balanceRecipe repair is a needed activity for the many wellness programs that urge people to stop smoking, balance intake and expenditure of food energy, and “eat healthy”. The first two items are readily understood, but the last item needs a sharper definition. Two things in daily eating habits strongly affect health: the number of calories per meal and the balance of omega-3 and omega-6 nutrients in the foods. Balancing food energy and exercise is widely discussed, but balancing omega nutrients needs new tools. The Recipe Repair pages show how the tools work so you can eat what tastes good while you also  NIX the 6 and EAT the 3.

On-line balance scores help you quickly see the balance of omega nutrients in a food item, and Omega Meals combines your food choices to help you make your own personal recipes and food plans that have a better overall daily Omega 3 – 6 balance.

Health benefits from doing this were discussed by Clark & Lands in 2016. They made three menu plans that show how replacing certain food items can give a better balance of omega-3 and omega-6 nutrients. Informed food choices lead to wellness and effective preventive nutrition.The diverse Daily Plans in Omega Meals show that food choices CAN give desired scores, but some plans don’t quite have the desired average calorie-weighted omega-3 score. That’s when many people use supplements to reach their goal while still eating several foods with fairly negative scores. Oils for omega-3 supplements are: salmon, +263; menhaden, 200; sardine, +166; cod liver, +140; flax oil, +46. One teaspoon is equivalent to five 1-gram capsules and has about 41 kcals. Most oils contain less than half of the fat as omega-3 nutrients, although more costly pills are available with concentrated omega-3 nutrients.

War Memorial Hospital Conference Lunch – Morgan County health workers met in 2016 for a lunch-time discussion of healthy food choices. The first draft of the lunch menu was repaired to convert a not-so-healthy combination into a healthier combination. A second meeting in 2017 continued the discussion about how easily people can NIX the 6 & EAT the 3. Later, the Valley Health Medical Center in Winchester had a grand rounds discussion of preventive nutrition with a healthy lunch at which the staff introduced their own special vinaigrette.

October brings the Morgan County Apple Butter Festival and also National Seafood Month. A new recipe features both.

 

revised September, 2017