Fake Fur, a sustainable fiber…

Fake furStella McCartney, fashion designer and daughter of Paul McCartney, has been a lifelong vegetarian and a pioneer in non leather shoes and bags. She has now gone a step further by answering the fur craze with fake fur that looks so much like the real thing. All the garments being made are so authentic looking that a special band on the wrist or nape of the neck will read “Fur Free Fur” to make it perfectly clear to the customer that no animal was used in the making of the garment.

Environmental Stress Relief…

 Environmental stress ladyChronic stress is damaging to every part of our body. Few of us may be aware that even if we are having a stress free period, our environment may be disrupting our calm state of mind. Our brain is hardwired to detect stress in other people. This goes back to prehistoric times when our flight response was necessary for survival. We are extremely sensitive to anothers heavy stressed out breathing which can release a number of unnecessary hormones. In our world filled with so much technology, stress can even be transferred via e-mail, texting and social media inEnvironmental dog general. If the message is curt it will be absorbed by us at an unconscious level. On the other hand if we are extremely stressed, holding or even petting an animal can lower blood pressure. Most animals have an extremely calm energy field which can easily be transferred to a person just by mere closeness. Studies have shown a strong interaction between the two energies resulting in a  lowering of the heart rate for the individual.

 

Healthy Weight Loss Tip #20…

Ordering in a Restaurant…                       
Restaurant orderingOrdering a meal in a restaurant can be a difficult task especially if you are trying to maintain a healthy diet. Some menus are laden with so many choices, some of which can be quite unhealthy. Staying on track can be even more difficult if you are dining with a group. An easy way around this is to scan the menu, pick out those items that you feel are the most nutritious and be the first to order when the waiter arrives. Being last to order after having listened to everyone’s choices can become a tremendous distraction especially if you are hungry. You may find yourself swayed into ordering a meal or items that you would have avoided in the first place.

Farro…

Farro is considered an ancient grain. “Ancient Grain” is a term used by the Whole Grain FarroCouncil to indicate that a particular grain has remained largely intact from the time of our ancestors. I am referring to a time period of as much as thousands of years, as opposed to grains that have been modified or cross-bred. It is also known as emmer wheat which has been passed down to us from the Eqyptians and later given the name farro by the Italians who cultivated it and also used it as a daily staple. It continues to be used in Italy for risotto dishes because of its ability to remain firm and keep an al dente quality. This is not the case for most other countries where it wasFarro Egyptians replaced with durum wheat. High fiber content make it a complex carbohydrate that breaks down and supplies energy very slowly. Farro, like most ancient grains, also has a good supply of protein. If you feel you may have a sensitivity to our present day wheat, it may be worth trying Farro. It is also lower in gluten, although not suitable for people with Celiac disease. Try substituting it for brown rice dishes whether it be cold salads or stuffed peppers.

“Sugar in the Morning, Sugar in the Evening, Sugar at Supper Time”…

Sugar tv dinnersThat particular song, with the above title, was released in the early 50’s. It was at that time the food industry began their big push on processed foods. Women were entering the work force. TV dinners, packaged cookies, frozen breakfast meats were all introduced to make life easier. Since at that time, mostly women prepared meals, the purpose of these products were to relieve the stress of having to provide healthy eating for the family. To make all these foods more palatable and have a longer shelf life they were loaded with bad fat, salt and especially sugar. We now know that cutting back on the amount of sugar we consume will eventually lead to weight loss and in turn prevent many diseases. When it comes to losing weight most people assume you must cut out carbohydrates. Do we need to cut sugar or carbohydrates? Is there a distinction? Is it necessary to cut out all carbohydrates?Sugar grains It helps to understand what exactly is classified as a carbohydrate before a generalization like that can be made. Do all carbohydrates turn to sugar? Are all forms of sugars the same? Every carbohydrate must be broken down into a simple sugar before it can be absorbed and used by the body. So what foods are classified as carbohydrates? A simplified way to look at this is basically every thing that grows in the ground is a carbohydrate. Whole grains take longer to break down as opposed to grains that are more Sugar rootrefined. When a grain is refined the bran and germ are removed and all that is left is the starchy endosperm which quickly turns to sugar. However this does not mean that these different forms do not have a purpose. Whole grains give a more sustained energy and keep blood sugar levels at an even keel throughout the day. Refined grains such as white rice and pasta give a quick surge of energy. They usher glucose into the body at a quicker pace, which has its benefits after a strenuous workout when the body needs it immediately. Nuts, seeds andSugar leafy avocados are all basically carbohydrates but they also contain good amounts of healthy fats. The fat present in these foods gives a feeling of fullness. Fats also aid in helping the body absorb minerals and vitamins. Beans and legumes are carbohydrates but have a nice amount of protein which makes them a source of energy while also providing a vegetarian source of protein. Any vegetable that grows underground (root vegetables) has a higher sugar content than any vegetable grown above ground (leafy greens). Leafy greens have some protein, are very Sugar dairylow in carbohydrates but high in vitamins and minerals and are extremely important for blood purification. Both root and leafy vegetables contain soluble and insoluble fiber which keep everything moving throughout the body at a healthy rate while pulling anything toxic out of the system. It is usually more beneficial to combine one from each category since they have the ability to enhance flavor in the other and also create a better balance in sugar distribution. Some fruits can beSugar packaged extremely high in sugar. However unlike fruit juice which is pure sugar, the fiber in fruit can slow down the absorption of the sugar content. Dairy products are another source of sugar. All dairy contain lactose a form of milk sugar. But here again the fat and protein content make these products more balanced. Since 75% of carbohydrate consumption is used for brain function, 25% for muscle movement and red blood cell production it is important to recognize carbohydrates as a necessary macronutrient. It is also important to re-evaluate the type of carbohydrates you are consuming and when to use them for your benefit. If you decide that excessive consumption of carbohydrates could be the cause of retaining unwanted weight, try to first eliminate all heavily processed, packaged foods. Then take stock in the amount of protein and healthy fats you are consuming to see if you are eating a balanced diet.

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