Monday, October 31, 2011

BUCKWHEAT

Many people think buckwheat is a cereal grain. Actually, it is a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel which makes it a suitable substitute for grains for people who are sensitive to wheat or other grains that contain protein glutens.

Some of the health benefits of this healthy food are:
  • Controlling cholesterol - Buckwheat's beneficial effects are due in part to its rich supply of flavonoids, particularly rutin. Flavonoids are phytonutrients that protect against disease by extending the action of vitamin C and acting as antioxidants. Buckwheat's lipid-lowering activity is largely due to rutin and other flavonoid compounds. These compounds help maintain blood flow, keep platelets from clotting excessively (platelets are compounds in blood that, when triggered, clump together, thus preventing excessive blood loss, and protect LDL from free radical oxidation into potentially harmful cholesterol oxides. All these actions help to protect against heart disease.
  • Keeping the cardiovascular system healthy.  Buckwheat also contains almost 86 milligrams of magnesium in a one-cup serving. Magnesium relaxes blood vessels, improving blood flow and nutrient delivery while lowering blood pressure&mash;the perfect combination for a healthy cardiovascular system.
  • May contribute to the regulation of blood sugar.  Canadian researchers, publishing their findings in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry have found new evidence that buckwheat may be helpful in the management of diabetes.  Buckwheat is also a rich source of magnesium, a mineral that acts as a co-factor for more than 300 enzymes, including enzymes involved in the body's use of glucose and insulin secretion.
  • Aids digestion.  Buckwheat has a high fiber content which helps to regulate bowels and moves toxins quickly and effeciently out of the body.  And this may help to prevent colon cancer.
  • Buckwheat also has anti-inflammatory properties which our bodies always need.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

CINNAMON GINGER TEA FOR NAUSEA

If you are dealing with nausea and vomiting from illness or medication, try this recipe for a homemade Cinnamon Ginger Tea. Make your own or have someone make it for you. To get the full benefit, you need to use the fresh ingredients.
4 cups water
1 stick cinnamon
4 (1/2-inch) slices peeled, fresh ginger
2 tsp honey
In a saucepan bring the water, ginger, and cinnamon stick to a boil. Cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove and discard the cinnamon stick; stir in the honey. Serve immediately.
May be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. So keep some in the 'fridge for those nausea moments.

4 servings
Per serving: 13 calories, 0 fat, 3 grams carbohydrates, 0 protein, 0 sodium, 0 fiber.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

POTS AND PANS

Many doctors, especially cancer specialists, discourage the practice of cooking in aluminum or nonstick coated cookware. They recommend cast iron and stainless steel. Something to keep in mind when purchasing new pots and pans.

Friday, October 28, 2011

MOUTH HAVE A METALLIC TASTE?

If you are on medications or treatments that leave a metallic taste in your mouth causing food to taste lousy, add a little sweetener (such as maple syrup) to your food with a squeeze of lemon.  Or try adding some nut butter (such as almond or peanut butter) to help overcome the metallic taste.  When ill, it is important to eat even though food doesn't always taste good.  You must have the nutrition to help your body heal.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

COMPLEX CARBS TO BOOST YOUR MOOD

Are you feeling down or depressed? It is a known fact that depression increases in the winter time. So if the darker dreary days or Fall and Winter 'get to you,' increase your intake of complex carbs. Eat more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Yes, these are carbohydrate foods but they are the complex (or good) carbs. These carbs boost your serotonin levels. Serotonin is a mood-elevating chemical in the brain. By the way, these are good foods you should be eating anyway.

                                                                     

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

FLAXSEEDS FOR BREAST CANCER

Flaxseeds are possibly the best source in nature for lignans, a phytoestrogen that may help women who are dealing with estrogen-sensitive breast cancer by blocking receptor sites in the body.  If you are battling this type of cancer, it would no doubt be worth adding flaxseeds to your diet.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

BAY LEAF

Bay Leaf have a soothing and relaxing effect on the digestive tract.  If you need relief from abdominal cramps and gas, eat foods cooked with bay leaf.  Fresh or dried bay leaves have a  distinctive flavor and fragrance this is used to flavor soups, stew, and braises.The flavor is similar to oregano and thyme.  The fresh leaves are very mild and do not develop their full flavor for some time after picking. 

Many of the properties in bay leaves may make them useful for treating high blood sugar, both bacterial and fungal infections, and gastric ulcers.  Bay leaf and berries properties have been used in astringents, digestives, diuretics, and stomach remedies.  Bay oil is used in liniments that are used for bruises and sprains.  Bay leaf has been used as an herbal remedy for headaches since it contains compounds which have proven useful in the treatment of migraines.  Bay leaf has also been shown to help the body process insulin more efficiently, which leads to lower blood sugar levels.  Bay leaf contains a property called eugenol which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  Bay leaf is considered an antifungal and antibacterial, and has been used to treat rheumatism. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

CANCER PATIENTS AND FOOD

"Cancer patients who are well fed during treatment enhance their quality of life, and improve their chances for recovery."  Keith I. Block, MD

Friday, October 21, 2011

HEALTHY BASIL BROCCOLI

1 bunch of fresh broccoli
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
pinch of red pepper flakes
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
sea salt
1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup quartered cherry tomatoes*
2 tsp lemon zest

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. 

Cut the broccoli florets off the stalks and peel the stems.  Cut stems into bite-sized pieces.

Add a pinch of the sea salt and the broccoli to the boiling water and blanch for 30 seconds. Drain and run cold water over the broccoli to stop the cooking process - broccoli should still retain its bright green color.

Heat the olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat.  Add the garlic and pepper flakes to the oil and saute 30 seconds.  Add the tomatoes and a pinch of salt; saute another minute.  Stir in the drained broccoli and 1/4 tsp of the sea salt, if needed; saute 2 minutes.  Broccoli should still be firm.  Gently stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and the basil. 

*May substitute diced red bell pepper, if desired.

Serve immediately.
Leftovers may be stored in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days in an airtight container.

Yield: 4 servings
Per serving: 125 calories, 7.7 grams total fat (1.1 saturated), 13 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams protein, 5 grams dietary fiber, and 125 mg sodium

TOO MUCH PROCESSED FOOD?

Many experts believe that up to 90% of the money we spend on food is for convenient processed foods. Processed foods are not usually balanced and generally do not contain adequate fiber and other nutrients. The also usually contain preservatives, artificial coloring and flavoring agents, and various other ingredients the body was not designed to deal with.
Natural foods are real food and carry their original life-supporting vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and many other phytonutrients that can be lost in processing.
As best you can, it is best to buy fresh foods. While that is not always possible, in general it is better to go for frozen fruits and vegetables than canned, when you cannot purchase fresh or grow your own.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

WORDS FROM A NUTRITIONIST CHEF

"I'm a chef and a teacher who believes everyone has the ability to nourish themselves, even in the most dire of circumstances." by Rebecca Katz who has a Master's in Nutrition and is a chef who works with oncologists, nutritionists, and cancer wellness professionals.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

HOW TO BAKE A SWEET POTATO

Scrub the sweet potato, rinse and towel dry.  Rub olive oil over the entire potato.  Prick potato with a fork in a few places.  Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes (depending on potato's size) or until soft. 

Split potato open and top with your choice of healthy toppings or just eat plain depending on your nutritional needs.

ANTIMICROBIAL

An anti-microbial is a substance that kills or inhibits the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, or protozoans.  (You will find many of the foods I list as having antimicrobial properties.)

WATCH OUT FOR HIDDEN SUGARS This is an item I posted here from my Diabetic Enjoying Food blog. I know I repeat myself sometimes, but this is important. As a diabetic, you cannot just purchase and eat an item because it is labeded "healthy." Many foods, including those labeled "healthy" and many times especially those labeled "healthy," have way too much sugar! For example; a popular Yogurt Parfait with Fruit has 38 grams of sugar per parfait! An average Bran Muffin has 16 grams of sugar, and granola cereal - how often are you told to eat healthy granola? - averages around 13 grams of sugar per serving. I am not belittling these foods, just reminding you that the word "healthy" does not mean low in sugar. Beware!

This is an item I posted here from my Diabetic Enjoying Food blog.

I know I repeat myself sometimes, but this is important. As a diabetic, you cannot just purchase and eat an item because it is labeded "healthy." Many foods, including those labeled "healthy" and many times especially those labeled "healthy," have way too much sugar! For example; a popular Yogurt Parfait with Fruit has 38 grams of sugar per parfait! An average Bran Muffin has 16 grams of sugar, and granola cereal - how often are you told to eat healthy granola? - averages around 13 grams of sugar per serving. I am not belittling these foods, just reminding you that the word "healthy" does not mean low in sugar. Beware and read the nutrition labels of all "healthy" foods.

Friday, October 14, 2011

BREAST CANCER PATIENTS AND INSULIN LEVELS

"Breast cancer patients who keep insulin levels under control - a factor most often associated with diet and lifestyle - cut their risk of cancer recurrence in half and decrease cancer mortality by two-thirds."  Keith I Block, MD Medical Director of the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment and Director of Integrative Medical Education at University of Illinois College of Medicine.


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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 properites 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!