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!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Zetia and Zocor...troubling new findings...

A new study found that taking Zetia ( ezetimibe)  likely does not stop significant artery wall thickening, or atherosclerosis, in some patients. Yes it lowers the LDL cholesterol, but it did nothing to halt the disease process. Instead there was a notable progression of disease in persons who added ezetimibe to their pre-existing cholesterol-lowering statin medication therapy. The practice of taking Zetia along with Zocor has become vogue in treatment of blood vessel disease. Doctors may have to rethink their recommendations.

Having more ideal vitamin D levels is linked to less thickening of the carotid intima media...and supporting blood vessel health is a well known benefit of fish oils.

Link to full Newswise article here.

How Americans Lose Weight. Look at the top five...eat more selectively and exercise!

The idea that we have to live on a diet is certainly disproven here. People do not stick with diets. The most reliable way to achieve and maintain a healthy weight is to get rid of processed foods especially sugar, and eat real foods that are nutrient dense and fiber rich. (hint: vegetables and fruits) yes! Exercise makes a difference...but combining exercise with eating more plant foods is the best way to get and stay lighter.

Read more about Americans and their diet strategies here.