Jul 30, 2015

Really Cool and Easy Way to Cut a Pineapple in 4 Easy Steps

           What you need
1 Knife
1 Pineapple

Directions Step-by-Step

1.) Place pineapple on chopping board and cut completely in half. 

2.) Then take one of the halves, and cut it in half again. Now we should have 2 quarters. 

3.) Now start cutting the skin from the pineapple ALMOST cutting it off. 

4.) Then finally cut nice little triangles, by cutting downwards towards the skin. 

(Optional step, for presentation) Separate the triangles with your fingers to make them even easier to grab. This is a great way to eat a healthy snack by the pool or beach, without all the hassle of some fancy way to cut a pineapple. This is much easier! Now go have fun, I am sure they will let you know when it's time to cut another quarter. Do you have a great easy way to cut something healthy? Leave a comment below and share it with us! I will post to the site, and give you credit to any link you like. Thank you for reading! 

Jul 24, 2015

Fight Against GMO: H.R. 1599 House Bill Passed Monsanto Now Required to Properly Label All of Their GMO Products

 Today marks a big win for all anti-GMO activists and health advocates! Monsanto and other companies that want to sell their own genetically modified fruits and vegetables to the public, are now required clearly label all of their produce for sale. This is officially called H.R. 1599, or the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act". Today is the day July 24th, 2015 something has passed through the house of representatives that is actually for the people, and without under handed political hand shakes. It feels good to be an American right now, I hope it is not short lived.Please share this article with everyone you know to inform them about their health, rights, and the truth about GMOs!! Thank you so much! Leave comments below and let me know what you think!

Source: http://agriculture.house.gov/press-release/house-passes-hr-1599-safe-and-accurate-food-labeling-act

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Jul 19, 2013

Dancing is the Best Workout and It's Good For the Soul

People always want to know what the best workout is to lose weight, or the diet pill that's going to help them lose weight. I have said many times on this site that there is no magic diet pill, and most weight loss workout DVDs are a waste of money. Want the best tip anyone can give you? Dance like no body is in the room. Dance your heart out. Sweat, feel good, and don't stop.

Just so you know you can burn more calories dancing than you can swimming, biking, or even running. Of course this all depends on what dance your doing and just how hard you're doing it. Many people don't like to dance because they feel embarrassed. If you are one of those people then dance at home. Watch YouTube instructional videos, whatever will make you feel comfortable. Maybe once you feel more comfortable dancing alone, and dancing right you won't feel so embarrassed dancing in public. Also remember that just because dancing is the best workout it doesn't mean you should go drink 6 cranberry and vodkas and go dancing at your favorite bar. That kind of defeats the purpose and after all drinking alcohol while you are trying to burn calories is probably a bad idea. Take it one step at a time, do some research and most of all have fun. The more fun you have, the more likely you are to do it on a daily basis. Learn new dances, try different genres of music, and see what gets you sweating the most. Dancing also increases strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility plus so much more.

Dancing has been done by mankind since ancient times. There is something very primal about it and somehow when you stomp your feet on the ground to the rhythm of the music it connects you to the Earth. This can stir up feelings of happiness, gratitude and even sexuality with your dance partner. These things are definitely something you want to keep in mind. Don't be one of those people that sits in the corner while everyone is having fun by simply saying "I don't know how to dance". This is mostly your fault. There are no rules, hell you don't even need instruction. Go out there and let the music move you. The more movement the better. It doesn't matter if you look crazy, you can only get better from here. Have fun and let loose. Dancing is also a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. Also when you are done with your night of dancing it's also a great sleep aid. Now go out and let the music move you! Have fun!

Jul 18, 2013

Frozen TV Dinners Healthier Than Most Home Cooked Meals

Many co-workers of mine are always quick to brag about "eating good" and having a nice healthy home cooked meal. Turns out that most home cooked meals are worse for you than a frozen tv dinner. A study coming out of the UK has found that most recipes in popular cookbooks including: "Ministry of Food" and "30 Minute Meals" by Jamie Oliver, "Kitchen" by Nigella Lawson, and "River Cottage Everyday" by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall have 3 or 4 times more calories, fat, and sodium than your average frozen tv dinner.

This study actually was pretty indepth. It looked at nutritional content such as sugars, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and total calories. Most of the recipes you find in these recipe books and almost every popular recipe book around the world revolve around 1 thing, how good it tastes. Sure they may be loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein and other essentials we need on a daily basis, but its also loaded with too much of what the World Health Organization or WHO has set daily limits for in their daily dietary guidelines. The recipes that I have put together on this site not only revolve around great tasting food, but also adheres to these guidelines to help my loyal subscribers adhere to a healthy lifestyle. That is not true for all recipe sources. Just because your "home cooked meal" is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, does not mean it adheres to the dietary guidelines of the WHO and the USDA. This doesn't mean that all home cooked meals are the same, it just means that you have to keep these guidelines in mind if you want to prevent obesity or other major health complications in the future.

So what does this mean for you? Should you stop cooking at home all together and just eat TV dinners for the rest of your days? Absolutely not. Keep a watchful eye on your daily sodium and calorie intake. TV dinners may adhere to the daily limits, however they won't have as many vitamins and minerals as a home cooked meal, and our body needs that too. So just remember before you follow your favorite chef on the Food Network, make sure you keep in mind just how much sodium and fat you are adding to the recipe. Its always best to use your better judgement and use substitutes where possible. Experiment and stay healthy the recipe your following is not scripture. Stay healthy my friends.

How to Make Food Taste Even Better - What Kind of Silverware Do You Use?

So you just got off of work and your fixing to eat dinner...Do you use plastic utensils such as a plastic fork, knife, or a spoon? New research studies have found that the type of silverware you use could actually be effecting your taste buds. Plastic forks and spoons are great to use because you won't have to do the dishes, and many people have used them on a daily basis so that they can keep their silverware clean for when they have company. This might just be a bad idea. Now that I think about it, it makes a lot of sense too. For example have you ever noticed that sodas taste better out of an actual glass bottle instead of a plastic bottle or a can? Is this why wine connoisseurs always prefer crystal glasses? 

What is it about glass, silver and crystal that makes our taste buds work better? Scientists are trying to figure it out. The study in many ways still being conducted by "Flavour Journal" and the University of Oxford. It is not just the materials that we consume with though, it is also has to do with weight, color, and the actual type of the utensil. It also has to do with what you are eating off of.  Researchers at the University of Oxford have found that eating popcorn from a blue colored bowl makes it taste saltier and more buttery, then popcorn eaten from a white bowl. Even though its the same popcorn from the same batch. They have also found that the saltiness is stronger on a piece of cheese when eaten straight off of a plastic knife, instead of a toothpick or fork.

Now you have a new experiment to try on your next snack break, or before your next big home cooked meal. Change it up a little bit, your taste buds just might thank you. Enjoy!

Jul 26, 2012

The Truth About Constipation

I know this is a subject not everyone likes to talk about. It may seem like a disgusting subject but the fact is we all do it, and if you aren't having a normal bowel movement something could be very wrong and you might need to visit the doctor to let him know what is going on. Many people go several years having digestive problems and make their situation worse by not bringing it to the attention of their doctor.

The color of your bowel movement should be medium to dark brown. Bile made by your liver and gallbladder has a yellowish color and changes to the brown color by bacteria passed through the gut. If the stool is too light or grey colored this means that you are not producing enough bile, and this could be a problem for you later in life. If your stool is yellowish color that means that it is passing through your digestive system too fast and isn't getting enough time for the bile to turn brown. Your stool's diameter should be 1-2". If your stool is too narrow that means that you could have inflammation of the bowels and that should be addressed as soon as possible.

Your stool should be firm, but it should NOT be too hard or too loose. If there is undigested food in your stool, that could be a sign that you have low stomach acid levels, or a lack of digestive enzymes. Everyone should be passing a bowel movement every single day. If you are not going every day this is a sign you are constipated. Some healthy people go 2-3 times a day. This is a sign you have a very healthy digestive system.

Constipation can cause blood in your stool. This is a result of tearing. If you just have a little bit on your towel from wiping you probably have nothing to worry about, however, if you have dark blood in your bowel movement and you can see it this could be a sign of a serious problem and you should probably let your doctor know right away.

If you have mucous in your stool that is a sign that there is inflammation in your bowels. If it happens regularly you should probably let your doctor know. Just a couple of times should mean that you probably had some type of food allergy. Watch this closely if it has happened to you especially if it keeps happening. This is a sign of a serious problem.

Jul 16, 2012

The Only Real Way To Lose Weight

When people think of losing weight they often think of restrictive diets and magic "guaranteed" weight loss supplements or drugs. This is actually an unhealthy way to lose weight and often just shows results in the short term, and can seriously affect your health in a bad way. Even some of the weight loss strategies that just involve depriving your body of necessary vitamins and nutrients is enough to get you sick. Many people have lost weight by consuming only liquids or the liquid diets, and this is very dangerous. It is important to always remember the goal is to lose weight, but it should also be done as healthy as possible.

What everyone should be thinking of is long term significant lifestyle changes that can not only better your mood, increase your energy, keep you young, and help you lose weight. This can include regular walks around the block or at your favorite park. When I say that though I don't mean go walk around until your legs hurt and you feel miserable the next day. Instead enjoy your walk. Walk until you at least break a sweat. Most of all though make sure you enjoy your walk. This will ensure that you will eventually look forward to your afternoon or morning walk. Eventually you might end up walking at both times. The key is creating the habit. If you can do it every day for a month you will find that it becomes routine. This is an example of a small change you can make that can not only help you lose weight, but have dramatic impact on your overall health, in a good way.

Mostly anything that you do that is healthy for you can help you lose weight. Eating vegetables, drastically cutting back on sugar, and curbing your appetite of sweets to fruits. It is most important though instead of depriving yourself of food, try to make healthy choices. Don't eat something that you don't want, but try to change your mindset. Don't worry you can start to convert slowly at first, but remember when you cheat yourself you are just dooming yourself to fail. Throughout your journey of thinking healthy and making wiser choices do not weigh yourself. All you are doing is discouraging yourself, and it won't be helping you. Get your satisfaction when people begin to notice your healthy weight loss through your changing your habits and making healthier choices (even if they are small at first).

Make sure on top of all of the healthy choices to make remember, the only real way to lose weight and burn calories is through regular exercise. Find that routine you love, and don't try to kill yourself with it, enjoy it so you do it everyday. Don't make excuses for yourself, the only one that gets hurt by this is you. When you make excuses those will be the reasons you are not losing weight.

Jun 20, 2012

Staying Fit and Eating Healthy Also Helps Overall Mental Health

So many people wait until they are faced with a health problem before they start becoming physically healthy and start making healthy eating choices. What most people don't know is that being healthy can also greatly increase your happiness and overall mood. So many people nowadays are taking anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication because they feel that they have a chemical imbalance in their brains, while at the same time don't have healthy eating habits and don't workout at all. I believe that just a small change at first, might make you reconsider the benefits of being healthy and staying healthy. Don't wait until you have a medical condition! Get out there and enjoy life! Stay healthy and eat right....you will be happy that you did. Here are a few tips to get started on your road to not only being more healthy but also having a better outlook on life, without needing all those "feel good" medications that doctors try to shove down our throats. Here are some tips to get started living a healthy lifestyle. Remember start off with small changes and work it into your daily routine. Don't try to kill yourself and over working out. The next day might discourage you from doing in the long run because your body isn't used to it yet. It is best to ease yourself into a routine that you will enjoy and gradually increase your energy level.

Setting your mind doing something healthy you like to do
The first thing you should do is decide what it is you think you would enjoy doing. You don't have to run 3 miles a day, especially if you are starting out. You are only going to wake up super sore and in pain. That is no way to start a healthy routine. Instead think of something that you already enjoy doing, but just don't do enough of. Some examples would be running, jogging, walking your favorite park, yoga, lifting weights or riding a bike. Just remember starting out you need to start small. Set small goals and increase your goals after  a couple of weeks.

Changing your lifestyle
It is not always about exercising. Try to make lifestyle changes that are healthy for you such as quitting smoking, doing healthy eating habits, and being more active in your day. For example if you work a desk job, and you tend to eat your lunch at your desk try eating lunch on the go, or going to a healthy place to eat your lunch. If it is close, don't drive your car try walking. That way you are getting a mini work out as well. Also drinking energy drinks is a big no-no. They have tons of sugar and sodium that are both terrible if you are trying to stay healthy. Especially the dreaded Redbull. I know they work, but they just are not good for you. Try drinking a 5 hour energy instead. It has less sugar, and it even has some vitamins. Ginseng, and green tea are also a healthy energy alternative. Don't forget to drink lots of water. It does a body good to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Getting plenty of rest
Many people push themselves to hard in this regard. Remember you are not a superhero. Sleep is a good thing. I have heard many people tell me that are hard workers that "They will sleep when they are dead" etc etc. This is not a good way to think. Your body needs 7-8 hours of rest every night. Try to make that one of your goals. A body that gets good rest will put you in a great mood just in itself. It will also help keep that routine going. Don't downplay the need to get plenty of rest. It refreshes the mind, body and soul.

Body work
Have you ever thought about meditation? This is great for the body and spirit. This also helps with increasing your overall good mood. If that doesn't work for you try yoga, or a deep tissue massage. This is great for the body and the soul. It will also help you while you are being more active.

Try to lower your stress level
It is a proven fact that stress can kill you. Try not to let things get to you. Blow it off. Take a deep breath and even try to blow off steam by walking a few blocks around your house. You will be surprised how much your mood increases by finding ways to vent your stress. Nothing is worth dwelling on the negative. Try to find the positive side of things. Stay away from medication. Try to find a healthy way to increase your mood that is all natural. Stress is a hard thing to deal with, but in time you will find healthy natural ways to combat the things that stress you out the most.

I hope you take some of my advice and find a good routine that works for you. All of us are different and some things work well for others than they might for you. I have faith in you my friend. Want to change, once you do, the people that care about you the most, and even your boss at work will notice the difference. Maybe you will get that long overdue promotion. Take care! Love and light! Leave comments and let me know what you think!

Jun 6, 2012

My Health Master- Cancer and Nutrition

Jillian McKee

Complementary Medicine Advocate

Bringing a wealth of personal and professional experience to the organization, Jillian McKee has worked as the Complementary Medicine Advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance since June of 2009. Jillian spends most her time on outreach efforts and spreading information about the integration of complementary and alternative medicine when used in conjunction with traditional cancer treatment.

Family Members Can Help Cancer Patients by Planning Healthy Meals

It is well known that food plays an important role in a person’s health.  People who eat fatty foods that are high in starches, sugars, saturated fats, and artificial flavors are prone to being overweight, having less energy, and high blood pressure and cholesterol issues.  While it is important for any person to maintain a healthy diet to increase quality of life, it is even more so important for cancer patients to eat foods that are nutritious and healthy.  

Family members can support their loved one with cancer by helping to prepare meals for the person.  Many times, people with cancer receive nutrition information from their physicians or oncologists that they are to try to incorporate healthy foods into their daily diets.  These foods often consist of meals and snacks that include high quantities of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, citrus, and nuts.  If a person is very ill from the disease, or from the treatments of cancer, it can be a physical strain to try to find energy to prepare healthy meals.  

Friends and family members who have loved ones who are battling cancer can be a big support by creating healthy recipes and meals that are loaded in calcium, protein, and high in fiber.  Many fruits and vegetables have helpful antioxidants in them that give people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other form of cancer, an edge for extra energy and strength when it comes to coping with cancer.  It is vital that a person battling cancer keep up as much physical strength as possible so the person can maintain the rounds of treatment that are necessary to defeat the disease.

By pre-packaging snacks such as fruits and nuts and putting them in the person’s refrigerator, family members can provide a great source of help to their loved one.  It is common for people with cancer to lack energy enough that they feel too tired to eat, let alone try to find the strength to prepare healthy meals themselves.  

This often results in a person eating quick and easy foods that are loaded in sugar and fats that do not provide proper nutrition for the cancer patient.  Water, lemon-flavored natural drinks, small amounts of coffee, salads loaded with eggs, cheese, nuts, and diced vegetables are very beneficial to people who are trying to gain strength as they undergo cancer treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, prescription pills, and radiation.

The Food Domain is an educational resource site that lists multiple topics on nutrition for people battling major diseases such as cancer and diabetes.  They provide contemporary recipe suggestions for healthy foods, as well as detailed nutrition topics that can benefit people who are preparing meals for people with cancer.

By: Jillian Mckee:  Of The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

May 1, 2012

Getting a Facelift - Is It Right For You?

Many people consider getting a face lift operation done. There are many alternatives to this surgery but how do you know if getting a face lift is right for you? A face lift is a very easy surgery. If you do consider getting a face lift then you should know that if you have health complications or heart problems, then it is probably not a good idea. They definitely have to put you to sleep and that may not be something that is right for you. Sure many people do it anyways to look healthy or even to improve their self esteem but sometimes the risks out weight the benefits. Before jumping into a decision don't even take my word for it, make sure you talk to your doctor to make sure it is an option for you. This operation will tighten the skin on your face and change the way your skin fits around your facial bone structures.

There are many ways that a facelift can improve your appearance and give you that youthful look. You should know that everyone has different problem areas and you might want to reconsider whenever possible if you aren't showing that many signs of aging. Sometimes it is better to wait until you have multiple problem areas such as sagging skin under your chin, bags or droopy eyes, and a lot of wrinkles. If you only have 1 of these problems then your best bet is to wait until you have more issues. You don't want to be caught in a loop getting multiple face lift surgeries later in life. Many celebrities have been caught in this loop and end up causing serious damage to their face, all in the name of beauty. Some of these celebrities look absolutely horrible. Your goal is to have 1 facelift you don't want to keep coming back. Here are some of the ways you can improve your face with a face lift.

  • Does your mid section of your face sag? This is due to low collagen levels that cause your skin to sag. 
  • Do you have deep creases or wrinkles under your eye lids? This can cause you to look older and even unhealthy.
  • Do you have deep creases running from the corners of your mouth to your nose? This can be fixed easily and can make a dramatic impact on your appearance.
  • Do you have a great deal of loose skin anywhere on your face? Specifically under your chin? This can cause you to look overweight and really unhealthy. This can all be taken care of with a face lift.
  • The muscle tone of the lower areas of your face can change over time. If you have this problem it can most definitely be fixed with a facelift.
If you have one or more of the problems listed above then a facelift might be a good idea. Especially if you have spent a fortune on expensive "age defying" beauty products that just aren't cutting it. Remember though, it is always a good idea to talk to your regular doctor before going straight to the plastic surgeon. That way if you have any other health problems that might get in the way, you can avoid them by following your doctor's instructions.