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Cooling Meals For Summer

A salad is the perfect cool, healthy and light meal for any hot day of the year. Not only does it take little energy to make, but it is also very light on your stomach. Your body will thank you for eating a salad in more ways than one. You will be loading up on your vitamins and minerals from all of the fresh veggies you add.

Instead of waiting until Winter to have a bowl of soup, have you considered making cold soups? A Spanish gazpacho is a perfect example of a cold, raw soup with raw tomatoes and other vegetables.This cold soup will cool you down, hydrate you and nourish your body, which makes it perfect for a hot day.

Fruit salad doesn’t always go as a full meal, but it’s ideal for a snack, dessert or side dish. Fruit salads taste delicious, are cold, raw, and they are healthy for you. You could include fruits like pineapple, grapes, banana, or apple. A true summer fruit that you must add to your fruit salad is watermelon. This fruit screams summer, and it’s one of the most hydrating fruits as well. Hydration is
crucial for hot summer days.

Veggie Tortillas. Fill your tortillas (or lettuce leaves) with raw or chilled veggies and herbs for a cooling summer version of tacos. Simple and quick, this makes a great lunch for your summer lunch breaks at work. Cucumber strips, spiralized carrots and zucchini make this meal idea delicious.

These foods are perfect for all the hot days that are yet to come, and all of them are simple and quick to make. On these warm summer days, the last thing you want to do is stand over a hot stove. So, with these meals you can enjoy your summer while making it a little easier for yourself, and you can still have delicious food on the table each day.

Benefits From More Fiber

Fiber is a carbohydrate and is usually listed under “Total Carbohydrates” on the “Nutrition Facts” label. Humans lack the digestive enzymes to breakdown fiber. Therefore, it is undigested and not absorbed into the bloodstream and it arrives at the colon pretty much intact. Fiber has zero calories. Instead of being used for energy, it is excreted from the body.

The current recommended daily intake for adults who are 50 years or younger is 25 grams/day for women and 38 grams/day for men. For adults over 50 years of age, the recommendation is 21 grams/day for women and 30 grams/day for men. Unfortunately, for many who eat a typical American diet, it can be a huge challenge to consume that much fiber everyday. Most people top out at an average of 15 grams/day, regardless of how many calories they eat.

Maybe if we understand more about the different types of fiber and how they can immensely contribute to better health and lower disease risks, there will be more incentives to increase the daily fiber intake. Fiber is an important part of a healthy, balanced diet. Apart from helping us stay regular, fiber has a long list of other health benefits. The following will distinguish the different types of fiber, their specific health advantages, and which foods contain these fiber.

Classifications Of Fiber

There are several ways to classify the different types of fiber. However, as their characteristics do overlap, experts have yet to agree on the best categorization. For decades, the most commonly used classification is soluble and insoluble fiber. These days, as researchers discover the benefits of fermented fiber, another classification – fermentable and non-fermentable fiber – is also used. However, do know that both soluble and insoluble fiber have some that are fermentable and some that are non-fermentable, though soluble fiber is more easily fermented.

Soluble and Insoluble Fiber

The major difference between soluble and insoluble fiber is that they have different properties when mixed with water, hence the designation between the two.

  • Soluble fiber is soluble in water. When mixed with water, it forms a gel and swells.
  • Insoluble fiber does not absorb or dissolve in water. It passes through the digestive system in close to its original form.

Both types of fiber serve their own purposes and have different health benefits. Most plant foods contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, just in different proportions. For instance, wheat is about 90% insoluble fiber. Oats are 50/50. Psyllium plant is mostly soluble fiber.

Fermentable and Non-Fermentable Fiber

Some fibers are readily fermented by bacteria that colonize the colon, others are not. Fermentable fiber is used by the colon’s friendly bacteria as a food source. Fermentation results in the formation of short-chain fatty acids (acetate, butyrate, and propionate) and gases. Epithelial cells that line the colon use butyrate as the main source of energy.

Researchers found that butyrate exerts a wide range of health benefits. It:

  • Decreases inflammation and oxidative stress,
  • Prevents colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and Crohn’s disease,
  • Strengthens the bowel wall,
  • Improves the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients such as calcium,
  • Makes hormones that control appetite and anxiety.

Fresh Fruit Juices

LEMON

Lemon has many beneficial properties like being anti-bacterial, antiviral and immune boosting. It is a rich source of citric acid, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium to name some. The juice of this fruit can be made into a refreshing drink.

Ingredients: Lemon juice, water, sugar/honey, few mint leaves, crushed ice.

This drink helps in digestion, weight loss and also makes the skin healthy.

ORANGES

Rich in vitamin C, potassium and beta carotenes, orange are the ideal fruits. This fruits can be used to prepare a tasty and healthy drink.

Ingredients: Orange juice, crushed ice.

This fruit can be simply squeezed and its juice be consumed without any other addition. The fibrous nature of the fruit helps digestion. It is one of the most popular drinks.

POMELO

It is the largest citrus fruit and is rich in vitamin A, B1 and C. Hence pomelo drink is a great drink for all.

Ingredients: Pomelo juice, water, sugar/syrup, crushed ice.

This fruit is known to aid digestion, promote cardiac and dental health.

Child Obesity

Child obesity has become an epidemic in America, and the sad part of this story is, it is very treatable without any intervention from a doctor. Kids just need their parents to take an active interest in their life, and decide it is time of a change.

The main causes of obesity are genetics, metabolism, nutrition, and exercise habits. There is nothing you can do to change your genetic makeup, but you can certainly change your eating and exercise habits. The easiest thing to do is to monitor your kids eating habits, and keep them accountable. I know from personally experience that kids spend far too much time on devices. I think it is important limit the amount of screen time, and make them go outside to play and burn some energy. It is easy to limit screen time for by using some mobile app technology and bit of effort on the parent’s part.

So how can Child obesity be treated without a doctor? Using a simple structured wholesome nutrition plan. Kids will follow their parents lead on what to eat, so it is important as parents to set good examples on what they should be eating on a daily basis.

Try using a free mobile applications to track their calories, and log their exercise to ensure they are keeping within their daily goal. True change does not happen overnight, but it does require the parent to set the proper expectation with their kids. Kids learn by example, so if you as a parent, are living a healthy lifestyle, then you kids are more likely to do that same.

Many parent complain that feeding their kids healthy food is too expensive. These are typically the same parents that purchase fast food using the drive through on a routine basis. Healthy eating should not be time consuming, nor expensive activity. Yes, it is a lifestyle change, but it is for the longevity of YOUR LIFE.

Eating a healthy, well balance meal should not cost more than ten ($10) dollars per day if you do it properly. Keep in mind that a healthy weight is achieved by 95% diet, and 5% exercise.

Amazing Coconut Oil

A few of the benefits of ingesting this healthy fat that have been verified by medical studies include: lowering cholesterol by increasing HDL levels which promotes heart health, reducing high blood pressure, boosting immunity, aiding in digestion and supporting digestive issues, supporting brain health and reducing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, curing urinary tract and kidney infections, protecting the liver, reducing the effects of arthritis, and having a number of anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies also suggest that ingesting it can slow cancer growth and aid patients in recovery. It has also been shown to aid in weight loss, help build muscle, increase endurance and increase energy. There are ongoing studies which may reveal even more benefits of and uses for this incredible plant. While these benefits would be reason enough to keep coconut oil on hand this amazing oil can be used externally as well!

Putting coconut oil on your hair increases its strength and luxuriousness, oil pulling with coconut oil decreases tooth decay and increases gum health, mixing it with baking soda makes a whitening and chemical free toothpaste, it can reduce acne and heal a number of skin malaItdies. This oil can even be used as a sunscreen and moisturizer too! The benefits to your body are so great, but the utility of this oil doesn’t stop there! It can also be used in household cleaning products, to remove spots and stains on your carpet or upholstery or to clean your shower!

Coconut oil is now widely available, but for internal use it is best to purchase oil that is organic and extra virgin. This means that it has been processed at a lower temperature and maintains its healthful properties. If your main use is going to be cleaning products for your home, then spending less money on a, possibly, lower quality oil isn’t going to matter as much.

Healthy Meals With Ragi

Ragi is one such highly regarded millet which has numerous health benefits. More than the conventional millet, organic Ragi is well regarded for its nutrients. It’s rich in fibre, proteins, calcium, and other minerals.

Karnataka is the highest producer of Ragi in India, but this crop is native to the Ethiopian highlands. People in South India used to consume it as their staple diet. Many people consider it above wheat and rice with its high nutritional value. Organic Ragi grains are harvested from the crop cultivated in organic, eco-friendly farm lands. It is cultivated without using pesticides and fertilizers. It doesn’t require polishing and, therefore, can be consumed in its purest form with all its goodness intact.

Also known as Finger Millet, it is not only rich in calcium, iron & protein but also some rare nutrients such as methionine. It easily digests from infancy through old age and thus it is recommended by paediatricians as an ideal first food after an infant attains at least 6 months of age.

Ragi as a daily diet supplement fights malnutrition, degenerative diseases, and premature ageing.

It is a fibrous carbohydrate. Its dietary fibres help in weight loss, bone development, lower blood cholesterol levels and in preventing anaemia. It is also good for patients suffering from diabetes. Regular intake also decreases the dangers of osteoporosis to a major level. It assists in tissue repair, improving metabolism and muscle coordination.

Roasted Ragi acts as a tonic for people suffering from liver ailments, high blood pressure, asthma, weak heart, etc.

As it is a whole grain, it can be used to prepare, porridge, roti & dosa. Healthy and mouth-watering dosa can be prepared with organic Ragi atta alone or mixing with wheat atta or multigrain atta.

Children will love this…

A simple recipe to make Ragi cookies:

Ingredients:

  • Ragi Flour: 2/3 cup
  • Whole Wheat Flour: 2/3 cup
  • Butter: ½ cup
  • Brown Sugar: ½ cup
  • Yogurt: 1 tbsp.
  • Baking Powder: ¼ tsp.
  • Freshly Ground Cardamom: 1-2 tsp.
  • Vanilla Extract: 1 tsp.

Method:

  • Mix Ragi & Wheat flours. Spread them in a flat baking pan
  • Roast the flours in a pre-heated oven (180°C), for about 6-7 minutes
  • Beat the butter and sugar until soft & creamy
  • Dissolve the baking powder in the yogurt and add the spices
  • Once the flour mixture is cooled, mix all the ingredients together to form a ball
  • Divide the ball into 4 equal pieces
  • From each piece you can make 5 balls
  • Place each ball on a greased cookie sheet (baking pan) and using a fork, flatten each ball creating crossed lines on the top
  • Bake for about 12 minutes at 180°C
  • Let the cookies cool down before removing
  • Keep in an airtight tin for a day to let the flavours develop

Get ready to prepare your Ragi meal.

Weight Gain Formula

First and foremost, someone who wants to increase in weight should start with the essential requirements for the body’s overall health. Making sure to eat three well balanced meals each day. Making it a habit to do movement exercises along with drinking accurate amounts of fluids daily, plus getting proper rest each night is a huge step in the right direction for supplying the body with what is needful.

Beyond the essentials, I believe there are other factors which contributes to properly gaining healthy weight. In fact there are six areas I consider needs to be well balanced and they are mindset, knowledge, nutrition, supplements, exercise as well as support.

I want to briefly touch on each area, starting with mindset. Having a right mindset is highly important to the weight gain process. It requires making a sound decision and seeing it through.

Once the decision is made then comes knowledge. Understanding what creates weight, becoming aware of the concept about eating larger portions. Eating to gain weight by grasping the fact you have to eat more calories than you expend.

Nutrition plays a big part when it come to gaining. Many people will tell you to eat any type of food if you want to gain weight, just as long as you eat, eat and eat. This is totally false because the motive is to achieve healthy weight gain results instead of flabby results. Good food choices will consist of sufficient amounts of proteins and good fats.

Sometimes in order to help bring balance into your body, supplements are required to reach healthy weight goals. The right supplements are packed with the appropriate vitamins and minerals.

We all know exercise is important to our bodies overall health. However when seeking to gain weight there are some exercises which must be avoided during the process. The idea is to slow down your metabolism, not speed it up.
It is highly recommended to surround yourself with a group of good supporters. People who are truly in your corner as you are trying to reach your weight goals. Do your best to stay around like minded people.

There are a number of contributing factors to the process of gaining weight. However, the bottom line is, whenever the body is deficient in minerals or any vitamins, it becomes extremely harder to gain body weight. By consuming supplements packed with quality nutrients will take care of mineral depletion in the body only.

Take into account good food, rest and exercise as well as age, body health, eating habits and other habits does have an important role in how successful your weight gain formula becomes.

When you combine all these elements together and stick to the process you have a greater chance at reaching any weight gain goals you set for yourself. I recommend doing your research in the fields of nutrition and health and go from there.

A helpful book to give more in dept information on how to eat to gain and other helpful sources is titled “Too Skinny” and can be found on Amazon.

If you are part of the elite group who are desperately looking to pack on more pounds, it is my hope this weight gain formula will assist in moving you forward and closer to your weight gain journey.

Clean Eating In a Busy World

  • Take a little time to sit down and put together a clean eating plan, a little planning will go a long way. What kinds of foods do you like? What are some of your favourite quick and easy simple recipes? Look in your cupboards and put together a grocery list of what you need in your pantry and fridge that will give you delicious and healthy meals for the week.
  • Pull out your calendar and create a meal plan. You may find that your breakfasts and maybe even lunches are fairly routine, these should be easy. Based on your pantry and grocery list pre-plan your meals so that when you get home after a long day you know exactly what you are going to cook and can get started right away. Ensure you have plenty of fresh groceries stocked up each week so you have no excuses to open that box of macaroni and cheese that has been sitting in the back of your cupboard.
  • Create a kitchen “prep” day. I like Sundays. This is the day where you can plan your meals for the week. If you have some extra time you might even pre-cook some meals and either freeze them or save them for the next couple of nights. Wash fruit and veggies, chop veggies and put them into serving sizes so they are ready to go. You can clean, marinate and freeze your meat ahead of time (don’t forget to label the date something goes into the freezer). Get any healthy snacks ready for the week etc… you get the idea. It’s really your time to get organized to make your busy week as easy as possible.
  • Use your crock pot. On your kitchen prep day, it’s easy to pre-prepare meals that you can throw into the crock pot. That way you can simply open a container, put everything into the crock pot then when you get home at the end of the day you have a healthy meal ready and waiting for you. How easy is that?
  • Get your snacks and lunches ready the night before so you aren’t rushing when you are trying to get the out the door in the morning.

Benefits of Dry Fruits

Dry fruits are the dried form of fruits you can buy in the market. They offer a lot of health benefits, such as better stamina. Therefore, experts often recommend eating dry fruits prior to doing exercise. Dry fruits are also sent as gifts on Diwali and many other festivals. Given below are some prominent health benefits of eating dry fruits.

Dry fruits have zero fat

These fruits don’t contain fat and are rich in calories. If you are trying to lose weight, you may want to eat dry fruits on a regular basis. Since they are heavy with fiber, you will feel full throughout the day.

Cholesterol level

As far as protein goes, nuts are on top of the list. The reason is that they are rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients and fiber. Moreover, they contain good fats that help you control your cholesterol level

Migraine relief

If you or your loved ones want relief from migraine, eating cashews is a good idea. Actually, cashew nuts contain a lot of magnesium that helps you control your blood pressure, migraine headaches, fatigue and muscle spasms. Apart from this, magnesium works with calcium in order to make your bones and muscle stronger.

Brain and hair health

Dry fruits, such as almonds contain fatty acids, proteins and fibers. If you apply this mixture to your face, you can get rid of dirt and dead skin cells. Aside from this, for hair, you can use almond oil for adding shine and luster.

Reduce Bloating Naturally

  • Lemon Water. Drinking water with fresh lemon and a dash of cayenne pepper is my favourite de-bloating tonic. To add some extra de-bloating properties, adding some fresh ginger to your tonic would improve your efforts. Ginger is one of the best things you can use for this. Ginger eases nausea and has anti-spasmodic properties. Enjoying this tonic each morning is a great way to start your day and jumpstart your digestion. You could also be experiencing belly bloat due to indigestion or gastrointestinal distress. The cayenne pepper in your tonic stimulates digestion, eases gas, and can relieve pressure and cramping.
  • Chew Your Food. A key cause of bloating is poor digestion, which can be a result of not chewing your food thoroughly. When you chew your food well, it assists your body in digesting the food you’re consuming more easily. Aim to chew each bite 15-20 times to allow your body to receive properly broken down food to make digestion easier on your body.
  • Don’t Chug Water With Meals (if you have a sensitive stomach). There is a lot of conflicting information out there about drinking water right before you eat and that it’s beneficial. But drinking large amounts of water with a meal can dilute digestive juices and lead to indigestion and bloating. It’s ideal to have a drink about 20-30 minutes prior to eating to prepare the stomach and then stick with only small sips of water throughout the meal if needed. You may need to experiment with this one and see what works for you. You may find that drinking lots of water during a meal doesn’t affect you, so continue to search for another possible culprit for the bloating.
  • Include Bitter Foods. Adding more bitter foods to your diet will help stimulate bile and enzyme flow to aid in the break down of food and the absorption of nutrients. Some great bitter foods to add are: mustard greens, arugula, dandelion greens, collard greens, kale, nettles and watercress.
  • Reduce Stress. When we are stressed we are in the fight or flight mode as it’s called. This mode has no time for digestion and reduces our ability to digest food properly which can lead to indigestion and bloating. Make sure you are sitting and relaxed while eating and not rushing.

What’s on your plate is always of top priority when it comes to healthy digestion. Eating fresh, whole foods helps your body run optimally and keeps the digestive system running as it should. Bloating is something we can’t eradicate entirely, but using healthy habits on a daily basis will help you combat bloating and feel more healthy overall. In addition to your food choices and eating habits, exercising on a regular basis helps maintain a healthy digestive system that reduces bloating.