As usual, I needed to use my eggplant, which was going bad too soon. I also had a taste for a lettuce-wrapped burger, so my search for dinner recipes began. I found this video. The woman in the video is quite annoying, but the burgers she made looked really good. I didn’t have all of the ingredients that she used, and I am not eating soy or sugar or dairy, so some things that she used I left out. Now that I think about it, my recipe was nothing like hers. I just used it as inspiration. 🙂 I hope the pictures explain what I did well enough.
1.00 cup, raw
The “kind of” in the tile means that the burgers didn’t come out as firm as an actual burger (meat, veggie or bean). They were soft, and a little crumbly. it may be a good idea to add something like oatmeal to absorb the liquid and hold the burger together. I added some brown rice flour (as you’ll see in the picture) to make the burgers a little dryer. They were still really good on the lettuce!
You may be wondering why I have been posting so many food blog entries…
Well I’ll tell you anyway,
I have been trying to find the right foods that are easy to digest for my sensitive stomach. I cut out red meat a long time ago, and dairy even longer ago. Now I am a vegetarian (since around December, 2011). I thought this would really help my digestion woes, but I still had bubbles in my stomach after eating certain meals. I kept on eating things without trying to pin point the culprits.
Enough is enough!
I have decided to cut out soy and gluten (think I am gluten-sensitive).
Goodness! What can I eat???
Basically, fruits and veggies, and rice.
I am also trying to find what foods trigger the inability to control high stress levels. I have lately been experiencing high anxiety, and riding an emotional roller coaster! I am almost certain is has a lot to do with sugar (all refined types)! So no more of that either, I have now cut back about 90%. It would have been 100% if I looked closer at my cereal ingredients, which read brown sugar. I have honey and agave nectar; I wonder if these are digested and metabolized the same as refined sugar??? I’ll go easy on these too.
Anyway, there you go, now you know why my mind has been on food lately. This food trip also relates to my hair, big time! I’ll be making a hair video soon; I have seen some changes in my scalp that I must rant about!
Apples contain nutritious plant chemicals such as flavonoids that have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects. They are a healthy snack. People who eat apples have less abdominal fat; eating apples can also help children with asthma.
I have decided to cut out all refined sugars, and most carbs (except for whole grains; but still sparingly). This is the second time in the last few years that I decided to do this, I must admit. But this time I feel more confident. This should be pretty easy now that I got a good little cookbook called 100 Best Health Foods by Love Food. If you want to buy the book, you can but I am planning on doing a summary of each of the foods about once a week for your convenience, and knowledge. So the first food in the book is…Apples! So I will create a summary and add a link to a recipe or two in the next post.
I have ventured to Food City, a hispanic grocery store with the cheapest fruits and veggies! I got 10lbs of oranges for less than $2 the other week. Yes 10lbs! And they were big juicy fresh oranges. I also picked up some fresh cilantro which is supposed to be great for detoxification. And lots of other foods such as :
sweet potatoes (good carbs),
green and yellow peppers,
natural coco powder pudding,
and sunflower seeds.
My boyfriend is also supposed to be doing this No Sugar change (don’t want to call it a diet), because we both have been eating too many sweets. More importantly we both suffer from skin issues: inflammation, dry skin, and…staph infections. I know, how embarrassing, but I am sure we are not the only ones. So I found this article about how to beat MRSA by changing your diet, taking bleach baths (only using a small amount of bleach, don’t worry), and boosting your immune system with various vitamins. So what better time to start something new than the New Year!
I used to take lots of different vitamins, and they seemed to work after a long (at least 6 months) time. I used to take Borage oil, Fish oil, Vitamin E, Echinacea, Biotin, and Zinc. I have discontinued (I ran out, and did not buy anymore) taking all of these except… Biotin. But I did buy some B12. I heard that along with Biotin, B12 is supposed to help with hair strength and growth. But of course no vitamins can substitute for the nutrients that you can and should get in a healthy diet! So here is a list of the benefits of certain vitamins and what foods these nutrients can be found in that will really help your hair do what it do, baby! Thanks to “The Worlds Healthiest Foods”
Biotin Found in:
Healthy skin due to proper fat production
Sugar and fat metabolism
Maintain energy supply to nerve cells
Chard (mega source)
Biotin is required for function of an enzyme in the body called acetyl Co-A carboxylase. This enzyme puts together the building blocks for the production of fat in the body. Fat production is critical for all cells in the body since the membranes of all cells must contain the correct fat components to function properly. Fat production is especially critical for skin cells since they die and must be replaced very rapidly, and also because they are in contact with the outside environment and must serve as a selective barrier.
The U.S. Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine recommends a daily Adequate Intake (AI) of 30 micrograms in adults 19 years and older
Because cell membranes are made up of fat, the integrity and fluidity of our cell membranes is determined in large part by the type of fat we eat. Remember that saturated fats are solid at room temperature, while omega 3 fats are liquid at room temperature. Researchers believe that diets containing large amounts of saturated or hydrogenated fats produce cell membranes that are hard and lack fluidity. On the other hand, diets rich in omega 3 fats produce cell membranes with a high degree of fluidity.
Omega-3 fatty acids aren’t a part of your hair’s composition, but they are a part of the scalp cells that are responsible for generating the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. We would emphasize the fact that omega-3 fatty acids will not help you grow hair. They can, however, improve the integrity of your skin cells, including the cells of your scalp. The health of your hair depends in part upon the health of these cells.
3. Vitamin A
Vitamin A Found in:
Vitamin A Benefits:
Epithelia and mucosal cell maintenance
Vitamin A deficiency primarily affects the health of the skin, hair, eyes, and immune system, though loss of appetite, bone abnormalities, and growth retardation are also associated with inadequate intake of this vitamin.
A tell-tale sign of vitamin A deficiency is hyperkeratosis, a goose bump-like appearance of the skin caused by excessive production of keratin (a protein found in skin) that blocks hair follicles. In initial stages, hyperkeratosis is found on the forearms and thighs, where the skin becomes dry, scaly, and rough. In advances stages, hyperkeratosis affects the whole body, causing hair loss.
World’s Healthiest Foods ranked as quality sources of: