Why Protein Is Super Important!

The past few decades have witnessed an almost global obsession with weight loss. More and more people are watching what they eat. Everybody wants to remain healthy and avoid any negative repercussions of poor eating habits. It is important to take advantage of advances in nutrition, health and fitness to live enjoyably and for longer.

While we tend to blame carbohydrates and fats for diet- related problems (and rightly so) we often forget another important nutrient that can change our health for the better. As they say, sometimes we agonise over the closed door so much so that we forget to see the one opening behind us.

If you go to any breakfast table today, you can bet your money there will be carbs. However, the same cannot be said of proteins. There is a tendency to glorify carbs, perhaps because they are energy giving and readily available. But that is where we go wrong.

Taking a larger portion of proteins in your meals is the best way to avoid illness and overcome obesity. When eaten properly, proteins will work wonders. At this juncture, it is important to delve into the significance of proteins for the body and how this nutrient can reverse the damage you have done to your body over the years.

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Proteins Help To Control Hunger Pangs

Proteins fill your stomach faster and make you feel satiated most of the day so that you don’t need to eat often. Most of us do not become overweight or obese because of eating regular meals but due to overeating, especially between meals. When you eat proteins, you tend not to desire food between meals thus making you less likely to burden your body with food it does not need at that time. Try eating more legumes for breakfast and curtail you bread intake and you will begin to lose weight.

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Proteins Curtail Late Night Eating And Cravings

Most people who have excess weight arrived at that point because of eating late at night. There are people who are not in control of their eating habits. Actually, food controls them. Most of the food you eat at night is not needed by the body because your body is not physically active as you sleep. It has been established that people who eat breakfast that is high in protein tend not to eat much at night or late into the night, thus averting the possibility of accumulating weight.

Protein Is Crucial For Building Muscle

The other simpler name for proteins is ‘body building’ food. That is exactly what it does. The body goes through wear and tear daily and damaged or dead cells, tissue and muscle must be replaced. For those interested in body building, the only way to accomplish it is to eat more protein than the usual serving. Even when you are losing weight, your body needs to replace the tissue and muscle you are losing. Consequently, ensure eggs, fish, beans, milk and other forms of protein are as abundant or even more than corn, wheat and rice in your meals.

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Protein Is Important For Healthy Bones

Your bones support your skeletal structure. Have you ever met someone with weak bones that break anyhow? Do you know people with bowed legs? As you become older, you are likely to have weaker bones if you don’t eat enough proteins in your earlier years. Women undergoing menopause are also at risk of osteoporosis. You have a choice. Animal products like milk, eggs and meat contain such nutrients as calcium, without which your bones will become brittle and dangerous.

Eating Proteins Boosts Your Metabolism

One of the main reasons your weight increases exponentially is low metabolism. This refers to the rate at which the body breaks down and assimilates the food you eat into the blood streams for normal body functions. Studies have shown that when you eat a lot of protein, your metabolism increases and more calories are burned. Burning more calories than you consume is the surest way of lowering your body weight.

Proteins Help The Body To Recover From Injury

Getting injured is normal for human beings. This may be as a result or freak or serious accidents. Nobody wants to stay in a hospital bed. Hospital ceilings and walls or those of your bedroom are not the best place to spend days as you recover from injury. The best way to speed up your recovery is to eat a diet that is rich in proteins. This will ensure that the tissues and muscles that were damaged during the accident are replaced within the shortest time possible. While the doctor uses conventional medicine to accelerate healing, you should complement this with a protein-rich diet.

Protein Can Effectively Fight Hypertension

An often ignored cause of diseases, some of them fatal, is high blood pressure. Heart attacks and strokes are some of the effects of high blood pressure. The good news is that if you eat more proteins your blood pressure will reduce. Moreover, it is also important to note that even cholesterol can be lowered by eating proteins. Now you have another important reason for increasing the amount of protein in your diet, unless of course you want to spend your time and money treating hypertension and related illnesses.

Proteins Help To Keep Old Age At Bay

Well, I am not saying that you will live forever, but protein-rich diets will help you to remain healthier and fit as you grow older. By the way, who wants to grow old and immobile? If we could prevent ourselves from reaching this stage, many would invest all their resources in such an endeavour! What happens when you are growing older is that your muscles shrink gradually. Your bones also become brittle and fragile. That is why you need proteins to ensure the ageing process is decelerated. Moreover, protein will help you to continue lifting weights and engaging in resistance training in your old age and this will make you appear and feel younger.

Sources Of Proteins For Vegetarians

You can derive proteins from animal as well as plant sources. Animal proteins include poultry, fish (including various forms of seafood like crayfish, lobsters etc.) eggs and milk. Beans and peas are very rich in proteins too. Consider including kidney beans, soy beans, white beans, black-eyed beans and split peas among others in your diet. Processed soy products such as tempeh, tofu, veggie burgers and textured vegetable proteins are also very rich in this nutrient. Finally, you can enjoy your daily protein intake by eating seeds and nuts such as cashews, peanuts, pecans, sesame seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and sunflower seeds.

As I Sum Up…

  1. Change your eating habits, particularly your breakfast, and ensure you pack it with more proteins than you are doing today.
  2. Proteins are generally healthy for all people irrespective of age, health condition and physical activity.
  3. People with healthy kidneys need not worry that proteins will harm them, but those with kidney disease should adhere to their doctor’s advice on what kind of protein to eat.
  4. If you are engaging in body building and weight lifting, remember to eat as much proteins as carbs because as you exert your body, your tissues are damaged and need replacement.
  5. There is an abundance of proteins sources, both from plants and animals and this means that even vegans and vegetarians can enjoy proteins.
  6. To lose weight in a healthy manner, eat more proteins in the morning since this will make your tummy feel fuller most of the day hence avoiding binge eating.
  7. Sometimes when you feel hungry, your body is asking for proteins and not carbs. Consequently, it is important to snack on proteins than on carbs.
  8. Vary your protein sources to ensure you get as many nutrients as possible. This is because milk, eggs, legumes and meat contain different levels of protein and other nutrients.
  9. Learn to cook proteins in a variety of delicious ways so that you enjoy eating more of this nutrient.
  10. Take time to chew proteins well to ensure they are digested properly.

With love,

Your Grace Guru

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Cancer Killing Foods!

Throughout November there is a variety of foundations raising awareness of cancer, including lung cancer, mouth cancer and pancreatic cancer! Cancer has gradually crawled into society to the extent of becoming one of the greatest killers. Globally, cancer is now rivalling cardiovascular diseases, malaria, HIV and other deadly illnesses in terms of the number of people that are affected by it. To aggravate the situation, cancer has no known cure. Management remains the only option.

That is why we need to think about alternative ways of dealing with cancer. One of the best starting points is diet. From the onset we need to emphasise that diet is not only for nourishing the body but also for healing. It is crucial for people who are suffering from cancer and those recovering from treatment to understand the importance of diet in fighting cancer.

At this juncture, it is important to introduce cancer-killing foods. These are not necessarily special diets. Their uniqueness stems from the fact that they contain elements that can kill cancer stem cells. There is a growing awareness that conventional medicine cannot effectively contain cancer attacks. Alternatives therapies in cancer treatment are those that target the root causes of the disease and diet presents such an option.

The era of over dependence on radiation treatment and chemotherapy is on the decline. There are even some people who find these strategies to be more detrimental than helpful to their conditions. Enlightened people are now looking for therapies that target cancerous cells to obliterate the illnesses instead of spreading the problem to cells that are not affected by cancer

That is where phytonutrients come in. These are chemicals and nutrients found in certain foods and have the ability to destroy cancer cells and protect other cells that are not affected. These healing compounds can be found in the normal foods that we eat as well as popular spices. Recent studies indicate that phytonutrients can target cancer stem cells and induce healing with no negative side effects.

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These important compounds include epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), curcumin, lycopene, luteolin, piperine, pomegranate extracts, B-carotene, resveratrol, genistein and sulforaphane. As food-based elements, they cost less to acquire and are taken as part of daily dietary requirements. One cannot, therefore, compare this alternative cancer treatment to the use of radiation and chemotherapy that have often devastating side effects.

Specifically, we argue that any person suffering or recovering from cancer should ensure they incorporate the following foods, which contain phytonutrients, into their daily diets:

  1. Tomatoes

Tomatoes contain lycopene, a compound that is famed for its ability to fight cancerous cells. This compound is also very effective in lowering the content of bad fat in the blood. It is also a powerful antioxidant. Research shows that people who eat tomatoes, especially the cooked variety, are better abled to manage prostrate, colon, breast, lung and cervix cancers than those who don’t. Make sure you take between 7 and 10 servings of tomatoes every week to subdue and destroy cancer cells in your body.

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  1. Cruciferous Vegetables

These are vegetables like kale, broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts that are found in abundance in many places. These veggies contain fiber and you need this important element for good digestion and flushing out of toxins from your body. In addition, fiber contains galactose, which in turn prevents your intestines from being damaged and fills your tummy with good gut bacteria. Eating generous amounts of cruciferous vegetables is known to help in fighting prostate, colorectal, breast and brain cancers.

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  1. Beetroot And Coloured Fruits And Vegetables

There is something quite unique about beetroot and those vegetables that contain a lot of coloured substance. Cancer cells cannot withstand the presence of the compounds contained in these foods. Think about plums, cherries, red grapes and aubergines among others. This is where you find anthocyanins or resveratrol. With the increase in brain and blood cancers, eating beetroots and coloured fruits and vegetables is an effective way of keeping the sickness at bay and finally becoming clear of it.

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  1. Garlic

The powerful smell aside, this is one of the best food products for fighting cancer. The presence of allicin in garlic makes this onion-family food item a potent killer of cancer cells. Normally, cancerous tumours require blood supply to thrive. Allicin curtails this supply thus averting the growth of tumours. Garlic is, therefore, anti-inflammatory. Yeasts and microbes will also be destroyed by the active ingredients in garlic. It is important to remember that antibiotics and drugs make the body susceptible to yeasts and microbes. Garlic also has tryptophan and selenium which destroy cancer cells. Just consume two or three raw cloves every day and you will have cancer under control.

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  1. Nuts

Nuts contain selenium, another important compound for fighting cancer. Selenium targets and kills cancer cells in the body thus making it a desirable element in the fight against this killer illness. The good news is that you can get plenty of this compound in walnuts, almonds, peanuts and other commonly-found nuts. Nuts are also packed with essential oils and fiber, both of which aid the fight against cancer. You may also be interested to know that you will prolong your life if you eat nuts each day of your life.

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Your Grace Guru

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How Can Turmeric Create Magic Within Your Diet!

The world is full of spices that are used to flavour and enrich meals. However, there are spices and super duper spices! But let me tell you this: Very few seasonings can match the flavour, nutritional and health value of this amazing spice called “Turmeric”.

Indians must have known this a long time ago because turmeric has formed part to of their cuisine for uncountable years. It is time now you knew about the exceptional qualities of this plant so that you don’t miss out on what its consumers are enjoying.

Human beings are by nature very impatient especially with products that don’t work as fast or effectively as expected. For a plant to continue dominating food circles for so many years, it must have been certified to be of great benefit to users. While Indians cannot imagine their curries without turmeric, American mustard becomes golden yellow, more nutritious and amazingly delicious when this great spice is part of the ingredients. You can also become part of the bandwagon that has been cheering turmeric over the years.

I will tell you something amazing about turmeric, that will make you decide to make this spice an important ingredient in almost all your meals. One of the key reasons for the love affair between Asians and turmeric is the fact that this ginger-family plant has medicinal value. There is something about brightly  coloured plants and healing qualities. I hope you understand the importance of coloured vegetables in averting or managing various types of cancer. Such plants contain antioxidants which are powerful elements in overcoming abnormal replication of body cells. Further, you must be new in town if you are not aware of the contribution of Indians and Asians in general to the field of medicine.

So, the ginger family turmeric member is famed for exceptional health benefits!

It’s not rumours and has scientifically proven benefits that modern science came to discover after many years of turmeric being used by people in the Far East. So, relax and let us together explore the exceptional qualities of turmeric if only to make you so jealous of its users that you become a turmeric fanatic.

From the onset, it is important to underline that unlike conventional medicine, turmeric treats your ailments and health disorders as part of your diet. In essence, this spice has no side effects. Moreover, it integrated into your diet such that you don’t have to spend extra money to get turmeric. I think turmeric illustrates the irony of life because we seem to spend a lot of money on very expensive medicine while some of our ailments could be overcome by simply eating inexpensive turmeric daily. The following are some of the illnesses that will either eschew you or become less severe when you make turmeric an ever-present ingredient in your meals:

  1. Arthritis: In contemporary society, it is hard not to know someone suffering from arthritis. Many resources are spent looking for treatment and relief for patients, most of who are elderly. With its anti-inflammatory qualities, turmeric can bring relief to arthritis patients. Pain and swelling will reduce drastically when patients of this disease eat turmeric as part of their diet on a regular basis. Further, as they say, prevention is better than cure. If you are still young, eating turmeric will save you the pain of arthritis in future.
  2. Alzheimer’s disease: Another dreaded illness particularly for aged people is Alzheimer’s. You must know people in your neighbourhood or home area who suffer from this illness that gradually reduces one’s mental abilities. The good news is that eating turmeric will give you ingredients that will block the spread of Alzheimer’s, mostly its ability to block cerebral activity.
  3. Diabetes: This is another killer disease that is ravaging all age groups. Our lifestyles have made it possible to contract this disease even at very tender ages. The site of a person injecting himself or herself with insulin to stay active and alive is disheartening. Eating turmeric will greatly assist you in controlling diabetes. This spice helps to regulate insulin levels and glucose. It also makes diabetes drugs more effective. People with insulin resistance will also find relief since turmeric will reverse this trend.
  1. Cholesterol: I know cholesterol is not a disease per se but it is a condition that predisposes you to many ailments including heart diseases. The number of people suffering from cholesterol related diseases is increasing by the day thus necessitating preventive and curative action. Turmeric helps to maintain a healthy level of cholesterol in the body thus saving you the trouble of having to deal with chronic and fatal diseases later.
  2. Cancer: It would be an understatement to say that cancer is a dreaded disease. Cases of cancer are on the increase all over the world. This incurable diseases does not respect age or gender. It will come as a relief to realise that you can avert prostate cancer by eating turmeric. Actually, studies have shown that this spice can even obliterate cancer cells. Further, turmeric has components that protect you against tumours stemming from radiation. Leukaemia, breast cancer and colon cancer can all be prevented by eating turmeric.

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Other Important Qualities Of Turmeric

  1. Turmeric boosts your immunity: We are all prone to diseases; the only difference is our immune systems. Having optimal immunity assures you that you will not have to deal with illnesses most of your life. Turmeric is very powerful in fighting off fungus, bacteria and viruses that cause illnesses.
  2. It expedites the healing of wounds: Turmeric is as powerful as any antiseptic or antibacterial disinfectant. A little turmeric applied to wounds helps them to heal faster, in addition to healing broken skin. Most inflammatory skin problems can also be treated using turmeric.

It is important that you understand how to incorporate turmeric in your diet so that you make the best use of it.

Tips On How To Use Turmeric

  • For burns and cuts, you need to sprinkle a little turmeric powder on the wound then watch how fast your wound heals in a natural manner with no negative side effects.
  • If you have flu or common cold, prepare turmeric tea, which you can make from the spice’s powder, or prepare using packaged turmeric that is available in shops.
  • Make your curries using turmeric – you will not only enjoy the health benefits of this spice but also relish its refreshing aroma that has made it a darling of many Eastern people for eons.
  • If you like making soap at home, you can make it more colourful and beneficial to the skin by adding a few teaspoons of turmeric.
  • You can get relief from sprains by spreading a mixture of water and turmeric on the affected part.
  • If your stomach is unwell, you can use about 500mg of this spice four times in one day to get relief.
  • People who like rice will realise that turmeric will not only give rice an appealing colour but also imbue this food with health and nutrition.
  • If you like juices and smoothies, turmeric can help you improve the quality of these drinks greatly by blending it as an ingredient.
  • Turmeric can also be used as a preservative, particularly for cottage cheeses whereby it extends their viability for a dozen days.
  • Lastly, if you run out of disinfectant, sprinkle water mixed with turmeric on all points where ants, termites and other insects enter your house, and you will ward off these unwanted visitors.

How much turmeric you can take per day: (for adults):

  • Dried powdered root: 1 – 3 g per day
  • Cut root: 1.5 – 3 g per day
  • Cur-cumin, standardised organic powder 400 – 600 mg, 3 times per day
  • Liquid extract 30 – 90 drops a day

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With Love,

Your Grace Guru,

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Could You Quit Sugar?

As a Sugar Addict, I need to make here and now the confession, but also to help you, and myself to fight or at least trying to quit my badass enemy SUGAR!

Life has many interesting ironies and one of them is the idea of sweet things sometimes being poisonous. Take the example of our best and well-known dear friend SUGAR.

Sugar is the most common sweetener for most food products. But behind this sweet stuff is slow, but sure death and that is why you need to know how fight the addiction and how to quit sugar.

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Can you imagine life without sugar? I can’t!!! I really love the taste of the sweet “Kinder Riegel” milk chocolate or a cold coke in a hot summer day.

Think about sugarless tea or coffee, soft drinks without sugar, cakes without sugar, no chocolate and no sugar in Tiramisu Desserts; I could go on and on without stopping. The bottom line is that sugar is the single most dangerous additive to our diets! You might argue with me and claim that fat is more dangerous, but read the full story first.

How Dangerous Is Sugar?

A careful look at diabetes literature will reveal that it is called the sugar diseases in some quarters. How exactly did it come to be called the sugar disease? You know very well that diabetes of any type results from sugar imbalance in the body. More importantly, there would be fewer cases of

Let us also look at sugar from another perspective. Carbohydrates are the common forms of sugars that you consume daily. Now, what happens to the body when you eat more starch than necessary? It is converted into fat which is the standard method for storage of excessive energy. The next thing you know is that you are overweight and before you know it you are confirmed obese.

Obesity comes with its relatives – dangerous lifestyle diseases. Diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular illnesses and various forms of cancer begin to crouch behind you. Excess sugar too has been blamed for infertility, impotence, depression and even acne. What else would you expect from a product that is more addictive that cocaine?

Time To Remove Sugar From Your Diet!

Granted, the body needs sugar for energy and normal functioning. However, the accumulation of sugar in the body is so dangerous that even if you stopped taking it today, the amount in your bloodstream could still harm you. You need to understand though that just like with any other forms of addiction, quitting sugar will not be a walk in the park. I tried many times….

My Guide To Quitting Sugar:

  1. Conscious Decisions 

Every major change begins with a resolution and the determination to follow through one’s decisions. Considering the amount and variety of sugar in your body, you must make a conscious effort to stop taking sugar knowing very well that the temptation to relapse will be very high. Will you keep of chocolate bars and pies? Think before you begin, but remember it is for your own benefit that you quit sugar. Make this decision now!

  1. Make A List Of Foods To Eliminate 

I have in mind your common sweetened beverages and soft drinks. They include soda, sweetened coffees and sweetened waters. Don’t forget candy bars, cookies and cakes. The list is long and you can compile it without looking referring to any sources. After all, you know what your sweet tooth craves for. At the end of this process, you should have a clear idea of the foods that you need to shun.

  1. Replace With Healthy Alternatives

Begin with pure priceless water. This is the best replacement for all the sweet beverages you have been taking. Unsweetened tea and coffee and seltzer water can also come in handy if you feel pure water is boring at the beginning. Don’t overdo drinking coffee and teas our bodies need pure water. As for the sugary snacks, invest in fresh fruits (before lunch) and nuts (limited amounts) to deal with cravings. You will be getting necessary nutrients and the right amounts of sugar without overburdening your body with this sweet toxin.

  1. Cut Down On Carbs

I am talking about refined carbohydrates such as wheat, corn, pasta and so on. Remember these carbs are absorbed into the body the same way refined sugar is – with little or no digestion. Since they are part of your food, you will need to reduce (I really mean reduce, not eliminate from your diet at all) your portions gradually. In their place, eat more lean meat or fish and green vegetables. This will avert cravings by ensuring the tummy is full most of the time.

  1. Record Your Diet

The risk of reverting to excessive consumption of sugar is very high because this is a seemingly innocent form of addiction. However, you must by all means avoid reverting to the previous state. Check the labels on food products you want to buy to know their sugar content. Eat more fresh fruits and carbs which contain fiber to aid your digestion. Always bear in mind that sugar is dangerous, particularly excessive consumption of refined sugar.

Vital Information:

  • The fact that medics have not raised the red flag and people still consume a lot of sugar should not trick you into continuing with this dangerous lifestyle.
  • You will lose nothing in terms of nutrition and general body health if you shun sugar.
  • Quitting sugar guarantees you a healthier body and beautiful skin, with a more powerful immune system to ward of illnesses.
  • Be realistic in your journey towards quitting sugar because you may relapse occasionally, but as long as you remain steadfast to your resolution you will be a winner.
  • Eat adequate protein in the morning to keep off hunger pangs and avoid incessant consumption of sugars.
  • At the initial stages of your efforts to quit sugar, you must avoid heavy starches such as sweet and Irish potatoes.
  • Remember that almost all food items contain carbs – even vegetables and fruits – and can help you to avoid sugars until your body gets used to lower quantities.
  • Use the right form of fat to help you quit sugar. Eat more of omega-3 fats, virgin olive oil avocados and coconut oil ( my favourite ).
  • Sleep adequately as this will help to curtail stress, which is one of the major reasons for accumulating weight.
  • Always remember that addiction is not easy to fight. Do not give up easily. Fight till you attain your dream.

I still have to admit that I LOVE refined sugar taste in cakes, desserts and chocolate. Once tried I will never loose or forget the taste of it, and maybe I don’t really want it. Ones in a while I do have a dessert after dinner or a soft drink during Saturday lunch ( but just one ), I mean in the end we have to enjoy life! But I did limit the amount of sugar intake in a major way. I drink only water and few cups of green tee and maybe one cup of coffee in the morning. Instead of candies and milk chocolates, I have lots of healthy snacks in my office desk drawer or in my bag, so if I am cawing for something sweet, I have some nuts or dry fruits, dark organic chocolate 80% (it taste so bitter so I don’t want more lol) or I snack on some fresh blueberries.

After cutting off so much sugar from my diet, even if I go back and sin a little, I am not able to eat as much as I used to eat before. I am much quicker satisfied and sometimes one bite of a cupcake will be enough to understand that the taste is not as great as the cupcake looks and its not worth it putting it in my body!

With love,

Your Grace Guru! 

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Raw Food Diet – Everything You Need To Know

The debate on whether raw foods are better than cooked foods has continued for many years and may not end soon. With every party of the divide advancing equally divergent propositions and using viable strategies to support its argument, it is hard to imagine when a consensus shall be reached. In my opinion, the safest path for all of us would be to blend the arguments of the two opposing sides and come up with a middle ground. To understand why this is the best approach, let us explore each side of the story.

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Raw Food Advocates

People who advance the idea that raw food is the best form of diet opine that cooking destroys the nutrients in food. Moreover, the natural enzymes in food are likely to be destroyed by heat during cooking. According to those who advocate for raw food, when the enzymes in food are destroyed you will have problems with digestion and will be vulnerable to chronic diseases. The argument does not end there. If you cook food, they assert, you make it poisonous. What more? If you want to deal with allergies and headaches, have an optimal immune system and improved memory look no further than raw diets. If you suffer from diabetes and arthritis, this is the diet for you, they say.

How Effective Is A Raw Diet?

Opponents may not like this but raw food has numerous benefits. If you are trying to run away from obesity, you will be happy to note that this diet, with its low fats, few calories and high fibre content is effective in weight loss. The nutritional value is also superior. Talk of minerals, phytochemicals, fiber and vitamins. Are you aware that when you cook food you destroy vitamins that are soluble in water such as B and C? This diet will also force you to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and this is obviously a plus for your health.

You must also acknowledge what experts have found out, especially that raw diet results in mental clarity, increased energy levels, reduced inflammation, higher energy level and an enhanced complexion.

What Exactly Is A Raw Diet?

The good news is that you don’t have to cook. Hooray for the lazybones! Now, here comes the interesting part. You will eat unprocessed and uncooked food. Raw vegetables, fruits, seed, nuts and sprouted grains. For fans of raw eggs and unpasteurised milk, you have a feast here. There are even raw food enthusiasts who enjoy raw meat and fish, however disgusting you find this to be!

Why I Don’t Fancy Exclusive A Raw Food Diet

I have no problem with eating some foods raw. You would be a fool to be caught red-handed cooking mangoes! I have no problem with munching carrots like rabbits! If you make raw vegetable juice, I will watch as you gulp that precious package of nutrients down your throat. But even in these situations, I shudder at the amount of toxic substances that water cannot wash away, particularly in this age where organic farming is not the norm. I consider this an expensive and risky affair when carried out indiscriminately.

Nutritional experts counsel us that cooking actually boosts some nutrients (like lycopene and beta-carotene) in some foods. When you cook food, you destroy some harmful bacteria and avoid an expensive trip to the doctor. There are foods that must be cooked to be eaten. For example, how do you eat raw black beans? If beans can cause bloating and serious tummy problems when they are cooked, how about raw ones? Can you imagine eating raw meat? No, thank you! And who said that only uncooked food can prevent us from diseases.

Someone told me that it costs less to eat raw food. How much does organic food cost compared to conventionally-grown food? Add to that the cost of buying blenders, dehydrators and food processor for making raw food palatable and you have a huge bill on your doorstep. Need I mention the grin on your doctor’s face when he imagines the money he will charge you until your belly quits rumbling and running?

Bridging The Gap

Although a number of people have reported marked improvement in health after adhering to a raw diet, you must know people who experience constipation, bloating, dry skin, insomnia, low libido and other adverse side effects after eating raw food. As they say, one man’s meat is another man’s poison. The word ‘meat’ here can easily be substituted with raw milk, raw vegetables and raw meat.

People’s bodies differ and the raw diet may bring cheer and health to one person and misery and disease to another. The Ayurvedic perspective holds that raw foods can strain the digestive systems of some people. This may lead to limited absorption of nutrients, malnourishment of body tissue and eventually illness. This approach advocates for a mixture of raw and cooked foods in our diets.

The reactions of different people to raw foods are also premised on their body conditions. A sick person may find raw food unacceptable because it can aggravate illness. Moreover, while older people are more at home with cooked food, young ones can easily handle raw food. One cannot, therefore, impose raw food on people without taking cognisance of individual idiosyncrasies.

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Parting Shot

In my opinion, let the food that can be eaten raw be consumed in that manner. We leave in a world with a lot of pollution. The food we eat and the animals that we slaughter and eat are not spared. The toxins they carry can easily affect us whether we cook or don’t cook the food. The best approach is to prepare food mildly, in a manner that does not destroy most of the nutrients. Food, in whatever form we choose to consume it, must nourish and not destroy the body. Since raw and cooked foods are not perfect, individual discretion based on expert advice is preferable when making this important choice.

Important Issues to Remember!

  1. Raw food contains high levels of nutrients and fibre and is ideally the best food.
  2. Raw food can play a great role in supplementing your nutritional requirements and fighting a number of diseases such as diabetes.
  3. Cooking often destroys the nutritional value of food especially of the food is overcooked.
  4. Raw food does not require cooking and will save you time and the cost of purchasing cooking equipment and materials.
  5. However, there are very many toxins in both plant and animal products that can be minimised through cooking.
  6. Not all foods can be eaten raw. Some, like legumes must be boiled for some time to become edible.
  7. The nutritional value of some foods is enhanced through cooking, which implies that eating them raw will deny you nutrients.
  8. The preparation and consequences of eating raw food may make this diet more costly than the cooked version.
  9. Although raw food works for some people, it is harmful and detrimental to others. Individual discretion is therefore important.
  10. Ayurvedic teachings hold that good health emanates from the food we eat but also how well we can digest and assimilate it.

With love,

Your Grace Guru

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Avo.. Avocado!

I know what everyone is thinking…avocados have high fat content! However what a lot of people do not understand is that it is a healthy fat that helps you lower bad LDL cholesterol without affecting good HDL fats.

Avacados are rich in minerals and have nearly 20 vitamins like C, K, B6, pantothetic acid , niacin, folate, potassium, copper, magnesium and manganese!

They have the highest fibre content of all fruits too!

Did you know!?…

If you eat a high fibre diet, you have lower risk to get coronary heart disease, as avocado’s support the heart and blood vessels, its anti-inflammatory, regulates blood sugar, lowers the risk of getting Incidence or Type 2 Diabetes and the best of all it has Anti Cancer Benefits!!. Aha?!

Warning: Don’t over eat it though!

Check out one of my favourite recipes:

Avocado and zucchini soup with cucumber salza! …enjoy!

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Your Grace Guru

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Crazy For Coconut Oil!

Like Chia Seeds and Baobab Powder, Coconut is the new Superfood product to be discovered that all of a sudden became so popular! It has always been there, but somehow we “green” people in Europe didn’t know anything about it! Or is it just me feeling that way?!

Coconut oil is perhaps one of the most undervalued food items! Considering its high nutritional value and the many ways in which it can be harnessed for our benefit, Coconut oil consists of a unique combination of fatty acids with powerful medical properties!

Here are several of the many benefits of coconut oil which will leave you wondering why you never tired it before – Not only in the kitchen but you can also use the oil for your beauty benefits!

Did you know, that in 1970s, the oil started to become popular in western countries like the United States and Canada? However, there were western competitors that wanted to see their corn and soy oil businesses succeed, so created a strong propaganda campaign against coconut oil – How dare they!!!

Because of it’s highly saturated fat content, the amazing coconut oil was considered harmful to the human body, until lately when people finally began to question the case of the lies.

Luckily tropical people in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines etc., have used it for centuries!

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There are many benefits of coconut oil that will leave you wondering why you never tried it before – and not only in the kitchen! Here are some ways the super duper coconut oil works and is beneficial for your body!

  1. Fatty Acids With Healing Properties

You may have been told that saturated fat is harmful to your health but recent developments prove otherwise. Coconut oil consists of 90% saturated fat – the beneficial Medium Chain Triglyceride. Moreover, most of these fats help produce energy quickly as they are absorbed straight into the liver from the digestive system. This also implies that coconut oil can treat complications such as Alzheimer’s because it aids healing in the brain.

  1. Coconut Oil Improves Our General Well-Being

Did you know that some of the healthiest people on earth are those whose diet consists mostly of coconut oil? The world’s best eaters of coconut oil are found in the South Pacific and they derive about 60% of their daily calorie requirements from coconut oil alone. The consumption of a lot of saturated oil is the reason why these people rarely experience heart disease and are, in most cases, at optimal health.

  1. Looking To Burn More Body Fat?

Billions of people around the world are fighting obesity. Millions flock to gyms and others engage in fancy diets to ward off extra weight. Well, coconut oil may be the solution you have been looking for! The amazing thing about coconut oil is that it increases your energy expenditure because of the medium-chain triglycerides in it. In essence you stand to lose more weight naturally following sustained used of coconut oil.

  1. Protection From Infections

Coconut oil contains Lauric Acid which is very effective in destroying viruses, yeast, bacteria and fungi in the body. Using coconut oil will help keep infections at bay, thus saving you a lot of time and money that is utilised while seeking medication and recuperating from common and chronic infections.

  1. Control Hunger Pangs

The reason many people cannot overcome their weight problem is down to an uncontrolled appetite. When you eat coconut oil, it takes more time before you feel hungry as the fatty acids in the oil are metabolised over a long period of time. This implies that you will not feel hungry as often and you will, consequently, eat less. In essence, you will enjoy all the other benefits of coconut oil while losing weight effortlessly…

  1. Help Reduce Seizures

Epilepsy is a worrying condition especially in children. One of the recommended approaches to overcoming this condition is to eat what is called a ketogenic diet. When the amount of ketones in the body is increased, the number and occurrences of seizures are reduced drastically. Coconut oil contains fatty acids which in turn contain a lot of ketones. This helps to reduce seizures especially among children whose epilepsy is not amenable to conventional medication.

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Do you want to know even more……

I strongly recommended! Coconut Oil can help the following:

Act as a Stress relief, try to apply coconut oil to the head by a gentle massage, this helps to reduce mental fatigue.

Research has suggested that coconut oil reduces viral susceptibility for HIV and Cancer patients.

If you are a woman and are likely to have osteoporosis after middle age, then coconut oil is for you! It helps our body to absorb important minerals. These include calcium and magnesium, which are necessary for the development of Bones. Now that we know coconut oil assists the absorption of calcium into the body, it makes sense that it can help to grow strong Teeth.

Coconut Oil helps in preventing gall bladder and kidney diseases and it can even help to dissolve kidney stones as well!

If you are an athlete, body builder or on a diet – use the oil! –  it contains less calories than any other oil! Coconut Oil content transforms into energy, it does not settle and create problems around the heart and arteries.

 

With love,

Your Grace Guru

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Omg! Where Have You Been Chia Seeds?

OMG!  These ancient black seeds must be the healthiest food on the planet! Amazing benefits for your body and brain with so little calories. Loaded with fibre, high quality protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, various micronutrients and of course antioxidants. It helps you to lower risk of heart disease, high in bone nutrients, improve exercise performance (an easy cheat instead of an energy drink!), lowers your blood pressure, reduces your blood sugar and the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

But don’t think that chia seeds can help you to loose weight! No, no they only to reduce appetite but have no significant effect on your body weight – it has been proved!

Start your day with this delicious and healthy Coconut Chia Seed Pudding Breakfast!

Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan, Delicious!

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Ingredients:

3 tbsp chia seeds
12 ounces Coconut yoghurt ( vanilla optional )
1 cup coconut milk
2 tbsp honey ( organic liquid, can also be Manuka honey )
fresh strawberries or raspberries
coconut chips

Preparation:

1. Mix coconut milk, coconut yogurt, and honey and mix until combined.
2. Add chia seeds and give it a good stir.
3. Divide into three portions and cover with plastic wrap.
4. Let sit for 1 hour or until set.
5. Decorate with fresh berries and coconut chips.
6. Feast on and enjoy!

You can even enjoy this mouthwatering pudding as afternoon treat or dessert!

With love,

Your Grace Guru

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