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Say no to High Fat, High Sugar Diets!

10 Nov

  
High fat and high sugar diets have been linked to a higher risk of acute coronary heart disease. The research shows that this risk is 50% higher in people consuming these diets, than in people consuming a plant based diet.

High fat and high sugar diets have also been linked to increased insulin which can increase risk for diabetes

The easiest way to have a healthy body is to have a healthy diet. Like Michael Pollan puts it: ‘Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.’

Eat Healthy Be Happy!

Did You Know? About GM Salmon…

27 Dec

Salmon

 

Did you know that the FDA approved genetically modified salmon for human consumption?

This fish is developed by AquaBounty an American company which in my opinion, has no respect for humans or the environment. Can you imagine the damage that can be produced if these fish get into the wild and contaminate all the other fish?

We have seen the damage that all the other GMO have caused; Obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease. Please say no to GMO, please say no to GM fish, read the labels, ask the government to label these.

 

And remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Food of The Week: Cherries

1 Aug

Cherries are powerful antioxidants and rich in vitamins B3, B5, C, beta-carotene, biotin, folate, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and fiber.

Thanks to anthocyanins, which are antioxidants they help control free radicals and inflammation. They are also anticarcinogenic.

Cherries also help with arthritis, gout, insomnia, they stimulate the immune system and are great preventing skin aging.

Studies have shown that fresh cherry juice reduces risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

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: 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!

Food of The Week: Quinoa

3 Apr

Quinoa is the only grain that is a complete source of protein, like meat, milk, eggs, soy  or fish. It is the most nutritious of all the grains and has a delicious nutty taste. It was the staple food of the Incas and it’s considered a superfood due to it’s nutritional properties.

Quinoa is rich in calcium, iron and magnesium, high in vitamins B1, B2, B6, E, folate, copper, zinc, potassium and phosphorus.

The nutrients in quinoa are beneficial for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Quinoa also helps reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and colon cancer.

Fresh quinoa must be soaked in water for at least 2 hours, to remove compounds known as saponins that give quinoa a bitter taste. I usually soak it for longer to let it sprout.

Quinoa Salad

(Serves 2)

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 tomato, cut into cubes
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups arugula
  • Cilantro, mint, salt and pepper

After soaking the quinoa, rinse carefully and add to a pot with the water. Add sea salt or Kombu and then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer, cover and cook until the liquid is absorbed.

Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, add salt and pepper as desired. When the quinoa is cooked add and mix with the rest of the ingredients, serve and enjoy!

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

Food of The Week: Lentils

20 Mar

Lentils are small grains, easy to digest and high in vitamins B, C, K, folate, fiber, protein iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.

Due to their high fiber content, they help control blood sugarlower cholesterol levels and prevent colon cancer. They are recommended for pregnant women. 

Unlike beans and other grains, lentils don’t need to be presoaked, so they are a fast dish to prepare. 

Lentil Soup

(Serves 4)

  • 1 cup green or brown lentils
  • 1/2 onion thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups water
  • salt and pepper

In a pot, add olive oil and heat. Add onion, garlic, carrots and celery, cook for about 5 minutes or until onion is soft, then add lentils and tomato, cook together for a few minutes, add water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer until lentils are cooked (about 20 minutes). Enjoy.

Remember… Eat Healthy, Be Happy!