Friday, March 2, 2007

New day more opportunities to get healthy

Every night lately, late before bed at midnight, I have had readings of normal blood sugar, I'm just tickled and I am thinking I'll lower my insulin by 5 units before dinner. I'll let you know how that goes, I am finally weaning myself off the insulin!!! It's working and completely worth All the days of being hungry. YAY!!!!

While we are talking about health I want to put in a few good words about Omega-3 fish oils.
""Omega-3 are the essential fatty acids known as the “super-unsaturates”. They are a family of essential nutrients which when present in the diet over a long period of time, may have thousands of times the power of aspirin to stop the inflammatory reactions responsible for arthritis, migraines, colitis, and other similar ailments."

By the way, Diabetes IS an inflammatory disease that brings along with it; Heart disease, colon troubles, and causes death in so many ways.

"Although omega-3 fatty acids do not alter total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol or LDL cholesterol, evidence indicates that fish oil can
help lower high blood pressure slightly,
may reduce risk of coronary artery re-blockage after angioplasty,
may increase exercise capability among patients with clogged arteries, and
may possibly reduce the risk of irregular heart beats, particularly in individuals who have had a recent heart attack".

Omega-3 sources"fish [Anchovy, European, Wild Salmon, Pacific and Jack mackerel, Sable Fish, Whitefish, Pacific sardine, Bluefin tuna, Atlantic herring, Atlantic mackerel, Rainbow trout]". It is recommended that you eat a serving of one of these twice a week.

Not all of the essential oils are good for you in quantity.
"Less of the oils containing w6's should be consumed and more of the w3's in order to attain better health. The most essential of these fatty acids is linoleic acid (LA) because the body uses it as a base to make the others. All are put under the umbrella of polyunsaturated fatty acids since the body does not require any saturated fats at all in order to function" In this article the proportion of omega-3's - omega-6's are discussed. Flax seed oil has a good ratio of each and should be in the diet of anyone with an inflammatory disease. It goes on to say that these factors negate the consumption of the good
"(1) excess cholesterol, which is common in diets rich in meat, eggs, and dairy (2) excess saturated and monosaturated long chain fatty acids which constitutes 85-93% of all fatty acids in the western diet (3) processed vegetable oils which make up over 90% of all oils sold (4) trans fatty acids from margarines, shortenings, shortening oils, and partially hydrogenated oils (5) heated oils from food preparation that involves frying or deep frying (6) alcohol use (7) ageing which causes enzymes to function less efficiently (8) zinc deficiency, since zinc is a co-factor in the enzyme catalyzed conversion of LA to GLA (9) viral infections as a result of weakened tissue strength and immune system brought on by poor nutrition (10) diabetic and pre-diabetic conditions brought on by excesses of sugars, saturated fatty acids, monosaturated fatty acids (11) deficiencies of essential fatty acids, zinc, chromium, and other minerals12) high sugar consumption"

I know this sounds a little technical and complicated but the bottom line is: avoid margarine, and vegetable oils, transfats [hydrogenated oils], sugars, alcohol, and dairy foods.
Do: takeflax seed oil, (Essential fatty acids). zinc, chromium and eat fish.

I have a new recipe for you it's for a "fake"Pinjur " sauce I sooon over fish or chicken breasts when sauteing them in olive oil.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~'pinjur sauce'~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`
traditionally it's made with sweet peppers and eggplant, but here eggplant is not readily available, so I do this:

1 bag of frozen sweet pepper/onion mix.
1 medium can of stewed tomatoes, chopped or sliced. I use the kind with peppers and onions in it.
1 tbs. Paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
Mix altogether in a sauce pan, mix well and heat to boiling (slowly!)
dump all this in a jar and refrigerate, this has no fat in it and all good vegies so spoon it onto fish or chicken right after you turn it, cover and eat, Yummy!

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