4 Secrets You Didn’t Know About Teresa Giudice’s Healthy Italian Cuisine

The Real Housewives of New Jersey Star Teresa Giudice was recently released  from the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut after serving a 12 month prison sentence.  Both Teresa and her husband, “Juicy” Joe Giudice, pled guilty in early 2014 to federal fraud charges–including lying to bankruptcy creditors, mail fraud, and embezzlement.

Prior to her incarceration, you may have known Giudice for her presence on Bravo’s hit reality television show and for her heartfelt advocacy of healthy Italian cuisine.  She is author of four bestselling cookbooks including:

51RbhjBc-eL._SX394_BO1,204,203,200_Skinny Italian: Eat It and Enjoy It – Live La Bella Vita and Look Great, Too!

 

 

51YKRt+CQFL._SX399_BO1,204,203,200_Fabulicious!: Teresa’s Italian Family Cookbook

 


51ggWaOT8IL._SX390_BO1,204,203,200_Fabulicious!: Fast & Fit: Teresa’s Low-Fat, Super-Easy Italian Recipes

 

 

515qIAArtJL._SX408_BO1,204,203,200_Fabulicious!: On the Grill: Teresa’s Smoking Hot Backyard Recipes

 

 

HTN Magazine has compiled a list of 4 facts you may not have known about Teresa Giudice’s Italian eating recommendations so you can begin eating healthier today!

4.  Her favorite Chicken Bruschetta recipe, was created by accident.

Teresa believes that you do not need to be fancy, an excellent chef, or have a lot of ingredients to cook healthy Italian food.  In an excerpt from her cookbook, Fabulicious Fast & Fit, she writes:

“Like my children, I love them all, but this one just has a special place in my heart (and like one of my children, it happened by accident-kidding!) I’m always mixing and matching ingredients in the kitchen; one day, I mixed up a bruschetta topping but ran out of bread, so I pulled some chicken breasts from the freezer and ecco!”

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Click here to see an online version of her Chicken Bruschetta recipe…

3.  Giudice learned most of her cooking from her mother & grew up in a strict household

In Skinny Italian: Eat It and Enjoy It, she writes:

Both of my parents were born and raised in Italy. I was actually conceived there right before my parents moved to America in 1971. (My ma didn’t even know she was pregnant. She just wondered why her clothes kept getting tighter.) My brother and I grew up in Paterson, New Jersey, but inside our house, it might as well have been Salerno. We ate real Italian food—not the bastardized fast-food version of it—every single day. My ma shopped at the farmer’s market and the local Italian grocery to make sure she could get the same little envelopes of spices and secret ingredients from home. Real Italian food uses olive oil, not heavy cream. We grill and sauté; we don’t bread, dunk, and deep-fry. And we use fresh ingredients, not stuff floating in formaldehyde (I know canned foods don’t really have formaldehyde in them, but all those preservatives and artificial flavorings are still like poison to your body).

2.  “The Olive Garden does not serve Italian food”

In all of her cooking books, Giudice clearly states that she is against the high amounts of sugar, sodium and processed ingredients in contemporary Italian-American cuisine.

In Skinny Italian, she writes:

I’m sorry if this dashes your dreams, but you gotta know this: the Olive Garden does not serve Italian food. They serve American-Italian food; and there’s a big, big difference—a difference you will see in your big, big butt if you only eat that kind of food.

Every one of our families came to America from another country at some point in time, and brought with us our cultures, traditions, languages, and, of course, food. But when it’s all thrown into that great big “melting pot,” sometimes the ingredients get more than a little muddled.

I love-love-love my country, but we’re not known for having the healthiest national foods. (God love us, but what other country serves deep-fried butter-on-a-stick?) The Americanization of Italian food has unfortunately given a lot of Italian food a bad rap for being unhealthy.

Giudice goes on to give a checklist of how to spot healthy & authentic Italian dishes…

Cheap Imitation Food Real Italian Food
Vegetable Oil Olive Oil
Heavy Cream Butter
Deep-fried Sauteed
Pasta is the entire plate Pasta is a part of the dish
Creamy sauce Vegetable-based sauce
Starch, cheese, and meat Lots of vegetables
Processed cheese Fresh Italian cheese
Non-dessert recipes that call for sugar Sugar in dessert only
Solid salad dressing Clear salad dressing
Flat, doughy white bread Thin, crispy bread

 

1.  All of Giudice’s recipes are calorie-counted.

Teresa is a big proponent of exercise and believes a combination of diet and exercise should be a fundamental part of any weight loss regimen.  She makes sure all of her meals includes a list of ingredient calories for effective diet planning.

 

For more information on Teresa Giudice’s healthy Italian cooking feel free to visit her website at: http://teresagiudice.com/food/

Beverly Hills 90210 Star Raises Childhood Hunger Awareness

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Today, Feeding America launched new public service advertisements (PSAs) starring celebrity actress Jennie Garth to bring attention to childhood hunger. Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, has partnered with the Ad Council since 2008 on a Hunger Prevention campaign designed to raise awareness about hunger in America and the fight to solve it, led by the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks. Jennie Garth donated her time and talent for the project, as have other celebrity activists in past PSAs, including Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner.

“No child should go hungry in this country,” said Jennie Garth. “Feeding America is working hard to make sure that, in our near future, childhood hunger will be a thing of the past.”

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), one in five children in America – 15 million kids – struggles with hunger. While food insecurity affects people of all ages, it is particularly devastating for children because of the potential for long-term consequences. Research has shown that good nutrition has implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement and economic productivity.

“Childhood hunger is a problem we have the power to solve. It takes motivated people to support local food banks and the acceptance that hunger is faced by far too many children in every community across America,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “We’re so grateful to Ms. Garth for lending her influence to this issue, and hope that these new PSAs allow us to expose the prevalence of child hunger and engage the nation in solving the problem.”

The new PSAs feature Garth in a food bank discussing the disproportionate effect of hunger on children and pointing out the fact that the billions of pounds of surplus edible food wasted each year in the U.S. can help feed families who are hungry. The ads encourage audiences to visit FeedingAmerica.org to learn more about hunger in their communities, and get involved in the fight to end hunger by volunteering at a local food bank, contacting their Members of Congress, and donating food or funds.

“We’re proud to partner with Feeding America to continue to produce compelling work and help solve this critical issue,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “No one should go hungry in America, especially around the holidays. We hope that Garth’s recognition will encourage volunteers, supporters and donors to support the millions of children in need.”

The new PSAs are an extension of the Hunger Prevention campaign which was launched by Feeding America and the Ad Council in 2008. The new TV PSAs were created pro bono by 360i. Per the Ad Council’s model, all PSAs will run in advertising time and space entirely donated by the media. Since the launch of the Hunger Prevention campaign, media outlets across the country have donated more than $374 million in support for the PSAs.

Top Holiday Gift: Health Tracking Devices

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Health tracking devices are on the “it list” this season for holiday gifts, but despite double digit growth in consumer usage, many Americans say devices aren’t helping them manage their health. According to an October 2015HealthMine survey of 502 consumers, 38% are confused about what their lifestyle/behavioral health data means, and only 42% know what actions they need to take after looking at this data.

The information collected by fitness trackers, nutrition logs, blood pressure sensors and other emerging behavioral and lifestyle health technologies can offer vital insight into a consumer’s health status. But according to HealthMine’s survey, this health data remains siloed; 39% of consumers are unable to access all of their clinical and behavioral health data from a single source.

Connecting this information to clinical data—medical records, labs, claims, pharmacy history—can inform a more complete picture of an individual’s health. It can also facilitate more personalized healthcare. However, 45% of consumers have never tried to share their self-collected data with their providers. In fact, 37% are not even sure that they own their behavioral/lifestyle data:

Who owns your behavioral/lifestyle data?

Me

64%

My doctor

32%

The vendor that made the application/device

5%

 

Bryce Williams, CEO and President of HealthMine said, “Millions of people are now collecting terabytes of continuous health data. It has the potential to illuminate health, yet consumers remain in the dark.” He continued: “When lifestyle and behavioral information remains disconnected from clinical data, consumers, plan sponsors and providers are all left with missing pieces. But if we can unify this data, help people understand what it means and what they should do about it, then technology can deliver on its promise–to empower people to take charge of their own health.”

About the Survey
The HealthMine survey queried 502 consumers planning to enroll in a 2016 health plan and was fielded by Survey Sampling International (SSI) in October 2015. Data were collected via an opt-in panel. The margin of error is 4%. Survey Sampling International (SSI) has been the Worldwide Leader in Survey Sampling and Data Collection Solutions, across every mode, for 37 Years.

About HealthMine
HealthMine, a leading consumer health engagement company, has developed the wellness industry’s first and only Personal Clinical Engagement technology platform. HealthMine empowers individuals to make meaning of their health information by automatically collecting clinical data, identifying risk for chronic disease, and setting health goals. Making it easy for consumers to manage their own health, HealthMine provides a personalized health portal available on any device, and delivers tailored recommendations, resources and incentives.  HealthMine has more than one million users, and has saved employers and payers more than $100 million in healthcare costs. The company, founded in 2008, is based in Dallas, Texas with offices in San Francisco, New York and Minneapolis.

Youth Drug Epidemic in Full Swing Underneath Parents’ Noses

A new drug is ravaging South Florida youths unknown to the average parent. Most commonly referred to as “flakka”, this cheap drug is one of the fastest growing illegal substances on the street this year. Officially known as alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (α-PVP), flakka is a highly addictive stimulant known to cause hallucinations with bizarre and hyper-active behavior—often resulting in superhuman strength in the individual.

Flakka is typically snorted, smoked, or eaten after which it becomes rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.  In addition to its hallucinogenic effect, Flakka induces a sharp rise in body temperature and a corrosive effect on the kidneys—both of which could lead to death.  Researchers are still unsure exactly how Flakka functions but it is unique in its addictive nature. Animal testing of the drug has revealed that it potentially has “worse addiction liability than [the highly addictive drug] methamphetamine.” (Scripps Research Institute)

Flakka first made its appearance in South Florida in 2014.  Since that time, the drug has expanded nationwide with over 2,720 related cases across the country.  In Broward County, Florida—the epicenter of the epidemic—the drug has claimed more than 40 lives in the past year.  Flakka tends to be used by people of all ages but predominantly by the young with the median patient age being 28. Governments are scrambling to deal with the effects. Federal restrictions on the drug only came into effect in February 2014.  The drug is heavily manufactured in China, after which it tends to be smuggled into the US under the guise of household products such as bath salts or aroma blends (China outlawed production of alpha-PVP on October 1, 2015).  The drug is shockingly easy to obtain and can often be found available for sale in inner-city corner stores.


Flakka symptoms are hard to ignore as it induces aggressive behavior and hallucinations among its users.  Individuals act in bizarre ways and seemingly lose touch with reality.  Though Flakka users tend to use small doses to experience strong highs, it is not too difficult for them to overdose or reach a psychotic state.

Without endangering one’s life, the best way to help a chronic Flakka user would be to get the individual to a treatment center as quickly as possible. When considering the symptoms of violent aggression Flakka users exhibit, it is best for family and loved ones to stay clear of the individual and call for emergency personnel.  Intoxicated Flakka users are a danger to themselves and those around them and it is best that the untrained not make an approach.  Certified interventionists are available to assist with any incident concerning drug intoxication—including Flakka.  Professionals first seek to calm the situation by subduing the intoxicated individual (sometimes physically) and getting them immediate medical treatment.

When the individual is in a clear state of mind, a proper intervention is conducted with the individual’s intoxicated actions being brought to their attention.  The consequences of the individual’s destructive behavior are explained and treatment options are clearly outlined.  Not all drug abuse treatment centers are created equal and the match between the individual and the treatment center plays a significant role in the recovery process.

 

Evan James is a nationally recognized drug interventionist and founder of Universal Crisis Intervention. For more about his services, please visit: www.extremeintervention.com or call 1-877-975-SAVE (7283)