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Jul 9

From the porch steps: To age well, maintain a good diet – Daily Commercial

When my mother was 90 years old she had just survived her first surgery and even attended her birthday party given by her granddaughter, Jessie. She sat up in a rocking chair and smiled at everybody, but as the party wore on she began to sink down in the chair and was not holding her head up well. She was never very strong again after that surgery and soon after, took to her bed. Her youngest son, who still lived at home, took very good care of her and was occasionally supported by sisters Jean and Frances. I was living in Florida at the time.

Today, more and more folks are surviving until 90, and even 100 and beyond. This can pose a problem for those who care for them. Many of us still maintain our own homes and take care of ourselves. Maintaining a good diet is probably the most important and most difficult thing for an aging person. When you get as old as 90, your energy sags and your ambition pretty much goes with it.

I have a wonderful group of friends who are both older and younger than me. We get together often and compare notes. We used to depend on TV dinners but have, for the most part, quit them for many reasons, including the salt content. Also, except for a few favorites such as stuffed peppers, they really aren’t very good.

The first and most important thing you can do and really the easiest is to keep plenty of high-nutrition items on hand that take little or no preparation. Most fruits fit into this category. I especially enjoy strawberries, blueberries, oranges, peaches, avocados and bananas. Plain yogurt can be made very tasty with the addition of any of these fresh fruits. Don’t buy the fruit-flavored yogurts because they contain too much sugar.

Vegetables such as tomatoes, carrots, celery and greens can be easy to prepare and very nutritious. Don’t bother with lettuce. A head of lettuce contains very little nutrition and it won’t keep very long. Cabbage is better. It keeps longer and contains more iron. The produce man at Publix told me that you don’t have to buy the large bags of leafy greens if you can’t use that much. They will sell you just as much as you want. One person cannot eat a large bag of greens before they become wilted and unappetizing.

If you help an elderly relative shop, you might suggest a rotisserie chicken when they are on sale. They are very tasty. A single chicken costs around $6 and will make four or five meals when served with potatoes, a vegetable and salad.

Eggs are very versatile. They can be prepared many ways for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When hard boiled, they are a great addition to a salad. They are rich in protein and many amino acids.

Lean ground beef is a good thing to keep in small packages in your freezer. You can make patties and freeze them separately or use it in spaghetti or chili of other ‘easy to prepare’ dishes.

Fish is a really convenient and easy-to-prepare protein. It used to be inexpensive but is no longer. When you buy it, be sure to ask the clerk to package it in single portions for your freezer. You can broil it or fry it. I like to prepare two portions, and use one and save the other one for another meal. It saves time and pans. You can reheat it in the microwave.

If you are fortunate enough to have a circle of friends who like to occasionally go out to dinner, you will find that as you get older, your appetite decreases. What is one meal to younger folks can make two meals for you. Ask the waitress to box what you don’t eat, and take it home for a second meal. This makes going out to dinner a reasonable expense.

My friends and I give each other suggestions when we discover something new. We find most canned soups too salty both for our taste and for our good health. If you look you can sometimes find low-salt items. Fruits canned in water are good to keep on hand and even make a nice dessert. I also like canned vegetables, which some of my friends don’t like. Always check the salt content. A regular-sized can of peas, corn or beans provides enough vegetables for three meals for me. I simply warm them up in the microwave while the rest of my meal is cooking.

If you have any questions or have some suggestions, just email me. I will be glad to answer you. I am certainly not an expert, but I have been living alone for many years and sometimes struggle for the energy to shop and prepare food.

Here’s to your continued good health.

If you are a caregiver, I hope this helps you provide for your aging friend.

Oh, emergency! I am out of peanut butter. I have to go to the store!

Nina Gilfert is a columnist for the Daily Commercial. Email her at

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From the porch steps: To age well, maintain a good diet – Daily Commercial

Jul 9

Gemma Atkinson shows off her weight loss after juice diet retreat by stepping out in a skin tight pink dress – The Sun

The former Emmerdale actress looked sensational during a night out in Manchester

GEMMA Atkinson has showed off the results of her juice diet in a skintight pink dress.

The former Emmerdale actress stepped out for the evening in Manchester on Saturday night and showed off her sensational figure in the clinging pale pink dress.



The bodycon number featured a cut out at the stomach, giving onlookers a tiny glimpse at her toned abs.

Gemma added a pair of nude coloured strappy sandals and a cream handbag, while her blonde hair was pulled back off her face in a simple ponytail.

The 32-year-olds outing comes just days after she revealed her impressive bikini body during a juice detox retreat in Portugal.

Gemma stayed at a 800 a week resort and shared pictures of herself hiking in just a floral bandeau bikini.

The two piece showed off her muscly frame as she walked through the forest.

Gemma has worked hard to get her rock hard abs and toned thighs, and regularly shares snaps of herself busy in the gym.


It was also recently revealed that shenow wants to be a cage fighter.

The super-fit northern actress practises Thai boxing three times a week and is keen to move into MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and UFC championship contests.

After playinggentle and kind soul Carly Hope on Emmerdale, itll be a major change of tack for Gemma, whos always been known for her gym addiction.

The stunning telly star, who has studied karate since the age of 10, said: To master one martial art, in my opinion, is very difficult.


Someone whop can do floor work and grappling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu as well as regular boxing and wrestling, just all in one, for an MMA fight, I think thats fantastic.

I started with kickboxing and when you see UFC on TV and you see these guys doing amazing stuff, you realise Oh my gosh, theres actually so much more I can learn.

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Jul 8

Hollywood Diet Store | Hollywood Cookie Diet | 48 Miracle Diet

The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products featured herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and the content hereof is not medical advice. Always consult a physician before beginning any weight loss program. Weight loss results illustrated herein are not representative of all participants. In an independent medical study of the Hollywood Cookie Diet the 22 participants lost between 3 and 11 pounds in two weeks. The average weight loss was 6 pounds. The participants were instructed to eat four (4) cookies per day in place of breakfast and lunch and to eat a dinner consisting of no more than 900 calories. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-based scientific trial of the Hollywood 48-Hour Miracle Diet 73.3% of the thirty (30) subjects lost 6 pounds or more and 13.3% lost 10 pounds or greater. In an independent medical study of the Hollywood 24 Hour Miracle Diet the 35 participants lost between 2 and 9 pounds, and the average weight loss was 4.5 pounds. Of course every individual is unique and results will vary based on many factors. An increase in exercise will usually help increase weight loss.

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Jul 8

Diet for Men – 1800 Calorie Diet Plan for Men

Healthy Diet for Men

This Diet for Men is a healthy, calorie-controlled eating plan. It includes three meals and three snacks, all of which should be eaten at intervals throughout the day. Total energy content is about 1800 calories.

If you are male and weigh 185 pounds or more, this type of diet plan should help you lose about 2 pounds of fat per week. If you are male and weigh less than 185 pounds, you should lose about 1 pound per week.

Breakfast [440 calories]

– Half-cup granola cereal, with chopped banana and fat-free milk. [400 calories] – Large slice of melon, or serving of any berries. [40 calories] – Tea/Coffee.

Morning Snack [230 calories]

2oz bagel with 2 tbsp cream cheese

Lunch [420 calories]

– Wrap or Pita, with tbsp low-fat mayo, any lean meat, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, lettuce, beets. [300 calories] – Glass (8 fl oz) of orange juice. [120 calories]

Afternoon Snack [175 calories]

– 1 slice whole wheat bread. [75 calories] – 1 tbsp peanut butter. [105 calories]

Dinner [425 calories]

– 4oz turkey fillet, or 3oz lean steak (broiled or boiled). – Cup of cooked rice, or pasta. – Cup of spinach (microwave). – Half cup carrots (or any other microwave vegetable). – Tea/Coffee.

Evening Snack Options [About 130 calories]

Choose one snack and eat it at least 2 hours after dinner.

– Half-cup fat-free yogurt, with 6 chopped walnuts. [136 calories] – Scoop of any low-fat ice cream, with any berries. [125 calories]

Total calorie content of the Diet For Men is about 1800 calories.

The above diet for men does not require any dietary or nutritional supplements. However, if you are tired or under stress, a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement might be appropriate.

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Jul 8

Diets – FatSecret

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Top popular diets for last week based on FatSecret member registrations:

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Dr Ian Smith created the Fat Smash Diet following the success of VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club as their …

Dr Arthur Agatston, an American Cardiologist developed the South Beach Diet in the 1990s for his cardiac …

The Zone diet was created by Dr Barry Sears in the early 1990s and he has published a series of books …

The concept of a Mediterranean diet came from the work of Ancel Keys in the 1950s where he began to …

Dr Michael Rozien and Dr Mehmet Oz from the successful YOU book series have ventured into the area of …

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Jul 8

A History of Donald Trump’s Confused Understanding of Diet Coke, His ‘Garbage’ Beverage of Choice – Newsweek

Donald Trump, the president of the United States, is not regarded as a man of great discipline. He has said, infamously, how he can’t help but “just start kissing” beautiful women. He tweets early in the morning, seemingly impulsively, often directly in response to cable television and oftento the chagrin of his staff. The president also can’t stop drinking Diet Coke, which he called “garbage” while firing off a series of tweets about the beverage in 2012. At the G20 summit on Thursday, a bottleof his favorite soda spotted tucked against the side of Trump’s chair.

Trump is someone for whom physical appearance matters a great deal, so it would stand to reason that if Diet Coke is “garbage,” hemight cease consuming it in order to avoid becoming overweight. The president can’t seem to help himself, though, and it’s possibly because he is dubious that soda is as bad for a person’s health as experts say it is.Let’s venture back to 2012, when Trump very publicly wrestled with the idea of how something labeled “diet” might not result in weight loss.

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On October 12, Trump made an observation:

Three days later, he asked a question based on this observation:

After a day’s consideration, Trump seemed to have acknowledged that Diet Coke does not “work.”

Based on his findings, Trump resolved to continue drinking diet soda.

Nearly a week later, the issue still weighed on Trump’s mind. After six days of consideration, he was able to work out that Diet Coke not only doesn’t help you lose weight, it encourages you to eat more.

I once again feel obligated to remind you that this man is now the president of the United States.

This concluded what is essentially Trump’s version of the scientific method. There was an observation (look at that fat man with a Diet Coke in his hand), a question (maybe Diet Coke is what made that man fat?), research (looking at Twitter replies), a hypothesis (Diet Coke does’t “work”), an experiment (continue to drink Diet Coke), an affirmation of the hypothesis (I have not lost weight after continuing to drink Diet Coke), a conclusion (Diet Coke actually makes you hungry!) and a report of his findings (tweets).

Executing this process also appears to representthe closest Trump has come to engaging with the idea of “science,” which he has developed a reputation for shunning even on its most basic levels. In May. it was revealed that the president does not believe exercise is good for a person’s health, and that humans are born with a finite amount of energy that working out only depletes. Considering this position, as well as his fast food-heavy diet, Trump’s ability to come to the conclusion that soda is not healthy should be worthy of commendation.

If he wasn’t the healthiest president to ever take office, Trump’s persistence inguzzling the vile garbage soda might be cause for concern. But according to this man, Trump is the healthiest president ever, and if he’s been drinking Diet Coke his whole life, why wouldn’t he continue to let that sweet, sugar-brown liquid flow?So much does Trump love his Diet Coke that he even had a button installed in the Oval Office so he can have it delivered to him at a moment’s notice.

In April, Slate compiled a few of the times thepresident’s emergency Coke button has been mentioned in the press.

From Financial Times:

Sitting across from Donald Trump in the Oval Office, my eyes are drawn to a little red button on a box that sits on his desk. This isnt the nuclear button, is it? I joke, pointing. No, no, everyone thinks it is, Trump says on cue, before leaning over and pressing it to order some Cokes. Everyone does get a little nervous when I press that button.

From the Associated Press:

A man accustomed to wealth and its trappings, Trump has embraced life in the Executive Mansion, often regaling guests with trivia about the historic decor. With the push of a red button placed on the Resolute Desk that presidents have used for decades, a White House butler soon arrived with a Coke for the president.

From Reuters:

Trump, sipping a Coke delivered by an aide after the president ordered it by pressing a button on his desk, appeared to rebuff an overture from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, who told Reuters a direct phone call with Trump could take place again after their first conversation in early December angered Beijing.

Once more for good measure, I will remind you that this man is the president of the United States.

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Jul 8

The Grapefruit Diet – The Master Cleanse

The Grapefruit Diet has apparently been around for a long time and is also known as the Hollywood Diet with no specific owner to its name. It has obviously stood the test of time, meaning there probably is some truth to it.

No one knows where it started but it has been passed on through the years by word of mouth.It was said that a magical ingredient, found only in grapefruits, will trigger fat burning and thus weight losswhen eaten with protein.

If taking medication, however, seek medical advice before consuming lots of grapefruits as they interfere with the absorption of certain medication and it could lead to dangerous side effects.

The Grapefruit Diet can take many forms. The bottom line is that you eat grapefruit before every meal during the diet.

I have to point out that the following methods are purely examples of what I have researched and is in no way what I would personally recommend.

Apparently you will lose ten pounds in twelve days. They state that this diet is low in calories and that it is the enzymes in the grapefruit that help reduce insulin levels and encourage weight loss. They also speed up the way our body burns fat and also can reduce appetite. Each day of the 12 day Grapefruit Diet you eat prescribed meals that are similar every day:

1/2 grapefruit 2 eggs, 2 bacon strips and coffee

1/2 grapefruit salad with low fat dressing. As much meat as you want.

1/2 grapefruit green and red veggies no starch vegetables like peas, beans corn or potatoes and no onions and celery. Again, unlimited meat.

1/2 grapefruit or skimmed milk

You can eat until youre full; they even state that the more you eat the more you will lose! Youre advised not to eat between meals and not to consume any sugars and starches but to eat a variety of foods.

According to this diet plan you should follow the following:

-1/2 grapefruit -2 eggs (boiled or scrambled) -1 slice of toast -a little butter or a little jam to the toast but not both

-1/2 a grapefruit -3 ounces of chicken or turkey or fish (grilled or steamed never fried)

-fat free salad

-1/2 a grapefruit -3 ounces of chicken or turkey or fish (grilled or steamed never fried) -fat free salad

Even though there is no mention of the quantity of the meat you eat when doing the Grapefruit Diet, there is mention to keep the diet under 1,000 calories and drink 64 ounces of water. The idea is that since there are very few calories consumed you would have a caloric deficit and therefore would lose up to one pound per day.

Personally I have never counted calories and do not believe in this approach to eating healthy.I absolutely agree with the fact that grapefruit is very good for you and you should definitely include it in your diet; however, the idea that you should eat loads of meat and eat till you basically feel stuffed is one that simply does not add up for me. You are much better off sticking to a healthier plan and ensuring you eat some grapefruits or grapefruit juice throughout the week.

Let me know your success stories, if you have any, following this diet. As always, happy, healthy living from me.

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Jul 8

Celiac Disease Foundation

June 28, 2017

Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) was featured in a recent Medscape article titled, Online Clinical Guide for Pediatric Celiac Disease Released by NASPGHAN, Celiac Disease Foundation. Prompt and accurate diagnosis of celiac disease is an ongoing concern for both adults and children. A recent study by Dr. Edwin Liu of Childrens Hospital Colorado indicated that as []

Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) works tirelessly year-round to educate the public about celiac disease and non-celiac gluten/wheat sensitivity. Raising awareness of celiac disease has been a founding principal of CDF since our inception 27 years ago. As we come to learn more about celiac disease and non-celiac gluten/wheat sensitivity and their impact, the urgency of []

Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) is proud to announce that Sheila E. Crowe, MD, FRCPC, FACP, FACG, AGAF of University of California, San Diego (UCSD), a member of CDFs esteemed Medical Advisory Board, is the new President of the American Gastroenterological Association. A clinician-scientist and Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology in the Department of Medicine []

The pharmaceutical industry, the Food and Drug Administration, and disease advocacy organizations like Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) are all seeking meaningful patient engagement in the drug research and development process. There is considerable evidence that when patients are active participants in disease research, the drug development process is not only more cost and time efficient, []

One of the leading causes of suffering in the celiac disease community is the significant time gap between when a patient first presents disease symptoms and a correct diagnosis by a physician. Studies show the average delay for a correct celiac disease diagnosis is 6-10 years. Furthermore, we estimate that 2.5 million Americans suffer from []

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Jul 8

‘Lectin-free’ the latest bad diet fad – Concord Monitor

In the diet world, a new buzzword is emerging: lectins. Have you heard of lectins? Ten years ago, you probably hadnt heard of gluten, either. Going lectin-free is primed to become the next big thing in dieting, but this diet seems more fad than fact.

Lectins are a type of protein found in many foods including grains and beans. As isolated compounds, they have been researched for many years and can have positive and negative health effects. While some lectins are highly toxic, others are benign.

The problem is that online health gurus are painting all lectins with the same brush, and playing up the negative effects without the evidence to back it up. Saying all lectins are poison is akin to saying that you shouldnt eat button mushrooms because some foraged mushrooms are toxic. It makes no sense.

What the online rhetoric doesnt mention is that North Americans actually dont ingest a lot of lectins, so the problems they cite linking lectins to obesity, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammation may be way overblown. Before you fall for any pseudo-advice, here are the facts.

Theres more than one type of lectin, and different ones can do different things. Scientists are still trying to map out all of the lectins and what they are capable of. And unlike handy lists of how much iron or vitamin C is found in certain foods, there arent easy-to-access lists of the amount of lectins in food, and what each one does.

Without getting too technical, lectins help cells stick together. Research shows that lectins may have some benefits they are antimicrobial, help the immune system and have anti-cancer potential. But the same stickiness also makes them act as anti-nutrients, which hinder the bodys absorption of certain vitamins. High intake of lectins may damage the lining of the intestine, which lets proteins cross into the bloodstream undigested. This could cause an allergic reaction or increase risk of developing autoimmune diseases.

Its critical to note that the majority of lectin studies have been done with isolated lectins, not actual foods, and have been conducted in test tubes or in animals, not in people. So how can these online health gurus conclusively link lectin-containing foods to certain health issues when clinical trials in humans have not even been conducted yet?

Many rely on what we know for sure: Some lectins are toxic. But no one eats those! For example, lectins in raw or undercooked kidney beans can cause symptoms that mimic food poisoning, such as vomiting and diarrhea. But that doesnt mean no one should eat any beans it just means we cant eat raw kidney beans.

Have you ever crunched into a raw kidney bean? I didnt think so. Hard as rocks, all beans and lentils would be inedible in their raw form. Boiling beans for 30 minutes eradicates most, if not all, of the lectins. Note that soaking beans overnight does not remove enough lectin, and dont rely on slow cookers when cooking beans from scratch the machine doesnt get hot enough to destroy lectins. Prepared properly, beans have low lectin levels and are safe to eat.

Grains can also be boiled to reduce lectin content. Think about quinoa, rice and barley boiled first, then eaten, right? Fermenting and sprouting foods can also help reduce lectin content. Friendly bacteria in the fermentation process digests the anti-nutrients, and can reduce lectins by up to 95 percent.

Articles that promote the lectin-free diet cite it as a miraculous cure-all for arthritis, multiple sclerosis and even cancer. Thats the first sign its a fad overblown promises of astonishing health benefits before any clinical proof exists.

The next sign of a fad is a long list of foods to eliminate. Whats not allowed on the lectin-free diet? Whole grains, beans, peas, lentils, nuts, seeds, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, dairy, eggs and fruit theyre all out. Thats pretty much my entire grocery list. Obviously, this diet is not sustainable, and it unnecessarily cuts out a wide range of nutritious ingredients.

Its also a likely fad when everyone regardless of age, health status or medical needs is advised to follow the same diet. How can one diet work for everyone? Finally, its a fad when scare tactics persuade you to spend money on supplements. Of course, anti-lectin advocates sell expensive pills (just $79.95 a month) that claim to neutralize or reduce the negative effect of lectins.

If you have digestive issues and are particularity sensitive to beans or grains, avoid them. But please, dont suddenly eliminate all lectin-containing foods from your diet because an online article told you that they are bad for you. The amount of lectins found in the normal food supply is too low to be a real health concern.

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Jul 8

Diet, hobbies contribute to life after 90 – Youngstown Vindicator

Published: Sat, July 8, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

On June 26, I observed my 93rd birthday, something I never thought would happen since I believed it was out of reach. Only one of my close relatives ever became a nonagenarian. People ask to what I attribute this milestone. I really dont know maybe luck of the Italians.

I have eaten a Mediterranean diet all my life featuring spaghetti and pasta and very little meat and great northern beans with pasta and spaghetti sauce. Generally weekly, without fail, I like to leave the table still hungry, due to my starvation regimen of the Great Depression.

I like to think I have been dodging bullets all my life, like diphtheria and scarlet fever of Great Depression days. My 3- year-old sister died from diphtheria, and I almost kicked the bucket from the scarlet fever scourge.

On the heels of the Great Depression, I survived 33 months in World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre, two typhoons that almost sunk our U.S.S. LST 582 ship and a Japanese Kamikaze (suicide plane) that dived directly at my 20mm anti-aircraft gun station and missed my gun, me and my two gunners mates. It was no higher than a telephone pole.

I also survived the D-Day invasions of Luzon, Philippine Islands and Okinawa.

Our Mahoning Valley is fortunate to have great doctors, dentists, nurses, etc., and at my age super caregivers. I feel my major hobbies have contributed to my milestone, such as photography, gardening, garage sales and, last but not least, writing.

As my oldest grandson Michael Krieger often relates, My Grandpa Michael Lacivita is going to leave his grandchildren a legacy of wisdom not money.

Michael J. Lacivita is a Youngstown retiree and member of the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame and the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.

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