The secret to longevity – Blue zones

By | July 15, 2017

blue zone keys to longevityA few years ago, I came across a talk by Dan Buettner titled “How to live to be 100+.” This intrigued me, so I watched the talk. The talk was all I hoped it would be. Since then, I have thought a great deal about what was shared and have re-watched the talk several times. I have even used what I learned as a guide in my own life to what I should be doing to increase my chances of living longer. I’m not necessarily thinking I can live to be 100, but I am hoping I can max out what my body can do and be healthier and happier with the time that I have.

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The flax seed superfood

By | February 28, 2015

golden flax seedIn the quest for health, superfoods are a common subject. One superfood I have come across is flax seed. This apparently unassuming seed is a superhero of valuable nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, magnesium, and much more.

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White rice – good, bad, worth eating?

By | January 25, 2015

white riceI grew up on a diet of daily white rice consumption. I found it to be bland, but didn’t think much more of it. When I went off to college, I had no issues with white rice, but found lots of other foods to replace the need for daily rice: ramen, macaroni & cheese, bread, and so on. In more recent years, I have found that I and my family really like white rice, so we might eat it once a week or so. However, I keep hearing that brown rice is more nutritious and a whole grain, so it is better for you. I have never liked the taste of brown rice (too crunchy or something and doesn’t taste as good), but I reluctantly tried to consume it more often and white rice less often. More recently, I have heard that there are studies that indicate white rice can cause certain diseases, so my concern level went way up. Today, I am confused and want to get to the bottom of this if I can. I mean, how can Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and so many other cultures eat so much white rice for so many hundreds of years and be fine, in some cases living far longer than many other parts of the world?

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Learning from a Mediterranean diet

By | August 12, 2012

mediterranean diet pyramid

The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid

In my quest to be healthy and fit, I have NOT been looking for a diet, at least not in the common usage where it is associated with a desire for weight loss. In fact, weight loss is not a concern of mine at all. What I am concerned about are tips on ways of eating that  lend to health. As part of this search, I have heard a few people mention a Mediterranean diet as part of their comments on healthy eating. These references made me curious to learn more, so I did. One of the first things I learned is that this diet is not just the latest fad or idea in the mind of some sort of expert, but it is an observation of what has been done for hundreds of years and has stood the test of time. So, what is the Mediterranean diet all about.

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Physical activity: if you could only do one thing

By | July 13, 2012

Physical activity - key to healthSo, as I have been learning more and more about how to stay healthy or get healthy, I have heard a lot of different things. One expert summarizes his advice into seven key areas, which I get into in another post. Another expert recommends that we eat less and mostly vegetables. Another article was a study into the characteristics of the longest living populations. In general, I would summarize the advice as some basics that no one seems to dispute and then each expert has their own, maybe considered more extreme, area of focus. For example, most do not dispute the value of eating vegetables, and then there are those that advocate eating only vegetables. Also, all know we need Vitamin D, and then some advocate a much larger quantity than the average doctor recommends. Anyway, though it all, if we are talking about general health, either retaining or gaining it, if there were one thing that might be recommended, it is physical activity. Physical activity seems to be a major key to health.

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The truth about chicken eggs

By | June 30, 2012

What types of chicken eggs are healthiest?In a quest for a healthier source of protein, I have been eating a lot of chicken eggs – generally boiled. So far, this has worked well, because I really like eggs and they are easy to cook and eat. In an attempt to be even better than regular white eggs, my wife picked-up some brown cage-free eggs at my request. I really didn’t know what I was getting, but they were sold at a health foods store and the descriptions make them sound heather, so they must be better, right? They certainly cost more money. Is it worth it? Are they heather?

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Peanut butter: to eat or not to eat

By | June 16, 2012

Peanut butter is healthy adn good for you“I like peanut butter. Creamy peanut butter. Chunky peanut butter too.” I am reminded of the these words to a commercial jingle as I think about eating peanut butter and wondering if peanut butter really is healthy. Initially, I thought maybe not, because there seems to be a lot of oil in peanut butter; plus, it is so good, it can’t be good for you. Then I thought, it is made from peanuts, so it has to be good for you, right? Well, in the end I realized I didn’t know and need to do some research and  find out.

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The golden guideline for healthy eating: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants”–Michael Pollen

By | June 3, 2012

In my quest to educate myself on healthy eating,  I recently came across the works of Michael Pollen. Pollen is is a best selling author of books like The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. Pollen is not your typical health eating advocate with an MD or an ND or some other degree that ends in “D.” He is a professor of literature at UC Berkley with a talent for research and putting things in a very common sense and practical way.

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The fabulous 5 healthy meats and the not so faboulous 5

By | May 20, 2012

Healthy and unhealthy meats for you to eatMeat is a big part of my diet. I love meat, but I have been concerned about how healthy meat is. I have heard a lot about problems with beef and poultry, and since I am trying to eat healthier, I am left wondering which, if any, or the meats are good for you. I don’t really want to become an expert on meats, but I do want some idea of what is generally good and what is not. With just a little research, I think I have found what I am looking for. I am not going to try to summarize all of the information I have found, but instead, I just want a list of meats and maybe a couple of highlights on the meat, so here is what I have.

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What fish are safe to eat?

By | May 6, 2012

What fish are safe to eatThere is a lot of confusion about eating fish. Should we eat it or shouldn’t we? Well, the good thing about fish is that they are rich in many vitamins and minerals that we need, particularly Omega-3 oils, which are vital to good health and hard to get in a standard diet. The thing to really beware of is what fish brings along with it, particularly mercury. Mercury is not good for us and in large enough amounts, can cause serious health issues. So, what do you do – avoid fish or eat fish? Well, the answer is yes. You should really try hard to avoid certain fish and you should try hard to get other fish into your diet. Hopefully, the rest of this article will help you understand which fish are safe and which ones are not as safe to eat. Be sure to pay attention to how often the fish in each category should be eaten. Certain fish should be avoided all the time, some fish should not be eaten very frequently, and certain fish should be eaten frequently.

Note: Guidelines have been released on the amount of fish children and pregnant women should eat. Before getting into a fish diet, research this if either applies to you or those for whom you cook and consult your healthcare provider.

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