Tea For Everyone Not Just Two!

teaWe haven’t had a post about food for a long time and today I was craving a good cup of black tea and it made me think, “Am I doing anything good for myself if I do have a cup of tea?” So let’s take a look at whether having a cup of tea does anything for you health-wise.

In fact, tea does have some wonderful health properties. Besides being a mild stimulant, tea also helps to fight against cancer and works to maintain a healthy heart and circulatory system. It is known to be high in vitamins E and K. It has protective phenolic compounds and is chock full of powerful antioxidants as well as trace minerals and tannin.

Iced tea counts too so go enjoy some tea today!

And just for fun, find out some interesting tea facts

here

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Aronia, AKA Chokeberry

chokeberryby atranswe

Today, we are celebrating one of the unsung heroes of the superfood world. You may have encountered a few of the better-known, wonderful juices, berries and other superfoods packing excellent antioxidants as well as other health benefits but I bet you never thought to include a berry called the chokeberry. Am I right?  Well, a little tartness is a small price to pay for all the benefits you can enjoy from this berry. It’s a native of most of the eastern U.S. and if you don’t have access to the fresh berries, you can sometimes find them available frozen. The chokeberry has more antioxidant ability than the strawberry, blueberry or cranberry. This fabulous berry has high amounts of catechins, the substance most often associated with green tea and most helpful for heart and circulatory health. Current research suggests that it may: increase the body’s insulin production and lower blood sugar levels.  Also, it’s looking promising that chokeberries inhibit breast, colon and skin tumors.

Now, with all of these potential terrific benefits, a little tartness isn’t so bad is it?

Comparing Foods

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Check out this website for…as it says…instant food comparison. Very informational. Check it out here.

Just for fun…..

Veggie Abundance by apple_pathways
Veggie Abundance, a photo by apple_pathways on Flickr.

Looking for tricks to remember better eating habits?
Try this-

EAT LESS CRAP
C carbonated drinks
R refined sugar
A artificial sweeteners and colors
P processed foods

EAT MORE FOOD
F FRUITS AND VEGGIES
O ORGANIC LEAN PROTEINS
O OMEGA 3 fatty acids
D drink water

Guess What Month November Is?

Pears by Marshed
Pears, a photo by Marshed on Flickr.

Each month of the year has a connection to a particular organ of the body according to traditional Chinese medicine. Simply speaking, each month provides a chance for you to do something nice for that organ. November is lung month and as you might have guessed from this entry’s picture, pears are a nice thing to do for your lungs.

Take your favorite type of pear and core it. Fill the center with honey and steam until soft. The next step: enjoy!

This recipe is particularly good for lungs that feel dry, if you have a dry cough, if you live in a dry climate that dehydrates you easily. (Get the idea that pears hydrate?) They are also good anytime after a cold or if you just have a persistent cough.

Here are the other months of the year and their organs:

January-gallbladder
February-urinary bladder
March-stomach
April-large intestine
May-small intestine
June-san jiao (I know- what the heck is a san jiao? Use this month to do something great for your lymph system)
July- kidney
August-spleen
September-liver
October-pericardium (considered a separate organ in TCM)
November- lung
December-heart

Did You Know To Eat This With That?

PTDC0004Food combining is not a new idea. People combine different foods to maximize the effects of taste, texture, color, fat burning capabilities or to maximize nutritional capabilities. In TCM (traditional Chinese medicine),  we combine foods to maximize the foods’ effects on qi, blood, yin, yang, body fluids, hot, cold or effects on the different organ systems. Did you know, however, that you can also combine foods to minimize the potentially negative effects of certain foods? It’s true!

How do you minimize the potentially negative effects of high-temperature broiled, fried or grilled meats? Add rosemary to the meat while it is cooking. High temperature cooked meats create substances called heterocyclic amines (or HCAs for short). HCAs have been linked to cancer including colon and breast cancers. Rosemary has two great antioxidants: rosemarinic acid and carnosol that both go after and detroy HCAs.

Try adding rosemary to your next meat marinade and know that you are doing something preventively GREAT for your health!

Strawberries

Strawberries by anoop_gkris
Strawberries, a photo by anoop_gkris on Flickr.

Yum and double yum! This weekend I had my first fresh strawberries of the season. Is there anything more felicitous for spring?

While you may be eating your strawberries because they are lip-smackingly good, you are also doing yourself a wonderful favor nutritionally. Strawberries are high in vitamins C and E, beta-carotene and anti-arthritic phyto-chemicals. They are an excellent source of soluble fiber. Not only do they guard against anemia but they also help prevent gout, arthritis, kidney issues and cancer.

All that and delicious to boot? Yes!