Notice: Before undertaking any new health regimen consult your family doctor.
You’ve probably heard that eating bread is not good. Of course white bread made with processed bleached flour seems to be the biggest culprit but if you think eating wheat bread is the savings grace, your wrong. It would seem the harmful effects of wheat have increased quite a bit in the past few years and since wheat is a large part of most people’s diets, many are looking for healthy alternatives.
All things considered there is a bread that gives you a healthy option. In fact is is considered the healthiest bread you can eat. It, my friends, is know as Ezekiel Bread.
How is it made? Well for it’s origins you can look to The Bible.
Ezekiel 4:9: “Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself.”
Ezekiel bread is different for several reasons.
While most breads contain added sugar, Ezekiel bread contains none. It is also made from organic, sprouted whole grains. The sprouting process changes the nutrient composition of the grains significantly.
In contrast to most commercial breads, which consist primarily of refined wheat or pulverized whole wheat, Ezekiel bread contains several different types of grains and legumes:
4 types of cereal grains: Wheat, Millet, Barley and Spelt.
2 types of legumes: Soybeans and Lentils.
All the grains and all the legumes are organically grown and allowed to sprout before they are processed, mixed together and baked to produce the final product.
It’s important to point out that wheat, barley and spelt, All, contain gluten.
This being the case Ezekiel bread is out of the question for people with Celiac Disease or Gluten sensitivity.
Ezekiel bread is available in many supermarkets and health food stores. You can also find a way to make your own if you look for “Ezekiel bread recipe” on Google.
Happy, Healthy Eating.
A Keto diet is one that consists of high fat (70-80% of calories), relatively high protein (20-25% of calories) and low carbohydrates (5-10% of calories). It is typically made up of animal-based foods – below is a dot point summary. However, There is no living population that displays longevity having consumed a Ketogenic diet.
A vegan or plant-based diet is typically made up of 55-60% of calories from carbohydrates, 20-25% of calories from protein and 15-25% of calories from fat.
What are the main differences?
On a Vegan Diet you can consume;
Whole grains (brown rice, wild rice, black rice, oats, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, corn), Legumes (chickpeas, lentils, black beans, fava beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, soy beans etc) Starchy and non-starchy whole vegetables (potato, sweet potato, carrot, broccoli, eggplant, pumpkin, zucchini, dark leafy greens), Whole fruits (all), Plant milk (almond, soy, hemp, macadamia, pea, etc.), Nuts & seeds in moderation, Oils in moderation (olive, coconut, avocado)
Does not include: Animal products (butter, ghee, meat, fish, eggs, cheese, cow milk, etc.), Many saturated fats, Processed oils (or if it does, minimal).
On a KETO Diet you can consume;
Meat: Beef, Pork, Fish, Chicken, Eggs, Cheese, Milk, Nuts & Seeds, Oils & Fats (mainly avocado, coconut oil, ghee, butter and olive oil), Vegetables (typically limited to dark green leafy vegetables & mushrooms), Fruit (berries in moderation)
Does not include: Starchy vegetables (sweet potato, pumpkin, legumes, etc.), Grains (oats, rice, quinoa, corn, buckwheat, rye, barley), Fruits such as banana, mango, pineapple, apples, oranges.
Keep in mind. Animal protein and fats have been clearly shown to increase your risk of various chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. So by choosing a Keto diet, you are attempting to induce a calorie deficit for a weight loss result while jeopardizing your long term health. Studies have looked into and shown links between chronic Ketosis, a state of acidosis, and increased risk of developing certain cancers.
Something to consider for certain. Happy, Healthy Eating.
Is Zucchini Nutritious?
As the weather starts to get a little cooler so does the desire of the soul for a thick, rich, somewhat decadent soup. Almost a bisque one would say. Easy to make and much better know as Creamy Zucchini Soup.
Creamy Zucchini Soup is the perfect half of that Soup and Sandwich Combination on a Cool Autumn Day. Even better, the starter course on the evening dinner table before the main meal on a coll Fall Evening. Even better still when this delicious fare is just four or so ingredients away.
What will you need. Obviously you’ll need Zucchini. A nice size Sweet Vidalia Onion, Several Cloves of Garlic to taste and Chicken Broth. Cut and cue the Zucchini into small pieces, cut and quarter the Onion, Peel and crush the Garlic Cloves and put it all in a pot to simmer for 20 minutes or so.
Remove from the heat and hit the mixture with an immersion blender, adding a tablespoon of sour cream to the mix. Sprinkle wit Parmesan, add pepper and your ready to serve. Additional Parmesan and Pepper can be added to taste. Viola’
Plate this incredibly savory soup next to a couple of slices of Garlic Bread and accompany with a glass of your favorite wine and you have a comfort food suited for royalty.
You may ask, Is Zucchini Nutritious? YES, Zucchini is an outstanding source of manganese and vitamin C, it is also the best source of dietary fiber that will help keep your body in the best of shape. Zucchini also contains vitamin A, magnesium, folate, potassium, copper, and phosphorus. So there you have.
So get yourself in the kitchen and prepare yourself a good, hot bowl of Creamy Zucchini Soup and Happy, Healthy Eating.
Do You Like Onions ? Have you ever given any thought about if onions are good for us or not?
So here is something I found out just recently, the Nutritional Composition of Raw Onions offer up 10% or more of the daily value for vitamin C, vitamin B-6 and manganese.
Onions also contain small amounts of calcium, iron, foliate, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium and the antioxidants quercetin, a powerful compound that has been suggested to play a role in preventing cancer, especially stomach and colorectal cancers.
Dump whole onions with skin in slow cooker to make Slow Cooker Onion Jam. A delicious side dish to pair with most any other main dish.
Take four or five onions, skin and all and put them in the bottom of a slow cooker and cook them on High for 5 Hours. Then Pull the onions out and peel the skins off. Take kitchen knife and cut the onions into smaller pieces and throw them in a bowl.
Add equal parts to taste of, Salt, Pepper, Cumin, Brown Sugar, Apple Cider Vinegar and stir together.
Now your ready to serve. Serve the Jam up on crackers, or as a side to some spicy fried or Grilled Chicken or even a juicy Steak or Pork Chop. No mater what the main dish the Onion Jam is sure to be a hit.
Did I mention that A mixture of onion juice and honey (which helps make it less pungent) is said to be effective as a cure for fever, common cold, allergies, etc.
Until Next Time, Happy Healthy Eating!
Little do many people know, Lemons should be a part of every healthy diet. Loaded with beneficial nutrients that are good for our overall health.
Many of us include lemons in our everyday diet but we usually juice them or just eat them when we should in fact freeze them and consume them frozen.
There is a god reason for freezing our lemons because we can later use them along with their peel. In case you didn’t know, the highest concentration of important nutrients is actually in the lemon peel.
The biggest mistake we make with lemons is that we throw away the peel but to get all the benefits from them we should consume the whole lemon peel and all because that’s where all the good stuff is.
This citrus fruit is rich in vitamins A, C, E and B6 and minerals like potassium, zinc and iron and also contains a good deal of fiber and protein.
Additionally, lemons are rich in limonoids and flavonoids, nutrients that make your cells stronger and fight the free radicals in your body, preventing a great number of diseases.
Recent studies show that the wide array of nutrients this tropical fruits contains can help in the prevention and treatment of different kinds of tumors, lower your risk of diabetes, get your blood sugar and blood pressure under control and even boost weight loss.
Studies also show that lemons have more than 22 compounds with cancer-fighting properties like pectin, limonene, vitamin C and glycosides.
How to freeze lemons and consume them to get the most out of them?
First, wash the lemons thoroughly and dry them with a towel.
Secondly, Place them in a plastic bag and toss them in the freezer.
Then, when they’re completely frozen you can start using them. Grate or crush them into smaller pieces then add them to your drink, smoothie. You can sprinkle the grated lemons on top of your favorite salad as well.
They will Not Only enhance the meal’s flavor but boost its health benefits too. Put the rest of the lemons back in the freezer for later use.
Try this out the results will be amazing. Your drinks and meals will taste better and you’ll flood your body with all kinds of beneficial nutrients good for your overall health.
Recently I’ve been going through somewhat of a minor, yet not so, health crisis.
It took me to the ER and into the hospital for a week and I can’t say I was very happy but then who is having to e in the hospital.
Just before the first of the year I developed a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection). Not uncommon for me at this particular time of year. I usually go to the Doctor, get and antibiotic and two weeks later I’m good, or not. Sometimes it takes antibiotics for four weeks to get rid of my UTI which by now has infected not only my bladder but my Prostate too.
This was one of those rare times that after a four week regimen of the antibiotics I was still not good. A week after the antibiotics the Nasty UTI was back and I was back at the Doctor.
The culprit, Escherichia coli. This type of UTI is usually caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli), a type of bacteria commonly found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Urinary tract infections aren’t usually serious, but they can be dangerous if the bacteria make their way into the kidneys. Left untreated, a kidney infection (which is considered a UTI) can cause permanent kidney damage and even deadly blood poisoning.
E. Coli, YIKES I thought until I did a little research and found; “E. coli, is responsible for more than 85 percent of all UTIs, according to a 2012 report in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.” I was slightly relieved to ear that.
Even though I’m already on another antibiotic, I thought, I ave to try to see what I can do to kill the pesky E. Coli in my GI Tract or keep it at levels that will not keep infecting me with on going UTI’s. So, I did a little more reasearch.
I found that there was a substance that is highly known to control or eliminate the threat of E. Coli in the gut. So, I have started taking “D-mannose”. “Dosage. The typical dose of D-mannose for UTI treatment is 500 mg, in capsule or powder form, taken in a glass of water or juice every two to three hours for five days.”
Remember, I’m Not a Doctor just relating my story to you. If you are thinking about starting any new health regimen Consult Your Doctor first. GOD Speed.
Happy Healthy Living.
Why should everyone think about eating more Fruits and Vegetables?
Eating vegetables provides health benefits – people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are more likely to have a reduced risk of chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.
Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may reduce risk for heart disease, including heart attack and stroke. Eating a diet rich in some vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet may protect against certain types of cancers.
Diets rich in foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, contribute to the help reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
Eating vegetables and fruits rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may help lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
Foods such as vegetables that are lower in calories per cup instead of some other higher-calorie food may be useful in helping to lower calorie intake.
Fruits and Vegetables provide important Vitamins and Minerals. Vitamin A keeps eyes and skin healthy and helps to protect against infections. Vitamin C helps heal cuts and wounds and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Vitamin C aids in iron absorption.
Dietary fiber from vegetables, as part of an overall healthy diet, helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower risk of heart disease. Fiber is important for proper bowel function. It helps reduce constipation and diverticulitis. Fiber-containing foods such as vegetables help provide a feeling of fullness with fewer calories.
So give some serious thought to eating more Fruits and Vegetables. You'll look better, feel better and most probably live longer.
Happy Healthy Eating !
So as we get older and you haven’t eaten health for years? Things start to break down and start giving us problems. In my case it all started with Diabetes about 15 years ago. I had always been a Big Guy and never payed much attention to what I ate or how much of it I ate and over the years that bad habit came up from behind me and bit me in the, well, you know.
It was after a horrible bout with Cellulitis that cause a flaming hot red area of bumps on my crotch accompanied by a just as horrible Yeast Infection that nothing I could get my hand on would cure, not to mention I had started to have to wear Reading Glasses 300 Strength just to be able to see. SO I found myself in the Emergency room before the doctor.
I told him what I was experiencing and he asked me to show him. Embarrassed but without any other choice I dropped my draws and viola. He took one look and asked me, “Have you been taking your Diabetes Meds?” I replied, “No, I don’t have Diabetes.”
To which he said, “I bet you do.”
Two Insulin Shots later he was writing me a script for Metformin and I asked him if I would have to take it for the rest of my life. He told me that If I lost quite a bit of weight and started eating right It might help. 6 months later I had lost 100 pound and Diabetes went away but, if only it had been that easy.
It’s almost impossible to keep a chubby person who was brought up on Tortillas and fried food away from all that. Several years and many, many Tortillas later later I had gained All my weight back and then some. This would happened several more times during the next 20 years.
If only that was it? Now I’ve been told that I have Reduced Renal Function. What? Yes.
Now I have to to go to a Nephrologists, a Renal Specialist. I can only hope the damage wasn’t a result of my Diabetes and High Blood Pressure and is Fixable.
So I ask you to watch what you eat. Start eating more Fruits and Veggies and Less Red and Processed Meats and Dairy Products. Less Processed White Breads and Eat More Whole Grains. Start a regular exercise program. It doesn’t have to be a huge marathon or weight training just start moving your body every day even if it’s a little.
An Update Next Time on Happy Healthy Eating. GOD Speed.
HOLD UP, WAIT A MINUTE. A Meatless Burger at Mickey D's ?
YES, It's True, Well Sort of but not at a McDonalds anywhere near you unless your in Sweden or Finland.
In an effort to try to attract more young people who apparently are leaning more Vegan these days, McDonald's has developed and is testing their McVegan. After finding out that Only 1 out of every 5 Millennials had ever tried a Big Mac, the burger chain has decided to start thinking and acting outside the bun.
The McVegan boasts a Soy based patty and a new special sauce that is made without eggs. Add the regular lettuce, pickles, onions and tomato and viola you've got the All New McVegan.
McDonalds is serving the New McVegan in the small city of Tampere, Finland for a 7 week trail period. Good news, initial feedback has been more than stellar so McDonalds has added the McVegan to those location permanently at about $5.80 a lot cheaper than many other items on the menu there.
The Bad News. McDonalds has No Plans to Add The McVegan to their Menu in other countries for now but you never know.
If your near a White Castle Burgers stop by for their Vegan and Black Bean Sliders.
Not to worry though. Many restaurants in the U.S. Are realizing that their customers have started asking for more Vegan friendly items so don't be surprised if more and more places start adding meat free burgers and yes even tacos and enchiladas.
The Vegan friendly revolution is rolling on and may affect the way we all eat sooner than we thing.
Happy Healthy Eating.
Eating Healthy Every Day Is So Very Important. Here are 7 Alkaline Foods that Fight Diabetes, Pain, and Cancer
Recent research has managed to prove that if we consume foods that create acids, they’ll damage our liver and kidneys in time. These foods are also connected to the development of Diabetes.
Luckily, there is a great way we can help neutralize the effects of the acid on our bodies. This is by eating foods which are more alkaline because they help restore the natural pH balance of our body.
Spinach, Always consume more leafy greens because they are abundant in nutrients.
They also contain plenty of chlorophyll which is a very powerful alkalizing agent and blood builder.
Cucumber is a vegetable which is abundant in water and should be used as a hydrating food. It’s abundant in antioxidants like lignans. They are polyphenols which can also be found in cruciferous vegetables. Cucumbers are also full of pinoresinol, secoisolariciresinol, lariciresinol. These are lignans that are connected to a decreased risk of various types of cancer like: breast, ovarian, prostate, uterine, as well as cardiovascular problems.
Avocado, my Favorite, contains plenty of oleic acid that can help us decrease the bad cholesterol. It can also stimulate the production of antioxidants and decrease the appearance of any cardiovascular problem.
These oils can help us lose weight by improving our metabolism. Avocado contains an abundance of nutrients that can help us against cancer, blood sugar, heart problems, cardiovascular problems and inflammatory problems.
Broccoli, eating it every day, it will improve our overall health by improving our energy and our vitality. It can inhibit the growth of cancer cells, but also promote our digestive health, stimulate the process of detoxification, offer us plenty of antioxidants and improve our whole immune, cardiovascular system, our skin, our metabolism etc.
Kale possesses alkaline, cancer-fighting, cholesterol-lowering, detoxifying and antioxidant-dense properties. It contains plenty of vitamin C, A and K as well as plenty of chlorophyll.
Kale is also full of glucosinolates which transfer into cancer-fighting substances when we intake them.
Bell Pepper are full of nutrients which belong to the carotenoid family. They have almost 30 of them. They are very beneficial for our health, especially against inflammation, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, macular degeneration etc.
Celery is abundant in vitamin C which is one of its best benefits. It also contains plenty of phthalides that decrease our levels of cholesterol as well as coumarins that can prevent the appearance of various types of cancer.
Happy, Healthy Eating !