As food costs rise, and many of us find ourselves in the midst of a quarantine, it’s becoming less desirable to head out to the grocery store for food. More and more people are choosing to grow their own garden in the comfort of their backyard. Not only can backyard gardens save you a considerable amount of money, but it can also be much better for your health. [Read more…]
Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to produce insulin. There are two types of diabetes, as you may or may not be aware. The first type, Type 1 is only had by 5 to 10 percent of the population with diabetes. It is often genetic, but can develop in adolescence or into adulthood.
When people have diabetes it means that their pancreas, the organ which sits behind the stomach isnâ€™t able to produce insulin, the hormone which tells the body to take food and use it as energy or transfer it into fat. Type 1 causes the immune system to attack the pancreas so it canâ€™t do its job. This can be fatal if not monitored.
Type 2 diabetes is the kind that is often related to people with unhealthy lifestyles that are overweight or seriously obese. Type 2 is often only seen in adults, but can be seen in children as well. Diabetes is a serious condition and if you donâ€™t have Type 1, you can keep yourself and your family risk free from contracting Type 2 by doing these things:
Donâ€™t Raise Your Children On Processed Foods
Processed foods are responsible for so many of the health related crisis in the world, especially in the United States. Processed foods are often engineered to have a bliss point. This is when foods are just salty enough or just sweet enough that they leave you feeling unsatisfied and so you eat more. Because processed foods are often stripped of much of their nutrients as well, youâ€™re left feeling hungry shortly after consuming a high amount of calories.
Processed foods are highly addictive, so if youâ€™re raising your children on them, youâ€™re potentially setting them up for a lifetime struggle with foods that could cause them to get diabetes. They canâ€™t stop eating the foods, the body canâ€™t process the foods, the body stores fat, the pancreas canâ€™t handle the amount of sugar in the body, so it develops diabetes. Thatâ€™s a stripped down explanation of what happens, but the best thing you can do is limit processed foods as your children are growing up.
Standard as it is, and youâ€™ve heard the same message preached time and time again, diabetes is mostly linked to people who are obese or have a very unhealthy lifestyle that contains high amounts of toxic foods. Other than adjusting diet, you should encourage activity within your household. Limit the watching of television and get out with the family to encourage movement.
When you foster this lifestyle from a young age into your children, theyâ€™ll win the battle before it even begins. For yourself, teaching your kids the importance of food and activity in order to live a healthy life will help you practice the same theories for your own life. Type 2 diabetes ends when you take control of what youâ€™re putting in and putting your body through.
As children, weâ€™re all taught that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – if you skip it, your body and mind donâ€™t have the fuel they need to work their very best. As adults, however, many of us rush out the door without that morning meal, putting us at a disadvantage for the day. Luckily, with a few tricks, it doesnâ€™t have to be that way.
Start your morning right with these 2 simple solutions, and youâ€™ll be amazed at how different you feel.
Coffee: Cups And Concentrate
Most of us require at least one cup of coffee, and often more than that, to get started in the morning, though very few stop to consider how the coffee is made. Truly great coffee is a science, relying on precise temperatures and proportions, but donâ€™t get caught up in the logistics. Today, there are simpler ways to make a perfect cup with minimal measurements.
One of the most popular ways to brew a great cup of coffee is by using a single cup system like a Keurig or Tassimo. These machines calibrate the temperature based on what pre-measured coffee pod you put in. Youâ€™ll get a tasty cup of joe, but know that these machines can be pricy.
Another alternative for a great cup of coffee that will simplify your mornings is cold brew. You can make cold brew coffee in large batches in advance, and for those with chronic reflux or other gastrointestinal issues, cold brew is often a better choice because itâ€™s less acidic. Just steep your coffee grounds in cold water overnight, strain, and mix with water – cold brew makes a strong cup.
Superfood Central: Chia Seeds
For a highly nutritious, filling, and flexible breakfast, chia seeds are the perfect base. Chia seeds are one of todayâ€™s most popular superfoods, full of omega-3s and high in fiber. On their own, they donâ€™t taste like much, but they make the perfect base for dozens of flavors and toppings.
To make chia pudding, mix about a Â¼ cup of chia seeds with a cup of coconut milk, or other liquid of your choice. While at first the seeds will look like theyâ€™re just floating in the liquid, once theyâ€™ve sat overnight, theyâ€™ll absorb that liquid and make a creamy pudding base. Add a little bit of honey or maple syrup for sweetness, and then let loose with your favorite fruits and other add-ins. You can make a big batch of this pudding in advance and add different toppings each day.
It may not seem like much, but coffee plus chia pudding are a breakfast made in heaven, and theyâ€™ll get your day off to a great start. The fiber in the chia seeds will keep you full all morning, while the coffee energizes you – and it can all be done in advance or with the push of a button. No more excuses for skipping breakfast when itâ€™s ready and waiting when you wake up.
When it comes to food, we think that we know which to eat and which to avoid. We have grown up knowing to eat vegetables and avoid fats, sweets and salt. For the most part, these rules are great ones to live by. However, it’s possible that you may be missing out on all the benefits now being discovered in food you wouldn’t think is healthful.
Rejoice, ladies! Chocolate is actually very healthful. Studies show that a small bar of dark chocolate everyday can actually protect your heart. Firstly, it has been seen to reduce Low-Density Lipids (or bad cholesterol) by as much as 10%.
Know that incredible feeling after biting into a bar of chocolate? That’s seratonin at its finest. Seratonin is the same compound that the brain produces when one is in love. Thus, it also acts a an anti-depressant.
A nice rack of lamb can actually be as healthful as a seafood dish. This is because, lamb has been found to contain high levels of omega-3 fats. These are usually thought of to be found in fish, nuts and seeds. Lamb contains, on average, around 40 milligrams of omega-3 per ounce.
Omega-3 oils help to clean up the arteries. They break-up fat and plaque that have built up during the course of our lifetime. This lowers blood pressure and relieves the heart of blockages. Omega-3 also facilitates the brain development of a baby while in their mother’s womb. That’s why pregnant women are always told to ingest omega-3.
Another thing most people don’t associate with a healthy lifestyle is the chili pepper. The spice actually benefits the body because of its capsaicin content, the compound in peppers which makes it spicy. Studies have proven that it can be an effective treatment for relieving pain caused by arthritis, diabetic neuropathy and psoriasis. Red chili peppers have also been seen to reduce blood cholesterol, platelet aggregation and triglycerides.
If you’re trying to lose weight, an addition of pepper to your diet can help you shed unwanted fat. That’s because capsaicin can curb your appetite, boost metabolism and break down fat.
It may not seem like it, but it’s not all about over-indulgent desserts and cooking with lots of butter here at bFeedMe: we really do care about eating “well”- and most of the time, that means sticking to healthy choices. Which is why today I want to post about my favorite healthy snacks- and really, because they’re so quick to prepare, there’s no reason not to grab one of these in a moment of peckishness. Instead of a cookie or that bag of chips, I mean.
Chilled Carrot Sticks
It’s not easy to find fresh baby carrots at my local supermarket, but when I do, I like to wash them, portion them out in small freezer bags, and chill them- to be eaten plain when I’m looking for something crunchy and sweet. Without baby carrots, regular carrots will do as well- wash, peel, and cut into sticks. Can’t get much easier than that.
So after years of telling us to limit our egg intake, it turns out eggs are good for us. I knew that all along, of course- and boiled eggs are probably my favorite quick snack of all time. Hard-boiled or soft-boiled, I can’t really decide which one I like best. Oh, and they must be perfectly done- learn how to make a perfect hard-boiled egg here.
Banana Peanut Butter Smears
I could be the only person on earth who calls them this- but these are basically plain bananas smeared with peanut butter. All you need is a banana, a jar of your favorite peanut butter (I like crunchy, but would never turn my nose up at creamy), and a good spoon. And a napkin. Bananas give you potassium, and peanut butter is chock full of good things like Vitamin B3, Niacin and Protein. Who knew healthy snacking could be such fun, eh?
This is what I reach for when I have a strong chocolate craving, and don’t want to wreck my diet with a slice of chocolate cake. There are so many awesome varieties of instant hot cocoa these days (helloooo, Jacques Torres Wicked), and if you make it with skim milk, and give it a good whisk, it makes for a wonderfully satisfying, luxurious chocolate snack.
Slices of Cheese spread with Jam
A few slices of regular cheddar cheese spread with jam (or natural fruit preserves, if you want to be strict about it) really hits the spot for me. Seriously, if you’ve never tried this one- do. The salty creamy cheese is perfectly offset by the sweet tartness of the jam. I like strawberry, but went through a cheese and marmalade phase not too long ago.
What are your favorite snacks?
It looks like my need to curl up on the sofa and let my husband do the cooking from a few days ago meant something: I’ve come down with a nasty cold. Now, unlike others, I never lose my appetite when I’m sick- what happens is that I crave all sorts of comfort food, from a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken (for lunch yesterday) to this deliciously soothing Carrot and Lentil Soup.
The secret to the goodness of this soup is to serve it with a healthy- and I mean generous dollop of good sour cream. I’m serious when I say that eating this soup somehow makes me feel better right away- is it the sunny orangeness of the carrots? Or the chicken soup base? Whatever, this is soup that makes you sigh. Try it and see:
Carrot & Lentil Soup
5 large carrots, chopped roughly into medium pieces
5 ounces red lentils
1 large yellow onion, chopped roughly into medium pieces
1 large can (16 oz) whole tomatoes
2 cups homemade chicken stock
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
For garnish: chopped fresh chives, sour cream
Begin frying onions with the tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan. Cook them until translucent only (do not brown). Add in the carrots, and continue cooking for a few minutes. Add chicken stock, and bring to a boil. Add the lentils, turn heat down, and let simmer for around fifteen minutes.
When the carrots and lentils are soft, blend the soup with a hand blender (or a potato masher, in a pinch), adding more stock or water to get it to the consistency of your choice. Add the canned tomatoes, and blend some more. Bring it back to a boil for a minute or so. Serve topped with chopped chives and the aforementioned sour cream.