Omega 6, omega 3 and inflammation and small food changes to better health

We know we should take our omegas (fatty acids). We know omegas are good for us, yet many of us know very little about omegas.

When we hear omegas, we might think of omega 3 and omega 6, the ones mentioned most often in health news. Some of us might even relate omegas to fatty fish, fish oil, nuts, and cod liver oil.

Fact is, our body needs omega 6 and omega 3 – yet balance is crucial

But few of us recall or understand that an excess of one omega (omega 6) can actually increase inflammation while a deficiency in another omega (omega 3) can actually increase the risk of cancer or depression.

So, today, we’ll talk about omega fatty acids, focusing on omega 3 and omega 6.Continue reading

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Heart-Healthy Food: my favorite foods to prevent cardiovascular disease and keep my heart happy & healthy

5 Harmful Habits Support Heart Disease:

  • smoking
  • being overweight
  • lack of physical activity
  • drinking too much alcohol, and
  • making unhealthy food choices

While other factors, too, can burden our heart, such as stress, attitude, genetics, environment and relationships, none are as influential and damaging as the 5 Harmful Habits that Invite Heart Disease.

Although rarely anyone has died of a broke heart*, plenty of people have died of too many burgers, cigarettes, and beer.

(* it’s called takotsubo cardiomyopathy and has been clinically diagnosed.)

My Favorite Foods For a Healthy Heart

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Must-have pantry food items: anytime recipes, easy cooking, quick dinners

From My FitKitchen To Yours

Another late night at the office? Grocery stores already closed?

On your way home desperately trying to figure out what to eat?

Trying to recall what’s in the cupboards or fridge?

Although you don’t really have any energy left you know you don’t want Chinese or pizza yet again…

If you are honest, all you crave is a simple, home-cooked meal…

Don’t despair, these tips come to the rescue so next time you will get that home-cooked, simple meal you crave.Continue reading

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Personality influences food choices in young adults

Personality doesn’t only influence food choices in adults, but also young adults.

Keller & Siegrist concluded personality influences our eating style. A study of 1,073 young adults at the University of Otago in New Zealand concluded:

in younger adults (aged 17-25) personality, too, influences eating style.

Based on the Big Five personality traits:

  •  openness and extraversion were the most consistent personality predictors of greater fruit and vegetable consumption
  • conscientiousness was a weaker predictor of fruit and vegetable consumption.Continue reading
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