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Food Can Be A Powerful Medicine

Depending on the types of foods you choose such as processed vs. whole, fried vs. baked and sugar and salt laden vs. naturally spiced; food can be the best medicine or a health hazard.
Turmeric is a spice that falls into the ‘healthy-for-you’ category.  Well known for delivering a distinctive flavor to Indian foods, it is believed that Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory and has traditionally been included for arthritis holistic therapies. Although acute (short-term) inflammation is beneficial to your bodies systems, it can become a major problem when it is chronic (long-term). At that point it actually turns against the body’s own tissues?  It is now believed that chronic, low-level inflammation plays a major role in many diseases.  This includes heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s and various degenerative conditions.  If adding spices and foods that are known to reduce inflammation helps in addition to a medical regime, why wouldn’t you?
 The medicinal compounds in Turmeric are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin.

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.  Unfortunately, it is difficult for the body to absorb.  It helps to consume black pepper with it, which contains piperin, a natural substance that increases the absorption of curcumin.

According to WebMD, “Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn, stomach pain,diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, liver problems and gallbladder disorder.

It is also used for head aches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, fever, menstrual problems, and cancer. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, water retention, worms, and kidney problems.”

Healthline suggests basil is a delicious herb that might help lower your blood pressure. Extract of basil has been shown to reduce blood pressure, although only briefly. Adding fresh basil to your diet is easy and certainly can’t hurt. Keep a small pot of the herb in your kitchen garden and add the fresh leaves to pastas, soups, salads, and casseroles.
If you are thinking of trying herbs for medical reasons, whether that means using the whole herb or a supplements, speak to your doctor first. Some herbs, especially in large quantities, it may produce undesirable side effects or interfere with other medications.

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Gazpacho- Our Family Recipe

  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 3 large tomatoes, peeled and seeded
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 1 small onion (Vidalia or sweet onion preferred)- cut up
  • 1 small green pepper, cut up
  • 1 ear fresh corn- cut off the stalk, strings removed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 natural sea or kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1/3 cup ground whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

In a covered blender at high speed, blend all the ingredients (minus the bread crumbs) in batches, so not to overfill your blender vessel (I personally like a bit of chunk in my gazpacho so I pull out 1/2 cup medium chunked cucumber, green pepper, corn and add after it has been blended. If you like your soup smooth, skip this step) until blended. Put into a large bowl. Fold bread crumbs into the soup, cover and chill.

Because this is a homemade recipe I don’t have a calorie breakdown, but I think a 1 cup serving is probably around 140 calories, its mostly vegetables and is a seasonal part of healthy eating!

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How To Get Flat Abs

Guest blogger, Trisha DeHall, shares her tips on how to get flat abs!

One of the most popular questions that I’m asked is, “How can I get great abs?”

You may have pondered this question at some time or another.

Many people are frustrated by their waistlines, to the point of giving up after doing dozens of crunches with zero improvement.

It’s time to forget everything you’ve heard about how to sculpt your abs. Continue reading

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Perfect Healthy Living Gift Ideas!

The holidays are a great time to share healthy living gifts that will improve the quality of life (or just make them smile) of the recipent.  I looked through my Pinterest gift board, and these were some of my faves.  They are not all health-oriented; some just make you smile. Continue reading

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Making the Right Choices at the Grocery Store

Making the right choices when navigating the grocery store aisles can be a challenge.  You need to provide yourself with knowledge and a plan to achieve the most nutritional purchases. Continue reading

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Portion Control: Is There Too Much Food On Your Plate?

Portion control is critical for anyone to find success with their weight goals. The spotlight on portion control was re-lit when First Lady Michelle Obama introduced the healthy eating initiative called “My Plate”. The portioning recommendations were created to help with weight control and as a means to curb the alarming rise in type 2 diabetes in the United States. Continue reading

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Don’t Believe the Muffin Top Myth! by Trisha DeHall

Here’s another informative article from our friend Trisha DeHall over at Cincinnati Fit Body Boot Camp.

If there’s one thing that really irks me, it’s seeing people led astray by the Muffin Top Myth.  These well-meaning folks devote time and effort under a faulty premise that gets them zero results.  And I get fired up! Continue reading

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Endurance versus HIIT training/Paula’s Healthy Living

Many readers send in questions about the benefits of endurance vs. HIIT (high-intensity interval training).  The basic differences between the two involves energy output and time duration.

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Germs Are Hiding in Surprising Places

We have all developed a keen sense of understanding about the importance of washing hands after using the restroom, before you eat, when out in public places, or if you have a cold. There is another place where germs hide, and hide well!

Is it in your bathroom? It can be, but a germ filled offender may surprise you; it’s your kitchen! Continue reading

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Tips for Cooking Kale and Other Greens

Kale, spinach, swiss chard, mustard and collard greens have been elevated to superstar status lately, and rightfully so.  But many cooks are intimidated to try to cook them at home because they don’t understand how to get the most flavor out of them. Continue reading

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