Symptoms of Diabetes, Is Your Child at Risk?

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Seems like a crazy question, are you or your child at risk for diabetes? Why are we talking about diabetes, don’t we make olive oil? We do make seasoned olive oils, but our real passion is using those oils to help people live healthier lives. And diabetes prevention and care is one of those passions. One of our main questions we ask our students, “Do you get overwhelmed with all the confusing labels and weird names for ingredients?”

You’re not alone. We travel the U.S doing cooking classes and always hear the same concerns, “What is all the junk in the food?” If you can’t pronounce it you probably shouldn’t eat it! Well the AMA is trying to make life a little easier when it comes to our health and sugar.

outline of spoon and fork with sugar

The American Medical Association has adopted a policy to make consumers more aware of sugars that are being added to food by manufacturers and are urging the FDA to make the “front of pack warning labels” a priority for foods with high levels of added sugars.

The American Medical Association is also seeking the FDA put limits on the amount of added sugars that would be allowed in food that makes health claims or is promoting their food as having nutritional benefits.

This is great news for everyone who is fighting to not become a diabetic or who are already struggling with their blood sugar. November is National Diabetes Awareness month, most people have no idea how much of an epidemic diabetes is in the U.S

According to the CDC, “More than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to a new report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report finds that as of 2015, 30.3 million Americans – 9.4 percent of the U.S. population –have diabetes. Another 84.1 million have prediabetes, a condition that if not treated often leads to type 2 diabetes within five years.”

9.4% is almost 10% of the Population of America! I had no idea but back when this study was done 2015, who knows what the stats are now. But back then Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S

diabetes testing equipment

1 in 4 adults living with diabetes doesn’t even know they have it. “Diabetes is a serious disease that can often be managed through physical activity, diet, and the appropriate use of insulin and other medications to control blood sugar levels. People with diabetes are at increased risk of serious health complications including premature death, vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and amputation of toes, feet, or legs.” -ADA

It’s so important the entire family is watching their sugar intake as we are seeing an extreme onset of adult diabetes now occurring in children. According to Mayo Clinic, it is important to manage your child’s diabetes as left untreated will have lasting health effects or possibly end up being life-threatening.

Do you or your child have the symptoms of diabetes? According to the American Diabetes Association, some symptoms may be mild at first and can go undetected.

Diabetes Symptoms

“The following symptoms of diabetes are typical. However, some people with type 2 diabetes have symptoms so mild that they go unnoticed.

Common symptoms of diabetes:

  • Urinating often
  • Feeling very thirsty
  • Feeling very hungry – even though you are eating
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Blurry vision
  • Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
  • Weight loss – even though you are eating more (type 1)
  • Weight loss in Children is less common for (type2)
  • Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

Early detection and treatment of diabetes can decrease the risk of developing complications of diabetes.

little kid dressed like a doctor

Please help spread the word as diabetes caught early enough is reversible and small changes in your diet and exercise have seen the reverse of diabetes. Even losing 10-15 lbs if you are 200 lbs could reverse diabetes. Get tested today.

If going to your doctor is inconvenient I have used a company called Life Line screenings they come to communities across the U.S and offer glucose testing right on site, a simple finger prick and you got your facts.

Let’s all help each other live longer healthier lives. One day at a time, One bite at a time

Take good care,

Kristi Linebaugh

p.s Whenever you’re ready, here’s another way we can help you. We are an approved vendor for the American Diabetes Association for our seasoned olive oils Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil. We have zero sugar and the sodium is almost classified salt-free. We are having our holiday shipping revving up if you would like to try some of our seasonings or give some away to a friend who is struggling with their sugar.

You can grab a 4 pack and get Free Shipping on www.vigoacuisine.etsy.com or for larger orders Get 10.00 Flat Rate shipping on 6 bottles or Free Shipping on a case of www.vigoacuisine.com

Check out the American Diabetes Association Food Tips

October 2018 Fall Family Events Near Me Tampa Bay

We are just coming back from our Northern shows and boy are we freeeeezing. I had two pairs of sweatpants a pair of leggings and a pair of jeans on… all at the same time! I had on so many jackets I had to walk with my arms out, like one of those kids bundled up to play in the snow.. except there wasn’t any snow! We are in Kentucky right now but I wanted to share a few upcoming events in Florida. This coming weekend we will be at an Art Festival near you in Mount Dora. October 27th-28th 9-5pm It’s a super-duper show with over 400 Art and Crafters we are on the main street Donnelly in front of the Village Coffee Pot shop, how convenient! Will you make it out to the show?

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It’s getting chillier yes even here in Florida we are having to pull out our winter… socks! Okay so we all know Florida has a fall season it’s just very quick and if you sneeze and close your eyes you just may miss it! October is full of fun family events here in the Tampa Bay area whether you are in for a Scary-O’-ween or more of a cruising with the kids anti-creepy type of venue, we’ve got ya covered.

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Florida Aquarium   Halloween and they are hosting their yearly Guppieween. October 27-28th, 1-5p.m They let loose with wild animals, princesses and ghosts roam about freely among the 8,000 plants and animals native to Florida. It’s a safe Halloween event and sure to include lots of candy scavenger hunts and of course their famous underwater pumpkin carving! Grab the kids and spend a fun-filled time at the Florida Aquarium. A really awesome event at Guppieween is Sensory Guppieween for children with sensory differences. There will be a low lighting and less stressful morning of fun trick or treating and meet and greet with Tango the Aquariums sea turtle mascot. The hours for Sensory Guppieween are earlier so check the times for tickets.

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Creatures of the Night at Lowry Park Zoo is back again this year better than ever for a night of family fun! Friday and Saturday nights in October. It is even spookier this year than last with lots of ghouls for everyone! All new this year scare areas and Medusa lots of startling surprises but no worries for the kids, no gore or horror will be there just lots of fun frights, we even invite you to dress up with us. Grab your insider tips here

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For those wanting a more hands-on approach for the kids this Halloween check out the non-profit animal sanctuary Horse Power, they are having their annual Fall Festival it will be so much fun, with pony rides live music hayrides and games for the whole family. Help a good cause and have a good time at the same time! If you want your kids to learn about animals and being kind and helping those that need help, this is a wonderful opportunity for your kids to see kindness in action. We often want our children to be kind to each other and sometimes forget how important it is to teach them to be kind and gentle with the animals.

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For those of us that have enjoyed the fall hayrides and all their prickliness and pumpkin patches and corn mazes, this festival is just for you. Pass those memories on to your children at Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival. Truly something for all family fun events seekers. There is shopping available with a craft show loads of entertainment and ice cream and rock wall climbing and train rides and face painting and scarecrow display, motorcycle races, and BMX stunts, Bello Nock and magician… woo I’m exhausted already!

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In the mood for a relaxing scary night out? How about a good movie in the park, suitable for older kids and teens, bring a blanket picnic goodies and low back chairs and pillows for the kids and kick back and watch the movie, nice since we don’t expect any snow! There will be popcorn and drinks for sale but no alcoholic beverages will be permitted, well-behaved dogs are allowed, that should be good entertainment! Who doesn’t like to snuggle with the pup?

This, of course, is by no means a full list of all the good and wonderful stuff you can do with the kids this October in Tampa Bay but I have a sneaky suspicion it’s a good start! Whatever you decide to do with the family whether you do a good old fashioned trick or treat or go to a local church for a trunk or treat. Please enjoy the Halloween candy responsibly, we all know that we’re gonna sneak into the treat sacks after the kids are unconscious from candy consumption! Remember, don’t let them look through it before they go to bed, because you know they take inventory and will notice stuff that’s missing!!

Here’s to a safe and fun October 2018 take good care,

Kristi Linebaugh

p.s

Here’s another way we can help you. After you eat all that good Halloween candy and you decide to “Health” it up a bit and would like to check out our seasoned olive oils, You can check us out on Etsy. www.vigoacuisine.etsy.com  we’d love to see you!  We were recently featured on NPR Wisconsin (National Public Radio) for creating a food product that is safe for families with multiple health concerns and allergies. See you soon 🙂

 

3 Recipes for leftover Rotisserie Chicken

I love leftover land, most of the people I know live between “I forgot my phone Avenue” and “Where are my keys Blvd.” We all seem to be in a rush now days, much more rushed than we use to be. That’ s why leftover land is so highly populated and growing 😉

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So here are three time saving tips for leftover Rotisserie Chicken. Salads are healthy and fast but how about making a Fattoush salad and kick up the protein and crunch while you’re at it. Fattoush is also a great way to use up any flatbread or pita you have leftover.  It’s simply your favorite greens and veggies . Simply drizzle your favorite flavor of Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oils over the pita and toast, then when golden crumble up in salad and add cut up grilled chicken. Full recipe Bon Appetit

 

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Italian chicken salad is a great way to use up your leftover chicken. Add chopped chicken into greens add a bit of roasted peppers and red onions a little slivered almonds and capers how about a little sliced basil for that little extra something. Add Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil to all ingredients and mix together. Sounds good to me.

Speaking of Italian who doesn’t love a little gnocchi every once in awhile? Here is a great recipe for when you are in the mood for a bit of a cream sauce for those cold Michigan Summer nights 😉

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Or my personal favorite chicken taco with Miriam’s famous chimichuri sauce sprinkled on top and a bit of Hot Splash as a finisher. oooh weee!!

Till next time take good care,

Kristi and Miriam

p.s

Whenever you are ready here is another way we can help you. We will be in South Haven Michigan Sept. 1-2nd for the All Crafts Fair

If you can’t make it to the Fair and you would like Free Shipping on 4 bottles of Canary Island Olive Oil go to our Etsy site.

3 Easy Things to Take to a Picnic

What can I take to a get together that’s easy to make? A quick recipe is less stressful and usually more delicious than a super time-consuming recipe? I mean if you’re too tired to enjoy the party than slaving over the oven for 6 hours wasn’t worth it 😉

Try out an easy recipe that can be used in multiple ways. These garlicky tomatoes can be served as an appetizer or save some for yourself and in the morning scramble your eggs and top with the goat cheese and the tomatoes… oh yeah!

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Marinated Garlicky Tomatoes OMG

So make the tomatoes and serve them on a baguette with either hummus for the dairy free or cream cheese and feta mixed with Canary Island Olive Oil

Next, let’s make an easy pasta salad, everybody loves a great pasta dish. If you can’t have wheat there are all kinds of wheat-free pasta out there nowadays.  Or use those great spiralizers for zucchini and make a salad with only veggies. I love that!

Or go old school for the days you just want to grab a knife and get to work! No extra equipment needed.

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I love sauteeing the zucchini and carrots after I’ve cut them like this it’s great for a quick take on pasta. Or make a great shaved zucchini salad and use Splash but don’t slice them thin just use the veggie peeler to make long thin slices.

 

As a main entree, a chicken salad with just chopped chicken and avocado and maybe some olives would be easy to add to the get-together.

chicken and feta on greens If you want more involved here is a traditional chicken salad with mayo and avocado

Till next time, Take good care and stay well. We would love to stay connected via Social Media we can connect on www.facebook.com/vigoacuisine

Miriam and Kristi

p.s

Here’s another way we can help you whenever you’re ready.

Grab a couple bottles of Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil on our Etsy site and save 5.00 when you use the code LOVE2SHOP

www.vigoacuisine.etsy.com

 

Which Vegetables are Good for Grilling

Grilled veggies are great on the day you grill them and also as leftover on a panini or on some pasta. It’s an easy way to add veggies to your diet without effort. That is no effort after you grill them 😉

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Here’s a list of great veggies to use on the grill.

I Love Corn on the grill it’s easy and fast and if you have leftover you can use it in a salsa or mix it with quinoa and beans and make an afternoon salad.

  • Mushroom, Shitake, Button or Portabello mushrooms are great marinated in Canary Island Olive Oil and a bit of red wine and balsamic vinegar
  • My favorite is Eggplant mixed with the portabello and then serve it on top of a baguette with hummus. Hallelujah!!!
  • Squash and Zucchini always a favorite and so easy to cook al dente my favorite to add the leftovers to a homemade soup, why wouldn’t you!
  • Purple Onions
  • Red Onions (because they are sweet) and colored peppers of all shapes and sizes, if you are brave through some jalapenos on there!
  • Asparagus and grape tomatoes  ( need a grill pan for these) or you will be ducking and weaving to keep them out of the fire.

So, tell me now, are you going to save us some of your veggies you grill? Because I totally want to put some in a breakfast wrap or on a veggie pizza or shoot can you just put a little Canary Island Olive Oil into some feta or goat cheese and serve it on a cracker with the veggies on top!!

Take good care,

Miriam and Kristi

p.s

Here’s another way we can help. Are you trying to reduce inflammation related diseases in your life? Have you been diagnosed with several diseases and you find it hard to eat and still feel good? You will want to check out our new book “There’s No Food in Your Food 

Bonus

Our Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive OIl is now sold on Amazon

 

Summer Grilling Tips

grilled shishkabob with tomato mushrooms and tofu

Summer is always better with good friends and good food! Miriam and I love to grill out while we are on our Summer tour. Walleye or Salmon or chicken on the grill, what’s not to love? Whether you use Gas or Charcoal remember to get that grill Hot so the meat and veggies sear when you pop them on there.  Pre-heat the grill for 15-20 minutes for best results. Always clean your grill to get any leftover chars off of there before adding new food.

Keep it Healthy

Steer clear of burning or charring your meats on the grill. According to research not cooking your meat till it burns will help protect against the potential risk of cancer. Also marinating your meat (try marinating is Hot Splash!!) as well as avoiding processed meat and cooking smaller portions to avoid prolonged cooking times, will help you help yourself 😉

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To avoid potential flare-ups of the flames when grilling, trim the fat off meats and take the skin off the chicken. By keeping the flames down you will reduce the risk of charring. If all else fails to keep a squirt bottle nearby to tame the flame.

Of course, don’t forget adding fruit and veggies to your BBQ, Miriam loves grilling pineapple and peaches to add to a big salad drizzled with Splash.  Now you got your greens you’re good to go!

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So here’s to great grilling and enjoying the family and taking a little time to just kick back and relax. I think that’s what the Summer is supposed to be for right? 😉

Let us know how you’re doing.

Talk soon,

Miriam and Kristi

p.s

Stay connected on www.facebook.com/vigoacuisine 

Whenever you’re ready here’s another way we can help you.

Need more Splash you can grab a 6 pack with 10.00 Flat Rate shi!pping on our website www.vigoacuisine.com or Free Shipping on a Case if you need more to share at the BBQ

What Vegetables are Best in the Summer

fresh veggies stand with prices on a chalkboardI Love Fresh Veggies! Even back in college when we were all eating Ramen noodles, I would love to add fresh broccoli to mine. Hey, you gotta start somewhere right? 😉 There is no better place than your local Farmer’s Market or CSA to grab your fresh local veggies. Right now Miriam and I are up in Michigan doing shows and just picked up a big batch of heirloom beets and boy do they look delish! I’d love to make this super easy beet chip recipe, how fabulous! Or can you imagine Beet Hummus from the Minimalist Baker Website and Avocado (which have been great at ALDI) !!! Hallelujah! I love it…. I think they would both rock with the Splash!

beet hummus with avocado on toast

Tomatoes are super fabulish during the Summer, my Mom’s neighbor fills our bellies full with his homemade salsa with his truckloads of tomatoes! We love you, Jerry!! But what’s easier than salsa is a fabulous fresh Pizza! This one is from Damn Delicious and doesn’t it just hurt your feelings, it looks so good!

Or check out the Margherita pizza from The Craving Chronicles (who wouldn’t love that name?) I don’t care what you name your pizza as long as I can have a slice after you make it… I’m happy! Can you imagine some arugula on top, wow wee woo! Greens are great year round but I load up on greens in the Summer for instant energy!

Well till we meet again let these recipes and fabulous pictures keep you busy dreaming up more good things to do with your Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oils.

Talk soon,

Miriam and Kristi

p.s

Here’s another way we can help you.

If you are running low on your Splash and you won’t be out at one of our shows in Michigan you can grab a 4 pack with Free Shipping on our Etsy website. www.vigoacuisine.etsy.com