by Rosemary Hansen
Why soak grains?
You can soak grains before cooking or baking them. Soaking grains (and nuts, seeds, and legumes) helps to neutralize phytic acid, an anti-nutrient, present in them. Phytic acid blocks the absorption of critical vitamins and minerals (phosphorus, calcium, iron, zinc) from being assimilated into the body. Phytic acid also inhibits enzymes from assisting our digestion. Breakfast cereals and other packaged foods have had all of the vitamins and enzymes stripped away, leaving the phytic acid to do damage to your gut.
Phytic acid = Locks Up Vital Vitamins, Enzymes & Minerals
Grains to soak:
- Wheat flour
- Spelt flour
- All gluten-free flours
Polenta & cornmeal need a different process (soaking in dolomite powder + water)
Other foods that need soaking:
- Dried Peas
Does soaking help with weight loss?
There is evidence that an unhealthy gut (with low levels of bacterial diversity), can hinder diabetics and obese patients from losing weight. This is because bad gut bacteria will take more carbohydrates from a food and turn it into body fat. Probiotics alone will not solve the problem, but likely a myriad of solutions are needed. Eating a diet of highly processed foods makes gut bacteria diversity plummet. The bran in whole grains (touted to be healthier), actually has more phytic acid than refined flours. So, if you want to eat whole grains soak them! Anything that we can do to strengthen the gut bacteria and help digestion is going to help with weight loss.
Grain/Nut Foods Not Soaked = Hard on Our Gut Bacteria = Tougher to Lose Weight
How soaking works
When you soak grains in warm water with fresh whey from yogurt (or lemon juice), it activates the phytase enzyme that unlocks the minerals and vitamins. Also, it unlocks more B Vitamins and helps digestion. Nuts have the highest amount of phytic acid of any food (other than cocoa), so it is especially important to soak nuts before eating them.
Grains, beans, seeds and nuts are all a seed of a plant, and that plant wants to ensure that it’s “baby” will germinate in optimal conditions for producing another plant and more babies. So the seeds are designed to wait for moisture, warmth, and rain (which has a small amount of acid in it, just like our lemon juice or yogurt). Therefore, all of the nutrients that we can be absorbing from the life-giving seeds of a plant are being blocked unless we prepare them properly.
Store-bought packaged granola, granola bars, quick oats, cookies, store-bought breat, breakfast cereals, and other packaged grain foods will have high amounts of phytic acid in them and should be avoided altogether. Try making sourdough bread at home, it is very healthful.
Side Note: Vitamin D and Calcium in fermented dairy products (kefir, yogurt, cultured butter, buttermilk, cream cheese) will help counteract the phytic acid present in bread products if you eat them together.
What is whey?
Fresh whey from yogurt is simply the watery stuff that pools in a container of yogurt after taking a few scoops out. Furthermore, it is not powdered whey protein. Whey protein powder is highly processed with no good bacteria or acid in it to bring out the enzyme phytase. You can get fresh whey from store-bought yogurt or homemade yogurt. Just scoop some yogurt out of the container. Then wait for the whey “water” to pool in the yogurt. You can use that to soak your grains, beans, and seeds.
If you are allergic to dairy products or you are vegan, you can use lemon juice instead.
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For people who want to control their weight or reduce their intakes of sugar, sodium and saturated fat, water may be what the doctor ordered.
A new study that examined the dietary habits of more than 18,300 U.S. adults found the majority of people who increased their consumption of plain water by 1 percent reduced their total daily calorie intake as well as their consumption of saturated fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol.
It’s no secret that chia seeds are a powerful superfood. Through the years, people have eagerly added them to a variety of foods, from smoothies and yogurts, to oats and fruit. With three times more iron than spinach, and twice the amount of protein of any other seed or grain, it comes as no surprise that their very name means “strength” (Mayan).
This member of the sage family (Salvia Hispanica), also fills the body with antioxidants, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, and potassium galore. For all of these reasons, chia seeds are considered to be an incredible source of ongoing energy. Continue reading
By Sarah Landers
Most adults gain weight as they age, and scientific studies have shown that even small increases in weight can have a substantial impact on our risk of developing hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. It seems like almost everyone is on a diet, and there is so much information online about what you should and shouldn’t be eating. For example, fruit is good, but high in sugar. Sugar is bad, so don’t eat fruit. … With all the information available, it’s hard to know what foods to put into our bodies.
A study that has just recently been published in the British Medical Journal, reports that tea, blueberries, apples, pears, prunes, strawberries, peppers, celery and grapes have been scientifically proven to help you lose weight.
The study has been years in the making, and examined a sample of 124,000 U.S. men and woman over a period of 24 years, to determine whether dietary intake of flavonoids caused any weight changes over time. The answer? Yes!
What is a flavonoid?
Flavonoids are naturally occurring bioactive compounds that represent the composition of fruits and vegetables – looking beyond calorie and macronutrient contents. Previous studies have shown that the consumption of certain fruits, including blueberries, apples, pears, prunes, strawberries and grapes, has had a negative effect on weight gain over time.
An increased intake of peppers and celery has also been associated with less weight gain, and the mechanisms responsible for these benefits, as well as the specific constituents may explain why.
The fruits and vegetables that have been associated with lower weight gains are rich sources of several flavonoids (particularly flavonols, anthocyanins and flavones). Using a combination of animal models and short term human studies to provide evidence around the underlying mechanisms, scientists have shown that several flavonoids can decrease energy intake in the body, increase glucose uptake in the muscles, and decrease glucose uptake into the adipose tissue.
Meanwhile, other studies on green tea, which is a rich source of flavonoids, suggest that it can decrease fat absorption, while increasing energy expenditure. Green tea has gained a lot of publicity over recent years for its weight loss capabilities, being heralded as one of the healthiest drinks on the planet.
Green tea is packed full of antioxidants and various other substances that are beneficial for your health – including those handy flavonoids.
It also contains caffeine – which isn’t always a bad thing, as caffeine can assist with fat burning, and improve your performance when exercising. As far as antioxidants go, green tea is full of EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate), which is known to boost your metabolism.
In conclusion, choosing high flavonoid drinks, fruits and vegetables – such as apples, pears, berries, green tea and peppers – may help control your weight. The study shows that our dietary needs go beyond eating any old fruit or vegetable to meet our “five-a-day recommendation.” By carefully choosing which fruits and vegetables we consume, we can have a greater impact on our health.
It is hoped that this study will help health officials to refine previous dietary recommendations, with a view to preventing obesity and its potential consequences.
Strategies to combat the growing childhood obesity crisis, and to help people maintain a healthy weight from childhood through adult life, are critically needed, and these flavonoid-rich fruits and vegetables might hold the key to healthier lifestyles.
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I think you will love Step Three because it’s all about eating chocolate! Not the shop bought kind, which is nutritionally dead and just empty calories, but your own home made chocolate … and please don’t panic, thinking that making your own chocolate would be far too difficult, because it is incredibly easy. Even I can do it! Continue reading
This article is Step Two in the series How to go down three dresses without really trying. Click here for the introduction and here for Step One. Step Two builds on Step One in that it is addressing the same theme – of over-inflammation in the body.
I think you’d be surprised at how much water the body holds on to, to deal with inflammation. I know I was… and very glad am I too, to get rid of it all. Friends tell me that my face now ‘looks more defined’ – their kind euphemism for ‘not so puffy’ – I can now wear dresses and jeans that I haven’t been able to get into for years. Continue reading
By Ishtar Babilu Dingir
This is the first step in our new series of how to go down three dress sizes without really trying and the picture above describes it perfectly. A couple of months ago, I gave up dairy products… not because milk in itself and in its raw, organic state has anything wrong with it, but because you can rarely find that kind of milk these days. Continue reading
By Ishtar Babilu Dingir
I know that sounds like one of those cheap internet ads which drive you to a page where you have to buy the latest super dooper wonder food to come out of the Brazilian rainforest… whatever it happens to be that day. But it really isn’t… this is the real deal. I have gone down three dress sizes in about two months by just making a few changes to what I eat. Continue reading
By Aurora Geib
For years, the mathematical equation offered to those trying to lose weight seemed simple enough: Burn more calories than you consume. Piece of cake, right? Unfortunately, as with almost everything concerning the human body, it’s not quite as simple as that. Over the years, more and more scientific evidence leaks out — confirming what many of us have suspected all along — that proves that weight gain and loss is affected by many, many factors. Among them: genetics, gender, age, hormones, stress levels, exposure to toxins and many health conditions. Even social and environmental factors can come into play. Continue reading
by Aurora Geib
Have you ever asked a real estate agent what’s the most critical factor when it comes to selling a house? Their answer was probably something you’ve heard before: “Location, location, location.” Well, oddly enough, when it comes to our health and being even a little overweight, that same, worn out real estate proverb is true, as well. Study after study has shown that where our bodies store fat is nearly as important as how much extra weight we’re holding onto. People whose bodies store more fat in their mid-sections face higher risks of heart disease, certain types of cancer, diabetes and even premature death than those who store extra weight in other ways. Continue reading
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Daily supplements with the probiotic Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 may help weight loss in people with obese tendencies, according to new research.
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Numerous scientic tests show that genetically modified foods also cause stomach inflammation, haemorrhagic bowel disease, thinning of intestinal walls, breast cancer, kidney and liver disease, low sperm count, sterility, stillbirths …. need I go on?
The picture of Michelangelo’s David’s return to Italy from America, where it’s been for two years, is a joke. But it is no joke that our American friends are being used as guinea pigs by the bio-tech companies, and then when the results of the experiment patently show that GM foods are so obviously detrimental to health and fitness, the government watchdogs which are supposed to protect our food, and the general public, continue to sleepwalk into a nutritional disaster. Continue reading