A record year for the No Salt, No Fat, No Sugar Journal!!!

With a month and a half left in 2017, we just  hit an all-time annual high for views on our site! As of this morning, we had 57,355 views in 2017, blowing past the 56,994 views we had in 2015, our previous high.

This website started to give people on restricted diets alternatives to eating nothing but bland, boring food. People told us back in 2012 that no one would care about salt, fat and sugar in their food. But those naysayers were wrong, apparently.

With a month and a half left in 2017, we just  hit an all-time annual high for views on our site! As of this morning, we had 57,355 views in 2017, blowing past the 56,994 views we had in 2015, our previous high. Those views this year came from 30,213 visitors to the site, another record compared with the previous high of 28,596 we had in 2015.

We consistently rank at or near the top in search results for no salt, no fat and no sugar foods and recipes. Indeed, our recipe page is the most viewed place on our site with 12,513 views as of Nov. 14.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, searches for our low-salt side dishes and our discussion on how to find low-salt turkeys will likely draw even more views before the big turkey day arrives.

Most of our viewers are in the United States but we have visitors from all over the world, which is also most gratifying.

Medical issues this year have kept me from posting as often as I have in the past, but expect that to change in the coming year. I’ll be back, finding and trying recipes that are tasty yet also low-salt, low-fat and low-sugar for you.

John

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Test your salt IQ

I’m not a big fan of infographics, they usually only scratch the surface on a topic and I always want to know more. But I recently ran across this sodium test after completing a cardio-rehab program at my local hospital (this after a second angioplasty in five years for me this past June) and thought it worth sharing.

Try to math them up without looking at the answers first. I doubt many of you will find all the hidden sodium in some of the food items listed.

Sodium lurks in so many everyday food, like bread, ketchup and any processed meat. Beware of it.

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Water: The Miracle Substance That We Should All Be Drinking More Of!

The most natural substance in the world, water is an incredible thing. Our bodies are made up of around 70% water, which is why we need so much water to survive. The fact is that not only do we need to water to stay hydrated, but we also need to drink plenty of water to ensure that when it comes to our health, we are in tip-top shape.

The issue is today that more and more people are boycotting water and opting to drink other liquids. Yes, fizzy drinks and juices contain water, but these drinks are nowhere near as healthy or beneficial for you as pure water is. It may not taste as nice, but water is the drink that should be your go-to liquid. Continue reading “Water: The Miracle Substance That We Should All Be Drinking More Of!”

Protecting Your Teeth against Sugar, without Completely Cutting out Sweet Snacks

Protecting your teeth against the problems caused by sugar is something we are told to do as children, told to do as adults and told to do during old age.

It is something that we are told to do our whole life. And it is something that we need to do too. But just because it is something that we need to do, it doesn’t mean we need live a life devoid of sugar. It doesn’t mean we need cut sweet and sugary snacks eaten as a treat out of our diet completely. Continue reading “Protecting Your Teeth against Sugar, without Completely Cutting out Sweet Snacks”

Is Your Healthy Lifestyle As Good For You As You Think?

Over the years there have been many theories on what the best things are to consume for our general health and well-being. In this article are going to be some things that you probably didn’t realize you should, or shouldn’t be putting into your body.

We should all know by now that eating healthily, drinking plenty of water and exercise is the best way of keeping ourselves fit and healthy. However, with so many fad diets on the market these days, it’s easy to become confused about whether your body is getting what it needs to be at it’s best.

One of the latest trends in health and fitness includes taking vitamins and other supplements to promote weight loss, healthy skin and nails, and promotes the rate in which your hair grows. Did you know that you can get all of these promised results just by putting the right food into your body?

Many people argue the fact that they don’t have enough time each day to eat the recommended portions of each food type. This might be true, but taking a vitamin tablet each day isn’t going to fill you up either.

It may give you a portion of the vitamins you need, but then you will be more likely to binge out on other food later because you’re hungry. That’s not to say that vitamins don’t work, as some people are required to take them for their health, but whenever possible, you should be trying to get the nutrients you need through food, not a supplement.

Try to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day to ensure that your body is getting the correct nutrients.

It’s true that drinking water is the best source of hydration, but how clean is your water? Many water sources are contaminated with chemicals to make the water seem cleaner.

Water filtration systems are becoming increasingly popular these days because people are realising that their tap water alone, isn’t doing them much good.

Consider investing in a water treatment system. You can read more about it here at ncwater.net. Here you will discover that not only can water be harmful to drink when it’s not treated, but it can be harmful on your skin when you’re bathing in it too.

If you suffer from skin conditions, the symptoms are often alleviated when the water is treated because the chemicals are no longer harming your skin.

Even though exercise is a must for keeping our bodies fit and limber, there is such thing as too much exercise. Too much physical activity can cause injuries like muscle strains, and joint pains.

Some may argue that exercise over time will alleviate these problems, but remember that everything should be done in moderation. Try changing it up so that you’re doing a more gentle exercise a few times a week like yoga.

Remember, only doing one of these things isn’t enough to keep you healthy. Try changing your lifestyle today to begin seeing some great results!

This post has been contributed by Ryan Gatt, it may contain affiliate links.

Know what a paillard is? Me neither, but this one sounds tasty

It sounds incredibly simple and quick, plus now you have a new word for your cooking vocabulary.

Chicken has become my go-to meat choice now that I’ve had two stents put in during the past five years. And I’m constantly searching for more ways to cook it, as you can see on my recipe page. I recently saw this recipe for chicken paillard and I thought, what is a paillard and is it tasty?

Bon Appetit magazine seems to think it is, and for the record, a paillard is simply a piece of meat pounded flat, usually between two pieces of wax paper. Continue reading “Know what a paillard is? Me neither, but this one sounds tasty”

Still time to grill? Try these fruits and veggies for something different and fun

Labor Day Weekend is the traditional end for the outdoor grilling season, at least in northern climes such as Chicago where I live. But there will still be days when it’s warm enough to go out and fire up your grill, or grills (I have four!). Here’s a new take on grilling, ever think about fruits and veggies on the grill?

Cooking Light magazine has, apparently, in this piece on 10 fruits and veggies to grill (everything is a list these days, so they had to find 10 I’m sure).

Some of these, like watermelon, onions, eggplant and pineapple, I’ve heard of grilling before, but some, like apples and peaches really surprised me.

I’m guessing the key here is to find items with sugar content the flavor of which will be brought out by grilling.

Take a look, it’s a video, so you have to endure a commercial, but after that it moves fairly quickly.

And keep those grills fired up into fall, I know people who do their Thanksgiving turkeys outdoors in cold climates, that is hardcore grilling.

John