17/07/2017

Veg lasagna - gluten-free, dairy-free, low carbohydrate.


Food intolerance and food preparation for people with allergies may seem to be problematic. Sometimes you may not have an idea what to prepare to eat. It is important that this diet should be tasty and wholesome. I hope this recipe will help people who are struggling with lactose intolerance, cow's milk allergy or celiac disease




12/07/2017

5 ingredients beetroot and millet salad. Delicious and healthy choice for lunch.


Due to the fact that I have no time I love dishes that are nutrition and do not take long to prepare. It is big challenge for me to take care of my little girl, creating new dishes and posting them in here and trying to register in HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). I send my application form in March and a month ago I got the answer that I need to provide additional information. Syllabus or curriculum is essential to provide to compare the curriculum in the UK with the Medical University of Poznan. It was extremely difficult because my university does not have a syllabus in English. Therefore, most of the "spare time" spent on preparing documents. Anyway 3 days ago I sent additional information and we will see if that will be enough.

Ingredients:
4 small beetroot (cooked and peeled)
Half a cup of millet
Parsley (3 sliced spoons)
Small red onion
4 tablespoons of sunflower seeds
pepper

Method:
Cook millet in water 1 to 2. You can rinse it with water first. Set aside to cool. Finely chop onion and grated beetroots. Chop parsley. Mix all ingredients, season with pepper.




10/07/2017

Smoothie à la carrot cake, wholesome and delicious


Smoothie for breakfast or lunch is a good option, but it is worth taking care to include all the nutrients (protein, fats, carbohydrates). So adding milk, yogurt or nuts might be a right thing to do. At first I was a little afraid that smoothie would not be smooth because or nuts and raw carrots. However, it was very easy to mix it and make a delicious creamy smoothie.

Ingredients for 2 servings:
  • 2 medium sized carrots
  • 200 ml of Greek yogurt
  • teaspoon of desiccated coconut
  • 2 walnuts
  • A teaspoon of honey
  • Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, turmeric


Method:
Grate the carrots. Chopped nuts and mix all ingredients. 




07/06/2017

Diet vs depression. 10 foods that can be useful with depression treatment


Of course, it is now recognized that our diet affects our physical and mental health. It is known that chronic depression is related to long-term deficiencies in some nutrients, which results in disorders in the functioning of the neurotransmitter system. One of the neurotransmitters is serotonin and its deficiency may contribute to an increased risk of depression. Modern diet rich in highly processed products rich in simple carbohydrates, saturated fatty acids, trans-fats, a diet low in vitamins and minerals may increase the risk of developing depression. In addition, the highest rates of mental health ilnesses are observed in medium and high developed countries, which can also be linked to high-processed diets. In addition, high Body mass Index (over 30) increases the risk of depression or the symptoms by 50-150%. Dietary treatment can be an effective aid in the treatment of depression


Wheat, milk allergy
From the reports of Alan Gettis from the School of Medicine and Surgeons of the University of Colombia that food can affect our mental health. Hypersensitivity to certain nutrients can cause the appearance or aggravation of such mental symptoms as depression or anxiety. Prof. Talal Nsouli, an allergy specialist from Georgetown University's medical department, has found that chronic fatigue can largely be attributed to food allergies, particularly to wheat and milk. 

Cholesterol
Cholesterol deficiency: There is evidence that cholesterol deficiency can somehow promote the development of depressive conditions in the elderly. Dr. Elisabeth L. Barrett- Connor from the University of San Diego, California, studied a group of men over the age of 70. Those with low cholesterol have a significantly higher rate of depression (16%) than their peers with normal or higher levels (3%). Why can this happen? Dr. Barrett - Connor claims that low cholesterol can reduce serotonin levels in brain tissue, leading to symptoms of depression and aggression.

Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are important in an illness such as depression. Their proper participation in the diet will ensure the proper formation of myelin sheath, regulated flow of neurotransmitters. Low intake of omega-3 acids that can be found in fish, seafood, rapeseed oil, flax seed, nuts or pumpkin seeds.

Vitamin D
With the advent of winter in the population living above 33 parallels, there is an increased incidence of depression. This may be related to insufficient vitamin D. It is known that this vitamin is 90% synthesized in the skin by sunlight. There is little food in it, therefore supplementation is recommended.

Caffeine
Dr. Melvin Konner from Emory University notes that new research into brain physiology supports the importance of caffeine as a mild antidepressant and sees no harm in its application if depression is light and doesn't require intensive treatment. Daily consumption of coffee should not exceed 400mg of caffeine equal to 4 cups of espresso. But remember that caffeine is also found in tea, energy drinks, coca cola, chocolate. It can be stated that low doses of caffeine can improve mood and well-being, too much can be harmful.

Folic acid
Folic acid deficiency can aggravate mental disorders such as depression, memory disorders. Dr Young of McGill University has conducted research on the effect of folic acid on mood and noted that most of its patients suffering from depression have deficiencies in this component. In addition, such people showed more drowsiness, memory problems and increased nervousness.

Selenium
Ensuring proper supply of selenium in people with depression is extremely important. A study of 50 healthy men and women showed that selenium supplementation visibly improved their well-being, had more energy, were less fearful or tired. The study showed that the mood improved visibly with sufficient supply. In addition, the higher the deficiency of this component, the greater was the later improvement. Brazil nuts are an exceptionally good source of selenium. One already provides daily needs.

Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)
In people with depression can also be observed decreased levels of vitamin B12. Together with folic acid deficiency, they are the causative agents of drug-induced depression. Inclusion of cobalamin in combination with folic acid in therapy may contribute to susceptibility to antidepressants. The recommended dose is at the beginning of 1000mg per day and after 2 weeks to 500g per day and after 200mg. The insufficient amount of this vitamin in the diet often also involves high levels of homocysteine in the body. Homocysteine is the cofactor cobalamin which allows for the conversion of homocysteine back to methionine.

Tryptophan
Serotonin, an essential neurotransmitter that improves mood. Produced from tryptophan or an exogenous amino acid, which we take with food. In order for tryptophan to cross the blood brain barrier, insulin is needed. What can be the symptoms of deficiency? For example, depression, aggression, headaches, anxiety, feeling cold, insomnia, and many others. The causes of serotonin deficiency are not enough sun, diabetes, iron deficiency, magnesium, folic acid, alcohol abuse, badly balanced vegan diet, consumption of sweeteners rich foods - aspartame.

Chilli
Capsaicin contained in chillis can stimulate the production of endorphins in the brain. When eating hot foods, we stimulate our nerve endings on the tongue, which causes our body to send a signal to the brain such as burns or trauma, and to relieve it exerts an endorphin-releasing pain..

Sugar
Both the excessive supply of simple carbohydrates or too little affects our body. When the sugar falls rapidly, the brain does not get the right amount of fuel. Optimal levels of sugar are essential for the production of neurotransmitters including serotonin.

Dark chocolate
If sweets improve mood, then the safest is dark chocolate. Contains not only large amounts of magnesium but also iron, zinc, selenium and folic acid.

Maybe herbal medicine?
Applying herbal medicine along with proper diet can help with treatment. It is important to ask the pharmacist or doctor if the product does not react with prescribed medications and ask for dosage. Products that can help: Bacopa monnieri, St John's wort, saffron, ashwaghanda, adaptogens




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03/06/2017

Butternut squash, lentil and spinach soup - low calorie and boosting your immune system.


Butternut squash, lentil and spinach soup is a good option for those who want to loose weight. Rich in vitamins and minerals (especially B vitamins, folic acid, iron). In addition, it is a source of protein and dietary fiber. A large amount of seasoning makes the soup is tasty but also can boost our immune system!

Ingredients for 4 servings:
  • 500g butternut squash (after peeling)
  • 150g spinach
  • 150g red lentils
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Liter of broth
  • teaspoon of cumin 
  • Half a teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Half a teaspoon of ginger
  • Half a teaspoon of nutmeg
  • Half a teaspoon of chillies
  • Half lime juice
  • salt pepper


Method:
In a large saucepan, heat a teaspoon of rapeseed oil and add chopped garlic, cumin, nutmeg, ginger, chillis, cinnamon and fry for a few minutes. Add diced pumpkin and lentil and broth and bring to a boil. Boil on low heat for about 30 minutes, until the pumpkin and lentil soften. Add the spinach and cook for about 5 minutes until the spinach "fades". Season with lime, salt and pepper.



01/06/2017

3 ingredients kiwi ice cream - low calorie dessert, easiest thing to do


My post has never been so short. 

Ingredients for 6 servings:

  • 3 kiwi
  • 300ml of natural yoghurt
  • 3 teaspoons of honey


Method:
Blend all ingredients. Freeze. 




30/05/2017

Pasta with prawns and sun-dried tomatoes - ultra quick healthy lunch


Sun dried tomatoes do not lose much nutritional value during the drying process. Tomatoes are a rich source of antioxidants, lycopene and vitamin C and the drying process will not negatively affect these properties. Sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil with rosemary, garlic or other herbs are very easy to find. I have never tried to dry the tomatoes myself, it always seemed to me very time consuming. I might be wrong. Anyway, in my recipe I used tomatoes in olive oil.

Ingredients:
  • 250g of pasta
  • 200g of dried tomatoes
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • onion
  • Bunch of green parsley
  • 150g prawns
  • A teaspoon of rapeseed oil
  • Pepper, chilli


Method:

Fry the finely chopped onion and then chopped garlic using rapeseed oil. Add chopped dried tomatoes and prawns. Season it well with chilli and pepper. Cook the pasta. Strain and mix with fried prawns and chopped parsley.