Diabetic Diet Ideal for All

For the 21 million Americans with diabetes, losing and/or maintaining weight is of critical importance in order to avoid complications caused by the disease.  Most of them manage their weight through exercise and diet…and by diet I don’t necessarily mean being “on” a diet, because that implies their diet is temporary.  It is not.  It is the permanent state of making healthy food choices out of necessity.  It is a lifestyle, not a diet in the traditional sense, and we could all benefit from rethinking what the term “diet” entails as most diabetics already have.

carImagine, if you will, that you’re a car and you’re required to drive up a long, steady incline, which you complete without too much trouble.  Now imagine having to complete the same task with some “junk in your trunk,” say the concrete remains of a sidewalk that was just torn up.  You manage to make it up the hill, but your engine had to work a whole lot harder and as you climb that hill, day after day, parts begin to fail.  The same can happen to humans with excess weight (or too much junk in the trunk).  Complications ensue…heart disease, high blood pressure, increased risk of stroke, cancer, and type II diabetes.

scaleSo, as you can see, being overweight should be a concern to us all, not just diabetics. And one way to lose or maintain your weight is to follow the lifestyle choices most diabetics follow in terms of what and how they eat.  As always, most of us already know what’s healthy (fresh fruits and veggies, lean protein) and what is not (a venti cinnamon dolce latte, muffins the size of your head).  After all, this isn’t rocket science here.

One thing many diabetics do is strictly monitor and track what they consume.  In other words, they COUNT CALORIES…gasp!  And it’s a good idea for all of us.  Just count your caloric intake for a few days.  My guess is that the difference between what you believe that number to be and what it actually is will surprise you…in a bad, OMG way.  Another thing most diabetics do is plan their meals ahead of time and then stick to that plan…no spur of the moment stops at DQ for a $5 nail to place in your coffin. A diabetic diet just makes sense.

supermarketMany diabetics also limit the intake of their carbohydrates and consume non-starchy vegetables (avoid potatoes, corn and peas).  They also eat whole grains and avoid refined or processed flour and sugar (avoid Twinkies and Chips Ahoy cookies).  They eat only lean protein (fish, skinless chicken, pork, beans and soy products).  They eat fresh fruit and avoid the frozen or canned variety as they often have added sugar.  And lastly, they eat “healthy” fats such as those derived from avocados, olives, nuts and seeds.  Just remember, the best diet is one you can stay “on” forever.

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The Logistics Behind Prepared Meals Delivered

Most people who have availed themselves of our services here at MagicKitchen.com know that we deliver nutritious and delicious meals right to your door.  They know that we provide prepared meals that meet a wide variety of nutritional requirements, to include diabetic and dialysis friendly, gluten-free, low-carb, heart healthy, and low sodium.  What many of our customers do not know is the logistics involved in the meal delivery business and how we strive to keep transportation costs down.

Our Facility in Kansas

As they say in real estate, the top three things to consider when buying a property are location, location, and location and we did just that when we located our warehouse facilities in Kansas.  Why Kansas you ask?  Due to its centralized location within the lower 48 states, Kansas saves us, and thus, you, on shipping costs.  It matters little whether we ship to either coast, southern Texas or the upper peninsula of Michigan, shipping costs are kept to a minimum.

After our chefs have prepared and cooked your healthy and appetizing meals, they are quickly flash-frozen to lock in the essential vitamins, minerals and taste that you have come to expect.  Obviously, they must be kept in that frozen state as they are shipped to your door and that requires dry ice (which is simply carbon dioxide in solid form, FYI).  The inclusion of dry ice adds to the weight of the shipment which adds to its cost as well.  However, if you live in a warmer climate, say southern Florida or California, we add extra dry ice to the packaging to ensure your meals stay frozen at no additional cost to you.

deliveryOnce your meals have been packaged, we then turn them over to our preferred shipping company, FedEx.  Why should you care about this?  Well, because we ship so many prepared meals across the country and do so exclusively with FedEx, they give us a bulk shipping discount (kind of like when you buy a bunch of stuff at a big box store…the more you buy the more you save).  We then pass on that discounted shipping rate to you.  Simply stated, we charge you what FedEx charges us.

So if you’ve ever wondered how we derive our shipping costs, it’s simply determined by what FedEx charges us based on the weight of the dry ice and prepared meals in your package and how far your package must be shipped to arrive at your door.  Now you know the little secret behind the logistics of shipping in the prepared meals delivered business.

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15 Foods for Healthy Kidneys

kidneyHey…HEY!  It’s us, your hard-working kidneys and yeah, we know it’s been a while since we talked…like in forever, but we thought it was time to give you some advice about what types of food to eat in order to keep us filtering out the trash you put into our body (it ain’t just your body, you know).

It’s not easy processing 50 gallons of blood (yes, 50!) and filtering out 2 quarts of waste and extra water on a daily basis…we then send that waste to your bladder on its way to the great beyond.  As your body’s filtration system, we also help regulate the levels of sodium, phosphorus and potassium levels in your blood, so yeah, we’re fairly important internal organs that are often forgotten about…hence this little chat.

Yeah, we’re forgotten about until we begin to malfunction.  Yes, diabetes and high blood pressure can cause us serious problems, but many times our renal functions are compromised in a silent and slow process that eventually leads to chronic kidney disease which, often times, can be prevented by eating a balanced and healthy diet.  Ooops, almost forgot an important fact…chronic kidney disease can’t be cured once it’s taken hold.  You can only hope to prolong our “lives” as long as possible through treatment and diet.  Yeah, we suppose, God forbid, a kidney transplant is an option, but we’d both like to stay right where we’re at, thank you very much.

So where were we? …Oh yeah, kidney friendly foods out there that can prevent and/or treat kidney disease.  It’s all about self-preservation you know.  These foods generally contain moderate levels of protein and potassium, low levels of sodium, cholesterol, and fat and high levels of vitamins, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories…yes, you guessed correctly, mostly fresh fruits and vegetables…you don’t need a PhD in nutrition to figure this stuff out!

  1. red-pepper-happyRed Bell Peppers – chock full ‘o vitamins A, C, and B6 and the antioxidant lycopene with low levels of potassium…heart healthy too.cauliflower-happy
  2. Garlic – contains anti-inflammatories and antioxidant qualities…just remember to follow it up with a mint…just sayin’.
  3. onion-winkOnions – wait, garlic AND onions…keep your distance.  Low in potassium, full of flavonoids, the antioxidant quercetin and chromium…cry us a river as you peel, but get us some onions!
  4. Apples – keep the doc away by eating these spheres of goodness that contain fiber, anti-inflammatories and which help reduce cholesterol.
  5. Through 9.  Berries – Think cran, blue, ras, and straw…most contain a ton of vitamin C, manganese, antioxidants, fiber and cranberries help prevent urinary tract infections.

10.cherries Cherries – are not the pits, they just contain them as well as phytochemicals which help
       reduce inflammation and antioxidants.
11. Egg Whites – OK, so get an egg separator already, but put in the work to get the amino acids and moderate amount of protein without the cholesterol and phosphorous
present in the yolks.
12. fish-cartoonFish – another good source of protein along with omega 3 fatty acids and fish is known
       to reduce LDL levels (the bad cholesterol) and raise HDL levels.
13. Kale – has become so popular that it’s now used as a name.  It’s also contains our good
       friends vitamin A and C, as well as iron and anti-inflammatories.
14. Olive Oil – think of Popeye’s board-like love interest as you cook with this healthy oil
       that contains oleic acid and polyphenols.
15.mushroom-30 Mushrooms – funny, we remember overhearing numerous men claim they were often
       treated like mushrooms by their significant other…kept in the dark and fed a lot of…
shall we say solid human waste product.  Anyway, they’re low in fat, calories, and
cholesterol and provide us with vitamin D, selenium and just the right amount of
potassium. 

So, to recap, just remember to eat some of these foods on a daily basis and we’ll provide you with our valuable filtration services for years to come…nice talk.

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The Way Food Used to Look

This is going to amaze you. The vegetables and fruits we know today are vastly different from what they began as.

banana-before

OK, three guesses, what is this?

A. Squash
B. Banana
C. Some kind of starchy vegetable

If you guessed B. banana,  you were right! There were two types of this banana with hard seeds in Southeast Asia, about 7000 years ago. Someone made a hybrid, and our delicious, soft, sweet banana is what eventually came of it.

What about this tasty-looking item?carrot-before2 Those are early carrots.  Carrots started their life in and around Afghanistan. The early ones were purple or white, and they didn’t become orange until at least the 15th century.

wild-cornHere’s wild corn, before it was domesticated.  European settlers started the domestication process in the 1400s.

Eggplant1Eggplant, anyone?? Wild eggplant had a lot more seeds than our modern variety.  It wouldn’t make a very good eggplant parmigiana.

Here are some other foods you may not recognize. These are what certain foods look like when grown, before they reach the market. This is the way they look today, not in yesteryear.

cashewCashews grow from the bottom of these “cashew apples”, which are not edible but can be made into a stringent juice.

cacaoCocoa pods eventually turn into your favorite chocolate bar, but cocoa starts out looking like this.

cinnamontreeThe bark of this tree turns into everyone’s favorite spice, cinnamon!

And finally… the chickpea! These are green when raw, and perfectly edible. A little prettier than those you get in a can, wouldn’t you say?

chickpea-plantMelody, MagicKitchen.com blogger

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A Way to Maintain Independence: Senior Meal Delivery

One item most people seek to maintain as they age stands out among all others and that item is independence.  Many seniors struggle with the notion that they may need looked after in a manner similar to (gasp!) a child and they stubbornly cling to that independence like millennials cling to their smart phones.  And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!  In fact, family members can assist seniors in preserving their independence by making a few small adjustments within their homes to help them stay there and one of those small “adjustments” can be something as simple as setting up a senior meal delivery system.

Too often, when we think of assisting the seniors in our lives with their independence, we think of making big changes, such as relocating closer to them or relocating them into expensive senior care living facilities (which comes with an average monthly price tag of $6,700).  However, a large research project conducted in Baltimore recently determined that minor changes to the living spaces and routines of seniors can keep them living independently within their homes years longer than expected.  senior-lady-smilingGenerally, these changes were placed into four categories: mobility (think stairs), home maintenance, personal care and cooking…yes, cooking.

The researchers went into the homes of seniors with a budget of $4,000 and found that seniors were able to continue living in their homes longer with the installation of helpful mobility devices such as ramps, a second banister on the stairs, higher toilet seats, lower kitchen counters and cabinets and the ever popular walk-in tub.  They also utilized physical therapists to get the seniors on a regular exercise routine to improve and maintain mobility.  Finally, they recommended that meal preparation be made as easy as possible…hence the title of this blog.

stroganoffMany seniors have lost the manual dexterity (think chopping veggies) to prepare the wholesome and nutritious meals they require.  That being the case, a company that has specialized senior meal delivery capabilities would be an ideal solution to this problem.  Many meal delivery companies, such as MagicKitchen.com, have meals made specifically with seniors in mind, such as low sodium and/or carb, heart-healthy or gluten-free. A freezer and microwave are all that’s required to store and prepare the meals that are delivered to a senior’s home on a regular basis.  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy…that’s how a senior seeking to remain as independent as possible is able to prepare a healthy meal…with the aid of a senior meal delivery program of course.

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15 Facts on Type 2 Diabetes

doctorType 2 Diabetes is a well-known, potentially life-long disease. It seems to be more prevalent now than it ever has before. The good thing is you can control it by monitoring and adjusting your diet and exercise habits. If these things just don’t work for you, medication is the next step. I know I’m awful about taking medicine, especially if I don’t really want it. I’m not the only one out there like this and if type 2 isn’t controlled, it can spiral quickly into a very messy situation! No one wants that!! Here are some interesting facts about type 2 diabetes.

  1. The Big D…Diagnosis – When your doctor tells you that your A1c level is over 6.5, you are essentially being told that your pancreas isn’t keeping up with proper release of insulin. Glucose is released into the blood, which causes the pancreas to kick into action releasing insulin. This then allows the glucose to be turned into energy for the body. Risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases when your A1c is between 5.7 and 6.4; normal range is 4 -5.6.
  2. Symptoms or Symptomless? – Some people with type 2 diabetes don’t have symptoms at all. This may sound like a good thing, but I’m not so sure. No symptoms means that pesky, out of whack sugar level is wreaking havoc on your body…unbeknownst to you! Others have symptoms and let’s face it, some aren’t going to be pleasant. You will possibly experience a need for the bathroom often (most likely when there isn’t one available…Murphy’s Law), you’ll be very thirsty, you may have unplanned weight loss/gain, or weakness/fatigue, numbness and possible tingling in your hands and feet. Most of these are manageable or tolerable, but still very annoying.
  3. Complica200_elliot_p_joslintions, We All Have Them – Some of the complications of type 2 diabetes can be more than just annoying. They can be downright scary!! Think kidney damage/failure, vision issues, blindness, developing heart disease, strokes, depression, and amputation (yikes)! These complications are enough to encourage you to control this disease through diet, exercise and possibly medication!
  4. Who is Elliot P. Joslin? – He was the first doctor to specialize in diabetes. He started the first diabetes registry ever which was compiled from patients beginning in his third year of medical school. His aunt and mother both had diabetes.
  5. Diabetic friendly mealDiabetic Friendly Meals Really Exist? – Yes, they really do exist and yes, some can be quite tasty! Some things to think about are adding in extra veggies or substitutions. For instance, if you have a hankering for spaghetti, fine go for it! Just substitute some of the white pasta for whole wheat or better yet use spaghetti squash or spiralized zucchini! Eating diabetic friendly meals is a great way to combat Type 2 diabetes. Another perfect way to do this is to order from a meal service, such as www.magickitchen.com. They have a plethora of diabetic friendly meals at great prices, prepared and delivered directly to you!
  6. People on treadmill in gym runningMove That Booty…and the rest of your body – Cardio and weight training are some exercises we all need to do, not just those with Type 2. It doesn’t have to be boring, though. Go for a walk…this time of year is great for this! Not only will you be getting out of the house, but you’ll also get to see some of the signs of the changing season. I don’t know about you, but seeing new life popping up all over the place is revitalizing and encourages me to keep moving. As for the weight training, you don’t have to be a member of a gym. You have weights right in your own home. Start slow with some cans of veggies and move up to a gallon of water (in the jug, of course) to work your arms and upper body.
  7. Your Age Matters – If you are 45 or older guess what? You should be tested for type 2 diabetes. Why? Simple, it’s a risk factor. Pair that up with other risk factors such as a close family member is diabetic, you don’t move your body enough, high blood pressure, or having polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), you should be tested even younger. Please note, this is not a comprehensive list of risk factors!
  8. Always Brush Your Teeth – This is something my brother-in-law used to tell my kids when they were brushlittle! He’s right, though…and this is extremely important if you have diabetes. Dry mouth, thrush, and periodontal gum disease are things the diabetic should watch for. Did you know that gum disease can actually make controlling your glucose levels even harder? Teeth and gums aren’t just for eating anymore!
  9. Love Thy Kidneys – Kidney failure is not pretty. People with type 2 diabetes make up 44% (ish) of the cases of chronic kidney failure. This is even when diabetes is under control! Be sure to discuss those kidneys with your doctor.
  10.  One Doctor, Two Doctor, Three Doctor, Four? – Get used to seeing more than one doctor. Once you have type 2 diabetes, you need a team of doctors to monitor your health. That care team is going to make sure that no stone is left unturned, nothing has been missed. We’re talking a primary care doc, a dentist (see #8), an ophthalmologist (see #3), a dietician, and possibly an endocrinologist. I didn’t even count the cardiologist if you have a history of heart disease.
  11.  It’s a Numbers Game – You will get used to checking your glucose levels. Not just at the doctor’s office, either. You should be monitoring them at home as well. What are the numbers you should be looking for? Normal blood glucose ranges (for those with type 2) before eating a meal should be around 70-130 and less than 180 1-2 hours after the beginning of a meal. Bedtime might look a little different and range from 90-150. Your doctor should have prescribed a meter and test strips for you to use. Because I forget things so easily, my suggestion is to keep a log to share with your doctor.
  12.  It’s Greek, errr…Latin? – Random fact here…the word diabetes is actually Greek for “siphon”. What?? Remember one of the possible symptoms is having to use the bathroom bodyshapesa lot? Well, in this case, the ample amount of urine associated with diabetes is the “siphon” being referred to. The Latin comes in with “mellitus”, or honey (sweet). This was basically thrown on when doctors found out that a diabetic’s urine is sweet. (I’m not going to go into how they discovered this. Use your imagination!)
  13.  Apples to Oranges, I Mean Pears – For quite some time, I’ve heard body types labeled as apples, pears, hourglasses, bananas, spoons, etc. Did you know that those with an apple body shape have a greater risk of developing diabetes than those with pear shapes? Food for thought.
  14.  Men vs Women – Ahh…the age old competition. Unfortunately, this one doesn’t have a victorious ending for either. However, men have the higher risk of death from diabetes than women. Men, listen to your doctors and extend your life expectancy! Please!
  15.  Diet Drinks Need to Go – Drinking soda just isn’t good for you, I’m including the diet stuff, too. Who doesn’t love the bubbly, sweet goodness on a hot day? Well, that drink could be an additional risk to developing type 2 diabetes. The artificial sweetener may just lead to signs of glucose intolerance, which in turn can lead to type 2. I do have a bit of good news, though…especially for coffee drinkers! Those heavy coffee hitters have a lower risk of developing diabetes. The range to be considered a heavy coffee drinker 4-6 8oz cups. Keep in mind that this is not a license to knock back 6 large lattes. I’m talking black coffee.

There you have some fun and not so fun facts on type 2 diabetes. It’s not a pretty disease to have. Remember some key points: diet and exercise are vital and they don’t have to be boring or unpleasant!

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Disadvantages of Seniors Living Alone

Closeup of an elderly man looking away in deep thought

The phases of life provide many challenges. Growing up and living alone has to be the most exciting. However, as we grow older, often we can no longer be independent as we once were. Seniors may be living alone due to a spouse passing on, because they never had a spouse or due to the fact that they were single parents and have grown up kids that moved out in pursuit of their own lives.

There are disadvantages to seniors living alone; the most common is that they do not eat well. The lack of a healthy diet makes their bodies prone to many diseases as begin to lack the nutrients required to enable their bodies to be strong.  Lack of interest in food, losing the desire to cook, or fast food all contribute to this problem.

Drinking waterWhen the elderly live alone, they may disregard recurring health conditions that may need immediate attention. Oftentimes, minor illnesses are ignored until they turn into full blown diseases. The fact that they are also sometimes prone to memory loss can affect their safety and security inside the house. Unfortunately, seniors may sometimes forget to turn off the stoves, heaters, irons and other electrical appliances, and that can be hazardous to their well-being.

Paying bills can be difficult because financial transactions may be really hard to manage. With this, they require all the help that they can get – losing lights or phone could be a serious problem. Living alone means that the physical well-being of a senior can be at risk, as simple things like bathing and dressing become more difficult with loss of flexibility and strength. Social isolation may also creep in as it is easy for the elderly to feel neglected. Medication management issues are also pivotal and are easily overlooked when the elderly are living alone.

senior-lady-smilingAlthough the decision of moving the elderly to an assisted living community may be a difficult one, it should be considered in certain circumstances, as they can be the perfect places for good care, health and monitoring.

Keeping a senior’s nutritional needs fulfilled may be as simple as a home delivered meal program. MagicKitchen.com has a flexible meal program without contracts, easy to start and easy to stop. Call today to talk to a knowledgeable customer service person.  Having a Registered Nutritionist Dietitican on staff helps MagicKitchen.com select the right meals for your senior in need.

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Uses for Leftover food

From time to time we all experience that mess in our kitchen: the unfinished meals and huge amounts of leftovers we often don’t know what to do with. Before cleaning up your fridge, think about these numbers: The annual food waste amount is enough to fill the Willis Tower 44 times. About 40% of food in U.S. is wasted. Yes, almost half goes to trash!

But what if I tell you that you can cook something delicious with your leftovers?

The infographic from Happy To Survive shows 7 simple recipes you can prepare using your food leftovers. Beef hash cakes, pasta with cakes, egg and bacon pie – you can easily cook that yummy dishes and reduce food waste at the same time. Be in trend: Well-known chefs like Jamie Oliver and Matt Jennings also share their tips for getting the most out of leftovers.

Check out these gourmet recipes and share your own hints for dealing with your residual food. (Of course, if you order meals from MagicKitchen.com, there likely won’t be any leftovers!)

7 dishes made using leftover food

7 dishes made using leftover Food Storage

[Infographic] by the team at Survival

 

 

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Top Ten Health Discoveries You Probably Missed

bionic-lens1. Bionic Vision – You probably never thought something would come along to give you super-vision. But this Canadian doctor has invented a lens for implantation in your eye that will give you exactly that.  “If you can just barely see the clock at 10 feet, when you get the Bionic Lens you can see the clock at 30 feet away,” says Webb.

You will be able to see close up, for reading, mid distance and long distance, with more clarity than ever before. The operation will take 8 minutes, and should be available in some areas in two years.

brain2. Talking to Computers – The US military is developing an interface between the human brain and computers. “The interface would serve as a translator, converting between the electrochemical language used by neurons in the brain and the ones and zeros that constitute the language of information technology”, says an article.

“The interface would serve as a translator, converting between the electrochemical language used by neurons in the brain and the ones and zeros that constitute the language of information technology. ” This new technology could potentially restore lost hearing or sight. Other diseases could potentially also be managed or cured. ALS, Parkinsons and others are possibilities.

light3. Pain Treated with Light –  Traditionally, severe pain is treated with opioid drugs like Oxycodone and Fentanyl. This has caused huge problems with addiction all across North America, and of course long-time use of opioids is bad for anyone’s system.

Now, scientists have discovered a way to trigger the opioid centers of the brain, using light. If this technology advances, perhaps opioids may no longer be necessary, and light would take their place.

With light, patients can get relief without the associated liver and kidney problems of long-term opioid use.

dog-sniff4. Dogs can Detect Cancer – And why not? Dogs can smell ten thousand times better than us.  That means they could detect a teaspoon of sugar in a million gallons of water.  They are ideally adapted to smell an illness in a person.

German scientists tested two German shepherds, a Labrador retriever, and an Australian shepherd. Each dog sniffed the breath of 220 patients, correctly identifying lung cancer at a rate of 71 percent.

Dogs may not be used directly in disease detection, but scientists hope to use this knowledge to develop sensors to track and detect cancers.

sedasys5. Robot Anesthesiologist – A new machine called the Sedasys may one day replace anesthesiologists. For now, it is taking the place of an the expensive specialist in simple procedures like colonoscopies.

The machine administers sedatives and monitors the patient. In this way, one anesthesiologist can be responsible for several patients.  Do anesthesiologists like the new machine? No, they believe that nothing can take the place of their training and experience, a valid argument. But the machine is being used in four US hospitals now for colonoscopies, so technology is marching on.

organs-lab6.  Building Organs from Scratch – For years, scientists have wished for the ability to create new body parts in the lab. With the advent of 3D printers, this wish is turning into a reality.

This isn’t just any 3D printer, it’s a new, sophisticated machine which can fabricate human tissue of any sort. Think liver,  kidneys, arms and legs.  Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have developed this system. The new parts, when implanted into living tissue, become viable organs.

laughing7. Laughing Prevents Memory Loss – Laughing and having fun reduces stress. Scientists wondered if less stress would help relieve memory loss in seniors.

They tested a group of seniors by testing their memories, then having them watch a funny movie. Those who laughed at the movie tested better on the memory test after the film. Those who didn’t enjoy themselves fared less well.

The moral of this story is plain to see: Let go of anger and strife and enjoy yourself- less stress helps your life in all kinds of ways!

spine8. Paralyzed Limbs can Move Again with Brain Power –  Scientists in Washington are working on a new device to help paralyzed limbs work again. What a boon this would be for millins of people worldwide.

The schedule is to have clinical trials in about eight years, so it is not imminent. However, this technology builds upon tests done which made a paralyzed man walk. The new device would actually be implanted into the brain.

The device would then reconnect areas of the brain and nervous system that haven’t been communicating due to injury or stroke.

smoke-kills9. A Bacteria That Helps Smokers Quit – Quitting smoking is one of the most difficult things people do. Many try it five or six times before making it. Part of it is the actual addiction, which is as strong as that to heroin. Part of it is the lifestyle around smoking.

Researchers have discovered a bacterial enzyme that kills nicotine before it ever gets to the brain. They hope that destroying nicotine before it gets to the brain and releases dopamine (the reward), they will help lessen the desire to smoke.

Time will tell if this latest quitting device will work. But if you still smoke, it’s important to find a way to quit. There are many reasons to quit smoking.

cefaly10. New Technology for Migraine Sufferers –  Two FDA-approved devices provide a different way to deal with migraine headaches. One is the Cephaly band, the other is called Spring TMS.

Cephaly is used daily to prevent the attacks. Spring TMS is used at the onset of the attack, at  the first sign of pain.

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9 Reasons I Hate to Cook

Frustrated Woman Baker with Rolling Pin Covered in FlourOk, I finally admit, I hate to cook. I used to love it, but as I get older, forget it. I’m not the only one around who hates cooking.  Just turn to Twitter and search “hate to cook” and plenty of Tweeters pop up with the same aggravation! I don’t know their reasons, but here are my top 9 reasons why I can’t stand cooking.

  1. The time involved – Who really has time to prepare ingredients, combine them all in the appropriate amounts, and go through the process of cooking them? Do you realize how long it takes to cook chicken with the bone in? At least 1 ½ hours. A pork roast is just as bad! Who has time for that when you have kids who need to be to practice, dance class, etc.?
  2. Peeling, chopping, dicing, cubing – No thank you! I understand some like the monotony of this task, but I think it’s achieved much faster by someone besides myself. I cringe at the time lost and the cut fingers of the past.
  3. Grocery Shopping – another choredesigned for those who love to cook. I know when I go to the grocery store, I never know if I’m selecting the freshest fruits and veggies or the right cuts of meat. I question my choices and wonder if I’ve picked items with too much fat or gristle. Yuck!
  4. Selecting Recipes – I love Pinterest, but I can’t stand going through the recipes for meals. I get distracted so easily, but I digress…I can’t decide on a recipe. I never have the right ingredients (which usually means a trip to the dreaded grocery store), some of the items in a recipe that sounds fantastic are something I’ve neverheard of, or it’s just too complicated to put everything together.
  5. Clean up – I’m not sure which is worse, making the mess or cleaning it all up. No one in my family likes doing theBook lover. Ready to study hard!dishes! I’d much rather have something quick and easy on paper plates to just toss in the trash when we’re done! Then we can just move on with what we need to get done.
  6. Lack of the correct tools – My knife collection is worse than inadequate. It’s seriously pathetic! I suppose all the chopping and dicing would be easier if I had the proper tools, but it’s just not a priority. Why would it be since I can’t stand cooking?? A whisk is also missing from my kitchen “toolbox”.
  7. Figuring out what to cook – this goes beyond just selecting a recipe. None of us can decide what we want to eat. It’s either that or we all want something different. I’ve tried the menu thing on Sunday evenings for the entire week. We never stick to it, so what’s the point?
  8. No one is available at the same time – this kind of goes with the time issue, but it’s a bit different. Everyone has some activity during the week that makes sitting down together literally impossible! It’s go, go, go around here, as in many families! Homework, sports, dance, dates (for my teens), late meetings, all make it very difficult to pin down a time when we can sit down as a family and unwind together.
  9. I can order healthy, prepared meals – there’s several places online where I can order healthy, prepared meals and have them delivered. MagicKitchen.com is my favorite! They have meals for all types of dietary needs and they are easy to heat up, they are healthy, and they are delicious! I see it as simple, quick, perfect!

IStuffed_BellPepper’ve learned there are some great ways to get around the hassles that go with cooking and the subsequent clean up. Having our meals delivered to us by www.Magickitchen.com solves most of our problems. Everyone can select what they want to eat, preparation is a piece of cake…just warm it up, and clean-up is just as easy! We can also manage to grab a meal and quickly eat together before most activities…or we wait until after.
Have you tried MagicKitchen.com meals? If not you really should! Let me know which meals are your favorites!

Valerie, MagicKitchen.com Blogger

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