Monday, January 15, 2018

Beach Clean Up Day

For those of you who love the coast and are physically able there is a Beach Clean Up Day three times a year.  The first one for 2018 is scheduled for Saturday January 20.  I realize this is short notice for those of you who must travel to get there.  I'll try to do better after this.  I plan to keep you informed of upcoming events so that you have time to book lodging if you need it.   

For a chance to do your environment a big favor 

and have lots of fun at the same time

come join us!  There will be a Soup Feed at noon at 

the Peninsula Senior Center.  See poster Below.

There will be lots of time for other things to do for the rest of the 

weekend.  I would suggest sightseeing at one of the lighthouses or 

museums.  There is even time to check out the wild life refuge at 

the north end of the peninsula.  Then have dinner at any of the 

fine restaurants.   If you are not ready to turn in yet there are 

several after hours fun spots.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Other Long Beach

Long Beach, Washington is located on what is touted as the "Longest Beach in the World".  The beach is 28 miles of unbroken sandy beach stretching north of the city of Long Beach on a narrow peninsula separating Willapa Bay from the ocean.  

There is so much to do this blogger hardly knows where to start.  Within just a couple miles of the city of Long Beach itself are two historic lighthouses.  The top image is of the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse which overlooks the mouth of the Columbia River.  The lower image is the North Head Lighthouse located just a short distance north of the mouth.

Fly into Portland, Oregon, rent a car and you can be at Long Beach, Washington in about 2 to 21/2 hours for a weekend full of lots of fun things to do.  

Clam digging is a popular sport on the peninsula during low tides.  The digging seasons vary.  There is usually a short season in the spring and another in the fall.  

The Long Beach Peninsula was voted "Best Beach" by Seattle's KING-5 TV.  Among the many things to do are several blocks of shops, comfortable lodging, great seafood, small museums, horseback riding, many miles of beach combing, cranberry bogs and oyster farms.  Long Beach hosts an annual kite festival and an annual sand castle contest.  So much to do.

I didn't mention the Wildlife refuge located at the very tip of the peninsula.  The refuge is a favorite spot for bird watchers.  

This blogger lived on the peninsula for about twenty years but had to move inland due to family issues.  I plan to do more blogs about Long Beach.  Please comment if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer them.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Eggs and Weight Loss

A commonly forgotten food in relation to weight loss is the egg. This article points out the role that eggs play in the weight loss scheme.

One of the most nutritious foods you can eat are eggs. They contain large amounts of healthy fats, protein and important vitamins. They are also low in calories, each having about 78 calories. The egg is high in nutrients, especially the yolks. A three egg meal contains about 234 calories and with a generous portion of vegetables you have a nutritious meal of about 300 calories. Of course, if you fry the eggs, you must add about 50 calories for each teaspoon of fat used.

Eggs are filling mainly because of their high protein content. High protein foods are known to be more satisfying and filling than those low in protein thus reducing the appetite and contributing to a feeling of fullness. It has been shown that an egg meal even produces fullness and reduces food intake for later meals. This is compared to meals with less protein but the same number of calories.

The Satiety Index is a scale that determines how well foods help you feel full and reduce later calorie intake. Eggs rank high in this scale. 

High protein diets reduce cravings and those tormenting thoughts of food and reduce the need for late night binging or snacking.

All the essential amino acids are contained in eggs and in the correct ratios for maintenance and metabolism. You can increase your metabolism by 80-100 calories per day by consuming a high protein diet. This is because of the thermic effect which is the amount of calories used in the process of digesting, absorbing and storing your food. Thus, it takes more energy just to digest proteins than it does to digest fats or carbohydrates. So, it goes without saying that eggs, because they are high in protein, help you burn more calories.

It has been shown in studies that eating eggs for breakfast adds to a feeling of fullness and causes one to eat fewer calories over the next 36 hours in women and over the next 24 hours in men. People who ate eggs for breakfast felt more full. It has been shown that men ate 270-470 less calories at lunch and dinner after having eggs for breakfast.
Furthermore eggs are relatively inexpensive and easy to prepare, making it easy to add them to your daily diet. They are also available almost anywhere.

Eggs contain choline which promotes normal cell activity and liver function. It aids in the transportation of nutrients throughout the body. Choline also is important in the development of baby's memory.

You are probably wondering why I haven't mentioned cholesterol. There are recent recommendations from the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and American Diabetes Association that no longer limit the intake of eggs or cholesterol. In fact, eggs are promoted as a part of a heart healthy such organizations as Health Canada, the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation the Australian Heart Foundation and the Irish Heart Foundation.

So, it seems, eggs can be the "go to" food for hungry dieters. They are not only cheap they are easy to prepare. Keep a few hard boiled eggs handy in the refrigerator for snacks.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Lemons Fight the Flu

The benefits of the lemon appear to be many.  They contain large amounts of vitamin C and antioxidants.  Among the illnesses and conditions that are treated with lemons are colds  and flu, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and H1N1 or swine flu.

Lemons are advised for fluid retention and are said to help remove toxins from the body and treatment of kidney stones.  They contain eriodictyol glycoside which helpful to persons who suffer from Meniere's disease which is a disorder of the inner ear.  Meniere's symptoms are spinning or vertigo (dizziness), nausea, vomiting, headache and even eventual loss of hearing in the affected ear.

A huge benefit of lemons this time of year is their use in the treatment of the flu.  Mixtures of lemon juice and other foods or fluids are used in hot drinks for this purpose.  It is believed that lemons enhance the immune system to fight off cold or flu.

To fight off chest congestion it is suggested that by boiling a cut up lemon in a pint of water, you can make a concoction which will cut through the mucus in the chest.  This makes a tea that should be drunk several times a day to relieve chest congestion and sinus inflammation.  You may add a small amount of stevia or honey to improve the taste as it is quite bitter.

For a sore throat it is recommended that you slice a lemon and boil it in one cup of water for 8 minutes to make a base for a soothing remedy.  After the mixture is cooled, remove the pulp, add 2 Tbsp glycerin and stir to mix. Take sips as need to relieve sore throat pain. 

Coughs can be relieved by lemon juice and honey mixed together.  

A hot toddy can aid in the insomnia can often accompanies the flu or cold.  Mix together a shot of rum or scotch, 2 tbsp. each honey and lemon juice and a teabag.  Add boiling water and steep.  This not only aid sleep but relieves a cough or sore throat.  Leave out the alcohol and it can be served to children.

If you have the choice always use fresh lemons rather than concentrate as the fresh lemons are higher in vitamins and minerals. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Fish For the Brain?

A University of Pennsylvania research group conducted a study of the benefits if fish in the diets of children ages 9-11 years and found some astounding  benefits.

About 540 Chinese children were the subjects of the four week study conducted in the fall of 2017.  In the questionnaire they had the options ranging from "never" to "at least once a week".

Those who ate fish at least once a week scored 4.8 points higher than those who never ate fish.  It was also found that the children who seldom ate fish scored an average 3.3 points higher than the ones who never ate fish at all.

This study also showed that another benefit of frequent fish consumption is fewer sleep disturbances suggesting a possible link between fish and intelligence.

Professor Jennifer Pinto-Martinone, executive director of Penn's Center for Public health Initiatives stated that "Children should be introduced to it early on.  it really has to be a concerted effort, especially in a culture where fish is not as commonly served or smelled.  Children are sensitive to smell.  If they're not used to it, they may shy away from it.

One wonders if there are such benefits to children can the same be true for adults and especially the elderly?

This blogger is going to eat more Fish! 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Cure for the After Christmas Doldrums

Are you feeling closed in and claustrophobic?  It could be the  "after holidays" clutter that seems to linger in the house.  

Have you gotten rid of all the empty boxes that held those gifts?   

How about the older clothes that have been replaced by the latest styles?  You could be running out of space to 
store them.  Your jewelry box might be overflowing, too.

The kids' rooms are most likely crowded with older unused toys and clothes along with all the new treasures. 

We'll start with the bedroom closet.  If you haven't worn a garment for two years or if you "might" lose enough to get back into it, then, it needs to go.  The same goes for all the pieces of costume jewelry you haven't worn in two or three years.  

When I put my Christmas decorations away I noticed some that I haven't used for a couple years. They have to go also.  I'm already breathing easier.  

Well, you get the idea.  Take all those unused items to the local charity organization and they will be glad to find a place for them.  Then you can pour yourself a fresh cup of whatever from that new brew maker and sit down and enjoy the newly neat surroundings.

Monday, January 1, 2018

A Chocolate Shortage is Threatened

The cacao plant is in danger of disappearing due to warmer temperatures and drier weather.  UC Berkeley in cooperation with Mars, Inc. is experimenting  with a new technology, known as CRISPR to modify the DNA of the plants.  This will enable the seedlings to survive the warmer climates if the experiment is successful. 

This is being done because it is believed that the shortage could lead to complete disappearance of chocolate by 2050.  Mars, Inc.has made a $1 billion pledge towards reducing it carbon footprint by more than 60 percent. The plan is dubbed "Sustainability ina Generation".

In an interview with Business Insider Barry Parkin, Mars' chief sustainability officer, said "There are obviously commitments the world is leaning into but, frankly, we don't think we're getting there fast enough, collectively."

Jennifer Doudna is the geneticist who invented CRISPR and is the overseer of this effort with Mars.  She believes that this technology will influence the food we eat everyday.

"Personally, I'd love a tomato plant with fruit that stayed on the vine longer," she said.

Gee.  What will happen to Valentine's Day if they don't save chocolate?