Finding a healthy dessert this time of year can be trying, but do not give up hope! A delicious, healthy dessert is on the way! When I try to come up with a healthy dessert, the first thought I have is, “what fruits are in season?” This is an excellent opportunity to try types of fruit that you may have never had before, and also try them at their peak.
Pears are a great fruit to use this time of year. They are incredibly versatile and a good alternative to the all-too-familiar apple. I think one of the most delicious ways to enjoy a pear for a delicious and healthy dessert is by poaching pears. It is incredibly simple, but it can also be extremely elegant and unexpected for your holiday guests this year.
Pears are also full of fiber, which is great for your colon. These pears are going to be poached in red wine, which is not necessarily the best thing for your colon, but the process in which they are cooked will also cook off most, if not all, of the alcohol. These pears are a great, healthy alternative to your run-of-the-mill deep dish pie, or mile-high cheesecake, but will not leave you feeling like you missed out on having an amazingly, delicious dessert.
Holiday Spiced Poached Pears with Sabayon
Ingredients for Pears
- 4 pears, halved, peeled and cores removed
- 3 cups red wine
- 3 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 Star anise
- 1 teaspoon whole peppercorns
- 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
Ingredients for Sabayon
- 4 egg yolks
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup sherry wine
- 2 cups whipped c ream
- Prepare poaching liquid by adding wine, vinegar, sugar and all spices to pot. Make sure when you scrape vanilla bean seeds that you put them into the pot too.
- Turn your stove onto medium heat and allow sugar to dissolve and flavors steep. Do not boil.
- Add peeled pears that have been cored with melon baller to pot and allow to slowly cook until tender.
- For best flavor, allow pears to stay in liquid in refrigerator after cooking for 24 hours.
- Make sabayon by placing a metal bowl over a pot of simmering water, make sure bowl is not touching the water.
- In bowl mix yolks, sugar and wine with a whisk over the heat until mixture is fluffy, and a ribbon forms when whisk is brought up from mixture.
- Cool down sabayon, and fold in whipped cream gently, careful not to deflate volume of sabayon
- Serve dessert in shallow bowls with a nice spoonful of sabayon on bottom and warm pears placed nicely on top.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and it is estimated that it will claim the lives of 50,000 Americans this year. Because of the prevalence of the disease colon cancer research is constantly changing doctors’ approaches to treatment. New findings give birth to new treatments all in the hopes to prolong the quality and quantity of life in colon cancer patients.
New research suggests that risk of colon cancer can be reduced by estrogen. Although there is no specific estrogen therapy that exists at this time, this finding may be groundbreaking in future treatments. Signals sent by estrogen can delay or prevent colon cancer development, but researchers know very little about how this actually works.
Professor Cecelia Williams of the University of Houston has been awarded a $1.56 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study molecular pathways that affect colon cancer development, prevention and treatment. The goal of the project, according to Williams, is to “increase opportunities for improved colon cancer prevention and therapies.” This five-year project involves the collaboration of graduate students and a team of researchers. The researchers hope to determine specific biomarkers associated with estrogen and colon cancer (Source: BioNews).
Every year, enhanced research and new discoveries give more hope to men and women who are fighting colon cancer. New treatments give patients and their families renewed hope in finding a cure for colon cancer and making treatments more efficient and effective. Do your part in the fight against colon cancer to stay current with colon cancer news. You can do this by regularly visiting the StopColonCancerNow.com website and reading the Butt Seriously Blog each week. News articles, recipes, survivor stories and special interest articles are posted regularly, so stay involved and share what you learn with a friend or family member.
I love the spring and summer. The number one thing I love about these months is the seemingly endless supply of sunshine. So I guess it is obvious that I hate – yes, HATE – the fall. This whole daylight savings time annoys the heck out of me. I get up, and it is dark. I drive through the sunshine to work and then by the time I leave my office, guess what? It’s dark again. Boooooo!
Little did I know that this lack of love for the dark months has a name. It is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), and December is Seasonal Depression Awareness Month. Some of the symptoms include weight gain, increased moodiness and anxiety. If you suffer from SAD, there are many treatment options that you can discuss with your doctor. But there is one treatment that will help not only SAD but also the prevention of colon cancer.
It’s called exercise. According to an interview on PsychCentral.com exercise is proven to help people fight off the blues. It goes on to state: “Not only does exercise improve mood, but it also has been shown to reduce stress, which often exacerbates feelings of depression brought on by the winter blues.” The benefits are doubled if you can do your exercise outdoors during the day.
That doesn’t mean you have to get dressed in your spandex and go for a full run on your lunch break. (I am definitely anti-sweat in the work place!) But you can put on your sneakers and go for a nice walk. A simple 2 to 4 miles over the course of your lunch break not only let’s you see a bit of sunlight, but it is good for your entire body. Your heart will benefit. Your mind will reap the rewards. Even your colon will thank you!
December is a busy month with oodles of holiday parties and end-of-the-year festivities, not to mention all the shopping, decorating and baking. It’s easy to throw out the meal plan when life is hectic, but when you do, inevitably, the unhealthy foods start to creep in and the fiber-rich, colon-healthy diet you’d been following swiftly gets kicked to the curb.
As you enjoy the festivities of the holiday season, don’t neglect your health. Create a meal plan that you can follow even on the busiest of days. Even if all you have time to fix is a salad or sandwich, make sure you’re filling up on fruits and veggies, lean cuts of meat like chicken or turkey, and whole grains like brown rice, couscous and whole wheat pastas and breads.
To help you out, check out my December Meal Plan for 29 easy-to-fix meal ideas for eating healthy even in the midst of the busy holiday season. Examples include the following:
The year is quickly coming to a close. End 2013 on a good note by eating healthy this month. Don’t succumb to fast food or take-out and increase your risk of colon cancer. Enjoy the holidays and feel good about yourself by trying out some easy-to-fix meals for good colon health.
For these and other colon-healthy recipes, follow my “Colon-Healthy Recipes” board on Pinterest.
Recently, I went to visit a friend of mine who was at home recovering from a serious surgery. She had a home health nurse coming to visit a few times a week, but she is blessed to have a mom that can take time off from work to take care of her.
During my husband’s battle with colon cancer, his parents and I were his primary caregivers. There was a time when he really took a turn for the worse. I was blessed to call his parents and within 24 hours they were back in town to help But guess what? Not everyone has help.
Nearly 40 percent of adult Americans are caring for a loved one. Anyone who has been in that situation knows that caring for a person with a serious illness is hard work. Many familial caregivers don’t have a choice and do not have adequate support, and while caring for someone is an act of kindness and love, it can definitely drain you.
We all know November is a time of family togetherness and Thanksgiving, but did you know that November is also National Family Caregivers Month? It is. There are tons of resources out there to help you navigate your role as a caregiver. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Talk to your ill loved one about what role they will need you to play in their life. Don’t automatically assume that your loved one wants you to be their primary caregiver. They may be uncomfortable with you being in that role and may have other ideas.
- Assemble a caregiving team. Enlist other key family members and friends to assist you. Don’t think that you have to carry the load alone.
- Seek out a caregiver support group. Find other people who are in or have gone through the same situation. They have information to share or could be a great sounding board.
- Find a way to take a much needed break. Every now and again remember that you need support too. If possible hire someone to take over care for the day, and you can spend the time relaxing and recharging.
While you are sitting around the Thanksgiving table, take a look at your family. If you are providing care for someone, ask for help if you need it. Or if you know a family member that is currently caring for someone, offer to assist for a few hours. That is a great gift that promotes family togetherness and one they will truly be thankful for.