Losing extra pounds can be a frustrating experience. Losing weight as we get older may encourage the loss of muscle as well as fat if it is done too quickly. Muscle loss is one of the key factors in slowing the rate of metabolism which will set a person up for easy weight gain in the future. Muscle mass is extremely important for physical mobility. A decrease in muscle mass will cause a weakening of the skeletal frame. Good quality protein sources are important to preserve muscle mass as we slowly lose weight. How much or how little protein depends on the individual.  Stress brought on by recovering from an injury or surgery may need more than the suggested amount which is 25 to 30 grams per meal. Consider each snack as a little meal. Make sure one third of the meal or snack is balanced with a protein source. Go about it slowly. It might take as long to lose the extra weight as it took to gain but this will be longer lasting.

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-6 organic nectarines (diced)

-1/2 cup Port Wine

-1/2 tsp. vanilla

-1 tbs. lemon juice

-salt and pepper to taste

-6 large mint leaves (chopped)



-Heat a large saute pan over medium high heat

-Add all ingredients except mint

-Cook, stirring until sauce is thick

-Remove from heat, transfer to shallow container and chill until use

-Serve over chicken, fish or ice cream

 Recipe created by Chef Vatche, Cracked Pepper Bistro, Fresno, Ca. 

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According to a study at The Westmead Institute of Medical Research in Australia
there is evidence of a connection between orange consumption and the prevention
of macular degeneration. The study included 2000 adults all above age 49. Eating
one orange a day reduced the possibility of contracting the disease by as much as
60%. The study followed participants for 15 years while studying their eating habits.
The phytonutrients in foods that contain Vitamins A, C and E have long been
associated with the antioxidant effect they have on the body. The study also included
the effects of other foods such as teas, apples and wine. However, the carotenoids
derived from the color in oranges have a strong effect on preventing eye disease
because of their anti-inflammatory benefits on the immune system. At present
there is no cure for macular degeneration but eating as little as one orange a week
has been shown to have a positive preventative effect.

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Eating in Plain Sight…

Posted by Lenny Variano on June 14, 2019

Sitting in a booth in a corner may be romantic but can also have a down side.
Researchers at Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab discovered that patrons
who sat on high stools or seated themselves by a window tended to make healthier
food choices. They also tended to skip dessert and alcohol compared with those
seated in a booth. More visibility to prying eyes and seated in an upright position
seemed to make people more aware of what were better options on a menu.
(Source-Muscle and Performance Magazine)

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