Food of the Kings! Or Gods?

I think it is time to talk more about good stuff, so not everything feels so depressing. There are tons of different types of food that you can consume, but getting my DNA results leaded me to talk about… asparagus 🌱

First of all, asparagus is suuuuper low on calories. Per 100 grams you get only 20 calories, isn’t it cool?! It is also rich on Potassium, Vitamin A, Iron and more. Now, let me feed you with health-miraculous benefits of it, because this vegetable IS amazing and was called by Nefertiti “food of the Gods” for a reason (articles are here and here ):

  • Besides low calories, its spears contain moderate levels of dietary fiber. 100 g of fresh spears provide 2.1 g of roughage. Dietary fiber helps control constipation conditions, decrease bad (LDL) cholesterol levels by binding to it in the intestines and regulate blood sugar levels. Studies suggest that high-fiber diet help cut down colon-rectal cancer risks by preventing toxic compounds in the food from absorption.
  •  Its shoots have long been used in many traditional medicines to treat conditions like dropsy and irritable bowel syndrome.
  •  Fresh asparagus spears are a good source of anti-oxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, carotenes, and cryptoxanthins. Together, these flavonoid compounds help remove harmful oxidant free radicals from the body protect it from possible cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and viral infections. Their total antioxidant strength, measured regarding oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC value), is 2150 µmol TE/100 g.
  •  Fresh asparagus is rich sources of folates. 100 g of spears provide about 54 µg or 14% of RDA of folic acid. Folates are one of the essential co-factors for the DNA synthesis inside the cell. Scientific studies have shown that adequate consumption of folates in the diet during pre-conception period and early pregnancy helps prevent neural tube defects in the newborn baby.
  •  If you’re planning on conceiving, asparagus is your vegetable. Asparagus is a source of high-quality vitamin C, which keeps sperm healthy, as well as increasing its volume and mobility.
  •  Its shoots are also rich in the B-complex group of vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), and pantothenic acid. These group of vitamins is essential for optimum cellular enzymatic and metabolic functions.
  •  Fresh asparagus also contains fair amounts of antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin-C, vitamin-A, and vitamin-E. Regular consumption of foods rich in these vitamins helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.
  •  Its shoots are also an excellent source of vitamin-K. 100 grams carry about 35% of DRI. Vitamin-K has potential role bone health by promoting bone formation activity. Adequate vitamin-K levels in the diet help limiting neuronal damage in the brain; thus, has established a role in the treatment of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
  •  Asparagus is an excellent source of minerals, especially copper and iron. Also, it has small amounts of some other essential minerals and electrolytes such as calcium, potassium, manganese, and phosphorus. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure by countering effects of sodium. Manganese used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is essential for cellular respiration and red blood cell formation.
  •  And finally, another health benefit – asparagus is also supposedly great for your sex-life. For centuries it has been regarded as a powerful aphrodisiac. Aside from its phallic shape, asparagus stirs up desire in both men and women 💕. This is due to the large amounts of vitamin E present which stimulates the production of sex hormones.

Now when we know how healthy asparagus is, I want to add some interesting facts to it (and you can read more about it here https://www.thelocal.de/20140509/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-asparagus :

  •  First of all, the reason why I mentioned my DNA test is that it told me that I have a gene that makes me smell “asparagus pee” (and I can indeed). So fact #1 is everyone makes “asparagus pee,” but not everyone can smell it. Scientific study has confirmed why some individuals don’t notice the uniquely pungent urine experienced by others after eating asparagus: The sulfurous compounds in asparagus pee are highly correlated with a condition called “specific anosmia,” the genetic inability to smell certain odors.
  • Apparently eating asparagus, before and after drinking alcohol can have beneficial effects 🍷. If you’re planning a night out on the tiles, eating the vegetable before you start drinking could help protect your liver. The minerals and amino acids it contains not only protect the liver from toxins, the enzymes in asparagus can help break down the alcohol and alleviate hangovers. (OH MY GOD, isn’t it a miracle?!😵)
  • White asparagus is in fact the same as green asparagus, but grown underground. German farmers plant their asparagus under mounds of soil called hillings. Deprived of sunlight which prevents the development of chlorophyll (the green pigment in plants), the spears stay white. No magic or genetic modifications! Just hard work of farmers.
  • Asparagus was considered as food of the kings for a long time and not everyone was able to eat it. Appreciate it.

And lastly, I want to share how I cook asparagus. I like to put it on a baking sheet, add olive oil, sea salt, and sometimes sprinkle some small bacon pieces over it. Bake it at 375 degrees, for 15-20 minutes. Yummy! 😋

Conclusion: Huuuuge +! Asparagus is so great for your health, while low on calories, that everyone should eat it, seriously! Time to run to the store!

Such a tiny pill, so why I feel so bad???

What pill I am talking about 💊? I mean vitamins. This article will be short, but I found this information useful, because I had this problem personally. One time I bought vitamins at the Big Lots (uh oh) and each time I took one in a morning, I felt nausea. It was surprising, because I used to take vitamins before and never had this problem. I thought that I bought bad quality vitamins, so after few “almost threw up”, I threw them away. Maybe it was dumb of me, and maybe everybody else know why it happened, but I didn’t. Then I got some nice vitamins for women – good reviews, etc. I took a pill in a morning, and guess what happened? Yep, I felt nausea again. So, I decided to research this matter and it wasn’t hard to find an answer. Apparently, when you take a vitamin pill on an empty stomach, the pill which is not a coated capsule dissolves way too fast, which irritates your stomach and as a result, makes you nauseous. Thus, it is absolutely normal, you just need to eat first or take vitamins with food. Of course, you can try to have vitamins in coated capsules (it does help! That’s what I used to take) or chewable, for example, but it is still a good practice to eat first (or during) and not irritate your stomach. For more information you can check out this article: https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/reasons-vitamins-cause-nausea
I want to mention, that if eating first still doesn’t help, you really should consult with your doctor.
Conclusion: it is not something unusual, if you feel nauseous after taking a vitamin pill 💊. You just need to take vitamins after or with food! 🍗 😋

My love… green and tasty

Happy Valentine day, everyone! Lets love flow through you!💘

Today I want to share my love… to salads (not to a green weed, if anyone thought so 😅)! I love salads. They are healthy, taste great and there are so many variations of them! What is my favorite dinner? Salad 🌿. And you can see it on the a picture, where Happy The Egg enjoying his time. It is very easy to make even after the hard day at work: some green leaves, some tomatoes, and onions. Also can add l bell peppers, feta cheese and shrimps or chicken as protein. After that finishing touch: drizzle of olive oil (remember what I said about olive oil? Better make sure it was made in Europe!) and lemon some juice on top of that (salt and pepper as you wish) – that’s it! Done! Healthy dinner, which will make you happy and your weight stable. My boyfriend also loves salads that I make, you just need to put some soul into the cooking process 💖😋

What is your favorite healthy and happy dinner? Please, share!

First post of the new month!

I decided that first post of every month will contain wellness tips related to other things, rather than food. I want to share this very nice exercise that I discovered once on internet and using it since. Why it is so wonderful? Because it is very easy, takes only 20 seconds and with time it does work! Couldn’t believe it myself, but my butt does look better now! If you are busy, tired, you still can do it every day, because it is just 20 seconds! Of course, you can do it more often then once a day, it will be even better 😉 What I find also important, that it is so easy and fast, that it isn’t hard to make it a habit, because most of exercising plans fail, since we start doing too much right away and just getting “a hangover”.
So, what is this magic position 🙌? It is very similar to the yoga position named Chair Pose. I am attaching picture that came with this article about this pose, which is not written on English. So yeah, once or twice a day, 20 seconds, just stand still in this position and it will be a great beginning of your exercising routine! This position can work for any gender, if you don’t have any knees problems.

Short and sweet, as promised 😁

 

Very little, but very dangerous…snacks!

Talking about beer reminded me about one more very important topic – snacks 🍲. They are very dangerous for your waist-line and your weight in general. Why they are so dangerous? Because few nuts here, and crackers there don’t seem like a lot, but if you add up all calories that you consume daily over these tiny snacks, you can get terrified. Especially any bready-types (empty carbs!) or nuts bring the worst. For example, 100 grams of almonds (which is a tiny bag) contain about 576 calories! This is pretty much a third of what you should eat daily! Then add few normal meals and one more snack of crackers, and here you go – more pounds gained. Of course, it doesn’t mean that you never can have any snacks, but try to pick green veggies for a snack instead. What about nuts? They are good for your health, right? Right (or we will explore this question in later topics). But! Make sure that you eat them with cautious – only first half of the day, not much, and I would suggest consuming them only on days when you work out. They are good for a breakfast, especially if you can’t eat much in a morning (I can’t eat much when I just wake up). They will give you needed energy, and it is easy to have this snack even at work.
Now, I did mention beer for a reason. Most of the people like to snack something while they are drinking beer. The secret here is that not a beer makes you fat. To be honest, beer doesn’t have that many calories in it, however, beer works as multiplier, in a way. Everything you eat with beer, goes straight to your sides and tummy. Why? Because while you are drinking, your liver is metabolizing and burning alcohol, instead of fat cells (which is what liver normally burns). (For more information you can read this article:). Now think about nuts and chips that you can eat with the beer and that all those calories get stored right away. Yes, this is scary! 😱 Personally, I like beer 😛 (even thought, of course, the healthiest choice is not to consume alcohol whatsoever), I drink it often, however I don’t have a belly, and my weight is only 115 pounds. Why? Because I never eat snacks with my beer anymore (I also don’t drink 12 packs a night). So, in addition to my previous post and choosing beer with no corn syrup, please, try not to eat anything with your beer, unless it is vegetables (with NO Ranch sauce!). You can have celery, peas, and you might risk eating some dried-salty-fish, for example. Salt will make liquid stay in your body longer (so you will be heavier), but you will lose it very fast afterwards.
Conclusion: snacks can be different, good or bad. Have snacks with cautious. Nuts, chips or crackers even in small quantities can carry tons of calories. Even worse is to eat them with beer or any other type of alcohol! 🍺 Give a preference to green veggies as your snack and then you can have it as much, as you want during the day!🌱 😁