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Fiber Content of Common Foods

Fiber Content of Common Foods

VegetablesFoodAsparagus, cookedBeetsCarrots, rawCelery, rawMushrooms, rawPortion1/2 cup3 small1/4 cup1/4 cup6 smallAmount of Fiber2 g4 g2 g2 g2 gGreensFoodTurnip greens, cookedMustard greens, cookedCollard greens, cookedSpinach, cookedSpinach, rawLettuce,...

Baking Soda Test

Baking Soda Test

It's surprisingly misunderstood, but our stomachs are supposed to contain acid.  That hydrochloric acid, or HCL, helps sterilize and break down food particles before they move into the small intestine.  You need enough acid, at a low enough pH (1.5 - 2), for your...

Killing off CoV-2 with Heat

Killing off CoV-2 with Heat

One of the most terrifying aspects of the coronavirus pandemic has been the uncertainty about the lifespan of the virus on physical objects.  We now know a lot about the primary mechanism of transmission via respiratory droplets.  But there’s still a lot of...

Cracking the Code on Grocery Stickers: Know What You’re Buying!

Cracking the Code on Grocery Stickers: Know What You’re Buying!

For most of us, the little stickers on fruits and vegetables are just flat out annoying.  I don't know what kind of adhesive they use to make those stickers, but they are not uniformly easy to remove.  And I know they don't degrade rapidly, because they are in my home...

One Size Does NOT Fit All

One Size Does NOT Fit All

I read recently that over 90% of women in the US report symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) at some point in their lives.  That's a staggering statistic.   Universal though PMS may be, it is not experienced by every woman in the same way.  Far from it.  For some...

Patrolling Your Immune Defenses

Patrolling Your Immune Defenses

It's been a loooong six months since Covid first hit our shores — and Covid-fatigue has definitely set in.  Sadly, there's no quick end to the virus in sight.  But there is a lot that you can do to maintain your immune defenses in tiptop shape. It always pays to cover...

Lost Sight of Your Libido? – Part 4: Sweet Dreams

Lost Sight of Your Libido? – Part 4: Sweet Dreams

If I could wave a magic wand, I would give you a good night's sleep.  Every night, for the rest of your life.  Why is this so powerful? Even if you made no other changes to your daily habits, here's what would happen: your overall health, your mood, your energy level...

Recipes

Rosemary Chicken with Lemon & Garlic

Even in the depths of winter, a rosemary bush will give you leaves packed with flavor.  (I also like to put a sprig in my clothes drawer, so I get a little hit of summer all year long.) This recipe can be scaled up, and will work with just about any cut of chicken. ...

Garlic Ginger Green Beans

Directions: 1. Trim 1 lb. of green beans. 2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Cook the beans until just tender; don't let them over-cook.  Plunge them immediately into a bowl of iced water, then drain and dry on kitchen towels.  The beans can be set aside...

Poached Pears Recipe

Here’s a fool-proof way to make a lovely, light dessert.  It’s totally simple, and will please the pickiest eater. Ingredients:- 4 firm but ripe pears*- 3–4 cups filtered water- 2–3″ piece of peeled fresh ginger- whole cinnamon stick- whole vanilla bean pod- 3–4 TB....

Curried Pumpkin Soup

If you don’t load it up with cream, pumpkin is a low calorie food, with tons of Vitamin A (good for your eyes) and minerals like calcium, potassium, phosphorus, copper and manganese. These minerals can play a role in your ability to stay hydrated, among other...

Saturday Soup

You just can't have too many soup recipes!  I particularly like this one, though.  Here's why: - It's based on ingredients I usually have on hand.- It's easy.- It's delicious.- It keeps well.- It's a great background aroma for Saturday morning chores - hence the name....

Perfect Corn on the Cob

Directions: 1. Shuck your corn.   Bring water to a boil in a large pot.   2. Once the water is boiling:- add the corn,- cover the lid,- turn off the heat,- walk away. I'm serious.  Leave it alone.  In ten minutes or so it will be perfect, but it can sit for longer.  ...

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