Parents: IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT!

Parents Fault

Parents: IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT!

Who’s to blame? No one! In my opinion, what you’re up against has a problem that has a life of its own. It takes over and can steal your son or daughter away from you while you are sleeping. You hardly notice it and, when you do, it’s often disguised as something else. It’s not the result of poor parenting. If your child has alcoholism, it is the result of a family disease that is largely attributable to genetics. It has very little to do with the environment or “shaping” of the child by anyone. It has to do with the inability to process alcohol and possibly any mood-altering chemical normally. Plese visit this link http://abcrecoverycenter.org/

In all other areas, your child may be normal or even exceptional, thereby deceiving you into thinking that he or she is too smart to continue this forever. Well, it matters not if you are rich or poor, healthy or sick, happy or not happy, good looking or not, intelligent or not – this problem does not discriminate. It will prey on any class of people. It’s not the result of poor parenting.

Teens from very functional homes have alcoholism. George Vailliant (1981) looked at personality profiles of alcoholics before they drank and found them to be somewhat “normal.” Family therapists have noticed for decades that when they are working with the family and this problem comes up, there are usually alcoholic family members on at least one side of the family. This suggests that the problem “runs” in the family, is genetic. Many functional people have the problem. You know this yourself from the media reports. Not all of them can be wrong!

This is not a disgrace. Yet it is still being treated thusly. Don’t be one of the misinformed or uninformed that still judges alcoholism as the result of laziness of immorality. There are treatment centers just for the clergy. There are treatment centers for professionals. There are twelve step meetings just for M.D.s and lawyers and so on. These are not a lazy, stupid, depraved or immoral class of people. The disease does not discriminate.

Once you are educated, it is easier to let go of the guilt. In my thirty-six years as a therapist, I have not met many parents who did not feel guilty. However, it is not logical to feel guilty. Have you really done wrong? Did you give them the ability to tolerate incredible quantities of alcohol? Did you take away their motivation? Did you make sure they would develop character flaws such as lying, cheating or stealing? No! You did not. They did not plan this either.

In my practice, I often come upon families with this problem and always ask the parents if they feel like they have lost their child. Invariably, the answer is yes. When we trace the onset of alcohol abuse, we usually find that the child changed in behavior and personality about this time. This is significant. This begins the dysfunctional separation and alienation of the teen from the family, which usually leads the family to alienate the teen out of desperation and feelings of powerlessness. As parents, we must not succumb to this. With the proper direction and action as a team, healing and redirection are possible. It takes family work.

So go ahead! Feel guilty if you must. However, you don’t have to. If you do, take some action that will get rid of the guilt. Then let it go. Move on to treatment. Get help from a qualified, licensed professional. Take your child to AA. Go to AL-Anon yourself and drag your spouse there also. Do not be embarrassed. It’s not the result of poor parenting.

Lastly, don’t sabotage treatment. Get help instead of continuing to do this by yourself. Find out how a teenager can take the steps to sobriety and follow the model thoroughly and consistently over time. The disease has a life of its own and wants to cripple you just as it wants to cripple the alcoholic. It’s out to destroy. Don’t let it. Get help and heal!

The Woodward House adds fine dining and the luxury of a cheese course to the mix.

The Woodward House

The Woodward House

Litchfield County used to be dairy farm country and still has the rolling green landscape and the occasional long stretch of feed corn going for it, although you are almost as likely now to see a former secretary of state or Oscar-winning actress as you are a Holstein in some towns these days, as the area has increasingly become a second-house market for our betters (OK, not a Holstein, but a Brown Swiss? Forget it.)

Bethlehem, just north of Waterbury and the gateway into farm country, has, however, managed to hang on to its rural, cow-town character. It has a flashing red stop light in the center of town, a grocery store, a pharmacy, a breakfast joint, a pizza place and a monastery, and that’s about it. And now it has Woodward House, an elegant and inviting new restaurants palm springs on the town green.

The house originates in 1740–which makes it one of the town’s foundation buildings and used to be called Bird Tavern, though in recent years it served as a rental house.

But you get the sense, frankly, that the house is happy to have been restored to its original purpose to be a place of hospitality. Certainly, it glows now with warmth. You’ll notice as you go in how thoughtfully designed it is. The walls in one dining room are a cheery, late-sunset red, in another, the room is gold, in another yellow. The moldings are crisp white. The glassware is elegant (heavy bottomed, serious cocktail glasses, tall, Reidel-quality wine glasses ) and sparkles, the carpets are thick, lovely and appropriate. The table linen is white and well ironed. I don’t know about you, but for Lisa and me, these kinds of things go a long way. You know you are in good hands when care has been taken to get the details right.

As an amuse-guile, as I had my nose in a lovely, austere glass of Medoc, our waiter brought to us a smoked salmon mousse on a slip of waffled potato, delicious. We took some time with the menu. There is a foie gras crème brulée with pearl-onion jam on the “starters” menu that I will be returning for. I’d bet the shrimp and Maryland crab cakes with mango and pineapple salsa are pretty amazing too, but I started instead with the five onion soup with cilantro cream, while Lisa had a summer salad with strawberries, mangos, walnuts, and brie in a sherry vinaigrette.

Lisa’s salad was very nice, very balanced. My soup was deeply satisfying, like French onion soup but with more softness and character, the cilantro cream rounding the edges. I was particularly won over by the bowl, a white rectangular, terrine-shaped thing on a saucer.

I was torn. Part of me wanted to move next to the lobster summer stew, with fennel and tomato, but I have this foie gras thing, and I saw there was roasted duck breast with foie gras and sweet mashed potatoes in an apple cider sauce. It was very good. Lisa had a filet of beef tenderloin with a mint and Bing cherry demi glace, served with horseradish mashed potatoes. I kept hoping she wouldn’t finish it so I could, but it had been a long day and she wolfed it down.

And what a joy to find a restaurant with a cheese option on the dessert menu. I had that, with a glass of port, while Lisa had the lemon curd tart with blueberries. “Very lemony,” she said approvingly. “These things are almost always too sweet.”

We had a cappuccino, and our waiter came by and told us that the chef makes fresh truffles every day, and left two on our table.

So this was all very good. The service was extremely professional as well. If you do plan to spend a day in the countryside, you would do well to end it with a dinner here. If it is a date or a kind of date you’ll have impressed her or him, trust me. It just has something great about it that will make you feel that life is good.

Food With a Funny Bone

Funny Bone

Food With a Funny Bone

American classics with a twist that’s the theme at The Elbow Room in West Hartford. The logo on the menu shows a picture-book house whose sides are a little askew and sort of rhomboid, the idea being perhaps that the comfort foods of home are what you’ll find, if a little off kilter. That was the sense that Lisa and I had when we stopped into the bustling Restaurants Rancho Mirage. That’s pretty much what we found too. The Elbow Room does a better job of not messing up the old familiar favorites than many other places tinkering with the Classic American style. In fact, the secret seems to be to pretend like you are fiddling with Betty Crocker and Fanny Farmer’s turf but to simply serve good solid American favorites. No, you don’t need to throw any chipotle in my mac and cheese, but thanks. That’s not to say that The Elbow Room toes the no-nonsense line completely — the chefs break out the goat cheese and the balsamic vinegar glaze when the spirit moves them. But The Elbow Room sticks to the pleasing regularity of the meat-and-potatoes meal.

Straightaway, Lisa and I ordered the fried oysters, and arugula salad and a pair of Stella Artois on draft. A roasted beet and goat cheese salad also looked nice. While we drank our drafts, I noticed that I felt a draft. But if our seats were a tad nippy, the atmosphere was warm. The medium light inside The Elbow Room is inviting. Inside there are tilted mirrors hanging off the walls, providing infinite reflections for people-watching, and lopsided shapes give character to the little nooks. Model helicopters and airplanes hang from the ceiling in the larger area toward the front. For two-person dining, there are a series of small stalls along one wall, with thin partitions adding a sense of privacy but reducing the sense of space.

Our oysters were served with a stainless steel ramekin of mild remoulade sauce. There were five fried oysters and a faux-folksy folded wax paper bag. The oysters were fried with an expert’s touch an outer crispness giving way to a little substance, then to the almost nonexistent resilience of the oyster. The oysters were served beside a small mixed green salad tossed with a lemony dressing.

With the arugula salad, our waiter was kind enough to split the whole onto two plates, each still pretty big. The salad was basically arugula, walnuts, and a warmed cheese dressing that the menu called a “goat cheese fondue.” It was simple and good. The nutty flavor of the arugula was well matched with the robust goat cheese.

We were debating the merits of trying steak gorgonzola cheese and pears, or a grilled striped sea bass on a scallion and potato pancake, among other things, but, in the context, we decided to exercise a little restraint. Lisa ordered “TV dinner” with meat loaf, and I chose the cornmeal encrusted roasted chicken.

Lisa’s dinner was more like an elegant Japanese bento box than a dinky tin foil tray. The TV dinner came served on a handsome lacquer platter, with separate little partitions for each item. There was a slab of meat loaf, a drop biscuit flecked with cheese, a moist cube of dark gingerbread topped with real whipped cream, some sauteed green beans, and mashed potatoes. This was a full meal. Some in the make-it-new camp get carried away with meat loaf, doctoring it up with roasted peppers and pine nuts, but the meat loaf at The Elbow Room didn’t flaunt its components. It was firm and short on filler, with a hint of what tasted like sage. Read more 

The chicken was steaming hot, right out of the roasting pan. Two golden boned breasts, leaned against each other on top of a base of mashed potatoes, with a layer of peas and red peppers between. The chicken was tender, with the cornmeal crust adding an earthy flavor, and the mashed potatoes were creamy but not without substance. This too was a significant portion.

Restaurant Food and Drink Recipes

Restaurant Food and Drink Recipes

The cuisine is now one of the much-loved hobbies of many people that are to try different cuisines from different countries with their respective characteristics. In London, there are many restaurants serving various cuisines from different countries. There are many unique flavors and spices that are different from each cuisine. Not only the unique flavor and taste, but the process of cooking and way of presenting the cuisine of each country are usually different. Certainly, there are many best restaurant Rancho mirage foods and drink recipes that serve a variety of foods from different countries.

The tourists who want to travel to London, surely not only enjoy the beauty and variety of attractions in the city of London but also try different foods from different countries in London. There are many top restaurants in London with a variety of dishes typical of each country, such as Chinese food, Vietnamese food, Pakistani food, Indian traditional foods, and do not miss the European food. To find a variety of locations top restaurants in London, everyone can search through the internet. Usually, over the internet, there are many reviews about the top restaurants in London, which can be visited either for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Of course, everyone has different tastes, so many top restaurants in London that serve a variety of cuisines from different countries. There are many top restaurants in London that serves a variety of dishes for a special dinner, whether with family, friends or that special someone, while enjoying the beauty of London at night. Surely it would be very exciting to enjoy every moment by enjoying food, good breakfast, lunch, or dinner at various top restaurants in London.

Top US Restaurants London

For Indian food lovers, there are many restaurant foods and drink recipes offering and presents a variety of typical Indian food. Meals are not just being a typical Indian food, but now many people are starting to like the variety of Indian cuisine. Indian cuisine is usually characterized by the use of spices in every cuisine. A full meal many people in India who served in various restaurant food and drink recipes, such as tandoori lamb, curry or biryani, and many others. Indian dishes are served has a lot of appeal to many people, with the use of spices, the fragrance is unique, so many top restaurants in London serving Indian cuisine can be easily found.

European Restaurants London

European food has been famous around the world, ranging from steak, spaghetti, until dessert, so many restaurants around the country serve a variety of European cuisine. A lot of European cuisines served in a variety of top restaurants in London, not only just in restaurants but many cafes that serve a variety of European foods. For tourists or business people who want to find a variety of top restaurants in London serving European food certainly is not difficult. Each of the top restaurants in London that serve European cuisine has a difference in taste and presentation, so it’s good when searching for various reviews over the internet to be able to enjoy a variety of European top restaurants in London. Through the reviews on the internet are usually given a variety of information on top restaurants in London that provide discounts and affordable prices, thus providing benefits, can enjoy the cuisine in Europe top restaurants in London with low prices.

Chinese Restaurants London

Top restaurants in London not only provides a variety of European cuisine, India but also provides a variety of Chinese cuisine. Usually, many top restaurants in London that serve Chinese cuisine can be found in China Town. Chinese cuisine is very famous around the world, with a dish of noodles, pork, and vegetables combined with a variety of traditional Chinese herbs, thereby adding to the pleasure of eating Chinese cuisine. But many top restaurants in London that serve Chinese cuisine that not only can be found at the Chinese Town, such as in hotels, and others. Chinese cuisine is one of the dishes are presented with interesting, not only serving the cuisine, but also how to cook it into one exciting entertainment to be seen, such as making noodles by hand, and others. To find the top restaurants in London that serves Chinese cuisine can be easily obtained, by visiting China town or searching through the internet. Chinese Top restaurants in London to give the dish a different and special for everyone who wants to enjoy the uniqueness of Chinese cuisine.

Foods To Avoid At Your Wedding

Foods To Avoid

A wedding is meant to be a celebration of two lives joining together as one. There are a lot of different aspects to this type of celebration. There is a lot to prepare before hand – some people actually take a year or even two years to get ready for their wedding day! There certainly is a lot to think about, and a lot to plan. Even if you can afford to hire a wedding planner, couples still have to make many, many different choices all throughout the wedding planning process.

People usually tend to only think about the big wedding choices, such as the dress, the cake, the guest list and the gift registry. Most couples and wedding planners will just choose and hire a well known and respected caterer and leave it at that. However, many of these couples do not realize that their choice of foods that they serve at their wedding can have a bigger effect on the success of the reception! Please click here.

A lot of people don’t realize that there are certain foods that would be better to serve at your wedding reception, and there are also certain foods that just would not go over so well if served at your reception! This may sound a bit strange to some people, but when you think about it reasonably, it makes a lot of sense.

Every wedding is a unique affair, and part of what makes them each different and unique is the diversity of the guest list. There are a lot of people out there that have diverse families, with a mix of different cultures. Sometimes when you have a such a mix of cultures at your wedding reception, you have to watch what kinds of foods you serve, because certain cultures will be offended at some foods. For example, you don’t want to serve pork if you have Jewish relatives coming to your wedding reception, and it probably wouldn’t be such a great idea to serve meat to a strict vegetarian! Also, before you pick out the wine you will have at your reception, take a look at your guest list and make sure that no one on it will be offended by the presence of alcohol. Some people would be offended because of religious views, while others could be recovering alcoholics, and you wouldn’t want to tempt them to fall off of the wagon!

Another thing to think about when it comes to the food served at your wedding reception is what foods cause bad breath. Kissing is a pretty widespread wedding activity, and it might not be such a pleasant activity if half of the wedding reception food has garlic or onions in it. Also, you should consider the meat you will be serving. There are some couples who want to go all out and serve some sort of wild game meat, but sometimes this is just not practical or appreciated by your guests.

The last thing to think about before you finalize your food list is how many courses you plan to serve at your reception. If you have just one or two, you don’t have to worry about it, but if you want more courses than that, then you should only serve lighter foods for the first few courses. You don’t want your guests to fill up too fast.

The most important discovery of this century for the immune system

the immune system

You are about to discover a scientifically proven nutritional supplement that boosts your immune system and gets your diabetes under control.

The most important discovery of this century for the immune system may be something called glyconutrients. Glyconutrients, are at the forefront of nutritional science and biochemistry research.

Glyconutrients are “sugars”, but not what you are thinking. These are eight simple sugars that Harpers Biochemistry, every Doctor’s biochemistry Bible calls essential sugars. These are simple sugars or monosaccharides that create cellular communication. They are responsible for getting your cells to talk to one another. (See Amazing Sweet Magic Pages 6-7 for just how these sugars work).

Your Immune System is Screaming for Glyconutrients

Diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases (e.g. lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis), osteoporosis, genetic diseases, foreign viruses, AIDS, and infant mortality seem to be more prevalent today than ever. Why are we experiencing these mounting health challenges?

Processed food and fast foods are depriving us of even more essential nutrients. Many scientists believe that commercial farming, which burns out nutrients and adds poisons to the soil, as well as shipping foods “green” to ripen upon trucks, are major contributors to ill health.

Our Body’s Capability to Defend and Protect Itself

Every human is equipped with natural killer cells that identify and kill tumor cells and cells infected with viruses or some types of fungi or bacteria. Americans have lost over 25% of natural killer cell function (our first line of defense) over the past 15 years due to toxins, viruses, and daily stressors. It seems we have the ability but are lacking the energy required to adequately protect, detoxify, and heal.

Healthy cells make healthy tissues. Healthy tissue makes healthy organs. Healthy organs make healthy systems.

If your systems are working synergistically together and are healthy at the cellular level then you do not have a health problem.

The Key to Healthy Cells and Healthy Bodies

An increasing number of research scientists and doctors believe that eight specific carbohydrates (saccharides) represent the key to cellular communication. Only two of the eight are commonly found in our typical modern diets: glucose and galactose.

In fact, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded for this discovery to Günther Blobel in 1999. It’s so important that this breakthrough has been called the greatest discovery in the medical field in the past 100 years by respected doctors. This discovery has sparked an entirely new area of biology called glycobiology, the study of sugars in cellular processes. Today, there are over 350,000 peer-reviewed scientific papers on glycobiology available for Medical Professionals to review on the internet. Since 1994 there have been Four Nobel Prizes for Physiology and Medicine related to the discovery of these essential sugars. Click here

Amazing Research Results with Glyconutrient Supplementation

The potential for supporting our immune systems and enhancing cell-to-cell communication with phytonutrients is profound. There is a growing body of scientific studies supporting the potential health benefits of glycol nutritional supplementation for various health conditions including fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, ADHD, Diabetes, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus See Amazing Sweet Magic Pages 8 – 10 for the life-changing results Diabetes have.

Significantly, in 1994, a research pathologist and a research pharmacologist discovered that six of these eight sugars are missing in nearly all humans on earth. They realized that this was a major reason that there was so much sickness and more importantly why people just cannot get well.

Dr. Reginald McDaniel and Dr. Bill McAnnally realized that if they could create a supplement that had all eight sugars in it that it would simply allow the body to restart the process of cellular communication. At that point, they created a food supplement, called Ambrotose®. It contained a patented combination of glyconutrients.

Dr. McDaniel and Dr. McAnnallys glyconutrient complex is still the only source of all eight glyconutrients available in the world today. Patents and patents pending have been issued on this complex in over 60 countries. But the real news is what this wonderful glyconutrient complex does for you and me.

Dr. John Axford, MD, a leading expert in this new field of glycobiology and President of Clinical Immunology, Royal Academy of Medicine, stated at a health conference last year, Sugars are going to be the molecules of the next decade. Glycobiology is one of the last frontiers of science to be conquered and it’s going to be at the cutting edge of a large number of discoveries and therapies over the next decade.

In conclusion, glyconutritional supplements allow the human body to manifest more of its potential by enhancing cellular communication. These nutrients are a critical component in supporting the natural function of all of our systems and particularly the immune system which is at risk in our toxic, denatured environment. While the scientific community creates pharmaceutical, synthetic applications of this discovery, there is already a nutritional supplement that provides a ready resource of these saccharides.
Does this mean that you can throw your diabetes medication or insulin in the trash: probably not yet. It is always best to make a gradual transition. Start taking glyconutrients under your Doctors care while you are still using your medication. (See Amazing Sweet Magic Page 11 for Dr. Moore’s daily glyconutrient regimen for diabetics.) When you see a change in your blood sugar decrease the amount of medication you use. The point is that you will have a measurable way of seeing what the glyconutrients are doing for you.

So what do glyconutrients really mean to diabetics? Well for one thing they cut right through both the numerous myths and standard facts of diabetes.

Glyconutrients will change how you deal with your diabetes. The natural change in your body’s energy after starting on glyconutrients will make a noticeable change in your overall health. That’s just the beginning.

Your Resource For Healthier Fast Foods

healthier fast food

Everyone knows that fast food is not always the healthiest meal choice, containing too many calories, too much salt, and a lot of unhealthy cholesterol and fats. However, with today’s busy lifestyles, there are certainly times when grabbing something quick and easy is the only workable option. As long as you don’t eat fast food too often, it’s usually ok to splurge once in awhile.For those people trying to keep healthy or stick with a reduced calorie diet plan, eating fast food can be challenging, however, healthier choices do exist in the current fast food market. You simply have to know where to look for healthy fast food choices.

One of the healthier fast food menu items out there can be found at Wendy’s restaurant. They offer chili, which is not usually found in fast food restaurants. This is a healthier choice because it offers ingredients such as tomatoes, beans, green peppers, beef, and onions. Wendy’s chili offers decent nutritional value and is also a satisfying food choice, helping to fill you and potentially help you avoid overeating in the process.

Pizza Hut delivers a healthier pizza option in the form of the Fit & Delicious pizza. You can also save on calories and fat with regular pizzas by requesting light cheese, and stick with all vegetables as opposed to meat ingredients.

Restaurants palm springs such as Subway and other sub sandwich chains are also good healthier fast food choices because you as the customer have some control as to what goes on your sandwich. Choose a whole or multi- grain bread option, and stick with leaner cuts of meat and pack on the vegetables.

Taco Bell is also a fairly good call when trying to keep things healthy with fast food choices. A regular taco has lettuce, tomatoes, beef, and cheese. Skip the supreme versions which include sour cream, and you should be relatively healthy.

For children, opt for the healthier side choices as opposed to french fries. Chains such as McDonald’s are finally wising up and offering more choices for young children’s kid’s meals, cutting back on the calories and unhealthy aspects of previous kids menu choices.

One thing to really watch out for with fast food are the salad options. Just because a menu item has salad in the title does not necessarily make it a healthier choice. Many of the specialty salads offered at several different fast food chains are higher in calories than if you had opted for a burger and fries instead. If ordering salads at fast food restaurants, stick with a basic salad with just vegetables. Skip the meats and other higher calories choices on the fancier salad options and it will be much healthier.

Eating fast food has become routine for much of our society. We choose it when we are pressed for time or on the go. As long as you really pay attention to the menu items you select, you can still partake in fast food occasionally while not wreaking total havoc on your diet or your health. Think your order through and try to make healthy fast food choices.

Sensitive Natural Baby Skincare

Natural baby skin care

Adults tend to have no problem using skincare products filled with all kinds of chemicals, yet they know that these items are not appropriate for the sweet and delicate skin of a baby. While this is common sense, fewer people turn a critical eye on the components of products that are deemed safe for use on babies. A fair number of baby skincare products actually contain chemicals that can irritate and harm an infant’s skin rather than help it.

Natural baby skin care is the better path to take because natural products are much more gentle on the developing skin of a baby. The chemicals in unnatural products can really damage an infant’s vulnerable, fresh skin.

Natural Choices

There is a growing market for natural baby skincare products as more and more parents are becoming aware of the potential damage that can be caused by chemicals. Baby products containing natural ingredients are becoming increasingly popular as the benefits of unnatural skincare products are drastically outweighed by the downfalls.

Natural baby skin care items like a mild soap should be used by parents when they bathe their child. Bathing a baby too often is actually a problem that could result in drying their skin out too much. Products like bubble bath should be completely avoided due to the chemicals it contains and the potential for damaging a baby’s skin by drying it out.

Talc powder is generally accepted as a necessary item in any baby room, but in reality, the powder can clog pores and irritate the baby’s skin. There are natural baby skincare alternatives like cornstarch or bentonite clay powder that are more gentle on an infant’s skin. Of course, the gentler, the better; a soft approach will leave your baby much happier.

Chamomile is another great natural baby skincare alternative that a parent can use when their baby has a diaper rash instead of talc powder. Another great natural treatment for diaper rash is zinc oxide. Both of this products help soothe and treat the irritation caused by diaper rash.

Baby oil is another widely recognized item in baby skincare, but a lot of these oils contain petrochemicals that can aggravate a child’s skin. Natural baby skin care has products like almond and grapeseed oil that are gentler on an infant’s sensitive skin. Natural oils that also contain aloe vera or chamomile are great for soothing red, irritated skin.

During the first year of a baby’s life shampoo should be left out of the bathing picture. If shampoo must be used because the baby’s hair has become especially dirty then it is important that it is a natural shampoo that is free of fragrance.

Healthy Breakfast Foods

Healthy Breakfast Foods

What are healthy breakfast foods?

Everyone seems to be on a search for healthy breakfast foods.

As we learn more about the need for individual nutrition plans, suddenly plain old cereal seems to go out the window.

You need a healthy nutritious breakfast solution!

Breakfast is the meal that breaks your fast, but there are no rules when it comes to breakfast.

In other words, what is stopping you from eating soup, leftover dinner, fruit, a smoothie, vegetables or just a cup of tea for breakfast?

Absolutely nothing.

Healthy breakfast foods contain…

A balanced breakfast includes roughly equal portions of protein and carbohydrate, with a bit less fat.

The best healthy breakfast foods will have these traits:

  • Contain low-fat protein – increases ‘satisfaction’ and reduces cravings;
  • Are high in fiber (both soluble and insoluble) – increases ‘satisfaction’ and feeds gut flora;
  • Contain moderate carbs – low GI, unprocessed carbs to provide energy and fiber;
  • Contain low to moderate fat content from healthy sources; and
  • Are low in salt (which is often hidden in the usual bread, spreads, and cereals).

Having a variety of breakfasts foods means better balance in nutrition and less likelihood of developing food intolerance.

Aim to have a different breakfast for three days in a row and you’re on track.

Top 10 healthy breakfast ideas

These top 10 healthy breakfast foods meet the criteria listed above.

They are simple and easy to make.

Mix them up and perhaps even use the ingredients from this list to create your own breakfast food ideas.

1. For a great high protein breakfast, try two poached eggs, 5 asparagus spears, 1 cup of spinach, 1 tomato, 2 tablespoons kidney beans.

Finish half a cup of fresh papaya chunks for added vitamins and digestive enzymes.

2. Protein shake – great breakfast idea for work! – use a good quality soy or whey protein powderwithout nasty additives (we like USANA’s Choc Whey Protein or Vanilla Soyamax) –blend the recommended amount with water, ice cubes, a cup of fresh berries, 1 tab of crushed walnuts. Stir in 1 tsp of flaxseed oil after blending, for vital omega 3 fatty acids.

3. Half a cup of steel cut oats, ½ tsp flaxseed, ½ cup blueberries, ½ cup strawberries and 1 tab almonds. Squeeze some fresh fruit over it for moisture and serve immediately. Full of antioxidants, quality carbs, and healthy fats.

4. Scrambled tofu. Scramble about 3 tablespoons of firm tofu with ½ a diced onion, ½ a red capsicum and a clove of garlic.

Add a handful fresh basil and oregano and serve with a slice of beautiful wholemeal and grain toast (or gluten free), spread with a little tahini or avocado. Vegan, high in protein, fiber, nutrients and…delish!

5. A cup of fresh mixed berries with a small tub of plain, low-fat yogurt, 1 tablespoon of steel cut oats, 4 chopped brazil nuts, and 1 tsp rice bran. Full of B vitamins and a nice mix of textures. This is easy, healthy breakfast food.

6. Mushrooms on toast – dry fry a cup of sliced mushrooms with ½ a diced onion and serve on a slice of wholemeal and grain toast (gluten free if desired), spread with a little tahini. Finish with a cup of strawberries for extra protein and antioxidant power. Tasty vegan breakfast option.

7. Capsicum-poached eggs – grab ½ red capsicum and lightly dry fry the cut side, then flip over, crack an egg into it and cover pan until egg is cooked. Serve with fresh spinach and basil. For extra protein, add a little left over bolognese sauce from last night’s dinner. YUM! Finish with two fresh apricots or a nectarine, for an extra nutrient and carb boost.

8. Veggie scramble – bubble and squeak – 2 cups of last night’s leftover veggies, dry fried and mixed up with leftover mince, an egg white or some red kidney beans. Serve on a piece of wholemeal and grain toast (spread with avocado), add 1 tab low fat grated cheese if desired.

9. Home made muesli. Make up a batch so you can quickly grab a healthy ‘fast food’ breakfast. My favourite recipe is 2 cups steel cut oats (use quinoa flakes for gluten free); ½ cup natural sultanas, 1 cup puffed rice, 1 cup puffed amaranth, 3 tab rice bran, ½ cup psyllium husks or USANA’s Fibergy, 3 tab slippery elm bark powder, ½ cup natural Goji berries, ½ cup chopped hazelnuts, and ½ cup chopped almonds.

Use as-is or oven roasts each of the cereals on a lined baking tray until golden brown. Store in an airtight container – serve with fresh fruit and some watered down ‘light’ coconut milk. A serve for most people is ½ cup.

10. Mexico-breakfast wrap – hubby’s secret recipe. Use a gluten free wrap or two mountain bread wraps and add a scrambled egg, a small 100% beef sausage (preservative and gluten free), 2 tbsp kidney beans, fresh coriander, a shake of tabasco sauce, a scrape of avocado and a whole diced tomato. You could throw in 1 tab low-fat ricotta cheese if you wanted, instead of or in addtion to the sausage. Or you could replace the sausage with tofu or bolognaise.

Ok, we couldn’t stop!

We I still have another at least five great healthy breakfast food ideas.

Like healthy banana and yoghurt pancakes (ok, ok, can’t help it, here’s number 11).

11. Serves two people – 1 cup wholemeal spelled flour, ¾ cup yogurt, 1 egg*, 2 tab maple syrup or honey, half a mashed banana, 1 tsp baking powder. Add water as required to get a thick consistency.

Lightly fry until bubbling, then flip. Makes about 4 large pancakes. Press down to make sure center mixture spreads and cooks properly. Serve with fresh strawberries.

*If you’re egg and dairy free, you could use 1 cup wholemeal spelled flour, 1 whole mashed banana, 1 tsp baking powder, 2 tab maple syrup or honey, and enough light coconut milk to get desired consistency. The mixture should be thick.

Now if you’re scared of trying these breakfasts because you’ve only ever eaten Froot Loops, why not check out one of your local cafés or breakfast bars who make these kinds of meals – try something different?

That way, you can try before you buy.

A healthy nutritious breakfast is the best way to start your day!

Boost Your Diet Plan with “Healthy Fast Food”!

Healthy Fast Food

Fast food can hardly be imagined as a part of any diet plan that has been proved to be healthy, but there is good news for those who want to enjoy healthy fast food choices and keep up with weight loss efforts at the same time. It is estimated that one out of every four Americans, eats fast food daily. The affordability and mobility of fast food make many people choose it over any other type of food. The trouble comes in with a huge load of calories, fat, and sodium in a single handy fast food meal which one can easily eat and move. A single serving of these foods may contain calories, fat and sodium more than the whole day’s need for a regular person. A fast food meal typically can be served with over 1700 calories.

A lot of fast food choices and more traditional restaurants as well are starting to get the message and fortunately these days, they are offering foods that we would cook at home if enough time had been available. Soups, different types of salads as well as veggie dishes and fruits are already introduced in fast food menus. McDonald’s, the fast-food giant/icon all over the world has added the undoubtedly tasty yogurt and granola parfait already in their menu.

If you have no other way without consuming fast food every day, you can follow the five ways listed below to make healthier choices that won’t defeat your diet plans as you go to pull the window up.

1)    Keep a limited portion size – You should always get the smallest of the sandwich sizes in order to consume fewer calories and fat. Sometimes a single portion of sandwich in these fast food outlets may contain calories and fat that’s worth more than two standard meals.

2)    Try to choose the healthy type – There are more healthy options on today’s fast food menus than they had ever before. You can go for low-fat dressings in a salad, baked potato, maybe slices of oranges or apples, and corn on the cob, potato chips baked or steamed rice and many a healthier- low-calorie options are there.

3)    Green is good – You can choose a salad for entrée while adding grilled chicken, veggies or shrimp and the dressing should be on the side. At McDonald’s you may consider their Southwest Salad, Chicken Garden Salad at the Burger King, and Wendy’s Salad called the Chicken Garden. You must avoid fried toppings and breaded ones as well as extra bacon bits, cheese or croutons.

4)    Grilled food’s glory – Fat and calories are abundant in fried or breaded food. You should never choose any food labeled as deep fried, pan fried, breaded, scalloped, Alfredo, au gratin, basted, batter dripped, creamy, crispy, or in cream sauce. The best choices by you would be chicken or turkey breast, roasted beef or lean ham.

5)    Wisely choose your drinks – Surprising masses of calorie and fat are stuffed in the sweetened regular beverage and you can reduce them tremendously by choosing diet soda, sugar-free ice tea, mineral water. These options will quench your thirst and strengthen your diet plan as well. Avoiding shakes is compulsory as they come with a load of an entire day’s calories and fat allotment for anyone.

You never should settle for the regularly offered things with your sandwich. Low fat mayonnaises, mustard, and dressings served beside, calorie-laden sauce and salsa instead of cheese are good enough healthy fast food choices for anyone with a diet plan. You can also order a sandwich with its regular toppings and add ketchup or mustard by your own choice instead.

At last but not the least, if you are sure about being tempted on the way back home from a late meeting or exercise, always order healthy fast food and also make sure that what you eat or drink with your meal is unquestionably healthy too. Making an extra effort to your regular workout will not hurt and give splendid results in your effective plan to keep extremely FIT.