Nov 27, 2007

Preventing Heart Attacks in Women

We've talked about my husbands heart (see links below) and heart attacks in general, but for this post, I wanted to share some important information about heart health in woman.

 Here is an article I received my email not too long ago with information published just last month that may interest you ladies:
Amazing new research was published in the October 2007 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. This new study shows that women who eat a healthy diet, drink moderate amounts of alcohol, are physically active, maintain a healthy weight and do not smoke have a significantly reduced risk of heart attack – a reduced risk of up to 92 percent!

Dr. Agneta Akesson, Ph.D., M.P.H., of the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, and colleagues identified dietary patterns in 24,444 postmenopausal women by analyzing food frequency questionnaires, on which the women supplied information about how often they ate 96 common foods.

The low-risk lifestyle, characterized by a high intake of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, fish and legumes, in combination with moderate alcohol consumption, not smoking, maintaining the proper weight and being physically active was associated with 92 percent decreased risk compared with findings in women without any low-risk diet and lifestyle factors.

Several components of fruits, vegetables and whole grains such as fiber, antioxidant vitamins and minerals, have been associated with a reduced risk for coronary heart disease, the researchers note. In addition, previous studies have found beneficial effects of small amounts of alcohol in preventing the buildup of plaque in the arteries, which could help prevent heart attacks. "The combined benefit of diet, lifestyle, and healthy body weight may prevent more than three of four cases of heart attack in our study population," Dr. Akesson and colleagues report.

Article provided by Wholefood Farmacy who make foods easy and convenient for you to enjoy the benefits of a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and dietary fiber. How many servings of fruits and veggies have you, your family and your children had today?

You may want to read about my husband's heart attacks:

My Husband's Heart Attack Part 1 
My Husband's Heart Attack Part 2  
My Husband's Heart Attack Part 3

You may also want to read:

What a Woman's Heart Attack Feels Like 
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Nov 24, 2007

Easy Leftover Turkey Recipe and How to Defat Drippings

One of my FAVORITE meals after Thanksgiving is made from the leftovers, and it's one of the easiest meals to make.

  • First, in a microwaveable baking dish sprayed with cooking oil, I layer some Turkey meat. 
  • Then I top that with a layer of stuffing. 
  • Finally, I top it all with gravy. 
  • Put it in the microwave, and heat for about 15 minutes. 
  • I serve it with a side of Cranberry Sauce, and a nice tossed salad.

How to Remove Fat from Turkey Drippings for Gravy

After I've poured off the juice from the turkey into a container, I put it in the refrigerator overnight. All the fat floats to the surface, and I remove almost all of the fat and throw it away. Take a good look at it before you do and be thankful that your going to doing away with a lot of "bad" fat for your body. Then we make the gravy a usual.

How about you? What is your favorite leftover meal holiday meal?

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Nov 21, 2007

Pedometers and How Many Steps Should You Take Each Day?

I have a pedometer, and it's going to find it's way back onto my waistband when I get up tomorrow. I'm going to "baby step" (is "What About Bob" the only place that phrase has been used, it's one of my favorite movies!) my way into health. A Pedometer is a REAL reality check for those of us who work at a desk or sit at our computers blogging and working on websites. Here's a study or two on the topic:

"Pedometers, also called step counters, clip to a belt or waistband and count the steps the wearer takes during the day. They are available in the $5 to $60 range with simple, reliable models available for about $20. So what can a pedometer do for you? Researchers, with a grant from the National Institute on Aging, put the pedometer to the test. Dr. Dena Bravata of Stanford University was the co-author of the study and the findings were published in the November 21st, 2007, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Bravata and her colleagues analyzed 20 studies from the United States and Canada and half a dozen from Japan, Europe and Australia. The average age of participants was 49, and 85 percent were female because some studies targeted women. The total number of volunteers overall was more than 2,700. Overall, the pedometer stood up to multiple research studies, helping people walk an additional mile each day if they logged their steps and kept track from day to day.

On average, the volunteers lost a few pounds and their blood pressure dropped enough to lower their risk for stroke and heart disease. 'Every night, you write down how many steps you walked that day,' said Bravata. 'By flipping back through your diary, you’re able to see patterns: ’On the two days a week I took the stairs, I increased my steps.' The key seems to be keeping a diary of your pedometer readings and setting a daily goal to stay in step with.

It’s inexpensive enough – it’s easy enough – why not give it a try? And while you’re doing more walking, don’t forget your favorite Wholefood Farmacy foods which are the perfect snack while you’re on the go!

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Nov 12, 2007

I am a Christian Blogger and What That Means

Over and over as I blog, the thought comes, "You've never shared a thing about Me". No, not ME, Claudia, the author of this blog, but my supernatural friend, Jesus. Now if you don't believe in the supernatural work of Jesus, don't go running off too quickly, just read the following, I received it from a friend by email, and loved how it expressed some of what being a Christian means to me.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not shouting 'I'm clean livin'', I'm whispering 'I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride, I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong, I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success, I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect, My flaws are far too visible but, God believes I am worth it.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain, I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier than thou, I'm just a simple sinner Who received God's good grace, somehow!

Isn't that beautiful? Thank whoever wrote this for the words that express some of my heart. 

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Have a blessed day!

Nov 10, 2007

New-to-Me Info on Magnesium

Actually, not all of this information is new to me, but a few things will change what I tell people about Magnesium from now on. For one thing, I've always told people that you take magnesium with calcium, 2 Calcium to 1 magnesium ratio. Actually most of us may need more magnesium than we are getting in our diet, or taking as a supplement. It activates over 300 different enzyme systems critical to life, is essential in the conversion of process of sugar to ATP, is involved in nucleic acid metabolism, and the synthesis of DNA and RNA. It helps control the flow of potassium and calcium in the cells.

Now I am reading/hearing that magnesium should not be taken with a high fat meal, and should be taken separate from calcium. B6 helps in the cellular uptake of magnesium.

Magnesium deficiencies can cause symptoms such as chronic fatigue, weakness, exhaustion, irregular or rapid heartbeat, muscle spasms, nervous tremors, insomnia, constipation, and more.

I have been taking Magnesium Complex in addition to the magnesium that is in my calcium supplement in the ration mentioned earlier.

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Nov 9, 2007

Reasons to Eat and Not Avoid Carbohydrates

Because of some diet trends, people tend to avoid carbohydrates. Depending upon what you've been reading or hearing, you may be getting to the point that you think all carbohydrates are bad.

Personally, I DO NOT like eating programs that go to an extreme in any area. I want to share with you some reasons why Carbohydrates are an important part of your diet.

  • They are an energy source. The first 1/2 hour or so of your exercise or walking program will use a good percentage of carbohydrates, and an intense workout can use all of the carbs you eat, this is why it is important to eat carbohydrates before exercise. Eat them at least couple of hours before you do an intense workout so your food will properly digest.
  • Carbohydrates are a good source of water. When you think carbohydrates, you probably think of pasta, bread, cookies, and cake. Fruits and certain vegetables, for example corn and peas, are a great source of carbohydrates, and they "hydrate" you with some water as well.
  • I'm sure you've read that complex carbohydrates are the best carbohydrates for you...these are your grains, legumes, and such...because they contain more fiber. These are sources of "good" carbohydrates, as opposed to the "white" foods like sugar, refined flour, white rice, and most pastas.
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So don't avoid carbohydrates completely, eat balances, eat well.

Nov 8, 2007

Reasons Why Xylitol is Good For You

In a previous post we talked about sweets that are harmful to the teeth, but there are some sweets that can be GOOD for the teeth. Take for example Xylitol, it's a healthy sugar substitute...for people, NOT pets, it can be poisonous to for a link to more on that at my pet health website

  • Xylitol actually has properties that keep bacteria from adhering to the teeth.
  • Xylitol supplies 40% fewer calories and 75% fewer carbohydrates than sugar.
  • Xylitol is said to be safe for diabetics, hypoglycemia, children and pregnant women.
  • Xylitol can replace sugar in many recipes, and can tolerate the heat of baking.
  • Xylitol is available in a granular form like sugar, and in many sugar-free candies and foods that I can introduce you to if you are interested.
You can also get a Xylitol mouthwash.

So don't think that you have to give up sweets it satisfy the sweet tooth, and don't forget about the herbal sweetener, Stevia...I posted a while back on that at my HerBulletin blog.

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Nov 5, 2007

Does Sugar Really Harm Teeth?

I thought it might be helpful to give you some nutrition tips to help keep you teeth healthy. Not the obvious things, like brushing, flossing and such, but things related to eating and food.

Sucrose, or white sugar, is found in sugar cane, sugar beets, maple syrup, molasses, pineapple and many other foods, even those considered to be healthy. It is very sweet, and hidden in too many of our foods. 

Look at labels, you'll find it in condiments like ketchup, mayonnaise, some salad dressings, and even in baby if to start getting the little ones addicted to sugar from the start! Some sources say that the average American eats more than 100 lbs of sucrose in a year....that's about 20 5 lb. bags of sugar.

Developing an addiction to sugar is NOT good for the teeth. It encourages tooth decay which is not new news to most, I'm sure, but we all need reminders.

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Be sure to brush you teeth at least twice a day...especially just before bedtime. I put a drop of Tea Tree Oil on my toothbrush with the toothpaste every few days as this is a powerful natural antibacterial, and it's bacteria that eat away at those teeth.

Nov 3, 2007

Wild Blueberry Farm and the Blueberries of Maine

Here is one of our stops along the way in Maine. Yes, it does look like a "tourist trap", and we aren't usually drawn to these places, but were so very happy we stopped.

First, I love blueberries, and Maine is known for their delicious berries. I have picked many during our summer visits to Maine. But this trip, we weren't there during the summer, so this was the next best thing. 

Almost everything in this little shop was related to blueberries in some way, and there was a video showing how the berries are harvested in quantity on a "nearby farm", which we saw not far down the road. 

Among the things we purchased was a jar of Blueberry Spread that was sugar free, and it was delicious! 

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Be sure you stop at by and visit "Health Benefits of Blueberries" at my website to read about the wonderful anti-oxidant properties of blueberries and more.