Archive | July 2013

6 Nutrients that help Fight CANCER

FIGHT CANCER!

1. Folate ( DNA repair)

2. Allium Compounds  (this can simulate the immune system responses to help fight cancer) 

3. Beta-carotene (great antioxidant that help with neutralizing free radicals)

4. Catechins  (helps stops cancer growth)

5. Flavonoids (prevents DNA damage)

6. anthocyanins (Neutralizing free radicals) 

 

 

Food that have the above nutrients:

Garlic

Apples

Cherries

Carrots

Sweet Potatoes

Green Tea

Dark Chocolate

pomegranates

beets

broccoli

citrus 

lentils

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References: Readers Digest Fight back with Food, Hil NutirtionAssociates, BarabraLevine Ph. D R.D

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Fight Depression With Food

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What is Depression?

It affects millions of people. It affects your body, mood, and thoughts.  A person can also feel tired, hard to concentrate, lack of interest in things that use to excite them, find it hard to maintain healthy relationships, tend to isolate them self, and have negative thoughts.

What causes Depression?

Many things can be linked to depression some can include hormonal imbalance, stress, diet, hereditary, biological, loss of a love one in death and the list can go on.

How can food help? 

Food can have a effect on the brain chemical that helps our mood. Also food can help with the balance of our hormones which also effect our mood or outlook on life.

Nutrients that are good for Depression-

* Vitamin b6

* Vitamin B12

* Omega -3 fatty acid

* Folate

* tryptophan

Foods that contain the above nutrients:

Asparagus

Lentils

shell fish

bananas

peas

potatoes

Next time you go shopping try to include theses items. I encourage you to enjoy taking care of your mental and physical health. 🙂

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Are you shopping for Food at the right place?

I have shopped at various grocery stores over the years like Grocery outlet, Luckys, Safeway, Trader Joes, Farmer Joes, Berkeley Bowl, Whole Foods, Mi Pueblo, My Local Asian market and yes even did a little food shopping at the 99 cent store …lol. I have examined the characteristics of each store, the customers that shop there and how it can be related to ones health.

Ask yourself these 10 questions next time you go grocery shopping. Determine if you are shopping at a store that encourages healthy eating habits and supply quality food.

1. Are the shopping carts big or small?

A person who has healthy eating habits purchase fresh ingredients so they tend to shop maybe every other 3-4 day, So they need smaller shopping carts. Customers who stock up on processed foods for weeks need a big cart.

2. Do customers in line look mad and irritated or are they patiently waiting with a smile?

People who eat more processed foods are more moody and stressed. Those who consume more fresh foods have more balanced hormones and mental outlook. They tend to have more patience and a positive presence.

3. Are the employees friendly and genuinely asking to help you?

Being friendly is contagious. If employees work where the customers are pleasant they will be more willing to help them

4. Do the customers shopping look tired or alert and vibrant?

This is a big one for me. I always look at the people that are shopping. If I look around and see that most of the shoppers are appearing tired or exhausted…obviously the food they are eating their are not properly nourishing them.

5. Are most of the customers stomach Flat or Fat?

Belly fat is the worst fat. The biggest contributing factor to this is what we eat. So if most everyone in the store have large unhealthy belly’s  you might want to think twice about the store.

6. Look around are people skin glowing or (bumpy, covered in moles, blemishes etc)?

A person that eats too much processed foods puts extra stress on the liver. When the liver is stress it releases toxins through the skin which causes dull blotchy skin. A store that has customers with glowing skin tells you that this store has great food choices that help clean the liver.

7. Is the store super clean/are all the checker lanes open?

Healthy customers usually demand the best (like the quality of food). So they want a clean well organized store. Also stores that have low quality food tend to have long lines with few checkers. The stores with quality food have all lanes open and lines more rather fast.

8. Are there more “box” sections compared to fresh produce and refrigeration sections?

This is a “no brain er”,  I want to shop at a place that values fresh food because that is were we get our nutrition. “Box” food just feeds our precious bodies with unnecessary unpronounceable words.

9. Do they have a butcher ready to take your order or are all the meat just pre- packaged ?

This means the meat is fresh…enough said

10. Do you feel happy when you go shopping at your favorite grocery store?

When you go shopping you should have fun. It should be a positive experience. Touch and smell your produce. Smile at other customers and enjoying picking out the food that will FEED your body!

Our bodies are precious and we should want nothing but the best quality of food to nourish iy. So next time you go grocery shopping be sure to ask yourself these 10 questions.

Note: I will always recommend that everyone shop at their Local Farmers Market!

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Should you focus more on Managing your BMI or BELLY FAT?

Higher than Ideal BMI (Body Mass Index) with excess belly fat

 Higher than Ideal BMI (Body Mass Index) with Flat Stomach

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BMI (Body Mass Index) is in range with Belly Fat

Over weight woman in underwear

The first two pictures are considered “Plus size women” or “Higher BMI”, but  one has belly fat  (1st pics) and the other has a flat stomach (2nd pics) or normal waist to hip ratio.  The last  picture has ideal BMI but has some excess belly fat. According to Medical doctors they would tell the top two that they are at risk for many diseases because of higher BMI’s. Notice below the results from a studied performed to see if  you should focus on managing your BMI or Belly fat.

“CONCLUSION: Having a pot belly, even if you have a normal body mass index, is associated with significantly increased — even doubled — mortality. It’s even more dangerous than overall BMI.

IMPLICATIONS: These results suggest that paying attention to belly fat is even more important than monitoring one’s overall body mass, and that a normal BMI does not necessarily equate with good cardiovascular health. Researchers discuss that this may relate to visceral adiposity — fat within the abdomen, around the internal organs — which is known to be particularly dangerous. Says Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, a cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, “from a public health perspective, this is a significant finding.”” – http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/08/study-belly-fat-officially-the-worst/261630/

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