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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Navigating Around A Low Carb Diet To Fit Your Needs

I find that the hardest thing to do when starting a diet is trying to decide what foods to target. You want to make sure that you get enough of the good carbs, but which ones and how much? I know you have to eat the right types of carbohydrates, but is it just a guessing game? And what about special health concerns or needs?

Some people mistakenly believe it is best to avoid all carbs and only eat from the other food groups for the entirety of their dieting life. This method is really only suggested as a means to kick-start a diet, such as the popular South Beach Diet. In this diet, avoiding all carbs is a technique to stop the sugar/carb cravings. You really shouldn’t do this longer than two weeks because your body does need carbohydrates to operate and be healthy. In most cases, eating 'good carbs' during your low carb diet is the healthiest choice.

Of course, there are exceptions to the rules and you should follow your doctor's advice first over the advice of any diet book, or me for that matter! Let's take a look at some of the issues that affect your decision to eat low carb, and what is involved in designing your personal program.

* Celiac disease requires the elimination of wheat or wheat gluten. The 'good carbs' that are reintroduced as a part of a low carb diet would need to come from 'gluten-free' sources, such as brown rice, corn, or potatoes, to name a few. The list of 'good carbs' in a low carb diet book may include whole grain bread and pasta, but for someone with this condition, it doesn't fit. This is a whole separate topic, but I wanted to cover it briefly just as a heads up to discuss this diet with your doctor before laying out any kind of low carb diet. Low carb diets and gluten-free diets can look similar, but there are definite differences.

* Diabetes is another condition that requires special attention to the amount and types of carbs eaten. A food that is high in carbs but not high in fiber will cause a spike in blood sugar levels. This spike causes the pancreas to release insulin. The insulin helps to control the sugar levels in the bloodstream. When blood sugar levels continually spike up and down, it causes damage to the body - heart and arteries included. Another reason to consult your health care professional before proceeding with any diet.

* Physically active people need carbs. Many people who start low carb diets also start a rigorous exercise program, since they most likely chose to diet to lose weight. Muscles are fueled by the carbs you eat. Your muscles will use these carbs for energy. Avoiding 'bad carbs' (simple carbohydrates), and eating 'good carbs' (complex carbohydrates), along with regular exercise, will give your muscles what they need to perform without adding to fat stores. People who are very physically active, whether on the job or at play, need more carbohydrates to maintain the health of their muscles, but they still need to eat the right kind of carbs to stay healthy. Even very active people will gain weight if they eat too many simple carbs and not enough complex carbs. For a person who needs their muscles to function well (and who doesn't!) eating only 'good carbs' is the right thing to do.

So, what are 'bad carbs' and 'good carbs?' To break it down simply, 'bad carbs' are found in refined flour and sugar products; think white bread, pastas, and sugary desserts. Those are the easiest to understand 'bad carbs.' Complex carbohydrates or the 'good carbs' may include whole grain and multi grain breads and pastas, along with long grain and brown rice, wild rice, vegetables and greens that are high in fiber, along with some fruits and berries.

However, some low carb dieters also start out by avoiding what might be considered healthier choices; foods like bananas, corn, carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, and rice, for instance. These 'good carbs' are higher in sugar content. See why it's so confusing? And that's why you need to get all the information you can, consult your health care professional, and listen to your own body when starting a low carb diet.

Put simply, just about everyone can fit a low carb diet into a healthier eating plan, once you know what to eat, what to avoid, and what carbohydrates are right for your particular case. With special health concerns or physical needs, this requires an understanding of how your body works, as well as a doctor-approved approach. Then, after all that research, there's one thing you must never forget – MOVE!

All the healthy food in the world won't help you if you don't get your heart pumping and blood circulating. Start today by selecting an easy to follow diet and exercise program and your body will thank you!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Healthy Eating: Not Just a Way to Lose Weight

Weight loss isn’t the only reason to lead a healthier lifestyle. By building healthy eating habits, you’ll be lowering your risk of heart disease and diabetes while making your body feel stronger and more alert. Many people have a naturally high metabolism and don’t need to watch their weight, but this doesn’t mean they should live off chips, cookies, and chocolate milk every day.

Heart Health

Thin people can be at risk for heart disease as well. Just because you don’t have a spare tire around your midsection doesn’t mean you shouldn’t worry about health issues such as diabetes and high cholesterol. Especially if you don’t get any exercise, healthy eating is something that should be kept in mind for people of all shapes, weights, and sizes.

Brain Food

Healthy eating habits aren’t just good for your body, they’re good for your brain as well. Eating properly will help you to be more alert while giving you increased mental and physical energy. Not only will you have a clearer mind, getting the proper nutrition will help your mood as well. Healthy eating can fight depression and will prevent you from suffering from insomnia and irregular sleep patterns.

Skin, Hair, and Nails

Being properly hydrated and getting the vitamins and minerals your body needs will help to give your skin a healthy glow and will strengthen your hair and nails. Even if eating healthy is something you do for aesthetic purposes only, your weight still isn’t the only appearance orientated factor it can affect.

Digestive System

By eating healthy and getting the proper grains and fiber, you’re ensuring your digestive system stays in proper working order. A clean digestive system will allow you to absorb nutrients properly and will lower your risks of diseases such as colon cancer.

Healthy eating affects every aspect of your body, not just your waistline. If you’re one of the naturally thinner people out there, keep in mind that fuelling your body with trans fats and refined sugars will catch up with you down the road. You may not always see the effects junk food can have on your body, but once you start practicing healthy eating habits, you’ll notice the difference and your organs will thank you later.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference for Healthy Eating

If you want to start leading a healthier lifestyle, you don’t need to do an overhaul on your whole life to see results. Even if you do plan on making drastic changes, these changes should be done slowly to give yourself time to adjust and improve your chances at long-term success. A little exercise along with some healthy eating habits can help you feel slimmer and more fit in no time.

Choose the Healthier Alternative

In the grocery store, go for the plain popcorn instead of the super drenched movie theatre butter flavor. At a restaurant, substitute your fries for a salad or change your carb loaded potatoes to a lighter vegetable. For breads and pastas, give the whole wheat types a try. Even when you just have to have your chocolate fix, try one of the darker types of chocolate that contain less sugar. Whatever you’re choosing to eat, take a moment to consider what a healthier option would be.

Portion Control

Limiting how much you eat is one of the most important tips for healthy eating. Some people can’t bear to give up their favorite foods, but cutting your portions in half still allows you to enjoy what you love with half the guilt. Getting the “100 calorie” packages of the chips and chocolates you can’t live with out will remind you how much you’re consuming so you know to stop when the package is empty.

Alcohol and Those Extra Calories

When you’re going to a social event and you want to have a few drinks with your friends, you don’t need to throw your healthy eating plan out the window. Switching to a lighter beer or drinking spirits with a low calorie mixer can reduce the amount of calories you’ll be consuming. To cut that number in half again, alternate your alcoholic beverages with a glass of water or another non-alcoholic, low calorie beverage.

Break Your Bad Habits

Pay attention to your eating habits over the course of a few days and pinpoint the times you snack the most. If you tend to blow through a bag of chips while sitting in front of the TV, stop snacking in your living room or switch your snacks to veggies and fat free dip. If you tend to binge eat after a stressful day at work, reflect on the things that have upset you and find other ways to deal with your stress.

Healthy eating habits can be learned little by little until they’ve become second nature to you. The more you learn, the less you’ll need to struggle with your eating habits. As it becomes easier you’ll be able to make more and more changes to reach your healthy eating goals.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Where to Start With Your Healthy Eating Plan

Once you’ve decided to take the first steps in healthy eating, creating a plan to guide you will help you in your efforts. Eating healthier can start with small changes at first and you can progress from there, but creating goals for yourself in advance will help you stay focused and measure your progress.

Make Realistic Goals

If losing weight is what you hope to accomplish with your new healthy eating habits, set reasonable goals for yourself in terms of how much weight you’d like to lose. For some, gaining weight, lowering cholesterol, or building muscle may be the goal. Regardless of what you’re working towards, making goals that aren’t too easy or too impossible is a great way to stay motivated.

Stay Away From Convenience Foods

Not in every case, but quite often, packaged foods that are ready to eat are much less healthy than something home cooked. Cooking healthy meals from fresh meats, vegetables, and whole grains allows you to see what you’re putting into your meal and cut down on the excess fats and sugars you don’t need. You’re also potentially cutting out quite a bit of preservatives and toxins by eating this way.

Don’t Be Afraid To Snack

Sticking to a healthy eating plan doesn’t mean you need to cut snacks out of your day. Switching up your snack choices to a healthier alternative will allow you to fulfill your cravings while helping you to feel full and satisfied all day. Have a snack alternative option ready for every different craving you have, such as sweet, salty, hot, cold, or crunchy. Eat a piece of fruit in place of a candy bar or have a handful of nuts rather than a bag of chips.

Start Slowly

Making too many drastic changes at once could be discouraging if you become overwhelmed with denying yourself all the foods you’re used to. Start by reducing your portions on your regular meals and cutting out the little things like that bag of chips you wolfed down on the way home and didn’t really taste. Once you’ve become accustomed to paying more attention to your diet, add a few more healthy eating habits in one at a time and soon you’ll notice your whole routine has changed for the better.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

An Energy Drink That's Safe and Healthy

It never ceases to amaze me when I walk into a gas station or convenience store and see the piles of energy drinks that are now on the market.

Obviously, we ALL need more energy but are these energy drinks the right way to do so?

I'm sure you know better by now.

If you want more than just a quick jolt of energy, then stimulants like caffeine will NEVER help you.

They will, in fact, work against you…

…Slowly but surely wearing down your adrenal glands and draining your energy little by little.

Pretty soon, you'll need MORE caffeine just to stay awake. That's how your body adapts to "drugs" like caffeine.

Energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster are loaded with caffeine (and sugar). So too is coffee.

Instead, try energizing your body by improving the health of your "internal environment" - a concept which our friend and holistic nutritionist - Yuri Elkaim discusses in his new and improved Eating for Energy…

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Anyways, here are 2 great energizing recipes for you,courtesy of Eating for Energy:

RECIPE #1 - Natural Gatorade

This first energy drink is Yuri's "Natural Gatorade" and is fantastic on hot days or after sweat-inducing workouts.

500 ml water (or coconut water)
1-2 tbsp maple syrup
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Juice of 1/2 lime
Pinch of sea salt

This is a surefire way to keep you going in the blistering heat or during a workout, while boosting your energy naturally.

RECIPE #2 - Green Cappuccino

Try a morning without coffee and have this green juice instead. The alkalizing minerals it provides (ie. calcium, potassium, magnesium) is one of the secrets to all-day energy.

Ingredients
• 8 leaves of kale
• 4 stalks of celery
• 1 apple
• 1⁄2 cucumber
• 1 carrot
• 1⁄2 handful of parsley
• Juice of 1 lemon

* Throw all ingredients into a juicer. Once juiced, give it a stir and enjoy!

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Arthur M.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Raw Food Diet MYTH

You may have heard from the media, friends, or the "gurus" that following a raw food diet is the  KEY to having more energy...

Yes?

Well maybe not so much.

Let me explain…

It’s true that a raw food diet will provide you with greater health, easier weight loss, and more energy…

If you eat the RIGHT foods.

The problem is that when most people venture into raw foods they end up eating far too many calorie-rich foods that actually deprive their body of energy.

If you want to feel sluggish and tired, then eat more nuts, seeds, and fatty foods–even if they’re raw...

These are the very foods you'll eat most often when following a traditional gourmet raw food book.

Don't get me wrong…

Some of those recipes are delicious but their copious amounts of nuts and seeds put your digestive system (and thus energy levels) to the test.

You know - the raw pizza, crackers, and even pates and spreads that are heavily based on nuts and seeds.

The reason that these recipes tend to drain your energy - rather than boosting it - is primarily due to the fact that they're loaded with calories.

And my good friend and holistic nutritionist Yuri Elkaim has made this very easy to understand by stating that…

"The energetic feeling you derive from foods is inversely related to the calories that they provide."

Nicely put.

Basically, the more calories you eat, the less energetic you feel. Just think about that for a minute.

Ok, moving on.

If you want more energy and think that a raw food diet will give you that energy, then you need to eat the right foods. This does not include basing most of your meals on high-fat/high-calorie foods like avocados, nuts, seeds, and oils.

In fact it has been shown that many people on traditional raw food diets are consuming 50 to 60% of their calories from fat!

That’s crazy.

So if you want to have more energy and are looking for the best foods to eat on a raw diet then remember this simple formula…

Keep it fresh, keep it simple, keep it green.

If you follow this simple formula for at least 80% of your daily food intake, then you’ll likely have much more energy in no time.

And if you want the exact step-by-step blueprint for making this happen in less than 5 days, then you'll want to get your hands on Yuri's new and improved Eating for Energy.

Chock-full of amazing (and science-backed) natural nutrition information…120 raw food recipes that take less than 10 minutes to make…and so much more!

It's already helped more than 65,000 people around the world boost their energy and health and most of these people noticed dramatic transformations in the first 5 days.

Don't believe me?

>> Watch the video on this page to see for yourself

Arthur M.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

More Victims Counted in Listeria Outbreak Linked to Ricotta

More Victims Counted in Listeria Outbreak Linked to Ricotta

Nut Butter Recall a Tragic Reminder of Missed Food Safety Deadlines ~ Newsroom ~ News from CSPI ~ Center for Science in the Public Interest

Nut Butter Recall a Tragic Reminder of Missed Food Safety Deadlines ~ Newsroom ~ News from CSPI ~ Center for Science in the Public Interest

Bleaching agent used in foamed plastics like yoga mats and shoe soles found in McDonald's McRib sandwich

Bleaching agent used in foamed plastics like yoga mats and shoe soles found in McDonald's McRib sandwich

FSIS Expands Public Health Alert for Imported Canadian Beef from XL Foods

FSIS Expands Public Health Alert for Imported Canadian Beef from XL Foods

Raw food protein bars that taste GREAT

Previously I've talked about the great protein bars from Dale's Raw Foods.  I've tried them and they taste AMAZING.

I wanted to give you a list of flavors that these come in - I've tried most of them now and haven't found a single one I didn't like:

- Vanilla Cashew
- Blueberry Macadamia
- Strawberry Banana
- Raspberry Hazelnut
- Chocolate Almond Coconut
- Chocolate Cherry
- Chocolate Chia Maca
- Goji and Greens
- Low Carb Vanilla Cashew
- Low Carb Cafe Mocha (Organic ground coffee and raw chocolate with combo of almond/cashew butter and chia seeds. Only 12g carbs, 8g fiber, and 3g sugar per bar)

And I have to say, one of the coolest things about these bars is that they're not made in some big factory...they're all hand-made using top-quality "real food" ingredients...Coconut Nectar for sweetener, Coconut Oil for texture and added health benefits, Goji Berries and Chia Seeds (powerful superfoods), Raw Cacao for its antioxidants, in addition to the pea, hemp and brown rice proteins.

The only thing to watch out for is because it has ZERO preservatives, the shelf life is a lot shorter than regular protein bars (6 to 8 weeks).

With how good these things taste, I don't think you'll have to worry about them staying uneaten that long anyway, though ;).

Grab yours here and you'll never have to worry about finding something healthy to eat when you're on the run again...

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Arthur M.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Don't go against the grain — Go whole grain - MayoClinic.com

Don't go against the grain — Go whole grain - MayoClinic.com

4 Low-Calorie Ways to Top Off Pizza

4 Low-Calorie Ways to Top Off Pizza

FSIS: Canadian Beef Recalled for E. coli Was Used for U.S. Raw Ground Beef

FSIS: Canadian Beef Recalled for E. coli Was Used for U.S. Raw Ground Beef

Peanut Butter Recall Expands

Peanut Butter Recall Expands

Should You Avoid Corn?

Should You Avoid Corn?

Do YOUR protein bar bars have these?

Protein bars...so convenient yet so full of garbage. They hold the promise of being healthy, easy and full of muscle-building protein.

But have you ever taken a few minutes to look at what's actually IN them

I think you're going to be in for a shock when you read the TRUTH about the ingredients in some of the most popular protein bars on the market right now.

Let's get right to it:...

1 - Soy Protein Isolate (SPI)
This is, unfortunately, one of the most prevalent protein sources you'll find in protein bars, especially those marketed to women. This marketing would have you believe that soy is an excellent protein source for women because of the isoflavones found in it. In reality, studies have indicated that these soy isoflavones can actually be TOXIC because of how the soy is processed (fermented soy products such as tofu are fine, just fyi).

In addition, SPI was actually considered a WASTE product in soy processing until recently, when it was discovered that money could be made by passing it off as a protein source. It's cheap and definitely NOT a high-quality protein. It should be avoided.

And the final nail in the soy coffin: GMO. A very high percentage of the soy grown in the United States is from genetically modified organisms (GMO). They don't currently have to be labeled as such but if you're buying any sort of processed food, chances are very good you're getting a GMO-sourced product.

2 - High Fructose Corn Syrup
This is an easy one to figure out...the adverse health effects of it are well documented (contrary to what the commercials from the Corn Growers Association claim - those are truly among the most annoying commercials in existence, trying to make people who question corn syrup look stupid). It's one of the WORST things you can eat and yet there are still bars that use it as a primary ingredient.

3 - Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil
Palm kernel oil is a cheap, unhealthy fat. Unlike plain palm oil, palm kernel oil can't be obtained organically. Instead, the oil must be extracted from the pit with a gasoline-like hydrocarbon solvent. The fractioned form is the most processed...if you see that in the ingredients, you should definitely avoid it.

4 - Sugar Alcohols
This includes ingredients like Maltitol Syrup, Xylitol, Sorbitol, Lactitol, Mannitol, and Erythritol. Sugar alcohols are included in bars for sweetness...especially in bars that are "carb controlled". Sugar alcohols don't impact blood sugar as much as regular sugar because they're not well absorbed in the digestive tract...and when things aren't well absorbed in the digestive tract, things happen (if you know what I mean).

In small amounts, sugar alcohols aren't a big problem, but if you start getting into the double digits of grams of sugar alcohol (and many low-carb bars are in the 20 gram range), THEN you can start to see unpleasant digestive issues.

5 - Artificial Sweeteners
I won't get into the whole debate about whether artificial sweeteners are bad for you or not and what they turn into in your body, etc. Personally, I'm of the mindset that if it's created by science, chances are good your body won't recognize it and won't be able to metabolize it into something actually good for you. Therefore, I try and stay away from artificial sweeteners as much as I possibly can. I find the actual natural flavor of real food to be pretty good :).

In Summary...
Those are the top 5 worst protein bar ingredients...and you will actually find bars that contain ALL of these ingredients in them.

The main problem I have with the vast majority of protein bars today is that at their most base level, they're deceptive. The bars are put forward as convenient, healthy alternatives to food for "on the go" people. Yet when you take a close look at the ingredients, they're actually WORSE for you than most candy bars.

Obviously money is the biggest factor...companies that use high-quality ingredients in their bars have to charge more for them in order to stay in business. Hence the brick-like slop sold in bar form that you'll find in the grocery store aisles today.

A New Breed of Protein Bar...Raw and Natural
Yep, that's right!  A protein bar made from raw, natural ingredients that's actually GOOD for you.  You can eat them when you're running around, on the go.  They're convenient and healthy.

They taste EXTREMELY good and the quality of the ingredients is outstanding. For example, here's what you'll find in the Raspberry Hazelnut bars (which are one of my favorite flavors): Organic dates, pea protein, hemp protein, rice protein, almond butter, hazelnuts, coconut nectar, dried raspberries, raw cacao, coconut oil, stevia, water.

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Arthur M.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Peanut Butter Recall Expands Beyond Trader Joe's

Peanut Butter Recall Expands Beyond Trader Joe's: Now includes peanut and almond butters sold nationwide

Gluten Free Baking made EASY!

Guar Gum...Amaranth flour...Gluten free recipe often include ingredients you've never heard of, let alone know where to find!

And even if you do find them, the muffins and cakes often have a dry taste anyway. "The EASY Way to Gluten and Dairy free Baking" solves this problem. Ann- Marie, the mother of three daughters, wanted simple recipes with ingredients she could find at her local store that tasted so good that her children would actually eat them.

After a long period of trial and error she has succeeded. And you can reap the benefits.

If you order now you will also get "The EASY Way to Sugar Free Baking" so you can indulge in the sweetness of life without a guilty conscious! Sugar-free cakes, desserts and ice-cream with no junk just good stuff - and of course dairy and gluten free too.

And FREE bonuses: "Homemade Healthy Ice Cream", and "Smoothies" with recipes chock full of fruit and berries.

But be quick-these are time limited bonuses since these books will soon be released on the market!

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

A daily dose of chocolate is shown to help prevent stroke in men

A daily dose of chocolate is shown to help prevent stroke in men

15 ideas for packing additive-free lunches

15 ideas for packing additive-free lunches

Does eating healthy mean bland and boring meals?

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Monday, September 17, 2012

The Truth About Natural Foods

The Truth About Natural Foods

Farmers: Organic study flawed - Life Extension Daily News

Farmers: Organic study flawed - Life Extension Daily News

Salt in Kids’ Diets Linked to High Blood Pressure

Salt in Kids’ Diets Linked to High Blood Pressure

Having trouble eating nutritious foods?

Having trouble eating nutritious foods?

Horseradish has been prized for its medicinal qualities for centuries.

Horseradish – The Bite That Bites Back

This is one of the most loved, or most hated, condiments on the grocery store shelves. A little dab is all it takes to turn a simple dish into a bite that will make you break out in a sweat. The taste is distinctive, and the watering eyes come with the territory. So, what makes some people crave this fire-breathing food? Let's take a closer look at the spicy condiment with the strange name.

What is it?

When we refer to horseradish, we could be referring to one of two things; the root or the condiment. The root is the basis for the condiment, but many of us would never dream of buying a horseradish root and using it as is. Even though a horseradish root looks and smells rather benign in the produce counter, when you get it home and cut into it, you'll be treated to an incredible sinus clearing, whether you wanted one or not. The horseradish is part of the mustard family, Brassicaceae, and as far as mustards go, horseradish would be on the top of the stingy scale.

Once the horseradish root is peeled and grated, it is mixed with vinegar to create the condiment we know as horseradish. The vinegar helps to not only produce a delightful texture, but it also puts the brakes on the super stingy oils that are causing your sinuses to scream. If you were going to attempt to make the condiment horseradish at home, you would want to grate the horseradish directly into a bowl of vinegar to help reduce the assault to the eyes, nose, and sinuses. You may then add spices, salt, sugar, cream, or oil to make a specialty style condiment.

History

Knowledge of the horseradish root dates back some 3000 years. Horseradish has been used for everything from an aphrodisiac to the treatment of rheumatism. You'll find it mentioned in ancient Greek cookbooks and used in Passover seder meals as a bitter herb. In German, the word for horseradish is 'meerrettich' which some say translates to 'sea radish' and others say 'large radish.' It may have mistakenly become known as 'horseradish' simply because in English the German word 'meer' was mispronounced 'mare' becoming 'mare radish' and eventually 'horse radish.' Then again, you'll find some indication that the word 'horse' was often used to describe something large, so the 'large radish' also makes sense. In America, we can credit our German immigrants not only for the name, but for bringing the horseradish to our shores sometime around the late 1800s. This hardy crop was important in German cooking and beer making.

Today, Illinois provides about 60 percent of the world's supply of horseradish. The winters are cold and the summers are long enough for this root to grow well. The horseradish is celebrated in Illinois at the International Horseradish Festival in Collinsville. The events during the festival might be challenging for many of us. With horseradish eating contests and cooking contests, this is not a festival for the timid taste buds. But, no matter how you enjoy your horseradish, how it got its name, or how it's celebrated, we have to agree that horseradish has come a long way from aphrodisiac and rheumatism; or not.

Health Benefits

Horseradish has been prized for its medicinal qualities for centuries. If you have every eaten horseradish, it should come as no surprise that horseradish has been used effectively to relieve sinus discomfort. The traditional treatment for sinusitis is to eat or drink a half teaspoonful of grated horseradish sauce twice a day. There will be a powerful feeling in the back of your head, followed by a sensation of the sinuses clearing, sometimes accompanied with sweating of the forehead and perhaps a few tears, as well. But, your sinuses will be cleared, so many say a small price to pay. Along with sinusitis, a little horseradish rubbed on the forehead is believed to relieve headaches.

It is believed that horseradish also contains antibiotic properties. This suggests that horseradish can be used to treat urinary tract infections; not only the bacteria but because horseradish stimulates the elimination of urine so that the bladder may be flushed out more often. The antibiotic properties of horseradish are also put to work to destroy bacteria in the throat to help prevent bronchitis, coughs, and related upper respiratory illnesses. Due to the stimulating effect horseradish has on the blood capillaries, it is also regarded as an aid in water retention.

Fun Fact

It would probably surprise you to know that in the US alone, it is estimated that around 12000 tons of horseradish roots are harvested yearly. That means about 5 million gallons of horseradish sauce ends up in those little jars on the grocery store shelves every year. Horseradish is still planted and harvested mostly by hand, making that 12000 tons even more astounding. Bottled horseradish was bottled and sold commercially as early as 1860, making it one of the first condiments sold as a convenience food.

How to Eat

To relish the full flavor of processed horseradish, be sure it's fresh. Color of processed horseradish in jars varies from white to creamy beige. As jarred horseradish ages, it browns and loses potency, so watch the color to know how fresh your horseradish sauce really is.

Of course, one of the best known uses for horseradish is probably as an ingredient to make cocktail sauce, typically served with shrimp. But, horseradish also adds a rich and spicy zing to sandwiches, cold cuts, or roast beef. A tiny dollop of horseradish in mashed potatoes is another winner. You don't even need to use processed horseradish sauce. You can grate a few shreds of horseradish root into many dishes to add pure horseradish flavor. Try a little in beef stew to take your old recipe up a notch or two.

You'll find the classic jar of simple prepared horseradish sauce in every grocery store, but you may also be surprised by the variety of flavored, seasoned, creamy, and herbed horseradish sauces available. Look for beet horseradish and even dehydrated horseradish. Add any of these to recipes where a bit of 'bite' works well, such as marinades for beef and pork. If you want to see horseradish used in unique ways, take a trip to Germany where you'll find horseradish schnapps and many beers with horseradish as an ingredient.

Rub it on your forehead to relieve a headache, or mix it in ketchup to dip your shrimp in. No matter how you approach this root crop, the bite will be unmistakable!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Healthy Eating Tip: Mix Ground Meat With Tofu

Healthy Eating Tip: Mix Ground Meat With Tofu

Honeydew melon is an excellent choice for both weight control and general health

The aroma of a ripe honeydew melon is unmistakable. One of the sweetest treats you'll find, this juicy melon is light, fresh, and about 99% water. What makes this pale green fruit one of our favorites? Let's take a look.

What is it?

The honeydew melon is a member of the gourd family, just like cucumbers and squash. You'll recognize it by its smooth, firm pale yellow rind and its sweet, juicy, pale green flesh. Most are round and somewhat larger than a cantaloupe, ranging in weight from four to eight pounds. The rind turns from green to white to yellow as it matures. As the honeydew ripens, its skin transforms from very hard and smooth to a velvety texture and often develops a slight stickiness as if the juice was trying to escape.

History

The name 'honeydew melon' is the American name for what is also known as 'Balian' or 'Wallace' melon. There is documentation indicating that this melon was cultivated in the warm climates of southern France and Algeria in the 15th century. Because honeydew plants need a hot dry climate to grow and produce fruit, these melons didn't make it in America until the 1800s, after areas like California and Arizona were populated and farmed.

Once the honeydew melon is introduced to the proper climate, it usually flourishes. If it gets what it needs, a hot, dry climate with plenty of sunshine, it will take off like crazy. One of the reasons is the honeydew plant produces both male and female flowers on the same vine. That means you have a plant that 'self pollinates' without any help from bees or humans intervention. You can plant your melon seeds and basically walk away. The biggest commercial producers of honeydew melon are Turkey and China, followed by California and Arizona. This hardy plant that self-pollinates and grows in hot dry climates can be a lifesaver for otherwise barren regions, which makes this fruit a big part of history around the world.

Health Benefits

Honeydew melons are not only sweet, juicy, and delicious, they are also all business when it comes to nutrients. With just one small serving of honeydew melon, you receive almost half the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C along with a healthy dose of potassium. Research indicates that honeydew melon is also a respectable source of pantothenic acid and Vitamin B6 which can help lower blood pressure and increase metabolism. Some studies also find improvement for skin disorders when honeydew melon is added to ones diet.

Even if you’re counting carbs to lose weight, honeydew melon may be one fruit to consider eating. Along with the nutritional value, honeydew melon is filled with juice, which, along with the fiber, makes you feel full. Honeydew melon is an excellent choice for both weight control and general health.

Fun Fact

Honeydew melons are at their nutritive and sweetest best when fully vine ripened. But, this fully vine ripened melon had a problem - they simply didn't ship well because they were so perishable. Once the ripe honeydew melon is picked, it starts to deteriorate quickly. The rind is delicate, and the insides are fully ripe when picked, so there's none of the 'ripen while shipping' element. Even refrigerated, the insides will start to spoil very quickly because the rinds simply are not hard and solid. But, things have changed. After some research, scientists have found a way to preserve the delicate honeydew melon without losing the vine ripened goodness. The honeydew melons are still picked ripe, but then are steeped in a solution that penetrates the rind and turns it into a more protective shield. Shelf life is increased and now more of us can enjoy the fresh juicy sweetness of this delicate fruit.

How to Eat

One thing to remember is that once a honeydew melon is picked, it won't get any sweeter. A honeydew melon sweetens totally on the vine until it is fully ripened. If it's picked at this time, it will have a high sugar content, making it super sweet and juicy. So, with this said, once you bring a honeydew melon home, there's no need to let it sit on the counter and 'ripen' like you do other produce, like avocados, for instance. Check the honeydew melon in the store before you buy to make sure it has reached its peak ripeness. If the blossom end yields to gentle pressure when pressed with your finger, it's ripe.

Honeydew melon can be enjoyed in a wide variety of dishes. You'll find it often in simple fruit salads, but honeydew melon pairs so well with mint and lime, that it begs to be part of a larger culinary adventure. Blend it for cold soups, smoothies, or sauces. You can even mix with savory ingredients and chop up into beautiful salsas to be served with fish. Remember, honeydew melon has a lot of moisture so it blends well into a lot of beverages. You can store cut honeydew melon in the refrigerator for a couple days, but I suspect once you cut into a ripe honeydew melon, there won't be any left to put away.

Friday, September 7, 2012

4 Of The Best Foods To Eat For Breakfast

4 Of The Best Foods To Eat For Breakfast

Eating Healthy Has Critical Effect On Maintaining Healthy Eyesight - Life Extension Daily News

Eating Healthy Has Critical Effect On Maintaining Healthy Eyesight - Life Extension Daily News

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Top Five Foods For Men

Top Five Foods For Men

3 Best Foods for Women

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

What messages are kids getting about nutrition? - MayoClinic.com

What messages are kids getting about nutrition? - MayoClinic.com

Health Tip: Defrost Meat Properly - MedicineNet

Health Tip: Defrost Meat Properly - MedicineNet

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Organic Foods Not Necessarily Better

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Healthy meat consumption 101 - How to distinguish good meats from bad meats

Healthy meat consumption 101 - How to distinguish good meats from bad meats

Vegan Ice Cream Made With Bananas

Vegan Ice Cream Made With Bananas

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Manna Organics Recalls Tofu and Sprouts Because of Possible Health Risks

Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Manna Organics Recalls Tofu and Sprouts Because of Possible Health Risks

Grocery Tips: Signs Of Good Produce

We all know that fruits and vegetables are essential parts of a healthy diet. The vitamins and nutrients from them helps make the body stronger and can boost the immune system. Each fruit and vegetable has its own natural properties that are beneficial. For instance, a tomato has antioxidant properties that help cleanse the body of toxins and free radicals. It is great for preventing cancer too.

You can easily find fruits and vegetables in the grocery store. But how do you choose the good ones from the bad ones? Read on for some great tips.

Tips for Finding Good Produce

Fruits

Oranges- Good oranges are firm, heavy and have a smooth texture. Do not buy oranges that are lightweight, dull, spongy, and have a rough texture.

Peaches- Good peaches are firm and plump. It should be white or yellow in color with a red blush. Do not buy peaches that are very cushiony or shriveled.

Grapes- Good grapes are tender, plump, firmly attached to the stems and have a slight amber blush (green grapes). Bad grapes are brown in color, have a wrinkled surface and brittle stems.

Apricots- Good apricots have a uniform golden color and they are firm. Do not buy apricots that have a pale yellow or greenish color. Bad apricots can be very soft or very hard.

Cherry- Good cherries have new looking stems and a smooth and shiny surface. Bad cherries have dried steams and dull surfaces.

Cantaloupe- Good cantaloupes have a delicate aroma, yellowish skin and a thick texture on the rind. Do not buy cantaloupes with a sweet and pungent aroma as well as those with a soft rind.

Watermelon- Good watermelons are symmetrical in shape and have a cream-colored underside. Do not buy watermelons with cushiony spots.

Vegetables

Broccoli- Good broccoli is firm, have closed florets and have a deep green color. Do not buy broccoli that are yellow in color, with open florets and water-soaked spots.

Asparagus- Good asparagus have closed tips and straight green stalks. Bad asparagus have open tips and the stalks are curved.

Bell Pepper- Good bell peppers have bright and glossy skin. They are firm and thick while bad bell peppers have soft spots and shriveled surfaces.

Carrots- Good carrots are firm and have a bright orange color. Bad carrots have a rough texture, soft and have green roots.

Tomato- Good tomatoes are plump, smooth and have a rich red color. Bad tomatoes look shriveled and have blemishes.

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Why Vegans Should Avoid Gummy Bears

Why Vegans Should Avoid Gummy Bears

Health Basics - What exactly is a raw food diet?

Health Basics - What exactly is a raw food diet?

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Antioxidants from food - The five best sources

Antioxidants from food - The five best sources

Cooking Healthy Food For The Heart

Home-Cooked Meals: Cooking Healthy Food For The Heart

Are you aware that what you feed your family on a daily basis affects their health? Since the family eats at home the majority of the time compared to eating at restaurants, you should be very aware of what you serve on the table. Your family’s health is in your hands and this is a huge responsibility but with knowledge, you can do it.

You can protect the heart and blood vessels by preparing less saturated fat meals. Remember, not all fats are bad. You just have to know how to identify the bad ones. The ingredients you will use and the way you cook the food will make a big difference in cooking healthy food for the heart.

Basic Things To Remember

· Less Fat- You can cut down on the fat through cooking methods like boiling, broiling, steaming, roasting, baking, grilling and microwaving food instead the usual frying. If you need to fry, use non-stick pans and a cooking spray instead of frying oil. Fats can really add flavor to the food, so what do you do if it is lessened? Opt for using seasonings and spices instead. Lemon juice is great for steamed vegetables and broiled fish. Pepper is great for chicken seasoning. Onion and garlic can boost the flavor of meat and vegetables.

· Lean Cuts- You cannot avoid meat, pork and poultry due to its protein but you can keep the cholesterol down by choosing leaner cuts. With beef, choose cuts like round, flank, sirloin, tenderloin, rib, chunk, rump roast, T-bone, porterhouse and cubed. In poultry, white breast meat is low in fat. In pork, the leaner types are pork loin, center loin chops, Canadian bacon and ham.

· Low Dairy Fat- Dairy should be part of your meals because of the calcium. However, dairy can be pretty fatty if you do not know how to choose. Instead of drinking full-cream milk, opt for fat-free skim milk or low-fat buttermilk. For yogurts, buy the low fat or fat-free ones. For cheese, parmesan and cottage cheese have less fat.

· Find Substitutes- Fatty food is definitely tastier but you can still make your food delicious by using substitutes. For instance, instead of using regular salad dressings, you can go for low-fat mayonnaise and low-fat salad dressing. Instead of plain yogurt, go for sour cream when cooking.

By knowing what to cook for your family, you can help protect them from heart diseases. In addition, if they learn to eat healthy at home, it will be easier to continue a healthy lifestyle from then on.

Friday, August 24, 2012

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Recipes for kids: Have fun with healthy eating - MayoClinic.com

Recipes for kids: Have fun with healthy eating - MayoClinic.com

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Superfoods loaded with probiotics deliver a variety of flavors and span seven food groups

Superfoods loaded with probiotics deliver a variety of flavors and span seven food groups

How You’re Poisoning Your Body With The Wrong Foods

Everywhere you look, there are processed foods. From restaurants to fast foods joints to the supermarket, processed foods are abundant. And, these foods are a major contributor to our overweight tendencies and unhealthy lifestyles. However, there is a way to overcome the poisoning of our systems: the Paleo Diet. The Paleo Diet aims to remove all these unnatural things from our diet and live as our ancestors lived thousands of years ago. By understanding a few basic tenets of the Paleo Diet, you can lose weight and feel great, without starving yourself or over-exercising.

Poison #1: Additives
Additives are abundant. They’re meant to preserve food and make them taste better, but in fact additives are destroying your ability to maintain a healthy weight. Additives cannot be properly digested by our bodies. And, because they cannot be properly digested, they waste valuable resources… resources that should be used by our bodies on digesting real foods and ridding the body of fats. So, instead of grabbing a handful of chips and their multitude of additives, have some healthy finger foods like carrots to ensure that you don’t waste precious bodily resources.

Posion #2: Grains
Over the course of human history, grains weren’t that abundant. It wasn’t until we really began using agriculture on a large scale that we were able to successfully add grains into our diet. However, these grains are very difficult for the body to digest. And, just like with additives, if it’s hard to digest than it’s taking valuable resources away from the core functions of your body. Instead of grains, you can have vegetable pastas, and instead of rice you can use sweet potatoes to create healthy meals free of the useless filler that is a grain.

Poison #3: Sugar
Pure sugar wasn’t really consumed on a wide scale until the modern age. And, while sugar is important to our body functions, we do not need sugar as much as we consume it. And, the pure sugar that we find in the store is processed and difficult to digest. Instead of using a sweetener in your coffee or tea, try drinking it straight. If you cannot stand your coffee or tea without a sweetener, you can substitute it for fruit juice. At least the fruit juice has other valuable nutrients to ensure a properly working digestive system – instead of introducing items into the body that are difficult for it to use.

All in all, it’s absolutely imperative that we only introduce foods into our systems that create an environment of health. By totally getting rid of additives from our diet, our digestive systems will be able to totally focus on using the correct nutrients and increasing the metabolism. Reducing the grains in our diet will do the same thing, and reduce the amount of weight put on our bodies on a daily basis. And, by reducing the sugar intake to sugars only found in natural foods, you’re ensuring health for years to come. These simple basic tenets will not only help you to live a happier, healthier lifestyle, but also reduce your waistline and prevent the weight from ever returning again.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Can You Start The The Vegetarian Lifestyle Without Support (Knowledge)

Have you considered launching a life into vegetarianism? With the percentage of vegetarians continues to increase worldwide, with more people becoming concerned about how the consumption of meat impacts their lives and the planet. If you're considering a vegetarian lifestyle, then it's crucial that you have as much pertinent information as possible. Here are some of the main reasons:

1. Misconceptions

People often have various misconceptions about vegetarianism, causing them to hesitate their starting of it. It's boring. It makes meal preparation difficult. It's about salads and salads only. Such misconceptions can seem true if we're unable to distinguish fact from fiction before deciding whether or not to start a vegetarianism lifestyle.

Fortunately, there's exponentially more factual information available today about vegetarianism than there was in the past. As a word of caution it's important to get information that's as unbiased as possible, to help you make the best decision about whether or not to start a life as a vegetarian. Who knows? After doing some reading you might decide not to start a vegetarianism lifestyle. What's important is to have the information needed to make an informed decision.

2. Motivation

Making significant changes to our day to day meals can be challenging, and even frightening. On the other hand, having the right information about vegetarianism can provide us with the motivation we need to start our journey. This could involve the number of vegetarians worldwide, the health and environmental benefits of vegetarianism, and so on. Maintaining a vegetarian lifestyle isn't necessarily easy, and can actually be quite challenging.

However, starting it is oftentimes the most challenging first step that you'll need to take. Having enough information can motivate you to take that first step. While maintaining a vegetarian lifestyle is a different story, it can be somewhat academic after we decide that that's the lifestyle we want to maintain.

3. Sustainability

Interestingly, how long we maintain a vegetarianism lifestyle has a lot to do with how we start it. More specifically, by securing enough information about being a vegetarian when we're considering such a lifestyle will help us to sustain it in the future. Like any other major dietary change that we start, sometimes maintaining it can be challenging as time passes. That's also true for those who start a vegetarian lifestyle. However, having enough information when we're starting our life as a vegetarian can certainly help us to maintain it for months, years and decades.

4. Appeal

In particular, we might be hesitant to start a vegetarian lifestyle because it seems like a dull way to live. Eating plant-based foods all the time might not seem too exciting. In fact, there are tons of tasty vegetarian recipes available. However, how can we prepare meals that we're unfamiliar with? Learning about all the ingredients and preparation that vegetarianism dishes can involve can certainly make them more palatable. Keep in mind that starting a vegetarianism lifestyle typically means that you'll be eating three non-meat meals daily. That's almost 1,100 meals per year!

A great course that is designed for people who are ready to become vegetarians is called The Vegetarian's Beginner's Guide 30 Day Course. This course is great for anyone seriously interested in transitioning into a vegetarian and it provides the information, education and support needed to become a savvy vegetarian and lead a successful vegetarian lifestyle