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Dates a sweet alternative to sugar

5 Oct

A few days ago I felt like eating something sweet. I didn’t want fresh fruit so I wandered into my neighbourhood health food store and there were dried dates reasonably dates.jpgpriced. I thought I’d try them and then I proceeded to find out what these fruits are made of nutritionally speaking. My research indicates that this might perhaps be one of the oldest crops cultivated by man.  It is very sweet but is packed with several minerals including potassium,   phosphorus, calcium and  magnesium, vitamins such as  riboflavin, thiamine, folic and ascorbic acid, fats and easily digested sugars (glucose, sucrose and fructose).  Dates have special significance in the Middle East and Africa.  The desert people especially the Bedouins lived on dates and camel milk for months at a time.  Some claim this is a great diet food. It has satisfied my sweet tooth. If I need a sweet taste to my tea or coffee I take a bite of the fruit and a sip at the same time.  I don’t  miss sugar.    

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Better is Less in health matters

20 Aug

Are you using the salt shaker too much or putting too much sugar in your coffee?  If so, stop. 

 Health experts recommend that the average person needs only about 1/8 of a teaspoon of salt (300 mg of sodium) to meet the body’s daily requirement. Eating too much salt raises blood pressure. Most North Americans consume 1–3 teaspoons of salt (about 2,400–7,200 mg sodium) per day. The experts advise that you limit salt intake to about one teaspoon of salt (2,300–2,400 mg sodium) or less per day. Less is better.
The American Heart Association recommends limiting intake of sugar as much as possible. This means do not add heaping heaping teaspoons of sugar to your coffee every morning. Also watch your sugar intake with such foods as sweetened soft drinks and foods with a high glycemic index rating.

    When did we become such a sweet tooth and salty dog? I bet the media (advertising) has a big role in that.

Weight Problem

28 May

Everywhere you look people are trying to lose weight and many are going about this the wrong way. They go from diet to diet because they just can’t seem to stick to one and many also expect miracle results.  They expect to lose the weight in an extraordinary short space of time.

I am not a dietitian or a medical person but I have studied food and read a lot about food  over the last 20 years. I feel I understand how food works and the kinds of food that help us to maintain health. 

I have lost about 40 pounds over the last four years by following a combination of diets that makes sense for me.

I eat whole grain, I prepare most of my food myself using the best ingredients. I use only Olive Oil.  I prepare simple foods. I eat fresh vegetables or frozen but rarely never from a tin.

I pay close attention to the the salt and sugar contents of anything that I eat.  I do not cook with salt and I don’t eat sugar. I eat fresh fruits and I pay close attention to serving sizes.

I think if we keep things in moderation people will be able to follow whatever diet they choose. I do a combination of Eat Right for Your Type and the Atkins Diet.

I would like to hear from my readers what works for you.

I would like to share some of my recipes that I use.  Hope to hear from you

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