Thursday, November 2, 2017

Closing down

Many changes in my life. I hate it when that happens.

So, I will be closing this site down in order to devote my time and energy to my regular blog Living Life On Main Street.

Thank you for visiting and making my efforts worthwhile. See you over on the other site. Love you

Friday, October 6, 2017

Corn Chowder

I'd been sick but was finally feeling well enough to get into the kitchen and make me something to eat. What would that be? I just felt like soup would fit the bill. So, I pulled some things out of the fridge and it all ended up being CORN CHOWDER. I made me some cornbread muffins to go with it. 


                                                 Here's the recipe I came up with.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Back On Track.

I really hit a slump in my 'healthy eating' schedule and there went the blog, by the wayside. But, after a bout with a tummy virus and some infectious issues with said tummy, I knew I'd better get off my duff and get busy again.

So, out came the 'good' recipes. I chose which ones I wanted to use, made my grocery list and then had a real buying frenzy at my favorite grocer. Lots of fruit, lots of veggies. I think I should be able to get back on track again really soon.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Tomatoes

There is nothing better than a home-ripened tomato, right? I could eat them right off the vine, with a sprinkle of salt, of course. 

Whenever we make a salad we always chop up tomatoes to add to it. And, when we go to that salad bar... tomatoes are one of the things we chose. 


                                            But, let's think about what tomatoes do health-wise. 

Experts suggest that if we eat some form of tomato (be it fresh, tomato ketchup, tomato juice) every single day we might have half the amount of depression that someone who does not eat tomatoes but once a week will have. That's something to think about.

But, eating a lot of tomatoes are hard on my tummy. I already have too much acid down there as it is and tomatoes are very acidy. I am just wondering how I might counteract that acid so I could eat more tomatoes. Anyone with an idea?

In Dr. Michael Gregor's book 'How Not To Die' he talks about making a 'cancer-fighting salad'. Hmm. Sounds interesting. I love salads and I always add tomatoes. Spinach is the best bet for selecting your greens. Then you definately need to add some type of bean, berry and nut. What else would you add?

Of all those things piled up on that salad bar... which will you choose?

Go for the other green.... hopefully cabbage, kale or brussels sprouts. And, then dash on a spoonful of onion (green, sliced, whatever). Now you have a cancer fighting salad.

Well, where are your tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers?  Best to leave them behind. If I added one other thing to my salad it would be tomatoes, for that depression fighting effect. 


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Fruit Salad

Oh yum...

And so healthy....

I had some fruit and wondered what to do with them. I knew I couldn't eat it all before they spoiled so I decided to make fruit salad. 

                                                     You can use any combination of fruit. 

                                                                Cut into bite size pieces.

                                     Add about 1/2 carton of Activia (or other) yogurt. 

                                                                Stir until fruit is coated.

                                                                                     Enjoy



          Mine was a combo of watermelon, grapes, blueberries, canned pineapple and banana.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Honey Lemon Carrots

I had some carrots in the fridge. I knew it was time to eat them or just toss them out. So, I made some Honey Lemon Carrots. They were quite tasty. I'll be making them again. It's one of Paula Deen's recipes. Wish she was still on one of the cooking networks. I miss her.

Everybody's heard of how good carrots are for you. They even say that they are good for your eyes but that's a myth. Most veggies are better for you when eaten raw but not carrots. Did you know that you end up with 6 times more vitamin A in your bloodstream from cooked carrots than raw ones? Amazing. Besides, they are easier to chew! 

I want to share my recipe with you. I hope you will try it. I use raw honey and low-fat margarine to make it even more healthy. 



I'm not much of a food photographer... So just excuse this tacky picture but, at least, I tried. 




Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Farmer's Market

Have you been visiting your local farmer's market? If not.... then shame on you.

Not only would you be buying the freshest fruits and vegetables (which are so healthy for you) but you are also helping your farmer neighbor maintain his livelihood. 

So, why don't you mosey on down to the nearest one and stock up on all those wonderful, tasty foods. There is nothing better to eat and nothing better for you.


What is your favorite thing to purchase? I personally love the red, ripe tomatoes right off the vine! And, then I make me a tomato and mayo sandwich. 



I love the early spring onions, fresh squash and I always check out the little booths filled with jars of jams and jellies. It's better than opening packages on Christmas morning.... well, nearly, anyway.



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Healthy Eating Establishments

So much has happened since I last posted. I am sorry for not keeping this blog more up-to-date but perhaps that is in the near future. 

First of all, my companion of the past five years, got terribly sick. Then he passed away just before Father's Day (and his 87th birthday). So many emotions, not able to think and so when I had the opportunity to go to New York to stay with my daughter and her family for a visit, I did just that.

I am home now. Ready to get back on track. I gained a little during all of that.. emotional eating. We tend to do that, don't we? It's time to start eating healthy again. 




I did have this amazing HEALTHY BOWL meal while I was in Rye. Daughter Susan and I had lunch at Dig Inn. Stark setting, a buffet line... but everything looked so good. These are the things I chose to have served in my bowl..



                                                           Roasted chicken
                                                    Roasted sweet potato wedges
                                                             Mixed greens
                                                                 Quinoa
                                                     and a half of an avocado.

It was wonderful. And, the best thing was, I felt like it all was so good for me. I wish we had a Dig Inn near me!! 

Do you have a favorite healthy eating establishment that you frequent... if so, tell us about it.

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. 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Quinoa-Sweet Potato Salad

My, oh my.... what to fix for dinner? I was hungry for some quinoa and so I grabbed a bag of it out of the pantry, also a small sweet potato and I was in business.



Here are my ingredients for 2 servings: (a gals gotta have left-overs, right?)

                                                     Quinoa-Sweet Potato Salad

1/4 cup quinoa
2 green onions, sliced
2 T. sesame seeds, toasted  ( or you could use a small amount of pecans)
1/4 cup dried cranberries (or you could use raisins)
1 very small sweet potato (or 1/2 medium)

Dressing:
In a small bowl pour in 1/2 T. olive oil, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar,1/2 tsp honey, sprinkle of salt and pepper, 1/8 tsp. cumin and 1/8 tsp cinnamon.

Cook quinoa in 1/2 cup water according to directions. Let cool

While oven in preheating to 400 degrees, peel sweet potato, cut into cubes and toss with olive oil just to lightly coat.  Then bake for 25 minutes.

Put sesame seeds in a small non-stick pan and toast to light brown over medium heat. Watch carefully. These add such a nice nutty flavor to the salad.

Place all ingredients in bowl, stir in dressing. Enjoy

Friday, April 7, 2017

Baking Powder

I never would have thought of that. 

                                     Baking powder going bad? 

                                                                       Who knew. 

                                                                                  Now we all can know. 


Friday, March 31, 2017

Vitamin D

It's dark and dreary out there today. Not a speck of Vitamin D floating around in the sunshine, 'cause there isn't any!! We don't get enough Vitamin D as it is and now with the rain coming down, there is none. Guess it's supplement time today.


* I am not promoting this particular brand.


The Institute of Medicine recommends we get a minimum of 800 IUs of Vitamin D per day (it's 600 for all you young chicks under 70). I've never been a sun-lover. I love being in the house and I surely don't get what I need of the sunshine vitamin. If you are over 60 your skin just doesn't convert the UV rays into Vitamin D so you really have to work at it to get enough.

Here's some tips to help out in that department

1. Choose a cereal that is fortified with Vitamin D.

2. Milk is fortified with Vitamin D so add that to your cereal to get more of the good stuff. But, no fair trying to lap up vitamin D in your ice cream. Won't work... stick with the milk.



3. Eat fish. Sockeye salmon is best. Trout, mackerel and tuna also provide Vitamin D.


4. Canned tuna or sardines can be a substitute for fresh fish. It's an inexpensive alternative and can be kept on a shelf for long periods of time... stock up on those and use them!.

5. Get at least 20 minutes of sunshine a day without sunscreen.



6. If you take vitamin D. supplements be sure to not exceed your total intake for a day which is 4000 IUs. The excess over that amount can be stored in your fat and cause toxic buildup.

7. You can't sit in front of a window (or hope to get Vitamin D while you are driving) for glass blocks 100% of the UV rays that would convert into Vitamin D. It won't work. You gotta get out in it.

8. UVB rays are the most potent in mid-day (right when it's hottest UGH) but that's when you need to be soaking up the rays!

So, go sit in the sun... unless you have a rainy, yucky day like I do today. Then be sure to take your supplements.

Info came from "How Not To Die" by Dr. Michael Greggor and from http://lifeimagined.aarp.org

Thursday, March 23, 2017

My Tangy, Zippy Chicken Dinner

Dinner last night was sooooo good. And, so easy. I thought you might like to try it yourself. 




                                    First of all I made my Lime Oregano Chicken (recipe for 1)

1 piece boneless chicken breast (skinless)                           
2  1/2 tsp. lime juice (you could use lemon)
1  1/2 tsp. olive oil                                                                1/4 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp. oregano                                                                     salt and pepper
and if you like a little spice.... a small sprinkle of red pepper flakes

Stir the ingredients together. Pour over chicken and let it marinate for half an hour or longer if you like.  Place in oven and bake for 25 min. in a 375 degree oven or until tender.

While the chicken was cooking I cooked enough quinoa for just one serving. 
Closer to time chicken was done, I popped a 'steam in bag'  Southwestern blend of veggies (corn, black beans, peppers and onions) into the microwave. Done in 3 1/2 minutes.

I plated my food, sliced 1/2 avocado and place it on the side of my food. Added a few green olives ... for a bit of zip.... and drizzled the entire dinner with lime juice. 

                                                                    Oh My.... 

            11 grams of fat total, only 1 gram of saturated fat! - 467 calories -  1 gram of sugar

                    Talk about eating healthy.  I just gave myself a pat on the back, you all.  

Sunday, March 19, 2017

An Apple A Day

                       Did you know that the thing most lacking in our diet is fruits? 

Yes, I know. The old adage "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" is an old wives tale. NOT 

Here are ten fruit tips that will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and you live longer.

1. Instead of drinking fruit juice, eat the fruit itself instead. 

2. You need 3 (three) servings of fruit daily. 1 piece of fruit or 1 cup of cut-up fruit or 1/4 cup dried fruit. 



3. Tart cherries are so anti-inflamatory they can be used to treat gout.



4. If you can't get fresh fruit use frozen instead. 

5. Berries are the healthiest fruit. Blackberries are at the top of the list.



6. In a study done on 100,000 people those who ate berries regularly appeared less likely to die of cardiovascular disease. Daily you should get 1 serving of 1/2 cup fresh or frozen or 1/4 cup dried.

7. Eating a dozen dried apple rings per day may drop your LDL as much as 16% in 3 months time.

8. Eating 2 kiwis an hour before bedtime appears to improve your sleep and make it easier to fall asleep.

9. Get fruits by adding them to your smoothies.

10. The darker the color a fruit is, the more anti-oxidants they have and the more healthier they are. 

So, stock up on fruit and eat some every day. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Chicken/Hominy Stir-fry.

Oh my goodness, folks. I did another stir-fry the other night and it definately will be made over and over again in my kitchen. You really should try it.

I found it in the Eating Well magazine, the Jan-Feb. issue. I was fascinated by the fact that it used hominy. I remember eating hominy back a kazillion years ago but I really hadn't given it a thought in recent years. The Mexican's use it in their soup posole. 

Okay, count me a fan. 
     


                                Chicken with Bell Pepper and Hominy Stir-Fry

            1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch pieces
                        2 tsp. canola oil            
                        3 tsp. ground cumin, divided
                        1/2 tsp. salt, divided     
                        1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
                        2 med. red bell peppers, chopped      
                        2 cups sliced carrots   
                        1 1/2 cups chopped red onion            
                        3 T. water
                        2 cups rinsed hominy                         
                        2 cloves garlic, minced
                        1  4 oz. can diced green chiles           
                        2 T. lime juice
                        1 firm ripe avocado, diced

Heat oil in large skillet over med-high heat. Add chicken and sprinkle with 1 tsp. cumin and 1/4 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is just cooked through, 5-7 min.
Transfer to a bowl and toss with cilantro. Cover to keep warm.

Add bell peppers, carrots, onion, water and the remaining 1/4 tsp. salt to the pan. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are crisp-tender. Stir in hominy, garlic and the remaining 2 tsp. cumin. Cook, stirring for 1 minute. Stir in green chiles and lime juice and cook for 1 minute more.

Serve the chicken over the hominy mixture. Top with avocado.
              
             Serves 4.

             Calories: 415
             Fat: 15 gram (saturated 0)
             Cholesterol: 103 MG            
             Carbs: 34 G
             Protein: 37 G
             Fiber: 10 G

Tip: I don't use enough of some of the ingredients so I substituted the following: I didn't use quite as much onion (that's just my taste) - I used dried cilantro instead of fresh and I used minced garlic from a jar instead of fresh. Yummy.                                                    


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Chicken and Broccoli

I tried another recipe, tweaking it to suit my taste. My recipes come mostly from Slender Kitchen and from Allrecipe magazine. And, I try each one before I turn them loose on you. (grin) 

Last night I had Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry. (recipe at bottom of page). I eat quite a bit of broccoli, always have. So, I thought I'd see what Dr. Greger had to say about the advantages of eating broccoli. There was a section on broccoli and cancer but I was more interested in other aspects. 

And, under broccoli, Dr. Greger starts talking about our intestines, specifically the lining. What? But, he says that we have about 2,000 sq. ft of intestine lining and it's extremely thin because nutrients must be absorbed through that thin material. 

We have a white blood cell that serves two functions: They condition and repair that lining and is our first line against pathogens. These cells (and I know you wouldn't remember the name, even if I told you) but they are activated by receptors. For a long time, researchers could not figure out how that worked. And... then.... ta da.... it is something in broccoli. Who knew? 

Broccoli and other cruciferous veggies protect us not only against the pathogens found in food but also against polluntants in the environment.  So, bring on the broccoli!! 

And, that said.. here is the recipe. 




                                                      Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

                             1 T. flour                                                          1/8 tsp salt
                             1/2 lb chicken, cut into strips                        3/4 Tsp. vegetable oil
                             1/3 cup chicken broth                                    2 cups broccoli florets
                             1/4 tsp ground ginger                                     3/4 tsp minced garlic
                             1/2 red pepper, cut in strips                            1/4 cup onion, cut in strips
                              1 T. low-sodium soy sauce                            1 tsp. cornstarch

                            Toss together the chicken, salt and four.
                            Heat the vegetable oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. 
                            Add the chicken and cook for about 4-6 min. until browned and cooked through.
                            Set aside.
                            Add 1/2 of the chicken broth to the pan. 
                            Add broccoli, onion and pepper and cook until just tender.
                            Stir together soy sauce, remaining chicken broth and remaining cornstarch. 
                            Add together soy sauce, remaining broth and cornstarch. 
                            Add to pan and cook for 2-3 min. until sauce begins to thicken.
                           Add chicken to skillet and cook for 1 minute.



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Fiber

I have fiber on my mind this morning. It's been late in life, after my colon cancer, that I have found out how important fiber is to our well-being.

I'm getting graphic here... sorry but necessary. I have struggled with constipation all my life and noone ever told me what to do about it. I strongly believe that my cancer came about because of things not passing through my body in a normal fashion. Just my take on it.

I had the whole nine-yards... the endoscopy, the colonoscopy, x-rays, ct scans, the works and they found that I had a small hiatal hernia and diverticulosis. I also have been taking medicine for acid reflux for years!! And, boy, I suffer if I miss a dosage.


Now, I am learning how important fiber is and I am doing something about it. Did you know that only 3 % of Americans get a minimum intake of fiber per day? And, did you know that people who eat a plant-based diet seldom have the problems that arise from lack of fiber (constipation, hiatal hernia, acid reflux, cancer and hemorrhoids, varicose veins etc).

                       There are two kinds of fiber - 
Soluble, which helps lower cholesterol and blood glucose.
Insoluble which helps with the bathroom issue!! 
Plus, fiber regulates and slows digestion so it makes you feel full. Hence, you eat less (hopefully)



Women need 25 grams of fiber per day (21 grams if you are over 50 years of age, of which I am)

Where do we find fiber? In beans, fruits, grains, leafy veggies and you can also take fiber in over the counter medication. I tend to love the fiber gummies!




                                                     Here are some amounts per cup.

                                                           1. Split Peas.............16.3
                                                           2. Black Beans.........15
                                                           3. Lentils..................15.6
                                                           4. Lima Beans..........13.2
                                                           5. Broccoli...............5.1
                                                           6. Raspberries..........8
                                                           7. Blackberries.........7.6
                                                           8. Avocados.............6.7
                                                           9. Bran Flakes..........7
                                                          10. Oatmeal.............4

Geez, I wonder how we can incorporate those into our diets to come up with 21 grams? Should be pretty easy if you eat a lot of beans!! There I go on again about eating beans. Trust me, they are good for you.

Disclaimer: I am no expert, just simply a woman who is interested in living a more healthy life. I find my material from reliable sources on the internet and from "How Not To Die" by Dr. M. Greger. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Quinoa Fried Rice

About four years ago I had lunch at a friends house and she served something I had never heard of....

Quinoa. Yes, I have led a sheltered life. hehe

I kept thinking that I would get some and try it myself and here I am, years later, sharing a new dish I fixed for the first time tonight, Quinoa Fried Rice. 



I really enjoyed it. I did not have frozen peas on hand, nor a zucchini so I just chopped up red sweet pepper to replace those with. I think I like that better but you could add a bunch of different veggies in there. You could also add shrimp or chunks of chicken. I ate mine with 3 chicken nuggets on the side. 

I was so happy to discover that quinoa is a complete protein with all eight amino acids that are so essential to our well-being. It was first grown in South America over 5,000 years ago (and it sure took a long time to work it's way north!) 

My organic quinoa just has 156 calories per serving. 
Total Fat 2.5 grams with no saturated fat and no trans fat! 
There also is no Cholesterol, sodium or sugar. I loved the fact that it does have 3 grams of fiber per serving. I am always looking for ways to get more fiber. 

I just have that one recipe for quinoa. Do you have any that you would like to share with us? I'd much appreciate it.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Daily Dietary Chart

I am so totally committed to eating healthier and my guide (along with some suggestions elsewhere) has been Dr. Michael Greger's book 'How Not To Die'. I sent the book to two of my daughters - Susan (who has received hers already and loves it) and Marie (from A Colorful World, who has not gotten hers in the mail yet). She'll love it, too, trust me... A Mom knows best, hehe. 

Dr. Greger believes that to live long, healthy lives we should eat plant-based foods. I'm not going to go vegan. I do like my chicken and other less fattening meats so I'll say that you base how you use these suggestions with your own conscience. 

In the book, I ran across a chart Dr. G. had made and stuck up in his kitchen that are his projected requirements and he checks off each one as he consumes them every day. 

Now, I'm telling you - there's no way I can eat all of that.... I don't think it -- I know it!!

                                                       SERVINGS PER DAY

                                                             3     beans               1/2 cup
                                                             1     berries             1/2 cup
                                                             3     other fruit        1 med. or 1 cup
                                                             4     green leafy vegetables  1/2 cup
                                                             5     other greens
                                                             2     other vegetables
                                                             1     flaxseed           1 Tablespoon
                                                             1     nuts                   1/4 cup
                                                             

I have briefly covered "beans" in a previous post (you can find it by going to the labels at the bottom of the page).  We'll discuss the other servings later on.

Right now let's just think about what he suggests we eat. Personally I can't consume all of that. And, yes, I do need a chart so that I can check off what I do eat. 

                                                        I've made some changes already. 

                            I am eating a lot more beans (but not every day). 
                                       
                        I am a cereal for breakfast kind of gal so I eat whole grain and add both a handful of walnuts and a few berries or chopped cherries on top
                  
            I haven't tried flaxseed yet. Dr. G. suggests ground flaxseed and I didn't find that in my grocer.

                         I am eating more salads with raw vegetables

I see there is room for improvement. It's a work in progress, evidently. How are you all doing? Let me know. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Do You Want Lemon in Your Water?

I've had a toothache! It started a few days ago and since it wasn't very painful I decided to wait until I had a tooth cleaning session to have it looked at.  Can you imagine spending Valentine's Day at the dentist!! 

Are you one of those millions who ask for lemon with water? Oh, yes, I've done it a zillion times and thought I was being 'cool', and it tasted so good. It's true that lemon is good for you but there are some things I found out at the dentist office that gave me pause. So, I looked up some reliable sites on the web to further investigate.


Lemons aid in digestion. That was one of the reason I take it once a day.. a little lemon juice mixed with soda to help with that. Lemon also provides nutrients, boost the immune system, reduces mucus, freshens breath and much more. 

I am very guilty of pouring a small amount of lemon juice into my bottled water and I carry it around all afternoon sipping away. Bad idea, they tell me. Anything with lemon needs to be drunk quickly and then the acid taken care of by rinsing your mouth with water. 

Lemon juice (as well as all citrus fruits) has acid. That acid irritates your gums and softens the teeth enamel... and you will probably end up with cavities. 



Time to re-think this 'lemon in your water' thing. Here are the things I found out.

1. If you have lemon in a drink, rinse your mouth out with water as soon as you are finished. 

2. Don't brush your teeth after your lemony drink. The brushing will further enhance the erosion of your teeth while the acid is still very fresh in your mouth.

3. Read labels on drinks you buy to see if they contain any lemon juice.

4. If you must have lemon with your drink in a restaurant, ask for a glass of water as well and end with that.

5. Plain water is much better for you. 

Have a wonderfully joyous week and stay healthy.


Friday, February 10, 2017

TURMERIC

Everywhere you look these days somebody is touting the amazing properties of turmeric. You'd think that it would cure everything and anything with the way they are going on and on about it. I really perked up when I read that it is especially good for digestive problems, especially cancer.

Back in 2002 I had colon cancer. That was a scary time in my life but thank the good Lord, I am a survivor. Wish I'd known about turmeric before then. Would it have made a difference? I don't know but it would have been worth a try.




Curcumin is that yellow color in turmeric and has been found to be effective against cancer cells. 

Colon cancer in it's early stages is just clusters of cells that grab onto the lining of your colon. Smokers tend to have a lot of this problem (another reason to quit smoking) so researchers tested heavy smokers and found that curcumin could reduce those clusters up to nearly 40% in just a month.

If polyps have already formed... 6 months of curcumin used with another natural ingredient from grapes and onions reduced the polyps to half the amount and size.

Turmeric has positive results in tests with many ailments that we humans have: arthritis, Alzheimers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and many, many others. It is anti-inflammatory. It can help regulate mild depression and mood swings because it releases the dopomine and serotonin in your brain that makes us feel good. I sure could use a mood-adjuster ever now and then.

Since it is such a powerful spice, usage of turmeric should not be more than 1/4 teaspoon per day.

                                                                      ########

So, how do we incorporate TURMERIC into our diet? I know that the spice is used in Indian and Asian dishes. You can add it to many dishes that you prepare and even add it to a smoothie that you drink. It goes well with rice, in lentil soups or on roasted veggies.

And, did you know that the reason prepared mustard is yellow is because it has turmeric in it? Do you have turmeric in your pantry? On the spice rack? Think about adding it.

                                                          BUT A WORD OF CAUTION:

People who have gallstones may experience pain when ingesting turmeric. Wouldn't you know it!! The doc recently found stones in my gall bladder. But, I may try a small amount just to see if there is an adverse reaction. Worth a try.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Beans Today

WOW. There's just so much to share and I don't know where to start or what I should focus on.                              
                                 But, today I think the post is gonna be about BEANS.




Since I started using Dr. Greger's 'How Not To Die' book about how much healthier we can be with a plant-based diet, well, I have just been 'over the moon' about each new discovery. 

And, gals, I tell you no lie... I have eaten more beans in the last 4 months than I think I did in all my 83 years put together.

                                                THEY ARE GOOD FOR YOU!!

Now, I always used to fix the standard green beans and some black-eyed peas with my meals but I didn't branch out much. Now, there's nothing off limits. 

Dr. G says you should get 3 servings of beans a day. Oh lordy. Okay, let's see how we can fit all those things into the menu planning.

                                           ************

It's Breakfast time. Beans for breakfast!! I don't think so.... but hey I will try anything... once!. So how about some left-over cooked green beans stirred into scrambled eggs  or perhaps a hummus/ breakfast burrito? One down, two to go.

I could do a serving of some type of bean soup for lunch. Any kind of soup is more healthy if they contain beans. Or try baked beans with a lettuce wrapped burger. Okay, two down, one to go.

My afternoon snack could be edamame beans by the handful or hummus stuffed celery. I could make veggies strips and dip them into bean dip. 

I would have never thought to add hummus or dip to my BEAN needs. Probably all of you knew this already... (I am a slow learner!) So, that's my third serving. Hey, I am finished for today.

Did you know that beans are loaded with protein, iron and zinc and also include fiber, folate and potassium? They are considered both a protein in our diet as well as a vegetable. They do double duty. They are great for lowering cholesterol, regulating our bodily functions and giving us nutrients that we need.


How is your favorite way to incorporate beans into your meals? Or had you ever thought about it?

And, did you know that you can make black bean brownies? We can add beans to our desserts, too. Wow.

So, let's get those pantry shelves and freezers stocked with BEANS, BEANS, BEANS!!

                             

                                                       BEAN SERVING SIZES:

                                                 1/4 cup of hummus or bean dip
                                                 1/2 cup cooked, beans, split peas, lentils, tofu or tempeh
                                                 1 cup of fresh (raw) peas