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

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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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4 Lifestyle Changes for Seniors That Will Improve Mental Health

Approximately 20% of adults ages 55 and older have some sort of mental health concern, yet nearly 33% of them do not receive treatment. The first step in improving mental health for seniors is recognizing the signs and symptoms and talking with health care providers about diagnoses and treatment plans. Seniors also can take some steps toward improving their mental health, and some of those steps involve making lifestyle changes. Here are four of the best lifestyle changes for seniors that will improve mental health, so they can get started on the right path to better mental wellbeing today.

1. Get More Exercise

seniors-exerciseExercise is known to reduce anxiety and depression in people of all ages, and getting more exercise is one lifestyle change for seniors that will improve their mental health. In fact, getting more exercise helps to improve seniors’ cognitive performance and to reduce memory loss due to age. Exercise has shown to improve seniors’ ability to transition from one task to the next quickly, plan activities, and ignore irrelevant information, Additionally, regular, moderate physical activity helps seniors manage stress and improve their mood, and leads to reduced feelings of depression.

Exercise and physical activity for seniors also improves their mental health in indirect ways. Exercise helps with arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes, plus high blood pressure, balance issues, and difficulty walking. These health improvements lead to better health, and seniors who are in better health are at lower risk of depression.

2. Make Diet Changes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASeniors’ diets is not just about their waistlines. In fact, research shows that diet affects mental health in positive and negative ways, regardless of age. Seniors who want to improve their mental health should make the lifestyle change to enhance their diet by eating more fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables now are associated with better mental well-being, including being more optimistic and happier and having more self-esteem and resilience.

Fresh linguini smothered in a light marina and loaded with baby clams.
Fresh linguini smothered in a light marina and loaded with baby clams. MagicKitchen.com

Reducing the amounts of bad fats in seniors’ diets helps them to reduce the risk for anxiety, impaired memory, repetitive behavior, and brain inflammation. On the other hand, increasing the amount of healthy fats, such as Omega-3 fatty acids like those in salmon, helps to battle some forms of depression in seniors.

Finally, seniors should watch their sugar intake. Not only does sugar lead to weight gain and possible food addiction, but it is responsible for higher rates of depression and worse mental health symptoms.

3. Reduce Your Stress Level

Stress affects seniors’ mental health by leading to depression, anger, and irritability. That’s why seniors need to make lifestyle changes that will reduce their level of stress, in order to

Senior Woman Relaxing In Chair At Home With Pet Cat

improve their overall mental health. Reducing stress often involves participating in activities that are fun and relaxing. There are various ways for seniors to change their lifestyle in order to reduce stress, including playing with a pet, reading, meditating, and finding ways to express gratitude.

Other ways to reduce seniors’ stress level to improve mental health include changing their routine and getting out of the house. Many seniors enjoy window shopping and people watching at shopping centers and malls. Others enjoy taking a walk in the park and enjoying time in nature. Still others enjoy gardening, sitting on a porch to enjoy the weather, or going to see funny movies.

4. Actively Maintain a Sense of Purpose

two senior ladies chatting friendly to the parkSeniors who maintain a sense of purpose and have a reason that motivates them to get out of bed in the morning have better mental health. This includes making lifestyle changes such as consistently connecting with friends, family, and interests, or volunteering. There are even special service dogs that can remind seniors that others love them and count on them, resulting in a sense of purpose that makes them feel worthwhile and needed. It also helps to stave off the loneliness that leads to depression. Eating well is important for seniors, to keep their bones healthy, to stay energetic, and to stay heart-healthy.

The key to making lifestyle changes for seniors that will improve mental health is to take better care of themselves and to spend more time doing things that they enjoy and that get them actively involved with others. Seniors don’t need to make all of these adjustments at one time; making a couple of healthy lifestyle changes at a time will set them on the right path toward improving their mental health.

Jim Vogel and his wife, Caroline, created ElderAction.org after they began caring for their ailing parents. Through that rewarding and sometimes difficult process they’ve learned a lot about senior care and specifically the need for more effective senior mental health and support. Their site offers elder-positive resources and other helpful information on aging. In his spare time, Jim loves fishing, reading, and spending time with his kids.

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Frozen Food is as Healthy as Fresh!

frozen berriesAnd sometimes frozen produce is even healthier. That fact flies in the face of the common misconception out there that fresh produce from your supermarket is somehow healthier than frozen, and that’s simply not true. In fact, two recent studies conducted in Britain found that some frozen fruits and vegetables were “…richer in health-boosting vitamins and antioxidants.” These studies found that, for example, frozen broccoli had four times the beta-carotene and frozen carrots had higher levels of vitamin C and polyphenols than their “fresh” counterparts.

limp celerySo how could we all have gotten this so wrong? What the British studies, and similar studies conducted by Rice University and the University of California at Davis discovered was that “fresh” does not always equate to picked yesterday. Supermarket produce is almost always picked prior to becoming ripe and permitted to ripen in storage and during shipment. Thus, these fruits and veggies were picked weeks before they reach your kitchen and the longer they sit off the tree, bush, vine or out of the ground, the more nutrients they lose.

oranges-1117644_960_720On the other hand, much of the produce that’s destined to be frozen is permitted to reach the peak of ripeness, which is also its time of optimum nutrition, prior to being picked. Think of this as cryogenic freezing that keeps the produce perpetually young, immortal, if you will, until it’s thawed and ultimately enjoyed.

The nutrient studies cited above also found that florescent lights, such as those in a supermarket, and the darkness of your fridge, where much of your produce sits for days prior to being consumed, can screw with the circadian clocks of the fruits and veggies. This artificial light and darkness causes the peaches-825564_960_720produce to “produce” (couldn’t resist) fewer cancer fighting glucosinolates.

So, unless you own an extensive fruit and vegetable garden on par with a small farm, or visit a farmer’s market on an almost daily basis (and that’s often impossible during the winter and early spring months), freshly picked and quickly frozen produce, such as the type used here at MagicKitchen.com, can more than meet your nutritional needs.

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Health News at Your Fingertips

news-portalReal quick…Google (I love the fact that “Google” can now be used as a verb) “health articles” and see what comes up…never mind, I’ll tell you…almost 2 BILLION results that cover the very general topic of “health.” OK, get a bit more specific and Google “heart health” and the number of results is reduced to the relatively low number of 292,000,000! Who has the time or inclination to sift through those results looking for articles that apply to you and deliver usable advice? Well, maybe Lance Armstrong…he seems to have lots of extra time these days.

The good news? MagicKitchen.com now takes those results and pulls the articles our professional, in-house nutritionist deems to be most relevant to our users. In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve added a new page to our site entitled “health news” which is an article portal to health articles that offer practical health advice to our customers.

Simply click on the “health news” tab located along the right side of all MagicKitchen.com pages to access the article portal.

doc2On the portal page, the articles are broken down into eight categories for easy reference. Those categories are: Health, Senior Health, Diabetic Health, Heart Health, Renal (CKD 3 & 4) Health, Dialysis Health, Gluten-free Health, and Weight Control. This categorization permits you to quickly locate the articles that apply to your specific needs…no time wasted perusing three gazillion articles on Google. The search has already been done for you.

New articles are added to each category on a regular basis and if your device has RSS (Really Simple Syndication …yeah, I didn’t know what it stood for either until I “Googled” it, but those who use it love it a lot)  capabilities they can easily be put into your reader so that you don’t miss a single one and they can be read at your convenience. Look, we understand that you’re a busy person, that’s why we now deliver easy to understand, categorized health articles to go along with our nutritious, home-delivered and delicious meals.

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