Muscle Is Made In The Kitchen & The Gym!

by Paula | July 6, 2017 8:00 am

Wouldn’t it be great if you could work out hard and eat whatever you’d like, even after your metabolism changes after 40?! The reverse would also be the preferred choice of many; to eat healthy foods but never need to work out to maintain your desired weight and muscle tone.

Now it’s back to reality, and both of the groups described above will be disappointed. You need both the gym and the kitchen to maintain muscle tone and to achieve better health and desired weight over time.

Fuel for Your Body and Your Workout

Consider the food you choose to eat as fuel for your body and your workout.

If you expect your engine to work at peak-performance while filling it with processed foods, saturated fats, sugar and alcohol regularly, you’ll experience sputtering, clogging and inefficiency.  

To the contrary, if you use lean, quality proteins and non-meat proteins to support your muscles’ recovery after exercise, you will be rewarded with better quality energy and verve.

Carbs

Carbs, having been portrayed as the ultimate villain in the weight loss world, have been redeemed. Carbs, in conjunction with proteins and healthy fats, all play a critical role in tissue, muscle repair and growth.

When You Eat

It is also important when you eat.  Protein works most efficiently when spread out throughout the day.  

When combining carbs and protein, you boost the nutritional value of both, which benefits muscles, mood and your mind.

Carbohydrates increase the presence of tryptophan (think Thanksgiving) which makes you feel happy. Win-win!

Exercise

Exercise is equally important as the nutritional aspect! Exercise promotes

The harder you train at regular exercise, the higher your calorie burn during those efforts, and that extends even after you’ve hung up your sport shoes.  

According to Oxygen.com[1], “The best time for women to increase food consumption is around exercise; before, during and after. This strategy takes the greatest advantage of heightened sensitivity of skeletal muscle to absorb and utilize carbohydrates to refuel, recover and grow lean muscle.” (October, 2014).

Remember that workouts and choosing high quality fuel for your body is a blessing, not a chore. Be the biggest cheerleader for your own best-health!

Endnotes:
  1. Oxygen.com: http://oxygen.com/

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Oatmeal Could Be A Perfect Breakfast Choice!

by Paula | June 15, 2017 8:00 am

Need some healthy breakfast ideas?  Look no further than oatmeal.  Just a cup of cooked oatmeal contains [1]4 grams of fiber;  nearly the same amount that’s in an apple or a cup of cooked brussels spouts. It’s incredibly versatile and you can find it just about anywhere. I enjoy old fashioned oats, steel cut oats and when I travel I take pre-packaged high fiber oatmeal packs. Get a cup of hot water and you have a filling snack or healthier airport choice.

More Filling

Oatmeal is more filling than other breakfast choices because it’s loaded with fiber.  A 2014 study published in the American Journal showed that participants who ate oatmeal felt fuller for longer than those who ate the same serving size of standard breakfast cereals. 

Can Lower Cholesterol

Oatmeal can lower your cholesterol as many high-fiber foods do.  The soluble fiber in oatmeal helps to reduce the body’s absorption of “bad” cholesterol that can increase the risk for heart attacks and strokes. It is a good choice for people with diabetes because it helps regulate blood sugar levels.

Budget Booster

Oatmeal can be a budget booster as well.  Because I eat it every day, I buy it in bulk at a warehouse grocery.  It can cost as little as 20 cents per serving.

Ease in Cooking

Ease in cooking makes it a healthy and easy breakfast choice to make, though different varieties range in cook times. Old fashioned oatmeal cooks in 15 minutes. I cook one cup oats with 4 cups of water. I add ground cinnamon and turmeric (both have anti-inflammatory properties) to my cooking process, though it gives the flavor a bit of a bite.  I distribute the finished product into 4 separate containers adding 20 frozen blueberries to each portion.  I seal them securely and enjoy them everyday.  

Steel cut oats, though similar in nutrition as old fashioned oats, takes 25 minutes to cook. The texture is more rounded that old fashioned and many people prefer this variety. 

I have also pinned (Paulas Healthy Living on Pinterest[2]) several options to cook oatmeal overnight in a slow cooker. This can be a great option when feeding large groups of people.

Try adding

I also enjoy a cup of egg whites with vegetables, and have my oatmeal mid-morning. It keeps my energy levels and focus on target all morning.  It can help you make better choices at lunch as well.

Endnotes:
  1.  : http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/high-fiber-foods/art-20050948
  2. Paulas Healthy Living on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/paulashealthy/pins/

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Kitchen Hacks That Improve Everything!

by Paula | May 25, 2017 8:00 am

We all have busy schedules that leave us pressured for time to feed ourselves and our families in a healthy way. But there are ways to streamline jobs, otherwise known as kitchen hacks, in the kitchen to re-enliven your zest for creating dishes that energize your body instead of carry out or food out of a box.

Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard boiled eggs make a nutritious breakfast when sliced over whole wheat toast with thin slices of avocado and fresh basil, made into egg salad with mustard or curry and Greek yogurt or taken on the go in a snack bag for a mid morning pick me up.

The problem is that peeling them is time consuming and pre-peeled ones taste like rubber golf balls. Try steaming 6 at a time for 15-16 minutes in a steamer basket. After cooling, they peel in a snap!

Roasted Veggies

If you have a house with different tastes in vegetables, how do you feed them all? Roast the veggies!

  1. In a ziplock place carrots, onions, brussels sprouts, parsnips, and purple cabbage wedges.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons flavored olive oil and fresh thyme.
  3. Give them a quick sprinkle of sea salt and roast in a 400 degree oven till done to your liking, turning at lest once for even golden taste.
  4. Add lean protein and fresh fruit slices and your ready!

Mini-meatloafs

If your short on time and planning meatloaf, cook them in a muffin tin.

  1. At 450 degrees they will be fully cooked in 12-15 minutes.
  2. Be sure and add finely chopped zucchini or carrots to the mix before cooking to improve their nutrition.

Chicken Stock & Tea Bags for Flavor

Improve the flavor of complex carbs by cooking in chicken stock, or adding your favorite tea bags such as a smokey black tea or Earl Grey for an original flavor.  I also enjoy adding a stalk of rosemary or coconut oil for fragrant flavor.

Faster Clean Up – Line a Baking Sheet with Heavy-duty Aluminum Foil

For faster after dinner clean up, line a baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil when cooking 4-6 ounce fillets of fish or chicken.

Oil Portions

Healthy oils such as olive oil, grape seed and coconut oil come in aerosol cans now. This allows you to modify the portion used while enjoying the health benefits and flavor.  

There are also misters with a pump lid available that allow you to add your desired oil, peppercorns or fresh herbs to your liking.

Clean Serving Platter – Aluminum Foil

When taking chicken, pork or any protein to a grill,  take your serving platter and put aluminum foil over.

After adding meat to oiled grill, fold up foil and throw away leaving your clean serving platter at the ready.

Pre-freeze Wine in an Ice Cube Tray in Hotter Months

When serving wine during the hotter months, pre-freeze the wine your serving in an ice cube tray. This allows your guests to enjoy their libations chilled with out watering it down.  

You can also add these cubes to a cooking pan when flavoring fish and chicken when cooking. 

This concept also works for different oils/herbs/peppercorn while cooking. Pop out the flavor and mix you desire and cook in a snap!

Finding ways to make cooking at home faster, more delicious and healthier benefits everyone’s waistline, nutrition and brings the family together.

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Are You Eating Foods In A Rainbow Of Colors?

by Paula | May 4, 2017 8:00 am

Are you stuck in a rut of eating the same fruits and vegetables that you did when you were a child, and that’s it?  It’s time to ‘branch out’ for your long-term health foods.  Plus, there are flavors out there you are missing out on.

Yellow Foods

Yellow foods are high in antioxidants like vitamin C which improves the mucus membranes (like when we have colds), helps to absorb iron, prevents inflammation, improves circulation, and therefore prevents heart disease.

Blue, Purple & Indigo Foods

The blue, purple and indigo foods are great for their anti-aging properties. These foods have tons of antioxidants.  They also help improve circulation and prevent blood clots, so they are great and can help prevent heart disease. They are known to help memory function and urinary tract health and to reduce free radical damage.

Greenish/White Fruits and Veggies

Some white foods prevent cancer and heart disease, and lower cholesterol levels. Celery is often dubbed as a useless vegetable because it has no calories, but it does have minerals like good sodium that help keep the joints healthy. Mushrooms help prevent cancer and keep your body in balance.

Orange Foods

Orange Fruits and Vegetables are loaded with carotenoids! They are the powerful phytochemical in orange foods, and they are what give the foods their color. Carotenoids repair DNA and help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as strengthening our vision. These orange foods also give us vitamin A, which keeps our eyes and skin healthy, and protects against infections. They are also known to boost the immune system.

If you want to read more blogs on the fruits and vegetables that are recommended to buy organic[1], click here and read more.

Including fruits and vegetables to anyone’s diet is an excellent first step to lowering overall daily calorie intake and increasing nutrients.  But making sure that a variety of colors are being eaten is the next step to increasing your overall nutrient benefits, and improving your defenses against a variety of health issues.

Endnotes:
  1. fruits and vegetables that are recommended to buy organic: http://paulashealthyliving.com/?s=fruits+and+vegetables+that+are+recommended+to+buy+organic

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Energy Boosters or Energy Zappers?

by Paula | April 13, 2017 8:00 am

Schedules are crazy for many between family, sports, work and volunteering.  Fatigue is one of the most common reasons people go see the doctor.  Many times the tiredness they feel does stem from a medical origin such as anemia, hyperthyroidism, cardiovascular issues and cancer, but sometimes changes in lifestyle issues can increase energy.

First thing, have a general physical to rule out health issues.

Understand the power of food!  

Ask yourself if you are filling your tank with high-powered foods or energy reducing, nutrient-void filler food?

Sugar and carbs often become a quick-fix-filler. But blood sugar balance can create a diabolical star roller coaster.  Simple carbs may make you feel full in the short term, but they leave you wanting, and quickly become fat pads.  

Quality protein, healthy fats, fiber and whole, unprocessed foods provide fuel for the long haul.  

Also eating smaller meals with snacks in between keeps your blood sugar levels even throughout the day.  

You’ve heard it since you were young, but a well balanced breakfast that includes protein, fiber and possibly vegetables starts your day off with fuel for the rest of your day, your memory and emotional health.

Give up the sugary drinks and drink flavored water or tea.

This is a key lesson to teach your children from a young age.  Role model that adding herbs, fruit or lemon/lime to water can be refreshing g and provides your body with the water it needs to function at top capacity.

Sleep & Energy

Getting enough sleep seems to be that unattainable goal we all reach for, but it’s so important to body function, memory and emotional stability.

Alcohol doesn’t help.  Creating a schedule that becomes a priority, and removing social media and TV from your room creates a den that is comforting and encouraging for sleep.  To many it may be surprising that regular exercise (not close in time proximity to bedtime) encourages better sleep.

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Sugar! Could You Do A Month Without Sugar?

by Paula | March 29, 2017 11:46 am

Could You Do A Month Without Sugar?.png[1]I became more aware of the dangers of high sugar intake in American diets when I began blogging 6 years ago, and made diabetes a platform issue for my website, PaulasHealthyLiving.com[2]. Our nation’s sugar habit is a driving force behind the diabetes and obesity epidemic in the US and it’s believed to be a contributing factor to cancer and Alzheimer’s according to The New York Times (January 1, 2017).

The questions is, if it takes three weeks to change a habit, could you go four weeks without added sweeteners?

I challenged myself with this concept after a doctor asked me to remove maladextrin, a sugar substitute, to help with stomach issues I was experiencing.  It’s a daunting task, but it could help you reset your sugar taste buds.

Sugar comes with many different names:

If you begin looking at ingredient lists, you may be shocked how frequently you will see these names within the first 3-4 names on ingredients lists. The higher they are on the lists, the more there is in the product.  See the level of sugar in commonly consumed drinks and products across the nation.

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 24 grams of sugar per day for women, and 36 grams per day for men.

A single 16-ounce bottle of Coke has 52 grams.

Could You Do A Month Without Sugar?[3]You may find yourself reevaluating a lot of the ‘healthy’ foods you regularly consumed previously like

One effort to assist in this challenge would be cooking, and therefore, controlling your own food.  

If you buy it from outside aisles of the grocery, instead of the inside aisles, it more likely to help you in your quest.

What you will find at the end of the experiment is the pure taste in things such as

I’m not an advocate of all-or-nothing diet plans, and a bit of 80% cocoa dark chocolate makes my heart sing in the afternoon sometimes, but you will realize a renewed, sensitive set of taste buds that have been dulled by processed foods.

It’s an awakening to the beauty and amazing nature of natural food items and improved health is a bonus!

Paul Maier, Contributing Editor for Indian Hill Connection Magazine

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://paulashealthyliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Could-You-Do-A-Month-Without-Sugar.png.jpeg
  2. PaulasHealthyLiving.com: http://paulashealthyliving.com/
  3. [Image]: http://paulashealthyliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Could-You-Do-A-Month-Without-Sugar.jpeg

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Don’t Be Intimidated By Cooking!

by Paula | March 23, 2017 8:00 am

Having grown up in a restaurant family, cooking meals was a significant part of our ‘family-community’.  We ate at home often because my Father didn’t enjoy eating dinner out after a long day.

Cooking Hacks

Here are some cooking-hacks that can speed up your cook time and make your cooking experience more enjoyable.

Once you make the decision to change the way you view food as an energizing, flavor powerhouse, and how those choices effect your long term health, these changes add up to more energy, less binge eating and a fresh way of looking at yourself in the mirror.  Take that step. You deserve it!

Endnotes:
  1. my Pinterest boards: https://www.pinterest.com/paulashealthy/
  2. http://paulashealthyliving.com/old-fashioned-cupcake-pan-hottest-new-cooking-must/: http://paulashealthyliving.com/old-fashioned-cupcake-pan-hottest-new-cooking-must/

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Utilize these Health Hacks To Meet Your Weight Goals

by Paula | March 2, 2017 8:00 am

Making healthy lifestyle and food-choice changes to achieve weight, fitness, or health changes can be paralyzing for many people.  Look for small changes that you can make on a weekly basis, that can move you close to those goals.

Practical Goals

Most people do not succeed with weight changes because they create unattainable goals.  Here are practical ideas that are reachable and can make a difference:

Always eat breakfast. Strive for one part protein, one part fruit and one part complex carbs.  That could be egg whites with Ezekiel toast and berries, oatmeal with ground flax and berries, or whole wheat English muffin with goat cheese, smoked salmon and ½ a banana.  Add cinnamon & turmeric to oatmeal and in complex carbs for its anti-inflammatory benefits.

Drink water or homemade iced green tea during your day instead of soda. Sugar and fake sweeteners zap your energy and make you sluggish all the while making you crave more sweet things.

Pack a lunch with lots of vegetables adding 2tbsp. sunflower seeds, almonds or walnuts to salads to boost nutrition, protein and healthy fats. + a piece of whole fruit.  If sandwiches work better for you, use whole grain bread with at least 3 grams of fiber. Now add low-sodium, low-nitrate lean meat or meaty portobello mushrooms with a slice of avocado, spinach or kale leaves and fresh basil instead of mayo or fatty cheese.  Add a piece of fresh fruit or cut veggies with that.

Pack a healthy mid-afternoon snack such as hard boiled eggs, hummus and vegetables, Greek yogurt (plain with added fruit), or almonds(in moderate portions), and string cheese.

Eat red meat once or less per week.

Eat fish at least twice per week.

Try non meat proteins like black beans, soy protein or quinoa as well.

Try a vegetable that you’ve never tried.  Retry Brussels sprouts, kale or eggplant even if previously you thought you didn’t like them.

Use flavored vinegar or spices vs. butter and salt when cooking protein or vegetables to add flavor. Measure oils when adding them to your cooking pan. You are probably over pouring more often than you realize.

Make meals a balance of 40-50% carbs, 25-35% protein and 20-30% fat

Utilize quinoa, farro, & brown rice in salads, side dishes and as base of meatless meals.

Place cut fruits and vegetable on an eye-level-shelf in your fridge or the counter.

Use 0% Greek yogurt or cottage cheese vs. regular cheese and sour cream in cooking.

Eat whole fruits vs. fruit juices for reduced sugar intake.

Eat whole wheat bread with at least 3g of fiber. Don’t eat white bread.

Don’t eat in front of the TV or computer screen.  Eat mindfully.

Stop eating if your full.

Don’t bring serving bowls with extra food to the table.  Pack extras up and put into fridge before serving dinner.

Portion cooked meats, fish, complex carbs in well marked, sealed, 3 oz. bags and freeze so food is available in a pinch.

Use a digital food scale as a a portion-manager to visually understand portion controls.

Use a food diary to track your eating and recognize your food triggers. 

Have treats in moderate portions now and again.

Reduce the levels of processed foods you eat.

Most importantly, enjoy your life, but make healthy changes that can help you feel more energetic and promote long-term improvements to your body’s.

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Can Eating Healthy Help Protect My Eyes?

by Paula | February 9, 2017 8:00 am

I am 51 years old. Up to the time I was 40, I had 20/20 vision and took that blessing for granted.  Now, I can not read any small print with out glasses and have had 4 bouts with an unusual eye virus called Anterior Corneal Dystrophies.  What I can do to protect my eyes has become a higher priority for me.

Nutrients that Help Support Eyes

There are proven nutrients that help support eye health:

It’s proven time and time again that healthy, seasonal whole foods help promote better overall health. The nutrients sited are a part of these foods and help protect your eyes as well.

*http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/nutrition?sso=y[2]

**CleanEating-September, 2015

Endnotes:
  1. American Optometric Association: http://www.aoa.org
  2. http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/nutrition?sso=y: http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/nutrition?sso=y

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Can You Slow Your Aging Process? Yes!

by Paula | February 3, 2017 10:06 pm

Stephen is a guest blogger for Paula’s Healthy Living:

Stephen C Schimpff, MD is a quasi-retired internist, professor of medicine and public policy, former CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center, scientific advisor to Sanovas, senior advisor to Sage Growth Partners and is the author of Fixing the Primary Care Crisis: Reclaiming Relationship Medicine and Returning Healthcare Decisions To You And Your Doctor[1] | www.medicalmegatrends.com[2] | http://medicalmegatrends.blogspot.com[3]

Let’s start with the bad news. If you are in your 20s or 30s you’re not thinking about aging. But the process will start in your 40’s nevertheless. Every organ and function begins a slow but steady 1% decline each year. You will not notice it, probably, until you are in your 60’s or 70’s. Besides the facial wrinkles, you will notice less muscle strength, some memory lapses, balance issues, hearing loss and your doctor will tell you that your bones are getting thinner. Just like a car, “old parts wear out.” Welcome to the “golden years.” Older age is also the time when various chronic illnesses occur, like heart disease, cancer or chronic lung disease. Aging is universal, it affects everyone, and there’s no “fountain of youth”. Some think it would be great if there was a pill to slow the process but there is not – at least not yet.

Now let’s move on to the good news. There is a way that you can slow the aging process and it’s quite effective. It all has to do with your lifestyles and behaviors.

There are four critical lifestyle changes most need to make.

Good sleep patterns are an added value. For this post, I will address only nutrition and exercise.

David Katz, MD, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center said recently, “A Very Short List Of Lifestyle Practices Has A More Massive Influence On Our Medical Destinies Than Anything Else In All Of Medicine.”

By attending to these lifestyle practices, it’s possible to slow that 1% aging process to perhaps 0.75%. This may not seem like so much but it is really a 25% reduction and it adds up over time. If you start when you are a young adult, it will compound like a retirement investment. It makes a huge difference many years down the road to older age with slower aging and fewer age prevalent chronic illnesses. It can mean the difference from the later years being beset with illnesses or having a healthy life right up to the end – an end that comes later.

Paulas Healthy Living

The Figure shows a 1% decline (middle line, blue) beginning at age forty and continuing out to age 100.  The top line (red) shows the impact of slowing the decline to 0.75%. The bottom line (green) demonstrates how being a “couch potato” will speed up the aging process. The cumulative changes are substantial as the years progress.

The exact biological mechanisms that lead to aging or not well understood but as the biology of aging is better understood, it may be possible to take some other approaches to slow the aging process. For now it’s lifestyles, lifestyles, lifestyles. If you would like to learn more about the aging process, take a look at my new series[4] of short videos.

So what exactly should you do?

The first step is to eat a highly nutritious diet. The details of that you can find here on Paula’s blog. But in essence think about eating real food, mostly plant-based, mostly from fresh ingredients, made from scratch at home. The Mediterranean diet[5] is a good reference. Go heavy on vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Moderate amounts of fish and limit meats. Use olive oil and have some dark chocolate; alcohol in moderation. Avoid processed foods, avoid heavily prepared foods and avoid fast food. All of these have substantial amounts of added sugar, fat and salt. Read labels very carefully. If there are items on the label that you don’t understand, skip it. If there are more than about five ingredients, skip it. But actually the best thing to do is avoid processed foods altogether. They are “nutrient light” whereas fresh foods like spinach, kale, sweet potato, berries, beans and lentils are “nutrient dense.” It’s good to remember that nutrient dense foods are generally lower in calories whereas nutrient light are high in calories. Cooking from scratch isn’t difficult; it really doesn’t take much time. Unfortunately we Americans have gotten away from doing this but it makes a big difference. It is also a good idea to eat together and make meals an event.

You need about 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least five days a week. This can be as simple as walking or perhaps bicycling or swimming; it need not be really aggressive like jogging. It just needs to be regular. Add in weight-bearing exercises at least three days a week. Some of these you can do at home with push-ups, sit ups, deep knee bends, the plank, etc.  You might want to consider going to a fitness center where there are specific machines and some instruction in good form. Read Paula’s post on functional fitness[6]. As you get older it’s also important to do balance exercises. It is also very important that you have a physician that offers you truly comprehensive primary care[7]. A recent editorial in the Baltimore Sun explains the importance of primary care[8].

Here is 2400 year old advice from Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. “If We Could Give Every Individual The Right Amount Of Nourishment And Exercise – Not Too Much And Not Too Little – We Would Have Found The Safest Way To Health.”

Adjusting lifestyles can be difficult, no question about it. But the long-term impact can be extremely beneficial as can the short-term impact. It requires attention, perseverance and frankly downright doggedness. But you can do it and you will be proud of yourself while feeling a lot better. And you will thank yourself many years from now when you are enjoying a healthy, productive, enjoyable long life.

Endnotes:
  1. Fixing the Primary Care Crisis: Reclaiming Relationship Medicine and Returning Healthcare Decisions To You And Your Doctor: http://amzn.to/1K57mYt
  2. www.medicalmegatrends.com: http://www.medicalmegatrends.com/
  3. http://medicalmegatrends.blogspot.com: http://medicalmegatrends.blogspot.com/
  4. new series: http://bit.ly/2kpocvd
  5. The Mediterranean diet: http://paulashealthyliving.com/heart-healthy-mediterranean-diet/
  6. functional fitness: http://paulashealthyliving.com/?s=functional+fitness
  7. comprehensive primary care: http://bsun.md/2j9A3k2
  8. importance of primary care: http://bsun.md/2j9A3k2

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