The prevalence of heart disease and heart attacks has most people thinking arterial plaque, also known as atherosclerosis, is inevitable. But now we’re seeing proof that a lifestyle of exercise, a healthy diet, and managing stress can go a long way to prevent and reverse heart disease and can even shrink arterial plaque.
Enter the pomegranate!
A powerful fruit that helps us do just that.
Digging into the research and studies from around the globe, I was surprised and encouraged to learn how the pomegranate fruit reverses some of our body’s underlying behavior that leads to heart disease. It seems our ruby red friend has potent abilities to Continue reading The Promise of Pomegranate
Fix It Plan’s Scrumptious Tempeh Meatloaf
There are a lot of good recipes out there for meatless meatloaf, but we particularly like this one because it has more bite to it–a real meaty texture. Loaded with protein from tempeh and hemp seeds, deliciously seasoned with a tangy glaze, this is a favorite at our house. And even the meat eaters enjoy it!
Tempeh is such a versatile food and often so misunderstood it seems. While reaching for it in the refrigerator case at the store I’ve had people come up to me and ask what I do with it. And when I tell them how good it is they look at me with disbelief! I suppose it is rather unattractive in its sealed package, all pale and odd looking, naked and unadorned. Continue reading Healthy Vegetarian Meatloaf
L. Reuteri – A probiotic that targets cardiovascular disease
As promised in the Progress Report I posted a few weeks ago, I want to tell you about something new we’ve learned. It all started during Bill’s checkup in April last year when Dr. Crandall encouraged us to look into a probiotic for heart health. Well.. you don’t have to ask me twice! I researched it as soon as I got home, and Bill started taking it that very week. It’s called Lactobacillus Reuteri 30242, or more commonly known as L. Reuteri. It’s a specific strain of Lactobacillus–a friendly bacteria that lives in our bodies and is found in some fermented foods like yogurt. These friendly bacteria are also called probiotics.
The American Heart Association reported this probiotic lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol and total cholesterol in people with high cholesterol. In the study, a dosage of 100 mg taken twice daily was used, and after only 9 weeks total cholesterol dropped an average of 9.1% and LDL dropped 11.6% as compared to the study participants taking the placebo.
And so did Bill’s! He began taking L. Reuteri in April in a dose of 2.5 Billion CFU (colony forming units) twice daily with food. At the end of September his new lipid profile showed his total cholesterol had dropped 6.9% Continue reading Probiotic for your Heart?
Healthy, Wholesome Gingerbread Muffins
The smell of these muffins baking just fills your world with warmth! I have some in the oven right now to take to a small holiday get-together tonight. I like that they’re made with the wholesomeness of whole grain spelt and pumpkin–you get a healthy dose of fiber and nutrition, plus the molasses gives you a bit of iron too.
Continue reading Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins
A B+ you say? What?
Well I kind of expected it.
Life stuff over the summer caused some stress and a wavering in focus on our exercise program and even some on our diet. And there’s the irony! Because when motivation suffers, we all know that exercise and eating well are the best things you can do to combat the blues and stressful life stuff!
We haven’t been terrible.. we didn’t completely fall off the wagon and abandon our healthy focus. Still plant-based, mostly whole foods, avoiding sugar and so on, but too often our dinner meals were getting skimpy on the greens for example.
And the gym.. well.. sometimes talking about the stress stuff, or computer time on Bill’s photography passion gobbled up the day before we knew it and we’d miss the gym. So we didn’t always get the cardio time we know we need. And this seemed to lead to staying up too late, a little too much late-night popcorn (no butter of course), along with broken sleep and wakefulness in the night. So things have not been going as well as they had been. Our daily routine just plain got out of whack. Continue reading Progress Report~Fall 2015