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Every year when I have my , I dread the possibility that this year will be the year that I hear bad news. With a mother who had breast cancer and caring for so many patients who have developed it over the years, I always wonder, “Will I be next?
There are so many things that are out of our control, but as it turns out there is a way to lower your risk of developing (more…). And I’ll give you a hint, it’s just one word: Exercise.
Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Rachel Pappas, Freelance Writer
When I got cancer, I thought “Eat chicken.” It’s low-fat. Little did I know, studies show any kind of meat is high in arachidonic acid – the stuff that cancer cells feed off of. I’ve since delved further into the books, and learned some more on cancer and nutrition. Of course, how far you want to go, how much you want to change your diet, is up to you. But I was surprised at how many foods research books are good for fighting cancer – how many of them that I actually like. Here’s some of what I’ve learned on what’s good, what’s not, and why….
A few months ago, I decided to get really serious about weight loss, partly because I was in the midst of writing a book on Menopause with a chapter titled “Losing the Meno-Pot Belly” and partly because I saw a photo of myself which forced me to confront the sad and true fact that I was fat. Yes, I am using the F word here, though if you prefer, we can sugar coat it a bit, I was overweight with a BMI hovering close to the obese zone. The photo was scary and I couldn’t blame it on bad lighting or the wrong angle. It didn’t matter what the atmospheric conditions or the angle of the camera or the sun, I was FAT.
I’ve been seeing a lot of women lately who are pre-diabetic. They have high fasting blood sugar levels, most have high triglycerides and are struggling to lose weight. Right now, I’m writing a book on Menopause and the chapter I just finished was about how to lose the Belly Fat.
Are your pants shrinking? Are you looking a pants with hidden elastic waist bands? Are loose fitting tunics all of a sudden an attractive option?
Carbohydrates are foods packed with energy. As our bodies digest and metabolize carbohydrates, sugars are released into the bloodstream and this blood sugar races to our cells providing energy so that we can think, walk, run and function. There’s another key factor here, Insulin.
Our bodies produce insulin in response to eating foods with carbohydrates, becasue insulin’s job is to help transport the glucose to the cells. Insulin is like the friend who knocks on the door and helps the glucose gain admission to the cells. The 2 work together, Insulin and blood sugar.
I just made a batch of dark chocolate chip cookies for my son and a few of his friends, who wolfed them down in a few nanoseconds. Little did these boys from the band’s drum line realize that the chocolate they were enjoying was actually having a protective effect on their hearts and blood vessels. As you know, I’m addicted to dark chocolate and will post any and all evidence that it’s a healthy choice (in moderation, of course).
Recently on a trip to Paris, I discovered the elusive secret to weight loss. Is it a pill? An herb? Supplement? Cleanse? You’ll be as shocked as I was. Ready for this? You can actually lose weight and still have an abundance of great tasting, delicious pastries, breads, champagne, duck confit, pate and mouth watering cheese all by simply doing one thing.
I love helping people lose weight and keep it off helps prevent diabetes, heart disease and a whole host of other issues. As it turns out, even a 10% drop in weight can be the difference between needing medication or insulin for diabetes and avoiding medication completely.
I know that many people get overwhelmed by the numbers on the scale and the idea that they have to lose 40-50-100 or more pounds. The truth is, that every pound lost is beneficial and even a small 15 pounds makes a huge difference in health.
This is so good and so good for you! It’s delicious and difficult to stop eating, and yet so easy to make. This bark is a crowd pleaser, that never fails and it’s dark chocolate full of healthy cranberries and pistachios.
Here’s how to make Nurse Barb’s Dark Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Bark
Time: about 20 minutes. (more…)
Here’s the quick and simple. Carbohyrates are foods that get broken down to make blood sugar. They provide the fuel that we all need as energy. Carbs are good for you and it’s essential to eat some as part of a healthy diet. The problem is that most of us eat too many carbs and we gain weight. (more…)