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Five (different) ways to eat carrots

Sure, munching on celery and carrots (with a bit of hummus, perhaps), seems to the perfect snack: delicious, nutrition, and easy to prepare. And often, we just end up throwing those carrots in a salad, baking up a carrot cake, or simmering them in a soup stock are typical ways to use them… But when do carrots really get to shine?

Luckily, we’ve gathered together five delicious ways to eat carrots–all of which they are on the forefront of each dish.

Simple Roasted Carrots

Preheat oven to 400F. Peel about 10 large carrots. But them in half lengthwise, then slice into 1 1/2-inch thick slices. Toss with olive oil, sea salt, and fresh ground pepper. Bake for about 20 minutes, until browned and tender. Toss with fresh dill, finely minced. Season to taste. Serve warm.

Thai Carrot Salad

Use a vegetable peeler to shave about a pound of carrots into strands. Mix a clove of crushed garlic with 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger, juice of 2 limes, zest of 1 lime. Whisk in a tablespoon of canola oil. Toss with the carrots. Add salt and pepper to taste, along with a handful of chopped cilantro. Drizzle with a bit of honey if desired.

Ginger Carrot Soup

Heat a little oil in a large saucepan. Add a pound of peeled, chopped carrots, 1 medium chopped onion, a 2-inch chunk of fresh ginger, chopped and about 6 chopped garlic cloves. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is golden, about 10 minutes. Add the zest of 1 orange, and about 4-5 cups of broth or stock. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to let simmer for about 20 minutes. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup. Add the juice of the orange, salt and pepper to taste, and a handful of freshly chopped cilantro. Garnish with sour cream or a drizzle of full-fat coconut milk.

Carrot Cake Cookies

Preheat oven to 325F. Whisk together 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Beat 1/2 cup butter or nondairy margarine and 3/4 cup brown sugar until fluffy. Add 1/4 cup applesauce and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix in 1 cup cgrated carrots, 1 cup toasted, chopped pecans, 1/2 cup raisins. Drop the batter by generous tablespoonfuls onto parchment lined baking sheets. Bake for about 15 minutes until lightly browned.

Carrot Marmalade

Make sure your jars are sterilized. Finely shred 1 lemon and 1 seville orange. Secure seeds in a cheesecloth. Put the lemon and orange shreds, along with their juice, in a large pot. Add 2 cups of water and the cheesecloth. Boil 10 minutes. Add 2 cups grated carrots and 2 1/2 cups sugar. Boil until very thick, about 30 minutes. Remove the cheesecloth. Transfer to the jars, properly sealing them.

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Fat on the abdomen of a man: why it is important to lose weight – IDEAL HEALTH DOCTOR

With the fat on the stomach of a man there is nothing to joke. Find out what causes fat in the abdomen in men, which he carries health risks and what you can do to lose extra weight and remove fat from the abdomen to the man. If you carry a few extra kilos on your stomach, you are not alone. But this is one of those cases where follow the crowd is not a good idea. Constant wearing of the extra weight, especially if it is belly fat in men – can be risky habit.
Why belly fat is to disturb the men?

Imprtant to loss weight
The trouble with the male fat on the abdomen is that it is not limited additional gasket layer located just below the skin (subcutaneous fat). It is also associated with visceral fat – which lies at a depth abdomen surrounding your internal organs.
Regardless of the total weight of the men, a large amount of belly fat increases the risk of:
• Cardiovascular diseases
• Type 2 Diabetes
• colorectal cancer
• sleep Apnea
The reason for belly fat in men – age or genetics?
Your weight is largely determined by how you keep the balance of calories you eat with the energy you burn. If you eat too much, and physical activities you have too little, you’re probably a candidate for a dozen extra kilograms – including the fat in the abdomen in men.
Nevertheless, aging plays a role. With age, you lose muscle – especially if you are a physically active person. Loss of muscle mass reduces the rate at which your body uses calories to maintain a healthy weight. Moreover, some men fat cells in the arms and legs lose their ability to accumulate fat, which leads to the fact that any excess fat in a man goes to the stomach.
Your genes may also affect your chances are overweight or obese, as well as play a role in where it will be stored excess fat.

USAID Administrator Arrives In Pakistan

Islamabad, August 24, 2010 Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), arrived in Pakistan Tuesday to consult with the Government of Pakistan on the extensive U.S. response to the countrys devastating floods.

Dr. Shah is the most senior U.S. official to travel to the country since the floods began last month. This is Dr. Shahs third trip to Pakistan in five months. While in Pakistan, he will meet with senior government officials, key representatives from Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and leadership from the United Nations and other disaster response organizations.

Under Dr. Shahs leadership, USAID is coordinating extensively with other U.S. agencies to expand pre-existing programs in flood-affected areas, and to mobilize significant U.S. civilian resources to help rescue victims of the disaster and deliver needed supplies. The efforts underscore the U.S. commitment to strengthen its partnership with the Pakistani people and government for long-term reconstruction of the country.

The United States responded immediately and generously to Pakistans call for assistance following the tragic and devastating floods that began July 29. To date, the United States is providing approximately $150 million to support relief efforts in Pakistan, including funding for the operations of the NDMA, the United Nations emergency relief plan, and the many local and international organizations responding to this disaster. The U.S. also is providing millions of dollars of additional in-kind and technical assistance.

People in the United States who wish to contribute to the effort are asked to text the word “FLOOD” to 27722. Each text will donate $10 to the Pakistan Relief Fund established by the State Department, helping to provide emergency aid to displaced families.

For more about USAID’s Pakistan flood response, visit www.usaid.gov/pakistanflooding.

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Movie studios pare back on-screen smoking

Several movie studios are saying ‘Just Say No’ to on-screen smoking.

Three motion picture companies have cut back on-screen smoking incidents almost 96 percent in films directed toward children and teens after implementing policies to reduce tobacco use in movies, a recent study shows.

Overall, the number of tobacco-related incidents in films rated G, PG and PG-13 declined almost 72 percent in the past five years, but companies without published policies reduced on-screen smoking only about 42 percent on average.

Previous studies have shown children and teens are influenced by exposure to depictions of tobacco use in films, according to the National Cancer Institute. The recent study said that policies can help reduce those tobacco incidents and prevent adolescent smoking.

Three companies with policies included in the study were Time Warner Inc. Time Warner Inc. Latest from The Business Journals For their next trick, ‘Harry Potter’ producers try to make more profits appearMulticultural marketing becomes big businessBobcats: Grab some Buds Follow this company , Comcast Corp. Comcast Corp. Latest from The Business Journals Blazers lay off two top execsComcast bans customer for exceeding bandwith limitComcast’s D.C. subscribers get broader customer service support Follow this company and the Walt Disney Co. Walt Disney Co. Latest from The Business Journals Thomas Kinkade ready to exit dark periodMulticultural marketing becomes big businessPrintGlobe promotes marketing director to VP Follow this company

Companies studied without polices included News Corp News Corp Latest from The Business Journals Murdoch confidant Hinton has many Boston ties”Idol” tryout draws 13,000 to PittsburghPresidential hopeful Cain blasts Tenn. Islamic Center Follow this company ., Sony Corp. Sony Corp. Latest from The Business Journals Military cyber plan follows hacking attacksBlockbuster targets unhappy Netflix DVD rentersGenesi Group helping to create next wave of computing Follow this company and Viacom Inc. Viacom Inc. Latest from The Business Journals Paramount launching animation divisionViacom channels to broadcast Booker T. Washington specialKCUMB hires former board member, Freightquote exec as CFO Follow this company Some independent film companies were also analyzed.

Researchers indicate that pressure from government organizations and anti-smoking groups, starting in 2001, could account for some decline in on-screen tobacco use after 2005.

The study also comments on tax breaks states, including Ohio, that give film-makers to attract movie productions. It recommends governments provide credits only to movies without smoking incidents. …

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Friends Helping Friends Through Cancer

When you have a friend or loved one facing a cancer diagnosis you often try to help with things like watch the kids, cook them dinner those types of things that you see may be needed. What most people don’t often think about is the financial aspect of cancer treatments.

Even with the best health insurance cancer treatments are very costly. You have test, doctors’ visits, co-payments and the list can go on and on. Let me use my treatment plan for an example; I had good health insurance but to see my primary doctor my co-payment was $25.00 and a specialist was $35.00, we had to pay a certain percent of labs, test and then there are the prescriptions. With my treatment plan I would have labs on Monday ($35.00) see my oncologist on a Tuesday ($35.00) , have chemotherapy on Thursday ($35.00) , a shot to help boost my white count $(35.00), the next week I had another lab draw ($35.00). So $175.00 every two weeks and I had eight rounds of chemotherapy for a total of $1400.00. Never mind the loss salary from when you are unable to work. When I had my first round of chemo the medication was red and it turned me hot pink so we thought I was developing MRSA again (I got it the first time with my lumpectomy) so I was hospitalized for 4 days at $100.00 per day co-pay. It turned out I did not have it again that time but I did get it 5 more times in the last 5 years.

I had a month off between radiation and chemotherapy but that still meant weekly labs and doctors’ visits so another $70.00 per week. When I started radiation I had to do 33 days so at $35.00 per day it was $1155.00. Now these totals do not include prescriptions I had to take which those alone are hundreds of dollars.

Cancer is very expensive as you can see but there are organizations that help provide grants to help pay for the cancer treatments. I personally received two grants one was from Komen and the other from Cancer Care. The grants are nice because you can use them for any cancer related expenses you have, if you have to pay for a taxi to treatment, a babysitter or just to help with the co-pays. There are so many different organizations out there to help that I cannot begin to list them all. Most go by what type of cancer you have the Cancer Care is for any cancer diagnosis. I have a list of different organizations that I have compiled over the years so if you or someone you know needs grant info just email me with the cancer type and I will send back some information where you can get financial help.

Friends and families often would like to help out financially but with the economy the way it is that is just not always possible. Another way that is becoming more and more popular to help people with the expenses of cancer is through fundraising. Just the other day there was a fundraiser in Dallas for a four year old boy with stage four cancer and it is amazing how much they were able to raise for him with a softball game.

There are so many different ideas for fundraisers that I cannot possibly list them all but here are some that I have seen. You can start a webpage and accept donations, a car wash, a yard sale, sports tournaments, place jars at local businesses, a spaghetti dinner and currently there is a fundraiser in California called “Take a Punch for Jodi”. No matter how you choose to help utilize the power of the internet and word of mouth to spread the word. You can start a separate page on Facebook to spread the word; ask your friends to post links to it.

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Healthy Holidays: Guest Precautions

One of the ways that you can make your guests welcomed into your home is to provide for their needs. Some needs are obvious, such as clean towels and enough to eat, while others may not be so obvious, such as ensuring that everyone stays safe.

Here are some safety precautions that you can take right now to make sure that you and your guests stay safe this holiday season.

For older guests

Make sure that the path from the guest bedroom to the guest bathroom is clear and well lit, even at night. Consider adding a small night light to the bathroom, so guests can find their way in the middle of the night in safety and without waking the whole household.

Quickly equip your bath for safety by adding a non slip bath mat and a grab bar to help older guests get in and out. In fact, if your older guests have some trouble with stairs, be sure to install grab bars at the top of any stair case to offer support when the railing ends.

For younger guests

Protect your youngest guests by picking up some child proofing kits and using them throughout your house. There are all sorts of devices available, depending on the age of the children who will be visiting. Doorknob covers that prevent little hands from opening doors, latches to protect them from harmful items and even stover guards are all available.

Also make sure to coral cords out of the way so little ones don’t pull things down on themselves and outlet covers to prevent electrical shocks.

For everyone

Make sure that getting in an out of the house is easy to do with marked path lights and updated locks that are easy for everyone to operate.

Be prepared in the event of a fire (especially with all of that cooking), by keeping a fire extinguisher on hand and replacing the batteries in smoke and heat detectors throughout your home.

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Is It Really Healthy?

 

Many of us are looking for healthy things to snack on instead of chips and candy. But, some of the things we think are healthy may actually not be.

As I always say, check the label first. Take for example energy bars. You would think grabbing one of these would be much healthier than grabbing candy bar, but that isn’t always true. Many of the energy bars are filled with vitamins and minerals…and yet some also contain flour, high fructose corn syrup and lots and lots of saturated fats. They may also be low in fiber. Check the label to see how many calories you are consuming too. If you are taking in 300 to 400 calories from this one little bar, you may want to rethink your “healthy” energy bar.

Good energy bars will be between 200 and 300 calories, contain a whole grain (like whole wheat, whole oat flour, or brown rice), and has fewer than 15 grams of sugar. Try to find one too that has fiber (3 grams is good) and 5 grams of protein. The protein in the bar will keep you satisfied for a longer period of time.

Granola is another “healthy” treat you need to watch. Check your granola to see how much sugar it has in it. Some granola has so much sugar that just one cup can contain 600 calories – yikes! And like the energy bars, it may also have very little fiber.

So look for a granola cereal that has more fiber than sugar. If you need more sweetness, add some berries. Or, consider sprinkling granola over non-fat yogurt with berries for a yummy treat.

Finally on the looks healthy but could be bad list (and this one is going to hurt folks) is smoothies. Yes, it has fruit, but it is mostly fruit juice, which has a lot of calories. Also, many smoothies contain sherbet or yogurt, which can be loaded with sugar. Again, you may be looking at 400-600 calories for a drink.

You can assure your smoothie is truly healthy if you make it at home with low-fat yogurt non-fat milk, just a serving of a fruit, and flax seed.

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The basic principles that you should keep in mind when performing Pilates exercises: – IDEAL HEALTH DOCTOR

Concentration is essential for the implementation of the exercise. It is important that every part of your body moving in the right position. Also, when you focus your mind away from any pressing problems or worries and relaxes deeply on your body. Constant focus on each movement is not required.
2 Breathing :
Breathing
The way you breathe is vital in the method of Pilates. The Pilates exercise, you exhale with force. This will help you relax in the movement. If you breathe for the body to get enough oxygen to do the exercise, you need to breathe effectively. In order to keep the lower abdominals close to the spine, breathing should be directed to the side, in the lower chest. Moving on the exhalation will enable greater stability at the main most difficult part of the exercise, and prevents breath holding (Valsalva).

3 “Belt force” :

Belt force

It includes three main directions – back, abdomen and buttocks. The upper part of the back can be a major hotbed of tension, but when you learn how to move (from the middle of the back, and not the shoulder), this tension disappears. Almost every Pilates exercise starts with drawing the navel gently towards the spine. It also strengthens the abdominal muscles, returns a flat stomach, and back protection from undue stress during exercise. The third element in this belt forces are the gluteal muscles. Squeezing the muscles during these exercises, you will not only result in muscle tone, you will also lead the body into perfect alignment, posture improvement and protect the back from injury and damage.
4 Smooth motion :

Pilates is not based on a sudden,Smooth motion sharp movements.Exercises are performed slowly and naturally. The rhythm and tempo is coordinated with the breath of his own, and it warms the muscles and stretches them. Slow execution gives you the time to understand every part of your body and perform all the exercises with precision.

Relaxation 5 : RelaxationIt is an important element of the method at any time, but especially during pregnancy. Relaxation during and after pregnancy – to help reduce and eliminate the most common sources of tension in the body, slows breathing and focusing the mind. Relaxation exercises at the end of training is also important. We often crowded feeling of fatigue. This final exercise will help restore energy levels and, importantly, will the mind in a calm state.

Cheesy Pizza, Fishy Policy: the Feds, and Our Food

The New York Times has done a fine job pointing out the fishy thing about cheese: the same federal authorities charged with reducing its consumption to help fight epidemic obesity, are directly involved in promoting its sales.  In short, an entity called ‘Dairy Management’ helped Domino’s Pizza out of a slump by encouraging cheesier pies.  Leaving aside questions about the need for an outside consultant to tell you people like cheese, the main issue is this: Dairy Management is a creation of, and accountable to, the USDA.

The very same USDA responsible for taking advice from a group of scientists, and turning it into the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  In fact, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are if anything overdue, and presumably imminent- if not, they are destined to be the 2011 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Fans of Michael Pollan, who has long advocated for a ‘food bill’ to replace our farm bill, and/or of Marion Nestle, who spilled the beans on food politics long ago- will likely find this matter no great surprise.  But it clearly is of great concern that the pinnacle of public policy related to diet is directly involved in selling pizza.

Now, of course, just because Domino’s put more cheese on its pizzas doesn’t obligate anyone to buy them, or eat them.  But their sales have predictably taken off thanks to the erudite guidance of Dairy Management. 

This may seem a case of consumer choice, but true choice is informed- and so depends on the quality and accessibility of relevant information.   

The most reliably accessible information for consumers of pizza comes directly from our taste buds: is this pizza good?  But what determines the preferences of our taste buds is just as relevant, and not routinely discussed. 

Abundant appetite research- and, for that matter, clinical and personal experience- indicate that taste buds are very malleable little fellas.  When they can’t be with a food they love, they learn to love the food they’re with.  The American palate could readily shift to less cheesy pizza if that were the prevailing option. 

But the converse is an even easier preference to acquire: the cheesier pizza gets, the cheesier we want our pizzas to be.  The result is akin to a pizza arms race culminating at some great peak of cheesiness beyond which returns diminish.

This is true of the food supply in general.  The more sugar, salt, and creaminess to which we are exposed, the more we tend to prefer.  Large food companies routinely convene to discuss, respond to, and anticipate consumer trends; I know, because I have been invited to share my insights at such meetings.  One insight is this: the companies seem to take no responsibility for CREATING the consumer trends they are discussing.  The addictive-like effects of sugar and salt and cream are well known; the more we get, the more we want.  Food companies could dial these down, instead of up, and help us love food that loves us back. 

Alas, this degree of corporate responsibility is rare without outside pressure.  And the result is that those who practice it generally wind up with small market share to show for their pains.  Taste buds can be rehabilitated- they can learn to prefer better nutrition.  But they need a chance to do so, and don’t get it while bathing in cheese.

And then there is the relevant information other than taste.  Most of us are concerned about our weight and health, just as the USDA is.  So we care about calories, and sodium, and saturated fat, and so on.

To make an informed pizza choice, we would need to have options, and information, before we start to chew.  How do degrees of cheesiness affect total calories, and saturated fat, and salt?  How do various pizza formulations affect overall nutrition?

Armed with such information, I suspect most of us would strike a balance between satisfying our taste buds, and satisfying our conscience.  There is evidence that calorie posting can influence food choice, albeit modestly; I suspect information about overall nutrition could do so far more effectively.  (Financial incentives for more nutritious choices more so still, but that is a topic for another time.)  Good, clear, objective nutrition information should be available everywhere people and pizza- and for that matter people and all food- come together.

For now, we can almost certainly expect some back-peddling by the feds in response to the Times’ embarrassing disclosure.  But until or unless the links that bind public nutrition policy to the interests of agri-business are broken, we can expect with even greater confidence that there will be something very cheesy about our pizzas, and something a bit fishy about dietary guidance.  We are left with the standard precaution for dealing with both: caveat emptor.

-Dr. David L. Katz
www.davidkatzmd.com
www.turnthetidefoundation.org

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