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You’re Doing It Wrong

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First and foremost, I suggest you Google that phrase (“you’re doing it wrong”). People these days…

Also, for a second I would like to admit that I have gained an appreciation for audio books, while at the same time becoming in love once more with the library (why did I ever stop?!). I work walking distance from my town’s library, so I have now made it a habit to stop by at least once a week and a) check out many, many beautiful books, b) rent movies, and c) gain an appreciation for books on tape. Don’t get me wrong, reading is still superior – when you are actually reading the words on pages, but audio has its place in the world. I spend a lot of time in my beloved car – especially commuting to campus – so audio books are sort of a win-win for me. The time passes much quicker, and I get to have a story read to me! It’s fantastic. So far I’ve listened to a crap ton of Stephen King novels (see my “books” section for a full list). There’s no explanation for the random King binge; it’s just happening and is long overdue.

Now. The point of this post is to share with you all 10 foods that are commonly ingested in the wrong way; hence the title. So pay close attention as this will only be of benefit.

Note: Doing It Wrong is derived from the work of two registered dietitians who addressed the biggest mistakes, which are preventing the public from extracting the most vitamins and minerals from certain foods.

  1. Asparagus. Don’t zap it! Aka cook in the microwave. First of all, microwaves are mildly sketchy to begin with, so avoid them if you can. This method has also been found to deplete this vegetable’s vitamin C content due to being water-soluble. Try steaming or stir-frying instead, and eat when it is tender and crisp and not mushy and soft. Also, save the leftover water! It happens to be rich in vitamins and minerals and can make a great addition to sauce or soup.
  2. Grilled Meat. Apparently, grilling meat at high temperatures over an open flame may increase cancer risk; but honestly, what doesn’t these days? The worst method of meat cooking seems to be char-grilling, so maybe stick to a less intense heated grille. They also recommend you use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of your meat instead of relying on looks.
  3. Tomatoes. In order to maximize the absorption of lycopene (a phyronutrient in these bad boys that is supposedly cancer and heart disease fighting), it’s best to cook them. This will also increase their antioxidant content. Honestly, though, I like ’em raw.
  4. Flaxseeds. These puppies are high in fiber, rich in lignans and heart-healthy omega-3s, BUT you only reap these benefits if they are ground! You’re body can’t digest them otherwise. They sell them pre-ground, but it’s also easy to do it yourself.
  5. Black Tea. Don’t add milk; just don’t do it. First of all, it taints the flavor (*gasp*), but more importantly, milk – or any dairy – has been shown to negate any cardiovascular benefits; the protein in milk binds to the catechins in tea, making it much harder for your body to absorb this beneficial compound.
  6. Broccoli. Try not to boil or fry them (but really, who fries broccoli?), because much like asparagus, these methods will not keep the Vitamin C, chlorophyll, antioxidant and anticarcinogenic components intact. Instead, go for the steam method.
  7. Strawberries. Try not to slice them; or at least avoid cutting them for as long as you possibly can… nutrients within these tasty morsels such as Vitamin C are sensitive to light and oxygen and deplete rather quickly. Frozen fruits and veggies are not a horrible idea, too, since they harbor the majority of their original nutrients.
  8. Garlic. I LOVE garlic; I love it in my food, in my juices, and just overall in my life. The allicin (cancer fighter) in garlic benefits from air exposure, so try letting chopped garlic sit out for a few minutes before utilizing. This makes sure the compound can become fully activated.
  9. Whole Grains & Beans. Soak ’em overnight to help release the phytates, increase absorption of nutrients such as iron and zinc while also giving your digestive tract a break.
  10. Yogurt. Honestly, I wish I liked yogurt, and I’ve really tried to get myself to love it; I just can’t. At least not yet. Anyway: don’t dump the watery substance you often find atop your Greek yogurt – stir it in! It is called whey, and it contains protein and vitamin B12, along with minerals like calcium and phosphorus. *Fact* You’re not going to get yogurt’s probiotic benefits if you’re cooking a heated dish, because live and active cultures can’t stand up to heat and become destroyed in the cooking process.

There you have it, ladies and gents. I’m off to rest and read a little bit before an event tonight down in Tucson, Arizona. 😀

 

 

Skinsational

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What’s up my friends? One thing that is up for certain: my amount of followers! I’m up to 87 now I believe, THANK YOU!! I hope I’m making your days a little brighter and giving you some information that is actually useful to you. As always, I adore your feedback, so don’t hesitate if you have anything to share/ask/whatever!

As you may or may not know, I am in the process of working into my daily diet foods that are proven to have amazing benefits for the skin. I want skin that glows with the white hot intensity of 1,000 suns.
My first post gave a list, so please if you missed it, check it out. I wanted to adhere to my promise and expand a little on each ingredient; there’s a lot, so I will do them in bite-size chunks of 5.

Before I get to that, though, I wanted to share another recipe that I concocted with said beneficial foods. It’s a little on the tart side, but quite delicious! Enjoy 😀

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In case you can’t see what the ingredients are in the picture, I’ll list them here for you: 1/2 cup homemade almond milk, 4 tablespoons Greek yogurt, 1/2 stalk kale without stem, handful oats, large pinch of alfalfa sprouts, 1/4 cup pomegranate juice, handful of blackberries, raspberries, cranberries and blueberries. ALL of those ingredients are known to be beneficial for your skin… score one for the home team!

Okay, now for the breakdown:

Cocoa: Cocoa hydrates your skin, making it firmer and more supple. Dark chocolate is even better, containing high levels of flavonols, a potent type of antioxidant. For maximum flavonol content, eat chocolate that’s at least 70% cacao. A couple of squares a day should be enough to improve luminosity. Also, when applied topically, the caffeine in chocolate may temporarily reduce skin puffiness.

Yogurt: The protein you get from eating dairy helps skin become firmer, making it more resistant to lines, with Greek yogurt being especially beneficial; the protein content of Greek yogurt is often double that of regular yogurt. Eat a single serving each day to smooth out your complexion.

Pomegranate: These puppies are packed with polyphenol antioxidants, which fight free radicals and regulate skin’s blood flow, giving it rosiness. One pomegranate or a few glasses of juice daily should do the deed. If you apply it to your skin, the fruits’ antioxidants help smooth lines and moisturize.

Walnuts: Walnuts contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, which improves skin’s elasticity. These nuts are also loaded with copper, a mineral that boosts collagen production. Snacking on a handful of walnuts each day should help to improve your complexion’s texture.

Peppers: According to Dr. Wu, women who eat green and yellow vegetables regularly tend to have fewer wrinkles, especially around the eyes. Studies also have found that carotenoids — the antioxidants in yellow and orange veggies — can decrease skin’s sensitivity to the sun. I would aim for about two cups of peppers daily.

There you have it, my dears. I am proud to say that today I have incorporated all of the recommended amounts of these ingredients into my diet, so here’s to hopefully getting that glowing skin.
You are all beautiful and talented individuals; always remember that, and don’t forget to smile!

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.