Resolutions

26 Dec

it’s that time of year when we all make resolutions we don’t keep. still I think it’s a good time to look back at what we accomplished in the last year and what we can improve on. here’s my top three for both.

accomplishments

1. traveled to Texas to visit family

2. managed to follow Dave Ramsey‘ s envelope system

3. made healthy lunches for my family most school/work days

improvements

1. take time to relax and appreciate my family

2. make and freeze dinners for busy week nights

3. spend time in the Word everyday

Now it’s your turn… looking back over the past year what did you do right and what could you improve on.

 

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Moment of Silence for Sandy Hook Victims on Dec. 21 at 9:30am EST

20 Dec

This isn’t about food but it is way more important. Please join me in a national moment of silence tomorrow in honor of the Sandy Hook victims called for by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. At 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday 12/21, spend several minutes reflecting quietly on this terrible tragedy and take a five-minute pause from all online activity.


Moment of Silence for Sandy Hook Victims on Dec. 21

Dinner for Breakfast?

15 Dec

I’ve been reading some articles on eating in reverse. Try eating a large dinner type meal in the morning, a smaller lunch and a teeny tiny breakfast type meal — think high-fiber cereal– for dinner.

The idea is you’ll burn it off throughout the day and you’ll be less hungry therefore you’ll lose weight.

Here is an article from the Daily Record (UK) about A-list stars who enjoy the Reverse Diet plan. This article says you no longer need to count calories or feel deprived. You simply need to reverse the order of your meals every day and watch the pounds drop away. They suggest meals of meatloaf or grilled chicken, or eggs with baked beans.

Huff Post has some ideas for turning dinner leftovers into breakfast. Things like taco night into breakfast burritos and pot roast into breakfast hash. This sounds more appealing to me but isn’t the point to eat less for dinner? So where would you get the left over roast?

Livestrong.com explains that “the basic reasoning behind the reverse diet is that you can better burn off the fat, sugars and calories of your biggest meal of the day if you eat that meal in the morning.” The article also notes that there does not appear to be scientific evidence to support weight-loss claims associated with this diet. Furthermore, while some dieters will respond to this approach of emphasize “reasonable portions,”  others may need more structure.

Could you do it?  I don’t know about you but I can do cold pizza for breakfast but I don’t think I could handle meatloaf or salmon first thing.

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Crazy About Kale

26 Nov

Back to the NBC Today article that I mentioned in my last post

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I noticed kale popped up in three categories so I figured it had to be a super inflammation fighter.

Here are some of the benefits of kale relating to arthritis excerpted from Fight Arthritis with these foods:

Vitamin C:  Vitamin C is one of the nutrients most responsible for the health of collagen, a major component of cartilage. If you have osteoarthritis, I wouldn’t want you to risk your health with supplements, so you should only get vitamin C from food sources — not from an individual supplement (100% of the Daily Value found in a standard multivitamin is fine, but avoid brands with larger amounts).

Some of the best foods for vitamin C: guava, sweet peppers (yellow/red/green), oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, pineapple, kohlrabi, papayas, lemons, broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts, kidney beans, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower, red cabbage, mangos, white potato (with skin) and mustard greens.

Carotenes: The carotenoids are a group of powerful antioxidant nutrients found in many fruits and vegetables. When it comes to arthritis, the carotenoid called beta-cryptoxanthin may reduce the risk of developing inflammation-related disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers from the United Kingdom found that adding just one additional serving each day of a food high in beta-cryptoxanthin helped reduce arthritis risk.

Some of the best foods for beta carotene include: sweet potato, carrots, kale, butternut squash, turnip greens, pumpkin, mustard greens, cantaloupe, sweet red pepper, apricots and spinach.

Some of the best foods for beta cryptoxanthin include: winter squash, pumpkin, persimmons, papaya, tangerines, red peppers, corn, oranges and apricots.

Bioflavonoids — quercetin and anthocyanidins:  The bioflavonoids quercetin and anthocyanidins are both forms of antioxidants. The anti-inflammatory effects of quercetin may seem to be similar to those of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as aspirin and ibuprofen).

Some of the best foods for quercetin: onions (red, yellow, white), kale, leeks, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, blueberries, black currants, elderberries, lingonberries, cocoa powder, apricots and apples with skin (*Red Delicious).

I recently found kale salad in a box at the grocery store. It comes with shredded carrots and is perfect for lunch. I add some pears and goat cheese or strawberries and blue cheese with balsamic vinaigrette. The great thing about kale is you can dress it ahead of time with out it going soggy. So no need to bring a separate container of dressing to work for lunch.

Do you like kale? What’s your favorite way to eat it?

Fight With Food

23 Nov

In the early stages of my research on how to find relief for arthritis through diet, I found this fantastic article on NBC Today called Fight Arthritis with these foods.

I discovered that there are certain foods that can help with inflammation (which is what arthritis is).

I decided to try the first thing on the list: Omega-3 fatty acids.

According to the NBC Today Health people: “The healthiest of fats for people with arthritis or other inflammatory disorders are omega-3 fatty acids, one of the polyunsaturated fats… More than a dozen studies have demonstrated that omega-3 fish oils can reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Study participants reported greater strength, less fatigue, reduced joint swelling and tenderness, less joint stiffness and less pain.”

The omega-3 fatty acids foods that I have tried are: salmon (canned in my case but wild or fresh are good too), flaxseed (ground but oil is ok too — not whole), and walnuts. Here are a few other good choices that I haven’t got to yet: herring, mackerel (not king), sardines, anchovies, rainbow trout, Pacific oysters, and omega-3-fortified eggs.

I can’t say if it is helping yet or not, but adding more omega-3 fatty acids can’t be a bad thing for my overall health.

My omega-3 power breakfast is a take on a hot breakfast you can get at a certain coffee company shop except my version has ground flaxseed and costs a lot less.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Old Fashioned Quaker Oats – Quick Oats
1 cup Hot Water
Handful of walnut halves, crushed by hand
Handful of assorted raisins
1-2 Tbs of ground flaxseed*

Method:

Place oats in a bowl.
Pour hot water over oats.
Crush walnut halves as you add them to the bowl.
Add raisins to the bowl.
Stir.
Wait 3 minutes, add flaxseed and stir again.
Enjoy!

*Figure out if your stomach can handle two tablespoons at a time. That is the recommended daily serving but you might need to break it up. Try one tablespoon in your oatmeal and the second in your yogurt (plain Greek with honey, perhaps?) for a snack.

 

Why Another Blog About Food

19 Nov

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You might be thinking there are so many food blogs out there why do we need another one. Well, you might not, but I do. I recently found out the cause of some discomfort in my back was due to 1. my lack of strength and 2. arthritis in my lower back. I decided to get strong and get healthy. This blog will be my place to record what I am learning about eating and living for health.

Please share with me any insights your have on healthy eating and healthy living. What’s your best tip for eating right when time and money is tight? To get you started, mine is simply plan ahead.