Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 21st 2013 Contents There seems to be a "get healthy" drive
on as people are feeling the negative effects
of improper nutrition on their bodies.
America is obese and Trinidad is not far
behind, mainly because we mirror the North
We are being bombarded with information
about what to eat and what not to eat. The
latest target for the healthy eating lobby is
gluten. Suddenly gluten is everyone s worst
enemy. We are urged to stay away from gluten,
which essentially means cut out all wheat
products. Eliminate all "white foods" like white
sugar, white flour and white rice.
If you eliminate gluten from your diet, it s
likely that when you do ingest something with
gluten, you will certainly have an adverse reac-
tion, because your body won t know how to
deal with it. Don t eliminate something from
your diet completely unless you are certain
you are allergic to it.
Let s face it, it s hard to make sense of all
these nutritional guidelines, if you ve grown
accustomed to certain eating patterns and a
particular lifestyle. But eating a diet full
of processed foods will certainly
lead to disease in the long run.
The key to good health is clean
eating and it s easier than you
Start by removing all processed
foods from your diet. Eat clean foods,
adopt the "farm to table" regime.
Shop at the local markets once
per week; buy fresh green veg-
etables, provisions, and fruits.
Eat local fish and meat, and cook
every day. Stay away from artificial
sweeteners and flavourings, and add
sea salt sparingly. Remove sugary soft
drinks and desserts from your diet.
Eat fresh fruit instead.
Include beans, brown rice, quinoa,
whole wheat cous cous and pasta. Try to
bake your own bread and incorporate dif-
ferent types of grains like spelt, amaranth,
oatmeal, and cornmeal into your breads. Basi-
cally, stop eating fast food and try to buy
organic when you can. It s not totally about
nutrition, health includes stress management.
Cut down your stress levels by engaging in
an enjoyable fitness regime.
I am certain if you make these positive
changes in your lifestyle, you will lose weight,
become healthier and have loads of energy
CARIBBEAN GRILLED FISH BULJOL
2 lbs fresh fish fillets
1 tsp minced chives
Salt and black pepper
1 tsp minced garlic
2 tbsps olive oil
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 pimento peppers, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
2 eggs, hard boiled
2 tbsps chopped chadon beni or cilantro
Marinate fish in chives, salt, black pepper and
garlic and olive oil.
Place in heatproof platter and broil for four
minutes per side.
Remove and flake gently with a fork, place in
a large bowl.
In a non stick sauté pan, heat 2 tbsps olive
oil and sauté onion and pepper for only one
Remove and add to fish, add tomatoes, and
toss. Season with salt if needed.
Place fish onto platter, decorate with lettuce
and egg wedges.
Season with salt and pepper
Sprinkle on chadon
beni or cilantro.
Enjoy with coconut bake.
Serves four to six.
WHOLE GRAIN PASTA WITH
FRESH TOMATO SAUCE and
For the sauce
2 tbsps olive oil
1 large onion' chopped
4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
1 can tinned tomatoes (28 oz tin)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 basil leaves
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
For the chicken
2 chicken breasts, seasoned with one tsp
minced garlic, pepper and salt
1 lb whole grain pasta twists
Feta cheese and black olives for garnish
Boil pasta according to package directions.
Drain, do not rinse.
Make the sauce
Heat olive oil in a heavy
saucepan, add onion and
garlic and sauté until
fragrant, add carrots and
cook for five minutes longer.
Add tomatoes and break up
with the spoon.
Season with salt, pepper and
add sugar. Add basil and
continue to stir.
Cover and simmer the sauce
for about 40 minutes to one
hour stirring occasionally.
Taste and adjust seasonings.
Make the chicken
Preheat grill pan, brush chicken with
olive oil, then grill for five minutes per
Slice and add to tomato sauce. Stir.
Toss with pasta, garnish with cheese and
olives and serve.
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The first steps to becoming healthy...
A New York City paramedic who was
forced to resign this year after mocking
patients by posting pictures of them on
his Twitter account is being sued by a
woman who said he uploaded a pho-
tograph of her in a wheelchair with a
caption that ridiculed her weight.
Timothy Dluhos was a lieutenant in
the city s fire department working as an
emergency medical technician when the
New York Post linked him in March to
a Twitter account with the handle "Bad
Lieutenant" and an image of Adolf Hitler
for a profile picture.
The account, now deleted, contained
many posts filled with slurs against black,
Jewish, Asian and fat people.
The fire department suspended Dluhos
without pay soon after he was linked to
the Twitter account, a department
spokesman said. Dluhos resigned before
the termination proceedings that had
begun against him were over, the
spokesman said. (AP)
Ex-paramedic who mocked patients on Twitter slapped with lawsuit
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