The Food Hospital Episode S02/E04

The Food Hospital is one of my favorite shows that is very informative and satisfies my dose of learning something new every day. The premise of this show is to help people understand food and how they can change their diet to minimize or even cure their health issues.

In this episode, they observe a fad dieter who depends on the Master Cleanse Detox, also known as the Lemonade Diet, to lose weight. I’ve tried this detox myself twice and it was definitely challenging. I noticed that I became a little loopy around day 3, mainly because I missed the sensation of tasting, chewing and eating. Although I was able to lose 10 pounds in 10 days, the results were short lived because I didn’t have a plan to continue on with a healthier lifestyle. Watch this episode to learn more.

They also help a morbidly obese man recognize that he could be eating himself into an early grave with highly processed and fatty convenience foods. He claims that he can turn a car over, but can’t run for a bus. Will he have the will power to stick to his diet? Watch to find out

In another case, they diagnose and treat a child who suffers from celiac disease. They suggest gluten-free alternatives that resemble kid-friendly foods. I am noticing that there are more gluten-free products available in stores and readily available. If you don’t have an allergy to gluten, there is no reason to remove it from your diet. Gluten is a protein found in wheat that can be a healthy part of your diet. So find out if it’s really harming your body before you exclude it from your diet.

The Food Hospital also takes a closer look at the benefits of eating blueberries and its potential brain enhancing power. Labeled as a superfood, blueberries contain antioxidants, promotes blood flow, guards against heart disease and neurological deterioration. Some scientists now believe that blueberries can stimulate brain activity in areas that are responsible for learning, memory and concentration. The food hospital conducts their own experiment with a sales team to test this theory. Watch to learn more.

They also explore the question: Can onion rival aspirin and reduce your risk of heart attack? I would personally prefer aspirin over onions, but I like the idea of consuming onions for heart health. Watch to learn more.

This show really inspires me to learn more about food and how it can benefit my health goals. In the wise words of G.I. Joe, “Knowing is half the battle.”

Ps, 1 stone equals 14 pounds.

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Skinny Turkey Taco Supreme

What makes this a skinny turkey taco supreme?

By using lean ground turkey you reduce calories and fat consumed. But not all turkey is created equal.  The 85/15 turkey is not as healthy as the 90/10 ground beef from a calorie and fat comparison, so check food labels and consider a lean protein for your next taco feast.
Read more from DrGourmet.com.

I also substituted sour cream for fat-free greek yogurt. I used Dannon Oikos Plain Greek yogurt. As much as it wants to be a part of the yogurt family, my taste buds believed that it had GREAT potential to be sour cream.

Not ALL fat-free foods are good for you. And not ALL fats are bad for you. Read more from Livestrong.com.

Ingredients: {1 serving = 2 tacos}
4 oz Ground Turkey
1/4 cup Chopped Lettuce
2 tbsp Fat Free Greek Yogurt
2 tbsp Homemade Salsa
2 tbsp black beans and corn

Directions:
Season and cook your ground turkey. I used a little sea salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder. I suggest avoiding the pre packaged taco seasoning you find at the store. It’s loaded with sodium! Layer your ingredients & enjoy!

This is really a quick and easy meal that you can make ahead of time  and pack for your work day lunch.

May: Superfood of the Month – Avocado

I love avocados. They complement almost any meal and have so many benefits.

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This highly nutritious fruit is a staple come summer time, and can be found locally. It’s easy to add to burgers, tacos, or salads and offers a plethora of vitamins as well as mono-unsaturated fats which aid good heart health.

Benefits of Avocado:

+ High dietary fiber
+ Contains tannin; a natural anti-inflammatory
+ High amounts of omega 6s and fatty acids lower bad cholesterol
+ Good source of antioxidants
+ Good source of Vitamin C, E & K

 

Source: Nutrition & You

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What Does 200 Calories Look Like?

WiseGeek shares their photo project of various foods that represent 200 calories to help us think twice about our caloric intake. The US Department of Agriculture suggests that we consume 2000-2500 calories per day to maintain our weight. Which foods would you choose?

via What does 200 calories look like? Click to view complete project.

Butter 28 grams = 200 calories

Avocado 125 grams = 200 calories

Glazed Donut 52 grams = 200 calories

Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
54 grams = 200 calories

Jack In The Box Fries
73 grams = 200 calories

Eggs 150 grams = 200 calories