Tuesday, October 24, 2017

An Eccentric Lifestyle Popular in the Early 19th Century Has Left Us the Graham Cracker and More!

The Presbyterian Reverend Sylvester Graham, an early 19th century proponent of an extreme, aesthetic lifestyle, is largely forgotten today. During his life, however, he was amazingly popular and many of the theories he espoused are actually popular to this day, though he is rarely credited with their acceptance. He was also widely reviled and a controversial figure of derision.

Rev. Graham promoted a strict form of vegetarianism at a time when meat was a staple and considered essential to a healthy lifestyle. He held a number of extremely controversial diet and wellness ideas which he championed and was militant in defending. His followers were so dedicated that they became known as Grahamites.

Speaking before adoring crowds, Rev. Graham spoke boldly and powerfully against women wearing corsets, any type of gratuitous sexual activity and nihilism. His encouragement of a Spartan lifestyle was widely reported in the media.

In an age when bathing was rare and oral care primitive Grahamites practiced both; daily and religiously. Temperance was strictly enforced among Grahamites. Excitement was discouraged. They also did not use spices to enrich the taste of food, as these additives were considered to excite the senses and encourage sexual activity. Consuming meat, butter and white bread were forbidden. Especially white bread!

The elimination of white flour from their diet became central to the lifestyle and philosophy of Grahamites. Rev. Graham preached about the evils of white flour which was considered crucial by bakers in producing whiter loaves and more commercially appealing bread. He despised any food that contained additives and chemicals. Darker types of bread were considered a foodstuff for the lower classes during the Industrial Revolution. Graham set out to change this perception.

He created the recipe for Graham bread. It was made from un-sifted flour and contained no alum or chlorine, both present in the white bread of that time. He believed that bread should be coarse not fluffy and uniform like the loaves then being mass produced in industrial bakeries. A variant of the recipe for Graham bread lead to the creation of Graham crackers, popular to this day. Grahamites consumed massive quantities of Graham crackers to supplement their exceedingly bland diet.

Grahamism died out soon after Rev. Sylvester Graham’s death in 1857. His death in Northampton, Massachusetts, where a restaurant named Sylvester’s stands on the site of his home, marked the zenith of his movement. His influence, however, had touched such important Americans as Horace Greeley, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his brother William Kellogg. Their creation of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, and founding of the Battle Creek Institute, was heavily linked to their belief in Grahamism.

It has been over 150 years since the death of Rev. Sylvester Graham. It is generally forgotten that he is responsible for the creation of ubiquitous Graham Crackers, still found in most home larders. And yet, many of the principle ideas which he pioneered and were forgotten after he was deceased are again au courant today.

Modern nutritionists strongly endorse limiting the consumption of meat and refined, processed foods in the diet. Dark, multi-grain breads are promoted as key elements of a healthy diet. A vegetarian or vegan type of diet is increasingly popular. Daily bathing and proper oral care are cornerstones of hygiene and personal care. All of these ideas were key, if controversial planks in the philosophy that was central the Grahamist lifestyle. Today we accept them as factual truths, supported by science and research data.

Source by Geoff Ficke

Boost Your Immune System Naturally With Garlic, AKA the Stinking Rose!

Boost your Immune System!

Our Immune System – What is it really?

It’s a fantastic mechanism working within us, protecting us against disease by identifying and killing pathogens (infectious agents) and tumor cells. Our immune system identifies a range of nasty agents from viruses to parasitic worms and needs to set these apart from our own body’s healthy cells and tissues so that the healthy cells and tissues can function correctly.

Detection can be complex for the immune system as infectious agents can adapt and evolve to successfully infect us. To endure this challenge, the immune system endevours to develop mechanics to help recognize and neutralize these agents. So let’s give our immune system a helping hand by eating healthily!

“Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” – Hippocrates, AD 390

“You cannot achieve environmental security and human development without addressing the basic issues of health and nutrition.” – Gro H. Brundtland

“Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dine like a pauper.” – Ancient proverb

“You are what you eat.” – Ancient proverb

Garlic (Allium Sativum) – The Super Food Germ Buster!

A.k.a. “the stinking rose”, this bulbous perennial grows up to one metre high, with light pink or green-white flowers. Native to Asia, garlic is now grown Worldwide. It is in the plant’s bulb (cloves) that has the antioxidant & medicinal properties.

Constituents:Nutrients: vitamins A, B, C, & E, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, & other minerals. Phyto-chemicals: allicin, alliin (potent sulphur amino acids), beta-carotene, & more!

Garlic’s Key Actions

– antioxidant, antibiotic, anti-viral, antiseptic, anti-parasitic, antispasmodic, diuretic, antihypertensive, fungicide, expectorant

Garlic’s Key Actions

– antioxidant, antibiotic, anti-viral, antiseptic, anti-parasitic, antispasmodic, diuretic, fungicide, expectorant


Garlic provides an excellent defense for our immune system and in turn our lymphatic system (major part of the immune system). It also provides help with other bodily systems, and therefore is a good all rounder for wellbeing.

Respiratory: Garlic has a long and established reputation for helping the immune system especially with sinusitis, asthma, colds, flu, bronchitis and catarrh of the stomach.

Circulatory: Research has shown that garlic can help to protect the cardiovascular system, reducing the risk of blood clotting, heart disease and other related conditions.

Other: Garlic was used to dress wounds during the First World War! It also helps to get rid of intestinal worms, stimulates bile for digestion of fats and helps reduce the occurrence of cancer.

Caution / Concern

Seek medical advice if taking blood thinning medication. Smaller consumption for children under the age of 12. Garlic is considered as a safe herb but as Lucretius said “What is food to one man may be fierce poison to others”. Also, too much of a good thing results in a bad thing. Moderation is usually key! Consider a clove or capsule equivalent for an easy guide to your daily dose for general well being.

The Italian Job by Michele Maes

Here’s a really tasty Italian, healthy food snack, or starter:

Toast a slice of bread, rub a glove of raw garlic (without the skin) onto the toast. Then rub half a sliced tomato on top of the garlic, & add some roughly chopped fresh basil. Drizzle a little amount of good quality virgin pressed olive oil over the toast and then lay very thin slices of Parmesan cheese on top. Delicious & healthy!

Immune Booster Juice

Tomatoes and carrots help contribute to your needed daily intake amount of vitamin C, ideal for maintaining a healthy body. Garlic, ginger and horseradish contain potent antioxidants and antiflammatory properties. All of these ingredients combined create a mighty anti-mucus punch!

The Hot Stuff Juice Mix, by miracle juicesTM


300 g tomatoes, 100 g celery, 2.5cm fresh root ginger, roughly chopped, 1 garlic clove, 2 cm fresh horseradish, 175 g carrots, 2 ice cubes, celery slivers to decorate on top (optional). Juice all the ingredients (you need a juice extracting machine for this), mix the juice in blender or food processor with the ice cubes and serve. Decorate with celery slivers, if liked. Makes 150ml (1/2 pint).

Some of the Nutritional Values: calories: 189, Vitamin A: 51253 iu, Vitamin C: 87mg, Zinc: 5-52mg

NB: The contents of these articles are for information purposes only. The reader is recommended to think carefully about any difficulties he or she is having with their own health and to consult their doctor if uncertain as to its cause or nature.

Source by Michele Maes

Shirataki Noodles – Are They A Super Food?

If you’re trying to lose weight, by now you may have heard of shirataki noodles. These noodles were invented by the Japanese over 2000 years ago.

Shirataki noodles are made from flour ground from the bulbous root (or corm) of the Konjac plant. This flour is known as konjac flour and is not a carbohydrate like traditional flour. It is 100% soluble fiber which is combined at a ratio of 3% to 97% water to create a solid gel. When left in blocks this gel is called konnyaku. When formed into noodles it is called shirataki which means ‘white waterfall’. Traditional konnyaku is grey in color from the addition of seaweed to the mix.

Konnyaku and Shirataki are effectively calorie free since the human body is incapable of converting fiber into energy. Even if konjac flour were a traditional carbohydrate, a 100 gram serve of shirataki would contain only 12 calories based on the three grams of fiber it contains and the fact that one gram of carbohydrate contains four calories.

Most of the health benefits of shirataki are derived from the fiber content. The American Dietetic Association recommends 20-35 grams fiber per day. The average American only consumes around 15 grams of fiber per day.

Health Benefits of Shirataki

One serving of shirataki noodles per day;

  • Helps prevent ‘spikes’ in blood sugar levels by stabilizing them.
  • Are gluten free.
  • Are carbohydrate free and ideal for low carb diets like Atkins.
  • Reduces cholesterol levels by around 10% and LDL (bad cholesterol) by 7.2%.
  • Reduces tryglycerides by 23%.
  • Reduces Systolic blood pressure by 2.5%.
  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Reduces inflammation and helps prevent polyps from forming in the colon.
  • Aids in vitamin and mineral absorption.
  • Increases healthy bacteria in the colon.
  • Helps prevent colon cancer.
  • Effectively contains zero calories making it ideal for weight loss. Compare this to an average of 210 calories per cup of traditional pasta or noodles.
  • Fiber acts as an appetite suppressant by slowing digestion and keeping you full for longer.

Disadvantages of Shirataki

  • Contain zero nutrients other than fiber
  • Too much shirataki may result in diarrhoea.
  • Some people may find the odor of shirataki unpleasant. (Simply rinse shirataki to remove odor).
  • Shirataki has a gelatinous texture similar to rice noodles and some people don’t like this texture, especially if they hope to replace traditional pasta.
  • Shirataki noodles have little flavor so must be combined with other tasty foods.
  • Insufficient other food at the same time as shirataki will result in malnutrition.

Warning: In the 1960’s, a Japanese writer named Soichi Ohyake is rumored to have died of malnutrition after eating nothing but konnyaku and shirataki in an effort to lose weight.

So are shirataki noodles a super food. The answer is a resounding ‘NO!’ The term super food refers to foods that are highly nutritious. Clearly, this doesn’t apply to shirataki noodles since the only nutrient is fiber.

However, when used in conjunction with a healthy, balanced diet they are ideal for anyone who wants to lose weight and take advantage of the health benefits they present. So they are well worth making a regular part of you diet.

Source by Julia Andersson

Mexican Holidays an Inside Look at These Tasty Occasions

Mexican food is an integral part of Mexican holidays and celebrations, adding to the color and vibrancy of the occasion. One holiday that most people have heard of is Day of the Dead, which is when families gather together to remember their loved ones who have died. Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1 and 2.

The traditions followed on this holiday include building altars to honor the dead and visiting their graves with gifts of the deceased’s favorite foods and drinks.

Cinco de Mayo is another famous holiday in Mexico. This is a regional holiday and especially close to the hearts of Mexicans living in Puebla because, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican victory over the French in 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.

Many people assume that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day but this is wrong because their Independence Day is September 16. Independence Day is perhaps the most important Mexican national holiday of all.

The Great Taste of Mexican Holiday Foods

Mexicans are very proud of their culinary heritage, which blends Mayan, Aztec, traditional Mexican, Spanish, French and Caribbean influences and more. Some Mexican holidays have special foods associated with them but with others, like Cinco de Mayo, people just make their favorite dishes to enjoy.

It is common for the women to get together and make lots of food for the festivities. Tamales are associated with Mexican festivals because they are time consuming to make. This is why tamales are usually only made several times a year in big batches. You will see steamed tamales at Mexican celebrations.

Mexican wedding cookies and Mexican wedding cakes are popular at many holidays, not just weddings like the name implies. Rosca de Reyes is a festive bread made for January 6. The bread, which is shaped like a wreath, contains cherries, candied figs, mango, and lemon and contains a baby Jesus figurine. The person who gets the figurine in their slice has to make the food for Candlemas, which is on February 2.

Delicious Mexican Drinks for Special Occasions

Mexicans do enjoy Mexican beer and tequila but that is certainly not all. Rompope is a drink a bit like eggnog flavored with rum, cinnamon, and almonds. This thick, frothy confection is often enjoyed on Mexican holidays.

Another thick, luxurious drink is atole, which can be, drank with breakfast, lunch, or dinner. It contains fruit slices, cinnamon and brown sugar.

Many people are sadly unaware of what authentic Mexican recipes entail, partly because of the popularity of Mexican fast food and partly because not many people outside of Mexico really grasp what this exciting cuisine is all about. You do not have to wait for a Mexican holiday to try making some delicious Mexican inspired dishes!

Source by Christine Szalay Kudra

New "Eating For Your Eye Color" Weight Loss Diet

Undoubtedly you’ve heard of the popular book, “The Blood Type Diet”. In fact, the ‘type’ of blood you have is identified by the presence or absence of antigens named A and B. What blood type you are is significant only regarding blood transfusions (and in some cases identifying paternity, since you receive your blood type from your parents). If you receive blood from someone who has an antigen you do not, your body will perceive a foreign invader and an immune response will be triggered. This can be a dangerous reaction. So, blood types are identified in case you need to receive blood one day. Period.

There is absolutely no significance as related to your diet, your food tolerances, allergies, or reactions to food! The fact that someone wrote a book called “Eating for Your Blood Type” is akin to writing a book called, “Eating for your Eye Color”. So, I will tell you now how to best eat for your eye color to help you lose weight:

There are groups of people who have blue eyes, others who have brown eyes and some who have green. If both of your parents have blue eyes, so will you–just as if both of your parents have type O blood, you will. Therefore, these characteristics can be seen among others in your family-just go ahead and ask them!

Okay, so first of all, any of you who have blue eyes, listen up! You have light colored eyes and you really like snacks; especially those high in carbohydrates. Am I right? You enjoy having a donut or coffee cake late in the morning. It acts as a real pick-me-up to keep you going until lunch time, and of course, donuts taste so good to you (because your eyes are blue!) You love having some chips or cookies in the afternoon from the vending machine. You just get a craving for something sweet or salty a couple of hours after lunch, and that little munchable treat satisfies you until dinner time. Finally, you often crave something to snack on in the evening while you are watching television. How do I know this? Your eyes are blue! Mine are too. I like to snack.

How can we lose weight? Here’s how: find a lower calorie substitute for the snacks you are presently consuming. There are fantastic 100 calorie snack bags so you can have a hostess mini-cake package late morning, some wheat thins or cheese nips in the afternoon, and a skinny cow ice cream bar in the evening. Yes, even though you have blue eyes and you like to snack, you can still lose weight –just get your snacking under control.

Now for those of you with brown eyes: you like sweets, especially chocolate. And you like peanut butter. Of course you do; I know that because your eyes are brown. I have friends with brown eyes-they like chocolate and peanut butter. So, you like to eat peanut M & M’s, snickers candy bars, chocolate ice cream with nuts in it, and other treats that have a lot of calories. This makes you gain weight. You gain weight when you eat chocolate and peanut butter because your eyes are brown! And because these are very high calorie foods. What can you do about it?

First of all, realize that liking chocolate or peanut butter is not really a physiological craving. You do not need chocolate. You just like it because it tastes good. So you need to know that if you can wait until the craving passes and not wolf down a king-sized Snickers bar or double Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, you will be okay. For every 300 calories you can pass up (check the labels on those candy bars), you’ll lose three more pounds by the end of the month. This could be nine pounds a month if you’re indulging three times a day!

If you still want the taste (of course you do!) then learn to control the portions. Again, many of the 100 calorie snack bags are foods you would enjoy; chocolate covered pretzels, nutter-butter cookie crisps, and chocolate chip cookies. There are lower calorie brands of ice cream and you need to measure out a ½ cup portion when you eat it, instead of scooping ice cream into the bowl until it’s full (yes, I know that’s what you do, because your eyes are brown).

And, finally, we get to the smaller percentage of the population-those with pretty, green eyes. Unfortunately, you are predisposed to a taste for foods that have fat in them! This is unfortunate because fats have twice the calories of carbohydrates. You like donuts, potato chips, cakes, and pie. Cookies, brownies, and ice cream are also sources of fat, as well as sour cream, butter, and salad dressing. You have green eyes, so I know you are not someone who likes a dry baked potato or an undressed salad. You usually order French fries or a milkshake when you go out for fast food.

What can you do to get that weight off? Start limiting your portions of these foods. Write down everything you eat for a week. See how many times each day, on average, you indulge in one of these high fat foods. Now make the decision to reduce this to only one time a day, at most. If you have a donut, you do not also get a milkshake later that day; if you get fried fish you do not also have French fries; if you have pie after lunch you do not also get ice cream after dinner. You have green eyes: you need to find other ways to treat yourself during the day besides eating these high-fat foods!

To everyone with colored eyes, best of luck with your weight loss efforts! I’m confident you will be able to lose weight after you choose lower calorie snacks, reduce your portion sizes, decrease the calories consumed from treats, and find other ways to de-stress besides eating high-calorie foods.

I must add here, that this is a spoof, just in case someone believes these tips are scientifically related to the color of your eyes. The good news is these tips actually will work for you no matter what your eye color!

Source by Laurie Beebe

How to Cure Loud Stomach Noises

Loud stomach noises can be very embarrassing and can be caused by a variety of reasons. The biggest factor with loud stomach noise is diet, some people are more sensitive to some foods than others. While it can be something that is just as simple as not combining some food types. Eating high sugar foods with carbohydrates can be a cause of this – for example; if for lunch you ate a sandwich and an apple.

There is a solution to this, I personally suffered from very loud stomach noises for years. My job involved working very close with people and giving training sessions and so you can imagine how this was for me. People always asking if I was still hungry straight after lunch got a little boring after a while, this would lead to me not eating during the day to avoid the embarrassment but then I would get hungry and my concentration would lapse – it was not a happy way to be and so I set out to overcome this problem.

I visited my doctor and told him of my symptoms which included gurgling stomach noises after eating, gas or wind, a bloated stomach, a painful stomach if I remained seated for long periods of time and very often diarrhea. The doctor told me that these symptoms all fall under the ‘cloud’ of IBS – irritable bowel syndrome and that it is a condition which they don’t know what causes it but it can be related to stress and he suggested I write a food diary to see when it was at its worse. The food diary idea was interesting but it didn’t produce any worthwhile results. The problem was not solely with what I was eating, it was with the combination of food types, it was with eating foods that the body isn’t designed to eat – like refined foods.

I came to the conclusion that as this is a digestion and food related problem then there must be a diet and food related solution. I studied a lot of books on diet over the coming months and decided that I was going to take my foods back to basics. I would only eat simple foods – like a caveman would eat. I would eat meat, fish, low sugar vegetables and eggs. I would eliminate sugar because this was a suspect in these loud stomach noises and so with this I would eliminate fruit for the first two weeks. In total I wasn’t eating more than 20 ingredients and was only drinking water and tea. The reason is because I want to give my stomach minimal foods with no carbohydrates and no sugar so basically I was eating protein salads and meat and veg in the evening. Breakfast would usually include eggs, sausages, tomatoes etc.

Within two weeks my loud stomach noises had completely cleared up. They had gone!!! It was unbelievable. I am now six months into this and have introduced more foods but very slowly – usually a weeks at a time. For anyone who has experienced similar problems then I strongly suggest trying this because I am certain it will work for most people. I believe refined foods, combining carbs with fat during meals and sugar are the cause of this problem.

The best plan that I found is the CUREIBS plan. Although the condition I had was not IBS, the strategy of this plan is still the same and works wonders – within a week!! It is great for a full list of suitable and unsuitable foods, it will provide you with great techniques along with the correct times to introduce new foods. Within no time you will be back to normal!

Source by Alan Kings

Beware of Fast Food Veggie Burgers

While I applaud the efforts of the fast food industry in attempting to provide vegetarian and more healthful alternatives to the crap they already sell on a daily basis, I have to point out shortcomings and defects in their attempts to provide vegetarian and healthy alternatives that sabotage or defeat the whole purpose of attempting to provide healthier and meat-less (vegetarian) products.

Is health or the wellbeing of the American people the main objective in selling vegetarian products or is it financial gain? Unfortunately for all the people who want to believe the fast food industry is coming around and becoming more health conscious, the fast food industry’s objective in selling vegetarian items such as the veggie burger is strictly commercial, at least right now or presently.

Why? Because until the vegetarian items are completely lacking animal byproducts, the promoting and selling of vegetarian items is to deceive fast food consumers into believing that they have a choice in eating meatless or healthier items and products, which just isn’t true


Take McDonald’s, Burger King, and the Habit for example. They all sell a veggie burger. But that veggie burger patty (if the patty itself is not entirely vegetable based) is cooked in ANIMAL LARD number one, and number two, cooked on the same grill that meat (DEAD ANIMAL FLESH) is cooked on.

All meat contains parasites and worms, and the ugliest ones that you could ever see with the human eyes. I know this personally as I have done the personal research (and have been presented research from Doctah B, Bro. Tarik, and others in the Los Angeles area) and have the nauseating photographs to show you. TOTALLY GROSS!

Some people thought they were avoiding animal byproducts by only eating French fries from the fast food restaurant, not knowing that most fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s were cooking their fries in vegetable oil mixed with beef juice. That’s right! McDonald’s add beef juice to its cooking oil for flavor, in addition to spraying the fires with a sugar solution, freezing them and shipping them off to McDonald’s franchises, and after cooking the sugar sprayed fries in beef juice (oil), sodium chloride (salt) is added and you have one of the most addictive products in America – McDonald’s French fries!

Take Subway for example, a place I used to eat at often in my early vegan days and while I was in the Corporate world. I had my places to eat at and menus to choose from. However, eating out was the exception to the rule and not the rule, as I normally prepared my own lunch. But Subway was right across the street from my place of employment and the food was much lighter than the stuff sold at the more general fast food establishments.

However, as I became more spiritual and health conscious, it started to bother me eating at establishments that served vegetarian products alongside with meat or flesh products. I used to order the Veggie Max sub sandwich from Subway. But the soy based Veggie Max patty was in a container or bin next to bacon (pig’s back end). This was not a far distance for the microscopic parasites and worms to crawl from the bacon bin to the veggie patty bin. Also, the veggie patty was cut in two with the same knife used to cut meat with. You see, it really doesn’t matter if you’re health conscious or vegan or vegetarian and the person preparing your food (or product) is not. To the fast food employee, they’re just preparing another product totally oblivious to strict food sanitary preparation ethics and principles.

Another thing to point out about the Subway Veggie Max sub or sandwich is that it was (1) cooked (actually, RADIATED) in a microwave oven, (2) cooked or radiated in the same microwave oven as meat or flesh products (pork worms can’t be killed in heat because of a heat-resistant shell that forms around the worm in very high temperatures, and the only substance that can penetrate or break open that shell is the hydrochloric acid of the human body).

One day while out on the town with my children here in Glendale, California, my daughter wanted some noodles or Chow Mein and I think some vegetable-fried rice or egg rolls from Panda Express, I really can’t remember exactly the items, but I do remember asking the Panda Express employee to prepare an exclusively vegetarian plate – NO MEAT OR MEAT-BYPRODUCTS WHATSOEVER, i.e. vegetable-fried rice, Chow Mein, steamed vegetables, and to my utter shock, the employee honestly told me that NOTHING at Panda Express was vegetarian. Absolutely nothing! I said, “Even the vegetable-fried rice, noodles, and steamed vegetables?” He said “That’s right, Sir!” With a discombobulated look on my face, the employee then told me that Panda Express pours chicken juice on all of its items. So now I’m thinking about the time when time compelled me to get something on the go and I got what I thought was completely vegetarian from Panda Express.

And of course, I’ve heard similar accounts from my good Vegan comrades as well. So if you want to know a thing, ask. And by all means, don’t presume.

If you think those vegetarian corn dogs at Hot Dog On-A-Stick are vegetarian, think again! They contain egg whites (in the bread batter).

I also used to eat the vegetarian burritos at Baha Fresh Mexican Grill. I started getting headaches. Why? White flour tortillas cooked on the same grill as the slaughtered flesh (meat). So what did I do to cure the problem? I Left those burritos alone and I have been fine ever since.

I remember my early vegan days of 1997 and 1998 and thinking I was not eating any animal parts or byproducts whatsoever only to discover that those black beans I was eating from El Pollo Loco contained chunks of chicken. One day while eating these black beans, I noticed a strange substance in them. When I picked the substance up and closely analyzed it, I was disgusted to be holding a piece of chicken in my hand. Boy did I feel nauseated at this revelation and discovery. I had to let those beans go no matter how good they tasted. I refuse to let taste disillusion me into a state of poor health and into an early grave.

Vegetarian does not mean vegan! Vegan means “completely animal free, including dairy products and eggs,” whereas vegetarian means “meat-free but not dairy/eggs-free.” A vegetarian burrito at a fast food restaurant may contain cheese and sour cream (congealed cow snot or mucus). Some veggie burger patties may also contain cheese. Cheese is from an animal so how can it be animal free? While many health conscious folks and would be vegans enjoy Boca Burgers, some brands contain egg whites and cheese, so start reading the ingredient list on the box.

So although McDonald’s now has a veggie burger, just know that its veggie burger is cooked in beef oil, in addition to the fact that the veggie burger is centered between two white, refined grain buns, conventionally grown iceberg lettuce (the worst lettuce to eat and the most nutritionally deficient plant to eat) and genetically engineered tomatoes (if you want lettuce and tomatoes on your veggie burger). The same thing can be said of Burger King and the Habit’s veggie burgers.

However, if you’re on the road or out and about in society and must make a choice to eat something that is not so insalubrious, it would be a good idea to experience around with a major fast food chain’s veggie burger rather than give in to the traditional crap that has been served over the years and that you always bought and ate. However, it is better (and wiser) to seek out vegan restaurants before you actually hit the town (if you’re a health conscious individual or vegan).

I know how difficult it is to be vegan (at first) and to not have vegan eateries so easily and readily accessible, especially if you live in a small town. I’m thankful that the Greater Los Angeles area and Southern California in general is loaded with vegan spots around town to get something wholesome and nutritious to eat. The same is true for other big cities around the nation such as New York City, Atlanta, San Diego, San Francisco-Oakland Bay area, etc.

If you’re having trouble locating vegan eateries around the nation, contact Friends of Animals at bill@friendsofanimals.org or (203)656-1522 for a possible listing of vegan restaurants.

If you’re in the Greater Los Angeles area, you may contact us at http://www.DHERBS.com for a listing of vegan (and vegetarian) restaurants.

Eating healthy is a journey, discipline, and lifestyle and does not come without challenges in the early stages. However, as you become more health conscious, you’ll discover more healthy places to eat at while out on the town.

Thank you for reading! PEACE, LOVE and LIGHT!

This article was compliments of www.dherbs.com and Djehuty Ma’at-Ra, The People’s Herbalist

Source by Djehuty Ma’at-Ra

The Grapefruit Solution

Pucker up and get ready to savor grapefruit at every meal. On The Grapefruit Solution, this citrus fruit is the secret to losing weight. But don’t be distressed: you can choose fruit, juice, or a supplement version of this wonder fruit. The grapefruit is so magical that just adding it to your food plan, says the diet, will lead you to lose weight. The diet’s claim is that grapefruit contains a key compound that prevents excess dietary fat and carbohydrates from being absorbed. When you eat it at least three times a day, grapefruit provides a feeling of fullness and reduces hunger. You’ll also reduce cholesterol levels and lower your risk of heart disease.

What makes The Grapefruit Solution different?

This diet promises weight loss due to a single super food, the grapefruit. The plan claims to be even more effective when you combine it with any other diet (like South Beach, Atkins, or Weight Watchers). Just don’t forget to live the grapefruit lifestyle and consume some variation of the marvelous citrus with every meal.

What is The Grapefruit Solution?

The “Diet” consists of consuming grapefruit in addition to other healthy foods, rather than consuming grapefruit as the bulk of your diet. Eating grapefruit is an addition to a healthy eating plan or diet that you can commit to and that involves slow weight loss and permanent changes in eating and exercise habits.

Grapefruits can be included in most diet plans like Weight Watchers, The Zone, and Jenny Craig. If the diet bans the fruit, you can take capsules instead of eating whole fruit. This diet promises that, no matter which plan you choose, grapefruit should help you lose weight. Even if you just add grapefruit without changing any other eating habits, you can also lose some weight.

A serving of grapefruit is half to one grapefruit, an eight-ounce glass of grapefruit juice, or 2 tablets of CitraSens supplement (or any other pure grapefruit supplement as described by the diet) at each meal. You can choose whichever form of grapefruit you like, as long as you consume at least one serving per meal every day.

Many helpful hints for choosing, purchasing, sectioning, juicing, and consuming grapefruits are offered. You can learn where to purchase special sectioning knives, juicers, and other easy preparation tools.

If you don’t enjoy eating naked grapefruit, you can top the fruit with grape jam, aspartame and cinnamon, or a maraschino cherry. You can also try one or more of the plan’s grapefruit recipes.

A typical day’s breakfast could include low-fat yogurt sprinkled with low-fat granola. Lunch is fruit salad with some grapefruit or a green salad with raw vegetables. Dinner could be a casserole with vegetables, grains, and beans, with a small green salad, and a fruit for dessert. Snacking is a good thing. Choose snacks that are low in calories (between 30 and 60 calories) like 1 whole grapefruit, a cup of fresh or canned fruit, or ½- cup of low-sugar, whole-grain cereal.

And don’t ignore your sweet tooth. Satisfy those sugary desires, if you can, by eating frozen fruit bars or other low calorie or low-fat treats.

What are the weight loss expectations?

If you eat or drink grapefruit at each meal without any other dietary or physical activity changes, you can lose up to ten pounds in three months. When you add grapefruit and follow the diet plan of your choice, you should lose one to two pounds per week. For health reasons, don’t lose more than three pounds weekly.

Is exercise promoted?

You should incorporate a minimum of 20 minutes of exercise you enjoy at least three days every week. By increasing the time and intensity slowly, you can work your way up to 40 minutes five days per week. The diet offers guidelines on how to incorporate exercise into your daily life and tips on keeping you moving. It also suggests “ten commandments” of exercise, including drinking plenty of water before, during, and after exercising, exercising at your own pace and fitness level, and keeping a daily written record of your progress.

Are supplements recommended?

If you don’t, won’t, or can’t eat grapefruit or grapefruit juice, take a supplement instead. The supplement is highly concentrated, powdered grapefruit and peel.

The pill form gives you greater than 40 times the benefits of eating a grapefruit. Take this pill three times daily, once at each meal. When you purchase the supplement, choose CitraSens or Grapefruit Solution to ensure that it is pure grapefruit.

You should also take a multivitamin with minerals daily. If you don’t eat dairy products, take a calcium supplement with breakfast. If you’re eating a well-varied diet, you should have little need of supplements.

Source by Tiffany M. White

A Simple But Great Roast Chicken Recipe

You can’t beat roast chicken for Sunday lunch or to treat the family, and if you follow my recipe you’ll have perfect results every time. I like to stuff my chicken with a mixture based on good-quality sausage meat before cooking it, as this helps to keep the bird moist. Or you can just put a small lemon and a few sprigs of herbs in the cavity for a fresh flavour: rosemary, thyme, parsley and tarragon are all good. If you roast your potatoes in the same tin under the bird, the chicken fat gives them a wonderful flavour.

Roast chicken with pork stuffing

If you have a favourite sausage, you can always use it as a substitute for the ones used in the stuffing below

Serves 4, plus leftovers

Ready in 3 hours

15g butter

1 shallot, finely chopped

4 Extra Special Pork and Leek Sausages, skins removed

25g pack fresh thyme

25g fresh white breadcrumbs

1tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1 Large Chicken (2.2kg)

750g King Edward or Maris Piper potatoes, peeled

2tbsp olive oil

Gravy, to serve

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6. Melt the butter in a pan and cook the shallot over a low heat until soft. Transfer to a bowl and cool. Add the sausage meat. Remove the leaves from 1 sprig of thyme, chop and add to the bowl. Add the breadcrumbs and parsley. Season well.
  2. Put the whole chicken on a board and push the stuffing into the cavity.
  3. Cut the potatoes into large, even-sized chunks and arrange in a large roasting tin. Put a rack on top.
  4. Sit the chicken on the rack, rub the skin with olive oil and season. Cook for 2 hours 15 minutes, basting occasionally. Halfway through cooking, turn the potatoes over and move them around in the tin.
  5. Transfer the bird to a plate, cover loosely with foil and rest in a warm place for 15 minutes before carving.
  6. Increase the oven to 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7 and return the potatoes to the oven, this time without the rack, for 5-10 minutes or until crisp.
  7. Carve the chicken. Heat the gravy and serve with the chicken, roast potatoes, sprinkled with thyme, and peas

Special peas

This recipe transforms basic frozen peas into a delicious French dish by adding just a few extra ingredients. A perfect accompaniment to roast chicken

Put 350g frozen peas, 4 trimmed and sliced spring onions, 1 sliced Little Gem lettuce, 25g butter and 4 chopped fresh mint leaves in a pan with 150ml water. Cover the pan with a lid and heat until simmering. Continue to simmer the peas for 10 minutes. Serve immediately. Serves 4

Great cooking tips:-

Cooking time

If your chicken is a different weight from the one used in my recipe, or if you cook it without stuffing, calculate the cooking time at 20-25 minutes per 500g, plus an extra 20 minutes, at 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.


When you stuff the chicken, calculate the cooking time on the weight of the chicken when stuffed.

What’s all the truss about?

Trussing is tying the legs together with kitchen string to help keep the bird’s shape during cooking for a neat, professional finish.


I like to brush the skin all over with olive oil before cooking, to help the skin crisp and brown. Or you can use melted butter mixed with olive oil. I don’t cover the bird with foil, and I baste it every 40 minutes as it cooks.

Is it cooked?

To test it, pierce the thickest part of the thigh with a skewer. If the juices run clear, it’s cooked. If the juices are pink, return the chicken to the oven for another 15 minutes or until the juices run clear.


Put the chicken on a plate and cover loosely with foil. Rest in a warm (not hot) place for 15-20 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute evenly throughout the meat, keeping it succulent.

How to carve a chicken

Use a sharp knife and a fork to keep the meat still

1. Put the knife between the leg and the body and cut off the leg and thigh in one piece, then cut off the wing.

2. Slice one of the breasts. Turn the chicken round and repeat on the other side.

3. Cut each leg in half to separate the drumstick from the thigh

Source by Billy Valentine

Can I Grow Taller If I Skip Breakfast? – Nutrition You Should Have to Grow Taller 4 Smarts

Do you prefer a hearty breakfast or a light morning bite to grow taller in good health? A big meal at lunchtime or at dinner? Snacks or no snacks? Three meals a day or several mini-meals? No approach is healthier than having breakfast if you follow your personal guidelines to grow taller 4 smart eating to and healthful living overall. That said, one meal, one snack, or one day of less healthful food choices or high-calorie eating won’t make or break your health. Your food choices on most days, over the long term, count! Think about some changes you could make. You can start small, perhaps just add a bigger spoonful of vegetables to your plate, or order a carton of milk to go with a fast-food lunch. Like most of today’s consumers, you may spend 45 minutes or less preparing a family meal (compared with 2 hours, 45 years ago).

In fact, marketing research shows that 60 percent of American women want to spend less than 15 minutes preparing a meal! Like others, you may not decide on the menu until the end of the workday. Sound familiar? When time is short, don’t give up on healthful eating. Just take short cuts to save time and energy! “No time,” “nothing to eat,” “woke up too late,” and “on a diet”: people give many reasons for breakfast skipping or skimping. Despite its benefits, breakfast may the most neglected and skipped meal of the day. Some blame their body clock for not feeling hungry when they wake up. The excuse “not hungry” may instead be stress; stress hormones can affect hunger cues. With today’s hectic lifestyles, others come up short on time and energy first thing in the morning. Some falsely believe that skipping breakfast is effective for weight control.

What is on today’s menu for the whole family to grow taller? Yet breakfast is the healthful way to start the day. More than forty years of breakfast-related studies show that breakfast benefits children, teens, and adults. Breakfast is your body’s early morning refueling stop. After 8 to 12 hours without a meal or snack, your body needs to replenish its glucose (blood sugar) with a new supply of food.

The brain needs a fresh supply of glucose, its main energy source, because it has no stored reserves you cannot grow taller so easy. Sustained mental work-in school or at work-requires a large turnover of glucose in the brain. Your muscles also need a replenished blood glucose supply for physical activity-even walking from your desk to the printer-throughout the day. Breakfast for Better Health. Among breakfast benefits: a jump start on fitting enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your day. Orange juice for breakfast offers more than vitamin C; it’s also a good source of potassium. Whole-grain and other fiber-rich cereals and breads can boost your fiber and folate intake to grow taller. Studies suggest two other reasons for eating breakfast: growing taller in a healthy way and reduced risk for heart disease.

Breakfast eaters are less likely to be overly hungry for mid-morning snacks or lunch; overall they tend to eat less fat during the day, too. Compared to breakfast eaters, studies show that those who skipped breakfast tend to have higher blood cholesterol levels, a risk factor for heart disease. Further research on growing taller is needed to explore this link. For those who choose ready-to-eat breakfast cereals in the morning, their eating pattern typically has more vitamins and minerals, and less total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol, and fewer calories. Why protein foods seem ideal to grow taller and to make meals more satisfying? For you, satisfaction may come in part from what you define as a meal, perhaps a protein food-such as meat, fish, poultry, eggs, or a soy burger-served with other foods (vegetables, fruit, whole-grain foods, and/or dairy foods)

But the benefits of protein to grow taller in meals extend beyond meal preferences. With their high-energy needs and small stomachs, most children need snacks. And so do teens. Three daily meals often aren’t enough to provide all the nutrients and food energy they need. The advice for parents: help children learn good snacking habits. And keep nutrient-rich food-group snacks that kids enjoy on hand and encourage kids to snack to satisfy hunger, without overeating. Make snack calories count within your personal healthful eating plan to grow taller without overspending your day’s calorie budget. Think of snacks as mini-meals that can contribute nutrient-rich food-group foods. Refer to “A Food Group plan for you and “Two Food-Group Snacks”.

Go easy on energy-dense snacks (candy, juice drinks, soft drinks, others) with a lot of fat, especially saturated (solid) fat and/or added sugars; choose them appropriately so your day’s food choices fit within your calorie budget. A little lean-protein food may add satiety. Use food labels to make snack decisions. Remember: If a snack package has two servings and you eat the whole amount, you double the calories, the saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, and sodium listed in one label serving, too! Check the ingredient list for added sugars…. if canned liquid supplements or meal replacements are good snacks for you?

Despite advertising messages, you don’t need pricey liquid nutrition to supplement your meals if you’re healthy and growing taller. Your kids don’t, either. Food-fruit, smoothies, whole-grain crackers, yogurt-taste better, and they provide nutrients and other beneficial substances that canned liquid “meals” lack. If you think you need a supplement, stick with a multivitamin/mineral supplement tablet. For a fraction of the price, you get the same nutrient benefits to grow taller.

Source by Louis-Philippe Gauthier