Registered Dietitian Joan O’Keefe of Kansas City releases Nutrition 101 Video No. 4: why eating fruits and vegetables at breakfast is important during American Heart Month. “Color is important because of fiber, because of water, because of vitamins and minerals. But most importantly, color has antioxidants,” O’Keefe said. In order to get a full nine servings, she suggests starting in the morning. “Breakfast is the missed opportunity for fruits and vegetables,” O’Keefe said. O’Keefe says adding color to our diets can make us healthier. The antioxidants in fruits and vegetables reduce inflammation, which reduces the risk of disease. She also says people who are taking antioxidant pills are cheating themselves. “You have to eat the fruits and vegetables in order to get the best antioxidant behavior,” O’Keefe said. For people who balk at the thought of eating nine servings of fruit and vegetables every day, she has a solution. “We’re going to pick two colors at breakfast, at noon, and we’re going to pick two colors at night. A serving of fruits and vegetables is only half a cup. So, it’s very easy to either have two or three servings at each meal.” Joan O'Keefe is a Registered Dietitian, national speaker and nutrition consultant for adults and teens. James O'Keefe, MD, is an internationally renowned Preventive Cardiologist, speaker and author. The O'Keefe's are dedicated to promoting and teaching healthy living. Their book, "The Forever Young Diet and Lifestyle," is available for online purchase at www.foreveryoungdiet.com .
Preventive Cardiologist Dr. James O'Keefe recently announced a new, environmentally-friendly Omega 3 product called CardioTabs Ocean Safe Omega 3 made from sustainable marine oil(www.oceansafeomega3.com ). "We're really excited about this new product called CardioTabs Ocean Safe Omega 3 and maybe kind of tell you the story of how we got involved with this company. There is a fella who is a completely bright person in the field of marine nutraceuticals and he came to visit to discuss his manufacturing techniques and purifying techniques with me and some of my colleagues about five months ago and brought me information about this plant he had just finished building. Its the most state of the art, high tech fish oil processing plant in the world and he brought me a sample of this fish oil and showed me the specs on it. I tasted it and incredibly clean tasting, highly purified, very high in DHA product. I was just absolutely impressed with unlike anything I had ever tasted or looked at before for for an Omega 3 over the counter fish oil supplement." This person has been intimately involved in fish oil for about two or three decades and he in fact has come up with several of the technological break-throughs that have allowed us to purify fish oils, to concentrate it from the standard 25 or 30 percent omega 3 concentration you find in most fish oil up to more like 60 percent. Even more importantly you get to strip all the impurities, so what we want is a highly purified fish oil with no contaminants, that is mostly omega 3 because that is where we get the benefit in the EPA and the DHA." James H. O'Keefe, MD, FACC, is Director of Preventive Cardiology at the Mid America Heart Institute, and Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. His postgraduate training included a cardiology fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. O'Keefe has contributed more than 200 articles to the medical literature and has authored numerous books on cardiovascular medicine, including Dyslipidemia Essentials, Diabetes Essentials, and The Complete Guide to ECGs. He lectures extensively on the role of therapeutic lifestyle changes and drug therapy in cardiovascular risk reduction and has authored the best-selling consumer health book, The Forever Young Diet & Lifestyle. He is actively involved in patient care.
Preventive Cardiologist Dr. James OKeefe recently announced a new, environmentally-friendly Omega 3 product called CardioTabs Ocean Safe Omega 3 made from sustainable marine oil in time for American Heart Month ( www.oceansafeomega3.com ). The news coincides with national headlines from major media organizations such as the New York Times as well as top environmental, wellness and health care bloggers regarding the increased demand for omega 3 rich foods and oils and the environmental strain its imposing on our oceans ecosystems. According to Dr. James OKeefe, CardioTabs Ocean Safe Omega 3 is necessary. If you eat fish once a day or two, three times a day, you end up with high mercury levels. So its a catch twenty-two. If you eat enough omega 3 from fish in your diet, you end up with too many toxic contaminants in your system -- at least in some instances, said OKeefe. We (CardioTabs) have very pure, proven natural supplements that will get our [omega 3] levels back up to normal. If you are deficient in an essential nutrient, thats a problem. One of the [most] predictable deficiencies in most Americans is that they are deficient in omega 3. Preventive Cardiologist Dr. James OKeefe is a native of North Dakota and graduate of the Baylor College of Medicine. He completed both his cardiovascular fellowship and medicine residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minn. He is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and in internal medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the AHA Council of Clinical Cardiology. Dr. O'Keefe is in clinical practice with Cardiovascular Consultants of the Mid-America Heart Institute and is heavily involved with clinical research, with over 300 peer-reviewed publications and several books to his credit.
Video 3 in the Nutrition 101 series with Joan O'Keefe, RD. For more information, please visit http://www.foreveryoungdiet.com The right way to start your day is with protein. Protein is different because it takes longer to digest. It is a larger, more complex molecule and takes a very long time to break down, which makes you feel full, satisfied and high energy. You aren’t having cravings, you’re able to think clearly and you aren’t thinking about your next meal until you should be. When your breakfast includes a protein source your blood sugar does not spike and crash, but rather goes up very slowly and comes down very slowly. You never hit that low that causes tiredness and irritability. Egg whites, cottage cheese, a handful of nuts and Whey Protein are excellent sources of protein in the morning. The benefits to eating protein in the morning are you feel full longer, snack less between meals and you eat half as many calories. Please visit http://www.foreveryoungdiet.com for more information or to leave a question on the blog for Joan O'Keefe, RD. Coming soon, Joan O’Keefe, RD discusses green in your diet.
Video 2 in the Nutrition 101 series with Joan O'Keefe, RD. For more information visit http://www.foreveryoungdiet.com Doughnuts, muffins, pancakes with syrup, toast with jelly and sugary cereals are all easily digested carbohydrates and are the wrong start to your day. These are very small molecules that are almost already digested. When they get down to your stomach they are digested quickly and turned into a form that raises blood sugar and spikes blood sugar levels, then you crash. When blood sugar levels go up quickly, an over production of insulin takes place because your body doesn’t know how much insulin to secrete because it doesn’t know how much is down in the stomach. When your body secretes insulin it brings blood sugar levels down and you come crashing down. If you start your day with easily digested carbohydrates, you will feel hungry, feel like you can’t think, feel low energy and have cravings for more easily digested carbohydrates because it gave you a sugar a rush and a serotonin release. This causes you to eat more calories than you need in a day just to try to keep your blood sugar levels even. You will spike and crash all day long causing inflammation and disease. Please visit http://www.foreveryoungdiet.com for more information or to leave a question on the blog for Joan O'Keefe, RD.
Our bodies are meant for a certain fuel. When you put the correct fuel in your body it runs well for a very long time. Please visit www.foreveryoungdiet.com for more information. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You will notice marked improvements in mood and energy, with fewer cravings for junk food, when you eat a breakfast that is high in water, protein, good carbs (loaded with antioxidants), and healthy fats. What does breakfast do? Breakfast boosts our metabolism. Many people who struggle with their weight often skip breakfast altogether or have a light breakfast. As we age our metabolism get slower. One way to boost our metabolism is to eat breakfast. Breakfast boosts our metabolism because it gets the fires burning for the day. Breakfast gets the metabolism nice and high so we burn calories through out the day. Breakfast also fuels our brains and our bodies. Our brain only runs on one nutrient and that is glucose. In the morning our glucose levels are at a low normal. We need to refuel so we can think, learn and test. Not only does this apply to adults, but certainly to the children in our lives. Please visit www.foreveryoungdiet.com for more information or to leave a question on the blog for Joan O'Keefe, RD.
Edith Bogner, also known as Great Grandma B, seeks to rid the world of fishy burps. Great Grandma B., who takes omega-3 fish oil supplements regularly, is hoping to spread the word that enduring a fishy burp for a healthy heart is not necessary. CardioTabs’ New Omega-3 Fish Oil Enteric Coating Eliminates Fishy Burps. Visit http://tinyurl.com/foreveryoungdiet for more information.