How does Fasting work?

We hear from friends and coworkers that fasting is their choice of regulating their weight during this time of the year.

Does it really work or is it healthy it all depends on how fasting is done!!

When we consume Carbs, sugar and refined grains, they quickly break down into sugar, which our cells use for energy. If we are not active we store it in our fat cells as fat. But sugar can only enter our cells with insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas. Insulin brings sugar into the fat cells and keeps it there. If we don’t eat between meals our insulin level goes down and fat cells release sugar stored so we can move around and be active.

When we fast our insulin levels go down far enough and for long enough that we burn off our fat.

Studies show when we stop eating during the day is a key on losing weight. Eating between 7am to 3 pm, or 10am to 6 pm, and avoiding any snacking between meals is the smart way to regulate our weight .

 

 

 

 

Preparing meals with no electricity

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Fresh & canned food for meals and snacking

We will need our nutritious Meals to stay active and happy when bad weather leaves us in the dark and no access to stores or restaurants.

Dry fruits paired with varieties of nuts, and nut butters with chutneys or jams and nutritious whole grain crackers can provide us with protein and good variety of tastes.

Also canned tuna, chicken, salmon, can be paired with lettuce, apples, grapes for a fresh and delicious salads. Don’t forget the manual can opener. If you don’t like missing your vegetables add cans of grilled eggplant, peppers and zucchini to your pantry. Shelf stable milk, breakfast cereals, are also great for snacking.

Lets not forget candles and matches .

 

 

 

 

 

Covered in Chocolate

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Before the kids go back to school, finish summer with a little sweetness. These everyday snacks are introduced to being a dessert as each of them are covered in semi sweet chocolate. 

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Dried orange slices, dried mangos, dried apricots, banana chips, pretzels,pretzel goldfish, Frosted corn Flakes with dried cherries, corn Chex

Place them individually on a tray covered with aluminum foil. Place the tray in the refrigerator for an hour before serving.

Eating Cottage Cheese is good for us

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For breakfast we added peanut butter, blueberries, and slices of banana to cottage cheese topped with fig jam.

Cottage cheese is an excellent source of protein, packed with many nutrients like B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus and selenium.

Selenium has been shown to increase antioxidant protection in the blood.

Because of its high protein content cottage cheese is popular among athletes and people who exercise.

It is packed with casein protein. Casein is a slowly absorbed protein that promotes muscle gain and helps prevent muscle breakdown.

We love cottage cheese for breakfast, or a cool snack after a work out.

Use cottage cheese in

Lasagna

Scrambled eggs

Baked goods

Smoothies

Toast

Mayo substitute

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Topped with orange rind

 

Figs for snack and sweet dessert

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Figs as topping for ice cream

Fig, fruit of the ficus tree one of the world’s oldest trees,which is part of the mulberry family is sweet, delicious and good source of vitamins.

Rich in minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper and are a good source of antioxidants and vitamins A, E and K.

Dried or fresh figs have the same benefits, because of fig’s delicate nature it is often dried.

We love to serve dried or fresh figs with cheese and fruits, and with some added sugar turn them into a delicious jam. Use it for toppings, or for a afternoon snack with butter or cream cheese.

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Figs, leaves are also perfect to line the snack trays
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Figs
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Our tree had a few ripe figs, perfect for tomorows’s breakfast. Add 1 Cup of water 3 TBL sp of sugar. Boil until thick syrup is made.

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Watermelon lowest in calories and sugar

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Scoops of watermelon, chunks of feta cheese, mint leaves, and pita bread

watermelon is one of the lowest in calories even lower than berries. May lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels

Watermelon may help lower inflammation and oxidative damage, since it’s rich in the anti-inflammatory antioxidants lycopene and vitamin C. It is a delicious fruit to quench your thirst (it is 92% water).

Beside eating it right from the melon’s god given bowl, we can also prepare salad and side dishes.

1- Few drops of balsamic vinegar for a refreshing side dish.

2- Or mixed with feta cheese, red onions, arugula or cucumbers, olive oil, zest of lime, and mint leaves for a refreshing salad.

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Our young eaters call this “watermelon soft tacos” 

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Eating healthy while traveling

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Fruits for snacking

Fresh snacks 

Stop at a grocery store and pick up fruits, bagged carrots, nuts,hummus. For lunch take advantage of their salad bar.

Eat frequently and small amounts, so pack snacks. Eating small amounts of healthy food throughout the day keeps your mind sharp.

Protein with essential amino acid: eggs, chicken beef….

Drink water

Yes – that means stopping  for a restroom, choose a place to stop so you can stretch your legs, let the kids out for few minutes, and get some fresh air.

Drinking plenty of water will flush your body of toxins, keeps your skin fresh, and helps you eat less. 

Foods not to eat

  • simple carbohydrates or high glycemic foods : 

fruit juices, sodas, sugary snacks, anything deep-fried, nonfat desserts and sweeteners, anything partially hydrogenated.

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4 healthy drinks to quench your thirst

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Chocolate milk, Yogurt smoothie, Oj

it’s not always so simple to toss aside the convenience of sports drinks after a hard workout, but if you’re looking to leave the synthetics aside, high fructose corn syrup and artificial dyes, try these natural drinks :

Coconut water:

 Has five times more potassium meaning electrolyte lost in sweat that helps with the storage of carbohydrates.

Orange Juice:

Make it a freshly squeezed, or at least not from concentrate. Oj boosts your body’s system with carbs and potassium.

Chocolate milk:

Gives your body the protein, calcium and essential carbs that it needs to replenish your muscles after a long run or a draining weight workout in the gym.

Yogurt smoothie 

Gives you carbohydrates, good quality protein and some sodium and potassium.

Have A Great Workout🧗🏻‍♀️

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Have a Peach

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Peeled peaches, we had to get the skin off for our little eaters.

Loaded with nutrition peaches are great as a snack or an addition to :

1- cottage cheese

2-  salad

3- hot or cold cereal

4- in peanut butter sandwich

5- in yogurt

One large peach, has just 68 calories and no fat. Eating peaches instead of more processed snacks, such as chips, baked goods, cereal bars and cookies, can help you manage your weight. Peaches are naturally sweet, no corn syrup so it can replace some of the added sugars in your diet.

Loaded with antioxidants in the flesh and skin of peaches. One of the major antioxidants in peaches, chlorogenic acid, helps flush out free radicals compounds that your body stores through exposure to pollutants from food and the environment. It also reduces the effects of aging and chronic diseases. This antioxidant may also keep you safe from cancer, provides eye health, and reduces body inflammation.

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Peanut butter and pears make a delicious snack

Pears have been around for 3000 years, and are a great source of immune-boosting vitamin C., antioxidants, high in fiber so great for digestive system, helps with dehydration, reduces fever, and are a great pre or post workout snack.

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Organic creamy peanut butter generously spread on two pieces of white bread, thinly sliced Bartlett pear

Choose any sliced bread that you prefer, but we think when Bartlett pears ripen they are super juicy and sweet.

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Creamy organic peanut butter and two slices of white bread, and a Bartlett pear.

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