Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Monday, July 15, 2013

Foods that are high in fiber!

FruitsServing sizeTotal fiber (grams)*
Raspberries1 cup8.0
Pear, with skin1 medium5.5
Apple, with skin1 medium4.4
Banana1 medium3.1
Orange1 medium3.1
Strawberries (halves)1 cup3.0
Figs, dried2 medium1.6
Raisins1 ounce (60 raisins)1.0
Grains, cereal & pastaServing sizeTotal fiber (grams)*
Spaghetti, whole-wheat, cooked1 cup6.3
Barley, pearled, cooked1 cup6.0
Bran flakes3/4 cup5.3
Oat bran muffin1 medium5.2
Oatmeal, instant, cooked1 cup4.0
Popcorn, air-popped3 cups3.5
Brown rice, cooked1 cup3.5
Bread, rye1 slice1.9
Bread, whole-wheat or multigrain1 slice1.9
Legumes, nuts and seedsServing sizeTotal fiber (grams)*
Split peas, cooked1 cup16.3
Lentils, cooked1 cup15.6
Black beans, cooked1 cup15.0
Lima beans, cooked1 cup13.2
Baked beans, vegetarian, canned, cooked1 cup10.4
Sunflower seed kernels1/4 cup3.9
Almonds1 ounce (23 nuts)3.5
Pistachio nuts1 ounce (49 nuts)2.9
Pecans1 ounce (19 halves)2.7
VegetablesServing sizeTotal fiber (grams)*
Artichoke, cooked1 medium10.3
Green peas, cooked1 cup8.8
Broccoli, boiled1 cup5.1
Turnip greens, boiled1 cup5.0
Brussels sprouts, cooked1 cup4.1
Sweet corn, cooked1 cup4.0
Potato, with skin, baked1 small3.0
Tomato paste1/4 cup2.7
Carrot, raw1 medium1.7
*Fiber content can vary between brands.

Source: MayoClinic Website


I found out something shocking the other day, and I though I would share it with the rest of the world who are misguided like me!

I have always consumed tons of spinach, arugula, and lettuce, thinking that I am getting plenty of fiber! 

As it turns out.... they DO NOT contain as much fiber as I originally thought! In fact, its almost negligible!!!

Here are some facts to set us straight....

1 cup pf shredded lettuce contains less than 1g of fiber!

2 cups of arugula contain 1g of fiber!

1 cup of spinach has only 0.7g of fiber!

You see,  thought you are getting vitamins and minerals, you are not getting much fiber!

So do not be fooled, and add artichokes, brocoli, and carrots to your salads for more fiber!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Juicing; The Best Drink to Nourish Your Skin!


Forget about any packaged product that you could buy fromt the supermarket including juice!
if it is not in raw and fresh (in it's original shape and form!) do not consume it!

I have fresh juice recipes that will blow your mind away! Do this once to twice a day, and notice an amazing difference to your skin!

PS: invest in a good juicer, you will not regret it! But keep in mind, that when you juice, you take the fiber out, so you will still have to eat plenty of fruits and veggies!

Here is what my husband and I drink on a daily basis!

The Green juice:

- 2 Apples (peeled and cored, without peeling)
- Half a large cucumber (without peeling)
- 3 stalks of celery
- 1 cup spinach, or kale... what ever is available
- 1 inch ginger (peeled)
- 1 lime (peeled)
- Add carrots (if you want) according to taste

Bon appetit!

Wheat Belly; Preliminary Review

Currently, I started reading a book by the name of Wheat Belly.

I have to say, it is everything I expected. Although well written; its a simple and easy ready... and quite informative, it is asking the impossible. Frankly, I believe that the wheat we eat is nothing like the wheat the existed 100 years ago, but could it really be as bad as this book says?

Dr. Davis practically tells you that if you dont cut wheat completely out of your diet, and no, this doesn't mean you can eat gluten free products, you will suffer from:
- Indigestion
- A cloudy mind
- and fat all over your abdomen.. what he calles...you guessed it... Wheat Belly.

I would like to hear what you think about this. 
If you have read the book, or haven't yet but need more information, email me or leave a comment below...

Friday, May 24, 2013

Eating Right! and counting calories... yes you heard right, unfortunately, you need to learn to count calories!

For a while now, I have been following a high plant based diet... with a few off days here and there.
A few months in though, I noticed that I have really lost weight. Around 8 Kgs in fact. This is a lot for someone who is already thin.

This is when my husband felt he had to step in and say something.  Since he was a personal trainer at some point, and is a Dr. now, he does understand the body's needs for protein and carbs to meet your daily BMR. If you dont know what that is, its your Basal Metabolic Rate. Basically, it is the minimum amount of energy (in calories) that your body needs every day for its basic functions (like: breathing, heart beating, digesting food... etc). Unfortunately, although I fought I am eating right, I was not even meeting my BMR. Which means, my body was starving and loosing muscle mass. my cortisol levels were up. This is NOT what I wanted.

As a result, I started learning about calories, something which Kimberly Snyder does NOT do, nor teach you to do. Nowadays, regardless of what I read, I know the importance of calories and meeting your daily required numbers.

Educate yourself better!
This is the main advice I can give you....
I did...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Kimberly Snyder

A lot of the information I have on this blog comes from Kimberly Snyder's book; the Beauty Detox Solution. I just want to post this as a thank you to her for educating the public like this about food, but also to give her credit for everything that I have learnt from her...