• March 24, 2020 /  Food

    Many couples do not realise that their diets can actually be harming their chances of conception. Researchers at Havard University have confirmed what many experts already knew-that diet has a significant impact on your fertility. There are a number of foods to avoid during IVF treatment and these may sound familiar.

    Carbohydrates

    Processed, refined carbohydrates can have an adverse effect on fertility as they disrupt insulin which, in turn, can cause hormonal imbalances. One study indicated that it was not just the quantity of refined carbohydrates eaten, but women who ate low or high amounts of carbohydrates were equally affected. Women who eat white rice, processed breakfast cereals are at higher risk of ovulatory failure than those who eat beans, whole grains, fruits and vegetables and dark, wholemeal bread.

    Refined Sugar

    Fast burning sugar should be one of your top foods to avoid during IVF treatment. This can cause extreme levels of high and low blood sugar, causing glucose imbalances. Unlike slow-burning carbohydrates, refined sugar provides a “rush” of energy which creates a need for insulin. These peaks and troughs can cause insulin resistance which, in turn, can lead to infertility.

    Fats

    The relationship between dietary fats and fertility is sometimes overlooked. Some fats, such as polyunsaturated fats are beneficial and can actually improve fertility by reducing inflammation and increasing sensitivity to insulin. On the other hand, artificial trans fats and saturated fats are definite foods to avoid during IVF treatment as they can increase the risk for developing ovulatory infertility.

    Non Organic Foods

    Wherever possible you should avoid foods which have been produced using herbicides, fungicides and insecticides as these are believed to disrupt the hormonal system by introducing quantities of hormone-mimicking substances into the body. Very often, Xenoestrogen, a synthetic form of estrogen is given to crops and fruits as a form of insecticide to stop pests from reproducing. Unfortunately, it can disrupt the human reproductive system and foods to avoid during IVF treatment certainly include any treated with this chemical.

  • March 24, 2020 /  Food

    Looking for the best cup of coffee? Do your homework first! Coffee is coffee, right? Wrong! Quality coffee is the RIGHT coffee. Ignorance is bliss, yes? Wrong again! An informed consumer is always ahead of the game. Choosing your coffee is not any different from picking out a holiday ham. You are fussy about the bread you buy or how much sugar is hiding in your kids cereal. Be discriminating about your coffee. Be informed. The informed coffee consumer is always ahead of the game. From the freshly roasted coffee beans, all the way to the cup you use, choose your coffee wisely. Don’t stick your head in the consumer sand bucket and settle for less than the best. Being willing to accept the coffee commercials and hype they feed us as gospel can cause you to settle for second-rate, low quality coffee beans from a year ago. Vacuum sealed cans were designed to make you think your coffee is fresh and bursting with flavor, when you hear the seal pop. Don’t buy it!

    If you start with fresh you get fresh. Quality gourmet coffee is roasted hours prior to shipping and is at your door step within…at the most a week of roasting. It should arrive in a vacuum sealed bag with a breathing seal. Starting with fresh high quality beans means being willing to settle for nothing less than the best high quality coffee beans you can find. Most sites that sell coffee offer fresh ground coffee beans as an option. If you don’t own a coffee grinder, this may work for you until you can purchase one. Purchasing coffee from one of the coffee sites offering this option will at least ensure that your coffee is reasonably fresh, however, it needs to be used up right away, or stored properly. If you buy coffee already ground, you as the consumer want to bear in mind that already ground coffee loses the original quality quickly. Storing coffee in a mason jar with a tight lid on a cool shelf in the pantry is a wonderful way to keep it palatable for up to a month.

    Ever purchase ground coffee in the store, open the can, take a whiff, and it smells wonderful? Inside of 24 hours that same can of coffee will not only lose potency, but will smell like it’s been sitting there on the counter for months (a trained nose detects this after a little bit of practice). There are two basic reasons for this phenomenon:

    1. The coffee in the can is gleaned from poor quality beans to maximize the profit margins of the mass producing retail market industry. These coffee beans are either low quality arabica beans or they are robusta beans, which are like a weed in the coffee world.

    2. The coffee was roasted months ago, vacuum sealed and the quality in the fresh roasted coffee beans is broken down significantly. This is done to meet mass demand in a hurry.

    3. (I know I said there were only two, but this one is nagging at me) When you lose flavor you destroy the antioxidants! Antioxidants are our justification for drinking coffee in the first place! Justify your case!

    Are you convinced by now that there is no substitute for good quality coffee? Buying quality freshly roasted beans is the best option. Although it does require an initial investment of a good quality grinder, it is well worth the investment. A decent quality grinder can be purchased at your favorite online coffee retailer for between thirty to fifty dollars. Put it on your Christmas wish list to Santa! Hang on, I need a second cup of coffee. There, that’s much better. By the way, I had to make a second pot. Fresh ground and freshly brewed coffee doesn’t last at our house more than 5 minutes, and our pot holds 10 cups. We like it fresh to the last drop! A dyed-in-the-wool coffee lover craves the freshly ground bean.

    To complete your investigation and make an informed decision regarding the purchase of freshly roasted coffee beans, you will discover an interesting difference in the spent coffee grounds when comparing store run-of-the-mill name brand coffee to freshly ground. After brewing, grocery store coffee grounds are dead and fall in a heap when they are discarded. They stick together, plop out of the basket, and are not fluffy as they should be. Freshly ground, high quality spent coffee beans are fluffy and moist. You can run your fingers through the fluffy spent grounds and they almost float and feel alive. Once you’ve handled fresh ground gourmet coffee beans in your hand, after brewing, you will agree there is no contest. Freshly ground coffee beans are superior to any other. It is no small wonder that your plants love the spent grounds from fresh ground coffee. They thrive on it as much as we do our first delectable cup…second…and third. Even plants prefer the freshly ground coffee beans and seem to thrive on the hidden nutrients still looming in the recyclable beans. Another justification for our love of good coffee. Not that we need any.

    Still not convinced? Does your coffee taste old or burnt an hour after brewing? Coffee made from freshly ground beans stays fresh in the carafe as much as 4 times longer, if it lasts that long at your house. The acid build up is at a minimum and the quality is mouth-watering. There is nothing like it on the planet known to man, beast, and plant life. Once you switch to freshly ground coffee beans, you will never want another cup of stored grocery store coffee again! You think you are addicted to coffee now? Just try freshly ground quality coffee beans. You will be hooked for life! Choose freshly ground coffee, grind it fresh, brew it fresh, drink it fresh. Find a quiet spot, sit back, savor the taste, and simply enjoy the drink of a lifetime. The best cup of Joe begins with freshly roasted high quality coffee beans.

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  • March 24, 2020 /  Food

    Pork and chicken dumplingsIngredients

    150g pork mince
    150g chicken mince
    1 Tbsp light soy sauce
    1 Tbsp oyster sauce
    ½ tsp sesame oil
    1 Tbsp finely chopped ginger
    ½ cup water chestnuts, chopped
    6 shiitake mushrooms (300g), finely sliced
    2 spring onions, finely sliced
    25 fresh white round wonton wrappers
    2 Tbsp vegetable oil

    Sauce

    ¹⁄³ cup light soy sauce
    1 chilli, finely sliced
    2cm-piece ginger,
    cut into fine strips
    1 tsp sugar
    ½ tsp sesame oil

    Method

    1 Combine pork and chicken mince, soy, oyster sauce, sesame oil, ginger, chestnut, mushroom and onion in a bowl. Mix until well combined.
    2 Lay 5 wrappers on a clean bench. Using your fingertip, wet the outside edges with a little water. Put about 3 teaspoons of mince filling in the centre of each wrapper. Fold over to encase filling. Overlap edges in little pleats. Gently flatten base slightly so dumplings stand up. Repeat 4 times with remaining wrappers and filling.
    3 Heat a non-stick frypan. Add a little oil. Fry dumplings in batches for about 1 minute or until base is crisp. Add 1 cup hot water, cover and cook for 5-6 minutes or until water has evaporated and dumplings are tender. Remove and keep warm.
    4 To make sauce: Combine ingredients. Serve in dipping bowl or over the dumplings.

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  • March 21, 2020 /  Food

    If you are considering trying a natural treatment, you may be wondering about eating foods that shrink ovarian cysts. Indeed, there is much evidence to say that eating a diet to reduce cysts on the ovaries must form an integral part of any set of protocols to naturally treat this condition.

    Very often, many women feel that once they have received a diagnosis from their doctor that the cysts on their ovaries are harmless, many feel that they are more or less left to fend for themselves, with most doctors assuming a “watchful waiting” stance. For those who are suffering the often-painful and debilitating symptoms, ovarian cysts feel anything but harmless!

    Conventional treatment can help with the symptoms and often ranges from birth controls to regulate ovulation, through to surgery to remove the cysts or even, in severe cases, the ovary itself. The real issue here is that conventional treatment cannot, and does not, remove the root causes and it is only by using a natural process to eliminate each and every possible cause of the condition and there is no doubt that by eating foods that shrink ovarian cysts, you are helping the process tremendously.

    There are various contributory factors, and what we eat has a huge impact on our general health and, more importantly, the wrong kinds of foods can trigger the growth of cysts if other factors are present in the body. Controlling your diet can start the rebalanced process, helping to make the body into a neutralised environment where, quite simply, ovarian cysts cannot grow or thrive.

    Foods That Shrink Ovarian Cysts

    * Dark green leafy vegetables
    * Small amounts of lean, organic meat
    * Fruits (in moderation)
    * Sprouting beans
    * Non-starchy vegetables
    * Beans
    * Whole rice
    * Nuts and seeds
    * Garlic
    * Filtered water

    A diet based on the foods above will certainly help, but to be sure of success, dietary changes need to be combined with the other protocols, such as toxin elimination, cleansing protocols, stress management and an effective exercise routine.

  • March 21, 2020 /  Food

    Do you know if the red bean is one of the most famous pea in the world? Yes, red beans have been the variety of delicious cuisines in the world of vogue.

    Red beans commonly consumed when it was really cooking in the form of dried beans. In Indonesia, dried red beans usually cooked into porridge, soup or mixed vegetable, rice or ice team. Red beans are also often cooked into a sweet jam is used as a filler such as Steamed Bun some cakes, moon cakes, cakes moci, dorayaki cakes, donuts content, and others.
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  • March 16, 2020 /  Food

    When you start eating more raw foods, you may find you’re not as thirsty or don’t need as much water or other beverages as you normally do. There are several reasons for this.

    First of all, raw foods, such as raw fruits and vegetables have a higher volume of water in them, so your body is getting the hydration it needs from foods.

    This doesn’t mean you should stop drinking water or juices. You don’t want to adopt some of the more radical elements of the raw food trend. First and foremost, listen to your body. It will tell you what it needs. If you’re overweight, sluggish, tired, depressed, your body might be telling you to make some dietary changes, and raw foods might be one way to alleviate some physical disorders.

    But if you’re overweight and have symptoms of Type II diabetes, overwhelming thirst can be one symptom. When you start consuming more raw foods, with a higher fiber and moisture content, you may start to lose weight, and that can go a long way to reducing your blood sugars.

    If you’re not overweight, or don’t have Type II diabetes, you still might find you’re not as thirsty as you normally are. First of all, if you’re drinking water and juices, you’re not consuming caffeine, which is so dehydrating and makes you thirstier. And by not consuming as much in the way of cooked foods or especially highly processed foods, which have astronomical sodium counts, you won’t be as thirsty either.

    By consuming more raw, uncooked food, and pure water and fruit juices, you’re putting your body into balance. Keeping sodium to normal levels found in foods means you’ll start to require a more balanced amount of water. Don’t think of this as changing or taking away. Think of it as adding balance, and it will make the process of eating healthier much easier.

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  • Health Foods With Harmful Ingredients

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    March 15, 2020 /  Food

    Sometimes we all probably feel like we are walking through a nutrition mine field. What one person or organization calls healthy is deemed unhealthy or even deadly by another. So what is a person to do when faced with the idea of trying to improve food choices in order to achieve a healthy fit body?

    Luckily there are a few things that we are absolutely certain of and these things are the focus of this article. There are a lot of everyday, common foods and food storage items that most people don’t give a second thought, but that in actuality could seriously affect their overall health and quality of life.

    This first unhealthy substance isn’t actually a food, but it is something we commonly store foods in. Even health food stores sometimes place their “healthy” food in containers made of this cancer-linked substance. In June 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report saying that styrene has a high probability of causing cancer. Now, given the fact that I’ve been in the fitness industry for quite some time, this is not news to me, but perhaps it is to you. Styrene is everywhere and it’s a challenge to avoid it. Here are some very common products containing this potentially cancer-causing substance.

    1. Styrofoam cups and plates
    2. To-go boxes from restaurants
    3. Foam packing material
    4. Industrial emissions
    5. Second-hand cigarette smoke
    6. Floor waxes
    7. Paints and varnishes

    Fortunately for us wisdom is power in this case. There are very simple alternatives to styrene these days and glass food and liquid containers are your best bet for ensuring the things you put in your body are not contaminated with unwanted and in some cases, deadly ingredients.

    A second potentially harmful issue surrounds farm raised salmon (tilapia also). When we think of salmon we think of a beautiful vibrant fish leaping over small water falls in order to spawn, you know, just like we see on the Discovery Channel. Well, this isn’t the reality for farm raised salmon. Instead envision tiny ponds densely packed with fish that have never felt a day of freedom. If this doesn’t make you feel uneasy, the rest of the story will. Farm raised salmon are malnourished due to the fact that they are fed cheap sources of food in order to keep costs at a minimum.

    Feathers are a staple in the farm raised salmon’s diet because it’s a cheap source of protein. Because they are so poorly fed, their skin is a drab shade of gray. Since this wouldn’t sell very well, these farm raised salmon are injected with the colorant Canthaxanthin in order to produce that healthy-looking pink color. Farmed salmon contain much higher levels of Poly-Chlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and dioxins that do their wild-caught cousins. Research has shown that even a small amount of these compounds may cause irreparable brain development damage in children. Moreover, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced that ingesting more than a single serving of farm-raised salmon in a given week may cause a person to exceed the maximum intake level for these substances according to the World Health Organization. So many people eat salmon in an effort to be healthy and get those essential fatty acids found in this fish’s oil. Unfortunately they are being deceived because not only do these fishes have lower quality oils than their wild-caught cousins, but they also have tissues (meat) fed with potentially harmful substances.

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  • Getting the Most Out of Hiring a Personal Trainer

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    March 14, 2020 /  Fitness, Food

    I am a personal trainer. So, I think hiring a trainer, especially this one, is a great idea. Seriously, hiring a trainer is an excellent step in reaching your fitness goals. However, I often find that people don’t really understand how personal training fits in to an overall fitness program. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Coffee History – A Rich Tradition For More Than 1,000 Years of Coffee Produced and Enjoyed Worldwide

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    March 13, 2020 /  Food

    The history of coffee has a rich and fascinating tradition, resulting in gourmet coffee available to you in your kitchen or at your favorite coffee house.

    Coffee dates back to the 9th century. Today, a good cup of coffee ties our world together in ways that are truly amazing through the years.

    The Origin of Coffee

    No one knows how coffee was discovered. One popular legend says coffee was discovered by an Arabian shepherd named Kaldi who found his goats prancing around a shrub bearing bright red fruit. He tasted the fruit and experienced the same energy.

    Kaldi shared his discovery with the local monks, and they used the fruit to stay awake during long hours of prayer. The “mysterious red fruit” spread to monasteries all over the world, starting the relationship between the church and coffee that has lasted for centuries.

    Coffee is mentioned in writings as early as the 10th century, and historians since then have followed coffee’s history and use throughout the world.

    In 1471, not long before Columbus left to discover America, the first coffee house opened in Constantinople. The merchant trade of Venice brought coffee to Italy, where the first European coffee shop opened in 1645. Coffee houses spread throughout Europe and England and later to America. By 1675, there were over 3,000 coffee houses in England, demonstrating coffee’s tremendous appeal so many years ago.

    As coffee production started around the world in different tropical regions, the growing conditions produced new and distinctive flavors. Various cultures invented new ways of enjoying coffee, and starting new traditions.

    Coffee Making Through the Years

    How we roast, grind and brew coffee has changed tremendously over the years. At first, coffee was boiled after being crushed by a mortar and pestle, as it still done with Turkish coffee.

    Drip brewing started around 1800 in France, about the same time as percolators were invented also. Vacuum coffee makers were invented in 1840 to brew coffee that was clear and without sediment. By the end of the 19th century, espresso machines were developed for brewing coffee through the pressure method. Paper filters were invented by Melitta Benz in 1908. She and her husband patented them and started the Melitta family coffee business, which their grandchildren continue to this day.

    Drip coffee makers for home use in the United States became popular after the Mr. Coffee coffee maker was introduced in 1972. Prior to that time, most coffee at home was made with a percolator, either electric or on the stove top.

    The rise of the corner gourmet coffee house in America is an even more recent event. Founded in 1971, Starbucks popularized dark, gourmet coffee and expanded on a massive scale in the 1990’s. Now there are 16,000 stores worldwide, including 11,000 in the United States and 1,000 in Canada. This rise in gourmet coffee houses has brought a new coffee lifestyle to American society, greatly increasing expectations for coffee quality.

    Growing Coffee Around the World

    From coffee’s start in the Arabian peninsula, coffee has become one of the largest commercial crops grown around the world.  Coffees are grown in tropical and subtropical areas, including some of the most impoverished areas of the world. The traditional coffee production areas in are in South America (with Brazil and Columbia as the two largest coffee producers in the world), Africa (primarily East Africa) and Indonesia. Other areas grow coffees that have become prized, including Jamaica, Hawaii, Australia, India, and Costa Rica, winning the hearts of coffee aficionados worldwide.

    Gourmet Coffee Today

    In general, the coffee beans from from Central and South America are known for their mild yet potent flavor. East African and Arabian coffee beans are known for their intense flavor and bright acidity.  Indonesian coffee beans produce smooth, rich and low acid flavors.

    Coffee has brought amazing changes to our society and our world in the past 1,100 years. Coffee continues to span the globe, connecting us with people far away. The coffee in your cup came from beans grown in an exotic location far away and transported around the world to you.

    What will be next for coffee? Who knows, so enjoy your cup of gourmet coffee and the rich tradition that goes with it!

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  • How to Make Better Health Pasta Salad

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    March 10, 2020 /  Food

    Pasta salad can be one of the dining options at home is also a special occasion for a family meal. You can also make a pasta salad tastier and healthier, but still simple.

    1. Use of whole wheat pasta.
    Do not use regular pasta, but choose whole-wheat pasta. When using this type of pasta, you can get fiber intake twice as much per one cup of pasta.

    2. Replace mayonnaise.
    To add flavor do not use mayonnaise. We recommend using a combination of low-fat mayonnaise, low-fat yogurt with no flavor and olive oil. This way you can cut calories and saturated fat.

    3. Add the vegetables.
    Add vegetables doubled. Select vegetables with more variety of color combination. For pasta salad, veggie options usually consist of carrots, tomatoes, grape tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers.

    4. Add fresh herbs.
    Spices add flavor without fat or sodium. Add basil, cilantro, or want to try tarragon, herbs typical of Central Asia. Add spices to suit your taste.

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