Have You Heard About The Banana Diet?

In today’s world where people are constantly looking for ways to lose weight, I must say there are a lot of diets for weight loss coming up. Some even go as far as to tell you that you would lose a certain amount kilograms in a week. Some are very hard to believe, yesterday I was telling my friend that there are so many diets for weight loss that it is getting overwhelming and she said she had been on a Banana Diet and it was working for her.

Banana to lose weight? That was my first thought especially because someone had once told me that eating banana actually make people gain weight but I researched on it and found out that it is actually really popular. 

This diet is called the Banana Diet for a reason; the plan’s founders recommend you eat between one to four raw bananas for breakfast, along with room-temperature or lukewarm water, and nothing else.  Here are the basic rules to follow when trying out this diet

  • You can eat more than one, and in fact the inventor of the diet often ate four bananas in the morning, but don’t stuff yourself to the point of fullness or discomfort.
  • Eat only raw, uncooked, unfrozen bananas.
  • Other fruit may be substituted.
  • If you are still hungry 15 or 30 minutes after your banana, you can eat other food
  • Dinner must be eaten by 8 p.m. at the latest (6 p.m. is better).
  • There are no explicit limits on the types of food you can eat for lunch and dinner, or the amount.However, you should not eat a dessert with dinner or any of your meals.
  • At all meals you should eat only until you’re satisfied but not full or stuffed.
  • The only beverage allowed at most meals is water, the water must be at room temperature, not chilled or hot and should be drunk in small sips and not used to wash down food.
  • Outside of meals non-caloric beverages like tea, coffee, and diet soda are generally allowed but water is encouraged as much as possible,  consumption of milk products is discouraged and only on social occasions may drink beer or wine.
  • A sweet snack of chocolate, cookies, or the like is allowed at about 3 p.m but ice cream, a donut, or potato chips are not recommended. A good alternative for a more filling snack is popcorn but watch out for excessive fat content.
  • Go to bed by midnight. If you can manage to go to bed earlier, all the better.
  • Put no pressure on yourself to exercise.
  • If you want to exercise, go ahead but don’t over stress yourself. You can try to get some walking in every day if possible

It feels too good to be true right, that was the same thing I thought but since my friend said it worked for her, I have made up my mind to try it. Whereas it’s not complicated, expensive or hard to do. Have you tried out this diet? Did it work for you?

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Your Baby Should Eat Nuts

Introducing complementary foods to your baby can be easy if you try out different food options. One of which is nuts- peanuts ( groundnut), cashew nuts, walnut and others.

Nuts are highly nutritious and known to be a rich source of beneficial fatty acids, vitamin E, and protein which very good for babies that require lots of good nutrition for proper growth and development.

If there is no history of allergies, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommends you can introduce your baby to nuts as early as six months. Waiting until your baby is older to introduce nuts is not necessary.

Some parents delay giving their babies nuts and other highly allergenic foods like soy, fish, seafood, dairy, eggs, and wheat. This does not help to prevent allergies in the future rather when these foods are introduced early since it reduces the chances of children from becoming allergic to them later in life.

In spite of loads of benefits found in giving your baby different types of nuts, parents need to take caution on the following.

  • Do not give a child less than five a whole nut to eat and giving peanut butter in a spoon to a baby. This could cause a choking hazard.
  • If you are introducing nuts to your child’s meals ensure that it is ground or crushed into smaller piece.
  • If you have a family history of allergies such as Eczema and other food allergies, you need to see the doctor before giving nuts to your baby as a weaning food.

Here are simple ways to infuse your child’s meal with peanut

  • Mix a teaspoon or two of ground peanut into a plate with your baby’s cereal, yoghurt. Ensure that it is not too thick; stir it well before giving it to your baby.
  • You can also use spread peanut, cashew nut butter on bread to serve as a finger food. Toddlers would enjoy this better. Though your baby may not be able to bite off, she can suck on it and lick up the nutritious butter too.

Peanut butter is great for vegetarians and vegan babies. You can either make your peanut butter or get a store bought one. In getting a store-bought peanut butter, look out for the ones that do not contain added salt or sugar.

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