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The Best of the Snack Aisle (1) May 1, 2009

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A man cannot live by bread alone—it doesn’t have enough protein.  So what’s a guy to eat?

The answers are here.  There are more than 50,000 prepared foods for sale in U.S. supermarkets, and with the help of our panel of nutritionist and ravenous taste-tasters, we found the 125 best ones.  Out with the trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup, and carb hype.  In with the good fats, protein, and complex carbohydrates.

Gentlemen, start your grocery carts.  This is a race of you win. 

The Best of the Snack Aisle

“Protein and fiber are nutrients that regulate insulin and therefore are longer-lasting sources of energy,  they also help make snack foods more satisfying, so you’ll put the bag back in the cabinet rather than tossing it cause it’s empty.

1.     Best Crunchy Granola Bar

Nature Valley Peanut Butter Granola Bar  Pure peanut-buttery goodness. Per package (2 bars): 180 calories, 5 grams (g) protein, 30 g carbohydrates, 7 g fat (1 g saturated), 2 g fiber, 190 milligrams (mg) sodium.


2.     Best Chewy Granola Bar

Health Valley Wild Berry  Chewy and dense, and not high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).  Per bar:  100 calories, 2 g protein, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fat (0 g saturated), 2 g fiber, 5 mg sodium – Philip Rhodes


Healthy Snacking for Adults (2) April 27, 2009

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•Fruits and vegetables. They can fill you up without giving you so much calories. But yes, it could really be boring to munch a piece of fruit just anywhere. Here is what you can do: prepare a mixture of sliced fruits (apples and banana), add a drop of lemon juice, and put it in a sealed container. At home or in the office, make strips of cucumber and turnips, then sprinkled with a pinch of salt.

• Nuts can also be a good “in-between meal nourishment.” Nuts consist of monounsaturated fats which can give that feeling of fullness. Aside from its fiber content, it also contains magnesium, manganese, protein, zinc, and phosphorus.

•Low fat and calorie foods. When choosing healthier snacks, do not only look at the fat content but also the sugar and the carbohydrates. A food may be low in fat, but high in sugar and vice versa.

• Low sodium foods. Be conscious of the sodium content of snack foods. When given several choices, don’t just go for one with better taste. Good health is not achieved by foods that have one good ingredient. You should eat foods that do not have negative ingredients like sodium (could be from salt or other baking ingredients). For example, delete crackers from your snack lists, no matter if they are advertised as healthy. This is especially true with those that have more than 100 mg of sodium per serving size.

Although snacks can really help cut down main meal caloric intake, it can also be a source of excess calories if you do not monitor total caloric intake. As we are all being encouraged, read the labels for calories, good nutrient contents, and negative ingredients. Snack healthily.

How Low Can You Go (2) March 30, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Excess Weight Off, Fiery Compound Metabolism, Good Digestion, Less Calorie-burn, More Energy, Pill Form.
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Soda Falls Flat  Digesting food and drink is calorie-burning work; it’s called the “thermic effect.”  But sugary soft drinks cause less calorie burn than beverages that contain a blend of nutrients.  Researchers at New York City’s St. Luke’s Hospital gave 20 patients either sugar water or a beverage containing a mixture of protein, fat, and carbohydrate, like chocolate milk,.  “The mixed-nutrient beverage resulted in a thermic effect 36 percent greater than that of the sugar drink.  The combo drink took more energy to digest, which increased calorie burn by 23 calories.  That may not sound like much, but it could add up to pounds over a year’s time.

Fire in the Belly  Capsaicin, the fiery compound metabolism.  But taking capsaicin in pill form won’t help you keep excess weight off.  In a 17-week Danish study of people who had recently lost nearly 8 percent of their body weight, those taking daily capsaicin supplements were just as likely to put the pounds back on as the people swallowing a placebo.  That isn’t to say the supplements don’t start a fire; people in the study reported a burning feeling in their stomach[s] after taking the capsules.

Wellness not only proper diet, exercise – 2 January 30, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Bowel Movement, Detox Agent, Good Bacteria, Hormonal Imbalance, Lacto-baccilli, Lactose-free, Low gycemic, Strengthen Bones.
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Drink one-half cup of lactose-free Kefir from organically fed cows three times daily before meals. You can mix this with one-half teaspoon of coco honey/nectar (which is low-glycemic, safe for diabetics). Kefir is the latest rage in the US, and is now available in the Philippines. A pre-digested protein from Kefir grains is a potent detox agent which promotes healthy bowel movement and regulates blood sugar levels, kidney/liver/nervous systems and best of all, natural weight loss. High in magnesium and calcium, it strengthens bones, promotes health and sound sleep. Many use Kefir as a meal replacement. However, it is best to combine this with a light meal. Kefir is stronger than yoghurt or commercially prepared lacto-baccilli drinks because it provides billions of live “good bacteria.” Success stories include weight loss of 10-15 lbs in four to six weeks if consumed 30 minutes before meals. For inquiries, call 0916-2676056 (Alabang), 0906-2769996/0927-3767626 (Metro Manila). Call Coco House for coco nectar at 4893166.

Q: I’ve been suffering from depression for longer periods of time. Is there a way out?

For as long as we have a heart that feels, human beings will always be subjected to a gamut of emotions—happiness, love, contentment, guilt, fear, anger, sadness. However, when depression hits you for no apparent reason, there is reason for concern.

Rule out hormonal imbalance. Have a physical check up.  Get started on an exercise routine. This gets your endorphins (feel-good hormones) flowing.

Learn a new hobby.

Forgive anyone who has wronged you, set aside your feelings of abandonment and bitterness by replacing them with happy memories. Leave your past behind, focus on the present and open your heart to the future by letting go of your past pain. According to Greg Anderson in “The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness,” if you change your behavior, you change your thoughts, thus you influence different results. If you have been in therapy for one year without successful results, there is something definitely wrong. And it’s your wrong emotional choice. So, make a decision to be happy by responding to life’s challenges differently. If your heart has been broken, there is a saying: There’s nothing like a new love to replace an old love. Smile!

Ref: Cory Quirino of World of Wellness.

Vital Facts about Vitamins – 4 November 24, 2008

Posted by paripl110707 in Breaking Down Protein, Muscle Working Properly, Protect Against Birth Defect.
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Vitamin B13

Vital for breaking down protein.  Helps to keep nervous system and muscles working properly.  May protect against some birth defects.




   How Much?

Where?                                         % U.S. RDA

Banana, medium                                            33 %

Chicken breat, roasted, 3 oz                           28 %

Pork loin, lean, broiled, 3 oz                            20 %

Groundbeef, lean, broiled, 3 oz                      12 %

Salmon, broiled, 3 oz                                      10 %