Food Is Not Your Enemy

Veggie Burgers
May 23, 2012, 2:31 pm
Filed under: Grains, Mushrooms, Recipes, Vegetables | Tags: ,

Best veggie burgers ever, courtesy of my friend Barbara.

3/4 cup bulgur wheat

1 grated zucchini

1 onion, chopped

10 oz. mushrooms, chopped

1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated

1 egg

2 Tbs tomato paste

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Form the mixture into 4-5 patties. Bake the patties on a greased baking sheet for 20-25 minutes.

A Simple Cure for Insomnia
May 21, 2012, 10:55 am
Filed under: Healthy Lifestyle | Tags: , ,

Are you sitting in an office all day, barely getting outside during daylight hours to see the sun? And then once you get home, are you parked in front of your TV or computer most of the evening so that you can “unwind”? If so, then you likely have some answers as to why you’re not sleeping well.

It all comes down to blue light, part of the spectrum of light emitted by the sun. Blue light suppresses the release of melatonin, the hormone that causes us to feel sleepy. If you’re not spending enough time outside in the sun each day, you’re not experiencing a change in your melatonin levels, and your sleep cycle can suffer as a result. Essentially, your body doesn’t know when to rest and when to stay awake, according to Line Kessel, an opthalmologist at the University of Copenhagen, as cited in Psychology Today.

So the sun’s blue light helps keep us energized during the day. The problem when we go home and watch TV or catch up on emails is that our screens emit blue light as well. And this ill-timed exposure to blue light–just as we want to start feeling tired–can stimulate us and lead to trouble sleeping.

The takeaways: Get outside during the day, and consider reading before bed rather than vegging out in front of blue-light emitting electronic devices. This may be all you need to do to ensure a better night’s sleep and greater energy the following day.

Milk and Sugar Cause Acne, Study Finds
May 2, 2012, 12:34 pm
Filed under: Dairy, Food/Health Blogs, Sweets | Tags: , , ,

For years many dermatologists have denied there’s a link between diet and acne. Finally, a study has found that dairy, sugar, and refined carbs DO in fact cause and worsen acne.

Personally, I have found this to be true. If I eat too much sugar, a day or two later my forehead will break out.  As soon as I get myself back on track and limit dessert and go heavy on the fruits, veggies, and fish, my skin improves.

Pasta With Meat Sauce
May 1, 2012, 10:08 am
Filed under: Meat, Recipes | Tags: , ,

Since I’m normally such a recipe-follower when it comes time to cook, I feel really proud of this meat sauce that I’ve been making lately, as it’s my own concoction.

1 lb. of ground beef, preferably grass-fed

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 28 oz can/box of crushed or chopped tomatoes (I use the boxed Pomi tomatoes)

1/4 cup red wine

1/2 tsp oregano

Few basil leaves, fresh or dried

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon parsley, chopped

Saute the ground beef in a skillet until no longer pink. While the beef cooks, in a separate pot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Saute the carrots and onion for about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until it turns golden. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked beef into the pot, then add the tomatoes, wine, oregano, basil (rip the leaves up if fresh), and salt and pepper. Simmer for one hour, partially covered. Add the parsley, stir, then serve over your favorite pasta. (Bionaturae whole wheat pasta is my choice!)