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!!

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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?

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