Reducing Heart Disease with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Good beautiful morning from Sunny Winter Haven Florida. As teaching chefs, many of our students ask questions about extra virgin olive oil and the health benefits associated with daily use, especially for people concerned about heart health. Most people don’t know there are two types of high blood pressure. So, I’d say it’s really good for all of us to keep a close watch over our favorite red ticker 🙂 So  One such concern is the health benefits associated with using olive oil on everything. (Miriam and I always say, “Splash it on Everything.”)

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According to studies, Extra Virgin Olive Oil is an excellent fat for daily use. A great story written by the Olive Oil Times says, “After analyzing thirty years of data, the research team concluded that eating more than a half tablespoon of olive oil per day could lower the risk of a heart attack by 20 percent, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by 15 percent and lower the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) by 21 percent.

Here’s the thing.

It’s super easy to get loaded up on saturated fats that are hard on the heart. Many pre-made foods are loaded with unhealthy fats. There’s a big difference from the saturated fat you get from a  dinner of grass-fed beef and the saturated fat you get from a hotdog. All processed meats will be much higher in saturated fat than the meat in its original form. For example, a chicken breast vs chicken deli slices.

Here’s the good news! Olive oil is great on everything and full of monounsaturated fat that is super duper for your heart. So here’s to the good news! Grab your grass-fed beef and cook up some burgers and serve on a big salad drizzled with Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil… and you got yourself a lip-smackingly delicious meal.

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What do you use your Extra Virgin Olive Oil on every day?

Talk soon,

Kristi Linebaugh & Miriam Vigoa

www.vigoacuisine.com

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If you are interested in learning more about fighting inflammation with food, you may enjoy our 3rd book, There’s No Food in Your Food. We now offer it in a starter pack with a dispenser and bottle of Original Canary Island Garlic and Herb Olive Oil.

 

 

 

 

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.

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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

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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.

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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

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

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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

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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 

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

 

Summer Grilling Tips

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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

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How to get rid of a Headache

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June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

Headaches 101

We have all had them and I know I have caused more than one of them as well 😉 It is one of the top reasons why people call in sick every day. Well, let’s break it down. There are two categories of headaches.

Primary Headaches and Secondary Headaches.

According to the National Headache Foundation, 37 Million people suffer from a Migraine and headache. This form of a headache can be debilitating and as yet there is no known cure. Different things trigger people in different ways. Stress may bring them on for some people or a change in hormones even food allergies can bring them on.

These types of headaches fall into the primary headache category. The secondary category includes neck injuries tumor or other pathologies that would need more intensive treatment so we will focus on the primary headaches for this article.

Although it’s not a cure there are some acupuncture and acupressure points that have been found to be effective for many people.

Acupressure

Since most of us can’t do acupuncture on ourselves at home or in the office, let’s just stick with acupressure 😉

There are several points in the face that are very effective, I actually used this a lot after long hours at the computer.

These are suggestions from a great article from Choice Chiropractic and Wellness Center, P.C from Pennsylvania.

Your third eye. Using your thumb put pressure on your third eye area which is located smack dab in between your eyebrows. Now we aren’t talking about trying to snap a snap closed on your jeans, not that kind of pressure, a light pressure is sufficient.

Under your Eyebrows. This is my favorite one, I do this and I almost immediately get relief. It is located under your eyebrow slightly inside the ridge closer to your third eye. Apply gentle rubbing pressure I prefer circular in nature.

Under your Cheekbones. According to Choice Chiropractic, “These points are located near your nostrils, exactly below the pupil. These points provide the quickest relief for serious headaches.”

Have you ever had a stress-related headache like this guy hunkered over his laptop? We just finished our third book and there were several times I looked just like that guy! How funny I keep my coffee on the left as well. I started having tension headaches after I realized I was staring at the computer for hours and hours on end.

According to the American Migraine Foundation 1 in 4 households, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men suffer from Migraines.

I know for me stress and relaxation play a big part. Nothing helps more than a great massage and deep breathing a nice walk in a calming park or hitting the yoga mat.

Foods that help with a headache

This is a great article from Woman’s Day,

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“Dehydration is a major cause of headaches, explains Stella Metsovas, BS, CN, a nutritionist in private practice in Laguna Beach, California. So instead of popping a pain pill next time your head throbs, consider reaching for water-rich foods, like watermelon. “The natural water contained in both fruits and vegetables contains essential minerals, like magnesium, that are key in headache prevention,” she says. Try this tasty, hydrating watermelon smoothie: In a blender, combine 2 cups seeded watermelon chunks, 1 cup cracked ice, ½ cup plain yogurt, a drizzle of honey and ½ tsp grated ginger. Blend and enjoy. (Bonus: The ginger can help ease headache-induced nausea symptoms!) Other foods with high water content include berries, cucumber, melon, soups, oatmeal, tomatoes, and lettuce.”

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Grab a Big Salad

Salads are lush with water-bearing ingredients, chuck it full of cucumbers and crunchy organic romaine and spinach and baby greens. Toss in some tri-color peppers and radish and tomatoes. I love to throw in a bit of cilantro and drizzle with Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil a splash of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar it’s the only vinegar we use, and a touch of Honey.

That ought to perk you right up!

Take good care and stay connected,

Miriam Vigoa and Kristi Linebaugh

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If you would like Free shipping on larger orders (a case) of Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil you can now get it on our website. www.vigoacuisine.com

AAAAAND Drum Roll Please!!!

Our third book, There’s No Food in Your Food, is now available on Amazon!

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3 Easy Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

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A healthy way to start the weekend! We are all ready for the week to wrap it’s self up and send us off into weekend bliss. 😉 Okay so Miriam and I will be working on the weekend, but we do love seeing all our customers so I can always pretend… it’s a party!

We get lots of requests for healthy ways to live, we hear a lot of people wanting to get off blood pressure medicine and other drugs. So here is a real quick read and a few simple steps you can take today to help lower your blood pressure.

Now, remember we are not doctors and we don’t even play doctors on t.v.! 😉

Start here.

1.) Go for a good walk.

Instead of running errands on your lunch break. Strap on your walking shoes and head out for a brisk walk. If you are in an area that is not conducive to walking, do what my Mom does on rainy and snowy days. Run over to your local grocery store and take a 30-minute walk around the outside of the aisles. Just steer clear of the Twinkie aisle.

Hypertensive patients have been able to lower their blood pressure because the exercise helps the heart use oxygen better so it doesn’t have to do so much work when it’s pumping blood to all the important parts! Shoot for 30 minutes a day slowly increasing speed and time so you are always giving yourself a challenge.

2.) Relax with a bit of Jingle Jangle

Use music to relax and bring down your blood pressure naturally. According to research done at the University of Florence in Italy, the right music can lower your blood pressure. Listening to soothing bossa nova, classical or Indian music for 30 minutes while doing deep breathing lowered systolic readings by 3.2 points and after another month the reading had further improved by lowering 4.4 points.

Truth be known I’m listening to a little Bossa Nova right now.

3.) Be Salt Savvy

We hear a lot of customers tell us, it is important to have salt, it’s no good to go totally salt-free. Her’es the deal McNeal. You can never go 100% salt-free.

Here’s why.

Everything you eat when you eat premade or eat out, it’s already chock full of salt and “fake salt” (that’s a whole nother topic) So there is no way you won’t get “enough” salt. When you eat out you can get up to 3,000mg of sodium. And, “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”…err I mean yes, high blood pressure is related to sodium intake.

There are people that are more sensitive than others, elderly and African Americans and people with a history of hypertension in their families surely need to steer clear of salt. But, in reality, there isn’t a surefire way to tell who is and who isn’t sensitive to sodium intake… so let’s all be on the safe side… and cut that out 🙂

So shoot for below 1,500mg a day if you really would like to truly lower your blood pressure. How do you do that? Well… I hate to break the news to you it’s a very difficult and a long and tedious process that only professionals can help you with…

Are you ready for the news?

You have to start cooking at home. See, that wasn’t too bad. Much less traumatizing than all the doctors visits poking and prodding and gulping handfuls of pills and potions. Simply pop a little Splash in the pan with a little zucchini, onion, tomato, eggplant if you like and add a little chicken, saute and pour everybody over a nice organic salad.

Drizzle a little Splash (Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil) over your greens a dab of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar and a drizzle of Honey. Hallelujah! THat’s some kinda good eating and the sodium won’t leave you feeling like you ate a salt lick for lunch.

 

Here’s the even gooder news! 😉 Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil has only 15mg of sodium per serving (almost a tablespoon is the serving) and even better… drum roll please… 10mg of sodium is considered salt free… so 15mg is lip-smacking heart healing good!

Hope you like the tips, Let me know what health info would help you the mostest.

Talk soon,

Miriam and Kristi

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Call us for 5.00 shipping when you order 2 bottles of Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil simply call 1.800.975.2677 ask for “5.00 shipping on 2 bottles.” We’ll make you feel right at home, actually, we’ll ship it right to your home. 😀

Or if you rather join us for a live event. We will be in Fort Myers this weekend at the Bell Tower Shops Saturday and Sunday 10-5 for an Awesome Art and Craft Festival the date is March 24-25th

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Gout Report March 2018

Gout, Gout, get it all out!

If you or a loved one has ever suffered an attack of gout you will appreciate that statement. For those of you lucky enough to never experience this painful condition, here’s the scoop.

Gout is a different form of arthritis, it’s very painful and can come on suddenly, it happens with there is too much uric acid in the blood and crystals start to form and accumulate around the joints. A very common joint it attacks seems to be the big toe.

But what is Uric acid?

Uric acid is a compound produced when your body is breaking down purine. Now, purine is naturally occurring in your body but it’s also packed into certain foods. Usually, uric acid is excreted in your urine, but when there is a build up in your body and you can’t process it, that’s when the attacks happen.

Gout Diets

Following a gout diet may not only reduce the pain and inflammation related to gout but may also help you avoid medication. Since so many of our students tell us they have a collection of pills the Doctor has already given them 🙂 it’s nice to have a helpful hint that doesn’t include pill popping. A gout diet is simpler than it sounds and may help lower the risk of future attacks as well as helping protect us from progressing joint damage.

A quick history lesson.

Centuries ago when gout first popped up on the radar, it was dismissed as a disease of the wealthy. It was an overindulgence disease. It was believed that overeating meats and over drinking alcohol were the main reason the disease appeared. Even back then the Doctors of the day saw relief for their patients by using diet restriction.

Here’s the Good News It was once believed the “cure” for gout was an extremely difficult diet that must be followed to the T. It included long lists of foods that must be completely avoided it also contained foods that had low as well as high levels of purine. But having such a strict diet to follow made it very hard for people to effectively stick to the plan.
As we all know, when following an eating regimen if it’s too hard, too long or too confusing, we won’t follow it for too long!

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The Good News

With more recent studies we have obtained a clearer understanding of gout as a disease and the important role that following a gout diet can play in your recovery. Yes, there are some foods that during an attack should be strictly avoided… I’d say the pain will help in the desire not to indulge. But the good and exciting news is, foods that once were considered on the no-no list are now part of the yes yes list.

In previous incarnations of the Gout diet, all foods with purines would have been eliminated, even fruits and vegetables. It was believed this was necessary to quickly reduce the uric acid levels.

Today’s Focus

The gout diet as we know it today really focuses on management of the risk factors for all disease. The awesome goal of the gout diet is obtaining a healthy weight and eating a healthy well-balanced diet, and in return, you are lowering your risk of other diseases. Pretty good bonus package 🙂

Here’s the Deal McNeal… Losing Weight. As we all know being overweight is a huge risk factor for many diseases and gout is on that list. Losing weight even if you are not following a purine-restricted diet will net you fantastic relief, your joints will automatically thank you for lessening their load. Many people also are unaware that losing weight will lessen the damage to your kidneys. The fat in the abdominal area puts a great strain on the blood vessels feeding the kidneys causing eventual kidney stones and other kidney distress.
Eat Carbs! I have to admit, carbs are my go to. I love a bowl of cereal and some fruit. But the powerhouse of carbs is stored up in the complex carbs department. In the previous version of the gout diet, it was believed you should avoid all fruits and vegetables that contain purines. But what we have discovered, it is not necessary to restrict or avoid fruits and veggies even if they run a bit high in purines. It’s much more important to avoid processed carbs like bread, candy sugary beverages and… dun dun dun…. High fructose corn syrup! (which seems to be in everything so read your labels.

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Water is the Word. Drink more water, for sure drink your 8 glasses a day it will help your kidneys have something to flush out the bad stuff. Think of it this way. When planning for gold you must have water to wash away all the excess dirt and sand. The kidneys are the same way they must have fluid in the body to release all the excess “dirt and sand” we eat during the day
Cut back the Fat Attack. Focus on reducing your saturated fat intake from meat, poultry, and dairy, yep that includes your mocha from Starbucks (dadgummit!) the sacrifice will be worth it. Power Proteins pack too much of a punch. There are so many diets today that focus on extremely high intakes of animal protein. Unfortunately, this is a huge stressor for your kidneys. Limit your protein from fish, meat, and poultry to 4 to 6 ounces. That is the size of the outside of your hand when made into a fist ( a woman’s hand that is). Focus for a bit on low-fat dairy, usually, we suggest not using low-fat dairy as they will always add sugars, but for a bit when you need the dairy it’s going to be okay. Check out this list of low and high purine foods.
Good for You veggies.Eat lots of fruits fresh cherries are awesome for gout but don’t do what one of our customers was doing. After he heard cherries were good for gout he started eating a jar of maraschino cherries every day. Also, increase your nibbles of veggies even if they are high-purine counts (eat multiple times a week, v.s large amounts at once), always include peas, cauliflower, mushrooms, spinach, asparagus. Include your favorite beans and lentils to help boost your proteins. Limiting amounts at serving time is better than eliminating these foods totally.

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Purine-Rich Foods.Avoid All organ meats. All processed meats, bacon ( I know that freaks some of you out) also avoid all processed deli meats as they contain loads of salt and chemicals, (we talk more about that in our second book, There’s NO Food in your Food)
Seafood. For now avoid anchovies, sardines, mussels, scallops, trout, haddock, mackerel, tuna, and herring.

Alcohol.I know that will be hard on your social life if you enjoy having a beer with your mates but alcohol significantly raises your uric acid production and also is a factor in dehydration. Beer specifically increases your risk of having attacks of gout. For wine drinkers, the verdict is still out.

Coffee Lovers rejoice! For whatever reason (let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth) coffee consumption may help reduce the risk of gout attacks, especially the regular caffeinated coffee. Can we all say, Thank you, Jesus!

Quick Menu Ideas

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Breakfast Old Fashioned Oatmeal for Breakfast (not instant) drizzle a big of Original Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil over the top before serving. Super Delish! I can’t eat oatmeal without it 🙂

Lunch 2 oz of sliced chicken breast 2 Tablespoons of Black Beans ½ apple diced Sliced almonds Sliced cucumbers
Serve on top of organic arugula and spinach salad Drizzle Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil over top with Drizzle of Honey

Following these simple steps is a huge step in the right direction.

Take it one day at a time and add our Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil to everything you eat. It is sugar-free contains no high fructose corn syrup and is almost totally salt-free. It hits all the right targets for a gout free lifestyle.

If you have a friend or family member that suffers from gout attacks please share this information with them.

We thank you in advance, take good care. Miriam Vigoa and Kristi Linebaugh

P.S

Join us this weekend in Valdosta Georgia for the Azalea Festival March 10-11 It’s a great festival and lots of wonderful people and a beautiful area. We would love to see you come on by and say Hi!

P.P.S When you’re ready here’s two more ways we can help you.

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The World’s Most Curious Newsletter

Welcome to “The World’s Most Curious Newsletter!” Inside you will find Oddities, Wonders of the World, Little Known Facts, Videos, Healthy Recipes, Tips, Tricks and Life Hacks. You won’t want to miss an episode. Join us, won’t you?

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Have you ever Wondered?

Health Squad: Why in the world do I get leg cramps? We’ve all had them, been awakened in the middle of the night screaming and clutching at our leg. Usually sending the cat screeching up the wall and your spouse spilling out onto the floor! A Charley Horse (curious where that word came originated?) This short read will shed some light on this unwelcome nighttime visitor. You’ll love the nighttime trick to fight cramps.

Weather Squad: We all need a coat in winter! But why do our nose run and our face turn red? Well before you read these Curious Facts about our body in cold weather, you have to watch the goats in pajamas video. We all need snuggly pajamas!

 

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He’s obviously already had coffee this morning!

 

Geek Squad: Why does my phone get hot? I have complained about this on more than one occasion, usually in the car. Which is perfect because who doesn’t want to have your passenger whining while your driving, (right Miriam?) Here’s 5 tips to keep your phone from overheating.

Pet Squad: Curious about what’s going on in a cat logic? You will love this video!

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Curious Food Facts: Tomatoes were once considered poisonous and avoided like the plague. No one dared touch them until a famine hit and everyone was forced to eat them…and survived! I use to feel the same way about Brussel sprouts! But now I love them sauteed in Lime Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil…delish

Did you know: A vegetable is defined as coming from edible parts of plants, like root, stems, stalks, and leaves. A fruit is from the ovary of the flower of the plant. So… that means peas, cucumbers, olives, eggplant, pepper, pumpkin, zucchini, and avocado are fruit!

Here’s a great FRUIT PIZZA Recipe!

1 pita

2 Tablespoons Hummus

3 thin slices of eggplant marinated in Hot Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil

chopped zucchini

kalamata olives or green olives

Sliced tomatoes

A.) spoon hummus on pita and sprinkle zucchini olives and tomatoes on top.

B.) slice the eggplant into strips and lay on top of pizza

C.) Drizzle some Lime Canary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil over the top

Preheat the toaster oven 420 and toast for 5 minutes or until the outer rim of the pita becomes golden brown. This is a dairy-free version you can add mozzarella if you wish.

 

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this is a wood fire oven, hopefully, your toaster oven doesn’t use fire…on purpose 🙂

 

Well, I hope you liked our short and sweet, World’s Most Curious Newsletter! Join us again next time when we share more Curiousness.

Talk soon,

Miriam and Kristi

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Eat to Beat the Wintertime Blues: 3 Foods to Lift your Mood

"Vinterlandskab med Brabrand Kirke" by Christian David Gebauer

By Christian David Gebauer

How to conquer winter depression. Winter blues and anxiety. Is winter blues and winter depression the same thing. Maybe you’re thinking….dern that’s whats wrong! (with my spouse!) Whether it’s you or someone you love, depression or the blues is no laughing matter. But let’s all breathe a sigh of relief that we don’t have to take the horses out on the sleigh or go down to the frozen lake to cut blocks of ice. Like Christian David Gebauer’s painting, it’s pretty to look at but I wouldn’t want to do it!

I just read a great blog Champney’s Health Spa on Foods to Eat to Beat the Winter Blues

It discusses the lack of Vitamin D can bring about Winter Blues or Wintertime depression,  the good news is, we talked about in our last blog post, Daylight Savings gonna make you scream, there are foods that will help lift the winter blues and anxiety.

  •  Root Vegetables

Kristi: I Love a good root soup and you make the very best!! Hallelujah, that acorn and sweet potato soup you made the other day, knocked my socks off!

Miriam: Thank you, I love working with acorn squash and it’s so fantastic right now. I really love the squash from Aldi they seem to have the best price and freshest of the acorn squash available. Check out their blog at the link above they are featuring the squash and also the grass-fed beef that I absolutely adore!

Kristi: And that dab of fresh ground cinnamon on top of the soup. Oh my oh my oh my!

Miriam: I really enjoy the root vegetables they add such a nice sweetness to the soup and in the winter the root vegetables will bring you warmth. The sweetness in the soup is simply the veggies, I don’t use sugar as it will spike your sugar and cause mood swings…none of us need any of that. Right, Kristi 😉

Kristi: haha, hey…what are you trying to say 🙂

Julia Mueller from the blog The Roasted Root says it great, “The answer is simple: whole, unprocessed, low or no inflammatory foods. In this sense, you should aim for foods that contain zero or small amounts of refined sugar….lean animal protein…leafy greens…root vegetables.”

Here is a great recipe that I kinda made the other day I hadn’t seen Julia’s recipe but I think it would work just as well. I didn’t use the bacon but the brussel sprouts and acorn squash were fantastic in the  OriginalCanary Island Garlic Herb Olive Oil, I drizzled a little of the Hot Canary Island Olive Oil over the top before I ate it…lip-smacking! Julia’s recipe calls for maple, cinnamon, and pecans, well that’s always a good idea!

  • Citrus and Vitamin C

So we know now that root vegetables will give you a little boost in the mood department, next let’s look at citrus and vitamin c. I love nothing more than eating mandarin oranges, (okay truth be told I eat 3 or 4 at a time, hey, they’re’ little!)

Citrus has the awesome punch of vitamin c and is full of antioxidents which not only help rid your body of toxins but gives you a boost when you’re get up and go has got up and…went back to bed on the couch…with its house shoes on….and an afghan! And it ain’t gettin up no way no how!

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picture courtesy of Department of Agriculture

Beat the Winter Blues suggests eating more citrus and veggies in the winter for brain health. For example. Broccoli, Grapefruit, strawberries (only organic, strawberries are heavily sprayed so stick with the organic Aldi has AWESOME organic strawberries and grapes), Tomatoes Peppers and Potatoes.

Kristi: Miriam makes an insanely amazing stuffed pepper with everything from ALDI! I was just checking their website and they have an awesome recipe for a quinoa bowl recipe I bet that would Rock the World stuffed in a pepper…Can I get an Amen!

The third food we will talk about that will Boost the Mood is…

  • Protein

Carbs and protein are best buddies and work together to reduce irritability and anxiety as well as increasing your overall alertness. Protein foods are also perfect for increasing your norepinephrine and dopamine helping you concentrate.

Focus on healthy lean meats, I’m not talking about running down to the local BBQ joint and grab a slab or ribs swimming in sauce or grab a bucket of KFC. There’s a time and a place for that but if you are having a down in the dumps kinda day, adding fast food will get you in a bad mood…fast! There are too much processed chemicals, msg, and fat.

Stick to Lean Beef, Fish, Chicken, beans, and yogurt. Like we spoke about in the last blog try cooking these goodies at home to help avoid all the overprocessing and buckets of salt and chemicals.

Take good care and until next time, Give your family a hug and a kiss and take a friend out to coffee! (pick me pick me!!)

Talk soon,

Miriam Vigoa & Kristi Linebaugh

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In good health,

Miriam and Kristi