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Food, Health and Fitness Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, September 25, 1997 13 I I I I The Chopping Block On October 2, Jews around the world will begin their celebra- tion of Rosh Hashanah, the New Year. The feasting lasts until sundown October 10 and is followed by Yore Kippur, a day of strict fasting. Dur- ing the Rosh Hashanah obser- vance, Jews wish each other a "sweet New Year" and honey is prominent in their cuisine for family and friends. Today we offer a baked chicken that' s basted with a sparkling honey and orange juice glaze laced with a touch of vinegar, mustard, ginger and thyme. Following the Honey-Orange Glazed Chicken we have grilled Honey- Lime Glazed Chicken Breasts. Cook all 6 breasts and serve for one dinner, or reserve 2 cooked breasts to make a Thai-Style Salad for a second delicious meal. In typical Thai fashion, the dressing is a blend of peanut butter and honey with a spicy accent. HONEY-LIME GLAZED CHICKEN 1/2 cup honey 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro I tablespoon soy sauce 2 teaspoons minced jalapeno pepper 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic 6 chicken breast halves (about 3 lbs.) In small howl, mix together honey, lime juice, cilantm, soy sauce, jalapeno and garlic; mix until well blended. Pour half of mixture over chicken; set remaining half aside. Cover chicken bowl and reserved honey mixture and re- frigerate 2 hours or overnight. To cook chicken, place on grill over medium hot coals, 4 inches from heat. Cook, turning and basting with reserved honey mixture, until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Reserve 2 cooked chicken breasts for use in Thai-style With Glazed Chicken, if desired. Makes 4 to 6 servings. THAI-SrYLE CHICKEN SALAD 2 Honey-Lime Glazed Chicken Breasts* 1 medium head Napa cabbage or Romaine lettuce 1 medium cucumber 2 medium carrots 2 small oranges 1/2 cup chopped cilantro Honey-Lime Dressing ** I/3 cup dry masted peanuts, chopped Remove bones hum Honey-Lin chicken (see lvious recipe above). Shred cabbage (about 6 cups); peel, seed and slice cuctanber (about 1 114 cups); peel and coarsely grate carom (about 1 cup); peelorsnges and separate into segments. In large bowl, combine chicken, cabbage, cucumber, carrots, oranges and cilantro. Gently toss until well mixed. Toss with Honey-Lime Dressing (recipe follows). Sprinkle each serving with peanuts just before serving. Makes 4 servings. ** Honey Lime Dressing: In small bowl, whisk together 6 tablespoons honey, 3 tablespoons peanut butter, 3 tablespoons lime juice, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper, 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce, I teaslxon minced garlic and 3/4 teaspoon grated lime peel, until well blended. Effects of and understanding cholesterol by Karen Mooney Many illnesses we contract are reversible and cured by just changing your life-style, being responsible for your health and caring enough about yourself to want something better. One of these illnesses we frequently treat in our office is arthemscelrosis. Artheroscelrosis is a thickening and loss of elasticity of the medium and large arteries, due to deposited plaque (atheroma). It is a form of the more general arterioscle- rosis which effects smaller muscular arteries, arterioles. Everyone is aware of cholesterol and realizes its role in cardiovascular diseases. Labels on our foods say "low choles- terol" and we feel safe consuming these. But do we really know what that means? Our bodies require some fats, especially linoleic and linolenic fatty acids found in plants and fish. Some unsatur- ated fats are necessary. What we don't need are saturated fats found in animal fat, hydrogenated oils, and hardened fats, and tropical oils (you know, like the movie theater popcorn "butter"). When we ingest these, not cholesterol, our choles- terol levels increase. Cholesterol is produced by the body and studies show that eating "cholesterol" does not effect the production. But what is the difference between "good" and "bad" cholesterol and where do we get it? When we eat fats the body combines it with proteins, lipoproteins, to be carried through the blood and lymph. Lipoproteins are the substances we look at to determine cardiovascular diseases and risks. Lipoproteins are divided into two groups: high density lipoproteins, HDL, which are denser clusters and carry fewer fats; and the low density lipoproteins (LDL) which are lighter, larger, and carry more fats. High levels of LDL are associated with greater risks of cardiovascular disease. The presence and production of HDL actually decreased LDL levels. So HDL plays an important role in keeping us free of cardiovascular risks. If there is a high level of LDL in the body it will deposit in the arteries. The arteries lose their elasticity and decrease the opening size. Less blood flows through these affected arteries which means the cells are not getting the required nourish- ment and oxygen, the heart must work harder, and weak- nesses occur within the vessel walls. If the low density lipoprotein level remains high or unchanged, the process continues until blockage occurs and problems result in the cardiovascular system, including heart attacks. Other prob- lems develop such as pain in the extremities, especially legs, from poor circulation, or blood clots, narrowing of the aorta (stenosis), or aneurysms. Often early signs are ignored or unnoticed. There are contributing factors to the production of choles- terol that you can control. Do you smoke? Are you inactive? Do you care what you eat? Are you overweight? Ate you depressed? Are you inflexible? Eliminating these factors one at a time can have tremendous effects on your well being. No matter what standard treatment you select for cardio- vascular problems, like surgery or drugs, these are only temporary. You still need to make the changes in your life- style to get well. When we treat a patient with diagnosed artherosclerosis we initiate a treatment that will stimulate passive exercise in the body and increase blood flow. We encourage patients to take charge of those areas in their life that sabotage their health and cause personal suffering. Being informed is the first step to better health. You are worth it. Editors Note: Karen Mooney is a licensed massage therapist now practicing in Pahrump with her husband, Howard. She did her undergraduate work in rehabilitaion education at Penn State University and graduate work in psychology at Marywood College in Pennsylvania.