Processed meat and cancer

December 2nd, 2009 by elle Comments (0)

Processed meats include any meat that has been smoked, preserved, salted, or cured in any way.  Bacon, ham, salami, bologna, sausage, hot dogs, and luncheon meats are all processed.  Processed meat is high in sodium, fat, and additives.

Many of these meats also contain sodium nitrate which is added to give the meat an appealing color.  When you eat processed meat with sodium nitrates, nitrosamines form in your body.  Nitrosamines have been linked to different cancers.

The 2006 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reported a study by researchers in Stockholm, Sweden in which they studied the effects of eating processed meats on 4,700 people from studies completed between 1966 and 2006.  The results showed the relationship between eating processed meats and an increased rate of stomach cancer.  The rate of stomach cancer increased as high as 38% as the consumption of processed meats increased.

The American Cancer Society recommends that we limit eating meats that are  processed.

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November 30th, 2009 by elle Comments (0)

Most of us live hectic, busy lives and whether it is out of guilt or a deep sense of responsibility to make the world a better place for future generations, we try to do things that are eco-friendly, or more commonly called green.  Beware of falling into the mass of people who assume and trust that because a label has  guaranteed that the product you are interested in purchasing is “green”, that it is also eco-friendly.

There are tactics used in the marketing and advertising industry that prey on our conscience; making claims that are just plain not true, but deceivingly so, seem to be believable.  I have listed 5 ways that marketers have become savvy in deceiving you and playing on your sense of responsibility in order to make an extra dollar for quarterly and yearly earnings reports.  This tactic is called “greenwashing” and according to Dr. Mercola the following five ways of “greenwashing” are becoming more popular..

Buyer beware of the following greenwashing tactics:

  1. Greenwashing what has been taken out of the product, such as CFCs that are illegal anyhow and cannot be in a product, legally.
  2. Greenwashing claims that have not been tested, proven, or tried and they do not explain the source of the claim — they just make it.  Do not believe everything you read.
  3. Greenwashing the benefit to the environment by claiming that it is not as harmful as the alternative.  The worse of two evils, or is it eco-friendly?
  4. Greenwashing a fake award or accomplishment for their own product.  We have all seen it…”The award-winning” product.
  5. Greenwashing eco-friendliness by claiming it on the label, but the fine print has a disclaimer and the claim is revoked…who really reads the fine print?

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5 tricks to enjoy your Halloween treats

October 29th, 2009 by elle Comments (0)

Halloween is a time for pumpkins, cornstalks, spooky decorations, and lots of chocolates and sweets to enjoy.  How do we keep it as healthy as possible?  There are easy ways to choose chocolate that is not really bad for your health.  After all, Halloween just would not be the same if we had to give up chocolate.  Here is a list of 5 wayys to keep your Halloween chocolate just a little healthier for you:

  • Choose chocolate that is organic.  This limits the processing process.
  • Eat chocolate that is dark.  Dark chocolate is healthier than lighter chocolate because it is closer to its raw state.
  • Go for sugar-free chocolate or low-sugar chocolate to lighten the burden on your immune defenses.
  • Milk chocolate is not as healthy as dark chocolate, and the milk in the chocolate means more processing.
  • Try not to over do it when eating chocolate.  Not only will you get a belly ache, but too much sugar stresses out your immune system.
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Buying “green”

October 9th, 2009 by elle Comments (0)

We hear the term “green” used so loosely lately that it is difficult to figure out what it means exactly.  Does it mean natural, organic, environmentally friendly or all of these?  After careful reading and interpreting what is out there, buying “green” actually refers to purchasing items and services while considering the impact your choices will make on the environment, and doing so with the best interest of the environment in mind.  Generally speaking, the less impact your purchase has on the environment the “greener” your purchase is considered to be.  Our “green”  choices are increasing every day due to the growing number of companies that are recognizing how their decisions impact our world and making decisions that are environmentally responsible.  This is great for the consumer because of all the options that open up because of it.

We can each make a positive and significant impact on the environment by choosing “green”  items and services, just be sure they are actually and legitimately “green” and not simply a marketing tool.

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October 5th, 2009 by elle Comments (0)

Have you ever noticed that when you try to see the best in others, you bring out the best in yourself?  It is tried and true that friendships enhance the quality of your life.  Friends that are “true” do not judge you and keep your best interests in mind.  It has been said that in order to have friends, you must first be a friend.  Here are some helpful hints to finding true friendships:

  • be a sincere listener
  • be trustworthy
  • spend time outside of your home or workplace to meet people
  • talk to others you come across in public
  • be supportive
  • use the internet to expand your horizons and socialize

Be certain to sift out those “friends” who do not have your best interests in mind.   Choosing your friends carefully is very important to your happiness.  Remember, it’s quality not quantity that matters when sharing your life with others.

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New life expectancy 100 years

October 2nd, 2009 by elle Comments (0)

Most babies born since the year 2000 have a very bright future and if current life expectancy patterns continue at the same rate as today, these kids could expect to live to be 100 years old.

According to The Press Association, quoted directly:

“…Increases in life expectancy that have occurred since 1840 showed no sign of slowing, said the authors, led by Professor Kaare Christensen from the Danish Ageing Research Centre at the University of Southern Denmark.

“The linear increase in record life expectancy for more than 165 years does not suggest a looming limit to human lifespan,” they wrote.

“If life expectancy were approaching a limit, some deceleration of progress would probably occur. Continued progress in the longest living populations suggests that we are not close to a limit, and further rise in life expectancy seems likely.”

Mortality among people older than 80 years of age was still falling in rich nations, said the scientists.

Data from more than 30 developed countries showed that in 1950 the probability of living from 80 to 90 was 15% for women and 12% for men. In 2002, these figures had risen to 37% and 25% respectively…”

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Pumpkin seeds for zinc

September 28th, 2009 by elle Comments (0)

After you carve your Fall pumpkin, be sure to save those seeds.  Pumpkin seeds are one of the richest sources of zinc available.  Zinc is one of the most crucial elements for strengthening your immune system.  Those of us who keep their zinc levels high, have an easier time fighting off common infections and diseases.  Most healthy people require about 15 milligrams of pumpkin seeds per day.  If you have a predisposition to catching colds, the flu, and other common viruses then you might want to up your intake of zinc to roughly 30 milligrams per day.  This would be equivalent to approximately 2 1/2 cups of pumpkin seeds, so if you don’t love the taste then also include shellfish, turkey (dark meat), or beef to your daily diet.

I try to add pumpkin seeds to my breakfast muesli and after dinner snack to get enough zinc daily.  They are delicious roasted, too, with a dash of salt.  Simply place them on a baking sheet in your preheated oven (to 200 degrees) and bake for about 15 minutes.  They will be nice and crispy with a wonderful flavor.

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Eating broccoli with steak may boost immune system

September 23rd, 2009 by elle Comments (0)

Did you know that a grilled steak, tasty as it is, causes cancer-developing substances to be formed in your body?  Heterocyclic amines, which damage cells, are one example.  Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and brussels sprouts have anticancer properties that boost your immune system so that it can get these harmful substances out of your body before they have a damaging effect.  Whether you eat steak or not, eating broccoli and brussels sprouts is a fantastic way to improve your overall health.  At least five servings, 4 ounces or more, of broccoli per week is what professionals recommend.

I enjoy eating broccoli sprouts everyday, and these little wonders are approximately 50 times more potent than regular broccoli.  They are slightly spicy but taste good on salads and sandwiches.

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Frittata made with zucchini and red pepper

September 22nd, 2009 by elle Comments (0)

Eggs are a super way to begin your day because of the high amount of protein.  This recipe combines the gentle flavor of zucchini with zesty red peppers and delicious Parmesan cheese for a healthy start to your day.

Frittata with zucchini and red pepper:

  • 5 egg whites
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 clove of garlic, sliced thin
  • one medium zucchini shredded
  • one large red pepper, minced
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • canola oil to coat skillet

Coat your skillet with the canola oil (I like to use the spray) and add the sliced garlic.  Cook one minute to tenderize the garlic.  Add the shredded zucchini and minced red pepper and cook 4 minutes to soften these veggies.  Whisk the eggs and egg whites together in a bowl and add to the skillet.  Add the Parmesan cheese and stir the mixture over medium high heat.  Salt to taste.  When the eggs are completely cooked, remove from the skillet to plates.  I sometimes add a slice of provolone cheese to the top and let it melt before eating the frittata.  This recipe will serve 4.

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Oven-baked fries

September 17th, 2009 by elle Comments (0)

One of the most difficult parts of going completely healthy for me was giving up fries.  I felt deprived and would salivate watching my kids eat a basket of salty fries with loads of ketchup.  This recipe is a great one for your “cheat day” without a whole lot of cheating.  They are baked instead of deep-fried, and you control the amount of salt if any.


6 large Idaho potatoes

1/4 cup canola oil



Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Peel the potatoes and cut them into about 12 wedges each.

Place the potato wedges in a baking dish and coat with the canola oil by tossing.

Put the baking dish with the wedges in it into your preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes.

Add salt to taste and enjoy with ketchup or vinegar!

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