September 20, 2017

Bean Soup with Chef V

Stressed and Sleep Deprived?

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If I could charge a dollar every time I get this “your nuts” kind of look when I talk about stress and sleep and their effect on our physiology, biology and overall being, I could assure you that I would be writing this sitting in a tropical island surrounded by beautiful nature, dipping my feet in the warm waters, sipping my dink form a coconut!  Aww, just the thought and mere imagination lowered my stress level!

Sometimes that’s all you need. A few deep breathes, close your eyes and imagine the sunsets, the memories you’re creating with your loved ones, playing with your kids, sipping a drink, whatever floats your boat. Just a few minutes every hour or so, you may combine it with a little stretching to loosen up the built up tension, or just get up from your desk and walk down the hallways for a cup of water. Just 5 minutes!

In a new study that is now being published in the scientific journal Sleep, researchers from Uppsala University now show “that sleep does not only help form long-term memory but also ensures access to it during times of cognitive stress”. The study also revealed that “stress had an impact on the participants’ ability to recall these memories”. 

The men were acutely stressed for 30 minutes in the morning after a half or full night of sleep (for example by having to recall a newly learnt list of words while exposed to noise). Following short sleep this stress exposure reduced their ability to recall these card pair locations by around 10 percent.

They determined that even though losing half a night of sleep (which is typical for most Americans) may not impair memory functions under baseline conditions, the addition of acute cognitive stress may be enough to lead to significant impairments, which can possibly be detrimental in real-world scenarios

I know you are used to it, I know you have been successful sleeping only 5 hours a night, but just think how much more you can accomplish by reducing your stress and perhaps sleeping a bit more.

Are you drinking toxic water?

ToxicWater1Toxins have a negative impact on your body. Some mimic your hormones, others cause cell damage, promote inflammation, stop you dead on your track if you are trying to lose weight, in fact, it might even cause you to gain weight. But the most alarming of it all is that some could cause serious diseases such as cancer and kidney failure along many other diseases.

So, you eat clean, you’re not a smoker, you’ve eliminated chemicals from your environment you should be safe, right? Technically, yes!  Unfortunately, we are now living in a toxic world and are unaware of it. According to a recently released finding of a decade-long Geological survey that studied 11,000 public supply wells in California found “high levels of Arsenic, uranium and other naturally occurring but worrisome trace elements”.  

The study also looked at the extent to which agricultural irrigation, industrial pollutant and other uses of ground water are effecting the quality of the water… It points out that “Farm irrigation draining into underground water aquifers has contributed to uranium showing up at unsafe levels in 7 percent of public water supplies in the farm-rich San Joaquin Valley”.

So, if the same water is being used directly or indirectly in growing of the plants and animals you are eating, and the quality of the food you eat depends on the quality of the food IT eats. Doesn’t it make you wonder what we are feeding out families? How can someone stay ahead of the game?

Share your thoughts!

ALL of Approved Sweeteners are SAFE!

“ALL of approved artificial sweeteners are safe!”

 

Really?

I find the latest mushrooming of articles on how healthy artificial sugars are for you quite disturbing! There seems to be a push by the artificial sugar companies to present their toxic product as perfectly healthy, even healthier than sugar. Since studies now abound about how damaging sugar is for your health.

In a recent article published by the New York Times seemed to claim that Artificial sugar are totally safe and that there has been no studied showing any correlation between artificial sweeteners AKA chemicals and obesity or any other diseases.

 

And I quote… All of the approved artificial sweeteners are safewhat’s interesting is that this sentence was hyperlinked, leading the FDA’s website. Wait a second, didn’t FDA approve sugar as well? What about sugar made from GMO sugar beets? The fact is that FDA is the most special interest driven and influenced government agency in existence. If we are to follow FDA’s approved lists, all GMOs are totally safe, in fact, are necessary.

 

Following the link to all approved artificial sugars, I noticed Stevia is classified under the same category. How so? Not sure. Technically, Stevia is a plant. However, Since Stevia is about 300 time sweeter than sugar, what most manufacturers have been doing is using a small percentage of actual stevia and mixing it with other not so healthy for you sugars, such as dextrose and Maltodextrin and selling it at a hefty price. Look for liquid Stevia or Stevia mixed with Erythritol or Xylitol, both of which are derived from plants.

 

Don’t fall for the false claims! Contrary to industry claims, years of research have shown that artificial sweeteners stimulate appetite, increase cravings for carbs, and produce a variety of metabolic dysfunctions that promote fat storage and weight gain.

Peel Eggs in Seconds

I just wanted to share a quick video with you and hopefully save you some time.
We all struggle to peel eggs. This quick trick might even make it fun for the kids.

Video Blog: Time Saving Tips

Do you want to know how to cook fresh, healthy, easy and DELISH food faster that ordering in?

Watch this video, follow the steps and give your self the well deserved “ME” time.

Video Blog: Simple Time-Saving Marinade

Save money, time and frustration by simply using this technique. Simple process, few ingredients and lots of flavor.

Go ahead, give it a try. 🙂

Video Blog: Compound Butter

Stop! You need to watch this video before you make your next meal. PREP, is the most essential step in any professional kitchen as well as home kitchens. If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail!

Add fantastic flavors to any of your meals by simply using the techniques that I share with you in this video. You can thank me later! 🙂

Video Blog: Freezing Lettuce

In this video Chef V shares with you how to reduce waste, how to save money, and some quick and innovative ways to use greens other than in a salad.

10 Reasons to Sleep

sleepThe best way to burn calories in bed.

 

10 reasons why you should get a good night of sleep.

Many studies have shown an association between lack of sleep and weight gain and profound effects on hormones that regulate appetite and fat storage. Sleepless and restless nights affect your body in several ways.

  1. Sleep deprivation stresses your body.  When you deprive yourself of a restful night of sleep your body perceives that you are under threat, raising cortisol levels and causing muscle to be broken down—which the body will convert into sugar, causing insulin to rise and fat to be stored around the belly.
  2. A lack of sleep can lead to increased appetite and compulsive snacking.
  3. Not enough rest messes up your hormones. Some of the most important hormones for fat burning and good health are released only during deep stages of sleep.
  4. Missing sleep slows down your metabolism. Decreased levels of leptin have a direct impact on your thyroid hormones; when your thyroid production slows down, your metabolism slows down as well.
  5. Insulin resistance can increase significantly after only a few days of sleep deprivation.
  6. Sleep deprivation suppresses your immune system and will increase the production of inflammatory hormones, causing oxidative stress. It will decrease glutathione—one of the most powerful natural antioxidants produced in the human body.
  7. Sleep is one of the best anti-aging drugs! Without sufficient sleep you will age faster.
  8. You burn the highest percentage of calories from fat while sleeping than any other time of the day.
  9. Sleep cleans up your brain and removes neurotoxic waste products that accumulate while we’re awake. Sleep also tunes up your hormones; growth hormones and the anti-aging hormone melatonin are released during sleep.
  10. Sleep is essential for mood, cognitive health, and energy.