6 foods that fight pain

instead of taking medication, changing one’s diet can help fight pain. Anti-inflammatory herbs and spices: turmeric, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, tart cherry, curry rosemary Non-animal sources of protein: fish (canned salmon, black cod, tuna, sardines, halibut, mackerel, herring, anchovies), legumes, dried beans (lentils, soybeans, black beans), grains (quinoa, millet, spelt), and plant (pumpkin seeds, walnuts, flaxseed) Healthy fats: coconut oil, olive oil, grape-seed oil, avocado, ground flax, nu butters, omega-3 fortified eggs Wide variety of plants: kale, whole grains, beans, lentils; whole rainbow: dark green, red, orange, yellow, blue and purple fruits and vegetables; whites (cauliflower, garlic, onion); blacks (black beans) … Continue reading 6 foods that fight pain

caffeine in beverages

the recent news of the 30-year old woman dying from excessiveness (including drinking nearly 2 gallons of coke a day), reminds us that anything in excess can be deadly. while tea is supposed to be good for you, because i drink a lot of it i question how much caffeine is in various drinks – and how much is too much? according to mayo clinic, one should not have more than 500mg of caffeine a day. they also provide a table of caffeine content per popular drink. if you drink any combination of caffeinated drinks, it is good manage your caffeine intake … Continue reading caffeine in beverages

journey to the center of the cookie

once in a while, i love a big warm soft chewy chocolate chip cookie and trader joe’s journey to the center of the cookie is all of that in one. coming in a frozen pack of two these jumbo cookies have to be nuked for 65 seconds and then it is chocolate gooey goodness! it’s a BIG cookie so you have to share it with someone – hopefully with someone with equal passion for soft warm chocolatey goodness! be careful about two things – one, you can’t eat it when it’s hard – definitely not out of the package. also, … Continue reading journey to the center of the cookie

timeline for better sleep

as you get older, your sleep patterns change, making it harder to fall (and stay) asleep. every little habit – from what you eat and drink to when you exercise and watch TV – can impact your sleep. following is a sample day that shows you what you can do to get the best zzz’s possible. (adjust it for your wake and sleep times.) 6:30am – Skip the snooze button 7:30am – Exercise 11:00am – Take a breathing break 1 to 2:00pm – Cut out caffeine 3:00pm – Go outside 7:00pm – Eat dinner 10:00pm – An hour before bedtime, have a … Continue reading timeline for better sleep

health facts about coffee

earlier this year, i read an article about the reasons not to quit coffee and now there are some more reasons! here are some health benefits of coffee: 1. It may help ward off depression. A study which followed a group of women for 10 years found that women who regularly drink fully caffeinated coffee have a 20% lower risk of depression than non-coffee drinkers. 2. It may help promote a healthy weight. Drinking coffee after a meal, it causes your body to more slowly process the meal you just ate. Caffeine decreases the rate at which the stomach dumps … Continue reading health facts about coffee

unusual uses for coffee

i love when one thing has multiple uses so here are tips for coffee! Kill fridge odor Place a bowl of fresh, unused coffee grounds inside and leave it for a day or two. The coffee will absorb the odors. This odor-killing trick works for practically anything else as well – just place the item in a sealed plastic bag along with an open can of coffee grounds. Reduce cellulite Caffeine supposedly enhances fat metabolism, reducing the appearance of these fatty pockets under the skin. To make your own coffee cellulite treatment at home, mix warm used coffee grounds with … Continue reading unusual uses for coffee

chilli con jamie

i found this recipe on jamie oliver’s food revolution site a few months ago and i finally made it tonight. jamie oliver’s touch is much lighter and healthier but still quite tasty. my first try at this recipe came out much soupier than it looked on jamie’s site, perhaps because i added mushrooms to the recipe. Ingredients 2 cups hot coffee, decaffeinated if needed – or – 2 cups beef or vegetable stock 1 large dried chile (ancho, chipotle, or guajillo) 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons smoked paprika 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1 … Continue reading chilli con jamie

food for beauty

i’m not big on makeup so i’ll have to depend on food and genes to not look frightful when i leave the house! so Women’s Health provided some “beauty products” from the supermarket. similar to the previous lists of healthy foods, it’s another reason to eat more good stuff! 1. Blueberries and pomegranates These fruits protect you from fine lines and dryness. Plus, their high vitamin C content keeps your skin nice and plump, says Glassman 2. Dark chocolate Dark chocolate can help protect your skin from sun damage and amp up blood flow to your tissues, keeping skin nourished … Continue reading food for beauty

go ahead, drink coffee!

while we often hear what not to do when trying to be healthy, it’s nice every now and then to learn what you CAN do. i love coffee and according to Eating Well Magazine, i shouldn’t stop! It protects your heart: – Coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in American diets. – It raises your blood pressure and heart rate, but over the long term, it may lower blood pressure It diverts diabetes: – Those antioxidants may have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to some studies. – Other studies have shown that caffeine can blunt … Continue reading go ahead, drink coffee!

inject me with some starbucks

now, i couldn’t wrap up my first trip in seattle without talking about one of its lifelines. beginning in their first place in pike place market, seattle is the home of starbucks coffee. while i knew the origin of the starbucks chain was in seattle, i didn’t think about visiting until someone mentioned that first store was in pike place market. obviously i wasn’t the only one with the same idea to visit the flagship store and they were prepared for it. articles and pictures of original store in frames and proudly on display. they also shake it up with … Continue reading inject me with some starbucks

chewy mint brownies

while hangin’ with cola man, m & i saw one of his ultimate league games. it was the first time i saw a game and it was a lot of fun. a sport with lots of skill, strategy and wind power … and fun! part of the fun of being in being in the league aside from the comradery, exercise and creativity – from chants to theme games, they find ways to keep it lively. so what does any of this have to do with food? well, at the end of the game, both teams dedicate a cheer to the … Continue reading chewy mint brownies

allergies, pesticides, organic

i am allergic to some foods – mainly fruits – since around high school. prior to then i was able to them with no problem! i was especially bummed that i couldn’t bite into a crunchy sweet granny smith apple – probably the fruit i miss the most. some told me the issue was pesticide. when organic foods started appearing in our supermarkets as a potential solution, it was too expensive so i didn’t get to try it until years later. unfortunately it didn’t do the trick as i am still allergic. since 1985, the environmental working group puts out a list of … Continue reading allergies, pesticides, organic