Friday, June 25, 2010

Subway's Secret Weapon of Sugar

Even the semi healthy stuff is disgusting. It is very frustrating. We all need to become food detectives. No wonder so many of us have out of control cravings for food and sugar.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Re-Balance Your body and be Free From Sugar Cravings

"R" is for ReSet: Take 5 Days to Balance your body. Break your Insulin Resistance and free yourself from cravings.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Eat More - Lose More Weight

Simple Rule #2

There are 5 Simple and Easy Rules to Achieving a Permanent Healthy Weight without dieting. Rule #2 is really fun - Eat More!

Learn more at Program Basics

Thursday, June 17, 2010

New Research on Preventing Retinitis Degeneration

New research supports the use of 12 mg of lutein each day to slow visual field loss in adults with retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic eye condition.

The right supplement at the right time.

Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a common form of retinal degeneration. This disorder causes a progressive loss of photoreceptor cells in the eye and can eventually lead to blindness. Daily intake of 15,000 IU of vitamin A palmitate is known to reduce the progression of the disease and can sometimes postpone blindness for many years.

In newly published research, scientists sought to determine whether supplementation with lutein – a nutrient found in yellow/orange and dark green leafy vegetables – could slow visual decline in patients with RP who were already receiving vitamin A.

A randomized, controlled, double-blinded trial of 225 nonsmoking patients (ages 18 to 60) took place over 4 years. Each day, patients consumed a tablet of 12 mg of lutein or placebo. All participants were given 15,000 IU/day of vitamin A palmitate.

Over the course of the study, a decrease in visual sensitivity loss was seen in the lutein+vitamin A group. The average decline was smallest in the individuals with the highest serum lutein levels.

In this group of participants, lutein supplementation of 12 mg/day was effective at slowing visual sensitivity loss, and could therefore delay or prevent the occurrence of blindness even better than treatment with vitamin A alone.

Berson EL, et al. Clinical Trial of Lutein in Patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa Receiving Vitamin A. 2010. Arch Ophthalmol 128(4):403-11.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Preventing Heart Disease with Zinc

Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress are important risk factors for heart disease. My first and most powerful suggestion as an Online Weight Loss coach to my clients to reduce chronic inflammation is cut out processed food and refined sugar. Adding Pharmacultical Quality Supplementation is my second and equally important suggestion.

Zinc is an essential mineral with both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant functions. Because of these properties, zinc may play a role in protecting the heart.

To examine the effect of zinc on markers of inflammation, researchers conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of zinc supplementation in elderly subjects. Forty healthy elderly subjects (aged 56-83 years) were randomly assigned to 2 groups. One group received placebo; the other received 45 mg of zinc per day for 6 months.

Compared to the placebo, six months of zinc supplementation increased plasma zinc concentrations and decreased several markers associated with inflammation. Higher zinc levels were also related to a decrease in markers associated with oxidative stress.

The findings of this research suggest that zinc may have a protective effect in coronary artery disease thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Chicken Finger reciepe - Kids love it.

This is listed as an appitizor on the HealthyEdge Web site but I made it as part of a meal. It was really easy, fast and all my family ate it. I have put Jan's Tips inside the " " marks.

Chicken Fingers

2 skinless, boneless organic chicken breasts
Olive oil (as needed)
1/2 cup whole grain bread crumbs "I put Kashi Nuggest brand cereal in my blender with some roasted wassabi edamame to make the bread crumbs. If you use store bought crumbs watch for preservatives, additives and other toxins"
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
3 tbsp honey
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp raspberry preserves (naturally sweetened)

# Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
# Cut the chicken breasts into 4 or 5 pieces (lengthwise).
# To create more pieces, cut into smaller sections. "or buy more chicken" Place pieces in a bowl. Add enough olive oil to cover pieces and stir to coat pieces evenly. "I added the honey to the olive oil as a coating. I think the honey made it coat the chicken better than olive oil alone. I put them together in a big baggie and put the chicken pieces in too. The honey and oil mixed up real nice without any messy bowl"
# In a plastic zip lock bag, mix whole grain bread crumbs, sea salt, and black pepper. Add chicken strips, 3 or 4 at a time, and shake to coat pieces with bread crumbs.
# Arrange the chicken strips on a non-stick or lightly oiled (olive oil spray) baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, turn strips over and continue baking 5 to 10 minutes, until browned.
# In a small bowl, combine the honey, Dijon mustard, raspberry preserves and cup olive oil. Season with sea salt and cracked black pepper. Serve as a dip for the baked chicken fingers. "The finger strips are so good I didn't bother making the dip and every last piece of chicken was gone"

Cheaper than Ritilan

How Food Can Make Kid Nuts

So many kids aren't learning, acting out and just plain out of control. Maybe it's what they're eating. Great article with some good suggestions.

Certainly worth a look

Day Two - Eating with the Family

The experiment of cooking and eating a sit down meal for 14 days in a row is going to be more interesting and challenging that I expected.

Day 2: Vegi Burrito's: black and pinto beans (canned with low sodium), corn, green onions (diced) green peppers (diced)- heated together. I add in Jot brand enchilada mix (anything with no preservatives, food coloring ect is fine), a little water. Scoop enough into 100% whole wheat tortilla's (Trader Joe Brand is my choice) - a little sauce or oil on the bottom of a pan, bake at 350' for 20- 30 minutes with foil covering. I mixed shredded green organic cabbage and torn cilantro into what I call Cilantro Slaw. A little salsa and I had a meal.

So for two days I got the cooking part right. But still working on the whole family eating at the same time. Track practice from 6 - 7pm so the kids and I could eat at 7:30pm but my husband had a meeting at 7pm till 9pm. hmmmm.... too many activities.