My Grandmother’s Days

SUBJECT: This article explains the extensive benefits of gut bacteria and simple recipes of fermented foods that can be included daily in your diet. 

I vividly remember those days back in Kerala where Bombay met with summer vacations and we spent our bright scorching holidays in the mud, grime and happiness of village life.
All rules were broken, discipline was mere theory and all that my brother I did was to eat clean nature’s food and burn all of it right after, in extensive play.
My granny used to store large jars of spicy, teary, desirable pickles well apart from our reach served to us with love at every meal. The tongues went slurp and the tummies went burp into satisfied volleys of laughter as we went steal from even our cousin’s plates. We weren’t allowed too much, it was a treasure that i know was a treasure only today!
The art of fermentation is forgotten. The skill requires time, patience, technique, hygiene and some creation. But what do you get at the end of this long labor?
Delicious bites of vegetable or/and fruit forcing you to crinkle your nose and your eyebrows and leaving you wanting for more. And of course a gut full of beneficial bacteria that keep your digestive tract at a desirable ph not allowing unwanted pathogens to grow.
Our body has about 10 trillion bacteria! Just like that! God’s gift that we don’t really unpack to assimilate the value of because it doesn’t come wrapped in gay colored packages like processed foods do. So we take several essential periodic steps to ensure we kill a lot of these bacteria over a period of time.
STOP, NOW
  1. Sugar/fructose
  2. Refined flours
  3. Processed foods coming out of gay colored tempting packages
  4. Antibiotics
  5. Antibacterial soap
  6. Chlorinated water
  7. Agricultural chemicals and pesticides
  8. Pollution
WHY? BECAUSE….
This is what gut bacteria can do
  1. Contribute to optimal digestion of food and absorption of nutrients
  2. Ensure good bowel Movement
  3. Contribute to great Immunity
  4. Reverse fat accumulation, insulin resistance and inflammation.
  5. Boost energy levels
  6. Keep cholesterol levels within range
  7. Regulate hormones
  8. Support a healthy weight
  9. Improve mental function
HOW?
BY TRYING OUT SIMPLE RECIPES TO FERMENT WHAT IS AVAILABLE AT HOME, especially vegetables and some fruits. Yoghurt made at home is a great daily source of fermented food. Bites of seasonal vegetables like beet, carrots, raw mango, amla, cauliflower, etc can be seasoned with rock salt and filtered water and stored in mason jars for fermentation. Kombucha tea, sauerkraut, kimchi,  tempeh are worth researching through and !
Let your kitchen be ruled by the bacteria for the bacteria!!

Let not a day go by without digging into your bowl of ferment and don’t be surprised by how health knocks at your door every single day.

Anupama Menon (required)
anupamamenon.rightliving@gmail.com (required)
Website
Comment (required)
Submit

Continue reading “My Grandmother’s Days”

Get fit not Fat this Christmas

With the holidays in tow, the highlight for many during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying your favorite holiday treats. Cookies, candied yams, and pies can often be found at every turn when attending holiday festivities. Here are some tips that will help you to enjoy your holiday to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

Continue reading “Get fit not Fat this Christmas”

Quick Recipe (# 1) under 15 min

Our dining has evolved from the customary “three square meals” and we have traded meals for snacks these days. Do you feel guilty about snacking? Don’t. In fact, snacking is an important part of your daily routine giving it a fourth meal status and offers numerous health benefits when done right. Here’s one that you can do in less than 10 minutes!

Recipe – Cornflakes Salad

Preparation Time – 10 minutes Continue reading “Quick Recipe (# 1) under 15 min”

Action Guide to Weight Loss Barriers

 

“Gosh, I need to lose weight, but I’ll start seriously from tomorrow”, “Urgh, just another bite of the brownie won’t do me any harm; I vow to be on a stricter diet from tomorrow”, “A rainy day is the perfect time for hot bajji’s, I shall start exercising tomorrow”, “zzzZZZ, conquer that alarm before it spoils my sleep”. Familiar phrases? Fighting with your inner self to stay motivated and on track to lose those extra kilos? Follow these cheat-proof strategies to help you meet your obstacle filled goals of losing weight.

Obstacle 1: I don’t like fruits and vegetables Continue reading “Action Guide to Weight Loss Barriers”

What is disordered eating?

Disordered eating is defined as “a wide range of irregular eating behaviors that do not warrant a diagnosis of a specific eating disorder.” Yo-yo dieting and a pre-occupation with food are nothing new in our culture. But when does a fixation with what is consumed, calories and weight become a major health concern? When is it considered disordered?

Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa (AN) or bulimia nervosa (BN), are diagnosed according to narrow criteria. This excludes most people and the majority of people suffering with disordered eating.

Symptoms of Disordered Eating Continue reading “What is disordered eating?”

Put down the diet soda, it does NOT help lose weight

Diet sodas are sugar free drinks, artificially sweetened versions of carbonated beverages with virtually no calories. Most are sweetened with at least one of these sugar substitutes: acesulfame potassium and aspartame.

Diet soda is loaded with artificial sweeteners and chemicals that can be harmful to your body.

The artificial sweeteners in diet soda overwhelm your taste buds with an onslaught of sweetness. Aspartame ranks 200 times sweeter than table sugar. In fact, brain scans show that diet soda alters sweet receptors in the brain and prolongs sugar cravings rather than satisfies them. Continue reading “Put down the diet soda, it does NOT help lose weight”

Health Benefits Of Yoghurt

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison.” – Ann Wigmore

Yoghurt is an ideal snack choice as it keeps the body feeling full for longer. It can be eaten as it is, in the form of a smoothie or topped with fresh or dry fruits. While shopping for yoghurt, check the label and look for brands that contain “active cultures”, “probiotics”; and Vitamin D will be an added benefit.

Yoghurt’s nutritional benefits surpasses that of milk. People who are moderately lactose-intolerant can consume yoghurt without feeling ill, because the lactic acid found in yoghurt is partially digested and is better tolerated by the body. Yoghurt is nutritionally rich in proteincalciumriboflavinvitamin B6 and vitamin B12.

Continue reading “Health Benefits Of Yoghurt”

Super Healthy Breakfast Recipe!!

Here’s a recipe, perfect to wake you up to the beginnings of a day full of activity, antioxidant rich with fiber and calcium to make a nutrient dense delight just for you!!

Super Healthy Smoothie!!

Slim yoghurt, chilled – 3/4 cup (source of calcium, protein and probiotic donor!!)

Fruit of choice, chilled – 3/4 cup (antioxidants, vitamins, small amounts of fiber)

Honey/Palm sugar – 2-3 tsps (palm sugar has a very low glycemic index, more than 100% less than that of sugar)

Oats, added without cooking – 3 tbsps (source of soluble and insoluble fiber, contains a fair amount of magnesium and iron)

Almonds – 6 counts (monounsaturated fats, source of botin, vitamin E, some minerals and a little protein)

Soak the oats in the curd for 10 minutes.

In a clean blender, crush the almonds well.

Now add the yoghurt (with the oats), fruit and palm sugar. Blend well with ice.

Enjoy!!

This recipe will give you approx 250 kcals, a happy feeling and a sound tummy!!

Achieving Target Weight

It is everyone’s dream to reach their target weight. Period.
But is it an achievable goal? Let’s review this.

Each individual’s body is different, with respect to it’s composition, structure & metabolism. So then 2 people of the same gender of the same height & gender need not have the same composition. Target weights are calculated on the basis of solely the height & gender & hence it stands that 2 women of equal heights must have the same target weight. But what if one is muscle heavy and the other is not? Are we assuming that we must achieve target weight even at the cost of our muscle?

So let’s keep the target weight aside or just refer to it as a ball park figure of what our weight must be for our height.

Continue reading “Achieving Target Weight”