated fat. However, eating lean meat is certainly better than eating fatty meat. Just remember the key word: Moderation.
Saturated fat is commonly found in:
â€¢ Sweet and salty snacks
â€¢ Frozen and prepared foods
â€¢ Ice cream
â€¢ Cheese and other dairy products
â€¢ Fried foods
â€¢ Lard (animal fat)
â€¢ Salad dressings
â€¢ Vegetable cooking oil
Common side effects:
â€¢ Weight gain
â€¢ Loss of energy
â€¢ Stiff neck
â€¢ Body aches and pains
â€¢ Increase in bad cholesterol (LDL)
â€¢ Heart attack
â€¢ Other health diseases
4) Trans Fat
Do partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and fully hydrogenated
vegetable oil sound familiar? These are the kinds of vegetable oil that are chemically saturated by a process called hydrogenation.
Other common names:
â€¢ Partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil
â€¢ Partially hydrogenated soybean oil
â€¢ Partially hydrogenated coconut oil
â€¢ Fully or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil
Trans fat is usually found in:
â€¢ Deep fried foods (fries, chicken, cheese balls, chips, pie
crust, and fruit pies)
â€¢ Peanut butter (some low fat ones too)
â€¢ Vegetable shortenings
â€¢ Potato or vegetable chips
â€¢ Fruits or vegetable pies
â€¢ Frozen foods
Many food manufacturers use hydrogenated oils because it
increases the shelf-life of the products in the grocery store.
However, trans fats are one of the major causes of heart attack, strokes, and other heart problems.
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