4 Foods You Never Thought Were Healthy

Eating healthily is hard at the best of times but if you can’t stand vegetables, fruit or fish then it gets even harder. Most of the food we really enjoy is crammed full of additives, salt and fat which are obviously not good for us. However there is a selection of foods that you’d think fell into the unhealthy category but actually provide with us many benefits.

Note: It is important to understand that despite these being a lot healthier than their reputations, they should still only be consumed in moderation.

Chocolate

Whenever people go on a health kick the first thing that seems to get pushed out of their diet is chocolate (at least, they try). In some ways it is understandable, ever since we were children we’ve always been taught to limit how much chocolate we eat because it is full of this and full of that. And to be fair a lot of chocolate is full of sugar, fat and all kinds of additives but not all of it by any means.

Instead of indulging in the overly sweet and almost tasteless chocolate varieties go for bars with a high percentage of cocoa solids. These chocolate bars for adults will have a lot less fat and sugar than their sweet counterparts. Not only that but dark chocolate has been proven to reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and it has also been linked with improving the health of our hearts.

Beef

I love beef; it is hands down my favourite meat. When cooked right it’s tender, juicy and utterly delicious but apparently it is also rammed full of calories and clogs up our arteries which leaves our hearts strained. Once again though, this is actually an unfair reputation; although beef does contain a lot of calories and if it is all you eat then your heart will be under a lot of pressure.

Research indicates that beef contains a lot of monounsaturated fat (the same stuff found in olive oil) and may even help to lower your cholesterol. Did I mention all the protein, iron and vitamins that it contains yet? No, well that’s just another few ticks in the pro column for beef.

Red Wine

A lot of people I know like to have a glass or tow of red wine most evenings, I guess it just helps them to relax and unwind. But how many times have we been told that drinking alcohol regularly damages our liver, increases the chance of heart attacks and has a lot of calories in.

What you may not know is that red wine contains something called Resveratrol which has been shown to offer some protection against Alzheimer’s, dementia as well as increasing life expectancy. Research at the University of Santiago de Compostela shows that a glass of red wine a day reduces the risk of lung cancer by 13%!

Butter

Now some of you are probably thinking I’ve gone a bit crazy putting butter in. To be fair there are very obvious downsides to it not least the huge amount of fat in it but compared to margarine butter is definitely healthier. For starters margarine is essentially butter mixed with fat to make it cheaper and easier to spread. Still not convinced? Well most butters will contain both omega-3 and omega-6 which, as well know, are healthy. It is also a good source of vitamin A, D and E! The alternative of margarine is jammed packed with trans-fat which is pretty much the worst kind of fat you can get.

The Physical And Psychological Benefits Of Plastic-Surgery

The Physical And Psychological Benefits Of Plastic-Surgery There are so many physical and psychological benefits that come from having plastic-surgery.  Some people want to look younger and others might want to just change some features that they have never liked about themselfes. No matter what the reason is for wanting plastic-surgery, there is no doubt that your self-esteem and confidence will increase.

What Are The Physical Benefits Of Plastic-Surgery? Some people are born with physical deformities which are easily noticed in public, this obviously has a big effect on their confidence. People that have been in tragic motor accidents and suffered from injuries that have altered their physical appearance are prime candidates for going through with plastic surgery. These patients are able to restore themselves both physically and psychologically. Some might have a specific body part that they want changed because they think they look bad, whereas others need physical alternations to help with performance of their daily activities.

What are the Emotional Benefits?

Changing ones physical appearance can have such a powerful impact on the way a person feels emotionally. Once the initial bruising and swelling has disappeared, ones self-confidence will sky rocket to new heights and will be noticed easily by others, making it easier for the patient to socialise and meet new people.

Plastic-Surgery can help a patient live a far happier life and be generally more productive in their daily activities. When someone has a self-esteem boost you will often see them taking risks they normally wouldn’t take. Whether its applying for a new job, going on a blind-date or maybe trying out a new sport, plastic-surgery gives you the confidence to do these things making plenty of positive impacts.

Many adults suffered from emotional trauma as children due to their peers teasing them on certain aspects of their body. This type of trauma that was suffered as a child can still be carried through into your adult life. Unfortunately today we live in a society where physical appearance aids being accepted into a social circle, as well as effecting job opportunities.

Ask Yourself Why?

It is important to ask yourself why you want to have cosmetic surgery. Answering the short list of questions provided bellow can help you make a better informed decision.

1)      What is your main motivation for wanting plastic-surgery?
2)      What physical feature do you want to change and why?
3)      What do you expect to gain from the surgery?
4)      Does your surgeon agree with your reasons for cosmetic surgery?