Nowadays the average person in the US consumes about 20% more calories than their ancestors did in the last century, according to research. And although people are getting more conscious about their diet, it’s not always easy to get all the healthy eating rules right. For example, eating apples at the wrong time can actually cause bowel problems instead of improving your digestion. Luckily, it’s not rocket science and the basic rules are pretty easy to follow.
Bright Side is ready to debunk some myths concerning healthy eating habits and share some advice on how to choose the right time to eat your favorite foods in order to get the maximum benefit.
Although bananas may seem like a good option to start your morning, if they’re consumed on an empty stomach, they can actually decrease your energy levels. At first, you will probably feel an energy boost thanks to their high sugar content, but after a couple of hours, you’re likely to feel tired and hungry again. Eating bananas may also pose a threat for people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, causing diarrhea.
If you aren’t ready to give up having bananas for breakfast, combine them with some other foods, preferably with ones that contain healthy fats like peanut butter.
For many people, having a cup of coffee right after waking up feels like the most natural thing to do, but it’s actually pretty useless. Research has shown that drinking coffee before a meal improves our tolerance to caffeine. In the first hour after waking up, your body produces cortisol and it’s essential to not disrupt this process and our natural biological rhythms.
So just wait for a bit and enjoy your cup of coffee. But keep in mind that it’s better to stick to the recommended daily caffeine intake and don’t drink coffee closer to the evening, to prevent insomnia.
As much as we love having some sushi or Indian food after a long day of work, it may not be the best option. Rice contains a lot of complex carbohydrates that take a long time to digest. It’s a good thing, since it keeps us energetic for a long time. But it makes rice high in calories that can potentially cause weight gain if you eat it at night.
Lunchtime is the best time to incorporate rice into your diet. Your metabolism works fast during these hours and it’ll be easier for your body to digest this product. Plus, you’ll need an energy boost to have a productive day and complex carbohydrates can help with that!
It’s better to stay away from processed sugar if you’re trying to stick to a healthy diet, but sometimes it’s impossible not to fall into the temptation. The crucial mistake we make is when we eat sweets as a snack. This way your blood sugar levels go up, causing sugar spikes and crashes, leaving you tired and nervous.
If you can’t resist the temptation, treat yourself with some dessert right after the main meal. This way your blood sugar levels won’t rise so dramatically.
Some people have gotten used to starting their day with a glass of milk since childhood, but this habit doesn’t work well for adults. Milk is difficult to digest, so drinking it in the morning and combining it with other foods can cause heartburn and stomach aches.
The evening is the best time to have a glass of warm milk. It helps calm down the body and promotes a good night’s sleep.
Meat is a great source of protein and B vitamins, but it may put an excessive load on the digestive system. That’s why it’s better to avoid eating steak right before going to bed. Choosing lean meat and eating at least 3 hours before bed is actually a good option since it provides satiety and doesn’t contain an excessive amount of calories that could cause weight gain.
You can eat meat throughout the day to get enough protein. But be careful with eating it in the morning, since having a heavy meal like this may be too difficult for your body to digest.
Nuts are a great source of healthy fats and calories, but having them as a nighttime snack isn’t the best option. It’s actually healthy to eat some, but if you have too much, they can take a long time to digest causing problems with falling asleep.
Choose nuts for breakfast or as a healthy snack between your meals to get all the benefits: to promote heart health, normalize cholesterol levels, and to contribute to weight loss and the beauty of your skin and hair.
8. High-fat cheese
Having toast with cheese before bed can be tempting, but it’s better to stay away from this product. High-fat cheese can be difficult to digest which means it can cause discomfort and disrupt your sleep if you eat it in the evening close to bedtime.
On the other hand, having some cheese for breakfast provides your body with much-needed calcium that promotes muscle growth and bone health.
9. Citrus fruits
Staring your day with a freshly squeezed glass of citrus juice may seem healthy, but it’s not. Citrus fruits are very acidic and having them with or right after the main meal increases acid formation that may cause some unpleasant digestive problems like heartburn, a feeling of heaviness in the stomach, and a slowdown in the absorption of nutrients. Just wait for a little while after your meal to enjoy your fruit juice.
Beans are high in fiber, so eating them at night can cause bloating and decrease the quality of sleep among some people. It’s better to be careful with this product. Beans are the perfect food for lunch or an early dinner: this way all the useful ingredients will get digested, but you’re less likely to feel bloated and too full.
Apples are high in fiber and contain natural acids that improve digestion and colon function. But if you eat apples in the evening, the acid from them can build up in the stomach causing some discomfort. Eating apples at night can also lead to excessive gas formation and problems with bowel movements. It happens because digestion slows down at night and it takes much longer for any food to digest.
The best time for eating apples is in the morning. This way you can stimulate a bowel movement after a long sleep. It’ll be especially beneficial if you had a late dinner or ate too much unhealthy food.
It’s better to avoid eating yogurt on an empty stomach or before any meal. Yogurt contains lactic acid that may decrease the acidity of the stomach. It’ll slow down digestion while you’re having your main meal.
Have a yogurt about 1-2 hours after the main meal to get all the benefits of the lactic acid for your digestion. Having a small portion of yogurt before going to bed seems like a good option since it’ll fill your body with protein, contributing to muscle development.
Which of these rules do you find the hardest to follow? Do you have your own methods for how stick to healthy eating habits? Share your experience with us!
Illustrated by Daniil Shubin for BrightSide.me
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15 Random People Who Look So Much Like Celebrities, You May Want to Take a Photo With Them
It’s not an easy goal to meet a real celebrity in our everyday life. Sometimes they are too busy with their activities or simply prefer to avoid public places. But when you see one right in front of you, don’t be too quick to jump over the moon and ask for a photo. Try to check their IDs first, because we are ready to show you that there are too many ordinary people who look just like stars and who probably wouldn’t miss a chance to pose and giggle afterward.
We at Bright Side compared photos of celebrities to their clones to demonstrate that this isn’t a joke. IDs first, photos after.
15. Kylie Jenner and Kristen Hancher, but which is which?
14. “My dad actually does Jack Nicholson lookalike work in Hollywood as a hobby.”
13. Breaking news! It seems Kim Kardashian has cloned herself.
12. “This fella lives in my house. I think James Franco and he follow each other on Instagram.”
11. “My sister always gets asked if she’s Julia Stiles.”
10. Nope, those aren’t just 2 pictures of Steve Buscemi!
9. Here’s chance for those who are upset that Michael Fassbender is married.
8. We’re just interested to see if Meghan Trainor’s double has the same talents.
7. We know this is pretty unexpected for Taylor Lautner, but we can’t unsee it.
6. This girl claims that she gets compared to Katy Perry daily.
5. When Chuck Norris is on vacation.
4. “Never mind, I’ll find someone like Adele.”
3. If Cobie Smulders doesn’t want to shoot How I Met Your Mother 10, there’s a perfect replacement out there.
2. Wait, so you’re saying that isn’t Zooey Deschanel on the right?
1. Even Zach Galifianakis and Jonah Hill can see this resemblance.
Do you have any friends who look exactly like movie stars? Show us their photos!
Research Says That People Who Blush Are More Generous and Trustworthy
Some people feel uncomfortable when they blush, because they believe that this reaction of their body makes them appear timid and insecure. However, the reality is very different, because blushing can make us look more sincere and trustworthy to other people.
Today, we at Bright Side would like to tell you why blushing is not a sign of weakness, as many used to think.
Humans are the only ones that blush.
Humans are the only species known to blush, according to the findings of Darwin. After observing the gestures of monkeys, while conducting his studies on evolution — he defined this reaction as “the most peculiar and the most human of all expressions,” that probably happens because of a social defense mechanism that humans create against feelings like guilt or shame.
It makes you more attractive to the opposite sex.
The truth is that, although it could be a social defense mechanism that speaks to our discomfort, we are more attractive when our cheeks begin to turn pink. This gesture reflects a bit of vulnerability, and it’s for that very reason that it also creates a sense of intimacy that is striking to the opposite sex. In addition, it makes us look radiant, which is why, when putting on makeup, we apply pink powder on our cheeks.
People who blush are more trustworthy.
According to a study that has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, people who blush easily are people who are considered to be trustworthy and more generous, compared to those who don’t react in the same way. The researchers of this study also claim that other forms of moderately expressing embarrassment and social vulnerability are true signs of virtue, since it’s not possible to reproduce these reactions voluntarily.
Other gestures that reveal our emotional state
In a series of experiments, 60 college students were videotaped recounting embarrassing moments. The results indicated that blushing generates trust in other people and that’s why we shouldn’t try to hide it. This investigation includes people who react with gestures like a downward gaze, covering their face, laughing involuntarily, and blushing at the slightest provocation.
Why we blush when we feel embarrassed
Our face turns red because when we are in an embarrassing situation, the body releases adrenaline, which is what causes the redness of the skin, as it increases the blood flow to the blood vessels. This process is linked to our sympathetic nervous system and, for this reason, we can’t control it. We can also feel our heart rate speed up, our breathing increase its frequency, and in some people it can cause them to start sweating.
When it comes to blushing, it’s impossible to lie.
Blushing is something that we, human beings, are unable to avoid. It’s a set of involuntary bodily functions that are unleashed when we are exposed to a situation that embarrasses us, although not always in an unpleasant way. But it always shows that something matters to us and that, if we’ve done something wrong, we do have the desire to fix it. Because of this, this reaction is linked to honesty. So, if you see your partner blushing, you should believe in what your eyes are seeing.
Do you blush very often? Do you find it embarrassing or is it something that doesn’t worry you too much? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.
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