Friday, June 9, 2017

A Pot Roast

After me dealing with a tooth extraction and my sweetheart of 6 years going through some extensive care and tests at the hospital, I am back. You know you can't eat anything worth eating after a tooth has come out. I'd say it's a good way to lose weight but that would be a big lie. I was so hungry for REAL FOOD and also keeping in mind I needed to eat healthy.

Here is one of my favorite recipes. I don't eat much beef anymore but sometimes you just gotta have a little taste. This is a Crock Pot recipe and I love it. 

I hope all of you are staying cool but most importantly, healthy. It's no fun being sick. Trust me.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Drink Water

There's nothing like going on vacation and falling off the wagon big time. I won't go into all that but will say that it is time for me to get back on that wagon and start eating healthy again. How about you? What do you do to motivate yourself after a big fall?

Today I want to talk about  WATER.

I have never been a water drinker. And, anything I drink, I sip. It takes me all morning to just down a glass of juice or tea or whatever. Sip, wait awhile, sip again. I must learn to take bigger sips if I am going to get my fluid intake for the day.

We don't drink enough and when we don't we can get into a lot of trouble. My husband went to an outdoor concert (in the summertime) and passed out from heat stroke. He was dehydrated.

Not getting enough water can cause you to fall which could result in fractures. It affects your heart, can lead to bladder and colon cancer, make you constipated, give you dry eyes and cataracts. It can lead to kidney stones and affect your immune system. You become tired, don't think well and it lowers your alertness.

I remember the nurses telling me during chemo treatments to drink a lot of water before I came in for treatment so that my veins would plump up and they could find my veins better. Water improves your blood flow, too.

It also affects your brain. Did you know that your brain is made up of 75% water?  And, if you don't drink enough the brain can actually shrink!

So, why do people not drink enough? Some are like me, sippers. A lot of folks aren't active so they don't feel the need for water. Some people just don't like the taste of water.

Water can be boring!! Let's face it. This is where you get inventive. Add things to the water to make it more enticing. How about frozen strawberries to cool it down, those power juice concentrates could make it taste better, add mint leaves, cucumber slices, slices of orange or lemon. But, watch the sugar intake. Stevia is by far the better sweetener or raw honey if you like.

These days it is recommended that we drink at 5 glasses of water or more a day and remember that we get water by eating more fruits and vegetables.

Tap water is better for you. Bottled water may have more chemicals in it than tap water.

I think I will go in the kitchen and get me a glass of water. 

 Oh, and add some fruit and ice.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Beautiful Beets Makes Your Heart BEAT!

                       We all are interested in keeping our blood pressure at a healthy level.

 Dr. M. Greger states in his book "How Not To Die" that a study was done on persons with high blood pressure. One group was given a cup of beet juice daily for four weeks, while the other group was given a placebo. In those who drank the beet juice, the systolic blood pressure went down by about 8 points and continued to drop as time went on. 

I know, you are thinking 'BEET JUICE'. Gross. But, finding canned juice is difficult. Eating a 15 oz. can of beets would equal the same dose of nitrates as the juice would. 

Nitrates, you ask. Yes, Nitric Oxide tells the cell lining in your arteries to "Calm down, Relax, Enjoy" so that they open up and allows more blood to flow. Remember hearing about people who are having chest pains taking nitroglycerin pills?  Works in a similiar way. 

                                     A LIST OF THE TEN TOP VEGETABLES WHICH HAS NITRATES

10. Beets                                                                             5. Mesclum greens
9. Swiss Chard                                                                    4. Butter leaf lettuce
8. Oak Leaf Lettuce                                                            3. Cilantro
7. Beet Greens                                                                    2. Rhubarb
6. Basil                                                                                1. Arugula

I already knew that the darker the vegetable was, the better it was for you. So, I bought some beets at the market. I love beet pickles and have eaten them for years but cooking beets was new to me. 

* I got the beets out of the fridge, washed them, peeled them and sliced them. 

* I put them on a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet. 

* I sprinkled them with a small amount of olive oil and some dried thyme leaves. I added some salt. 

* And, into the oven they went. 425 degrees for about 30 minutes until they were tender. YUM.