Combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals

submitted by McCaffrey’s Supermarkets

There is so much variety and creativity when it comes to food and meal planning, it is truly a misconception that eating healthy is restrictive, boring and tasteless. “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” is the theme for National Nutrition Month, which is celebrated in March each year.  This also is the topic of the next nutrition program at McCaffrey’s Supermarket in Yardley scheduled for Thursday, April 24th at 10:00am.

Consumer research indicates that taste tops nutrition as to why one food is purchased over another. With that said, we need to work on combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that meet the US dietary guidelines.  To help us achieve our goal, McCaffrey’s Executive Chef Eric Blackshire will be on hand to prepare a palate- pleasing dish that will contain fresh, whole ingredients. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy Chef Eric’s creation and ask questions regarding recipes and cooking techniques. Registered Dietitian Jill Kwasny will provide the latest information as to how to “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” With a few tweaks here and there, it is encouraging how some simple dietary changes can improve overall health and well-being.

McCaffrey’s Supermarket in Yardley is located in the Edgewood Village Shopping Center, 635 Heacock Road. The class meets in the upstairs bistro area.  Please RSVP to Jill Kwasny at Nutritionist@McCaffreys.com or leave a message at  215-750-7713.

 

Chick Pea Salad with Tomatoes

Enjoy this fresh and tasty recipe adapted from the American Heart Association all year long. For more  healthful recipes, visit heart.org/simplecooking. 

Ingredients

1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas (no added salt), drained and rinsed
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cucumber, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 bell pepper, seeds removed and chopped
¼ small red or yellow onion, sliced
½ cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or canola oil
½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar or lemon juice
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon sweet paprika

Preparation

  1. Add all the ingredients into a large bowl. 
  2. Stir to combine and serve.

Nutrition Information

168 calories, 4.5 g fat, .5 g saturated fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 48 mg sodium, 6 g fiber, 25 g carbohydrate, 7 g protein

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Tucker Chiropractic Center hosting free workshop

The Tucker Chiropractic and Wellness Center, located at 198 N. Pine Street in Langhorne, will host a free trigger point workshop on Tuesday, April 15th at 7:00pm. Attendees will learn how to apply these techniques at home.

According to Dr. Tucker, the trigger point technique is great for achy joints and muscles.

A light dinner will be provided. Guests should call 215-750-8006 to register for space and dinner.

Plan on bringing a partner, as this application is interactive. The Center office is located next to the Langhorne Borough 7-Eleven in the building behind the Pine Watson Shopping Center.

Parking is in the rear. Directions can be found on the Web site, www.DrDavidTucker.com.

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St. Mary introduces Next Day Orthopedics for quick access

In response to the growing need for urgent orthopedic care in Bucks County, St. Mary Medical Center has introduced Next Day Orthopedics. This customer-focused service is designed to help patients who need immediate treatment for a sudden injury or dramatic increase in back, joint, hand, or muscle pain. With one call, a person can get an appointment to see the right orthopedic sub-specialist to treat their specific orthopedic problem within one business day.

This new service is targeted to individuals who need to quickly see a physician for an unexpected orthopedic issue, such as a strain, sprain, or minor fracture. Next Day Orthopedics is intended for those who don’t necessarily need a trip to the Emergency Department, yet can’t wait days or weeks for a scheduled appointment with an orthopedic specialist. A nurse navigator will triage calls made by patients to the St. Mary physician referral line at 215.710.5888 and help schedule a convenient next-business-day appointment with the right orthopedic specialist experienced in the specific care a patient needs. Patients who are requesting specialized orthopedic care are welcome to call even if they previously were seen in an emergency room, urgent care center, or primary care office. Providing the right care with the right physician is the most important goal of Next Day Orthopedics.

“With Next Day Orthopedics, patients are getting quick access to some of the best specialty orthopedic care in the region,” says Dr. Richard Cautilli, Chair of Orthopedics at St. Mary Medical Center. “This convenience is backed by the expertise of our highly experienced board-certified surgeons who have attained the highest levels of credentials and specialty training. Patients calling for Next Day Orthopedics can see the right orthopedic specialist for their specific problem.”

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’29 Days to Vitality’ at Khalsa Healing Arts Center

The Khalsa Healing Arts Center is happy to present “29 Days to Vitality” at 1 S. Main Street, Yardley, from April 12 to May 10th.

The program uses a combination of herbal formulas and dietary recommendations to stabilize blood sugar, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, increase energy, as well as weight loss. There are numerous benefits including better digestion and elimination, deeper sleep, decreased inflammation, decreased muscle tension, improved vision, decreased allergies, lowering of triglycerides, decreased back pain, rejuvenation of skin, decreased asthma, decreased ADHD, elimination of acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome and much more.

The 29 days includes group meetings, lectures, unlimited Kundalini yoga and meditation classes. Throughout the program you’ll be able to contact Dr. Khalsa with personal questions, and will receive a menu and recipe ideas, smoothie demonstrations and will have group support.

The cost of the full program is $390. Bring a friend and save $50 each. Call 215-321-0305 with any questions and for more info.

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Want to lose a few pounds fast?

submitted by Dr. Bruce Lewandowski, owner of Lewandowski Chiropractic & Nutritional Healing, www.lewandowskichiro.com

It’s not simple, but it is easy. You’ve probably heard the tip that if you’re interested in losing weight, it’s a good idea to eat slowly and chew your food at least 15-20 times before swallowing. Keep reading. Eating slowly allows your brain and your body to actually sense that it’s full, instead of cramming a bunch of food down your throat only to find out 30 minutes later that you’re stuffed to the gills.

So what’s a good fruit that’s good for you and helps you eat slowly? CHERRIES. Cherries are the #1 fruit for weight loss. With cherries, you can’t just pop 30 in your mouth in two minutes like you can, and probably do, with grapes or blueberries. Instead, the pits force you to eat them slowly, allowing your satiation sensors to chime in and prevent you from over-indulging. So that’s reason #1 built in portion control fruit.

Reason #2 and it’s a BIG one. Cherries have the LOWEST glycemic index of all fruits, and one of the lowest glycemic indexes of any carbohydrate source period. Write this down. Scoring at a ridiculously low 22, you can even snack on cherries without much detriment, as their effect on insulin is minimal at best. Not bad huh?

Again, it is not late-night eating that’s the problem, it’s eating the wrong foods (those that cause a substantial rise in fat-loss halting insulin) in evening hours. Don’t eat anything after 6:00pm. If you get hungry, grab a cold, cold glass of pH water, and drink that.

So next time you are in the mood for a sweet, satiating snack, reach for a small bowl of cherries and enjoy the goodness.   

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How do I treat sun damage that is already showing on my skin?

submitted by Brittany Bray, B.A., LMA, Licensed Aesthetician, Aesthetics Director, The Spa at Lifestyle

Sun damage is one of the more easy conditions to treat. It can be lifted to the surface with either a laser or a chemical agent. If you have clearly defined, flat, dark spots on the skin and your skin is significantly lighter than the spots, you’re most likely a candidate for an Alexandrite Laser – Pigmented Lesion Removal Treatment. This laser loves melanin – so the darker the spot the better. Some spots can disappear immediately. If the spots are somewhat lighter, it may take a few treatments to lift the spots safely to the surface. You’ll have only a little downtime, but nothing significant.

Now, if your spots are more like freckles and appear all over, like a mask, you’re probably a better candidate for chemical peels or a fractional laser.

Chemical peels will address pigmented areas by lifting the damaged cells to the surface. It’s crucial to be using your retinols, lightening ingredients and antioxidants at home, and to stay committed to an every 2-4 week program, for at least six months. An ideal combination chemical peel for sun-damaged skin is a blend of Kojic and Lactic acids, both of which are designed to exfoliate and lighten skin. You won’t shed much skin, but that’s not necessarily the goal.

If you’re looking for a more expedited treatment, the Clear + Brilliant Perméa Laser is the latest technology. This is a fractional laser for rejuvenation and pigmentation. The Clear + Brilliant Perméa is designed to address early signs of aging, melasma and sun damage. It is optimized to bring you a brighter, more even skin tone and enhances your skins permeability. Results are desirable and there is a minimal downtime period.

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Concerned about staying healthy? Take care of your colon!

submitted by GNC, Newtown

Though it is not necessarily a favorite topic of discussion, colon health should be at or near the top of everyone’s list. Studies show that when the colon is regularly kept clean, you’re 90% of the way to good health! It is here where food collects as waste material after nutrients have been sent to the bloodstream. Debris left in the colon leads to the absorption of toxins and various health issues. The key to colon health is largely nutritional. Diets high in fiber, low in fat, along with lots of fresh foods is the best way to ensure a healthy colon. Additionally, there are several supplements that can assist in this process.

ALOE VERA – This is a gelatinous plant food like seaweeds and chia. The gels in these types of foods move through the intestinal tract absorbing toxins along the way. They get eliminated through the colon aiding the body’s removal of waste products. Aloe vera also helps to alkalize the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits.

PROBIOTICS/ACIDPHILUS – These supplements support a healthy balance of micro flora in the colon. This contributes to a more efficient elimination system, as well as better digestion. Recent studies also see a strong link between probiotics and improved immune function.

FIBER – Read food labels and start focusing on the fiber content of every item. Men require at least 38 grams of fiber daily, whereas women need 25 grams to keep the colon healthy. A significant portion of the daily requirement should come from diet, but supplements offer much needed assistance in making up the difference.

GREEN FOODS – The colon needs an alkaline environment to stay healthy. However, we assault it daily with acidic foods like coffee, soda, sugar, chips, fast food, etc. Green drinks and tablets made from chlorella, barley grass, wheat grass spirulina and chlorophyll push us toward the alkaline end of the ph scale. This is necessary to allow the colon to remain healthy. Include at least one green drink or serving per day.

RELAX – Stress takes a toll on our colon. Actively pursue stress-relieving techniques in all aspects of life… physical, emotional and spiritual!

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More patients can benefit from Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) at St. Mary

Thanks to an additional method for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), more heart patients are able to take advantage of this minimally invasive procedure being performed at the St. Mary Heart and Vascular Center. The transapical technique is used with patients whose leg arteries are too small or too fragile for the diseased heart valve to be replaced using the original transfemoral access point.

When cardiologists first began performing TAVR at St. Mary Medical Center in April 2012, they had only one route through the body to access and replace the diseased heart valve: via a small incision in the patient’s groin (known as transfemoral access). However, cardiothoracic surgeons now use this second access point – through a small incision in the patient’s chest wall between the ribs (known as transapical access) – in certain individuals who may not be suitable for the transfemoral technique.

“Transapical TAVR allows us to extend this life-saving procedure to patients who previously would not have been a candidate for TAVR due to poor vascular access,” says David Drucker, MD, a board-certified specialist in interventional cardiology. “Our surgeons have embraced it, and our outcomes so far are excellent.”

“Open-heart surgery to replace the diseased heart valve is one treatment option for aortic stenosis when it advances to a critical stage. However, certain patients are not suitable candidates for open-heart surgery due to their age, co-existing medical conditions, or other factors. TAVR can be an excellent option for these individuals,” says George Heyrich, MD, a board-certified interventional cardiologist and medical team lead for TAVR at St. Mary Medical Center.

Richboro resident Mary Kutsubos, 79, had the TAVR transapical procedure done at St. Mary last summer. In less than a week after the procedure, she was home from the hospital and feeling better than she had in years.

“My experience at St. Mary and with the TAVR procedure was wonderful. Everything went so smoothly, and I am very happy with all the doctors and nurses involved in my care. I am surprised at how great I feel now. Before the procedure, it was hard to breathe, walk, and even talk because I was always short of breath. But now, I can do all those things with ease – having TAVR changed my life,” says Mary, who was excited to spend Christmas 2013 at her granddaughter’s house in New Jersey – something she has been unable to do for several years due to her health limitations.

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Urgent request for blood

The ongoing barrage of snow has caused a severe shortage of blood donors due to multiple drives being cancelled. Hospitals such as Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Capital Health and Princeton Medical center must keep a constant supply of blood on the shelves for immediate use.

The Community Blood Council of New Jersey (CBCNJ) is issuing an urgent appeal to our area for blood and platelet donations.

The storms that have been affecting us have made it more crucial than ever for donors to give blood.

The Community Blood Council of New Jersey is located at 1410 Parkside Avenue in Ewing, NJ. You can contact them at 609-883-9750 or go to www.GiveBloodNJ.org. This is an urgent request. Hospitals need your help.

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How you can better cope when assisting a loved one or dear friend

by Gregg Rackin, CEO, Care Plus More Homecare

What most people who care for others don’t pay enough attention to is the tremendous and constant stress they are under. Many choose to ignore it. But inside, the stress doesn’t go away, and it can cause a lot of tension, even resentment. That’s why respite (relief) care is so very important when caring for a loved one or friend. It’s easy and it’s more affordable than most think. Talk to a homecare professional who can explain all your options.

Things to think about:

  • Recognize that caregiver stress is REAL. Without some time to yourself, how can you be at your best when caring for others?
  • Have you developed a care plan to best fit everyone’s needs?
  • Have you thought about how to improve your relationship with those you care for? If so, how do you do that?
  • Can stress as a caregiver affect your health?
  • How can respite care (relief) reduce your stress levels?
  • Will help for you and those you care for make things more manageable for everyone?
  • Are you concerned that you may not know the qualifications of the homecare professional coming into your home? Is the homecare professional Pennsylvania licensed, bonded and insured? Does the homecare professional agency screen and train its employees?
  • How long will it take for you to become comfortable with getting the help you need?
  • How much will it cost?

All of these are important questions that knowledgeable homecare professionals can help you answer. Caregiving is one of the most fulfilling jobs anyone can do. It’s also one of the most difficult.

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