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Insecticide on the Table?

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It’s on the table — but that doesn’t make it food. Doing research on sucralose,  found in the popular artificial sweetener, Splenda, brought disappointing, not to say frightening, results. It sounded  so good — a more “natural” sweetener that is […]

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Do Calories Count?

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Do calories count? I wish I could tell you that they don’t — and that you should just forget all about the pesky things.  Unfortunately, it isn’t so.   Any type of diet or eating plan can be sabotaged by […]

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Don’t Eat This Brain Drainer

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Does it matter what you feed your brain?  Yes! Studies show that sugar will slow your brain down and hinder its functions.  In other words, sugar can make you stupid.  Scary, huh? So, if you eat a low glycemic diet […]

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Healthy Food of the Week — Youth Berries?

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Cranberries — They show up at the holiday season, but we pretty much ignore them the rest of the year.  Too bad, because they might be the “fruit of youth” to keep us healthy and vigorous longer.  They fight a […]

Hang On to Your Hearing! Foods to Prevent Hearing Loss # 4

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A week without phone or Internet service — well, it was a change!  After the first Facebook withdrawal symptoms, it was a welcome one.  Knowing I would be out of communication range, I posted a week’s worth of encouragement ahead […]

How Sweet It Is — The Number One Most Nutritious Veggie

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Want to know what vegetable is the number one most nutritious veggie? The Center for Science in the Public Interest gives the award to…..drumroll please……..the sweet potato! Surprised? You probably thought these spuds were duds on the dietary level. After […]

How’s That Again? Prevent Hearing Loss #3

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Noise — it drives us nuts. It also damages our hearing.  As we get older, we see the cumulative effect of the blare of loud music, screaming kids, and roar of traffic of a lifetime.  However, there is hope!  I […]

Foods to Prevent Hearing Loss #2

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Getting older — how we dread it!  However, the alternative to growing older– dying young — is not so good either.  Don’t despair.  There are lots of things we can do to prevent the ills that befall us when we […]

Foods to Prevent Hearing Loss #1

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“What did you say?”  “How’s that?” Paul and I are beginning to sound like a couple of geezers.  I say he is losing his hearing.  He says I mumble.  Sometimes we reverse the order and I say HE mumbles and […]

Stop Pushing Your Obesity Button!

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Is your weight determined by your genes?  Somewhat — but a new study shows that what you drink can affect how those genes work. We all have a certain amount of genes that predispose us to gain weight. Some have […]

Breaking the Failure Cycle #2 — Picking Up on the Cues

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Are you really hungry, or do you eat because of habit?  I’ve been doing some research on habits and addictions — and have come to conclusion that many of our problems with staying on a healthy eating and exercise plan […]

A Trick That Works

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Ha! Another study just proved my theory was right.  You can have greater success on your healthy eating plan by making it easier on yourself. In an article appearing in American Journal of Preventive Medicine, a team of Massachusetts General […]

Coffee for Weight Loss?

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We’re always looking for it — that magic pill that will make the fat melt off our bodies.  A new study shows surprising evidence that the magic pill might have appeared.  A study published in Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity […]

Metabolism Booster #16 — A Vitamin that Moves Out the Fat

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You knew that Vitamin C prevents scurvy.  And when you have a cold you reach for the C supplements.  But did you know that Vitamin C can give your fat-burner a boost? The University of Arizona did a study in […]

Metabolism Booster #14 — Tea for Two (Sizes Smaller?)

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Here’s one you may have heard about.  Drinking tea — especially green tea– can help prevent belly fat, boost metabolism and speed up weight loss. One way that green tea prevents belly fat is by counteracting cortisol.  You might remember […]

Metabolism Booster #11 — Run! A Bear is After You!

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Want a new way to speed up your fat burn?  Press the fast forward button for 10 to 40 seconds and your workout can become a much more effective metabolism booster.  I personally would be content to do just about  […]

New Study Proves This Sweetener is a Brain Danger!

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Maybe it isn’t creeping age that is playing tricks with your memory.  It could be the desserts and soft drinks that caused you to forget your neighbor’s first name. You have heard that high fructose corn syrup damages your body […]

Metabolism Booster #2: Flush Away Fat — For Free

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Does your body seem to hang onto the calories instead of burning them off?  An answer to speeding up your metabolism may be as close as your kitchen faucet.  You can speed up your metabolism by drinking more water. Here’s […]

Whey Low — A Sugar Replacement Made of Sugar

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I thought I had this series about wrapped up until I took that final trip down the alternative sweetener aisle at the health food store.  “Sugar Made Healthy” a package proclaimed.  I picked it up and looked over an alternative […]

Trehalose — A Sugar That Prevents Alzheimer’s?

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The desert lies bare and brown for years — and then when it rains, it suddenly blooms with color.  How do these plants stay alive and dormant during those dry years?  By means of the sugar we are looking at […]

Truvia — a True Solution?

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Several of my blog followers have asked me, “What about Truvia?” Truvia started out as stevia.  The owners of Truvia, Cargill  Labs and Coca-Cola, extract the sweet part of the leaf, Rebiana A, and combine it with erythritol, a sugar […]

Sweet, Cheap, and Deadly

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All sugars are not created equal.  There is growing evidence that the sugar we eat most is the most deadly. That form of sweetener is called high fructose corn syrup. There is a lot of confusion about this stuff. What […]

Sugar — As Bad for You as Tobacco or Alcohol?

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How bad for you is sugar?  Bad enough to rate government intervention? Dr. Robert H. Lustig, a professor of pediatrics, in the division of endocrinology at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, thinks so.  In a recent article in Nature magazine, […]

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Recipe Day -- Good-For-You Chocolate Cake
I looked at the recipe in disbelief.  NINE eggs? Surely that was a misprint.  Only 3/4 cup flour in a cake?  Not likely.  As I studied about coconut flour, though, I saw that, yes, it does take that many eggs to make a successful cake with ...

posted 3:06:20am Mar. 29, 2013 | read full post »

Climbing Into Jesus' Wheelbarrow
Once there was a famous tight-rope walker.  He stood before a huge crowd by Niagara Falls, preparing to do his most daring feat. “How many of you believe that I can walk across Niagara Falls on this tightrope?” he asked the people ...

posted 3:23:14am Mar. 28, 2013 | read full post »

How Do You Know When to Stop Eating?
“We asked 150 Parisians how they knew they were through with dinner,” food psychologist Brian Wansink, PhD, said.  “They said, ‘When we’re full.’  When we asked 150 Chicagoans that they said, ‘When the plate is empty.’” ...

posted 3:54:25am Mar. 27, 2013 | read full post »

Making Plans to Succeed
H.A.L.T. -- Don’t get too hungry, too angry, too lonely, or too tired.  But how do you do that?  How do you avoid getting in a dangerously tempting position? It takes planning.  Start planning before you even head to the grocery store.  ...

posted 3:41:47am Mar. 26, 2013 | read full post »

No More "If Onlys"
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.- Carl Bard If only -- If only.  How the “if onlies” plague us! “If I had only kept up that healthy eating and exercise plan I ...

posted 2:36:33am Mar. 25, 2013 | read full post »

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