Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Oh Man!!!! Look what I read today.....NO raises cortisol level for 14 hrs for each cup. Stress Harmone Cortisol causes belly fat, heart disease, anxiety, diabetes and cancer. Cortisol, creates intense food cravings. Cortisol makes fat cells release fuel that help energize us for a fight-or-flight reaction to a stressful event, even though we just may be sitting there feeling generally frazzled and anxious. Several studies have shown that constant stress constantly elevates our cortisol level, causing us to crave those fuels for the stress response - fats and carbohydrates. In other words, we crave foods such as potato chips and fried chicken.
A survey commissioned by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) has found that after Sept. 11, 2001, when America came under terrorist attacks, many of us were doing a lot of stress eating. The survey found that about 20 percent of people surveyed said they found themselves eating more comfort foods such as mashed potatoes and gravy, fried chicken, and macaroni and cheese. Sugar cravings also rose, with 19 percent saying they were eating more sweet, sugary foods such as cookies and ice cream.

"It appears that one-fifth of us got an early start on holiday eating last year," says Melanie Polk, R.D., consultant at AICR. The holidays are traditionally a time of indulgence and, for many, modest weight gain. Consume those holiday "goodies" along with your favorite stress foods, and the fat calories click higher and higher.

Not only are these foods high in fat and high in calories, but they are low in much-needed nutrients, Polk explains. These meals also lack the protective potential of phytochemicals, which are natural substances found in plant foods that may fight cancer and other diseases.

"There are a lot of things in the world we can't do much about, but we certainly can make a difference in our disease risk," Polk adds.

Until researchers find a way to make "crunchy air" (in sweet, salty and sour, of course), there are things you can do to curtail your stress-eating tendencies. Polk offers these tips:

Take small portions of your favorites.
Eat slowly and savor the taste. "Experience the food; don't just go for the quantity," Polk says.
If you're headed for the buffet table, go to the table once and then stay away.
At buffets, survey the entire spread before making your selection. Discriminate. If you have chip and dips all the time at home, pass it up and go for the more interesting salmon roll.
If you drink, limit alcoholic beverages, which are high in calories. The guidelines are no more than one drink a day for women, two drinks a day for men. Have something nonalcoholic first, so you don't reach for an alcoholic beverage when you're thirsty. Or, try a refreshing alternative to alcohol, such as club soda with lime or cranberry juice with seltzer.
"There are lots of different options out there, where you don't have to have lots of calories and the alcohol," Polk says.

Don't arrive at parties hungry, and don't skip meals before parties.
If you are the host or hostess of a party, provide foods that are healthy, not just fat-laden, to-die-for dishes.
Step up your exercise to burn off some calories.

The ugly thing about stress eating is that after a minute on our lips, these fats go straight not to our hips but to our bellies - deep inside the abdomen, to be specific.

If you consume 100 calories a day more than your body needs, you will gain about 10 pounds in a year. You could take that weight off or keep it off by doing 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily. That's why experts agree that the key to weight control is a combination of exercise and diet.

There goes one of my few remaining pleasures. :(

Saturday, February 16, 2008

GINGER for Nausia and Indigestion

Oh My! I don't know what I would do without Ginger. I probably use it more than anything else. is absolutely the best thing I have found for upset stomach. I woke up with a cold this morning and started taking a BUNCH of spices, herbs and over the counter remedies for it which eventually made my ulcer start acting up...I took some Tylenol and waited an hour and no relief...I then took my Prilosec and waited and still no got out my bottle of Ginger and took one of them and...wala...within 5 minutes I started feeling relief and within 30 minutes I was all better... It is also good for GAS... take one with a meal that usually causes you to have gas...see if it doesn't work for you. It works for me, always. I buy my Ginger at Puritan's Pride Quality Vitamins

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Wow...I've been researching the spice/herb Turmeric. It is a fantastic addition to your natural medicine cabinet. Here are some of the things that I found by researching the web that you can use Turmeric: anemia, atherosclerosis, bursitis, Chron's Disease, diabetes, edema, hemorrhoids, hepatitis, hysteria, indigestion, inflammation, inflammatory bowel syndrome, jaundice, psoriasis, Rheumatoid arthritis, skin disorders,urinary diseases, wound and bruise healing.
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Friday, January 18, 2008

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Daily Vitamin

Most of us do not eat enough of the right kinds of foods to give us the required vitamins required for good health. Do yourself a favor and if nothing else, take a daily multiple vitamin supplement. I suggest taking the best one you can afford. My choice is "Green Source" from Puritan Pride. Click on the link to see their catalog. Puritan's Pride Logo


The first step to good health is to make sure you have proper hydration. Make sure you are getting at least 64 ounces (1/2 gal.) of pure water daily. I find the easiest and least expensive way to obtain pure and great tasting water is to fill your own container from a pure water machine at your local grocery store or from one of the kiosks on the street. I am not in favor of your drinking water having fluoride added, more on this later. This will help flush toxins out of your system. A little lemon juice may be added for additional flavor and health benefit if desired.