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Back in step!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Well, it has been a tough couple of weeks. Christmas aside, getting ready for end of year at work has been, to say the least, EXHAUSTING! It is difficult enough but when you have a co-worker who is so into playing games... that just makes it all that much worse. I sort of feel bad for the guy... it seems he has quite a "healthy" opinion of himself and he put together a PowerPoint presentation, called his manager, then the dept. mgr, and the Director and proceeded to explain to them why it would be in the best interest of the company for him to become the all inclusive representative of the product line (putting several of us out of a job) which included travel plans to go to each site and "do his thing"! The response from the Director was not a good one, and he was shot down in flames... I really feel for the guy. There are bigger issues there and he needs some serious help.

Enough about him... so I am back. Back to regular exercise, a more defined food plan, not so make shift with the limited hours I had. Purchased the Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook and can't wait to try some of the recipes.

All in all, I am so relieved to be back in the swing of things. My grocery list is ready, and I am off to my usual haunts for organic produce and some really great fish.

I am ordering a Sushi Kit, since I love Nori rolls with Brown Rice and veggies, some pickled ginger, fish and Miso Soup... has to be one of my favorite meals.

The health benefits alone from Miso soup... Miso has a very alkalizing effect on the body and strengthens the immune system to combat infection. Its high antioxidant activity gives it anti-aging properties.

Miso helps the body maintain nutritional balance. It is loaded with other nutrients along with its beneficial bacteria and enzymes. Miso provides protein, vitamin B12, vitamin B2, vitamin E, vitamin K, choline, linoleic acid, lecithin, and dietary fiber. Its high content of the amino acid tryptophan makes miso a good choice right before bedtime. Tryptophan is nature's sleep inducer.

Miso helps preserve skin beauty through its content of linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that helps skin stay soft and free of pigment.

It is the fermentation process of the miso that creates the host of health benefits this food provides. It has also been noted to fight cancer and the effects of radiation. A study was done on this because of the effects of WWII in Japan. It was also found that the sodium in miso did not produce adverse effects in people with hypertension.

According to Dr. Watanabe & his studies, the sodium in miso did not produce adverse effects in people with salt sensitivity and hypertension. For cancer, Dr. Watanabe recommended 3 cups of miso a day. For high blood pressure, he recommended 2 cups, and for relief of menopausal symptoms, he recommended 1 to 3 cups per day. His maintenance amount is 1 cup per day. He noted the beneficial effects of replacing the salt used in food preparation with miso.

I order mine from Amazon because I make this daily, and I can get a larger amount at a good price, organic of course... as well as the wakame that I add to the broth. I just love the stuff.

The link below provides a recipe to make your own as well as more info on Miso. I have begun to start my day with a cup of miso broth and I actually feel better... it seems to give me energy that I don't normally have with any other food first thing in the morning, can't explain it just know how I feel, and that is enough for me.

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Well it was not my intention to dwell on Miso Soup, but I did and I hope it helps someone out there... I know it has really helped me just in the general concept of feeling better. Hope you give it a try!
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