Blended Soup

New recipe added for a healthy nutrient rich vegetable soup to the Recipes page.
You should use the recipe as a guide to making something new. But in the end you should feel free to adjust the ingredients to suit your taste.

Have a long, happy and healthy life.

Astragalus, wheatgrass and kelp powder

I have recently added three new ingredients to my smoothie : astragalus, wheatgrass and kelp.What are these powders good for?

Astragalus is claimed to stop the aging process, heal wounds and control sugar in diabetics. TA-Lab produces a quite expensive product name TA-65. Google TA-65 if you are interested. If you do try it then I would love to hear from you if it loves up to the claims they make.

Wheatgrass is ideal for balancing the body’s ph-value. Ideally the blood should be slightly alkaline, a ph- value of about 7.2. Wheatgrass is also claimed to slow down aging, increase red and white blood cells, detoxify liver and colon, help with digestion and many beauty benefits. Again google wheatgrass.

Kelp, a seawood, contains iodine. Common table salt comes with added iodine. So if you are cutting own on salt then you are also cutting down on iodine. Idoine is good for regulating the thyroid and pituary gland. Thyroid is responsible for regulating a strong metabolism and normal body temperature. So if you are avoiding salt then you should consider taking kelp.

After a month of taking these powders I am not yet able to confirm any of these benefits but that maybe due to the fact that my body is already in a good healthy state.

Have a long, happy and healthy life.

Chemo or veggies

Here is an article that will hopefully inspire you in making the right decision for yourself.

http://www.forksoverknives.com/cancer-free-without-chemo-thanks-to-dr-mcdougall-and-forks-over-knives/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter093013

The McDougall diet is very close to the one I follow except no nuts and meat or fish. And the exercise is about half hour walk daily.

Have a long, happy and healthy life.

Tasty Indian recipes – low fat

Two new recipes added, Cauliflower with potatoes and Lady Fingers (see Recipes Page). All my recipes are low fat: either coconut oil or olive oil.
I use one teaspoon coconut oil in a recipe for four persons to saute the onions or stir fry vegetables. To ensure the food does not stick to the pan add some water, one or two tablespoons.

I hope you will enjoy all the recipes. Feel free to adjust the amount of spices added to meet your taste.

Have a long, happy and healthy life.

Plant based vegan diet & others

Here are three videos I would like to share with you. All of them are from vegsource.
First one is about Low Carb Diets (Atkins etc.), very popular for weight loss but is it really successful
http://www.vegsource.com/news/2012/12/low-carb-jimmy-moore—setting-record-straight-video.html

Second video features Ultimate Fighter competition winner James Wilks who is also a practising vegan:
http://www.vegsource.com/news/2012/12/mma-ultimate-fighter—james-lighting-wilks—is-vegan-video.html

And the third video is from low fat and mainly starch diet guru John McDougall:
http://www.vegsource.com/news/2012/12/john-mcdougall-md—-avoid-doctors-to-protect-your-health-video.html

Have a long, happy and healthy life.

Fats that heal

Udo Ersamus,  cholesterol myth buster and guru of fats, writer of the book, “Fats that heal, Fats that kill”, made a blended oil of all essential fats in one. Ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats is 2:1. Remaining meals during the day will balance the omega-3 and omega-6 down to a healthy level required for good health.

Udo’s Choice Oil Blend can be found at www.udoerasmus.com plus the feedback from customers. Many have lost weight, gained energy and cured a number of diseases.

Now, I have created my own blend from flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and coconut flakes, Mix contains 6 tsp flax, 2 tsp sunflower, 2 tsp sesame and 2 tsp desiccated coconut, which I add to my green smoothie or grind and spread the mix over some yoghurt. By the way that is exactly the seeds I am taking with me on holidays.

Have a long, happy and healthy life.

Holiday Greens!

It is impossible to find a hotel online which serves green smoothies. At least I have not yet found a hotel this way. Being away from home is challenging at best of times but without smoothies it can be daunting. But over the years I have found a way to stick to my diet.

I take plenty of fresh green leaves, usually found at the salad bar of any good hotel, at all three meal times. Add to that any fresh fruits and raw coloured vegetables. This year I will pack the flaxseeds, sesame and sunflower seeds together with a small coffee grinder in my suitcase for my daily portion of essential fats. Well it is not a green smoothie but close to it.

Have a fine “green” holiday.

Healthy eyes

Besides improving my eye-sight with a healthy diet and a daily portion of green smoothie I am probably, or should I say definitely, protecting myself from age related eye diseases.

Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) conducted by the National Eye Institute in 2001 and 2005 looked for possible benefits of Nutrition on Macular Degeneration. Results of the these studies showed a halting or slowing of macular degeneration through consumption ofvitamins A,C,E, antioxidants and omega-3 fats.

Most of the nutrients such as omega-3 fats and lutein and zeaxanthin are present in green, leafy vegetables.Simple and delicious way to get all these greens is to make a green smoothie and drink it daily.

Have a long, happy and healthy life.

Fauja Singh, 101, runs London marathon

Fauja Singh, born 1911 in Punjab India, ran his first marathon at the age of 89. Since then he has set up many world records for long distance running. In April 2012, he completed the London marathon in 7 hours 49 minutes.

What is his secret, except running everyday?

Fauja says he follows a simple vegetarian diet: “I am very careful about different foods. My diet is simple phulka , dal, green vegetables, yoghurt and milk. I do not touch parathas, pakoras, rice or any other fried food. I take lots of water and tea with ginger.”  Other secret is positive thinking.

Fauja has decided to make this his last full marathon. But he intends to keep on running as long he lives. Fauja is welcome to Club150s and I hope he wll make it to 150.

Have a long, happy and healthy life.

Improve your eyesight

Summer of  2003, when I had my last eye test, the left eye was -4.0 and the right eye was -3.75 and a certain amount of astigmatism, rotation of the eye, in both eyes.

My favourite optometrist, Meena, tested my eyes last week to see if they had improved. And guess what, the latest results showed that left and right eye were both at -2.75 with very little rotation. That is an exceptionally good result when you think my eyesight had slowly deteriorated from the age of 15 to 50. This improvement is achieved through eating a healthy diet and doing some gentle eye and facial exercise daily.

Now let’s see if I can improve on this result and perhaps even return to a perfect score of 0.00.

Have a long, happy and healthy life.