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Archive for May, 2012

Will Smith Talent, Skill, Success

Your motivation for the day.

Should You Be Taking an Aspirin a Day?

We take 2 baby aspirins every night.  The latest research findings state that an aspirin a day can help keep skin cancer away.   “Longer, higher-intensity use, for example, led to a 46% lower risk of melanoma, a 35% lower risk of squamous cell carcinoma and a 17% lower risk of basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer in the U.S. ”

Also, “Previous studies have found that aspirin users enjoyed a lower risk of colon cancer; a trial published earlier this year concluded that people who take a daily aspirin have as much as a 46% lower risk of colon, lung and prostate cancers, compared with non-users.”

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Here’s what Dr. Oz has to say about what he calls aspirin, a miracle pill:

Radioactive Bluefin Tuna From Japan Have Arrived

You’ve got to wonder what other seafood is contaminated.  Of course, as usual, the FDA claims it’s safe to eat.  Eater beware.

The Scary Truth About Movie Theater Snacks!

Going to the movies like we are today? You definitely will want to know this:

Movie Theater Snack Infographic


Fast Food Burgers Have Tripled in Size since the 1950s PLUS My Restaurant Tips

CDC graphic about how portion sizes have been growing over the years.


America’s restaurant portion sizes are out of control and our waistlines are showing it!  Do you know how many servings are in a pasta entree at your favorite chain Italian restaurant?  Four!  Some helpful tips to navigate eating out:

1.  Do Your Homework:  Look up the restaurant’s website and check out the nutritional info.  Make the decision at home, not when you’re hungry and everyone else wants you to hurry up and order.

2.  Call ahead and ask if they can accommodate vegans, vegetarians or whatever dietary restrictions you follow.  I’ve been automatically put right through to the chef!  He was so kind, said he prepares vegan dishes often and has some regulars that are vegan also.

3.  Ask the server to box half the entree before it is brought to your table or split it with someone at your table.

4.  Order an appetizer as your entree.

5.  Ask lots of questions.  How is it prepared?  Ask for no oil or butter, cheese, or sauce, etc.  Restaurants want return business.

6.  Look for ingredients used in different dishes and ask the chef to use the individual ingredients in one dish for you.

7.  Be pleasant to your server.  They want to please you.

How Can I Stay Eating Plant-Based While Traveling?

You may be asking yourself this question if you’re considering becoming plant-based or if you already are-or if you just want some healthy options on the road or in the airport.  (A road trip to me used to automatically mean Dan-Dee Cheese Puffs  and Diet Cokes!)

It does present some challenges, but this link has how one person did it.

A Dire Sign of the Obesity Epidemic: Teen Diabetes Soaring, Study Finds

“It’s one thing for an overweight or obese 55-year-old gaining an extra few pounds a year to develop diabetes at age 65 and then have a heart attack. It’s a very different thing if the clock starts ticking at age 10,” Ludwig says. “Children have so many more years to suffer from the consequences from these serious medical problems related to obesity.

Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, is a condition that until recently doctors almost never saw in kids. But that was before the childhood obesity epidemic.

“We’re looking at the prospect of heart attack, stroke and kidney failure becoming common complications of young adulthood,” Ludwig says.

The new study also found disturbingly high levels of other problems that increase the risk for heart attacks and strokes in kids, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Researchers are especially concerning about the high rate of diabetes among teenage girls.

“These are teen girls — adolescent girls — who are going to become mothers in the next five to 10 years. And if their weight is not healthy, we’re going to have another generation of these children with metabolic problems that lead to diabetes and prediabetes,” says Melinda S. Sothern of Louisiana State University.

Just Dropping a Few Pounds Can Reduce Risk of Getting Breast Cancer

Want to lose weight for summer but can’t find the motivation to start making healthier choices?  How about reducing your Breast Cancer Risk?

CLEVELAND – Need a reason to drop a few pounds? A new study finds that even a moderate decrease in weight could help reduce breast cancer risks.

Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle compiled date from sedentary post-menopausal women who were overweight or obese.

They found even a five percent, weight loss can reduce the levels of circulating estrogens. Those hormones are linked with an increased breast cancer risk.

Researchers said a healthy diet is also key and that it’s never too late to make lifestyle changes.

The study is published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Tangy, Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

This is a recipe from Sparkpeople that I double and keep in glass jars in the fridge.  It is our go-to salad dressing.  It kind of has a tangy Caesar taste.    You could also use it to put in sandwiches in place of mayo.   I change it up a tiny bit by using Bragg Liquid Aminos in place of soy sauce.  Tahini is ground up sesame seeds and tastes quite a bit like peanut butter.

Tangy, Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

Submitted by: SP_STEPF

This is my go-to dressing. I use it on everything from steamed veggies to salads and sandwiches.

Minutes to Prepare: 3
Number of Servings: 8


This dressing is quite thick, especially after being refrigerated. Feel free to thin it with additional water.


      1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
      1/4 cup tahini
      1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
      3 cloves garlic
      1 teaspoon ground black pepper
      1/4 cup water
    handful fresh parsley or 1 sprig fresh rosemary, leaves only (optional)
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Place all ingredients in a blender or Magic Bullet and process until smooth. Add more water if needed to thin the dressing. Refrigerate for up to a week.Serving Size: 8 servings, two tablespoons each

Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 55.5
  • Total Fat: 4.0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 88.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 4.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 1.5 g
View full nutritional breakdown of Tangy, Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette calories by ingredient

Truly Fascinating: HBO’s The Weight of the Nation. Watch it Free Here!

Finally found the time to start watching HBO’s The Weight of the Nation last night. Truly fascinating.  Don’t get HBO?  No problem!   Here’s the link to watch all 4 parts in their entirety. Let me know what you think.

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