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Super Foods for Seniors | Nausea Relief

Hello Friends and welcome back from the weekend.  I trust you all enjoyed yourselves and were able to get out and do something fun.  This week’s Super Foods are ones for Nausea Relief, and no matter the age, at some point we all have suffered from an upset stomach.   Super Foods Nausea Relief

Foods contaminated with bacteria, motion sickness, infection, illness and vertigo can all upset our stomachs so here are some top choices for helping to settle it down.

  • Bananas – the bland BRAT diet are foods soft enough on your stomach that you’ll be able to keep them down – B = banana

  • Rice – R = rice

  • Applesauce – A = applesauce

  • Toast – T = toast BRAT diet ingredients

  • Soft Drinks – sips of clear, sweet liquids like soda and juice can prevent vomiting – but nothing too acidic like orange or grapefruit juice

  • Ginger – cuts the queasiness, fresh or in capsules, chop an inch off of fresh ginger and boil in water for a stomach smoothing tea

  • Yogurt – good bacteria that is helpful to your digestive tract

  • Tumeric – this spice promotes production of bile in your digestive system which helps push things along quickly

  • Garlic – contains an antibiotic that kills many viruses and bacteria and can help protect against E. coli – add to your beef

  • Dry Mustard – can kill E. coli, use it when cooking your ground beef and cook it thoroughly

  • Onions – adding onions to ground beef helps neutralize Salmonella – add a 1/2 to 1 cup chopped onions to each pound of ground beef

  • Chamomile – this plant has compounds that reduce spasms in your gastrointestinal tract, it also eases anxiety.  If you have pollen allergies you may want to stay away from chamomile.

  • Horseradish – horseradish and wasabi may kill harmful bacteria in foods because it contains allylisothiocyanate (AIT) which prevents the growth of bacteria and fungi that causes food poisoning.

 

Food poisoning prevention tips

 

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Super Foods for Seniors | Cancer Fighters

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

I trust you all have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Easter/Resurrection Sunday. This week’s chapter of Super Foods is near and dear to my heart, especially since hubby just had surgery to remove the cancer from his small intestines.

Super Foods Cancer Fighters

Many believe as I do that we all have cancerous cells but it’s not known what triggers them in some and not in others.  It is also believed that there are foods that contain natural compounds that defend your body against cancer.  These are just a few of them:

  • Blueberries – the antioxidants in these berries are tough on cancer and it’s development

  • Mushrooms – contains ergothioneine which is a cell-protecting antioxidant

  • Broccoli Sprouts – these baby bloomers are more potent than the adult version, broccoli sprouts contain sulforaphane, a cancer fighter

Broccoli Sprouts

Broccoli Sprouts

  • Cereal – cereal fortified with Vitamin D can cut risk of colon, breast and ovarian cancer

  • Pomegranate Juice – the extract helps to prevent prostate cancer

  • Garlicallicin and sulfur compounds can rev up your immune system

  • Tomatoes – rich in lycopene which contain anti-cancer powers, which is also found in watermelon, pink and red grapefruit, sweet red pepper, cooked asparagus and red cabbage

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  • Brazil Nuts -helps your body resist cancers of the esophagus, lung, stomach, colon and rectum.  They contain selenium, which is an anti-cancer nutrient

  • Walnuts – a few walnuts a day may help prevent prostate cancer

  • Cantaloupe – beta carotene and other carotenoids helps to lower the risk of head, neck, mouth, uterus, prostate and blood cancers.

  • Lima Beansinositol pentakisphoshate may inhibit growth of cancer and may even make anti-cancer drugs more effective

  • Cabbage – eating cabbage at least once per week provides extra lung cancer protection, it can also help to prevent colon, brain, breast, stomach, and bladder cancers.

  • Sweet Peppers – antioxidant powers of vitamin C can save you from cancers of the stomach, throat, lung, bladder and pancreas.  Other foods rich is Vitamin C are strawberries, broccoli, cantaloupe and brussels sprouts.

Sweet Peppers

  • Broccoliindole-3-carbinol is a natural cancer foe found in broccoli

  • Tumeric – curcumin is an antioxidant that helps to prevent eight types of cancers – lung, blood, breast, stomach, colon, mouth, skin and liver

  • Olive Oil – monounsaturated fatty acid found in olive oil targets the main gene that promotes breast cancer

  • Turnip Greens – lowers the risk of colon cancer

  • Barley – cuts risk by 40% if you raise your daily fiber intake to 35 grams

  • Black Beans – eating beans 3 times per week may lower your risk of colon cancer especially for red meat lovers

  • Sauerkraut – eating three servings a week lowers your chance for breast cancer, make sure to rinse and drain before eating to cut down on the sodium

Turnip Greens and Beans

  • Black Raspberries – the ellagic acid may prevent 4 kinds of cancer, lung, liver, skin and esophagus

  • Strawberries – a good source of pectin, a cancer foe

  • Cranberriesproanthocyanidins in these berries fights leukemia, colon cancer and lung cancer cells

  • Peanuts – resveratrol in nuts is a cancer fighting antioxidant

  • Green Tea – drinking green tea regularly could cut your risk of esophageal cancer by up to 50%

  • Apricots – beta carotene in this fruit could cut your odds of some stomach and intestinal cancers

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  • Asparagus – antioxidant glutathione may help defend against disease and cell damage which is an effective cancer fighter

  • Beets – just a half of cup of beets in a salad gives you almost a fifth of the daily folate that your body needs which is needed especially if you smoke

Cancer is a disease of abnormal, out-of-control cell growth.  If not held in check, cancer can spread through the body, destroying other organs and tissues.  Breast cancer is most common in women, and for men it’s prostate cancer.  

However, as written in my previous post “Cancer Don’t Care” it can effect anyone despite the foods you eat or don’t eat, whether you smoke or not, sunbathe or not, please be vigilant in getting your physical exams and check early and often if cancer is prevalent in your family.

Today I’m hanging out with Tough Cookie Mommy for Monday Mingle, so come on over.

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Super Foods for Seniors | Heart Smarts

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

High Blood Pressure (HBP) or Hypertension affects around 50 million people in the US.  It can cause heart disease, heart failure, strokes and kidney disease.  HBP can be controlled with weight loss and eating right, however, sometimes medicines are also prescribed.

If you want to pass on the pills, and keep your blood pressure in check, go heavy on the fruits, veggies, whole grains and fiber.  Go light on the salt, red meat, saturated fat and cholesterol.

Super Foods Heart Smarts

Adding these foods to your diet can keep your blood pressure in check.

  • Barley – try eating it plain or added to soups and casseroles. Barley flour has more than 3x the fiber of wheat flour

  • Celery – reduces cholesterol and relaxes muscles that line blood vessels to ease blood pressure.  Contains more sodium than most veggies so don’t go overboard

  • Broccoli – contains calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamin C all important fighters against high blood pressure

  • Dried Apricots – great snack filled will iron, potassium, magnesium, beta carotene and cooper which help to control blood pressure and prevent heart disease

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  • Whole Beets – contains more potassium than bananas which is important for your blood pressure especially if you take diuretics to keep it low

  • Spinach – guards against so many health conditions including heart disease, lowers cholesterol, fights cancer and much more

  • Garlic and Onions – flavoring that helps when cutting back on salt consumption but they do more than just add flavor.  Onion and garlic keeps blood platelets from clumping together and making the blood sticky

  • Guava Juice  This tropical fruit is packed with potassium and more than twice the vitamin C of an orange

  • Sunflower Seeds – loaded with vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that stops LDL, the bad cholesterol, stopping it before it can clog arteries

  • Banana – fabulous fruit for a healthy heart banana

  • Peanut Butter – contains monounsaturated fat which is better for you than cream cheese, butter or fatty lunch meat, it also fills you up making it less likely that you’ll overeat.

  • Oatmeal – whole grain and dietary fiber lowers your blood pressure and risk for heart disease

  • Fish – lowers blood pressure not only the sport of fishing, which is relaxing, but also Omega-3 fatty oil helps to relax blood vessels to make the blood less sticky so it flows easier

  • Flaxseed – are loaded with soluble fiber, bake with flax flour or stir flaxseeds into the mix when making cookies, breads, or muffins flaxseed muffin

  • Tofu – soy protein helps to bring down blood pressure and can easily be added to your diet

  • Potatoes – contain kukoamines which is a chemical that lowers blood pressure.  Eat boiled, baked or mashed and stay away from fried as in french fries.

  • Chili Peppers – cayenne and other chilis can slow blood clotting and even dissolve existing clots.  Capsaicin can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Changing your diet and eating habits can be hard, but stay Heart Smart and do everything in moderation!

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Super Foods For Seniors | Joint Soothers

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

I trust you all had a wonderful weekend with an opportunity to get out and enjoy the warmer winter temps.  If you did any yard work or other activities that your body wasn’t ready for, you may need to eat a few of these Super Foods to soothe those aching joints.

Super Foods Joint Soothers

 After the age of 50, four out of five adults are affected by some sort of osteoarthritis (OA) due to the wear and tear on the soft tissues in the joints.  Doctors don’t have many medical cures for arthritis, but they can prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, painkillers as well as exercise and weight loss.  However, good nutrition is essential and probably your best bet to soothe the soreness of swollen joints.

 Super Foods for Joint Soothers

  • Apricots – colorful fruits provide antioxidants and are potassium rich

  • Dates – Sweet treat also rich in potassium

  • Strawberries – Vitamin C to make collagen, key building block for cartilage in joints

  • Papaya Beta Cryptoxanthin, powerful antioxidant that can save your knees

apricots and dates

 

  • Almonds – try dry-roasted or plain almonds

  • Apples – “eat an apple a day” still holds true

  • Olive Oil – healthy monounsaturated fat contains oleocanthal that works the same as ibuprofen olive oil

  • Cherries – folk remedy for gout is now scientifically proven they have pain-prevention powers

  • Water – helps to dilute and flush uric acid from the body, lubricates and cushions the joints

  • Coffee – Same as water in flushing uric acid from the body, which causes gout

  • Fish – protein and unsaturated fat are critical parts of a diet to rid body of gout

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  • Garlic – high in selenium and other antioxidants

  • Tea – skip the bottled version, drink Green, Black or Oolong tea for their pain fighting powers

  • Beef – contains a polyunsaturated fatty acid called conjugated linoleic – “fat that fights fat” and cuts down on pain in the joints

  • Canned Salmon – Rich in Vitamin D which as we get older our bodies loses it’s ability to convert sunlight into Vitamin D. Keep a can in your pantry during those cloudy days and short winter days.

salmon

 

  •  Pomegranate Juice  – the extracts from this fruit can upset the development of osteoarthritis

  • Wheat Germ – Vitamin E with powerful antioxidant that ease joint inflammation

  • Indian Dish like curry – curcumin reduce inflammation, an active ingredient in turmeric

curry

The most common treatment for joint pain are anti-inflammatory drugs, including aspirin and ibuprofen, but you can can also reduce inflammation through your diet.

So save yourself a little money paying high prices for drugs and instead make meals that are packed with natural joint rebuilding nutrients.  If you can, try eating more fatty fish, fruits and veggies, cook with olive oil and spices like turmeric and ginger to soothe the soreness in those achy joints.

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Super Foods for Seniors – Chapter 5

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and was able to get outside to enjoy the beautiful warm weather, it was definitely the best Saturday since the new year began.  Spring is right around the corner so it’s time to start thinking about ditching the bulky sweaters for more body revealing clothing which makes Chapter 5 of Super Foods for Seniors ~ Body Slimming Secrets perfectly timed. Super Foods for Seniors - Chapter 5 body slimming secrets

Menopause is making it very difficult for me to lose weight, even though I try to eat the right foods and limit my wine consumption, I know I need to increase calorie burning exercises.  However, in addition to exercise the following foods can help tame the fat and fight the flab.

  •  Tomatoes – tomato based foods to replace fats like gravies/sauces i.e. salsa
  • Barley – this grain has been listed as a Super Food in every chapter, it swells to make you full for longer periods of time

  • Black Beans – High in Fiber – eat more foods with high fiber to lose weight faster

  • Squash – Sweetened it up by sprinkling with cinnamon

  • Lemon Juice – Replace butter with lemon juice on veggies to rev up the flavor lemon juice

  • Spices – Rosemary, garlic, nutmeg, cinnamon, mint, etc. are taste boosters for low-cal dishes

  • Oats – nonfattening foods can improve your mood and stop you from overeating.

  • Brown Rice – healthy fiber to fill you up

  • Water – no explanation needed

  • Turkey – use ground turkey instead of ground beef

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    #SwitchToTurkey

  • Green Tea – rejuvenates metabolism which helps burn more calories

  • Chestnuts – perfect lo-cal snack available September through February

  • Olive Oil – use instead of other fats and oils

  • Salmon – high in Omega-3 fatty acids aids in weight loss

  • Apples – a crisp apple to satisfy a craving for sweets

  • Creamy Yogurt – with fruit or as a veggie dip or potato topper

  • Turnip Greens – use in soup yogurt

  • Orange Juice – drink 1/2 hour before you eat

  • Applesauce – unsweetened as a substitute for butter or oil in baking

  • Popcorn – mid-afternoon snack topped with a dash of olive oil

  • Pear – high in fiber snack to make you feel full longer popcorn

  • Cottage Cheese – low fat or no fat to replace ricotta in your Italian recipes

  • Cayenne – spice up your dish with this fat burning spice, hot peppers or small amounts of Tabasco Sauce – which is great on popcorn as well

Smart steps to safe weight loss:

  • Eat only what you can burn

  • Control your portions

  • Eat more plant than animal foods

  • Exercise regularly

  • Keep a food diary

  • Set realistic goals

  • Don’t DIEt – just eat healthy

Most people want to lose a few pounds but eating the right foods alone won’t make it happen, it must be combined with some form of exercise.  Check with your health care professional before starting any new exercise regiments to stay safe and healthy.

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 Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Super Foods For Seniors – Chapter 4

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

I trust you all had a wonderful weekend and to my friends in the Mid-Atlantic, I hope you have dug out from last week’s Nor’Easter.  We are getting closer and closer to Spring and hopefully we’ll forget all about this winter’s wild and cold weather.  However, if you do want to remember maybe a few of these foods from Chapter 4 ~ Memory Savers will help.

Memory Savers

I don’t worry so much about losing my memory due to aging, but the fact that I have too much information in my head which may can cause more forgetfulness. How many times have you walked into a room only to forget what you went in there for? (raise your hand).

too much info

Exercising the brain and body helps as we get older and blogging is great brain exercise because of the constant reading, learning and creating.   In addition to mental exercises these foods can improve our brain’s performance.

  • Asparagus – Rich is Vitamin B’s
  • Mustard – especially yellow are chock full of curcuminoids
  • Almonds – omega-3 fatty acids
  • Apricots – powerful antioxidant beta carotene
  • Cantaloupe – Vitamin C – add to your morning cereal
  • Apple – “an apple a day” is still true cantelopes blueberries and banana
  • Blueberries – powerful antioxidants – add to your high fiber cereal
  • Boiled Rice – cook the rice and drink the liquid from the pot to restore electrolytes
  • Olive Oil – “miracle” memory booster with omega-3 fatty acids
  • Banana – B6 boost
  • Raisins – tiny fruit with a brain boost, try with peanut butter, sliced banana on a graham cracker as an afternoon snack
  • Seaweed – wrapped around sushi – loaded with vitamin B12 sushi
  • Turnip Greens – chock full of potent antioxidants
  • Spinach  – try adding to your sandwiches instead of lettuce
  • Eggs – rich source of choline
  • egg sandwich with spinach
  • Barley – oatmeal with bananas or blueberries
  • Prunes – like it’s wrinkled cousin the raisin
  • Fish – eating fish once a week keeps your brain young
  • Lentil Soup – try this Crock Pot soup recipe using lentils & turnip greens
  • Cabbage – shredded as in coleslaw or cooked with fish and rice
  • Green Tea – rich in EGCG
  • Java – a morning cup of coffee stimulates the brain 
  • Ricotta Cheese – rich in calcium, try adding to salads and desserts
  • RED WINE – OH SO FINE… but only a glass every now and then…not every night (dang it)

A little red wine

 

All of these food items, with the exception of the wine were ones that my grandmother taught us to eat.  I believe that getting this book from my aunt, her last remaining daughter is her way of reminding me to eat right – thanks Mama (RIP).

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Super Foods For Seniors – Chapter 2

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a terrific Superbowl Sunday with an opportunity to spend quality time with family, friends and some good food! Speaking of good food, did you eat any of the Super Foods from Chapter 1 in the Super Foods for Seniors book? (here).  I am home today due to the bad weather so I’ll be making some Gumbo – yum! Super Foods Book

Chapter 2,  Tension Erasers covers the foods we should eat to ease stress and anxiety.  In today’s world, no matter our age we have all suffered from some form of tension at one time or another.

tension 2 You know that feeling you get when your head starts pounding, your hands get sweaty and you are totally irritated and anxious.  When you’re in trouble your body releases adrenaline and cortisol that helps you deal with the “fight-or-flight” reaction.

 

Some stressors can be avoided but chronic anxiety and tension can weaken your mind, bones, heart and immune system.  So often we are tempted to turn to food when feeling stressed,  which may not always be a bad thing if you eat the foods that can help soothe and calm as well as raise your mood.

So the next time the kids, your boss, wife or hubby stresses you out, reach for one of these Super Foods to ease or erase your tension:

  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Rice
  • Beef
  • Turkey
  • Beans
  • Chamomile Tea
  • Almond Oil
  • Wheat Germ
  • Oranges
  • Oatmeal
  • Milk
  • Spinach

Super Foods for Seniors

Herbs and spices have also been used for thousands of years and are still used today because of their healing powers.  Chapter 2 also included the Top 10 healing herbs and what they are used for:

  • Chamomile – indigestion
  • Echinacea – boosting immunity
  • Feverfew – migraine headaches
  • Garlic – nausea
  • Ginger – nausea
  • Ginkgo – circulation
  • Hawthorn – heart disease
  • Milk Thistle – liver damage
  • Saw Palmetto – enlarged prostate
  • Valerian – sleep problems

Tension-easing herbs:

  • Valerian
  • Passionflower
  • Ginseng
  • Black Cohosh
  • Ginkgo

 

I hope you have a tension free week.

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Super Foods for Seniors

Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday

I have a wonderful aunt who for the past 20 years has always sent me a box of Chocolate Covered Cherries for Christmas.  She also likes to include a little something extra for me and the boys like a hat, scarf, gloves or toiletries.  This year, in addition to the candy and a sweatshirt for the boys, she included the book “Super Foods for Seniors“.  At first I took offense, am I really a senior, hey, I’m only 52, but in actuality, I AM a senior, maybe not a Senior Citizen but I am past the mid-way point of my life.  I know there are things I can no longer do, wear or even eat, so I’ll accept being a senior and try to stay as healthy as I can for as long as I can.

Super Foods for Seniors After I got over the title I opened the book and boy was I pleasantly surprised, there are chapters that cover almost every health issue or concern and then it lists the best foods to eat.  There are chapters on Blues Busters, Tension Erasers, Body Slimming Secrets, Heart Smarts, Sugar Control, Bowel Basics and Female Focus, this book covers it all and is a great reference tool.

In the first chapter “Blues Busters” these are the foods that help with depression, and my grandmother always believed that most of these foods kept you healthy.

  • Pinto Beans
  • Asparagus
  • Sardines
  • Potatoes
  • Liver (yuck)
  • Salmon
  • Beets
  • Clams
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Gumbo
  • Whole Grain Bread
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Cajun Rice
  • Turkey
  • Corn

These “Blues Buster” foods will not cure severe depression as that’s a chemical imbalance in the brain, but not eating right can cause mild depression. The foods listed contain brain boosting vitamins and nutrients that can help chase the blues away.

Unfortunately, women experience depression far more often than men because of our hormonal changes due to menstruation, pregnancy and menopause.  Seniors, (that’s me), are especially at a high risk for depression so this weekend I think I’ll make some Gumbo because I’ll be mildly depressed as we celebrate our youngest son’s 18th birthday – where is the world did the time go!

If the Gumbo doesn’t lift my spirits, perhaps a few of these Chocolate Covered Cherries will do the trick!

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What are your “feel good foods”

 

 

 

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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