Ancient Mayas and Aztecs considered these tiny, black seeds from South America super foods. They are extremely beneficial, packed with antioxidants, protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, Vitamin B 1-3, Zinc and Potassium.
Chia seeds can be added to any food. They don’t have to be milled as flaxseeds to be fully absorbed, so you can sprinkle them on your salads, add to soups, porridge, yoghurts and dessert. They easily absorb water and become like jelly, so they are very useful as thickening ingredient making our bodies feeling contempt and full for a longer period of time.
The high content of fiber in chia helps digestion and feeds friendly bacteria in the intestines. Chia is also rich in manganese, a mineral that activates enzymes also helping with digestion. Manganese is also required in building cartilage and collagen, so it is excellent for healthy and glowing skin.
High dosage of antioxidants fight the free radicals keeping our cells oxygenated and protected.
Chia are an excellent tool in keeping our bones healthy (high content of magnesium) preventing us from attacks of osteoporosis.
They are also rich in protein and amino acids, so our bodies can make even more proteins from them.
They improve circulation, help to lower the bad cholesterol (triglycerides) and raise the good cholesterol HDL.
Try to eat chia seeds every day, adding 1tbs of these superfoods will significantly improve your health.
Good Morning Drink = Clean Start
We are used to the morning routine like brushing the teeth or taking a shower but the inside of our body is usually neglected and forced to wake up by coffee or tea. We forget that what’s happening inside our bodies is reflected on the outside through skin and general appearance. The shower will refresh and clean the skin on the outside but we also need that water taken internally.
Start a day with a glass of warm water. I stress the fact that the water should be warm as our body temperature is also warm, so you don’t want to shock all the organs by giving them a cold shower. Add juice of ½ lemon; if you run out of lemons add freshly squeezed orange juice. Lemons will help to clean your colon as they contain pectin fiber helping to flush out toxins. They will strengthen the liver by balancing calcium and oxygen levels and boost your immune system, as they are rich in Vitamin C.
I have recently discovered Sea Buckthorn juice. These amazing berries are packed with omega 3, 6, 7, and 9 and vitamins C, E, K, B group and A. You need to add a drop of oil, preferably cold pressed flax or olive so all vitamins can be absorbed.
The summer came along and I have decided to give my body a little bit more break from food. It’s much easier to not eat much when it’s hot. In the winter we often crave for more food, hot and stogy to keep us warm. However in the summer we can afford to eat lightly.
I’m fasting every other day but rather than going for a traditional water fast I decided to mix the dry fast and the water fast together. That way I have a balance and not too much strain on my body. During the dry fast you don’t eat or drink, nothing. It sounds bit extreme but for some people it is much easier to go through than the water fast. The digestive system is completely closed and the body goes into hibernation. According to Dr Filinov, who wrote a book “Dry Medical Fasting – Myths and Reality” our body creates water as a byproduct by burning fat “Hydrogen released from the metabolized fat combines with oxygen from air and creates H2O”. However if you are not used to fasting I recommend water fasting first to get used to it as during the dry fast the cells release a lot of toxins.
Anyway, I don’t eat much protein, no meat, occasionally goat cheese and eggs and avoid gluten and carbohydrate altogether. My main diet consist of salads packed with super foods and vegetable soups. My body is simply prepared for fasting. On the other hand I love eating. When I first started I had my meal at around 5pm with the last sip of water at 6pm, I didn’t eat or drink until 5pm the next day. I should have waited until 6pm really but I was rather deprived of the energy and decided to have a drink. It is important to break the dry fast with water, sip it slowly for up to 2 hours and then eat again. I drank the water for 1 hour only and then had a salad. The next day I eat normally, 3 meals and again finished at 6pm. I started fasting again until 5pm then drinking water and eating. The following day I eat as normal and finished my last drop of water at around 8pm.
However today I decided to dry fast until 6pm and then started drinking water and herbal teas but no dinner! It really works. I still do not feel hungry. I was thirsty at times during the day and it was hot. I was even sun bathing in the morning. I decided to drink water until bed time and eat again tomorrow. That way I will be hydrated before eating solid foods. I will try to continue this way of eating over the summer.
So far I feel really good, energised and happy 🙂
Most of us are really excited about food. We love eating out and going to dinner parties. Food makes us happy, exited and elevated. Just thinking about our favorite dishes brings taste to our mouths and makes us salivate. However, if only we could eat the right amount and the right kind to nourish our bodies rather than slowly destroy them. The sad thing is that we know what is good for us and what is harmful but we are locked in habitual eating, which we gained in early childhood.
Most of the time we lie to ourselves and pretend that the food soaked in sugar and saturated fat won’t cause any harm. Most of the time we don’t feel very well after eating too much heavy, condensed food but somehow we prefer to suffer than give up the unhealthy snacks or fry-ups. Very often we eat for comfort rather than for cure. We can be very cunning in finding excuses to eat the unhealthiest foods in the most inappropriate times and places.
The first thing to discover the truth about our eating habits is to keep a diary. Simply at the end of the day sit down and note everything you have eaten. Don’t just stop at listing the kind of foods you have consumed but also write in what circumstances you have consumed them. Were you happy or sad? Were you nervous or irritated and angry? Did you have a sit down meal or ate on the go in a rush? However the most important question is, did you pay attention to what you were eating? It is very important to connect to the food you consume and I will be writing about this in my future article.
Most of the time we feel guilty about what we have consumed and complain about our looks but the mirror never lies and that one donut a day eaten on regular basis will show up in extra inches on our waist.
Recent research states that 67% of our daily food intake constitutes of : cakes 11.46%’
bread and by-products 10.61%, chips and crisps 8.51%, meat 8.42%, cheese 5.85%, oil and margarine 5.17%, butter and animal fat 4.87%, cooked meats 4.53%, meat-based foods 3.87%, pasta, rice and flour 3.78%. Source: study by Fleurbaix Laventie Ville Santé.
The daily intake of our food should contain raw fruit and vegetables to maintain healthy and balanced body.