Who says we have to suffer...to live a healthy happy vibrant life?

Red wine and dark chocolate... might seem decadent...but these guilty pleasures also might help us live longer...and healthier lives. Red wine and dark chocolate definitely improve an evening..but they also contain resveratrol..which lowers blood sugar. Red wine is a great source of catechins..which boost protective HDL cholesterol. Green tea? Protects your brain..helps you live longer..and soothes your spirit.

Food for Thought, the blog, is about living the good life...a life we create with our thoughts and our choices...and having fun the whole while!

I say lets make the thoughts good ones..and let the choices be healthy...exciting...and delicious! Bon Appetit!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Want a flat tummy? Fiber is your friend

Complex carbohydrates help you get and stay slim, without dieting. Unlike the ubiquitous simple carbs –yes I’m talking about cake, chips and cookies -- fruits, vegetables and whole grains are naturally loaded with fiber, a nutrient that supports better digestion and elimination, reduces bloat, and has even been shown to support a healthier body weight in numerous studies. 

Nutrition guidelines recommend women get 25 to 35 grams of fiber a day but surveys show most women fall short of that by about 60-70%.  One big plus...high fiber foods help you eat less calories but still feel full. 

Go for whole foods fiber sources like oatmeal, apples and spinach, Skip the bars and supplements. Remember that study that found that eating apples lowers cholesterol? It is because of the fiber. Try this...the next time you are tempted to grab some of chips, or something sweet, grab a whole apple instead. I promise you won’t be hungry afterward.

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