Nov 19 2012

Bad Mood Foods!

Avoid these 10 bad-mood foods. TODAY

Agave Nectar

The Joy-Killing Truth: Agave is promoted as a healthy, natural sweetener, but that's simply a myth. "Agave isn't a health food," says Dr. Ramsey. "People have been misled." 

Conventional Holiday Ham

The Joy-Killing Truth: Conventional hams come from factory farms where pigs are pumped full of antibiotics. These hams are also injected with sugar, salt, fillers, and nitrate preservatives that can trigger low moods, migraines, and even swollen ankles, and "cankles" can make anyone seriously depressed!

Healthy Switch: Try a new holiday tradition: Wild-caught Alaskan salmon, bursting with memory-preserving, mood-boosting omega-3 fats DHA and EPA.

Soda

The Joy-Killing Truth: It's estimated that the average American drinks a whopping 600 sodas a year. These drinks turn to fat inside our bodies, sending our moods plummeting after the initial sugar rush, explains Dr. Ramsey.

Healthy Switch: As a replacement, try adding a bit of organic fruit juice to soda water.

Margarine

The Joy-Killing Truth: For decades, scientists debated what was healthier for humans, margarine or butter. Now, the science is clear--margarines made of inflammation-promoting, industrial fats are harmful, and the high levels of omega-6 fatty acids could tamper with our mood and healthy insulin levels, too.

Healthy Switch: Pastured butter -- meaning butter from grass-fed cows -- is higher in a special kind of fat called conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA. This fat features anti-cancer properties and has been shown to slash belly fat, lower heart attack risk. Pastured butter also packs a brain-healthy omega-3 punch that industrial fats used for margarine can't deliver.

Processed Pumpkin Seeds

The Joy-Killing Truth: Raw pumpkin seeds or those you roast yourself are perfectly healthy. But those processed pellets in plastic packaging? Not so much. 

Potato Chips

The Joy-Killing Truth: Between the winter holidays and football season, it's nearly impossible to dodge potato chips. But those taters are likely fried up in oils laden with omega-6 fatty acids that block out mood-enhancing, brain-building omega-3 fatty acids. Frying potatoes also creates the carcinogen acrylamide.

Bagels

The Joy-Killing Truth: Many of us grew up being told bagels are healthy. The truth is, these breakfast favorites are packed with refined carbs that result in a major energy crash and mood bust before lunchtime. Plus, companies are doubling the size of bagels compared to just a few decades ago.

Healthy Switch: Opt instead for organic, pastured eggs because they're full of important brain and mood-boosting nutrients like B vitamins, zinc, and iodide, and they'll keep you full and energized, recommends Dr. Ramsey.

Peanuts

The Joy-Killing Truth: The packaged, salted peanuts commonly served at holiday parties are high in sodium and questionable food additives, including monosodium glutamate (MSG), an artificial flavoring linked to migraines, weakness, burning sensations, wheezing, and difficulty breathing in some people -- and who wants to deal with that at a holiday party?

Healthy Switch: Create a brain food nut mix by combining omega-3-rich walnuts, almonds rich in vitamin E, which protects vital brain fat, and a few selenium-rich Brazil nuts. 

Vegetable Shortening

The Joy-Killing Truth: Common in holiday baking, you should avoid vegetable shortening for the same reason you should be bypassing industrial-fat-derived margarine -- an increase in omega-6 fatty acids that block out brain-building, mood-promoting omega-3 fatty acids.

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Healthy Switch: "The shocking baking swap is using pastured lard instead of vegetable shortening," says Dr. Ramsey. 

Sugar-Packed Sweet Potatoes

The Joy-Killing Truth: Many packaged sweet potatoes and even homemade recipes for candied or marshmallow casserole sweet potatoes call for multiple cups of sugar that will start the suffering process for your brain and mood minutes after eating. High blood sugar levels actually age our blood vessels, shrink our brains, damage vision and nerve function, and increase our risk of depression and Alzheimer's disease.

Healthy Switch: Naked sweet potatoes--ones baked without all of the added sugar--are loaded with beta-carotene, a fat-soluble, brain-protecting antioxidant the body uses to manufacture vitamin A. 

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Heart Healthy Valentine's Day and Brownies Recipe!
Feb 12 2010

Heart Healthy Valentine's Day and Brownies Recipe!

Heart Healthy Valentines February is National Heart Month, so let’s be good to our hearts this Valentine’s day.

Gluten Free Chocolate Raspberry Brownies 139 calories, 25 g Carbs, 3 g Protein, 5 g fat (per 3 oz. brownie!!) Get the recipe by clicking this link!

http://www.christineavanti.com/Recipe16.php

Christine’s suggestions for a Heart Healthy Valentine’s Day Dinner

1) Lean protein such as grilled beef tenderloin (the leanest cut of beef).

2) Quinoa with artichoke hearts and fresh parsley. Quinoa is a staple of the ancient Incas and means “the mother grain”. It’s high in iron and loaded with fiber (4 gm per ½ cup).

3) A small glass of seltzer water with a splash of pomegranate juice and twist of lime. This is better for you than diet soda or champagne and much more romantic looking to the eye when poured into a wine or champagne glass.

4) Chocolate raspberry brownies. These are my newest creation and are beyond blissful…they are chewy, gooey, chocolately with a unique burst of tart raspberry…so unique and heart healthy.

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1/26/2010 6:33:01 AM
Sam United States
Sam
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
1/26/2010 7:26:55 AM
Ronda Moyer United States
Ronda Moyer
For our anniversary one year my husband wrote a song for me as a gift and I love the song to this day.  Even though it wasn't for Valentines Day it was a romantic thing to do.  He dosen't think that his singing voice is good (I do) but I guess that I think whatever he does is good.  What I'm trying to say is even if you can't sing write out your feelings for the one you love and and try to put them to music by using a guitar or even just back-ground music from any song. I still the song Rob wrote for me 20+years ago.  You don't have to be a song writer or a good singer to tell someone how much you love them in a song.  
1/26/2010 2:37:07 PM
Gwen United States
Gwen
Sorry, I can't find the recipe for the brownies!
1/26/2010 2:39:31 PM
Carol Weilage United States
Carol  Weilage
How do I get the brownie recipe?
1/26/2010 2:43:12 PM
Renee United States
Renee
  These brownies look and sound wonderful but I can not find the recipe either.
Ren
1/26/2010 2:47:20 PM
Susan United States
Susan
The recipe is on christineavanti.comSmile
1/27/2010 12:52:22 PM
John United States
John
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm that is GOOOOOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4/12/2010 12:26:11 AM
Magnus Norway
Magnus
Thank you so much for this recipe! Too bad we do not have some of the ingredients available but I'll have to find a way to make these brownies. Yum!
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