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Just the Meal for a Cold Morning

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Did You Know – 10/27/2015 –

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  1. Magic Mushrooms Hyperconnect the brain – 

Researchers at King’s college  London asked 15 volunteers undergo brain scanning by a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine. They did so once after ingesting a dose of magic mushrooms, and once after taking a placebo. The resulting brain connectivity maps showed that, while under the influence of the drug, the brain synchronizes activity among areas that would not normally be connected.

A 2011 study found that after one dose of psilocybin, some people became more open to new experiences for at least 14 months.

2. More about Mushrooms –  Long before trees overtook the land, earth was covered by giant mushrooms  – Source

3. And More –  Lightning makes mushrooms more plentiful, according to ongoing research that offers a solid scientific basis for Japanese farming lore. – Source

4. Still more –  In a 2004 study, Chinese women who ate mushrooms and drank green tea reduced their risk of breast cancer by nearly 90% – Source

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5. Jellybeans are a tasty treat and come in many flavours, but did you realize their shiny coating is made from bug feces? Shellac, also known as confectioner’s glaze, is made from a resin excreted by the female lac beetle, indigenous to India and Thailand. The resin is processed into flakes, dissolved in denatured alcohol to make liquid shellac, and then sprayed on food products

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6. Gelatin is made from cattle hides and pork skins

Gelatin is used to make many desserts, such as jelly powders, marshmallows and frozen cakes. Gelatin is made from the collagen of animal skin and bones. Gelatin melts to a liquid state when heated, and solidifies when it cools. You may see gelatin form if you use animal bones to make your own soup stock and cool the broth.

Gelatin is the main ingredient in jelly powder. During the manufacturing of gelatin, chemical changes take place so that the final product, the composition, and the identity of the original material is completely eliminated.
Beware Vegans !

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7. An American typically takes 14 minutes to eat a meal at McDonald’s, while a Frenchman lingers on for about 22 minutes.

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A Quick Meal – Thai Chicken

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Easy Thai Chicken
This dish’s sweet and creamy sauce uses light coconut milk instead of regular, cutting saturated fat by nearly 60%.

PREP TIME: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 12 minutes
SERVINGS: 4

Rotisserie chicken (deli or prepared foods section)
13.5 oz can light coconut milk
1-2 Tbsp bottled red curry paste
4 tsp sugar
Salt
Pepper
1 c fresh basil leaves

1. PULL meat from a rotisserie chicken in large pieces.
2. SPOON a few tablespoons from the top of the can of coconut milk into a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in curry paste. Add sugar, remaining coconut milk, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer, add chicken, and warm through. Stir in a cup of fresh basil leaves.
3. SERVE with rice and lime wedges.

NUTRITION (per serving) 371 cal, 44 g pro, 5.4 g carb, 1 g fiber, 17.3 g fat, 8.2 g sat fat, 187 mg sodium

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Breakfast?

Does this not look fantastic. This actually is the ultimate healthy breakfast. It is one of my favorite. Avocado’s are quite cheap at the moment so it makes for an economical meal. Good for the heart and cholesterol.

Healthy Breakfast. Avocado and poached eggs

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How Much Water Do We Need To Drink??

I received this email today and thought I would pass it on to you. I see it has no specific source but it makes sense to me and am going to try this out because I find it hard to swallow 8 glasses of water a day and think this is a more practical way to consume water.

I have read many articles that say we do not have to drink as much water as most nutritionists and trainers, will tell you. In fact my old nutritionist of yester years ‘Adele Davis’ use to say it flushes all the good vitamins out of ones body. That sounds real to me.

Anyway 6 or 7 glasses a day spread over time is doable for me so will give it a go and see if it makes a difference.

This is the email word for word –

When a doctor was asked why do people urinate so much at night-time. The answer from a Cardiologist was; –  Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright. When you lie down and the lower body (legs and other limbs) seeks level with the kidneys it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. You need minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body.

Correct time to drink water …very important according to cardiac specialist!

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:

2 Glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs

1 glass of water 30 min before a meal – helps digestion

1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure

1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack.

Water at bedtime will also help prevent night-time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up.

You may have some opinion on this, if you do I would love to hear it.

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Kidney Bean & Beef Chili- cost less than $2 per serving

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Prevention Magazine – Recipe of the day

Take comfort food to the next level with this low-cal, fiber-rich recipe. This chunky chili combines the perfect mix of lean beef, kidney beans, bell pepper, and crushed tomatoes, seasoned with a blend of spices. Shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream top it off. Costs less than $2 per serving!

Ingredients

Serves: Prep: 5min|Cook: 7hr 0min |Total: 7hr 5min

6 oz lean beef top round, cut into chunks
1 tbsp olive or canola oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
1 cup chicken broth
1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
4 tsp sour cream
4 tsp grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
Directions

1.Pulse beef in food processor 1 minute, until coarsely ground. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Cook beef and onion until browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to 4-quart or larger slow cooker. Add bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, tomatoes, and broth. Stir.
2.Cover. Cook on low 4 to 6 hours. Add beans and cook on high, stirring occasionally, 1 more hour. Serve topped with dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with cheese.

Nutritional Facts per serving

CALORIES 295.2 CAL

FAT 9.8 G

SATURATED FAT 2.9 G

CHOLESTEROL 21.7 MG

SODIUM 511.8 MG

CARBOHYDRATES 31.7 G

TOTAL SUGARS 3.4 G

DIETARY FIBER 11.8 G

PROTEIN 19.8 G

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