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There’s a new reason to eat eggs for breakfast…New research has discovered how you can lower your blood pressure with this breakfast superfood.

egg whites lower your blood pressure

Research shows that you can lower your blood pressure by eating healthy egg white omelettes.

Researchers from Clemson University just presented their findings at the annual American Chemical Society meeting in New Orleans.

“Our research suggests that there may be another reason to call it ‘the incredible, edible egg,’” said study leader Dr. Zhipeng Yu. “We have evidence from the laboratory that a substance in egg white — it’s a peptide, one of the building blocks of proteins — reduces blood pressure about as much as a low dose of Captopril, a high-blood-pressure drug.”

Read the Full Article Here on The American Chemical Society

Busting the Yolk of Bad PR

It’s only recently that studies have started to show the nutritional benefits of eggs. They’re a great source of protein. And they are low in saturated fat making them an ideal food choice. The yolk contains all the cholesterol. But it also packs lots of great nutrients such as zinc, iron, and vitamins A and D.4

You’ll get all the protein and blood pressure-lowering benefits from the egg whites. An egg white omelet or scrambled eggs with fresh veggies is a great way to start your morning. Always buy organic, free-range eggs. Now lowering your blood pressure can be delicious and healthy. We can’t say the same about blood pressure medication.

The son of cooking star Paula Deen whose southern roots came with lots of high fat, high sugar recipes has transformed a lot of those favorites into heart healthy versions. MensFitness.com shared this simple and delicious egg white omelette recipe from Bobby Deen.

Ingredients…

  • 4 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • Salt
  • 1 10-oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed (with all excess water squeezed out)
  • 4 plum tomatoes, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • Nonstick cooking spray

Instructions:

1. In small skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch salt; cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until onion is softened.

2. Add the spinach; cook and stir until hot.

3. Add the tomatoes, pepper to taste, and another pinch salt; cook and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat; cover and keep warm.

4. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg whites, water, and a pinch salt until frothy.

5. Lightly coat a medium nonstick skillet or omelet pan with cooking spray; heat skillet over medium heat. Add one-fourth of the egg whites, swirling to evenly cover the bottom of the pan. Cook for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until set, using a rubber scraper to lift eggs up occasionally, letting runny egg flow underneath.

6. Spoon one-fourth of the spinach mixture onto half of omelet, fold over, and slide onto a plate. Repeat with remaining egg whites and spinach mixture.

Serves: 4

Not only are eggs packed with nutritional value they are relatively inexpensive to buy and they can be cooked with all kinds of other healthy vegetables and meats to provide a balanced meal any time of the day. If egg white proteins lower blood pressure as the studies indicate I will be enjoying these delicate little treasures a lot more often.

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More than half of consumers read the labels on food packages that they are buying for the first time. Below are tips for understanding food labels

the importance of reading food labels

Tips for Understanding Food Labels

 

That number indicates that the average consumer feels it’s important to know what’s going into their food but how much of the content on the label is real and how much of it does the consumer actually comprehend?

Tips for Understanding How To Read Food Labels

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Even if you are aware of the ways in which companies mislabel products and manipulate the information to cover up the fact that a product isn’t very healthy, you can never know too much about the way products are labeled and who decides what information is required. Here is the first article in a great series about food labels found on PrecisionNutrition.com

Reading Food Labels: Fact and Fiction

Food labels typically give information such as:

  • Ingredients (including specific additives, such as coloring, emulsifiers, and preservatives)
  • Nutrition information (e.g. calories, grams of fat)
  • Suggested serving size
  • “Best before” date
  • Where the food comes from
  • How to use and store the product

INGREDIENTS

Generally, ingredients appear in order of proportion. In other words, if bread is mostly wheat flour, then wheat flour will be the first ingredient.

In Australia, manufacturers must also specify what percentage of a food is made up by a given ingredient – for instance, if a yogurt contains 6% fruit, the package will say “strawberries (6%)”.

To read the full article click here…

Certainly the industry has made a lot of progress when it comes to food labeling, however it is obvious to the average consumer that more needs to be done to standardize labels and make them more effective. More research needs to be done to establish solid practices  and current laws and codes must be enforced to bring about more consumer trust. Reading food labels won’t necessarily give you all the information you need about a product. Consumers must be diligent and demand better labeling.

To reduce the amount of label reading you have to do, experts recommend that you purchase more fresh whole foods instead of packaged processed foods, then you will only need to look for the “organic” labels!

How well do you understand the labels on the food you eat?

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What is So Special About Wheatgrass?

Many people say they have heard about wheatgrass they’ve just never tried it. It looks like the most boring food in the world…grass, and yet researchers are going nuts over this stuff. You may be wondering “What is so special about wheatgrass?” Check out these two articles for the long and short story of wheatgrass.

What is So Special About Wheatgrass

What is So Special About Wheatgrass?

Some of the superior qualities of wheatgrass and the juice that can be extracted from its blades include the following:

  • Increases red blood-cell count and lowers blood pressure. It cleanses the blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract of debris. Wheatgrass also stimulates metabolism and the body’s enzyme systems by enriching the blood. It also aids in reducing blood pressure by dilating the blood pathways throughout the body.
  • Stimulates the thyroid gland, correcting obesity, indigestion, and a host of other complaints.
  • Restores alkalinity to the blood. The juice’s abundance of alkaline minerals helps reduce over-acidity in the blood. It can be used to relieve many internal pains, and has been used successfully to treat peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis, constipation, diarrhea, and other complaints of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Is a powerful detoxifier, and liver and blood protector. The enzymes and amino acids found in wheatgrass can protect us from carcinogens like no other food or medicine. It strengthens our cells, detoxifies the liver and bloodstream, and chemically neutralizes environmental pollutants.
  • Fights tumors and neutralizes toxins. Recent studies show that wheatgrass juice has a powerful ability to fight tumors without the usual toxicity of drugs that also inhibit cell-destroying agents. The many active compounds found in grass juice cleanse the blood and neutralize and digest toxins in our cells.
  • Contains beneficial enzymes. Whether you have a cut finger you want to heal or you desire to lose five pounds…enzymes must do the actual work. The life and abilities of the enzymes found naturally in our bodies can be extended if we help them from the outside by adding exogenous enzymes, like the ones found in wheatgrass juice. Don’t cook it. We can only get the benefits of the many enzymes found in grass by eating it uncooked. Cooking destroys 100 percent of the enzymes in food.
  • Has remarkable similarity to our own blood. The second important nutritional aspect of chlorophyll is its remarkable similarity to hemoglobin, the compound that carries oxygen in the blood. Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara, president of the Hagiwara Institute of Health in Japan, is a leading advocate for the use of grass as food and medicine. He reasons that since chlorophyll is soluble in fat particles, and fat particles are absorbed directly into the blood via the lymphatic system, that chlorophyll can also be absorbed in this way. In other words, when the “blood” of plants is absorbed in humans it is transformed into human blood, which transports nutrients to every cell of the body.

To read more of the Benefits of Wheatgrass go to Hippocrates Institute 

In it’s fresh and pure state, wheatgrass juice provides astounding amounts of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, it is most definitely a super food. Here is another article by Sheryl Walters for Natural News.com that confirms more good news about wheatgrass and cancer research.

Wheatgrass is an amazingly nutrient dense food. Dr. Earp-Thomas once said that, “15 pounds of wheatgrass is the equivalent of 350 pounds of carrots, lettuce, celery and so forth.” Wheatgrass contains no less than thirteen vitamins and all 20 essential amino acids. It also contains chlorophyll which has some proven health and anti-cancer properties.

A prominent researcher on wheatgrass, Dr. Thelma Arthur has done research showing that the consumption of wheatgrass juice can help in detoxifying the blood and strengthening the immune system. Chlorophyll plays a key role in detoxifying the liver which is where the blood is purified.

I don’t know about you but I’m certainly convinced. I’m going to find a way to get some of that super special wheatgrass into my diet.

 

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Forgiveness is a deliberate decision to move on with your life. Forgiving someone doesn’t mean you weren’t wronged It just means you would rather be happy.

I have a friend, I’ll call her Sally. Sally was married to a nice enough guy but twenty years and four children later, they ended up divorcing. For various reasons Sally’s ex husband had a lot of trouble keeping up with his child support and alimony payments. This caused Sally a great deal of hardship and while she held things together for the sake of her kids she began to feel a lot of resentment towards her ex.

Sally was wronged by her ex and paid a long and painful price for his actions. Her health and financial security were compromised over 8 years time until finally Sally realized her resentment and hurt was making her sick and she decided to forgive him. She released her ex from all his legal debt, accepted her responsibility for her own situation and took steps to restore her life and health. It was the forgiveness that was the key to changing everything and forgiveness is a decision only you can make.

Here is an excerpt from an article By Shelly Bullard that I came across on MindBodyGreen.com that walks you through the forgiveness process and sheds light on the mysterious effect forgiveness has on our lives.

Forgiveness Is a Decision Only You Can Make

The reality is that it starts and ends with you. It has very little to do with the other person. 
I know—this is hard to understand at first. But here’s the deal: what we hold onto within ourselves dictates our reality. Holding a resentment is like holding yourself hostage. Only you can release the prisoner, and (reality check) YOU are the prisoner.
We choose to forgive when we decide it’s more important to be happy than to be right. We choose to forgive when we decide we are ready to let ourselves be free.
I know this is provocative stuff. You might be thinking, “But wait, I was really, really wronged!”
And you’re right, you probably were.
Forgiveness is not about denying what was done to you. Quite the contrary, actually.
Forgiveness is about feeling the hurt, the pain, and the anger about what happened to you, and even amid all those feelings, making a choice to forgive. 
Forgiveness is a decision.
Well, why is forgiveness a decision you’d want to make? Because unresolved resentments dictate our lives.
One more time, because it’s that important that you understand this statement: resentments dictate our lives.
I still find that the hardest person to forgive is the one I see in the mirror. Everyday I try to remind myself not to be too harsh with… myself. The hurtful things we say and do to ourselves and others are like poison. The cure is found by following the steps to forgiveness and that is a decision you are in control of at all times.
Photo credit: deanjenkins from morguefile.com
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Family Wins Weight Loss Challenge

Losing a few pounds is easier when you do it as a group with friends or family. It makes it more fun and interesting too!

This story made my day because the benefits for the Teuscher family went far beyond the $10k prize they received for winning the family weight loss challenge. They all said they are happier now. Being happier every day doesn’t sound like a big deal but happier is super important. Studies show that happy people live longer, healthier lives.

The Teuscher family started living healthier lives and now feel happier! I think you get the picture but if you would like to actually see the winners for yourself and read more details check out this article by Jacque Wilson for CNN Health Section.

Family Wins Weight Loss Challenge

For three months, they cut out sugar and refined carbohydrates; they avoided eating late at night and added exercise to their schedules. They vied for first place with a team named Bravo5A, winning and losing small challenges along the way that only pushed them harder.

“In general, I’m a warrior,” Whicker says. And as a warrior, “you’re never quite happy with just being ahead — you want to be way ahead.”

In the end, they emerged victorious — dropping a combined 255 pounds (16% of their total body weight) to win the competition and the $10,000 prize.

“It’s been nice to have it off — to be able to fit into your old clothes, feel comfortable in groups,” says Teuscher, who lost 47 pounds. “I feel healthier. Happier.”

Whicker used his share of the winnings to put a new motor in his old Mustang. But the real benefits were less materialistic — his cholesterol went down, his blood pressure normalized and his acid reflux disappeared.

“My son the other day got my wallet and pulled out my driver’s license picture … he looked at it and looked at my wife and said, ‘That doesn’t look like Dad anymore,'” Whicker said with a laugh.

I know you are smiling too, you want to be happier and healthier just like this inspirational family. So get together and just do it! It doesn’t matter whether you have an actual family or just a small group of friends, you can organize yourselves the same way. I love the idea of everyone chipping in for a great getaway weekend or some special activity for the grand prize. There are all kinds of ways to start a group or family weight loss challenge just remember to be supportive not critical of each other

Photo credit: clarita from morguefile.com

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Fresh vegetables and fish, healthy fats and oils are all part of a mediterranean diet.

Fresh vegetables and fish, healthy fats and oils are all part of a mediterranean diet.

Greeks, Italians, Spaniards, Israeli’s and other peoples located around the Mediterranean know that their ancient yet balanced mediterranean diet is the most heart healthy way to eat. 

Now there is finally a comprehensive study that says the same thing. In contrast to other previous studies the one most recently released by the New England Journal of Medicine measured their results in numbers of heart attacks and deaths due to heart disease.

Eat a Heart Healthy Mediterranean Diet and Live Longer

The NEJM findings come as no surprise to top cardiologist Chauncey Crandall, M.D., who has seen firsthand the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet in his heart patients and his practice.
“We’ve known for years that the Mediterranean diet is good for you,” notes Dr. Crandall, head of preventive medicine and cardiology services at the world-renowned Palm Beach Cardiovascular Clinic and a Newsmax Health contributor. “But … this study from the NEJM looks at a large population of people that live on the Mediterranean diet.
“And what we’re finding out is that these people live longer, they have a lower incidence of heart disease, they have a lower incidence of cancer. And this is a very basic diet, one that probably most of us would have followed if we had lived 300 years ago.”
 “The biggest thing with this diet [is] it’s a simple diet that many people can follow,” he notes. “It’s one practiced for ages, since the times of Jesus in fact. Sometimes I call it the ‘Jesus Diet.’ ”
Dr. Crandall says his patients who switch to the diet notice a difference in almost immediately.
“The biggest thing is, [No. 1] they lose weight so you notice that right away,” he explains. “The other is surprisingly their complexion changes, they have more color, their color is improved. The third is that often they’ll have mood changes that are favorable.
“Absolutely, I believe in reversing heart disease, and this is a heart-disease reversing diet,” Dr. Crandall says. “When you go on this diet your cholesterol level will markedly plummet and many people are in the position where they can get off their statin drug, so it’s an encouraging diet for that reason.”
Days before the new study was released, Dr. Crandall showcased the Mediterranean diet as one of his top weapons against heart disease the March issue of his monthly Heart Health Report Newsletter.
Here are his tips for maximizing the lifesaving effects of the Mediterranean diet
• Regularly eat cold-water fish, like salmon, and be sure it is not farm-raised.
• Eat organic, free-range eggs, which are richer in beneficial omega-3 fats than factory farm eggs.
• Add nuts, walnuts, almonds, and pecans to your diet, but make sure they are raw and unsalted with no added oil.
• Olive oil is an important component of the Mediterranean diet. Choose cold-pressed, organic olive oil.
• If you don’t drink wine, a glass of organic grape juice will provide the same benefits.
A Mediterranean diet is the most heart healthy way to eat and it’s relatively simple stick to. Try these basic dietary changes and if you can combined them with 3o minutes of gentle exercise 3 times each week you’ll see amazing results much faster than you expect.
Seek out new recipes online or at your local bookstore and explore mediterranean cuisine.

 

 

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Ellen’s Special Guest is 105 Years Old!

Ellen DeGeneres recently had on a special guest by the name of Edythe Kirchmaier. An inspiration, Edythe was celebrating her 105th birthday and she shared her simple secret to longevity with Ellen and her audience. Was it a certain kind of diet or herbal concoction? Nope. Watch the clip and find out. I’ll give you a hint…”Don’t Worry..Be Happy…”

Ellen’s Special Guest is 105 Years Old!

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As our generation ages, an increasing number of people as young as 40 years old are finding that their health is beginning to fail. More than just the natural aging process there are other reasons why disease and poor health are so prevalent today. It starts with what we eat. Our food is the source for most of our illnesses and has the power to heal and prevent diseases. The human body is a complex system of organisms and chemical reactions that mankind is still struggling to understand how it all functions together.

Dr. Stanley Bass, 91 years young is an expert on how to eat to live longer. He shares his views on diet and longevity in this excellent three part interview. An eye opener to say the least!

Dr Stanley Bass-Three part interview on Diet and  Longevity

Part I

Part II

Part III

The average american will probably learn more from these videos than from their own doctor. Why?, because many doctors don’t have the time or the experience to give over this kind of information on a regular basis. Generally speaking doctors are not highly trained in the field of nutrition.

When was the last time your doctor went over your diet/eating plan with you to see if you are actually eating the correct nutrients or if certain foods are irritating any condition you might have? Nutritional pamphlets are not enough to teach patients how to change their eating habits or work through specific individual concerns.

If everyone would ask their doctors to really help them learn how to use nutrition to cure their ailments instead of writing a prescription we might start getting some answers, maybe not but either way your doctor will know  your intention is to avoid medications.

Share this information with family and friends and work together to bring better health into your lives.

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How to Make Healthy Life Changes

healthy life changesIf making healthy life changes was as simple as just having enough willpower, everyone would be able to do it. Making lasting life changes takes more than just willpower, it requires learning new things and taking actions to adjust the environment around you. That’s the mistake that people often make. Expecting willpower alone, to magically change your life, without making any other changes or adaptations will lead to disappointment and failure most of the time.

Nanci Hellmich wrote for USA Today an article highlighting three experts who explain why getting into a new diet and exercise routine doesn’t require a lot of willpower. This may be surprising to some dieters because they blame their lack of wil-power for not being able to reach their goals.  Up first is Joseph Grenny, the author of “Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success”. His research found that people were more successful with changes when relied less on willpower and instead adapted in other ways that supported their efforts.

How to Make Healthy Life Changes

Joseph Grenny

• Shaped their environment to make the changes easier. For example, if you eat off a big plate, you may eat more. If you put cookies on the kitchen counter, you’re more likely to eat them. If you want to change your choices, change your environment to make bad choices harder and good choices easier.

• Learned a new way to deal with impulses. If you are tempted to overeat, use an inspiring photo, inspiring thought, or personal motivation statement to remind yourself of the reason for changing. It helps you feel motivated to do the right thing.

• Developed new skills because new habits almost always require that. For example, you can learn to articulate your emotions and change your mood when you are tempted to eat for comfort.

Click here to read more in USA Today, about how to make healthy life changes

I had not thought about adding an exercise routine as stressful but I do understand it now. It made me realize how many times I may have just given up going to the gym or working out because there were so many “reasons” not to. I could come up with at least six reasons why I could not get to the gym three times a week, or two times or even once and everyone involves a STRESS factor. Try to remember the reasons why you want to get healthier, your motivation and focus very hard on that.

 

 

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Signs Your Blood Sugar Is Out Of Control

signs your blood sugar is out of control

Have you ever noticed how many terms of endearment are based around the notion of “sweetness”? If not, just listen to the radio for a few minutes and you’ll notice there are a lot of songs that use “sweet” phrases like sugar pie, honey, bunch, sweetie, candy, cupcake. We associate love with sweetness and sweet things. In moderation sugar is not a terrible thing but it can be if you have any signs that your blood sugar is out of control.

Signs Your Blood Sugar is Out of Control

We love our sweet treats, yet we’re also told sugar is bad for us. In fact, CBS News recently had Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigate this issue and interview some of America’s most respected scientists. The findings were aired on 60 Minutes and revealed the overwhelming consensus that excessive sugar consumption is strongly linked to many age-related diseases.

Unfortunately, limiting the sugar in your diet is only one piece of the health puzzle. Americans must start living a healthier lifestyle, including eating better diets and getting more exercise.

Statistics show we now have a not-so-sweet epidemic on our hands: 79 million American adults have blood sugar levels that, while still in the normal range, are too high — and a warning sign for further problems.

Fortunately, Dr. David Brownstein has spent decades researching solutions to this high blood sugar epidemic, one he feels is now our country’s #1 health crisis. And in his newly-released FREE video presentation, he’ll hand you a number of simple and natural strategies to help you prevent, manage, even reverse this blood sugar “roller coaster.”

ALERT: What Sugar Does to Your Body: New Video Shows Damage.

Get off the sugar roller coaster and join us in learning how to eat better and live longer.

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