Monday, September 22, 2008

CookingLight.com presents: Portable Power. Vending-machine cuisine doesn't have to be your only option.

CookingLight.com article:

Text by Elise Pierce. Recipes by Robin Vitetta


Ever find yourself running late in the morning and skipping breakfast to get to the airport on time? Or bypassing lunch to finish a report? We've become such a nation of on-the-go nibblers that one of the major requirements of food is that it be portable. And long distances aren't required: The path from canteen vending machine to desk is the most well-traveled of all. We all know those are poor choices -- gooey doughnuts, sticky candy bars, fake cheese crackers. You fill the pit of your stomach, but the pendulum of hunger swings on from one missed meal to the next. Still, what are the options? Here's one: With a little planning, you can pull a delicious, healthy snack out of your briefcase or bag that will bridge the space between rush hour and midnight oil and make you forget all those other joyless journeys to the land of junk. [More...]

Click here for Dr Weil's Advice about 4 Health Snack ideas.

Click Here for Dr. Weil's advice about 4 Unhealthy Snack Ideas. (Btw, I don't like his term "bad" snacks. I don't catagorize foods as good/ bad only less/ more beneficial. Click here for more on this concept.)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Benefits of Fish Oil


Fish oil is one supplement that I recommend to nearly every client. It becomes especially important when working with a student population who cannot not afford to eat fish regularly.

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The American Heart Association recommends the following:

~For people without documented coronary heart disease: (CHD) Eat a variety of (preferably fatty) fish at least twice a week. Include oils and foods rich in alpha-linolenic acid (flaxseed, canola and soybean oils; flaxseed and walnuts).

~Patients with documented CHD Consume about 1 g of EPA+DHA per day, preferably from fatty fish. EPA+DHA in capsule form could be considered in consultation with the physician.

~Patients who need to lower triglycerides 2 to 4 grams of EPA+DHA per day provided as capsules under a physician’s care.

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Here are some articles that I have found helpful.
American Heart Association: [Click Here] [Click Here]
What does Fish Oil do? What does it not do? A summary of the research [Click Here]
RealAge.com Tip: [Click Here]
A handy guide for selecting eco-friendly fish: [Click Here]

Sometimes it's hard to keep all the different fats straight. Here is some information to help:
Fats 101 [Click Here]
Detailed Information [Click Here]

If you're pregnant or going to become pregnant soon, read this information:
Mayo Clinic [Click here]
Fats of Life[Click Here]

Keep the Kids In the Kitchen



I can't stress enough how important it is to teach children to be involved with their food from an early age. Here's an article about how Rachel Ray involves children in the kitchen which then instills an appreciation for food. When children appreciate more than Kraft Mac & Cheese, they get more nourishment from the foods.

Go to NY Times Article

Other ways to involve children with food:
* Let them get involved in growing food from the start of a little seed. Help them to feel comfortable with the fact that good food actually does have a little dirt on it.

* Let children pick out recipes for the family. Keep them involved in every step of the process starting with making a list for grocery shopping, finding the best deal, setting out all the ingredients, measuring out ingredients, stirring, etc.

More to come on this topic....

Comments?

Monday, September 8, 2008

Black Bean Tomato Quinoa

My mother gave me this recipe to try... I haven't yet but I'm going to post it. If someone else tries it... let me know. [Click Here]

Monday, September 1, 2008

Future Topics

I'll keep links to possible future topics that I may comment on at a later time. Please leave a comment if you would like me to address sooner than later.
HFCS
Fat before meals to lower calorie intake? [1] [2] [3]
"Flexitarian" [1]

Weight loss [1]