Reverse Sear Lamb Chops

Reverse Sear Lamb Chops

Busy Mom Cooks, Easy Cooking, Healthy Living, Weight Loss Recipes

This Reverse Sear Lamb Chops recipe makes a delicious and healthy gourmet meal, that can be made in a few simple steps. If you eat meat for protein, Steak and Lamb Chops are the easiest to cook. And saves so much time and money even when you buy the most delicious organic, grass-fed, and all-natural pasture-raised kind. Ever since I purchased this Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, I use the reverse sear method of cooking quite a lot, at least every time I make a steak or chops.

Reverse Sear Lamb Chops

What is Reverse Sear Method of Cooking?

Traditionally, I am sure you have been told to sear or brown the meat first and then finish in the Oven, or Pressure Cooker or Slow Cooker. In the case of Pressure Cooking, or Slow Cooking, I tend to follow that advice.

However, if I have to roast meats, I prefer to marinate the meat, and roast it in the oven first and then finish on the hot Cast Iron Pan. Try it once and you will know why.

One of the greatest experiments you can do in life is to ask this question – What if you did the exact opposite of the normal – this one time? That is how you find new, delicious, amazing things, places, inventions, and discoveries.

Ingredients to use for 4 Servings of Reverse Sear Lamb Chops

Everything is really Optional, except the Lamb, Squeeze of Lemon Juice, Salt and Pepper. But, what is Life without Herbs and Spices? So stock them up and use them for taste and good health!

  • Lamb Loin Chops – 4
  • Olive Oil – 2 Tbsp
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Meat Tenderizer – 1 tbsp (or about 3 tbsp of fresh raw papaya minced) – (Totally Optional)
  • Fresh garlic (finely minced) – 2 tbsp
  • Fresh ginger (grated) – 2 tbsp
  • Fresh Rosemary (finely chopped) – 1 tbsp
  • Fresh Thyme (finely chopped) – 1 tbsp
  • Fresh Sage (finely chopped) – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp Or to taste.
  • Black Pepper – 1 tsp
  • Cayenne Pepper – 1/2 tsp

For Searing:

I go all out when I have a good set of Lamb Chops. So I did end up using about 2 Tbsp Ghee, A sprig of fresh Rosemary from my neighbor’s kitchen garden, and some fresh garlic Cloves to Sear in the end. 

Method to cook Reverse Sear Lamb Chops

  • In a flat tray or large mixing bowl, mix all of the Ingredients and apply on the Lamb Chops.
  • Marinate it for at least 2 hours. (Or if meal prepping. Marinate in batches and leave in the freezer. Thaw in the morning or night before if you want to use for later.)
  • Preheat Oven to 275 F and place the chops in a large pan and bake for about 30-45 minutes until the internal temperature reaches about 125 F (If you fancy). I was looking for Medium Rare and this is about what gets me that!
  • Let it rest for about 15-20 minutes so the juices run clear.

Finally the moment of truth. This is how you Reverse Sear Lamb Chops.

Heat that ghee on Lodge Cast Iron Pan on high heat. Add the rosemary and garlic to the pan. Now one by one quickly sear the lamb chops to brown on all sides. (Pictured above is when I used my grill pan to do the sear.) It should take about 1-2 minutes per chop to sear it.

While this last “Reverse Sear” step seems complicated, but you will be surprised how it locks in the flavor of the meat and takes the taste up a notch. Like a fancy Gourmet Chef Meal!

Serving Suggestions:

Serve with a side of Sheet Pan Roasted Veggies.

Or On top of an Arugula-Raspberry Salad topped with some balsamic vinaigrette.

This also pairs well with Steamed (or Microwaved Veggies) as I talk about in this post as well. Did you know eating Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts helps prevent Cancer?


Want a recipe for my secret breakfast drink to get lean in 21 days? Learn more here –  Melt Away Every Last lb of Fat. Become Lean in as little as 21 days with This One Trick.

where does the fat go when you lose weight

Where does the fat go when you lose weight?

Healthy Living, Weightloss

Ever wondered, where does the fat go when you lose weight? If you are still reading this blog, you are in for a chemistry lesson in the metabolic process of weight loss, and fat burning. If you have been “dieting” and “exercising”, counting macros and calories, and believing in that math (or myth) of Calories In, Calories Out. You may be led to believe that the fat converts to energy when you exercise. Well I came to find out a long time ago that is not true. I am just not sure why I never wrote about this, until now.

So here goes the TLDR version. When your body starts burning the fat, it expels excess fat in form of carbon dioxide and the fat cells shrink. So you theoretically “breathe out” the fat while burning it.

Misconceptions about Fat Burning

Check out how mis-informed doctors, dieticians, and personal trainers were about fat burning. Look at their responses to this question “When somebody loses weight, where does it go?” (Correct answer CO2).

where does the fat go when you lose weight
Source BMJ 2014;349:g7257

I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.


The Science of Fat Burning

This study was published in 2014 by Robert Meerman and Andrew Brown in 2014. And they did some pretty cool calculations to show exactly how fat burning works in numbers. Very Simply speaking – When somebody loses 10 kg of fat (triglyceride), 8.4 kg is exhaled as CO2. The remainder of the 28 kg total of CO2 produced is contributed by inhaled oxygen. Lungs are therefore the primary excretory organ for weight loss.  Losing weight requires unlocking the carbon stored in fat cells!  

Where does the fat go when you lose weight?
BMJ 2014;349:g7257

Before there is fat burning, there is another secret quick win.

Lose That Water Weight

And You can do this by drinking a lot of water. We usually go for a muffin instead of water. And hence we are constantly dehydrated. When you do not drink enough water it forces your body to store water. Which makes you feel and look bloated.

So, easy peasy – just the way I like it. When in doubt drink water. When hungry, drink water. Drink water before a meal. Drink your “Weight” out!! I talk about this in more details here – Hydration Matters: Drink More Water.

The Weight You Want to Lose

Now that you have lost the water weight, next comes the “Fat” you want to burn. And as you learned above – When your body starts burning the fat, it expels excess fat in form of Carbon Dioxide. Hence you burn fat simply by existing. You exhale out the Carbon Dioxide while you are living (breathing). And the fat cells shrink.

Is Counting Calories the Answer?

The question now becomes how can you accelerate the fat burning. An average man needs 1500 calories per day to live, and a woman needs 1200 calories. However counting the calories itself for simplicity’s sake is alright, but what is even more important than that is where your calories are coming from?

You can get those 1200 (or 1500) calories from the unhealthiest white bread made out of all-purpose wheat flour or processed foods (which literally gives you no nourishment and lots of chemicals for your digestive system to process.)

Or you can get those calories from Healthy and Nutrition Dense foods, herbs, spices. These foods not only give you nourishment in many different ways, but they also give you a long and healthy lifespan.

Every one is getting older. You might as well age as healthy as you are able to.

So how can you apply this information for weight loss?

You could DIY Your weight loss using the methods I talk about here – Easiest Way To Lose Weight & the Quest For a Permanent Weight Loss Solution

And while I do not want you to go crazy about counting and tracking calories and foods, I want you to care about measuring your weight and waist Importance of Weights and Measurements – Quantified.

It takes a tremendous amount of Exercise to burn small amounts of Calories. Hence Exercise is definitely not the answer.

Physical activity as a weight loss strategy is, therefore, easily foiled by relatively small quantities of excess food.

BMJ 2014;349:g7257

And follow this powerful lesson on micro workouts No Time to Exercise? Learn about The 5-Minute Exercise here. Or consistent every day walking Health Benefits of Walking.


Want a recipe for my secret breakfast drink to get lean in 21 days? Learn more here –  Melt Away Every Last lb of Fat. Become Lean in as little as 21 days with This One Trick.


Funny, Not True. One would wish the Fat Burning Math was this easy!

Robert Meerman says in this study – For comparison, a single 100 g muffin represents about 20% of an average person’s total daily energy requirement. Physical activity as a weight loss strategy is, therefore, easily foiled by relatively small quantities of excess food.

Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #106


okinawa sweet potatoes

A Longevity Snack – Japanese Purple Sweet Potatoes, Or Okinawa Sweet Potatoes

Healthy Living, longevity

Japanese Purple Sweet Potatoes or Okinawa Sweet Potatoes are the most delicious healthy carb you can eat without guilt. I talked about blue zones on my previous post about Longevity here – On Longevity and Healthy Aging #1. Another time we will explore other reasons why Okinawans live longer and healthier lives. One thing that stood out to me while researching the secrets of their longevity was that they primarily eat a plant-based diet. And that they eat a lot of Sweet Potatoes. And the kind they get there are of course Okinawa Sweet Potatoes aka Japanese Purple Sweet Potatoes.


I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.


What makes Okinawa Sweet Potatoes Longevity Superfood?

According to this study, Okinawa Sweet Potatoes contain Anthocyanins, besides all of the goodness of other kinds of sweet potatoes. The Anthocyanins have anti-oxidation, anti-mutation, anti-tumor, liver protection, hypoglycemia, and anti-inflammation, and anti-cancer properties. The anthocyanin content of these Japanese purple sweet potatoes is the highest of all of the potatoes. You can find anthocyanins in many fruits and vegetables such as red grapes, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, red cabbages, elderberry, and radicchio, etc. What makes the purple sweet potato, or Okinawa Sweet Potato stand out is its low cost compared to the berries and other sources.

How to eat Okinawa Sweet Potatoes?

Easy Peasy! I use only One recipe to make this. And All you have to do is.

Wash and Put the Potatoes in a 400 F Oven for 35 minutes. Take out, let rest for about 15-20 minutes to cool. Peel, Gobble-Gobble, And Enjoy!! Refrigerate the leftovers to eat later.

You can watch a short video here I made about Okinawa Sweet Potato.

I am sure you can make chips out of it, boil it, hash brown it or do whatever you do with other Potatoes. But I am too lazy to perfect any other recipe. Because this recipe tastes so good, by itself. Also, it does not destroy nutrition.

This study (check section 3.2) also suggests that the anthocyanins concentration in the Purple Yams, does not degrade at all from baking. However other methods of cooking, such as microwaving, steaming and pressure cooking reduces the anthocyanin content by 8-16%.


Want a recipe for my secret breakfast drink to get lean in 21 days? Learn more here –  Melt Away Every Last lb of Fat. Become Lean in as little as 21 days with This One Trick.


Where do you get these Okinawa Sweet Potatoes?

I pick these up every time I go to the nearest Asian grocery store, because they have the best price. Most grocery stores, as well a whole foods and amazon carry it these days too. I am also seeing some dehydrated Purple Sweet Potato powders, that you could perhaps add water and reconstitute into mashed potatoes. I am not too keen on processed foods, so not linking here.

So what is the point of all this information?

Find some Okinawa Sweet Potatoes or Japanese Purple Sweet Potatoes. Learn to bake them and enjoy eating them atleast once or twice a week, instead of your regular carbs (of grain and bread).


For my daily dose of may-be useful (or not) information here, Looks like Marines hired a Tony Stark here.

Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #105

On Longevity and Healthy Aging #1

Healthy Aging, Healthy Living, longevity

​I am going to be doing a series of articles on longevity and healthy aging. If you have read everything I shared before this post and implemented it You have most likely started losing the weight already. The next logical step to focus on is how to live longer, and age healthier. We are all aging, one millisecond at a time.

If you ever go to St Augustine in Florida, be sure to check out the famous Fountain of Youth of Ponce de Leon. That would be an interesting trip down the history. But In this post I am talking about Longevity, and knowing fully well that so far every one has failed to find the panacea and fountain of youth.

But before we begin, Let me ask you, if you have been hanging around here for a while, have you taken action? If you still need help losing weight see below.


Want a recipe for my secret breakfast drink to get lean in 21 days? Learn more here –  Melt Away Every Last lb of Fat. Become Lean in as little as 21 days with This One Trick.


What causes aging?

Aging is a complicated process, caused by many factors. I try to simplify everything for the purpose of my understanding. And I have been looking for an easy answer to pin point that this one thing or gene or process causes aging. However, that is not the case. A series of small changes occur in your body causing the organs, and the body itself to deteriorate, and cause eventual death.

Well, the good news is that the world is becoming an increasingly safer place, in most parts of the world. As is evident from an increasing number of older people in developed countries. This study proves the point – Average Life expectancy has increased by 27 years in this past century alone.

While we have not found that fountain of youth yet, the next best thing you can do is whatever years you live on earth in this body, try to live healthier free from disabilities. Instead of having to take medicines every day, or living in the hospital on life support at the mercy of caregivers.

Enhanced Longevity Secrets of Blue Zones

On the Italian island of Sardinia, it is common for people to live over 100 years of age. According to longevity researcher Susan Pinker, it’s not a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps the islanders alive for so long. In this TED talk, she argues that it’s their emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions that keep them living healthy over 100 years of age and beyond.

What are your thoughts are about this observation. Comment below and let me know.

I agree that relationships and human interactions are important. But Imagine having perfect relationships and interactions while eating Modern Processed foods out of microwavable boxes. Wonder what would that have done to the aging.

There are four other famous blue zones, beside Sardinia that have been widely studied and each study has attributed longevity to a wide variety of factors. For example, the miracle water of Hunza valley in Pakistan, or the antioxidant and nutrition rich Potatoes or Yams from Okinawa. More to come on these in the series, so stay tuned.

I want to achieve Longevity. What can I do?

Ok, aside from moving to Sardinia to hang around with people, or to Okinawa to eat their potatoes or drink the Hunza Water. I will give you a few different ideas to implement right away if you want to join this longevity and healthy aging movement with me. Let us start with the easy.

Stop Smoking, Skip Alcohol and Sugar.

This headline requires no explanation. Want to live longer? Do not Smoke. Drink Water instead of Alcohol. Cut out processed Sugar.

Eat your Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Start eating the recommended 2 servings of Salmon, Sardines or other Omega 3 Rich foods every week.

Based on this study, there is a correlation between omega-3 fatty acids and longevity and that a longer life span can be achieved with increased consumption of fish oils. I talk about fish in this post Low Fat. High Fat. Or The Right Fat | Eating Healthy and a few more How to use Sardines in a Recipe? and Easy Curry Fish: A Good Fish Curry Recipe. And don’t miss out on this one – What are some delicious foods for brain health?

What are some other foods I can eat for healthy aging?

Ok. Now we are talking. There is living longer, and then there is healthy aging, to make those long years count.

I a m going to leave it right here with some post suggestions. All of these post discuss eating these foods to boost your immunity and prevent all kinds of diseases. Have you tried any of these yet?

Health Benefits of Olives: Superfoods Snack #1

Health Benefits of Bay Leaves

Did you know eating Cruciferous Vegetables like Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts helps prevent Cancer?

Much ado about fasting.

Fasting is all the hype and mega trend in the health and diet community these days. But have you ever wondered why all of the ancient religions prescribed a variety of mandatory yearly fasting regimens? I am almost certain it was universally known that fasting will help you cleanse, purify and heal. And thus age much better and healthier. There is way too much scientific data as well as proof from the new Fasting converts, healing all kinds of metabolic diseases by fasting. This study tried to mimic the metabolism of the people that won the genetic lottery of healthy aging and longevity by means of nutrition, fasting and calorific restrictions.

Dom D’Agostino’s Diet – A Primer On Starving Cancer Cells through Fasting and Ketosis.

Longevity Escape Velocity

Paraphrasing Futurist Ray Kurzweil, “Longevity Escape Velocity” is defined as follows. The longer you live, there will be at a point where you have lived long enough that the technology is going to allow you to live for as long as you want.
At EatPlayFit, we may or may not be in the quest for longevity escape velocity yet, but we sure want to make the years count, and however many years you live, you live them as healthy as they can be without medicines, or having to depend on life support systems.


Reminder for self, write part #2 soon to discuss more on longevity-related food and lifestyle choices and technological advances related to aging. Stay tuned …

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Peanut avocado Protein Bowl

Vegan Protein Bowl with Peanuts and Avocado

Healthy Living, Ramadan, Vegan, Weight Loss Recipes

Learn how to assemble this versatile Vegan Protein Bowl. The main ingredients in mine are Avocados, Peanuts, Lettuce, or any other greens, and lots of Cilantro and Peppers for Flavor. Who said you cannot get enough protein as a vegan? Beans, Nuts, Seeds, Most Grains and Lentils will provide you enough protein for your daily requirements. And anything goes in this vegan protein bowl.


Want a recipe for my secret breakfast drink to get lean in 21 days? Learn more here –  Melt Away Every Last lb of Fat. Become Lean in as little as 21 days with This One Trick.


Ingredients and Method to make Vegan Protein Bowl

  1. Peanuts – 1 cup
  2. Onion – 1/4 cup chopped finely
  3. Tomato – 1/2 cup chopped finely
  4. Green or red chilly peppers – 1 chopped finely
  5. Cucumber – 1 cup cubed or sliced
  6. Carrot – 1 cup cubed or sliced
  7. Lemon Juice, Salt and Pepper to Taste
  8. Avocado – 1 cubed or Sliced
  9. Chopped up Lettuce or any other Salad Greens.
  10. Sesame Seeds or Chia Seeds for garnish
  11. (Totally Optional) Some Noodles or Brown Rice for Carbs
  12. (Optional if you are fancying Poke) This Poke Sauce – 1 Tbsp

Vegan Protein Bowl

To Assemble the Salad Bowl, Start with a bed of Lettuce.

Top with Peanuts, Avocado, Onion, Tomato, Cucumber, Carrot, Chilly Peppers.

Add your noodles or rice at this time. Squeeze Lemon juice on top. Sprinkle the Chia or Sesame seeds.

Squeeze of Lemon, Salt and Pepper.

Or if you are using Poke Sauce, Add that and mix.


Variations of Vegan Protein Bowl

Like all my recipes, this is a mix and match whatever recipe. For Protein, substitute peanuts with chickpea, almonds, or other nuts, or this Schezwan Tofu. Or these Curry Roasted Chickpeas – No one can eat just once. Or any of the Canned Beans. You could also use other vegetables such as shredded cabbage, bell peppers, radish Spinach, Broccoli, Arugula, Moong Bean Sprouts.

Once you learn to assemble a vegan protein bowl (or for that matter a protein bowl with meat) you will never get bored, and never go hungry again. That is for sure.


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Haha I thought this was pretty funny. #justdoit

Losing Weight in Ramadan

Fast 2 Fit: Your Ultimate Guide to Losing Weight This Ramadan

Healthy Iftar Meals, Healthy Living, longevity, Ramadan, Self Care, Suhoor, Sunnah

Losing weight this Ramadan? Are you out of your mind? I gain 20 lbs after a month of excruciating fasting!! Well at least this is what I hear and witness year after year in the Muslim households. Ramadan is a food fest. People fast from Dawn to Dusk. As the time for Iftar nears, mostly women start preparing delicious meals fried carbohydrates, sweets, sugars, and all kinds of delicacies. And when the time for breaking the fast arrives at the sunset, everyone eats whatever is in sight. Essentially nullifying all of the health benefits of Ramadan.

And the other view I hear from people that do not know much or anything about Ramadan Fasting is.

Whattt??!! Not even Water?

Yes. Not even Water.

And No. It is not dangerous or harmful for you.

How do I know? Its only because Muslims have been observing the fasting in the month of Ramadan from Dawn to Dusk. For Over 1400 years, and no one has ever died from Fasting. Fasting during Ramadan is prescribed in Islam and is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. For a period of 29 (or 30 days), People do not eat, or drink from Sunrise until the Sunset. They are supposed to spend time in the prayers (Ibadah), to raise consciousness (Taqwa) and mindfulness.

I am seeing that modern science is finally catching up to all of the benefits of fasting. And Health and Wellness Gurus are re-inventing all sorts and modes of Fasting. So far. So good.


But Are there any Health Benefits of Ramadan Fasting?

Ramadan Meal Plans

Numerous scientific studies have been conducted during the Ramadan fasts and it was found that there are multiple health benefits including, but not limited to losing weight in Ramadan, managing diabetes, cholesterol, and blood pressure. Sleeping Better.

Among the proven health benefits of Ramadan and other time-restricted forms of Eating include Weight Loss, Reduction in BMI and Body Fat, Improved Sleep, and Mental Clarity.

Fasting has been found to reduce depression and anxiety, as well as prevention of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Ramadan fasting has been proven in multiple scientific studies, that it successfully prevents chronic health problems such as high cholesterol, heart disease, and obesity, as well as improves mental health and wellbeing.

You can download the Free Report below to learn more details of the studies here.


Do you feel guilty of spending your Ramadan in the Kitchen instead of inner reflection and purifying your soul?

Is this you? As the month of fasting begins, Do you feel the dread of low energy, fatigue, hunger, and thirst?
Do you feel tired all day? Scared of extreme hunger pangs multiple times a day? As the day passes by the feelings of weakness and lethargy that come from fasting. 

And then instead of self-reflection, and reading and understanding the Quran and Salah, you rush through your prayers and spend all the time in the kitchen making a feast. You meal prep your Samosas, Pakoras, dahi bhallas (or whatever the food of your region is), and Sweet delicacies to indulge in. And the time of Iftar and Dinner becomes a Big Night Time Food Fest with a variety of foods. So instead of Losing Weight this Ramadan, you are well on your way to put on some more.

What if you could actually get all of the health benefits of Ramadan this year?

It is no easy task when the physical restraints of fasting are so laborious on your body. A constant reminder of hunger various times a day teaches you the importance of food and water and the various bounties that Allah has created for us.

But I can tell you, there is a way. Rise to the challenges that Allah (SWT) set for us during this time, and develop a healthier outlook, all while losing weight, living our best lives, and remaining balanced as we progress through this holy month. The Fast 2 Fit Guide has Ramadan Meal Plans and Easy Recipes to multiply the Health Benefits of Ramadan for you multifold. And if Losing weight This Ramadan is your main goal, it comes with a promise of up to 22 lbs or 10 kg of weight loss this month – if you follow the program exactly as is.

“Allah is with those who restrain themselves.”

Quran 16: 128.

Some Ramadan Meal Plans

Here are some Ramadan Recipes. Meal Plan ideas, that are super simple and healthy such that you will enjoy the delicious food and not have to

Health Benefits of Watermelon, Summer Superfood #4,

Easy Meatballs Recipe with Spices and Herbs, Quinoa Recipe with Almond and Pistachio,

Curry Roasted Chickpeas – No one can eat just once.

Some ideas for Suhur – Chia Pudding, Suhur Chai, Slimming Morning Drink

What is in the Fast 2 Fit Guide?

In the Fast 2 Fit Guide, You will find proven Ramadan Recipes, Sunnah, and  Islamic ways to Weight Loss and lose up to 22lbs or 10 kgs this Ramadan. This book is an easy-to-follow guide for anyone that wants to lose weight for the holy month of Ramadan. The book contains delicious recipes using the foods mentioned in the Noble Quran. These recipes help you shed weight, burn belly fat, and build muscle. We also discuss ways of conduct during Ramadan for fasting, eating, and drinking as well as Prayers so not only you lose your physical weight you strengthen your Iman and Increase your Taqwa and Piety and Consciousness of Allah (SWT). 

What would you look like on Eid Day, 22 lbs (10 kg) lighter?

Let those gross bulging stomachs, flabby arms, and triple chins become a thing of the past! If you already have your Eid Clothing, Resize it to 2 Size Lower. Imagine if you could eat and drink all of the favorite foods of Prophet Mohammad (SAW). And follow the guidelines of Sunnah for this month of Ramadan. The guidelines were laid down 1400 years ago. Narrated, Followed, and Committed to over by the generations before us in the Hadith and Sunnah of Our Beloved Prophet (SAW).


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Losing Weight This Ramadan


Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #96

Health Benefits of Water Melon

Health Benefits of Watermelon, Summer Superfood #4

Healthy Living, longevity, Weight Loss Recipes
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Summer is almost here so I wanted to take a minute to write about the amazing Health Benefits of Watermelon. Watermelon is a juicy and delicious summer snack that is a good source of vitamin A and lycopene. Watermelon is 92% Water. Duh! that’s how it got its name. Its sweet water in a huge ball and perfection to combat the summer heat. I am sure you have been told by your various “Diets” that you cannot eat watermelon and lose weight. I call them out to prove it.

Have they gained weight from eating watermelon? not likely!

I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.

Why should you eat more watermelon this summer?

Besides the fact that it is delicious, and an extremely healthy substitute for Soda and Coffee and any other means of hydration. Watermelon is rich in this magic Antioxidant called “lycopene”. Lycopene is what gives watermelon its pink color. For reference, Lycopene is also present in tomato, and pink guava, etc. According to this study, Lycopene in the watermelon helps prevent cancer, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, and eye diseases.  Lycopene helps reduce insulin growth factor and hence prevents cancer.

We are usually not hungry, but we are chronically dehydrated. If you do not like water, make sure you snack on watermelons. And watch the hunger, as well as dehydration, go away. Cut it up in fun shapes, or blend it up in a cool refreshing drink. It tastes great as is, do whatever fancies your eyes and taste buds.

Sharfunnisa

What makes watermelon good for me besides the water and lycopene?

Watermelons come from the same family of fruits as cucumbers, gourds, squash, and pumpkins.  According to this study, 100 g serving of watermelon is 30 kcal if you are counting.

Watermelon is good for hydration. It contains about 92 % water and 7.55 % of carbohydrates out of which 6.2 % are sugars and 0.4 % dietary fiber. Delicious Hydration that is. No better way to Substitute Water, if you ask me.

Watermelon is good for your eyes. The real magical superpowers of watermelon are in its micronutrients, vitamin C, citrulline, carotenoids and flavonoids. It is rich in Beta-carotene (an antioxidant that is good for eyes) and a precursor of vitamin A.

Oh did I say Watermelon is fat and cholesterol-free – if you are into diets and calorie counting.

Watermelon is rich in Vit B1. B6, and Magnesium and Potassium.

Anti Cancer Properties of WaterMelon. According to one study, Cucurbitacin in watermelon has antitumor, anti-inflammatory, and hepatoprotective properties.

Conclusion:

So the point is when watermelon is in season and your grocery store has large bins of watermelon out. Do not get Intimidated. Buy them. Cut them up in various geometrical shapes – squares, rectangles, spheres, cubes, or fries (Is fries a geometrical shape?). Dress them up with lemon, or mint, or both.

Dont want to eat Watermelon? Cut it into random shapes and blend it in a large blender jar with some ice cubes and berries to drink it straight up. Freeze them and Blend to make a delicious Watermelon Slushie.

TLDR; Eat the Watermelon to stay hydrated, live longer and healthier.


Tell me about some other Superfoods.

The three Superfoods that I eat as part of my everyday diet, whenever the food is available locally and seasonally are below. And you should eat them as well, if you are trying to live healthier, longer and better. 1. Olives Health Benefits of Olives: Superfoods Snack #1, 2. Black cumin Seeds Immune Boosting Properties of Black Cumin Seeds. Superfood Spice #2 and 3. Garlic Health Benefits of Garlic, the Superfood Herb #3.

Here are some others on my list that I am researching and already consuming – The plants that are rich sources of bioactive molecules include garlic, ginger, tea, ginseng, black cumin, mulberry, raspberry.


Do you have a desk job? You sit at your desk all day and the job stresses you out. You follow through with a cycle of stress eating the first thing you get your hands on. If you want to finally lose all your excess weight and keep it off forever – without giving up great food, without sweating in the gym. Download this free ebook to learn  How to start losing your “computer belly” without counting calories, dieting OR sweating in the gym.


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Watch the funny of the day here 🙂

Spices Black Cumin Seeds/

Immune Boosting Properties of Black Cumin Seeds. Superfood Spice #2

Healthy Living, longevity

Today, I wanted to share the Immune Boosting Properties of Black Cumin Seeds. Also known as Nigella Sativa – by the scientists, Nigella Seeds by the people. And Kalonji or some similar names by the South East Asians. Also why you need to have this one spice in your pantry, even if you do not buy the 8 others that I always use in my recipes.

Is this the Panacea?


Panacea comes from a Greek word meaning “all-healing”. Panacea was the Greek goddess of healing. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, alchemists who sought to concoct the “elixir of life”. Elixir of Life would give you eternal life. And “philosopher’s stone” – which would turn ordinary metals into gold. They also tried to formulate the panacea.

From all of the new scientific research, it looks like we have a winner.

If there is only one spice you want to start eating, make sure it is the Black Cumin Seed. This spice is used in probably all of the ancient cuisines, from many centuries and for a good reason. From what you will read below – It seems this one spice gives you superpowers against a variety of sickness and diseases.

There is a method to my weight-loss nutrition. If I use an ingredient, there is a reason behind it (and a whole bunch of research goes into it). But hey I have done the research and writing about it here, so you do not have to re-invent the wheel.

I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.

How to use Black Cumin Seeds in Recipes?

You can use it in any recipes from bread, yogurt, pickles, sauces, and salads. I love to use mine in stir fry, curries, and lentils. I know some people just swallow a tsp of seeds as is, but I am not as brave. I am going to stick to using it as a seasoning.

How much should you use?

I am so bad at measurements, but one rule of thumb with spices is that – less is more. I use about 1 tsp every time I heat oil for cooking. Usually, I cook for 4. And If you eat a little of it every day I am sure you are getting plenty in a long run!

The scientific name for Black Cumin seeds is Nigella Sativa. The main ingredient in the black cumin seed is thymoquinone, which is extracted from black cumin seeds and also sold as an essential oil or in capsules if you want to start taking it as a supplement and not as a spice.

If you wonder what Black Cumin Seeds look like, here it it in the picture marked by Red Oval. I buy mine from a local Asian Grocery Store, but you can order here online, like everything else these days.

Spices Black Cumin Seeds/
Black Cumin Seed – Marked in the Red Oval. (Picture taken by Calum Lewis from Unsplash)

So what exactly are the Immune Boosting Properties of Black Cumin Seeds?

Black Cumin seeds protect you against chronic neurological and mental illness, cardiovascular disorders, cancer, diabetes, inflammatory conditions, and infertility as well as various infectious diseases due to bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and viral infections.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6535880/#B8

Black Cumin seeds is also a cure for airway disorders, and chronic headache and back pain, diabetes, paralysis, infection, inflammation, hypertension, and digestive tract related problems. It has also been used topically where it is applied directly to the blisters, nasal abscesses, orchitis, eczema, and swollen joints.

This randomized controlled clinical trial in fifty volunteer obese subjects also demonstrated that an Extract of Black Seed Oil along with a less caloric diet significantly diminished the superoxide dismutase (SOD) level and helped with weight loss [1].

There is this study that offers a suggestion for using Black Seed Oil as a preventive measure against COVID‐19; There have been no clinical tests done yet, but I would be keeping an eye on it.


Well – If you are intrigued by longevity, good health and want to lose weight while eating some delicious foods (and not bland salads and crazy exercises) then book a call below to find out if we can work together.


And for your tiny dose of fun today, Enjoy this silly music video from the nineties ! The lyrics are taken from a famous essay — written in 1997 by Mary Schmich, a columnist with the Chicago Tribune! http://tinyurl.com/schmich-sunscreen


Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #95.

Practice Self Care

How to Practice Self Care In Your Busy Life

Healthy Living, Lifestyle, longevity

How to practice self-care in your busy life is a guest post by Brad Krause. Brad left the corporate world to help promote the simple notion of self-care through his writing and consulting. In this article below Brad covers the mental health benefits of self-care, using basic but overlooked practices. Let us know in the comments what you think of this article and if you would like to hear more from Brad, you can find him at his blog here.

Over to Brad Krause!

Simple Ways to Practice Self-Care in Your Busy Life

Busy people don’t have time for themselves. They’re dedicated to their careers, passion projects, families, volunteer work, partner’s dreams, friends’ problems, neighborhood functions, professional organizations, and children’s schools. When you’re a busy person, there’s just no time for you because your time is being used up in so many other ways. This is how you’ve functioned for years…until you finally get burned out. This is when you need to practice self-care and focus on you. It is possible to take care of yourself when you lead a busy life, and here’s how.

Go on a lunch break.

Many busy people work through lunch either because they have too many things on their plate (except food), they’re overly devoted to their jobs, or they think everything will fall apart without them. Don’t be this person. Take a break, even if it’s only for 30 minutes. You need to eat, and your brain needs a mental break. Your creative thinking suffers if you don’t. You might even need a social conversation with coworkers to make your job feel a little more fun. The work will still be there when you get back to your desk, and you’ll probably be more effective at your job after that break.

Don’t bring work home.

Unless you work from home, you should never take work home. Home is your sanctuary and safe space. It’s not an extension of your office. If you do work from home, keep your bedroom off limits for work-related activities. Not only will working from the bedroom make it harder to focus on work, but you’ll also have trouble falling asleep because the stress from work carries over into your place of slumber.

Sleep in.

If you’re not already sleeping at least seven hours a night, you’re probably sleep-deprived. It might seem impossible to sleep earlier because by the time you’re done with dinner and dishes, it feels like you barely have any night left. You can change that by sleeping in later. Make Sunday meal prep day so you have grab-and-go breakfast and dinner ready to reheat during the weekday. Get your morning routine done at night. Exercise after work and take a shower at night to save yourself an hour each morning. Set out your clothes and pack your work bag before bed. When morning comes, getting ready will be a fast and easy process. To improve the quality and quantity of Sleep try these Foods for A Good Nights Sleep.

Eat a variety of food.

Self-care means feeding your body healthy food, but it also means letting yourself live a little. You’ll get bored eating the same foods every day, so treat yourself with a variety of healthy foods and an occasional cheat meal. Healthy eating will make you feel better overall, but monotonous eating can be hard to stick to. Change up the menu to prevent boredom with your diet choices and to increase the likelihood of maintaining healthy habits. If you can’t come up with new ideas to cook every day, subscribe to a blog that gives you new, healthy recipes to follow every day.

Practice stress management techniques.

De-stressing looks different for everyone. It could be meditation, exercise, going out into nature, playing with dogs, coloring, or a Zen garden for your desk. It’s whatever relaxes and calms you. Find your Zen and tap into it anytime you feel stress coming on.

Say no to negativity.

Whether it’s at work or in your personal life, don’t let negativity permeate your life. That means saying no to anything that doesn’t serve you or make you happy. That means removing negative influences from your life. That means cutting off ties with people that cause you pain. That means setting boundaries at work.

You don’t need to spend hours each day or even a full day each week to practice self-care. It can happen in the little things that you might overlook—the things that take minimal effort while making a big difference. As you continue to practice these things, you might actually graduate to giving yourself a real break.  

Photo Credit: Unsplash


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Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #93

Beat Cauliflower Recipes

Best Cauliflower Recipes

Healthy Living, Healthy Recipes, Weight Loss Recipes

Time to share my best cauliflower recipes, that only take under 20 minutes to cook. I warn you that if you spend hours making your cauliflower taste like Rice, this is going to change all of that. Cauliflower tastes so much better as a vegetarian main course or side. You do not have to put all that effort to make Rice out of it. Just my unsolicited opinion anyways.

Oh and make it a weekly habit to eat a few of these cruciferous vegetables because they give you some serious immunity boost without adding calories and carbs. Read more here – Did you know eating Cruciferous Vegetables like Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts helps prevent Cancer?

So I have three of my best cauliflower recipes pictured above. All of the seasoning and spices in these recipes are optional, but if you have been following this space for any length of time, get some of these ingredients and try them out. And usually they last a long long time. Here is a few you will need for your cauliflower. If you do not have an Indian grocery store near by order them online once, and it will probably last you 6 months – 1 year even if you use these every day. Cumin seeds – 1 Tbsp, Mustard seeds – 1 tsp, Nigella seeds (Kalonji) – 1 tsp (optional), Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp (optional), Asafoetida – 1 pinch

​Best Cauliflower Recipes #1: Cauliflower And Peas Stir fry:

Any quantity goes. I cook whatever quantity will cook in my large Stir Fry Pan. Wash and Cut One Medium Size Organic Cauliflower into Small bite-size florets. Wash about 1-2 cups of frozen peas. Heat a Large Pan or Wok on High heat. Add 1 Tbsp of Butter. Add a pinch of Asafetida, Cumin seeds – 1 Tbsp, Mustard seeds – 1 tsp, Nigella seeds (Kalonji) – 1 tsp , Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp. Immediately add Cauliflower and Peas and Mix. Add Salt, Pepper and about 1/2 tsp turmeric and mix. Add about 1/2 cup water and Cover. Cook for 5-10 minutes until water evaporates. Let rest for 15 minutes and then Garnish with 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lemon juice. My favorite way to eat this will be with a healthy whole grain tortilla or wrap like these.


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Best Cauliflower Recipes #2: Cauliflower, Carrot, Potato and Peas Curry

The second recipe is a mixed vegetable curry. if you have this sauce Indian Curry Sauce Recipe – Brown Curry Sauce in your refrigerator, then this recipe is a breeze to cook. Start with One medium Sized organic cauliflower, Wash and chop into small florets. Set Aside. Wash and Cut up some carrots in 1-2 inch pieces. about 2 cups. Cut up one large potato, in 1 inch pieces. And wash some peas about 1 cups, and set them aside as well.

In a large pan add a pinch of Asafetida, Cumin seeds – 1 Tbsp, Mustard seeds – 1 tsp, Nigella seeds (Kalonji) – 1 tsp , Fenugreek seeds – 1 tsp. Add about 1 cup of this Indian Curry Sauce Recipe – Brown Curry Sauce. (Totally Optional) but if you have 1/2 tsp of Turmeric Powder and 2 Tbsp Coriander powder Add that now. It helps thicken the curry, and also extra turmeric is always good for health. Add the potatoes and cover. Let the potato get a head start with cooking only because they take longer to cook. Open the lid in about 5 minutes and add Salt and Pepper to taste. add all the other vegetables and 1-2 cups of water. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat. Let rest and then garnish with cilantro and squeeze in a juice of half a lemon. Now this cauliflower curry is best served over steamed rice or quinoa.


Best Cauliflower Recipes #3: Cauliflower and Peas stir fry with Pepper Flakes

​This is an easy stir fry, spicy but very quick to prepare. Chop One medium cauliflower into florets, and wash and drain. Wash the Peas and drain. Heat butter or oil in a deep pan oven over medium-high heat. Add a pinch of Asafetida, Cumin seeds – 1 Tbsp, Mustard seeds – 1 tsp, Nigella seeds (Kalonji) – 1 tspFenugreek seeds – 1 tsp. Immediately add Cauliflower and Peas and Mix. Add Salt, Pepper and sprinkle lots of chilly flakes. And Stir fry in the open for about 5-10 minutes. Turn off the heat and let rest for 10 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro and lemon juice. Wrap it up in a whole grain wrap with sourcream or yogurt. And enjoy.


Try all three of them and let me know which one do you like best. Once you learn the technique, you can throw in any vegetables together in stir fry, curry, or whatever you want to prepare.

Pop Quiz – What is the difference between the Recipe #1 and #3? And which one did you like better?


Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #92

lentil barley soup

Lentil Barley Soup Recipe aka Haleem’ish And Health Benefits of Barley

Healthy Living, Weight Loss Recipes

This Lentil Barley Soup made with Spices and Herbs is delicious. It is a recipe to feed a crowd. It is freezer-friendly too. Make the soup and eat it vegan or add meat during the week to change it all up. And you can add pretty much a handful of every lentil and bean into this and still come up with the most delicious concoction.

Health benefits of Barley

What on earth is Haleem’ish?

So Haleem is “The Original Lentil Barley Soup”. Since Haleem traditionally contains meat (usually lamb or goat) but This recipe of Lentil Barley soup is vegan, hence the name Haleem’ish.

Pair this soup with spinach or kale or other greens, or any seasonal vegetable of choice. Or else you can serve it with a meat or chicken curry such as this The Chicken Stew , or this Goat Meat Stew make it an actual Haleem.

The Many Health Benefits of Barley.

Barley is an ancient grain, and a high yield and low maintenance crop. Archeologists have found evidence of Barley along the river Nile in Egypt, dating back at least 17,000 years. That is some extreme ancient grain as far as I am concerned. A lot of ancient cultures eat Barley in so many forms. Most religious scripture and the folklore and grandma’s anecdotes will tell you all of the benefits of Barley soups and bread. But I had to look it up at my usual “Scholarly” sources.

So here is the insider scoop from this one study,  regular consumption of whole grain unprocessed barley reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases. Barley contains a Super Fiber called β-glucan along with many useful phytochemicals and antioxidants. Barley is supposed to lower cholesterol and protects you from heart diseases.

There are many more potential health benefits of barley that are under study to prove that Barley combats common nutrition-related diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.


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Ok. Ok So before you start eating this soup every day to cure your diabetes and manage your cholesterol. First of all, Please do not do that. Eat even the good foods in moderation. Here is my standard reminder about the advice on the internet.

I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.

What do you need to make this Lentil Barley Soup recipe?

Ofcourse you need the Lentils and Barley. But to make it simpler let me give you an actual list. I usually have most ingredients on hand so use it all, but do not get intimidated by ingredient list. Use what you have in your pantry or order a few you will absolutely use eventually. The main ingredient is ofcourse lentils of your choice and Barley 🙂

  1. Whole Grain Barley – 1 cup
  2. All other lentils – Use any or all of Whole Red Lentils, Mung Beans, Urad Daal, Pigeon Peas(Toor Daal) and Chana Daal. – Altogether about 1 cup
  3. Beans – Use Kidney Beans, Black Beans, Pinto Beans, Black Eyed Peas – Also altogether about 1 cup
  4. Grated Ginger – 1/4 cup
  5. Minced Garlic – 1/4 cup
  6. Garam Masala – 1 tsp
  7. Turmeric – 1 Tbsp
  8. Salt and Pepper – to taste
  9. (Optional) Bay leaves – 3
  10. Cinnamon Stick – 1

How to cook Lentil Barley Soup?

Since you are starting with dried beans, this recipe requires advance preparation. I soak my beans and lentils for a few days, sometimes even with baking soda and citric acid to get the phytates out. (post for another day). You atleast need an hour of soaking time.

  1. Take the Barley, Lentils and Beans in a mixing bowl as measured. You should have about 3 cups of dried ingredients at this time. Wash this mix a few times. And soak in plenty of water for upto 8 hours. Or more if you fancy. Change water every few hours if soaking longer duration.
  2. An Instant pot makes this recipe easy to cook. Or else a Slow cooker might do too if you have one.
  3. Once the beans-lentils-barley mix is all soaked up. Drain the water. Rinse a few times. And add to Instant pot.
  4. Fill with about 10-12 cups of water. You may need to add more water later to get the soup consistency. But start with 2-3 times more water at this point.
  5. Add all other ingredients.
  6. Close the lid and start the Instant Pot on the Bean setting.
  7. If using Slow Cooker – Cook on high for 8-10 hours.
  8. After the Slow Cooker/Instant Pot shows done, Open the lid.
  9. At this point, you can mix everything, give it a taste and set it aside in meal prep containers, and freeze.
Ok. So we are not done yet. You need some more ingredients and steps to actually eat this recipe. Read on..

How to eat Vegan Lentil Barley Soup?

So. While the Soup is cooking Steam your vegetables on the side, and Add to the soup. Or at the end, After you have separated what you want to use right then, you can add your vegetables and water to the soup and cook an additional 10 minutes on high pressure to get the vegetable soup.

Garnish for the Lentil Barley Soup – Cilantro, Lime juice, and Thinly Sliced Onions fried in ghee or butter. If you can tolerate the spicy, hot peppers add some thinly sliced Thai chilly peppers and grated ginger to the garnish as well.

How to make the Haleem – The Lentil Barley Soup with Meats?

Make a Curried Goat or Chicken Recipe such as these – Curried Goat, Goat Meat Stew, Easy Keema Saagwala (Easy Peasy Minced Meat With Spinach), Pepper Chicken or this The Chicken Stew.

Mix the Soup and Meat of choice. Add Water to get the desired Consistency you need in your soup.

Use the same garnish as above. Cilantro, Lime juice, and Thinly Sliced Onions fried in ghee or butter. If you can tolerate the spicy, hot peppers add some thinly sliced Thai chilly peppers and grated ginger to the garnish as well.


I may have to dedicate an entire article to the health benefits of barley alone, but for now, here is what you do add Barley and various lentils and beans to your grocery list, and learn how to make this delicious lentil barley soup.


AI Poetry of the day is:

Ah The Lentils and Barley,
 Soup is good for the soul,
 And good for those that are old,
 Its good for those who are young,
 Good for me, Good for you
 Good for everyone.

Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #90.

Okra Stir Fry

Okra Stir Fry (Bhindi ki sabzi)

Healthy Living, Weight Loss Recipes

​This Okra Stir Fry recipe might sound super unusual to anyone that has been cooking Okra/bhindi ever. But It is so simple that it would be criminal if you keep cooking Okra in your old ways. This Okra Stir Fry recipe takes under 30 minutes from start to finish. And it is not the yucky-slimy-ooey-gooey okra that everyone loves to dismiss.

And pair it with a whole-grain tortilla like this, and you have a perfectly balanced dinner ready. Perhaps add a fruit salad for dessert. Ok. Someone, Please Remind me to teach you how to make a savory fat-burning fruit salad someday!

Fun-fact for those that do not know Okra is also known as Lady’s Finger. I am not lying. Check Wikipedia. And its called “Bhindi” in “Hindi”. I was not intending for it to Rhyme, but it does. ha.

And Oh before I forget.


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So, what is the secret behind this Okra Stir Fry recipe?

This is really a low-touch and over-simplified and nutritious/healthy version of Okra stir fry using traditional Indian spices. The secret is this (or any) cast iron skillet, and dump everything in and stir, kind of stir fry recipe. I add all ingredients within the first 5 minutes of cooking and then cook the stir fry uncovered (just like stir fry’s should be prepared). The end result is just a heavenly accompaniment to your Whole Grain Wraps and Roti like never before!

​These are the Ingredients you will need to make this Okra Stir Fry.

Okra Stir Fry with Indian Spices
  • ​Okra chopped and ends trimmed (like shown in the picture) – 6-8 cups
  • ​Onion (preferably red onion) finely chopped – 3 cups
  • ​1 Jalapeño or 3 green chilies, thinly sliced – (can reduce the quantity if you cannot deal with spice)
  • ​Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • ​Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • ​(Optional) Nigella seeds (Kalonji) – 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • ​(Optional) Fenugreek seeds – 1/4 tsp (optional)
  • ​​(Optional) Asafoetida – 1 pinch (optional)
  • Amchoor (Dried Green Mango Powder) – 1 Tbsp.
  • ​Turmeric – 1 tsp
  • ​Cayenne pepper – 1/2 tsp (or less as per taste)
  • ​Olive oil – 3-4 tbsp
  • ​Salt And Pepper – to taste
  • 1/2 cup cilantro. cleaned, chopped for garnish

​And finally here is how you cook the Okra Stir Fry:

  1. ​Heat oil in a wide Cast Iron Pan pan over medium-high heat. Any other wide non stick pan or Wok will work as well.
  2. Add cumin, mustard, nigella, fenugreek, and asafoetida. You should hear the spices sizzle and also release an aroma!
  3. ​Immediately add onion, green chilies (or Jalapeño), okra and mix evenly.
  4. Stir and mix everything and in about 5 minutes add salt, cayenne pepper and turmeric and mix well again.
  5. ​Cook uncovered stirring every 5 minutes until all the okra slime evaporates! Should take about 15-20 minutes. **This step is extremely important, otherwise, okra does get really slimy and yuck**
  6. ​Turn the heat off, Sprinkle the Amchoor powder and garnish with cilantro. Mix.

​Serve hot as a side with Roti, or a wrapped inside a Whole grain Tortilla or 1/3 cup cooked steamed white rice and this Curried Lentils Recipe – Easiest Lentil Recipe with Immune-Boosting Spices


If you like this Okra recipe, also check out my Roasted Okra Recipe – Crispy, Crunchy, Delicious. That should tell you how much I love Okra. Yes. I make it pretty much every week, much like the bok choy.


Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #89..


Ok. Ok.

Wait for it.

Here is my Poetry of the day.

Oh My Okra, 
Oh My Okra, 
You are the reason I'm so happy, 
You can't imagine What you mean to meeeee

Oh my Okra, 
Oh my Okra, 
How do you solve a problem like meeee

- Written by AI. Admired by me.

sulforaphane

Did you know eating Cruciferous Vegetables like Cabbage, Cauliflower, Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts helps prevent Cancer?

Healthy Living, longevity, Weight Loss Recipes

There are many health benefits of Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, and other cruciferous vegetables. The cruciferous vegetables are rich in Sulforaphane1 which is anticarcinogenic. Anticarcinogenic is a fancy way of saying it helps prevents cancer.

I am a foodie, hence I love to eat. I will try a few recipes, and then almost always make it “Indian”. Indian food and Spices still hold the top spot in my tool kit of health, wellness, and longevity.

Once I start liking and enjoying some foods, I almost always begin researching what might be some health benefits of it. I knew as much that the cruciferous vegetables are low in carbs and easy to cook, and a perfect replacement for carbs to fill you up. But the health benefits of the Cruciferous vegetables – Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, Cabbage truly surprised me. Some other Cruciferous vegetables you will find around here again and again are bok choy, arugula, kale, watercress and radishes.

I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.

Sulphorafane (SFN) effectively inhibited tumor growth and increased the sensitivity of cancer cells to chemotherapeutics in patients with advanced-stage pancreatic cancers,2 (The same kind that took Steve Jobs away, as well as a very dear friend of mine.)

Various Scientific studies suggest that cruciferous vegetable intake may lower overall cancer risk, including colon, lung, and prostate cancer, particularly during the early stages.

Reference:Colon cancer , lung cancer, prostate cancer

Microwave cooking increases the sulforaphane levels in Broccoli.

Broccoli is on the top of the list, because it contains the highest amount of Sulforaphane amongst all of the Cruciferous vegetables. And little did I know that – Microwave cooking Increases Sulforaphane level in Broccoli by 80% at 50-60ºC.6

Let me say that again because there are way too many misconceptions about microwave cooking. Wash and separate Broccoli into florets. Put it in a microwave-safe bowl. Add 2 Tbsp Water. Cover and Steam for 4-5 minutes. Eat. Repeat.

Sharfunnisa

What are some of the other recipes for Cruciferous Vegetables?

There are recipes all around this site that are healthy, highly nutritious, and delicious, and use one or many of these vegetables. Here are some comfort food-type recipes that are so easy to make on a weeknight, and uses any, or all of the Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, and more. Easy Thai Curry Soup , Steamed/Sauteed/Stir Fry Green Beans and Broccoli and Bok Choy Recipe with Garlic, Pepper, and Hoisin Sauce.

What are you going to cook for your own good health?


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Unrelated to Sulforaphane, but something that might help you add Broccoli to your grocery list now, I have to share this really funny bit about what actually made me write this post today. My son and I were watching this program called “Too Funny to Fail” and caught the snippet of this Dana Carvey performance from SNL. We found it so funny,, that we had to listen to the whole song. And How can I not share it to brighten your day, if you have a weird sense of humor like ours?

She went downtown.
 She bought some Broccoli.
 She brought it home.
 Chopping Broccoli. Chopping Broccoli …..

I find it hilarious. Here it is.

Chopping Broccolleeeehh……

Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #88..

Health Benefits of Garlic

Health Benefits of Garlic, the Superfood Herb #3

Healthy Living, longevity

There are countless Health Benefits of Garlic. Hence it made it into the #EatPlayFit Superfood Ranking at #3. Trust me it is a difficult choice between Oh the Turmeric, Nigella Seeds and Garlic. I almost use garlic every day of the week in some way during my cooking, well along with Turmeric, Black Pepper, Onions, Ginger, and a variety of other Spices. Each of them deserves their own post; their time on the list will come someday!

The smell of Garlic is about all most people can handle, but the benefits are well worth it. Science shows that it is one of the most immune-boosting and nutritious foods. This pungent herb and its many cousins contain an essential oil called allicin that has been used for centuries to treat a host of ailments.

If I just reminded you about the amazing health benefits of garlic that you already knew about, then please add Garlic to your grocery list, now. For those that have no idea why the rest of the world eats garlic, read on.

What is garlic and remind me again of some health benefits of garlic?

Garlic, a member of the onion family, has been used as food and medicine for thousands of years. Garlic is well-known for its ability to enhance the flavor of foods, but it has many other benefits as well. Throughout history, many different cultures have recognized the use of garlic for the prevention and treatment of different diseases. Garlic gives your immune system a boost, helps fight cancer, lowers cholesterol, and reduces the risk of heart diseases and stroke.

BUT FIRST THE DISCLAIMER! And then a few handy-dandy lists.

I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.

Now onto 11 Health Benefits of Garlic; should be enough motivation to eat garlic every day.

I always end up with weird counts on my numbered lists. Oh well.

According to this study published in 2014, there are various health benefits that it lists, citing the information from ancient medicine and various other supporting studies to prove that the ancient humans, were on to something.

  1. Strengthens the immune system.
  2. Garlic helps detoxify the body
  3. Garlic improves Cardiovascular Health – and prevents heart diseases
  4. Improves blood circulation and managing the blood pressure
  5. Used in treating stomach ulcers
  6. Fights cancer as well as reduces the risk of getting stomach, liver, breast, colon, and skin cancer.
  7. Helps prevent  Thrombosis.
  8. Helps you fight colds and flu
  9. Helps lower bad cholesterol, and triglycerides.
  10. Anti-inflammatory and Analgesic (helps reduce pain)
  11. Garlic improves Liver Health

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Some more reason why I eat garlic.

Avicenna mentioned in his 10th century book (The Canon of Medicine) that Garlic is used in the treatments of arthritis, toothache, chronic cough, constipation, parasitic infestation, snake and insect bites, gynecologic diseases, as well as in infectious diseases (as antibiotic).

  1. Garlic is an excellent source of manganese. Manganese can help regulate blood sugar levels,
  2. Garlic is known as a natural antibiotic.
  3. Garlic is a source of selenium which has antioxidant properties.
  4. Garlic is also a good source of vitamin B6.
  5. Garlic helps prevent atherosclerosis.
  6. Garlic is a great herb for the skin and hair.
  7. Garlic has antibacterial properties.
  8. Garlic is a highly recommended herb for the digestive system
  9. Ancient Chinese and Indian medicine recommended garlic to aid respiration and digestion and to treat leprosy and parasitic infestation.
  10. Garlic could be used for relieving toothache as well. Oh did i say in the previous list, that garlic is an analgesic?

I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.

The anti-cancer property of Garlic deserves its own mention.

As you will learn from this study, Garlic contains a large number of potent bioactive compounds with anticancer properties. Many compounds present in Garlic and Garlic extracts prevent the formation and growth of cancer, by mechanisms such as preventing DNA adduct formation, mutagenesis, destruction of free radicals, cell proliferation and differentiation, and formation of new blood vessels.

The important takeaway from the above scientific blabber is that, Garlic can help prevent cancer. Garlic can help slow down the mad-cell-proliferation that causes cancer. 

Furthermore, this study cited many other experiments that were done in rats, with chemically induced tumors of colon, breast, lung, lever, skin, prostrate, oesophagus, and stomach. As well as naturally occuring cancers in human studies. Garlic was found to show multiple anti-cancer activities that helped slow down the cell multiplication.

Enough talk about the diseases. You get the point. A gazillion health benefits of Garlic. How should you eat it?

  1. Garlic is most commonly added to savory dishes – Pasta, Stir-fry, Curries, Soups, Fried rice, Fried anything – You name it.
  2. It is used as a flavoring in dishes. Finish a Lamb Chop with Garlic and Rosemary like this recipe Reverse Sear Those Lamb Chops?
  3. It is used to make garlic oil, and pickles.
  4. Add it to Guacamole.
  5. Add it to marinades for your meats, burgers, and meatballs.

Recipes you can make with Garlic

The most comforting recipe to be made with Garlic has to be one of the Soup recipes around here. My every day Soup is definitely this Easiest Lentil Recipe with Immune-Boosting Spices, and Easy Thai Tom Yum Inspired Soup. And the reality is you can never go wrong with the quantity of garlic in these. Add as much as you want and you will still love it! One of the most indulgent way to use raw garlic would be in this Easiest Guacamole Recipe You will ever make.

What will you eat garlic in?

Comment and let me know.


How can I be done without my AI generated Poetry? This, I thought was hilarious. So here it is for me, and for you and every one to enjoy Garlic!

Garlic, the superfood, 
Is good for the heart, 
It gives you a kick, 
It smells like death, 
But tastes like pure bliss.

Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #87.

Dom D’Agostino’s Diet – A Primer On Starving Cancer Cells through Fasting and Ketosis.

Healthy Living, longevity, Ramadan

I was surprised to find out that Dom D’Agostino’s Diet Plan was one of the top searched terms that shows up this blog, and ​I decided to overhaul it and make it more useful for anyone that the Search Engine Gods send this way. Back when I wrote it, it was just some research I stumbled upon and I made the Explain-Like-I-Am-5 Notes for myself. Wait, Actually that is what I think this blog is like. I write for 5-year-olds.

Ok, First things First, Since we are talking about Cancer and Other diseases here.

I am not playing doctor. Any advice you read on this blog cannot be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you are experiencing a health condition please reach out to a qualified healthcare professional. I repeat, do not use this blog as medical advice to treat yourself or others.

The Woe is Cancer! The disease “loved” by big pharma, hospitals, and the insurance industries alike. Cancer is crazy division of abnormal cells that spread and take over the “normal” cells of the useful organs of the body. And the Premise that you can starve the cancer cells by fasting – seems believable to me. Now, what I believe means nothing to anyone, including me ha! Where is the science? And we will discuss that shortly, but first What is Dom D’Agostino’s Diet and why are people looking for it?

Who is Dom D’Agostino?

You can find most of Dom’s work at his website here, and his social media here. But since you are here looking for this information, Dom has been doing and supporting multiple kinds of clinical researches on Fasting, and Ketosis, and ending Cancer, And he lives the fasting and ketosis lifestyle too, every day. Following Dom and the work of other Scientists, and Doctors I am fairly convinced that most diseases; diabetes, other cardiovascular diseases, and even most cancers are metabolic diseases. Oh, Hippocrates was right, after all. About – Let “food” be your medicine stuff.

And What is Dom D’Agostino’s Diet Plan?

Not only Dom researches on Ketogenic Diet and Fasting he also practices what he preaches. Dom D’Agostino primarily eats a ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet is a very low carbohydrate, high fat, moderate protein diet. This puts the body into “ketosis”. A state of Ketosis is when your body starts burning fat for fuel instead of sugar and carbohydrates or other stuff that can convert into sugar.

OK. I get it. So what can I eat on Dom’s Ketogenic Diet?

Step 1 – Use an app such as My fitness pal or other apps that can help you count your calories and macro nutrient (Fat, Protein, and Carb) requirements. My benchmark for moderate activity for an average women is 1200 Calories, and Men is 1500 Calories.

Step 2 – Use seafood, chicken, other meats and dairy for protein and fat. Use lots of low carbohydrate vegetables. Keep your net carbohydrates (even from vegetable sources) to under 20 grams per day. Pretty much completely skip the fruits, alcohol and grains.

There are some recipes around here, which if you eat as is (without tortillas, grains, and fruits), they will pass the Ketogenic tests. Such as this Roasted Chicken Recipe – With Herbs and Spices, Easiest Guacamole Recipe You will ever make., Roasted Masala Cashews/ Almonds and Easy Thai Tom Yum Inspired Soup.

What about Fasting?

Now stack up fasting and extended fasting on top of the Ketogenic Diet, and you will see that your body will try to eat the “unwanted”, “abnormal” cells first before getting to fail the organs or eating the muscles. There is also a name for the process. “Autophagy” – That requires a whole blog post of its own. Someone remind me. Atleast that is the hypothesis in a very simple language. This is what scientists such as Dom D’Agostino are trying to prove in more controlled clinical settings. And in the case of Dom – also by example.

So, this doesn’t mean that the ketogenic diet and fasting is the silver bullet that would cure “ALL” cancer, however, it could be a powerful preventive tool as well as a cure if used in conjunction with other treatments!!

And Again, I Repeat – DO NOT DISCOUNT THE MEDICAL ADVICE and go on a fasting spree. Because that gal on the Internet told you so. But, Eat Healthily. Take small steps to live better. Drink water. If you have a family history of Cancer – Try Fasting and a Ketogenic lifestyle. If not all year, try it a few months a year as natural detoxification of the body.

Fasting is not a “new” science.

Whether or not you believe in any religion, all of the ancient religions of the world prescribed mandatory fasting. Where ever the humans downloaded the Religion from, I am sure someone knew some thing either by practice or whatever the prevailing “science” was then when humans were discovering Religion!


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What are some benefits of the Ketogenic Diet?

If you are still here check out this popular TED talk by Dom.

One important point to note, not all cancers use sugar for energy and I have not had time to look at each type of cancer either. I am sure there is research available. Ketogenic diets have been found helpful in reversing and preventing the early onset of diabetes, cures Epilepsy that is incurable by other medications. Ketones generated as a result of the Ketogenic Diet controls seizures and protect the brain. Reminds me, Check out the Meryl Streep movie, First Do No Harm, true story of a boy whose severe epilepsy is unresponsive to medications. The boy, Charlie was cured by Ketogenic Diet. The ketogenic diet has been found useful in managing Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which is a connective tissue disease that causes chronic pain and fatigue.

Ok So The Final Conclusion

All that said, if you are healthy (or not) try to eat unprocessed whole foods. Moderate Protein, Lots of vegetables, Fruits to get your other micronutrients. Lots of Water. Get a balanced diet, Reduce intake of grains and sugars in any and all forms. Fast occasionally, or Intermittent Fast Daily. Go outside, get some sunshine. Try to be generally happy, healthy, and hopefully be able to prevent the dis-eases.

Pretty Bad news for the healthcare industry, if you are all healthy and fit. So join my fight against the disease here, And Spread the knowledge. Share this blog with friends and family, so they can live healthily, ever, longer too.


Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #86.


Seen this making rounds on the Internet today. And I can say from living here, that it is the Truth, And a sad reality of the healthcare system in America.

Norway University Calls On Students to Return Home From Countries With ‘Poorly Developed Health Systems’—Such as the USA. Read more here.

And curious to see what you all think of it. Oh and here is something else to think about.

One quarter of what you eat keeps you alive. The other three quarters keeps your doctor alive.
-Egyptian Proverb.