HEALTH / FITNESS
Information about fitness, health, nutrition and weight loss
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In this Section....
- August Recipes
- August Exercise
- Beat the Heat with Cool Cooking
- But Doc, I Love Food!
Augut Recipes - Click Here
Keep cool this month by making some recipes that don't require the oven on and heating up the home.
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August Exercises - Click Here
Each month we will feature simple exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home and without buying fancy expensive equipment.
For most of us, August is the hottest month of the year and the last thing we want to do is create more heat by using the oven or stove. Those of us without A/C can definitely appreciate anything that can keep our homes, and us!, much, much cooler.
However, keeping things chill in the kitchen can mean more than a month of smoothies or non-stop use of the microwave. Pre-cooking items ahead of time during the evening hours can be a way of keeping it cool as is using alternative cooking appliances like:
- Sandwich grill
- George Forman grill
- Toaster Oven
While these appliances do give off some heat, it is nothing like an oven raring to go at 425 degrees (including pre-heating time). So how can we eat well while staying sweat-free? Here are a few tips from around the Web to tempt your tummy.
- Add cold soups to your dinner menu! They are a scrumptious change from the traditional hot soup and many are as easy as blending together a few ingredients and adding to some rough chopped veggies. Think Gazpacho or a Chilled Cucumber soup.
- The deli counter at your local supermarket or grocery store can be a life-saver! Pre-cooked and ready to serve or as part of a recipe, don't pass by without a second look.
- Salads don't have to be boring! Dress them up with proteins, veggies, and other tasty surprises. Salads are now hearty entrees.
- You don't have to be a raw foodist to enjoy a no-cook entree. Try something new and embrace foods in their natural state. You just might make it a regular part of your meal planning.
Submitted by: Anita Williams
But Doc, I Love Food!
I hear this phrase a lot. I'm never sure how to respond to it, because I don't think there is a person in the world who 'hates' food! In fact, I love food too, as much as anybody else. However, perhaps the real question should be: "How much food do I need to fulfill this love?"
Eating is pleasurable, social, relaxing; it's also a distraction as it sooths our emotions. So, my dilemma is, as it is for everyone; how do I help people minimize that pleasurable habit? I've never smoked, but to a smoker I'm sure they would describe a cigarette as pleasurable. To an alcoholic, wine or beer or spirits are all pleasurable. Cocaine I suspect may be pleasurable also. However, these last few things we know are damaging to our health so hopefully the danger to our health outweighs the temporary pleasure of the habit.
Food, however, is socially acceptable. In point of fact, all of us are guilty of bringing out lots of food for our guests so they recognize us as good hosts. Food is also necessary for life. As well, in the past few decades companies entice us to buy their products through an incredible amount of advertising.
The irony here is that too much food may lead to too much accumulation of body fat which is very, very damaging to our health both physically and psychologically. Thus, we all face the fact that every day of our lives we are exposed to an inordinate amount of food and somehow we have to make a conscious effort to decline too much of this pleasurable product.
I suspect in the next decade, enough information about how bioactive fat cells are, and how they cause hypertension, diabetes, coronary disease, strokes, cancer, arthritis and a host of other ailments, will help our society to look at food differently. Yes, we can love food, but can we learn to love it in smaller quantities with better qualities?
As I'm on the topic of loving food, I would wish that people would love it more at breakfast and lunch, and less at supper and while watching TV (or computer) at night. Most of us have grown up with supper as our main meal, but 40 years ago the plates were much smaller and we rarely had snacks after dinner.
We are 'chemically' wired to store fat. Gut hormones, brain hormones, and hormones on the fat cell are all there to help us store fat presumably for a possible famine. Thousands of years ago these hormones kept us alive. Now, with the availability of so much food (especially foods that are high-starch and high-sugar), we store too much body fat as a consequence.
So, I would ask all of us a few simple questions: Can we eat more slowly so that we feel satiety sooner? Can we eat smaller amounts and yet not feel deprived? (Deprivation is a relative term, since no one is really deprived of food in our society; it's more learning how to be emotionally satisfied with less.) Can we actually watch T.V. or a movie without snacking? Can we go to a party, a BBQ, or a buffet and still be aware that it's important to choose wisely, eat smaller amounts and not be sabotaged to eat more than our bodies need?
It's not easy in our society. Become aware of how much you are eating and the types of foods you choose. This is especially important with snacks. Ideally we wouldn't have chips, popcorn, cookies or ice cream in the house, but they tend to show up...so, be careful what you bring home. When it's there, we're more likely to eat it.
Food is indeed pleasurable, but too much may lead to illness. Keep pushing ahead with your health & wellness goals, and don't ever give up!
Written by: Dr Doug