Energy Boosting Foods

Have you ever wondered why we feel tired at different times of the day and ask ourselves what can we do different to have more energy? This article shoud shed some light on why this happens and what we can do about it. Now keep in mind that when we talk about Glucose, that is basically a spike in sugar levels which gives you short term energy,(1 hour or so), and after that you will be tired again, craving more sugar.

My favorite fatigue-fighting combos: Spinach salad with mandarin oranges bean chili (such as kidney, pinto or black bean) with crushed tomatoes steak with saut�ed broccoli and chicken cacciatore with tomatoes and peppers.

Combine soluble fiber and protein.

Low-quality carbohydrates, such as white rice, white bread, cakes and soft drinks, cause blood sugar spikes that usually lead to a sluggish, depressed feeling when they begin to plummet about one hour after consumption of such foods.

High-quality carbohydrates, such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains, contain soluble fiber that causes a slower, less dramatic rise in glucose.

Good sources of soluble fiber: Oatmeal barley, lentils, beans (such as kidney, lima and black) and peas apples (all types), raisins, oranges and bananas cauliflower and sweet potatoes.

Protein is another natural blood sugar stabilizer — it helps slow the absorption of carbohydrates in your diet.

Good sources of lean protein: Turkey or chicken breast fish (all types) pork tenderloin lean beef egg whites yogurt (low-fat or fat-free) milk (low-fat or fat-free) and beans (such as pinto and black).

Are you looking to get in better health? Are you willing to make a few sacrifices to do it? You only need to make small changes every week to get healthy.  You can learn all you need by visiting my website. You have nothing to lose but your weight!



Some Prevention Tips For Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention

Even though no drug therapy or treatment regimen has yet been found that will definitively prevent Alzheimer’s disease, lifestyle choices can make a big difference in your risk of developing the condition down the line.

“We know that alterations in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s can start decades before symptoms appear, so it may be wise to start thinking about prevention as early as your 30s and 40s,” says Zoe Arvanitakis, MD, an Alzheimer’s researcher at Rush University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago and associate professor of neurology at Rush University Medical School.

But what behaviors really make a difference?

Sticking to a healthy, low-fat diet has been linked to Alzheimer’s prevention. One Harvard study of 13,000 women, age 70 and older, found that those who ate the most vegetables — especially green leafy ones (like spinach and romaine lettuce) and cruciferous ones (like broccoli and cauliflower) — experienced a slower rate of cognitive decline than those who ate the fewest vegetables.

Simply getting off the couch and going for a brisk walk may help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Obesity during midlife appears to raise the risk of developing Alzheimer’s in the later years. A 2008 Kaiser Permanente study of 6,500 men and women found that those who were 30 or more pounds overweight and accumulated lots of belly fat in their 40s were 3.6 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s decades later.

Scientists are studying whether certain nutrients acquired in dietary-supplement form can help protect against Alzheimer’s. Folic acid, which is known to reduce levels of the amino acid homocysteine, shows some promise because elevated homocysteine levels can increase the risk of both heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

Exercising your mind is one of the easiest ways to help prevent Alzheimer’s. Researchers at Rush University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center found that seniors who stayed mentally active by reading, doing crossword puzzles, and taking classes were more than twice as likely to stay free from Alzheimer’s disease in comparison to less mentally active people.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this article and please feel free to post any comments.

          Alan Cinqmars,

Some important news about high fats in your Supermarket

Fat Shockers: Surprisingly High-Fat Foods


This is an interesting article I recently read online. If you like the prepared meals because they save you time, well guess what. The time you save in preparing these quick meals is costing you your Health!

Check out this list of fatty foods lurking in your grocery store.
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
WebMD Expert Column

Thirty-eight grams of fat and 14 grams of saturated per serving —  now, that’s a high-fat food! I’ve been reading food labels and writing about health for at least two decades, but even I am sometimes shocked to discover how much fat, saturated fat, or trans fat a food actually contains.

One of the first things I look for when eyeing the nutrition information label on a food is how many grams of fat the item has. Right under that, I find the grams of saturated fat and, for some products, trans fat. I also check out the serving size. That’s important because some companies — often the ones selling especially high-fat foods — list a serving size as half of a muffin, half a chicken pot pie, or half a candy bar. So if you’re eating the whole muffin, pot pie, or candy bar, you’ll need to double the numbers.

Case in point: Claim Jumper’s Chicken Pot Pie. The serving size on the box is 1/2 of a pot pie. So if you eat the entire pie, you’re getting 74 grams of fat (not 37) and 18 grams of saturated fat (not 9). Even the numbers for half the pot pie are quite shocking, as far as I’m concerned.

Why should you be concerned about high-fat foods? It’s true that there are health benefits to consuming “smart fats” like monounsaturated fat and omega-3s. And certain higher-fat foods, like nuts, avocado, salmon, and olive oil, do contribute to health. But the total amount of fat is important because it can be a red flag for foods high in potentially health-damaging fats — saturated fat and trans fat. Also, compared to carbohydrate and protein, each gram of fat has twice as many calories.

Of course, you need to be aware of saturated fat and trans fat in foods. Saturated fats are known to raise cholesterol levels, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. They may also increase the risk of certain cancers. Trans fats hit you with a double whammy; in addition to raising levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol, they also decrease your HDL “good” cholesterol. Many researchers also suspect that trans fats increase the risk not only for heart disease, but also for type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, and breast cancer.

How Much Is Too Much?

So just how much saturated and trans fat is OK to eat? Here’s what the experts say:

  • Saturated fat: Experts with the National Cholesterol Education Program recommend that less than 7% of total calories come from saturated fat. That’s 16 grams per day for a person eating 2,000 calories. Some of these products listed below get you most of the way there with one serving.
  • Trans fat: Experts advise consuming as few trans fats as possible. The American Heart Association advises Americans to limit trans fats to less than 1% of total daily calories. If you need 2,000 calories a day, this computes to less than 2 daily grams of trans fats. Some of the products listed below get you past this daily recommendation with one serving.
  • For more info and some of the worst food items you can read the entire article here:

Stress Relief: Six Quick Mental Trips

Stress Relief: Six Quick Mental Trips

Visualizing a stress-free place and other relaxation techniques are quick and easy ways to help your whole body calm down and give you just the boost you need to get on with your day. Here are six ways for you to slip away on a mental vacation to reduce stress:

  1. Read a book in bed.  This is a great escape and can leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed, and ready to face whatever is outside your bedroom door. Your bed is warm, cozy, comfortable, and a peaceful place for you. It feels luxurious, and getting lost in a good book is a perfect way to forget, then refocus, your own thoughts.
  2. Visualize relaxation. Steal a few quiet moments to close your eyes and think of an image that relaxes you — such as the warm sun on your skin and the sound of the ocean, a big country field sprinkled with flowers, or a trickling stream. Think back to a time when you felt peaceful and relaxed, and focus on releasing the tension from your toes to your head.
  3. Look at pictures from a happy time.  Pulling out snapshots from a photo album of a family vacation or a fun dinner with friends. Reflect on your memories of that occasion, and what made it so enjoyable. Spend a few quiet moments reminiscing, and you’ll find yourself more relaxed.
  4. Look out a window. Distract yourself by focusing on something other than what’s stressing you. Grab a steaming cup of coffee or tea, close the door, and take a mental break. Do a little people watching, appreciate any birds within view, or enjoy some fluffy clouds rolling by. Allow yourself to daydream for a few minutes.
  5. Listen to a relaxation CD. Invest in a couple of these CDs for a short daily escape. You may like to hear chirping birds, rolling waves, or gentle rain — whatever your choice, closing your eyes and listening to these soothing sounds while doing some deep breathing can help you relax and de-stress.
  6. Take a walk. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress because it’s a great escape for your mind. Head out for a quiet early morning walk or lace up your sneakers on your lunch break. Walking along a trail, waterfront, or other peaceful place when possible may offer even more relaxation.

Treat yourself to a 5-, 10-, or 20-minute mental vacation each day and train your body to relax and reduce stress — you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel after taking just a few luxurious moments all to yourself.                                 Until next time, have a great day, Alan Cinqmars

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