Archive | April, 2012

Food of The Week: Brussels Sprouts

23 Apr

Brussels sprouts are one of the most healing vegetables. They are full of cancer fighting, immune-boosting pytonutrients. Rich in vitamins K, C, A, folate, potassium, iron and fiber.

Like most cruciferous vegetables, brussels sprouts contain sulforaphane which has been found to reduce cancer cell proliferation. Isothiocyanates and sinigrin are other cancer fighting phytonutrients present in them.

They also protect against heart disease and inflammatory polyarthritis.

I love to bake them in the oven with olive oil, garlic, sea salt and rosemary. Cut them vertically in half, cook them for about 40 minutes and enjoy!

Remember… Eat Healthy, be Happy!

Sherbourne

20 Apr

Sherbourne, what a lovely surprise!

Chef Keven Lee exceeded my expectations! When he came over to our table and offered to prepare anything I could dream of, I thought he was kidding and although the menu items looked fantastic, I decided to take his word and have him cook something special for me.

I was blown away. All I had to do was tell him my food restrictions and he prepared the most amazing fish dish I have ever had in my whole life! Dairy, meat, poultry and processed ingeredients free! The flavors were amazing!

My friends had a taste of the potato cart and were delighted with it and with all of their dishes as well.

The place is fantastic, discreet, elegant and cool.

It is a MUST!

Can’t wait to go back this weekend!

Sherbourne
327 N Sherbourne Dr
West Hollywood

327sherbourne.com

Diabetes and Phthalates

18 Apr

Phthalates are a chemical found in water bottles, packaging, detergents, cosmetics, perfumes, pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements and many, many more.

A recent study published that phthalates have been found to increase the risk for diabetes. Researchers found phthalates to affect glucose stability and alter insulin secretion and insulin resistance. 

Phthalates have also been linked to other diseases like endocrine problems, ADHD, infertility, obesity and cancer.

To avoid phthalates read the labels! Avoid any products that contains “fragrance,” avoid anything vinyl, candles (unless soy, organic and with essential oils) and air fresheners, avoid buying plastic packed food, water bottles, look for earth friendly products.

Remember… Eat healthy, Be Happy!

Food of the Week: Cauliflower

17 Apr

Cauliflower is rich in vitamins K, C, B6, folate, magnesium, omega 3 and fiber. It also contains sulforaphane, a substance that has been found to reduce the risk for cancer and heart disease. Cauliflower aids in the production of antibodies and hemoglobin and it’s protective against allergies and asthma.

You can substitute mashed potatoes for mashed cauliflower. Simply cook the cauliflower and add a little olive oil and sea salt. This is a delicious and healthier alternative.

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Eat More: Antioxidants

13 Apr

To understand what antioxidants are, first, we have to understand free radicals.

Free radicals are molecules, with unpaired electrons, which attack cell walls through a chemical reaction (oxidation). It makes cells unstable, which in turn, make other cells unstable, and so on.

Antioxidants are molecules which bind to the free radicals stabilizing them so they can cause no harm to cells.

This is important because free radicals have been found to be a part of:

  • Premature aging
  • Chronic disease
  • Cancer

Antioxidants are abundant in fruits and vegetables. We have to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and nuts everyday. No need to take antioxidant supplements, just add a few of these to your diet everyday:

  • Beans
  • Blueberries
  • Artichokes
  • Raspberries
  • Apples
  • Pecans
  • Broccoli
  • Squash
  • Carrots
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Whole grains

Remember… Eat Healthy, be Happy!

Did You Know?… About Cruciferous Vegetables

12 Apr

Did you know that cruciferous vegetables have been found to be protective against cancer?

Several medical studies have published many times that a plant based diet is protective against several types of cancer. Cruciferous vegetables are particularly effective. They are rich in phytonutrients which control the risk of exposure to carcinogens, others which are protective against them and many more which have antioxidant protection.

Make sure you add lot’s of these to your diet:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Bok choy
  • Arugula

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Food of the Week: Apple

10 Apr

The old saying “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away” is completely true!

Apples are rich in antioxidants, which are protective against several cancers. They are also rich in fiber, vitamins B3, C, E, K, biotin, folate, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and manganese.

Apples are diuretic and detoxifying. They help lower cholesterol levels, they lower the risk for developing asthma and some studies claim they can lower the risk for diabetes as well.

I love to add an apple to my vegetable juice and if you want to eat to whole fruit never peel it. The peel has been found to have lot’s of antioxidants.

Remember… Eat healthy, Be Happy!