Is celery a waste of a vegetable?

So many people diss celery! I don’t know why. Celery is loaded with nutrients. Among other things it has vitamins A,C and K, folate and fiber. It’s low in calorie and sodium. So bring on the celery stalks!

Blood pressure numbers?

What do the two different blood pressure numbers mean? The gold standard for blood pressure is for it to be less than 120/80. The top (or first) number, in this case 120, is the systolic pressure. It’s the measurement of how hard the heart is contracting when it beats. The lower (or second) number, in this case 80, is the diastolic pressure. It’s the measurement of the heart relaxing after it...

Good chicken recipe?

Plain chicken is boring to me. Do you have a good chicken recipe? I do. An old friend of mine gave me a very simple but tasty recipe. All you need are skinless chicken breasts, Dijon mustard, plain breadcrumbs, dried parsley and PAM. To prepare the recipe, preheat the oven to 350°. Spray PAM on a cookie sheet. Then mix 1 cup of plain breadcrumbs with 2 tbsp of dried parsley. Pour this mixture onto a plate. Then take one skinless chicken breasts and spread about ½ tbsp of the mustard on one side. Dredge this side in the breadcrumb and dried parsley mixture. Then spread another ½ tbsp on the other side of the chicken while it sits on the plate, turn the breast over and dredge that side. Continue this until all of the chicken breasts are coated on each side and placed on the cookie sheet. Cook the chicken for 30 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken is 165°. Enjoy the chicken with salad or a vegetable medley, ½ cup of brown rice and some fruit....

Art of the Yo-Yo

Yo-Yo dieting. It’s so prevalent and has been a part of many of our lives. Have you lost weight on a diet only to gain the pounds your shed, perhaps even more, down the road? And then you tried dieting again only to repeat the weight loss, weight gain cycle? Then welcome to the world of the yo-yo dieter. Why does this happen? Why can’t we keep the weight off? It’s often because we go on some restrictive fad diet that we can adhere to for some period of time, but not for the long-term. Or perhaps we’ve gone on a meal delivery program that works for us until we stop it and move on to preparing our own meals. Typically, in all of these type of diets we don’t learn how to eat for life. Some of us are looking for quick weight loss which often isn’t sustainable. No one wants to be a yo-yo dieter. It’s so frustrating and can be harmful to our health. Some studies suggest that it may affect blood pressure, cholesterol and gallbladder health among other things. And that’s important to know. But what can be a very prevalent side effect of yo-yo dieting has to do with our psyche. It’s a bummer to lose weight and enjoy our new bodies, only to see it all fall away as we pack the pounds on. It can be discouraging and depressing. Some of us just might throw our hands up in the air and give up. Let’s not do that. So what’s the answer here? It’s really just simple common sense. Fad diets don’t...

Opinion on juicing?

What’s your opinion on juicing? Juicing can be fine, or not. It depends on your recipe. Focus on mostly using non-starchy veggies like spinach, kale, beets and carrots. If you use fruit, only put in one serving such as a small apple or orange, half a banana or ¾ cup of blueberries. Too much fruit will make the juice too high in calorie and sugar. I recommend that your juicer not remove the fiber from the fruit and veggies. We want the fiber in the drink. You might also consider making a smoothie by adding in a cup of plain nonfat yogurt or nonfat...