Greta Farley's Health Recipes

We were born to love sugar. Humans have a natural taste preference for sweets. Back in the day, sugar was a source of extra calories that was easily burned off with exercise and everyday physical activity. Nowadays, all of that extra sugar is going straight to our waistlines. Added sugars can lead to obesity which then leads to complications such as diabetes and heart disease.
A calorie of sugar is a calorie of sugar, no matter where it comes from. That being said, sources of sugars such as...
Q: How will you know what diet works best for you?
A: In general I don’t recommend “diets.” The word “diet” tends to infer to a short-term change in eating habits that a person will not stick with his or her whole life. Instead of finding the right diet, one should look at how he/she is eating and determine what changes can be made to be healthier. These changes are called “lifestyle changes” and can be followed throughout life. Here are some examples of lifestyle changes that can lead to a...
Q: What are carbs? Are they good or bad? If they are bad, how do you avoid them?
A: Carbs (a shortened name for carbohydrates) are starches and sugars that your body uses for fuel. Carbs are not bad; in fact, your brain is fueled by glucose (which is a carb) – and without adequate carb intake, your body will not function properly. This being said, we tend to eat too many carbs in the form of sodas, cookies, chips, crackers, candies, etc. that are mostly “empty calories” and do not provide...
I’m very proud of my husband; he has become quite the cook. He has been trying new recipes, most of which include seafood. Last night, he found a recipe for fish tacos that was amazing! He even shopped for the ingredients himself (after getting a little help finding the jicama). He found the recipe on www.allrecipes .com; we did alter the recipe slightly from the original.
Fiery Fish Tacos
Makes 6 servings
Ingredients:

1 cup canned corn, rinsed and drained
½ cup diced red onion
1 cup peeled...
Q: What do you think of low-glycemic-index diets?
A: The glycemic index (GI) ranks carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 based on their effect on blood sugar levels. Low GI foods produce gradual rises in blood sugar and insulin levels, whereas high GI foods result in more immediate rises in blood sugar and insulin levels. Low GI foods can be beneficial because they can improve diabetes control, aid in weight loss and generally help keep you feeling full for a longer period of time. Low GI...
Q: I am a college student and don’t have the option of cooking and preparing my own meals. What are some healthy eating ideas in my situation?
A: I completely understand your situation; in college I lived in the dorms for two years and the only cooking apparatus I had access to was a microwave.
If you are eating meals in the cafeteria, here are some healthy eating tips:

For breakfast, opt for a whole-grain cereal with skim milk or scrambled eggs with whole-grain toast and a piece of fruit....
Q: What is the best pre-workout meal?
A: The answer is different from person-to-person and depends on what the workout entails. That being said, here are some general guidelines:

What to include in a pre-workout meal:

Aim for about 45-60 grams of carbohydrates, 14-21 grams of protein and 5-8 grams of fat
An example of a pre-workout meal:

A sandwich with 2 pieces of whole-grain bread, 3 ounces of. turkey, ½ slice cheese and vegetables of choice
An apple
Glass of water




If you get an upset...
 Q: What is the best diet program?
A: This is an excellent question and one that I am often asked. My answer: instead of focusing on a “diet program,” concentrate on healthy lifestyle changes that contribute to healthy living. More specifically, make goals (whether they be to decrease fast-food intake, learn how to cook, etc.) that can be implemented for a lifetime. Most diet programs will result in some form of weight loss, but once a person discontinues the program, he/she will likely put the...
Q: What do you think of the weight loss additive Sensa?
A: Sensa is considered a scent-based weight loss product that supposedly reduces one’s appetite when it is sprinkled on food. In the commercial, Sensa is sprinkled on top of food similarly to how one would sprinkle salt onto her/his food.  According to its website, Sensa will reduce one’s appetite when sprinkled onto any kind of food, thus leading to weight loss. Sensa is made out of maltodextrin, tricalcium phosphate and silica as well as...
Q: What are carbs? Are they good or bad? If they are bad, how do you avoid them?
A: Carbs (a shortened name for carbohydrates) are starches and sugars that your body uses for fuel. Carbs are not bad; in fact, your brain is fueled by glucose (which is a carb) – and without adequate carb intake, your body will not function properly. This being said, we tend to eat too many carbs in the form of sodas, cookies, chips, crackers, candies, etc. that are mostly “empty calories” and do not provide...