The Battle Continues…

“….And then St. John wrote The Book of the Apocalypse (Revelation)”.

GS

In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth and populated the Earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow and red vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

Then using God’s great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and Krispy Creme Donuts. And Satan said, “You want chocolate with that?” And Man said, “Yes!” and Woman said, “and as long as you’re at it, add some sprinkles.” And they gained 10 pounds. And Satan smiled.

And God created the healthful yogurt that Woman might keep the figure that Man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 6 to size 14.

So God said, “Try my fresh green salad.” And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing, buttery croutons and garlic toast on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.

God then said, “I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them.”  And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof.

God then created a light, fluffy white cake, named it “Angel Food Cake,” and said, “It is good.” Satan then created chocolate cake and named it “Devil’s Food.”

God then brought forth running shoes so that His children might lose those extra pounds. And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering blue light and gained pounds.

Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them. And Man gained pounds.

God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonald’s and its

99-cent double cheeseburger. Then said, “You want fries with that?” And Man replied, “Yes! And super size them!” And Satan said, “It is good.” And Man went into cardiac arrest.

God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.

Then Satan created HMOs.

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Too Much Riding and Eating…

Too Much Riding and Eating Fuel Obesity Epidemic (CME/CE)

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Home Made Pizza

Home Made Pizza

5 cups unbleached flour                                  

2 pkgs Fleischmann’s dry yeast (regular or quick rising)

1 cup hot water

1 cup whole milk

1/2 tsp each of sugar and salt

4 Tbs olive oil

 

Pizza Topping

2  8 oz cans of tomato sauce                                  

Black or red pepper

Fresh or dry parsley

Dry oregano

Grated Italian cheese 

 

Mix all ingredients, add additional flour as needed to form a soft dough.

Knead  dough. If using regular yeast, let rise for two hours covered in a

warm area. Separate dough into three equal pieces. Knead each piece

separately and let rise another hour. Roll each piece into a 1/4 inch thick

circle 12 diameter.

For quick rising yeast, follow pkg. directions. 

 

Set oven to 400 degrees

Prepare pans with a tablespoon of oil. Place round in pans. top with another

tablespoon of oil. Spread all topping ingredients on Pizzas in above order.

 

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Check bottom of pizza. When it is a light to medium

brown the pizza is done. Be careful not to burn the pizza.

 

This recipe makes three 12 inch pizzas.

 

If you wish to use Mozzarella cheese topping, add it to the last few minutes of baking

— Chef Sebastian

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Childhood Obesity

  • Inadequate intake of fruits and fish by teenagers may stunt the growth of their lungs and promote pulmonary fibrosis later in life.
  • We know that genetic factors play several roles in the developmentof obesity.  Now comes the finding that early infection with a common virus (adenovirus) may contribute to obesity.  It appears that human stem cells exposed to this virus become fat cells; and that a higher % of fat people are infected with this agent.  Does this really mean that “The Devil Made Me Do It?”  No.  As with all other “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune…” that affect our lives, we play the cards in our hands.
  • Report Says Overweight Children Face Widespread Stigma, Unhappy Lives”.  “The quality of life for kids who are obese is comparable to the quality oflife of kids who have cancer.”  (by Rebecca M. Puhl, Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, in The Day (www.theday.com), Friday, July 13, 2007, pC5).  This is a serious challenge for parents, obese or otherwise, to monitor their children’s eating habits as much as they attend to their immunizations, dental care and doctor visits.  And for pre-teen and teen girls, I believe that the introduction of the use of oral contraceptives during those early years has produced an epidemic of gross obesity in this group.

GS

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Obesity Kills

Obesity kills. It’s that simple. Obese people are 25%-50% more like likely to suffer from chronic disease. Obese people are 50% more likely to suffer from atrial fibrillation – a heart condition that is a common cause of strokes. Obesity is also related to diabetes and sleep disorders.

How can you tell if you’re obese?

The best way to tell if you are obese is to check your body mass index (BMI). BMI measures the ratio of your body fat compared to your height and weight. The result tells you if you are overweight, obese, underweight or normal.

If Your BMI Is

You Are
less than 18.5 Underweight
18.5-24.9 Normal weight
25-29.9 Overweight
over 39 Obese

The Center for Disease control has a good BMI calculator here: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/calc-bmi.htm Take a moment now to check your BMI.

What happens if you are overweight or obese?

You have two choices; to lose significant weight or to gain significant weight. You won’t stay where you are. Gaining weight only increases your risk.

What should you do to lose weight?

An August 2005 study of the major commercial weight loss programs found that only one was even modestly effective helping people lose weight. The only truly effective way to lose weight is to change your behavior.

That’s why we call our solution the Mediterranean Diet and life-style. The Mediterranean Diet allows you to lose weight while eating well. Mediterranean life-style includes making regular aerobic exercise part of your daily routine. The combination of the two provides the only diet & life-style that have proven effective over generations.

When should you start losing weight?

Right now. Don’t wait. If you are overweight, obese or over 50 years old, see your doctor before starting any exercise program.

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Eat well, die young

Need some motivation to stick with a healthy lifestyle? Consider this. Metlife, the insurance company, has research that shows if you reach age 65, your life expectancy is 85. That means the odds of living beyond 85 are 50%. The research also shows that one in four members of a 65-year-old couple will live to an astounding 97 years old.

Now consider that without a healthy lifestyle 20%-40% of people over 85 can look forward to living their last 10 years in dependency. Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease take a heavy toll on our older population. What can you do to avoid being one of the ones to suffer?

The answer is the Mediterranean Diet and life-style. Building your diet around eating fruits & vegetables, breads, cereals, beans and nuts and integrating regular aerobic exercise into your daily routine can greatly reduce your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, a 1993 study Harvard University study suggests that the Mediterranean Diet and life-style can reduce your chances of suffering from all chronic diseases.

A big part of the Mediterranean Diet’s success may attributable to the reduction of saturated fats in favor of monounsaturated fat like that found in olive oil. Eating fish a few times per week increases your intake of omega-3 fatty acids, which are believed to help reduce your risk of chronic disease.

Exercise is as important as diet. Try to make exercise part of your routine rather than something you do only when you have time. Every bit helps. Park your car further from the store and use the stairs. Rake your leaves rather than use a leaf blower. Of course you need to consult your doctor before you start any exercise program.

The Mediterranean Diet and life-style can help you live longer and to get more out of the years you’re given. What are you waiting for? Start today.

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Ciambotta

Ingredients:

1 tbs. olive oil;

4 slices bacon – cut into 1”pieces;

2 large potatoes, cut in cubes;

3 small zucchini (green squash) sliced in

pieces lengthwise;

1 quarter-cup water.

 

Instructions:

Brown the bacon in olive oil. Remove half of

the oil.  Add potatoes until just barely cooked.

Add squash and quarter-cup water.  Cook until

tender.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

 

MANGIA.  MANGIA!

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Pasta Marinara

Ingredients:

two cloves garlic, cut;

one-half medium onion, sliced;

two 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes;

one tbls. dried oregano;

one-half tsp. basil.  Pasta, preferrably

100% durum semolina pasta.

Instructions:

In a medium pot, cook onions in olive oil;

adding garlic; lightly brown garlic cloves.

Add crushed tomatoes and other ingredients.

Cook slowly, adding water if thick, for  one-

three hours.  Pour over boiled pasta after

draining pasta of most water.

(Two bottles Prego sauce may be sutstituted).

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