Health Wealth Tips and Information

October 2, 2011 by  
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Health & Fitness Advice : How to Calculate Your Waist-to-Hip Ratio

June 3, 2011 by  
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Calculating your waist-to-hip ratio can help determine if you are as risk for diabetes, hypertension or high cholesterol. Calculate the waist-to-hip ratio with tips from a certified fitness trainer in this free video on health and fitness. Expert: Alice J. Monsaert Contact: www.ShapesTotalFitness.com Bio: Alice J. Monsaert is Group Fitness and Academy Director for Shapes Total Fitness for Women and has worked in the fitness industry for over 25 years. Filmmaker: Christopher Rokosz

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Health & Fitness Advice : How to Exercise for a Healthy Heart

May 19, 2011 by  
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Aerobic exercises for 30 minutes a day will improve the health of heart and lung capacity. Exercise to improve heart health with tips from a certified fitness trainer in this free video on health and fitness. Expert: Alice J. Monsaert Contact: www.ShapesTotalFitness.com Bio: Alice J. Monsaert is Group Fitness and Academy Director for Shapes Total Fitness for Women and has worked in the fitness industry for over 25 years. Filmmaker: Christopher Rokosz

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Cindy Whitmarsh’s Top 10 must have foods in your refrigerator to get flat abs!

April 15, 2011 by  
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Top 10 Must Have Food for Your Fridge from Cindy Whitmarsh and Exercise TV. For more Exercise TV Workout Videos and Products, go to bit.ly

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Moms’ tips on healthy family diet

January 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, OBESITY

It is not always easy to convince kids to eat fruits and vegetables. Every day, they may be bombarded with media images of junk food such as chips, fries, sweets and soft drinks that they really can’t imagine these food stuffs can be hazardous to their health.  No wonder childhood obesity is becoming a major problem in most developed countries.

As parents, we have to think of creative ways and means of steering our kids towards a healthy diet. And steering means without force or undue pressure, but rather implementing some changes gradually, changes that will eventually be part of their daily routine. Mothers are especially creative when it comes optimizing the family nutrition.

Here are some ways some mothers xxx:

New York Nutritionist Joy Bauer is the author of the book Your Inner Skinny and has 3 children.  She recommends  (source: USA Today):

“You can sneak in modifications, and children won’t even realize they’re practicing more healthful eating habits.”

As an example, she got her kids to drink less soft drinks and more water by using fun water bottles. Another way is to mix seltzer water with a short of unsweetened juice. This way, the bubbles make the water more palatable. Other suggestions from Bauer:

•Think low-fat. Buy low-fat 1% or skim milk, low-fat cream cheese and reduced-fat cheese instead of the full-fat versions. With cheese, get the same color and type the kids like so they don’t notice the difference.

•Make substitutions. Use lower-fat ground turkey instead of high-fat ground beef in recipes for tacos, meat loaf, chili and other dishes.

•Push veggies. Place a bowl of vegetables such as broccoli, snap peas, cucumbers or carrot sticks on the table before meals. “The kids will dive in and the vegetables will be gone before you know it,” she says. “You are taking the edge off their hunger, and then you can serve more vegetables at the meal.”

•Shop alone. Go to the grocery when kids are at other activities so they don’t try to sway you to buy extra junk food, and pack their lunches for school so they are eating healthier choices.

Teresa at Babies Online gives us the following advice on getting toddlers to eat their veggies:

•Hide them. Instead of serving her a plate with clearly identifiable veggies, we hide them – whether in or underneath the other food. However, we also make sure to provide some green matter in an identifiable form on the plate as well, to give her the option of eating it willingly. The Sneaky Chef is a great book of recipes that may help you perfect this concept.  (No this is not a sponsored post.)

•Transform them. Rather than serving our daughter a plate of steamed asparagus, we might try a dish of creamed asparagus or – in desperate times – fried asparagus. Same goes for green beans, broccoli and other plant food. In addition, some snack foods such as Terra Chips, are a form of vegetable and more pleasing to her palate. Everything in moderation.

•Spin them.   Instead of calling it scalloped potatoes, we might call them chips or even coins. Broccoli is trees. Carrots are also coins, or sticks, or mush. We’ve found that simple semantics like renaming items can help us to sometimes get our toddler to do what we want her to – whether she knows it or not.

•Make it FUN! Be entertaining and make a game out of it. Children respond to silly antics far more quickly than simply being told to do something. Did you ever see A Christmas Story? Remember how a piggy eats?  If so, you get the picture. (If not, you must immediately step away from the computer and go rent yourself a copy.  Seriously.  Right now.)

According to Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian and author of the book The Flexitarian Diet, involving children in the meal planning helps.

She recommends that parents should sit down with their kids to come up with “a dinner deck” – a list of 10 favorite quick and healthful dinners which should be written on index cards. One side of the card lists the ingredients, on the other side the directions for preparation. The cards serve as shopping lists and recipes and could easily be used by appropriately aged members of the family. She also gives the following additional tips:

Buy wisely. Consider low-fat vanilla yogurt with berries, whole-grain fig cookies and fat-free chocolate pudding.

Find tasty trade-offs. Choose individual servings of desserts such as 100-calorie frozen fudge bars if your child loves ice cream. Or better yet, just go out for an occasional ice cream cone.

Make your own treats. One quick and easy snack is homemade trail mix made with 1 to 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons of dried fruit, half a cup of whole-grain cereal and 2 tablespoons of chopped nuts or sesame seeds. “This mix looks like a treat because of the chips, and it is really good for them,” says Elizabeth Ward, a registered dietitian in Boston, mother of three girls and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Feeding Your Baby and Toddler.

Let kids help. Have children spread hummus or peanut butter on crackers, apples, carrots and celery, Ward says. She suggests getting kids involved in making meals.

As a mom of twin 6-year-olds, I’ve tried a couple of these tricks myself (and they work, too!) although in general, I feel very lucky that my two boys do not have any problems with eating fruit and vegetables and would just as easily fight over the last slice of cucumber or apple as for the last cookie. Thank God for small blessings.

What about you? Can you share with us your strategies towards healthy family diet?

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Eating healthy during the holidays

December 18, 2008 by  
Filed under HEART AND STROKE

‘Tis the season to be feasting. And we should. After all, Christmas only comes once a year.

Now, how do we enjoy the holidays without compromising our heart health? Here are some simple tips.

When cooking at home
Be creative. Substitute bad fats with good fats. And look at the total fats as well. There’s a whole load of cholesterol-free recipe books out there. Or download recipes from the Internet. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends The Best Healthy Soul Food Recipes cookbook.

Go for the vegetable recipes. If you have to go for meat, then go for lean meat and slim down the gravy. Here’s a tip from the AHA:

With poultry, use the leaner light meat (breast) instead of the fattier dark meat (legs and thighs) and be sure to remove the skin. Use a rack in the pan so the meat or poultry doesn’t sit in its own fat drippings. Instead of basting with pan drippings, use fat-free liquids like wine, low-sodium tomato juice or lemon juice. When making gravy from the drippings, chill first, then use a gravy strainer or skim ladle to remove the fat.

When shopping for food
At the supermarket, check for the AHA heart-check mark. Product with this mark “has been screened and verified to meet the AHA’a certification criteria to be low in saturated fat and cholesterol for healthy people over age 2.”

And if the nutritional facts on the packaging challenge you, check out this resource from the US FDA – How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label. It can be downloaded free of charge from the FDA site in pdf and comes with a video.

When going to parties or eating out
Take care of what to take from the buffet or order from the menu. Avoid the wrap-type food, according to this webMD article. Go for something that you recognize. Sushi is usually low fat. Forget the cheese unless you are sure they are the reduced-fat kind. Go for the raw vegetable cuts but take it easy on the dips and the dressings. They can be loaded with fat as well. A little bit of nuts would also great as long as you are not allergic to them.

You don’t have to make do without the turkey. Just go for the lean part and avoid the skin. Take it easy on the on the rich gravy. The cranberry sauce is a healthier alternative.

Go for small portions with variety. It makes the food more interesting with being fattening.

When drinking
Water is the best choice but unsweetened fruit juices are also fine. Remember that alcohol is full of calories. But if you must imbibe, then go for red wine and drink in moderation.

Now, when partying this holiday season, don’t follow the “eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow you shall die” principle. Instead, eat and drink wisely, be merry, and live a long life.

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Springing Back From The Flu, Some Tidbits On Living Life With Arthritis

August 1, 2008 by  
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I’ve been bugged down by flu recently and so I had to rest for awhile and just sleep the night off than usual. But I am back and now it’s the first of August. Wow, time flies really!

Now it’s Friday. But before I close my week and take it easy the rest of the weekend, let me share with you all a few things that show how life with arthritis can be lived with some better quality, if we make some adjustments.

1. Kitchen adjustments and tools that can help those with arthritis

Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1987, Tuovi Cochrane, 67, of Rockford, has joined thousands of women in inventing new ways to create in the kitchen.

Using a specially designed ergonomic kitchen knife with a broad blade and sawlike handle that is easier to grip, Cochrane is able to slice, dice and chop.

For opening jar lids, she uses the adjustable Black & Decker Lids Off, which can handle even small prescription-pill containers.

2. Lower arthritis risks with simple changes

  • Keep your weight down: excess weight puts additional stress on the joints and is especially hard on the knees and hips.
  • Don’t avoid exercise: Although high-impact activities can irritate arthritis, keeping muscles strong and joints moving is therapeutic; try swimming, yoga or even golf.
  • Take stretch breaks at work: Don’t sit or stand in the same position for long periods of time. Stand up and move or stretch every 30 minutes.
  • Get your vitamins: everyone can benefit from a healthy, balanced diet, but getting adequate calcium and vitamin C is of particular importance to bone and joint health,
  • Wear comfortable shoes: Don’t sacrifice your health for fashion; high heels put added stress on feet and knees.

3. Wii Fit as indoor exercise for arthritis patients

Elaine Bartz would never lie to her doctor.

Since the 62-year-old grandmother bought a Nintendo Wii Fit system to help fight her arthritis, that hasn’t been a consideration.

“Every time I go to the doctor, she would ask me if I’d been exercising, because I do have high cholesterol, too,” Bartz said. “I would say, ‘Uh, no, I’m not.’ Now, when I go to her, I can say I am exercising daily.”

4. Yoga for arthritis

Thanks to fascinating advances in medication too, which has definitely saved an arthritic from the devastating side effects of steroids. But, have we hit the nail on its head? Have we been able to cure or prevent joint diseases? The answer is a clear ‘No’.

5. Cooking workshop that may help arthritis patients

This month, the Indiana Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation will team up with Whole Foods Market to offer a short series of FREE, fun and educational courses for the community called Healthy Cooking 101. These courses were created for Indiana residents who struggle with rheumatoid arthritis but still want to maintain some sort of independence in the kitchen.

Well, we all do need all the help we can get. Be it turning ergonomic, doing yoga or buying the Wii fit, i think I won’t hurt to try and see what’s going to work for you. Take your prescribed meds too! Most importantly, you gotta eat right.

That’s all for now and I wish you all a great weekend.

Good Eating and Cancer

May 5, 2008 by  
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Spring has arrived and summer approaches here in the U.S. and Canada. That means an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s a great time to try a healthier living lifestyle.

Raw Food

The My Crazy Sexy Cancer Community has a great raw foods group that generously shares recipes and thoughts on the raw foods lifestyle.

And if you’re feeling lucky, My Wooden Spoon is running a contest this week giving away a Cuisinart Food Prep. The last day to enter is May 7, 10 PM CST.

Antioxidants

A few great recipes that incorporate antioxidant rich foods are available at Eating Well. Everything from strawberry bruschetta to blueberry ketchup!

The Super Food Connection

Super Foods are foods that are rated high in oxygen radical absorbency. They include:

  • Beans
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Oats
  • Oranges
  • Pumpkin
  • Salmon
  • Soy
  • Spinach
  • Tea (green or black)
  • Tomatoes
  • Turkey
  • Walnuts
  • Yogurt

Check out Sunfood Nutrition for great articles and sources of information and ordering super foods and raw foods.

Eating Green

The Food Network offers great ideas on eating green; meals and shopping that are good for you, including an eating green guide.

GoVeg.com offers a free vegetarian starter kit. You can also get a free Johnny Rockets Streamliner, veggie burger, “During the entire month of May PETA has teamed up with Johnny Rockets to celebrate World Vegetarian Week (May 19 to 25).”

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A Recipe For Life

April 24, 2008 by  
Filed under ALZHEIMER'S

Good health and nutrition gets trickier as people age. Throw in a measure of Alzheimer’s disease and you may have a larger challenge to face.

The recipes in this section, A Recipe for Life, are designed to nourish both those living with Alzheimer’s disease as well as their caregivers.  As food prices continue to rise on a weekly, if not daily, basis and as the need for more care demands more of your available time; my goal today, is to provide you with recipes that are healthy, quick and inexpensive.

Today’s Recipe for Life

Spinach, Basil and Tomato Pasta–Why it’s good for you

This simple, delicious and inexpensive meal is very nutritious.   The whole grain pasta has almost double the fiber and protein and nearly triple the folate of its white counterpart.  According to American Family Physician, “Garlic has long been used medicinally, most recently for its cardiovascular, anti-neoplastic, and antimicrobial properties.” Tomatoes are known be high in antioxidants and vitamins C and A.  Just ask Popeye about Spinach, it has lots of iron, folate and antioxidants. Olive Oil may well be the “miracle food” of this list.   Long touted for its nutritional properties, it’s a monounsaturated fat (good fat), its great for the heart and the colon.

Spinach, Basil and Tomato Pasta Recipe

Ingredients:

1 pound whole wheat pasta (fettuccini, linguini and penne work nicely) 

2-3 cloves garlic (chopped fine)

1 medium red onion, cut in half and sliced

1 large fresh tomato, sliced

2 pounds fresh spinach, washed and roughly chapped

4-5 sprigs fresh basil, washed and roughly chopped

1-2 sprigs fresh basil, washed and finely chopped

Approx. 3-4 Tbs. Extra virgin olive oil

Sea Salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta according to directions on package.
  2. Lightly sauté garlic and onion in olive oil about 3-5 minutes, add spinach and 4-5 roughly chopped basil sprigs, till just warmed and wilted, toss in cooked pasta. 
  3. Serve topped with tomato slices and 1-2 sprigs fresh chopped basil

Now, here’s a Recipe for the rest of your life

A Recipe for Life

Start with a life

One that has a hungry heart

Add some hope

It’s a great place to start

Stir in faith

As tiny as a mustard seed

All you must do now, is just believe.

Stir in some love

It flavors all you do

A little patience

Is a good thing to add too 

But back to love

It makes the world go ‘round

Add a hearty appetite

And now you’ve found….

A Recipe for Life!

Why Not Just Stop Eating?

April 23, 2008 by  
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One sure way to lose weight, it might seem, is simply to stop eating for a while. Simple as it sounds, that idea is fraught with potential problems.

The basic weight loss equation certainly remains valid in this case: using more calories than are consumed results in weight loss. If you don’t take in calories by eating, it’s fairly easy to satisfy that equation. Your body burns 70 calories per hour even just sitting idle on the couch.

But while you may be idle, your body’s systems are not

First of all, the body – deprived of food – will slow down the metabolism and burn calories more slowly. Weight loss can be sudden at first, but the rate slows very soon thereafter.

At first, it goes after glycogen stored in the liver and converts it to glucose to burn for energy. That energy is used to power all the body’s activities.

When that is used up (to a degree), the body then begins going after the energy stored in the bonds of certain molecules in fat cells. The process is called ketosis and accounts for why your breath sometimes smells like fingernail polish (made with ketones) after hard exercise.

So far, that all sounds good. You burn calories, reduce body fat and lose weight. Exactly what you wanted. But, unfortunately, this isn’t all the body is doing under these circumstances.

Because of the relatively rapid weight loss/calorie burning from this method of ‘dieting’ the body will experience a ‘rebound’ effect. In other words, it will cause you to crave food like crazy. The food you do eat will cause you to put on more pounds than you lost. The body is compensating for a radical deficit.

At the same time, there are serious health risks to simply starving or a long term fast. Going without food for a few hours or even a day isn’t dangerous, though it can be uncomfortable since you’ll get very hungry. But this method causes a number of carefully balanced nutrients to get out of whack.

It upsets the delicate balance of insulin, sugar and a variety of other essential compounds. Apart from regulating energy levels, they influence hormones that regulate the brain and nervous system.

Concentrations of potassium and sodium get out of balance unless you compensate with sports-style drinks, which can be more difficult to adjust in the absence of food. Those minerals are key to regulating the heartbeat, not to mention being found in every cell of the body and the fluid in between where they participate in an enormous variety of vital tasks.

Fatigue, dizziness and difficulty concentrating are only three of the milder symptoms that will result. Dehydration is likely, since much of the fluid we gain is from food, not just liquid. That can easily lead to heat stroke if the weather is at all warm and you are even a little active.

The kidneys will have a more difficult time filtering properly. They clean waste material from the blood, play a role in regulating blood pressure and stimulate the bone marrow to make red blood cells.

The odds of heart attack are increased, brain function suffers,… the list is endless. Even if the fast is ended long before death (at about 4 weeks), serious physical effects would occur.

Instead of fasting, eat a balanced, healthy diet of limited calories – combined with an age and circumstance-appropriate exercise program. That is the surest way to lose pounds safely. Your short term and long term health will be in harmony.

The Big Book Of Diabetic Desserts

February 5, 2008 by  
Filed under DIABETES

I just do not know how it could get any better.

Really, I don’t.
I received the press release and a copy of The Big Book Of Diabetic Desserts by Jackie Mills, MS, RD and I could not be happier! This book is filled with absolutely decadent desserts that anyone, not just diabetics will lust over. Many diabetics find themselves eating things that are devoid of taste, at least compared to what they are used to.

Not anymore!

Thanks to The Big Book Of Diabetic Desserts, diabetics can enjoy desserts with a real, true flavor to them. I truly wish the internet offered a scratch and sniff option! I have prepared the dessert that came with the press release, Chocolate-Drizzled Paenut Butter Cake, and friends . . . This has to be one of the very best cakes I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy.

I have to apologize, I did not take any pictures. Why? Because this cake literally did not make it to the top of the stove without having a chunk stolen! It smells that good . So, to allow you to enjoy the scent in your own home, I am sharing the recipe here. Once you try this cake, I can promise you that The Big Book Of Diabetic Desserts will be on your ‘to buy’ list.

A word of caution regarding the book.

I only noticed one issue with the book and that is that there are no table of contents. The type is large and each section does have a list of recipes, so this is not a huge downfall. I think you will enjoy the recipes too much to complain, just as I have.

Also, the recipes use real sugar in limited amounts. Jakie Mills is a Registered Dietician, so you can trust these recipes.

Chocolate-Drizzled Peanut Butter Cake

Makes 9 servings: Serving size: 1 (2 1/2 inch) square

For a lunch box, an after school treat, a bake sale, or a coffee break, this cake is a pleasing sweet for peanut butter lovers of all ages.

*1 cup all-purpose flour
*1 teaspoon baking powder
*1/2 teaspoon baking soda
*1/8 teaspoon salt
*1/4 cup natural peanut butter
*3 tablespoons canola oil
*1/3 cup granular no-calorie sweetener
*1/3 cup light brown sugar
*1 large egg
*3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*1/2 ounce semisweet chocolate baking bar, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Coat an 8 x 8-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk to mix well. Set aside.

Combine the peanut butter and oil in a medium bowl and beat at medium speed until smooth. Beat in the no-calorie sweetener and brown sugar. Beat in the egg. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to the peanut butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool completely on the rack.

Place the chocolate in a small resealable zip-top bag and seal. Place the bag in a saucepan of hot water. Let stand 5 minutes or until the chocolate melts. Snip a tiny corner from bag and drizzle chocolate over the cake. The cake can be covered in an airtight container and stored at room temperature up to 3 days.

Exchanges 1 1/2 Carbohydrate
2 Fat
Calories 193, Calories from Fat 86, Total Fat 10 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 24 mg, Sodium 204 mg, Total Carbohydrate 23 g, Dietary Fiber 1 g, Sugars 11 g, Protein 5 g

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