Category Archives: Food: Healer or Killer?

Shake, Shake, Shake…

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Shake, shake, shake… shake your booty! NOT the salt shaker. This is coming from a gal who salted EVERYTHING regardless of whether it needed it or not. Today I rarely add salt. I’ve learned to love food for what it is – NUTRITION. Added sodium is not nutritious, especially refined sodium. The food that is meant to nourish our bodies has the proper amount of sodium we need. These foods do not include processed foods which are loaded with sodium. So, put the salt shaker down and shake your booty instead!

Check out these articles and do a little research yourself on the dangers of added sodium:

The Health Dangers of Table Salt

Is sea salt better for your health than table salt?

More on sea salt

Fat Floats!

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Are you getting the proper amount of fiber in your diet? Fiber – it’s really not as boring as you might think. It’s found in a variety of nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, seeds, nuts and beans. I think the average person will find that they are not consuming enough fiber on a daily basis. Here and here are two of many articles on the health benefits of fiber – use them as a starting point in your own research on why fiber is such an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

Rex Russell, M.D., when asked how much fiber we need, says he often gives the answer that we only need to look in our toilets. Fat hitches a ride on insoluble fiber as it passes through the bowel. Fat floats!

Fruits and Vegetables: Healer

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I wanted to share a site I came across: www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov Its full of great information about fruits and vegetables with tips on incorporating more of these amazing sources of nutrition into your diet. I especially like the subcategory Fruit and Vegetable of the Month because I want to try new and different healthy ways of eating my fruits and veggies. My plan is to try something new each week. I challenge you to do the same!

I had a delicious and healthy treat with my lunch yesterday…

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Peaches and Cream! One small peach halved (skin on)* pit removed, 2 heaping tablespoons of Nonfat Vanilla Greek Yogurt and one crushed Vanilla Wafer. 80 Calories!

I cannot tell you how delicious this is. I usually sit outside in the warm sunshine to eat my lunch and this cold and refreshing fruit treat was perfect for a healthy summertime snack.

*Always eat the skin of fruits and vegetables when they are edible. The skin is full of nutrients that are beneficial to your health.

Resveratrol: Healer

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Black Grapes?! I’ve never eaten them before yesterday, and honestly, I don’t remember ever seeing them before yesterday. I’ll admit that I plucked one from the bunch and tasted it before I purchased. They are delicious! They pack a little more punch than their purple sisters. I was excited about that because they have more Resveratrol than the purple grapes I have been eating. In the future, I’ll definitely choose black over purple when available.

I’ve been reading this book. The author, along with other resources, made me realize how important dark skinned fruits and vegetables are to our health and wellness. I highly recommend grabbing a copy for yourself.

Go grab a handful of grapes. Here’s 5 good reasons why:

1. They are delicious!

2. They are packed with Resveratrol.

3. They have been linked to lowering LDL Cholesterol and preventing clogged arteries.

4. They have the potential to stop the spread of cancer cells and aid in the prevention of a whole host of other health problems due to their Quercertin content.

5. Your kids will love them too!