HERBS FOR HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IMPACTS PSYCHOLOGICAL HARDINESS

Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along with conventional medicinal protocols.  Coping and dealing with stress in a positive manner play a major role in maintaining the balance needed for health and well-being.

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ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Interest in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing as consumers and health care professionals search for additional ways to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Some of these remedies include:

St. John’s Wort.  More than 30 studies show it to be effective for treatment of mild forms of depression,…

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Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake - (Recipe adapted Diabetic Gourmet Magazine)


CRUST INGREDIENTS:

1 1/4 cups vanilla wafer crumbs

4 tbsp. stick butter or margarine, melted

2 tbsp. Equal Spoonful or granulated sugar (may substitute 3 packets of Equal sweetener)


CHEESECAKE INGREDIENTS:

3 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup Equal Spoonful or granulated sugar  (may substitute 18 packets of Equal sweetener)

2 eggs

2 egg whites

2 tbsp. cornstarch1 cup reduced fat sour cream (may use fat-free sour cream)

1 tsp. Vanilla

1ounce unsweetened chocolate melted, slightly cooled

1 tbsp. fat-free milk Chocolate curls


For crust: Mix vanilla wafer crumbs, butter and 2 tablespoons Equal. Press onto bottom and halfway up the sides of 9-inch spring form pan. Bake in preheated 325 degree oven 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Preparing cheesecake while crust is cooling.


For cheesecake: Beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup Equal in mixing bowl on medium speed until smooth and well combined. Mix in eggs, egg whites and cornstarch. Fold in sour cream and vanilla until combined. Remove 1/2 cup cheesecake batter and hold in reserve. Pour remaining batter over baked crust. Add melted chocolate and fat-free milk to 1/2 cup reserved cheesecake batter; mix well. Place spoonsful of chocolate mixture on top of cheesecake. Using spatula, gently swirl chocolate batter into cheesecake. Bake in preheated oven 45 to 50 minutes or until center of cake is almost set. Cool on wire rack. Gently run metal spatula or table knife around rim of pan to loosen cake. Let cheesecake cool completely Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight before serving. To serve, remove side of pan. Garnish top of cheesecake with chocolate curls, if desired.

HEALTHY RECIPES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

JEAN JEFFERS

Jean is an RN with an MSN from University of Cincinnati. She is a staff writer for Living Well 60+ and Health & Wellness magazines. Her blog may be seen on her website at www.normajan.naiwe.com

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Brush on ham. Bake uncovered 20 minutes longer. Cover ham loosely with foil and let stand about 10 minutes or until inserted thermometer reads 140 degrees. Garnish with orange slices.


Vanilla French Toast - (Recipe adapted from Diabetic Gourmet Magazine)


INGREDIENTS:

2 large eggs

1/2 cup non-fat milk

6 slices whole wheat bread

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon or to taste (optional)

Bananas and fresh strawberries (optional)


Preheat griddle over medium heat or set electric frying pan to 375 degrees. Put eggs, milk and vanilla in shallow bowl; beat with fork until well-mixed. Coat griddle or frying pan with 1 tablespoon of oil or use a nonstick spray. Dip one slice of bread in egg mixture and cook on griddle or pan until golden brown, then turn and cook other side (about 4 minutes).

Many recipes are special for the holidays. Ham or turkey make a meal festive, and a cheesecake is a perfect dessert. For breakfast, French toast may set the tone for the day. These are three of my favorite recipes for the holidays.


Baked Ham with Balsamic Brown Sugar Glaze - (Recipe adapted from BettyCrocker.com)


PREPARATION: 15 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME: 2 HOURS, 40 MINUTES


INGREDIENTS:

8-pound fully cooked smoked bone-in gluten-free ham

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons balsamic or cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon ground mustard

Orange slices if desired


Heat oven to 325 degrees. Place ham on rack in roasting pan, fat side up. Insert meat thermometer. Check to be sure tip of thermometer is in thickest part of ham; do not let it touch bone or in rest fat. Cover loosely with foil and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes to 2 hours, 15 minutes (13 to 17 minutes per pound) or until thermometer reads 135 degrees. Twenty minutes before the ham is done, remove from oven. Remove drippings from pan. Take off skin. Mix brown sugar, vinegar and mustard.