Friday, October 4, 2013

Foodie's Guide to Coupons: Turn Your Coupon Steals into Tasty Meals


My daughter and I just finished our first book together. It's called "Foodie's Guide to Coupons: Turn Your Coupon Steals into Tasty Meals."

In the book, we break down in easy to follow steps how to coupon, where to find coupons, how to store them, and how to figure your savings.

Since we're both foodies and she has severe food allergies, we incorporated a few our our favorite recipes. The desserts are all vegan and dairy free and some of the dishes are vegetarian (for me) and meat but dairy free (for her). We've also added several pages on green smoothies along with some of our favorite green smoothie recipes.

This is the first edition of the book with updates and new recipes to come next year. We're excited about the book and hope you enjoy it.

Copies are on their way. You can order now via Paypal. Be sure to add your shipping address. The books are just $12 plus the cost of shipping.





Jody Ortiz Author, "Bashboard Bullies" Bashboard Bullies, "The Naked Truth Bound in Scorn" The Naked Truth Bound in Scorn, "8 Simple Steps to Internet Success," and "Foodie's Guide to Coupons."
http://www.truecrimebooks.us (All material on this blog copyrighted and ISBN filed. Permission to share only when including link or proper citation.)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Healing with Food

It's no secret that I've been a proponent of natural healing for several years. In 2004 I quit taking all of the medication that my doctors insisted I needed. I learned how to control the arthritis pain without numbing it and I learned how to eat to raise my blood sugar and keep it level. Since then, I have also learned how to use food to fight infections and boost my immune system. I'm constantly amazed at how many natural remedies we have available to us and they work far better than any fad juice, pill, or cream I've ever tested.

One of the most interesting studies I have found that support my belief in healing with foods was published in 2004 in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association entitled, "Advanced Glycoxidation End Products in Commonly Consumed Foods." The article stated, "Advanced glycoxidation and products (AGEs), the derivatives of glucose-protein or glucose-lipid interactions, are implicated in the complications of diabetes and aging. The objective of this article was to determine the AGE content of commonly consumed foods and to evaluate the effects of various methods of food preparation on AGE production."

In this study, they tested 250 foods. Of these foods, those that had the highest fat content displayed a higher AGE. Surprisingly, carbs contained the lowest values.

The foods that are high in AGEs are said to age the body faster by contributing to cardiovascular disease and kidney damage. A diet that is high in low-AGE foods contributes to a longer life, according to this study and the editors of Prevention magazine.

An interesting find in this study that has also been reported by the editors of Prevention magazine is that "nutrient composition, temperature, method, and duration of heat application affect AGE generation in foods during cooking." In other words, meats that have been prepared by methods that use high heat such as broiling or frying are higher in AGEs than something like fish that is poached or grilled. Here is a glimpse of their table: (The higher the AGE, the worse it is for your body)

High Foods:
Frankfurter, broiled for 5 minutes = 10,143 AGEs per serving
Chicken breast with skin, breaded and oven-fried for 25 minutes = 8,965 AGEs per serving
Thin crust pizza = 6,825 AGEs per serving

Low Foods:
Canned red kidney beans = 191 AGEs per serving
Raw onion = 36 AGEs per serving
Bran flakes = 10 AGEs per serving
Banana = 9 AGEs per serving

Their final word of advice?

"The new information presented herein can be easily integrated into meal patterns that are consistent with those currently recommended against cardiovascular disease and cancer in the general population. Firstly, reduced intake of AGEs can be achieved by reducing high-AGE sources such as full-fat cheeses, meats, and highly processed foods, and increasing the consumption of fish, grains, low-fat milk products, fruits, and vegetables. These guidelines are features of The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension....data on meat and meat substitute preparation clearly showed marked differences in the AGE content of food items subjected to low vs high temperature treatment. Consumers can be directed to the time-honored low-AGE-producing culinary techniques of boiling, poaching, and stewing to prepare palatable menu items."

It seems that cooking meat at high temperatures (greater than 250 degrees Celsius) or for longer than an hour and 39 minutes increases the production of carcinogenic compounds that the American Cancer Society warns us against. Lastly, over-processed foods are to be avoided whenever possible. An example given is that Enfamil is found to be one hundred times higher in AGEs than human milk. It is suggested that such high amounts of AGEs consumed at an early age is a cause of the rise of diabetes and auto-immune disorders in children.

When it comes to food and its effects on the human body, I will forever be a student. There are so many medications that can be avoided if only we could learn to resist temptation of processed foods and eat a healthy diet. This is something I work at daily.

I hope this helps you on your path to a healthy lifestyle. Have a blessed day!

Jody Ortiz Author, "Bashboard Bullies" Bashboard Bullies and "The Naked Truth Bound in Scorn" The Naked Truth Bound in Scorn
http://www.truecrimebooks.us (All material on this blog copyrighted and ISBN filed. Permission to share only when including link or proper citation.)

Monday, January 14, 2013

5 Minute Gratitude Book Release

I'm proud to announce that "5 Minute Gratitude" will be released next month, February, 2013.


Watch for more details about the book and Web site, coming soon!

Blessings,

Jody Ortiz Author, "Bashboard Bullies" Bashboard Bullies,  "The Naked Truth Bound in Scorn" The Naked Truth Bound in Scorn, "8 Simple Steps to Internet Success", "5 Minute Gratitude" (coming soon), and "Foodie's Guide to Coupons" (coming soon)
http://www.truecrimebooks.us
 (All material on this blog copyrighted and ISBN filed. Permission to share only when including link or proper citation.)

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