This St. Patrick's Day: Less Corned Beef, More Cabbage

When most of us think of St. Patrick’s Day, we envision green beer and traditional Irish food like corned beef and cabbage, but you can have a great time and still be healthy by focusing on Irish foods that will make you stronger and healthier!

When most of us think of St. Patrick’s Day, we envision green beer and traditional Irish food like corned beef and cabbage, but you can have a great time and still be healthy by focusing on Irish foods that will make you stronger and healthier!

First, let’s talk about the green bagel that you might be tempted to pick up on the way to work. It contains Green #3, an artificial coloring that has been linked to tumor growth in animals and perhaps hyperactivity in children. In 1981, The FDA concluded that the dye was safe but as it clearly is an artificial food additive, it’s best to be avoided!


Let nature provide your coloring and enjoy these traditional (and Irish) foods:

Cabbage: Recent studies show that those eating the most cruciferous vegetables have a much lower risk of prostate, colorectal and lung cancer, even when compared to those who regularly eat other vegetables.

Kale: In the same family of vegetables as cabbage, collards and brussels sprouts contain a component called Sulforaphane, which is a very strong cancer fighter.

 

Green tea: OK, this is not really an Irish drink! But it’s too good for you to not mention. Green tea benefits the body by helping to reduce heart disease, cancer, and irritable bowel disease. Green tea is formed from unfermented tea leaves. The more the leaves are fermented, the lower the polyphenol content. That means that green tea has tons of polyphenols, which gives such great benefits.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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