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Luscious Double Chocolate Blueberry Bundt ~ High in Protein, Low in Fat

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
January 11, 2016
File under: Dairy Free, Healthy Eating, Party Food, Recipes, Vegan

Bundt cakes get their distinctive shape from the fluted, grooved tube, baking pan similar to the traditional brioche-like gugelhupfk, which is called bundkuchen in northern Germany.

In 1950, bundt cakes became so popular that Nordic Ware trademarked the name, ‘bundt pan.’ In 1966 Pillsbury sponsored a baking contest where a bundt cake won second place and sales really took off after that.

Rich desserts are traditionally made with butter, eggs and milk. These decadent desserts tend to be notoriously high in fat, calories and cholesterol.

There is a better way to produce scrumptious, rich tasting treats. The key is in choosing wholesome, easy to use alternatives to replace eggs, refined sugar, butter and dairy products. …read more of Luscious Double Chocolate Blueberry Bundt ~ High in Protein, Low in Fat here

 
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Stress Contributes to Post-Holiday Edema and Weight Gain

By Michael Schwartz
January 4, 2016
File under: Health Concerns, Herbs, Natural Remedies, Stress Relief

A shocking nine out of ten adult diets in the U.S. contain too much sodium. Most of the sodium in the American diet comes from processed foods such as, pizza and cookies, animal products and restaurant fare… all of which are indulged to excess during the Holidays.

Excess salt creates an imbalance between sodium and potassium and causes the body to retain water.

Water retention (edema), is a serious health problem and directly contributes to obesity. Water retention can have several causes, but generally stems from an imbalance in the potassium – sodium relationship.

Stress can easily disturb this balance and depletes nutrients, such as calcium, magnesium and zinc. When calcium is depleted, the potassium – sodium ratio is upset, causing water to be retained. …read more of Stress Contributes to Post-Holiday Edema and Weight Gain here

 
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Delectable Apricot Pastry Rolls ~ Four Ingredients!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
December 28, 2015
File under: Dairy Free, Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Party Food, Recipes, Vegan

These wholesome and delectable Apricot Pastry Rolls come together quickly with just four ingredients and keep well in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Puff pastry is light and airy with unique properties perfect in many elegant dishes on the party circuit. Easy to use and ready to bake, frozen puff pastry is undoubtedly the simplest route to an endless array of impressive dishes.

It is important to read labels. Some popular brands of puff pastry list unbleached enriched flour as the first ingredient. That is white flour with all of the bran removed, which then has some vitamins and minerals added back. It is best to avoid refined white, flour, bread and rice because they are empty carbs with all of the goodness discarded.

Most brands use lots of butter, which adds cholesterol, saturated fat and excess calories. Equally troubling are the hydrogenated oils and other additives listed on the label of the most popular brand of puff pastry. Hydrogenated oils are trans fats, which increase bad cholesterol (LDL) and decrease good cholesterol (HDL) and also promote inflammation. …read more of Delectable Apricot Pastry Rolls ~ Four Ingredients! here

 
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How Not to Die ~ There Was No Book… Until Now!

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
December 21, 2015
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating

How Not to Die – Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease is Dr Greger’s latest book.

People are more likely to die during December and January than any other time of the year. Fitting, then, that my new book, How Not to Die hit stores in the first week of December!

I have created a video tour throughout the book, highlighting the differences between what is in the book and what is up on my site, http://nutritionfacts.org/.

What I wanted to write was not just a reference book – one that compiles all the most compelling evidence in one place – but also a practical guide on how to translate the mountain of data into day-to-day decisions. …read more of How Not to Die ~ There Was No Book… Until Now! here

 
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Holiday Blues

By Michael Schwartz
December 14, 2015
File under: Alternative Therapies, Herbs, Natural Remedies

Joy to the world … one of many proclamations of the Holiday Season

For many, the Holiday Season is one of blues, not joy. It is during the Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s cycle that many people who are alone deal with depression, because of their isolation.

There are two causes for that. One of them is a pattern of behavior. The other is low blood sugar. Keeping the adrenal gland healthy with pantothenic acid and vitamin C will ensure proper monitoring of sugar in the blood stream.

One of the roles of the adrenal gland is that when glucose/sugar in the bloodstream drops to levels that are too low, it signals the liver to release glucose into the bloodstream. Now the cells will have fuel/food. …read more of Holiday Blues here

 
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