GLUTEN FREE?

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Lots of restaurants are jumping on the gluten free diet bandwagon. The move is driven by several reasons. Cœliac sprue occurs in approximately 1 in 2000 which makes it rare.  Cœliac sprue  symptoms include gastrointestinal problems such as chronic diarrhoea, abdominal distention, malabsorption, loss of appetite, and among children failure to grow normally. It is an …

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WATER, HYDRATION & HEALTH

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Water is essential for life. Water comprises from 75% body weight in infants to 55% in elderly and is essential for cellular homeostasis and life. Water is so important that humans cannot last more than 3 days without it. Unfortunately there are many unanswered questions about this most essential component of our body and our diet.  …

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SPANISH PATATAS BRAVAS

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4 medium potatoes, peeled 2 cups olive oil 16ox can tomato sauce 1½ tsp mustard 1 tsp tabasco sauce 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp red wine vinegar Cut the peeled potatoes into ⅓” pieces. Best way is to cut them length wise twice and then into pieces. The sprinkle with salt. Pour the oil into …

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WALKING AND RUNNING FOOTWEAR

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While there is footwear marketed to walkers, the majority prefer to use running shoes. The main reason is that running shoes are a much larger market and they get more design and development. Competition keeps prices low. Its a good idea to track runners with your activity tracker.  This will give you a much better …

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APPLE HEALTH

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Apple Health has been available for the iPhone since iOS 8. It has been updated several times with updates to the OS. Few health apps interact with the iPhone properly. The ones that do provide some insight into health and overall fitness. We have not tested every app available as there are many of them. …

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SAMBAR

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1 cup okra 1 cup moringa 1 cup carrot 1 cup radish 1 cup pumpkin 1 cup potato 1 cup tomato 1 cup eggplant (brinjal) 1 cup  whole or halved shallots or onions. 4 tbsp tamarind paste 1 tbsp grated coconut 1 tbsp grated cinnamon 2 tbsp curry powder water In a large pot, add some water and …

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MEXICAN SPICY OKRA

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1lb okra 1 onion, diced 4 cloves of garlic, minced 1-3 hot chilies (optional) 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp lemon juice ½ tsp cumin 1 tsp salt Cut and trim the okra, discarding the ends.  Set aside. Removed the stems and seeds from the chillies. Crush the garlic and dice the onion. In a …

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WALKING VS RUNNING FOR WEIGHT CONTROL

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Running burns more energy than walking does but the metabolism for running tends to use carbohydrates preferentially over fats. Walking tends to metabolize fatty acids for energy which helps pressure adipose cells to release more of them leading to reduced body fat. While a person needs to walk about twice as much as a runner …

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MEXICAN FRIED BEANS AND POTATOES

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3 medium potatoes, chopped 8 green beans, cut into 1″ pieces 15 oz can garbanzo beans, drained 2 sticks of okra, cut into 1″ pieces 3 tbsp vegetable oil hot sauce (optional) Cut the okra into 1 inch pieces and sauté them in some vegetable oil. Remove and set aside. Cut the potatoes into bite 1 …

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ACTIVITY TRACKERS & WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

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Most people have no idea how much food they really need. Most also do not know how many calories are in a given meal. Today most have a basic smartphone. We use Apple however most apps are available for android phones. We use Garmin devices which are readily available at low cost. The Vivosmart 3 …

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