Helwi El Hayet’s episode 42

Hi all!

President of the Lebanese Film Foundation, Maya de Freige was our main guest today. With the support of the Ministries of Tourism and Culture and in coordination with the Tourism office of Lebanon in Paris, Fondation Liban Cinema represented Lebanon in Cannes Festival.  Visit their website for more info: http://fondationlibancinema.org/

During our weekly nutrition segment, nutritionist Christelle Bedrossian discussed healthy diet for patients with diabetes.

  1. How can we mange diabetes?
    Weight management: Frequently patients with diabetes are overweight/ obese – objective is to lose weight.  Weight loss of 5% of body weight improves insulin resistance and glycemia.
    Monitor total CHO through Carb counting: It is a meal planning technique for managing blood glucose levels. Well-controlled blood glucose is a top priority. Studies have concluded that all diabetics can cut their risk of developing diabetes complications such as heart disease, kidney, eye disease…by keeping their blood glucose as closely controlled as possible
    Monitor fat: Increase HDL and decrease LDL through Low SFA, CT and Trans fat…
    Monitor hypertension through a low sodium diet
  2. Why Carb counting?
    Myth: Some people with diabetes still believe that there is something called a Diabetic diet in other words avoiding sugar or a strict way of eating that controls glucose.
    Truth: Having diabetes doesn’t have to mean eating the same food day after day. With proper education and within the context of healthy eating, a person with diabetes can eat anything. The dietitian can teach the patients how many total grams of carbohydrate they can eat throughout the day at each meal and snack, and still keep their blood glucose under good control.
  3. How many grams of CHO should you eat per day?
    CHO increases blood glucose faster than any other food. The number of grams of CHO that a person can eat each day or at each meal is determined by weight, weight loss goals, physical activity, diabetes medication or insulin.
  4. What kind of foods contain CHO?
    Starchy foods: bread, cereal, rice, pasta, biscuits …
    Grains: beans lentils
    Starchy vegetables: potatoes and corn
    Fruit – juice
    Milk – yogurt
    Sweets and snacks: sodas, juice drinks, cake, cookies, candy, and chips
  5. How to count carbs?
    1 serving = 15g CHO= 1 carb unit; (all the same effect on blood glucose). There is about 15 grams of carbohydrate in:
    1 small piece of fresh fruit such as one apple or 1/2  grapefruit
    1 slice of bread or 1 brown pain de mie or 1/2 hamburger bun or 1/2 cup of bulgur
    1/2 cup of beans or 1/2 cup of starchy vegetable oil
    1/4 large baked potato
    2/3 cup of plain fat-free yogurt or 1 cup milk
    1/2 cup ice cream or 1 tbsp jam, sugar or honey or 5 crackers or 2 small cookies
  6. Are all carbs the same?
    Actually no. Some carbs are healthier than others such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy foods; these foods provide essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber…it will make you feel more full. Less healthy carbs, like those found in cookies and candies should be avoided.

Lute and bouzouki player, Elie Khoury and percussionist Khaled Yasin talked about their upcomming concert “Shay2 Mema yatrob” taking place on the 12th of June in Metro City, Hamra.

Maria al-Aaraj joined us to talk about her blog http://www.mariasupermom.blogspot.com. She launched her blog three weeks ago. The main topics include; baby’s health, beauty advice, crafts, daily menu, dessert, father’s day, freezer friendly recipes, homemade baby food, housekeeping advice and much more.

Assisstant director Aseel Ayash and actor Daniel Blaban introduced us to the (B)IM project, a free theatrical performance in public places. This project is an initiative to help discover the Lebanese theater.
“(B)IM is an acronym for “Books in Motion,” the name of the first project, where we adapted Lebanese books into plays. We inserted parentheses around the B to indicate flexibility and to indicate that adapting books is not our only activity. Our activities are “in motion” whether touring Lebanon or collaborating overseas.” Visit their website for more info: www.thebimproject.com

During our weekly photography segment, photographer Emile Issa discussed Glamour Photography & the Golden Age of Black and White Cinema.
What major innovation followed the invention of Photography?
The Photographic process led quickly to another invention that was called the “Cinematograph”. It’s was invented in 1895 by the Lumière Brothers.
What was the Cinematograph about?
This process allowed the viewer to see “moving images” and not just still pictures; thanks to the passage of multiple images per second (which is now stabilized to 24 frames per second) the viewer was tricked to witness a reproduction of a “moving reality”.   This invention was about to unleash the most famous Glamour industry in the world: “Hollywood”.
What happened to the first famous actors, and what role did photography have at that time?
Quickly this new art form called “Septième art” generated a lot of enthusiasm and actors in movies became very famous. More than fame, they were celebrated as Glamorous Icons and immortalized by talented photographers of prestigious studios in Hollywood and also Paris with the Studio Harcourt. Photography at that time contributed in propagating their glamorous image and establishing them as Iconic references to the spectators. When we think Hollywood, we quickly think of Marilyn Monroe but we can also think of Brigitte Bardot and Gina Lollobrigida.

Hope you enjoyed today’s episode. See you back tomorrow.


Helwi El Hayet

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