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Tag Archives: Health

Food for thought…

6 Sep

 

For some September marks the beginning of a new year. And with a new year, a new diet is usually in the works. With schools reopening, and new ventures being sought, it’s important to make sure that your brain is happy and functioning the way that you need it to. Diet plays a huge role in the way your brain Processes all of your thoughts, keeps them in order, and effectively accomplishes them.

“The brain is an extremely metabolically active organ, making it a very hungry one, and a picky eater at that. It’s becoming pretty clear in research labs around the country that the right food, or the natural neurochemicals that they contain, can enhance mental capabilities—help you concentrate, tune sensorimotor skills, keep you motivated, magnify memory, speed reaction times, defuse stress, perhaps even prevent brain aging.” (http://www.psychologytoday.com)

Here is a list of brain foods that will keep that “picky eater” happy and healthy…

 

Avocados

 

Blueberries

 

Broccoli

 

Dark Chocolate

 

Coffee

 

Egg Yolks

 

Flax Seeds

 

Mixed Nuts

 

Salmon

 

Whole Grains

Now that doesn’t sound so bad does it?

If you have any questions about the above listed brain healthy foods, please feel free to leave a comment or email me at simplyhershey@gmail.com.

Mmm take a bite out of that!

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Energy is an Eternal Delight!

19 Jul

Energy is a very special commodity. Without it we can do nothing. Sometimes we need a little boost to keep us going. Vitamin B12 can be our answer.

B12 in a nutshell, creates red blood cells and keeps our nervous system healthy. It is needed to absorb folic acid and helps us to release energy. B12 can be taken in a pill form, liquid form, or you can get it from your choice of foods. B12 is naturally found in animal products, including fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and milk products. Some breakfast cereals are fortified with B12.

This is great to know because too often I find myself running low on energy especially when it comes to having a busy schedule.

Here are some foods that are rich in B12…

Fish and Shellfish with (cooked) Clams being at the top of the list

 

Beef Liver

 

Oatmeal

 

Cheese overall, But Swiss Cheese in particular

 

Eggs

Mmm take a bite out of that!

 

For more Clam recipes take a look at I’ve Got Clams on My Mind.

 

 

 

Honey…Not Just Your Regular Sweetener

21 Apr

The delectably smooth taste of honey is not its only wonderful trait.  Honey has many uses that many may not even know of.  I know that honey is not only used to sweeten tea or pour over some pancakes, but honey has many healing qualities as well.

One of the most common health benefits of honey is that a teaspoon can be used to sooth a sore throat.  The reason this happens is because it kills some of the bacteria that cause the infection and reduces inflammation.  Darker honeys have more nutrients than light ones.

Athletes use honey so that it can increase endurance and reduce muscle fatigue.  Laevulose and dextrose are the two main sugars in honey.  They do not need to be broken down by the digestive process; therefore they are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, giving the body a quick energy boost.

Honey has strong antibacterial properties.  Because it is osmotic (it withdraws water), the sugars in it react with the molecules and leaves very little water for microorganisms.  This makes honey useful as an antibacterial topical treatment for burns or ulcers.

Honey has many other uses as well.  It can be used to combat a hangover if it is blended with a little bit of orange juice and yogurt.  If you have a hard time sleeping, you can mix a teaspoon of honey with milk and it can help induce sleep.  If you suffer with seasonal allergies, try buying honey that is produced locally, within 20 miles of your home.  The theory is that, as with allergy shots, daily exposure to a small amount of an allergen can desensitize the body, allowing you to better resist it, Evan Fleischmann, N.D., board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

I am just scratching the surface of the health benefits of honey.

Honey has just become a staple in my medicine cabinet.

Mmm, take a bit out of that!

How well is your diet?

24 Mar

How much do you know about the USDA food Pyramid?  There are five food groups, and every day we are supposed to eat something from each group.  The five groups are Grains, Vegetables, Fruit, Dairy, and Protein Foods.  Following are the five groups and just a couple of the suggested foods for each.

Grains- Make half your grains whole.

Whole Grains- whole-wheat flour, oatmeal, brown rice

Refined Grains- cornbread, grits, pasta

Vegetables- Vary your veggies

Vegetables

Dark green vegetables- bok choy, romaine lettuce, turnip greens

Orange vegetables- butternut squash, carrots, pumpkin

Dry beans and peas- kidney beans, soy beans, black eyed peas

Starchy vegetables- corn, green peas, potatoes

Other vegetables- Artichokes, cabbage, onions

Fruit Focus on fruits

Fruit

Apples

Berries

Mangoes

Melons

fruit cocktail

Raisins

100% Fruit juice

Dairy- Get your calcium-rich foods

Dairy

Milk

Yogurt

Milk-based desserts– puddings and frozen yogurt

Cheese- parmesan, ricotta, american

Protein Foods- Go lean with protein

Protein

Eggs

Meats- beef, pork, liver

Poultry- chicken, duck, turkey

Dry beans and peas- lentils, tofu, garden burgers

Nuts & seeds- hazelnuts, peanut butter, sunflower seeds

Fish- salmon, shrimp, clams

For the more extensive food listing, please visit: http://www.mypyramid.gov