Lost and Found

Finding things can be very rewarding can’t it?  Personally, I think it is more rewarding when one is actually looking for the said ‘thing’. I wasn’t looking but an extra 3kg of body weight found me in May .  This special friend was prepared to travel internationally too and has gone to great lengths to stay close to me for as long as possible. Funnily enough, this does tend to happen when you consume more than 500 calories over and above your daily requirement for six whole weeks. Gosh, it was fun doing the searching though, with the assistance of pizza, gelato and good Perugian chocolate. Swimsuits and jeans.  Two words that can produce a frisson of fear in many women’s hearts. Purchasing either are two challenging tasks that most females will encounter every summer and winter in retail outlets and with three extra kilo’s on board, these tasks can become quite a test to personal endurance to say the least. Thankfully swimsuits are not a need at the moment but with winter here, jeans just have to be found. Enter the Butt Cam. This week after trying on sixty hundred pairs of jeans that ranged from butt lifters, tummy tuckers, flares, super skinny, super hippy and just super silly, my very attentive sales assistant at JeansWest suggested that I check myself out on the Butt Cam.  What the? I have clearly been out of the jeans loop for a couple of years as this unique innovation has been in store at Jeans West for almost two years. Its hard to say whether her suggestion was a subtle hint that perhaps I really shouldn’t be buying those jeans or she was just trying to be helpful. Either way, I considered ditching everything and running away as fast as I could to escape the dreaded Butt Cam. But just like sitting on the phone waiting to speak to someone from Telstra, time and effort had been invested and there was no backing out now.  Perhaps quite literally. Jeans were purchased despite declining the kind offer of a snapshot of my backside and all efforts to lose my new BFF continues.  To help us out, earlier this year the Australian Government launched the Swap It campaign characterised by the balloon man that we see frequently on our TV screens. They have some great resources and suggestions on how to swap foods and activities for others that will assist with fat and weight loss.  Go and check them out to avoid finding something you don’t really need or want.

Does red meat cause cancer?

Does red meat cause cancer?

Lately, the role of meat in the diet has been controversial. In 2002 the International Agency for Research on Cancer published an analysis on the relationship between meat consumption and colorectal cancer. At this time, fresh meat appears to be unrelated to the risk of colorectal cancer. An increased risk of colorectal cancer was associated with an increased consumption of processed meats like ham, bacon, salami, sausages and frankfurts (hot dogs). The Cancer Council recommends that we limit our intake of such processed meats, which are high in fat, salt and nitrates.

Until more conclusive evidence is available it is advisable to avoid char-grilling,
reduce high temperature cooking of meat (pan-frying) and use more roasting,
stewing and microwaving.

Can eating too much salt cause high blood pressure?

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A research group called the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) instigated a clinical trial that required participants to consume a controlled diet for 8 weeks. Participants ate either a typical Western diet, a fruit and vegetable diet or a combination diet known as the DASH diet. This trial showed that a diet rich in fruit and vegetables and low fat dairy products could reduce blood pressure in the general population and people with Stage 1 Hypertension.

This original DASH diet did not require either salt restriction or weight loss.There has since been a follow-up study to DASH, called DASH-sodium that has demonstrated a reduction in salt intake in combination with the DASH diet is even more effective.

High blood pressure or hypertension occurs when blood vessels harden leading to a build-up of pressure. It increases the risk of developing heart disease and stroke and can lead to problems in other parts of the body such as the eyes and kidneys.

So, to reduce blood pressure consider the following:

  • Eat less salt (sodium)
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Avoid smoking
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Eat a diet rich in fruit and vegetables

Spaghetti with best-ever napolitana sauce

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Serves 6

1 tblspn olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
1 cup basil
500g spaghetti
4 bocconcini balls, chopped
shaved parmesan, to serve (optional)

1. Heat oil in a pan on medium. Cook onion for three minutes until soft. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant. Add tomato, 1 cup basil and water. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes until sauce thickens slightly.
2. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti in a large saucepan of boiling water according to packet directions. Drain and return to pan.
3. Ad tomato sauce and bocconcini to spaghetti and toss to combine. Divide between bowls and top with shaved parmesan if desired.

Taken from Australian Good Food Magazine July 2011

The final word

Have you ever walked through your office around 3pm and noticed your staff gazing into space or getting up close and personal with the desk? Many businesses are surprised to learn that their staff may be productive for only 2 hours each day and certainly not after 3pm. The health and performance of your employees increases your bottom line. Give me a call and I will tell you how.
Yours in health and performance,
Julie