Monday, December 16, 2013
Ok, so the original phrase was ďLet them eat cake,Ē which was first spoken by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a Genevan philosopher in his autobiography, Confessions, (no it wasnít Marie Antoinnette as many people believe). I say, let them eat tangerines. Lately, I have been really into eating tangerines. Iíve always loved them, in fact, I love all fruits. But there is something about the tangerine that has hooked me of late. I already have eaten several today already.
When I discussed it with my doctor, I jokingly told him that I have a serious addiction. ďIím addicted to tangerines,Ē I told him. He laughed and told me that an addiction to tangerines is an excellent addiction to have. Then he proceeded to rattle off all the great benefits that tangerines offer. I almost thought he was a tangerine salesman the way he was spouting off all the health benefits. I tried to remember all of them but failed. I did recall some of what he told me, and here it is:
Low Calorie: Tangerines are a relatively low calorie food. A moderate-sized tangerine is only about 45 calories. Thatís a good snack to have between meals when you get hungry. Low calorie foods help to keep the weight off.
Fiber: If you eat just two, youíre getting 3.5 grams of fiber. Fiber is good because it can tackle hunger. Thatís good news. Next time you feel hungry, reach for a tangerine.
Vitamin C: Tangerines are a great source of vitamin C. Like its cousin, the Mandarin orange, a serving packs about 53 milligrams of Vitamin C. Thatís almost 2/3 the RDA. Isnít that special?
Bonus Ė Tangerine Skins Benefit: Youíve heard of orange zest or lemon zest (If you havenít, thereís Google.)? Well, try tangerine zest. The skin is found show marked protections against diabetes, arteriosclerosis, and guard against cancer-causing agents. Add to salads, smoothies, oatmeal, or use to make a parfait. 1, 2
Doc mentioned some other things but I donít remember them all now. I looked up a few things but this is enough for now. Tangerines are a great food, great snack, and looks like a great medicine as well. Go get yourselves some tangerine ASAP, because I left the greatest benefit for last. Theyíre delicious!
Monday, October 21, 2013
Did you know Sparkpeople.com is getting a makeover? There's a new Start Page, and it's much more personalized than the old one. You probably have seen it already if you're reading this. Iím always open to improvements. As someone who has been a part of this community since 2006, I have seen many changes. I am sure it will take some getting used to; however, I think over time, I will grow to like these changes. Hope you will too. Check it out:
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Do you have bad influences around you that get in the way of your progress? If you say yes, then youíre not alone. Itís a common problem for people on a regime to eat healthier and get more exercise to find people in their lives discouraging them. In some cases, all you have to do is dissociate with them. This is especially important if youíre someone who finds it difficult to stay motivated. Sever ties with them. But thatís not an option when you and them live in the same house.
1. Find ways to motivate and inspire yourself. If your family member or house mate isnít supportive, then youíll have to support yourself.
2. Next, find people who can offer that support. Exercise classes at the gym or a community center is a great place to meet like-minded people who serve as a source of inspiration for one another.
3. If youíre someone who has trouble staying on your plan, find a support group where others with the same problem get together and share tips and strategies.
4. Keep separate grocery lists. If they want to eat unhealthy, thereís nothing you can do to stop them. But that doesn't mean you have to eat it. Let them eat their Fritos and donuts. You know what you should be eating.
5. After dinner, when that other person lays on the couch and calls you over to relax with them, go for your walk or hop on the treadmill before you do. Plan for it, and prepare yourself so you wonít be tempted. Just because itís your spouse or your sibling or parent or whatever, that doesn't mean you have to do exactly what they are doing.
I know itís easy to fall off the wagon. Believe me Iíve fallen a few times. But donít stay off too long before you get back on. The longer you stay off that wagon, the more difficult it will be for you. Stay with it and always have a plan A and a plan B and a plan CÖ.because there will always be someone or some thing to try and derail your plans. Stick with it, by any means necessary. Like Larry the Cable Guy says, Git er done!
Friday, April 05, 2013
Last night, I was reading a health report that indicated that we should limit our intake of salt to no more than one teaspoon per day. When you hear it, it doesnít actually sound like very much. Itís just a measly teaspoon, right? But when you look at a teaspoonful, my gosh it sure is an awful lot of salt. Even if you use the more healthy salts, such as seat salt, kosher salt, or Himalayan pink salt, a teaspoon seems more than enough. Eating too much salt in the short term can affect weight retention, blood pressure, proper kidney functioning, and can dilute the body making a person dehydrated. In the long term, it can adversely affect the heart and lead to liver disease or kidney failure.
So, how do you season your food when you think you have to use salt to make your foods tasty? Did you know there are dozens of different herbs and spices out there you can use to add robust flavor to your foods? Some of the most common ones are cilantro, parsley, chives, marjoram, paprika, garlic, thyme, basil, caraway, dill, oregano, rosemary, savory, sage, and celery leaves. But there are many more. Using different combinations can help you get a different flavor. One combination I use is garlic, basil, marjoram, and parsley; another combination I use is sage, cilantro, thyme, and paprika. You have to experiment with different combinations to get a flavor that you like. Also, if you add the juice from a wedge of lime, lemon, or orange or a drizzle of cider or rice vinegar, you can greatly enhance the flavor.
Just like with sweets and junk foods, salt has addictive qualities. That is what makes it hard to give up. But if you replace salt with other flavors such as the ones Iíve listed above, that will help you give it up.
Friday, March 29, 2013
So I ran across a Sparkpeople recipe, and my first reaction was, ďYouíve got to be kidding me.Ē
But then, being an open-minded guy, I decided to give it a try. The recipe is BAKED GRAPEFRUIT. Did you see it on the Sparkrecipes.com site? This is it:
1 teaspoon honey
2 teaspoons shelled and finely chopped pistachios
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Slice the grapefruit in half.
If your grapefruits are tipping over, use a knife to remove a thin layer from the bottom, taking care not to expose the flesh.
Use a paring knife to separate the grapefruit segments (optional). Run the knife between the inner flesh and the white pith between the flesh and rind.
Place the grapefruit halves on a baking sheet and top with the honey and chopped pistachios.
Bake for 15 minutes. Serve immediately. Makes 2 servings, 1/2 grapefruit is one serving.
I didnít think I was going to like it, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was very good. I substituted the honey for agave nectar, but Iím sure the honey would be fine too. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
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