How to Lose 10 Pounds Fast!

April 7, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

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Check out the New York Wine & Food Festival

October 6, 2008 by  

We are what we eat and drink. And where else can we check out the latest on gastronomy than at the New York City Wine & Food Festival on October 9 to 12, 2008.

Now, you might want to ask, what does such a festival have to do with battling heart and stroke? Everything.

Nutrition, the food we eat and the beverages we drink are major lifestyle risk factors for cardiovascular health. If you take a closer look, the festival is not only about gourmet food and wine tasting. There’s something for everyone – even for advocates of health eating.

One of the most heart-friendly offerings at the festival is the session called Beyond Chicken Nuggets: How to Raise a Healthy Eater

According to the session’s abstract:

“One of the biggest health challenges parents face is preparing healthful, convenient meals their children will actually eat. But it’s not easy, and many well-meaning parents fall into the “kid food” trap, serving sure-fire hits like pizza, hot dogs and chicken nuggets just to get their finicky children to eat something.”

Several well-known health food authors and health experts will form a panel who can answer questions of parents concerned about their kids’ diet.

Among the members of the panel are:

These authors and experts will offer practical tips ad strategy “that can put an end to food battles and expand the menu options for even the most finicky child.”

The session costs 35 dollar and lasts for 1-and-a-half hour. It may be well worth your money to go!

Photo credit: NYC by davidlat

Recipe for Life-Black Bean and Corn Salad

July 10, 2008 by  
Filed under ALZHEIMER'S

My goal for this weeks Recipe for Life, in addition to the standard goal of providing you with meal ideas that are simple, inexpensive and healthy, is to avoid the heat of the stove as much as possible. I promise you that this salad not only meets the criteria, but is also delicious. The only catch is that you should only make as much as you plan to eat because it’s not that great the next day.

This salad packs a nutritional punch that is unrivaled by the typical tossed salad. In addition, the addition of a grain like brown rice or a protein, such as chicken breasts or the falafel recipe would take this from a salad to a full fledged meal. Trader Joe’s Soy and Flax tortilla chips (I promise they don’t taste like cardboard) would also be a great and healthful addition.

Not sure who gets the credit for this recipe. It has evolved over a period of time.

Recipe for Life –Black Bean and Corn Salad

Ingredients: (Dressing)

  1. 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  2. 1/2 cup olive oil
  3. 1 clove garlic, minced
  4. 1 teaspoon salt (omit if you use optional Italian dressing)
  5. 1/4 cup your favorite Italian dressing (optional)

Ingredients: (Salad)

  1. 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  2. 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
  3. 1 avocado – peeled, pitted and diced
  4. 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  5. 2 tomatoes, chopped
  6. 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  7. 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  8. 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)


  1. Place lime juice, olive oil, garlic, salt (if not using Italian dressing), and Italian dressing in a small jar. Cover tightly, and shake until ingredients are well mixed.
  2. In medium sized bowl, combine beans, corn, avocado, bell pepper, tomatoes, green onions, red onions and cilantro (if using). Shake dressing, to make sure its mixed well , and pour over the salad. Stir salad to coat vegetables and beans with dressing, and serve immediately. Enjoy!

I like to make the dressing a couple hours in advance to allow the flavors to meld together, but it certainly is not necessary.

Black beans are high in protein, fiber, antioxidants and taste!

Try this recipe and let me know how you like it. I believe it’s a great option for you as you battle Alzheimer’s disease. Consider adding it to your menu plan. It’s good food that’s good for YOU!

A Recipe For Life

May 15, 2008 by  
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Well, it’s that time again. Time for A Recipe For Life. My goal, as always, is to provide you with delicious recipes that are healthy, inexpensive and simple. It used to be that the healthy part was the challenge, but today, it’s definitely challenging to find recipes that are healthy, simple, delicious AND inexpensive. Today’s recipe definitely meets the criteria. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.

Battling Alzheimer’s disease is difficult enough, so I hope that these recipes help to lighten your load a little.

I found this recipe in a book called The Hallelujah Diet by George Malkmus. However, it is attributed to a cook book called Everyday Wholesome Eating by Kim Wilson.

Recipe For Life



2 Tbsp. Olive oil
3-4 small to medium onions
1 bell pepper (color of your choice), diced
2 cups corn (frozen or canned works)
6 cloves garlic, crushed
2 Tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. oregano
5 cans (7 cups) beans, lightly drained: Kidney, cannellini or black beans will work well
2 tsp. cumin
pinch cayenne
1-1/2 tsp. sea salt
28 ounce can tomatoes


Saute’ onions and garlic in olive oil, add seasonings, then tomatoes and beans. Bring to a boil, then simmer for at least 20 minutes (I simmer for about 40 minutes or a little longer to allow the flavors to meld together). Stir occasionally.

Serving suggestion:

Delicious with tortilla chips (we use Trader Joe’s flax seed chips. I know, sounds crazy, but they are really good and packed with fiber). Also works great with rice.

Also delicious with cornbread (see recipe below) and a salad

Recipe for Life

Kickin’ Sweet Cornbread

1 cup cornmeal
1 cup unbleached flour
1 cup whole kernel corn
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
3/4 cup milk (I use soy)
1/4 cup oil (light olive oil, corn or canola oils all work fine)
1/2 cup PURE maple syrup (You can substitute 1/4 cup sugar if you don’t have pure maple syrup available)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees Farenheit (232 Celcius)

Grease an 8 x 8 baking dish (I use a spray like Pam or equivalent)

Mix all ingredients well and pour into prepared baking dish

Bake at 450 degrees Farenheit for 25-30 minutes

Enjoy with the chili above and a salad!

The beauty of these recipes is that they really are EASY. Using canned beans eliminates the soaking and long cooking time.

In addition beans are packed with fiber and protein. According to the Idaho Bean Commission:

  • Each half-cup serving of dry beans provides six to seven grams of protein, meets at least 10% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein, yet costs about 20 cents per serving.
  • A single half-cup serving of cooked dry beans counts as one, one-ounce serving of lean meat in the USDA Food Pyramid Meat and Beans group, and as a full serving of vegetables in the Vegetables group.
  • The quality and digestibility of beans can be improved by consuming them with cereal grains. Beans are a rich source in lysine, but a poor source of methionine. Cereal grains are a poor source of lysine, but high in methionine and other sulfur amino acids. When beans and grains are served together in dishes like beans and rice, or tortillas and refried beans, they provide a complimentary protein profile.

Here’s a list of the Recipes for Life so far. Try one today!


Blueberry Muffins

Lentils and Rice

Three Potato Crock Pot Soup

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