food poisoning

Food Safety for Adults Ages 60 and Over

Most people who get food poisoning can have a full recovery. But for older adults, serious longer-term problems can be more common. .

 

What is food poisoning?

Food poisoning (also known as foodborne illness or food-related illness) is caused by eating food that has been contaminated by bacteria, viruses or parasites.  Food can become contaminated by these microorganisms at any time before you eat it, including at home during:

  • handling
  • storing
  • cooking

There are many signs of food poisoning, but most types cause one or more of the following:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • stomach pain and cramps
  • fever and chills

Symptoms

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ruby red grapefruit

Top Tips To Go Low GI

There are some simple things you can do to help you on your way to eating a low GI diet.

  1. Swap those spuds: If you’re a big potato eater and can’t bear the thought of giving them up, you don’t have to – just switch to a lower GI potato such as Carisma™. Another option when making potato mash is to replace half the potato with cannellini beans, or swap to other lower GI options like sweet potato.
  2. Go grainy: Instead of buying bakery foods made primarily with white flour (e.g. white bread, crumpets, pikelets),  choose grainy breads (where you can actually

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mental health

Protective and Risk Factors for Mental Health

Learn about the factors that can help protect your mental health. Also find out about the factors that can put it at risk.
What can help protect your mental health?

Regardless of your age, you can have better mental health if you:

  • eat a healthy diet, which supports a healthy body and brain
  • are physically active, which reduces stress and helps with concentration
  • get enough sleep, which makes you more alert and able to cope with stress

 

Certain life circumstances can also help protect your mental health. These include:

  • living in a safe community that is accepting, supportive

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defrosting foods

Safely Defrosting Foods

Don’t let your food defrost on the counter. Defrosting food at room temperature allows bacteria to grow, which could increase your chance of getting food poisoning.

Proper defrosting reduces your risk of food poisoning. Food poisoning occurs when you eat food that contains harmful bacteria.

Meat, poultry, fish and seafood must reach a safe internal cooking temperature to kill bacteria in the meat.

If food is not thawed properly, bacteria that may have been present on their surface before freezing can begin to multiply.

If raw meat is partly frozen when you cook it, it can lead to uneven cooking. …

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potential

Fulfilling Our Potential

Fulfilling our potential is core to being human. It has been a constant for centuries and across our existence.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to delve into your own story, to understand the twists and turns of your life in a way that makes you not only more successful but happier? It’s rare that any of us has time to truly reflect on what makes us who we are—and I don’t mean the kind of naval gazing or introspection that leaves us feeling miserable and questioning what life is all about. Rather, I’m talking about a …

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motivation

The Case for Motivation

My question was, “How do they do it?” and, even more precisely, “Where do they get their motivation?” 

“It sounds like you’re asking me why I want to be healthy,” he said, brow furrowing. “I don’t quite—understand.” Steve had arrived at a southern New Jersey research facility about an hour before. He passed a variety of screening inquiries confirming that he leads a healthy lifestyle and agreed to answer questions about his health behaviors. Eight other 50+men of broad life experiences joined him.

As an initial step in my research, I assembled two identical groups of men, one in New …

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healing spirit

The Seven Stages of Healing

In addition to the five stages offered by Kübler-Ross, two more stages can be found: “Love Entering In” and “Love Consuming.” I call them “The Seven Stages of Healing.”

Have you ever considered why individuals exhibit markedly different responses to the same or similar situation? Why does one individual respond with anger while another responds with shame or anxiety? In addition to the impact our unique subconscious files have on our behavior (vis-a-vis our Enneagram type), we also experience life through a series of seven different emotional stages. In Kübler-Ross’ model, the five stages of grief, we witness a

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asbestos

Asbestos and Asbestos Diseases

There are many hazardous materials, but asbestos is especially notorious because the asbestos companies knew about its dangers and continued to use it for decades.

Asbestos is a known carcinogen and contrary to popular belief, has not been banned. It is still used today, and many old buildings and industrial products include asbestos.

There are many hazardous materials, but asbestos is especially notorious because the asbestos companies knew about its dangers and continued to use it for decades. Mined at several locations in North America, asbestos was valued for its durability and fire resistance. It was employed in drywall, floor …

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Can Dogs Eat Apples, Lobster & These Unexpected Food?

The digestive system of a dog is very different from that of humans and as such, some foods that are perfectly safe for us may pose harm to them.

You may want to give your pup a little bit of what you are eating, mix something more interesting in his kibble or give him human food as a treat. But you should be mindful of what you are feeding him.

The digestive system of a dog is very different from that of humans and as such, some foods that are perfectly safe for us may pose harm to them. …

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tidy house

A Tidy Home Really is a Tidy Mind – Improve your Wellbeing!

It is essential to keep your home tidy.  Having too much clutter can be dangerous, creating an increased risk of fire, falling, or even breaking bones because of trip hazards.

We all struggle to keep our homes tidy at some point; it is just something that happens from time to time. However, if you regularly live in mess and clutter, it could be a little more serious than being too busy or forgetting. A messy home often leads to negative effects on mental health and even physical health, which is why it is important to try and keep things clean …

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dexa scan

DEXASCAN – The Measurable Approach to Evaluating Our Bodies

The DEXASCAN is a valuable tool for both men and women of all ages and is available in many locations across the country.

The DEXASCAN offers a measurement of your body composition and of your bone density. This is great news for those of us in this “ tech age” who wants a scientific, measurable approach to evaluating our bodies. It is a simple, safe procedure using a very small dose of ionizing radiation which will determine the areas of stored lean muscle, fat, water and bone.

BODY COMPOSITION:

The body composition scan takes seven minutes and uses two x-ray …

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dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease – Race for the Mind

Race for the Mind is a medical thriller that revolves around this enormous socioeconomic challenge and how the medical community and the high-risk, complex and controversial world of the pharmaceutical industry take it on.

The Stakes for the Race for the Mind Couldn’t be Higher:

* About 50 million people in the world have Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and by 2050 there will be well over 100 million.
* The annual cost to care for Americans with AD is projected to be $1.1 trillion in 2050; 1 in 3 dollars spent by Medicare.
* A patient is diagnosed with AD every …

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anxiety

Recipes to Help Reduce Stress

Prolonged stress is created when you feel unable to deal with the problems you are facing. Your mental health is affected as is your enjoyment of life.

Common stressors usually come from money problems, work issues, or unhappy relationships. Too much stress can have a negative impact on how you think, feel, and behave and may even lead to clinical depression.

What Is Stress?

All of us have experienced stress at some point in our lives. We can feel anxious when meeting new people, going to a medical appointment or speaking in a public forum such as weddings or funerals. …

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Is vegan eating more healty

Vegan Diet – Keeping It Green – Eating for Body and Planet

Vegan diets are often perceived as being a healthier, more ethical and more sustainable way to feed our growing global population. But do vegan diets really deserve their health halo?

To Vegan or Not? 

Vegan diets typically exclude animal derived ingredients (e.g. meat, dairy products, eggs and gelatine) and foods produced using animal labour, such as honey. Vegans eat grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds. According to Google Trends, searches for the term “vegan” have almost tripled over the past 5 years. Despite the fact that “going vegan” is going viral, veganism is not new. The Indian religion …

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asparagus vegetable

Health Benefits of Eating Asparagus

There are good reasons for adding more asparagus to your diet. It is low in calories and loaded with essential vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals.

Asparagus belongs to the lily family and comes in various colors, including white, green, and purple. It is used in many dishes worldwide, frittatas, pasta, and stir-fries to mention just a few.

There are good reasons for adding more asparagus to your diet. It is low in calories and loaded with essential vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals.

Half cup (90 grams) of cooked asparagus contains:

* Fat: 0.2 grams
* Calories: 20
* Fiber: 1.8 grams
* …

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