Cottage Cheese- good news/bad news

When I was in high school  a ball of cottage cheese  on a ring of canned pineapple was the ultimate diet meal.  Former President Nixon made headlines when  he shared that his favorite lunch was cottege cheese topped with ketchup. For years these slightly sour milk curds were  the ultimate symbol of weight control.  Over the years, cottage cheese has fallen out of favor — a loss for easy  healthy meal plans. 

Cottage cheese is made  from the separation of solids and liquid in milk.  The whey is poured off and the cuds are rinsed, but not pressed into true cheese.  ( and yes, this  is where the nursery rhyme “curds and whey” came from). Cottage cheese is a wonderful source of  protein and vitamin B12.  One half cup of full fat … Continue Reading…

Anti-Aging Kitchen Cosmetics

I’ve been getting some pushback from blog visitors who are getting annoyed with the price tag on the  products and techniques I am recommending– and they’re right.

This is no time to throw money around.  To lower  overall beauty costs, effective and super affordable personal care products  can be  made  in your own kitchen.  Natural ingredients like lemon juice, honey and oatmeal are packed with active agents including fruit acids, antioxidants and soothing colloids. 

But before you squeeze a  single lemon or crack an egg,  you need to organize your kitchen cosmetic set-up. While the basic rules of simple cooking apply to homemade skin care formulations, these freshly made products are preservative free.  This  definately lowers  our exposure to chemicals, but  it can raise  risk of bacterial contamination.  To stay safe take … Continue Reading…

Yogurt- The True Fountain of Youth?

Yogurt  is arguably the oldest   health food.  The Egyptians  called  yogurt and honey the foods of the gods while Abraham was said to owe his long life to his regular diet of yogurt.  At the turn of the century, the Noble prize winning scientist Russian scientist Elie Metchnikoff  suggested that  it was the special bacteria in yogurt that  was  behind the long  and healthy lives of yogurt loving  Bulgarian  peasants.

While it sounds  like a  plot  point of a 19th century novel,  yogurt  can actually be  a genuinely healthy food.   It is super rich in protein, calcium and a host of B vitamins.  Many people who are lactose intolorant can  eat yogurt without problems, since the lactose is concerted into lactic acid  by the same bacteria which convert milk into yogurt.  These bacteria, known as lactobaccillus  … Continue Reading…

Fashion Flash Monday

This week Fashion Flash is hosted by Staness of Menopause Makeover, a great new addition to  our blogging carnival.  Staness looks at the wide range of physical, emototional, and personal changes that are part of the menopause package.  She offers support and advice from  bothexperts in the field and  women  who are dealing with menopause in real time.

After  you click through all our blogs, check out the special  beauty bonus in the April issue of Woman’s Health.  It has a wonderful article on the ten foods which are linked to beautiful skin and features two of my favorite experts–  Dr Ellen Marmur of Mount Sinai  Hospital who has been my dermatologist for my anti-aging  journey in No-Nonsense Beauty Blog and Kari Glassman is one of New Yorks best nutritionists.  Together they discuss  … Continue Reading…