Noodles with Chicken or Pork

March 10, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Posted in Healthy Recipes | Leave a comment
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 Quick and Easy, Low fat, low carbs and delicious!

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 700 grams package Shirataki* or tofu noodles
  • 500 grams minced pork or chicken
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup dry sherry
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or cider vinegar (rice vinegar can be sugary)
  • ½ teaspoon Asian chilli sauce or other hot sauce
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 8 cloves garlic – minced, pressed, or grated
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 500 grams bean sprouts
  • 6 green spring onions – chopped
  • Pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons mild oil, such as peanut or high oleic safflower oil

* Shirataki Noodles are a traditional Japanese noodle. Looks like clear noodles packed in water. Normally found in the refrigerated section of your local Asian food market.

Preparation:

 Mix meat, 2 tablespoons of the soy sauce, and the sherry together, and set aside.
Mix the rest of the soy sauce with the peanut butter, vinegar, and hot sauce together and add ¼ cup water.

Heat pan or wok until hot. Add peanut or other mild oil to the pan and cook meat, breaking it up into small bits as it cooks. Meanwhile, rinse noodles in hot water in a colander, and cut them up into shorter pieces with kitchen or regular scissors. (I just stick my scissors in and cut a few times.)

When meat is brown, add the ginger and garlic, and cook another minute or so, until fragrant.

Add sauce mixture, and the noodles. Toss together and heat through. Add bean sprouts and toss again. Sprinkle top with spring onions.

Delicious!!

Low Carb Cheesecake

March 10, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Posted in Healthy Recipes | Leave a comment
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A family favourite. Tastes superb and just as wicked as you would expect – but with far fewer carbs!

Although the preparation time is short, with up to 1½ hours cooking and time to cool before dressing, this is best made either the day before or earlier in the day.

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 packages (total of 750 grams) cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 4 eggs (room temperature)
  • 1½ teaspoon (½ tablespoon) vanilla
  • 1½ teaspoon (½ tablespoon) lemon juice
  • 1⅓ cups sugar equivalent of artificial sweetener
  • ¼ cup sour cream

Crust:

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 2 tablespoon melted butter
  • 2 tablespoon sugar equivalent in artificial sweetener

Preparation:

Heat oven to 375o F (190o C).

Combine ingredients for crust, and press into the bottom of a spring-form pan. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until fragrant and beginning to brown. Raise oven heat to 400o F (200o C), or lower to 350o F (175o C)if you’re using a water bath (see below).

Put cream cheese in mixing bowl, and beat until fluffy. Add other ingredients, scraping the bowl and beaters each time (this is very important), fully incorporating each ingredient. When all ingredients are combined, scrape one more time, beat one more minute, and pour mixture into pan over crust.

Instructions for water bath: Wrap the bottom and sides of the spring-form pan in foil, put it in a baking pan and pour boiling water around the sides. Bake at 350o F (175o C) for 60 to 90 minutes, checking often. When the cake is firm to touch but slightly soft in the centre, or the centre reaches 155o F (70o C), remove from oven.

Instructions for non-water bath: For this method, you start the cake at a high temperature, and it slowly drops. Put the cheesecake on a sheet pan in case of drippage. After putting the cheesecake in the oven at 400o F (200o C), turn the oven down to 200o F (95o C). Bake for 60 to 90 minutes, checking often after an hour. When the cake is firm to touch but slightly soft in the centre, or the centre reaches 155o F (70o C), remove from oven.

Chill completely. Top with fruit, if desired, or serve with pureed berry fruit.   Serves 16

Now It’s a Syndrome

March 8, 2010 at 11:43 am | Posted in Health & Nutrition | Leave a comment
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I’ve been curious as to why being overweight or obese is linked to so many health problems. Now, this may not be on your top 10 list of things to do on a wet day (and not on mine either) but I decided to do some research and wanted to share this with you.

It turns out that there is a very good explanation, and it has a name – Metabolic Syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors linked to overweight and obesity. These risk factors increase your chance of having heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke.

Metabolic Risk Factors

The National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/) defines the five  metabolic risk factors:

You can develop any one of these risk factors by itself, but they tend to occur together. Metabolic syndrome is diagnosed if you have at least three of these metabolic risk factors.

  • A large waistline. This also is called abdominal obesity or “having an apple shape.” Excess fat in the abdominal area is a greater risk factor for heart disease than excess fat in other parts of the body, such as on the hips.
  • A higher than normal triglyceride level (or you’re on medicine to treat high triglycerides). Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood.
  • A lower than normal HDL cholesterol level (or you’re on medicine to treat low HDL cholesterol). HDL is sometimes called “good” cholesterol because it helps remove cholesterol from your arteries. A low HDL cholesterol level raises your risk of heart disease.
  • Higher than normal blood pressure (or you’re on medicine to treat high blood pressure). Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps out blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage your heart and lead to plaque build-up.
  • Higher than normal fasting blood sugar (or you’re on medicine to treat high blood sugar). Mildly high blood sugar may be an early sign of diabetes.

Dr Sterling & Metabolic Syndrome

Dr. Lawrence Sperling is a Cardiologist and the Director of Emory University’s Center for Heart Disease Prevention.

In this video he discusses the Metabolic Syndrome, the value of addressing lifestyle, and the results of the Diabetes Prevention Program.

Causes

According to the Mayo Clinic, Metabolic syndrome is linked to your body’s metabolism, possibly to a condition called insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone made by your pancreas that helps control the amount of sugar in your bloodstream.

Normally, your digestive system breaks down the foods you eat into sugar (glucose). Your blood carries the glucose to your body’s tissues, where the cells use it as fuel. Glucose enters your cells with the help of insulin. In people with insulin resistance, cells don’t respond normally to insulin, and glucose can’t enter the cells as easily. Your body reacts by churning out more and more insulin to help glucose get into your cells. The result is higher than normal levels of insulin in your blood. This can eventually lead to diabetes when your body is unable to make enough insulin to control the blood glucose to the normal range.

Even if your levels aren’t high enough to be considered diabetes, an elevated glucose level can still be harmful. In fact, some doctors refer to this condition as “pre-diabetes.” Increased insulin raises your triglyceride level and other blood fat levels. It also interferes with how your kidneys work, leading to higher blood pressure. These combined effects of insulin resistance put you at risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other conditions.

Lifestyle Changes

Clearly, lifestyle changes are the one thing that is in our power to control. It seems to me that, regardless of our own BMI or level of body fat, that we should make these obvious lifestyle changes anyway. After all, prevention is better than cure.

  1. Become more active – at least 30 minutes 5 times a week. This doesn’t mean necessarily going to the gym or playing sports; just get more active.
  2. Make changes in our diet and make healthier food choices (a low glycemic approach is well documented and effective on multiple levels. Check out the web site of the centre of excellence for research in this area).
  3. And, of course lose weight.

Lose Weight or Lose Fat?

Losing weight seems to be, for some, an almost perpetual pastime. From one great diet to the next and then the yoyo effect as the weight comes off, the diet ends, the weight comes back, and most of the time the weight has gone up.

Why?

Because the diet was about weight and not fat. Losing weight can often be achieved with results that are not what we wanted (or expected):

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But, they all result in less weight.

Lean muscle weighs more per centimetre (or inch) than fat so a loss of lean muscle shows up as a big weight loss on the scales. But it reduces our core strength and it reduces our ability to burn calories.

Science now shows that a higher percentage of protein as part of a reduced-kilojoule diet can help you to shed unwanted centimetres without sacrificing lean muscle. And by maintaining lean muscle, you can help keep your metabolism high, and burn more kilojoules!

Supporting a fat loss programme with supplements make sense if the science is solid and the clinical trials support our expectations.

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Increased Body Fat – It’s Not Just About How We Look!

March 5, 2010 at 11:37 am | Posted in Health & Nutrition, Lifestyle | Leave a comment
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At a time when the USA and Australia are vying for the dubious distinction of being the fattest nation on the planet (in Australia 1 in 2 adults are overweight or obese) the research is focusing on the health risks of increased body fat.

Increased body fat is now the number 1 health issue and a primary cause of a scary list of serious health problems.

In a nutshell – if we do not adequately address this issue it has the potential to swamp health systems. Health care costs are out of control in almost every developed country and threaten to dominate the budget of every government.

There is a clear link between chronic disease and lifestyle and significantly, increased body fat.

State and Federal governments in Australia have initiated specific programmes to increase the focus on this problem. Some excerpts from their web site are compelling:

The fact is that irrespective of your height or build, if your waistline is getting bigger it could mean you are at increased risk of developing a chronic disease such as some cancers, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. A waist measurement of greater than 94cm (37 inches) for men or 80cm (31½ inches) for women is an indicator of the internal fat deposits, which coat the heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas, and increase the risk of chronic disease.

The table below highlights the relationship between lifestyle risk factors and some specific chronic diseases and conditions:

And, if that isn’t enough, there are many other health problems and consequences if you are overweight, including:

Sleep apnoea: A disorder that causes you to pause in breathing or take shallow breaths while you sleep. This occurs when your throat muscles and tongue relax during sleep and block your airways. Sleep apnoea occurs more often in people who are overweight and increases the likelihood of high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and heart failure.

Hypertension (high blood pressure): A condition that makes the heart work harder to pump blood throughout your body. Hypertension contributes to the hardening of your arteries and the development of heart failure.

Fatty Liver Disease: Describes a range of conditions caused by an accumulation of fat in the liver and can cause your liver to function abnormally. A common cause of Fatty Liver Disease is obesity.

High cholesterol: Cholesterol is a type of fat. However, if you have too much it starts to build up in your arteries and can harden them. As a result, if you have high cholesterol you have an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

Infertility: Being overweight can lead to hormonal changes that can cause infertility. Infertility is a condition where you are unable to conceive a child.

Impotence: Overweight or obese men have a 30 per cent increased chance of impotence, which means a man is unable to get a good enough erection to have intercourse. Research has found that 8 of 10 men with erectile problems are overweight.

Stress: People who are overweight face an increased risk of psychological problems such as social isolation, depression and difficulty with interpersonal relationships.

So, where to now?

If you have excess body fat you need to get rid of it; if you don’t have it you want to make sure you don’t start getting it – either way, it comes down to lifestyle choices.

#1           Exercise

Get active for at least 30 minutes  five days a week. If 30 minutes at one time is too much break it up into 10-minute segments.

Walk the dog (this may mean buying a dog :); walk at lunchtime; take a walk in the evening – whatever – just walk!

Take the stairs rather than the escalator or elevator.

Go talk to people instead of emailing, sending messages, or using the phone – your heart will thank you and so will the people you visit.

Stand up while you talk on the phone

Don’t look for the closest car park at the shopping centre (act like you are driving that very expensive car)

#2           Diet

Shift your food selection to low GI food choices.

Look at the research site for more on the benefits of low GI and get the latest information on their GI blog

Reduce your calorie intake by 300 to 500 calories a day.

#3           Supplementation

Natural, plant based supplements are necessary for a optimally functioning body.

We all need, but very few get, a wide array of nutrients in our diet. Even if we do everything we can to make the best food choices we find that the nutrient value of much that we eat has declined scientifically over the last 50 years.

Science confirms and the majority of doctors and nurses use and recommend supplements.

Remember, as with most things in life, quality costs.

Are You Thriving or Surviving?

March 4, 2010 at 4:02 am | Posted in Business, Health & Nutrition, Lifestyle | Leave a comment
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The world has changed and changed dramatically in the last few years and things will never just go back to the way they were. And, if we are to thrive in this new world, we also are going to have to change.

Why not start by taking a few moments and click on the picture to preview Robert Kiyosaki’s new DVD “An Unfair Advantage”

His message is clear – it is no longer “business as usual”.  Now is the time to talk control of your own life, now is the time of massive opportunity. Now is the time to build your financial IQ and move quadrants.

 The outlook for financial security and a  life of abundance is bleak for most who are relying on a good job, retirement funds and a long healthy life.

 But, we had to expect it!

After all, the baby boomers have defined every phase they have moved through since 1946, so why not the whole landscape of retirement, health care and taxation?

Around the world, governments are facing the same challenges.

  • How to fund health care with an aging population that will have longer life expectancy and a health system that is getting more and more expensive – and one that is not delivering the quality of life expectations consistent with massive expenditure.
  • How to support this massive growth in the number of retired as the  leading edge of the Baby Boomers reaches 65 in 2011? This jump will continue for the next 40 years with over 25% of the population age 65 or older and a shrinking ratio of employed tax payers compared to the number of retired people.

According to the IBM report “Healthcare 2015: Win-win or Lose-Lose?” this trend exists in most developed countries. 

  • The United States spends nearly 2½ times the average of the OECD countries. yet the World Health Organization ranks it 37th in overall health system performance.
  • In Ontario healthcare will account for 50% of governmental spending by 2011, two-thirds by 2017, and 100% 2026.
  • In China, 39% of the rural population and 36% of the urban population cannot afford professional medical treatment despite the success of the country’s economic and social reforms over the past 25 years.
  • In Australia, the states’ health spending is already growing at 11% a year compared with revenue growth of 3% to 4% a year.  The Prime Minister, Mr Rudd said “If current spending and revenue trends continue, Treasury projects that the total health spending of all states will exceed 100% of their tax revenues, excluding the GST, by around 2045-46, and possibly earlier in some states.”

 So, there it is.

The future for ourselves and our children (and grandchildren) is higher taxes, massive government fiddling with a broken system, and a reasonable expectation that we will be faced with dramatically increased health costs.

  • We will pay higher taxes.
  • We will live longer though not necessarily better.
  • We will require a retirement plan that supports us through a longer and much more expensive retirement so we can enjoy the fruits of our labours in an active, exciting, retirement.

 But how do we make it happen with depleted funds and the clock ticking?

 #1       Do everything possible to stay out of the health system.

Let’s face it, it’s a bit of a misnomer, “health” system – it is all about sickness, not wellness so it seems like a really good start to be well so you don’t have to go there.

No one chooses to go there but if you have to it will also be expensive. Health insurance has limited cover, and who wants to spend their retirement in doctors’ clinics or hospitals?

A focus on prevention and some lifestyle changes would be just the ticket.

#2       Since we look to be around much longer than expected we need to sort out our finances.

Very few have retirement plans that include an ongoing income that is sufficient to allow them  the lifestyle they desire. And for those who are in better shape financially, living longer is still as much a financial as it is a health issue.

A focus on creating solid passive incomes is essential

Check out my website to see what I am doing to address both these challenges.

And, if you want to know more about why Robert Kiyosaki recommends networking marketing then watch the video and see for yourself

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