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How Sweet is it?

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP The Provincial Care Ministry highly recommends this important publication from Harvard. See How Much Sugar is in Soda, Juice, Sports Drinks, and Energy Drinks The Nutrition Source has prepared a handy guide to the amount of sugar and calories in soda, juice, sports drinks, and other popular beverages, How Sweet Is It? The front of the guide graphically depicts … Continue reading How Sweet is it?

If sugar is so bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit OK? Part II

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Last week we began the conversation on sugar and fruit, abstracting from the article “If sugar is so bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit OK? The source is from the “The Conversation” March 7, 2018 posting, authored by Ms. Kacie Dickinson, an accredited practicing dietitian; lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics, Finders University and Ms. … Continue reading If sugar is so bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit OK? Part II

City of Saints 2019

The City of Saints teen conference offered an authentic and realistic perspective on how to live out our catholic faith. The speakers provided hope and encouragement to the reality that we are all necessary members of the church. They all emphasized that by praying and taking part in the sacraments on a regular basis, we can achieve holiness in the ordinary of our daily lives. … Continue reading City of Saints 2019

If sugar is so bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit OK?

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP The topic of eating less sugar is not new. We have been told to pay attention to the sugar content of our intake to make sure we consume the appropriate amount of sugar. Louis, my husband, teaches the grandsons to read the label; any food that contains more than 4 grams of sugar they should consider how … Continue reading If sugar is so bad for us, why is the sugar in fruit OK?

Know your glucose content and Make a Smart Choice

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP You are going to laugh at me this week. Yes, I am showing you two charts comparing some of your favorite foods. The goal is for you to now look at the food item and determine whether the glucose content meets your dietary choice. It is a cliché; a picture is better than a thousand words. I, … Continue reading Know your glucose content and Make a Smart Choice

Sweet Talk – Why Is Sugar so Attractive to Us?

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP I love what was described in the independent.co.UK website about certain facts of sugar. I hope you would enjoy reading the reason why many of us love sugary food. What happens to your body when you overindulge your sweet tooth? Sugar is essential for the human body as it powers the cells that keep us alive. However, … Continue reading Sweet Talk – Why Is Sugar so Attractive to Us?

Salesian Cooperators Address Their Formation Program

By Fr. Mike Mendl, SDB (Haverstraw, N.Y. – June 30) – After two years of intense planning by a committee of about a dozen Salesian Cooperators, a workshop called “Forming the Formators” took place at Don Bosco Retreat Center in Haverstraw, June 28-30. It was meant to address programs of both initial formation of SC aspirants and ongoing formation of those already committed by a lifetime … Continue reading Salesian Cooperators Address Their Formation Program

Sweet Talk – How Much Sugar Should We Eat Each Day?

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP We need sugar and carbohydrates as our main source of energy, converted by the body to power our cells and keep us alive and growing. But I was shocked by this data reported from the independent.co.UK: the average adult consuming approximately 63 grams (2.2 ounces), nearly 16 teaspoons, of sugar each day. That’s over twice the recommended daily … Continue reading Sweet Talk – How Much Sugar Should We Eat Each Day?

Sweet Talk – How Does Human Body Digest Food?

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Two weeks ago, for those who might miss reading our discussion on “Sweet Talk”, we began exploring what are the many faces of sugar. We recognize that sugar can be simple or complex and that their names usually end with “ose”. We also understand that sugar is part of the carbohydrates in our food. This week, I … Continue reading Sweet Talk – How Does Human Body Digest Food?

Sweet Talk – Types of Sugar in your Food

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP As we are paying more attention to the increase in incidences of obesity and diabetes, we often focus on what we should eat, namely, how much “sugar and carbohydrates” is not considered excessive. I thought we might want to understand the many faces of sugar and how that relates to carbohydrates in the upcoming weeks. *Scientifically, sugar … Continue reading Sweet Talk – Types of Sugar in your Food

Establishing a Healthy Relationship with the Seniors

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP May 26, 2019 was a beautiful day of celebration at St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church in Chinatown, Los Angeles. Not only were we Salesians celebrating the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, but this was the occasion for the induction of 18 candidates to become Salesian cooperators. As usual, Fr. Ted, our Provincial, delivered a memorable homily … Continue reading Establishing a Healthy Relationship with the Seniors

Water: How Much Do You Know about Water and Health?

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP When it comes to health issues and management, it seems like the Eastern and Western approaches often differ. However, the perception of water and its value to your health appears to be very similar. It is a popular belief in Hong Kong, Japan and China that you should drink two cups of warm water before eating breakfast. … Continue reading Water: How Much Do You Know about Water and Health?