Feature Article: What is Juicing?

By Sheila Buck

Juicing is a good way to obtain the raw foods you need everyday. Both fruits and vegetables can be juiced, but fruit juice may increase the levels of insulin in your blood. Juicing is quick, and a good way to add more healing foods to  a  diet with minimal effort .

When we eat whole fruits and vegetables, our bodies do not always absorb a lot of their nutrients.  The nutrients from juices are easier for our bodies to absorb. Some of the health benefits of juicing are:

  • It is a quick and easy way to get enzymes into your body.
  • Fruit and vegetable juices give the body a lot of energy and increase metabolic rate.
  • It gives your immune system a boost.
  • Helps you recover quicker from some illnesses.
  • Helps ease the symptoms of depression.
  • Helps detoxify the body.
  • Helps the digestive system function better.

You do not need a lot of equipment for juicing. A juicer, although not necessary, makes the process easier. You may want  to add  supplements to your juices. Some good supplements to add are:

  • Cod liver oil
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Fish oil
  • Flax seed oil

It can sometimes be difficult to consume all of the fruit and vegetables you need everyday. With Juicing you can fit more than one serving into every glass, making it easier to fit in all of those servings.

Although juicing has many advantages,  it also has some disadvantages. The following is a list of illnesses that can come from juicing:

  • Foodborne illnesses such as: E. coli and Salmonella
  • Upset stomach
  • Weight gain
  • Carotenemia

Juicing is an easy way to get the proper nutrients from fruits and vegetables. If you would like to try juicing contact your doctor first. The juicer should be cleaned after every use.

References:

Juice for Health

Best of Juicing: Health Benefits of Juicing

Best of Juicing: Why is Vegetable Juicing Good?

Livestrong.com: What are the Dangers of Juicing?

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Sheila Buck is the single mom of two teenage boys. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Sheila is a freelance writer, and also writes books and short stories in her spare time. Sheila also writes for Frugal is Fabulous!.

Feature Article: The Raw Food Diet: Is it Really Healthy? :

By Sheila Buck

The raw food diet is based on eating raw, unprocessed, whole, live foods for the majority of your diet. Raw foodists believe, and some studies have shown, that cooking food reduces its nutritional value. With the raw food diet, foods are prepared in a way that helps the nutrients stay in the foods so they are more healthy to eat. There is some disagreement between doctors and raw foodists, as to whether or not this is a healthy diet.

Raw foodists believe that the body is more alkaline, and the diet should be more alkaline and less acidic. Raw foods are more alkaline and cooked foods are more acidic. Therefore, raw foods are better for your body. They believe that eating raw foods helps the body eliminate toxins, helps prevent or heal many chronic diseases, and encourages weight loss. If the diet is not done correctly it can lead to dehydration and other medical problems.

Some doctors believe that the raw food diet is a lifestyle choice and not a weight loss plan. The diet can lead to dehydration, anemia, neurological impairment, low bone mass, as well as other medical conditions. Although research shows that the raw food diet can lead to these conditions, it has also shown that it does help prevent some forms of cancer.

The majority of raw foodists are vegan. The do not eat meat or dairy. There are some that eat organic eggs, chicken, and other products. The following is a list of foods usually eaten by raw foodists.

  • Raw fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Seeds
  • Nuts
  • Sea vegetables

Raw foodists drink:

  • Purified water
  • Fresh made juice
  • Tea brewed by sitting in the sun

The raw food diet has its pro’s and con’s. If done correctly, it can do wonderful things for your body.  If this is a lifestyle choice you would like to make, it is always best to ask your physician before you start. More research should also be done, so an informed decision can be made.

References:

Starting a Raw Food Diet

Raw Food Diet

Living and Raw Foods

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Sheila Buck is the single mom of two teenage boys. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Sheila is a freelance writer, and also writes books and short stories in her spare time. Sheila also writes for Frugal is Fabulous!.

Feature Article: National Food Banks and How They Help

By Sheila Buck

Food banks supply low-income families with the food they need to survive. The National Food Bank, also known as, Feeding America, works with several other local food banks to make sure that families stay fed and children stay healthy. The National Food Bank and the smaller food banks share a close relationship, and work together to keep families fed.

The local food bank:

  • Obtain food from the local businesses and farmers.
  • Receive donations from local corporations and individuals who donate. They use these donations to help low-income families.
  • Receive food from Feeding America and distribute it to low-income individuals in their community.
  • Hold a close relationship with the National Food Bank and the other local food banks.
  • Promote food safety.
  • Work hard, on a local level, to set up better government programs for families and individuals in need.

The National Food Bank:

  • Obtain food from large manufacturers and the government.
  • Acquire donations from larger corporations and individual donors.
  • Distribute food to local food banks.
  • Hold a close relationship with the other food banks.
  • Promote food safety.
  • Work hard, on a national level, to set up better government programs for families and individuals in need.

Feeding America is a respectable charity. The National Food Bank distributes food to the many local food banks in the United States. The local food banks then distribute this food to soup kitchens and food cupboards. These food cupboards and soup kitchens feed low-income families and individuals, and help them stay healthy.

Resource:

Feeding America

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Sheila Buck is the single mom of two teenage boys. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Sheila is a freelance writer, and also writes books and short stories in her spare time. Sheila also writes for Frugal is Fabulous!.

Feature Article: What is a Vegetarian Diet and is it Healthy?

By Sheila Buck

It is well known that Vegetarians do not eat meat. However, many individuals do not realize that there are different kinds of vegetarian diets. People who follow the different diets also eat different things. According to Mayo Clinic Staff, a well-planned vegetarian diet is a healthy way to meet you nutritional needs. If you are thinking about starting a vegetarian diet or just want to know more, the following information will be helpful as well.

There are four types of vegetarian diets. They are Vegan, Lacto-vegetarian, Lacto-ovo vegetarian and Flexitarian. Each of these vegetarian groups chooses to eat or not to eat certain foods.

Vegan Vegetarians:

  • Do not eat meat.
  • Do not eat poultry, fish, eggs, dairy or honey.
  • Do not eat anything that contains meat, fish, eggs, dairy or honey.
  • Do not use fur, silk, soap or anything that is derived from the above mentioned foods.
  • Only eat plant-based foods, legumes, seeds, nuts, grains and dried beans.

Lacto-Vegetarians:

  • Do not eat meat, poultry, fish or eggs.
  • Do not eat anything that contains meat, poultry, fish or eggs.
  • Eat dairy products, plant-based foods, legumes, seeds, nuts, grains and dried beans.

Lacto-Ovo Vegetarians:

  • Do not eat meat, fish or poultry.
  • Do not eat anything that contains meat, fish or poultry.
  • Eat dairy products, eggs, plant-based foods, legumes, seeds, nuts, grains and dried beans.

Flexitarian Vegetarians:

  • Eat everything, but only consume meat, fish and poultry occasionally and in small amounts.

The vegetarian diet can be a healthy choice when it is done in a manner where you can get all the nutrients that are needed. If you plan to try one of the four vegetarian diets, talk with your doctor first. Your physician can give you tips about how to get the nutrients you will be missing by not eating meat.

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Feature Article: What is a Vegan Diet and is it Really Healthy?

By Sheila Buck

A vegan diet is a vegetarian diet that excludes meat, fish, eggs, dairy and poultry products. Vegans do not use other animal products including; fur, silk and other things obtained from the use of animals. People choose a vegan diet for health, environmental and/or ethical reasons.

The vegan diet consists of eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and tofu. The healthy vegan uses these foods in a manner that also allows them to get all the nutrients they need. Although these foods may sound bland, there are many meals that can be made with them including:

  • Smoothies
  • Lasagna
  • Chili
  • Soups
  • Salads
  • Sandwiches
  • Deserts
  • Stir fry
  • Pancakes
  • French toast

If done correctly, a vegan diet can be very healthy. If you would like to start a vegan diet, consult your physician first. He may set you up with a nutritionist who can help you to plan the diet, so you will get the nutrients you need. There are helpful web sites that also give information on this form of diet, as well as food lists that give you specific nutrients.

References:

Mayoclinic.com- Vegetarian Diet: How to get the best nutrition

The Vegetarian Resource Group: Veganism in a Nutshell

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Sheila Buck is the single mom of two teenage boys. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Sheila is a freelance writer, and also writes books and short stories in her spare time. Sheila also writes for Frugal is Fabulous!.

Food Profile: Watermelon

By Sheila Buck

Watermelon is a tasty treat, especially on a hot summer day. This fruit is very good for the body. It helps to prevent some types of cancer, as well as, some other serious conditions.

Some health benefits of the watermelon

  • Very high in vitamins A, B, and C
  • High in the minerals potassium and magnesium
  • Gives you energy
  • Helps reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes
  • Reduces the risk of colon and prostate cancer
  • Helps reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Promotes good eye sight
  • Helps prevent erectile dysfunction

Watermelon is very good for you. It is not expensive, and can usually be found at the local grocery store. You can buy it with or without seeds. Watermelon tastes good by itself, or with other fruits in a fruit salad.

References:

Health Benefits of Watermelon

WH Foods: Watermelon

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Sheila Buck is the single mom of two teenage boys. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Sheila is a freelance writer, and also writes books and short stories in her spare time. Sheila also writes for Frugal is Fabulous!.

Feature Article: What is WIC and How It is Helpful

By Sheila Buck

WIC is a federal nutrition program that helps pregnant and nursing moms,  as well as, infants and children up to age five. This program helps  families to meet their children’s nutritional needs, and offers other services.  Listed below are some helpful facts about the WIC program.

  • This program offers nutritional information and education to pregnant women, nursing moms, and parents of infants and small children.
  • WIC helps their clients find appropriate health care.
  • This program also helps their clients to find other services in their community.
  • Offers breast feeding education and support.
  • WIC gives voucher’s for different foods and dairy products. Anything you purchase using these vouchers has to be WIC approved. They give you a list the foods they allow.
  • Sometimes they give their client’s vouchers for the local farmer’s market.
  • WIC also gives recipients vouchers that can be used at farmer’s markets for fresh fruits and vegetables. (Updated 1/1/2017)

Foods you can get by using your WIC voucher’s:

  • Cereal
  • Milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Infant formula
  • Baby cereals
  • Cheese
  • Juice
  • Eggs
  • Breads
  • Dried beans and peas
  • Baby food
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables (Updated 1/1/2017)
  • Canned fish (Updated 1/1/2017)
  • Tofu (Updated 1/1/2017)
  • Soy-based beverages (Updated 1/1/2017)

WIC is a very helpful program if you are expecting a baby or have infants and children under five years of age. The services offered help keep children, pregnant and nursing moms, and other mothers healthy. This program is for low- income and medium- income families. To locate the WIC program closest to you, contact your doctor’s office, search online or look in your phone book.

Reference:

California Department of Public Health

USDA

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Sheila Buck is the single mom of two teenage boys. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Sheila is a freelance writer, and also writes books and short stories in her spare time. Sheila also writes for Frugal is Fabulous!

Feature Article: What is a Soup Kitchen and What is Usually Served at One?

By Sheila Buck

A soup kitchen is a place where food is served to the hungry for free or for a low price. These kitchens are usually open on week days, but not on weekends. The staff is usually made up of volunteers. They set up the tables and chairs, cook the meals and clean up afterward.

The majority of soup kitchens receive their food from food banks, government commodity distribution programs, community retail outlets and community food drives.  Some offer other services as well, such as community resource referrals, vouchers, school supplies for children and bags of food to send home with individuals.

When the soup kitchens first started, soup and bread were served. Times have changed and they now offer a variety of foods. Some foods that may be served at your local soup kitchen include:

  • Pasta and sauce
  • Different breads
  • Soups and stews
  • Fresh or canned fruits
  • Fresh or canned vegetables
  • Casseroles
  • Milk, coffee and juice
  • Turkey with all the fixings (usually for a holiday meal)
  • Chicken
  • Rice
  • Potatoes
  • Pork
  • Roasts
  • Desserts like cookies or cake

If you or your family are having a hard time keeping food in the house, eating at a local soup kitchen a couple of times a week can be helpful. You will receive a nutritious meal in a friendly environment. You can find a soup kitchen in your area by looking in the phone book or searching online. Sometimes there is more than one soup kitchen per area.

References:

Wikipedia: Soup Kitchen

Encyclopedia.com: Soup Kitchens

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Sheila Buck is the single mom of two teenage boys. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Sheila is a freelance writer, and also writes books and short stories in her spare time. Sheila also writes for Frugal is Fabulous!.