Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

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  • 4 strawberries
  • 1/2-1 frozen banana
  • small handful blueberries
  • 1 pitted date
  • 1-1.5 cups almond milk
  • lots of kale or spinach leaves

Put all in blender until smooth.

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Banana Date Shake (nondairy)

IMG_1033Thank you One Arab Vegan for this recipe! I adore it. I modified it a little, here it is (serves 1):

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3-4 medium pitted dates, soaked 30 min
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon or more to taste
  • 1 T peanut butter
  • dash vanilla extract

Put all in blender and process until smooth. Pour into fancy cup or dish and make a cinnamon swirl on the top for flourish. Add a fancy straw (forgot to put mine in photo).

I have made this four or five times now and it is my favorite dessert because I don’t feel guilty indulging in it!

Moderation and Frequency of Meals: Podcast Studies

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I just started listening to this podcast called Cut the Fat. I have heard two episodes (out of order) so far and wanted to share what I learned. The first podcast I listened to was a review of a book called Unleash the Power of the Female Brain by Dr. Daniel Amen. I put the book on my to-read list, but meanwhile I will share two things that stuck out from the interview with him. The first was a question of the type of food we put in our bodies (it relates to fueling our brain properly). The interviewer asked something like, Is it OK to just have this one treat every now and then, something like a once-a-month burger and fries? Continue reading

Thyroid Hormones

I am posting this because I have discovered this problem in myself and hope to help others who might be struggling with seemingly unrelated symptoms that could add up to something that you may want to get checked out. In the last few months I have steadily gained weight without changing anything in my diet, have been very fatigued at least a few times a week, am super-sensitive to cold temperatures, and lose more hair than normal. The fatigue part is what made me worried because it has appeared only recently; the hair loss and cold sensitivity I thought was just part of my genes or something and I have dealt with that for years. And the recent weight gain I linked to the fatigue, because whenever I didn’t feel well, I ate, thinking that hunger symptoms were showing themselves in other ways besides stomach growls. And when I felt tired, of course I couldn’t exercise but had to rest instead. So I have been consuming many more calories than I have been expending. No mystery there. But having the continued fatigue and weakness on a regular basis made me think I had a blood sugar problem at first so I went in for bloodwork. Continue reading

Blood Type Diets

This information is definitely worth checking out. There are tons of people who have erased all their health issues (and lost weight too, yay!) just by eating right for their specific blood type! I am only reading a supplemental text that goes along with the main blood type book (Eat Right 4 Your Type: The Individualized Diet Solution to Staying Healthy, Living Longer & Achieving Your Ideal Weight by Peter J. D’Adamo), but I intend to read that one soon. Meanwhile, here are some notes on eating for your blood type in general that I gathered from Blood Type A: Food, Beverage, and Supplement Lists by Dr. Peter J D’Adamo:

  • Your blood type is the “essential defining factor in your health profile”
  • Many foods stick to cells of certain blood types but not to others so that certain food might be bad for one blood type but good for another
  • Chemical reactions between blood and food we eat determine either a good or bad effect on your blood; when you consume foods incompatible with your blood type, certain proteins go and target your organs and blood cells start to stick in that area, therefore interfering with the normal body processes for those organs {NOT GOOD}
  • The blood type diet will “restore the natural protective functions of your immune system, reset your metabolic clock, and clear your blood of dangerous agglutinating lectins [the ‘certain proteins’ I referred to earlier]” Continue reading

Vegan Fast Food

Fast food is not good for you but every now and then you want a little grease. Or maybe you are stuck with others who have chosen a fast food joint as the lunch place and you have to find something. I have compiled tables listing safe choices for a few fast-food chains. First, though, visit a Loving Hut near you–great food; be sure to get a slice of carrot cake after the meal! All the dishes there are vegan.   Continue reading

What I Learned From My Homeopath

  1. Eat three meals a day instead of snacking frequently all day. This is because when we put time between meals we are giving the digestive system time to recuperate and rest. If you are regularly bombarding it with bits of food all day this rest won’t get to occur. This is going to be hard for me to change. For years I have been a grazer.
  2. Eat more raw food. I actually experimented with this in the last few weeks by keeping a food journal. I noticed that when I ate even a combo of raw and cooked foods, my energy levels dropped in the afternoon and I also wasn’t able to stay awake past 8:30pm. If I had a very small percentage of raw food in a day, I’d be crashing by 6:30pm and would sleep solid until 6am the next morning. On the days I was able to consume at  least 90% raw foods, not only did I not have my 2-o’clock slump time, but I stayed up almost until 10pm and still wasn’t all that tired as I made myself lie down for bedtime! It was awesome. It still is awesome since I am sticking to it now! Continue reading