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19 Mar

The Weekly Health Challenge

Soothe your stress: restrain any road-rage tendencies this week. Put yourself in the other person’s bucket seat. Find a better outlet for any pent-up frustration (it’s amazing how good it can feel to teach a big batch of vegetables a thing or two – chop them up and into the wok they go). If that’s too domestic for you, get outside and go for a run, or pump your favorite music.

Still fuming? Yell about it with a friend until you both start laughing. Channel your anger into humor, amusement, indignation, and positive energy. A little anger is perfectly normal and O.K. – if you express it and use it properly.

16 Mar

Web It Out

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:

Howdy, Apples! Here are some helpful news notes to click out before you head out! Have a great weekend. As always, thanks for the great feedback and wonderful tips (and constructive criticism) you’ve sent our way. As word about Mark’s Daily Apple spreads into the world of health, your thoughts, tips and suggestions are much appreciated, so please keep ‘em coming!

Pump It Up

It’s chest presses, not puffing, that saves people. Here’s some important news for doing CPR right. Always good to brush up!

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Good News!

Hepatitis cases are down, way down. That’s great news for public health. Have you been vaccinated? All three types of hep – A, B, and C – have been reduced by public health practitioners’ education efforts. B and C are the most important types to prevent, as they can lead to serious, and even fatal, liver complications.

Stop Cancer Cold

New research continues to show the benefit of antioxidants like vitamin C. Get yourself over to Body of Wealth for a bevy of informative C links!

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Surprising sources of C that beat the old orange:
- Apples
- Broccoli
- Bell peppers

Tip:

Be sure to consume enough fat so that vitamins like C absorb completely. A few daily servings – olive oil on your salad, butter with your eggs, or salmon for dinner – really optimize antioxidant absorption!

16 Mar

Sick of Cereal?

Smart Fuel

If you’re sick of cereal, or simply want to follow a healthy diet that is low in sugar and refined grains, you’re in the right place. There are plenty of alternatives to, well, the alternative: eggs, eggs and more eggs.

1. Blueberries ‘n Cream

Why pour processed, sugary low-fat milk over dry little grain flakes when you can pour luscious cream over blueberries bursting with antioxidants and flavor? We think cereal is kind of sad (and the stuff they do to make low-fat milk is pretty unappealing). You’ll love blueberries ‘n cream if you’re getting tired of eggs for breakfast. This high-fiber treat also provides some fat (great for those sensitive morning tummies). Toss in other fruit like strawberries for additional variety.
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Prep Tips:

Buy frozen blueberries – they’re inexpensive and actually work better for many recipes, including this one.

Thaw a cup of blueberries overnight in the fridge or pop them into the microwave for about 30 seconds. They’ll be cold, like cereal, but not frozen – who wants a brain freeze at 7 a.m.? Drain them carefully.

Pour about 1 ounce of cream over the fruit – not too much. Cream, while high in nutrients and fat, is also high in calories. We recommend raw or organic cream, of course!

Garnish with a little cinnamon, nutmeg or a few drops of vanilla extract for a delicious breakfast that provides more fiber than cereal, fewer carbs, and just tastes amazing! Be sure to brush your teeth afterwards, or everyone will think you’ve been nursing a blue popsicle addiction.

2. Plain Yogurt Parfait

Look for Greek, Mediterranean or “European style” yogurt. It’s so rich, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to cream cheese heaven. What can we say? We love fat around these here parts. European yogurt has less of the stuff you don’t want (chemicals, additives, sugars) and more of the stuff you do want (rich texture, flavor, and nutrients). Be sure to get the plain, unsweetened kind.
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Prep Tips:

You’ll want to eat just a few tablespoons of this yummy stuff, as it’s really filling. Boost the fat and protein with some fiber by adding a half-cup of any fresh or frozen fruit of your choice.

We like frozen mango chunks (thawed) and fresh raspberries. Elliott and Sara both keep their freezers stocked with all kinds of delicious frozen fruits, so it’s easy to make a healthy breakfast even when you’re in a rush.

Next step: toss a handful of unsalted, high-quality nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, filberts, or walnuts into the mix. This little protein boost will also provide you with a great Omega-3 fatty counterpoint to the saturated fat in the yogurt. And evidence increasingly suggests that it’s the balance of saturated to unsaturated fat that is so important to good health and longevity.

You can go all out and make a true parfait if you want, by layering in a glass cup or dish. But if you don’t have that kind of time in the morning (who does?), simply scoop all the ingredients into your favorite mug or bowl and enjoy!

Need extra calories in the morning? Drizzle your parfait with a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of almond or walnut oil for a natural source of carbs and an extra boost of good fat.

3. Tomatoes ‘n Mozzarella

The beloved caprese salad – tomato slices, fresh mozzarella slices, and fresh basil leaves – also makes a really great breakfast.

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Prep Tips:

We suggest leaving out the leaves, as basil can be a little bracing first thing in the morning.

Simply slice up your favorite tomatoes, place slices of fresh mozzarella on top, and garnish with a little olive oil and coarse salt.

Note: since tomatoes aren’t too hot this time of year, you can substitute with avocado or bell pepper slices.

15 Mar

Abbott Labs, Chickenpox, & Couch Potatoes

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:

Here’s your daily dose of the latest and greatest from the world of health! We skip the sensational stories (please, no more Anna Nicole DNA testing news! There is stuff going on in the world!). Today, we bring you the most compelling, useful…and, yes, bizarre health news.

To wit: evidently, furniture may be making people obese. You’ll want to click it out, kids.

Big Pharma and Thailand: Smackdown

Abbott Labs (the same folks who proudly market unhealthy junk food to children and lie to parents about it) is furious with Thailand for having the gall to look out for its impoverished, AIDS-wracked population. If you think the situation in Africa is bad, take a look at what Abbott is doing in Thailand. Seriously, between happily creating a nation of tiny diabetics at home and knowingly keeping medicine from poverty-stricken human beings abroad, just how do these guys sleep at night? Even bees know that’s wrong.

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Is Your Couch Making You Fat?

It gives new meaning to the term “couch potato”. It appears that the flame retardants used in many fabrics and furniture cushions may be contributing to insulin resistance and obesity. Click it out!

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The Law of Unintended Consequences

Sometimes putting out one fire creates another. That’s certainly the case with many drug therapies. Kindergarten teachers everywhere groan: the chickenpox vaccine is losing its effectiveness.

Studiously Avoiding Vegetables? We Ace That Test!

All right! We’re #1…in avoiding fruits and vegetables. Unlike the U.K., which, despite being the country that invented fried fish and chips and such breakfast treats as canned beans on toast, manages to meet its health goals, we still vehemently refuse to eat enough salad. Well, except you, Apples. Right?

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