Nutrition and wellness is tasteful
Exercise is a benefit to every part of the body--mind included.
Exercise makes you look better, lose weight, and lowers your risk of many chronic diseases, and slows down aging.
"You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces--just good food from fresh ingredients."
"If we're not willing to settle for 'junk living,' we shouldn't settle for junk food."
Food is medicine
"Let medicine be thy food, and food be thy medicine."
"Don't eat anything your great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food."
Thursday, April 17, 2014
To tell you the truth, I myself did not know about the Slow Food Movement until quite recently. But, if you are interested in learning about good, clean and fair food, Slow Food is where to start! In short, Slow Food goes against everything that Fast Food is by honoring home cooked meals, caring for our environment, eating and shopping locally, buying organic and so much more!
Here are 10 salient points to know and recognize anytime you hear the words, "Slow Food":
1. Start out by knowing what Slow Food means...
Slow Food is not only about food, but more about a lifestyle -- a healthy lifestyle by which to follow. This healthy lifestyle change is meant to join us to the way we see/consume our food socially, politically, environmentally and more. This movement is all about "Sobre Mesa", literally meaning "above" "table", but it actually means more than that. Sobre Mesa is all about enjoying your meal thoroughly and getting caught up in after dinner table talk. Fast food just does not do this, period!
2. You can Join a Slow Food group in your region
Although the Slow Food group is growing slowly, it is growing nonetheless and at this point it has over 80,000 members in 120 countries. If you want to get involved, do a google search for a group in your neighborhood. It is always great to find other like-minded people!
3. Get cooking
The healthiest way to get on the healthy bandwagon is to start cooking yourself. That means being creative in the kitchen and yes, looking at old family cook books, get curious about ingredients and just do it! There is nothing better than knowing you are responsible for knowing how to prepare a delicious and nutritious meal!
4. Shop locally
Just as it says, shop locally, like farmer's markets or local fruit and veggie stands. Knowing that you actually know where your food is coming from is so empowering and it helps the environment at the same time!
5. Avoid genetically modified food
Yes, while foods have been modified for hundreds of years, there still is a mysterious element to what the nutritional properties and wholesomeness is of these types of products. Many questions yet unanswered!
6. Buy organic
Buying organic really speaks to what Slow Food is trying to do by really honoring food choices that have no pesticide use as well as chemical use. These artificial means of caring for conventionally grown foods may even stunt the natural nutrients contained in the fruit or vegetable.
7. Grow your own food
In growing your own food, you can truly be proud of a great accomplishment! It would be so nice to go out into your yard and pick fresh fruits or vegetables for a meal that is about to be prepared. If you have kids, there is no better educational tool than to have them understand where the food came from in the first place...Have you eaten a store-bought tomato as opposed to a home-grown tomato -- big difference!
8. Share your home-cooked meals
Home-cooked meals are memorable and so appreciated by those who eat out a lot or just don't like to cook at all. It may even inspire them to take some cooking classes or find other alternatives to choosing foods more wisely.
9. Cook with the kids
Once again, getting kids in the kitchen at an early age is the best way for them to learn and get excited about food.
10. Pack a healthy lunch
No doubt, going to a restaurant or eating out once in a while can be fun or a nice change of pace, but if you made that time limited and concentrated on eating a healthy packed meal from home, you will be giving yourself good fuel to conquer the day.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
- The Shine
- Basis Watch
gives a panoramic view of what these devices can do and how they keep people interested and engaged.
You can read about these three devices, here.
On another note, Kolasa's Guide to Healthier Living which was written about in a web magazine called the Daily Reflector based out of Greenville, Pitt County and eastern North Carolina, had an interesting comment from a reader.
The comment in the article for healthy living asked if wearable health monitors really worked and were good to have. Advice was given from a medical student who stated that they can indeed help with the improvement of one's nutrition.
A staggering statistic: 85 to 90 percent of positive health outcomes are the result of an individual's own behavioral change. These mHealth gadgets allow people to work with technology more to balance their busy lives in healthier ways.
Check out the article to learn more here....
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Remarkably, star anise has been used for thousands of years by Chinese practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for the flu in order to alleviate the disturbances that mucous can cause in the respiratory tract. It is known to act as an expectorant; but, more importantly, for those who have suffered from the many complications caused by the flu, it has been found that a compound in the fruit is used for Tamiflu. Tamiflu is by far the most commonly prescribed medicine for treating the flu and the compound name found within the star anise for its medicinal powers is called shikimic acid.
How is Star Anise used in culinarian ways? This pretty fruit goes well with certain spices like Allspice, Cinnamon, Cumin, Nutmeg, Chile, Ginger and more. It happens to go well in recipes that contain ingredients such as chicken, pork, duck, stir-fries, marinades, fruit desserts and more.
Although, a cautionary word of advisement is that the FDA -- which that considers this fruit to be pretty safe -- does advice against giving star anise tea to babies or kids for colic. Additionally, the FDA recommends that breastfeeding moms don't drink this tea for this reason. It was found that an international investigation into this tea showed that the Star Anise was being sold as Japanese star anise which looks similar, but is poisonous.
To learn more about the magical and powerful benefits of this fruit, you can also refer to the
Health Benefits of star anise
Star anise (Illicium verum)
The compound Anethole
Other spice pairings that go well with star anise
Thursday, April 10, 2014
There certainly are pros and cons to globalization, but in this particular scenario, it is a bit scary. So, what does that mean for us? According to this article, a new scientific study has revealed that farmers have become more and more globalized by the crops that they grow -- in other words, the three crops mentioned in this article are pretty much taking over where there once was more diversification.
Accordingly, two trends recently were shown to be on a climb upwards. Colin Khoury, a researcher at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture as well as others on his team analyzed 50 years of data by the United Nations' Food & Agriculture Organization.
The first trend?
“Hey, actually, there’s places where diets are diversifying, where they’re adding crops,” says Khoury.
"In parts of Asia, such as China, rice is a declining portion of the average person’s diet as they add in other foods that are now more available. In the U.S., meanwhile, people are eating more imported foods, like mangoes and coconut water."
The second trend?
"Those bigger menus of food also are getting more and more similar to each other, from Nanjing to Nairobi. Everybody is relying more and more heavily on a few dozen global mega-foods.
Many of those foods are part of what you’d call a standard Western diet, including wheat, potatoes and dairy. But other mega-crops come from the tropics, such as palm oil. “It’s grown on a large scale in Malaysia and Indonesia, but it’s become a global commodity in diets essentially everywhere,” says Khoury."
Learn more about how these crops (wheat, soy & palm oil) have become mega crops and be sure to read the mysterious ingredients on the back of the labels too!
|Scroll in to see the 3rd ingredient: Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil|
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
We have all heard the phrase, "Eat the Rainbow," but, does everyone really know what that means? It gets to be so confusing, especially for kids who don't have the equipped understanding of really knowing what good nutrition should be.
Here is a break down of ingredients made to create a better understanding of what "eat the rainbow" really should be.
Purple Cabbage: Nutrition
Red Bell Pepper: Nutrition
Mixed Greens like Swiss Chard, Dandelion Greens, Spinach: Nutrition
|The Rainbow of Good Foods to Eat|
|"Eat the Rainbow" of dangerous ingredients|
|Unnatural Ingredient List for Skittle Candy|
Corn Syrup: Ingredient List
Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil: Ingredient List
Dextin Modified Corn Starch: Ingredient List
Red 40 and other dye ingredients: Ingredient List
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Learn more about Portion Control by clicking on the link below....
Portion Control: Do You Really Know How Much You Are Eating?
Monday, April 7, 2014
The history of this spice, it's unique taste and how it has been used for thousands of years in the kitchen as well as the medicine cabinet adds an intensity to its allure as well. The sweet and piquant flavor that it has comes from an oil that the nutmeg itself contains called myristicin. This oil can be found in many other plants such as carrots, celery and parsley as well.
What is myristicin known for? Myristicin does have healing powers to it (although it has its limits as seen in the following video), but to a lesser degree has proven to be a possible remedy for the prevention of anxiety, cancer, depression, memory loss and more.
In the kitchen, nutmeg goes well with the following spices:
- biscuits and breads
- white sauces
- And...to learn about the nutmeg tree, more culinary uses, history and more, go to this article.
|Custard with Nutmeg|