Friday, October 21, 2011

Signs of a Heart Attack for Woman and Sweet Potato Carrot Hazelnut Tapenade


430,000 women lose their life to heart disease each year, a number that’s higher than the annual deaths among women from all cancers combined, according to The American Heart Association. Protect yourself and your family by eating right, exercising, lowering stress, getting good medical care, and recognizing symptoms that need attention.


It begins as a sharp, burning sensation in the chest, near the breastbone or ribs. But is the pain heartburn, or might it be a heart attack?
It's often difficult for people to tell the difference. If you get the pain between 30 to 40 minutes after eating certain same foods, it's probably heartburn. If it happens without eating, you need to investigate further, that may be heart disease related. Woman have had slight heart attacks and never knew it.
Sweet Potato Carrot Tapenade
(your going to be amazed at the flavors here!)

1 pounds carrots cleaned and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
2 medium sweet potatoes cut into 1/2 pieces


Tapenade:

2 tablespoons finely chopped hazelnuts toasted
1 clove garlic finely minced
1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon calamata olive chopped 
1/2 teaspoon salt
Mix all together and set aside.

 Steam carrots and potatoes until very soft, 12 to 15 minutes.Meanwhile, combine hazelnuts, olives, orange zest, garlic and 1 teaspoon oil in a small bowl.Transfer the carrots and potatoes to a food processor; add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and salt. Process until smooth. Serve each portion with a spoonful of the hazelnut tapenade.


That's it enjoy!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Low Fat Blueberry Cinnamon Muffins and Health Benefits



 
  • 1 cup unsweetened blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup Splenda granular
  • 1/4 cup Egg Beaters egg substitute
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk (skim)
  • 1 tablespoon Splenda granular (to top muffins)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Heat oven to 350. Spray muffin tins with canola or other brand cooking oil non stick spray and set aside.

In large bowl, sift flour. Add baking powder and the 1/3 cup Splenda. Mix together.
In another bowl, mix the Egg Beater egg substitute, apple sauce and milk.
Combine the wet mixture into the flour mixture. Stir just enough by hand to mix together then add the blueberries.
Pour batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about 2/3 full. Use the last tablespoon of splenda mixed with cinnamon to sprinkle on top of each muffin  and bake for 17 minutes, or until tops are light brown.After baking, allow muffins to cool before removing them from the tin.

Blueberries and Health Benefits:

The highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit.
Neutralizes free radicals which can affect disease and aging in the body.
Aid in reducing Belly Fat and After 90 days, in a study rats with a blueberry-enriched diet had less abdominal fat, lower triglycerides, lower cholesterol.
Helps promote urinary tract health.
Been proved to preserve vision..

Heart Disease: The high fiber content, those brilliant anti oxidants and the ability to dissolve the ‘bad cholesterol’ make the Blue Berry an ideal dietary supplement to cure many heart diseases.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Bloating Belly, Menopause SomeTips That May Help



Bloating due to stomach gas during menopause is one of the most common symptoms experienced in menopausal women. Menopausal women also typically gain additional fat around the abdomen because hormonal changes alter the way your body breaks down fat. These two effects can lead to feelings of bloating and discomfort. However, you can take steps to reduce bloating and menopause-related weight gain.
Here are a few things to keep in mind to keep from getting that bloating feeling and additional weight gain.

  • Reduce salt intake salt makes you retain lots of water which causes bloating
  •  Avoid foods that cause lots of gas, including lentils, artichokes, wheat bran, carbonated beverages, milk  and starch-containing foods. While the exact link between increased bouts of gas and menopause is unknown, a higher degree of women report experiencing gas symptoms during menopause.
  • Eat small meals during the day, fruit, carrots, celery. Snack on low fat foods, IE air popped popcorn,almonds. Did you know diet soda puts you at risk for heart disease? Try drinking selzer water with a splash of real juice in it.
  • Decrease your calorie intake by 200 calories during menopause.
  • Get into a cardio program, arobics, Wi fit, walking, jogging, cycling, exercising on an elliptical or swimming.
Try a recipe roasting on a baking sheet with all your favorite fresh vegetables.  A medley of carrots, zucchini, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers. Spray with cooking oil and bake @400 degree hot oven,  till roasted to your liking. You can sprinkle garlic powder, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and any herbs of your choice.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Update on Red Wine Healthy Benefits?


 October 2011 in FASEB journal , shows that resveratrol, the "healthy" ingredient in red wine, stops breast cancer cells from growing by blocking the growth effects of estrogen. This discovery, made by a team of American and Italian scientists, suggests for the first time that resveratrol is able to counteract the malignant progression since it inhibits the proliferation of hormone resistant breast cancer cells. This has important implications for the treatment of women with breast cancer whose tumors eventually develop resistance to hormonal therapy.
"Resveratrol is a potential pharmacological tool to be exploited when breast cancer become resistant to the hormonal therapy," said Sebastiano Andò, a researcher involved in the work from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Calabria in Italy.

Is a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir your guilty pleasure after a grueling day's work? If your goal is a healthy, fit body, a red-wine habit is not the worst vice in the world.

Red wine, which is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols(compounds found in the skin of grapes and other plants) including powerful resveratrol, looks like blood. "When you drink it, you're really loading up on the healthy stuff that protects against destructive things in the blood, like LDL cholesterol, which can cause heart disease. There's also a blood-thinning compound in red wine, so it reduces blood clots, which are associated with stroke and heart disease.

If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. This means an average of one to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women. (A drink is one 12 oz. beer, 4 oz. of wine, 1.5 oz. of 80-proof spirits, or 1 oz. of 100-proof spirits.)

If you have been following the discussions on the French paradox you are already familiar with the link between red wine and reduced risk of heart disease. It seems that the French eat those delicious creamy pastries; cheese is a whole course at dinner; and a buttery croissant... sometimes with butter, perhaps with a bit of cheese or meat sausage, is a regular breakfast item.

It seems that folks who grow up in France tend to have less clogged arteries and are less obese than Americans or Brits. For years this has been attributed to red wines' health benefits – specifically the compounds catechins and resveratrol, called polyphenols, found in red wine. Polyphenols are found in dark chocolate, apples and cranberries, tea and coffee also. These chemicals also have antioxidant or anticancer properties.

Here are three more reasons that studies showed that red wine would benefit you:
Hypertension: Excessive alcohol consumption is generally considered a risk factor for hypertension. However, there is some evidence of favorable effects of red wine on blood pressure. Two glasses of red wine ( 4oz ), taken together with the meal, lower post-meal blood pressure in hypertensive persons.


Kidney stones: Red wine intake reduces the risk of kidney stone formation.

Alzheimer's disease: Moderate wine drinking correlates with a lower risk for Alzheimer's disease. Researchers found that resveratrol, a red wine polyphenol, produces neuroprotective effects.

So I am not going to tell everyone to start drinking and you can form your own conclusions, but if you  already drink alcohol and at risk,  it's definitely worth looking into.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Fruits,Walnuts Benefits with a Recipe


Please visit "A site for Woman" such great information, get your screening this month girls... and support the cause .

Also check out this site Making Strides you can make a difference in your local areas.

Although the exact causes of breast cancer have yet to be identified, the risk increases gradually with age and for certain people there may be a family hereditary (genetic) component.
  • Doctors know that 1 in 10 women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives.
  • Three-quarters of women who develop it do so after the menopause.
  • Some other things are known to increase the risk such as early puberty/late menopause, not having children or having a first child after the age of 30 years.
  • The risk can actually be lower if you have a short menstrual life, large family or first child before age 18 years.

How serious is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is potentially a very serious condition and can be life-threatening.
  • Early detection of breast cancer is therefore vital as it increases the chances of successful treatment.
  • Community screening programmes and mammograms are key to early detection and are integral tools in the fight against breast cancer.
  • Self-examination is also important and women should check their breasts regularly. If there are any changes in size or shape, lumps, tenderness or nipple discharge then a healthcare professional should be consulted.
  • More info click Breast Cancer.Org
A new study suggests women who eat diets rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts, fiber-rich grains, and low-fat dairy have a lower risk of developing certain types of breast tumors.  The evidence that blackberries could be beneficial in fighting breast cancer is derived in part from studies of other berries, as well as of blackberries in particular. Walnuts have also been studied to show benefits in fighting breast cancer.

Here's a healthier snack to try:

Maple Coated Nuts
4 cups walnuts
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Combine walnuts and maple syrup in a large bowl; mix until evenly coated. Stir in sesame seeds.
Spread on non-stick, or parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake at 325°F for 25 minutes, stirring twice, until walnuts are lightly browned.
Cool on baking sheet; walnuts will become dry and crunchy as they cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

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