Thursday, March 23, 2017

Yin and Yang Food – How Does it Affect You?

Did you know that Yin and Yang, the principle at the heart of Chinese philosophy, applies to Chinese food and cooking as well? In Chinese medicine, all food can be divided into four Qis: Hot, warm, cool and cold; or yang, mild yang, mild yin and yin respectively.

In general, yang food improves blood circulation and warms us up, but too much yang food (or eaten during the wrong season e.g. summer) will induce constant thirst, hot flashes, night sweats and constipation. In contrast, yin food quenches thirst, cleanses our systems and cools us down, but if eaten inappropriately it will lower our metabolism and weaken our bodies. In particular, according to traditional Chinese, pregnant women are traditionally advised not to eat yin food (e.g. crab, watermelon) as it may increase the chance of miscarriage.

So what are some examples of yin and yang food?

Grains and Beans

  • Mild Yang (warm food): glutinous rice, black rice, barley, sago, sorghum
  • Mild Yin (cool food): wheat, barley, green beans, buckwheat, millet
  • Right in the middle: Rice, corn (maize), sweet potato, sesame, soy beans, rice beans, oat, long beans, sweet peas, kidney beans, mung beans, lentil, broadbean

Meat and Dairy Product

  • Mild Yang (warm):beef, lamb (mutton), chicken, shrimp, lobster, mussels, goat milk
  • Mild Yin (cool): duck, abalone
  • Yin: duck egg, crab, clam, octopus, squid, escargots, raw food
  • Just Right: chicken egg and egg white, pork, scallop, fish, cow milk, yogurt

Fruits and Nuts

  • Mild Yang (warm): peach, almond, dates, lychee, long yan, lemon, papaya, pine nut, walnut, chestnut, cherry, mango
  • Mild Yin (cool):apple, pear, orange, strawberry, pipa
  • Yin (cold): Persimmon, pomelo, banana, starfruit, kiwi, water melon, sweet melon
  • Just Right: plum, pineapple, grapes, olive, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, coconut milk, peanut, hazelnut

Vegetables

  • Mild Yang (warm): spring onion, garlic, leeks, coriander / parsley, onion, pumpkin
  • Yang (hot): pepper
  • Mild Yin (cool): tomato, celery, egg plant, choy shum, spinach, asparagus, artichoke, cauliflower, tofu (including soy milk), gluten, lotus root, winter melon, cucumber, mushroom, needle mushroom
  • Yin (cold): bok choy, arrowhead, water spinach, watercress, bamboo shoots, seaweed, straw mushroom, bitter melon, water chestnut
  • Just Right: carrot, potato, taro, mushroom, turnip (very mild yin), black fungus (very mild yin)

Other Food and Ingredients

  • Mild Yang (warm): spices such as young ginger, clove, dill, rosemary, sage, turmeric, thyme, horseradish, cayenne, nutmeg, wild pepper, cumin, star anise; stimulants such as alcohol, coffee, black tea and other caffeinated drinks; red sugar, ginseng
  • Yang (hot): Cinnamon
  • Mild Yin (cool): green tea, honey, beer, chrysanthemum tea, mint
  • Yin (cold): Soy sauce, soy bean paste, salt

How Does This Apply To Us?

According to the Chinese, each of us are born yin, yang or somewhere in between. For example, if you always crave for spicy food you may have a “yin” body; and if you love watermelon anytime in the year you are likely a Yang.

Your health condition can also indicate the yin-yang balance of your body. Constant cold hands and feet? A Yin; Get soar throat easily and have a quick temper? A Yang. Seasonal and geographic variations will also affect our preference on yin and yang foods.

The Advice

  • When cooking yin food (applies to most veggies), add yang ingredients such as garlic, spring onion, ginger and coriander.
  • Eat seasonal food: let the nature guide us how to eat.
  • Balanced diet: if we eat a wide variety of food, the yin and yang will balance out.



Source by Stephanie M Ng

Chinese Food Culture: How Many Meals Per Day?

When I first came to England, I was very confused when people asked me how many meals per day do Chinese people usually have. I would simply reply: “obviously three, but don’t you have the same?”.

Later on I found out that I wasn’t right. Of course, different cultures have different eating habits (in Spain, people usually eat five times a day). Don’t even mention how different each meal could be.

Realizing the differences in terms of food culture between China and Western countries is probably what first made me aware of cultural identity issues. I have been thinking of writing about this for a long time.

The bold statement “three meals per day in Chinese culture” is really not precise, especially considering how many different ethnic groups and different regions there are in China. People belonging to different ethnic groups or living in different areas have slightly different eating habits.

For example, in the very south of China, people would usually have an additional meal in the very late evening, after supper. But in the North, we usually have three meals: breakfast between 6.30am-7.30am (depending on people’s work schedule), lunch at 12pm to 1pm, and dinner around 7pm.

Common Chinese breakfast in Northern provinces could consist of congee with pickles, soya milk with ‘Youtiao’ (a kind of fried pastry), or Chinese steamed ‘bread’. In restaurants that open in the morning for breakfast, you can also get noodles or ‘bao zi’ (steamed bread with fillings).

Lunch normally involves proper dishes and comes with stable food like rice. In Northern provinces, pastries with different fillings are also very common buys for lunch. Students could take lunch boxes and working people would either go home or eat in small restaurants. In any case, lunch is commonly followed by a short nap.

I read an article somewhere a while ago about German businessmen having meetings with Chinese in Shanghai. At 12pm, Chinese people would stand up and said, “it’s lunch time now, let’s go to have lunch, we can keep on talking on the dining table.” Germans were very surprised, because they were in the middle of a meeting. This shows how important food is in Chinese culture.

Dinner is normally prepared properly at home, although, nowadays, with lots of family run restaurants at very reasonable price, people have started buying food or dining out often. Home cooked dinner normally involves a meat or fish dish, and several vegetable dishes.

There is another saying in Chinese: “walking 100 steps after dinner can make you live till 99 years old”. Although this is obviously a metaphor, in China you will see crowds of people having a stroll in the streets or gardens around 7.30pm or 8pm, right after dinner.



Source by Shibin Zhang

8 Low Carb Diet Tips

I was never overweight as a child. In fact I was very, very thin. My nickname was “bones”. When I graduated high school, my life became very sedentary. I gained 20 pounds within a couple of years.

When I reached my 30’s I was 30 pounds overweight but still able to fit into pretty clothes. I then became more sedentary and as I reached my 40’s, I was 80 pounds overweight. I knew I had to do something about it.

With heart disease and diabetes in my family, low carb diets are the only diets that have easily and quickly worked for me.

With a low carb diet, you limit foods high in carbohydrates. By doing so, your body begins to burn fat for fuel.

Following any diet can be difficult to follow but these 8 tips will help you succeed!

1. Eat what you want to eat the night before you start your diet

Cravings are one of the hardest things to deal with when on a low carb diet. Make sure you curb the desire to eat high carbohydrate foods by taking the day before to eat a variety of your favorite foods. This will keep you from dreaming of that one last meal with foods that will be limited on your diet.

2. Have your pantry and refrigerator stocked

Make sure you have all the foods you need in your pantry before you start your diet. This keeps you from cheating. The day before you start your diet, you should have enough food in your house for at least seven days. This will also help you plan meals and keep you from going to the grocery store when you’re hungry.

3. Make a menu

Making menus will help you plan your meals for the day. This keeps you from trying to decide what you’re going to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is also a good way for you to stick to your diet.

4. Keep snacks with you at all times

Snacking is practically a rule for a low carb diet. Being able to munch on something throughout the day helps curb your appetite. Cheese, almonds and peanuts make great snacks.

5. Have fast food to break the monotony

There are many foods available from restaurants that can be made low carb. I happen to love taco salads but at fast food restaurants, they normally have at least one or two ingredients that are high in carbs. A taco salad without beans, rice or the shell kept me from cheating the very first day. A little extra beef or cheese didn’t hurt either.

6. Experiment with different recipes

By having a variety of meals to choose from, you will never be bored with your diet. Try chicken with a beef recipe or adding different spices or vegetables to one of your favorite dishes. Having a list of recipes to choose from makes it easy to create meals from any food in your pantry or refrigerator.

7. Make your favorite meal low carb

Take your favorite meal and make it low carb. If you like bacon, eggs and toast for breakfast, leave the toast out and add another low carb food like avocado or cheese. Sometimes a little more quantity is all you need to satisfy your appetite.

8. Start your day with a glass of water

Keeping your body healthy means keeping it hydrated. One any diet, you should drink 8 glasses or more of water every day. The body needs water to function correctly and if you become even slightly dehydrated, you’re cells are not in an optimal state. Start your day with a glass of water, even if you have to have coffee after that.

Losing weight is something a lot of people struggle with. Low carb diets are popular but they’re not fads. They work and they can be made into a lifestyle. Good luck and happy dieting!



Source by Nora Ochoa

How I Lost 25kg in 100 Days

A few years ago I was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition and Fibromyalgia that has been both debilitating and life changing. Apart from the fact that it took over a year for a diagnosis, I felt like I rattled when I walked with the number of medications I was taking. Apart from becoming inactive after years of regular exercise I was taking medications that contributed to my excessive weight gain.

Over the course of time I put on an excess 25kg, more than a quarter of my total body weight, it was depressing and uncomfortable to say the least and I wasn’t looking like losing any of it soon. After viewing some photos from a holiday with friends I made a decision that something had to change and the weight had to go.

I’m going to qualify this article by letting you all know that I am not a dietician or nutritionist and hold no expertise on the subject of diet. I am simply going to tell you what worked for me, in a remarkably short space in time. The only reason I am even writing this article is because my doctor was so amazed she told me recently that I needed to let people know my secret. I’m here to tell you there are no secrets, just some simple common sense and a dash of will power.

I realized to lose weight I had to combine a change of diet with at least some exercise. You have to understand that with my condition exercise is not an easy thing to achieve. Major symptoms of my condition include fatigue and pain, which restricts my ability to do any physical activity. Both of these facts limit the amount and frequency of any exercise I am able to do, but I didn’t let it stop me from doing what I could.

I started out by walking about 1km a day. That was about my limit as I would get back home from a walk and collapse onto the bed for at least an hour in recovery. As time went on however I managed to slowly increase the distance I was walking to about 4km, which took me about 45 minutes. I would do my best to achieve these walks at least 5 days a week. I had the benefit of an active 25kg American Staff puppy to set the pace and pull me along so I would say the walks were reasonably brisk in nature.

The only other thing that I did to achieve the weight loss was change my diet. I made an attempt to eliminate complex carbohydrates, though I was still consuming small portions in some meals. I even indulged in the odd treat of chocolate on occasion. You don’t have to completely eliminate the simple pleasures of life.

I generally ate breakfast around 9:00am before my walks and it consisted of the same thing every day for the entire dieting period. It was really simple and consisted of one cup of Swiss formula natural muesli with a cup of High calcium, low-fat milk. If I found myself looking for food between meals I wouldn’t starve myself, I would indulge in an apple or similar to overcome the hunger.

Despite the cravings I stuck with the plan and rarely ate again until around 1:30pm. Lunch consisted again of the same meal for the entire period. One thing for sure, this was a boring diet and you can get sick of eating the same thing but when it works like this did it’s easy to stick with the plan. I had spinach and rocket salad with half an avocado, a cup of stripped breast chicken, quarter of a cup of light grated cheddar cheese and a diced tomato with a tablespoon of ranch style dressing. All this was topped off with a soft poached egg that just makes this salad perfect. I promise you, it’s actually really good and was easy to prepare so it was never difficult to maintain the will power.

The little bit of variety in my diet came with the evening meal, and this is where I had the majority of my daily intake of carbohydrates. Three out of seven nights a week I had a Thai based curry, usually chicken or lamb with vegetables. The good thing about a curry is you can make up a large batch and freeze several portions for later in the week. I always made it with light coconut milk and restricted the rice to about half a cup. If your interested in my recipe for the curry just let me know via the website and I will be happy to forward a copy.

Other options for evening meals basically came down to a lean piece of rump or scotch fillet steak (200grm maximum) with steamed vegetables (no potatoes). Simple but enjoyable! I also enjoyed a slice of Atlantic or Tasmanian Salmon (200grms maximum) with steamed vegetables or a serve of the salad I made for lunch.

Okay so variety wasn’t on the menu but you get used to it over a short space of time and it’s easy to stick with the program. Over the first four weeks I was losing on average about 1kg a week and then all of a sudden around week five the kilo’s started to really fall off. By the end of 13 I had lost 25kg total and was back to the weight I had been prior to being diagnosed. Since then I have managed to maintain the weight by simply being sensible and avoiding any complex carbohydrates like those found in cakes and biscuits. The secret is to keep it simple and it will work. If you would like any further information or recipes from the diet plan that worked for me please feel free to drop me a line at the website and I will reply as soon as possible.

So there you have it… it’s that simple and you don’t need any expensive weight loss products to be successful. If you find this helpful and it works for you also, then all I ask is that you consider supporting a struggling new author. Best of luck, I hope this can work for you as well as it did for me.



Source by Richard Connery

Is Hamster Kosher?

Kosher food and kosher cooking seems to be more popular than ever. Many people assume that “kosher” means “healthy.” Actually, the Hebrew word “kasher” means “proper.” The term refers to ingredients and animals that are determined to be “proper” according to the Hebrew Bible or “Torah.”

The three criteria set out in the Torah that define a kosher land animal are 1) they have a split hoof, 2) they chew their cud and 3) they are slaughtered according to tradition with as little pain as possible. For instance, a cow fits this description but a pig only has one element (the split hoof) thereby rendering itself non-kosher. By extension, anything derived from a pig becomes non-kosher, such as ham or pickled pig’s feet.

So hamster contains “ham” but is not kosher to eat because of the split hoof and cud thing. Hamsters are, however, kosher to own and raise as a pet. Other things that may become confused as to their kosher status are “hamstrings,” “pygmalion” and “sporks.”

Fish, according to the Torah, are kosher if they have two elements as well. 1) fins and 2) scales. Sharks are not kosher, but tuna is. Catfish is not kosher, but not because it contains “cat” in the name. Catfish do not have scales.

I myself am a vegetarian, because I don’t like the idea of anything dying if it’s not absolutely necessary. And over the years I have come up with some recipes that are excellent substitutes for meat and meat products.

My favorite vegetarian recipe is “Steak Tartar.” First of all, you should know there is no meat in my steak tartar, but there is tartar sauce. Lots of it. In fact, I usually find a nice ramekin dish and fill it with tartar sauce. That’s it. Garnish with pepper and serve with a spoon. Simple, elegant, and very tasty. If you’re a big meat eater, I guarantee this dish will make you forget why you were drawn to meat in the first place.

Another recipe I like a lot is called “Cheeseburger Extraordinaire.” For this dish, I excise the burger and replace with cheese. So, two buns, two slices of cheese (cheddar or muenster) and cover with tartar sauce.” I can whip this up for company very quickly. It also works as a lunch or mid-afternoon snack. I’ve submitted this recipe to all the big fast food restaurants in America, but none of them have incorporated it into their menus, yet.



Source by Moti Rakia

Paleohacks Cookbook Recipe Review

Are you in search of recipes that promote fat burning and weight loss? Are you in need of a comprehensive guide rich in paleo recipes? The Paleohacks cookbook recipe is one of the simplest and most comprehensive guides when it comes to easy paleo recipes. The idea at the back of paleo weight loss program is pinned on what our predecessors used to eat which consisted mainly of meat. Research into the past lifestyle of our predecessors revealed the lack of modern diseases like obesity, heart attack and diabetes among others. By replicating the same lifestyle, users can finally lead a healthy lifestyle which is what every single person wants.

If you are looking for the best paleo diet guide that will impart a healthier and more fulfilling life, then you need to know about the Paleohacks cookbook recipe.

This is an eBook that teaches you how to prepare a wide variety of Paleo diet meals which are geared towards healthy living and weight loss. As a comprehensive guide, it covers a wide range of meals from snacks like flavored nuts to desserts and the main course. The recipes are formulated to provide meals for breakfast, lunch, snack time and dinner.

You don’t have to be an experienced chef in order to prepare the meals nor do you need several hours to prepare the meals. They suit the modern lifestyle and offer a nutritional balance that is beneficial to the overall growth and strengthening of the body.

Benefits of the Paleohacks cookbook recipe

1. Easy to understand language

The main language used in writing the eBook is English. The sentence structure used is easy to understand and readers are not left hanging. The language is clear plus the recipe is written in a step by step instruction mode making it easy for readers to follow from start to end. No technical terms have been used as this would make the eBook difficult to read.

2. Over 150 recipes

Readers have access to over 150 recipes which are designed for breakfast, lunch, snack time and dinner. The recipes promote the use of ingredients which are rich in protein, a nutrient that not only promotes muscle generation and repair but it also helps with fat burning. These easy Paleo recipes are created for people who have a busy life.

3. Instant access

The eBook is available in pdf format which means once payment has been made and confirmed, the reader will download the eBook and store it in a smart device. Access to the recipe is instant as all you need is to power on the device and open the eBook.

4. Highly valuable product

The easy Paleo recipes have been created by a team of professionals who have years of experience in preparing healthy meals that promote fat burning and weight loss.

5.60 day money back guarantee

Yes, you will receive a full refund in case the eBook is not what you expected. The 60 day money back guarantee helps to make sure that you are protected after purchase.

Cons

a. While it is available as an eBook, no hard copy is available at any store

b. The eBook is only available on the official website.

Final Thoughts

If you were looking for a risk free recipe book that promotes the use of natural and organic ingredients, then you need to seek the Paleohacks cookbook recipe. It’s a great eBook written by a team of professionals who have experience with the Paleo diet. You can never go wrong with the Paleohacks cookbook recipe.



Source by Saheem Al Kindi

Tasty Scarsdale Recipes and Meals

A medical doctor in Scarsdale, New York brought the Scarsdale Diet to the mainstream public in the 1970’s. Today, many people still find the Scarsdale Diet is able to help them achieve their weight loss goals, but may find the vague outline of the Scarsdale plan seems boring. The following is a one-day plan of Scarsdale diet recipes and meals for those who are interested in a tasty way to lose weight.

The plan should be followed exactly as written, with no substitutions (unless indicated otherwise). This one-day plan of Scarsdale diet recipes and meals has recipes (when indicated) at the end of the one-day meal plan.

Day One:

Breakfast:

0.5 x Grapefruit or 6 ounces grapefruit juice. The grapefruit (not juice) is recommended for best results.

1 slice of protein toast (you may toast it, but add no butter or spreads)

Coffee, tea, water or diet soda. (Any non calorie/non carb drink may be substituted, however watch your sodium content on these.) DO NOT add any sugar, milk, cream or honey. You may use non-calorie sweeteners such as saccharin, splenda, equal, aspartame, truvia, etc.

Lunch:

One broiled lean Zesty hamburger (approximately the size of your palm) *see Scarsdale diet recipes and meals below* (you may add tomatoes, lettuce, ketchup and mustard if you wish. No mayonnaise or other condiments are allowed, though.)

Two slices of protein toast

Italian marinated salad *see Scarsdale diet recipes and meals below*

Coffee, tea, water, or diet soda. You may add lemon to tea or water for added flavor and the lemon will act as a natural diuretic to flush fat, ketones and toxins from the system.

Dinner:

Seasoned Fish with Japanese Vegetables *see Scarsdale recipes and meals below *

One slice of cantaloupe

Coffee, tea, diet soda, or water

Scarsdale Diet Recipes and Meals Directions:

Zesty Hamburger Scarsdale Recipes (and Meals)

Shopping List:

One pound lean ground chuck

One tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

One-teaspoon ground pepper

One-teaspoon garlic powder

Small finely chopped onion

Mix all ingredients together. Patty out into four equal portioned burgers. Broil for fifteen minutes or until juices run clear.

Makes four servings

Italian Marinade Salad Scarsdale Recipes (and meals)

Salad:

Four cups mixed lettuce greens of your choice

Two tomatoes cut into wedges

16 green or black olives sliced

One medium cucumber cut julienne style (short thin sticks)

One quarter of a medium red onion, diced.

Dressing:

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

0.5 x teaspoon fresh garlic (chopped finely)One teaspoon Italian seasoning

One beef bouillon cube crushed finely

0.5 x teaspoon ground black pepper

Mix dressing ingredients together and let stand 15 minutes.

Toss vegetables together in a large bowl. Pour dressing over greens and toss again. Makes four one cup servings.

Seasoned Fish with Japanese Vegetables Scarsdale Diet Recipes (and meals)

Four six-ounce tilapia (or other white fish) fillets

One lemon, quartered into wedges

Two cups fresh green beans

Two carrots, grated

0.5 x medium red onion

One green pepper, cored and sliced

One cup sliced fresh mushrooms

One-cup snow pea pods (do not substitute regular peas)

Place Tilapia fillets in a skillet sprayed with vegetable spray. Sprinkle salt, pepper, thyme, oregano and ginger powder on top of them. Steam until done. Remove from skillet and squeeze one lemon wedge over each filet. Set aside. While skillet is still hot add vegetables to skillet (leave any liquid from cooking the fish in the skillet). Saute vegetables over medium heat until soft but still firm. When vegetables are cooked, place four equal portions onto plates and top with fish fillets. Serve. Makes four servings.

This one-day plan of Scarsdale Diet recipes and meals is just a sample of the tasteful recipes you can create and still stay within the Scarsdale Diet regimen. You have nothing but weight to lose by trying it.



Source by Pieter West

The Single Guy’s Guide to Cooking With A Microwave Oven

As a single guy, your life has a level of simplicity that is often envied or mocked, but in the end, you’re looking for the same things that everyone else wants in life, and this includes good food. What better accessory to the single life than the microwave oven? Sure, there are naysayers that feel the microwave is nothing more than a tool to heat things up & takes up counter space. For the single guy, however, the microwave can be the ideal way to make a somewhat Spartan existence into a cosmopolitan affair.

First of all, establish the meals that you need on a day-to-day basis. Do you partake in meals throughout the day such as breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Are you a “snacky” kind of guy? By identifying these details, you’re better able to meal plan & buy groceries for your microwave-based culinary experience.

Maybe you work in an office setting & you need to skip breakfast in order to get to work on time. Missing that all-important morning meal can make for a rough first half of the day. Turns out that making poached eggs in the microwave is pretty simple and very flexible in its use. Fill a 1-cup microwaveable cup with 1/2 cup water. Crack an egg into the water, making sure it’s completely submerged. Cover with a small, microwaveable plate and cook on high for about 1 minute, or until the white is set but the yolk is still runny. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the egg to a plate.

Sometimes being a single guy means you’re operating on a bit of a budget. Budget constraints can often spell disaster for flavor, but with the right items, even your basic mac & cheese can be something singularly awesome because it’s made from scratch. In a microwaveable mug or bowl, put 1/3 cup whole grain elbow macaroni between 1/3 to 1/4 cup water. Microwave for 6 minutes, stirring at the four-minute, two-minute, and one-minute mark. The pasta should be cooked, leaving a bit of thick, starchy pasta water in the bottom. Add 1/3 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese then pop in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds. Stir well and add a small splash of milk. Season with a little salt, pepper, and if you’re adventurous, cayenne pepper.

Maybe you’ve been seeing someone, and you both just spent a great time having dinner at your place. The music was perfect, you both look stylish but relaxed, and all you need is something sweet to end the night. Why not have some cake? Better yet, why not impress your date even more by making an indulgent cake in a mug courtesy of your microwave? Mind blown! In a 12-ounce mug (think your standard coffee-shop mug), whisk together milk, olive oil, and sugar. Whisk in flour until smooth, slowly whisking in oats, pecans, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon in some Nutella on top and push in gently so it is partially submerged in the cake batter. Place in the microwave for 30 seconds on high, and then use 15-second bursts until the top springs back when you press it. Let stand at least 5 minutes before eating, and add more Nutella if you’d like.

Being a single guy with a microwave oven doesn’t have to mean you aren’t savvy or resourceful — you just may be way cooler than you thought.



Source by Morris Raymond

Benefits of Venison – A Natural Fat Burning Food!

Discover the incredible weight loss benefits of venison, how to best prepare it and how much you should eat to get maximum benefit from venison – one of nature’s amazing fat burning foods.

Venison or game meat encompasses elk and moose as well as deer. While they are harder to find, caribou and antelope are also forms of venison.

Venison is hard to come by if you are not a hunter, but you might find it in a specialty market. If you have a hunter in the family, this could also be a source of venison. You may at least get to enjoy a meal or two featuring this meat that is both delicious and nutritious and great support for your fat burning regimen.

Deer meat has a deep, full flavor and a tender, yet supple, texture. Deer can be hunted wild, or they may be raised on a farm. The flavor of the meat depends upon the diet of the animal. A deer that has foraged will taste different than a domestic deer. In any case, deer meat has an awesome flavor.

Fat Burning Benefits of Venison

Venison is incredibly low fat. It is very low in saturated fat, and it is also low in calories.

A 3-ounce serving of venison has about 134 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 1 gram of saturated fat. A similar serving of elk meat will yield 124 calories and 2 fat grams – one of those saturated fat. Moose meat contains 114 calories and 1 gram fat, but not any saturated fats.

Here are the benefits you will derive from venison: It is a great source of vitamins B12, B2, B6, and niacin. It also contains the minerals: zinc, selenium, iron, phosphorous, and copper. It is an excellent source of high-quality protein.

Venison contains iron, which is a building block of hemoglobin. This is what makes it possible for your blood to transport oxygen from your lungs throughout your body. Additionally, hemoglobin is an essential part of the enzyme systems that regulate metabolism and the production of energy.

Venison contains B vitamins (that is, B12 and B6), which assist in keeping homocysteine levels from becoming unhealthily high.

Here are the dangers of high levels of homocysteine:
The worsening of diabetic heart disease or atherosclerosis.
Damage to blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack or a stroke.

Osteoporosis and colon cancer may be prevented with the consumption of vitamin B12, which works to protect the colon against carcinogens.

Venison contains a good supply of Vitamin B2 (riboflavin). This vitamin helps with promoting a steady supply of oxygen based energy to your body. This is especially useful for the heart and muscles of the body. The protein like antioxidant molecule known as glutathione must be recycled constantly. Riboflavin helps to protect this delicate molecule.

Venison contains niacin to combat the incidence of osteoporosis. It also produces starch in the liver and muscles that can converted into energy.

Preparing Venison

When you choose your venison (deer meat) try to find meat from younger deer. It should be dark with flesh that is finely grained and fat that is clean and white. Fat is the source of the real taste. Look at the recommended sell-by date to find fresh venison in stores. Venison can be purchased in the freezer section or as fresh meat.

You’ll need to trim any fat off the deer, elk, or moose before you grill or broil it.

Venison is very vulnerable and perishable, thus it is vital to place it in the coldest section of your fridge right away. When you plan to use it within a couple days, keep it in its wrapper to reduce handling. If you can’t use it right away, be sure to wrap it properly for the freezer (using aluminum foil or freezer paper) and freeze it promptly. It won’t spoil for a minimum of three to six months.

Exercise caution as you handle raw venison, being sure to rinse any utensils completely. When you marinate your venison, be sure to keep it in the refrigerator. If you leave it out, it is sure to spoil, as it is very heat sensitive. Frozen venison should be thawed out in the fridge.

One excellent way to enjoy venison is simply as a steak or on kabobs. You can also make venison jerky. It can be substituted for many other meats such as turkey or beef in stew or lasagna.

Here are some ways to enjoy elk meat: Chili, meat loaf, roast, stew, burgers, barbecue, or slow cooked in the crock pot.

Here are some ways to enjoy moose meat: Kabobs, hoagies, roast, meatballs, stroganoff, or stew.

Recommended Serving Size

A typical portion of venison is about 3 or 4 ounces per person.



Source by Steve O’Connor

The Pros and Cons of the Oatmeal Diet

The oatmeal diet is a weight loss program that at its most extreme has you eating nothing but oatmeal for a week and slowly introducing back other foods while still eating oatmeal to lose weight. More moderate versions use oatmeal as a replacement for things like pasta, bread and other more fatty grains. What are the pros and cons of this kind of diet?

Cons

The most extreme version of the oatmeal diet is obviously a fad, crash diet that is hard to keep up, unhealthy, and often leads to yo-yo dieting. While there is plenty of oatmeal nutrition to consider, there isn’t enough to live off of healthily for an entire week before slowly bringing back other foods. It’s best to do this diet in moderation if you’re going to tackle it.

The other major problem with the oatmeal diet is boredom. Many people don’t exactly know what to do with oatmeal and think of it as nothing more than oats and milk or water which never sounds appetizing. Many people who try to live off this weight loss breakfast end up doing it for just a few days and then backslipping. Make sure to carefully research the recipes and other things you can do with oatmeal and don’t try to eat it plain day in and day out!

Positives

If done properly, the oatmeal diet can be a great way to lose weight while still keeping on top of your nutrition and diet plans. Oatmeal is very filling and easy to make, so it can be eaten quickly and keeps you full all day. Oatmeal is also a lot cheaper than the full breakfasts many people eat, so you’ll save a great deal of money as well as time and effort. Finally, this weight loss breakfast food is extremely versatile; you can add fruits, nuts, spices and a bit of sugar if you like to make a real breakfast treat that is packed with nutrients for your day! Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should not be taken lightly. The oatmeal diet ensures that you get your day off to the right start.

As with any diet, this one works best when you keep your nutrition and diet overall in mind and don’t try to crash diet it. A weight loss breakfast of oatmeal will really help you shed the pounds while still giving you enough energy to get through the morning. The oatmeal nutrition includes the always hard to find fibre which is necessary for weight loss and you can all whatever you like to it to make it truly your own. An oatmeal diet can be a highly effective method to lose weight so long as you play it smart!



Source by Edward Griss