Next time you enjoy the satisfying taste of cheese try to think way back and imagine who could have invented something so mouth watering. Whether made from almond or animal milk, we all love cheese, the texture, the taste, the way it makes us feel. In this podcast we explain the science behind our craving for this cultured food.
Author: Vic Love, www.Fb.com/Vityalove
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By Vic Love — 1 year ago
This vegan cheese recipe will satisfy your craving while providing you with a healthy dose of probiotics. Enjoy with all your favorite foods! We like to add this cheese to our salads and grain dishes for a boost of nutrition and flavor.
1 c blanched almond meal
1/3 c nutritional yeast
1 tbsp sun-dried Celtic sea salt
1/2 sauerkraut juice
Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Mix well. Knead into a ball. Let it sit at room temperature for 3-4 days to culture. Store in fridge.
This recipe provides you with a ton of nutritional benefits. Almonds are great for protein, fiber and healthy fats, as well as vitamin E, manganese and magnesium. Nutritional yeast is an excellent source of vitamin B12, which is hard to find in non-animal sources, making it a staple of vegan cuisine. It’s also high in protein, magnesium, copper and manganese, and is a very good source of fiber, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid and zinc. Sauerkraut is a fermented food, so the juice is chock full of beneficial bacteria. It’s also high in potassium, which is great for cardiovascular health, kidney health and bone support. Vitamin C and iron round out this superfood’s nutritional profile.
Even meat-eaters will love this cheesy and delicious snack.
Author: Vic Love, www.Fb.com/Vityalove
By Jeanette Sousa — 3 years ago
On the face of it, eating healthy should be a pretty easy to goal to accomplish; the benefits have been firmly established so skepticism about whether this actually contributes to our well-being is an unlikely stumbling block. So, if we know we should eat healthy, and we want to, what is the problem? Well, there are quite a few, from deeply ingrained bad habits to lack of a clear plan to change our junk-food loving ways. To improve our diet, we need to make better decisions that move us closer towards our goal of living a healthier lifestyle. To make better decisions, we have to develop a certain state of mind. A healthy diet starts with a healthy mind, and here are just a few helpful tips for getting things right upstairs.
Stress Reduction as Priority Number One
Stress messes with our healthy eating goals in numerous ways. On the physical front, it produces all sorts of changes in the body that increase our cravings for unhealthy foods, namely refined carbohydrates and sugars. But, the real problem is the effects on our state of mind. When we feel stressed, we have a harder time making healthy decisions. It triggers episodes of emotional eating, and most of us aren’t reaching for a bag of carrots, to soothe the unpleasantness. We feel more pessimistic about our efforts to eat better, and just be healthier in general; and consistently feeling high levels of stress can really lead our efforts astray. When we bring stress under control, our whole outlook changes. We feel more motivated to eat better; we are feeling good, and we are inclined to continue making decisions that keep us feeling that way. Choosing healthy foods over unhealthy ones does not seem as difficult a decision; we don’t feel like we are depriving ourselves or sacrificing. So, if you are serious about changing your diet, you need to get serious about tackling stress, one of the biggest barriers to making healthy changes.
It seems meditation is being recommended for everything these days, and it makes pretty good sense. Meditation helps us strengthen our minds, reduce stress, gain a more positive perspective on life, notice thoughts but not react automatically, and allows us to get comfortable with uncomfortable feelings—which keeps us from making poor choices in that overwhelming desire to feel better instantly. That last point in particular can really help curb emotional eating and giving into cravings on a regular basis. Some research suggests it may be a valuable tool in improving our eating habits. A review of 14 studies that looked at mindfulness meditation as a primary treatment for binge eating ,emotional eating and weight loss, that appeared in the journal Eating Behaviors in April 2014, found mindfulness meditation was effective in reducing binge eating and emotional eating. A small study out of the University of California San Francisco in 2013 compared the effects of meditation and mindful eating against a control group (both received training on diet and exercise), and found the experimental group maintained their weight, and experienced a drop in cortisol levels ( high levels of which indicate being stressed), while participants in the control group gained weight and did not achieve this drop in the stress hormone.
Start Viewing Yourself in a More Positive Light and Be Forgiving
Work on seeing yourself in a different way. Your eating habits are borne of the mind, not some unchangeable aspect woven into your DNA. You can become a healthy eater, no matter what your diet has been like up until this point. Tell yourself this frequently, and you will see yourself transform over time. Be forgiving when you slip up—eating healthy is not about being perfect. Don’t berate yourself, just vow to do better. Before you know it, healthy eating will come naturally to you. If you can follow these three tips, you are well on your way to creating a state of mind that supports healthy diet choices, and you will be amazed at how much easier the process becomes.
By Jeanette Sousa — 2 years ago
One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions every year across the world is to lose weight or slim down. Every year hundreds of thousands swear by the latest fad diets in an attempt to lose weight quickly, but to no avail. Diets are getting more peculiar by the year, but there’s one diet that’s proving not to be a fad – the Paleo diet, which is aptly named the Caveman diet.
The Premise is Simple
While rigorously following the Paleo diet, you rewind the clock and go back centuries, following a simple diet that the caveman once ate. It sounds anthropological, but if we go back and analyze the diet our ancient ancestors once followed, it’s clear that our ancestors were leaner, more robust, and more active. Many blame the agricultural revolution; the introduction of grains and cereals saw the end of the hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Although eating such foods proved to be more convenient, the result was less convincing. Society became obsessed with industry and technology, and gradually over time the human race began to balloon (Cordain, L. 3:2003). It’s a sad fact that many of people’s health problems, namely obesity, are a direct result of what they consume and do. (Cordain, L. 3:2003) Today the standard American diet and the majority of other diets that people religiously follow wreck havoc on their Paleolithic roots. If you’re still not convinced about the Caveman diet, it’s the only diet that has been proven to really complement the human’s genetic makeup. (Cordain, L. 4:2003). Instead of focusing on what you should eat while following the Paleo diet it’s easier to focus on what you should avoid at all costs. Grains and cereals need to be kicked to the curb, such as rice, corn, wheat, barley, oats, and white flour. (Davis, R. 28) All these foods contain refined carbohydrates, something which contributes to long-term weight gain in both men and women. Not only this, refined carbohydrates interfere with any weight-loss goals you may have and also promote heart disease and type 2 diabetes (Mozaffarian, Hao et al. 2011:16). Dairy products are also foods that cannot be consumed while following the Paleo diet. Human beings are the only mammal species that tend to drink milk after they have passed the infancy stage. Cavemen did not have access to cows, so milk was not accessible. In addition to this, it is thought that 65% of the world’s population is affected by lactose intolerance, and in some cases this can cause bloating and weight gain (Mozaffarian, Hao et al. 2011:17).
Imagine Being a Caveman or Cavewoman
Think about what they would eat. Basically, you would eat anything that you could hunt or scavenge, which includes meat, nuts, fish, seeds, leafy greens, and regional produce. It is all about making healthy meal choices, just like our ancient ancestors did. Although cavemen and women have long been extinct, the genetic makeup of the human has not changed much. According to anthropological research, the average person back in caveman times was much taller, more muscular, athletic, and agile. Compare this to today where the average person is overweight, unfit, stressed, sleep deprived, and suffering from a myriad of potentially fatal diseases that are indeed preventable. Instead of filling up on meat, fruit, and vegetables, our species has become grain dependent. Bread, rice, corn, and pastas are all common features of the modern-day meal. However, governments still continue to advise consuming 6-11 daily servings of grains or grain-based foods with the result being catastrophic. The average person is becoming larger by the day with more than one third of US adults being obese (Mozaffarian, Hao et al. 2011:10). It may seem that the Paelo diet is too restrictive; however, there are still a number of foods that occur naturally and can be consumed safely without weight gain. While on the Caveman diet, meat will play a big role. While meat is prominent, it must be grass-fed as grains have the same effect on animals as they do on humans. Other foods you can freely consume without having to worry about weighing out your foods include fowl, fish, eggs, vegetables, natural oils such as olive and avocado oils, fruit, nuts, and tubers. Many are concerned about fatigue and loss of energy when following dies, but these foods will replenish your glycogen levels and also give you a healthy amount of vitamins and omega-3. The great thing about the Paleo diet is you do not have to reduce your food intake. There is no harm in eating plates upon plates of vegetables, as long as they have been cooked sensibly. Vegetables and meat leave you feeling fuller for longer, so it is unlikely you will consume too much whereas foods that are considered to be carb-heavy will leaving you feeling hungry in a matter of hours (Mozaffarian, Hao et al. 2011:22). You will feel your energy levels soar, allowing you to do more in your day, which also includes exercise. The Paleo diet combined with exercise will give you amazing results, which can be seen in less than 30 days. If you find it difficult to cut out all grains completely and go cold turkey, adjust your diet slowly, minimizing dairy and grains. Usually, a slower transition is easier to handle, and research proves if you do it gradually not only will your body get used to the new diet, but you are also likely to stick to it. When you think about it, the Caveman diet is logical. Humans existed some 150,000 years ago, but grains were not introduced into the diet until 10,000 years ago, which means there was at least 140,000 years without any grain consumption. Perhaps the caveman lifestyle is not attractive, but there is something about how they lived with regards to their eating habits. Most diets are stressful, but the Paleo diet does not mean you have to stress out trying to think about what you have to eat. By following the Paleo principles, you will lose weight, you will see your energy levels increase, and you are more likely to live a longer, happier stress-free life, what’s not to love?