Cooking in The Diabetes-Friendly Kitchen

super foods manage diabetes

Don’t let your passion for food and living be derailed by diabetes.”

Diabetes is not a death sentence for fine dining.  The purpose of a diabetic diet is to help manage your blood glucose level and keep it within a safe range.  When you eat excess calories and fat, your body responds by creating an undesirable rise in blood glucose.  If blood glucose isn’t kept in check, it can lead to serious problems, such as dangerously high blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia) and chronic complications, such as nerve, kidney and heart damage.

Managing blood glucose does require planning and giving up some ingredients but this doesn’t necessarily mean that persons with diabetes must stick to the basic boring dishes that merely get the job done.  It is possible to have delicious meals and still manage your blood glucose wisely.  It’s all about embracing healthy-eating and tailoring eating habits accordingly.  At this year’s expo Chef Jennifer Stack will be having a presentation that will introduce you to some super foods that can help keep blood sugar under control.

Super foods are foods that contain multiple micronutrients that provide health benefits.  These can provide anti-diabetic and anti-cancer health benefits along with other health benefits for the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, pancreas, and other organs in the body.  Jennifer will show us in her demonstration how adding these super foods will take cooking for diabetes to new and delicious heights.

Chef Jennifer StackJennifer Stack is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, and author. She graduated from The Culinary Institute of America, where she is currently an Associate Professor teaching nutrition and food safety. Her cooking and nutritional advice has been quoted in publications such as The New York Times and Diabetic Living, and she is a regular guest chef on The Dr. Oz Show.

Come to the Expo on Sat May 3rd and learn how to use super foods for super flavor.


The Forbidden Grain

forbidden black rice

Black rice, also known as forbidden rice is a range of rice types, some of which are glutinous rice (not in the sense of containing gluten). Varieties include but are not limited to Indonesian black rice and Thai jasmine black rice. Black rice is high in nutritional value and contains 18 amino acids, iron, zinc, copper, carotene, and several important vitamins. The grain has a similar amount of fiber to brown rice and like brown rice, has a mild, nutty taste.

According to ancient Chinese legend, black rice was so rare, tasty, and nutritious that only the emperors were allowed to eat it.  It was proclaimed as a ‘superfood’ worldwide largely thanks to an important piece of research by Dr. Zhimin Xu, titled “Black rice rivals pricey blueberries as source of healthful antioxidants”.  The research stated that “just a spoonful of black rice bran contains more health promoting anthocyanin antioxidants than are found in a spoonful of blueberries, but with less sugar and more fiber and vitamin E antioxidants”.

Chef Lynne GigliottiForbidden rice is also rich in iron and, according to Chinese herbal medicine, considered a blood tonifier.  This rice provides the richest nutritional value, providing a higher level of vitamins, mineral and fiber of any bran rice, as well as comprehensive range of amino acids, proteins, vegetable fats and essential trace elements needed by the body.  At the Women’s Health & Fitness Expo Chef Lynne Gigliotti will be giving a demonstration on how to incorporate black rice as part of a healthy diet

Chef and author Lynne Gigliotti is one of only six women chef instructors at the Culinary Institute of America. A CIA graduate with a passion for sustainable agriculture and seafood, Chef Gigliotti has owned and operated a restaurant, retail space, and catering kitchen, as well as serving on the advisory panel for Whole Foods Market in Atlanta, GA. She has made multiple appearances on the Food TV Network, as well as competing on Top Chef DC in 2010

Learning about nutritious new foods is a great way improve our health and wellbeing, so come to the Expo and benefit from this wonderful information


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5 Benefits of Laughter Yoga

Laughter yoga (Hasyayoga) is a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter. Laughter yoga is based on the belief that voluntary laughter provides the same physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter. This type of yoga is done in groups, with eye contact and playfulness … Continue reading

Green Tea and its Health Benefits

the amazing benefits of green tea

For thousands of years in the East tea has been regarded as a key to good health, happiness, and wisdom.   The health effects of tea have been examined ever since the first infusions of Camellia sinensis about 4700 years ago in China. The legendary emperor Shennong claimed in The Divine Farmer’s Herb-Root Classic that Camellia sinensis infusions were useful for treating conditions including tumorsabscessesbladder ailments, and lethargy.   Here in the West curiosity has aroused and research has been done to discover the many benefits of different types of tea.

Studies have found that some teas may help with cancer, heart disease, and diabetes; encourage weight loss; lower cholesterol; and bring about mental alertness.  Tea also appears to have antimicrobial qualities.  

Its been found that Green tea for instance, has a high concentration of EGCG which is a powerful antioxidant that may interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.

DrQiong Wang is a practicing physician and an expert on tea.  She has given many workshops and lectures on tea in upstate areas.  She will be sharing her vast knowledge at the 14th Annual Women’s Health & Fitness Expo.  While she makes and serves you various top quality teas, you will discover the health benefits of different fresh teas.  The effects of tea on weight control, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, women’s health will be discussed.  Learn the correct way of making a perfect cup of fresh tea of several categories.   This is great information that will be beneficial to all who wish to live healthier lives.  I’ll see you there.





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Mind/Body Medicine: What Is It All About?

“Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness.” – Hippocrates (460 BC – 377 BC)

Ever heard the phrase mind over matter?  This term refers to idea that the mind is more powerful than the body.  Most ancient healing practices emphasize the links between mind and body.   However, in Western Society it was always believed that these were two separate entities.

In 1964 psychiatrist George Solomon realized that people with rheumatoid arthritis got worse when they were suffering from depression.  He went on to investigate what impact emotions could have on inflammation and the immune system.  This new field was called psychoneuroimmunology.  

During the 1960s numerous studies were published on how mind -body medicine techniques helped to lower high blood pressure and stress hormone levels, relieving pain and improving the immune system.  The key to this technique is to “train” the mind to focus on the body without distraction.

In today’s society there is a renewed interest in ancient traditions like yoga and meditation.  At this years Women’s Health & Fitness Expo Ann Webster, PhD will be having a presentation in this new model of health care.  This presentation will teach participants all about mind/body medicine and how stress can affect overall health.  Dr. Webster will provide a tool of techniques for preventing illnesses and maximizing health.

This will be great information that we should all learn about, come to the Expo.  We’ll be happy to see you there.





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The 28 Days Lighter Diet

Most women who are dieting do not realize that PMS and weight gain are connected—and that to really lose weight, increase energy, and feel better they need to consider their monthly cycle.  Traditional diets and exercise programs do not keep this in consideration when they publish a new work out regime or a new break through diet that will “revolutionize” our eating habits.  Its very frustrating to follow strict diets & not get the results that we work so hard to achieve.
Ellen Barrettauthor of The 28 Days Lighter Diet will be at this years Women’s Health & Fitness Expo discussing innovative combinations modern research  and ancient traditions that promote complete wellness for women, not just mere weight loss. She’ll outline core dietary suggestions, fitness guidelines and lifestyle recommendations for each of the phases of the menstrual cycle and how to take care of yourself throughout the month. The female body changes from week to week and keeping these changes in mind will better serve us in our goal to lead healthier lives.  
Come to this years expo and benefit from this great information that will aid us in leading healthy and happy lives.