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


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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Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #102


Haha I thought this was pretty funny. #justdoit

Chilli Paneer Recipe

Chilli Paneer Recipe – An Indian Inspired Chinese Street Food

Healthy Living, Weight Loss Recipes

This is going to be the easiest Chilli Paneer Recipe you will ever make. If you have grown up in India, you will know how the streets of India have “Curri-fied” the Chinese food. I mean Chinese food is already amazing in and of itself, but add some Indian ingredients and spices to it and you get double the health benefits of ancient goodness.

These days, paneer is all the craze in the Keto and Paleo circles. You may find it at your local Indian store or Costco as well. Without further adieu, I present to you the EatPlayFit version of Chilli Paneer.

What do you need to make Chilli Paneer?

  • 1 Block of Paneer – cut into small bite size pieces
  • 2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 cup chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped Green Bell Bepper
  • 1 cup chopped Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 cup chopped Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 8-10 Cloves of Garlic. Smash with a large knife and Roughly chop. Or Mince – Whatever works.
  • (Optional) Green Chilly Peppers or Jalapenos – chopped fine
  • Grated Ginger – About 2 Tbsp
  • Olive Oil – 3 Tbsp
  • Salt, Pepper to taste
  • Turmeric – 1 tsp
  • Vinegar – 2 Tbsp
  • Dark Soy Sauce – 2 Tbsp
  • Chopped Cilantro – 1/2 Cup

How to make Chilli Paneer?

Soak paneer cubes in warm water to soften up, if just taking it out of the refrigerator. In a Large Pan, Heat the Oil. Followed by Garlic, Stir for about 30 seconds. And then add the rest of the ingredients, except the Paneer, Soya Sauce, and Vinegar. Let it cook for about 5-7 minutes stirring in between to avoid sticking to the pan. Take the Paneer out of water and drain, while everything else is cooking. Wait for the onions to brown and then add the Paneer and mix everything. Add Vinegar and Soy Sauce. And Top with Cilantro. Mix well and Turn off the heat when all of the liquid has evaporated to get a Dry Paneer Chilli to eat as a snack. Let rest for about 10 minutes before serving.

If you want to eat Chilli Paneer with rice, either add a little more Soy Sauce and Vinegar, or do not let the liquids from the vegetables dry, so it has some gravy to soak up the rice.

Ways to eat Chilli Paneer

Eat as is as Snack by itself. Or Serve with Lettuce as in Lettuce Wraps. Or serve with a side of this Quinoa Recipe with Almond and Pistachio. If you are not watching weight, or on a cheat meal day, it is an absolutely perfect pairing with a bowl of 1/2 cup of steamed white or brown rice.


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.


Why should I eat Paneer Again?

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.

Although tofu has been hailed as a superfood, paneer has the same cholesterol-lowering effect. Paneer is a type of cheese, made by curdling hot milk and draining all of the liquid away. It does not have a long list of ingredients or complicated manufacturing processes like Tofu. Paneer is perhaps the only source of protein for largely vegetarian population of India.

According to this 2014 study, Paneer contains a fairly high level of fat and proteins as well as some minerals, especially calcium and phosphorus. It is also a good source of fat-soluble vitamins A and D. Paneer contains whey proteins that are a rich source of essential amino acids. Paneer is also recommended by doctors and nutritionists for diabetic and coronary heart disease patients.

Other Paneer Recipes in this blog

If you are into Paneer, here are some other Paneer recipes to try. Paneer Veggie Stir Fry, Spinach Recipes – Green Curry Sauce, and Paneer Bhurji, Curried Scrambled Paneer.

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 here to find out how I can help.


And for your tiny dose of inspiration today, here is a gem from Naval Ravikant.

No one can compete with you, on being you. Most of life is a search for who and what needs you the most. 

Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #84.

Easiest Way To Lose Weight

Easiest Way To Lose Weight & the Quest For a Permanent Weight Loss Solution

Health & Beauty, Healthy Living, Weightloss

Everyone wants an easy button – What is the easiest way to lose weight? I wrote this post a long time ago, originally because I kept getting asked in my free-discovery calls in many formats – Can I lose 10lbs by this summer? to Can, I lose 120 lbs. this year?

On digging deep, it turns out there is a lot of underlying self-criticism, and blame (blaming the willpower, or family members, or upbringing), and also sadly the – I am not good enough. I am not motivated enough excuses. I know, I know you want fast weight loss. But I am also sure that is the rabbit hole you have gone down before – Set up a massive goal and then felt like a failure.

Do you have any of these excuses? 

Do you think that a successful weight loss regimen requires you to stick to your diet plan?

Or perhaps you do not have time to cook? Or Your excuse is that your family only eats sandwiches and unhealthy Pizza and take outs.

Too overwhelmed by work, life, kids, family to meal prep and exercise?

Or you do not really have a lower calorie meal plan or an expert weight loss exercise plan. Or you do not know how to eat to lose the layers upon layers of unhealthy fat that have crept up on you from the years sitting at your desk job on a computer followed by Netflix and Chill at home.

Can I lose 20 lbs by this summer?

Here are some keys to successful weight loss. Things and Ideas easy enough that you could implement right now. Get started on a healthy lifestyle and a get a happy body and when you are healthy, energized and feel awesome at all times, you could lose weight easily and effortlessly. You will effortlessly have a healthy body weight.

Rule # 1Diets do not work. A healthy lifestyle is a choice. You need to “want” to be healthier and make the first step towards that change. If you do not know what to do Download this free Guide here.

Start believing and hence behaving like a healthy person and you will be making right choices about your self.

This process I describe below will get you slow and sustainable results and you will see those layers of fat will start melting off and healthy muscles and abs showing before you know it.

If you have forever been on crash diets and expensive gym memberships or part of some Keto, Whole 30, Manic 80, Paleo, Weight watchers and Jenny Craig band wagon or worst yet some unhealthy supplements, meal replacements, you probably know some or more ways to lose weight.

All of them are probably correct, and were designed from a place of true service. 

The only fault I see is – They blame it on you, when you fail. And you go down the rabbit hole of looking for yet another diet, gym or exercise video – Only to crash diet and lose/gain weight again.

Four Questions to determine if a weight loss program will work for you and get you successful and permanent weight loss?

However if none of those have worked for you and have left you feel confused, consider answering following questions:1. Is your healthy-eating program based on Science? Or is it just the new fad diet, promoted by a celebrity or your friend that just started this MLM side gig and has her pictures pasted on luxurious vacations all over social media.2. Can you follow the principles for rest of your life? So if you buy into a meal replacement shake or a Plexus, Arbonne or Pruvit – Is this something you will do for rest of your life, or are you just doing it temporarily?3. What this program suggests you to eat and do, would you have your children do it with you? Is the supplement, or meal replacement safe for your kids or has ingredients that makes it unsafe?4. When you talk to your coach about losing weight, Is the first thing that they suggest an artificial supplements, not real food?You perhaps know the right answers to all the above questions.

Your weight loss will most likely be temporary if you buy into fad diets and exercise programs.Instead of getting on a weight loss program, learn the way to eat healthy and nourish your body, that you can train yourself to do for the rest of your life with your family and your children.Learn attitude, lifestyle and behaviors of a fit person and you will never have that spare tire around your belly ever again.

11 Rules to lose weight and keep it off forever:

** I do not know why Eleven. But stay with me …

  • Design your Environment. Give away all the junk food (processed bread, sugar, chips, cold drinks, boxed, microwave dinners, cakes, cookies and sodas). I talk about Super Fridge here. What is in your refrigerator?
  • Grocery Shopping. Buy fresh meats, vegetables, nuts and dairy. Along with canned black beans, lentils or any beans of your choice really. *Beans are healthier carbs as compared to the breads and rice, so this would satisfy your carb cravings. Buy some berries, papaya, pineapple and apples. Lemons and Oranges are good to have too. Always a great idea to buy pre-cleaned, pre-cut vegetables. Here I discuss A Slow Carb Meal Plan for weight loss.
  • Upgrade your skill. If you have no idea how to cook, then get some recipes from this blog. This post on morning routines demystifies breakfast. Energizing Morning Routines Part 1 – Breakfast
  • Golden Rule: Always Eat until full and make sure you get about 25–30 grams of protein every meal and fill up rest of your plate with veggies. Also Mama was right. Chew your food a 30 times. 
  • Drink a lot of water. If you are a list or calendar person, Put a reminder on your calendar to drink 8–10 glasses of plain filtered water every day. If you are the one that snoozes the reminders and ignore the alarms, then build tiny habits* – After I finish breakfast, I will fill a water bottle and put it on my work desk. Or After I reach work, I will fill a water bottle and put it on my work desk. Lastly – If you cant drink plain water add some berries and sliced up lemon to make great tasting infused water.  I also talk about tiny habits in this post. Greatest Productivity Hack – Do not break the chain and What has habits got to do with it?
  • Tracking your weights and measurement is the only boring activity you may have to do periodically. After all this is the only way to know if you are losing weight or not. I talk more about this here. Weights and Measurements Quantified.
  • Lastly Remember to be more kind and forgiving to yourself. If it took you years to put the weight on, don’t expect to lose it in 2 weeks. Slow and Steady is better than on-again, off-again dieting and weight training.
  • Do not underestimate the power of sleep and rest. You need to get your 6-8 hours of sleep. I probably sleep more! If you have a wearable that tracks sleep, figure out if you indeed have a good quality sleep. ***Reminder to self: Write an article about sleep next.**
  • Enjoy the process of your life changing habits. Learn to celebrate every thing and cultivate happiness by means of tiny habits, instead of celebrating with sugar and food.  Express gratitude for a healthy, happy body and family every single day and watch it become healthier, happier and stress free while shedding those fat cells off.
  • Have you seen this post about 5 minute exercise. This may be a great way to add a boost to your weight loss plans. Or change it to 11 minute exercise per day for longevity as per the recent studies. Run, Just Dance, Play Basketball or Catch with kids. There are many options. 
  • Ha. So it looks like there is not really any Rule #2, 3, 4 … but I guess that is how it is. There is only 1 Rule – Diets do not work. Just live a healthy, simple, decision free life style every day and you will never have to diet or join a gym again!

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  1. Create a crystal clear vision for the ideal life you will be living in your new, slim, sexy. confident body.
  2. Uncover hidden challenges that may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts and keeping you from getting the body you want.
  3. Leave this session renewed, inspired and finally ready to lose all the weight you want – once and for all. 

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Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #82.

Mexican food

That Burrito Bowl: What is the best restaurant food for weight loss?

Healthy Living, Healthy Recipes, Lifestyle, Weight Loss Recipes, Weightloss

What is the best restaurant food for weight loss? You ask. When you are trying to eat healthy and are too busy to cook, a trip to Chipotle, Qdoba, and other local Mexican restaurants is the best choice. And no, I do not own any stock in Chipotle. I love their food as well as their commitment to natural meats and sustainable agricultural practices. Neither I am from Mexico, unlike Avocados,

If you are still reading this I am sure you love your chipotle burrito bowls. Or you have tried all kinds of diets to fight that computer-generated belly. Ha, let’s call it that because in some way you can attribute it to sitting in front of your computer. I have definitely read about all of the diets too, if not tried them. And I am sure all of them work.

How to Optimize your Mexican food for weight loss?

What the “diets” do not take into account sometimes is real life. Life will get busy some days. And you will have to order that take out. And with small effort, you can make your Delicious Chipotle or other Mexican food Order extremely healthy. Skip the cheese and corn, half the rice, add extra beans, and extra lettuce, add Guacamole and extra hot salsa (instead of mild). Capsaicin in Peppers helps burn fat.

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.

Hey! Better Ingredients, Better Burrito Bowl.

What is the next best thing you can do instead of driving to pick up your burrito bowl every day? Well, you can make your Mexican food for weight loss in the comfort of your home every day of the week. You have got to try it out to know, but the homemade Mexican Food tastes even better than the Chipotle, because – Hey! Better Ingredients, Better Tacos. only because a burrito bowl is like a puzzle that you can assemble together however you want.

Just do a one-time shopping trip this weekend and pick up the following items:

Avocados
Limes
Jalapeño (If you love peppers, oh let me correct that ….you should love peppers!)
Large bunch of cilantro
A box of Firm-Ripe tomatoes of choice
Get a few 15-ounce can black beans
Some red onion
Cucumbers (yes, I love veggies, so I just add whatever in my burrito bowl)
Red, Yellow, Green Bell Peppers
Some Olive Oil (Or Avocado Oil)
Salt, Pepper, Cumin powder, Chili powder or Paprika, Ginger Powder, Garlic Powder.


Optional: low-fat shredded mozzarella of choice, a bag of finely chopped lettuce, sour cream or Greek yogurt.
If you want to add Chipotle-style meat, get chicken breast, steak, shrimp or any kind of fish. Trust me any of your choice of meat will work.

** Skip the Rice and Corn if you are trying to lose a significant amount of weight. **

A lot of selection of vegetables, I listed on the shopping list is also available in most grocery stores all cleaned, washed, and precut. I mean, If you have never chopped onion before in your life – getting a pre-packaged one is totally worth it.

Most of the meat – Chicken Breast and Steak for a burrito is ready to cut and cooks super quick in a hot pan.

A trick with can of black beans though is to open the can, wash and drain the bean in a strainer. Well, Add Can Opener and Strainer to the shopping list, if you don’t have either.

Now you can eat Tacos every day of the week.

Once you have all of these ingredients, weeknight dinner or even lunches are a matter of throwing everything together as you please.

Stir fry the bell peppers and onions in advance and refrigerate. It literally takes a few minutes on a hot pan to do so.

In a bowl toss the beans, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, lettuce, finely chopped jalapeno pepper, cumin powder, salt, and the juice of half a lime. Place Chicken/Steak/Fish/Shrimp on top. Add 1 teaspoon of sour cream, some cheese, avocados and chopped cucumbers.

Really mix and match as you please so you never get bored of it. You could even eat a breakfast Taco. Top with 2 eggs.

Need to eat on the go? Get a Whole grain or High Protein Tortilla and wrap any or all of the ingredients and pack in a lunch bag. Do not forget the water.

Mexican food is incomplete without the G.U.A.C. And here is one to try. Easiest Guacamole Recipe You will ever make.

And while we are here, a note on Intermittent Fasting.

Want to make weight loss a little more effective? Here is something to try -While all diets work, Personally I love Intermittent Fasting because everyone can do a 16:8 IF pretty easily. All you have to do is have an early dinner and late breakfast. That is easy as pie. Get busy in the morning, and do a healthy brunch and that would easily put you on the 16:8 IF effortlessly.


Comment below and let me know your thoughts – What do you think is the best restaurant food for weight loss?


Not really sure who said it, but it might be worth the while to spend time learning to make the salsa instead of infinite doom-scrolling the internet, watching one crime after another.

Make Salsa. Not war!

Peace.

Mexican Food for Weight Loss
Photo by Victor Garcia on Unsplash

Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #81.

foods for brain health

What are some delicious foods for brain health?

Children Health, Healthy Living, Kids, longevity, Weightloss

I wanted to talk about foods for brain health. I am sure if you hang out in the life extension circles you keep hearing people supplementing with Ashwagandha, Reishi, Cordyceps, and Chaga thrown around. And I have tried all at some point in time. But the reality is they are not everyday foods, at least not yet.

Has foods for brain health anything to do with weight loss?

Maybe. Maybe not. The principle we follow at Desk Job Weight Loss is not to rule out any food groups. Eat foods that are good for you in general. And you will eventually lose weight.  

I am sure you have heard it and seen it all if you ever went googling for advice on how to lose weight.

Stop eating Carbs.

Stop eating Fat.

Stop eating sugar.

Stop this. Stop that!! Eat this, not that!!

Well, the truth of the matter is you do not need to go on a low carb, or a low-fat diet.

All you need is RIGHT Carbs , RIGHT Fat and RIGHT Nutrition foods. 

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.

Go Fish And Stop Brain Fog!

If you are in a job that requires using your brain (That is probably all of the jobs or no jobs at all. You need to use that brain every second of your life)

In order for your brain to function optimally, chose brain-friendly foods! Sound brain health is key to your overall wellness. It will help your brain grow healthy cells, neurons make healthy connections, and operate efficiently.

Being calm helps you manage stress eating better as well, if you are the kind that eats an entire tub of ice cream because you are not feeling good, for no apparent reason.

Here are some recommendations for foods for brain health.

There may be more, but here is a start.

  1. Fish: wild-caught salmon and sardines (omega-3s)
  2. Berries: blueberries, blackberries (antioxidants)
  3. Greens: broccoli, asparagus, bok choy, spinach, collard greens, papaya (folate)
  4. Dark Chocolate
  5. Nuts + Seeds: almonds walnuts, ground flaxseed (omega-3s)
  6. Coffee, Teas, nootropics – such as Lions Mane, Reishi, Cordyceps and Chaga Mushrooms.

What are the best carbs to eat for brain health and weight loss?

The best carbs to feed your brain come from fruits and vegetables such as Berries, Greens, and really the old adage – eat a rainbow. The best fats to feed your brain come from Sardines, Salmon, Flaxseeds, Nuts, and Avocado. Not only does this fat keeps you feeling full longer it provides you with a burst of energy throughout your workday.

Folate is a water-soluble B-vitamin (B9), that is found in the greens like broccoli, Brussel sprouts, bok choy, spinach, and collard greens to help strengthen the neurotransmitter function. You would also know it from the prenatal vitamins that are rich in folate to prevent the NTD (neural tube defects in the babies). And while we are on the topic of Folates, here is a recipe you might want to try Steamed/Sauteed/Stir Fry Green Beans and Broccoli.

Papayas are rich in folate as well as great for general digestive health besides being delicious.

Flavonoids in dark chocolate helps in improving memory. Yum. I will take 2 please!

Is Caffeine a good food for brain health?

I am a coffee and black tea addict, and I probably overdo it. Coffee and Teas have surprising brain-boosting effects. According to this study Caffeine improves concentration, memory recall, and physical performance. I was actually pleasantly surprised to find out that Water and Caffiene are still the top most consumed liquids in the world. Not soft drinks, not alcohol, or got milk?

While Coffee and teas are perfect for their energy-boosting properties they come with a very-literal addiction. The nootropics mushrooms such as Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Cordyceps, and Chaga are great for boosting energy levels if you are not into coffee and teas. I have tried some of them personally and they are great if you do not drink coffee and tea and want to try a non-addictive and more beneficial alternative.

Just remember to drink coffee and tea as coffee and tea. Not as Redbull, 5 hour energy or other supplements that promise quick energy.

Still here? In that case here are some recipes to try for your brain health and weight loss today.

How to use Sardines in a Recipe? or this Curried Fish

Random Green Smoothie And Bagel Smoked Salmon Sandwich

Energizing Morning Routines Part 1 – Breakfast.


Finally, here is another non-food way to boost your brain. Learn to solve a Rubik’s cube. Play some chess. Solve a math problem.

Look deep, Josh. It’s there. It’s twelve moves away, but it’s there. You’ve got him.

– From the movie and book Searching for Bobby Fischer

How many moves ahead do you see in chess?

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Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #80.

Traffic Light Eating

Did you know about Traffic Light Eating Plan?

Children Health, Healthy Living, Kids, longevity, Weightloss

I first learned about Traffic Light Eating from Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, when I was researching childhood nutrition habits for my own kids. It is a great way to teach young elementary school kids about nutrition. Which kid does not love traffic lights? Not only it help your kids eat healthier, but It can also help you lose weight and eat your full serving of nutritious foods during the day. 

Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean counting calories, monitoring fat content, or analyzing every detail of the nutrition facts. While that information is certainly important, it can become overwhelming when trying to make healthy choices for you and your family.

Choosing healthy foods doesn’t have to be complicated. 

What exactly is Traffic Light Eating?

One of the ways to teach kids about making healthy food choices is Traffic Light Eating. When kids eat healthy, there is less junk food In the house, so it’s a win-win for all.

Traffic Light Eating System was created by Dr Leonard Epstein. He named the diet The stoplight Diet for Children. Dr Epstein used a tri-color palette to create an easy-to-follow diet for overweight children to help them lose weight and begin a lifetime of good eating habits and good health. 

Traffic Light Eating makes eating healthy simple to understand, especially for kids. Just like when you are driving a car, a traffic light tells you what to do. Here is how it goes:

Traffic Light Eating

Green means “go”

Yellow tells us to “slow down”

Red means “stop” and think

From Dr Sears Wellness Institute

Green Light foods are “go” foods, meaning eat as much as you want.

These include all fresh fruits and vegetables. Emphasis on fresh – these foods are grown, not manufactured. Packaged gummy fruit snacks are not Green Light foods! Take the kids to your local farmers market and get the fresh locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables. Most fruits and vegetables are easy to eat. They do not require any special preparation either. Wash, Clean and Cut into fun bite sized pieces. Eat them as is or eat with a dip.

If you are calorie counting: These foods are low in calories and high in nutrients. In other words, Green Light foods are nutrient-dense.

Examples – Apples, Bananas, Oranges, Carrots, Cucumbers, Peaches, Berries, Guavas, Kiwis, Mangoes, Pineapples – All fruits and vegetables. Oh. Water. Water is a Green Light Grow “Drink”.


Yellow Light foods are “slow down” foods.

While foods that fit in this category are okay to eat every day and are essential to your health, they should be eaten in moderation. Too much of a good thing really is no good! Examples of Yellow Light foods include: whole wheat pasta, eggs, chicken, salmon, nuts and seeds, rice, whole grain bread, and yogurt.

If you are calorie counting: These foods have more calories than Green Light foods and usually have more fat or sugar as well.


Red Light foods are “stop” and think foods.

Since these foods are low in nutrients, high in sugar and contain artificial sweeteners and ingredients, you should try and find a healthier option, or eat a smaller portion. Examples of Red Light foods include: cookies, candy, fatty meats, sugary drinks, bacon and other processed meats and frozen yogurt.

If you are calorie counting: These foods are lower in nutrients and higher in calories, fat and sugar.


What are your favorite Green Light Foods? While you answer this question also check out this post about creating your Super Fridge to beat the fat – The Answer to Obesity is In Your Refrigerator. And this one if you need any convincing to drink more water – Hydration Matters: Drink More Water.



P.S. Here are my Go-To Green light foods, depending on seasons and availability.

• Fights Infections & Natural Antibiotic: Tomatoes, Spinach, Garlic

• High in protein, extremely beneficial to diabetics and is considered one of the top ten vegetables: Artichoke

• Natural expectorant (for coughs): Chili peppers, radishes, onions

• Protects against environmental pollutants which cause cancer: Berries, red grapes, celery

• Top 3 fruits over all: Avocado, papaya, guava – Also because I love the taste of these.


P.P.S. Also check out this post about Energizing Morning Routines Part 1 – Breakfast..

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Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi – What about it?

Healthy Living, longevity, Weightloss

People ask me this all the time, What about Diet Coke? Diet Pepsi? Should I be able to lose weight if I drink diet <Insert Favorite Drink Name here>. I can not live without my Diet <Blah>. A look in the mirror or a self-reflection will tell you the answer. You do not need to pay me to answer that question for you. If you are unhappy with how you look and feel, you cannot keep doing what you always do. It is probably a time for a change.

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.

Are “diet” drinks good for you?

Seen in big bold colorful writing on food labels on your diet coke and other foods in the box – No Sugar Added, Low Fat, No High Fructose Corn Syrup, Low Sugar, heart-healthy.. I can probably go on and on about the adjectives being freely used, but you get the point.

Today I want to call them out – the food and health Industry in USA

for their total, utter and complete “fortified” Bull$$$t,

You have been lied to for decades by food pyramids, politicians, and lobbyists because keeping you in the dark is good for the big Food, big Pharma, Hospitals, Doctors, Health Insurance, and even the diet food industry.

There is also diet alcohol available these days. SMH. Wait. Can I SMH in a blog post? Or is that a social media thing?

Only to find out that you put on more weight as the days go by and by the way you have no energy, you crash 2 hours after eating your diet food and have to go back for your next diet coke.

The Lies Food Industry Tells You.

A 2020 Study by NHANES determined that over 73% of US adults are overweight or obese. That should tell you who is benefitting from the lies perpetrated by the food industry.

I am making no friends by telling you to stop believing the lies of the Health (Read: Processed) food Industry. and I understand I am punching a hornet’s nest by saying this but I was never known for playing it safe so here goes:

They Lie.

They want to keep you stuck.

They don’t have your best interest at heart.

If you want to live a long and healthy life if you want to be able to live long enough to see your children and grandchildren….


Then here is the real truth

You have to break the addiction to Processed Food.

If you are sick, have diabetes, high cholesterol, a heart condition, or are overweight or obese.

It is not you, that is the Problem. It is the chemistry of the food that you eat.

Fix the nutrition first, and It becomes a no-brainer to lose weight.

May be you heard this here first. But I am positive others have said it before.

Ok. We get the point. What diet should I get on?

Really, no matter what diet you follow, you will be fine as long as you eat unprocessed food.

Processed food is everywhere. It is difficult to avoid. Pretty much everything is processed and modified but try as best as you can to read the ingredient label.


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.


Here are some other ideas to help you get unprocessed foods:

  1. Buy Local: Local produce has longer to ripen naturally before it is picked. This means more nutrients for you!
  2. Eat REAL foods – Foods that are grown, not manufactured, processed, or modified and they do not contain unnecessary additives or preservatives to make it shelf-stable. Think fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes, lean meat, and fish. 
  3. Avoid the “Dirty Dozen”: This is the list put together by the Environmental Working Group that highlights the produce that has the highest pesticide residues than other produce items. 
  4. Eat Seasonal Produce: Seasonally fresh produce is picked when ripe and fully developed. This means the plant has also had more sun exposure and will have higher levels of antioxidants.
  5. Wash Your Produce: If you are unable to purchase organic produce, make sure to wash it well in order to remove harmful pesticides from the surfaces of the food. 

What if I cannot break my diet pepsi (diet coke) habit?

Eating unprocessed foods is a lifestyle choice. Once you notice the positive benefits, it will quickly become a habit! I get it. It is difficult swapping your diet coke and diet pepsi for water. But you can try it out. Not ready to give up all at once? Try it a few times. When you go to the refrigerator to get the next can of diet coke, get a bottle of water as well. Drink water first.


Is Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi good for weightloss?

Figure out, how can you make this habit tinier, smaller, atomic, more quantum?

Here is a way: Start by making just a few small changes. Choose fresh, raw, whole foods and get into the habit of keeping them readily available so you can snack on them at the next craving. 

Read more about Hydration Matters: Drink More Water.

Do different. Be different. Feel Good.



True Story – Heard around town at McEvil – I want a diet coke with my Quarter Pounder and Fries. Because I am watching what I eat.


Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #74.

Swiss Chard Recipe

Easy Swiss Chard Recipe – Superfood Chard with Cranberry, Ginger, Cumin and Cilantro.

Easy Low Carb Recipe, Fitness, Healthy Living, Healthy Recipes, Weight Loss Recipes, Weightloss

I created this Swiss Chard recipe after receiving my Viome superfoods list, which pretty much told me that everything I was eating was wrong. And I should eat a whole bunch of unknown foods instead. Viome tests for your gut bacteria from a tiny sample of poop and determines the kinds of food that will increase or support the good kinds of microorganisms inside your gut. I do not have any serious or debilitating underlying health conditions that I know of, but I still did the test to see what it finds out.

I developed this Swiss Chard Recipe for a contest in 2020, but it is time I bring it home to my own blog. This recipe indeed is a Superfood Powerhouse – Chard, Cranberry, Cilantro, Cumin, Turmeric.

Ingredients

  • Red and White Chard – 2 Large Bunches
  • Cranberry – Frozen (1/2 cup)
  • Garlic – 1 Tbsp, fresh minced.
  • Ginger – 1 Tbsp, fresh grated.
  • Cilantro – chopped for garnish.
  • Cumin – 1 tsp
  • Ghee – 2 Tbsp
  • Dried Red Chilies – 2 (optional)
  • Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt: to taste
  • Black Pepper: to taste

Method

  • Step 1. Wash and Chop Chard (I used Red and White Chard). Chop the stems and leaves separately to get even cooking. I chop the stems 1/2 inch size and leaves about 2-3 inches
  • Step 2. Chop Cilantro finely for garnish.
  • Step 3. In the Inner Pot of Instant Pot Add 2 Tbsp of Ghee.
  • Step 4. Add Cumin and Dried Red Chilly. Break them up if you want.
  • Step 5. Next Add the Cranberry, followed by garlic and ginger and thicker stem (chopped) of chard.
  • Step 6. Add the Chard Leaves, Salt, Black Pepper and Turmeric.
  • Step 7. Put the Inner Pot inside the Instant Pot. And Set the Instant Pot to Steam, More, 0 Minutes and Venting Position. This helps evaporate all of the water and get you good dry consistency.
  • Step 8. When the Instant Pot beeps, Wait for about 5 minutes and Open the Pot and Stir and mix everything well – so all of that tartness of cranberry and spices are all incorporated well.

Serving Suggestions:

  • I make a vegetable Omelet with this. Crack open 3 eggs, mix steamed chard and make the Omelet.
  • Eat with a side of Garbanzo beans.
  • Eat as a wrap in buckwheat pancake.
  • You can also garnish with Sunflower seeds for crunch.
  • Eat with a side of grilled chicken, shrimp, roasted lamb or any other meats, if that is your protein of choice.

Variations for this Swiss Chard Recipe:

You can also add pitted olives and canned asparagus as well to this recipe in the end.

Also Swiss Chard, Red, White, Orange, Rainbow – Any Chard goes for this recipe. It is all good for you.

You can add Radicchio to this Swiss Chard Recipe. It is difficult to eat radicchio by itself because of bitterness. Cooking pretty much eliminates the bitterness of Radicchio. So it is a win-win.

Here is a Prep Tip for Radicchio

Make sure you soak radicchio in cold water for about 30min – 1 hour before using it in a recipe. Radicchio is another anti-inflammatory food, that you should eat regularly if you are managing any kind of chronic pain.


Why are Chard, Radicchio, Cranberry and Asparagus called Superfoods?

They may or may not be superfoods for you. This is from my personalized Viome recommendations. Viome Gut and Health Intelligence tests provide personalized nutritional recommendations to help address the root cause of inflammation, biological aging, and chronic disease. No affiliations, I am just a customer and believer in their science. Viome recommendations of an entire list of anti-inflammatory ingredients were right on, considering the constant pain I battle with as a result of Adult Idiopathic Scoliosis. – Story for another day! You can Learn more about Viome here

Chard as a Superfood

Chard contains kaempferol which is a flavonoid. Kaempferol is a flavonoid released following microbial metabolism. Kaempferol balances your microbiome, encourages growth beneficial to Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria species, and inhibits the growth of harmful or pathogenic bacteria. Studies indicate that kaempferol decreases inflammation and benefits many biological systems including the gastrointestinal, hormonal, neurological, ocular and immune systems.

Cilantro and Cranberry as Superfoods


Cilantro and Cranberries contain flavonoids which are a class of polyphenols. Polyphenols are a complex group of many compounds released following microbial metabolism. Polyphenols balance your microbiome, encourage the growth of beneficial Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria species and inhibit the growth of harmful or pathogenic bacteria. Research shows that polyphenols decrease inflammation and benefit many biological systems including the gastrointestinal, hormonal, neurological, ocular, and immune systems.

Cranberries and Chard also improve your Intestinal Barrier Health microbiome score.

If you like this recipe, you will also like these.

Health Benefits of Olives: Superfoods Snack #1

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

Chicken Guava Waldorf Salad | Healthy Recipes



What are some Superfoods that you know of? I would love to hear from you and add them to my diet.


Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #72.

healthy nutrition for weightloss

Ways to Lose Weight, An Excerpt from The Fun of Getting Thin. Wisdom from the Old Times.

Fitness, Healthy Living, longevity, Weightloss

A Best Seller by Samuel G. Blythe published originally in 1912

If you think there are some new groundbreaking Ways to Lose Weight, think again. There aren’t any. And reading this book from 1912 might change your mind. The author is funny, and he uses common sense methods to lose his big belly and documents it. So much for building in public! I love reading self-help and personal development materials from old times. and often discover gems like these. If you think Obesity is a new Problem and Keto is such a groundbreaking solution to it.

This quote on walking as a way to lose weight, still stands true. Our bodies were made for walking.

“Walk a little every day. If you have half an hour walk a mile. If you have an hour walk two miles. Don’t try to see how many miles you can walk in the half-hour or the hour, but take your time. Look at things as you go along. Be leisurely about it. When a man goes out for a walk and walks as hard as he can or does anything else in the shape of exercise as hard as he can he is subjecting himself to just as much nerve strain as he can subject himself to in any other way. Be calm about your walking, or whatever else you do.”

~An Excerpt from The Fun of Getting Thin

Similarly Gym Membership is amazing if you have a method to work out and you know what you are doing to build the right muscles. But if you are exercising to lose weight, you might actually be disappointed. Well – Unless you are actually planning to spend the rest of your life going to the gym.

Apparently, people knew way back, a hundred years ago that Nutrition – is what helps you lose fat and manage good health and weight.


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.


Well here is Dr Samuel G. Blythe. Take a tour down the year 1911 and read this delightful excerpt about a Doctor’s journey from 250 lbs down to normal weight. His own common sense Way to Lose Weight and Keep it off.

On New Year’s Day, 1911, I weighed myself. I don’t know why, for I hadn’t been on a scale for two or three years. I set the weight at two hundred and thirty-five and it bounded up like a rubber ball; so I shoved it along to two hundred and forty and it still stayed up in the air. When I got a balance I found I weighed two hundred and forty-seven pounds. I was amazed! Also, I was scared; for it instantly occurred to me that if I had gone up to two hundred and forty-seven in two or three years from two hundred and thirty-five I should keep on going up if my manner of living didn’t change—and that presently I should weigh three hundred!

That two hundred and forty-seven pounds was a facer. I was forced to admit to myself that I was fat, disgustingly fat—too fat; and that I should get fatter! So I sat down and looked the situation in the eye. I recounted all my former efforts to get thin and discarded them one by one. I knew myself, and knew the ordinary diet proposition and the ordinary exercise proposition were not for me. I knew I was wheezy and that my heart was getting choked with fat; that there were great folds of it on me, and that it was up to me to get rid of it or quit and wait for the inevitable end. If it kept on I knew I should blow up some fine day. Besides, I was uric-acidy, rheumatic and stertorous and clumsy. I had about fifty or sixty pounds of poisonous junk wrapped round me, and I knew I should suffer for it in the end, though I didn’t feel it much and carried it with a fair assumption of lightness.

I was not an amateur at the game. I had been through the mill. I spent several days in going over the whole matter. It was reasonably simple, too, and needn’t have taken so much of my time; but I was protecting myself, you see, gold-bricking myself—trying to find a way out that would not deprive me of things I liked to do, of pleasures I wanted to enjoy. It was pure selfishness that dominated me and made me do so much figuring on a proposition I knew was contained in a sentence; but I did fight to hang on to the old way of living.

After each session of false logic and selfish hypothesis, I invariably came back to the same proposition, which is the only proposition—and that was: What makes fat? Food and drink. How can you reduce fat? By reducing the amount of food and drink—that is all there is or was to it. The only way to get rid of the effects of overeating and overdrinking is to stop overeating and overdrinking.

I went over my food habit. I was accustomed to eating a big hired-man’s breakfast—fruit, coffee, eggs, waffles, hot bread, sausage, anything that came along; and I heaved in a lot of it—not a little—a lot! I didn’t eat so much at luncheon, but I ate plenty; and at night I simply cleaned up the table. I wasn’t so strong on sweets and pastry, because I usually drank a few highballs during the day, and highballs and cocktails and sweets do not go well together—that is, the man who takes alcohol into his system usually does not care for sweets. Beer was one of my long suits too—Pilsner beer. I did like that!

I looked this food habit squarely in the face. I impaled the drink habit with my glittering eye. I knew I was eating about sixty per cent more than I needed or could use, and that I was drinking a hundred per cent more. I knew that nothing makes fat but food and drink. I knew excess of food will make any animal fat and I saw I had been eating freely of the most fattening kinds of food. I knew beer and liquor were made of grain, and that grain is used to fatten steers and cows and pigs. I refused to adopt a diet like any of those unpalatable ones I had experimented with, but the remedy was as plain as the cause. It was simple enough if I had the nerve to go through with it.

Inasmuch as an excess of food and drink make an excess of fat, it follows that the reduction in the amount of food will stop that fat-forming and give the body a chance to burn up the excess fat already formed. That was my conclusion.

Mind you, I reached that conclusion before I made any of my arguments; but I didn’t want to admit it as reasonable or logical, for I hated to give up the pleasures of the table and the sociability that came with the sort of drinking I did. I was trying to find a way out that would be easy and comfortable. And all the time I was getting fatter! The scales told me that.

This backing and filling and argument with myself lasted all through January and part of February. It took me six weeks to get myself into the frame of mind where I admitted the truth of my conclusion. I was no hero. I didn’t want to do it. I loved it all too well. I was as rank a coward in the beginning as you ever saw! It appalled me to think of restricting myself in any way, for I liked the pleasures that I knew I must forego. However, when I got up to two hundred and fifty pounds I sat down and had it out with myself.

“Here!” I said to myself. “You big stuff, you now weigh two hundred and fifty pounds! In another year or two you will weigh two hundred and seventy-five pounds! You are uncomfortable and heavy on your feet, and you are gouty and wheezy; and it’s a cinch you’ll die in a few years if you keep on this way. You know all this fat is caused by an excess of food and drink, and you know it can be taken off by a reduction in those fatmakers. Are you going to stick round here so fat you are a joke, uncomfortable, miserable when it’s hot, in your own way and in the way of everybody else, when, if you’ve got the will-power of a chickadee, you can get back to reasonable proportions and comfort merely by denying yourself things you do not need?”

All the old arguments obtruded. See what I should lose! Life would be a dull and dreary affair—a dun, dismal proposition. I admitted that. On the other hand, however, life would not be a wheezy, sweaty, choked-heart, uncomfortable proposition. I finally decided I would go to it. And I did.

My method may be utterly unscientific. I suppose it hasn’t a scientific leg to stand on. Still, it did the business. And I maintain that results are what we are looking for. The end justifies the means. I didn’t figure out a diet. I had a dozen of them at home that had cost me all the way from two dollars to two hundred and fifty dollars each. I didn’t buy a system of exercise. I read no books and consulted no doctors. What I did was this: I cut down the amount of food I ate sixty per cent and I cut out alcohol altogether! I carried out my argument to its logical conclusion so far as it concerned myself. I didn’t give a hoot whether it would help or hurt or concern any other person in the world. It was my body I was experimenting on, and I did what I dad-blamed pleased and asked no advice—nor took any.

Instead of a hot-bread—I have the greatest hot-bread artist in the world at my house, bar none!—waffle, sausage, kidney-stew, lamb-chop, fried-egg and so forth sort of breakfast, I cut that meal down to some fruit, a couple of pieces of dry, hard toast, two boiled eggs and coffee. I cut out the luncheon altogether. No more luncheon for me! I cut down my dinners to about forty per cent of what I had been eating. I diminished the quantity, but not the variety. I ate everything that came along, but I didn’t eat so much or half so much. Instead of two slices of roast beef, for example, I ate only one small slice. Instead of two baked or browned potatoes, I ate only half of one. Instead of three or four slices of bread, I ate only one. I didn’t deprive myself of a single thing I liked, but I cut the quantity away down.

And I quit drinking alcohol absolutely.

What happened?

This is what happened: Eating food is just as much a habit as breathing or any other physical function. I had got myself into the habit of eating large quantities of food. Also, I had accustomed my system to certain amounts of alcohol. I was organized on that basis—fatly and flabbily organized, to be sure, but organized just the same.

Now, then, when I arbitrarily cut down the amount of food and drink for which my system was organized that entire system rose up in active revolt and yelled for what it had been accustomed to get. There wasn’t a minute for more than three months when I wasn’t hungry, actually hungry for food; when the sight of food did not excite me and when I did not have a physical longing and appetite for food; when my stomach did not seem to demand it and my palate howl for it. It was different with the drinking. I got over that desire rather promptly, but with a struggle, at that; but the food-yearn was there for weeks and weeks, and it was a fight—a bitter, bitter fight!

When I went to the table and saw the good things on it, and knew I intended only to eat small portions of them, especially of my favorite desserts and my beloved hot-bread, I simply had to grip the sides of my chair and use all the will-power I had to keep from reaching out and grabbing something and stuffing it into my mouth! My friends used to think it was all a joke. It was farther from being a joke than anything you ever heard about. It was a tragedy—a grim, relentless tragedy! It was acute physical suffering. My body cried out for that same amount of food I had been giving it all those years. I wanted to give it that same amount. I have had to leave the table time and time again to get hold of myself and go back to the smaller portions I had allotted to myself. I liked to eat, you know.


Body Recomposition?

Looks like our man Sam here did not lose weight but started losing the inches.

Read more about body recomposition in this post A Slow Carb Meal Plan for Weightloss.


Nothing much happened for a few weeks, though the waistband of my trousers grew looser. Then a lot of excess baggage seemed to drop away all at once. I weighed myself and found I had taken off twenty-five pounds. Friends told me to quit—that I should overdo it. I laughed at them. I knew I was still twenty-five pounds too heavy and I was just getting into my stride. It is strange how men, and especially fat men, who haven’t the nerve to reduce* themselves, think a man must be sick if he takes off flesh. I knew I wasn’t sick. Indeed, I was just beginning to get well.

*Reduce – A common term for weight loss, used in the early 19th century.

By the end of three months I had taken off thirty-five pounds. It was coming off well, too. My face wasn’t haggard or wrinkled. I looked fit. My eye was clear and my double chin had disappeared. Also, I had conquered my fight with my appetite. I had won out. I was satisfied with the smaller quantities of food and I felt better than I had in twenty years—stronger, fitter—and was better, mentally and physically. After that it was a cinch. I kept along, eating everything on the bill-of-fare, but in small quantities. I didn’t vary my diet a bit, except for the eggs at breakfast. If I wanted pie I ate a small piece. If I wanted ice cream I ate a small dish. If I wanted pudding I ate some of that. I ate fat meat and lean meat and spaghetti, and everything else interdicted by the reduction dietists—only in small quantities! And I kept on getting smaller and smaller.

The fat came off from everywhere. I had been incased with it apparently. My waist decreased seven inches. A big layer of fat came off my chest and abdomen. My legs and arms grew smaller but harder. Even my fingers grew smaller. My excess of chin evaporated. And at the end of the fifth month I had taken off fifty-five pounds. I weighed then one hundred and ninety-five pounds, which is what I weigh today.

Every person, I take it, has a normal weight; and if that person gives his body a chance, and ill health does not intervene, the body will find that normal and stay there.

I take it that my normal weight, on account of my big frame and bones, is about one hundred and ninety-five pounds, at the age of forty-three. At any rate, it has stayed at a hundred and ninety-five since the first of last July, and in that time I have loafed for two months and ridden on Pullman cars for two other months, and have not taken any exercise to speak of; but I have maintained my schedule of eating and I have not taken any alcohol. I figure I can stay where I am indefinitely on that program—and that is my program indefinitely.

There are certain economic phases of a campaign of this kind that should be mentioned. It is expensive. Not one item of clothing, save my hat, socks and shoes, which fitted me last January is of the slightest use to me now. I didn’t get to cutting down clothes until I was sure I would stick. Since that time the tailors have had a picnic at my expense. My shirts were too big. Instead of wearing a seventeen-and-three-quarters collar, I now wear a sixteen-and-three-quarters. My waist is seven inches smaller. I even had to have a seal ring I wear cut down so it would not slip off my finger. While in the transition stage I looked like a scarecrow. My clothes hung on me like bags.

Since I have had my clothes re-made and new ones constructed I am an object of continual comment among my friends. They all marvel at my changed appearance. They are all solicitous about my health.

They do not see how a man can take off more than fifty pounds and not hurt himself. I do not see how he can keep it on and not kill himself.

They tell me I look like a boy—and I feel like one. I’m as active as I was twenty years ago. When I was in the mountains this summer, at an altitude of seventy-five hundred feet, I could climb slopes with no exhaustion that I couldn’t have gone fifteen feet up the year before. My mind is clearer; my body is better. I figure I have added a good many years to my life.

And all this time I have had everything I wanted to eat, but not all I wanted to eat until I got myself readjusted to the new system. I missed the alcohol at first, but that is all over now. It was a part of the game and I used to think a necessary part. I have cured myself of that delusion. If there is a thing on earth the matter with me the ablest doctors in this country can’t find out what it is. I am a rejuvenated, reconstructed person, no longer fat, aged forty-three—and the White Man’s Hope!

As to the exercise end of it, there wasn’t any exercise end. It happened that I met a man last March when I was in the first throes of this campaign, who had made some study of the human body. I liked him because he was modest about what he knew, and not a faddist. We talked about exercise. He told me one thing that stuck. He said: “Walk a little every day. If you have half an hour walk a mile. If you have an hour walk two miles. Don’t try to see how many miles you can walk in the half-hour or the hour, but take your time. Look at things as you go along. Be leisurely about it. When a man goes out for a walk and walks as hard as he can or does anything else in the shape of exercise as hard as he can he is subjecting himself to just as much nerve strain as he can subject himself to in any other way. Be calm about your walking, or whatever else you do.”


You might also like this post on Health Benefits of Walking.


Nature Walk for Weight Loss

Formerly it had been my custom to plug out after breakfast and gallop three or four miles as hard as I could and then go to work. I cut that out. I walked an easy, leisurely mile or two miles, looking at the trees and flowers and watching the people and looking into shop windows, and I got a lot of good out of it. Then it grew hot, and I cut my walking to half a mile or so down to my office in the morning and back at night. Occasionally, after dinner, I would walk a couple of miles. This summer I went fishing and tramped about some, but not much. In reality, I had no scheme of exercise, and I took little. I didn’t need it. I didn’t have masses of food and drink in me to be burned up. I was normal.

As I said, I suppose all this is absurdly unscientific—and I don’t give a hoot if it is. It worked for me. I don’t know whether it will work for any other person on this earth. Nor do I care. If you want to try it on, provided you are fat, here are the specifications: I assume it is an axiom that we all eat too much. I know I did—about sixty per cent too much.

Still, I guarantee nothing.

I make no claims.

I have set down the facts; and the only warning, advice or admonition I have to give is that any person who makes up his mind to try this method and thinks he isn’t in for the hardest struggle of his life would do well not to try.

This isn’t a frolic.

It’s a fight.


I really hope you enjoyed this excerpt as much as I did. I also realize that nothing has changed since 1912 in regards to how weight loss actually works. Proper Nutrition helps you maintain a healthy weight. Exercise is over-hyped to promote the memberships to the Gyms. Your well-meaning family and friends will always discourage you from weight loss. And that You-Do-You. You do what you feel is right for you.

Rule #2 : Do not Die. Try to live healthier and longer.

Choice is yours.


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Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #71.

health benefits of spinach

Health Benefits of Spinach

Healthy Living, longevity

Are you intrigued by the health benefits of Spinach? Every Social Media Influencer and their fans are drinking these green smoothies. And adding Spinach to their salads and Tortillas. The dehydrated Spinach powders promising protein and iron punch and strength like Popeye the Sailor, ready to be added to bread, muffins, and smoothies.

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 I include Spinach in my Food?

While Popeye’s love of Spinach for his Iron biceps has been debunked many times, Spinach is still my top superfood for a vegan protein, Carotene, and Vitamin C, with low-calorie density. Unhealthy processed foods have been responsible for increased cardiovascular diseases, poorer quality of life, pain, and inflammation. Eat your colors, they say. And for a good reason. Colorful foods contain micronutrients that indeed give them superpowers. According to this study, certain nutrients found in spinach inactivate the dietary carcinogens. Spinach is also rich in antioxidants and polyphenols. This study suggests that eating foods rich in anti-oxidants helps prevent the early onset of aging-related diseases. Particularly, antioxidants in spinach prevented high cholesterol as well.


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.


Iron Content in Spinach needs a Special mention

According to this study, the high iron content of spinach is beneficial in the treatment of Anemia. Spinach contains 4–6 mg of Iron per 100 g dry weight.

But I heard somewhere, that eating too much Spinach is harmful.

Eat spinach in moderation.

Spinach has higher nitrate content as well as high oxalic acid.  Oxalic acid is an anti-nutrient for human beings and excessive consumption of oxalate-rich foods inhibits mineral absorption or creates calcium oxalate. Calcium Oxalate may cause digestive issues and increase the risk of kidney stones.

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.

Nutritional Benefits of Spinach

Again, eat anything in moderation. I eat once a week or sometimes not at all. But I make sure I do eat some. Add a handful here and there in a smoothie or a salad. Because Spinach is a rich source of fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, B6, B2 and also magnesium, manganese, iron, calcium, potassium, copper, phosphorous, zinc, selenium, folate, betaine, folic acid, protein, niacin, omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids beta-carotene and lutein, and bioflavonoid quercetin with many other flavonoids. Whoa, whoa, whoa

Health Benefits of Spinach for Improved Vision

Carotene usually occurs in orange and yellow-colored fruits and vegetables. However, the chlorophyll content of spinach is so high, that it masks the orange color of Carotene. According to this study, Spinach, Carrots, and Blueberries are your vision superfoods.

P.S. While we are on topic of Blueberries, they are an important food for your brain and longevity as well.

Obesity and Type 2 diabetes

Spinach has low calories. No fat and No Sugar and hence is a suitable food for obese and diabetic people. It is also a good source of chlorophyll, which is known to aid in digestion.

What are some ways I can eat Spinach?

Did you see the post yesterday about Spinach Recipes – Green Curry Sauce, This sauce makes a delicious chicken saagwala or Chicken in Green Sauce. You can also make palak paneer or Cottage Cheese Cubes in Green Sauce using this recipe.

And of course, do not forget what the social media influencers drink – oh the smoothies. Recipe here is much better – Energizing Morning Smoothie and A Healthy Valentines Day Breakfast.

Use spinach in this brain power salad – How to use Sardines in a Recipe?


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.



Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #68.

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The Answer to Obesity is In Your Refrigerator.

Healthy Living, longevity, Weightloss

What if I said the answer to obesity is in your refrigerator. If there is only one thing you want to do to lose weight (or live a healthy and long life) it has to be this. Learn How to design your Refrigerator to be your best friend in achieving your weight loss goal.

What is in your Superfridge?

In the book Tiny Habits – The Small Changes That Change Everything BJ Fogg talks about his own refrigerator at home that he calls “Superfridge”. I actually loved that term.

I really want everyone to have a Superfridge of their own, one that is purposefully designed to help your weight loss goals.

When you open the fridge you should see only healthy, colorful and delicious foods ready to be eaten when you are super busy, stressed and hungry and your will power is not much help.

Make ice cream, cakes, and other unhealthy and processed food difficult to access. And carefully put pre-cut, pre-washed, ready to eat foods. Even better if it is already pre-portioned!! That is how you make it as easy as possible to access healthy food on demand.


The reason diets do not work is that people lose weight by brute force while dieting but fail to design their environment, to keep that weight off forever.


How to design your refrigerator to help you lose weight?

Back to the question what is in your refrigerator? I will begin with any seasonal, local, organic fresh fruits, and vegetables. Washed canned beans. Mix and match of fruits and vegetable salads. Some Chia Seed Pudding topped with your choice of nuts and berries. Here is my go-to recipe for Chia Seed Anything.

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If you are a fan of Curry of any kind – Thai, Indian, Malaysian, (and since curry makes Vegetables and meats taste delicious). Most of the time I make a standard curry sauce loaded with spices in bulk So that I can mix any vegetables I want for a quick 15-minute meal. Here is my brown curry sauce recipe and high protein Spinach Green Curry Sauce.


More ways to design your refrigerator for weightloss.

If you are into hot soups, store the ingredients for this versatile Soup Easy Thai Tom Yum Inspired Soup.

You can also stock up your fridge with natural unprocessed salad dressings, yogurt, ranch, and dips. Superfoods such as Pickled Olives, Asparagus, Jalapenos, and Kimchi are a perfect fit in your Superfridge as well.

Lastly if you are into smoothies, all of the ingredients for this are fit for your refrigerator or freezer – Energizing Morning Smoothie.


Yes. Indeed. The Answer to Obesity is In Your Refrigerator. What is in your Superfridge?



P.S.  Did you know what Traffic Light Eating is all about? If you do, you can stock up your SuperFridge with these. Add them to your shopping list today.

Here are my Go-To Green light foods to stock up your Superfood, depending on seasons and availability.

Fights Infections & Natural Antibiotic

Tomatoes, Spinach, Garlic

High in protein, beneficial to diabetics

Artichoke

Natural expectorant (for coughs):

Chili peppers, radishes, onions

Protects against environmental pollutants and helps detox

Berries, red grapes, celery, okra

Top fruits overall

Avocado, papaya, guava, Apples – Also because I love the taste of these.

Carbohydrates that are actually good for you

Sweet Potato, Potato.


What is a super tiny habit you can do to help fight obesity using your refrigerator?

After I open the fridge to look for a snack, I will pick the healthiest thing. And then Celebrate by doing a self-high-5.


Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #66.

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A Slow Carb Meal Plan for Weightloss.

Healthy Living, Weightloss

I learned this Slow Carb Meal Plan from Tim Ferriss. Of course, the best way to DIY and get started on Tim Ferriss’s Slow Carb Diet is to get the book The 4-Hour Body. You can get it here.

If you know enough about diets, you must understand that the Slow Carb way of eating is not low carb, not keto, not LCHF (low carb high fat), not IIFYM.

Can I lose weight without starving by eating according to this Slow Carb Meal Plan?

I can personally vouch for Slow Carb. It will work for you if you are Obese or Overweight. Even if you are extremely busy. Even if you have no time to work out or diet and count calories in every bite of food you eat. I am also not geeking out on building muscle and crazy workouts here either. It is common sense nutrition.

If you are trying to lose weight 
without eating boring foods 
without counting every bite of food you eat, 
without sweating in the gym, 
and without exercising willpower and motivation 
the Slow Carb will get you there, fastest 
if you stick to it.  

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.


How exactly does the Slow Carb diet work?

Slow Carb Diet works because it stops the insulin spikes that come from a typical Modern Standard American Diet. And it uses protein, fiber, and fat to keep you full on a lower overall calorie intake. This is why this may probably be one of the easiest ways to lose weight, without feeling energy crashes from insulin spikes and urges to chose the wrong kinds of snacks. this way of eating also gets bonus points from me because you get to take one cheat day and literally eat whatever you want on that day!

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 Only Rules for following a Slow Carb Meal Plan

Here are the simple rules I remember following religiously. And I still get back to the basics of this when I see weight or inches creeping up on me.

  1. No Sugar and No “White” Carbs. Avoid “white” starchy processed carbohydrates (grains, white, refined flours). All of the bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, and grains are out.
  2. Do not get into decision fatigue early in the day. Dial down your breakfast and lunch. Eat the same few meals over and over again.
  3. Don’t drink calories. Drink ONLY Water.
  4. Don’t eat fruit.
  5. I did occasionally modify the rule numbers 3 and 4 slightly and would have a protein smoothie with avocado, chia seeds, spinach, and ginger, etc for breakfast. Or celery or berries. I know I could do this because I am slightly lucky to not have diabetes or other health conditions that warrant controlling the sugar intake.
  6. Take the cheat day on a Saturday (or your day off work). Go nuts. Eat whatever you want or had been craving during the week.
  7. Lastly, Tim does not mention it explicitly, but adding spices to your Slow Carb Foods, makes all the difference. My one theory in life is – Curry makes everything taste better!
  8. One more thing – Late breakfast and Early dinner worked perfectly for me and also created a larger fasting (fat burning) window. If that is what you may want to try doing, but not mandatory at all.

Here is what a typical day looks like on a Slow Carb Diet. Of course, there are more choices, but that is why there is coaching. Book your call with me here today!

Breakfast:

3 Eggs Omelet made with Broccoli, Spinach or chard, Onion, Tomato, Cilantro.

Or Black Bean Salad made with Onion, Tomato, Cucumber, Cilantro.

Lunch:

Grilled/Pan seared or pan-fried Chicken Breast, fish, or another lean meat of choice with Asparagus, Broccoli, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, green beans, broccoli

OR

Broccoli Salad with nuts and a side of protein. (Try to pick an unprocessed protein. So pan fry a piece of chicken or fish instead of picking deli meat or hot dogs.

Dinner:

Lentil soup with lots of vegetables. Onion, Garlic, Ginger, Cauliflower, Carrots, Spinach, Kale, Cabbage.

Home made turkey meat balls. Cook in bulk and set aside in freezer to use during the week.


About Grocery Shopping – Frozen vegetables (and pre-cut, pre-cleaned vegetables in lots of grocery stores these days) and Canned Beans also make a Slow-carb lifestyle extremely easy.

Remember to thoroughly wash and drain the canned beans.

Lastly, as you get into the habit of eating this way – a lot of dinners leftover becomes your lunch the next day. In all, you save a lot of time from ordering unhealthy take out and have a lot more energy during the day with a wiser choice of food and a better over all Insulin Response.


So even if you do not have a weight loss coach, I am sure the plan outlined above is so easily do-able with very basic preparation. You may even be able to order your groceries online these days. There are no excuses.

If you are still reading, check out this other post- Easiest Way To Lose Weight- How to? What is?

Comment below and let me know if there is a food you want to eat and I can tell you if it passes the Slow Carb test.


Listening to my favorite Cat Steven’s Albums of all time this evening. If you have not heard it, definitely check it out at the music provider of your choice. Tea for Tillerman

Well if you want to sing out, sing out
And if you want to be free, be free
'Cause there's a million things to be
You know that there are

And if you want to live high, live high
And if you want to live low, live low
'Cause there's a million ways to go
You know that there are
You can do what you want

The opportunity's on
And if you find a new way
Well you can do it today

Well you can make it all true
And you can make it undo
You see, it's easy .....
You only need to know

Well if you want to say yes, say, "Yes"
And if you want to say no, say, "No"
'Cause there's a million ways to go
You know that there are

And if you want to be me, be me
And if you want to be you, be you
'Cause there's a million things to do
You know that there are

You can do what you want
The opportunity's on
And if you find a new way
You can do it today

Well you can make it all true
And you can make it undo
You see ......  it's easy, ...
You only need to know

~ Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam in Tea for Tillerman

Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #65.

Health benefits of Spirulina

Health Benefits of Spirulina

Healthy Living, longevity

The many health benefits of Spirulina keep showing up with every new supplement I see in my newsfeed. Ever since NASA used Spirulina as a dietary supplement for astronauts, it also makes great content for an ad – The health food for the future! (insert seaweed music!) Ancient civilizations like Aztecs have been using Spirulina for thousands of years. And as luck would have it, in modern times – I have some sitting in the back of my refrigerator and I decided to use it up, which is what inspired the writing of this article in the first place.


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 is this Spirulina?

Spirulina is a blue-green colored Algae. It got this name because, when you look at it under microscope, it looks like spirals or helix. Hence then name – Spirulina.

What is Algae? You may ask. Algae is a fascinating plant that grows in water. It just has the green chlorophyll and no roots, stems, fruits or flowers. Water Plant = Sea Weed. Another day I need to write about the other seaweed – Nori, Wakame, and Seaweed Salad ala Japanese restaurants.

What are some health benefits of Spirulina?

According to this study, Spirulina has the highest protein content of all plant-based proteins, and is easily digestible, and is alkaline in nature. Most animal proteins are acidic. Spirulina boosts immunity as well as helps treat aches and pains because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

Spirulina Nutrition

Spirulina has up to 70% protein and Vitamins B12 and provitamin A (Or Beta-carotenes), and iron. It is also rich in phenolic acids, Vitamin E, and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is beneficial in the treatments of skin conditions. such as psoriasis and eczema. 

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.

But is Spirulina safe to eat?

Spirulina has no known side effects, and hey it is a seaweed so it does grow like a weed in the right environmental conditions. Also Like I stated above, it is easily digested as well.

Fatigue? Beat that Mid Day Slump

If you suffer from low energy and mid-morning or mid-day slumps. And even a high dosage of caffeine and sugar does not cut it for you. You definitely need to try out a Spirulina supplement or add it to your smoothie. The GLA gets absorbed in the body immediately (without the sugar high) and gives you an immediate release of energy. Like Yogurt, Spirulina also helps release healthy gut bacteria in the body.

I might try to cure my caffeine addiction by replacing my Chai tea with Spirulina and post an update another time.

Other health benefits

This same study also goes on to describe that Spirulina boosts immunity against allergies as well as a variety of viruses. Spirulina is also beneficial against bad cholesterol and diabetes. It also has anti-cancer effects. A combination of Spirulina and Zinc was found effective in reversing the effects of chronic arsenic poisoning.

How do you make Spirulina as part of my daily diet?

Hawaiian Spirulina in a Smoothie

If you are into pills and supplements you can get one such as this Hawaiian Spirulina tablets or really whichever one you fancy from the health food section of the store of your choice. I just sprinkle this Hawaiian Spirulina Powder over my smoothie, or a protein shake I am trying to finish because I have some leftover orgain in the house. I have not been super regular at taking this but maybe I should, knowing how beneficial it is!

Oh if you want to add Spirulina to your smoothie, you would like to read this post – Energizing Morning Smoothie.


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 these wise words straight from the bikini bottom. “SEAWEED = 50% Sea + 50% Weed”. #seaweed


Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #62.