Monday, May 09, 2005

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Who could have thought "banh xeo" was so tasty and antiaging!!

If you like exotic food, chances are you know a Vietnamses food called "banh xeo." It can be pronounced as "bun sale." It was made of some mung bean flour stuffed with shrimp, onions, green onions, lean pork, and mung beans. Mung beans are a type of legume, which are high in protein and fiber.
This is 'banh xeo.'

That was what I had for lunch last Sunday. Boy was it tasty and delicious.

Since "banh xeo" is traditionally eaten with lettuce and herbs, it can be considered as a healthy meal. There are a variety of herbs I ate. They tasted great; however, I only recognized one type: mint leaves.

Mint leaves are known to assist with digestion and heartburn. Some studies also say that mint leaves can also help in relieving stress and anxiety that is usually responsible for our fast aging. If anyone knows of the benenfits of eating herbs, please inform us.
This is the lettuce dish and 'nuoc mam' sauce.

I had 4 "banh xeo" with a full plate of lettuce and herbs. I ate it with some Vietnamese sauce called "nuoc mam" which is low calorie.

The picture of "banh xeo" is included here. The lettuce and "nuoc mam" sauce are also shown to the right.

Randy Bowman

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Your Body Doesn't Absorb The Calcium in Spinach

Yes, we know spinach is low in calories and a great anti aging food. It has alot of vitamins and minerals, especially calcium and iron.

Calcium and iron are anti aging stars in helping us guard against cancer and fight aging. If you depend on spinach to provide you calcium and iron, be warned.

Spinach contains a chemical called oxalic acid. Oxalic acid binds with iron and calcium and thus reduces the absorption of these minerals.

However, there's a way to get around it. Eat spinach with vitamin C foods such as tomatoes or any citrus fruit. Vitamin C helps your body absorp the minerals more efficiently.

With that said, spinach is a great source of vitamin A which is beneficial to your vision. Vitamin A in spinach also assists in slowing down the onset of wrinkly skin and helps you fight aging. Just 1-2 cups of spinach every other day provides the nutrients necessary to a healthy immune system. A healthy immune system may help to minimize the number of visits to the doctor.

A cup of cooked spinach also provides a host of anti-aging vitamins and minerals such as riboflavin, vitamin B6, Folate, magnesium, and carotenoids such as beta carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.

Randy Bowman

Saturday, April 30, 2005

What, I can lose weight eating donuts?!

Yes you can! I have lost about 53 lbs in the last 2 years while still eating desserts like donuts and cheesecake. No I don't eat large portions of it, but I also don't eat it just once in a blue moon either. I enjoy a little of it almost every day. I know these so-called "junk foods" don't have much nutrition and won't earn any anti aging stars. However, just eating a small portion each day helps me stick to my healthy eating plan.

I eat 2 nutritious meals a day, plus 1 small dessert like a donut, and 2 servings of fresh fruit. I find it very easy to stick with the program. I don't feel cravings for anything and I exercise just 20 minutes a day.

Give it a try. It will work for you too.

You can read more interesting anti-aging information and tips at my
personal website.

Randy Bowman

Friday, April 29, 2005

Blueberries in Pies Give Smooth, Sexy Thighs!

Have you tried blueberry pie yet? It is delicious and if eaten in moderation, blueberry pie is a good, healthy dessert.

Blueberries contain more disease-fighting antioxidants than most fruit or vegetable. To assist in maintaining good health, antioxidant-rich blueberries are a great choice.

Blueberries are sweet but low in calories. Perfect for weight control, a cup of blueberries contain just 80 calories!

Aside from assisting with the protection from free radicals, the antioxidants in blueberries can also protect against other cell damage that results in signs of aging and wrinkled skin.

Researchers at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University found that 2/3s of a cup of blueberries provides the same antioxidant protection against free radicals as 1,773 IU of vitamin E or 1,270 milligrams of vitamin C.

Blueberries have lots of soluble fiber. This helps lower your cholesterol levels and is beneficial to the digestive system, adding bulk to stools without over-stimulating bowel movements.

Got any good blueberry recipes to share with the group?

To your health,

Randy Bowman