The tomato – a vegetable healthier than you think

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Tomato broth is a semifluid food, obtained by boiling mashed tomatoes. We are used to peeling and seeding the tomatoes. However, the red skin of the tomato contains the highest amount of lycopene, an antioxidant and anticarcinogenic caretenoid that helps especially to prevent prostate cancer. It is worth noting that by cooking tomatoes lycopene is not inactivated, on the contrary, it becomes more bioavailable, more biologically active.

The fresh tomato contains a lot of minerals, it is rich in potassium, phosphorus, calcium, dieteray minerals, zinc, vitamin C, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, retinol, folic acid, vitamin E; it also has a low caloric density of 18 kcal for 100 grams.

The delicious taste of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes is due to the glutamic acid, increased by adding salt. Tomatoes also have a laxative and diuretic action. Tomatoes can be boiled (there is no need to peel them) and prepare the tomato broth which is a recommended ingredient used for seasoning foods.

Dried tomatoes preserved in olive oil may be used in any season to prepare more or less sophisticated kinds of food. Dried  tomatoes can also be used for bruschetti,  pizza, pasta etc.

How do tomatoes help us?

Cooked tomatoes – rather than raw tomatoes or tomato juice – have a protective effect against prostate cancer. If you add olive oil, it stimulates the intake of lycopene and increases its chemopreventive activity.

Heart diseases can be prevented by eating as many tomato based dishes as possible; moreover, the calorie intake will be diminished.

It was found that the tomato and the tomato sauce contain substances that help the blood flow, prevent blood clots and thus myocardial infarction and stroke.

Good quality tomato juice that has no additives is also recommended when travelling by plane, when the tendency of blood coagulation and clot formation increases. The flavonoids in the tomato have anti-coagulant effects and protect against strokes.

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What you need to know about organic food

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With the widespread use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, industrial systems for intensive growth of plants and animals, genetically modified organisms, food additives, artificial flavorings and environmental pollution, consumer’s health has become critical.

The current need when it comes to obtaining food is to use fewer chemicals, minimal processing and as many biologically active natural compounds as possible. Because the human body is permanently confronting with aggressions of all kinds, it must be sustained and defended by eating less polluted foods with high nutritious and biological potential.

A food product can be labeled as organic or biological only if it was produced under the strict monitoring of an independent certifier. The certifier will follow the food product throughout the production chain, starting with soil quality, water and air quality, synthetic chemicals are not to be used (fertilizers, pesticides, and hormones); genetically modified organisms and hybrid breeds are also not allowed.

Finally, the organic product will have two labels on the package, namely: the first is OA – organic agriculture that belongs to the Ministry of Agriculture and the second label belongs to the certifier. After we are sure that the food product is organic, we have to take into account that it must obey the nutritional rules to be truly wholesome.

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Diet for cellulite prevention and treatment

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From the very beginning we must say that there is no universal anti-cellulite diet and that in fact it’s not about any diet, but rather a custom made anti-cellulite lifestyle.

Your skin, buttocks and thighs are soft, fluffy, cotton- like due to the damage of the deep subcutaneous fat tissue, which is under the epidermis and dermis. This tissue is composed mainly of connective fibers that surround the groups of fat cells organized in the shape of a cluster, forming fat panicles.

With no exercising, the subcutaneous tissue does not burn excess fat and does not eliminate water. So, more and more water, fat and toxins are accumulated, triggering an inflammatory process; adipocytes grow and deform until the skin becomes flaccid, with no elasticity – thus, cellulite signs appear.
On the other hand, with age the ability of the collagen to regenerate decreases (collagen provides elasticity and youthful skin aspect). And that’s the way cellulite will get worse!

Bye bye sweets!

Refined foods with high glycemic index and high glycemic loads that are eaten in excess provide a large amount of rapidly absorbed carbohydrates, which are partly transformed into energy and glycogen. Excess sugar is converted into fat that grows in the fatty tissue.

Industrial or domestic refined foods are poor in nutrients, micronutrients and non-nutrients, consequently modifying the quality and quantity of essential connective tissue that brings forth the architecture and supple skin.

Sedentary lifestyle makes things worse, as it prevents toxin elimination and liquid draining. Faulty breathing and its effects of hypoxia, oxygenation and detoxification only makes things worse.

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Water and its contribution to optimal digestion!

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Water is the vital fluid that has no calories; humans cannot last for more than 3 days without water. An adult who performs regular physical activity in normal thermal and moisture conditions needs 1.5-2 liters of drinking water per day. Typically, this amount can vary considerably depending on the climate (water requirement in the desert is 1 liter per hour), on physical and mental effort and on the diet type.

Water content in the human body depends on age, sex and personal degree of adiposity. A young person will have higher water content than an older one. Men have an average of 55% water content, while women have 50% water content due to the increased development of the adipose tissue.

Water is the only liquid that effectively hydrates the body and physiologically quenches thirst, while also ensuring intake of minerals. No fluid food can replace water on the long-term without causing metabolic disorders and without health to be affected. Daily water requirement is different depending on weight, age, climate and physical effort.

Note! Do not mistake thirst for hunger; when you are hungry you may in fact be thirsty! With age, the confusion gets worse and industrially refined foods contribute to the disruption of food behaviors.

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Obesity and its consequences on your health!

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Obesity is the most common metabolic disease. Besides aesthetic or social aspects of obesity, it is a real danger because of the diseases it can cause; obesity can eventually affect the quality of life and significantly reduce life expectancy.

If you have weight problems, the first thing you need to become aware of is that you are addicted. Yes, you are addicted to fattening foods that trigger an unhealthy lifestyle. One of the most important factors in fighting against obesity is giving up the sedentary lifestyle and adopting an active lifestyle and positive thinking.

Important: make sure you monitor your sleeping periods! The duration and regularity of sleep is essential in preventing overweight and obesity.

Obesity affects health irreparably!

The most important diseases associated with obesity are cardiovascular diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, some cancers and neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer, Parkinson).

Morbid obesity causes an increase of 70% of coronary artery diseases and doubles the number of deaths caused by acute myocardial infarction. Recent studies have shown that for every ten percent gained weight, the prevalence of coronary artery disease increases by 20%. In contrast, weight loss increases cardiovascular risk by lowering cholesterol and triglycerides levels.

Gaining weight increases mortality by 20%

Diabetes is strongly associated with obesity; nowadays are talk more and more about “diabesity” which is  considered one of the top five causes of death. For a diabetic, a weight loss of about 10 kg will determine an increase in his life expectancy of 35%.

Gall bladder cancers, prostate cancer, breast cancer, ovaries cancer occur in 40% of obese people

Obesity can also cause or exacerbate the following pathologies: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis, gout, infertility, liver disease, pancreatitis, gynecological complications and obstructive sleep apnea.

Last but not least, obesity severely affects the QUALITY OF LIFE; people suffering from this disease are often stigmatized and discriminated. Obese people have a negative perception of their own image which is also supported by other people.


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Tips on how to eat in a wholesome and correct way

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Strong and healthy is he who knows himself. Knowing oneself means to free oneself from models that have been imposed throughout one’s life, models that don’t do any good and pull one back. Applying a basic common sense can serve as a guide for self discovery and improve our relation with food.

Frugality
This can be achieved gradually, reducing by 10-30% the amount of food consumed during the day. The main food consumption must occur during breakfast, which should never be skipped. Over consumption is the cause of poor digestion, fermentation and putrefaction processes in the digestive tract, generating toxins.

Strict customizing of the diet
We are unique and unequal to food, according to what nutrition science asserts. It is therefore necessary to know the real needs of our body. For this we have to be aware of the signals that our body sends out.

Always take into consideration live food!
It is extremely beneficial to introduce in our diet at least some raw vegetables and fruit, while testing each and every one’s effect on our digestion.

Compliance with the crononutrition principles
Adapt food consumption based on the daily biorhythm, the season and the place we live in as well.

Cook at home more often and eat cooked food
Basic everyday food should be cooked at home. Canned food, ready foods should be eaten only in case of emergency. If you do not have time to cook during the week, when time allows you try cooking a larger amount of food and divide it into portions to be frozen and eaten later.

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Find out how to make it through the holidays with no stomach pains and without gaining weight!

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Winter holidays in Romania can be defined by excessive eating, no sleeping at night and fatigue. To avoid stomach problems during the holidays, when everyone eats (yes, even me!) a bit more fat food than the usual, it is necessary to take certain precautions. In short: eat healthier, reduce smoking, eat more citrus and get enough rest!

Since the body tends to accumulate energy it’s likely we’ll gain some extra pounds! Although this period is not suitable for diets, it would be best if you didn’t eat too much fat and you didn’t drink too much alcohol. Chocolate, excess fat and meat are the biggest enemies of digestion.
The traditional menu abounds with specialties of cooked pork, boeuf salad with mayonnaise, sour cream, cheese, pickles, hot spices, home baked or industrial sweets. All these dishes can trigger biliary colic, can lead to indigestion; if the food is altered, food poisoning can occur. It’s known that a high-fat meal, sprinkled with lots of alcohol may trigger acute pancreatitis which requires hospitalization. Avoid combining these foods at one meal!

Here are some recommended food products that have animal proteins: chicken, pheasant, pork (preferably Romanian pig breeds), fish (mackerel, sardines, herring, salmon, carp, trout). Cheese products are not recommended during winter because cheese is hard to digest. During the fasting period you are sometimes allowed to eat cheese.

The best treatment for indigestion is the rigorous food hygiene, avoid heavy meals, discussions during meals and physical exercise immediately after eating. Chew food carefully and completely, do not rush to the table!

Cereals are recommended during this period because they provide energy. Eat wheat, durum wheat, spelt, kamut, rice, oatmeal, millet, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat. You should maintain a constant intake of natural vitamin C in combination with other compounds, natural enhancers, such as flavonoids, found in citrus fruits, hawthorn fruit, apples, pears. During winter, pickles and especially traditional sauerkraut (not industrial canned vegetables in vinegar) are a good source of vitamin C and probiotic bacteria for healthy people who are not on a low sodium diet.

Winter vegetables are the richest in vitamins and minerals: pumpkins, artichokes, white radish, leek, fennel, beets, chicory, endive, cauliflower, onions and potatoes. Here are some examples of recommended fruits: apples, pears, citrus fruits, rose hips. During winter you should eat raw nuts and peanuts. You can also take food supplements and drink teas rich in vitamins and natural minerals. In order to support  the immune function you should eat foods or supplements that are rich in selenium, zinc, Brazilian nuts, seafood, dried plums.

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More tips on how to become a smart drinker

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Since parties and celebrations always come up I think you may feel like having a drink or two, so here’s how to do it so that you’ll feel better and you won’t put your health at risk.

Alcohol has the ability to inhibit the activity of both digestive enzymes and some metabolic enzymes. The only alimentary alcohol are alcohol and alcoholic beverages obtained by fermentation (beer, vodka, wine, whiskey, cider, calvados, cognac, brandy, or alcohol based on fermentation of agricultural origin: liqueurs, bitters etc.) and not alcoholic drinks based on synthetic ethyl gasoline.

YOU MUST NOT:
-    drink alcohol on an empty stomach in the first part of the day
-    mix alcoholic drinks with energy drinks, drugs or medicines.

YOU SHOULD:
-    eat solid and hard to digest foods (eg. bread and butter) to slow down alcohol absorption and drunkenness
-    if you have a drink during dinner, than you should have food that is nutritious, rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients
-    avoid alcohol association with smoking
-    take breaks in the fresh air and do some exercise while you’re drinking
-    drink only natural authentic alcohol, in moderation.

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Heavy meal, cluttered digestion!

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At Christmas we usually indulge ourselves with traditional dishes, but our ancestors ate heavy foods in moderation and only at celebrations.

Warning! Almost all the traditional dishes of food are made from ingredients that are incompatible and their combination makes food difficult to digest, with many calories; once combined with large quantities of alchohol, we’ll end up at the hospital!

At Christmas we have to keep in mind the fact that some of us have been fasting and gross consumption of such indigestible foods, accompanied by too much alcohol can trigger acute pancreatic crisis, which is extremely dangerous and also indigestion, which can easily spoil our celebration.

We should approach Christmas dinner with great moderation – small and frequent meals are mostly recommended, followed by walks out in the fresh air. It is out of the question to smoke in the room where we eat!

It is advised as a just in case measure to use digestive food supplements – enzymes and bile salts based. It is also recommended to eat raw pineapple for easy digestion. Take breaks while eating and be careful to avoid inappropriate associations. Try to eat one dish at a time and then take a break.

Do not guzzle, do not rush, chew food really well and do not combine food with alcohol. Refrain from smoking. When you sit at the table you must be rested, you should create a pleasant, calm environment while listening to Christmas music.

All types of food are not only extremely difficult to digest, but they also have lots of fats and calories. The solution is to eat each food product separately, in moderate quantities and not mix food. Do not rush to finish all at once.

Thus, you will enjoy the holidays and you will have not only nutritious, but also spiritual food. It is precisely this great celebration that requires us to restrain from eating, as a superior proof of faith of the human being whose inner self is lightened by the divine spark.

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If it’s fasting period, then it’s time to detox!

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During the fasting period our body purifies, detoxifies and our diet is balanced. In order for our body not to suffer nutritional imbalances it is highly important that the fasting diet be adapted to the everyone’s needs.

Fasting is seen from the medical perspective as a change in diet, but remember that not everyone gets the same benefits. It is important to know that fasting should be approached differently and according to age: a young man with an active lifestyle will not have the same diet as an elderly with a sedentary lifestyle. In principle, the fasting diet should be extremely varied and must contain potatoes (the main vegetable one has during fasting period), fruits (bananas, apples, pears, lemons, oranges, etc.), vegetable oils, nuts and seeds (fat).

What to eat

Here are some dishes you can eat during the fasting period: pie with olives or onions, vegetarian pizza, carrot salad with radishes, cauliflower salad with garlic, cabbage, potatoes, beans, celery, winter salads, dandelion salad, all seasoned with sauces such as spicy sauce, spicy horseradish, Italian dressing or vegetable mayonnaise. Try also soups made of onions, tomatoes, lentils, vegetables, scallions..

You can also try some light dishes such as cream beans, roasted mushrooms, green mushrooms, food mushrooms with celery, steamed vegetables with mustard sauce, vegetable soup, peppers stuffed with walnuts, with pumpkin seeds, mushrooms, rice with mushrooms, peas, vegetable stew, steamed potatoes, potatoes with pickles, cabbage, spinach, leeks and celery, bean ragout, nettles, cocoa cake.

In addition, you can eat a lot of dried fruit (dates, figs, apricots), seeds (pumpkin, sunflower), raw nuts (cashew, Brazilian), almonds, etc.

Moreover, during the fasting period you are allowed many times to eat fish, there is Shrove Tuesday for cheese, meat, which helps balance the diet with proteins and animal fats of high nutritional quality.

About vegetable pate

You can find available on the market the vegetable pate which unfortunately mimics the composition of the pates made of meat and liver: water, hydrogenated vegetable oil (margarine) or aromatic, soy protein, iodized salt, seasoning extract , mustard, flavors. They contain allergens such as: gluten, celery, mustard, soy.

People who suffer from DIABETES should be extremely careful as this kind of pate contains carbohydrates that are to be subtracted from the daily ration. Due to the fact that vegetable pate is highly-fat, it is are not recommended for those with dyslipidemia, heart disease, overweight, or for obese persons. These products contain salt, sugar and hidden fats that we must not overlook.

Because of the many E numbers vegetable pate contains, it is not recommended for children, for people with heart diseases or for pregnant women. Sometimes vegetable pate contains ingredients that are not allowed during the fasting period and therefore, as a general rule, make sure to read the label thoroughly.

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