Jun 16 2011

It’s Time For Nerdel! Children Prefer Cereal With Media Characters. Graehm Gray

Hello my fans. If you were expecting another update about the Superbug E. coli* in Germany or an installment in the Best Diet in the Universe Series*, you will just have to wait. Today’s column is about our kids. Yes, that’s right, our children and what they prefer to eat. Matthew A. Lapierre and his research associates at the University of Pennsylvania, tested the preferences and tastes of children using cereals, and found that the cereal packaging showing media characters (e.g. Ronald McDonald and Shrek, etc.) and the wording “Healthy” influenced their taste and preferences.  Is this anything new? I don’t think so. Have you taken a walk down the aisle of the cereal section at your local food market? At eye level for our children to see, are box after box of their favorite cartoon characters promoting all types of cereals. Sugar coated, maple flavored, marshmallow added taste sensations abound. Chocolate bits, crunchy, chewy, and melt in your mouth images reach out to our kids as they make their way down the aisle. Haven’t we all heard , “Mommy, can I have…” Of course we have. But are they reaching out for the healthy choices? In my experience, they are not. Why? Why aren’t they picking the “Fiber Most” cereals? Well, if you look at the cereal boxes of the healthier cereals, the ones that have little to no ...

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Jun 04 2011

MyPlate replaces MyPyramid: Graehm Gray

 Hello my fans, breaking news: MyPlate has replaced MyPyramid as the new food educational icon for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The round plate shape is in and the pyramid structure is out. The new MyPlate message is the following: A. Fruits and veggies should now make up half of your daily calorie intake. B. Grains make up over one quarter and should be mostly whole grains. C. Proteins make up less than a quarter of the calories for the day and include a recommendation for everyone (except vegetarians) to eat at least 8 ounces of cooked seafood per week. Less for younger children based on age. D. Dairy should be either 2 or three cups depending on age and ONLY low fat or fat free. E. Reduce your sodium intake. F. Increase water intake and reduce and avoid sugary drinks. The USDA spent approximately 2 million dollars to develop the new icon which includes promotional monies for the first year of its use. Yes, its simple and appears easier to understand than the pyramid. There is no mention of servings or portions? But I guess that depends on the size of your plate! The largest percentage of the plate goes to the plant foods which without a doubt are the healthiest foods you can consume. Unfortunately, most of us are not eating enough fruits and veggies. What are you waiting for? Low fat and ...

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May 24 2011

Best Diet in the Universe – Day 7: Graehm Gray.

Hello my diet fans and welcome to Day 7 of your Best Diet in the Universe diet plan, brought to you by me, your diet guru, Graehm Gray. Yes, I have accepted your mandate. I am there for you! Investigating the hundreds of diet plans out there and formulating my original plan just for you, my loyal followers. Its actually not so dramatic, but I like to write that way! My plan incorporates the essentials of a good Mediterranean style meal plan with a special concern on calorie intake. Its really not a “diet” plan per se, but more like a way of life. Yes, a life style! So fellow dieter, you have reached the end of the week: week number one-and we are about to climb further up the mountain. By this time, after six diet days, your body is going through changes. Your body is recognizing that it is not getting the usual amount of food that it has received before. In fact, besides seeing a lower quantity, it is seeing a much healthier assortment of calories. Your body is now being called upon to burn fat and carbs more efficiently. It is adding protein to your muscles and burning internal fat. And with the Best Diet in the Universe daily exercise program, your conditioning is improving not to mention the efficiency of your metabolism. Your ability ...

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May 10 2011

Best Diet in the Universe: Day 6 – You Are A Lean, Green Calorie Burning Machine! Graehm Gray

Hello my fans. Welcome to Day 6 of the Best Diet in the Universe. Day 5 was certainly a leaner day with less food available but with continued exercise. Your body is learning to adjust to the lower amounts of calories. You are getting into the fat burning stages of this diet plan which will result in weight loss. That’s a good thing! We will follow Day 5 with a detox* day. This will help lower your body fat and get your metabolism to gear up to a steady state of fat and calorie burning. Let’s begin: Breakfast: start with a mixture of 2 ounces of "POM"-brand name blueberry/pomegranate juice and 2 ounces of water, followed by 2 scrambled eggs, 2 slices of tomato (1/4 inch thick), 1/2 of a grapefruit sprinkled with cinnamon, coffee/tea, 1 glass of water with lemon (6oz). Calorie goal: 200. Mid morning snack: 3 handfuls of a combination of roasted unsalted almonds and dried cherries; coffee/tea, one glass water (6 ounce) with lemon. Calorie goal: 50-100. Lunch: Start with a large salad with either iceberg or Romaine lettuce; add tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, onions, carrots, fresh or frozen broccoli, and a small piece (2 inches thick, by 2 inches wide by 5 inches long) of grilled salmon* (the salmon is grilled with garlic, lemon and olive oil). Dip and taste salad dressing of your choice. Coffee/tea, with 2 glasses ...

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May 01 2011

Best Diet in the Universe Day 5: Quicker Weight Loss! Graehm Gray

Hello my fans. Welcome to another day in the life of a dieter. Do you have more pounds to lose? That’s okay! You are in the right place and on the right track. Today's plan is part of the “quick weight loss” plan that is incorporated in the Best Diet in the Universe series. There will be less food today. Yes, less than the previous four days. Today, less is better than more! This will help trigger more fat burning and more calorie loss. If you are on the Best Diet in the Universe plan, you are eating nuts (if you are not allergic), fresh fruits and berries. You are eating less carbohydrates and this is boosting your fat burning. And today, you will eat even less! I know I just said that, but I want to emphasize the “less factor”. Many of you have written in that there is too much food on this plan. You are correct. There are extreme diet plans and less extreme. My plan will allow your body to adjust to the lower amounts of calories and changes in the composition without dramatically affecting your mood or hunger center. But today we will push you a bit! Remember today less is more. Le Tour de Diet!!! Alez silvous plait. On to Day 5. Bon Jour! So we have reached day number five of Le Tour de Diet! ...

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Apr 23 2011

Salad Adventures 102: Choosing the Best Salad for You- Part 2. Graehm Gray

Hello my fans and welcome to Salad Adventures 102- the second part of how to make the best salad choice. I know it seems easy. Just choose the lettuce, throw in a few tomatoes and bing badda bing, you are done. Well, it doesn’t stop there. What about the peppers, or the radishes or the cucumbers? What color tomatoes should you use? Which lettuce- the Romaine or the Radicchio? Do I add grilled chicken or maybe sliced steak? What dressing do I use? You can see the choices and options are endless. And if you are at a salad bar with people behind you waiting for you to make your choices, the pressure is on! The most important guide to choosing a salad is to keep it healthy and eat the best in each class. Forget the fried anything’s! Grilled chicken is fine- fried is not!! Most salad croutons (you know those crunchy and sometimes soggy pieces of bread that they throw on Caesar and other salads) are baked and fried in oil- so you don’t need those extra carb and fat calories- so forget them. Fresh fruit and dried fruits provide natural sugar sweeteners, fiber, vitamins and antioxidants and are okay in moderation. Just remember that even though they are healthy and natural by themselves, fruit (fresh or dried) still counts for carbohydrate calories and content in the ...

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Apr 20 2011

Salad Adventures 101: Choosing the Best Salad for You! Graehm Gray

Hello my fans and welcome to Salad Adventures 101. Yes, this is part one of a course about how to choose the best salad for you. It seems like an easy question to answer. What could be difficult about picking lettuce and tomato? But as we all know, it’s not your mother’s salad anymore. These days, salads come in lots of varieties, with different lettuces, different color tomatoes and hundreds of items that we add to the basic dish. And if that’s not enough to make your head spin, we can talk about the thousands of salad dressings that are available. So you can see that having a salad guide can be life saving! You never know when you are going to be in a situation like having a football field size salad bar to choose from or a menu that has an entire section of salads! What do you do? Well my fans, you have come to the right place. I will give you the “what to chose” list that will make your life much easier. You should keep this list with you at all times. Even make you own notes on it. Salads should be a wonderful and necessary part of our daily food curriculum. By making the right choices, you will be eating a healthy meal of nature’s finest products. But on the other hand, by ...

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Apr 17 2011

Best Diet in the Universe : Blueberries and Walnuts – More Questions and Answers: Graehm Gray

Hello my fans and welcome to another installment of the Best Diet in the Universe series. As you can see, this series is composed of terrific diet plans, questions and answers of real life diet issues, recipes and information about foods, nutrition and fitness. It could be a great book. And all of you, my adoring fans, are getting the benefit of reading it here first, for free! Yes, soon it will be at your local book sellers, or online as an e-book. As a side note, I am still hoping that bookstores make a comeback! There is nothing like the feel of a book. Now mind you- I love my e-readers-I have a few types. But I still love the feel of books. I guess I am old fashion. But it seems that we are losing this precious art form. Anyway, back to the topic at hand. I am still receiving lots of wonderful questions and came upon questions related to blueberries and walnuts. These are two wonderful plant based foods and a big part of the Best Diet in the Universe. Remember my fans, this diet plan incorporates the good carbohydrates that you should have in your daily diet plan. By eating more of a plant based diet, you will incorporate more of the "good" complex carbohydrates that have the fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein as well as many ...

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Apr 10 2011

Best Diet in the Universe – How To Boost Your Metabolism and How To Slow It Down!: Graehm Gray

Hello my fans. This is the second column of a two part series on Metabolism. Metabo what? Yes metabolism- the way life is sustained. Food we consume is converted into energy, which is then utilized for the bodies reactions, which help growth, repair and of course elimination of waste products. I guess you can call metabolism an example of the “circle of life”. Why are we concerned about metabolism? Well you see as we get older (do we have to? Yes we do!), our internal engine slows down. We don’t seem to have the energy we once had as a teenager. Our hair is falling out, our skin is sagging, its harder to straighten up in the morning, our muscles are disappearing and we are gaining weight. We wake up one morning and notice that we now have an additional layer of body fat around our waist. Where did that come from? Who put that there? Its like taking a model of the Earth and placing a 2x2 inch layer of Jello around the equator. OMG! My pants don’t fit any more. That dress-forget it! And the bathing suit-ugh! Cover the mirror! Actually it developed from your steady diet of eating, doing less exercise and your metabolism which slowed down. Yes, our metabolism can slow down by up to 10% every ten years. That’s why our fitness gurus have made ...

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Apr 07 2011

Nerdel Fruit Cube – The Nerdel iPad and iPhone App : Graehm Gray

Hello my fans. I want to tell you about this very cool iPad and iPhone app by my pal Nerdel. It’s called the Nerdel Fruit Cube and it’s available on iTunes*. As you all know, Nerdel is a very cute, loveable, some would definitely say, including Nerdel himself, adorable, little alien that came to the planet Earth by accident. And he has pledged all of his efforts to help kids all over the world learn how to eat healthy, learn all about nutrition and to get fit and exercise. He already has two books out: Nerdel’s ABC Book – a tasty way to learn the alphabet and Counting on Fruit with Nerdel, which teaches basic counting (in Spanish too!), shape recognition and sequencing using lost of colorful and delicious fruits and very cute pictures of you know who-Nerdel! Well my friends, Nerdel also has an iPad and iPhone app that is super cool too! The Nerdel Fruit Cube is an interactive musical game, which teaches youngsters to recognize fruits and shapes. Your child will love playing the Nerdel Fruit Cube and improve their skills -learning all about a cube, the various shapes like a triangle or rectangle and learn about amazing, colorful and delicious fruits. What better way for a child to incorporate shape recognition with learning about fruits! The Nerdel Fruit Cube is the first in a series with more ...

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