Showing posts with label raw food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label raw food. Show all posts

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Gender of Bell Peppers !!

Gender of Bell Peppers !!
Did you know you can check the gender of bell peppers? Turn them over...the ones with four bumps are female and those with three bumps are male.
The female peppers are full of seeds, but sweeter and better for eating raw and the males are better for cooking.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

FAT BURNING SECRETS ... Proven Fat Burning Tips Revealed

Tired of hiding your muffin top under layers of clothing? You are not alone. About onethird
of American adults are overweight. Now is the time to transform your soft, flabby
body into the toned, sexy physique of your dreams. Forget yo-yo diets and easy weight
loss promises that leave you feeling like a fat failure. It is possible to have a lean, traffic
stopping body you can’t wait to show off. You’ve stumbled upon the fat burning secrets
television gurus don’t want you to know about. Get ready to throw your fat clothes away
for good.
It’s vital to know how fat is deposited in the body, so you have an understanding of how
to make the body lose it. Your body needs food to acquire the necessary energy to
function and feed its cells. The calories in food have energy commonly referred to as
calories. The more calories the food contains the more fuel the body can acquire from it.
In order to use the foods energy, your body must first digest the food. The process of
digestion causes the body to burn some old energy to get the new energy from the food.
The more difficult it is to digest the food, the more energy/calories are burned.
The body's fuel is categorized as protein, carbohydrates or fats. This fuel nourishes the
body and keeps the body functioning. The left over calories are eventually stored in the
fat cells. Your body uses a part of the foods fuel for nutrition. The excess fuel is
eventually stored up as fat in the “fat cells” of your body, around the kidneys and liver.
Fat cells are often deposited in the chest, hips and waist region. As the cells become
bigger, your physique acquires a doughy look. The body has a limited number of fat
cells, and there is only so much fat these cells can store. Once the threshold is reached,
fat begins to accumulate in the muscle lining of your arms and thighs, creating unsightly,
flabby limbs.


All foods can cause fat creation, but certain foods actually help burn fat. Some foods
have minerals or vitamins that raise metabolism and act as virtual fat burners. There are
negative calorie foods with low calories that burn extra calories during digestion. Other
foods, even eaten in small quantities, deliver a feeling of fullness with very little calories.
Sticking to the right whole foods will drastically reduce the fat profile of your body.
By eating these fat burning foods at the right time, in the correct amount, the body fat
profile starts to reduce. Add in foods that lower the likelihood of fat depositing in your
body for an extra boost. Here is a list of everyday foods that double as secret fat


Poultry such as chicken has special assets that increase the body’s metabolic rate,
helping you melt extra fat away. Chicken is low in fat and carbohydrates with a good
protein profile. Proteins require a lot of energy to digest, and more energy for proteins
to be stored as fat. It is also a great source of iron, zinc, and niacin. For best results,
remove the skin from poultry before eating to avoid excess fat.

Salmon & Tuna

Salmon and tuna are good sources of protein that provides the body with healthy fats
from omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Both meaty fish, while satisfying, are also low in
calories and unhealthy saturated fat. Eating salmon positively effects leptin, the
hormone responsible for burning and storing calories. High leptin levels cause the body
to store fat. Salmon and tuna reduce leptin, giving your metabolism the boost it needs
to burn calories.

Other Lean Protein

As with other proteins, research has shown the thermic effect of protein is the most of
all the macronutrients. Protein require approximately 30% of its’ calories for digestion
and processing. Lean proteins also suppress the appetite reducing the tendency to
overeat. Though poultry has a lower fat profile, lean red meats such as top round, lean
sirloin, game and other white meat have a place in a fat burning diet.

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruit hikes up the metabolism while supplying a big dose of vitamin C, a chemical
used in the process of fat burning. Citrus fruits are ranked as the best fat burning foods
you can eat. Oranges, grapefruit, apples and even tomatoes share these fat burning
qualities. With the large variety, mix several varieties to for different flavors and taste.
Citrus fruit effectively burns fat around the hips and waist.


An apple a day keeps the fat away. Apples contain a substance called pectin that
restricts the cells from absorbing fat and assists water absorption from food. This also
helps push fat deposits from the body. The antioxidants in apples may also reduce
excess belly fat from metabolic syndrome. Apples have a high level of soluble fiber that
helps you control hunger pain.


Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries – take your pick. Fruits as a
whole are packed with vitamins and minerals. They are low on calories and high in water
compared to refined foods. Excellent sources of fiber, berries boost the metabolism,
breaking down food and fats. Naturally sweet and delicious, a handful of berries will
keep you feeling fuller longer and help eliminate the craving for sugary glasses of
artificially flavored, empty calories.


A large portion of oats calorie profile is soluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps control blood
sugar and helps you feel fuller longer. Oatmeal also lowers the risk of heart disease and
lowering cholesterol. Choose old fashioned or steel cut oatmeal and eat with fresh fruit.
Make sure to monitor your serving sizes during diet phases carefully.


Most vegetables (except for potatoes, yams and sweet potatoes) maintain low calories,
yet contain essential vitamins and minerals that improve the body's metabolism. Veggies
such as spinach, broccoli, cabbage, carrots and artichokes contain no fat and very low
carbohydrate levels. In fact, they aid in fat burning since your body uses more calories
to digest vegetables than they produce. The extra calories needed to break down food
are taken from body fat reserves. For example, one serving of Brussels sprouts has 50
calories, but the body needs 75 calories to digest. That’s 25 calories of body fat burned
just for eating your Brussels sprouts.


Beans are not only full of minerals; they are also low in calories and rich in amino acids.
The amino acids in lentils help decrease body fat while helping build muscles, and
maintain stable blood sugar. In addition, they are excellent sources of dietary fiber
keeping you satiated longer, reducing the urge to overeat.


Eggs, one of the most nutrient dense foods, are a natural superfood. Their high levels of
protein rev up the metabolism and help you burn fat. Eggs are hands down one of the
best fat burning foods. Among other protein foods, eggs have the most abundant mix of
essential amino acids. Despite having low calories, they are packed with vitamin D,
vitamin B12, choline and selenium. It’s been proven eggs don’t contribute to bad
cholesterol, but does improve the good cholesterol needed for a healthy body. Eggs have
all the nutrients crucial for good health.

Almonds & Walnuts

Almond and walnuts are excellent sources of the healthy fats needed for the smooth
functioning of the body’s cell structure. Just an ounce of almonds has 12% of the daily
protein allowance and contains calcium and folic acid. Plus, the form of vitamin E in
walnuts is especially beneficial. A handful of nuts is a tasty, crunchy snack to satisfy your
hunger pains.

Pine Nuts

According to scientist, pine nuts contain an abundance of healthy fatty acids. These fatty
acids help eliminate fat accumulation in the abdominals. Pine nuts also increase satiety
level hormones along with the benefits of fat reduction.


Eating the right food will kick your metabolism into high gear and help you burn
unwanted fat. Combine fat burning foods with these fat boosters to push your
metabolism into overdrive.


Tiny mustard seeds are packed with nutrition including: the amino acid tryptophan,
omega 3 fatty acids, selenium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, calcium, iron,
niacin and zinc. They even have a bit of protein and fiber. The spicy Asian and Mexican
varieties temporarily speed up the metabolism like ephedrine or caffeine in a safe,
natural way. Adding spicy mustard delivers zest to your food and a nice fat loss boost.


Onions are aromatic, flavorful and low in calories. But, onions can also aid in weight loss.
They are a source of a nutrient called chromium. Chromium is said to improve insulin
and maintain stable blood sugar. So, onions help stop blood sugar crashes and the
resulting case of the munchies.

Coconut Oil

Coconuts boost the body's energy. Unlike margarine or shortening, coconut oil is full of
medium chain fatty acids used as an immediate supply of fuel. Use coconut oil in your
cooking to speed metabolism improve thyroid functioning and amplify fat burning.

Hot Peppers

The chemicals that give hot peppers their spice safely speeds up the heart rate. Some
people are able to burn up to 1,000 more calories every day from eating peppers. Spicy
foods like chilies and peppers trigger your body to burn fat. For their flavor and fat
burning properties, hot peppers are one of the best diet foods.

Green Tea

Green tea significantly reduces total fat in the waist and skin areas. Green tea has the
catechins, proven to raise your resting metabolic rate. That means you keep burning fat
longer, turning the body into a well-oiled fat burning machine. It has also been shown,
the catechins interact with the caffeine in green tea. A perfect substitute for coffee,
green tea is high in antioxidants making it a natural stimulate.


Drinking more water helps the body reduce fat deposits. The kidneys do not function
correctly without enough water intake. If they don’t work properly, some of the load is
discarder to the liver. If the liver is doing the kidney’s work, it can’t concentrate on its’
main job of metabolizing fat. More fat will remain in the body and fat burning stops. So
drink the right amount of water improves metabolism and keeps your fat burning at full
capacity. Water also flushes out toxins and improves the body’s ability to stay healthy.


Muscle keeps you metabolism active and burning calories. Adding muscle improves your
body fat composition ratio. Muscles are an active tissue that continually renews itself so
it always needs calories. While normal cardio burns fat only during the exercise, weight
training builds muscle ensuring body fat continues to burn throughout the day. The main
source of energy for muscles is fat. So, even when relaxing or sleeping, you continue to
burn calories. The more muscle mass on your frame the more positive effect on your
metabolism. To avoid your metabolism from getting sluggish and packing on fat it is
important to do weight resistant exercises to build muscle.


Now you have the secrets to a beautiful toned body in the palm of your hands. The only
thing standing in the way of a lean sexy physique is you. Adopt these fat burning secrets
into your lifestyle and you will see results in a matter of weeks. The right diet plan will
show you how to combine the fat burning foods to keep your body melting away the
flab. There are countless delicious recipes to make the switch painless. Add a weight
lifting exercise regime and you will sculpt your body into an object of desire. Don’t let
another day pass. The new you is ready to emerge.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Raw food healing diet (cleansing diet)

Next in declining order of healing effectiveness is what I call a raw food
healing diet or cleansing diet. It consists of those very same watery fruits
and non-starchy vegetables one juices or makes into vegetable broths, but
eaten whole and raw. Heating food does two harmful things: it destroys
many vitamins, enzymes and other nutritional elements and it makes many
foods much harder to digest. So no cooked vegetables or fruits are allowed
because to maintain health on this limited regimen it is essential that every
possible vitamin and enzyme present in the food be available for digestion.
Even though still raw, no starchy or fatty vegetables or fruits are allowed
that contain concentrated calories like potatoes, winter squash, avocados,
sweet potatoes, fresh raw corn, dates, figs, raisins, or bananas. And
naturally, no salad dressings containing vegetable oils or (raw) ground
seeds are allowed. Nor are raw grains or other raw concentrated energy
When a person starts this diet they will at first experience considerable
weight loss because it is difficult to extract a large number of calories from
these foods (though I have seen people actually gain weight on a pure
melon diet, so much sugar do these fruits have, and well-chewed
watermelon seeds are very nourishing). Eating even large quantities of only
raw fruit and raw non-starchy vegetables results in a slow but steady
healing process about 10 to 20 percent as rapid as water fasting.
A raw food cleansing diet has several huge advantages. It is possible to
maintain this regimen and regularly do non-strenuous work for many
months, even a year or more without experiencing massive weight loss
and, more important to some people, without suffering the extremes of low
blood sugar, weakness and loss of ability to concentrate that happen when
water fasting. Someone on a raw food cleanse will have periods of lowered
energy and strong cravings for more concentrated foods, but if they have
the self-discipline to not break their cleansing process they can accomplish
a great deal of healing while still maintaining more or less normal (though
slower paced) life activities. However, almost no one on this diet is able to
sustain an extremely active life-style involving hard physical labor or
competitive sports. And from the very beginning someone on a raw food

cleanse must be willing and able to lie down and rest any time they feel
tired or unable to face their responsibilities. Otherwise they will inevitably
succumb to the mental certainty that their feelings of exhaustion or
overwhelm can be immediately solved by eating some concentrated food to
"give them energy." Such low-energy states will, however, pass quickly
after a brief nap or rest.
Something else gradually happens to a body when on such a diet. Do you
recall that I mentioned that after my own long fast I began to get more
"mileage" out of my food. A cleansed, healed body becomes far more
efficient at digestion and assimilation; a body that is kept on a raw food
cleansing diet will initially lose weight rapidly, but eventually weight loss
slows to virtually nothing and then stabilizes. However, long-term raw
fooders are usually thin as toothpicks.
Once starchy vegetables like potatoes or winter squash, raw or cooked, or
any cereals, raw or cooked, are added to a cleansing diet, the detoxification
and healing virtually ceases and it becomes very easy to maintain or even
gain weight, particularly if larger quantities of more concentrated foods like
seeds and nuts are eaten. Though this diet has ceased to be cleansing,
few if any toxins from misdigestion will be produced and health is easy to
"Raw fooders" are usually people who have healed themselves of a serious
diseases and ever after continue to maintain themselves on unfired food,
almost as a matter of religious belief. They have become convinced that
eating only raw, unfired food is the key to extraordinarily long life and
supreme good health. When raw fooders wish to perform hard physical
work or strenuous exercise, they"ll consume raw nuts and some raw grains
such as finely-ground oats soaked overnight in warm water or deliciously
sweet "Essene bread," made from slightly sprouted wheat that is then
ground wet, made into cakes, and sun baked at temperatures below about
115 degrees Fahrenheit. Essene bread can be purchased in some health
food stores. However, little or no healing or detoxification can happen once
concentrated energy sources are added to the diet, even raw ones.
During my days at Great Oaks School I was a raw fooder for some years,
though I found it very difficult to maintain body heat on raw food during
chilly, rainy Oregon winters and eventually struck a personal compromise
where I ate about half my diet raw and the rest fired.

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