2015 in review

Thank you everyone for an amazing year!

 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 57,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 21 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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No Salt, No Sugar Recipes for the 12 Days of Christmas — 2015 edition

We’re back with our 2nd annual No Salt, No Sugar recipes for the 12 days of Christmas.

Christmas time is here again and so we’re back with our 2nd annual No Salt, No Sugar recipes for the 12 days of Christmas. Last year’s list drew a lot of views and hopefully led to a lot of enjoyable meals.

This year we’re repeating some old favorites but also coming up with new recipes that we’ve posted in 2015. To give you choices, we’re listing our 2015 picks and our 2014 picks below. We’re off to a later start this year (sorry it’s been busy), so we start on Dec. 23 instead of the 22nd as we did last year.

Your salmon feast awaits.
Your salmon feast awaits.

Enjoy and a very Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates the holiday as well as a Happy New Year to all our readers as well!

Simply click the links below and let the cooking, and holiday cheer, begin!

Dec. 23
2015
A New York lunch with family, what could be better, or healthier?

2014
Can You Ever Make a Quick, Healthy Meal?

Dec. 24, Christmas Eve
2015
Salmon, 5 ways

2014
What Can Someone on a Restricted Diet Eat on Christmas Eve?

Dec. 25, Christmas Day
2015
A party menu that is low in sugar, fat and salt

2014
What Can Someone on a Restricted Diet Eat on Christmas Day?

Recipe: Low-salt, low-fat baked mostaccioli

Dec. 26
2015
Salmon salad for a lazy Saturday dinner treat

2014
Pizza on a restricted diet — an illustrated how-to guide

Dec. 27
2015
A salmon dish for garlic lovers

2014
Turning leftovers into a treat — a wonderful salmon salad

Dec. 28
2015
A new take on turkey meatballs — apples and cranberries

2014
Rosemary chicken: a nice way to add flavor to chicken breast

Dec. 29
2015
An arctic char recipe for Christmas time, or any time

2014
Steelhead trout: a variation better than the norm?

Dec. 30
2015
A Chinese food recipe that actually works as low-sodium?

2014
Walleye: a tasty fish alternative

Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve
2015
Creating a low-salt, low-fat taco dinner

2014
Happy New Year: with no and low salt treats

Jan. 1
2015
Matzo pizza — bringing two cultures together to get the salt out

2014
Extra Lean Beefburgers

Jan. 2
2015
Seafood and pasta, thank you Giada

2014
Chicken Parmesan: a low-fat, low-salt alternative recipe

Jan. 3
2015
Grilled chicken recipe for the 4th? Try this rosemary chicken

Need to quit sugar? Here’s why and how to do it

Editor’s note: This is a guest post with sponsored links. I’ve been doing this blog for three years and have now begun accepting paid guest posts such as this one. I’d love your feedback on it, did it provide you useful information?

Most of us are well aware that salt, sugar and fat are the demons in our lives that make us unhealthy. The truth is that we do need a little of certain salts in our bodies. And our brains need glucose (a type of sugar) to function. And, incredibly, there are good fats that are absolutely essential to our bodies.

Telling the difference is easier than you think when it comes to sugar at least. It’s important to understand why the sweet stuff is just so bad for us, though. We all understand that too many sweet things can lead to weight gain, but perhaps the reason for it is a little unclear. The energy, or calories, from sugar, can be burnt off quicker than carbohydrates. It gives us that awesome boost of energy just as we need it, right?

A typical vending machine candy bar.
A typical vending machine candy bar.

Yes, there are such things as ‘sugar-highs’, when you have taken on so much sugar so quickly it makes you feel excitable and energized. But that passes really quick, and you can then feel low and lethargic. The process that removes the sugar from your bloodstream can also be damaged over time. This can lead to several health problems, including diabetes. That’s why even children shouldn’t be exposed to lots of sugar. It can just bring the problem on more quickly.

Continue reading “Need to quit sugar? Here’s why and how to do it”

Going salt-free: these substitute ingredients are all you need

You might not think it, but there’s a lot of salt that goes into the food we eat! I’m not just talking about the salt you put on your food at home. When you buy “packaged” foods, they often contain some added salt. For example, things like pasta sauces often contain lots of salt.

Most people will know by now the problems salt can bring to one’s body. Examples include kidney stones, raised blood pressure, obesity and even cancer. The shocking truth is that’s just a small subset of conditions caused by a high salt intake.

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If you want to eat more healthily, one thing you can do is reduce or even eradicate salt from your diet. Now, you might be thinking that salt adds flavor to the foods you eat. But here’s the thing: there are plenty of substitute ingredients out there you can use. Continue reading “Going salt-free: these substitute ingredients are all you need”

Fast food breakfast top food story for 2015 — woe is us

Fast food breakfast is going to give you lots of salt, no matter what time of day you have it. Know what you’re getting and use tools like the Menu Meal Builder to help at least minimize your salt.

Fast food breakfast was named the top food story of 2015 in a survey by Hunter Public Relations, a New York firm that works with food clients, reported Ad Age recently. You can thank McDonald’s decision to offer some of its breakfast items all day for that.

Want half a day's salt in one meal ? Here it is.
Want half a day’s salt in one meal ? Here it is.

Love it or hate it, when McDonald’s does something, the world notices, as this survey confirms. Other reports I’ve seen say McDoanld’s business is up because of its decision, people apparently like buying Egg McMuffins at any time of day.

Maybe they should check the McDonald’s Meal Builder site first to see how much sodium is in an Egg McMuffin — 730 mgs, or about half what someone like me who has heart troubles is supposed to consume in a day. Continue reading “Fast food breakfast top food story for 2015 — woe is us”

Salt or sugar — pick your poison

The salt you add to food is generally only a small part of your overall salt consumption every day, especially if you’re eating a lot of processed foods or dining at restaurants for a majority of your meals.

Sugar has come in for a lot of criticism of late when it comes to health, being blamed for a range of issues. But now Canadian researchers are saying salt is the most demon of the demon trio of salt, fat and sugar.

Congress wants to keep American School children addicted to salt. Shame, shame shame on them.
Americans eat too much salt, period.

“[Sugar is] not of the same impact as salt and not associated with as many diseases. Salt is worse than sugar,” Dr. Norm Campbell with the University of Calgary’s Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta said in a recent CBC News item. “About one-third of hypertension around the world is caused by excess dietary salt, so about 300 million people in the world have hypertension due to excess salt and over two million in Canada,” Dr.Campbell said.

In addition to hypertension, salt also impacts:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis and MS
  • Migraines
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Obesity

Continue reading “Salt or sugar — pick your poison”

No-salt Christmas gifts? Here’s some suggestions

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone you know on a low-salt, low-fat diet, check these out. They’d be fun to find under the tree.

Healthy Heart Market has variety of low-salt and low-fat items. I’ve written about one product from there in the past. I initially bought items from it after my 2012 angioplasty, but haven’t in more recent days as I find more items locally, saving me the shipping costs of ordering online.

Gift boxes from Heart Healthy Market
Gift boxes from Heart Healthy Market

But I’m still on the Healthy Heart Market e-mail list, so I was intrigued to recently get something from there advertising gift boxes for Christmas. Boxes include one for soups, another for condiments, even as Asian box — a good trick since Asian food is notoriously high in sodium. The Asian box includes one of my favorite product, Mrs. Dash teriyaki marinade.

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