Saturday, May 26, 2018

POTASSIUM AND STROKES

Are you eating enough potassium-rich foods ie bananas, sweet potatoes, pork, spinach, and more? Foods rich in potassium may cut ones risk of stroke by up to 21%. They may also lower the risk of heart attack. These are tasty foods so be sure to include them in your diet. Below are many of the potassium rich choices.





APPLES

We've all heard it said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away but did you know apples have anti-infammatory properties?  Inflammation wreaks havoc on our bodies and we need to eat foods with anti-inflammatory properties daily.  Scientists say that apples have been shown in the lab to help keep liver, breast, and colon cancers at bay!  So have an apple today!

GETTING KIDS TO EAT FRUIT


Thursday, April 12, 2018

CHOOSING A MEAT PROTEIN

When choosing a meat protein source, think lean - ie skinless chicken, lean pork chops, etc. It is also a good idea to trim any excess fat before cooking. A good rule of thumb when choosing lean meats is to think "chops" or "round".


Thursday, March 29, 2018

TIPS ABOUT MY FAVORITE SWEETENER, SPLENDA

Over the past twenty-some years, well over 100 tests have been done on Splenda to confirm it's safety. I often see, especially on facebook, Splenda lumped in with other sweeteners and how harmful they are. Splenda is actually in a catagory by itself as it is the only sweetener actually made from sugar. This is why it does not have the aftertaste most sweeteners do. Splenda is the brand name for the nonnutritive sweetener sucralose. Over the years my doctors have told me to use only sucralose or stevia products (I am a diabetic). I only use stevia products in drinks, etc. I never cook or bake with them as I find they taste bitter at high temperature. I have used Splenda for almost 12 years. During that time my liver function has returned to normal, it was bad before, and all my blood work which is done every 3 to 6 months is always normal. So do not be frightened by the scary stuff you see on facebook or other social media. There are exceptions to everything so I am sure there is someone out there that has an allergy or something to it but overall it is a very safe product for me. I am not trying to convert you to Splenda, you use the product you like that works well for you. I am simply stating, do not believe things you see on social media but know nothing about.

Facts: a Splenda packet is equal to the sweetness of 2 teaspoons of sugar and Splenda Granular measures cup for cup the same as sugar.
Splenda does not create an insulin response in the body, does not raise blood sugar or affect triglycerides.


Friday, March 23, 2018

BENEFITS OF COOKING AT HOME

I love to eat out but I restrict it to no more than once a week. When you cook at home the nutrition experts tell us you will consume fewer calories, carbs, sugar, fats and sodium. Plus you will know exactly what went into your foods. I don't imagine you knew that McDonald's fries contain 19 ingredients! Can you even imagine that! Talk about not knowing what you are eating! Normally I do not post recipes on this blog because I have other blogs that are just recipes. But after telling you about McDonald's fries, I feel I owe you a recipe to make tasty healthy oven fries at home.

Oven Fries:
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
Cut 3 large red potatoes into 8 wedges each.
Combine 2 teaspoons olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper in a bowl. I like to use one with a lid. Add the potato wedges and toss to coat.
Spread potatoes in a single layer in a shallow roasting pan or on a cookie sheet with sides.
Roast at 450 degrees 30 to 35 minutes or until crisp. Turn once during roasting.


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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

KEEPING YOUR BRAIN FRESH

As the wife of a dementia patient I am always reading information about the brain and/or cognitive decline. A study at the University of Illinois, last year I believe, suggested that the nutrient lutein may help slow down cognitive decline. What a tasty way to help slow this problem! Lutein is found in green leafy vegetables, avocados and eggs. Why not add a few more of these tasty foods to your diet? It just might keep your mind sharp!
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Sunday, February 11, 2018

KIDS AND TYPE 1 DIABETES

 If your child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) you are not alone. More than 18,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with T1D every year. The diagnosis can be frighting but with the help of a good pediatrician, an endocrinologist, and a dietitian, you will find a lot of help. A T1D diagnosis will affect the whole family but remember this, T1D does not define your child. With a positive attitude and a good medical team to work with, diabetes will only be a part of your child. There is no limit to what a T1D child can do. An additional side benefit for the whole family will be more exercise and a controlled diet that will benefit everyone.

PERFECTION QUOTE

I like this quote attributed to the great football coach Vince Lombardi: "Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence."

We can apply this to our health, diet, etc. We know we aren't perfect. We diabetics plan or chase perfection in our eating habits, exercise, etc but we will slip up from time to time. We may not be perfect but we can be excellent. The same can be said for fighting most illnesses. We aren't perfect in that the battle continues but with our doctors, loving family and friends, etc we can often reach excellent days.

Don't give up.  As you chase perfection you will often catch excellence in the process.