Blood Type Diet aka Eating Right for Your Type

The Blood Type Diet is based on the books, Eat Right 4 Your Type and Live Right 4 Your Type, which propose that each of the four blood types (O, A, B, AB) has a very detailed list of foods that must be avoided. The diet was conceived by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo, who based it on the premise that blood type has its own unique antigen marker that reacts in a negative way with certain foods. Also, individuals have varying levels of stomach acidity and digestive enzymes, and these traits seem to be correlated with blood type. Dr. D’Adamo believes that each blood type is derived from a different time in human evolution, and thus affects how people of each type react to food and disease. Continue reading “Blood Type Diet aka Eating Right for Your Type”

Baked Tofu with Ginger

This simple and easy Tofu recipe will be a favorite. Tofu is a great health alternative to meat protein. Tofu is soybean curd that is produced by curdling fresh hot soymilk with a coagulant. The flavor of tofu is bland and easily absorbs flavors from other ingredients it is cooked with. It can be found in extra firm, firm, soft and silken varieties. Extra firm and firm tofu are solid and can be cubed or sliced. It can be grilled or marinated and baked, added to stir-fries, soups and stews. Three ounces of firm tofu contains 85-90 calories, 9 grams of protein, 2 grams of carbohydrate, 4 grams of fat, 200 milligrams of calcium and is also high in B vitamins. Enjoy! Continue reading “Baked Tofu with Ginger”

The Zone Diet

The Zone Diet is about balancing your hormones within a specific range to control hunger on fewer calories while still getting the proper nutrients your body needs for long-term health. The Zone Diet can best be described as a moderate-carbohydrate, moderate-protein, moderate fat diet that has approximately one gram of fat for every two grams of protein and three grams of carbohydrates. These ratios represent the newest dietary recommendations from the Joslin Diabetes Research Center at Harvard Medical School for the treatment of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Continue reading “The Zone Diet”

The Importance of the Acid – Alkaline Balance

Your body is a complex system that needs to strike a delicate balance between acidity and alkalinity in order to not only survive, but to thrive. The proper acid/alkaline balance varies slightly from person to person, but it is generally agreed by experts that the magic pH number for optimal health should be around 7.4. If the pH level drops below that number you have entered a state of acidity and you open yourself up to a host of health problems, conditions, and diseases. Continue reading “The Importance of the Acid – Alkaline Balance”

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) have been studied for more than 30 years, resulting in more than 7,000 reports, and nearly 900 human clinical trials. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to have positive effects on the heart, brain, joints, skin and even pregnancy. Studies have evaluated not only the multiple ways omega-3s promote cardiovascular health, but also the healthy functioning of many other biological activities. Continue reading “Omega-3 Fatty Acids”

Probiotics Are Our Friends

Probiotics, which means ‘for life’, have been used for centuries as natural components in health-promoting foods. One that you would most readily recognize is yogurt. Probiotics are “friendly or good” bacteria similar to the beneficial microorganisms found naturally in the human gut and are available to consumers in the form of dietary supplements and foods. Continue reading “Probiotics Are Our Friends”

The Food Industry and The Government

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is the primary government agency responsible for American food policy. It was created in 1862 as a regulatory agency to ensure an adequate and safe food supply for the American public and provide dietary advice to Americans. In essence, this agency is supposed to be our protector, like a parent who watches out for us and our best interests above all else. Continue reading “The Food Industry and The Government”

The Truth about the USDA Food Pyramid

The primary agency responsible for American food policy is the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which was created in 1862 as a regulatory agency to ensure an adequate and safe food supply for the American public as well as providing dietary advice to the public. The USDA published its first dietary recommendations in 1894. In 1916, the first food guide, called “Food for Young Children” was published. The author, Caroline Hunt, who was also a nutritionist, divided food into 5 groups: Continue reading “The Truth about the USDA Food Pyramid”

Don’t Trust the Experts – Trust Yourself

Food is fuel for your body. Your body knows what it needs in order to keep running efficiently – it needs the fuel of vitamin and nutrient rich foods from a variety of food groups. That’s why it’s important to listen to your body and respond to its natural hunger. It will tell you what it needs, and if you don’t listen, it will find ways to keep reminding you – like headaches, a growling stomach, and obsessing about food. Continue reading “Don’t Trust the Experts – Trust Yourself”

Tips For Growing Younger

Aging doesn’t have to mean looking and feeling old, getting flabby, and losing your sex drive. Your biological age can be much younger than your calendar age with a few lifestyle changes. If you desire good looks, a hard body, and the sex life of a 25 year old, you can have it. If you’re in your 20s or 30s, you are at an optimum time to start preserving what you have. If you’re 40 plus, it’s not that hard to regain everything youthful and keep it. Continue reading “Tips For Growing Younger”

Simple Tips to Help You Exercise More

A lot of people say they ‘hate’ exercise, but I think what they really hate is the expectation of long hours of organized exercise for the rest of their lives. Joining a gym makes some people cringe, and others just can’t afford it. And a lot of people don’t have an extra hour or two each day for a brisk walk, a run or to do aerobics. Let’s face it, life is crazy busy these days. Now that the truth is out of the way and our excuses are made, what we do know is that some exercise each day is good for us – actually, it’s vital for good health. And it doesn’t have to be an awful chore we must face each day – it can be easy, customized, and fit into our busy schedules. And remember, to start with, any kind of movement can be considered exercise. Continue reading “Simple Tips to Help You Exercise More”

The American Healthcare System Is Failing Us

#1 Failure: Did you know that one-third of all Americans younger than 65 are uninsured? This means that more than 61 million people are without access to affordable, essential health services. Many of these people don’t go to the doctor or get medication when they really need it – they can’t afford it. America is one of the richest countries in the world. We have security, freedom and a lifestyle that many people around the world desire. However, the US healthcare system is failing the people in this country because it is run like a business, increasingly focused on generating income for insurers and providers rather than providing care for patients. Continue reading “The American Healthcare System Is Failing Us”