Eat, Pray, Love!

“In a world of disorder and disaster and fraud, sometimes only beauty can be trusted.…And sometimes the meal is the only currency that is real.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love.

Eat, Pray, Love….. I can watch it forever. It is light, enjoyable, I can relate to it and it always leaves an impact on me that lingers on for days. The reason is an incredible journey of a woman, who has had enough in life and she needs to shake up her soul. She needs an appetite for life to add the much-needed essence of fancy for food, a feeling to love and to be loved and making that eternal bond with the almighty. I think we all need it sometime or the other in our lives.

In the bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, author Elizabeth Gilbert travels the world to rediscover herself. She decides to embark on a journey of self-realization starting from Rome, then to India and finally ends it at Bali. Liz, as everyone calls Julia Roberts in the movie, is reeling from a messy divorce and unbearable depression. She finds nirvana in three simple words: eat, pray, love.

Liz finds immense pleasure through Italy’s cultural delights where she experiences the ‘no carbs left behind’ food and simply loves it. The once calorie-conscious Liz indulges in a gelato any time of the day without feeling guilty. In Italy, Liz has an epic dinner that starts with Spaghetti alla Carbonara with a side of sautéed spinach and garlic. She tastes fried zucchini blossoms filled with cheese and feasts on Tiramisu for dessert. There is warm bread dipped in olive oil, veal and red wine too, ah… sounds epic.

Her spiritual journey in Varanasi, India, takes her to an all-new level. Here she tastes the slow-cooked vegetable curry, which we make all the time in our homes. She learns the nuances of meditation and finds solace doing so. Her last stop is Bali, an Indonesian island, known for its splendid beauty and oriental appeal. She finally finds her love for food growing and quite satisfying indeed while in Rome, she quenches the thirst of her wandering soul as she gets closer to the almighty in India and she finds a reason to love and to be loved in Bali.

Every time I watch the flick, I think of food and out of all the food shown in the movie, two recipes that I have made often and added my own twist to, are my all-time favorites. I am sharing them with you. They are simple, appetizing and can be termed as ‘comfort food’.

Spaghetti all’amatriciana (You cannot go wrong with this one)

  • 2 red onions
  • 7 large tomatoes
  • handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons chili flakes
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp bottled jalapeno
  • 1 Tsp crushed garlic
  • 20 leaves of basil
  • 1 Tsp oregano
  • 200 – 250g spaghetti
  • Olive oil

Preparation

Peel the tomatoes and chop them up in small pieces. Take little oil in a pan and add the chopped tomatoes. Cover it and let it cook for 10 mins on low flame. Chop up the cherry tomatoes as well and finely chop the onions and the basil. Start boiling some water and boil the spaghetti according to instructions.

Once the tomatoes are cooked and tender, grind them in a grinder and keep aside. Take another pan, add oil, add garlic and sauté for 10 seconds. Add oregano, pepper flakes and chopped onions. Sauté till the onion starts to turn light brown, add chopped bell pepper and jalapenos. Cover and cook until the bell pepper gets moist and soft. Add cooked tomatoes paste, cherry tomatoes and basil, mix well and cook for about three to four minutes. Add salt to taste.

Place spaghetti pasta on a plate and add sauce on top and serve.

 

Tiramisu

1 package cream cheese, softened (250 grams)

½ cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons light rum or whiskey will also do

1 cup whipping (heavy) cream

Plain sponge cake (you can either make it or buy it from a local bakery)

½ cup black coffee (keep it strong)

2 teaspoons cocoa powder

Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat whipping cream in chilled small bowl on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold it into the cream cheese mixture.

Cut the sponge cake horizontally in strips. Arrange half of the cake strips on bottom of an ungreased square pan or round pan. Add rum to the black coffee and drizzle some of it over these strips. Spread half of the cream cheese mixture over this.

Arrange remaining strips on cream cheese mixture. Drizzle with the remaining coffee and rum mixture. Spread the remaining cream cheese mixture. Sift or sprinkle cocoa over top. Cover and refrigerate for about 4 hours or until filling is firm. Store covered in refrigerator.

 

 

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The biggest threat to mankind

I read an article recently about the biggest threat to humankind and surprisingly it was not “global warming” as we all believe it is. The biggest threat to humankind is antibiotic resistance. Scientists and biologists feel that if timely measures are not taken to treat it, it can wipe out the entire human race.

Antibiotics are prescribed by doctors to treat bacterial infections. Due to excessive use of antibiotics to treat common disorders like stomachache, flu, cough, toothache, new strains of bacteria have evolved which are resistant to these antibiotics. Due to this, the bacteria have stopped responding to antibiotics.

The more horrific side of this is antibiotics coming into our bodies from food. The overuse of antibiotics in food-producing animals is being blamed for the increase in resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs.” When these are passed to humans, they can cause serious illness. However, other experts suggest that antibiotic use in food-producing animals poses very little risk to human health but the point is that the risk is there.

Since the 1940s, antibiotics have been given to farm animals like cows, pigs and poultry in order to treat infections or prevent an illness from spreading.

Low doses of antibiotics are also added to animal feed to promote growth. This means a greater production of meat or milk.

These low doses may also reduce animal death rates and improve reproduction. For these reasons, antibiotic use has become widespread in agriculture. In 2011, 80% of all antibiotics sold in the US were for use in food-producing animals.

Antibiotics are generally fine when used properly for treating or preventing infections. However, excessive or inappropriate use is a problem. When antibiotics are overused, they end up becoming less effective for both humans and animals. This is because bacteria that are frequently exposed to antibiotics develop a resistance to them. As a result, the antibiotics are no longer as effective at killing harmful bacteria. This is a great concern for public health.

Resistant bacteria can be passed from food-producing animals to humans in a number of ways.

 

If an animal is carrying resistant bacteria, it can be passed on through meat that is not handled or cooked properly. You can also encounter these bacteria by consuming food crops that have been sprayed with fertilizers containing animal manure with resistant bacteria. In India, the excessive use of fertilizers and manure is adding to the already existing problem.

Once spread to humans, resistant bacteria can stay in the human gut and spread between individuals.

Resistant bacteria in supermarket foods are much more common than you might think. Commonly reported harmful bacteria from foods include Salmonella, Campylobacter and E.coli.

One report found resistant bacteria in 81% of ground turkey meat, 69% of pork chops, 55% of ground beef and 39% of chicken breasts, wings and thighs.

Many products claim to be “raised without antibiotics,” including some that are labeled organic. This does not mean these products are free from resistant bacteria.

 

Evidence suggests that these products still contain resistant bacteria, although they are slightly less resistant than regular products grown using antibiotics.

A study found that organic chickens were more frequently contaminated with bacteria like Salmonella and Campylobacter than non-organic chickens. However, the bacteria in organic chickens were slightly less resistant to antibiotics.

There is no clear-cut evidence directly linking antibiotic use in food-producing animals to increased illness due to resistant bacteria in humans. It may be impossible to completely avoid resistant bacteria in animal foods.

However, there are things you can do to significantly reduce your risk.

Practice good food hygiene: Wash your hands, use separate cutting boards for different foods and wash utensils thoroughly.

Ensure food is cooked properly: Cooking meat to the proper temperature should kill any harmful bacteria.

Buy antibiotic-free foods: You can minimize your risk even further by looking for labels that read organic, raised without antibiotics or antibiotic-free.

Do not pop in antibiotics for minor ailments: Let the doctor decide whether you need an antibiotic or not. Do not take it for everyday ailments.

Finish the course:When on an antibiotic course, always finish the course even if you feel better in three days.

The debate on antibiotic use still continues.

Although there is no evidence that antibiotics in foods harm people directly, most agree that the over-use of antibiotics in food-producing animals is a problem. It can contribute to the development and spread of drug-resistant bacteria, which is a potential risk to public health.

 

Refined oils and the myth they carry

Since our childhood, we have been hearing about cooking oils. It was dalda (hydrogenated vegetable oil) earlier, which was freely used for cooking food and I remember the blue plastic can and the yellow plastic container it used to come in. It definitely made the food tasty. Then came the recommendation that dalda is not good for heart and it was soon replaced by vegetable oils.

Oils are liquids at room temperature. Hydrogen is added to oils in order to make them more solid, or ‘spreadable’. Hydrogenated oils can be sold directly as ‘spreads’ and are used in processed food like cookies and cakes to extend the shelf life and maintain the flavor.

Sunflower oil, soybean oil, safflower oil, groundnut oil, corn oil etc. was seen in every kitchen and then came one liners like, “apke dil ki umar badhaye”, “Dil par control, khane par nahi”, etc.

We have been fed with wrong information on fats and oils and people still do not know what to use and what not to. Which oils are best for high temperature cooking? Which fats are the healthiest? What are saturated fat? These are some of the questions that are still lurking in everyone’s mind. And then comes the classic one, “Acha bhalaa healthy aadmi tha, ek dum se heart attack aa gaya”, and the doctors say that the arteries were severely blocked. If the arteries are blocked, how can Mr X be a healthy acha bhalaa insaan.

Laboratory tests conducted by Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on 21 different brands of refined vegetable oils soybean, sunflower, groundnut, mustard, coconut, olive, sesame and palm have found that almost all of them have trans fat levels well within limits permitted in the US and Denmark. These limits say trans fat in oil should not exceed 2% of the total oil. Tran fat are not the problem, the problem is healthy fat and bad fat.

Doctors say that saturated fat is bad and vegetable oils high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are good and heart healthy because they contain little to no saturated fat. Let me remind you that these doctors took just about one class in nutrition and that too about 20 years ago. Moving ahead, doctors say that to prevent heart diseases and lower cholesterol, we need to consume more of these PUFAs.

Chiropractors and health experts from around the world say that these recommendations are wrong. The foods that we have been told to eat in order to avoid disease are the real villains and cause inflammation, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

Read on to know which fats to consume and what to take off your list totally.

 

No, vegetable oils are not good

Am sure you have a jar or a bottle full of vegetable oil in your kitchen as you read this. That oil was not the way it looks now when it was extracted from its source. It was deodorized so that it doesn’t impart any flavor or smell into your food and this is certainly going against nature. Sunflower oil is not smell-free, it is made that way and so are all other oils you are using right now.

The stuff is toxic, put it in the drain right away. The fake butter spreads like margarine should never ever be wasted money on. It is better to eat a little bit of butter rather. You use them because they are low in saturated fat.

Framingham heart study (quiet famous) proves that the more saturated fat you consume from natural sources, the lower the serum cholesterol. Natural fats do not use any chemicals for getting processed. An interesting observation is that out of people who have heart attacks, just about 25 per cent have raised blood cholesterol levels.

The doctor’s recommendation about using PUFA does not fit the bill as vegetable oils actually contribute to the inflammation that leads to heart attacks. It is because they are highly chemically processed. Due to their unstable molecular structures, PUFAs are very responsive to light, heat, and air.

These oils become rancid as they get chemically processed and this leads to free radical damage and inflammation in the body. The deeper problem is that these oils come from extremely low quality genetically modified foods. Those crunchy fries you get in McDonalds are fried in canola oil, which is known to cause heart lesions but it is used in the USA as it has a high smoke point. These vegetable oils are very high in the pro-inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids.

During the hunter gatherer age, the omega 3:omega 6 ratio was more or less 1:1, which is the ideal way. But, surprisingly, most of the oils we use these days are around 1:22. This means too much of omega 6 and this causes inflammation and cardiovascular risk.

What Omega 6 in excess does to your body

Apart from cardiovascular disease and diabetes, it causes inflammatory intestinal issues, cancers, asthma, auto-immunity diseases, infertility, high-blood pressure. And, no doctor will tell you to change your cooking oil if you visit one for infertility, hormonal imbalance or asthma.

Processed Vs unrefined oils

Almost all oils have to undergo some extraction process, you can opt for minimally processed or unrefined oil that has no deodorization and no chemical hexane extraction done. Virgin oils are the best as they are close to their natural forms.

Do not eat this

Totally eliminate corn oil, canola oil, all vegetable oils, soybean oil, margarine and “spreads”, dalda, safflower and sunflower oils.

Eat this rather

Saturated fats like butter, ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil. Also, do a variation in the fats you eat. Did you know that coconut oil is excellent for metabolism boosting because it contains medium chain fatty acids that enhance metabolic activity. Ghee and butter are excellent for the gut. You will realize that eggs made in coconut oil or butter will make your feel full sooner and for longer than eggs made in any refined vegetable oil. Try it in breakfast tomorrow and let me know.

Naturally occurring saturated fats are good for cooking and you are free to use them liberally. They are extremely essential for brain, hormonal, cellular health, energy and feeling full.

Use olive oil, avocado oil and sesame oil for dressings as they have a low smoke point. These are monounsaturated fats are high in omega 6 and 9. Also, use them sparingly as compared to saturated fats.

Vegetable oils contain more plant toxins and tend to run rancid when heated.

And, the most important of all, add a supplement containing omega 3 and 9 to your diet like the cod liver oil or salmon oil capsules.

This is why children are hitting puberty early

Early puberty or precocious puberty has started to become normal these days and people seem to be just fine with this. But, have you ever given it a thought that what has changed now that did not exist during our time or when our parents were teenagers.

If I start to list out all of it, I will need too much space. I have come to list out some significant changes, how they affect the sexual health in children and sexual maturity.

Doctors think it is happening with greater frequency since the 1990s, especially among girls. Many factors have been implicated, hormones in food, hormone-mimicking pollutants in the waterways, and even social issues.

Imagine a girl of age six and a boy of age seven showing signs of puberty, I do not think this is normal and no, it is not in our ‘genes’. We happen to blame everything on our genes when it comes to health issues, habits, an increasing waist line, I mean just name it and it can be linked to genes.

I am not a doctor but my interest in these issues has led me to read, research and satiate the curious self within.

One possible reason for the rise in precocious puberty could be the obesity epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America, in the last 30 years, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents. As far as India is concerned, by 2025, India will have over 17 million obese children and stand second among 184 countries where the number of obese children are concerned, says a study published in Paediatric Obesity, an international journal.

How fat plays a role in puberty

Puberty requires the body to have a certain weight and fat distribution, hence we see the delay for female gymnasts and ballerinas. This means that 8-year-old girls weighing as much as a normal 12-year-old are at risk for precocious or early puberty.

Also, across the board, fat children have high levels of the protein leptin. This chemical, through a complicated chain involving the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, can stimulate the release of the three main hormones in puberty, hypothalamic gonadotropin-releasing hormone, luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone. In short, obesity among kids leads to early puberty. The facts are backed by a study by Kirsten Krahnstoever Davison of Penn State.

Milk can be the culprit

Let us come to the basics. When god made us and this Earth, he intended that cow or buffalo milk is meant to be digested by a 50 pound calf and not by a 3 kg human infant and so on. Mothers proudly invest in milk (coming in packets), add a dash of bournvita or whatever those chocolate coloured powders are and make kids have a glass full the first thing in the morning. Even I did this but now I don’t. Yes, my child does not drink milk and the difference I have seen is that she has gained height after getting off milk and bournvita, her skin has become flawless, her hemoglobin has increased and she has oodles of stamina.

Now, what is it that the packet milk or commercial dairy contains which is harmful? An excessive dose of estrogen. When cattle refuse to give milk, the dairy owners or farmers inject hormones (estrogen). The result is a hearty supply of milk but this milk is extremely high in estrogen. Estrogen is a female hormone, excess estrogen leads to male breast in boys (we often see this now) and an early sexual maturity in girls as young as seven to nine years of age. Organic dairy is however acceptable and can be consumed.

I am talking of dairy, it means milk and all of the milk products. Also, if your child complains of uneasiness or stomachache after having milk, please get a test done for lactose intolerance.

Milk does no good to your child if he or she is lactose intolerant, it will only add fat and more of it and lots of uneasy episodes. Please get it checked. I have lactose intolerance and I figured it out recently. Unfortunately, I grew up having loads of milk and now imagine the harm it has done to me. I cannot go back in time but I can mend my ways now.

Meat

Yes, you heard it right. Meat, especially that chunky juicy and extra soft chicken leg that you get in a bucket, is poison. Chicken is injected with estrogen to make it fleshy, plump, soft and juicy. Remember, chicken is suppose to be white meat, if it is pink, don’t eat it.

Eating meat can aggravate estrogen dominance. In fact, women who consume more red meat and eat less fish and vegetables are thought to be more at risk for endometriosis. Overall, more meat consumption is associated with less fiber consumption, which raises bad estrogens and grows the wrong bacteria in your microbiome and 70 per cent of our health depends on this microbiome.

Growth-promoting hormones are implanted in most cattle. These hormones promote protein synthesis and result in cattle that are 10 to 30 percent larger than non-treated counterparts. Synthetic hormones in cattle mimic naturally occurring hormones in the animal.

Some children eat meat and chicken almost every day. It is making them estrogen dominant, hence the early puberty.

Soybean

I had once heard a doctor saying that soybean is an excellent source of protein and everyone, especially women, should eat it on a daily basis. I started consuming soya, soymilk, soya chunks, bla bla and more bla. Ultimately, I got PCOD, a syndrome which affects most of us these days. Now, I do not consume soya, and guess what, my PCOD has gone and that too without any medical treatment. Now, imagine what soybean can do to kids. Yes, estrogen dominance again. Corn and soya are among the most genetically modified or GM foods. Stay away from GM foods as they are not natural.

Soybeans contain isoflavones, which are chemically similar to estrogens. Soybeans are a complete protein source and a dietary staple in many cultures. Soy contains phytoestrogens called isoflavones that may mimic the activity of the hormone estrogen in your body.

Overly nice looking fruits and vegetables

Pesticides are used in many commercially grown fruit, vegetable, and grain crops to protect them from insects, weeds, fungi, diseases, mice and other animals, bacteria, viruses, and mold. There are several pesticides, insecticides and fungicides that inhibit male hormone and there are many that mimic estrogen.

The best way is that never buy vegetables and fruits that look extra appealing. If possible grow your own kitchen garden, buy fresh produce from vendors and not malls. Peel fruits and vegetables before giving them to your kids, at least, this will get us rid of a substantial percentage of dangerous chemicals. Immerse fruits and vegetables in table vinegar and water for about 20 minutes. It helps remove the wax and other chemical coatings from the produce.

Do not take your kids to international fast food chains

I cannot name them here but you know what I am talking about. Since the time, these international burger makers, fries makers and chicken bucket sellers have come to India, kids have seen a mammoth increase in obesity and adults are no exception. Imagine, sprinkling 50 grams of sugar on dal-chawal, roti-sabzi, even burger and fries. Can you eat it? I do not think so. Now, add a coke or sweetened soda to it and there it goes. You can have it. Medical science permits two teaspoons of sugar per day. Imagine gulping down 15 teaspoons of sugar with one meal; that is sweetened soda for you.

And ya, the fruit juices that come in cartons and tetra packs. I can’t believe this that kids’ meal onboard a plane, on a train, at restaurants etc. contain a pack of this poisonous liquid. It is nothing but a concoction made of very little fruit juice, loads of sugar and several preservatives.

Oh wait, there are these ‘No sugar and preservatives added’ juice types. Read the ingredients, it will say fruit juice concentrate and water. This fruit juice concentrate is made of sugar, added flavours, colours or dyes, and preservatives. When these companies prepare juice, they simply add water to the concentrates they buy from various other companies and dish out a selling gimmick to us ‘No sugar and preservatives added’. And, we happily buy it. Do not buy it. Buy a juicer instead and make fruit and vegetables juice blends at home. Your kids will love it. Excess sugar and preventives, salt and colourings create the same havoc on your children as they do on you.

https://youtu.be/iFVn3kuZ4Dc (Watch it).

Do not keep these fast food varieties (the frozen ones), tetra and bottle drinks at home and please do not serve them to your guests. They are no longer ‘izzat ka sawal items’. Make potato chips at home, they are way more healthy than the commercial French fries.

What types of products contain “foreign estrogens” or unnatural estrogen

  • Weed killers
  • Sunscreen lotions that contain 4-MBC (You will look cuter with a bit of tan and so will your child. Do not overuse sunscreens).
  • Food preservatives such as BHA (Almost all packet foods contain this).
  • Canned foods and plastics (BPA and BPA-S).
  • Insecticides and pesticides.
  • Food Dyes (Means food colourings, the ‘edible’ ones).
  • Food chemicals that are used to protect fats and oils from becoming rancid.
  • Anti-perspirants that are made with Metalloestrogens or toxic metals (Apply lemon as a deodorant. Trust me, it can cure the worst body odor).
  • Make ups and skin care products that have the preservative called paraben (Check out for paraben-free options. Biotique is a fantastic option).
  • Tap water (most city waters are contaminated with estrogens from oral contraceptive pills. Use glass bottles to preserve water. Say bye to plastics).
  • Detergents and surfactants (Thode mein zyada wala funda is good here. Use less detergent powder).
  • Growth hormones in dairy and meat products (I have already mentioned this).

 

Now you will think that what to eat if not all this. Simply follow a thumb rule that do not eat it if it is made inside a factory or comes in a packet. Make your own chana puri in mustard, coconut or olive oil. Make fries at home, fry papad, make cakes and cookies at home with jaggery (it imparts a better flavor than white sugar), make chips at home. Cut thin slices any vegetable of your choice (sweet potato, potato, tomato, zucchini, brinjal, carrot, jackfruit, raw banana, etc.) and drizzle with olive oil, add salt, pepper, and spices of your choice and spread the slices on a baking tray. Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes on 200 degrees celcius (the time will be more for moist vegetables. The thinner the slices are, the crispier they will be). They are yum and you won’t ever grab a packet of chips.

Lastly, be an example to your children. They will eventually follow your eating habits.

We need Selenium and here is why

Several researches have been carried out in order to answer the query that how much selenium is needed and whether diets low in selenium lead to cancers. There have been no clear views on this but one thing that remains absolutely clear is that selenium is a vital mineral for the human body.

Our food consists of several vital nutrients and minerals and out of them; Selenium is one of the important dietary minerals that we need. However, we need it in small amounts, but we require it every day. Selenium is slotted in a tiny bunch of important proteins that play a significant role in health. The proteins that contain selenium are known as selenoproteins.

Benefits of selenium

This wonder mineral offers a variety of benefits and has emerged as a super mineral for today’s generation. Selenium is great for thyroid dysfunction. It is a great antioxidant and helps support the immune system. Selenium helps keep cancer away as it supports anti-cancer abilities of the body. It helps in regulating and ensuring a proper blood flow lowering the chances of heart diseases.

Foods rich in selenium

Let us see the top 10 foods that are rich in selenium.

Tuna

Tuna is consumed the world over and is loaded with selenium. A 4 Oz serving of Tuna gives 122.70 mcg of selenium. Tuna can be used for making a variety of dishes.

Brazil nuts

Brazil nuts are counted as one of the best sources of selenium. These nuts are easily available and are tasty. They can be eaten by themselves or can be added to recipes for an enhanced flavor. Studies show that just two Brazil nuts a day can bring selenium levels to their normal range in a short span of 12 weeks.

Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach

We swear by green vegetables and selenium is just one of nutrients they contain. If you have not included them in your diet yet, then do so because they are storehouses of not only selenium but various other nutrients and minerals.

Shiitake mushroom

Out of the different varieties of mushrooms, Shiitake mushrooms or white button mushrooms are one of the best sources of selenium. They taste great and are rich in Vitamin D and selenium. Use them while making soups, salads, sautéed vegetables and other preparations.

Chia Seeds

If you want a super food in your diet then this is it. Chia seeds have selenium, amino acids, Omega 3 and Omega 6. Chia seeds can be added to anything, as they are neutral in taste and takes a gel like form when exposed to moisture.

Lima/Pinto Beans

Everyone’s favorite, Lima and Pinto beans are rich in selenium. They also deliver protein and fiber to the body. Moreover, the best thing about these beans is that they are tasty.

Brown Rice

Thank god, brown rice contains selenium. You can simply ensure selenium intake by eating this staple. Brown rice is gluten free, rich source of selenium and offers lesser calories. Carbohydrates, B vitamins, and soluble fiber are other benefits of brown rice.

 

Sunflower, Sesame and Flaxseed

Grab a handful of seeds and your body will thank you. Add selenium to your daily diet through this delicious and nutty option. These seeds are also rich in Omega 6 and Omega 3, fiber and protein.

Chicken

Yay! Your favorite food contains selenium too. Chicken is loaded with protein and offers selenium too. A 3 Oz serving has 22 mcg of selenium.

Shrimp

Shrimps are a delicacy the world over and are prepared in almost all cuisines. A 4 Oz serving of shrimps give 56.13 mcg of selenium.

 

The military diet: review and more

What is military diet? Putting it simple, it is a simple diet plan aimed at inducing quick weight loss and can aid ten pounds of weight loss in just one week.

Wow! Really? Yes, it is for real but again like every diet, only if you stick to it by the book. No substitutes and absolutely no cheats.

No diet is a magic pill and ultimately it boils down to how much you take in Vs how much you expend. The whole concept of military diet is the ingredients working together in a way that leads to weight loss. The only condition is that just stick with it and see for yourself.

Why is military diet better

This diet is good for over eaters and people who like to binge simply because it does not exclude any food group. Also, the portions on this diet are clear and this makes you unable to overeat if you stick to the diet. The best bet is that no one feels deprived of anything as there is sugar, salt and carbs too.

It is real weight loss

Unlike several diets that only lead to a loss in the water weight, military diet makes you lose actual weight. The body tends to retain water when you eat loads of salt and consume soda but when you eat healthy and drink water, the body flushes out excess water. This diet will also make you lose some water weight but fat too as it is a calorie deficit diet.

The Military Diet Day 1

breakfast 

½ Grapefruit
1 Slice of Wholegrain Toast
1 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter
1 Cup of Tea/Coffee

Lunch 
½ Cup of

1 Slice of Wholegrain Toast
1 Cup of Coffee/Tea

Dinner 
3oz of meat

1 Cup of Green Beans
½ Banana
1 Small Apple
1 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream

 

 

The Military Diet Day 2

 Breakfast 
1 Egg
1 Slice of Wholegrain Toast
½ Banana

Lunch 
1 Cup of Cottage Cheese
1 Boiled Egg

5 Saltine Crackers

Dinner 
2 Hotdogs without buns

1 Cup of Broccoli
½ Cup of Carrot
½ Banana
½ Cup of Vanilla Ice Cream

The Military Diet Day 3

Breakfast 
1 Slice of Cheddar Cheese
5 Saltine Crackers
1 Small Apple

 

Lunch 
1 Egg Cooked to Your Liking
1 Slice of Wholegrain Toast

Dinner
1 Cup Tuna
½ Banana
1 Cup of Vanilla Ice Cream

Results

You must be wondering that what is the period of doing this diet and for how long can it be followed. Well, again, you have to follow it for three days atleast and then continue eating normal but not exceeding 1500 calories with little sugar, not an overload of both salt and sugar. You can again get back in case you want to lose more weight.

 

The diet is to the point, just right and has no frills attached. Just follow it and see the results. Do it only if you are high on willpower otherwise you will leave it in between and end up feeling frustrated.

Get ready to face some difficulties but if you really want it, then you will sail through. You do not have to be an exercise freak while doing this else you will start feeling hungry. But, don’t restrain if you follow a basic and simple exercise routine, which doesn’t burn too many calories.

The reason why it is so popular is because this diet works. This diet is for you if you really want to lose weight fast and that too without investing much into fancy foods and diet foods.