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October is Diabetes Prevention Month

So here’s the truth.  Not the truth that anyone is comfortable with, for in the end it leaves us feeling a little helpless, but comfort was never promised.  When I first launched my business, I went to doctors’ offices and provided them free lunches for them and their staffs, asking only that they recommend my product to some specific patients.  You see, I’d begun Eat Well Foods, meals that are cooked with great care and to great benefit for people with Type 2 diabetes, deriving our modified recipes from information given us by those folks who “cured” themselves of this disease with nothing but proper nutrition.  And the truth is, a great percentage of diabetes can be eliminated with diet changes only:

  1. Lose excess weight by eating portion-controlled meals and exercising
  2. Eat nutritionally balanced meals with proper protein/carbohydrate/fat ratios
  3.  There is no number 3!  That’s it, two steps only!

So, I asked these doctors to give out one of my business cards to patients they found to be in the early stages of diabetes, to give them an alternative that doesn’t involve introduction of new medication into their systems.  Animatedly, they agreed as they and their staffs masticated and swallowed their free lunches.  They asked questions; I answered with some level of knowledge, gleaned from research I had done.  And then the moment of truth: after more than two dozen lunches to more than forty doctors and a wait time of over six months during which time I got exactly ZERO referrals, I thought it time to get some answers.

As such, I invited one of the cardiologists to my home for supper one Friday night.  I asked if she’d enjoyed the two lunches I’d done for her group and she replied with an enthusiastic, “yes.”

“Why then, have you never given me a single referral?”

“Oh… that’s easy; I haven’t and I won’t.”

“I… I don’t understand.  Why not?”

“Because, Mark, people don’t come to me for advice on diet and nutrition; they come to me for medicine.  If a patient comes to me with blood sugars that indicate pre-diabetes, I’m going to prescribe Metformin and not your food.”

“But…”

“But nothing.  Look, if I give someone your card instead of the medication, and they suffer some unrelated incident – say a heart attack – and their family sees that this person had seen me recently and that I’d prescribed your service and not medication, the lawsuit would be so big it would fill up your lovely dining room.”

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“Can’t you give them both, then: the prescription and the business card?”

“No.  I tell them… tell them to exhaustion, in fact, that if they lose weight and start eating right, they can get rid of their diabetes, but the truth is they want to continue eating the crap that they’re eating and take some medicine.  Giving them your business card would be tantamount to a joke because the sad truth is that they’d rather inject themselves with insulin daily and continue enjoying their unhealthy lifestyles rather than change their diet; very few ever do.”

I was stunned into silence, shortly thereafter followed by a sense of utter resignation.  Only after the passage of time was I able to turn the sense of resignation into true outrage.  So people go to doctors thinking that they’re seeing someone who cares for their health, but in point of fact, doctors have a completely different agenda!  They’re not providing their patients with the BEST alternative for curing their illness, just the current medicinal practice: write the prescription and see them again in six months!  And to think, I gave away food to her, her associates, and her staff for naught.

So here’s the truth:  The American Diabetes Association and the medical community have no interest in promoting diabetes PREVENTION; there’s no money in that.  Sadly, theirs is a different agenda.

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Ways to Make Healthy Food More Exciting

Yeah! Healthy doesn’t have to be boring! We’ve been saying it for years…

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A nutritious and balanced diet is key to living a long and healthy life. But after a while, it ‘s easy to get tired of eating the same mediocre salads for lunch and grilled chicken with steamed vegetables for dinner . Very quickly boredom can take control and unhealthy convenience foods and fast disaster drive-through – diet starts to look more and more attractive. Do not get stuck in a rut bland ! Here are some tips and recipe ideas for meals and healthy snacks more fun , tasty and exciting.

1 . Experiment with new , exotic spices and fresh herbs
Instead of relying on several occasions in the same condiments family , broaden their horizon to taste by buying less common spices and herbs new and give them a chance . Curry powder adds a lot of depth and flavor to the roasted vegetables , soups and stews…

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10 Scientific ways to be happy

See… nothing to it. If we eliminate working 8 hours a day (and we all know what a joke that is!), we have time to do all those things that make us scientifically happier! Let’s hear it for retirement! Hip, hip, hoorah!!!!

Living Life despite Chronic Pain

I am not sure why some of these are pointing to where they are pointing on the body, but the words are sound advice.  Two things that I want to add is breathe deeply, imaging warm air reaching down to your pelvis, at least 10 times in the morning and at night and just let life go.

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Sous Vide Or Not Sous Vide: Is That Even A Question?

As a South Floridian, subject to such hot and humid air that I have started growing gills on the side of my neck so I can breathe out of doors during the summer, I have been advocating for the canonization of Willis Carrier, the individual responsible for inventing modern-day air conditioning.  I don’t know if he was even Catholic, but I have blessed his name so many times throughout my life, that he ought to be canonized anyway for his great service to humanity.  Saint Willis, has a nice ring to it, no?

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As a chef, I have a second recommendation for canonization, and that honor goes to Dr. Bruno Goussault, inventor of the sous vide cooking method.  Granted that Saint Bruno doesn’t flow quite so trippingly from the tongue as Saint Willis, but so what?  It isn’t for the mellifluous nature of the name that sainthood is granted, but rather for the contribution to humanity.  What Dr. Goussault has provided the culinary world is a cooking method whose result is nothing short of spectacular.  Imagine being able to cook any meal you desire to a PERFECT level of doneness, and have it retain all the flavor and juiciness that nature intended.  This isn’t only what sous vide promises; it’s what sous vide delivers!

Skinless, boneless chicken breasts that reach 165o internal temperature without drying out, and fish filets that attain the perfect balance of flakiness and firmness can only be achieved in sous vide cooking.  The basic idea is to take raw meats, seasonings, and sauces and place them in vacuum-sealed bags.  These airtight bags are then immersed in a temperature-regulated water bath set to correspond with the particular food being cooked.  Sous vide cooking is a slow process as the innermost parts of the meat need to attain the same temperature as the rest, but the food cannot overcook because it cannot get hotter than the water at any time.  What’s more, since it’s in a sealed bag, the juices do not evaporate.  The result has got to be tasted to be believed.

By the way, and in case you believe you should start a petition to the Pope right now to grant Dr. Goussault sainthood, you can relax.  Canonization is granted posthumously and we are still privileged to have him with us.  So much the better…

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Overeating Our Way to Starvation

Fact:  The quantity of food that qualifies as a meal these days is considerably larger than what it used to be even a mere 20 years ago.  Food consumption is on the rise, and yet for all that, the population is starving itself, accounting for the tremendous rise in obesity.  It all sounds self-contradictory, a circular logic that doesn’t stand up under scrutiny, but it isn’t because what Americans at large are consuming are calorie-rich, nutrient-poor foods, making the body ask for more substance as it seeks to satisfy its need for specifburger and friesic quantities of vitamins and minerals.  So eating once more, they create a sense of gratification in the form of “fullness” because the foodstuffs being ingested hold the promise of providing the missing nutrients.  When, after the metabolization of the material and the normalization of glucose levels in the bloodstream begins again, the body quickly signals the brain that even more material is needed because the vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E,& K, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, and folate, along with the essential minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, zinc, and copper, are still insufficient to maintain proper condition of the body’s functions.  Organs secrete chemicals into the bloodstream that signal “hunger” to the brain, even though a large proportion of the most recent meal may still be in the process of being converted into and stored as body fat.  This is a largely overlooked element of the obesity cycle, even though it plays a tremendously large part in its creation.

Healthy eating is not about sacrificing great tasting cuisine; it’s about making the right food choices to ensure a balanced diet that feeds the body what it actually needs!  One element has nothing whatever to do with the other.  Balanced meals diminish food cravings and the frequency of their consumption, as they allow the body to achieve satiety with the proper blend of nutrients provided.  In time, this diminished appetite will result in weight loss, however slowly, and that is a critical factor in assuring good health  It also doesn’t mean that every single meal has to provide just the right amount of nutrition; it only means that overall, the body is getting what it needs.  Isn’t this, after all, the very purpose of eating?  What’s the point of consuming flesh and grains and vegetables if not  life-sustaining nutrition.  Surely, as a specie, man does not eat in order to debilitate himself or to bring about illness in the future.  Au contraire; it’s about maintaining a high quality of life.  Yet this fundamental concept escapes so many otherwise intelligent people who offhandedly reject the notion of applying sensibility to their diet, preferring the high-sodium, high-sugar, chemically processed foods that serve only the food companies as people consume more and more, and the drug companies as a larger percentage of the population falls ill because of improper diet.  We’re starving our bodies of what they need, even as we grow fatter and fatter.  It’s shameful.

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Eat Well Foods: Making EVERYBODY Happy

Despite the humorous tone of the video, adding good nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle is serious business. At Eat Well Foods we take healthy eating seriously.

We invite you to view and enjoy!

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Eat Healthy and Enjoy a Fabulous Vacation — Guest Article by Cole Millen

Vacation time is something that most families look forward to year round.  Whether you are going on a romantic getaway to a resort, or whether you are planning a fun family vacation with the kids and grandparents, there are multiple ways you can stick to your healthy nutritious habits during your getaway.  Adhering to a few easy tips will give you the guidelines needed in order to eat healthy and stay fit while you enjoy your time away from home.

Great Breakfast Options While You Travel

Breakfast is oapple wordsne of the most valuable meals of the day because eating early can help you to resist hunger cravings in the middle of the morning.  People often mess up their entire daily eating habits by skipping out on breakfast.  If you are staying at a hotel during your vacation, be sure to take advantage of the continental breakfast.  While many complimentary breakfast bars offer croissants and donuts, you should avoid these and expect to find whole grain cereals, juice, fruit and sometimes yogurt cups.  If you want to indulge in a croissant, share it with a family member and add a piece of fruit to it so you keep your portions moderate.

If you are driving long distances, you will likely be tempted to stop at highway diners where fat-filled breakfasts such as biscuits and gravy and loaded omelets are served.  These meals can quickly pack on hundreds of calories without giving you much nutritional value.  As a result, you may feel lethargic the remainder of the day after consuming such a heavy breakfast.  Instead of eating at diners and breakfast buffets while you are traveling, opt to pack granola and fruit and boxes of juice to keep you sustained and filled during long road trips.  Not only will you save money, you will reap the benefits of a healthy breakfast the rest of the day!

Picking the Right Hotel

Finding a hotel that can allow you to maintain your healthy lifestyle on vacation is key. Considering the fact that you are virtually living at the place you pick for the allotted time of your vacation, it is important to ensure they have the right amenities and such to cater so your needs. In personal experience, I’ve found that reading reviews is the best way to find the most accurate and honest opinion regarding these topics. I recently took a trip to Sin City and found a great site with list of Las Vegas hotels reviews regarding amenities, restaurants, and even things to do. This allowed me to find not only a hotel with a fitness center and a gluten free restaurant, but also to plan out all of the restaurants for my entire trip! Needless to say, I managed to have an amazing time and came back feeling great!

Choose Brightly-Colored Foods at Restaurants

Eating out is often a person’s favorite part of vacation. There is something relaxing and incredibly enjoyable about sitting in a posh restaurant, enjoying good food, good ambiance and great company.  However, if you’re not careful, it is easy to indulge in foods loaded with empty calories.  Choosing brightly-colored foods is a great rule of thumb to stick to when you dine out as they tend to be healthy options.  These foods include salmon, radishes, berries, green lettuce, red bell peppers, red onions, and other similar foods that provide delicious tastes and quality nourishment.  For desserts, consider ordering fresh berries and coffee instead of an after dinner drink and brownie or slice of cake.

The Small Things Matter

Keeping an apple and a bottle of water on hand while you are out touring shops and landscapes is a good way to reduce binging on food.  The small things matter when it comes to eating a candy bar or a bag of chips here and there.  Because these empty calories add up quickly, be prepared by packing fresh fruit and water!

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