Gluten Free help request #celiac

Walk down the aisle of the grocery store and you’ll likely see the words “gluten free”. Pick up a magazine while your in the check out line and you will likely see some celebrity decrying the evils of gluten. In some ways it has almost developed into a fad in some cases with an almost cult mentality.

By at least one estimate as many as 18 million Americans have gluten sensitivity. For about 1% of the population this is a real problem as it can cause celiac disease. This condition is truly horrible. I have niece who suffers Continue reading “Gluten Free help request #celiac”


How to get Vitamin D #healthyliving

A little over a year ago I discovered a spot behind my ear. That spot turned out to be basal cell carcinoma. It’s probably the most common form of skin cancer. Though if you are going to have to get skin cancer this would be the one. It’s fairly easily treated and generally doesn’t spread. So for me it was really a non event.

Still Tuesday I had a follow-up with my dermatologist. Well, only minutes into my visit the doctor notice a mild tan line on my legs. And so it started, my scolding. ‘YOUR NOT USING SUN SCREEN.’ Then she spied my arms. Much darker tan lines. The Dr.’s Voice went up now.

This brings me to the point of this post. How do you get vitamin D? Continue reading “How to get Vitamin D #healthyliving”

Guess #whatsfordinner tonight 6/15/2016 #sandwiches

This evening the temp outside was even higher than last night. The temperature in the car showed 96, the radio said 94 and the heat index was 108 degrees Fahrenheit. I’m so glad we decided to have a no-cook evening (other than blanching one ingredient)  it turned out to be the perfect decision. This evening we had
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Eggs – substitution #cooking

More and more I seem to be running into friends who have special diets. Either because of food allergies or personal lifestyle choices. Regardless, where possible I try and respect their needs when I prepare dishes for them. Probably the most difficult is finding a substitute for eggs.

Eggs are probably one of the most difficult because of all the functions they perform in foods. According to the American Egg Board more than Continue reading “Eggs – substitution #cooking”

Can spicy food improve your health #healthyliving

Recently I was reading an article posted on Sniperhorizon. In this article the author states that eating hot foods has some rather amazing health benefits. The title alone drew me in, Spicy food changes your brain and health. So I had to read. After all, I love hot foods and I am the curious sort. Two rather amazing claims were made in the article.

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The Dirty Dozen – What to do? #Healthy Living

Recently I discovered (EWG = Environmental Working Group) They maintain an updated list of 48 popular fruits and vegetables organized by pesticide contamination levels as tested by the USDA and FDA.

EWG’s 2016 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

Clean 15 Dirty Dozen
1 Avocados 1 Strawberries
2 Sweet Corn* 2 Apples
3 Pineapples 3 Nectarines
4 Cabbage 4 Peaches
5 Sweet peas frozen 5 Celery
6 Onions 6 Grapes
7 Asparagus 7 Cherries
8 Mangos 8 Spinach
9 Papayas* 9 Tomatoes
10 Kiwi 10 Sweet bell peppers
11 Eggplant 11 Cherry tomatoes
12 Honeydew Melon 12 Cucumbers
13 Grapefruit
14 Cantaloupe
15 Cauliflower
* A small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from GE seedstock. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid GE produce.

So what do you do?

2 things – Wash your produce or Avoid the contamination in the first place.

Does washing work? A post on Dr.Gourmet says:

“It appears so. In an article published in 1996 researchers at the Southwest Research Institute reported on their experience in washing various produce items. Their results:

For grapes, strawberries, green beans and leafy vegetables they swirled the items in a dilute solution of Palmolive dish detergent and water at room temperature for 5 to 10 seconds. They then rinsed with warm water. The solution was 1 teaspoon of the Palmolive in a gallon of water.

For other fruits and vegetables they used a soft brush to scrub the food with the detergent solution for about 5 to 10 seconds and then rinsed with warm water. They didn’t include such items as lettuces and citrus fruits, because their analysis showed that most of the pesticides were in the outer leaves or the rinds, which were not eaten. Washing, they found, removed about 75% of the pesticides.”

Another clear choice is to try and avoid the pesticide contamination entirely by choosing to source your produce in another way.

One way to avoid pesticides, probably the most budget friendly, is to grow your own fruits and vegetables pesticide free in your own garden. There are many health benefits to gardening that go way beyond the produce you are after. Benefits very similar to the Japanese practice of Shirin-Yoku, like reduced stress, lowered blood pressure, enhanced immunity….

If, however, you are like me you can’t grow all of the produce you enjoy eating. You still have a choice if you want to avoid pesticides.Vote with your wallet and buy organic. Eventually, the conventional growers will get the hint.

Buying organic can be an expensive option. One that for us can be and usually is cost prohibitive. This is where the EWG list comes in. Rather than purchase all of your produce organic buy only the “The dirty dozen” organic. Why?

The EWG site states that for the Dirty Dozen for 2016:

  • More than 98 percent of strawberry samples, peaches, nectarines, and apples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
  • The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other produce.
  • A single grape sample and a sweet bell pepper sample contained 15 pesticides.
  • Single samples of strawberries showed 17 different pesticides.

Whereas for the Clean 15:

  • Avocados were the cleanest: only 1 percent of avocado samples showed any detectable pesticides.
  • Some 89 percent of pineapples, 81 percent of papayas, 78 percent of mangoes, 73 percent of kiwi and 62 percent of cantaloupes had no residues.
  • No single fruit sample from the Clean Fifteen™ tested positive for more than 4 types of pesticides.
  • Multiple pesticide residues are extremely rare on Clean Fifteen™ vegetables. Only 5.5 percent of Clean Fifteen samples had two or more pesticides.

So it would seem the most budget friendly way to avoid pesticides is to grow you own produce. If you can’t then consider avoiding the EWG’s Dirty Dozen.

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Children who eat candy tend to weigh less than those who don’t. REALY??? #healthyliving

It’s my opinion that most of us want to be healthy.

Given the option of two food items one labeled as more healthy than the other and otherwise identical which would you chose? I would venture to guess most would chose the one with the positive health claims. But I would also not be surprised to see a fairly large group who just don’t care!

Why?! Why would anyone not care what they put in their bodies? Continue reading “Children who eat candy tend to weigh less than those who don’t. REALY??? #healthyliving”

Flavor bombs – Microgreens #healthyliving

Recently I was at the farmers market and found a vendor selling microgreens.

What are microgreens?

Fun, colorful, tasty and nutritious, that is what I would say. They are kind of cute too.

No, really they are seedlings so small, and so young, they’re
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Planting Companions — Garden Snips #healthyliving

This is a great companion planting reference chart from Gardensnips

The interactions between garden plants have not been extensively studied in carefully controlled trials, so there isn’t much hard scientific data on the abilities of different species to help (or hurt) each other when they’re grown close together. But over the years, gardeners’ observations have formed a body of advice that’s impressive enough to be […]

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Cooking with Fresh Herbs and Flowers — Home Court Health

Chances are, the last meal that made your taste buds dance was a product of impeccable seasoning. There’s also a good chance that some of those herbs and plants responsible for the delectable cuisine are plants you could easily be growing in your very own home. There comes a certain amount of pride knowing that […]

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