August 28th, 2016
THE NUTRITIONAL CORNER
Welcome to my blog! I am so excited to share nutritional information, recipes and wellness information. There is so much to read, process, dissect - what is a soul to do? I am your finger tip expect. I literally spend my days reading and investigating about health and wellness. That's right - you don't have to because you have me. I'm excited to have you! I hope you will be as excited as I am to bring your health to its greatest potential. So, be sure and check in and take a peek at Superfood of The Week. My 1st blog on this will be next week. Today, I want to blog about healthy grilling. Next Monday is Labor Day and most of the US will be outdoors. So....
TO GRILL OR NOT TO GRILL- THIS IS THE QUESTION?
Ok- really? That is a crazy question! We live in Texas where it is 90 in December. Of course we grill! Here is the thing though- you have to do it right or it is a recipe for disaster. Why is that?
A little thing called HCA’S or Heterocyclic Amines. These are a group of compounds that form when proteins, sugars and creatine in meat react at high temperatures. This occurs when we cook meats at 400 degrees and above. When heated, these compounds combine to form a potentially dangerous reaction that can lead to cancer, increase oxidative stress in the body and they may even be neurotoxic.
Talk about killing the party atmosphere Dana! But wait- I do have some tips to save the outdoor barbeque and make your body happy and healthy.
This piece was adapted from the original article found in the Natural Grocers monthly flyer titled Master the Art of Healthy Grilling by Heather Pratt MNT and Lindsay Wilson. Checkout Natural Grocers on West 7th in Ft worth, Tx.
superfood of the day
Now days everything is about healthy eating and buzz words like- "Superfoods"
There are endless lists of superfoods to choose from. So many in fact, it can get overwhelming just to choose a salad for lunch!
I want to introduce you to a tiny little seed that has so much bang for its buck you will be adding it to everything - its the Chia seed.
Yes - the same animal that grows those quirky little Chia pets!
Who doesn't love those- right?
This tiny seed was a a main staple in the Aztec diet used to build strength, so it is a very ancient superfood making its comeback. While small and virtually tasteless, it offers so many health benefits it is mind boggling. Chia seeds are high in soluble fiber, omega-3 fats, niacin, thiamine, selenium, iron and calcium just to name a few benefits. Unlike flax, these seeds can be eaten whole or ground to reap the benefits. It is a good source of non-animal protein that is very easily digestible.
Lastly, these little seeds are showing that they have the ability to lower blood sugar levels after meals as reported in "European Journal of Clinical Nutrition" in April 2010.
So- go forth and buy a high quality bag of these little guys and sprinkle away!
My name is Dana Farrell and I love talking about health and wellness! I have all kinds of crazy information in my head just dying to get out. The big question is- who am I? I have been a Registered Nurse for 31 years. I am also a Certified Holistic Health Coach and a Yoga Instructor. I love everything about the human body and how it functions from the crown of your head to the tip of your toes! I really want you to love it too, so every week I am going to bring you new and exciting information hot off the press! Your friends and family will be amazed and speechless when you share what you’ve learned. The best news- you are going to embark on a health and wellness journey that is fun, informative and perfect for you. Follow my blog and see!