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8 Filling Foods for Weight Loss

Tuesday, Jul, 21 2015


To lose those remaining stubborn pounds, many of us just need to tweak our diets and cut our portion sizes. One secret is to incorporate low fat, low calories foods, like these, into your diet. The following eight filling foods deliver the goods as far as dietary fiber, powerful protein, and essential nutrients so you get more bang for your bite…

1. Apples
How do you like dem apples—especially since they rank number one on our list of satiating foods. Apples contain a secret-weapon when it comes to slowing digestion and creating that full feeling for longer—it’s called pectin.
According to nutritionists at Tufts University, pectin in a whole apple is more filling than the equivalent amount of fruit in juice. After all it takes effort to devour an apple so your brain and body have adequate time to register a feeling of hunger satisfaction.

2. Eggs
You don’t have to be shy when cracking eggs to eat. According to dietary research from Saint Louis University, people who consume eggs for breakfast, eat roughly 330 fewer calories daily compared to those who eat cereal, toast, or bagels for their morning meal.
Food scientists dub eggs the “complete protein,” which refers to the nine essential amino acids contained within a single egg. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, claims this collection of amino acids is what suppresses the appetite and tells your brain and body that you’ve reached food capacity.

3. Oats
A belly full of oats is a happy belly.  Oats stall mid-morning snack attacks because they absorb liquid (i.e., water, milk, almond milk) like a sponge—meaning you’ll eat less calories, but feel full until lunchtime.
The secret of slow digesting oats is that they take much longer to work their way through the digestive system, which compared to the quick fix you’ll get with most breakfast cereals, quells hunger pangs and regulates blood sugar so you’re satisfied for much longer.

4. Figs
Not only are they naturally sweet if you’ve decided to cut out refined sugars in favor of natural sweetness, figs are thick and fleshy for a satiating bite. On top of a caloric cut, figs are great source of dense, filling fiber. For instance, one fig clocks about 37-calories and 1 gram of fiber to stall the release of sugar into the blood steam and prevent hunger cravings from spiking shortly following meals.

5. Potatoes
Potatoes have a bad rap. However, it’s all in how you prepare the vegetable. Sure, potatoes are a starchy bunch, but a healthy boiled, baked, or grilled potato (not fried) will satisfy hunger for quite some time.
In fact, potatoes squelch hunger for about the same duration as brown rice or whole wheat bread—at far less carbohydrates than both. But don’t shun a grilled, baked, or boiled potato from your plate. If you do, you’ll be missing out on a ton of nutritious fiber and vitamin B6, potassium, copper, vitamin C, manganese, niacin, and phosphorus.

6. Greek Yogurt
During a study that monitored the weight and dietary habits of 120,000 people over a 20 year period, Greek yogurt was found to balance blood sugar (and curb cravings) and satisfy hungry tummies for longer.
In fact, the same study found that those who opted for protein-packed Greek yogurt, shed unwanted, extra pounds without changing any other habits (i.e., diet or exercise). Keep in mind that Greek yogurt contains double the protein, no whey, and a sliver of the sugar compared to any other type of yogurt.

7. Wheat Berries
Have you tried wheat berries? The whole-wheat kernels do get a lot of notice as a super food, and similar to quinoa (another super food), wheat berries are super rich in both protein and fiber compared to most other grains.
To give you an idea, a serving of wheat berries contains roughly 6-grams of protein and 6-grams of fiber—meaning twelve times the appetite satiating power. Foods like wheat berries and quinoa trigger the release of ghrelin, a hormone that indicates to the brain that we’re full.

8. Beans
Beans, beans might be good for your heart, but they’re also ideal for whittling your waistline. Beans fill you up because they absorb a lot of water during the cooking process—for example when incorporated into stews, soups, and sauces.
On top of that, beans are also high in fiber that fill you up quick and tell the brain that you’re full. Beans also provide resistant starch, a type of carbohydrate that delays the release of sugar into the bloodstream to provide feelings of satiation.

posted by: Kathy Keene 8 days ago Comment On This Post


Top Foods to Avoid with High Blood Pressure

Monday, Jul, 20 2015


With high blood pressure you want to have a diet low in sodium and fat, so here are the top foods you should really avoid.

Pickles
Pickles are low calorie, which is great, but they are loaded with sodium. One medium pickle (about 5 inches long) can have around 570 mg of sodium. That's over 1/3 of your sodium limit (2300 mg) for the day!

Canned Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken noodle soup is often considered a comfort food, but it is not so comforting to know that there can be up to 880 mg of sodium in a one cup serving.

Sauerkraut
It's low calorie and a great way to add vegetables to a bratwurst, right? Nope. A half cup may only have about 13 calories, but it also has over 460 mg of sodium.

Fast Food French Fries
While many fast food chains are now frying their fries in trans fat free oil, not all of them are. Regardless, French fries still provide a large dose of fat and sodium. A medium serving of fries has about 19 grams of fat and 270 mg of sodium.

Bacon
Bacon is mostly fat. Three slices have 4.5 grams of fat and about 270 mg of sodium. Opt for lower sodium varieties and try turkey bacon instead of pork. Even with these switches bacon should remain a "special treat", not an everyday indulgence.

Whole Milk
Dairy is a great source of calcium, but high fat dairy sources, like whole milk, provide more fat than you need. A one cup serving of whole milk provides 8 grams of fat, 5 of which are saturated. Saturated fats are worse for you than other types and has been linked to heart disease. Try using 2% milk, or even better - 1% or skim.

Frozen Pot Pies
A single pot pie equals a serving of about 1300-1400 mg of sodium PLUS about 35 g of fat! Keep in mind that this is over 50% of your daily recommended values for both. The fat also includes trans fat, which you want to eliminate from your diet completely, and an unhealthy dose of saturated fat.

Donuts
Donuts may be popular, but they sure aren't very good for your health and body. Just one donut packs in 200 calories with 12 grams of fat.

Ramen Noodles
Ramen noodles are popular among college students, but they are not a healthy meal. One package of Ramen noodles adds 14 grams of fat to your day AND 1580 MG of sodium! Interestingly, it is actually the flavor packet that contains most of that sodium.

Margarine
Margarine is not necessarily bad, you just have to make sure to pick the kind with no trans fats. Read the label closely. It is important for your health to avoid trans fats all together.

Sugar
Foods with extra calories and full of sugar cause you to gain weight. Obesity is a significant determinant for high blood pressure. The extra weight puts surplus strain on the heart and slows down the blood flow.

Alcohol
Alcohol consumption actively causes the blood pressure to elevate.  It also damages the walls of the blood vessels, while simultaneously increases risks of further complications.

Red Meat
A healthy eating plan should include only a small amount (if any) of saturated or trans-fats.  Fatty foods are bad for both the heart and blood vessels.  Avoid red meat and fast food along with other fats that include hydrogenated oils.

Table Salt
Too much sodium does direct damage to the heart and arteries and raises blood pressure significantly.

posted by: Kathy Keene 9 days ago Comment On This Post


10 Uses for Coffee Grounds

Friday, Jul, 17 2015

Stash the leftovers from your morning pot of Joe for these clever household uses

1. Deodorize Your Fridge
Place a bowl of dry grounds in your refrigerator or freezer to neutralize odors left by stale or spoiled food.

2. Clean Tools and Dishware
Place a few teaspoons of grounds on a thin cleaning rag and use to scour away grease and grime. Finish with a thorough rinsing.

3. Hide Furniture Scratches
Dip a cotton swab into steeped grounds and dab on scratches in dark wood furniture to minimize them. Just test in an inconspicuous area first.

4. Give Paper an Antique Look
Dip paper or sheets of stationery in a soupy mix of grounds and water; allow them to sit a minute or two, then let dry and brush off the grounds.

5. Repel Insects
Mound grounds into a ring to create a protective border around plants that will ward off ants and slugs.

6. Grow Blue Hydrangeas
Work grounds into the soil at the base of mophead hydrangeas to increase the acidity level. This helps the shrubs absorb aluminum, which you can add to the soil to keep the flowers a vibrant blue.

7. Contain Ashes
Sprinkle damp grounds on fireplace ashes to cut down on airborne dust as you sweep them up.

8. Scrub Hands
Rub a scoop of grounds between palms as an exfoliant to remove dead skin and help eliminate smells from foods like fish and garlic

9. Make a Cockroach Trap
Fill a can or jar with an inch or two of moistened coffee grounds, then line the container's neck with extra-sticky double-sided tape. The scent will draw the roaches into the trap.

10. Fortify Plants
Give seedlings a nitrogen boost by stirring grounds into soil or a watering can.


posted by: Kathy Keene 12 days ago Comment On This Post


Most Dangerous People Foods for Dogs and Cats

Thursday, Jul, 16 2015


Human Food and Pets
Watch your plates! According to the U.S. News and World Report, the following "people" foods are the most toxic for dogs and cats. They might look cute begging for human food, but it's best to resist

Chocolate
Chocolate contains theobromide, a chemical that can damage a dog's lungs, heart, kidneys and nervous system. Baking chocolate is the most toxic to canines, but owners should avoid feeding their pooch any kind of chocolate.

Milk
This is probably surprising to many, but adult cats are lactose intolerant. They can't break down milk sugar, and thus dairy products can cause dehydration and diarrhea in your felines.

Grapes and Raisins
It can take just four to five grapes or raisins for your dog to get extremely sick. Small amounts can lead to irreversible kidney damage in most dogs. Take your canine to the vet immediately if it eats grapes, and especially raisins, as the latter are more easy to gobble up quickly in large amounts.

Bones and Fat
Bones and fat usually cause upset stomach, diarrhea and vomiting in cats. Bones are also dangerous for cats because they can lead to choking, or create obstructions and lacerations, in your feline's digestive tract.

Macadamia Nuts
Not usually fatal, macadamia nuts can still cause severe illness in your dog. A mere handful of these nuts can lead to vomiting, muscle and joint pain, swelling and lethargy.

Onion
Any form of onions (raw, cooked, powdered, etc.) is unsafe for your cat. A small amount of this root vegetable can easily cause onion poisoning. Onion poisoning breaks down a cat's red blood cells, causing anemia, weight loss, lethargy and more.

Garlic
Similar to onions, a small amount of garlic can quickly cause internal problems in your cat. Feline stomachs are easily upset by garlic, and the ingredient can also cause red-blood-cell damage.

Gum
The sugar-free sweetener xylitol found in gum can stimulate a dog's pancreas to secrete insulin. This effect can lead to low blood sugar and severe liver damage.

Coffee
A large dose of caffeine is usually fatal to cats. Small amounts of the substance can lead to restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations and tremors. For your cat's safety, all drinks with caffeine should be kept out of paw's reach.

Raw Eggs
Cats can get food poisoning from the salmonella or E. coli sometimes found in raw eggs. Additionally, the avidin found in egg whites can prevent your feline's absorption of vitamin B, leading to skin problems and fur loss.

Wine & Alcohol
The ethanol found in alcohol can cause rapid damage to your dog's respiratory and central nervous systems. Alcohol is absorbed by the body very quickly, so it is important to call the vet immediately if you believe your canine has imbibed any alcohol.

Dough
Just like in alcohol, yeast dough contains ethanol. Consumption of yeast dough by a dog can result in lethargy, weakness and low body temperature. Immediate medical attention should be sought if your dog ingests any yeast dough.

posted by: Kathy Keene 13 days ago Comment On This Post


The top 10 landmarks in the U.S.A., according to Trip Advisor:

Wednesday, Jul, 15 2015

Here's something to add to your bucket list. Take a cross-country trip -- from D.C. to San Francisco -- and visit the top 10 landmarks in the U.S. as chosen by Trip Advisor. The number one landmark is Alcatraz, the former high-security prison located on an island in San Francisco Bay. Often called "The Rock," the island is only accessible by boat. The abandoned Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary is a popular tourist site, but visitors to Alcatraz can also see the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast, early military fortifications and natural features, such as rock pools and a seabird colony of western gulls, cormorants and egrets. The tour of the penitentiary includes the prison's main cell house, dining hall, library, warden's house and officers' club, recreation yard and more. Alcatraz housed some 1,576 of America's most ruthless criminals including Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the "Birdman of Alcatraz"), George "Machine Gun" Kelly, to name a few.

1. Alcatraz -- San Francisco
2. Golden Gate Bridge -- San Francisco
3. Lincoln Memorial & Reflecting Pool -- Washington, DC
4. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum -- 
           New York City
5. USS Arizona Memorial -- Honolulu
6. Empire State Building -- New York City
7. Statue of Liberty -- New York City
8. Brooklyn Bridge -- Brooklyn, NY
9. Grand Central Terminal -- New York City
10. Gettysburg National Military Park -- Gettysburg, PA

posted by: Kathy Keene 14 days ago Comment On This Post


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