Almost everyone would know someone with cancer of some kind. This dreadful disease seems to be at epidemic proportions nowadays so what can we do to fight it? It may seem too simple, but the foods we eat give our bodies cancer fighting nutrients that can help to prevent it from affecting us – but only if we eat the right kind of foods.
What are they? Many vegetables and fruit contain health and life giving nutrients, but some have more in them than others. Here are some to include in your diet to help prevent cancer.
- Broccoli – while all cruciferous vegetables do contain cancer-fighting properties, broccoli is the one that contains high levels of sulforaphane. This potent compound will boost your protective enzymes and flush out the kinds of chemicals that cause cancer, according to Jed Fahey ScD. A study in Michigan University proved that sulforaphane also targets cancer stem cells that cause tumours.
There is a growing need for people to improve their lifestyle through the means of supplementing their diet with the proper foods that are enriched with the right minerals and vitamins. You need to ensure that you consume whole foods that contain a high amount of fibers, enzymes that catalyze the reactions in the digestive tract etc. In this section we have taken the privilege to find the right foods for you which will translate into a better self reflecting image of yourself.
Foods for the Soul:
There should be a high intake of almonds in your dietary system. These almonds help you in maintaining and balancing the protein and the magnesium content in your body which is necessary for building the tissue of your body. A snack of almonds consisting of 14-15 almonds that are unsalted will take your body a long way.
Your body is in continuous need of antioxidants that will help your tissue from aging and that combat free radicals. These radicals inhibit the growth of your tissues and make your tissues and cells degenerate. Most of the researches have proved that there is a correlation in the use of antioxidants and that of increase in lifespan.
There has been an old saying that “what you are is what you eat”. This statement is partially true with research supporting this fact. There has been research in the field to check the personality along with the food intake of a person. There is evidence of food that help you improve your stress, help memory as well as aid you in your sleep. That is why there is a need to choose the foodstuffs you need in your dietary plan. In this section we will take a look at some of the most essential foods for your diets.
5 Essential foods:
Water: A huge proportion of our bodies consist of water which is surprising. This is the why you need to replenish your body with water every time your water levels run down. Make sure that you include your diet with foods that provide you with enough water to help you sustain your health. Men should drink around 3 liters of water and women should consume around 2.2 liters of water in their diets. It is not necessary to drink only water but fluids that contain a good percentage of water which can be extracted into the body.
Out of all the big and mini meals we consume on a daily basis, breakfast is considered to be the most important of them.
It was in the 13th century that the word, ‘breakfast’ came into existence. It was essentially introduced after the verb form of ‘breakfasting’ and ‘breakfasted,’ and it was called that because it would be the first meal after fasting since the previous evening’s meal.
Not only does breakfast kick – start your metabolism but also energizes your body to get things done all throughout the day. One tends to achieve a better focus, and several studies have even linked consuming healthy breakfast to the key of preventing heart diseases and another body – related diseases.
It is as simple as this when you wake up; your body requires blood sugar to push your brain and muscles to function properly. Moreover, if you skip breakfast, then you are more likely to over – eat later in the day.
Following given are some of the benefits of having healthy and timely breakfast:
- Proper Breakfast Allows Adequate Body functioning
When you sleep for 8 to 10 hours, your body’s glucose levels tend to decrease. Breakfast is a way of restoring glucose levels in your body. Greater glucose levels improve memory and concentration levels by making the brain healthier. It keeps us happier and stress-free at most times.
Wines always go about with any of the food items but choosing a wine to suit your burgers can be a complex task. Wine was made to go about with some of the delicate foods. Burgers on the other hand are fast foods that need a different form of wine to go along with it. In this section we will take a look at how to choose the wines. This exhaustive list will help you get the right wine for your burgers so that you can enjoy it to the fullest.
Since the burger is junk food stuff you need to make sure to get a full bodied wine for enjoying your dish. You can also enjoy your burger if you pair it with sparkling wine which will ensure the flavors of the burger emanate from it.
Is there a vegetable which dominates in your vegetable burger? If there is a burger that has a single vegetable dominating in it then you need to choose a wine that will help in intensifying the effect of that single veggie. For instance if you have mushroom dominating in your burger, you can choose the pinot noir while the asparagus will pair brilliantly with a glass of chardonnay. You need to identify the various vegetables that are dominant and choose a wine based on it.
Bali tourists and locals are excited as Bali launches the first Johnny Rockets Restaurant. With thousands of travelers visiting Bali’s world class beaches and holiday villas every day, there is a rich tourist market in the area that is well suited to the American dining experience.
Just like the 300 other Johnny Rockets throughout 16 countries, this latest Johnny Rockets offers delicious all American meals along with some of your favorite regional dishes. From delicious hamburgers to delicious shakes, you can enjoy the music from the past eight decades as you dine.
Steve Devine, president of Johnny Rockets International, met with hospitality titan Wiryanti Sukamdani to sign an agreement to open five Johnny Rockets restaurants in the next five years throughout Indonesia.
Wiryanti brings a great deal of experience in the industry to the Johnny Rockets restaurant and is an excellent choice for a franchise partner. Sukamdani has a degree in Hotel Administration from Cornell University, and he runs Riyanti Investama International Group. He was also a member of the Indonesia Parliament and the founder of the Indonesian tourism board.
There are many reasons why people choose a plant-based eating style. Here is a list of possible rationales:
– Taste/don’t like animal foods
– Emotional/Sympathy for animals
– Most of their friends are vegan
– Health and healing (scientific or energetic)
Vegan means no animal products of any kind. Vegetarian means a consumer may want to include eggs and milk products, which are of animal origin but do not entail the killing of a living animal. Others won’t eat eggs because they could develop into animals.
Raw food is all the rage these days. What is that about? Here is a fairly standard description:
The raw food diet is based on unprocessed and uncooked plant foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts, grains, beans, dried fruit, and seaweed.
Heating food above 116 degrees F is believed to destroy enzymes in food that can assist in the digestion and absorption of food. Cooking is also thought to diminish the nutritional value and “life force” of food.
Here is the list of permissible foods, from the same source:
“Made with love” is an ingredient I have often seen on home-made packaged cookies and other home-made foods in health food stores. It always seems like a sweet and nice thing to say, but without real meaning, a friendly, new-agey kind of sentiment. Turns out it’s quite real, and measurable.
Let me set the context for this column for you. At this time, I am the president of a small non-profit organization called Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (FIONS). The organization it sprang from, IONS, was started by astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Ph.D., after he had an epiphany on his return from the moon that everything is connected. (http://www.ions.org). We offer a variety of programs, events, and dialogue groups in the NYC area (www.fions.org), with a focus on consciousness and multiple ways of knowing.
Not that they ever left, but calories are back in the news. New York City has recently passed an ordinance that requires restaurants with more than 15 outlets (i.e., chains) to post the caloric count in their dishes next to the prices. This is move is apparently causing a great deal of reshuffling of menu items, according to an article in the New York Times (“Calories Do Count,” by Kim Severson, 10/29/08, p D1). The calorie counting habit has been around for about one hundred years, and while it took a back seat for a while to the counting of grams of protein, carbohydrates, and fat, now it seems to be back on top of the public consciousness.
What are, exactly, the calories that people count? First of all, they’re not “things.” They can’t be seen. They are not “in” food. At best, the digestion of the food liberates them. At worst, there is no real way of knowing how many calories you “get” from the food you eat. Let’s look at the context.
Mental health problems are quite pervasive in our society. For example, it has been found that generalized anxiety disorder may have a lifetime prevalence rate of about 5% in the population (). And that is only one of the 52 disorders classified on that website. I’m not going to deal with such specific diseases, but mostly with general mood and mental energy issues – especially because the importance of food and nutrition for mental health can be considerable.
Let’s take a look at the known mental health effects of vitamin deficiencies. Such information has been around for quite a long time. Although I usually focus on whole foods, this time I thought it was time we put this scientific information detail together as much as possible, so here goes. First, a look at vitamin deficiencies.
– A deficiency of the B vitamins (thiamine, niacin, biotin, B6, folic acid, and B12), most commonly found in whole grains and in animal protein, can cause a great deal of trouble. Lack of thiamine, for example, may bring beriberi, the classic disease resulting from the extensive use of polished rice, and which includes damage to the nervous system, apathy, poor short term memory, confusion, and irritability.
You have been watching your diet for years by now, and you feel pretty confident that you’re eating very well for your own health. But what I can tell you, that as soon as you think you know something, life laughs in your face and all of a sudden new information comes in that makes you doubt everything. Don’t be distressed! If we learned everything we need by age 20, there would not much for us to be doing for the next 80 or so years. So please pay attention to the surprise, the anomalies, the new information – that’s how paradigm shifts happen, and fortunately none of us are immune to them.
Here is probably some new information for you. The research that this is based on was carried out in the 1950’s. It would not be approved today, for obvious reasons. That doesn’t make it any less interesting, especially for all of us foodies. If you are on a diet or restrictive eating regime, for any reason, please review the following list of symptoms and check those that apply to you.
I have been teaching the importance of understanding acid and alkaline for more than 25 years. It’s a great concept, and is getting more and more attention.
We know that pH is the measure of acid and alkaline (or basic) substances, mostly fluids. It is not exact, but an approximation. A pH of 7 is considered neutral, neither acid nor alkaline. This is the pH of water. Now let’s remember that the acids and bases (alkalis) of the body need to be in very close balance – this is called “acid-base homeostasis.” If it goes off too far in either direction, it may be fatal. In the body, the blood has a pH range of 7.35 to 7.45. If it goes down to 6.9, one dies of diabetic coma. If it goes up to 7.9, one dies of tetany, or lock-jaw. Keep this in mind whenever you read certain authors that insist that we should always be tilting towards alkaline – an excess of either is dangerous (there is a book called “Alkalize or Die” – a preposterous title, as, no matter what we do, we all will, eventually, die). The body strives towards homeostasis or balance. It’s like riding a bicycle.
News on the food front gets worse by the day. In December we were deep in the mad cow issue. Just one mad cow, its pieces sold over 6 states plus Hawaii and Guam, and next thing you know several countries put a ban on importing beef from the USA. That mad cow (poor cow, she wasn’t angry or crazy, she was just sick, and look how we treat her!) was known as a “downer.” Nice name. It’s employed to indicate cows that are so weak they fall down and can’t walk to the slaughterhouse. No matter, they get killed anyway and and then are sold to us as edible food, I bet ground up as hamburger meat, or hidden in hot dogs, when you really can’t tell what you’re eating.
For many years I have been teaching that it is a good idea to consume whole foods for our health and well-being. The reasons seemed obvious. Whole foods are those that nature provides, with all their edible parts.
Whole foods of vegetable origin include fresh vegetables and fruits; whole grains (millet, brown rice, oats, rye, whole wheat, buckwheat, quinoa, cornmeal); beans and legumes (lentils, chick peas, kidney beans, etc); nuts and seeds. Whole foods of animal origin include eggs, small whole fish, seafood (shrimp, lobster, soft shell crabs), and small fowl. Under this model, when consuming larger animals (pork, beef, venison) the idea is to use as many parts as possible (muscle, kidney, heart, etc), including the bones to make stock, to maximize nutrient intake. Eating whole foods insures consumption of the maximum amount of original natural nutrients, in the right proportions.
Mention was made the other day in a class I was teaching about the delights of a specific brand of fat-free cookies. “Have you had them?” one of the students asked me. To me that was like asking if I’d had any fried grasshoppers lately — culturally absurd. “Of course not,” I said, “I wouldn’t touch that stuff for the world.” She looked at me puzzled. “But they’re so good!” I realized how far removed I am from the mainstream, how out of touch with what goes on in the lives of most Americans. Unfortunately, there is little that I can do about it. I keep noticing absurdities and irrelevancies around the issues of food and health, and then I have to point them out. Fortunately, a few people are listening. So let me handle here the issue of “fat free food,” which I believe can be dangerous.
The hysteria against fat has gone out of control. While it is true that excess fat can stress the liver and contribute to health problems, what is overlooked in this issue are two points: a) fat is one of the three essential macro nutrients; and b) some fats are health-promoting, others are unhealthful.