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Are Colon Cleansers Safe?

cup-of-tea-in-the-beach-1434877-mRecently, I have been amazed at how many of my friends, female friends in particular, are using colon cleansers, under advice from their friends or family that using a colon cleanser detoxifies the body and can help people lose weight. Something about the concept of colon cleansing just didn’t seem quite right to me, so I set out to do a little research to answer the question: Are Colon Cleansers and Detox Drinks Safe?

More than that, do colon cleanser actually DO anything or have any benefits?

I was skeptical, so after a bit of internet research to get the right questions to ask, the next thing I did was call my own doctor’s office and talked to one of the nurse’s there and asked her opinion about colon cleansers. Below is the transcript with that nurse: Read the rest of this entry »

Causes and Help for Childhood Obesity

1152328_16239381In recent years, there has been a growing trend of increasing cases of childhood obesity. According to the American Obesity Association, approximately 30.3% of all children ages 6-11 are overweight. Read this article for more information and some tips.
In recent years, there has been a growing trend of increasing cases of childhood obesity. According to the American Obesity Association, approximately 30.3% of all children ages 6-11 are overweight. While there are medical causes for childhood obesity that may not be treatable with behavior modification, diet and exercise alone, this article will discuss the non-medical causes of childhood obesity.

There are many different causes of obesity, both in adults and children. Two of the biggest preventable culprits that cause obesity at any age are: lack of activity and improper diet.

With the advent of cable and digital television, computers, gaming consoles and the internet, many children are no longer choosing to play outside during their free time and are opting for indoor activities instead. Unfortunately, activities such as these require little or no physical exertion. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Make Garlic Infused Cooking Oil

For dipping hard breads or cooking with garlic flavor in every bite, garlic infused oil is easy to make at home. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Cook a Brisket in a Conventional Oven

Bake and Broil a Brisket Indoors in a Conventional Oven

One of my favorite types of meat is brisket. I love going to BBQ joints and ordering sliced brisket with a tangy sauce, then eating some later for leftovers as brisket sandwiches on breads and buns, or to chop it up and making chopped brisket with sauce. There are so many ways to serve brisket once it’s been prepared.

Brisket, per pound, isn’t an expensive cut of meat compared to steak and sirloin cut meats, but because it’s so big, many people shy away from buying it. Also, because brisket is typically a smoked and grilled meat, most people don’t even know how to cook a brisket in the oven. With proper packaging, a large an oven-cooked brisket can provide enough meat for a family for several weeks or a month, and save money on grocery bills for meat. Read the rest of this entry »

Creative Ways to Cook Potatoes

Inexpensive and Filling, Potatoes Don’t Have to Be Bland

Potatoes are cheap and filling, and they make an excellent and inexpensive addition to any meal. After time, the plain potato gets a little boring, so let’s look at some creative ways to dress up a potato and add variety to the dinner table.

Baked Potato – The baked potato is the old standby for cooking potatoes for dinner. Soup up the plain baked potato by adding the traditional topping, like bacon bits, crumbled bacon, cheese, sour cream, chives, cracked pepper, butter, etc. Ranch dressing, Thousand Island dressing or other flavors of dressing can be a great and low-calorie alternative to sour cream. Pico de Gallo or fresh salsa are both good baked potato toppers too. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Make Homemade Pizza with a Pizza Stone

Pizza Stones Make Crispy Pizzeria-Style Pizza

If you’ve ever tried to make homemade pizza in your own oven, chances are likely if you didn’t have a pizza stone to cook it on, the pizza didn’t turn out quite as good as the pizza you’d buy from a restaurant. The brick ovens and pizza ovens that are built into pizza restaurants, along with the pizza stones the pizzas are slid unto, are what makes a pizza.

This can be recreated in your own home by using your own oven on a high setting and purchasing a pizza stone, and then using any regular pizza you choose. You can choose a pre-made freezer section pizza, a pizza kit, or be adventurous and make one from scratch with this pizza dough recipe: Read the rest of this entry »

How to Roast Garlic

Oven or Pan Roasted Garlic is Easy and Tastes Great

Garlic is one of the most versatile cooking spices, able to be used in most cuisines and complementing various dishes and other spices well. While garlic can be purchased in jars already minced or in powder or salted versions dried and ready to sprinkle into and on foods, the best garlic comes from fresh garlic that has been pressed at home and then properly roasted either with a dish or separate to use on a dish.

Depending on the type of dish and how much garlic is required, how to roast garlic can vary. This article looks at some easy but creative ways to roast garlic, both with and without an oven. Read the rest of this entry »

Fruit and Vegetables: Is “Organic” Really Better?

What Does “Organic” Really Mean?

One of the things I told my friend I wanted to do when visiting the Houston / Galveston area was to visit some of the farmer’s markets and some of the organic supermarkets in the area. Where I live, in the desert of West Texas, beer and steak are staples, and buying organic food is impossible (hard to find) or difficult (super expensive).

Does Organic Taste Better? Read the rest of this entry »

Are Colon Cleansers and Detox Drinks Safe?

The Truth About Colonics, Colon Cleansers and Detoxifying Drinks

Recently, I have been amazed at how many of my friends, female friends in particular, are using colon cleansers, under advice from their friends or family that using a colon cleanser detoxifies the body and can help people lose weight. Something about the concept of colon cleansing just didn’t seem quite right to me, so I set out to do a little research to answer the question: Are Colon Cleansers and Detox Drinks Safe?

More than that, do colon cleanser actually DO anything or have any benefits? Read the rest of this entry »

The Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup

Is it Really as Safe as Sugar?

Recently, I’ve seen several commercials cropping up about the safety and ‘truth’ about high fructose corn syrup. These ads are likely in response to many of the all-natural fruit juice advertisements, which state that many processed fruit juices contain high fructose corn syrup, and say this in such a way that it appears to be a bad thing. When compared with all natural, 100% fruit juice, high fructose corn syrups would be a ‘bad thing’, just as added sugar would be when compared the same way.

Still, the advertisements on behalf of the high fructose corn syrup attempt to sway public opinion to believe that high fructose corn syrup is, ‘…made from corn, has the same calories as sugar or honey, and it’s fine in moderation.’ I suppose for most people, most things are likely ‘safe’ in moderation, but I also know processed foods, particularly those with high fructose corn syrup, were on my list of no-nos from my doctor. Read the rest of this entry »

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