Saturday, February 07, 2009

La prima

I love Saturdays. After "couch time" with Dottie reading the paper,
followed by the nytimes crossword, I go to the strip district to shop
at the local markets.

But it begins with the Italian coffee shop, LaPrima. Incredible
coffee, and a family like atmosphere of people who know you, laugh put
loud and have fun at their job.

It is a special place that is always crowded. A couple of years ago,
Starbucks moved in up the street, but could not compete and had to
close. That is a success story.

Chocolate Eating Lessons

Make it last as long as possible:

Chocolate melts at about 90 degrees, but our body temperature is 98.6 degrees. As a result, just a small piece of chocolate “melts in your mouth,” and slowly, lovingly gives of itself while doing so.

Moreover, the natural vegetable oils in chocolate help avoid the between-meal gobble fest that usually occurs about mid-afternoon.

Thus, wait five to 10 minutes after finishing lunch, then savor a small piece, making it last as long as possible. The satiating qualities of the vegetable oil help prevent hunger between meals.

After all, one can spend five solid minutes with a non-stop chocolate experience and still have had only one piece.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Chocolate Eating Lessons

Size, As We Know, Matters:

Just as two glasses of wine help the heart, and two bottles per day kill the liver … a little chocolate is beneficial, but becomes a health (and weight) liability when over-consumed.
Thus, what makes chocolate “good for you” or “bad for you” has more to do with your eating habits than the chocolate itself.

To keep it healthy, start small.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Chocolate Eating Lessons

Eat the dark chocolate:

As popular as milk chocolate is, it’s the dark chocolate that’s healthful.

What gives chocolate its trove of amazing health properties is the cocoa itself. And, if you had to guess ... how many GRAINS of cocoa do you suppose there to be in standard chocolate confections, Kit Kat bars, milky ways, and the others? Maybe 4?

So, to gain the health benefits, choose the rich dark chocolate – the more cocoa content the better.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Chocolate Eating Lessons

With an estimated 1.1 billion pounds of chocolate to be sold and consumed this Valentine’s Day, I know I'll make chocolate lovers happy to know that chocolate can actually be a virtue, not a vice.

If you find the right kind of chocolate, and consume it using healthful eating behaviors, what once was decadent can now become healthy. Over the next 4 days, I'll be giving you valuable lessons on instant chocolate gratification.

Let's just start with the first rule here.

1. Chocolate Is A Health Food:
Chocolate is, in fact, a health food. It acts like an anti-biotic as well as an anti-platelet akin to aspirin. It raises good cholesterol, lowers bad cholesterol, and its polyphenols can prevent the DNA damage that can lead to tumor formation.

Flavenoids and flavenols (compounds also found in grapes, apples, tea, and other plant/foods) are found in high concentrations in cocoa. Flavenoids have been proven to keep blood healthy, prevent cell damage and inflammation.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

How to Screw Up Your Diet: 10. Go For The Glo

Focus on foods that gets your attention. If it doesn't grab your eye RIGHT off the bat, it's really not trying hard enough.

So find foods that look like they come from outer space.

Think day-glo pink, and neon orange. Those nuclear-yellow marshmallow “peeps” are an ideal screw-up-your-diet food.

What’s the reasoning? The people on this planet are too fat. Have you ever seen a Martian who was overweight? No.

Bottom line: If you eat food that looks like it was shipped here from Mars, you will be thin like them … albeit a tad orange with a bulbous head.

Monday, February 02, 2009

How to Screw Up Your Diet: 9. Practice Gastro-Physics

There is a scientific secret to your diet.

Don't tell any one!!

If you eat a candy bar, you can always annihilate it with diet products. Shhhh. Diet sodas and Snickers, as you know, are dietary matter and anti-matter.

Thus, they cancel each other out.

So if you have something naughty, just chase it with a Diet Coke and some fat-free cheese “food” product.

Be prepared for the cosmic blip-out in your gastric netherworld, but hey at least you took care of those Ho Ho's, Jolly Ranchers, and Ding Dongs.

Let's just keep this dietary nugget between us!!

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