Carbs & the Glycemic Index !!

on 3/29/2010 | filed in: Dieting
Carbs & the Glycemic Index !! Dividing carbohydrates into simple and complex makes sense on a chemical level. But it doesn't do much to explain what happens to different kinds of carbohydrates inside the body. For example, the starch in white bread and French-fried potatoes clearly qualifies as a complex carbohydrate. Yet the body converts this starch to blood sugar nearly as fast as it processes pure glucose. Fructose (fruit sugar) is a simple carbohydrate, but it has a minimal effect on blood sugar.

A new system, called the glycemic index, aims to classify carbohydrates based on how quickly and how high they boost blood sugar compared to pure glucose. Foods with a high glycemic index, like white bread, cause rapid spikes in blood sugar. Foods with a low glycemic index, like whole oats, are digested more slowly, causing a lower and gentler change in blood sugar. Foods with a score of 70 or higher are defined as having a high glycemic index; those with a score of 55 or below have a low glycemic index.... read more
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on 12/1/2009 | filed in: Dieting
CARBOHYDRATES !! ?? Choose good carbs, not no carbs. Whole grains are your best bet.

Don't be misled by fad diets that make blanket pronouncements on the dangers of carbohydrates. They provide the body with fuel it needs for physical activity and for proper organ function, and they are an important part of a healthy diet. But some kinds of carbohydrates are far better than others.

 The best sources of carbohydrates—whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans—promote good health by delivering vitamins, minerals, fiber, and a host of important phytonutrients. Easily digested carbohydrates from white bread, white rice, pastries, sugared sodas, and other highly processed foods may contribute to weight gain, interfere with weight loss, and promote diabetes and heart disease.

1. Start the day with whole grains. Try a hot cereal, like old-fashioned oats, or a cold cereal that lists a whole grain first on the ingredient list.

2. Use whole grain breads for ... read more
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10 Ways to Keep Eating Healthy !!

on 9/29/2009 | filed in: Dieting
10 Ways to Keep Eating Healthy !! Here are 10 ways to keep you on course toward healthy eating:

1.Get out of the rut. Experiment with new foods and combinations. Try mango or peach slices on whole-wheat toast with a little peanut butter and honey. Toss some mandarin orange or peach slices into a salad.
2.Think beans. Add chickpeas (garbanzos) or black beans to your lunch or dinner salad. If you typically buy a salad at work and no beans are available, bring a container of beans from home.
3.Try tofu. Stir-fry with extra-firm or firm tofu rather than meat in Asian-style dishes. Freezing and then thawing tofu before use gives it a firmer, chewier texture.
4.Go short. Make a nutritious snack rather than a full meal when time is tight. For example, spread a brown rice cake with ricotta cheese and fresh strawberries or low-sugar, spreadable fruit. Or try low-fat corn muffins with apple and cheese slices, or fat-free refried beans mixed with salsa, a small amount of low-fat sour cream and bake... read more
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4 Steps to Cracking an Egg One-Handed !!

on 9/25/2009 | filed in: Dieting
4 Steps to Cracking an Egg One-Handed !! I'm a big egg white eater. Nutrition (protein), low calories and no cholesterol are all a PLUS for me. My "Benefits & Power of Egg Whites" (blog) is # 12 of all the thousands of blogs and listed on the front page of the blogs link.  I relation to this I'm posting this imformation on how to use "4 Steps to Cracking an Egg One-Handed" !!

Step 1 
First, hold your egg-cracking hand up, palm facing you, with your ring finger and pinkie curled down. Hold your index and middle fingers about an inch apart, pointing up, as if you're going to poke someone in the eyes.

Step 2

 Next, spread those two fingers as far apart as you can. That's the motion. Now let's try it with an egg.
Step 3

 Hold the egg by pressing it with the pad of your thumb into the joints of your two fingers -- the joints farthest from your hand. Crack it by rapping it on the counter (not against the edge of ... read more
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Calorie-Restriction Diet for Anti-aging !!

on 6/10/2009 | filed in: Dieting
Calorie-Restriction Diet for Anti-aging  !! Definition
A calorie-restriction diet for anti-aging involves eating fewer calories than your body needs to maintain your normal weight — while still getting enough vitamins and other nutrients. Generally, a calorie-restriction diet may call for 20 to 30 percent fewer calories than usual.

Interest in the calorie-restriction diet as an anti-aging tool has grown as researchers have learned that restricting calories can extend the lives of animals. However, the possible role of a calorie-restriction diet for slowing the aging process in humans is still under investigation. Short-term studies have shown that a calorie-restriction diet can have both benefits and risks for humans, and it's unclear whether the diet can extend a person's life.

If you're interested in trying a calorie-restriction diet for anti-aging, consult your doctor and a registered dietitian to make sure you get enough vitamins and other nutrients.

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