The controversy continues over whether a person can be considered healthy if their weight is not in the normal range. The problem, of course, is how you define "healthy" and how you define "normal weight."
Much of the research that I've reported on in this column has defined "normal weight" in terms of Body Mass Index (BMI), with "normal" being a score of 20-25, "overweight" a score of 25-30, and "obese" 30 and up. But BMI isn't particularly accurate for whole groups of people, including children (there's a child-specific BMI range instead), the elderly, people who are extremely muscular (have low levels of body fat), and others. (Find out your BMI.) Waist to hip ratio is another score that may actually be more useful than BMI as a measure of healthy weight. (Find out your Waist to Hip ratio.)
"Healthy" is most often defined in terms of cardiovascular health, including cholesterol scores and blood pressure along with glucose levels and insulin response. Can you be fit and fat? »
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I doesn't get much more Mediterranean than this! Good oil, lots of veggies, a little bit of meat, whole grains and fish.
I choose my sausage carefully. First and foremost, it can be very salty. The andouille that I used in this recipe contains 400 mg in a 2 ounce serving. This is pretty reasonable and you should look carefully at the package and set that as your target. Many sausages can have twice that amount.
The flavor of a brown roux is not in the fat but in the cooked flour!
This healthy recipe is so quick and simple and there's nothing better than the taste of New Orleans. The iron skillet will let you heat the pan until it is smoking hot - and that's key to the blackened spice crust. If you don't have an iron skillet, use a stainless steel or aluminum pan, but not one coated with non-stick material.