Friday, December 12, 2008

Shelia lost 72lbs NutriSystem womens weight loss free week of food

An accolade for Gatorade

I drink it all the time (just the original lemon-lime flavor). An oldie but goodie. Lower in sugar (14g) than most fizzie pops and adulterated fruit drinks on the shelves. Not super-carbed. Take a swig pre- and post-workout, replenishes electrolytes (good to do after a bout of diarrhea).

For some reason, it makes me happy that it's still its own company out of Chicago, and not part of some mega-glomorate like Coca-Cola. Is it in you?
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Martha Stewart)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Hey Noni Noni!

Tahitian Noni Juice, from the fruit of the Morinda Citrifolia, which also goes by the vivid colloquialisms "cheese fruit" or "vomit fruit" because of its redolence while ripening. Growing up, I recall a guy named Larry Martins who was given the sobriquet "Noni" (eventually inexplicably transmuting into "Natty")...which then further evolved into a sing-song about eggplants and bosoms. Funny, I don't recall him having any particular odor.

Back to the real noni. Super-high in vitamin C, niacin, iron and potassium. Prices wildly fluctuate, so shop around. Oh, and it has all kinds of obscure endorsements from international "athletes" (of whom I've never heard).
Kosher Grape Juice good for the holiday time or any time stock up at

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Minus The Sinus Pain with Bromelain

Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme naturally found in pineapples. It affects protein turnover in the body, particularly joint tissues.

As an anti-inflammatory, it purportedly unblocks sinuses and wards off infection. If you can't find a luau, Jarrow produces bromelain in pill form. Obviously, steer clear if you're allergic to piñas, honeybee stings or olive pollen.

Nettie pots, wasabe and salt rinses help keep nasal passages in the clear as well.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

To Hell And Back

Ah, the myth of Persephone, daughter of the enchantress Demeter. Whilst innocently gathering flowers in a field, the earth quaked and opened, revealing the lonely bachelor-god Hades, lord of the underworld. He snatched the unwilling Persephone in his chariot and carried her back to the shadow realm below.

Problem was, her mom Demeter had a big job: mistress of crops and vegetation. And she went on strike once her daughter went missing, throwing the planet into an unending blight. Zeus, ruler of Mount Olympus, saw all from on high, and demanded Brother Hades release his kidnapped prize. Z got half of his wish; because Persephone ate 6 pomegranate seeds from Hell's Kitchen, she was fated to spend 6 months a year in her captor's dark domain (fall and winter). The other 6 (spring and summer), she rejoined the living, chaperoning sowing and sunshine alongside Mother Nature.

The pomegranate (Punica granatum) is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub or small tree growing to between five and eight meters tall. It's native to the region from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and has been cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region and the Caucasus since ancient times. Introduced into Latin America and California by Spanish settlers in 1769, pomegranate is now cultivated in parts of California and Arizona for juice production. In the functional food industry, pomegranate is included in a novel category of exotic produce called superfruits.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the fruit is typically in season from September to January. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is in season from March to May.

The name "pomegranate" derives from Latin pomum ("apple") and granatus ("seeded"). This has influenced the common name for pomegranate in many languages (e.g., German Granatapfel, seeded apple). The genus name Punica is named for the Phoenicians, who were active in broadening its cultivation, partly for religious reasons. In classical Latin, where "malum" was broadly applied to many apple-like fruits, the pomegranate's name was malum punicum or malum granatum, the latter giving rise to the Italian name melograno, or less commonly melagrana. The word "grenade" originated in 1532 from the French name for the pomegranate, la grenade. La grenade also gives us the word grenadine, the name of a kind of fruit syrup, originally made from pomegranates, which is widely used as a cordial and in cocktails.

The taste differs depending on subspecies of pomegranate and its ripeness. The pomegranate juice can be very sweet or sour, but most fruits are moderate in taste, with sour notes from the acidic tannins contained in the aril juice.

Having begun wide distribution in the United States and Canada in 2002, pomegranate juice has long been a popular drink in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine where it particularly is used in preparation of curd rice. Grenadine syrup is thickened and sweetened pomegranate juice used in cocktail mixing. Before tomatoes arrived in the Middle East, grenadine was widely used in many Iranian foods and is still found in traditional recipes such as fesenjan, a thick sauce made from pomegranate juice and ground walnuts, usually spooned over duck or other poultry and rice, and in ash-e anar (pomegranate soup). Pomegranate may also be used to make wine.

Pomegranate aril juice provides about 16% of an adult's daily vitamin C requirement per 100 ml serving, and is a good source of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), potassium and antioxidant polyphenols.

In preliminary laboratory research and human pilot studies, juice of the pomegranate was effective in reducing heart disease risk factors, including LDL oxidation, macrophage oxidative status, and foam cell formation, all of which lead to atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Pomegranate juice has also been shown to reduce systolic blood pressure by inhibiting serum angiotensin-converting enzyme, may inhibit viral infections and have antibacterial effects against dental plaque. Containing polyphenols which inhibit estrogen synthesis, pomegranate seed oil was effective against proliferation of breast cancer cells in vitro.

November is National Pomegranate Month! Celebrate with a visit to Pom Wonderful, and have some juice shipped directly to your home or office here.
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Monday, October 27, 2008

My all-time favorite breakfast shake

...I always get my fruit from Whole Foods, can't be beat:

Toss fresh blueberries (a small handful, twice-washed) into the Cuisinart, a quart of Stonyfield Farm fat-free plain yogurt, a healthy dollop of Golden Blossom Honey, a splash of no-fat milk, 8 ice cubes, and two more-yellow-than-green buh-NAY-nays...hit "frappé" and olé!, a repast rich in potassium and digestion-aiding acidophilus.
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Thursday, October 23, 2008

SoBe in Octobeee...

"When you eat whole foods, you're getting all of the nutrients from the food, but you're also benefiting from the nutrients' interaction within the food — an advantage you just can't get from a vitamin pill," says Dr. Arthur Agatston, preventive cardiologist and author of The South Beach Diet.

Here are some delicious antioxidant-packed foods to incorporate into your meal plans:

* Blueberries: A 2005 University of Illinois study found that a number of compounds in blueberries, including pigment-producing anthocyanins, have powerful cancer-preventive powers. Other berries contain similar antioxidants in smaller quantities.

* Pomegranates: These fruits are high in flavonoids, antioxidants also found in red wine and unsweetened cocoa. Recent studies show that pomegranate juice may also help prevent heart disease.

* Tomatoes: A 2002 study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that eating tomato products may reduce prostate cancer risk. The link is so strong that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now allows tomatoes and tomato-based products, like tomato sauce, to carry a health claim linking tomato consumption with a reduced risk of prostate cancer. The key ingredient is a powerful antioxidant called lycopene, also found in pink grapefruit and guava.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Acai, mon ami

It's not ahk-EYE, or ah-CAY, it's ah-sigh-EE...and in diet and nutrition news, it's the hottest berry since Halle.

Haven't tried it yet, I know it's one of Brazil's native fruits and a member of the palm family. Weight loss? Cleansing? Antioxidant? Anti-aging elixir? Better as a raw juice? A smoothie? A tea? In yogurt? In a vodka martini? I dunno...write me back, taste-testers...
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