Saturday, August 30, 2014

TOMATOES AND CANCER

Tomatoes are good for us in so many ways but one important thing about tomatoes is the antioxidant lycopene.. Studies have shown that because of lycopene tomatoes may block cancer by, among other things, stopping malignant cells from myltiplying and by causing them to destroy themselves. An important note about lycopene is that while tomatoes are healthy in any form, cooked tomato products, ie tomato sauce, make lycopene more easily available to the body.


Friday, August 29, 2014

EXTRA VANILLA WITH SUGAR SUBSTITUTES

If you are diabetic and do not have satifactory results when baking with sugar substitutes you might want to try the following tip. Since flavors can sometimes be a little flat with sugar substitutes, try adding a teaspoon (over what the recipe calls for) of vanilla extract for each 1 cup of sugar substitute. Personally, I always go a little heavy on the vanilla extract and on ground cinnamon. Both enhance the flavors and cinnamon is an excellent blood sugar stabilizer.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

PROTEIN AS A BUILDING AND REPAIR TOOL

Protein is an important part of the diet and one of the main reasons is that protein helps to build and repair our body tissues. Be sure you are getting an adequate amount of protein in your diet. Following is a partial list of protein-rich foods:

  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Dairy Products
  • Eggs
  • Beans
  • Nuts
That list is probably not intimidating to most of you, in fact you are probably thinking that is a pretty tasty list. For me it is a challenge. I don't really like meat but can eat a little. I never allow poultry in my mouth, hate fish, don't drink milk although I do love cheese, and I can stomach a scrambled or deviled egg once in awhile. I do enjoy beans and nuts. I know you don't care about my likes and dislikes but I am telling you this to say I spent over 60 years of my life avoiding those foods. I am convinced that has played a roll in my being diagnosed with diabetes in my 60s. Don't be like me, eat your protein!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MOOD-BOOSTING FLOWERS

Did you know research has shown it is to your benefit to pick up some flowers when you are shopping or pick some for the inside from your outside garden? That's right, research has shown that people who have fresh flowers in their homes feel happier and more energetic. Treat yourself, a friend or a loved one to a pretty bouquet.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Benefits of Fresh Crab Meat

Did you know that fresh crab meat offers a high-quality protein with minimal saturated fat? It is also a good source of calcium and various other minerals. If you like seafood, take advantage of healthy crabmeat.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ONE MORE REASON TO EAT YOUR BROCCOLI

Broccoli, along with other cruciferous vegetables, are loaded with sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is a cancer-fighting substance so potent researchers are testing it as a drug. According to Trygve O. Tollefsbol, a professor in the biology department of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, sulforaphane is delivered to almost every tissue in the body. Sounds to me like we should all be eating plenty of broccoli.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

HANDLING LOW BLOOD SUGAR

If you need a quick solution to low blood sugar, one of the favorite tricks of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is a glass of milk. 

Milk contains lactose that's broken down into glucose (sugar). It also has fat and protein in it to slow down the rise in your blood sugar and keep it steady over time. For this reason, milk is a better solution than juice or glucose tablets. 

Fat-free and reduced-fat milk have the same amount of lactose. Other studies have found that a small amount of ice cream will work as well. 

If you don't like milk or don't buy it regularly to have on hand, you might also consider graham crackers, which are easily stored in the pantry or in your glove compartment. 

The ADA recommends that you avoid high-fat treatments, such as candy bars, because they aren't absorbed as quickly, may lead to very high blood sugar levels in the hours after you eat them and can contribute to weight gain. 


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

FOODS WITH RESVERATROL CAN HELP FIGHT CANCER

Red grapes are probably the best known foods that contain resveratrol although it is also found in peanuts, cranberries, and blueberries. Resveratrol is known to inhibit cancer-cell growth and to cause cancer cells to self-destruct. Resveratrol, according to recent findings, remains effective and maybe even more powerful after it has been metabolized by the body. Give yourself some tasty cancer protection by enjoying some red grapes, blueberries, cranberries, and peanuts. Surely there is at least one of those you enjoy eating!


Monday, August 11, 2014

SLOW DOWN AND ENJOY YOUR FOODS

We live in a fast-paced society that tends to make us rush through everything including our meals. That is a bad idea! We should eat slowly and savor our food. When you eat slowly, you eat slower portions. That is good for weight control and our health. Scientific studies have show that we are influenced by our friends and family's eating habits. Be the one in your group to influence others. Eat meals in a casual, non-rushed atmosphere and speak up to eat in healthy restaurants or prepare healthy meals at home. Once you have ruined your health, it is almost impossible to get it back!


Saturday, August 9, 2014

DARK LEAFY GREENS CAN PROTECT SKIN FROM SUN'S DAMAGING RAYS

Dark leafy greens are very good for you for a variety of reasons. Today we focus on cancer protection, especially from the sun's harmful rays and later skin cancer.These greens are rich in antioxidants called carotenoids, which in laboratory studies have shown to inhibit the growth of several cancer cells, ie - skinm, mentioned above, but also lung, stomach, and some breast cancers. If dark leafy greens aren't currently in your diet you definitely need to be adding them. Examples, spinach, kale, romaine and arugula lettuces.




Friday, August 8, 2014

BEANS AND LENTILS FIGHT CANCER

As a diabetic I eat lots of beans. They are one of the best foods to keep my blood sugar under control. But beans and lentils are also good cancer fighters. These tasty little morsels are loaded with fiber, phytochemicals, antioxidants, and folate. Soybeans contain genistein, a powerful compound scientists are studying as a possible treatment for prostate, lung and colorectal cancer. If beans aren't currently an important part of your diet I would suggest adding them.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

MORE REASONS TO EAT NUTS

Once again another study touts the positive affects of eating nuts. A recent Harvard University study showing that a serving of approximately a handful of nuts a day helps ward off deaths from both cancer and heart disease.  Ying Bao, an epidemiologist who led the study, stated, "People who ate a serving of nuts five or more times a week saw an 11% reduction in deaths due to cancer".