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10 Metabolism secrets to help shed pounds – Infographic

The aim of this blog is not to simply lose weight. It is to live a healthy, happy and long life and to have all our mental faculties functional till the end. I am including this infographic because it has a lot of good information on those very things – as well as losing weight.

Eat less; move move; live longer.




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11 Super Foods to Add to Your Diet

What I like about this list of super foods is that they look and sound like anything but super. Sometimes in our quest for good nutrition we overlook really good quality for exotic berries and concoctions. Clearly we can do very well by looking right in our own back yard.


My only quibble with this list is that in includes olive oil, but leaves off coconut oil. Please check out my Page – Coconut Oil – Why You Should Include it in Your Diet for more on this superb food.


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7 Super Fat Burning Foods – Infographic

Although the orientation on this blog has shifted from straight weight loss to outright good health and long life, I thought this was an interesting and useful infographic. Besides the fact that these are ‘fat burning’ foods, they also happen to be wonderful nutritious foods with good calories, not the stuff you get in fast foods or junk foods. To read the other side of the good calories vs. empty calories coin, check out my post – A Love Letter to Hostess Ho Ho’s and Twinkies – NOT.




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20 Snacks That Burn Fat – Infographic

Everybody does it. Who doesn’t like to snack? It can make a football game more fun to watch, but it can submarine your best laid weight loss plans. I hope you enjoy this snacking infographic. To read more detail on snacking check out my Page – Snacking – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. With apologies to Sergio Leone.



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New Apple Ingredient Discovery Keeps Muscles Strong!

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ApplePeelHealthBy Michael Clonts

Natural Component of Apple Peels Found To Help Prevent Muscle Weakening

In search of an effective method to prevent muscle wasting that comes with illness and aging, researchers have located a natural compound that is very promising.

The findings reported in the June issue of Cell Metabolism (a Cell Press publication), identify a natural component of apple peels known as Ursolic Acid as a promising newnutritional therapy for the widespread and debilitating condition that affects nearly everyone at one time or another.

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An Apple A Day Could Keep Obesity Away

Turns out the old saw was right. An apple a day can keep the doctor away.

“We know that, in general, apples are a good source of these nondigestible compounds but there are differences in varieties,” said food scientist Giuliana Noratto, the study’s lead researcher. “Results from this study will help consumers to discriminate between apple varieties that can aid in the fight against obesity.”

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Scientists at Washington State University have concluded that nondigestible compounds in apples – specifically, Granny Smith apples – may help prevent disorders associated with obesity. The study, thought to be the first to assess these compounds in apple cultivars grown in the Pacific Northwest, appears in October’s print edition of the journal Food Chemistry.

“We know that, in general, apples are a good source of these nondigestible compounds but there are differences in varieties,” said food scientist Giuliana Noratto, the study’s lead researcher. “Results from this study will help consumers to discriminate between apple varieties that can aid in the fight against obesity.”

The tart green Granny Smith apples benefit the growth of friendly bacteria in the colon due to their high content of non-digestible compounds, including dietary fiber and polyphenols, and low content of available carbohydrates. Despite being subjected to chewing, stomach acid and digestive enzymes, these compounds remain…

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What are Five Appetite Controlling Foods? – Infographic

Sometimes the idea of weight control can grow in our imagination like one of those monsters in the closet that scare little kids.

Getting a handle on our weight is really a simple thing that each of us can do. Don’t over think it. Pay attention to portion sizes and don’t eat crap.

Here are five foods that give you an edge in the encounter.



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What is a Tasty Apple Dessert or Snack?

When I lived in London, I experienced some very nice dishes despite being a vegetarian at the time. One of my fondest recollections is the postprandial cheese and fruit tray. It always felt so civilized to finish up a meal with some palate cleansing fruit and/or cheese.

That brings me to, as Monty Python would say, “Something new and completely different.” Back in August I wrote about The Dark Side of Apples and confessed to my weakness for apple pie, apple turnovers and apple cobbler. In that item, I also mentioned that I still try to eat ‘an apple a day.’ Last April I wrote about how Eating an Apple a Day Improved Cholesterol Levels.

The something new and completely different is a simple variation on the European cheese and fruit tray.

For the past few days I have been including gorgonzola cheese with my apple snack. I cut the apple into about eight parts and then spread gorgonzola cheese on each part as I eat it. I love the combination of tastes and textures as the sweet apple meets the biting taste of gorgonzola and explodes on my taste buds. I would like to recommend this to anyone looking for a very healthy and nutritious snack or dessert. Although I have a picture of a wedge of gorgonzola here, I prefer it crumbled. I think it combines better with the apple that way. Of course, you can get crumbled gorgonzola by the tub at Costco.

This is a classic Mr. Lazy Cook dish; utter simplicity.

The apple amounts to 95 calories, 0.3 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 1.8 mg of Sodium, 25.1 grams of carbohydrates, 4.4 grams fiber and 0.5 grams of protein.

One and a half ounces of gorgonzola yields 150 calories 12 grams of fat, 7.5 grams of saturated fat, 45 grams of cholesterol, 420 mg of Sodium, no carbohydrates, no fiber and 9 grams of protein.

Okay, there is a lot of saturated fat there and a fair slug of Sodium too. But, it is also a good chunk of protein. Don’t miss The Dark Side of Apples.

You can decide for yourself if this fits your nutrition template. I think it works well with mine – and tastes great, too!

As the old song goes, I don’t care if it rains or freezes, as long as I’ve got my crumbled cheeses.

Although I have specified Gorgonzola, you can use any blue cheese for this snack. Gorgonzola is Italian blue cheese. I am Italian.


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Health Benefits of an ‘Apple a Day’ – FSU

Turns out that mom was right all along. An apple a day does keep the doctor away. At least in terms of your cholesterol problems, according to a new study by Florida State University.

FSU researchers report that older women who ate apples every day saw significant improvements in cholesterol levels, as well as other measures related to cardiovascular risk.

The year-long study randomly assigned 160 women, ages 45-65, to eat either 75 grams (2.6 ounces) of apples every day or an equivalent amount of dried prunes. After just 6 months, the apple group averaged a 23% reduction in LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and a 4% increase in HDL (“good”) cholesterol, along with improvements in markers of lipid metabolism and inflammation.

Despite consuming 240 calories a day from the dried apples, the women lost an average 3.3 pounds. Researchers speculated that the pectin in apples may have contributed to the weight loss by making the women feel full. Eating apples as a weight loss tool is no small thing. As most people eat ‘unconsciously’ feeling full sooner may help them stop automatically what they won’t do by choice.

Pectin, along with polyphenols in apples, may also be responsible for the cholesterol improvements.

Study leader, Professor Bahram Arjmandi, a nutritionist at Florida State University in Tallahassee, U.S., said:”I never expected apple consumption to reduce bad cholesterol to this extent while increasing HDL cholesterol, or good cholesterol….” He added: “Everyone can benefit from consuming apples.”

Other effects include a lower level of lipid hydroperoxide and C-reactive protein in the blood of the women.

Yet another benefit of apples is their water content. An apple contains 80%-85% water. This is something to keep in mind regarding your own hydration. Eating an apple is the same as drinking a half glass of water.

As a person who does eat an apple every day, I prefer the organic Red Delicious ones. I try to avoid regular apples as they are covered with pesticides. If you must eat them make sure you scrub them under running water to get them clean.


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