Monday, September 27, 2010

Desiree's 50th Birthday Bash to benefit American Heart Association

Join me on October 23rd at 7:30 pm to celebrate my 5oth birthday! As a heart attack survivor and a loving volunteer for the AHA, this will be a fund raiser and all proceeds will benefit the Go Red for Women Campaign. Heart disease is the #1 killer of women and men here in the USA and many other countries. Enjoy a night of fun and celebration!
No host bar. (drinks are like $2 !!) Special guests from the AHA will be attending!

The Event venue:
Sportsman Yacht Club
3301 Wilbur Avenue
Antioch, Ca

date: Saturday, October 23rd
time: 7:30 p.m.
Sit down heart healthy dinner (choices will be given once you have confirmed your ticket)
Bottled Wine at each table. Robert Mondavi/Woodbridge
Live music jam- some of the areas best talent will be playing through out the evening.
So come and dance your ass off! Great cardio work out!

I will be blessed by your presence!


$60 per couple
$40 stag (so find a date!) save $10

Payments can be made through paypal (left hand side of this blog) or personal check
payable to :
Desiree Heinen
1013 W 3rd Street #B
Antioch, Ca 94509

Please respond by October RSVP ASAP and payment for tickets must be by October 15th.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Olive Oil Magical Powers Revealed-- Real Age

You already know that olive oil is chock-full of healthy fats. But here's another reason to cook with it: Olive oil might actually help "turn off" genes that could harm your heart.

In a study, eating a diet with lots of polyphenol-rich olive oil helped suppress genes related to heart-damaging inflammation and oxidation. Quite the modern-sounding health benefit for an oil that's been around since the days of Homer.

Mediterranean Magic
In fact, olive oil has been a dietary staple in Greek and other cultures for millennia. And it seems those Greeks really have a good thing going. In a study where people ate either olive-oil-infused Mediterranean meals or their regular diet for 3 months, the olive oil group's blood tests suggested better heart health. Specifically, their tests showed fewer markers of inflammation and oxidative damage -- thanks in part to a reduced expression of genes that influence these harmful processes.

Oil Me Up
DNA damage and atherosclerosis also were slowed in the olive oil group. But most of these good-for-your-heart changes were more pronounced in a select group of participants who were given an extra-polyphenol-rich version of olive oil, leading researchers to suspect it's the polyphenols that make olive oil so good for your heart. And the study results help confirm that olive oil is one of the key reasons Mediterranean diets are so good for overall health.

Bring all the wonderful flavors and health benefits of olive oil to your table with these recipes:

* Skip the onion dip, and make this creamy, healthful spread instead: Hummus.
* Say no to processed meat and have this for lunch: Grilled Eggplant Panini.
* Have this simple Mediterranean fish dish for dinner: Roasted Cod with Warm Tomato-Olive-Caper