Why You Might Want To Be Drinking Beet Juice At The Gym

The iconic cartoon character Popeye became most famous for his slapstick routine of eating a can of spinach, then attaining superpowers that he often used to give his gigantic nemesis Bluto a severe pummeling.

But Bluto might be lucky that Popeye never got his hands on a glass of beet juice.

Source: Why You Might Want To Be Drinking Beet Juice At The Gym

You don’t have to consume beat juice: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/vegetables-rate-by-nitrate/

100 grams of arugula is roughly equivalent to 500 grams of beets. To varying degrees, many other leafy greens work too.  You can also get the same effect by supplementing citrulline.  But for those of us on warfarin/coumadin – stick to beets for vitamin k content.

This Failed Experiment Is Still Causing Farmers Trouble Almost a Decade Later

Nine years ago, an E. coli outbreak led to an expensive, labor-intensive change to the way a lot of our farms operated. But things didn’t get better—in fact, they got worse.

Source: This Failed Experiment Is Still Causing Farmers Trouble Almost a Decade Later

Unless the food is irradiated right before they serve it to you (plate included) it doesn’t really stop supply chain contamination or cross contamination at processing/prep.

The best system would be to package products in totally sealed packages and then irradiate with a monitor mark on each package to ensure proper dose is delivered. But I highly doubt food irradiation does this as it would cost too much for all the extra packaging, radiation sensitive dosing labels, and QA/QC required.

Pascalization is an interesting sterilization(ish) technique which literally crushes everything under pressures so high not much survives the process.

Study: Why It Pays To Be Semi-Vegetarian

A new study shows it pays to eat a more-vegetable-than-meat diet. But what if you’re not a fan of the green stuff? Here are some “gateway veggies” to consider.

Can’t cut meat completely? You don’t have to. People who follow a “pro”-vegetarian diet — which involves eating more plant-based foods than animal products — have a lower risk of dying from heart disease and stroke, says new research from the American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle meeting.

In fact, people in the study who ate the most pro-vegetarian(so that 70 percent of their food came from plant sources) had a 20 percent lower risk of dying from these causes, compared with those who ate the least plant-based foods (where 20 percent of food came from plant sources).

Source: A Healthy Diet Doesn’t Have To Be Drastic! Why It Pays To Be Semi-Vegetarian

Aside from the spinach, the vegetable suggestions are OK for those of us on blood thinners.  Cucumbers – only the skin is an issue for us.  And this article has notes from previous posts:

7 foods That Help Fight Headaches

The pain from a really bad headache can stop in you in your tracks. But it doesn’t have to. Thankfully, there are a few foods you can add to your diet that have a soothing effect. So we asked our nutrition director, Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, for her favorite headache-busting eats.

Source: 7 foods that help fight headaches

Breastfeeding? 10 Superfoods for You and Yours

When you’re breastfeeding, time and convenience are huge. Who has time to whip up complete meals? Don’t stress! These nutritional powerhouses are quick and convenient.

Source: 10 Breastfeeding Superfoods

I have two caveats for the list:

  1. Spinach/Swiss chard/broccoli are high in vitamin K.  The article mentions these for calcium but sardines, tofu and sesame seeds are a better source.  Soy beans and lentils are a better source of iron too.
  2. Be aware of the arsenic concern associated with rice

7 Post-Workout Electrolyte Sources

In February 2014, Dr. Mike Roussell published an article for Shape.com, where he suggested replenishing electrolytes with a post-workout meal and a simple glass of water. That’s a great idea, especially if you’re doing weekly meal prep in advance. But if your typical workout schedule ends at an inconvenient time for a meal, you can control your carb., electrolyte, and nutrient intake in the very same ways the good doctor recommends with a smoothie. Listed below are seven very typical smoothie ingredients, that, as it just so happens, are also loaded with electrolytes. Some of these are probably already included in your favorite smoothie recipes

Source: 7 Post-Workout Electrolyte Sources

Oddly, milk (and chocolate milk) are not on that list.  Sweet potato (mashed or baked) would be another good idea…

8 (Well, 7) Foods You Should Eat Every Day

It’s all content, no fluff…

Source: 8 Foods You Should Eat Every Day

The nice part is they list alternatives.  Spinach is the first mentioned, and understandably all the alternatives for spinach should be avoided by those on warfarin/coumadin.  The next worst offender on the list for us is blueberries.  All things in moderation, but the rest of the list is OK for us.

7 Healthy Foods Dangerous if Overconsumed

Get some variety – make plan out your meals for the week.

You know that eating an entire box of cookies in one sitting isn’t good for you—but experts say overdoing it with certain more nutritious foods could be just as dangerous. There’s no need to ditch these foods from your diet altogether—but you’ll want to avoid taking in excessive amounts since that’s when they can start to compromise your health.

Source: 7 Healthy Foods That Are Dangerous If You Eat Too Much of Them

Lots I know of in body building use tuna/fish for their protein, so I defer to their resources (like this one) because they tend to be a big (heh) group with reasonable testing and assessment skills.

There’s also Carotenosis, which is harmless.  It’s where the skin takes on an orange hue, from eating foods high in carotenoids (IE: carrots).