Coffee, Decaf And Caffeine

Today’s Healthy Diet Podcast is about coffee, decaf coffee and caffeine. What’s the verdict? Is it good for you? Are there any health benefits?

Show notes:

  • A little of the history of coffee. Coffee is very much a social drink and is found in most cultures. Just check out all the coffee bars around.
  • Coffee was thought to originate in Ethiopia in the Kaffa area where shepherds noticed their goats were getting happy. It became popular in the United States after the War of 1812 when Brittan imposed restrictions on tea imports.
  • There are 2 kinds of coffee beans coffea arabica and coffea robusta. Coffea arabica is the more popular plant and used in most coffees. Coffea robusta has 40-50% more caffeine and is used in some espresso blends.
  • Coffee gets its taste from the roasting process.
  • Some articles tout the benefits of drinking coffee because it may have a few antioxidants in it and help with diabetes and cancers, but by the time you add cream, sugar, syrups and more, any health benefits are probably gone.
  • Negatives of coffee is that it contains acrlyamide a known carcinogen. Both caffeinated and decaf coffee has this ingredient. Decaf coffee isn’t that good because decaffeinating coffee can be done using chemical solvents unless your coffee uses the Swiss water process.
  • The food we eat is the fuel for our bodies so the bottom line is this, how many nutrients are in coffee? Coffee is really a drug, it isn’t a food.
  • We suggest eating the most nutrient dense foods possible and coffee isn’t on that list.

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Alan

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A Picture Of Our Raw Vegan Refrigerator

Vegan Refrigerator Picture

As a ritual Jean and I usually go grocery shopping on Friday mornings and in the last 4 or 5 months Jean has started to display our food in the refrigerator instead of just leaving it in the plastic bags or containers it comes in from the store.

When I say display I mean when you open the fridge, there in all their glory sits our fruits and vegetables we will be eating for the week. As you can see from the picture of our refrigerator above, the top shelf features a bowl with all our red and green peppers, zucchini, avocados and whatever else will fit in there. Yes, there is a carton of orange juice on the top shelf which is a rarity for us these days. We usually have fresh squeezed OJ, but this time of the year in Florida it is hard to find oranges at a decent price, but as you can see in the bottom bin, we were able to locate some.

You can also see cherries and lettuce on the next shelf down from the top and the only other packaged item you see in this part of the fridge besides the orange juice is the canned cat food. This is to keep our cat Emily from getting constipated and needing a $100 enema. We haven’t explored the natural food route for kitty yet.

Lettuce, mushrooms and the largest produce item we buy, carrots is on the bottom shelf. We use a 25 lb bag of carrots per week for juicing. I don’t usually get out of our local Publix grocey store without someone asking me a question or making some comment about my purchase. It normally goes something like this, “I’ve never seen a bag of carrots that big. Do you have rabbits at home?” I then go on to explain that Jean and I combined drink 32 ounces of carrot juice per day.

So there you have it, you now have seen the inside of the fridge from the hosts of The Healthy Diet Podcast. Jean has been bugging me to take a picture every Friday after we get the groceries put away and post it to the blog here. Maybe we’ll start a page on our healthy diet website where listeners of our podcast can send in pictures of the inside of their refrigerators. If you’d like to share pics of your fridge with us, please contact us here.

Alan

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Preventing Diverticulosis And Diverticulitis

Today’s Healthy Diet Podcast, the 50th podcast by the way, is about preventing diverticulosis and diverticulitis by getting more fiber in your diet.

Show notes:

  • We had out cholesterol tested and Jean’s came in at less than 120 and mine was in the high 150’s.
  • Half of people over 60 years of age have diverticulosis and it runs in Jean’s family. Jean’s father died of it.
  • Diverticulosis is a disease of the large intestine that forms pockets in the intestine. When those pockets become infected and inflamed this is diverticulitis.
  • If you have the symptoms of diverticulosis which are bloating, cramping and constipation, please see a health care practitioner.
  • Diverticulitis symptoms are abdominal tenderness, fever, nausea, vomiting and cramping and you need to see a doctor or get to the hospital immediately!
  • The disease develops in people who eat a low fiber diet like in the United States and doesn’t show up in societies that eat a high fiber diet. It seems fairly simple to get to the root of the problem.
  • One of the first books Jean read on health was The Save Your Life Diet that suggested a high fiber diet was good for you.
  • Hospitals scare me because the typical way of treating a disease is a mix of prescription drugs and processed food. Alan’s criteria for going to the hospital – I must be unconscious and in more than one piece.
  • Fiber in whole grains is important because it contains the nutrition and the bulk, the good stuff.
  • Food needs to move through your intestines and colon so you will keep from getting constipated. That’s why we need fiber.
  • What can you do about getting enough fiber? Eat a whole food diet that contains fruits, vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts, whole grains, flax seed and more.
  • When we make smoothies with our new Vita Mix you can add the whole seed because the Vita Mix grinds it up.

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Alan LeStourgeon

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We Love Our New Vita Mix Blender

On today’s Healthy Diet Podcast we talk about our new Vita Mix blender and why it’s important to take charge of your health.

Show notes:

  • It’s amazing what a hospital thinks is nutritionally sound food with Alan’s mom being sick. It’s a diet of medication and processed foods, yummy!
  • We want to take charge of our health so we bit the bullet and purchased a Vitamix Super 5000 blender. These are the blenders used in Starbucks, Barnes and Noble and many other places.
  • The Vita Mix came with 2 – 8 cup containers and can be used for making smoothies, frozen desserts, chopping vegetables, hot soups, grinding grain, making bread dough and more.
  • Features we like are the way the lid fits. It comes with a tamper that you use to push ingredients into the blades. It’s fast. It has an automatic overload protection so it doesn’t overheat.
  • Making green smoothies in the Vita Mix is great. Other blenders don’t chop the greens fine enough, the Vita Mix turns greens into liquids breaking down the cellular walls.
  • The blades on the Vita Mix rotate from 11 to 240 mph. The variable dial, only on the Super 5000, allows you to adjust the speed of the blades.
  • Tomatoes processed in a Vita Mix yield 3 times more lycopene than a whole tomato does when just chopped.
  • A recipe we’ve made with the Vitamix is tomatillo sauce. Ingredients are 5 tomatillas, 1 small onion, jalapeno slice, 2 teaspoons lime juice or apple cider vinegar and sea salt to taste. Put it in the blender and mix it up. Use it the way you would use any tomato based salsa.
  • The Vita Mix grinds grain superbly. What used to take us 3 to 5 minutes in a grain mill now takes us about 30 seconds.
  • You can even use this blender to cold compost. Grind up your kitchen scraps (vegan only) and you get non weed seed compost for your garden.

The Vita Mix can be purchased on eBay, that’s where we got ours.

Alan LeStourgeon

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Cooking Oils And A Healthy Heart

We talk about cooking oils and heart health on this edition of the Healthy Diet Podcast and cover monounsaturated fats like olive oil and omega 3 oils.

Show notes:

  • We gave away 5 copies of Dr Esselstyn’s book Prevent And reverse Heart Disease and they went to Victoria from Maine, Bridget from Illinois, Kathy from Louisiana, Meagan from Texas and Sharon from Florida.
  • We cover more of Dr Esselstyn’s simple yet vigorous diet that prevents and reverses heart disease.
  • Dr E’s diet is based on science and research that he did for 12 years and a study he did for 20 years in which he interviewed participants every one to two weeks for 20 years.
  • What foods does Dr Esselstyn say to avoid?
    Anything with a face or mother even fish with omega 3 oils
    All dairy
    All refined grains
    Nuts
    All oils, every single drop
  • The verdict is still out on heart healthy oils. Sites the famous Lyon Diet Heart Study where the Mediterranean Diet became famous. Further examination of the study shows that the results may not have had anything to do with the olive oil, it was probably the fruits and veggies. The Mediterranean diet was not proven to arrest or reverse heart disease.
  • The difference between the Mediterranean Diet and the diet of rural Chinese peoples is the lack of oil in the Chinese diet.
  • No fat products may have hidden fat. Serving sizes are small enough that manufacturers can claim they have no fat.
  • We cover a good testimony about a quintuple bypass patient eating heart healthy oils.
  • Diet cheaters run into trouble when they eat high fat snacks.

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Alan LeStourgeon

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Sign Up For eBay Get A Deal On A Vita-Mix

We’ve had out Vita-Mix blender exactly a week now and we absolutely love it. I wish we would have gotten one years ago and not messed with the three blenders that we eventually discarded. We are making all sorts of things in the Vita Mix such as carrot juice, smoothies, guacamole, chopping veggies and more.

We ordered our Vita Mix from their store on eBay and got a great deal on it. It is a refurbished unit, but it still comes with their 7 year warranty. The refurbished blenders were used as demo models and at trade show I believe. We wouldn’t know the difference though because this blender is far, far superior to anything we have ever owned and runs at about 4 times the speed of anything we’ve owned.

If you are interested in getting a Vita Mix there are several models for sale on eBay. We got the Vita Mix Super 5000 model because we wanted the variable speed dial on the front as well as the low and high switch. Other models available on eBay are the TurboBlend 4500, the BarBoss Blender, commercial type blenders, Super 3600 Juicer/Blender and others.

You can get a Vita Mix on eBay, but you first have to sign up for eBay so you can bid on one. If you aren’t a member you can browse all you want, but sorry, you can’t bid. However, it’s pretty easy to sign up for eBay and doesn’t cost anything. It takes about 2 or three minutes an then you are all set to bid on the Vitamix or anything else you want to bid on.

To join eBay click on the link below:

Sign Up for eBay here.

Check out the great deals on the Vita-Mix here.

Have fun shopping on eBay.

Alan

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