Everything Blueberries

Eating healthy is not difficult when you are fresh fruits and vegetables–it does get difficult navigating the very sharky waters of ingredient and nutrition labels.

But today’s post is about blueberries and they are incredibly low in calories and pack a huge wallop in benefits!

I am giving a link that is maybe a little easier to understand that the info from wikipedia:

http://www.wildblueberries.com/health_benefits/antioxidants.phy

The following info comes from Wikipedia:

“Blueberries have a diverse range of micronutrients, with notably high level of the following essential dietary minerals:  Maganese,  Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K,  and dietary fiber.  Blueberries have glycemic load score of 4 out of 100 (which is very good!).

Reseachers have shown that blueberries contain Anthocyanin, Proanthocyanidis, Resveratrol, Flavanols, and Tannis. These substances inhibit mechanisms of cancer cell development and inflammation.

In a 2007 symposium on berry health benefits were reports showing  consumption of blueberries (and cranberries)  may help alleviate the cognitive decline occurring in Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions of aging.

A chemical isolated from blueberry leaves can block replication  of the Hepatitis C virus and may help to delay disease spread by infected individuals–it is NOT, however, a cure.

Feeding blueberries to animals lowers brain damage in the area of strokes.

Recent Rutgers research indicates that blueberry consumption may aid in prevention of urinary tract infections.

Other animal studies indicate that blueberry consumption lowered cholesterol and total blood lipid levels, possibly affecting symptoms of heart disease.  Additional research indicated that it may aid in control of high blood pressure.”—-source Wikipedia

In summary, we all have hearts, brains, kidneys, and immune systems that we really want to function very well and stay healthy—do your part and eat blueberries (no sugar please!)!!!

Kate Thorn–who has lost 6 pounds since starting this!

“one day at a time”

Eating Out & Grocery Discoveries

Today was a busy day–for me anyway!  We went to PetsMart to get Daisy some “healthier food”–Her dry cat food had corn products in it.  Since switching her food, she has lost weight, has a lot more energy, and is not laying around sleeping all the time.  Think there might be a connection between the type of food she is eating and how she feels and acts.  Like us, maybe?

Then I went to Harris Teetor–TJ had found this totally delicous  new pesto sauce there–Artichoke Lemon pesto–We had had some the night before–it is fine to eat these fat laden types (olive oil is a good fat) as long as you reduce the amount of sauce used.  Our capellini was lightly seasoned and it was fabulous.  All the new foods I find are listed under custom foods on the fitday.com site under katenexile–click on view custom foods.  I keep mine public for this reason.

I also discovered a yogurt brand with no HFCS in it.  The brand is Stonyfield–all organic–low in fat.  They even had a pumpkin pie flavor!  And they had another line of organic Greek yogurt that had only 1/2 gram of fat (5 calories) in it–and it is Chocolate!!!  And delicious–I had it for supper tonight–since I ate out today!!  Now that was the good part of grocery shopping–but I also label checked a box of baked crackers–think they were Triscuits–and it started out with whole wheat flour–that was good–but a few lines down was the HFCS.

Regular corn syrup is not so bad–it is glucose.  To turn it into fructose chemically–well involves chemicals.  Having even half test positive for mercury is not a situation that I deem safe or sane.

I am losing weight slowly (my goal is to lose it slow and eat healthy).  I am not hungry all the time.  I feel better physically and have more energy.  If you have not tried cutting it out of your diet, please try it.  I am eating healthy but less–and I not hungry–that should help inspire you.

Eating out was not planned.  It was sort of a surprise–it was around 2PM by the time we stopped to eat.  And we had a coupon for Ruby Tuesdays.  We rarely eat out–maybe once a month.  I got the mini-burger with fries and a salad.  The saled was 2 kinds of lettuce, spinach, carrots, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries–with less than a tablespoon of honey mustard dressing on it.  To drink I had raspberry lemonade–and the raspberries are real! This drink cost 3.00–but a waiter enlightened us that if when we were leaving and we asked for a refill to go–that there was no charge.  I do not feel so bad spending 1.50 per drink, especially one loaded with raspberries!

For supper I had a chocolate yogurt and the rest of the raspberry lemonade!

It was a day thoroughly enjoyed!

Kate Thorn

“one day at a time”

After one month

Slow progress is good–but still, even with slow progress–I have lost 3 pounds since I started with the blog and fitday.com.   I have also started doing pool therapy 3 x week  for an 8 week stint, then it is back to the Y for me.  The most major change I have made is getting rid of the sodas, including my beloved coke.  Something about knowing the ingredients have made them unappealing to me.  I am getting sugar and caffeine from the Russian tea–but much less caffeine, and that is totally a good thing.  No researched info tonight–just an update.

Kate Thorn

“one day at a time”

Not Eating Enough??

How can that be?  My calories seem sufficient.  My fat grams are decreasing. I am eating tons of veggies (secretively, I think I am turning into a rabbit!).

But I have a problem.  I am experiencing constipation–not something I should be having a problem with–with all my veggies, fiber rich rich cereal and bread–not to mention–nuts!  I thought perhaps I was not getting enough fat–so yesterday I skipped lunch and ate popcorn–did help a bit.  But not enough.

Today I researched it–and per the information available, I have cut calories too much!  So today, even though now watching what I eat is a habit, I am going to try and eat more than I usually do.  And this is the first bacon and egg on bun, per Snappy Lunch style in Mt. Air y, NC, that I have had since I started this!  Can I say it tastes exquisite!

Kate THorn

“one day at a time”

Rough Day

As I try to eradicate Coca Cola from my life and diet–I have been waking in the middle of the night.  Last night it was 0330–I slept only 2.5 to 3 hours–but I wanted a Coke so badly.  I found my Russian tea ingredients– mixed it up–had 2 cups–not one–and was still dragging.  Went to a meeting from 10:00 til 11:00–back home –had a small lunch and then crashed until after 5:00 pm–Had another cup of Russian tea–No HRCS in this–but has sugar.  Still sleepy.  I am probably not going to be writing much for a few days.  Cola withdrawal is bad–been there before.

Kate Thorn

“one day at a time”

New Site on Mercury and HFCS

This breaks down just how “unnatural” this sweetener really is.  For starters, corn syrup is comprised of 100% glucose.

http://www.healthy. net/scr/Column. aspx?Id=1126&ColumnId=31

Very scary reading.

Kate

Much Better Day

Despite the 2 breakfasts, one in the middle of the night and one in the morning, today was really good–calorie wise, fat gram wise.  Of course, it was a nearly meatless day, so there was a drop in protein.

And after reading about oranges, I had fresh orange juice with supper and for dessert, 1/2 of an apple and 12 bing cherries.  And even though the calorie count for the day is low–I am not in the least hungry.

Kate Thorn

“one day at a time”

Middle of the Night Morning

I awoke at 0300–but as I looked at the time, half-awake, but yes, with my glasses on, I thought it said 0500.  That is morning to me.  I did not want ceral this morning, so I opted for yogurt–even though it has HFCS in it, I cannot afford to throw it away and buy all new.  So it will be eaten, but no more than 2 a week.

By the time I had yogurt eaten and was trying to drink unsweetened tea, I was thoroughly awake and saw that it was only 3:30.  Needless to say, I went back to bed.  And slept for 4 more hours–and of course, when I awoke I was hungry.  This time I had my usual oat squares, a full cola (bad caffeine withdrawal), and my almonds–my calorie count was over 500–and the day had just begun!

I am going to leave the subject of HFCS for a while–and give some useful info on what is good food and why–for one to eat.

This may cover more than one day And I am going to start with oranges and mandarin oranges.

If buying mandarin organges, purchase the ones packed in juice, and drain them prior to eating.

Before I say anything else about oranges. I want to clarify a statement re: the recommended daily requirement of both B and C vitamins.  First they are water soluble, meaning if you have an excess, it is very efficiently excreted in your urine.  Second, any time you are under stress, you use up your B’s and C’s really fast.  Given this proven information, there can be no true recommended daily requirement.  Are they  basing that value on person who has a stress free life?  That person does not exist.  B  and Cvitamins help maintain a positive attitude and energy!

Ok that said, Oranges provide 100% of the dairy required amount of Vitamin C and flavanoids.  They are also a good source of  Vitamin A,  Amino Acids,  Vitamin B, Beta-Carotene, Pectin,  Potassium, Folic Acid, Calcium, Iodine, Phosphorous, Sodium, Zinc,  Maganese, Chlorine, and Iron.

Regular consumption of oranges help retard the development of hardening of the arteries,  A compound found in oranges  called liminoid has been to aid against cancers of the mouth, skin, lungs, breast, stomach, and colon.  Also acts as an antioxidant and protects cells the damages of free radicals. Oranges also aid in the reduction of the production of cholesterol.  Oranges aid in the production of digestive juices thereby aiding in the relief of constipation.  And for the men, oranges help to keep sperm healthy.  Daily consumption is believed to decrease risk of heart disease.  Vitamin C aids in the stimulation of white cells to fight infection thereby building a healthy immune system.  Aids in thew prevention of kidney stones.  The abundance of polyphenols in oranges have shown to provide protection against viral infection.  Vitmin C has shown to have anti-aging properties and also is helpful in preventing stomach ulcers.

And this is the skinny on oranges.

Eat healthy–read labels.

Kate Thorn

“one day at a time”

Calorie and fat grams–bad day

I ate too much today.  Everything I ate was totally healthy . . . I was not under 40 fat grams–and even healthy fat can make you gain weight.  So tomorrow is another day  and I will be more careful.

Kate Thorn

“one day at a time”

High Fructose Corn Syrup–What This Means To You

I have been researching this ingredient that is so prevalent in so many foods, and I have come to the same conclusion as many others.  HFCS (better know as High Fructose Corn Syrup) is not good for us and may be causing serious health problems.

I had yogurt this morning and my caffiene fix for the day, and while I was eating, I decided to re-read the labels.   Back in the 70’s when I ate a lot of yogurt and lost weight–it had sugar in it–but no HFCS.  Now my yogurt has HFCS–even my coke has it –and it did not used to have it.  Both surprised me–both also had sugar.

First I am going to just discuss what exactly is HFCS. High Fructose Corn Syrup is a sweetener made by processing corn syrup to increase the level of fructose, usually to 42-55% of the total sugar conten, with the balance being glucose.  It is used extensively as a sweetener in processed foods and soft drinks and in baked goods.  However, it is also included in many foods not normally considered as sweet foods.–source–medical dictionary.

Fructose is a natural substance found in fruits some vegetables, and honey.  It contains 4 calories per gram.  Fructose produces a lower post meal in blood glucose than sucrose.

Sucrose is also known as white sugar and occurs naturally in sugar cane or sugar beets.  Sucrose contains equal parts of glucose and fructose.

Lactose is a sugar derived from milk.

Maltodextrin is a carbohydrate derived from starch that is often used as a filler in processed food.  But it is still defined as a type of sugar.

Corn syrup is derived from cornstarch and is primarily composed of glucose.

Crystalline fructose is a cornstarch derived, crystallized sweetener that contains close to 100% fructose and is found in sweetened foods and drinks.

The above definitions are courtesy of Diabetic Forecast, The  Healthy Living magazine.

I will stop now –this is a greal deal to absorb–but I want to stop with these last researched thoughts.

Obesity was not the problem that it is now in America before the advent of  HFCS addition to most foods.  There is no safe way to eat this substance in moderation as it has crept into so many foods.  A recent study stated that when one consumes glucose, there is a stop-eating signal given by the brain at some point.  Cosuming HFCS does the opposite–the signal given by the brain to the body is to eat MORE.  How scary is that?  I read  one study that stated it affected our body in the same way consumption of alcohol did. And lastly, just a few days ago,  in the Washinton Post of the finding of mercury in HFCS–all of it.  Considering how insidious it is in appearing in so many prepared foods, and the increase in autism and alzheimer’s–maybe the smoking gun in both processes and obesity in not genetics, vacines–but the poison locked in the very food we eat.

Kate Thorn–now discontinuing cokes.

“one day at a time”

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