♡ Health, Fitness, Tips & Tricks ♡

October 5, 2011 by  
Filed under VIDEO

I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!


So, I’ve been asked a few times about my “workout secrets,” which made me lol for a bit. I decided to compile what I do into a video, with a little meal recipe thrown in at the end. Ps. I’m not saying do exactly what I do – this is not monkey see monkey do lol. This is just what I do, and I’m throwing out some suggestions that have worked for me. If you have any suggestions, feel free to list them! 🙂 www.facebook.com www.twitter.com

Tell us what you think about this video in the comments below, or in the Battling For Health Community Forum!

How to Make the World’s Easiest Garlic Bread

May 18, 2011 by  
Filed under VIDEO

I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!


George Mendes of Aldea restaurant in NYC shares his simple, quick, and delicious recipe for homemade garlic bread.

Tell us what you think about this video in the comments below, or in the Battling For Health Community Forum!

Spice up your health!

August 18, 2010 by  

Most of us pay attention to the food that we eat. The big food stuffs, at least. What we usually take for granted are the little stuff: the condiments, the spices and the herbs.

The spices and herbs we use in our kitchen come from flowers, leaves, seed, fruit, roots and other parts of plant. They not only give flavour to our food, they are also beneficial to our health. With the trend of limiting salt in our food for the sake of heart health, herbs and spices are important taste boosters. But what is also important is that some of them have special properties that help fight a wide range of chronic diseases, from heart disease to cancer, from diabetes to arthritis.

Let us take a look at of the top performers in our kitchen spice rack:

Chili peppers
These peppers contain compounds that help in weight loss and control blood pressure, according to a report in WebMD. The compound dihydrocapsiate boosts fat-burning capacity and another one, capsaicin provides heat and lowers blood pressure in lab animals.

Besides being the star of Christmas baking, cinnamon contains antioxidants that may prevent inflammation and help control blood glucose concentrations in people with diabetes.

Tara Parker-Pope of the New York Times wrote:

“…garlic appears to boost our natural supply of hydrogen sulphide… which acts as an antioxidant and transmits cellular signals that relax blood vessels and increase blood flow.”

This hydrogen sulphide-boosting property makes garlic a powerful ally against cancer and heart disease.

This yellow pungent powder which gives your curry its color is practically a health superstar. The active ingredient is curcumin which has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antibacterial, stomach- heart- and liver-protective effects

WebMD recommends simples tips on how to incorporate these health stars in out diet.

Ground cinnamon:

  • Add 1.25 teaspoons to prepared oatmeal; 1 cup Greek yogurt mixed with 2 teaspoons molasses or honey, or artificial sweetener; and French toast batter.
  • Sprinkle half a teaspoon of cinnamon over ground coffee before brewing.
  • Top a fat-free latte or hot cocoa with ground cinnamon.

Chili peppers:

  • Add chopped peppers to chili, burgers, soups, stews, salsa, and egg dishes.


  • Sprinkle on egg salad.
  • Mix half a teaspoon turmeric with 1 cup Greek yogurt and use as a dip or sandwich spread.
  • Add to chicken or seafood casseroles, and to water when cooking rice.


  • Add fresh chopped or minced garlic to pasta dishes, stir-fry dishes, pizza, fresh tomato sauce, and meat and poultry recipes.


  • Add 1/8 teaspoon dried to scrambled eggs, salad dressings, and store-bought or homemade marinara sauce.
  • Sprinkle some on top of pizza, and stir into black bean soup.


  • Make a sandwich with low-fat mozzarella cheese, sliced tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves; add fresh leaves to green salads.


  • Sprinkle dried thyme onto cooked vegetables in place of butter or margarine.
  • Add 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme to two scrambled eggs, and to salad dressings.
  • Use it in a rub when cooking salmon.
  • Add fresh thyme to chicken salad and chicken soup.


  • Add dried crushed rosemary to mashed potatoes and vegetable omelets.


  • Add chopped flat leaf parsley to meatballs and meat loaf, and to bulgur salad.


  • Grate fresh ginger into quick bread batters and vinaigrette.
  • Add chopped ginger to stir-fries. Sprinkle ground ginger on cooked carrots.


  • Sprinkle ground cloves on applesauce, add to quick bread batters, and add a pinch to hot

5 ways of preventing food-borne illnesses

May 25, 2010 by  
Filed under HEALTHCARE

Now that summer is almost here, more and more cases of food poisoning and food-borne infections are reported. More are expected in the coming months. While some of these cases are due contaminated food sold in supermarkets, most contamination actually occurs right in our own kitchen, and thus, with appropriate actions can be avoided. Our local newspaper has given us a couple of tips on how to avoid food-borne diseases. I add a couple of my own.

Wash hands. Such a simple action can avoid a lot of health issues. Hands should be washed before and after kitchen work, before and after handing food stuffs especially raw meat and fish.
Rings, bracelets and watches should not be worn while working in the kitchen.

Use your fridge and freezer properly. This means keeping these appliances at the right temperatures. The fridge should ideally be at 4°C, the deep freezer at -18°C. The freezer compartment of most fridges goes down only to -4°C and therefore shouldn’t be used for long-term storage.
Overfilling your fridge and freezer is not recommended as this can cause disruption in the temperatures.

Store food properly. Follow instructions on the food packaging in terms of storage. The time lag between supermarket and fridge/freezer should be as short as possible.
If possible, store separately food that needs to be cooked and ready-to-eat food stuff. Raw fish and meat are especially susceptible to spoilage and contamination.
Stored food should be placed in a proper container such as a box or a plastic foil. Not all containers can withstand freezing temperature and may break when used in the freezer. Do not store food in the metal tins it came with.
Do not eat food that is spoiled or expired. Pay attention to the expiration date!
Do not mix left-overs with freshly prepared food when storing.

Defrost food the right way. Defrosting deep-frozen food should not be done at room temperature but in the fridge at 5°C. I usually transfer frozen food to the fridge the night before just before I go to bed.
If time for defrosting is rather short, the defrosting option of the microwave can be useful.
Do not refreeze thawed food, raw or cooked.
Dispose of thaw water properly.

Keep your kitchen, utensils, and appliances clean. This includes the countertops, the fridge, the freezer and the oven. The fridge should be cleaned regularly whereas the freezer should be defrosted properly.
Remember that cleaning solutions may be effective against dirt and germs but they can also be toxic on their own. Try to use natural home cleaners instead.

Organizing Your Kitchen-Safety First!

June 16, 2008 by  
Filed under ALZHEIMER'S

So, are you getting control of your clutter? How’s the organization coming along? Here’s what we’ve covered so far.

Why Get Organized?

General Organization 101

Caregiver Organization Books and Papers

Conquering the Clutter in Your Closets

Organizing Your Bedroom

Today, we turn our attention to the kitchen. A neat and well organized kitchen can save lots of time. Toss in some deliberate meal planning and you will gain at least an hour, if not more per week.

However, from a caregiving perspective, you want to first and foremost, make sure that the kitchen is a safe place. It is for this reason that I’ll dedicate today’s post to safety concerns.

If there is any question with regards to proper utilization of knives, scissors or small appliances like blender, mini-choppers, food processors, etc. then they should be put out of reach.

Give serious attention to the “junk drawer.” It’s an accident waiting to happen. Screwdrivers, scissors, knives and matches can cause major problems. Even seemingly innocuous items like pencils, erasers, pens and safety pins can be problematic.

Consider childproof latches on cabinets where cleaning supplies and medications are kept.

Kitchen rugs are cute, but can be a real hazard. Be sure they are non-slip. Also watch to see if your loved one’s depth of perception is off. Depending on the color or texture, your loved one may feel as if he or she has to step up or down to properly negotiate the carpet. This could result in injury due to slip or fall. At some point throw rugs may need to be thrown away.

The stove, oven, dishwasher and garbage disposal are also potentially dangerous. The stove and oven are self-explanatory. Burns can occur and damage can occur via the dishwasher if not properly used. A confused person can easily get his or her hand or something else caught in the garbage disposal.

You will have to adjust your own safety measures depending up on your loved one and where he or she is in the disease process.

Just think, “safety first” AND to be willing to err on the side of caution as you battle the monster, Alzheimer’s disease.

Related Posts with Thumbnails

NOTE: The contents in this blog are for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or a substitute for professional care. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before making changes to any existing treatment or program. Some of the information presented in this blog may already be out of date.