©2005 Kari Tse
April 2005
Spring is here!!!  And with that comes allergy season!  AAAAAAAAH choo!!!  Hopefully most of the wet is behind us now and onwards towards summe we go!
 
Don't forget for those of you who Friday sessions, I will be away April 15th as it is Spring Break for my kids and I will be taking them out of town.
 
Eating Tip of the month!!
 
Don't forget to look at labels when you are buying fast foods.  Studies have shown that trans-fatty acids in our diets are linked to the nation's rise towards obesity but how to know if they are there?  Anything with partially hydrogenated oils will contain fatty acids.  The FDA has ruled that labels must start showing fatty acid contents but not until next year so look at those labels carefully.
 
I just got a recent reminder about how persuasive packaging and marketing are.  I took a good look at something that appeared to be a "healthy, low fat food" and when I looked at the ingredients the first several were all derivations of sugar!!!  Remember words that end with the suffix "-ose" are simple sugars which need to be limited in our diets.
 
IN THE NEWS!!!!!!
 
Healthy Diet And Exercise
may protect brain function
 
Studies have shown that a healthy lifestyle can delay and may even prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease.  I don't think I have to go into too much detail about how devastating the effects of Alzheimer's can have on the individual and that person's loved ones.

Autopsies have been done in individuals that did not exhibit the symptoms (dementia, personality changes, paranoia) yet their brains have undergone the changes that are normally associated with Alzheimer's.  Generally the absence of any other physical changes associated with unhealthy lifestyles were present leading to the thought that a healthy lifestyle helps to keep the brain working normally.  One very telling study is one done of 700 nuns.  Those sisters that had the brain abnormalities associated with Alzheimer's were more likely to have exhibited symptoms of the disease if the body also had signs of strokes or clogged artieries.
 
Recipe of the Month!!!
 
PEASANT SALAD - Recently some of my friends and I got together and had a cooking party.  This salad was made and it was a wonderful, colorful addition to the table.
Ingredients:
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 lemon juiced
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
Salt and pepper, to taste
6 Roma Tomatoes, sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced
4 kirby cucumbers, sliced (any thin skinned cucumber will be fine)
2 tablespoons capers
1 bunch mint leaves
 
For dressing:  whisk together yogurt, vinegar, oil and lemon until smooth.  Season with garlic powder, paprika and salt and pepper.  Refrigerate until needed.
 
On a large platter, layer tomatoes, oneion and cucumbers.  Top with capers and mint.  Drizzle with yogurt dressing before serving.
 
If anyone has any great recipes they would love to share,
please pass them on to me for future newsletters.