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Yogurt and Sugar

 

This is a subject that I think most people are aware of but “sweet” wins. 

The stomach health loves pure unadulterated yogurt. Collect all of those natural bugs that our body needs to digest and absorb our food and keep our digestive  mechanism running efficiently.

Look I am a label reader, have been for years. I always read the ‘ ingredients ‘  on the outside of the packaging (no ingredient label I don’t buy). I don’t look at the calorie or food break down as there will always be a ‘sugar’ content number as there is natural sugars in most foods. Always read the content of the ‘Ingredients’. With almost 95% of the yogurt especially the flavored ones or ones with a fruit mix (which you can be sure will have sugar added) they will have sugar, corn syrup, fructose or some other sweetener in it. Try to stay clear of this. The sugars actually are harmful to the natural bacteria’s that are in yogurt so you won’t be getting the full benefit of eating yogurt.

The reason they put sweetness in the yogurt is it makes it more palatable especially to children and they sell more of the product as  “Healthy”. In most cases you may as well have desert.

What I do with natural unsweetened yogurt is I might add passionfruit from our vines or at this time of the year fresh Mango’s, strawberries. Basically I add any fruit that is in season “Fresh” .

If you are used to eating flavored yogurt, try weaning yourself on to the natural unsweetened ones. Its like breaking the habit of having sugar in your tea or coffee. Once you break the habit you find your tea or coffee undrinkable containing your teaspoon or more of sugar.

If you have a weight problem well then that is a good reason to look on the shelves for the natural product. I actually make my own yogurt as I have a yogurt maker. This way it is much more economical and I believe tastier.

If you are buying yogurt this is what you look for

“If you don’t do different nothing will change”

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Smoothies To Give You That ‘Up and Go’🏃🏻‍♀️

I got these recipe’s from the Dr Oz show. I did not get the qualities accurately so its a bit of a guess.

Brain Boosting

1 tsp Flax seed
1 tsp Wheat germ
1/2 cup Yogurt,
1/4 cup Spinach
1/2 Apple
1/4 cup Orange juice
Ice

Thyroid

Yogurt
1/4 cup Strawberries
1 tbs Avocado
1/4 cup Almonds
cup Vanilla Almond Milk
tsp Dark Cocoa Powder
Ice

Start to the Day

1 cupYogurt
1/4 cup Jicama
1/4 cup Banana
1/4 cup Pineapple
1/2 cup Almond Milk
tbs Rolled oats
tsp Ginger
Ice

Spirulina Smoothie

1 cup Yogurt
tsp Spirulina
Cup Spinach
1/2 lime juice
Honey Dew Melon
Coconut water
Ice
Blend

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Did You Know – 09/06/2017

  1. Top Home Remedies.

a. Honey for cuts – Its antioxidant, antibacterial properties  help cleanse and heal wounds.

b. Potato peel for burnsThe juices in the potato keep the burn moist. Cover with a bandage

c. Duct tape for a twisted ankleStabilze the ankle or wrist by wrapping the injury with thin strips of the tape.

d. Greek yogurt for a SunburnThe lactic acid works to remove dead skin. Leave on for about 15 to 20 minutes.

e. Toothpaste for Bee Stings – The alkaline toothpaste neutralizes the acid in the bee’s venom.

Source – AARP.ORG/Bulletin

2.  $457 Billion – the amount Americans spent on prescription drugs in 2015. Up 18% over previous year. 

208% rise in prices – for the most popular brands of drugs from 2008 – 2016

$14.5 million median salary of a pharmaceutical firm CEO in 2015 more than any other industry.

 $6.4 billion about drug companies spend advertising directly to consumers in the USA annually

$24 billion is the amount drug companies spend per year marketing to doctors

Source AARP.Org/bulletin

 

3.  62.5% – Are the number of kids who use smartphones or tablets who will get head lice within five years compared to 29% who don’t use them. Gathering around the gadgets is thought to help lice to spread.

Source –  Oxford University

 

4.  Hold hands to feel better – Partners of women in labour have normally held their hand during this process. There is now scientific proof that holding your lovers hand helps reduce the pain that they are feeling. It is to do with “interpersonal synchronization” where partners heartbeats and breathing synch during shared activities. A US study of 22 couples found that just sitting next to each other led to a physiological synch-up, but that stopped when pain appeared. If they touched hands though, the couples breathing and heart rates aligned again, and the pain reduced. 

 

 

5. Apparently according to research from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson school of management in the US found that those who performed tasks in a messy environment were 28% more creative than those who did so in a tidy room

 

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Cloud Bread – substitute for Bread

Here’s what you’ll need:
* 3 eggs, separated

* ⅛ teaspoon cream of tartar

* 3 tablespoons softened cream cheese or Greek yogurt

Here’s what you’ll do:
# Preheat oven to 300°F/150°C.

# Separate the eggs into two bowls.

# Add the cream of tartar to the egg whites and whip into stiff peaks.

# Add the cream cheese or yogurt into the yolks and mix until combined.

# Fold half of the egg whites into the yolks until just combined. Add the rest and fold again until incorporated.

# Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place six dollops of the mixture on the tray (about ½ cup each).

# Spread out the circles with a spatula to about ½-inch thick.

# Bake for 30 minutes or until golden.

# Allow to cool for at least 1 hour.

# Enjoy with your favorite toppings!

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8 Ways to Upgrade Your smoothie

Upgrade Your smoothie

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Flaxseeds

These tiny little seeds really pack a punch. “High in fiber and a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseeds can help keep you feeling fuller longer,” says Cording.

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Cinnamon

“Sprinkling a little cinnamon into your smoothie may help you stay satisfied longer,” says Cording. “Aside from tasting great, cinnamon has been shown to stabilize blood sugar levels, which is great if you have a long stretch between your breakfast smoothie and lunch.”

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Coconut Water

Go for an easy swap. “A lot of people think fruit juice is a healthy addition to smoothies, but it comes with a lot of calories, mainly from sugar,” says Cording. “Unflavored coconut water provides around 40 calories per cup versus about 100 calories per cup of fruit juice, and is a great source of potassium and other electrolytes, which promote hydration.”

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Spinach

It’s not just for salads anymore. Cording says, “Packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and even a little protein, spinach is a no-brainer for smoothies. If you’ve been hesitant to add veggies to your blended drinks, it’s a great first step. And the best part is, you can barely taste it!”

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Chia Seeds

Another seed also packed with fiber and omega-3s are chia seeds, which Cording says are a good source of potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron.

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Matcha

Looking for a boost? Try Matcha. Cording says, “This powder made of ground green tea leaves offers a variety of health benefits from powerful antioxidants, potential weight loss, and even a concentration boost.”

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Plain Greek Yogurt

If your looking to add a little protein to your drink, Cording suggests trying greek yogurt, which provides around 20 grams of protein per cup. “The creamy texture can make any smoothie taste like a rich treat and the probiotic bacteria in it promotes good digestive health.”

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Wheat Grass

Wheatgrass has twice the amount of Vitamin A as carrots and is higher in Vitamin C than oranges! It contains the full spectrum of B vitamins, as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium in a balanced ratio. Wheatgrass is a complete source of protein, supplying all of the essential amino acids, and more. It has about 20% of total calories coming from protein. This protein is in the form of poly peptides, simpler and shorter chains of amino acids that the body uses more efficiently in the blood stream and tissues.

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Avocado salad dressing

Avocado salad dressing to replace ranch!

1 large avocado, 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, 1/2 cup greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon hot sauce, 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 2 garlic cloves, 3/4 teaspoon salt. Enjoy!

Avocado salad dressing

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4 More Pain Cures You Can Find In Your Kitchen

Chase away joint and headache pain with cherries

Latest studies show that at least one in four women is struggling with arthritis, gout or chronic headaches. If you’re one of them, a daily bowl of cherries could ease your ache, without the stomach upset so often triggered by today’s painkillers, say researchers at East Lansing’s Michigan State University. Their research reveals that anthocyanins, the compounds that give cherries their brilliant red color, are anti-inflammatories 10 times stronger than ibuprofen and aspirin. “Anthocyanins help shut down the powerful enzymes that kick-start tissue inflammation, so they can prevent, as well as treat, many different kinds of pain,” explains Muraleedharan Nair, Ph.D., professor of food science at Michigan State University. His advice: Enjoy 20 cherries (fresh, frozen or dried) daily, then continue until your pain disappears.

Fight tummy troubles with fish

Indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases…if your belly always seems to be in an uproar, try munching 18 ounces of fish weekly to ease your misery. Repeated studies show that the fatty acids in fish, called EPA and DHA, can significantly reduce intestinal inflammation, cramping and belly pain and, in some cases, provide as much relief as corticosteroids and other prescription meds. “EPA and DHA are powerful, natural, side effect-free anti-inflammatories, that can dramatically improve the function of the entire gastrointestinal tract,” explains biological chemist Barry Sears, Ph.D., president of the Inflammation Research Foundation in Marblehead, MA. For best results, look for oily fish like salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, trout and herring.

Prevent PMS with yogurt

Up to 80 percent of women will struggle with premenstrual syndrome and its uncomfortable symptoms, report Yale researchers. The reason: Their nervous systems are sensitive to the ups and downs in estrogen and progesterone that occur naturally every month. But snacking on 2 cups of yogurt a day can slash these symptoms by 48 percent, say researchers at New York’s Columbia University. “Yogurt is rich in calcium, a mineral that naturally calms the nervous system, preventing painful symptoms even when hormones are in flux,” explains Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., a professor of gynecology at Yale University.

Tame chronic pain with turmeric

Studies show turmeric, a popular East Indian spice, is actually three times more effective at easing pain than aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen, plus it can help relieve chronic pain for 50 percent of people struggling with arthritis and even fibromyalgia, according to Cornell researchers. That’s because turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, naturally shuts down cyclooxygenase 2, an enzyme that churns out a stream of pain-producing hormones, explains nutrition researcher Julian Whitaker, M.D. and author of the book, Reversing Diabetes. The study-recommended dose: Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of this spice daily onto any rice, poultry, meat or vegetable dish.

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