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January 2, 2014

Thirteen Food and Diet Snippets

Thursday Thirteen

I’m currently thinking “diet” after a cruising holiday in November and eating lots of Christmas treats. Hubby and I were reading The Fast Diet Recipe book by Mimi Spencer with Dr. Sarah Schenker and have decided to try several of the recipes during our mission to lose a few pounds.

Along with the recipes there are lots of nutrition tips. I thought I’d select some for this week’s TT

Thirteen Nutrition Snippets and Facts for Dieters

1. Almonds are a rich source of magnesium. You’ll get a third of your recommended daily amount by eating just ten almonds. It’s excellent for the nervous system.

2. Gram for gram, quail’s eggs have more iron than a chicken’s egg.

3. Asparagus is a rich source of folate, which is important for the production of healthy red blood cells.

4. Wild mushrooms often contain more selenium as they grow in mineral-rich soil.

5. Pork contains the zinc needed for a healthy immune system.

6. Pears are easy to digest and are one of the least allergenic foods around.

7. Scientific studies show that beetroot can help to lower blood pressure.

8. Avocados are a good source of antioxidant vitamin E, which is important for the immune system.

9. Kelp is an astonishing source of calcium – over a gram per 100 grams.

10. Nutmeg contains a substance called macelignan which can help protect teeth against caries.

11. There is growing evidence that cinnamon helps control blood sugar levels.

12. Celery is said to contain negative calories. One stick contains about 2 calories, but the energy cost of eating and digesting it outweighs this.

13. Studies show that soup increases satiation—and stops you over-eating.

Is anyone else joining me in a diet for the New Year? I’m working on celery sticks from Monday.


  1. sandy

    I try and try to no avail Seriously do not know how to lose any more

    • Shelley Munro

      It’s not easy, that’s for sure, Sandy. I know that the first week is gonna be very difficult.

    • Shelley Munro

      To be honest I’ve never been a fan of pears.

  2. Sidne

    #5 is not worthy of my mouth. I will get Zinc from somewhere else. I’m starting a new healthy lifestyle that includes losing pounds and eating healthy for life. i’m cleansing first to rid the toxin then i will start anew. lol. good luck to you.

    • Shelley Munro

      LOL mine neither since I’m a vegetarian.

  3. Maria Zannini

    I love this list. I’ve eaten everything here but beetroot.

    Greg’s been wanting to raise quail too. Might be a nice change of pace from chickens.

    • Shelley Munro

      Quail are cute. We have a few wild ones that live where we walk Bella. They scuttle across the path occasionally.

      Beetroot is incredibly easy to grow, Maria. You can eat it hot or cold or even in a cake. You should try growing a little.

  4. Emma

    I’m not dieting but I’m trying to be healthier in many ways this year. And I so couldn’t do the fast diet. I liked the facts you shared though, I think the soup one makes a lot of sense but I’m not sure about the rest

    • Shelley Munro

      We had soup for dinner tonight. Lots of vegetables. It was quite filling.

  5. CountryDew

    I’ve been doing Weight Watchers since May and I have lost 25 pounds. The only thing I don’t like about WW is it doesn’t really teach you how to eat well.

    • Shelley Munro

      Wow, congratulations! That is incredible.

  6. Mary Kirkland

    Great list. I’m not dieting but good luck to you.

    • Shelley Munro

      Thanks, Mary. I need all the good luck I can get.

  7. Mary Quast

    Very interesting TT. Definitely sharing this one! Happy TT.

  8. Shawna {The Blue Muse}

    Ooo, yes, I’m joining you on the dieting band wagon. Thanks for these tidbits! The only addition off the top of my head: tumeric is excellent for reducing inflammation.

    • Shelley Munro

      So I understand. I quite like turmeric. Good luck with your dieting.