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    Vegetables and Foods To Aid Better Health

    Post by Jan1 on Sat Oct 04 2014, 14:03

    As Hippocrates said "Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food." It's a good thought and so true:

    Every day our joints get a serious workout and they can easily become stressed, resulting in pain and inflammation. I think by eating the right foods, we can help ourselves to keep our joints in the best of shape, ensuring we do our best to retain pain-free mobility .... not always easy the older we get.

    From what I've read, and personal experience, I think these next few foods can assist us in keeping joints as healthy as possible.

    Red peppers
    Contain Vitamin C which is an absolute essential for healthy joints, as it aids the production of collagen, part of the cartilage, tendons and ligaments that help to prevent joint wear and tear. Red peppers are particularly high in this vitamin.

    Salmon
    You've no doubt read about oily fish having many wonderful health-giving properties. It's the Omega 3 fatty acids they contain...... this can help reduce swelling and discomfort in the joints.

    Walnuts
    Eat a few walnuts a day (if you have no nut allergies), because they contain very healthy nutrients. When it comes to joints it is the alpha-linolenic acid which is great ( a type of omega-3 fatty acid) and can help to fight inflammation. Walnuts also contain fibre, calcium and vitamin E so a good mix of nutrients.

    Leafy greens
    Leafy greens, which are a low carbers and diabetics best friend. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale for instance are full with good nutrients, most notably vitamin C, which helps combat the damage to the joints associated with ageing, plus calcium, magnesium and vitamin K for strong bones.

    Olive oil
    Well the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet regularly make the news, and olive oil can play a particularly important role when it comes to the joints. I think Olive oil is a must have for everyone, but particularly the low carber or diabetics food cupboard. It contains a compound called olecanthal, which prevents the production of pro-inflammatory enzymes, meaning it works in much the same way as anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen. Food better than drugs, surely? So if you already suffer with stiff or uncomfortable joints, olive oil may just help to ease the pain.

    I'm not a medical person so can only share what I've found from reading various articles and my own personal experience. Indeed, I think there are many more great foods that can help us to better health. We are fortunate to have such a great food choice in this country (the UK), it's a shame that sometimes you still hear people say UGH 'I'm not eating that'.

    Enjoy your food ......choose wisely and let it improve your health.  sunny

    All the best Jan
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    Post by mo1905 on Mon Oct 06 2014, 12:32

    Great post Jan. I've also read about great health benefits from cinnamon and coconut oil. I believe many of todays illness's and conditions can be treated or at least helped by what nature provides us.


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    Post by Paul1976 on Mon Oct 06 2014, 13:26

    Tumeric too I believe has anti cancer properties which sounds good to me as I use a fair bit in my curries. Smile


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    Post by Jan1 on Mon Oct 06 2014, 17:09

    There are so many good foods available to us that can help us to better health. There is probably an A-Z of foods and herbs with their related good health properties. However, for day to day use the five I listed were a start but interesting you've mentioned cinnamon and coconut oil Mo. When growing up at the first hint of a cold my mum would warm up some milk and add a little cinnamon - it seemed to do the trick. I'm told that Coconut oil, or coconut milk is full of goodness too.

    Tumeric is not a herb I generally use Paul - I must give it a try. I looked up 'Worlds Healthiest Foods' and it said 'Turmeric has long been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine.'

    Like you said Mo I also 'believe many of todays illness's and conditions can be treated or at least helped by what nature provides us.'

    It helps to eat whole fresh foods. Has anyone else got any favourite healthy foods or herbs?

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    Post by zand on Mon Oct 06 2014, 17:19

    I like green tea (particularly with mint) and also nettle tea along with most of those foods and herbs you've all already mentioned.
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    Post by Jan1 on Mon Oct 06 2014, 17:20

    @zand wrote:I like green tea (particularly with mint) and also nettle tea along with most of those foods and herbs you've all already mentioned.

    This might seem a silly question but do you add milk to green tea or nettle tea?

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    Post by Paul1976 on Mon Oct 06 2014, 17:25

    @Jan1 wrote: Has anyone else got any favourite healthy foods or herbs?

    All the best Jan

    Another one for me would be Blueberries,apparently a good food to help ward off prostrate cancer in us fellas-as well as being a lower carb fruit choice to mix in my breakfast yoghurt. Smile


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    Post by zand on Mon Oct 06 2014, 17:28

    @Jan1 wrote:
    @zand wrote:I like green tea (particularly with mint) and also nettle tea along with most of those foods and herbs you've all already mentioned.

    This might seem a silly question but do you add milk to green tea or nettle tea?

    All the best Jan

    No, that's another reason I like it, it cuts down my carb intake. It takes a bit of getting used to, but I first tried nettle tea 6 years ago. It helped when my kidney function wasn't very good. I love green tea too it didn't take me so long to get used to the taste of that one.
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    Post by Jan1 on Mon Oct 06 2014, 20:26

    @Paul ....Blueberries are great, my daughter in law gets hers from Lidl and they are so much cheaper. They have to be the number one low carb fruit I think.

    @Zand ....Thanks for coming back to me re the milk. If certain teas aid health problems then that's got to be good. I know camomile tea is popular too.
    Me, I tend to prefer my cuppa with milk though, and the 4% full fat ..but I agree if you have to be careful with carbs you don't need too much. The choice is yours as the saying goes......Smile

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    Post by zand on Mon Oct 06 2014, 20:48

    @Zand ....Thanks for coming back to me re the milk. If certain teas aid health problems then that's got to be good. I know camomile tea is popular too.
    Me, I tend to prefer my cuppa with milk though, and the 4% full fat ..but I agree if you have to be careful with carbs you don't need too much. The choice is yours as the saying goes......Smile

    All the best Jan[/quote]

    Yes I agree, my morning cuppa has to be a 'real' cup of tea with whole milk. I'm not human until I've had my cup of tea.
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    Post by Jan1 on Mon Oct 06 2014, 22:29

    Quote Zand .... "Yes I agree, my morning cuppa has to be a 'real' cup of tea with whole milk. I'm not human until I've had my cup of tea."... unquote

    I agree that morning cuppa is the most important drink of the day. (Although coffee lovers may argue against)

    My night time cuppa is important too - I'll just go and put the kettle on.....then I may just sit and chill ...........another aid to good health I think. Good foods and chilling/relaxation can't be bad.

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    Post by Jan1 on Thu Feb 04 2016, 18:10

    @Jan1 wrote:As Hippocrates said "Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food." It's a good thought and so true:

    Every day our joints get a serious workout and they can easily become stressed, resulting in pain and inflammation. I think by eating the right foods, we can help ourselves to keep our joints in the best of shape, ensuring we do our best to retain pain-free mobility .... not always easy the older we get.

    From what I've read, and personal experience, I think these next few foods can assist us in keeping joints as healthy as possible.

    Red peppers
    Contain Vitamin C which is an absolute essential for healthy joints, as it aids the production of collagen, part of the cartilage, tendons and ligaments that help to prevent joint wear and tear. Red peppers are particularly high in this vitamin.

    Salmon
    You've no doubt read about oily fish having many wonderful health-giving properties. It's the Omega 3 fatty acids they contain...... this can help reduce swelling and discomfort in the joints.

    Walnuts
    Eat a few walnuts a day (if you have no nut allergies), because they contain very healthy nutrients. When it comes to joints it is the alpha-linolenic acid which is great ( a type of omega-3 fatty acid) and can help to fight inflammation. Walnuts also contain fibre, calcium and vitamin E so a good mix of nutrients.

    Leafy greens
    Leafy greens, which are a low carbers and diabetics best friend. Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale for instance are full with good nutrients, most notably vitamin C, which helps combat the damage to the joints associated with ageing, plus calcium, magnesium and vitamin K for strong bones.

    Olive oil
    Well the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet regularly make the news, and olive oil can play a particularly important role when it comes to the joints. I think Olive oil is a must have for everyone, but particularly the low carber or diabetics food cupboard. It contains a compound called olecanthal, which prevents the production of pro-inflammatory enzymes, meaning it works in much the same way as anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen. Food better than drugs, surely? So if you already suffer with stiff or uncomfortable joints, olive oil may just help to ease the pain.

    I'm not a medical person so can only share what I've found from reading various articles and my own personal experience. Indeed, I think there are many more great foods that can help us to better health. We are fortunate to have such a great food choice in this country (the UK), it's a shame that sometimes you still hear people say UGH 'I'm not eating that'.

    Enjoy your food ......choose wisely and let it improve your health.  sunny

    All the best Jan

    Yes, this is a bumped post !
    Sometimes it is good to re-read older posts, and there are a great many posts that members have placed on the Forum.  Smile

    The foods mentioned above all have a theme ... and that is to assist in keeping our joints in good health  sunny

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    Re: Vegetables and Foods To Aid Better Health

    Post by Jan1 on Thu Feb 04 2016, 18:19

    We just love red peppers, there is something cheerful about them, and do you know one cup equals close to 300% of your daily Vitamin C requirement! Why not include red peppers on your shopping list ... or are you already? They may also help to keep your joints healthy, see post above!




    Take this recipe idea, it will serve three as a starter or six as a side dish.

    Sicilian Baked Red Peppers

    Really flavour-some olives are essential here.
    It’s best to buy them whole and remove the stones yourself.

    Ingredients:
    3 large red peppers, washed
    3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus a little extra
    12 vine cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
    2 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
    1 small red chilli, washed, deseeded and finely chopped
    2 tsp baby capers, drained and rinsed
    9 black olives, pitted and halved
    125 g ball buffalo mozzarella, drained and diced (optional)
    1 handful small fresh basil leaves, washed, to garnish

    Method:
    Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4. Cut the peppers in half through the stalks and remove the core and seeds. Lay cut-side up in a lightly oiled shallow roasting tin.

    Divide the halved tomatoes, garlic slices, chopped chilli, capers, olives and half the mozzarella, if using, between the pepper halves and drizzle half a tablespoon of the oil into each one.

    Season well and bake for 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and, if using, divide the remaining mozzarella between the peppers. Return to the oven for a further 5 minutes until the cheese has melted slightly.

    Lift the peppers out of the tin on to a warm serving platter, spoon over the juices from the tin and scatter with basil leaves.

    (5.6g carbohydrate per serving)

    This recipe with links also here

    http://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/sicilian-baked-red-peppers.html

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    Post by Andy12345 on Thu Feb 04 2016, 19:02

    those peppers look lush Smile
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    Re: Vegetables and Foods To Aid Better Health

    Post by chris c on Thu Feb 04 2016, 23:48

    There's only one thing better than red peppers and that's red, green and yellow peppers. They each have a slightly but subtly different flavour. Less often available are the orange ones.

    In New Zealand they didn't say "five a day" they  said "five colours a day". From that point of view I think of salmon and prawns as honorary vegetables as they contain astaxanthin, the pink colour, and liver which has hordes of vitamins and other goodies. Also 85% chocolate.

    Wasn't there a thread on the flog called "Eat The Rainbow"?
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    Post by Jan1 on Fri Feb 05 2016, 11:58

    As Chris said "There's only one thing better than red peppers and that's red, green and yellow peppers. They each have a slightly but subtly different flavour. Less often available are the orange ones."

    Agree - I always (well nearly always) have peppers in the kitchen ready to be used!


    Well as the original article listed:
    Red Peppers
    Salmon
    Walnuts
    Leafy Greens
    Olive Oil

    and today is a Friday !

    Here is a Salmon Recipe Idea sunny  


    Salmon with Basil Cream Sauce

    A wonderful dish ...
    Ingredients
    Salmon:
    4 salmon steaks (6 oz each)
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1 tbsp lemon juice
    Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
    Sauce:
    20 fresh basil leaves
    1/3 cup dry white wine
    2 cloves garlic
    1 cup heavy (double) cream
    1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
    2 tbsp unsalted (raw grass-fed) butter
    Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

    Directions
    1. Preheat grill to high.
    2. Rinse salmon under cold water, drain, and blot dry. Brush salmon on both sides with olive oil. Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
    3. Combine basil, wine, and garlic in a blender and process until a smooth puree forms. Transfer to a small heavy saucepan. Stir in cream.
    4. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, taking care not to let cream boil over. Stir frequently for 10–15 minutes, until sauce is reduced by half. Add butter and lemon juice, continuing to stir. Once the butter is incorporated into the cream mixture, remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. Cover and keep warm.
    5. Grill salmon until it just starts to fully flake. Remove from heat. Spoon sauce over salmon and serve.

    Salmon is one of our favourites, and this recipe just lends itself to being served on a bed of spinach.
    However, you may prefer to serve yours with something else ... the choice is yours.

    Recipe featured here
    http://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/salmon-with-basil-cream-sauce.html

    And here
    http://lowcarbdiabetic.forumotion.co.uk/t1315p20-interesting-nutrition-facts-about-fish-and-some-recipe-ideas

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    Re: Vegetables and Foods To Aid Better Health

    Post by Sharon on Fri Feb 05 2016, 12:49

    fish dish looks good . i use red and yellow peppers in ratatouille . also lots of other vegetables . white fish with ratatouille is good .
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    Post by Jan1 on Sat Feb 06 2016, 19:00

    @Sharon wrote:fish dish looks good . i use red and yellow peppers in ratatouille . also lots of other vegetables . white fish with ratatouille is good .

    Isn't ratatouille a great dish to accompany fish or meat ... you could almost eat it on it's own!

    A Classic French Ratatouille !


    If anyone's looking for a recipe, just get these ingredients

    Ingredients:

    Serves Four
    2 large aubergines
    4 small courgettes
    2 red or yellow peppers
    4 large ripe tomatoes
    5 tbsp olive oil
    supermarket pack or small bunch basil
    1 medium onion, peeled and thinly sliced
    3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
    1 tbsp red wine vinegar
    1 tsp sugar (any kind or use your preferred sweetener)

    and have a look here

    http://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/a-classic-french-ratatouille.html

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    Re: Vegetables and Foods To Aid Better Health

    Post by Jan1 on Sun Jun 05 2016, 09:42


    The article said
    "Swap these superfoods for your usual food choices and you’ll feel an immediate, sustained and entirely natural increase in your energy levels."

    Many (not the sweet potato) of these foods are already on our usual menu plans

    How about you?

    Article link from here
    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/good-foods-for-an-energy-boost_uk_5710c3ade4b0f22f0219850f?icid=maing-grid7%7Cukt1%7Cdl7%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D465482

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    Post by Jan1 on Sat Jul 23 2016, 18:47

    I happened to read a post on 'Primal Docs' site and thought it might interest some readers, as it's to do with vegetables thought it be perfect for this thread ...

    The post title is '12 easy ways to eat more veggies'

    Here is a snippet from the post ... what do you think?

    "“One man’s food is another man’s poison”.

    With that being said, here are a dozen daily ways to treat yourself to good health, starting this summer!

     Asparagus: Saute in butter or coconut oil with garlic and a hit of lemon zest for a refreshing and seasonal dish. Roasted asparagus is a great finger food for snacking on!

    Broccoli and Cauliflower: you can eat them raw (with a cashew cheese dip if you like) or lightly steamed, braised as a side dish, in a salad or even a slaw.

     Carrots: Sweet, crunchy, good for your teeth, eyes and heart! Perfect raw (as a snack or salad) or cooked in soups.

     Bell Peppers: Green, red, yellow, orange or even purple! Enjoy peppers in a salad, stir-fry, stuffed or casserole and even as a snack.

     Spinach: A salad of baby spinach leaves with roasted beets and pecan can turn anyone into a real spinach lover. Add to it some Gorgonzola cheese and red onion and you are going to have a “to die for” salad.

     Onions: The zesty onion family (scallions, leeks and garlic, too!) offer some powerful antioxidant nutrients. Add them to salads, marinades for meats and soups.

     Peas: Fresh, frozen or even canned (BPA free only), peas are a treat to eat and they are very popular with small children. A GAPS approved starchy food as well.

     Beets: If you’ve never liked beets, try them in a new way – like roasted, grilled or lightly steamed. They act as anti-inflammatory food by increasing (inflammation-fighting) nitric oxide.

     Mushrooms: Just a mushroom or two adds rich flavor to a casserole, soup, stew, stir-fry or even a tossed green salad. My favorite is grilled Portobello Mushrooms.

     Leafy greens and romaine lettuce: Rule of thumb for a healthy salad – the darker green or red the lettuce leaves, the more nutrients you get. Go for some arugula and dandelion greens.

     Green, yellow or purple beans: Like their pea ‘cousins,’ beans offer some fiber and a little bit of protein, along with vitamins and minerals, without the starch of the dry beans.

     Tomatoes: Cooking increases the availability of some tomato phyto-nutrients, such as lycopene – so enjoy them cooked in sauces and soup, as well as raw in salads."

    To find out who wrote the article, and perhaps read more,  see here
    http://www.mihaelatelecan.com/12-easy-ways-to-eat-more-veggies/

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    Post by chris c on Sun Jul 24 2016, 23:41

    Oh dammit, ANOTHER interesting looking blog! It's getting that I'll have to employ someone to read them for me.

    Yes I routinely eat all of the above, except beets which I've never liked, and I seldom eat carrots and then not the tender small ones which can do a number on my BG, I made them laugh in the veg shop when I asked for "Linford Christies" which I use in casseroles with pheasant, rabbit or chicken.

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