Slimy Goodness!

Happy childrens day in arrears! It’s been holiday back to back from Ramadan to children’s day.

But i guess we are back to reality.

So welcome to another episode of health and life kitchen blog post.

Thank you for being an amazing reader.

But I need to be sure of this though.

Is the rainy season here?

Because it’s been raining for the past 3 days and its really not funny.

But on the bright side even though the sky is all gloomy, snails are everywhere!

At the backyard of my house while we were clearing the bushes a few days ago, I saw the slimy looking horned, blind aminal (would I call it an animal well yeah I guess so) and it wasn’t alone.

There was another and another and another and I began to see them everywhere. On the walls, in between the bushes, some were even glued to eachother. It was beautiful sight.

Have you ever had a snail meal?

A snail delicacy is divine. And it has loads of nutritional goodness that we fail to take note of.

Yeah so I know a few of you might debunk the idea of consuming a garden pest as good. But before you become judgemental,here’s a few reasons why you should have a rethink.

More protein; less calories
Snails provide a low calorie source of protein. Protein is essential for building and repairing muscle, and is also better at filling you up than carbs and fat. Although seafood is classified as an easy source of protein, but actually, snails have more. More protein, less calories.

Red blood cells build up.
A good source of iron, essential for building red blood cells and carrying energy around the body. A lack of iron can lead to extreme fatigue and anaemia. That faint feeling yeah!

Snails and cancer?

Snails possesses anti-cancer properties, helps in boosting the immune system and fighting against cancerous cells. A function of the lectin found in them.

Minerals rush for females.
Female gender this is for you. Findingaway to replace the lost blood from your menstrual cycle eat a snail meal! Eating snails is a good way to get that essential mineral, the iron needed for your bloid replacement. According ti the university of Maryland, a serving of escargots(snails in french) gives you 3 milligrams of iron, one-sixth of your daily requirement. It also provides two-thirds of the magnesium, one-third of the phosphorus and nearly 10 percent of the potassium you need each day, as well as small amounts of calcium and zinc. These minerals keep your bones, organs and muscles healthy and contribute to keeping your blood pressure low.

Gentlemen; here’s your pick!
I’m not bias! I’ve got great news for the male gender too. Stressed from the days job, feeling grouchy? Eat some snails. They contain tryptophan, a chemical your brain needs in order to make a mood-enhancing neurotransmitter called serotonin. Serotonin help your body regulate your appetite and tells it when to sleep.
It can also make you feel more relaxed and less anxious, improving your overall mood and giving you a feeling of well being.

The benefits aren’t limited to the meat only!!!

There’s a whole lot more you never saw comingπŸ˜‹.

β€’ The snail slime is extremely beneficial for the treatment of skin diseases and broken bones. Has loads of elastin and collagen.

β€’ Scar removal and wounds marks erasing creams gets their major active substance from secretions of snails.

Attached below is the link to a snail meal recipe. Fun, quick and easy to make.

This Is what the outcome of the meal should like.

Watch and leave a comment!

See you in the next blog post.

I miss you already.
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Crappy Eggs Vs Healthy Eggs.

Hey people, Happy New week and Happy holidays!

So I had my first boiled egg after the last blog post. It was a struggle but I did it anyway and surprisingly it didn’t turn out so bad.

I developed the phobia for boiled eggs about 15 years ago. I had a whole boiled egg then and I threw up all night. That was the first time and the last time until last week.

Now before you go on your egg consuming escapade, here’s a few things you should know about the healthy cooking options.

Raw Eggs.

Some people drink raw eggs alone or add them to a shake to increase the amount of protein. I can’t do that just yet. For a fact raw eggs will contain higher levels of vitamin A than cooked eggs. But that’s all there is to it.

Your body absorbed only half of the protein present in eggs when you take it raw. You expose your self to a high rid of salmonella (a bad bacteria) as eggs need to be cooked to 71Β°C to kill the bacteria.

Egg Whites.

Egg whites are high in protein yet low in calories, fat and cholesterol, which makes them a good food for weight loss. … However, compared to whole eggs, egg whites are low in other nutrients including selenium, riboflavin, vitamin D, phosphorus, vitamin B12, folate, iron, vitamin A, vitamin B6, and choline.

Scrambled

Eggs are cracked into a bowl and whisked until the whites and yolks are combine. You could add water or cream. I prefer cream though. Pouring the rgg in a oiled pan on medium-high heat while continually stiring till it becomes properly cooked.This makes the egg really fluffy and its also fast. This is the kind of egg we grew up accustomed up in my house but we didn’t know the name.

As the egg cooks, they pull closer and closer to each other and become too hot, they begin to squeeze liquid out from the curds (your eggs will look like you served them on a still-wet plate). The issue with this is that escaped water may remove with it some water-soluble vitamins.

Omelette

You’re eating the entire egg, and its usually served with veggies, you have a higher likelihood of getting in your daily greens

Omelets can be cooked for a longer period of time in order to fully cook the top of the eggs that may never touch the hot pan. In doing so, you have a higher likelihood of losing heat-sensitive micronutrients found in the yolk.

Fried

This cooking method involves cracking a whole egg into a oiled pan and fliping over once a side is properly cooked. The flip means you’re less likely to be consuming raw egg whites (which means more bioavailable protein!) and your yolk is still full of easily absorbed micronutrients. The oli used for cooking increase the caloric content.

Poached

A fat free cooking method = low calories. Crack egg into simmering water and allowing it to cook for 4 to 5 minutes. This results in cooked whites with a runny yolk. Eggs has to be fresh to use this method if not, you may end up losing a significant amount of the protein-rich whites in the poaching liquid.

Hard Boiled

Hard-boiled eggs are cooked in their shells in a pot of boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. This length of cooking time allows both the egg white and egg yolk to solidify entirely.

This fat-free cooking method preserves the entire egg.

The possibility of overcooking the eggs can lead to significant nutrient losses. Well it’s just a slight possibility tho.

Soft Boiled

Eggs are placed in a pot of boiling water for 5 to 6 minutes. This length of cooking time will cook the white of the egg entirely while allowing the yolk to stay slightly runny.

Fat free= low calories

Slightly runny yolk=micronutrients preservation.

This is proven to be the best method of cooking an egg!

If you are trying to cut back on calories, choose poached or boiled eggs. These cooking methods don’t add any extra fat calories, so the meal will be lower in calories than fried or scrambled eggs or an omelette.

Hope you learnt a thing or two?

Have fun on your egg consuming escapades.

And stay tuned for the next blog post.

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Why Eggs?

Why Eggs?

Personally I hate eggs or well I used to.

Eggs are like the readily available and easily accessible food compliments.

If I can’t have a fish or meat to eat, egg always make a way out. Oh and they are relatively cheap!

Apart from eggs being the saving grace for protein supplement, here’s a lot more eggs do that we aren’t aware of.

A great source of iron supplement. The iron in egg is readily absorbed and usable form of iron in food. A mild iron deficiency usually in most cases leads to vague feeling and tiredness.

Eggs have a high performance rate.

A high satiety index therefore making you feel full for a long time. A whopping 6g of protein in a single egg!

Eggs for good eyesight!

A good dietary intake of eggs is associated with a significant decrease in cataracts (up to a 20% decrease) and age-related lens and retinal degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the elderly (up to a 40% decrease). Feed the elderly with eggs!

Eggs and babies?

Choline a nutrient that facilitates brain development in the foetus and newborn as well as memory function even into old age is present in Eggs!

One egg per day will provide 28% of a pregnant woman’s choline requirement. Choline is of extreme importance during pregnancy and lactation when the reserves can be depleted. At the same time, it is the critical period for foetal brain development and lifelong memory enhancement.

Eggs for weight loss?

Several studies have reported that starting the day with an egg breakfast increases satiety in overweight people and may help with weight loss.

Eggs actually add few kilojoules for all the nutrients they provide. When teamed up with whole grains (for example whole-wheat bread) and fruit or vegetables they are a complete meal, readily available, easy to prepare and inexpensive, making them a useful tool in weight-loss programmes.

The nutrient density of eggs makes them a valuable contributor to a nutritious diet. A study among egg vs. non-egg consumers revealed that the diets of the non-egg consumers were more likely to fall short of vitamins A, E and B12. Eggs contributes 20-30% of vitamins A, E and B12 among egg consumers. This study demonstrates the important role one food can play

Eggs should there be recognised as an inexpensive, versatile and easily digestible source of protein.

Scrambled, fried, poached or boiled egg?

Egg white or Egg yolk?

Stay tuned for the next blog post to find out the most healthy option.

Till then ❀&πŸ’‘

Foodaboski’s

This title cracks me up. Well its been trending tho.

I’m a food! I’m an eat! I’m a finish everything! I’m a Foodaboski!A lot of us have been staying at home for a while now and I am so sure that your eating pattern has drastically changed over the weeks.

Maybe say 4-5 times on an average. We even stopped keeping track.

Well as long as I’m not chubby and I still look fit it doesn’t matter how much I eat. Sorry to burst your bubble! It does matter.

A mental disorder could actually be the cause of you eating too much.

Bulimia nervosa (bulimia) is a mental disorder that affects how you feel about your body and how you eat.With bulimia, you eat a lot of food in a short period of time. This is called bingeing or binge eating.

While you eat, you might feel like you can’t control how much you eat.After every meal you still feel hungry.

What does Binge eating does to you?

Binge eating overloads a person’s system with a flood of calories, sugar, fat and/or carbs, which results in the body using a large amount of energy to digest the food, which may result in low energy, sleepiness, and sluggishness.You know that wanting to sleep right after every meal? Yeah that’s it.

Another obvious effect of being eating is the night eating syndrome.

The longing to eat at 2am. I have been there too.

You wake up in the middle of the night to eating. I even sweet talk myself into calling it a midnight snack.Other behavioral and emotional signs and symptoms of binge eating involves;

β€’ Continually eating even when full.

β€’ Inability to stop eating or control what is eaten.

β€’ Stockpiling food to consume secretly at a later time.

β€’ Eating normally in the presence of others but gorging when isolated

.β€’ Experiencing feelings of stress or anxiety that can only be relieved by eating.

β€’ Never experiencing satiation: the state of being satisfied, no matter the amount of food consumed.It doesn’t necessarily mean all the symptoms could be evident.

Having 2 or 3 off the symptoms could just be a possibility that you might be a victim of the disorder.

Three contributing factors that causes binge eating according to eatingdisorderhope.com could be linked to;

β€’ Biological abnormalities; A hormonal irregularity, genetic mutation or good addiction.

β€’ Physiological factors such as depression, low self esteem, body dissatisfaction and inability to cope with feelings

.β€’ Social and cultural factors like a traumatic experience such as rape, social pressure to being thin or critical comment about body weight.

Over coming binge eating requires a simple process involving willpower. The concious effort taken to overcome that traumatic event or not pay attention to obvious comments about your body and working on your self esteem will go a long way in helping you overcome the disorder.

It is necessary to concentrate on healing from the emotional triggers that may be causing binge eating, having proper guidance in establishing healthier coping mechanisms to deal with stress, depression, anxiety, etc

Another active measure that can be employed is getting occupied. When you feel the need to eat, take a walk, dance, sing out loud, paint, play an instrument or anything you know you have passion for.

Lastly, you could seek professional support and treatment from health professionals specializing in the treatment of binge eating disorders, including psychiatrists, nutritionists, and therapists.

The question is HOW OFTEN DO I EAT IN A DAY?

Stay tuned for the next blog post.❀&πŸ’‘

Fruits and A fast; The pro’s.

Hola!

I’m learning a little bit of Spanish so I thought to greet you with it.I’m sure we are all aware of the cons of taking fruits on an empty stomach either as breakfast or when breaking a fast.

Let’s see the pros and juxtapose it with the cons. We never can tell the pros might outweigh the cons.

So prior to the last blog post I got amazing feedbacks and to all my readers y’all are AWESOME!

So religious backing they say it has to take fruit when breaking a fast. Who am i to dispute that?

Let’s see what the facts has to say.

The point is to make sure all the daily required nutrient is incorporated into your meal even after observing a fast.

Upon breaking a fast the first thing to take is a glass of water. The liquid helps your body in the hydration process which is the most important thing your body needs after observing a fast for more than 10 hours.

It’s important you take fruits too but the kind of fruit is what matters.Go for fruits with high water content, such as watermelon and berries, to help rehydrate your body as quickly as possible and avoid citrus fruit as their high acidic content may upset your stomach.

The first foods that you consume upon breaking a fast are critical to nourish the body. Fruits containing high water content e.g pawpaw, pineapple and cucumber are easily digested. Homemade fruit juice could also be opted for.

So after fasting it is an ideal time to get your taste buds back to factory setting by having a well supplemented diet. Eat soups e.g bone broth (I will be sharing the recipe for this soup on my Instagram page @ health_life_kitchen) and maybe a cup of smoothie.

Focus on vegetables and healthy fats and avoid all processed foods during the first few hours after breaking a fast.

Fruits for Breakfast?

Eating a nutritious breakfast in the morning jump-starts your metabolism helping you burn more calories during the day.

Like I said in my previous post, it’s not okay to have just fruits for breakfast.

According to quora, breakfast should be loaded with calories as it will give you energy for rest of the day .. for a good amount of calories, you have to eat too much fruits which isn’t the most healthy option.

Remember fruits have natural sugar which is good for the health but we have to consume it in moderation.

The most healthy option to start your day is with food containing complex carbs and protein (and in significant amount if you do exercise early morning).

You can eat fruits but with carbs and proteins as above mentioned.If you like fruit and you really want to have it for breakfast, I would recommend adding a source of protein and a source of fat to offset the impact of sugar in the fruit.

While there are many healthy breakfast options, adding fruits to your morning meal contributes many benefits to your overall health.

According to these fad diets, the benefits from eating fruits on an empty stomach include: Detoxification, Provides Energy, Weight Loss, Antioxidants, Fiber, and Vitamins.

Wisdom should be considered when breaking a fast. Too many have reported severe pain, discomfort, cramping and even death when giving themselves over to appetite too quickly.

Be intentional about what you consume. Say no to unhealthy living.

β€œβ€¦only a wise man knows how to break a fast.”–George Bernard

Stay Tuned for the next blog post.❀&πŸ’‘

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Fruits and A Fast

Whoever came up with the idea of eating fruit when breaking a fast?

Have you ever considered it? Why should I take fruits when breaking a fast?

Our parents made that a necessity and unconsciously we bought that school of thought.

Ok so I know a few people that take fruits for breakfast. Well they are still breaking a fast.

Whoever authorised that principle and why?

Well I don’t know who authorised it but what I do know is why.

Let’s see a few pros and cons.

The whole point is to remain healthy and still have the right amount of daily required nutrient even after observing a fast.

While trying to attain that right amount, we tend to go overboard. Some a little and others a whole lot.

You take fruit to break your fast; you might actually cause a major damage to your intestinal system.

The trick is don’t consume a lot of fruit right when you break your fast. Why?

The fructose (fruit sugar) is hard to metabolize, and it ferments in your gut. When it ferments in your gut, it can irritate the layer of your intestinal tract. You know that uncomfortable feeling you experience right after you break your fast.

It could be as a result of the fruit you took when you broke your fast.

Well then since I shouldn’t take the fruit immediately after breaking my fast, I could take it right after my meal?

You must be thinking that right now.

Before drifting your thought too far, see this.

Eating fruits right after a meal is not a great idea, as it may not be digested properly. Whosph! Gottcha. The nutrients may not be absorbed properly either.

You need to leave a gap of at least 30 minutes between a meal and a fruit snack.

From where i grew up, our regular fruit to break our fast was oranges. But then i stumbled upon this. Avoid citrus fruits, such as grapefruits, as their high acidic content may upset your stomach.

I know you must be thinking, fruits for breakfast shouldn’t be that bad. Yeah. It shouldn’t be that bad but turns out a little bit bad.

Now Breakfast is one meal where you ought to get nutrients such as protein and good fats and the right amount of carbs (Our fun way of saying carbohydrate). If you replace this meal with just carbohydrates from fruit, your sugar levels will rise very quickly due to the fruit sugar.

We all know what that means.

This could be going through your head right now. “But I thought fruits are like the total all in one package.” I thought so too. You are not alone. Even though fruits are rich in fiber, only fruits for breakfast can leave you constipated as well.

Carbs, proteins and fats leads to bulk-forming in the stomach. Depending only on fruits can hinder this process- The bulk-forming process.

A consequence of all the above is that there will be a dip in your energy levels because your breakfast sets your energy for the rest of the day and if you depend on only-fruits, it may cause a slower metabolism and leave you to remain underactive.

While a piece of fruit is rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, it’s not enough for breakfast. So that grab-and-go breakfast β€”like an apple on your way to class or a few fingers of banana on the drive to workβ€”simply doesn’t cut it.

IT IS NOT OKAY TO HAVE JUST FRUITS FOR BREAKFAST!

Okay. So all this been said why did our parents sell that school of thought to us?

Why did we have to break our fast with fruit?

How long have I been destroying my health with my grab and go breakfast?

Calm down. I can read your mind.

Everything with cons has pros.

Stay tuned for the next blog post to find out the pros.

Till then ❀&πŸ’‘

My caffeine story.

Growing up as a child I was very addicted to taking coffee. Well I’m still in love with coffee but I guess my Mom helped me get rid of the addiction.

She used to say drinking coffee will make my brain inactive but I didn’t take her all too seriously because I was still one of the brightest students in my class.😊

Over the years I began to think does coffee pose a threat to humans?😐 Narrowing it down is it harmful to my gender as a female?πŸ€”

Studies have shown that drinking up to four 8-ounce cups of coffee per day is safe. But sipping coffee in reasonable amounts just might be one of the healthiest things you can do. πŸ€“πŸ€“

Coffes tends to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, liver cancer, lowers the risk of Parkinson’s diseases and possibly reduce the occurrence of heart failure.😎

As the saying goes, too much of anything is bad.πŸ˜–

Like so many foods and nutrients, too much coffee can cause problems, especially in the digestive tract. Ding. Also women who take too much of coffee are exposed to the possibility of bone fracture (much more lower possibility for men).😫😫

Anxiety disorder has also been proven to be a side effect of high intake of coffee.πŸ˜“

How about the mental health my Mom over emphasised.?

How does coffee affect it?

One study from 2016 concluded that a high intake of caffeine during adolescence can lead to permanent changes in the brain.😲😲

Yikes! I guess my Mom was partially right after all.😒

Coffee doesn’t necessarily make your brain inactive but it might cause some nasty changes. πŸ˜‘

So to all coffee lovers out there, you are not alone. We are in it together and it’s up to us to fight the good fight against caffeine. 😁πŸ’ͺ

Remember, a little sip here a litte sip there and we can have all the caffeine goodness.πŸ€—πŸ˜™

πŸ’–&πŸ’‘

The genesis

Often times we wonder, why am i not as pretty as she is? Why am i not as fleshy or as slim? How come he has a perfectly bulit up body? What am i doing wrong, what am i not doing right? How come he is smarter? We study together and he still has better grades? We hit the gym together and I still don’t have that dream body?The answers you see aren’t so far fetched. Its a simple truth that we have ignored all this while. That’s why am here to bring you stories from my kitchen diary to help you unearth answers to your questions.

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