1. Italian fish feast a healthy choice

    Bring this healthy tradition to your holiday table

    With the holiday season well underway, no doubt you are enjoying your share of treats you can only get this time of year.

    'Tis the season for peppermint mocha, gingerbread, cookie swaps, and Aunt Flora's fruit cake. And while these are all delicious customs, they're more or less the equivalent of a sugar bomb.

    But this season's eatings don't have to be unhealthy.

    In fact, this is the perfect time to remember an incredibly healthful Old World tradition: The Feast of the Seven Fishes.

    Festa dei sette pesci, as it's known in Italian, is an elaborate multi-course seafood meal that, historically, Italian families would enjoy on Christmas Eve.

    And today, it's a nice, Paleo-friendly alternative to the baked ham dinner that so many American families indulge in this time of year.

    Traditionally, different kinds of fish are prepared in seven different ways -- and while that might sound like A LOT of work, the benefits you'll get are worth the extra effort.

    If you've been reading my eTips for a while now, you know that fish that contain lots of omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and mackerel reduce inflammation.

    Omega-3s can also reduce your risk of having a heart attack -- and if you DO have a heart attack, they can significantly reduce your risk of dying from it.

    Studies have shown that getting enough fish oil in your diet can actually prevent your brain from shrinking -- and, as a result, seniors who eat plenty of omega-3s perform better on cognitive tests.

    They can even protect your eyesight!

    Now, you don't have to be Italian (or Italian-American) to enjoy some fish around the holidays -- and you don't have to stick to the number seven.

    Here are some tips on how to incorporate seafood into your seasonal offerings:

    • Don't overdo it. "Seven fishes" doesn't mean seven meal-size portions of fish in one sitting. This fishy feast usually takes place over the course of a few hours, and several fishes can be incorporated into one dish, like a fish stew.
    • Choose wild-caught fish, which don't have any artificial colorings and pack the biggest nutritional punch.
    • Serve shrimp cocktail, which will get your guests snacking while the rest of the fish are cooking. Shrimp is also high in magnesium, which is a critical nutrient for maintaining heart health, as well as vitamin E. This shellfish also gets its pink hue from a carotenoid pigment called astaxanthin, which has been shown to reduce levels of cortisol, the "stress hormone."
    • Shuck some oysters, which are high in immunity-boosting zinc. They can also give you a necessary supply of copper, a trace mineral that helps keep your weight in check.
    • Fire up the grill, a great way to cook your fish without excess oils, flavorings, or sauces needed. You can do it even if it's cold outside -- but if you're sacked with a blizzard, try baking, poaching, or steaming your fish instead of frying it.

    However you decide to prepare your feast, just remember it's all about family and togetherness.

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  2. High-fat diet slashes symptoms of aging 39%

    Mainstream crying "fowl" over pro-fat study

    He's the same age as you, but he looks 10 years younger. He still hasn't loss a strand of his hair, and he's probably been wearing the same size jeans since high school. While you're struggling to get up the stairs, he's out playing 18 holes a day.

    And you just hate him, don't you?

    Who can blame you? We all know someone who has what I call Peter Pan Syndrome. They never grow up and never seem to age, even while you're collecting more wrinkles than a seersucker suit.

    Well, if you want to become one of these superhumans, you're not going to find the answer in their genetic codes -- but you may find it in their refrigerators.

    Because a new study out of Japan proves that if you want to live to 100... if you want to stay sharper than a barber's razor... it's time to put down the tofu and pick up a steak knife.

    This research, just published in one of the top American journals on aging, found that seniors who ate the most protein -- we're talking the good stuff, like beef, fish, and poultry -- slashed their risk of mental and physical decline by a whopping 39%!

    And this was no short-term gain either. These folks were followed well into their 70s, when lots of us can't remember which day the trash man comes, let alone the names of all 20 grandkids.

    The results were unbelievable -- that is, if you're a slave to the mainstream medicine mentality. Because the ink wasn't dry on this groundbreaking research before every meat-hating yahoo in the mainstream had fired up his propaganda machine to attack it.

    They tried every pathetic trick in the book, even arguing that just because it worked for Japanese men doesn't mean it will work for you. These weren't MARTIANS -- they were Japanese seniors for goodness sakes! These same mainstream stooges cheer for overseas studies when they back some wonder drug, but the minute one proves that fat is good for you they throw up the caution flags.

    Hogwash. As I told you at the beginning of this week, the anti-meat crowd is so hell bent on attacking fat that they're still swearing by a 60-year-old, discredited heart disease study conducted by a scientist who "coincidentally" left out all of that data that didn't agree with his hypothesis! < a href="">Click here to catch up on that shocking revelation.

    Have you ever sent your wife flowers and saw what they looked like a week later? That's your aging brain without protein. And protein is the best way to stave off the dangerous and permanent muscle loss we all face as we get along in years.

    So if you're tired of shuffling along, looking and FEELING older than you are, it's time to tear down the mainstream's sacred cows and cook one up for dinner instead. You just may find you're one of those superhumans after all.

  3. Fish are eating plastic

    Fish are increasingly being found with plastic in their bellies as they eat ocean debris -- and fish that eat garbage offer you garbage for nutrition when you eat them.
  4. Vitamins boost brainpower

    Big Pharma has pumped billions into the hunt for a brain-boosting drug, and all they have to show for it so far is a bunch of tax write-offs. But there is something you can pop right now to get your brain juices flowing, and it's the cheap little pills you should be taking anyway -- your daily vitamins.
  5. The hidden toxin behind autoimmune disease in women

    Ladies, you're being poisoned at every turn -- and no, your husband isn't behind this one. The mercury turning up in positively everything is the REAL cause of many of the autoimmune diseases mainstream doctors are powerless to treat -- including lupus, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and MS.
  6. Fish oil for brain health

    You don't have to be among the alt-health faithful to believe in omega-3 fatty acids anymore. Do make sure you get yours from either a steady fish habit or a quality supplement -- because there's barely a part of the body that doesn't need those fatty acids, starting with your brain.
  7. Fish oil can slash A-fib risk

    Plain old fish oil can do more for your ticker than the entire Bayer product line -- and instead of slamming you with side effects like deadly internal bleeding, it can boost everything from your brain to your eyesight right along with your circulatory health.
  8. Can veganism cause pancreatic cancer?

    Pancreatic cancer is the disease that ultimately claimed the life of Steve Jobs last year -- and if a guy with all that power and money can't beat it, you know it's bad news. But I can't help but wonder if the guy's vegan lifestyle did him in -- because there's a key mineral that can minimize your risk of this deadly cancer... and if you're munching on bunny chow, you're missing out.
  9. Fish for the brain

    All that fat you've been told NOT to eat? Turns out your brain needs it after all.
  10. The secret ingredient that could rot your brain

    The food industry is rushing full steam ahead with plans to use microscopic nanoparticles in just about every aisle of the supermarket -- even if those new "nanofoods" might leave your brain looking like a piece of Swiss cheese.

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