Practical ways to ensure a good mood this June

July 11th, 2013

Want to share a good article for good moods and eating from Food For Thought Nutrional News:

“Limit refined carbohydrates such as white bread, baked sweets, soda, chips or crackers.These are broken down very quickly and can cause a large rise and fall of blood sugars. These type of carbohydrate choices are known as “fast burning” carbohydrates. While the body prefers carbohydrates as a main source of energy, “slow burning” carbohydrates are most efficient at maintaining energy and releasing sugar at a slow, steady pace. Sources include high fiber fruits and vegetables, beans, legumes and grains (note, “whole grain”products are still processed sources).

Make a seasonal, colorful salad for lunch or dinner that includes folic acid rich leafy greens, higfiber fruits such as berries or guava and tryptophan rich almonds.

Consume 2-3 servings of grilled fatty fish per week to reach your omega-3, Vitamin D and choline quotas.

Choose grass-fed, B-12 rich beef burgers as an additional grilling option, which will work synergistically with a folic acid rich option such as a fresh strawberry spinach salad.

Eat one egg yolk per day! Studies have not shown that one egg will have a negative impact on cholesterol when following a healthy, produce rich diet. Scramble an egg for breakfast, enjoy a hard-boiled egg on your salad or make your own mayonnaise from scratch with egg, lemon juice, heart healthy oil and spices.

Balance your blood sugars with planned meals and snacks. Keep high fiber fruit and nuts on hand for a fast option.

Keep desserts healthy using low-fat dairy, high fiber berries and whole grain flours whenever possible.”

Written by Shandy Torain,RD, CFT  and Published in June 2013 issue of Food for Thought Nutritiona News – Nourishment in the work place and beyond, as a way of life.

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Foods to help burn belly fat

July 5th, 2013

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This is an excellent article about which foods to choose to help burn belly fat  published in
Article by Aurora Geib, published in Natural

1. Apples – There is wisdom to the saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. In a Brazilian weight study, subjects who ate three apples a day while dieting lost more weight than those who didn’t. This fruit contains pectin, a compound that is known to inhibit colon cancer. Apples are packed with nutrients and are a rich source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, dietary fiber, phytosterol, flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

2. Watermelons – In a study conducted by the University of Kentucky, watermelon was found to have a significant effect on artery plaque deposition because it altered blood lipids and lowered the risk of developing belly fat. The researchers in the study observed that animal subjects in the experiment who had diet-induced high cholesterol were given a supplement of watermelon juice while another group was given a typical diet with water. Eight weeks later, the animals given watermelon juice had lower body weight than those who were just given water. It appeared that there was no decrease in muscle mass and the weight loss was due to abdominal fat loss.

3. Tomatoes – A large tomato contains only around 33 calories. Moreover, a recent study identified a compound extracted specifically from the fruit called 9-oxo-octadecadienoic (9-oxo-ODA) which was shown to influence the amount of blood lipids in circulation.
According to Dr. Teruo Kawada, the study leader, “finding a compound which helps the prevention of obesity-related chronic diseases in food stuff is a great advantage to tackling these diseases, and tomato allows people to manage the onset of dyslipedemia through their daily diet.” According to Wikipedia, Dyslipedemia is a condition where there is too much lipid in the blood. This normally caused by diet and lifestyle.

4. Bananas – This is a fruit you can enjoy as a nutritious snack without ever worrying about gaining weight. Like apples, it contains a fiber called pectin that is known to inhibit colon cancer. It also contains vitamin A, C, E, B6 as well as potassium, calcium and magnesium. Bananas, depending upon the size, contain calories between 75 calories to 135 calories only.

5. Seafood – Seafood, when included in the diet, could result in a slimmer waist and better health. For those enjoying excellent health and ideal body weight, having seafood on a regular basis may even prevent possible future poor health and weight gain. Studies have shown that seafood has been found to contain monounsaturated fat (MUFA). Studies have also shown that having a regular diet with foods containing MUFA can prevent belly fat.

6. Lamb – Lamb contains vitamin B, protein, zinc and trytophan. This is certainly a better option to processed or canned meat, and is a healthy source of protein. Lamb contains conjugated linoleic acid. According to Dr. James Howenstine, author of “A Physician’s Guide to Natural Health Products That Work,” low levels of conjugated linoleic acid in the body can lead to obesity since dietary fat cannot be used as energy and is moved into cells resulting in fat storage. Editor’s note: I cannot condone eating lamb due to humanitarian reasons. Lambs are mammals, and it would be far less damaging to living beings if you chose to eat a simpler lifeform instead, such as fish.

7. Tart cherries – In a study conducted by the University of Michigan, it was found that a diet containing tart cherries may help lower symptoms of heart disease and metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a term used to refer to a group of symptoms which increase the risk of a host of heart diseases, diabetes and belly fat. In the study, the animal subjects had reduced cholesterol levels and a fat content of only 54 percent compared to the non-cherry fed group of 63 percent belly fat. Tart cherries have also been identified to have antioxidant properties.

8. Celery – Celery is a negative calorie food containing only eight calories. It is high in vitamin C, calcium and is best enjoyed raw. Enjoying fresh celery juice before a meal can even help you lose weight. It contains apigenin, an active compound that slashes the risk of ovarian cancer.

9. Avocados – This fruit has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It contains the amino acid lecithin – which helps in preventing liver overload – and aids the memory and helps balance weight. In one study, it was discovered that people who ate a considerable amount of avocados showed clear improvement in health. It balances cholesterol levels and prevents heart attacks and strokes.

10. Kelp noodles – According to, kelp noodles are a good alternative for those who love traditional noodles. They are made from seaweed and contain only six calories. They are raw and mineral rich and can be used like any regular noodles.

It’s time to reconsider the low-calorie dieting theory and recognize that only natural foods can properly nourish the body and help it rebuild itself. Food can actually help us in attaining good health and proper weight management. When coupled with exercise, it can help us achieve sustainable weight loss, avoid obesity, prevent a host of other chronic diseases and increase health benefits that directly improve our quality of life.

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