The Healthy Food

I’m sharing some of the healthy food that we need to eat and be part of our daily intake as much as possible. Here they are:
1. Berries
All berries are low in sugar and high in fiber. Blueberries have been shown to increase memory in lab studies, and raspberries and strawberries are loaded with ellagic acid, a powerful antioxidant that seems to have some anti-cancer properties, according to the American Cancer Society.

2. Beans
Beans are extremely high in fiber, which helps to control weight, prevent or manage diabetes and blood sugar, and may help prevent colon cancer and protect against heart disease. The National Institute of Medicine recommends 25-38 grams of fiber a day. The average American gets only 4-11 grams. One cup of beans provides 11-17 grams.

3. Nuts
Some of the largest and most important long-term studies of diet and health have shown that eating nuts several times a week is consistent with a risk of heart attack and heart disease that is 30%-50% lower than the general population. Just one ounce of nuts-almonds, macadamia, Brazil , walnuts, pecans-eaten three to five times a week seems to be the magic number.

4. Wild Salmon
Fish is the ultimate anti-aging food. Cold-water fatty fish like wild salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring contain omega-3 fats that protect the brain and the heart, improve mood, and lower blood pressure and triglycerides.

5. Raw Milk
Raw, organic milk nearly always comes from grass-fed cows and contains high levels of cancer-fighting CLA (conjugated linolenic acid) as well as a rich assortment of vitamins, minerals and beneficial bacteria (like Lactobacillus acidophilus)

6. Grass-Fed
Meat Meat from grass-fed cows has a much different fat profile than ordinary supermarket meat: high in omega-3s, lower in potentially harmful omega-6s and loaded with CLA, a kind of fat known for its anti-cancer activity. A superb source of protein and vitamin B12, it’s also missing the antibiotics, steroids and hormones found in the meat that comes from feedlot farms.

7. Eggs
Considered by many to be nature’s most perfect food, the egg is high in protein and relatively low in calories. The yolk contains choline, one of the most important nutrients for the brain, as well as lutein and xeazanthin, two critical nutrients for eye health. Brassica Vegetables Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and kale all contain plant compounds called indoles that help reduce the risk of cancer. In addition to a stunning range of vitamins and minerals, they also contain sulforaphane, an important plant chemical that helps the body detoxify health-damaging chemicals.

8. Apples
Not only do they keep the doctor away, they also appear to do the same for lung cancer, diabetes and asthma. An apple contains five grams of fiber and a rich blend of nutrients including the bone-building vitamin K and the anti-inflammatory nutrient quercetin. And there’s no better way to control your appetite than an apple eaten about half an hour before a big meal.

9. Onions and Garlic
In an impressive number of published studies, the consumption of onions and garlic has demonstrated protective effects against stomach, prostate and esophageal cancer. Along with broccoli, tea and apples, onions and garlic are among a select group of foods found to reduce mortality from heart disease by 20%.

10. Pomegranate Juice
Called “a natural Viagra” by researchers at Tel Aviv University , pomegranate juice is loaded with antioxidants. Studies show it can reduce blood pressure and plaque in the arteries. New research indicates it also slows the progression of tumors.. Four to eight ounces a day is highly recommended.

11. Green Tea
Though all teas are great for you, green tea has a unique profile of plant chemicals that have anti-cancer activity. It’s now fairly established that green tea may help prevent the following types of cancers in humans: bladder, colon, esophagus, pancreas, rectum and stomach. If that’s not enough, it also appears to help with weight control.

Arroz Caldo

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Last Friday I helped cooking arroz caldo in the church. There were students who came every Friday afternoon around 5pm and they learn and enjoy studying about God’s words. While cooking, we put some boiled eggs and green leafy onions to taste. It was deliciously done and we ate a lot. The students enjoyed the team playing together and we had fun and fellowship together.

We will be eating every Friday with some games and learning to make it enjoyable for the students. They look forward to it that’s why we need to prepare something for their stomach development.

AJ’s Birthday in Thailand

It still fresh on my thoughts when we’re in Thailand. Usually when my kids especially our youngest son would celebrate his birthday he wanted many friends close to him to come and attend his party. These are the kind of food he wanted. Try to look at it. Fried chicken, right? He loved it to the max. And I always insist to have fruits prepared because the locals love and enjoy fruits and vegetables offered to them. I always treasure those moments and if given a chance I would love to visit and eat those yummy food I missed for quite sometime. Hope it will come true.

To Eat More or Less?

There are certain fruits and vegetables that help inflammation while there are others that lowers inflammation according to the news I’ve read just recently. Here’s the news…

Food that lowers inflammation

Food that helps inflammation

Certain foods reduce inflammation, while others raise it. What to eat and what to avoid?

Inflammation, normally part of a healthy immune response, is increasingly thought to play a leading role in encouraging a number of major killers, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s. Dangerous chronic inflammation occurs when the immune system stays turned on and starts attacking healthy cells and tissues-triggering, for example, cancer-causing genetic mutations or the bursting of artery plaque. What you eat, though, helps determine how much inflammation you produce. Certain foods promote it, while others are inflammation-fighting superstars, says nutritionist and family physician Ann Kulze, author of Dr. Ann’s 10-Step Diet. Some recommendations:

Try to eat more

Omega-3 fats. These are among the most potent anti-inflammatory foods. Best sources: fatty fish like salmon and tuna; walnuts and other nuts; flax seed; and canola oil.

Colorful produce. Red onions, tomatoes, broccoli, red grapes, berries, and oranges all are packed with chemicals called flavonoids that have anti-inflammatory properties.

Herbs and spices. Ginger and turmeric, either dried or fresh, are among the most healthful spices. For herbs, sprinkle on some fresh rosemary.

Chocolate and wine. Red wine has anti-inflammatory chemicals like resveratrol. Dark chocolate-look for 70 percent or higher cacao-protects against inflammation, and research suggests that hot cocoa does too.

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Omega-6 fats. They trigger the body to produce pro-inflammatory chemicals. Oils rich in omega-6 fats include corn, safflower, and vegetable oils; mayonnaise; and many salad dressings.

Trans fats. They’re disappearing from packaged foods as more and more research shows they drive inflammation. And now they’re on nutrition labels, so they’re easier to avoid.

Rancid fats. Don’t heat oil to the point that it’s smoking, since that oxidizes fats and turns them into inflammation boosters. Also, avoid old peanut butter and that chocolate bar stashed away for years in your pantry.

White starches. Flour, sugar, white rice, and instant mashed potatoes, for example, all cause quick spikes in blood sugar levels, causing the production of advanced glycation end products that spur inflammation.

Animal fats. Foods high in this fat-egg yolks, red meat, poultry skin, whole-milk dairy products-also contain high amounts of arachidonic acid, a molecule used by the body to create inflammation.

Excess alcohol. Avoid drinking more than one or two alcoholic beverages a day; too much alcohol can cause changes in the intestinal lining, allowing bacteria to pass through into the bloodstream, triggering inflammation.

Hope you enjoy reading this post. I’ve read it from the yahoo news and shared it with you. We need to be careful of the food we eat for our own benefit. Happy weekend everyone!

Tomatoes for Health…

We have a family doctor who is always conscious of their food intake. His wife was close to us in our family and every time she discovered something for health, she would easily tell us. One time, we were in the church when she shared about tomatoes. She used this kind of vegetable when cooking and good when it is not cooked. She put a lot of it when cooking because it has antioxidant that helps keep our body from toxic and other unhealthy food in our body. It makes our body strong and healthy.

After that sharing she have had, I started to put a lot of tomatoes in my cooking and it taste good. This food has a lot of nutrients given to our body. We enjoyed eating it with dried fish and shrimp paste. Hmmmm, yummy!

Take in Healthy Food

This week, I had been curious and sensitive of what I take in to my body. It is quite hard since I had had been eating a lot since my sister came back from work abroad. We ate from here and there because she missed a lot of Filipino food. Anyway, I tried to avoid and at least I watched at the food intake. Avoiding junk food that have a good taste to the palate is not just easy, I need to control myself and be sensitive all the time.

I avoid cola or soda, fatty food like pork and other food that has many fats. I used to eat fruits and vegetables. I slowly gained weight when my sister came but I insist of taking food that have many nutrients and healthy to the body. I enjoy eating paksiw (fish with vinegar and soy sauce) , laswa (mixed vegetables) and fish. It gives healthy nutrients to the body and I am proud of it. I seldom eat burger and french fries although at times I was tempted. But I immediately ate fruits and vegetables to be cleansed from junk food.