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More and more studies are coming out to tell us that more exercise is not best. In one study, those who ran between 1 and 20 miles a week at an average pace, lived longer than sedentary adults, but remarkably they also lived longer than those who ran more than 20 miles per week. So if simply living longer is your goal, then taking your exercise too far and too hard over a long term basis isn’t only bad news for your body, but is also bad news for your life expectancy.
We’ve known for a long time that whole grain foods are nutritionally better for us than non whole grain products, by reducing the risk factors associated with Type II Diabetes and Cardiovascular (Heart) Disease. However it can sometimes be difficult to tell what is whole grain and what isn’t.
Many people assume that if it’s brown (bread, pasta, rice etc), then it must be whole grain, but this simply isn’t the case. Even to the extent that some food manufacturers use dyes and additives to colour the food brown, trying to make it look healthy and wholegrain. Even where this sleight of hand hasn’t been used, being brown still doesn’t mean it’s whole grain. Make sure you always read the food label or ingredient list looking for the words; whole grain, whole wheat or whole meal.
A simple, widely available staple of the modern western diet, but probably because of its ubiquity, some people can find it hard to control how much of it they consume. If you really can’t live without sandwiches, then by all means have them, but try limiting yourself to 2 slices a day and preferably of the wholemeal variety. As direct alternatives you could opt for things like melba toasts and crackerbread, or instead try whole wheat pasta, wild rice, cous cous or quinoa. Believe me, your waistline will thank you for it!