Archive for September, 2013

September 19th, 2013

Healing The Natural Way

Healing the Natural Way

I love doing everything the natural way when at all possible. Here is something I believe will help all of us.

Healing the Natural Way~

By, Lady Jenny

Good day my loving Family…with cold and flu season well on it’s way here in the states, here are a few remedy’s for a sore and scratchy throat.

Follow This Great Recipe

Garlic – Gargle 2x daily with a solution of 6 pressed garlic cloves mixed into a glass of warm water(not hot). Take for 3 days. Garlic has natural anti-microbial properties that fight bacteria.

Salt Water – Gargle with a solution of 1 tsp. salt to 8oz. warm water to aid in relieving a sore throat.

Spice Tea with Honey and Lemon – Mix a clove bud(clove ia also a natural antiseptic and fights infection) with 1/4 tsp.powdered ginger root and 1/8 tsp of cinnamon(used to fight inflammation). Juice of 1/2 a lemon. Infuse the tea with 2 cups of boiling water. Stir in 4 tsp.of honey(soothes irritation). Sip throughout the day until your throat feels better*

September 19th, 2013

Potatoes: Good, Bad or Fattening?

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Potatoes: Good, Bad or Fattening?

Potatoes are one of my favorite foods. It’s nice to know how good they are for you. Here is a great article from Care2.

Potatoes — one of the most commonly eaten vegetables on the planet — has both fans and enemies.

Learn about the potato’s many health benefits, health concerns and its controversial effect on weight management.

With mixed emotions, I read that potatoes were on a list of most fattening foods.
I personally don’t like potatoes a lot, but thought it was because of being force-fed boiled potatoes every day as a child. Now I’m rethinking the potato.

Potato Health Benefits

1. Protection from Heart Disease and Cancer
Potatoes contain flavonoids. With protective antioxidant activity, flavanoids protect against cardiovascular disease, respiratory problems and certain cancers.

2. Rival Greens for Phenol Activity
They contain equal or higher amounts of certain phenols than broccoli, spinach or brussel sprouts.

3. High in B Vitamins for your Brain & Athletic Performance
One cup of baked potato contains 21 percent of the daily requirement for B6. B vitamins are essential for growth, your nervous system and cardiovascular health.

Potatoes also contain significant amounts of folic acid, which is essential for pregnant women.

4. Contain Resistant Starch
Many vegetables contain small amounts of resistant starch but potatoes that have been cooked and then cooled down have high amounts. Resistant starch’s benefits are similar to that of fiber, meaning you’ll stay fuller longer and with less calorie consumption.

Since resistant starch acts like fiber, it is either poorly digested or not digested at all. This lowers the glycemic index of potatoes, which is normally higher than white sugar, (averaging 70 – 110) down to reasonable levels of 25-72! Bring on the potato salad!

5. High in Vitamin C
Who would have thought! Vitamin C is the key to healthy skin.

Cool History:
“A man with half an acre of potatoes can grow enough food to keep his family alive for a year.” Michael Pollan

Potatoes were developed in Central and South America 4000-7000 years ago by selective cultivation of an naturally poisonous tuber.
The powerful Inca civilization was based on the potato. When the Spanish destroyed the Inca civilization they brought the potato to Europe.
Potatoes changed the course of history in Europe by allowing northern countries with poor soils to produce enough food to feed larger populations.
The industrial revolution depended on the potato.
The most common potato today is the Russet potato originally developed by Luther Burbank. Burbank was an amazing person who nearly had the ‘ability to talk to plants and went on to develop over 800 new varieties and species of plants.
Monsanto’s GMOs were stopped in the potato industry. When the public discovered they were eating genetically modified potatoes at McDonald’s, public opinion called on McDonald’s to stop. This was one of the first major setback to GMOs in America.

Potato Health Concerns

1. Potatoes are part of the nightshade family
Nightshades have varying amounts of alkaloids, compounds produced by plants to prevent themselves from insects and disease.

Potatoes don’t have high amounts of alkaloids like the 3 powerful nightshades (mandrake, tobacco, belladonna). IF YOU ARE SENSITIVE to alkaloids, even potatoes could cause a reaction. The level of alkaloids varies greatly depending on the variety of potato and how it is produce and handled

Hey maybe that’s why I don’t like potatoes. I also don’t like tomatoes and eggplant, two other nightshades.

Note: Green potatoes (caused by exposure to the sun) have large amounts of alkaloids as do the sprouts. Therefore avoid green potatoes and cut out the sprout and its eye before use.

2. Fried potatoes contain acrylamide, a neurotoxin and possible carcinogen.
Fried, potato chips and French fries are a greater risk of acrylamide exposure than any other food. One single ounce snack-sized bag of potato chips contains 20% of the maximum safe intake of dietary acrylamide as established by the EPA. Most people consume a lot more than one ounce.
Suggestion: Baked potato chips are safer with less oil.

3. Commercial potatoes contain high amounts of pesticides.

Potatoes are one of the “Dirty Dozen” group of twelve foods that contain the highest level of pesticides. You can avoid this in your own cooking by just buying or growing organic. As for potato products, assume that all potatoes not in your control (like those in French fries and chips) fall in the “dirty” category.

4. Most potatoes are monocultured
Although there are thousands of varieties of potatoes, most of the potatoes we eat are monocultured.
Monocultures destroy the genetic diversity of the planet and are susceptible to possible disease. The potato blight of the Irish was caused because they all ate a single species of potato which happened to be susceptible to a certain disease.

Suggestion: Look for colored potatoes; the insides have more nutrition.

Potatoes & Weight Gain

Many people are scared of potatoes because they are OBVIOUSLY a carbohydrate and as a culture we are now scared of carbohydrates because we all want to lose weight!

The truth is that a potato is MOSTLY water so if you don’t eat too many you will not take in too many carbohydrates or calories.

The second consideration is their high glycemic index, which is higher than white sugar, ranging from 80 – 110. Again, potatoes are not that dense so the glycemic load from an average serving of potatoes is actually not more than any other carbohydrate.

The study that got me thinking about potatoes was a large population study of 120,887 people whose eating habits and weight gain was analyzed over four years.

The average of all types of potatoes for weight gain was more than any other food group studied, which included meat, processed meat, sugary beverages, sweets and desserts and dairy products.

This average was only high though because it contained the category of potato chips and French fries. The weight gain from boiled, baked, or mashed potatoes at (0.57 lb) was only a fraction compared to potato chips (1.69 lbs) and French fries (a whopping 3.35 lbs).

You didn’t need a study to tell you that potato chips and French fries are fattening. Many potato products are NOT a weight loss food like fruits & leafy vegetables but that just means you don’t overeat.

September 9th, 2013

Kale, Everything You Need To Know

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Kale, Everything You Need To Know

Kale is so good for you. I love it. Care2 Healthy Living put out this article I would like to share with you. Enjoy.

Eat More Kale! The fervent consumption of kale has recently grown into a cult-like following. Odds are you know someone who swears by it’s immense health benefits and tastiness. Persuaded by their healthy glow, you might eat it too. But how much do you really know about this power-packed member of the cabbage family?

Kale, Many Types

There are so many types; however, the 3 most ubiquitous are curly, lacinato (aka dinosaur, black, Tuscan, or cavolo nero), and red Russian kale.

The most common type of kale purchased from the market is curly kale. As you could guess, it is very curly at the edges and ranges from light green to purple. Ironically, it is one of the more bitter types, so the younger leaves are better.

A personal favorite is lacinato. With deep blue-green leaves, lacinato is more wrinkled, narrow and firm, spear like leaf. It has a deeper, earthy flavor with a touch of nutty sweetness.

Lastly, red Russian kale has flat leaves similar to big leaves of oak or arugula. With a general reddish-purple coloring, it is mild and sweet in flavor but has very woody stems which require removal. It is excellent for cold weather. Regardless of which type you prefer, when you buy your kale, make sure it’s organic. Otherwise, it’s probably loaded with pesticides.

Health Benefits

So, what are the benefits of kale again?

Antioxidants. Kale is simply loaded with antioxidants that protect against cancers and macular degeneration. To put it simply, it is an overall anti-inflammatory food. Need I say more?

Brain boost! Kale is a great source of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), which is an omega-3 fatty acid responsible for boosting brain and heart health and reducing your risk of Type II diabetes.

Better than beef. Kale actually provides more iron per calorie than beef!

Cleansing. At 36 calories and a whopping 5 grams of fiber a cup, eating kale is like cleaning your intestines with a pipe cleaner.

Better than milk. Kale has more calcium per calorie when compared to a glass of milk. However, for calcium to be properly absorbed into the body, magnesium must be present. As kale has rich supply of both calcium and magnesium, the calcium in it is actually absorbed by the body more readily than calcium from milk. Acid like lemon juice makes kale’s calcium even more bio-available.

Better than an orange. One cup of kale offers 134% of your RDA of vitamin C, whereas a medium orange boasts 113%. However, as a cup of kale weighs about 67 grams, and the orange weighs 131 grams, gram for gram, kale has over double the vitamin C of an orange! Next time you get a cold, better ask for some kale chips with your O.J.

Vitamin galore! Kale provides 133% of your daily vitamin A intake — a serious eye and skin booster! It also offers a ton of disease fighting vitamin K along with a myriad of other flavonoids and benefits…

Are you loving the benefits, but find organic kale too expensive? Grow your own! It is very tolerant of the cold, in fact, it thrives in it, making it an excellent autumn green. If planted in late July, it will last well into the fall, gaining desirable sweetness with each frost.

Kale: An easy beginner’s guide to growing…

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