Friday, November 12, 2010

Three Apples Diet

I'm so stressed right now because I'm getting heavy and heavier.. aaaagghhhh wanna scream!!! But that is not the solution for my problem. I have to start my diet program but I really love food what should I do??? but I managed to skip my dinner for three days in a row. Actually my diet program never work out but this time I gonna make it. With my determination I bought one health magazine and found interesting tips and facts. Do you know that basic/foundation of diet is 3 apples. You must take one apple each time before you having a meal because apple contains fiber that can help you full easily and fulfill the desire to eat sweet food. "Diet 3 Apples" is similar with "South Beach Diet" that suggest you to take low carbohydrate and reduce sugar process. This is my first step to diet. Lets give it a try, I will update the result and share other tips later.. :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Foods Can Make You Taller

Proteins rich foods and vitamin and mineral rich foods make you grow taller. Proteins comprise of amino acids which contain enzymes, hormones and antibodies that stimulate growth and effective working of the human body. Whole Eggs, fish, milk and legumes are protein rich diet. Some foods reduce the activity of the human growth hormones that make you taller. So these foods must be excluded from your diet. These foods include carbohydrates and fats. Carbohydrate rich foods like cereals, bread and rice hinder growth. Europeans consume more of proteins in their diet than carbohydrates and hence they are taller than Asians who eat carbohydrate rich foods.

Meats contain a lot of lipids and saturated fats that impede growth. So don't eat too much meat. If you are eating non vegetarian food stick to lean red meats, fish liver or sea food like Pink salmon with long bones, blue crabs, rainbow trouts and clams that are low in fat content. Avoid pastries, sweets, sodas and crispies which are high in fat content. Alcohol, drugs and smoking can also retard growth.

Calcium is a prerequisite for growth of healthy bones. Hence foods rich in calcium like milk and other dairy products like yogurt and cheese should necessarily form part of your diet. Leafy vegetables are another source of calcium.

Citrus fruits like oranges and lemon are rich in Vitamin C that promote absorption of calcium and hence result in bone growth.

Other foods that make you grow taller arewhole grains, vegetables, fruits, dried beans like nigari, cowpeas and soybeans.

Drinking plenty of water helps you to gain height by promoting muscle growth.

Whey protein and boiled chicken can also help. Including foods that enable height gain in your diet is hence very important for attaining full growth mentally and physically.

Foods Can make You Younger

Start now before you look older ;)

1) Eat less oil- make you 6 years younger. Long-term eating too much oil may cause a series of diseases such as hyperlipidemia, fatty liver, atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease and cholecystitis.

2) Eat breakfast -make you 1.1 years younger. Breakfast is very helpful in balancing the nutritional intake, reducing the fluctuation of blood sugar, and controlling the appetite at lunch. At the same time, eating breakfast can improve the metabolism of human body during the whole day, and make people more energetic.

3) Eat at least 5 kinds of dark-colored vegetables every day-make you 2 years younger. Vegetables are rich in minerals and vitamins, especially dark-colored vegetables. They include chlorophyll, carotene, lycopene and anthocyanin, which all have antioxidative and anti-aging effects.

4) Eat 140 grams of nuts every week -make you 1.5 years younger. Apart from the high content of protein and fat, nuts also contain a lot of vitamin E, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, unsaturated fatty acids and dietary fiber, which are all beneficial for health. But you should be careful not to eat too much of them.

5) Eat fish 3 times a week-make you 1.5 years younger. The protein in fish is easy to be absorbed by the body. In addition, fish is also rich in fat-soluble vitamins, minerals and unsaturated fatty acids, which are particularly beneficial for health.

6) Eat coarse food grains 5 times a week-make you 1 year younger. Cereal food is rich in carbohydrates, so it is the basis of the diet. However, coarse food grains contain much more minerals, dietary fiber and vitamins than refined grains. Therefore, they are much healthier to human body.

Foods Can Make You Happy

Hope this useful article may help you to be the happiest person every day ;)

You’ve had a bad day. You’re feeling cranky and lonely. What to do? Aside from finding ways to fix your problem, try these comfort foods to make you happy. The secret is in choosing foods rich in omega-3 fats, folic acid, selenium, and vitamin B12. These nutrients can lift your mood, so let’s check them out:

1) Milk, preferably skim milk. Milk products are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid our brain needs in order to make serotonin. Serotonin is a natural chemical that makes us happy and calm. Anti-depressants work in a similar way by conserving the brain’s serotonin. Milk also contains antioxidants, vitamin D, and vitamin B12 that help fight stress and aging. Have some skim milk every day. It’ll make you happier and the calcium content is good for your bones, too.

2) Chocolate. Who needs an excuse to eat chocolate? Not me. Chocolate contains anadamine, a brain chemical that helps brighten our mood. Scientists believe that other chemicals in chocolate cause anadamide to stay longer in the brain, thus enhancing its positive effect. The sugar in chocolate also boosts our levels of endorphins, another hormone that makes us happy. Don’t eat too much, though.

3) Rice, bread, noodles or pasta. Here’s our favorite comfort food – carbohydrates. Don’t believe all those low-carb diets; they can actually make you crabby and gloomy. Eating carbohydrates can increase our serotonin levels, which has a calming effect. But to prevent sudden jumps in your blood sugar, choose healthier carbohydrates like brown rice, wheat bread, and vegetables. These good carbos are digested more slowly and make you fuller and possibly happier for a longer time.

4) Oily fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines. Oily fishes are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which can lift our mood. A study in Finland shows that people who eat more fish are less likely to be depressed. High doses of omega-3 may even be used to treat clinical depression. Most fish are also packed with vitamin B6 and B12, which are involved in the production of serotonin. As an alternative, you can try omega-3 supplements. Foods rich in omega-3 will not only make you happier, they’re good for the heart and brain, too.

5) Bananas. Bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin. And we know that serotonin is a hormone that makes us cheerful. Bananas contain carbohydrates as well to boost our energy. Its high potassium content also prevents cramps and it’s good for exercising individuals. Experts believe that bananas are one of the world’s healthiest fruits. So take two bananas a day to keep the doctor away.

6) Broccoli. Broccoli is another amazing food that is full of vitamin Bs, the vitamin that helps fight stress. Studies show that folate or folic acid in broccoli can improve our temperament. Aside from lifting our spirits, broccoli is a potent anticancer food, proven in laboratory studies to inhibit cancer cells.

7) Spinach. Popeye’s favorite food! If you want to be so full of zest like Popeye, it pays to eat your spinach. Like broccoli, spinach is packed with folic acid, an important B vitamin for making serotonin, the body’s feel-good chemical. It’s about time we taught our kids about this incredible vegetable. Eat a cup of cooked spinach to obtain approximately 250 micrograms of folic acid. This amount is enough to make you feel like Popeye, full of vigor to face the day.

8) Blueberries. Blueberries are abundant in antioxidants and vitamin C, which are known stress-busters. Antioxidants help remove toxins (called free radicals) that circulate in our body. These free radicals damage our organs and cause us to age faster, that’s why we need to remove them. Blueberries are also loaded with fiber, which is good for digestion. Some studies show that blueberries and strawberries may prevent cancer by removing these destructive free radicals.

9) Beans and soybeans. Beans are packed with soluble fiber, folic acid, and omega-3 fats, the three ingredients known to improve our mood. Beans are also excellent sources of iron and calcium, which can increase our red blood cells, and are good for the bones. Moreover, soy contains genistein, a weak estrogen-like substance, which may prevent prostate and breast cancer. If you like soy milk and taho, they’re good for you, too.

10) Nuts. Nuts are nutritional powerfoods, rich in protein, minerals (especially selenium), and omega-3 fats. Nuts also contain vitamin E, an antioxidant to fight stress. Locally, we have nilagang mani (boiled peanuts) and cashew nuts. Studies show that Brazil nuts are the number one source of the mineral selenium. Seafood is another good source of selenium. Aside from lifting our mood, nuts are considered as “brain food” because of their high content of omega-3 fats. Omega-3 helps improve the blood flow in our brain. (Students, take note.) Take an ounce of nuts every day. Don’t eat too much of them though, because nuts are salty and high in uric acid, which can be bad for those with high blood pressure and gout.

11) Coffee. A study from Brazil shows that people who drink coffee with milk every day are less likely to suffer from depression. Caffeine is probably the world’s most popular mood-enhancing drug. But it has its pros and cons. Coffee boosts your energy levels, makes you feel more alert, and can improve your memory. A single cup of coffee with milk in the morning can jumpstart your day. However, too much coffee can also wreck your disposition, cause heart palpitation and anxiety, and make it difficult for you to sleep. A cup or two a day is okay. Small doses of caffeine can improve your mood but too much coffee can be bad for your health.

Finally, any food you crave can be considered your own personal comfort food. Eating anything delicious stimulates the production of endorphins, making us happy. Endorphins can reduce pain sensation, too, and is like the brain’s natural painkiller.
Now, I hope you are feeling better. Just remember to take these foods in moderation. Don’t eat too much or you’ll gain weight. Good luck!


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Secret to Cooking: A Full Refrigerator

Can you relate to this? You start out with the best intentions. You intend to cook. You even search the web and pick out recipes or make a list. But then something comes up. You get distracted. You stay at work late or go out with your friends. By the time you get home it is eight thirty and you have nothing in your kitchen to cook and no desire to go back out to buy groceries.

The secret to cooking is having a full refrigerator and cupboard. If it is eight o'clock at night and you walk into your kitchen to find an empty refrigerator, the chances are pretty low that you are going to cook a meal. Entropy takes overand dinner ends up a series of snacks, cobbled together from the last of the crackers you find in the cupboard and the last bit of hummus in the refrigerator.

To keep your kitchen full, you must have a consistent weekly food shopping plan. Isnt it funny how we can plan our work weeks, our vacations, our family obligations, but somehow, we completely avoid planning in time to shop and cook?

Here are the basics to making a food shopping plan that makes cooking accessible even on weeknights:

1. Create a handwritten or typed grocery list. Make a list of all the staples that you like to have in your kitchen. Also add the ingredients of your favorite recipes. You can use this list every week and keep adding to it as you learn about new foods or recipes.
2. Keep the list handy and up to date. Post the list on your refrigerator. Check off what you run out of as the week progresses. That way you won't forget those vital ingredients.
3. Plan. Pick the same time each week to make your weekly plan. Sunday morning is a great time for this. During this time, determine which nights you'll be cooking and what ingredients you'll need. Then update your shopping list for the week.
4. Shop. Grab the list on your way out the door and do your shopping between your other errands. It is easiest to pick the same shopping day each week to create a habit. Your shopping time should be reduced immensely now that you have a list and a plan.
5. Use Fresh Direct or another shopping service if you are out of town during your shopping day. If you know you are going to be out of town for the weekend or just incredibly swamped, use Fresh Direct. Your shopping list gets saved online and you can order from anywhere.
6. Always have the ingredients for a few Non-Perishable Meals on hand. For those times when you just don't have any fresh greens and veggies in your refrigerator, make sure you have some healthy non-perishable items on hand such as canned tuna and salmon, cans of beans and healthy soup

Source: Monica Shah

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Home Made Pizza

This blog will share everything about foods and will brings happiness to you everyday. Check out this blog for recipes, tips for cooking, interesting foods around the world and places you must go to taste wonderful foods. For an introduction today, I will share recipe of delicious Home Made Pizza, try it and you will love it.

8oz strong plan white flour
1 tsp (level) salt
1 1/2 tsp yeast
3 - 4 fluid oz hand hot water
1/4 tsp sugar
1 egg
1 tsp olive oil
Tomato puree or passata and cheese followed by whatever toppings you require

Put water in basin and whisk in sugar and yeast. Leave for 15 minutes until a frothy head forms. Sift the flour and salt together and pour into yeast along with the egg (which should be beaten beforehand). Mix to a dough, you may need to add some more water (or in my case a little more flour). You should end up with a soft pliable dough.

Knead for 10 minutes. Put into a bowl and put the tsp of olive oil on your hands and put all around the dough. Put back in the bowl and cover with cling film. Put in a hot place for 1 hour. When you are ready to roll out the dough remove it from where it has been and knead for a further 5 minutes before rolling out.

Simply add your toppings and cook in a hot oven (about 220 Celsius) for 15 - 20 minutes. I also like to add some herbs on top for a little extra flavour but this is entirely up to you, just experiment and have fun.