Time For A Siesta

Benefits of a 10-20 minute power nap include:

– More energy

– Improve productivity by over 30%

– Improve alertness by up to 100%

– Reduce stress and the risk of heart disease by 34%

– Better negotiation and communication

– Reduce risk of accidents at work and on the road

– Happiness and wellbeing

A simple and quick vegan Quinoa salad

I was at a birthday party last night and I prepared a delicious Quinoa salad and everybody asked me for the recipe (unfortunately the photo is not great, but I will post a new one when I make it again), so here it is:

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups of cooked quinoa, cold
  2. 1 big raw beetroot, grated
  3. 1 big carrot grated
  4. 1 tomato, diced
  5. 1 cucumber, diced
  6. plenty of cilantro, finely chopped
  7. handful of shallots or chives finely chopped
  8. 1 avocado sliced
  9. 1 orange
  10. ginger (as much as you like), grated

Dressing:

  1. plenty of olive oil
  2. plenty of lemon juice
  3. half a lemon zest
  4. Black pepper
  5. Himalayan salt
  6. Chilli flakes (optional)

Preparation time: 15-20 minutes

By the time the quinoa is ready, grate or chop your vegetables into a bowl. You may run cold water and strain the quinoa and then add it to the vegetables but it would be better if the quinoa is cooled down naturally so that you avoid excessive water in your salad.

Bon appetit!

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What is Ghee

ImageDo you like butter but you are intolerant to casein, lactose or other milk solids? Then Ghee is your answer. Ghee is clarified butter, that is, the water and milk solids (mostly proteins) have been boiled off, leaving just a rich butterfat.

Ghee is widely used in India as part of their traditional cuisine and system of medicine – Ayurveda.

According to Ayurvedic medicine, cow’s ghee is considered to have medhya rasayana  properties which means it promotes intellect and memory, and vitality.

It also helps with digestion where there is a deficiency of gastric acid (hypochlorhydria), a sign often seen in patients with acid reflux and other digestive complaints. For this reason, ghee is also considered to be an immune stimulant since the 85% of our immune system lies in our gut.

Even though it is an animal fat, studies have shown that it decreases LDL cholesterol and increases HDL cholesterol or has not changed the lipid profile at all. It increases blood levels of fat soluble vitamins such as vitamin E, which prevents oxidation of LDL cholesterol, therefore improving cardiovascular disease states. It also stimulates biliary secretion and contraction of gall bladder.

Ghee is also used in burns applied twice a day to avoid scarring and increase healing. It is also used in beauty products to soften the skin and avoid ageing.

It is great for cooking because its fat molecules begin to break down at 250 °C, where cooking temperatures typically reach around 200 °C.

Finally, make sure to use high quality organic ghee from your local health food store that does not contain any trans fats.

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The Truth About Your Food with FOOD

Robert Kenner’s Food, Inc., is one of the top grossing theatrical documentaries of all time, selling nearly 500,000 DVDs. Food Inc. received widespread critical acclaim, including an Academy Award nomination, and has influenced current food policy decisions.

SIMPLE Do’s & Don’ts To A Healthier Lifestyle

Eat well, Live well

DO:

1. Drink water: Water is the most essential nutrient for cells. For added flavor, try adding fresh fruits, cucumber slices or lemon and lime wedges to ice-cold water.

2. Eat a “mixed” breakfast that includes foods containing a little carbohydrate, a little protein and a little fat. For example, eggs and a bowl of fruit or a protein shake with soy milk and a banana includes three essential macronutrients, provides energy and tastes good, too.

3. Eat less fat. The average American eats the equivalent of a stick of margarine a day, most of which is hidden in processed foods

4. Increase the amount of fiber in your diet. Fiber helps maintain colon health

DON’T:

1. DON’T rely on pills for nutrition. Pills cannot substitute for a whole food. Foods contain much more than just vitamins and minerals.

2. DON’T become dehydrated.

3. DON’T eat sugary foods in the morning. A burst of refined sugar…

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