The Golden Spice of Life: Turmeric


•Turmeric is the single best spice to take care of your liver, brain and immune system.  It’s an amazing anti-inflammatory. It has so many healing properties that currently there are over 6,000 peer reviewed articles published proving the benefits of turmeric.

 Health Benefits of Turmeric:

Anti-Inflammatory         Anti-Oxidant              Blood Sugar Balance                Digestive Aid

Wound Healing                  Anti-Bacterial               Liver Detoxification              Reduce Joint Pain            

• Turmeric’s key to disease reversal may be its ability to keep inflammation at bay. Diseases today such as cancer, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, high cholesterol, heart disease and chronic pain can be the result of inflammation.

• Turmeric has long been a staple in Indian curries as well as in foods like mustard  but there are lots of other ways to eat and drink this spice. Turmeric’s is a great addition to eggs, chicken, soup, vegetables and curry dishes.

• Other spices that compliant turmeric include: ground black pepper, cumin, coriander, ginger and cinnamon.

• Combine ground black pepper and/ or oil to increase body wide absorption of turmeric  by three-fold and release it full nutritional properties.

• Turmeric stains so keep away from your favorite towels.

1) Add turmeric to  tea: Liquid Gold Turmeric Tea
2) Or purchase a wonderful Ginger Turmeric Tea from The Spice & Tea Exchange of Mequon
3) Add a pinch to eggs: Turmeric Scrambled Eggs  are a great place to start because the color is familiar and a pinch adds a subtle flavor.
4) Toss with roasted vegetables. Turmeric’s lightly warm and peppery flavor works especially well with cauliflower and other roasted vegetables.
5) Try it with greens. Sprinkle turmeric into sautéed or braised greens like kale, collards, and cabbage.
6) Season up soups and chili  or make a curry soup.
7) Add a pinch to a smoothie.  (Watch the carb load in smoothies)

What You Think is What You Get: Death to the Diet Mentality

                                                                                                                                                            Lisa G - Healthy Lifestyle

New Year’s ambitions have come and gone and may have left you feeling defeated, if you have slipped back into pre-new year’s habits. You still want to improve your health, lose weight, a better role model for your kids and simply feel better.

You’re not alone: like clockwork, each New Year diet books fly off the shelves, gyms are busier than usual and fast food restaurants see a dip in business. Then you “cheat” on your diet a few times, miss going to the gym a few days and the entire plan is scrapped. It’s back to old habits. Sound familiar?

The first mistake made when embarking on a nutritional makeover is taking it on with a “diet or New Year’s resolution mentality”. This mentality has the highest failure rate at weight maintenance and sustaining health improvements. Resolutions and diets are viewed as temporary, short-term fixes and sacrifices, certainly not a true lifestyle change.

The focus should not be to go on a diet but in its place to eat healthier, which has no end point. It’s something to do for the rest of your life. Will you stop brushing your teeth, going to work or sleeping? Of course not, it’s part of your daily life; similar to how eating healthier can be view.

Instead view your nutritional improvements as an opportunity to transform your life. It’s you choice to not just live longer, but better. View it as choosing health or whatever your goals is… your choice….not a jail  sentence. Start with the power of carrying out – at most—three healthier habits consistently.

Notice the goal is not to do it perfectly all the time, simply making small improvements that are “healthier” and you feel good about. Once you have mastered these habits, move on to more.

The magic to eating better lies within you, not a fad diet or pill. Extra weight and health conditions did not develop overnight, nor will healthier eating habits. It’s the difference between knowing what to do and actually doing it.

Exceptional living is a daily affair, based on the accumulation of good habits.

Be committed, do what it takes, and you will have the results that you want.

How Can I Lose Weight Eating Fat?

Coconut oil.

For many years, fats and oils, whether classified as good or bad, were demonized because they contain 9 calories per gram. Meaning, they contain more than twice the 4 calories per gram of carbohydrate or protein.

This familiar logic stated, if you eat less fat, which by default meant more carbohydrate, you would eat fewer calories and lose weight. This misguided logic was based on the assumption that caloric density was the primary reason people either gained or lost weight. The result- obesity rates have climbed and low-fat diet recommendations have proven unsuccessful in thwarting the battle of the bulge.

Why? There are a multitude of reasons but to simplify things the following two explanations are important to avoid needlessly suffering on a low-fat diet.

1) Appetite satiation is drive by insulin response, not calorie density.
Meals that trigger a substantial insulin response trigger increased appetite and fat storage. Carbohydrates, such as whole grain bread, whole wheat waffles, and fruit juice trigger insulin release. Continuous insulin provocation equates to one heck of a time trying to lose weight, as insulin is a fat-storage hormone.

In comparison, oils and fats are the least insulin provoking with protein a close second. Consuming adequate fat intake is essential to quench appetite and avoid the insulin surges and crashes that are the result of eating plenty of “healthy whole grains”.

2) Modern wheat increases appetite thereby increasing intake.

Portion control becomes a major challenge because the gliadin protein in modern wheat stimulates appetite to the tune of 400 calories more per day, 365 days per year. That’s a recipe for weight gain, not loss.

I recommend an eating approach that encourages the generous use of healthy fats and oils to support healthy weight loss and cardiovascular health. In other words, nourishing fats such as coconut oil, avocados  olive oil,  and grass-fed, organic butter are not the key villains to make you fat nor cause heart disease.

This spring I begrudgingly attended the American Diabetes Association Diabetes Professional Educators Conference in Middleton, Wisconsin. This is an annual conference to earn continuing education credits required to keep my certified diabetes educator credential.

I attend in anticipate that “things” have changed and this will be the year I am inspired and hopeful for the future of diabetes care. Sadly, this wasn’t the year.
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How do YOU handle the holidays?

This week I will be celebrating Thanksgiving with my family in Dallas, Texas. I am looking forward to catching up, competitive games with big wins for bragging rights, lots of hooting and hollering watching football and of course the delicious food.

This week in my coaching sessions it came up frequently, “How to YOU handle the holidays?”

A key point to note is, holiDAY. Thanksgiving is one day, not a week or furthermore a six week stretch from Thanksgiving to New Years. So let’s get that straight. Don’t turn concerns over one day into a six week debacle. Each meal is an opportunity for a fresh start, should you overdo it.
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Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

Several years ago I never ate a Brussel sprout in my life. One of those vegetables I had no interest in trying and did not appeal to me at all. I just assumed I would not like it. I believe I heard a story or two of how awful they were and besides my mother never made them, so they had to be terrible, right?

So wrong! Times have changed and now I can truly say I love Brussel sprouts. With my husband’s encouragement, I sheepishly tried them and it was love at first bite. Read More →