Sunday, June 30, 2013

Love Chocolate? You Need To Read This!

I love chocolate.  I could probably be considered a chocoholic and I make no apologies for that!  So I was very happy when I saw this information out of the University of California, San Diego!  They have found that those people who regularly enjoy chocolate weigh 5 to 7 pounds less than those who skip chocolate entirely.  They don't know why yet and are planning further studies into that aspect.  But hey, I am just happy with that little tidbit.  So go ahead and have an ounce or so a day of dark chocolate if you wish.  Remember that dark chocolate is rich in heart-healthy antioxidants!

Warning:  Do not overindulge!  You can turn anything good into something bad by overindulging.  And remember to go for the dark chocolate.  So called white chocolate is not chocolate at all and in most cases the lighter chocolate is higher in fat and sugar.  You can read more about types of chocolates by checking out the archives of this blog.


Saturday, June 29, 2013

BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM WITH YOGURT

Studies have shown that persons who regularly eat or supplement with probiotics (the good bacteria found in yogurt) take only half as many sick days due to colds and viruses as their co-workers who do not!  I think that makes a good case for eating a carton of yogurt a day.  But be sure the carton has the words, contains live, active cultures on it.



Friday, June 28, 2013

NEED A SUBSTITUTE FOR EGGS?

To all of you who don't like to eat eggs or want to make a recipe vegan-friendly, you can substitute eggs with flax or chia seeds. To make an egg substitute, in a small coffee grinder or spice grinder whir flax or chia seeds until you have flax or chia seed meal. Then, for each egg you're replacing in a recipe, combine 1 tablespoon ground flax seed meal or 1 tablespoon ground chia seed meal and 3-4 tablespoons of warm water. By thickening and leavening, this easily substitutes eggs. 



Thursday, June 27, 2013

SECOND HELPINGS

This seems so simple yet so many still load the table down with food at every meal.  You can actually cut your calories count by about a third on average if you keep the serving dishes off the table and out of sight.  When the food is in front of us we tend to keep eating.  If the food is out of sight, most people will skip second (or more) helpings.  This information is from researchers at Cornell University.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

TOP CANCER-STOPPING FOODS

In Margaret I. Cuomo, MD's book, A World Without Cancer: The Making of a New Cure and the Real Promise of Prevention, Dr. Cuomo lists the following foods as the best foods to stop cancer:

  • Tomato Juice or Sauce (the antioxidants are more potent when the tomatoes are cooked)
  • Berries, especially blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries
  • Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Spinach, Romaine Lettuce, and other green leafy vegetables
Be sure to include these foods in your diet on a regular basis.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

WATER FOR AN ENERGY BOOST

Are you feeling sluggish in the mornings?  Try drinking a glass of cool/cold water in the morning.  The coldness is invigorating and the water helps to start your day hydrated.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

COFFEE, GOOD OR BAD FOR YOU?

It seems there is always a controversy over whether or not one should drink coffee.  My personal feeling on that is my usual mantra, "Everything in moderation."  Always remember to follow your doctor's advice about all foods and beverages.  Another warning, when loaded with creams and sugars coffee may not be such a good thing.  Having said all that, let me pass on some information from David Liebeskind, MD, associate neurology director of the UCLA Stroke Center.

Dr. Liebeskind stated, "People assume that coffee intake is bad, but that's not true at all."  His research has shown that drinking three or more cups of coffee a day reduces stroke risk by 48 percent!  And how about this statistic from the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease that found people who drank three to five cups of coffee a day had a 65 percent lower risk of developing dementia than those who drank little or no coffee.

Personally, I never drank much coffee.  However, after being diagnosed as a diabetic I did a lot of research on nutrition, foods/beverages to consume and foods/beverages not to consume.  My research kept pointing to the fact that coffee drinkers seemed to suffer less from diabetes.  I now drink about three cups of coffee every morning.  My blood sugar is very well controlled and now borders on pre-diabetes/diabetes.  I have made a lot of dietary changes so how much is attributed to coffee I can't say.  But I know I will continue drinking coffee!

I drink my coffee black and you probably should too.  Are you aware a Venti Caffe Mocha from Starbucks made with two-percent milk and whipped cream has 410 calories and 17 grams of fat?  The Center for Science in the Public Interest has called that drink "a Quarter Pounder in a cup."  By contrast a Venti of brewed Starbucks coffee has only 5 calories.


Friday, June 14, 2013

EGGS

In spite of the bad rap eggs got a few years ago, eggs are good for you.  You can be perfectly healthy eating an egg a day.  And consider this, eggs are one of the best sources of protein.  They are packed full of other nutrients as well including vitamin A, choline, and folate.  So go ahead and enjoy some eggs.  As with any other food, do not overindulge.  No matter how good for you a food is, you can overindulge with any food.


ANOTHER IMPORTANT REASON TO GET ENOUGH FIBER

If you were to add 10 grams of fiber to your diet daily you could reduce your visceral fat.  This is important because visceral fat is the most dangerous type of fat because it wraps around your body's organs.  Getting said fiber from fresh fruits and vegetables is a good idea.  Ideas: add an apple or pear to your breakfast, have fresh veggies with lunch, snack on fresh fruit and eat beans with dinner.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

THINK RED AND BLUE

Yes, you should think red and blue to sharpen your mind.  That is red for strawberries and blue for blueberries.  In the April 2012 Nurses Health Study it was found that the more strawberries and blueberries participants ate the lower their rates of memory decline.  What a tasty way to keep your mind sharp!


Sunday, June 9, 2013

BLOOD SUGAR TESTING TIP

Being a diabetic I always give a second glance to anything I see about diabetes.  I was surprised to learn recently that probably the number one mistakes diabetics make in testing their blood sugar is where they test!    I was surprised by the headline but as I continued reading, I realized this is probably true.  Okay, a show of hands here, how many of you diabetics poke your fingertip or the pad of your finger when testing your blood sugar?  Ouch, no wonder that hurts.  You are poking the most sensitive part of your finger with a thin needle! Always poke your finger over to the side where it is not so sensitive and you won't be using that spot to touch things all day long.  A simple tip but a mistake I didn't realize so many people make.  And no wonder we make that mistake.  That's how most doctors, nurses, etc show us to do it.  I know I did that the first few months and soon learned the side of the finger is better.  If you haven't learned this yet, give the side of your finger a try at your next testing!  Here is an example of how so many do it the wrong way -