No Diet – Weight Loss Tip #3

Out with the Lowball & in with the Highball (glassware)

I’m going old school terminology for a minute here, so hang with me.

There are so many sizes and shapes of stemware to choose from.  Most of us, however, go for stocking a ‘versatile’ glass size which is mid-high and mid-wide.  It’s a practical choice if we’re not setting a fancy table.

There are some interesting takes on glass size that I’m going to share with you.  Using a tall skinny glass has the same or less oz. than a short wide glass.    highball lowball glass

Now if you are drinking anything other than water, it’s best to go with the Highball glassware.  It will fool your eyes and your stomach into thinking you are drinking more fluid than you actually are.

If you are drinking a glass of water before a meal to fill up faster then reverse the size and drink your water out of the lowball glass.

Depending on your purpose and what beverage you are drinking will determine the best glass to use so we recommend having both in your kitchen cupboard.

Tiny changes don’t exist; they’re all big steps forward.

Remember don’t count calories; count nutritional content…

Here’s to your health.

 

 

No Diet – Weight Loss Tip #1

Change Your Plate Size.

A simple yet effective method of non-dieting is to change your plate size.

There is a direct correlation between the serving size of your food and your plate size.  We tend to fill up the surface of the plate and eat approximately 92% of what is served to us.  changing plate size

In Europe, the average size meal plate is 9″.  I feel this is the optimal size but don’t rush out and get 9″ plates quite yet.

It’s interesting to note that decades ago in the US, the average sized meal plate was 7″ – 9″.  Today the typical size of a meal plate is 10″ – 12″.  Also, you may have noticed that many US restaurants are now using 13″ plates and loading them up with the entres.

By decreasing the size of your meal plate a couple of inches you will obstenceibly reduce your food intake by 25%.  Your brain center responsible for hunger won’t notice any change at all.portion distortion

To find smaller plates you can go to any store.  Outlet stores are a great way to find plate sets.  Don’t forget garage sales and thrift stores where you can often find old treasures such as vintage china, etc.

This is an easy and painless small change leading to big results over time.

Tiny changes don’t exist; they’re all forward steps.

Remember don’t count calories; count nutritional content…

Here’s to your health.

 

 

No Diet – Weight Loss Tip #5

Out of Sight – Out of Mind.

If you have a bag of chips on the countertop, put them in the pantry or cupboard.  When we see easy to reach foods our brains signal to our hunger center, hey that’s a good idea, we’re hungry and so we grab the bag of chips and start munching.

If that bag of chips is put in the pantry behind closed doors (mind you, still accessible) the odds are greater that we won’t participate in ‘mindless eating’.  bag of chips

I’m not suggesting that you quit the chips, I certainly am a chip fan myself, but there are ways to minimize our total consumption of them at one time.

If you are an overachiever you can pick up some munchie veggies or fruit and put them in a pretty bowl.  Now go ahead and put the pretty bowl filled with healthy snacks in the same spot that the bag of chips was sitting before.  Guess where your brain will take you to the healthy snacks by default.

Tiny changes don’t exist; they’re all forward steps.

Remember don’t count calories; count on nutritional content…

Here’s to your health.

 

 

Summer Salad – Creamy Coleslaw

If you’re anything like me and you love healthy food, give this recipe a try.

Firstly start off with fresh ripe ingredients.  We prefer organic and locally grown but that isn’t always an option depending on your location.  Just do what you can.

We like the sweetness without the sugar so try substituting with Stevia.

The fresh fennel can be substituted for fresh cilantro, basil, rosemary or dill for a unique flavor substitute.

 

Ingredients

1 pkg. shredded cabbage          1/4 c. diced apple                    2 tsp. fresh fennel               3/4 c. Mayonaise                                     1/4 c. sour cream                    1 tbs. Stevia                      1/2 tsp. ground mustard                        salt to taste

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Directions

In a large mixing bowl pour the cabbage mix.

Dice (to your desired size) the apple.  Chop the fresh fennel.

In a small bowl mix Mayonaise, sour cream, and the stevia.  Fold in the rest of the ingredients and blend.  Mix into the cabbage in the large bowl and blend well.

You can finish off with a squeeze of lime or lemon.

Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours till well chilled.

 

Let us know if you tried it and liked it…

Here’s to your health.

 

 

Avocado Toast with a twist

We all love avocado toast.  It’s a healthy way to start your day.  Here’s a splendid way to add even greater flavor and depth to your toast.  Beet hummus… Yep, It’s amazing.  Below is the quick and easy recipe.

1 Avocado   1 slice 12-grain bread   Beet hummus    Leafy greens   salt   lemon/lime slice

  1.   Cut the avocado in half & remove pit.  Slice flesh while still in its’ skin.
  2.   Spread beet hummus on one side of the bread.
  3.   Layer the leafy greens on top of the beet hummus.
  4.   Remove slices of avocado and fan out on top of the greens.
  5.   Add garnishments if desired.  Add a squeeze of lemon or lime and a pinch of salt to taste.

Enjoy your quick and healthy meal.  It’s a great way to start your day.  It also makes a great snack.

Here’s to your health.

 

Top 3 ways to Avoid GMO foods

1: Buy organic. National and state organic certification rules do not allow GMOs to be labeled “organic.”  When you buy organic, you buy food free not only of synthetic organicpesticides but also genetically modified ingredients.  If you ever compare an organic tomato to a non-organic you can visually tell the tremendous difference in the two pieces of fruit.  It’s really quite stunning.

 

2: Buy food certified as “Non-GMO Project Verified.”  The non-profit organization Non-GMO Project operates a detailed, voluntary certification process so that food producers can test and verify that, to the best of their knowledge, they have avoided using genetically modified ingredients in their products. The Non-GMO Project is the only organization offering independent verification for GMO products in the U.S. and Canada (Non-GMO Project 2014). Non-GMO Project Verified Logo

 

 

3:  Grow your own fruit and veggies.  The surefire way to make sure your food is healthy and free of pesticides is to grow your own.  It may not be practical for many but it can be a fun family project and the gardenchildren learn where their food comes from.  It is also satisfying to know that the yummy food on the dinner plate was a family effort.

 

Dogs Eating Grass ?

So your dog is eating grass. This is quite common and you needn’t get all worked up about it. There are a few reasons that your beloved furry friend is indulging in the greens.
dog eat grass

The primary reason that your pooch is indulging in the green blades typically found in his backyard is that it tastes good. Yep, it’s that simple, It tastes good to them. If you observe more closely you will likely find that there are specific blades of grass that pooch favors. She’ll forage for the same type of young bright green grass. The darker, thicker and older blades are normally passed over. One reason we think ‘furry’ chooses the young blades is because they are sweeter and more tender hence tastier. Another reason is that the young blades offer ample amounts of Chlorophyll. We all benefit from daily greens.

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There is another reason you might see your pooch snarfing down gobs of green grass without regard.  This behavior indicated stomach upset.  She may have ingested something that needs to come back up and out.  Maybe bad food or some random environmental intake.  This way of grass eating will more likely produce vomiting.  Which was likely the reason for her eating gobs of it in the first place.

Dogs are amazing creatures and we can learn from watching them and their behaviors.

Amazing Study: Mushrooms Reduce Breast Cancer by 64%

blog-featured_mushrooms-20180515Mushrooms for cancer? Mushrooms having stunning powers to help prevent and fight breast cancer and other types of cancer. See what types of mushrooms you should be eating including a delicious, plant-based recipe for mushroom soup.
The ancient Egyptians believed eating mushrooms brought long life.

 

While their scientific method was not entirely sound by modern standards, scientists today are investigating the medicinal properties of mushrooms and beginning to see fascinating results.

Researchers from the University of Western Australia in Perth conducted a study of 2,000 Chinese women. (About half had suffered from breast cancer.)

The scientists reviewed the women’s eating habits and factored out other variables that contribute to cancer, such as being overweight, lack of exercise, and smoking. And they came to a startling finding about mushrooms.

Women who consumed at least a third of an ounce of fresh mushrooms every day (about one mushroom per day) were 64% less likely to develop breast cancer.

In the study, dried mushrooms had a slightly less protective effect, reducing the risk by around half.

Even more impressive, women who combined eating mushrooms with regular consumption of green tea saw an even greater benefit — they reduced their breast cancer risk by an astounding 89%.

Why Do Mushrooms Fight Cancer?

Mushrooms are thought to protect against breast and other hormone-related cancers particularly because they inhibit an enzyme called aromatase, which produces estrogen.

Mushrooms are one of the very few foods that inhibit aromatase (pomegranate is another). And several varieties of mushrooms, including the commonly eaten white button and portobello mushrooms, have strong anti-aromatase activity.

But consumption of mushrooms protects against more than hormone-dependent cancers. Mushrooms also contain specialized lectins that recognize cancer cells and have been found to prevent cancer cells from growing and dividing.

Which Mushrooms Are Best to Prevent Cancer?

variety of mushrooms with chopsticks

Thousands of kinds of mushrooms exist, and our understanding of their cancer-fighting and health-promoting properties is growing rapidly — but it’s still in its infancy.

In addition to button mushrooms, white, crimini, shitake, oyster, portabella, maitake, turkey tail, and reishi mushrooms all contain bioactive compounds with the potential for potent anti-cancer activity.

These mushroom phytochemicals have anti-angiogenic, antiproliferative, and other anti-cancer effects, which have been studied so far in relation to stomach, colorectal, breast, and prostate cancers.

As it turns out, white button mushrooms or big white mushrooms (stuffing mushrooms) are best for breast cancer prevention. So eating white mushrooms daily can be a significant step you can take to avoid breast cancer.

How To Enjoy Mushrooms in Your Diet

Mushrooms bring special flavor and texture and are able to enhance a wide variety of dishes. They work well in combination with most food groups.

But they are best enjoyed cooked (never raw to avoid toxins), and as close to daily as possible. And of course, never pick wild mushrooms unless you are certain they are edible.

We hope that you have found this information and would love for you to share it with a few friends.

Have a wonderful day.

 

Originally published by Food Network Revolution 2016

Top 2 Reasons you Dog Eats Grass

So your dog is eating grass. This is quite common and you needn’t get all worked up about it. There are a couple of reasons that your beloved furry friend is indulging in the greens.  Read on.dog eat grass

The primary reason that your pooch is indulging in the green blades typically found in his backyard is that it tastes good. Yep, it’s that simple, It tastes good to them. If you observe more closely you will likely find that there are specific blades of grass that Fido favors.  He’ll forage for the young bright green grasses primarily. The darker, thicker and older blades are normally passed over. One reason we think puppy chooses the young blades is that they’re sweeter and more tender hence tastier. Another reason is that the young blades offer ample amounts of Chlorophyll. We benefit from daily greens and so does pooch.

Occasionally you may see your pooch snarfing down gobs of green grass without regard. This behavior indicates stomach upset. He may have ingested something that needs to get back out. Maybe bad food, random environmental elements, etc. This type of grass intake will more often than not produce vomiting. Which likely was the desired result and reason for him eating gobs of grass in the first place.wolf-puppy-eating-grass-

Dogs are amazing creatures and we can learn from watching them and their behaviors.  They often intuitively know more than we think they do.

 

 

Summer Fun with Fido

We all love to take our furry friend with us when enjoying outdoor activities.
In fact, water sports are always a great way to spend some cool summer fun.
Yes, Fido can come along for the fun just keep these considerations in mind.
Always have fresh cool clean water available for her.  When we hydrate, so should they.
water dog
Some breeds of dog are built better for water than others.  It’s likely you already know if your pup is a water lover and good at swimming.
If they indeed are water wigglers keep a watchful eye on them while at play.  They tend to get into trouble just like human toddlers can.
Brachycephalic dog breeds aren’t known for their aquatic talents and it’s a great idea to have a life jacket for him.  Especially if any kind of boating is involved.  It is still a good idea for all types of dog to have on a well-fitted life jacket if boating in any way.
frenchie lifejacket
Also, it’s important for us to remember that their paw pads are just like our bare feet. If in doubt about the heat of the ground stand barefoot and count to 7. If it’s too hot for you then it’s too hot for them. Consider a different ground surface or carry them to your intended destination.
Happy Fun in the Sun