Monthly Archives: August 2010

10 Ways to Manage Type 2 Diabetes

Managing Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong commitment. A commitment to

good health, and to putting YOURSELF first. Here is a list of the top ten

things you can do to manage your type two diabetes.

1.  Weight Control. If you are overweight, work with your medical team

to create a diet of portion controlled meals, and lose weight slowly

over time, by eating properly. Even losing ten pounds can help to

decrease your heart disease risks by lowering blood pressure, insulin

resistance, and body fat.

2.  Exercise. Start slowly if necessary. Regular exercise improves your

body’s use of insulin, helps you to lose weight, improves blood

circulation and reduces stress. Within a short time your body and mind

will crave the regular exercise as part of your daily routine. Walk,

swim, take an aerobics or aqua-size class, or ride a bike. These are all

excellent types of exercise.

3.  Check your blood sugar regularly. This is critically important in

managing diabetes. If you don’t know your blood sugar, there is no

way to monitor your diet. The Mayo Clinic supplies an excellent article

called “Blood Sugar Testing- Where, when and how”.

4.  Eat at about the same time every day. Your blood sugar will stay more stable if you eat about the same amount of food with the same balance of nutrients at about the same times each day.

5.  Take the medications prescribed by your doctor. It is essential to blood glucose management that your medications are taken daily as instructed by your doctor.

6. Drink plenty of water. Water dilutes the blood and therefore has some degree of influence on lowering your blood sugars.

7.  Control Portion Sizes. Most restaurants offer portion sizes which are double or triple the serving size recommended by the USDA and doctors. For instance, one serving of chicken is 3 ounces, or about the size of a deck of cards. Recording your food intake in a diary is a great way of controlling what you eat.

8.  Take care of your teeth. Diabetes may leave you prone to gum infections. Follow a routine of dental hygiene that includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and flossing at least once. Keep your regular dental exam appointments.

9.  Quit Smoking. This has become easier over the years as medications are available to ease the process. It will not be easy, but will be one of the most important things you’ve ever done for your health.

10.  Stay positive. Diabetes is a serious disease, but it can be controlled. If you’re willing to do your part, you can enjoy an active, healthy life with type 2 diabetes. Talk to friends and family and keep a strong support group around you.

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Mushrooms for Immune System Health

US Department of agriculture experts indicate one easy approach to maintain the health of the immune system. Eat more mushrooms!

Did you know the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) funded researchers showed that Organic mushrooms play an important role to keep the body’s defense mechanisms healthy?

In a recent document published in July 2010 from Sciencedaily.com, leading correspondent Rosalie Marion Bliss reported how the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have conducted an animal-model and cell-culture research showing that white button fresh mushrooms elevated the activity of essential cells in the body’s immune system.

Agaricus bisporus (known variously as the common mushroom, button mushroom or white mushroom) is an edible basidiomycete mushroom indigenous to grasslands in European countries and The United States. Agaricus bisporus is cultivated in more than seventy countries and is probably the most commonly and widely eaten mushrooms globally.

In the United States, white button mushrooms represent 90 % of the entire mushrooms eaten.

The study (Reference: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/jul10/immunity0710.htm) was conducted at the Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts School by center director Dr. Simin Meydani.

The outcome proposes that white button mushrooms may boost immune function by increasing the production of antiviral and other proteins that are released by cells while seeking to defend and repair tissue.

The study’s cell-culture phase demonstrated that white button mushrooms enhanced the maturation of immune system cells called “dendritic cells,” from bone marrow.

Dendritic cells can produce T cells which are necessary white blood cells that can recognise and eventually deactivate or eliminate antigens on invading bacterias.

When immune system cells are exposed to disease-causing pathoenic agents, like bacteria, our body begins to increase the number and function of immune system cells, according to Dr. Meydani.

Regarding white button mushrooms, one simple option to use them in your regular diet could be to start thinking on some sample recipes: The Masala mushroom is an excellent example.

Garam masala is a basic blend of ground spices popular in Indian and other South Asian cuisines. It is used by itself or with other seasonings.

Ingredients for 2 Serves:
– Mushrooms(chopped) 2 cups
– Onions 2
– Chilli powder 1 tea table spoon
– Garam masala 1/2 tea spoon
– Salt
– Olive oil 1/2 tea table spoon
– Coriander leaves

Directions: (Preparation time : fifteen minutes)
Heat oil and fry onion till it turns slightly brownish. Then add mushrooms, cover and cook for around 10 mins.
Add all the masala and cook for a couple of minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

The author – Celia Barnes writes for the nutritionist certification blog, her personal hobby web site dedicated to healthy eating tips to help future health professionals and dietitians to learn healthy eating options for their patients.

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Meal Delivery a Booming Business

Who has time to cook a homemade meal these days, especially with all the preparation, cooking and clean up required?  The Meal Delivery business, the industry in which meals are prepared by a third party and made ready for in-home consumption, is currently a multi-billion dollar industry that doesn’t appear to be slowing down. According to a recent Roper Starch Poll, 50% of Americans now purchase meals for in-home consumption at least once a week. These trends, coupled with increasingly busy American families, provide great potential for companies in the meal delivery industry, where meals are made ready-to-eat without the hassle of preparing, cooking and cleaning up.

In 2005, according to findings by McKinsey & Co. a food industry consulting company, the Home Meal Delivery Segment was projected at $170 billion in annual sales, contributing to 80% of the overall growth in the food industry. Insert MagicKitchen.com, a Los Altos, CA based e-commerce company. Led by seasoned corporate veterans Greg Miller and Michelle Tayler, MagicKitchen.com entered the meal delivery arena with the ambition and game plan that will lead them to industry leader status. “MagicKitchen.com has quickly emerged as a customer favorite because of unique product offerings which are much easier to have table-ready than the competition, the superior quality of their meals and their superior, intimate customer service,” said industry analyst and consultant Ryan Montague, President of Gourmet Business Solutions, an industry consulting company.“In the home meal delivery segment of the Home Meal Replacement category, they are definitely being innovative.”

Since 2005 when the company was created, MagicKitchen.com company revenues have soared, and projections reveal exponential growth figures leading to a larger share of the meal delivery market-segment. Attributed to exceptionally tasty, nutritionally sound, quick and easy-to-prepare meals like those you would have normally worked hours to prepare at home, as well as creative marketing programs and a team of highly-dedicated chefs and industry experts, MagicKitchen.com is emerging as a meal delivery industry leader and trendsetter.

MagicKitchen.com really is Magic
MagicKitchen.com really does have magic:
-A senior citizen calls on MagicKitchen.com to send much needed prepared meals to family member in dire need during the Christmas Holiday
-A customer re-orders $100 of MagicKitchen.com’s Ricotta Cheesecake because it is “the best he’d ever had”
Eggplant Parmigiana is hailed as “best ever” by a MagicKitchen.com customer, and “best on the West Coast” by another.
-After trying a MagicKitchen.com product sampler, a customer calls for 12 orders of MagicKitchen.com’s signature Panna Cotta to be delivered overnight for a large dinner party, even though alternate desserts could have been ordered locally.

Stories like these combined with the growing number of working couples, busy families with children, and senior citizens with restricted time and ability to prepare quality, nutritious, meals have propelled MagicKitchen.com to astounding sales and continued growth.

To accommodate these groups of busy families, senior citizens, and gift-givers MagicKitchen.com developed prepackaged, pre-cooked, frozen meals that can be thawed ahead of time and then reheated when needed. This allows for quick meal preparation and a full balanced meal on the table minutes from when the family walks in the door. For example, a senior citizen can place the chosen entrée and side dishes on a plate and microwave it for five minutes or less, creating a nutritious meal without the hassle and mess of meal preparation and clean-up. To start, all it takes is the click of a button on the MagicKitchen.com website, or a quick call on their toll-free number to place an order.

The Magic Difference
Unlike most of the other companies in the booming meal delivery industry, MagicKitchen.com stays ahead of the competition by focusing mainly on quality pre-cooked meals instead of raw products being shipped to the customer. With pre-cooked products, this allows the customer to eliminate the time and hassle normally required to prepare a quality, nutritious, gourmet, home-cooked meal.
MagicKitchen.com is focused on top-quality, tasty meals starting with top shelf ingredients and skilled chefs. Although nutritious, MagicKitchen.com’s offerings are not to be compared with totally bland and boring health or diet food products, often referred to as ”hospital food” (i.e. no fat and/or salt).

Senior Citizens, busy families, and gift givers take note: MagicKitchen.com has the solution you may be looking for. Leave the mess behind and give your family or loved ones the meals they deserve with MagicKitchen.com’s Chef-Prepared, Gourmet Meals delivered right to your home or business destination.

About MagicKitchen.com
MagicKitchen.com is a rapidly-growing player in the burgeoning home meal delivery market. Meals are prepared by chefs using quality ingredients, flash frozen, packaged, and delivered to the customer’s doorstep. The company actively participates in community fundraising. MagicKitchen.com is headquartered in Los Altos, CA, with kitchen facilities in South San Francisco, Redwood City and San Jose. MagicKitchen.com can be contacted by calling 877-51-MAGIC (877-516- 2442), or visiting www.magickitchen.com.

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“Health Food” vs. Healthy Food — How to read labels

This wonderful video Jeff Novick -who used to be a food service manager at Kraft Foods-blows the lid off food labeling. This is an excerpt from Novick’s 80-minute talk at the VegSource 2007 Healthy Lifestyle Expo, and part of a 12-part series of top health expert presentations. In this online excerpt, Novick  exposes one of the dirty secrets major food corporations use to deceive consumers. It’s no accident labels are so confusing!

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