Tag Archives: diet

Living for Longevity: The Nutrition Connection

Eating right takes on a whole new meaning when you watch “Living for Longevity: The Nutrition Connection” this month on UCTV.

In her helpful talk from UC San Diego’s Stein Institute for Research on Aging, Vicky Newman, MS, RD, explains how the right balance of foods, part of an anti-inflammatory eating plan, can maximize your health and energy level.  Learn practical tips for controlling your weight, maintaining bone strength and reducing the risk of common chronic diseases associated with aging. You’ll also find out about foods that support the body’s immune and detoxification systems, how to maintain a healthy (and happy) gut, and how to balance your fats to support your health and well-being.

Watch “Living for Longevity: The Nutrition Connection,” online now. For more valuable healthy aging tips and research updates, check out the Stein Institute’s video archive.

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Living for Longevity: The Nutrition Connection

Eating right takes on a whole new meaning once you watch “Living for Longevity: The Nutrition Connection” on UCTV.

In her helpful talk from the Stein Institute for Research on Aging at UC San DiegoVicky Newman, MS, RD, explains how the right balance of foods, part of an anti-inflammatory eating plan, can maximize your health and energy level.  Learn practical tips for controlling your weight, maintaining bone strength and reducing the risk of common chronic diseases associated with aging. You’ll also find out about foods that support the body’s immune and detoxification systems, how to maintain a healthy (and happy) gut, and how to balance your fats to support your health and well-being.

Watch “Living for Longevity: The Nutrition Connection,” online now. For even more valuable healthy aging tips and research updates, check out the Stein Institute’s video archive.

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Helpings from the Happy Diabetic – Salmon Skewers of Love

This season we’re happy to welcome a new member to the Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) team, Chef Robert Lewis, also known as the “Happy Diabetic,” who will serve up fun recipes and helpful tips – with an extra helping of happiness!

Chef Lewis joined us on the TCOYD season premiere, “Diabetes Heroes – Urban Miyares,” to offer up some great picnic tips that’ll make your summer a lot more tasty. We also asked him to share one of his favorite fish recipes on the TCOYD blog… so get cooking!

Robert’s Salmon Skewers of Love
Recipe by Chef Robert Lewis The Happy Diabetic
Salmon is truly a fish for all seasons. It can be prepared in so many tasty ways, and this is one of my favorites. Baked or grilled, the light marinade makes this dish unforgettable. It’s easy and quick to prepare, but your friends will think you cooked all day.

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients & Methods
2 medium-size fresh salmon filets
2 tablespoon fresh garlic
1⁄4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh basil
2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 red pepper
1 green peppers
1 red onion
2 large Portobello mushroom cut in ¼’s
4 bamboo skewers

– Skin salmon and cut it into 1-inch pieces if your fishmonger or butcher hasn’t already done the job for you.
– Mix garlic, oil, basil and lemon juice in a bowl. Combine with salmon and refrigerate for 2 hours.
– Place skewers in cold water for 10 minutes before building them. (This will keep them from burning.)
– Cut veggies into 1-inch pieces.
– Alternate peppers, onions, mushrooms, and salmon on skewers.
– Place on a hot grill for 8 to 10 minutes, turning often, or place on a baking sheet in a 375- degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes.

Learn more about Chef Robert Lewis the Happy Diabetic here.

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Four Sweet Tips from Dr. Lustig

If you’ve been following our series “The Skinny on Obesity,” you’ve heard Dr. Robert Lustig explain what happens to the body and the brain when faced with processing excess sugars. But what do we do with our minds to try to mitigate the problem?

We asked Dr. Lustig for some practical advice to help you put his ideas into practice inside the home. Here are “Four Sweet Tips from Dr. Lustig.”

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Hungry? Full? It’s Possible To Be Both!

As Dr. Robert Lustig explains in the “The Skinny on Obesity: Hunger and Hormones – A Vicious Cycle,” the sensation of hunger has less to do with will power and more to do with the body’s biochemical processes, over which we have little control. But there are some steps we can take to get a handle on the signals our bodies are sending. Here’s what UCSF’s Center for Obesity Assessment, Study and Treatment (COAST) recommends. Are you physically hungry? Physically full? Our bodies send messages that tell us when to eat, but sometimes it can be hard to separate whether we are physically hungry or emotionally hungry. So how hungry are you? How full are you? Yes,

these are two different concepts.

Use this helpful scale to observe your experiences and notice the extent to which they overlap or not. There is no “right” or “wrong” answer. Just simply explore your own feelings and awareness related to these experiences.

There are ways in which our bodies tell us that we’ve had enough food, but when we overeat, we are often disconnected from these important signals. Only you can tell you when these signals are occurring. This is your “inner wisdom” which, in turn, will make it easier to use your “outer wisdom,” such as meal planning and being aware of caloric intake. You might ask yourself, what types of situations, feelings or thoughts might get in the way of paying attention to fullness? Some common situations might be socializing, watching TV, super-sizing your servings, not wanting to waste food or eating your favorite foods.

There are two distinct processes controlled by different parts of our brains and there are relationships between experiences of hunger decreasing as you eat, and experiences of fullness increasing. For some people, these seem to be easiest to understand along a continuous line, and for others, they seem to overlap but not be the same thing. For example, it is possible to be hungry and experience a sense of fullness in the stomach if, for example, you just drank a tall glass of water. Because it allows for flexibility, consider how your body might feel at various points, such as immediately after eating, a half-hour later, an hour later and two hours later. What are the differences at these points if you overate, ate the right amount, etc.?

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