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Eat right for your blood type and let your DNA define your diet

Information about the Blood Type diet.

Your DNA controls how your body reacts to certain external factors. It determines your allergies, your physical build and how everything works together. So why would you not eat based on your DNA as well?

Although you most likely don’t have a DNA analysis machine in their back pocket, you do know a basic component of your DNA that can closely group people based on how their bodies function;  your blood type – O, A, B, or AB.  That’s how the Eat Right for Your Type diet explains and encourages people to eat based on your body’s needs.

The basics

Peter J. D’Adamo, ND, the author of Eat Right for Your Type, believes blood types affect the digestive system differently and that some foods, good for people of one type, are “dangerous” for another. Some critics claim that this diet may suit those who are looking for a program that doesn’t involve tracking calories.  However, for D’Adamo, it is about using your blood type to determine your susceptibility to certain illnesses, as well as exercise that will benefit you the most.

How the diet works

D’Adamo believes the right diet for your blood type comes down to lectins, food proteins each blood type digests differently. If you eat foods containing lectins incompatible with your blood type, you may experience inflammation, bloating, a slower metabolism, even diseases such as cancer. The best way to avoid these effects is to eat foods meant for your blood type.

All foods fall into three categories on the Eat Right for Your Type diet:

1. Beneficial – foods act like medicine
2. Neutral – foods act like food
3. Avoid – foods act like poison

What you can eat

Type O is for “old,” as this blood type is human’s oldest tracked blood line. These people have a digestive tract which retains the memory of ancient diets, so your metabolism will benefit from lean proteins like poultry and fish. You’re also advised to restrict grains, breads, and legumes, and to enjoy vigorous exercise.

Type A is for “agrarian” people who depend on agriculture for their sustenance. These people should stick with vegetarian diets. The type A diet contains soy proteins, grains, and organic vegetables and encourages gentle exercise which can be seen in the more settled and less warlike farming ancestors.

Type B comes from our nomadic past and has a relatively tolerant digestive system. This blood type can enjoy low-fat dairy, meat, and produce but should avoid wheat, corn, and lentils. Moderate exercise should be the norm for these folks.

Type AB is a combination of Type A and B. The “modern” blood type AB has a sensitive digestive tract and should avoid chicken, beef, and pork but can enjoy seafood, tofu, dairy, and most produce.

While there is little research to back up the findings, many critics will agree that the nutritional guidance in the diet is sound.  There are healthy eating tips in this diet, regardless of whether or not your blood-type is the angle you are considering.  But, as far as diets go, this is a very interesting way to look at the reasons some people gain weight and others don’t eating the same foods.  Give it a try.  Learning how to eat right for your body type has been popular for years – now it’s time to eat right according to your blood type.

There are guide books for each blood type, there are recipe books for each blood type, and there are supplements for each blood type.

There is not much evidence to back up that the eat and avoid food lists for each blood type are the the right ones.

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The Fat Resistance Diet, count 1 2 3 to weight loss

The Fat Resistance Diet was developed by Dr. Leo Galland who is recognized as an expert in the field of nutritional medicine.

It is based on the concept that hormones, which include leptin and adiponectin, control the appetite and body fat levels in the body. When fat levels become too high in the body, inflammation occurs that subsequently alters the body chemistry and balance of these hormones. The idea behind the diet is to reduce inflammation which restores the body’s chemistry, reducing cravings, promoting fat burning, and helping the dieter to achieve a healthy weight.

3 stages of weight loss and control

There are three stages to the Fat Resistance Diet. In the initial stages carbohydrates such as grains and starchy vegetables are avoided, but as the dieter progresses through the three stages the amount of carbohydrates is gradually reintroduced.

Stage 1 – concentrates on reducing inflammation and restoring blood sugar levels. This is achieved by an abundance of super foods and nine to ten servings of fruit and vegetables every day along with a relatively high intake of quality protein. The high nutritional quality of the this phase will help to re-balance body chemistry and cut your cravings for carbohydrates. This stage also provides a jump-start to the fat loss process.

Stage 2 – increases your choice of foods so that the diet is suitable for long-term fat loss. After completing Stage 1, the insulin levels in the body should have decreased which allows for tolerance of more complex carbohydrates in the diet. Stage 2 allows for reintroduction of legumes as well as some whole grains such as oatmeal and brown rice.

Stage 3 – is the maintenance stage. In this stage the variety of foods increase further to include healthy grain-based meals like carrot raisin muffins, blueberry flax pancakes, and even whole grain pasta. The inflammation reducing foods are still emphasized while the caloric content of the diet is slightly higher to allow for maintenance of weight loss.

Recommended foods

The foundation of the diet is fresh fruit and vegetables in abundance, as these contain phytonutrients such as carotenoids and flavonoids which act as anti-inflammatories.

Foods which are high in carotenoids include: carrots, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, pumpkin, papaya

Foods which are high in flavonoids include: blueberries, cherries, pomegranate, citrus fruit, dark grapes, green tea, onions, dark chocolate

Fresh herbs and spices can also be used during the diet because they have important nutritional factors which reduce inflammation and improve the taste of foods without adding calories.

The diet also emphasizes increasing the intake of foods that are high in good fats like the Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish, walnuts, flaxseeds and dark green leafy vegetables. These fats play an important role in reducing inflammation as well as improving general health.

Is this the diet for you?

The Fat Resistance Diet is a solid weight loss plan based on nutritional science. Besides losing weight, this diet has an added bonus of helping to reduce inflammation within the body and supplying high levels of antioxidants to help control hormones and keep your body healthy and happy. If you like the idea of a diet plan based on scientific study, you might want to give the Fat Resistance Diet a try.

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Finding the perfect coffee cups

Coffee tastes better in the right cup.

To many, coffee drinking is an art, a pleasure, an indulgence, a luxury and a necessity. Those who partake of this revered beverage understand how that one cup can put the world to rights, can relax mind, body and soul and create a feeling of goodwill to all men. Just as consuming a glass of wine should be an occasion, so should the perfect cup of coffee and the experience is not complete without the perfect coffee cup.

Just as there are different types of coffee, there are different types of cup to suit. Ordering an espresso means your coffee comes in a small cup, an Americano in a large cup, generally round. A latte or mocha is often served in a tall glass cup, as are coffee liqueurs.

The material that coffee mugs are manufactured from is varied to suit individual preferences. Glass mugs can offer elegance and an attractive edge, particularly if coffee is presented in layers of color. Porcelain cups are classic and give a delicate appeal, holding the heat well. Because they are delicate, though, they do break easily so are not a good option for those who drink coffee on the go.

Ceramic cups are common place and offer an opportunity for unique designs and a sturdy option that retains the heat well. Travel mugs made of stainless steel are excellent for those who cannot bear to get in their car without a cup of coffee, or for those busy at their desks, as the coffee keeps warm for much longer and generally has a spill proof lid.

It is often said that size is important and this applies to coffee cups too. Some prefer small and delicate, whereas others like a big mug full of coffee, to save them getting up for constant refills. Big cups are not a good choice if you are a slow drinker, though as they coffee will cool at the bottom. Shape is also a consideration – do you prefer round or square shape, or the conical shape that is narrow at the bottom and gradually becomes wider. Novelty mugs are available in all shapes and sizes and designs to suit all tastes.

Of course, versions often used with a bean to cup coffee machine or purchased to take out tend to be made from disposable materials such as cardboard or polystyrene or other throwaway cups. But whatever your favorite cup may be, it is only as good as the coffee inside it so make sure you choose a quality brand and enjoy.

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Tips to avoid overeating

How to adopt healthy eating habits and follow a balanced diet.

Blogger Tina Haupert, author of Carrots ‘N’ Cake: Healthy Living One Carrot and Cupcake At A Time, shares her experiences and advice on how to lose the pounds and keep them off.  Instead of restrictive dieting, obsessive calorie counting, and constant hunger, Tina shows readers how they can shed pounds by adopting eating habits that are healthy, balanced, and above all, livable.

My tips to avoid overeating

I’m definitely in a different mind-set when a binge occurs.  A planned splurge is usually exactly that – planned.  I think about it ahead of time, and I am much more in control of the situation.  I can sit down and enjoy a dessert and stop myself.  It’s all mental for me this way.  Usually, I am not prepared for it, so when it happens it’s really tough for me to get in control again.  Something takes over, and I can’t seem to stop myself.  These two instances are different too because I really enjoy the indulgence and I don’t enjoy the binge as much, especially in regard to how I feel after the experience.

My tips on overeating

I eat enough during the day. I’ve noticed that if I don’t eat substantial meals that include fiber-packed carbs, low-fat protein, and healthy fats, I usually encounter crazy cravings later. Now I make sure that all of my meals and snacks include a combination of all three. 

I keep “trigger foods” out of the house (most of the time). Cookies, chocolate, and cereal are foods that give me trouble when it comes to portion size. Instead of keeping my favorite foods in the house, I purchase them only once in awhile. I love peanut butter chips, but I buy them only every other month or so because I know I will finish off the bag in less than a week. Every now and then, it’s okay, but I don’t let myself have these treats in the house on a regular basis. When it comes to cereal, I buy mostly “healthy” cereal that I tend not to overdo it with. Kashi is one thing; Frosted Mini-Wheats are another! 

I try not to mistake thirst for hunger. In the afternoon, especially right after lunch, I always feel hungry. But much of the time, my hunger pangs are satisfied with a big swig of water or a hot mug of tea. A little hydration goes a long way when it comes to dealing with emotional eating. 

I eat by the clock. If I just ate a meal or a snack, I will try to wait at least 20 minutes before I eat something else. When I wait, I put a buffer between myself and the food, which helps make the temptation go away — at least most of the time! 

I try not to be too hard on myself. A single slip up isn’t going to cause me to gain pounds. If I do overdo it, I don’t let it become an excuse to continue to eat poorly, though. I don’t get down on myself, and I make sure to get back on track the very next time I eat.

I just don’t start. Especially, when it comes to baking, I don’t let myself taste my treats until it’s time to do so. If I bake muffins for breakfast the night before, I don’t allow myself to have one until the next morning. Same goes for cookies or blondies — I wait until dessert time. Otherwise, I’ll start eating them and not stop. If I pick a specific time to enjoy a muffin or cookie, I savor it during that set period and cut myself off after that. 

The above is an excerpt from the book Carrots ‘N’ Cake: Healthy Living One Carrot and Cupcake At A Time by Tina Haupert. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.

Copyright © 2011 Tina Haupert, author of Carrots ‘N’ Cake: Healthy Living One Carrot and Cupcake At A Time

Author bio

Tina Haupert publishes on Carrots ‘N’ Cake: Healthy Living  on a daily basis, and also writes another blog called Trading Up Downtown for a nutritional rating company called NuVal. Additionally, she writes a weekly feature for as part of their Feel Great Weight program. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her husband, Mal, and her pug, Murphy.

For more information please visit or search for her book.

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Stainless steel cookware, best tools for the cooking Job

There is diverse and wonderful food all around the world, and trying it all is a fun and challenging task.

Making special foods that are favorites anywhere on this big planet takes a mixture of learning the proper techniques to cook the foods and using the best tools available for the job. When it comes to cooking, stainless steel cookware is the ultimate tool.

When looking for cookware that will last a lifetime, stainless steel is your best bet. Of course, there are varying degrees of quality, and you should understand what to look for when shopping for your lifetime cooking tools.

Stainless steel cookware made of 18/10 stainless steel, with aluminum encapsulated in the bottoms of each pan are the best quality and most even heating available. These are the pots and pans used by professional chefs around the world. The aluminum in the base heats up fast and there are no hot or cool spots. This cookware does not react with your food, or alter the flavor of it. It also doesn’t discolor from cooking, and is perfect for all of your favorite cooking techniques. Rolling boils, reducing liquids, and simmering sauces are all jobs stainless steel easily handles.

Some of the best stainless steel cookware have handles that are also made of stainless, so it can go from stove top to oven, but they stay cool on the stove top. Tapered rims help prevent drips when pouring, and tight seals on the lids lock flavors in for healthy and tasty meals. These great stainless pots and pans also great straight into the dishwasher and clean up good as new.

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Cuisinart espresso making machines

Surprise! Cuisinart makes products other than food processors. Tow of those “other than” units are the Cuisinart EM-100 and the Cuisinart EM-200. It looks like what it is: an espresso maker, with a classic style and controls. But that plain facade can fool you. Despite the modest price, the EM-100 makes a fine cup and it’s a good selection for those looking for their first machine.

Programmable espresso maker

If you love your specialty coffees and like to make them at home, then a programmable espresso maker is a good investment. You can treat yourself to delicious and perfect lattes, cappuccinos or even a sip of espresso to keep you going.

The espresso maker usually are very easy to use, but if in doubt, there will be instructions. For instance, some Cuisinart models have an included Instructional Cuisinart Espresso Maker DVD to help you. Use your preferred espresso coffee or espresso pods and press the appropriate button (single shot or double shot). The machine automatically gets the right amount of water and you can enjoy a perfect cup of espresso. The espresso machine also comes with various tools, such as tamping tool and measuring spoon, and a stainless steel jug to make frothing milk a breeze. The machine is easy to clean due to its removable trays and covers. The included drink booklet gives you recipes/ideas how to make different coffee drinks just like a professional barista.

All in all, if you like your various speciality coffees in the comfort of your home, a programmable espresso maker offers great value for money. In no time at all, you will be able to enjoy a tasty morning latte or a refreshing after-dinner espresso.

Espresso making machine

The 15-bar of pressure some espresso making machines produce is nowhere near the highest and far below professional level. Yet, for all that, it’s more than adequate and can produce a fine shot. Many are a pump-operated machine, though, so that modest level is more effective than it may seem. The key, of course, is getting a good bean and brewing it well.

With simple models, those can take the form of grounds or pods. Many novice baristas prefer the latter since it makes clean up that much easier. But with a stainless steel exterior and quality interior components, you won’t find that difficult here in any case. The portafilter holder has a locking mechanism for easy removal of the grounds after use.

You can make plenty of shots in one go with some units unit, too. Those feature a large reservoir, making them ideal for use at large parties. Since the water tank is usually removable, refill is no problem, either. De-calcification once every month or two is easy as well. Just rinse using Dezcal or make your own calcium-removal liquid with vinegar and baking soda.

If you do use it for parties, you’ll be happy to choose a unit that brews quickly. Something where pre-heating takes a couple of minutes but each shot can be produced in 15 to 30 seconds, thanks to the quick re-warming cycle.

If there is a warming tray on the top is handy. It keeps those prior cups warm while you’re brewing the next or it can preheat your cups, always a good idea. Some will create two at a time and others have a spacious area in front on the bottom which is also highly appreciated. Many machines limit you to espresso cups because they’re so constrained. Choose one where you can use tall mugs here with no problem.

A tamping tool is included with some machines, which allows you to smooth out the grounds for an even brew. Often it doubles as a measuring scoop. Some machines also have a stainless steel steam nozzle; and then creating a cappuccino or latte is a breeze. And, thanks to the removable drip tray, you need only a few seconds to rinse when you’re done brewing.

A few brands will also offer a frothing pitcher, a rare addition with a modestly-priced model. If it’s stainless steel so you’ll have no problem cleaning it after you make a fine head for your espresso. The commercial-quality steam wand is another fine tool that can be offered here. When present, it will generate continuous steam thanks to machine’s ability to adjust the internal temperature accordingly. Frothy milk takes only seconds to produce.

Barista – professional maker of coffee drinks. Every barista will have his or her espresso making method.

Espresso making machines are the ultimately cooking aid for a thoroughly enjoyable espresso, the best way to enjoy coffee.

If you love your specialty coffees and like to make them at home, then one of the Cuisinart espresso making machines could be a good investment. You can treat yourself to delicious and perfect lattes, cappuccinos or even a sip of espresso to keep you going.