Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Making Kefir

Kefir was recommended to me by a friend. It contains considerably more probiotics than yogurt. I'm going to give this a try.


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Alzheimer's Disease Prevention

There's been a  lot of hopeful news lately about Alzheimer's prevention/cure. One of the things that has been discovered is that a diabetes drug might help and trials may be completed within 15 years. According to Dr. Richard Isaacson the reasoning behind this is that sugar causes inflammation throughout the body. It is thought that changing your diet, limiting sugar (a high salt diet can also impact memory) and including these foods can reduce the risk of Alzehimer's.

Other recommendations are to fast two days a week for 14 hours (don't eat for 14 hours between dinner and breakfast) and also lower sugar and carbohydrates in your diet.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Food Pyramid

The Biggest Loser food pyramid chart recommends a high proportion of fruits and vegetables per day along with 3 servings of protein foods.


Monday, May 7, 2018

Calories Per Meal

I've been reading some of the Biggest Loser books and one of the suggestions is to separate your calories at the beginning of the day by allocating calories for each meal (3) and snacks (2)

For example if your total calories per day are 1,400 then divide by 4 which will give you 350 calories for each meal. Divide the 350 to give yourself 175 calories for each snack.

1400/4 = 350
350/2 = 175

They recommend if you go over your allocated calories per day, then exercise to burn off those extra calories.

It's always wise to talk to your doctor first to calculate a safe number of calories per day. MyFitnessPal will calculate your personal daily calorie count and it's a great way to keep track of both calories and nutrition. - the basic app is free to use.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Royal Canadian Air Force Exercises Suggested by Helen Mirren

helen mirren-hot body-figure-workout exercise regime-blue dress-250914-goodhousekeeping.co.ukHelen Mirren, at just over 70, is in great shape which she attributes to Royal Canadian Air Force Exercises. These were devised in the 1950s by Dr. Bill Orban to be followed when space and time are limited. The 5BX  range of exercises for men can be completed in eleven minutes. The ladies XBX plan is shown here


I also found a web site that has suggested yoga poses to start the day with.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Foods to Combat Flu

I read something recently that listed foods to combat flu. These are all foods we should be eating anyway for a healthy lifestyle.









Sweet potatoes
Yogurt
Wild salmon
Strawberries
Green tea
Citrus
Almonds
Mushrooms
Chicken soup
Tea
Garlic

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Best Choice is to Buy Local Honey

I hadn't really thought much about honey and the location it comes from until I started watching the "Rotten" series on Netflix.
Apparently it is big business and very competitive. Unless you are purchasing honey collected and distributed by local farms you may be purchasing honey that is a combination of honey from different countries. I noticed on the label on the honey I bought recently it says Internationally Sourced. One of the problems shown in the series is that China, while wanting to undercut the U.S. prices, began to add rice syrup. After complaints by U.S. honey producers and packers, large tariffs were added to honey coming from China. China then shipped it's honey to other Asian countries before being shipped to the U.S. which avoided the high tariffs. Labs are constantly coming up with new tests for the imported honey but cannot guarantee the honey is not adulterated. Also, some overseas honey producers use antibiotics on the bees!
It's probably best to buy local.


Disclaimer

Any information in this blog should not take the place of medical advice from a professional. I am simply sharing my journey.