Diabetes, It is Time to Take Action Against this Deadly Disease

education inspiration Oct 03, 2016

Diabetes is a growing trend in America and many of us have family members or friends with this potentially debilitating and deadly disease. According to the CDC over 25 million American adults have diabetes and 79 million have prediabetes. Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in America and costs us over $174 billion annually. The personal and financial burden of diabetes is not going to improve until Americans take responsibility for our own health starting with education.

There are three types of diabetes including type 1 which occurs after damage to the pancreatic beta-islet cells that produce insulin. Type 1 diabetes accounts for up to 10% of all diabetics and usually occurs through an autoimmune process in childhood although some adults can present with type 1 as well. Symptoms include increased thirst and urination, rapid weight loss, blurry vision and fatigue. Type 1 diabetes requires insulin treatment immediately.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common, more than 80% of...

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How to Make Soups Freezer Friendly

education recipes Sep 26, 2016

Time, there is never enough of it, especially when comes to home cooking healthy meals. There are a few tricks however, you can incorporate in your week to make a healthy meal available within a few minutes. Soups are so versatile and can be easily frozen but there a few things to keep in mind so make the soup taste better once it is reheated.

Note: Making large quantities on the weekend prior to your work week is the easiest way to do this. You could even ask a few colleagues to form a soup club and each makes a soup at home and brings their soup on a certain day of the week. They just need to use the same technique described below.

1. Pick your liquids carefully. Vegetable broth or tomato based soups freeze the best. This could include chili full of beans, stews with starchy vegetables, lentils and vegetables, and so much more. Avoid any soup that has a cream base, that had flour or cornstarch to thicken it. Freezing makes it chunky.

2. Cool the soup immediately so the...

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I am a LEGUME...Get to Know Me!

education recipes Sep 19, 2016

 

Legumes are packed with protein and fiber. Let’s get to know those beans, peas and lentils.

Great Northern Beans
-Small, mild flavored white beans that are delicious in soups, stews, and casseroles.
Red Beans
-These lovelies have a hearty flavor and texture and are a must in chili. The also pair well with rice.
Cannellini Beans
-These are also called white kidney beans and have a more neutral flavor than the red kidney beans.
Garbanzo Beans
-Also known as chickpeas, are firmer than most cooked beans and have a nutty flavor. They are the main ingredient in hummus and can be found in soups like minestrone.
Black Beans
-Their nickname is turtle beans. They have a creamy white inside and are a staple in Latino and Mexican dishes. Oh, and who doesn’t love black bean soup!
Pinto Beans
-Another mainstay in Latino and Mexican cuisine they also form the base for bean dips and refried beans.
Brown Lentils
-These nutrient packed legumes are available in any supermarket and inexpensive....

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How do you Define Nutrition?

education Sep 04, 2016

We are constantly bombarded with headlines on TV and social media claiming the benefits of some new and radical diet.  The number of diets is more than can be listed.  So where should you start?  What is the optimal diet that has been scientifically proven to reverse chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, autoimmune diseases among others and maintain an optimal weight? 

First, let's define what your body needs to maintain ideal health.  Your body requires certain macronutrients called protein, carbohydrates and fat, but also needs micronutrients including vitamins, minerals and trace elements.  Macronutrients are required in large amounts and provide the body with energy through calories.  Micronutrients are required in small amounts and are essential for chemical reactions to occur in the body.  Deficiencies of macro or micronutrients can lead to malnutrition and a variety of diseases.  Many Americans...

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