Spring is coming, and so is asparagus. Once a harbinger of spring, asparagus is now widely available year round, but it is best when you can find it locally grown (or from your own garden if you’re lucky enough to have one). I was reminded of asparagus as a spring vegetable when I came across the on line announcement of a giant frittata made with 1,000 eggs and 66 pounds of wild asparagus in a 6.5 foot wide pan to kick off the annual Asparagus Festival in Croatia. Now that’s an amazing way to celebrate the coming of spring!
Our greatest enemy is no longer the time spent lounging in sweats in front of the TV. New research suggests that it is all that time in front of the computer that is damaging our health by keeping us seated, often for hours on end, leading to aches and pains in the back, shoulders and neck as well as headaches and eyestrain. Worse, some experts say you can’t counteract the bodily harm of all that sitting with only 30 minutes of daily exercise. There’s even a name for this malady among the afflicted: Silicon Valley Syndrome, which is now so pervasive – and harmful – that some doctors have compared it to smoking as a risk to health.
Did you know that if you drink diet sodas you’ll probably gain weight instead of losing? The latest word on this comes from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins Medical Center. Researchers there looked into the question of whether or not drinking diet sodas leads to weight loss and found that overweight and obese adults who drink diet sodas actually consume more calories from food than their obese or overweight peers who drink regular sugar-sweetened sodas. The Hopkins’ team discovered that individuals who drink diet soda typically have a higher body mass index (BMI) and consume more snack food than those who drink sugary beverages.
Is there anyone out there who doesn’t recognize emotional eating? What are your “comfort foods”, the ones you turn to when you’ve had a bad day or week? A bit of internet surfing tells me that favorites include mac and cheese, chicken soup, meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Hmmm, I don’t see any vegetables or fruits, unless you count apple pie with ice cream. The Omni Diet will teach you healthy eating that will help you lose weight and improve your health without sacrificing taste or the pleasure you get from food, but the topic of emotional eating deserves some attention because that may be what led to the excess weight you want to lose.
Yesterday I had the honor of testing for my second-degree brown belt in Kenpo Karate with Mr. Bob White… another step toward black belt. The truth is, it was not my best test, not even close!
What I didn’t tell Mr. White until after I passed my test yesterday was that I had been up sick the entire night before and hadn’t slept, even for an hour. I had serious brain fog and felt a little wacky. My first thought was to reschedule. Anyone would understand, right? But I have this irritating voice in my brain that seems to have a mind of its own. The annoying argument in my head went something like this...
You may not put berries, tea and chocolate on the top of your list of healthy foods, but new research from England suggests that natural compounds they contain can protect against type 2 diabetes. Wow, does that make me happy! The study from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and King’s College, London found that high intakes of the desirable compounds - flavonoids and anthocyanins - are linked to lower insulin resistance and better blood sugar regulation, which translates to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.