Thursday, October 30, 2014

100 Miles for Diabetes Awareness

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 2012, about half of US adults have one or more chronic health conditions.  That's 117 million people living with heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis and other chronic diseases and disorders.

Extensive research shows that modifiable lifestyle behaviors including smoking, excessive drinking, insufficient exercise and poor nutrition raise risk for these conditions.  A key word here is modifiable.

Let's pray for change and make a change.

The Consistency Club can help.  We can move for our health.  The Consistency Club is a national community that promotes, supports and rewards consistent activity.

I was blessed to share about the goals and activities of Consistency Club on WBRZ 2une In this morning.

The Consistency Club is dedicating November's activity to Diabetes Awareness Month. Join us for information, motivation, celebration and rewards as we move for our health and advocate for this disease.

For more information check out the Consistency Club website.

Reference: Centers for Disease Control Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Friday, October 24, 2014

Get screened for breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. 

It is the second leading cause of death among women.

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

BUT -  thanks be to God - with early detection and treatment, most people continue a normal life. 

Our people perish for lack of knowledge.  Sisters – please get screened. Know the state/status of your body. 

No insurance – no problem. There are resources to help uninsured get this life saving preventative screening/testing.  Contact the local branch of the American Cancer Society or Susan G. Komen for the Cure for information and availability of these services.  

Moms Rising Good Food Force National Meeting

Thanks to MomsRising for selecting me to join a collection of health advocacy oriented moms in the first Good Food Force National Meeting.  In a few weeks, we will convene in Washington, D.C. for group work in the areas of childhood obesity, healthy school foods, junk food marketing to kids etc.   

Check out MomsRising at From their site:
MomsRising is a transformative on-the-ground and online multicultural organization of more than a million members and over a hundred aligned organizations working to increase family economic security, to end discrimination against women and mothers, and to build a nation where both businesses and families can thrive.

The organization takes on the most critical issues facing women, mothers, and families by educating the public and mobilizing massive grassroots actions to:
  • Bring the voices and real world experiences of women and mothers straight to our local, state, and nation's leaders;
  • Amplify women's voices and policy issues in the national dialogue & in the media across all platforms (from print, to radio, to blogs, social media, and more);
  • Accelerate grassroots impact on Capitol Hill and at state capitols across the country;
  • Hold corporations accountable for fair treatment of women and mothers & for ensuring the safety of their products.
Please join me in prayer for productive outcomes in this positive and needed work.  I'll post details from the meeting and upcoming opportunities for action. Want change, let's create it. 

The hand that rocks the cradle…  


Thursday, October 9, 2014

{Book Review} The Go Red for Women Cookbook

I adore this book!

Publisher overview:
The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women social initiative has inspired hundreds of thousands of women to eat nutritiously, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy weight. Now the iconic "red dress" can be your kitchen companion all year long, with 200 recipes to help you take charge of your health.
I was drawn to this book because heart disease runs in my family, I have a heart condition and regularly support the American Heart Association and their outreach. Truth be told, I was expecting healthy, blandish looking recipes not quite suited to my tastes.  Not the case at all. This book is the bomb. (Yes, I still use that phrase). Page after page of some of my favorite dishes and lots of new ones to try - all healthfully made with simple ingredients and bold flavors.  Here are some I've marked to make...soon:

Starters, sauces and breakfast items
White bean and roasted garlic spread with pita wedges 
Tzatziki (The cucumber sauce served on gyros and shawarmas ... this one is made with Greek yogurt.)
Autumn apple fires with creamy cranberry dip (Sure our kids will love this.)
Chocolate peanut butter smoothies
Pinto beans and eggs
Baked oatmeal "pie"

Vegetables and sides
Spanish potato tortilla
Fiery kale with ham (Smoky with some heat, like we like our greens down here.)
Broccoli with caramelized walnuts
Stuffed zucchini
Cool lettuce-wrap tacos
Quinoa-corn toss (Anyone else led to pronounce it as kin-o-ah  instead of keen-wah...)
Skillet potatoes with garlic
Three grain pilaf (Made with wild rice, quinoa and bulgur - 6g fiber per serving.)

Salads, soups and stews
Lemony shrimp and feta salad
Mexican chicken salad
Golden leek-and-potato soup (One of my all time favorites soups.)
Chipotle tomato soup
Cincinnati chili
Beef and hominy chili
Greens and beans soup with pasta and sausage (Sounds amazing!)
Chicken, sweet potato and kale stew
Salmon corn chowder

Penne salad with white beans and Asiago
Portobello ragout with sun-dried tomato polenta (Oh- my!)
Pasta primavera
Beef and broccoli
Chicken and black bean enchiladas
Down south chicken hash and corn cakes
Jerk chicken with mango-avocado salsa
Sauteed salmon with mango salsa
Spicy shrimp and grits
Coffee-rubbed salmon with horseradish sauce
Catfish tacos

For my sweet tooth
Pineapple sweet potatoes (Recipe relies primarily on natural foods for sweetness.)
Applesauce cake
Pumpkin pie souffles

The food photography in the book is minimal but lovely - just a few pictures on the back cover and in the center of the book. A few examples:

Not a calorie counter, I consider the nutrient balance in foods so the complete nutrition profile with dietary exchanges listed for each recipe is appreciated. The book also includes a vegetarian meal section (...Meatless Monday). There are tips for embracing a healthy diet and a chapter contains information to help assess and reduce heart disease risk.

I consider this cookbook an excellent primer for people who want to cook and enjoy a variety of good foods that are good for you.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death in our nation. This book equips heart healthy eating. A great gift for a friend, loved one... or yourself.

If you have this book, please share your favorite recipes.  If not, check it out.  You'll be pleased.

As I make my way thru this book, I'll share photos/results on instagram and twitter.

Take care, God bless and be well!