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Over the course of the last year, I have made a complete lifestyle change when it comes to food.  One of the big differences is the significant reduction in sugar in my diet.  Here are two videos that present a starling look at sugar, and the effects that it has on our bodies when consumed the way it usually is in the diets of Americans today.

The information in these videos supports other things that I have read recently, most notably in the book “Why we get fat and what to do about it”.  This book was instrumental in my re-learning much of what I thought I knew about nutrition.

Many people today could be much healthier if they stopped believing in the conventional wisdom of today, and instead focused on the facts when it comes to their diets.

The first was aired on CBS News recently.  The second, is referenced in the CBS News video.

 

 

 



This chunky black bean salsa is easy to make, and tastes great!  I know, my photo doesn’t do it justice.  Whip up a batch for yourself, and grab some baked “scoop” shaped tortilla chips.  It also makes a great addition to other dishes, like tacos or burritos.

Chunky Black Bean Salsa

One word of warning… to keep yourself from eating too much, don’t eat the chips directly from the bag.  Instead, pour a serving of chips into a bowl.  Eating healthy foods doesn’t help if you eat 2-3 times as much as you need!

1 can petite diced tomatoes
1 can black beans
1/2 can sweet corn
1 onion (~2.5 inches diameter)
1 tsp. minced garlic
Dried Cilantro*
Crushed Red Pepper*
Chili Powder*
Black Pepper*
Salt*

1) Drain and rinse the diced tomatoes, black beans and sweet corn, and place2 them in a large bowl.
2) Peel and chop the onion.  Place it in the large bowl.
3) Add the 1 tsp. of minced garlic.
4) *Season to taste with dried cilantro, crushed red pepper, chili powder, black peeper, and salt
5) Mix all of the ingredients together.  Cover, and allow to sit in the refrigerator  for a couple hours for the flavors to mix.

Another way I like to enjoy this salsa… scramble two eggs (only use one yolk if you want to make it a little healthier), and add a helping of salsa.  Cook it up for a nice hearty breakfast!!