Hi, it’s June! Summer is coming…Finally!! Happy Father’s Day Dads! June will be a great month. Let’s go over some really cool things.
‘Slow Down Aging’ by…
Cooking…with ‘This Juice!’
Whatever you put in your pan for dinner tonight, make sure you add a few squeezes of this: lemon juice.
Here’s what I just discovered. A new study shows that marinating meats in lemon juice — or apple cider vinegar — can help greatly reduce the production of harmful compounds linked to AGING and CHRONIC DISEASE. Yeah I like the sound of this, don’t you?
All foods — but especially ones derived from animals — contain varying levels of compounds called: Advanced Glycation End products (AGEs).
These compounds are known to cause “inflammation” and may open the door to “faster aging”. Cooking — especially high-heat methods — increases formation of AGEs (Advanced Glycation End products).
New research suggests that marinating foods in an acidic, low-pH liquid — like “lemon juice or vinegar” — may help slow that formation down significantly. AGEs in beef were cut in half after marinating the meats for an hour — but shorter amounts of time may help these things as well.
How A.G.E. Ages You And Your Face!
Meats and full-fat cheeses contain the most AGEs, followed by pork, fish, and eggs — although even fruit, vegetables, and whole grains may contain small amounts.
Marinating your food is one way to minimize AGEs. Another option: Cook over low, moist heat. Boiling, poaching, steaming, and stewing are ALL great choices.
“A man’s children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding done during the growing season.” ~ Anonymous
“A father is a banker provided by nature.” ~ French Proverb
“COOL FACTS” for Father’s Day
Father’s Day by the Numbers
- This is a big day for the 66.3 million fathers in America.
- Nearly 95 million Father’s Day cards were given last year in the United States, making Father’s Day is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion.
- Sons and daughters send 50 percent of the Father’s Day card to their dads. Nearly 20 percent of Father’s Day cards are purchased by wives for their husbands. That leaves 30 percent of the cards which go to grandfathers, sons, brothers, uncles and “someone special.”
- While not everyone in America is a fan of Father’s Day, 72 percent of Americans plan to celebrate or acknowledge Father’s Day.
Gifts for Father’s Day
- Neckties are an old standby and lead the list of Father’s Day gifts. A good place to buy dad a tie or a shirt might be one of 9,189 men’s clothing stores around the country.
- Other items high on the list of Father’s Day gifts include those items you may find in dad’s toolbox such as hammers, wrenches and screwdrivers. You could buy some of these items for dad at one of the nation’s 14,864 hardware stores or 5,795 home centers.
- Other traditional gifts for dad such as fishing rods and golf clubs make for a happy Father’s Day for the 22,410 sporting goods stores in America.
- More than 68 million Americans participated at a barbecue in the last year — it’s probably safe to assume many of these barbecues took place on Father’s Day.
>>>JOKE of the MONTH<<<
young man comes home and says “Dad, just got my driver’s license and would like to use the family car.” Father replies, :”O.K., son. But, first, you have to get good grades in school, keep your room clean, make sure the yard is neat, and cut your hair. Come back in a few months and then we’ll see.”
Well, several months pass and the young man comes into the house with his report card in his hand. “Dad, I got great marks on my report card. I’ve been keeping my room as neat as a pin, and the yard is always ship-shape. How about letting me use the car?”
Father replies, “That’s all true, but son you didn’t cut your hair.” Son says, “But, dad, Jesus had long hair.” Father replies, “Yes, son, you’re perfectly right. And he walked everywhere he went.”
Seven Foods that Fight Flab
One of the biggest excuses I hear for NOT eating healthy is the expense. And although it’s true that some health food is more costly than the “fake food” you will find on the $1 menu at McDonald’s, there are still LOTS of great choices—especially if you buy in bulk (at places like BJ or Sams).
Here are my top 7 low-cost foods for a flat belly: Try to buy organic versions whenever possible, but if organic doesn’t fit in your budget that’s OK. It’s important to focus on healthy choices no matter what.
1. Avocados: These little suckers are loaded with two nutrients that are KEY to killing belly fat: hunger crushing fiber (11 to 17 grams per avocado!), and monounsaturated fats, which studies have shown to actually “spot reduce” belly fat.
2. Peanut Butter: Okay, not just peanut butter, almond butter for instance, but mostly any seeds and nuts. These are the best:. Pistachios, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds. Why? They keep you full and satisfied for long periods of time, and they’re stuffed with healthy, belly-burning fats and minerals.
3. Cottage Cheese: Loaded with calcium and low-fat protein, cottage cheese will keep you feeling full for long period of time while supplying the amino acids your muscles need to grow.
4. Certain Veggies: Turns out certain vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, and cabbage contain special phytonutrients, such as indole-3-carbinol (I3C), which help to fight against environmental estrogens that can add belly fat. Mom was right… eat your veggies!
5. Eggs aren’t bad, they’re nutrient-dense and loaded with belly-burning protein, vitamins B6, B12, A, D, E, and K, folate, choline, lutein, calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, they keep you full for long periods of time. Choose eggs that come from free-range chickens. You’ll get more healthy nutrients.
6. Oatmeal: Packed with fiber and whole-grain goodness, you can’t go wrong. Just be sure to avoid the processed, high-sugar junk out there and stick to slow-cook oats. Steel cut are the best. Add a dash of cinnamon, some walnuts, berries, and a natural sweetener to taste. BAM! Good stuff.
7. Beans: Black beans, navy beans, refried beans, and lima beans all have 6 or more grams of fiber per ½ cup. Fiber can clean your system of pounds of “toxic waste” and reduce your belly bulge in a big way.
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