How I Got Stronger and Healthier After Giving Up Animal Products (A Vegan Q&A)

“Your body is precious. It is your vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” ~Buddha   Not that long ago, I ate meat every single day. Every. Single. Day. For breakfast, I used to have fried eggs with feta or cottage cheese and turkey ham. My lunch consisted of minced beef or chicken with veggies. My dinner was then either leftovers from lunch or more meat/fried eggs/sometimes fish with veggies and cheese. I followed an intense workout routine, went to the gym five to six times per week to lift weights, and on top of that did another two cardio sessions per week in a beautiful park close to my apartment. The best I could do for my health, according to my personal trainer, was to stick to a high-protein, low-carb diet with lots of animal protein and avoid refined sugar. That also meant to drink one or two whey shakes per day. For some people, this might sound exhausting or even brutal. At the time, though, I loved my fitness lifestyle and was proud to be as lean as I was. For two years, this was my life, until I was offered a job abroad, which I accepted totally thrilled. This new opportunity was so exciting and full of possibilities! Sadly, I had to reduce my workouts and started to lapse when it came to my diet, meaning I ate significantly more carbs than before. I worked non-stop around the clock. Soon, I started to get sick more often. Despite a job change, things got worse. There was always something wrong with my body, either infections or injuries, which prevented me then from working out. The lack of exercise in turn led to feeling weaker. On top of that, I had to deal with a very toxic work environment, constant stress, internal gossip, difficult clients, and a lack of professional structure to only name a few unpleasant job-related factors. Whenever I was feeling slightly better, I used to fall ill again. I started to gain weight and lost muscle mass. It was like a vicious circle with no way out. The biggest support came from my boyfriend, who was there to take care of me. He was and still is my emotional rock. I don’t know what I would have done without him. Once you move abroad, your social circle shrinks considerably (at least mine did), thus making it hard to not feel lonely at times. Most of my closest friends who are my social support system live either in my home country or in other parts of the world making it difficult to connect. This state of mental and physical exhaustion lasted for a year and a half until I found the courage to walk away and quit my job. Once I had done that, I’d gotten rid of one of my biggest stress factors. Finally, I had time to focus on taking care of my health, body, and mind again. As a [...]

2020-03-23T19:41:04-07:00 By |

5 Easy Steps to Make Cauliflower Rice for Vegan Rice With a Food Processor

The vegan craze seems to be taking the world by storm. Everyone now is looking into going vegan for a more extended, healthier lifestyle. Well, with that said, we are presenting to you easy recipes for making vegan cauliflower rice meals, which you would love to try out. Cauliflower rice has to be one of the best vegetarian dishes you will ever come across. Not only is it easy to make, but it is ready on your plate in a matter of minutes. Owing to the maxim, “You are what you eat,” we can confidently conclude that what you put inside your body is entirely your responsibility. These healthy recipes with cauliflower rice can be easily made with the help of the best mini food processor you happen to have in the kitchen. In this article, you will learn a few steps on making cauliflower rice, so read on!   Step One: Decide on the Type to Cook When you search the net, you will be presented with a variety of ways of cooking. You can go with vegetable stir fry with cauliflower rice, which includes other types of veggies as part of the delicacy. You could also try making some spicy Spanish cauliflower rice or cauliflower rice with coconut milk. Additionally, you can also choose to go with a simple keto cauliflower rice treat packed with proteins at a low-card count. Regardless of the type you choose to go with, the process is ideally the same. The only differing part will be the ingredients.   Step Two: Collect All Your Ingredients and Tools As mentioned, the ingredients will depend on the dish you wish to make. We shall be looking at the Spanish cauliflower rice, the one with coconut milk, and the keto cauliflower rice. But before getting into the details, let us take a look at the requirements of making the dishes. You will need: A food processor A frying vessel ( skillet, pan, or a hot wok) Cooking vegetable oil, butter, olive or coconut oil Big cauliflower heads (light green, orange, or purple) Seasoning and spices (salt, cumin) Tomato paste (for Spanish cauliflower rice) Diced veggies — carrots, onions, bell peppers, garlic, and ginger garnish — sesame seeds or cilantro Coconut milk (for the coconut cauliflower rice) Vegetable or chicken broth ( for Spanish cauliflower rice) Tumeric (optional) Lime (optional)   Step Three: Preparation Once you have collected all you need, wash all your fresh produce with clean running water thoroughly. Then you can proceed to cut them. Preparing Cauliflower Using the Food Processor Every show has a star, right! Cauliflower, in this case, just happens to be the star of the plate, and so we will start on how to fix it. After washing and cutting off the outer harder leaves, let the cauliflower heads sit to dry completely. After it has completely dried, trim the heads into florets to remove the hard stem at the base. These chunks must be [...]

2020-04-14T18:04:50-07:00 By |

Black Garlic – Benefits and How to Make

Do you know garlic? I guess your answer will be yes. But I assume the garlic you know is the white garlic you are used to. But I am referring to the black garlic, which is more beneficial and a flavorful way to achieve a more satisfying meal. It is beginning to make a wave in the culinary industry, and due to its incredible health benefits, I think it is essential you know about them, especially if you are a more adventurous eater.   What is Black Garlic?  Going into a little bit of long history about black garlic, its use as a high valued medicinal and culinary product was more popular in Asian countries like Korea, Japan, and Thailand. Korea is often said to be the place where black garlic originated from, where its process was thought to have been developed over several centuries. According to historical records, black garlic was said to be used as a diuretic, antibiotic, digestive aid, anti-parasitic, and a wide range of several other ailments. It is widely known for the anti-oxidant properties it possesses. Today, black garlic is mostly used for its exceptional flavor and texture as a superior quality ingredient. It is also becoming more popular for its nutritional value that, in a way, cannot be compared to raw garlic. Black Garlic simply refers to aging fresh garlic that has gone through a long time of fermentation process under highly controlled temperature and humidity. The properties of a typical Black Garlic as compared to raw garlic include the following: Higher in anti-oxidants Easier to digest Sweet and tangy No garlic breath Mild immune boosting effects Higher in some minerals   The Health Benefits of Black Garlic As you might have been informed already, garlic, in general, is discovered to possess a good number of health benefits. Some of the health benefits of black garlic are discussed below:   It helps to lower cholesterol Cholesterol is vital to the human body, but at the same causes heart disease when it is too high. Research has shown that black garlic has an excellent ability to lower the bad cholesterol, that is, the LDL cholesterol. This ability to lower LDL cholesterol helps to reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, and premature death. Black garlic has a higher concentration of some compounds as compared to raw garlic, such as the S-allyl cysteine compound which is a natural component of raw garlic and a derivative of amino acid cysteine. It has been discovered via a scientific study that people who had a daily intake of black garlic extract for a minimum of 3 months had a significant reduction in their LDL while increasing the good cholesterol. It was also found out that protein B present in the blood lipids was lowered, which is a strong sign of reducing the risk of heart disease.   It helps to strengthen the immune system For various diseases and infections to be prevented, the immune [...]

2019-11-27T16:30:39-08:00 By |

Does Coffee Dehydrate You? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

When you first think of being dehydrated or needing something to quench your thirst, coffee isn’t usually what immediately springs to mind. Sure, coffee can be thirst-quenching but on a hot summer’s day, an iced coffee sounds more appealing than a piping hot Espresso or Latte. For a lot of people worldwide, coffee makes up a large part of their daily fluid intake so knowing its effects are important. We all know that coffee gives us a boost in terms of our attention and making us feel more alert, but does it actually hydrate us or in fact make us more dehydrated? In this article, I’ll attempt to dive into this topic and find out the effects of coffee on our hydration.   What Are The Signs Of Dehydration? Is Coffee a Diuretic? Before jumping and looking at whether coffee does dehydrate people it’s important to have a clear understanding of what the signs of dehydration are, so you know how to spot them if you feel like you are becoming dehydrated. Dehydration is when the body loses so much fluid that it stops functioning normally and these fluids are not sufficiently replaced When this happens the body will show symptoms in numerous ways and adults should seek medical assistance if they are feeling symptoms of dehydration over a prolonged period of time. Perhaps the most obvious sign of dehydration is an increased feeling of thirst. If you notice yourself feeling thirsty or have gone without water for any length of time, then be sure to increase your intake to rehydrate sufficiently. Along with a feeling of thirst, you may also have a dry mouth, and this is another symptom to be wary of. Another sure way to know if you are dehydrated or not is the color of your urine. If your urine is light in color then it means that you’re sufficiently hydrated. If you’re not hydrated then your urine will be darker in color. If your urine is yellow then you need to drink water immediately as it means you are dehydrated. If your urine is orange or a darker color then you need water immediately and you should consult a medical professional. These are all immediate signs of dehydration and can be easily remedied. If someone continues to be dehydrated they may experience more severe symptoms such as dizziness or a feeling of light-headedness that may affect someone’s ability to walk or stand properly. A fever or an increased heart rate may also be noticed if you are severely dehydrated.   Coffee And Dehydration: What Are The Facts? Now that we know the signs to look out for when dealing with dehydration, we can tackle the main question of this article: Does Coffee Cause Dehydration? The short answer is no, at least that’s what research suggests, although caffeine is a mild diuretic which can make you need to urinate more frequently it does not actually make you more dehydrated. Dr. David [...]

2019-11-19T12:35:09-08:00 By |

6 Powerful Steps to Stop Binge Eating for Good

“As long as you are breathing, there is more right with you than wrong with you, no matter how ill or how despairing you may be feeling in a given moment.” ~Jon Kabat-Zinn   Binge eating is hard. For me, winter time has always been hardest. The winter of 2011 was particularly bad. It was then that I sat, hands clasped around my knees, thinking about how best to kill myself. Hopeless only scratches the surface of what I was feeling—that same feeling I’d had on-and-off for fifteen years. I was twenty-three. I’d spent half my life in darkness. I went over the mathematics: Depression + Eating Disorder = Agonizing Existence. I was finally ready to admit I needed help. So as I sat there, I vowed to put an end to my suffering. I told myself “I’m going to give this one final push. I’ll put all of my energy into stopping this continual depression, and these cycles of binge eating and starving myself. If it still doesn’t work, I’ll just kill myself.” It really was that simple. By the end of 2011, I didn’t want to kill myself anymore. A few years later, I’d stopped binge eating completely. These days, I’ve never been happier. I don’t get depressed anymore. I am healthy, mentally and physically, and I try to live every day in gratitude, happiness, and well-being. That’s how I know you can do this too, and why today I’m sharing with you six powerful steps that I found essential to my journey. 1. Realize there’s nothing wrong with you. I know it feels like you’re a disgusting, terrible person for binge eating. I know you don’t understand what’s going on, or what happened to your “willpower.” I know you’re starting to feel insane. But listen up: there is nothing wrong with you. Binge eating isn’t about food; it’s about emotions. People deal with their emotions in all kinds of ways. If you’re at the end of your tether, you might do drugs, you might drink, you might get really angry with the people you love, you might have anxiety attacks, and/or you might binge eat. This isn’t a judgment call. Binge eating is just what you’re doing to try to deal with difficult emotions in the best way you know how right now. That doesn’t mean you’re broken, that doesn’t mean you’re going to “be like this forever,” and it doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to cope in different and more productive ways. It’s completely natural and normal to want to feel better. So although it’s not ideal to binge, know that it is human, and it is okay. 2. Reattach your head to your body. Up until I was twenty-three, I didn’t even know I had a body. I will never forget this: one day, I was walking up a hill to my office (I was doing a Ph.D. at the time) and suddenly I just felt terrible. Then I was [...]

2018-11-21T14:07:45-08:00 By |

Five Reasons You Need Coconut Oil In Your Diet

In a world filled with greasy foods, oil is something we've had to learn to avoid. Even though it's delicious and makes everything go down easier, it's generally quite unhealthy. That's because oil is – in one form or another – almost entirely fat. With consumers' growing ever more health conscious, the demand for “healthy” oils has skyrocketed. While any type of oil is inherently a very rich food, dense with fats and loaded with calories, it is an integral part of cuisine and can be easily integrated into a healthy diet. These days you can find everything from avocado oil to walnut oil with quite a few options in between. Yet of all these increasingly popular “alternative” oils, none has made such a large impact as coconut oil.   How Coconut Oil Is One Of Our Most Potent Superfoods Few foods can claim to have as many uses or health benefits of coconut oil. Whether you want to eat it by the spoonful, incorporate it into recipes, use it as a cooking oil, use it as a topical solution, or even using it to clean your teeth, the potential health benefits of coconut oil seem virtually endless! While using coconut oil in any form can be great for your body, the best way to reap the benefits are to just eat some raw everyday. It's delicious!   1. Coconut Oil Can Improve Thyroid Health Coconut oil can be a good replacement for corn or soybean oil, which have been linked to thyroid issues. Not only does coconut oil allow you to avoid these potentially problem causing oils, it also has its own benefits for your thyroid health. Diseases of the thyroid such as hypo- and hyper-thyroidism are associated with inflammation, which coconut oil has been shown to help reduce. Coconut oil's antibacterial properties can also reduce stress from microorganisms that can lead to thyroid issues.   2. Coconut Oil Can Help You Lose Weight Coconut oil can be used as a substitute for less healthy oils, which can be great if you're on a diet and looking to cut calories (and especially fats.) However, coconut oil doesn't stop there. Coconut oil is composed largely of compounds known as Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs.) Research has shown that consuming MCTs helps the body burn fat and lose weight more efficiently.   3. Coconut Oil Can Keep Your Immune System In Fighting Shape Coconut oil contains a ton of compounds with the potential to help squash harmful microorganisms and give your body's built-in defenses a bit of a boost. Concentrations of lauric acid, antimicrobial lipids, as well as capyrlic and capric acid have been identified as lending coconut oil it's anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties. Regularly consuming coconut oil can help keep the immune system up to par and stave off common illnesses like the cold and flu.   4. Cook With Coconut Oil To Avoid Toxins Unlike other forms of cooking oil such as vegetable oils, coconut [...]

2019-01-23T11:52:50-08:00 By |

Three Reasons to Eat Strawberries Everyday

We're all familiar with strawberries. Blended into smoothies, served as a refreshing snack or as a delicious treat incorporated into your dessert, there are many ways to enjoy the strawberry. But there is more to the strawberry than just a sweet treat. Many different species of wild strawberries grow naturally on several continents. Historians have traced humanity's relationship with the strawberry as far back as ancient Roman literature, where the strawberry is referenced for its medicinal properties. This reputation as a folk medicine has carried on all the way down to today. These days, the sort of strawberry you find at the supermarket or plant in your garden is a bit different from the wild varieties which the Europeans of antiquity would have harvested from forests and groves. Modern strawberries are highly cultivated. The most common “garden strawberries” we encounter today are a cross between two species of wild strawberries native to South America. Though we have changed the strawberry a bit, modern research is revealing that those ancient Romans may have been onto something when they regarded the strawberry as a tool of medicine.   What A Few Delicious Strawberries Do For Your Body In the modern diet, strawberries – as healthy as they are – are commonly found incorporated into something that is in no way a health food. Dipped in milk chocolate or caramel, covered in whipped cream, made into jam, added to cakes or ice cream. These might be delicious, but they are all basically dessert. The strawberries are doing their best to improve your health, but they just can't compete when they're covered in unhealthy junk! If you want to get the health benefits of strawberries, try just eating some without adding anything! You can also incorporate them into a healthy snack or meal like granola, cereal, yogurt, smoothies, or fruit salad. Don't fool yourself into thinking that milk chocolate covered strawberry is healthy! So what might you look forward to if you incorporate a healthy dose of strawberries into your daily diet?    1. All The Benefits Of Berries Berries are a well-known super food. Strawberries are no exception. Rich in vitamins, natural sugars, plant fiber, as well as packing tons of trace elements and phytochemicals, berries are a potent source of nutrition loaded with compounds that can be beneficial for the entire body. One of the top dietary sources of important bioactive compounds such as resveratrol, flavonols, anthocyanins, and elleagic acid, strawberries and other berries have been associated with a huge array of health benefits. Some of these include reducing inflammation, acting as powerful antioxidants that reduce oxidative stress throughout the brain and body, improving cardiovascular health, helping prevent damage to the eyes, and even reducing the risk of certain cancers. Plus, they're tasty.   2. Your Brain Loves Strawberries Strawberries are the most potent dietary source of a compound called fisetin. This is an antioxidant and flavonoid which has shown a lot of promise. Fisetin has been [...]

2019-01-23T13:49:25-08:00 By |

Three Cool Cucumber Curiosities That Can Contribute To Your Health

Cucumbers. You can put them in your salad or on your face. But where do they fit into your everyday health routine? There are a lot of things about cucumbers you're probably unaware of. Including their impressive profile as a health food. One little known fact about cucumbers is that they're not a vegetable. They're actually a fruit. You can have that fact for free. For the rest, you'll have to keep reading as we explore just why and how cucumbers can improve your everyday health.   Can Cucumbers Really Help You Lead A Healthier, Longer Life? Cucumbers are a welcome addition to many salads, but few of us look at them as something almost medicinal as well. It's easy to see why cucumbers are such a popular food. They are extremely nutritious with very few calories. A cucumber offers high amounts of vitamins C and K, as well as a respectable helping of potassium, magnesium, and manganese. They also prove to be an excellent source of dietary fiber. We already know that cucumbers are a champion as a foodstuff, though. Since they're mostly water – about 96% – they're great as a diet food. But since they're also full of nutrition, they can earn their place on anybody's plate. If we leave the strict confines of things that might be listed on your nutritional facts label behind, we start to find a variety of previously untold benefits to cucumber consumption. Let's look at three of them.   1. Cucumbers Help Control Blood Sugar In this age of easy access to carbohydrate rich foods, its way too easy to consume vast quantities of sugar. High blood sugar levels can damage the body in all sorts of ways and eventually leads to diabetes. Animals studies have demonstrated that cucumber is capable of reducing blood sugar levels and helping maintain a healthy blood sugar level. In an experiment performed on diabetic mice, a cucumber peel extract was shown to be effective at combating changes associated with diabetes and decreasing blood sugar levels.   2. Cucumbers Help Reduce Cancer Risk Cucumbers are a good source of compounds known as lignans. Lignans are a type of polyphenol which act as hormones in plants. They are common in the diet and while previously not given much attention, they have recently been a focus of study for their ability to fight cancers associated with hormones such as uterine, breast, prostate, and ovarian. Not only does cucumber a good source of these lignans, it contains another host of potentially anti-cancer compounds called cucurbitacins. Cucurbitacins are a type of phytonutrient. They have been identified as being useful for their potenital to disrupt the process of cancer cell development and could be a useful tool in fighting many types of cancer.   3. Cucumbers Help Fight Inflammation Research suggests that cucumbers inhibit key enzymes which promote inflammation in the body. Inflammation is associated with a number of chronic conditions and is a major contributor [...]

2019-01-23T13:59:05-08:00 By |

Three Eggciting Facts About A Favorite Breakfast Food

It's easy to be a little confused by the history of the egg. At first it was praised as a health food. Then an incomplete picture of how cholesterol works led many to condemn the egg as being quite bad for your heart and cardiovascular health. Now that science has improved, this conclusion has been dramatically reversed. The pendulum has swung back again. Eggs are a health food once more. But this time it is for sure. We know more than ever before about what eggs can do for your health. Let's take a look at some intriguing egg facts.   Knocking Down Egg Myths Before we get into the data that demonstrates how great eggs are for your health, let's dispense with one of the more prevalent myths about the egg. Early nutritionists' recognized that nearly half the calories from eggs come from the fat in the yolk. Contained within this fat are high levels of cholesterol. While today we understand the body's relationship with cholesterol to be a complicated one including multiple forms of cholesterol and different manners of processing it, these early nutritionists' lacked such a complete picture. As such, the association between high cholesterol and poor cardiovascular health was all they had to go on. Eggs were, for a time, labeled an unhealthy food. Today, research has demonstrated that eggs do not increase levels of “bad” cholesterol. While those managing a condition with a low cholesterol diet may want to avoid eggs, for healthy individuals eggs can be an important source of nutrition with no negative health effects. Don't take our word for it. Studies have shown that you can eat as many as 12 eggs per week without any measurable effect on cholesterol levels. That's almost 2 eggs every day! Now that we've got that out of the way, it's time to take a peek at what eggs can do for your diet.   1. Eggs Are A Truly Exceptional Source of Nutrients It's not hard to see why eggs are such a rich source of nutrition. After all, they have to contain everything needed to nourish a baby chick until it hatches. Eggs are well-known as an excellent source of protein and healthy fats. You might be less aware that eggs contain traces of nearly every single vitamin, mineral, and nutrient your body needs to live. Many of these are just in trace concentrations, but eggs provide a healthy dose of vitamins A, B2, B5, and B12. It's also a great source of the essential mineral nutrient selenium. You find all of this goodness in the yolk, which is packed with nutrients. But don't go throwing out those egg whites, either. Egg white is almost entirely protein and is an excellent way to boost your protein intake.   2. Eggs Help Nourish Your Brain Although it is an essential nutrient, few of us have heard of a compound called choline. Eggs are a rich source of choline. Necessary for [...]

2019-01-23T14:03:45-08:00 By |