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You may be young enough not to worry about macular degeneration but your food choices may give you these problems later in life. It is found that diets heavy in fats and red meat can be a main cause of macular degeneration.

You already know that diets heavy in fats like butter or margarine, and red meats aren’t exactly healthy. Add fast food to that and you are headed for trouble later on. Genetics and smoking are also factors for this condition.

A less healthy diet can cause inflammation which can also put stress on your eyes. It’s unknown if after a lifetime of poor eating, it can be made better later in life. Try to eat more vegetables and fish and perhaps this is another reason to follow the Mediterranean diet.


Hints for Changing up Christmas Baking

If you are looking to reduce and have all sorts of temptations around, there are some things you can do to lighten your recipes.

Consider cutting fats in half by substituting with unsweetened applesauce.

Try using less sugar, you most likely won’t miss it, and many recipes will still work.

Substitute some of the sugar with stevia.

Look for alternative recipes – like these for brownies: 5-minute Espresso Walnut Brownies

Search the Internet for healthier options

Search Pinterest for lower fat/sugar baking recipes.

If you go to a party, bring something you made that you know will be a healthier option. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find some converts.

Incorporate ingredients like nuts or dried fruits to make it healthier.

Substitute whole wheat pastry flour for some of the all-purpose flour.

Alternative Ways to do Intermittent Fasting

There are other ways to do intermittent fasting than the way we have spoken of before.

Easy Intermittent Fasting: 12/12 – You can eat within 12 hours and fast for 12 hours.

Medium Intermittent Fasting: 16/8 – This is the one we have mentioned where you fast for 16 hours and eat all your food within 8 hours.

Extreme Intermittent Fasting: Fat fast + 16/8 fasting. 95% of your calories in the eight hours are fat such as butter, MCT oil, coconut oil, bulletproof coffee.

How Food Affects the Brain

This TedTalk starts with the precept of sucking all the moisture from your brain to see what is left. So what is left? There are mostly fats, then amino acids and proteins and glucose and micronutrients. Omega 3 & 6 are very important to the brain – gotten from nuts, seeds, and fatty fish.

A range of foods helps more than eating the same things all the time. Antioxydants and vitamins, along with trace minerals are also necessary to good brain function.

Carbohydrates are counted together but consist of starch, sugar, and fiber. Oats, grains, and legumes are better choices of carbohydrates so you don’t get that dip that you get from glucose.


The gallbladder is a small organ that we don’t think about until something goes wrong. It is where bile is stored until it is needed. The gallbladder delivers the bile to the small intestine where it breaks down fats. You can get along without it but it you then have to be careful of what you eat. You will have to back off on fats, mostly. It also helps vitamins and nutrients to absorb into your bloodstream.

When your gallbladder has problems, you can experience different symptoms. The most common is pain. It can come on quickly, especially after eating a fatty meal, but it can go just as quickly as if it never was there. You can also experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, fever, and jaundice. The most common problems are gallstones or inflammation.

If you need to have surgery to remove it, it is called a cholecystectomy. Usually you can have it removed laparoscopically which is less invasive. The recovery time is a week or two before resuming regular activities.