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!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

We've finally scrapped the Pyramid...hooray!

I'm dancing a happy dance today because today Michelle Obama relegated the government’s well-known food pyramid to the sands of history, unveiling a new, simpler image of a plate divided into basic food groups. Thank you Mrs.Obama...and good riddance to that pesky impossible to implement pyramid!

The new design, called MyPlate, was conceived as a crucial part of Mrs. Obama’s campaign against obesity. The plate is split into four sections, for fruit, vegetables, grains and protein. A smaller circle sits beside it for dairy.
Mrs. Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin unveiled the new healthy eating icon at a news conference in Washington.

Officials said they planned to use the plate in a campaign to communicate essential dietary guidelines to consumers, emphasizing one message at a time for best effect.
The first part of the campaign will encourage people to make half their plate fruit and vegetables. Later phases of the campaign will urge consumers to avoid oversize portions, enjoy their food but eat less of it and to drink water instead of sugary drinks.

My thoughts? This is a great start and will be so much easier for people to understand...however, if you really want to lose weight scrap the grains, or swap them for legumes a few days each week and do 3/4 of the plate as fruits and veggies....and swap the dairy for unsweetened tea or water. Feel free to use veggie proteins ie beans and grains, or tofu too. Start using smaller plates and don't go back for seconds...go for a walk instead.

Random Thought....

Healthy living doesn’t happen at the doctor’s office. The road to better health is paved with the small decisions we make every day. It’s about the choices we make when we buy groceries, drive our cars and hang out with our kids. Get up! Get moving...and eat something fresh and delicious today...not from a box or a bag.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Is there a minimum dose for EPA and DHA for heart health?

June 1, 2011: We know that taking fish oils protects the heart. But is there a minimum dose for general heart protection? It appears that there is…A new meta-analysis on the doses of EPA and DHA required for optimal cardioprotection was published in the British Journal of Nutrition (BJN), demonstrating that 250mg of intake per day is an absolute minimum requirement to reduce the risk of some coronary heart diseases.  The meta-analysis revealed that by increasing intakes of EPA and DHA over 250mg, the risk of sudden cardiac death in a healthy population was reduced a further 35% and the risk of non-fatal coronary events a further 16%. Please note that this is the minimum and for those who have known heart issues the American Heart Association suggests four times that amount.

See the abstract here