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Why you are never hungry when you eat Raw...

Friday, March 19, 2010



emoticon Boy have I created stir since blogging about Raw but that is a good thing. It is always good to learn about new ideas and concepts although the Raw Foodism has been around since Biblical times. Many do not know that prior to the days of Noah and the aftermath of the flood did Man start eating cooked food. Think about that one for all of those out there that are poo pooing Raw Foodism.

In the Raw Food World you are considered a Raw Foodist if your diet consists of 75- 100 % raw foods. You are eating whole foods that are uncooked and unprocessed. You are eating nutrient dense “ live foods” opposed to “ dead cooked foods” that are missing the necessary enzymes to be able to digest themselves. A raw food diet is an organic diet consisting of 'living' uncooked fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains, beans, raw dairy, and some meat, fish and eggs. Many practice it as a Vegan diet, but do not mistake Raw Foodism for Vegetarianism. A Vegetarian may also be a Raw Food Enthusiast, but a Raw Foodist is not necessarily a Vegetarian. There are differing schools of thought on exactly what makes a strict raw food diet, including some differing opinions on the nutritional and/or ethical values of consuming honey, fish, meat, raw milk and other dairy products. Some rawists will eat small amounts of raw or seared meat to get the necessary B vitamins.

Do I eat organic food ? No! Do I eat raw cheese? Yes! Love it! Do I eat raw fish or meat? Love my sushi and sashimi, raw meat NO!

When you start eating a diet high in raw foods, you'll be eliminating high-fat, high sodium and highly processed foods. You can eat a lot more, because the foods are naturally low in calories - no more chemical sweeteners to lower calorie counts. Eating more raw vegetables and fruits, along with drinking plenty of water, will help you have more energy and feel less tired. All those processed, high fat foods take so much energy to digest; they leave you feeling tired and sluggish. Eat Raw and you will have more energy for every aspect in your life.

Cooking causes the food you eat to change chemically. The proteins in the food react with the carbohydrates and results in all kinds of havoc in your body.
When food is cooked above 118 degrees F for three minutes or longer, its protein has become coagulated, its sugar has become caramelized, its natural fibers have been broken down, which means it will take longer to move through the intestinal tract, 30% to 50% of its vitamins and minerals have been destroyed and 100% of its enzymes have been destroyed. Cooked food depletes our body's enzyme potential and drains the energy we need to maintain and repair our tissues and organ systems and shortens our lifespan.

Raw foods are easily digested, requiring only 24-36 hours for transit time through the digestive tract, as compared to 40-100 hours for cooked foods. This increases the threat of putrefaction and disease. When you eat cooked carbohydrates, proteins and fats, you are eating numerous carcinogenic by-products caused by cooking. This is where all of the diseases, cancer, allergies, arthritis, etc. come into play.

Cooked foods quickly ferment and putrefy in the intestinal tract. They literally cake themselves on the sides of your intestinal tract. It has been said that when John Wayne died from complications of Colon Cancer and autopsied, the doctor who did his autopsy commented that he had found 40+ pounds of undigested fecal matter stuck in his colon. Now does that mean you have that much, NO! At least I hope not. However, I am quite sure that you have several pounds caked on your intestinal walls. Common sense tells you that if when you drink that awful liquid you have to drink before a colonoscopy and drink nothing but clear liquids and eat only certain colors of jello you lose between 5 and 10 pounds by the next day. The weight you lost was all of the crap that was caked on your colon walls that were flushed out by that yummy concoction you had to drink (NOT, I hate that stuff). Your walls have to be clean as a whistle to do the colonoscopy


Start eating Raw and your colon walls receive a natural cleansing as all of the fiber pushes through in digestion over the course of time. Think of these raw fruits and veggies as one big giant sponge scrubbing these walls. This doesn’t happen overnight but as long as you are no longer eating “cooked” food there will be no more putrefied build up in there. You don’t need to pay for those “Colon Cleansers” your body can do it naturally if you give it the right tools, raw foods.
When your colon walls are clean, now you body can absorb all of the nutrients it needs. Remember these raw foods are nutrient dense and now your body is finally being fed and nourished for the 1st time in years. I am rarely hungry when I go Raw. My body now realizes it has been nourished and doesn’t require the huge amount of food I used to eat. My body takes what it needs and eliminates the rest.



Some of my favorite Raw Food Sites and/or sources for this blog:

www.rawfoodideas.com/

www.living-foods.com/

www.livingtreecommunity.com/

www.rawfoodlife.com/

  
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DEMONA 4/7/2010 9:28PM

    i was watching this "reality show" and David Wolfe was on it and thats how my intrest in Raw foods came about so far i haven't gotten too far it's just been and idea that has floated around in my head for a while. i just wanna learn more about it, that's my Hunger lol

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ZAHRAFARAZANDEH 3/23/2010 3:26PM

  This is interesting. Yesterday I ate a huge plate of raw vegies for lunch and again for dinner and I couldnt beleive how full I felt. Again for lunch today and I still feel real full and I didnt have any junk mixed in. Hmmm if I keep this up I might actually reach my goal

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GODZDESIGN95 3/23/2010 11:43AM

    Is this really true??

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DEBMORSE1 3/23/2010 5:21AM

    Hmmm. Interesting concept, but I'm going to need to check into it further.

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MAURAK 3/23/2010 2:13AM

   
Page 2?
What a novel concept!
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Sorry to be so thick + thanks for your help, Yvonne!
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POSITIVELYREADY 3/21/2010 12:17PM

    I don't think I could give up eating hot cooked food. I could start to eat more things raw though to be healthier.

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EGR2BEME 3/20/2010 9:03AM

    Great information...thanks for sharing. Just wish I could have a chef that could prepare all of my meals for me each day!!

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TRAVELNISTA 3/20/2010 12:57AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Not sure what you are asking. There is that statement in my blog in paragraph 7 and then someone made a reply on the next page of comments. So what are you asking that I can clarify? emoticon emoticon

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MAURAK 3/20/2010 12:33AM

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Hey!
Wasn't there a comment here yesterday about the 40+ pounds of fecal matter supposedly found in Wayne's autopsy? Or did I just imagine I read it here?

- Maura

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JESSICA_0029 3/19/2010 10:43PM

    How interesting all this info is. I will be checking more into this and try to incorporate it in my diet even if it is a couple days a week. Thanks emoticon emoticon

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SWIM_2_SLIM 3/19/2010 9:31PM

    You keep batting a 1,000 with your blogs! Excellent material. Please keep it coming. We are learning so much from you. Thank you!!!

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EMSMOMME 3/19/2010 8:38PM

    Thanks for sharing all the info on the Raw Food "diet"!

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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/19/2010 4:10PM

    Thank you so much for sharing all this information. I find it all very interesting and it answers some of my questions about the state of my GI tract. You are a great provider of information and education. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/19/2010 2:41PM

    Thanks for all the information Yvonne. You're just a wealth of info & suggestions. I am so grateful that you are my friend. Lead the way my dear... together we're going to be healthy & happy... you're already wise... now can we shoot for wealthy? LOL Love ya, Dawn

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/19/2010 12:28PM

    Thanks Ivonne for this blog it's awesome love the rawfoodlife website very informative. emoticon emoticon

Yesterday I ate Breakfast, Snacks & Lunch Raw. Dinner I ate vegan the only bad thing I ate was a coffee ice cream pie. emoticon emoticonI regret it though because as I was entering it manually into my calorie tracker I noticed how many calories it had and how much fat It was pathetic.

I think I can do it, having 2 snacks and breakfast raw will be a piece of cake . I can throw in Lunch on occasions depending what produce I have in stock, I know with how I get paid (once a month) will be difficult I usually runlow on funds before next pay check so instead of having fresh fruit I use frozen.

I want to at least be at 75% raw daily. Breakfast, lunch and snacks seems the easiest to make this happen.

Most people can manage this by having Breakfast as a smoothing ( fresh squeezed juices with frozen fruits and ice), If eating 2 snacks make it fresh fruit, and lunch have a salad with loads of veggies, if you're concerned about dressing and lemon is not something you want to use then you can use Avocado and lemon juice in a food processor and you have your dressing.

I've been eating 1 banana for breakfast and I'm fine, not hungry at all. I think the problem with people is when they eat they need to feel stuffed/full in order to feel satisfied and not hungry. It's a conditioning of the mind to say that's enough if 2 hours later you feel hungry have some nuts or fruit again.

guarantee you will speed up your metabolism and lose weight and you won't feel tired or sluggish. emoticon emoticon emoticon


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EGRAMMY 3/19/2010 11:16AM

    For Dr. Oz on raw food, check his website www.doctoroz.com or

http://www.doctoroz.com/c
hallenges/raw-food-challenge

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L*I*T*A* 3/19/2010 10:52AM

    always something new to learn............great information.........thanks for sharing...........blessings and hugs...............lita

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DIETMEISTER 3/19/2010 10:14AM

    I remember the last time you did the Raw Diet years ago when your Sister 1st was diagnosed with Lymphoma. You thrived on the diet. Your skin was clear, your eyes were bright white, and you were a ball of fire as far as energy was concerned. You were always happy and in a great mood. Now you are always so stressed out and going in a million different directions. I remember that the weight just seemed to melt off of you. I always wondered why you never returned to that way of eating. I think that becoming a leader on your new team was the best thing you could do for yourself. You used to always glow and I can't wait to see that return. emoticon emoticon

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NONIE_C 3/19/2010 10:14AM

    Great blog!!! I have a friend who completely turned her health issues around by switching to raw food. She is alive, when they said she wouldn't be, and she is at a healthy body weight for the first time in years. I always feel a difference in my energy when I go raw, even if it's just for a few days. I can't do it as a lifestyle, don't want to, but if it was more the norm for me, I sure don't think that'd be a bad thing...
Thank you!!!

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WAHINE_PUROTU 3/19/2010 9:19AM

    With raw foods & take out the bad fats & eat the right fats... Who needs to diet your body will melt away! emoticon

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ELISADEL 3/19/2010 9:09AM

    There are some good things about a raw food diet, but it would be a good idea to look more closely at any claims being made by people who also claim that someone had 40 pounds of anything inside their colon.

http://www.snopes.com
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Picture the size of a normal colon, and picture how much it would actually have to stretch in order to pack 40 pounds of nearly anything in there. It's not very plausible.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/19/2010 8:26AM

    Back to my cabbage salad...

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GOLDENGIRL88 3/19/2010 8:06AM

    As a new member to this group, I really appreciate the information in this blog!
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Kidney Beans, the Bean of the Week

Thursday, March 18, 2010




Kidney beans are my least favorite bean (along with Cannelloni beans) but I know a lot of you in Sparkleland either love them or use them as a staple in your diet. They get their name from their shape and color – they look like kidneys. After researching these beans I may have to force myself to start eating them and maybe learn to like them. I am having a problem as many of you know with my memory. It seems this little bean may be able to help me out in that area. Who knew?

Maintain your Memory with Thiamin (Vitamin B1)

Thiamin is critical for brain cell/cognitive function. This is because thiamin is needed for the synthesis of acetylcholine, the important neurotransmitter essential for memory and whose lack has been found to be a significant contributing factor in age-related impairment in mental function (senility) and Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease is clinically characterized by a decrease in acetylcholine levels. Don't forget to make kidney beans a staple in your healthy diet: a one-cup serving of cooked kidney beans provides 18.7% of the daily value for thiamin.

Other Health Benefits Of Eating Kidney Beans

Major source of protein, kidney beans provide all the eight basic forms of amino acids or the eight essential amino acids. These amino acids act against a number of diseases and are important to maintain a healthy immune system. It is estimated that a single cup of uncooked beans provides around 85% of the daily protein requirement.

Certain natural antioxidants present in these beans also have a number of beneficial health effects. Studies have revealed that the darker the color of the skin of the beans, the higher these antioxidants.

The soluble fiber present in the kidney bean regulates the blood glucose absorption from the body. This is done by forming a gel-like substance, by absorbing water from the intestines. This gel-like substance slows down the metabolism of carbohydrates in the body, thereby regulating the blood sugar levels and preventing their sudden elevation after meals. It is a smart idea for diabetics (insulin resistance) to consume kidney beans on a regular basis.

The dietary fiber in these beans also helps lower the blood cholesterol levels in the body. The risk of certain diseases, like stroke, high blood pressure and coronary heart disease, are considerably reduced eating kidney beans.

A high source of certain nutrients involved in the process of detoxification, kidney beans reduce the risk of a number of inflammatory, degenerative and cardiovascular diseases and also help promote and maintain optimal health.

As these beans prove to be a high source of iron, their regular intake helps in the process of respiration at the cellular level, by synthesizing hemoglobin to aid in the carriage of oxygen to the cells.

Kidney beans also have considerable amount of the mineral molybdenum, which helps in the detoxification of sulfites from the blood.

The copper present in these beans aids in the reduction of inflammatory conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). They also act as an important factor in promoting certain enzymatic activity that is required to maintain the normal elastic properties of ligaments, joints and blood vessels.

The magnesium in kidney beans helps relieve fatigue by relaxing the muscles, nerves and blood vessels. This, in turn, prevents the adverse effects of conditions like asthma, muscle soreness, and migraine headaches.

Eating kidney beans can help in the prevention of conditions like stroke, heart attack and PVD (Peripheral Vascular Disease). The folic acid present in the plant lowers the levels of homocysteine.

Take caution of these 2 issues:

1· Kidney beans have considerable amount of the naturally occurring substance called purines. So, people suffering from purine-related conditions, like gout and kidney stones, should avoid excess consumption of kidney beans.

2.Red kidney beans are high on phytohemagglutinin (another naturally occurring substance). High amounts of this can lead to the disruption of cellular metabolism, which can have very toxic and harmful effects.

Sources:
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname
=foodspice&dbid=87
http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/b
enefits-of-kidney-beans-5911.html



Ok , so the recipes I share are ones I usually have created, tried, or saved because I intend on trying the new recipe. These recipes my friends I have never made because I just googled all of these to put in the blog. I always give recipes for the ingredient of my blog and this will be no exception. I will even go on record to say I may try a recipe or two myself. Did I mention I really don’t like them. They say kidney beans take on the flavors/spices/ingredients of what they are cooked in – I guess when ever I had them in the past the way they were cooked never tickled my taste buds. Sorry Mom! I hate chili if it is made with kidney beans but that is perhaps the most popular application for this bean. I need to find different ways to use this bean other than chili.



Kidney Bean Coconut Curry

1 medium onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 Tablespoons red curry paste (found in Asian grocery)
1/2 of a medium eggplant, cut into cubes
1 medium russet potato, peeled and cubed
1 zucchini, diced
1 15 oz. can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz. can coconut milk
1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes or stewed, with juice
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
2 Tablespoons lime juice
salt and pepper to taste
water if needed

Sauté onion, bell pepper and garlic in a bit of oil in a pot. When the onion is translucent and the bell pepper gets soft, add the curry paste and stir it around. Add the eggplant, potato, zucchini and sauté some more about 3-4 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients: kidney beans, coconut milk, diced tomatoes, soy sauce and lime juice. Stir.

Bring to a boil, then let simmer, partially covered for 30 minutes or so. Add a little water if you want it to be more soupy. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve over rice.

Serves: 8
www.webveg.com




Jamaican Rice and Beans

2 cloves garlic
1 stalk scallion (green onion), if not 1/2 white onion
1 vegetarian bouillon
1 scotch bonnet pepper (or any pepper )
salt to taste
1 cup Red Kidney Beans
2 cups Brown (white can be used)
2 0z. of dried coconut milk


Boil the beans in water until tender. Add water, coconut milk, rice and all seasonings. Be sure when adding the water that it covers the rice by 1 inch. (this will ensure that there is enough liquid to cook the rice). Bring to a boil then immediately turn down to a simmer until rice is soft.
Serves: 8
Preparation time: 20 min
www.webveg.com





Spiced Indian Kidney Beans

1 can (14-ounce size) red kidney beans
1/4 cup vegetable or olive oil
1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
1 medium onion, minced
2 teaspoons crushed garlic
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon minced red chili
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
8 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
1 large green chili, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon garam masala

Place beans in mesh colander and rinse under cool water. Set aside to drain. Heat oil over medium flame in medium saucepan. Add cardamom and onion, and cook until soft and golden, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, ginger and chili or red pepper flakes, and cook 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add coriander, cumin and turmeric. Cook for 2 minutes.

Add tomatoes and cook another 2 minutes. Add green chili, 1 tablespoon of cilantro leaves, salt and water. Increase heat to medium and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Add kidney beans and a pinch of the garam masala. Simmer another 8 minutes.

Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with remaining cilantro and garam masala.

This recipe from CDKitchen for Spiced Indian Kidney Beans serves/makes 4




Dr. Dick's Lean and Mean Kidney Bean Hash

2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
2 to 3 boiled potatoes, chilled and diced with skins still on
1 15-ounce can kidney beans
1/2 cup water
dash of salt
dash of pepper
dash of garlic powder
dash of Tabasco sauce
dash of Mrs. Dash seasoning

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. Sauté the onion until it's soft. Add the green and red peppers and sauté briefly.
Add the diced potatoes and mix well. Cook for 10 minutes, turning with a spatula every 2 minutes.
While the potato mixture cooks, rinse the beans well to remove the "go," then mash 1/2 to 2/3 of the beans with a potato masher. Mix the beans into the mixture in the frying pan, add 1/2 cup water, and cover. Cook over medium heat for another 5 minutes.
Season to taste. Serve.

This serves two or maybe just one very hungry person.
beanbible.com





Kidney Bean and Quinoa Burgers
www. seetbeetandgreenbean.net

kidney bean and quinoa patties
1/2 c dry kidney beans
1/2 c dry quinoa
1 tsp salt (divided)
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp cumin
1/4 c corn starch
1 tbsp olive oil (plus some for frying)

Soak the kidney beans a few hours ahead of time so they soften up and are easier to cook. The longer they soak activates their enzymes and starts breaking down their complex carbohydrates to help you digest them better.

Cook the beans with the quinoa in 2 cups of water covered on low heat for about 20-30 minutes until most of the water has cooked off and the beans and quinoa are tender.

Let cool for at least 10 minutes.

In a medium sized bowl mash the beans with a potato masher or fork so there arn’t big chunks. Mix in the spices, corn starch and oil.

In a medium-sized frying pan heat up some olive oil (i used 1 tablespoon per patty) over medium heat. fry the patties until they are brown on each side, which should take about 1-2 minutes.

You’ll notice the patties will turn a nice toasty brown, not unlike the color of an actual hamburger. Serve immediately or keep warm on a plate in the oven at 200F.
yields 6 patties




Veggie Burgers with Mushrooms
Food Network Magazine

www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/veggie-b
urgers-with-mushrooms-recipe/index.html


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Portuguese Kale Soup
Recipe courtesy of Gertrude’s Gallery


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup diced onions
1/2 diced turnips
1/2 cup diced carrots
1 bunch kale, stemmed and roughly chopped
6 ounces chopped chourico (spicy Portuguese sausage), or chorizo
3 bay leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
6 cups beef stock
1 cup kidney beans
6 ounces diced tomatoes
10 ounces diced potatoes

In a large stock pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, onions, turnips and carrots and cook for 5 minutes. Add the kale, chourico, bay leaves, parsley and thyme and mix well. Add the beef stock, beans and tomatoes. Bring the soup to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring salted water to a boil and add the diced potatoes. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain the potatoes and add them to the soup.

Remove the bay leaves and serve hot.

  
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POSITIVELYREADY 3/21/2010 12:18PM

    Usually love your recipe blogs but I don't like kidney beans either. I am going to try the recipes but substitute beans.

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SAMTHEMAN60 3/20/2010 9:57AM

    I can n ow see they are really healthy for you but I don't like them either.

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DIGBOI 3/18/2010 9:38PM

    emoticon For all those yummy recipes. I see you are a great cook. You are so sweet sharing it with all of us. emoticon

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NO_SNOW_BODY 3/18/2010 8:55PM

    looks like I need to eat more kidney beans

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SWIM_2_SLIM 3/18/2010 8:50PM

    I love them! When I was little, I thought my Mom had put mashed potatoes in the middle cause that is what it looked like to me! Just pretend that is is good for you potato that has extra protein in it!!! emoticon

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FITNESSFOODIE 3/18/2010 7:11PM

    Kidney beans are my least favorite also, but I appreciate all the info and recipes! emoticon

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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/18/2010 7:10PM

    The kidney bean is my least favorite bean also. I can eat them in chili and my sister-in-law makes a taco soup that is delicious, kidney beans and everything. I am going to have to try some of your recipes soon. Thanks for sharing all of that information.
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JWENZEL723 3/18/2010 2:58PM

    i throw some kidney beans in my salad from time to time - yum!

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/18/2010 12:08PM

    I love Kidney beans I don't want to try the Canelloni Beans for some reason. lol

Most people don't like them because of there grainy texture I can handle the kidney beans but I really don't eat them often only when I go to a Salad bar and they are there I have them.

They are very healthy from what you posted they help with high blood pressure, they regulate your blood sugar and heart disease.

They have B1 vitamin and folic acid they have lots of nutrients that's a plus, I think I'll start eating them more and during the summer on salad for a more healthier and refreshing meal. emoticon

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TSWARTHOUT 3/18/2010 11:54AM

    I love kidney beans....black beans are my favorite though. Thank you for the recipes. I am going to try some of them just for something different. I also thank you for the information. I knew they were good for me but....geesssh. Anyways...I hope you grow to like them:)

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/18/2010 11:49AM

    I LOVE KIDNEY BEANS!

I picked a head of cauliflower which I have in the car with me to share with sis.

origianlly posted in wrong place. .UGH

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SKFEREBEE 3/18/2010 11:37AM

    Had these in chili last night. Great source of fiber! Can't wait to try the hash recipe. emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 3/18/2010 9:53AM

    what a wonderful bean of the week...............it's one of my favourites.......thanks for sharing...........blessings and hugs...............lita

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EGRAMMY 3/18/2010 8:41AM

    Could you put your blogs into a book I could buy for family members?

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MTNHIKER1971 3/18/2010 7:31AM

    I love these in salads. Thanks for the recipes. The kidney bean hash sounds interestingly good.

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DIANE929 3/18/2010 3:36AM

    I got into them years ago when my x~mother in law would add them to her cole slaw...yummmm..... emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/18/2010 2:42AM

    Okay, so here's my question..... how does one eat kidney beans.. or any other bean, RAW? Do you soak the dried beans, then rinse off and just eat them? I used to eat them straight out of the can, but I know that they have been cooked in order to be canned and now I don't eat anything out of a can anyway. SCOOP me my friend. Love ya, Dawn

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PATTK1220 3/18/2010 1:49AM

    I LOVE kidney beans (and cannelini beans, which are white kidney beans)! I like them plain. Soak them overnight; drain and replace the water. Cook for an hour or so, until tender. Don't salt until they're cooked. Add salsa, ranch dressing, or anything of your choice when serving ... I usually serve with brown rice to have a complete protein. They're delicious in salads, chili, soup. Just be sure you don't overcook them. Canned kidney beans are also good, but they're usually high in sodium. They also cost about 3x more than dried.

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IMVEGAN 3/18/2010 1:47AM

    Kidney beans are perfectly safe when cooked. Raw kidney beans can make you very sick. They should not be sprouted and eaten in an uncooked state. Cooking kidney beans take out all of dangerous substances. So don't worry about them just cook them and enjoy. (Canned kidney beans have been precooked.)

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/18/2010 1:40AM

    I pretty much love kidney beans. they are my favorite. I like adding a handful of them to a good salad for some extra protein and fiber and theya re great in chi8li.

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DEVORA4 3/18/2010 1:17AM

  As usual, you have done us all a huge service for your excellent blog. I have one problem, I don't know which receipe to make first emoticon

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 3/18/2010 12:37AM

    I like Kidney Beans too and I am having them in my salad tomorrow.
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WILLOW49 3/18/2010 12:33AM

    LOVE kidney beans, especially with rice. Yum, yum!
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I have read so many posts where members are not using their Nutrition Trackers and they wonder why they aren’t losing weight. One of the 1st things we as Sparkers do; to try to help them, to give them an answer is to go to their Spark Page to take a peak at their Nutrition Tracker. Most times than not, guess what - they have no Nutrition Tracker showing. Why? They ask for suggestions on what to do but how do we help them if we don’t know what they are eating.

Knowledge is key in our journey here on Spark People and if you don’t know how many calories you are consuming how can you expect to be successful? Two to one if you are not utilizing the Nutrition Tracker you don’t have a clue as to the number of calories you are eating.

Now before you say, “Maybe they just have their Trackers set to private.” Again I will say, two to one they don’t use it. If you are using your Tracker you know by looking at it what is going on unless of course you are on the dreaded plateau. You will already know why you aren’t losing weight.

The Nutrition Trackers give you a caloric range that you should be eating every day based on all of the data you entered in on your Start Page under the My Goals section on the left side of the page. When you go to the Nutrition Tracker you can track the glasses of water you drink as well as the food you eat.

So what is the problem? I keep hearing, “ I don’t have time to log my food in the Tracker.” Or, “ It doesn’t have all of the foods I eat in the database to track.” Unfortunately the 1st time you use it, it will be time consuming. However, if you take the time to sit down and enter the foods you eat the most and save them in your Tracker, your next time in will be a breeze. Foods that you do not find in there go to another site like http://www.calorie-charts.net/ or try http://www.thecaloriecounter.com. You then can enter the information you find into your Nutrition Tracker and remember to save it.
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If you have a lot of favorite recipes you make all of the time do yourself a favor and enter it into the Recipe Calculator under Spark Recipes. Yes it takes time the 1st time but pays off big time each time you cook that recipe.

Set up Food Groups in your Nutrition Tracker. This alone saves tons of time if you always eat the same breakfast or lunch. I often make a huge salad for dinner and I throw in everything but the kitchen sink. I sat down and put all of the ingredients down in one lump group and now every time I make a salad I just hit My Food Groupings and I am done. There are times when I might not have one of the usual ingredients I put in the salad so I just go down to that meal and remove that one food. When you hit My Groups it enters that food group under the meal you chose and lists it as individual ingredients, so it’s easy to remove or add a food from my salad list for the day. I may add avocado one night or pumpkin seeds for instance and rather than type out all of my ingredients I hit one button for my salad and one more to add lets say the avocado.

I will let you in on a secret I used to hate it when my Doctor told me to keep a Food Journal and I fought it tooth and nail. I made some of the same excuses some of you make as to why you don’t use yours. Sometimes I would break down and I would do it for a week and quit.

It was only after I got serious here on Spark People that I started using mine and that did not happen for a few weeks. I goofed off for the 1st 3 weeks. I love it now. It is like my best friend now. I can’t say enough good things about it. I will not eat anything till I log it in to make sure I have calories left to spend.

Now my tracking is super simple, quick all because I took the time out to load it up with what I normally ate. Don’t you think you are worth it to set aside sometime for you to do the same?




PS: Yes you hve to track all of those green beers you drink today. Happy St. Patty's Day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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EVILKLOWN 3/28/2010 4:18PM

    Yes, it's funny. I have very little compassion for someone who doesn't track but still complains. Most times I won't even leave a comment on someone's blog/page if they have their tracker or ticker hidden. I figure they're not really interested in taking action anyway. Today is my 430th day in a row of using the tracker.

After years of trying different things ... fad diets, exercising like crazy etc etc I had an epiphany ... if you eat less than you burn you WILL lose weight. It's just like the doctors have been saying for a hundred years ... no reason to go ape, no magic pills or diets ... just eat less than you burn.

So I went looking for a way to count calories. I didn't have the slightest idea of how many calories my body needed to maintain it's current weight or how many I should be eating etc -- so I Googled and found Spark and the nutrition tracker. It was the greatest find ever.

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FARLEY_GIRL 3/24/2010 12:07PM

    I am in a constant battle for tracking my food. I've come to realize that if it's not something I can measure the amount and nutritional info....I get off track and give up for several days. When I've been able to stick w/ the tracker, it has opened my eyes..

Thanks for the great tip about the Food groups....since I'm still really learning the system here, this tip will really help keep me going!!! emoticon

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KLONG8 3/23/2010 5:57PM

    Gee, do you think everyone fights the tracker for 3 weeks? I did. But once I tried it, I couldn't believe how it simplified things. And then when it reviews my day to tell me what I did right...and where I could make some positive changes? Well, it had me then for good!

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EMPOWEREDRUNNER 3/23/2010 5:44PM

    Okay, okay, I will start using the food tracker again..... tomorrow!! emoticon

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ACCT1908 3/23/2010 4:38PM

    Wow! This is the 3rd blog (including my own) I have read about the importance of tracking and nutrition as a tool for weight loss. Thank you for sharing!!

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NIKI778 3/22/2010 11:44AM

    The tracker is awesome, I use it everyday!! Using made me realize that I regularly was not eating enough protien, so now I make a much larger effort to get more protien everyday. I think it is THE BEST tool to use to see what changes need to be made in eating habits.

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RUNNING_LUCY 3/22/2010 12:51AM

    I love the tracker - it really opens your eyes to what you are taking in not only in calories but also sodium, carbs, fat, etc. I have only been using it for about 3 or 4 weeks now, but I can say that I am more aware of what I'm eating because of tracking my food intake. I'm not perfect and have only met the four main tracks (calories, carbs, fat, protein) a few times, but as I go from day to day I can tell that for the most part I am making better and better choices.

I would encourage all to use this great tool!

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ROCKINBUTTERFLY 3/21/2010 7:13PM

    Right on!

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RUNNERRUNNER 3/21/2010 3:41PM

    I love the tracker too!

I really related to this blog entry because my sister is also trying to lose weight and she refuses to track her calories and she keeps 'wondering' why she isn't losing weight! And the real kicker is her doctor had her on a well balanced diet where she was tracking calories before and she lost 20 pounds, but now she says it's too time consuming and she doesn't want to do it. I guess I'm just frustrated that she keeps asking me for help and doesn't understand why she isn't losing weight when the answer is so obvious to me.

Anyway, thanks for your blog, as you can tell it really hit a nerve with what I've been dealing with.

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SHIRLS2010 3/21/2010 1:22PM

    After three days of using the tracker I was amazed at just how much fat I've been eating. And too little protein. It really forces me to confront my eating habits head-on. Also it's great to be able to export the day's meals. Helps with making menus later on.

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PAPAMIKIE 3/21/2010 1:02AM

    I do not use the tracker here, but that is only because I start with WW and then CalorieKing and have a pattern of tracking my food and exercise there, it a way that works very well for me, and also I then have the data on my side of things so I can do anything I want with it.

Frankly, Sparks has a better model than either of the other two. Both have kind of a bartering system that you put in a base range and then get adjustments up for exercise you have done. The problem with that model is it leave people with the impression if you pig out you can just chase it with exercise, and so the obsession with tracking, Wii Bowling, and other calories that do not really mean much, as if by putting the calories into he computer will help your body to forget what it was stuffed with.

I always know what I ate, and how much, and it is still one of the standard questions when someone seems to be have a problem with the process working.

I am suspicious of statements like I am working out fairly hard and I think I am eating much better, but I am still not loosing weight. I say, how many and how of what do you mean by eating much better.

Gramie Leanna laughed that I weight the vegetable that went into my big bowl of cut up vegetables. Yeah, I weighted the carrots, the celery, the green pepers, the cucumbers, the zuccinie then stired it all up and took an estimate so that I had a good read on the make up of a cup of mulch. However, I lost weight consistently, because I know in detail what I ate and where I was at.

I agree the food tracker is one of the many great tools here, although I do not use it, I do track everything I eat, I just started using a different system and had it working well before I found sparks, and I figure why mess with what is working, but I do track my food in detail.

Again, I think the Spark model is better than he model I started with, but I made adjustments to that system so that it works well for me.

Thanks for the blog.

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FLYINGTIGER 3/21/2010 12:16AM

    I use it all the time. It's way better than the one I used in another system. No wonder, there are so many people in SparkPeople contributing, I am continually shocked at what has already been entered.

Though I generally keep my calories around 1,800 or just above, it's great to see when I really overdo it. I learn.

But a deeper analysis shows a couple of things: despite a lot of workouts and calories "in the ballpark" I'm not really losing weight. The second thing is that I'm eating too much sugar. I think my body is hanging on really tight to the high glycemic stuff. I haven't transitioned to the Stage 2 of the SparkPeople Diet, so maybe some of my portion estimates are off.

But the value of the SparkPeople System is people like you discussing all of this in an informed way. IT'S VERY HELPFUL!!!

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CHEFGIA1 3/20/2010 5:08PM

    I think the tracker is the most important tool...it is at times a surprise how many calories are really in food! It keeps me on track! emoticon

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NOWEAPON 3/20/2010 4:38PM

    This tool is my best friend. I use it all of the time. It has helped me to develop a god habbit. If I don't know the numbers, it doesn't get eaten by me. I know several foods by heart.

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ALYFITN 3/20/2010 4:18PM

    The food tracker is one of the best features of SP. It is way better than an old-fashioned food journal. It's easy.

I got a friend to join SP and she complained about the tracker. I forgot about the initial effort to create favorites in the drop down menu and make food groupings. I love trying new SP recipes and the ease of entering them. I enjoy searching what other sparkers have entered for my occasional restaurant meals. The tracker is great! Great blog. emoticon

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GOBSTOPPER1 3/20/2010 3:13PM

  I love it i have never seen a print out so thorough before i love being able to type it all in and see where i'm going and what i need to do, thanks for such a great websight. emoticon emoticon

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DEBRABUF 3/20/2010 2:34PM

    So right on..thanks for taking the time to share!

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JULIEB45 3/20/2010 1:43PM

    You are so right..taking the time to enter all your favorite foods you eat again and again only takes a little time. Even grouping foods is a time saver..I eat 3 different breakfast meals..makes it easy and quick to add it. Tracking nutrition is something I believe a lot of people do not want to take the time to do..it can be daunting. but it sure takes the guessing out of gee how many calories did I eat today. There have been many many times where I thought I had calories to spare..its a wake up.
Its really a wake up when your having a bad eating day and you log that candy you ate , or those cookies!

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VIRGOGURL4 3/20/2010 2:17AM

    I used to hate the idea of having a food diary. And guess what? I STILL do. But I have the Nutrition Tracker now, which is WAY better. I find it fun to put in all the info, because the SparkPeople web designer made the tracker so easy to use and practical. Plus, the color scheme is pretty. Woo-hoo for the Tracker :-D

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JESSICA_0029 3/19/2010 10:52PM

    Thanks for always being helpful. You were the one to help me when I first started. You told me I should use the food tracker and I have been hooked ever sense. Thanks for always helping everyone. You are soooooooo emoticon

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SHRIMPCHIC 3/19/2010 10:36PM

    some days I go way under and some way over!

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VICTORIANUT 3/19/2010 8:21PM

    I'd be lost without the tracker but no lost pounds that's for sure, love it!

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ABALOGH 3/19/2010 8:53AM

    I use mine every day and boy was I surprised the first day it made me realize just how much I actually eat. HOLY MOLY. No wonder I am overweight. Now I can track and LOOSE IT...

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ILOVESP 3/19/2010 7:27AM

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LEOLO_1 3/19/2010 1:07AM

    This is great info! I use my tracker faithfully but have it set to private because I put every bite in there and might be embarrassed to put that handful of chocolate chips if I knew someone besides me was going to see it... so it is private but I attempt to remember and log everything...

I want to do a big salad food group - thanks so much!



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JESSICA11327 3/19/2010 12:58AM

    I couldn't agree more! I think the tracker is key to losing weight! I couldn't believe the nutritional value of some of the foods I was eating previous to my sparkpeople experience!

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ANDI_3K 3/18/2010 10:54PM

    I'd love to use it...but I have not figured out how yet! I think I need them to write a book called "SparkPeaople for Dummies"! I do think the suggestion is a great one tho'

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MIS2101 3/18/2010 10:29PM

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DOITB450 3/18/2010 10:13PM

    I really think the tracker is the key to losing. No telling how many calories I was eating prior to tracking. A friend once told me to count calories and I didn't know where to begin. The tracker is so easy and once you put in your favorites it is simple. I just started using on my Blackberry this week and absolutely LOVE IT! So easy to track no matter where I am. Very good blog:)

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GREENSCRAPCAT 3/18/2010 9:56PM

    I love the nutrition tracker, although mine is set to private. I can't believe what I was eating before! YIKES! emoticon

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NANASNOW 3/18/2010 9:46PM

    My tracker is private for the time being as I am still in the infancy stage and am not always sure of the foods I am eating. I am using the tracker everyday for meals and so on. I still measure everything, boy did you ever think that you might be eating soo much?! We stopped at a local restaurant and the salad they gave me will feed me tomorrow too! Got the box up front and packed it up! DH said, you didn't eat much, my reply, that is the idea. Did sneak a couple fries, ok four!

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SEMUSPARK 3/18/2010 8:03PM

    I think the tracker is the key to real results on spark. I only see the pounds drop when I'm deliberate about tracking everything I eat.

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JEANETTEST1 3/18/2010 5:29PM

    I love the nutrition tracker even though I don't have mine public. It has been an eye opening experience this first week at Sparkle people, a HUGE eye opener for me!! I am so grateful to have found this website!!

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MAMAGRANDY 3/18/2010 5:26PM

    The nutrition tracker got me through a rough time after surgery where I couldn't workout or even lift a thing for 6 weeks. I was so freaked out I was going to gain the weight back that I had already lost. That is when I found Sparkpeople.com again...I dove in and use it religously! I eeven got my hubby into tracking his food after he saw it working so good for me.

So I guess basically, I am just giving this blog a great big DITTO! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 3/18/2010 4:29PM

    I looked at the tracker - and felt overwhelmed. I've just finished my first week here at SP. After your post, I'm going to give it another shot. Thanks.

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SALLY4ORTH 3/18/2010 2:15PM

    Just knowing that I will have to "admit" to eating something I shouldn't on my publicly available tracker will keep me on track!

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SCAVARET 3/18/2010 12:45PM

    I find that using the Nutrition Tracker really motivates me. Everytime I log in to enter what I eat, I find that I browse through some blogs or check some Sparkpages. It keeps me on track with the mindset of eating healthy. I know it sounds lame, but I get a thrill from entering in my food choices and seeing if I'm staying in range each day. It's kind of a game, but with a wonderful award. It helps me "keep my eyes on the prize" - a healthier and happier me!
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TEDYBEAR2838 3/18/2010 11:48AM

    I LOVE KIDNEY BEANS!

I picked a head of cauliflower which I have in the car with me to share with sis-n-law

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A_LITTLE_TLC 3/18/2010 9:31AM

  I use the tracker all the time and when my husband saw me using it he wanted to start SP too. He has become a tracking fanatic. I didn't know about the food grouping thing you can do. I need to figure out how to do that.

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A_LITTLE_TLC 3/18/2010 9:31AM

  I use the tracker all the time and when my husband saw me using it he wanted to start SP too. He has become a tracking fanatic. I didn't know about the food grouping thing you can do. I need to figure out how to do that.

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A_LITTLE_TLC 3/18/2010 9:30AM

  I use the tracker all the time and when my husband saw me using it he wanted to start SP too. He has become a tracking fanatic. I didn't know about the food grouping thing you can do. I need to figure out how to do that.

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KITERLOU 3/18/2010 6:17AM

    I am a faithful user of the Nutrition Tracker, but I learned something new from your post. I did not know about the Recipe Calculator. Thanks so much!

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SWIM_2_SLIM 3/17/2010 11:26PM

    I was on here 2 1/2 years soaking up all the great info on here plus doing even more research on everything that I was learning, but until I got serious about the food tracker, I was getting nowhere fast with weight loss. It is a very important tool to start to use. And like everyone one else, I wanted to be lazy and not do it but I found out that I was under eating and was always fatigued. So using the tracker became a win-win situation!!!

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MIMAWELIZABETH 3/17/2010 10:09PM

    Entering my food data on the Spark tracker is PRIORITY NUMBER ONE! Keeping a food diary in the past was the most valuable tool I used, but it was a LOT of work, both mentally and time-wise. Discovering Spark's tracker was a thrill! It eliminates most of the work involved, doing the calorie and nutrition research, and adding up the numbers - PLUS tracking nutrients and preparing a variety of reports!

I agree, if people are serious about eating healthier - not just for those who wish to lose weight - keeping accurate food records is absolutely ESSENTIAL. Your blog is very informative, and I hope people who read it who aren't tracking now understand how important it is!

However, I do want to say I disagree with the necessity of making the Nutrition Tracker public. If someone wants help specifically with their food plan, then YES, I understand the need. However, I believe there are many Sparkers who DO do their trackers, but want their food records to be private. Don't forget, people who chose to make their trackers public allow ANYONE with access to the internet to see those records.

I personally would never make my tracker public, but I enter my data unfailingly. There are many reasons why a person would feel the same way, without there being a lack on their part as far as recording. Especially when someone has emotional issues with food - such as shame and abuse, which is my case - it gets complicated.

I know that I can be completely honest, no matter what I did or didn't eat, because I am the only person who sees my tracker. I have kept painstakingly accurate records on Spark - no fudging, adjusting, shifting, rationalizing, or whatever! If I do need to share the information, such as with my doctor, I can print out whatever I need or want.

On this point, however, there is NO DOUBT:
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Nutrition Tracking is the way to go!

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CKENTFIELD 3/17/2010 9:41PM

    Yes, I love the typing up my recipe so I can track them. Also don't forget to update your goal on the start page every 10 lbs or so or else SP will not update your cal range (figured that out the hard way). emoticon

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 3/17/2010 8:42PM

    I began to use Daily Plate at Livestrong just a short time before joining Spark. By then I'd put the effort into learning DP and chose not to go through the process again here, as I'm something of a technidiot with low tolerance for high-tech frustration. Livestrong has revised DP and will be phasing out the one I'm adept at, so I may bite the non-caloric bullet and transfer the balance of my affections over here.

Shh, I'm usually steadfast in tracking, but when I fall off the wagon, I skip. And those are the times when it's even more important to track. Hmm, a cowardly technidiot.

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TOFUTONI 3/17/2010 7:28PM

    emoticon after reading this I do see how important it it is. I am going to try to set up food groups like you said. Didn't know I could do that. I will also go in and log everything into my Food Log too.

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EMSMOMME 3/17/2010 7:20PM

    Thanks for this blog! On my spark page it says I have been a member since 08 or something crazy like that.. that is only because my friend, CJBBUGS, started using SP and told me about it and wanted me to join. Well I did and I took one look at that Nutrition Tracker and thought... hell no am I doing this every day and logged off the site! LOL Then in February '10 I had been working out since October and hadn't really been losing any weight another friend AXM19something (LOL) mentioned she had just joined SP... I went to the website, logged in, and have been tracking my food intake ever since :-) I still think they have my calories set too high but other than that I love having a log of my food! I also am loving all the super sweet, super smart people I have met!!
hugs,
Terri

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DARA52 3/17/2010 6:54PM

    Going out there now to update for today! Thanks, Yvonne. I have gotten lazy about it.

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/17/2010 6:48PM

    After reading your blog, I hope a lot more people start using the tracker. You are right, it takes a bit to get all your foods in there, but once you do, it takes almost no time at all. It tracks the nutrients that are so essential to keep in balance and this way I know to adjust and what to adjust.

It's a great tool.

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Tidbits about the Raw Food Diet

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The very 1st book I ever read was: Nature's First Law: The Raw-Food Diet. written by David Wolfe. I have been reading/studying Raw Food for years so all of this info is in my head. Just google it and you will come up with a myriad of sources.

I first got involved with Raw Food myself when my Sister was diagnosed with Stage 2 Lymphoma. She was looking at different therapies instead of going the chemo/radiation route. I had been reading about Raw Food and the benefits for years. I was interested but never took the plunge.

I had read a lot about the Raw Food Diet and Cancer. There are Doctors out there that recommended a Raw Food Diet for patients that had no hope of recovery. The Raw Food Diet put the Cancer in remission. It did not eliminate it because as soon as the patient started eating "cooked" food again the Cancer came back. Cancer feeds on cooked food and processed sugar. Natural sugar found in fruit is OK. Too much information for someone who knows nothing about Raw Food. You really have to get into it and read up on it.

As far as my arthritis goes when I am on Raw Food my arthritis is no more. The very minute I start eating "cooked food" and especially animal protein it is back with a vengeance. Most Doctor's including those you see for arthritis will not tell you to stop eating meat to eliminate the inflammation. It is the inflammation that aggravates arthritis in your body. If you ask your Arthritis Doctor flat out about the meat connection if he has studied nutrition he should tell you to remove it from your diet. Unfortunately Nutrition is not a course required for a medical degree and if they do take a course in it nutrition, it is usually just one course. They do not believe in treating the source of the disease. Most doctors believe in prescribing drugs to mask it.

The time I was following the Raw Food Diet I was not sick a day. No headaches, no colds, sore throats, aches or pains, sinus issues, allergies - Nothing. It was wonderful.

Why aren't I doing it now 100%? I love my fruits and veggies but it is hard to get into a routine where you eat no more cooked food. Goodbye to my beloved curries, goodbye to my veggie/pasta dishes, goodbye to my bean soups, goodbye grains and grain salads. It is a huge change in the way you eat. Yes I can eat raw curries and raw soups and they are good but it is not the same. I have eaten the raw curries in Raw Food restaurants but I have never made a raw curry. I have made raw soups and they are delish! I have a huge collection of Raw Food recipes.

What would even make me try something like this? I laid out the basics to my Sister for her to do to see if her Cancer went into remission. If that failed she could always go the Chemo route. She looked me square in the eye and said if you think that sounds so easy to do why don't you do it 1st and we will see how it goes. I turned slightly away from her and under my breath issues a few expletives and then turned to face her with a smile on my face and said OK. You are on. The rest is history. I loved it because I felt so good while I was following the plan.

My Sister tried it and lasted only a couple of days. She could not get her husband to embrace the Raw Food Diet so she had to cook his food and then make hers separate. It was too much temptation because she had the cooked right there in front of her. She does try to eat at least one Raw meal a day but she is not following the Raw Food Diet. She still requests I whip up a batch of Raw Pizza when she comes over to visit. Explaining what Raw Pizza is will have to wait for another day.

Think you might want to dabble in the world of Raw Food; you might not want to jump in and give us cooked foods cold turkey. It would be easier to take baby steps. The easiest meal to go Raw is breakfast. You could eat various raw fruits for breakfast and throughout the morning hours till Lunch. Or you could have a big salad every day for lunch.

Another good option would be to do a Raw Food Cleanse. You eat NO cooked food for at least a week. You drink plenty of water. You only eat fresh fruits and veggies. You cannot use bottled salad dressing on your salads. You can dress them with a little extra virgin olive oil and fresh squeezed lemons or limes.

You can drink fruit smoothies and/or green smoothies made with just fruits or vegetables. No milk, yogurt or tofu - just raw fruits and veggies in the smoothies.

  
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JESSICA_0029 3/19/2010 10:46PM

    Love all this info it is so helpful! emoticon

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TRIMMAMA2 3/18/2010 2:30PM

    Thanks for all the great info. I just bought the Montel Williams' Health Master Blender. I'm really getting excited about green smoothies and the raw food diet. My daughter recently received a kidney transplant and is on all these immuno suppressant drugs, but she still drinks a little green smoothie and my husband is also drinking green smoothies. We are determined to get and stay healthy as a family. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge concerning the raw food diet and best wishes for a speedy recovery. emoticon

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SWIM_2_SLIM 3/17/2010 10:34PM

    Yes your blogs are quite intriguing to say the least! I have been throwing the idea around in my head. I'm just not sure how easy that would really be. Plus wouldn't that tend to be an overload of fiber for your system since you are to have 60 or less per day? How could you get enough protein without too much fat from eating nuts? How do you keep your body from craving hot food? So many questions...

I would really like to get rid of my arthritis and the problems associated with it.

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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/17/2010 9:58PM

    I have never heard of the Raw Diet, but it sounds interesting. There are many days I eat raw vegetables for lunch. I mix them up. I love raw baby carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, green peppers, etc. They make me feel full for quite a while. Thank you for the information.
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EMSMOMME 3/17/2010 7:44PM

    you are making me "curiouser" and "curiouser" ;-)

Not sure I can go raw but I do plan to research it more!

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POSITIVELYREADY 3/17/2010 12:17PM

    Huh, never heard about this. I need more information please.

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DS9KIE 3/17/2010 12:27AM

    great blog

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MOMSLIM 3/16/2010 10:04PM

    Very interesting.... something to look into. I suffer from IBS and many intolerances. So something to consider.

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HIGHLIFE73 3/16/2010 9:11PM

    I did a 75% raw foods diet 2 summers ago to help my arthritist, & Fibro. My headaches went away and my complexion was the best it ever has been. I ate raw foods all day except supper I ate fish & steamed veggies. But I went Vegan this month so the raw foods would be good for me to try now keep me out of kitchen a lot more. My only problem with raw foods diet is I ate raw nuts with breakfast and lunch, that is a lot of fat. I guess I will see. I have always wanted to try smoothies good excuse.

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RUN2MYDREAMS 3/16/2010 8:37PM

    Can you have frozen fruits in the smoothies? Like frozen strawberries? So you would eat only raw f/v and that's it huh? Something to definitely consider trying!

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DOLLIE6 3/16/2010 3:31PM

    What about roasted vegetables? Is that still not raw?
Have you meet Mimi Kirk on Facebook? She is a vegan that is 71 and looks way younger.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/16/2010 2:55PM

    going to give it a shot. Love ya, Dawn

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/16/2010 1:40PM

    I really would like to try that. I will consider it for sure. I love raw foods. I suppose it would not cost more than buying all that junk to make recipes. Think of all the purchases you would cut out. Maybe when I get back from my trip I will do that and see how I feel!

Thanks for all the information. You sure give us lots of things to "chew" on besides foods!

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PORTERSGAL 3/16/2010 12:20PM

    Good Info

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ISLANDRITER 3/16/2010 12:03PM

    Good info. and definitely want to research the whole thing. I am interested in how to get the benefits without the digestive problems that can happen. Maybe a trade-off with seeing how it goes and what to do about problems that happen. Thanks, Mary

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AMABILE75 3/16/2010 11:38AM

    Very interesting. I've always been curious about these things, but never really researched it. Thanks for sharing this info!

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AHEALTHIERME9 3/16/2010 11:29AM

    Thank you... I was wondering about the salad dressing!

You gave me some good information here.

I will start out with one meal, maybe two, a day. But I love the concept!

I'll let you know how it's going :)

Deb

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STARTWME 3/16/2010 11:10AM

    I might try raw food for a day or two and see if there is a change in my headaches. I wake up almost every morning with a headache.
It would be hard to give up oatmeal in the morning. My lunch is often raw.

This morning I took honey and cider vinegar for inflammation. I hurt my thumb and it is badly bruised. I don't want it to get inflamed to boot.
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MTNHIKER1971 3/16/2010 10:59AM

    You know, when you first mentioned raw food, I was picturing raw red meat (shudders)

But drinking fruit smoothies sounds kinda cool, but for a whole week? Now that's a challenge.

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L*I*T*A* 3/16/2010 10:13AM

    great information............sounds very interesting and worth discovering evn a few times per week.........thanks for sharing............blessings and hugs............lita

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GOLDENGIRL88 3/16/2010 9:45AM

    Good info! Thanks a ton! emoticon

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EGRAMMY 3/16/2010 9:28AM

    Thank you for being both informative and personal.

I also think I heard Dr. Oz tell one of the men to try raw veggies and fruits for 2 weeks. And my own Dr. told me to do no processed foods for a month. That seems pretty close to raw.

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WILLOW49 3/16/2010 9:17AM

    I know a eating raw would be good for me, but not sure I could ever do it. I worry about getting enough protein as I can't eat beans, etc. I'm going to try eating at least 1 raw meal a day, though!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 3/16/2010 8:22AM

    How is your sister doing?

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GEORGANNE39 3/16/2010 7:20AM

    I don't think I could live on enrirely raw food, but I have been having more all the time, and I do really feel so much better. I also thought I would never be able to give up the other foods I have, though. So maybe? LOL!

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THINMAMAWARD 3/16/2010 6:53AM

    I would not last on raw foods diet alone. I could implement a big part of raw foods in what I currently have. I would end up like your sister and have to make 2 dinners. Not happening, but it is worth looking into for some of the recipes you mentions to give a try. Thanks

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DEVORA4 3/16/2010 4:36AM

  I am not surprised that I enjoyed reading your blog. You are one of the best in Spark and I will always vote for you. Thanks Your Spark Pal devora4 emoticon emoticon

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PENNYAN45 3/16/2010 2:32AM

    I have noticed that some of my SP friends spent time eating a raw food diet. I don't think it's something that I could do - it's such a radical change. It is interesting, though, to read about your arthritis disappearing with it. Thanks for all the information.

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LINDA25427 3/16/2010 2:22AM

    I don't think that I would last on the all raw food diet got to have my raspberry dressing over my salads and raw brocolli and califlower. Thanks for sharing . God bless. emoticon emoticon

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SPMOM2 3/16/2010 2:18AM

    this sounds interesting, how about protein contents and other nutrients.

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ANNESTARR 3/16/2010 2:12AM

    Another great blog post--thank you so much! Anne emoticon

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/16/2010 2:00AM

    Great post and I've got one thing right Breakfast and Lunch are probably the easiest meals to eat raw. emoticon

Which was my plan to start there first I think I would probably eat a salad for Dinner as well. Seems easiest I know I know it can be boring but playing it safe to master this is probably the safest way to go.

I was wondering about tofu and yogurt in smoothies, you answered my question and I was already thinking that. emoticon What about Peanut Butter or any other butters is that considered raw? Only if I make it myself with just the nuts?

I definitely need a Vita Mix I don't have one but I do have a juicer which will help.

This is a big challenge I need to plan when is the best time to start this. Also not sure if you heard about this but did see it in a thread where you can have oatmeal and almond milk or maybe water to make it raw sitting all night in the fridge so the oatmeal can be a bit edible is that ok?

wow I think I a lot of produce needs to be purchased I would think I will be hungry until I get use to this.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/16/2010 1:10AM

    Wow! That would be kind of extreme. But probably healthier for me.

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L3DESIGNS 3/16/2010 12:47AM

    Thanks for sharing. I`ve read some things about it, but not too sure about switching...

I can do a salad for a meal, with lots of fruit or veggies. Not too sure about going 100% raw though.



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ASHLEEWEBART 3/16/2010 12:28AM

    The fact that it helped you so much with the arthritis when you followed the raw food diet, is news to me. I am glad you shared that. I am trying to eat more raw fruits and veggies and your blog inspires me to try harder, and do it more.

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DARA52 3/16/2010 12:27AM

    Yikes! I might have to try for a day or so but don't think I could give up cooked food entirely. No more cooked sweet potatoes!
Oh no.

But I certainly can do a salad a day and I always use lemon oil and lemon juice. Yum... And I eat a ton of raw veggies. But not fruit. It makes my blood sugar go up. But, maybe I'll give it a try for a day or two and see what happens.

Love reading all the info. And you go, Yvonne. I just went out to the Popular Blogs and you had 4 going on! Wow!!

Love the info. thanks!


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Cabbage the Vegetable of the Week

Monday, March 15, 2010

You did not have to be psychic to guess this would be the vegetable of the week. Cabbage is on sale all over the place due to St. Patrick’s Day this week. These recipes however are not your Momma’s cabbage recipes for St. Patty’s Day. Most of them are my own creations and the 1st two the Cabbage Slaw with a Twist and the Rainbow Cabbage Slaw are already in Spark Recipes ready to be tracked on your Nutrition Tracker.

Eating cabbage is a good way to add increase the consumption of cruciferous vegetables that are packed with cancer-preventive phytonutrients. Other members of the cruciferous family are broccoli, brussel sprouts, collards, and kale. I have blogged about all of these now except broccoli so you know that is coming soon.


You have many types of cabbage to choose from:



Green cabbage is the most common used of the cabbages. When you say cabbage most people automatically picture this cabbage in their mind.

Red Cabbage is actually purple in color. All cabbages are high in vitamin C but red cabbage has twice the amount of Vitamin C of the other cabbages.

Savoy Cabbage is generally eaten cooked. It has a mild flavor. Its appearance is slightly different from the other cabbages because it has crimped or curly leaves that are loose on the head of the cabbage compared to green or red cabbage.

Bok Choy is a Chinese Cabbage with long white stems with green leaves. It is one of the ingredients of various soups, stews, and stir-fry dishes in Asian dishes.

Napa Cabbage is also a Chinese Cabbage with elongated light green crinkled leaves with fat white compacted leaves. It is a sweeter and the most mild of all of the cabbages.



Health Benefits:

Cabbage is rich in the following nutrients.

Vitamin A: responsible for the protection of your skin and eyes.

Vitamin C: an all important anti-oxidant and helps the mitochondria to burn fat.

Vitamin E: a fat soluble anti-oxidant, which plays a role in skin integrity.

Vitamin B: helps maintain integrity of nerve endings and boosts energy metabolism.

The health benefits of cabbage include treatment of constipation, stomach ulcers, headache, excess weight, skin disorders, eczema, jaundice, scurvy, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, eye disorders, heart diseases, ageing, and Alzheimer's disease.

Recent studies show that those eating the most cruciferous vegetables have a much lower risk of prostate, colorectal and lung cancer-even when compared to those who regularly eat other vegetables.


Cabbage has been found to promote Gastrointestinal Health
Recent research has greatly advanced scientists' understanding of just how Brassica family vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts may help prevent colon cancer.


Optimize Your Cells' Detoxification / Cleansing Ability
Cabbage is a good detoxifier it purifies blood and removes toxins (primarily free radicals and uric acid which is major cause for rheumatism, gout, arthritis, renal calculi, skin diseases, eczema, hardening and de-colorization of skin etc.). This detoxifying effect of cabbage is due to the presence of vitamin C and sulphur.


Promote Women's Health
Much research has focused on the beneficial phytonutrients in cabbage, particularly its indole-3-carbinole (I3C), sulforaphane, and indoles. These two compounds help activate and stabilize the body's antioxidant and detoxification mechanisms that dismantle and eliminate cancer-producing substances. I3C has been shown to improve estrogen detoxification and to reduce the incidence of breast cancer.


Red Cabbage Protective against Alzheimer's Disease
In Alzheimer's disease, an increase in the production or accumulation of a protein called beta-amyloid protein results in brain cell damage and death from oxidative (free radical) stress. Antioxidant polyphenols abundant in red cabbage, particularly its anthocyanins, can protect brain cells against the damage caused by amyloid-beta protein, suggests a study published in Food Science and Technology.

Red cabbages contain significantly more protective phytonutrients than white cabbages. The vitamin C equivalent, a measure of antioxidant capacity, of red cabbages is six to eight times higher than that of white cabbage.


Cardiovascular Benefits

Consumption of cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage, is known to reduce the risk of a number of cancers, especially lung, colon, breast, ovarian and bladder cancer. Now, research reveals that crucifers provide significant cardiovascular benefits as well.

Sources:
www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=fo
odspice&dbid=19


ezinearticles.com/?The-Health-Benefi
ts-of-Cabbage&id=78014


www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/veg
etable/health-benefits-of-cabbage.html







Coleslaw with a Twist (In Spark Recipes for tracking)

4 cups thinly shredded cabbage
1 small apple sliced thin strips
¼ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup dried cranberries
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
½ of fresh squeezed lemon – can substitute reconstituted lemon juice
salt to taste
pinch of cayenne pepper

1.Slice your cabbage as thin as you can unless you use pre-packaged shredded cabbage.

2. Leaving the skin on slice a small apple into thin slices. It looks even prettier if you can julienne the apple strips.

3. Mix cabbage, apple, walnuts, and dried cranberries in a large salad bowl.

4. Dress with 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, salt and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to taste.

5. Mix thoroughly - you do not want patches of cayenne pepper in a few bites only.
Number of Servings: 4




Rainbow Coleslaw (In Spark Recipes for tracking)

4 cups shredded cabbage
1 medium red pepper
1 medium yellow pepper
1 medium green pepper
I mango
1 Tbsp. olive oil
juice of ½ lemon – can use reconstituted lemon juice
salt
dash of cumin
dash of cayenne


Slice your cabbage into fine shreds – not a thick cut.

Thinly slice the 3 different colored peppers. I do mine on a mandoline and then cut the rings in half.

Peel and cube a fresh mango or use defrosted frozen chunks but then you need to cut them into smaller cubes.

Throw all of the veggies and mango in a large salad bowl.

Dress with 1 olive oil, lemon juice, salt, a sprinkle of cumin, and a sprinkle of cayenne. I just drizzle the olive oil all over the veggies and do same with lemon juice and then sprinkle on the seasonings to taste. I do not mix the dressing in a separate bowl. You are only using 1 Tbsp. of olive oil and you need every drop for the salad to taste good – so dress it right there in the bowl.





Red Cabbage with Apples

medium head red cabbage shredded
2 large tart apple, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 large onion
2 tablespoons butter
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar

In a Dutch oven or large deep skillet, melt butter; add cabbage and apple slices, mixing well. Add bay leaf and salt and pepper to taste. cover and cook over low heat for about 10 minutes. Add wine, vinegar and sugar; stir to mix well. Cover and cook for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Serves 4 to 6.



Red Cabbage Curry

1 small head red cabbage, shredded
2 large red potatoes, cut into 1/2 in cubes
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 tsp caraway seeds
2 tbsp curry powder powder
1 cup grated carrots
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup water or vegetable stock

Steam potatoes until tender, set aside. Sauté onions in oil until translucent. Add caraway and curry powder to onions, adding enough water to make a paste. Add potatoes, cabbage and carrots and about one half cup of water or stock. Cook until cabbage and carrots are just tender. Serve hot on bed of brown, basmati or jasmine rice.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member
/views/RED-CABBAGE-CURRY-50001887#ixzz
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I have a go to recipe for Bok Choy that I go to time and time again. I make this so much I can do it in my sleep. I also like garlic so please feel free to cut the garlic amount down.


Bok Choy


2 lbs baby bok choy
6 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
Salt or soy sauce to taste

Rinse and trim bok choy, removing any discolored leaves. Baby bok choy can be left whole but I tend to quarter it.

Slice garlic as thinly as possible.

Add the oil in a large frying pan or sauté pan over medium heat add garlic. Cook till translucent and then I will add a little water or broth to the oil add bok choy, sprinkle with salt or say sauce, stir, cover, and cook for about 5 minutes till wilted and tender.

Season to taste with salt or soy sauce.

I will put this over marinated tofu that I have pan fried in a Tbsp. of sesame oil. I usually make the marinade hot and spicy. The hot and spicy goes nicely with the sweet of the bok choy. Under the tofu is a bed of either brown basmati or jasmine rice. I could eat this dish every night of the week.



Shrimp–and–Bok Choy Stir-Fry with Crispy Noodles
Recipe by Takashi Yagihashi

Chef Way Takashi Yagihashi cooks scallops, squid and shrimp in stock, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, chili oil, sesame oil and mirin, then tops the dish with crispy deep-fried noodles.

Healthier Way Stir-fry shrimp in a small amount of oil and top with a light sprinkling of crunchy instant ramen noodles.

To view recipe click here:
foodandwine.com/recipes/shrimp-and-b
ok-choy-stir-fry-with-crispy-noodles





Nappa Cabbage Salad

1/2 cup slivered almonds
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 pound napa cabbage, chopped
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Freshly ground pepper

In a bowl, mix the oil, vinegar, soy sauce and sugar. Add the cabbage, scallions and cilantro and toss. Add the almonds and season with pepper. Toss again and serve.

Note: You can toast the almonds if you like prior to assembling the salad





Stir Fry Napa Cabbage

1 pound Napa Cabbage
6 large garlic clove s
1 bunch scallions
2 Tbsp. of sesame or peanut oil
2 - 3 tsp. chile paste, to taste
1 Tbsp. Chinese rice wine, dry sherry, or white wine
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. sugar
1 - 2 tsp. soy sauce, optional
1 tsp. cornstarch mixed in 4 tsp. water


Rinse the cabbage and pat dry. Remove the leaves and cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces. Finely chop the garlic. Rinse the scallions and cut into 1-inch lengths.

Heat the wok and add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the chile paste. Stir-fry for 30 seconds, then add the garlic. Stir-fry for a few seconds until fragrant, and then add the cabbage.

Stir-fry the cabbage for 1 minute, splashing with the rice wine or dry sherry and stirring in the salt.

Add the water. Turn down the heat, cover, and simmer the cabbage for 3 minutes.

Turn the heat back to medium-high. Stir in the sugar and green onion. Stir in the soy sauce if desired.

Push the cabbage to the sides of the wok. Give the cornstarch and water mixture a quick stir and add it in the middle, stirring quickly to thicken. Cook briefly to mix everything together. Serve hot over rice noodles, basmati, or jasmine rice. I use brown basmati or brown jasmine.

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SAMTHEMAN60 3/21/2010 10:04AM

    Some of these salads look good and easy to make. Love the looks of the Coleslaw with a Twist. I am going to try that one for sure.

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DS9KIE 3/17/2010 12:33AM

    great recipe ideas

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DEVORA4 3/16/2010 4:40AM

  Cabage used to be one of my least favorite vegetables but I am anxious to try your receipes, I have a feeling that I have given cabbage I bad rap, Thanks emoticon

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/15/2010 7:20PM

    lOVE bok choy it's so yummy in soup.. emoticon I'm craving some right now.

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FITNESSFOODIE 3/15/2010 6:16PM

    I actually love cabbage except when it's boiled, LOL. Thanks for some new recipes and ideas! emoticon

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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/15/2010 3:41PM

    Thanks for the information. These look like great recipes. I will have to try then.
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CATHYGETSFIT 3/15/2010 3:29PM

    How interesting to know this! emoticonfor posting this blog with such great info! The recipes sound yummy too!! emoticon emoticon I can't find Bok Choy here. I'd have to go to Sam's Club, 100 miles from here, to get it and even then I'm not sure if they'd have it. emoticon

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SWIM_2_SLIM 3/15/2010 1:27PM

    Thanks for peaking my interest to find out more about mitochondria. It is always great to learn new things.

I love cabbage and really love bok choy!!! That stuff is addicting and that is so good for your body. I never knew that it was a cabbage though.

As always, another informative and great blog. Thank you!!!

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ANNINTENNESSEE 3/15/2010 12:48PM

    Yum! I love cabbage! These recipes sound awesome!

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BAMATEACHER 3/15/2010 12:22PM

    I love that you chose cabbage as your veggie of the week. I just discovered last week that I love raw cabbage wraps, and I'm making a raw coleslaw for lunch today.

Yummmm!!!

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L*I*T*A* 3/15/2010 11:27AM

    great ideas and recipes as always wonderful information.........thanks for sharing............blessings and hugs................lita

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SUNSHINEGB 3/15/2010 10:16AM

    I love cabbage but it does not love me! emoticon
However, I keep on eating it! emoticon
Will pick up some Bok Choy and try your recipe.
Thanks Yvonne, you always have such informative, great blogs!

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WILLOW49 3/15/2010 9:39AM

    LOVE cabbage! I have sweet and sour red cabbage in the fridge as well as cabbage salad. Yum, yum!

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EGRAMMY 3/15/2010 9:17AM

    Love cabbage. Thanks so much.

MIL used to tell our children that babies are found under a cabbage leaf in the garden.

More lore and legends can be found at ...http://homecooking.about.com/od/
foodlore/a/cabbagelore.htm

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MRDPOLING 3/15/2010 8:43AM

    Mmmmm Cabbage! Love it!

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ALYFITN 3/15/2010 8:23AM

    emoticon This is fantastic information. Thanks for posting it!

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JAPOPE1 3/15/2010 7:09AM

  honestly, i never knew the benefits of cabbage! thanks for sharing. the cabbage with apples sounds delicious! i think i'll have to try it

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/15/2010 2:11AM

    Thanks!
I'll be tring your nappa Salad

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 3/15/2010 1:55AM

    I really like cabbage too. Anxious to try a couple of your recipes too. Thank you for sharing. Have a great Monday.
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GLORYLIGHT57 3/15/2010 12:57AM

    You're the emoticon! Thank you for a very interesting and fact filled blog. I look forward to reading the others. I will definitely enjoy a few servings of cabbage this week.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/15/2010 12:44AM

    I love cabbage! Thanks for a great source of info about it. Love ya, Dawn

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