Tips - Food & Drink

Stop the Pop

A can of soft drink, on average, contains the equivalent of seven teaspoons of sugar - almost half your daily allowance. Cutting out at least one can of pop a day, and replacing it with water will reduce your sugar intake by 49 teaspoons in a week. There are 25 calories in a heaped teaspoon; so that would reduce your calorie intake by 1225 calories.

Tomatoes can help your lungs and prevent cancer

Tomato is a superstar in the fruit and veggie pantheon. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful cancer fighter they are also rich in vitamin C. The good news is that cooked tomatoes are also nutritious, so use them in pasta, soups and casseroles, as well as in salads. The British Thoracic Society says that tomatoes and apples can reduce your risk of asthma and chronic lung diseases.

Curry for the feel good factor

Hot, spicy foods containing chillies or cayenne pepper trigger endorphins, the feel-good hormones. Endorphins have a powerful, almost narcotic, effect and make you feel good after exercising. Avoid creamy curries though if you are trying to lose weight as these are higher in fat than tomato or spinach based curries.

Measure your wine glasses

Measure the capacity of your wine glass at home. That way you will know exactly how many calories and how many units you are drinking.

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