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Author Archives: Sharon M., MS RD
Hubby: The doctor said my cholesterol was a little high.
Me: What was it?
Hubby: I don’t know.
Me: (staring at him with my mouth open).
This is an over-dramatization, but the point is clear. It is common for folks not to know or ask their doctor about their cholesterol numbers. You noticed I said numbers with an ‘s.’ There is more than one number that you need to know when it comes to cholesterol.
The real question is how much protein the average (healthy) person needs? (All the info I provide will be based on adult needs. Interestingly, protein deficiency is unlikely in the United States, but might be an issue for the elderly with health complications or, of course, the pregnant/breastfeeding mom).
Protein is essential because of the amino acids it uses for a variety of body functions. Protein makes up over half of the solid content in all cells. It is used for enzymes, hormones, immunity, and structure of amino acids, which will help with muscle building.
I belong to an on-line vegetarian group. I have access to a wonderful group of professional folks who know how to plan well-balanced vegetarian meals. But recently, a few members have stated that they have been approached by a vegetarian parent to help them establish that vegetarian diets are healthy in an effort for that parent to obtain custody of their child. Evidently, the meat-eating parent thinks that the diet is unhealthy for their child.
Weeds in your yard? Don’t worry they might be edible! I recently attended a garden tour of an organic garden with weeds. I took photos so I wouldn’t forget and have posted some common one that you would find in the Long Beach area.
Many know the dandelion is all edible. I’ve even seen it sold at a local farmer’s market. It can be bitter, but edible. A recent website also focuses on edible weeds.
Cucumber Mint Facial Tonic
Omega-3 Fatty acids – Includes cold water fish, such as salmon and sardines, flax seed, walnuts, nuts and seeds. The fat in these foods help the brain cells and neurotransmitters function properly and possibly help some folks with depression.
Soluble Fiber Foods – Includes oatmeal, barley, beans, fruits and some vegetables. These foods help regulate blood sugars. The soluble fiber forms a gel in your GI tract that slowly release the sugar from some of these foods into the blood stream. It helps you from feeling hungry too quickly.
I’ve recently have taken some classes on making better bread. Going back to scratch cooking has been something I’ve hesitated doing since it can be time consuming. It does require some planning, too. In taking on this effort, I have learned some valuable information. I’ve known for a while that the flour we use in grocery store is inferior, but I didn’t know to what extent. So I’ve learned how to grind my own flour. I’ve also learned the concept of soaking grains and flour. This has become an important part of the nutritional aspect of baking bread products. Soaking grains and flours can help release the phytonutrients (the plant nutrition) that the body can use more readily.
A landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that writing exercises (aka journaling) can help alleviate symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis. This is why writing or journaling is one of the foundations of weight loss and health. I have a friend you says that some of the hardest writing she has done is about her health. I can’t disagree; this is a tough process for some.
But don’t fear: there are several types of journaling that might be beneficial for you to meet your health goals:
(Yes, I borrowed the title…I’m not that clever)
When I told some folks at work that I eat a plant-based diet, automatically the conversation went to what I eat for protein. “Oh are you eating Gardein?” Because I don’t like most of the meat-substitutes out there, I use beans as my primary source of protein. For reasons I’ve explained in one of my previous blogs, I avoid canned beans when possible. So, I thought I would share the benefits of this nutritonal powerhouse, the bean.
I thought I would share my current gardening passion and the progress that has occurred with my garden gutters. My seeds have started to sprout! The photos below will show the progress that has been made in about 2 months. Just so everyone is aware, it has been a warmer winter in So Cal. I did plant some heirloom variety lettuces in one of the garden gutters. I planted strawberry seeds in my other garden gutter. You can see the photo of the small strawberry seed that are just starting. The benefit: I’ve not seen bugs; this includes slugs and pill bugs which usually eat tender seedlings.