Imagine getting a second chance at life, how would you use the rare opportunity? It’s something that doesn’t come along for too many people, but it did for Hilary Williams. Hilary’s the author of Sign of Life, a new memoir in which she shares the harrowing tale of her near-death experience after a near-fatal car crash with her sister on the way to their maternal grandfather’s funeral. Hilary rose from the rubble of that wreck to undergo 23 surgeries to repair her broken body. Told she’d be in a wheelchair or on a cane the rest of her life, Hilary refused to let that be her fate. Today, she’s working on building her music career (Download Hilary’s singleSign of Life from iTunes).
The story will give you goosebumps, and you’ll laugh and cry along with this endearing young woman as she regains her life. While her story is a rare one few people will identify with, it is a human story of strength, resilience and perseverance that all of us should identify with.
In our new series “Fit in Five,” Hilary answers five questions.
Was it a therapeutic experience to share your story?
“It was good for me to get it out on paper and then move on.”
What motivated you to keep with it and persevere?
“I didn’t want to be stuck in a wheel chair the rest of my life. I wanted to sing and get back on the stage. I just kept that in mind.”
Favorite healthy food?
Protein shakes – chocolate powder, kale, and fruit. “You can’t taste it when you mix with the fruit.” And almond butter.
Favorite guilty pleasure?
“Pizza. Jet’s Pizza in Nashville, really deep dish and really fattening.” She likes cheese and pepperoni or vegetable.
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I first tried kale chips at the ultra healthy Brooklyn restaurant, Sun In Bloom, where I got a free sample with my veggie wrap. I’m pretty adventurous when it comes to food, but I can’t say I expected to like the dark green snack. I was surprised to find it delicious. Some boast that you can substitute kale chips for potato chips, and it’s not as far-fetched as you would think.
I’m a little leery of the term “super food,” but if anything fits that title, it’s kale. This leafy green is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber, according to WHFoods. The health benefits of kale have not been thoroughly researched, but we do know that it’s a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. You can buy kale chips from health food stores, or other crunchy kale snacks. I decided to make my own.
Especially this time of year when Old Man Winter is in full force, there’s nothing I love more than a bowl of soup as a meal. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or even a snack, soup is filling (hello Volumetrics!) and you can pack so much nutrition into a single bowl. Not to mention that soup is pretty fool-proof one-pot dish to make, and usually keeps well as leftovers.
Over the years, I’ve found that no matter what soup recipe you’re following, you can almost always up the nutrition and lower the fat and sodium with a few easy swaps and additions. The best part, because all the flavors in the soup meld together, as long as you keep the proportions right, no one usually notices the healthier changes!
It’s important for everyone to get enough calcium, but women are especially at risk for calcium deficiency, which can lead to osteoporosis and decrease bone health later in life. Even though there is calcium in many of our favorite foods, it can still be difficult to meet the recommended daily allowance for the important mineral.
Dairy products provide calcium, but people with dairy allergies, lactose intolerance and vegans need to look to other food sources to fill their calcium needs. Foods high in calcium include: almonds, broccoli, spinach, cooked kale, canned salmon with the bones, sardines and tofu.
Tune in this Wednesday, December 1 to the Dr. Oz Show to learn about the foods you need to be eating to prevent disease and enhance your longevity.
Dr. Oz’s ultimate antioxidant checklist makes healthy living and eating easy and simple for you. This list narrows down the top fruits, vegetables and supplements you need to incorporate into your diet to feel great and look younger. (more…)
After the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables all summer long, fall might seem lacking in variety. However, with a little research, there are some great fresh fruits and vegetables that are at the peak of flavor and nutrition in the colder months. Not only do they taste better, many of them are grown locally, and local produce is always a great choice. If it’s not shipped in, odds are pretty good that the fruit is more fresh and it’s also a great option to keep your food budget in check, a win-win situation. Add these cold weather choices to your meals for great taste and exceptional benefits to your diet.
1. Apples – Studies have shown that apples can help lower cholesterol, manage diabetes, and prevent several diseases, including cancer. Apples peak in the fall, and the flavor can’t be beat. They are full of fiber, around 5 grams per fruit, and are comparatively low in calories. (more…)
Experts are always finding new and interesting benefits that come with certain vitamins or minerals. This time around, it’s vitamin K and how it may help you avoid diabetes.
In a study, those subjects (older men and women) who took a vitamin K supplement for three years had lower blood levels of insulin. They also experienced an improvement with insulin resistance as compared to another group who did not take the supplement.
Green leafy vegetables are on the top of most lists for the foods you should eat because they are nutrient dense and low in calories. The beautiful leaves of the kale plant provide an earthy flavor and more nutritional value for fewer calories than almost any other food around. Kale is packed with vitamins A, C, and K, fiber (1 cup of kale provides 10.4 percent of daily value of fiber), folate, potassium, magnesium, iron, and phytochemicals/phytonutrients. Although kale can be found in markets year round, it is in season from the middle of winter through the beginning of spring. This is when it has the sweetest taste.
How do you serve kale?
Before cooking kale, be sure to remove and discard the plant’s tough stalk center. Even without the stalks, kale will be chewy. Cooking it thoroughly is necessary to keep the kale from being too chewy. (more…)
We are constantly being bombarded with advertisements that tell us what to eat, when to eat, and how much to eat- the propaganda is never ending! So, how do I decide what to eat in order to maintain my new weight? Well, I decided that I would let my taste buds be the judge. I continually try a little bit of everything. When I’m at a restaurant, I may order something I’ve never had before, but my favorite way to try new foods is to eat with my skinny friends – those faithful friends who plan their meals in order to not overeat.
Since coming home from the ranch, I have tried, kale, edamame, red quinoa, wild rice (the real kind that is really dark brown and a little scary to the novice health nut), tempeh, seitan, squash, and the list of foods that feel foreign on my tongue both in taste and pronunciation goes on and on.
Now that I have this plethora of foods at my fingertips, I can address that question of what to eat. Here are a few of the staples I keep in my refrigerator:
– Ezekiel bread, wraps, or English muffins
– Fage yogurt
– Turkey bacon
– Galeo salad dressing
– Crushed organic peanut butter (If you’re lucky, your grocery store will have a machine where you can make it yourself)
– Nature’s Path Synergy Cereal
– Silk Soy Milk
– Sliced turkey breast
– Chicken breasts for grilling, broiling, or baking
– Fish and shrimp
– I Can’t Believe it’s not Butter Spray
– Olive Oil Cooking Spray
As you look to try some of these recipes or foods, don’t be afraid to ask your market personnel for help on your shopping adventure and remember to persevere even if he/she asks, “What the kale are you eating?”.
Check out the Diet Blog tomorrow to learn two of my favorite recipes using this list of new kitchen staples, Tuna and Arugula Salad and Not-so-McMuffin.
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