Posts tagged ‘healthy eating’

April 17, 2012

inflammation nation

Please read this interesting article by Dr. Dwight Lundell about what really causes heart disease.  Until fairly recently, the medical community has attributed the causes (for most) of heart disease to high cholesterol & saturated fats where one would be prescribed drugs & a low-fat diet.  Dr. Lundell states, in a nut shell, that the main cause is inflammation of the arteries which causes cholesterol to not move freely throughout the body, therefore creating plaque build-up on the artery wall.

Lots of things can cause inflammation – stress, environmental toxins, bodily reactions to internal imbalances due to allergies, injury, bacteria, virus, &/or fungus (oh my), or diet & lifestyle.

Points to remember:

  • cells can only hold a certain amount of sugar
  • extra sugar attaches to certain proteins which then act as “sandpaper” to the blood vessel wall causing…inflammation
  • consuming processed foods with overloads of omega-6 fats (soybean, corn, sunflower oils) create an imbalance with omega-3 fats within cells which create…inflammation
  • excess weight causes overloaded fat cells to secrete pro-inflammatory chemicals

Well.  How about we experiment in reducing inflammation?  Here’s the game plan:

  • return foods to their natural state
  • say no to processed foods, no to stress
  • yes to butter (preferably from grass-fed cows) & olive oil
  • yes to fruits & veggies
  • yes to moderation, healthy body weight, exercise, water

“Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.”  ~Redd Foxx

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March 5, 2012

kale chips

No joke!  Hubbie & I, plus one kiddo ate an entire bunch of KALE!

Cut leaves off stems, tear into chip size bites, wash, dry with paper towels or use salad spinner.

Heat oven to 350 degrees, spread kale onto baking sheet (parchment paper optional).

Spray or drizzle (douse?) with olive oil.  Sprinkle kosher salt all over leaves.  Bake for 10-15 minutes, until edges are a tad brown.

A good for you $2 appetizer!  Thanks for the recipe, Susan!!  Click here for more kale recipes.

Hillbilly Warning:  kale bits tent to lodge in teeth…seek mirror or trusted friend after eating!

 

February 28, 2012

marvelous metabolism

A bodily process we need to survive…& the better it works, the better we feel & operate.  A few key functions:

  • converts the food we eat into energy for thinking, moving, growing
  • a complicated collection of chemical reactions taking place in cells all throughout the body, all the time
  • two-fold process – building up energy stores & breaking down energy stores to use as fuel

Many aspects of our bodies & lives effect metabolism:  endocrine system, genes, health problems or disease, health state, calorie intake & source

What can we do to encourage a healthier metabolism?  Read the article:  20 Ways to Speed Up Your Metabolism

Top 5 (in my opinion):

  1. keep hydrated with water
  2. destress yourself (cortisol is evil!)
  3. get consistent good nights of sleep
  4. exercise, including weight-bearing
  5. enjoy a real food balanced diet & eat when hungry

“Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.”  ~ Winston Churchill

November 3, 2011

pico rescue

Yesterday, 5:23 pm, the dinner menu remained a mystery…  Upon searching through appliances & cabinets, I found frozen sliced pork tenderloin, taco shells, & ingredients for what I suspected would make pico de gallo. 

  • tomatoes
  • onion
  • jalapenos
  • avocado
  • lime juice, salt & pepper

Can you believe how easy?  Plus, it’s a flexible recipe.  Emeril Lagasse’s does not have avocado but does include garlic & cilantro.

The pico saved the boring pork!

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