The yellow and rust colors of fall have made me hungry for the sweet, fleshy meat of winter squash. Butternut, crook neck, turban and acorn are shaped differently but offer very similar nutritional payloads. The deep orange color is packed, I mean packed with vitamin A and beta-carotene. One half cup of cooked squash can have 100-200% of the RDA for this essential vitamin as well as 25% of the RDA of vitamin C. Fat free and salt free, one half cup has 120 calories and 12 grams of carbs. By comparison, the same amount of a white potato has about 60 calories and the same amount of carbs.
Given the slightly stringy/gritty texture of winter squash I expected squash to be a good source of fiber. I was wrong. In fact … Continue Reading… →
Yesterday was the first day of fall– and nothing says fall like a ripe juicy pear. These beauties provide hydration and if you eat the skin, a nice serving of both fiber and vitamin C. In fact one pear provide 4 grams of fiber at the cost of just 95 calories. By comparison 1/2 cup of cooked beans ( famous for their fiber) have 6 grams of fiber at 150 calories.
All pears eg Anjou, Bosc, Bartlett, and Comice share the same nutritional profiles. Most of the nutritional payload in pears is in the skin, so canned and cooked pears don’t have the same anti-aging benefits.
Selecting the perfect pear can be a bit challenging. A ripe pear is very fragile so they are always taken off the tree when … Continue Reading… →
Experts are split into two camps when it comes to potatoes. The pro-potato people like that it has some fiber, vitamin C and potassium. They point out that potatoes are salt and fat free and a 4 ounce serving has only 100 calories. Filling and bland, the pro-potato people maintain that their bad rep comes from the oil, butter, salt, cheese aand cream that are used prepare them. Its these other ingredients and cooking techniques that make potatoes such a bad actor. This means french fries, potato chips, mashed with cream and butter, au gratin with cheese and my personal favorite the “fully loaded” baked potato.
The anti-potato camp are concerned with potatoes’ high glycemic index. In a scale of 1-100, potatoes are about a 95. Just about the only food higher … Continue Reading… →
Its Fashion Flash Monday and this week the host is Shawna of Fat Loss Over Forty. After almost six months of huddling in the heaviest sweaters I could find its now sleeveless dress time. My guns are pretty white and flabby and Shawna has great advice for getting gorgeous arms.
And with fitness on my mind, I took another look at Enter the Zone. This is a hugely popular low-carb, low saturated diet book. The author, Barry Sears holds a PHd in biochemistry and is a former MIT researcher. His interest in weight control stems from his focus on heart disease and the science behind The Zone diet is actually based on research that won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1982. Impressive! The Zone Diet is certainly backed up by a boatload of science and as a former lab rat, I value that.
Many derms believe that adult acne breakouts is powered by, wait for it, three factors in your diet. While teenagers can blame hormones, bacteria in the pores and increased oil production, nutritional issues seem to be the big trigger over age 30.
1. Dairy Products
There are few foods that seem as natural and nutritious as milk. Full of calcium and protein, we are urged from childhood to have 2-3 servings of dairy products a day. However, along with all that protein and calcium, milk is also a source of androgen-like hormones. Some are naturally in a cow, but most are the result of feeding the livestock genetically altered hormones in order to increse milk production. And androgen hormones are notorious acne triggers. That’s the bad news. The good news? Organic … Continue Reading… →
This week Fashion Flash is hosted by the fabulous Black Cat Fashion Plus. This comprehensive site has a unique and always on point approach to fashion. It provides a great overview of gorgeous things to wear if you are not size 2 and/or under 23. And its the best web source for dresses with, wait for it, sleeves.
And this month its National Nutrition Month and I’m exploring different diets to find the most effective anti-aging food plan . This first one is the DASH diet originally developed for people with heart disease. Its low in fat, salt and cholesterol and rich in fruits and vegetables. So far, so good. But it recommends up to 11 servings of carbohydrates, much too high even when its the “good” carbs. It is also … Continue Reading… →