Saturday, June 05, 2010

Hope springs eternal

People buy this: literally and figuratively.

Mediterranean Diet Better for Breast Cancer SurvivorsOlive-oil enriched diet helps breast cancer survivors lose more weight

The Mediterranean diet, rich in olive oil, seems to be a better diet for weight loss and weight loss maintenance.

This article reports on a study in breast cancer survivors. Here's why that's important.

For women with breast cancer, excess weight at the time of diagnosis, or even moderate weight gain during cancer treatment, is associated with an increased risk of cancer recurrence, particularly in post-menopausal women.

In this pilot study, women followed two 1,500-calorie diets – a conventional low-fat diet recommended by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and a plant-based olive oil diet similar to the Mediterranean diet. After eight weeks on each diet, participants selected one diet to follow for an additional six months of continued weight loss or weight management.

According to the findings, published in the June issue of the Journal of Women's Health, 80 percent of women who started with the plant-based olive oil diet lost more than 5 percent of their baseline weight, compared to 31 percent who started with the NCI diet. But researchers were most surprised to find that after trying both diets, most women chose to stick with the less conventional, higher fat olive oil diet, saying they found the food more appetizing, accessible and affordable.

Mary Flynn, PhD, RD, LDN, the study's lead author and a research dietitian at The Miriam Hospital, says many breast cancer patients don't realize there is a link between weight and cancer recurrence.


Olive-oil enriched diet helps breast cancer survivors lose more weight

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Friday, June 04, 2010

The 2,000-calorie milkshake

Sorry. My mistake. This milkshake actually has MORE than 2,000 calories -- 2,010 calories to be precise. That's like eating 68 strips of bacon or 30 chocolate chip cookies.

68 strips of bacon, all in one chilly, slurpable packaged earned this coronary clogger the award for America's unhealthiest drink by Men's Health Magazine.

There's nothing actually wrong with this drink, as long as you get 68 straws, crowd around their little bistro table, and share it with 68 of your closest personal friends. Or you could take your allotment -- about a half of a straw full -- then pass it on. Alternatively, you could blow this off altogether, choose any other drink IN AMERICA, and do better for your weight and health. Either way.

2,000-calorie milkshake tops list of worst drinks | Reuters

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Thursday, June 03, 2010

TV Food Ads Can Pack On Pounds?

Absolutely.

If you eat foods advertised on TV, and even if you practice Herculean will power only have 2000 calories of those foods, you would get a stunning 25 TIMES the recommended sugar ... 20 TIMES the fat (and not healthy fats either!).

"The results of this study suggest the foods advertised on television tend to oversupply nutrients associated with chronic illness -- e.g., saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium -- and undersupply nutrients that help protect against illness -- e.g., fiber, Vitamins A, E and D, calcium and potassium," lead investigator Michael Mink said in a news release.

Hey, I got a new diet. It's called the cut-out-the-TV diet! Here's what you do: treat your TV like you treat your foods -- high quality, low quantity.

TV Food Ads Promote Bad Diets - healthfinder.gov

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Caribbean Polenta (turbo recipe)

The simplest things are the best, and healthiest. If you're looking for optimal health, choose pedestrian, common, everyday foods.

Like polenta. I got this recipe from "An Embarrassment of Mangoes", an awesome book about a couple from Toronto who take two years to sail down to the Caribbean. This particular recipe is so good that we make it all the time.

3 cups coconut milk (approximately)
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup yellow cornmeal

In an saucepan over medium heat, combine coconut milk, butter and salt. Bring to a gentle boil.

Gradually stir in cornmeal. Lower heat and cook for about 5-10 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to prevent sticking.

The recipe calls for you to pour it into another pan, allow it to set, and then cut it and eat it. You can DO that, but it is better with this turbo addition ...

Dice up some peppered salami, and kernel corn. Add to the polenta once all the corn meal is in. Keep in mind that you can always thin it out if it appears too thick -- no worries there.

Then just spoon it on to your plate, with the other Caribbean-inspired foods on your plate.


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