Sour and… happy!

Today is a good day. I found out an awesome fact!🌟 🌟 🌟 I love vinegar (that is not THE FACT), and I add it to my salads, to some of my dishes, and I love picked veggies (I even drink the juice of the jar. For me it seems totally normal, but for some reasons people usually look at me odd). So, the awesome fact is that vinegar indeed helps to lose weight (I had suspicion, since it is an acid after all) and not in some extreme and unhealthy way. The experiment was conducted to help people with diabetes (and this is a big problem in America) and see how vinegar can help them (if you are interested to read more about an experiment, you can follow to the link here). Drinking vinegar helped reduce the usual blood sugar spikes in the insulin-resistant subjects (insulin sensitivity improved by 19%). It helped the diabetics to a lesser extent. My main point is not about diabetes though, but about weight loss. The experiment didn’t help very much with diabetes, but patients dropped pounds of weight. Maybe it is not as good to fight diabetes, but certainly good for your waist line. Funny that this fact is not publicly known. Maybe because, as with many other “cheap-natural-products”, vinegar costs less than 20$, while medications, while other programs and medications cost 10-20 times more. Way to make people pay somebody else’s houses on Hawaii. Whatever it is, having a spoon of 5% vinegar before meal (especially high-carbs meal!) is a worthy shot, in my opinion. I will do it and even will bring a bottle of vinegar to work! Hopefully, in a month or two, I will be able to give you my “report” on that matter.
Now, since we are on topic of vinegar, let’s talk about more benefits!

DIfferent types of vinegar and an egg

1. Vinegar is a source of dietary polyphenols, which are antioxidants and defend against oxidative stress. Apple cider vinegar induced a protective effect against erythrocyte, kidney, and liver oxidative injury, and lowered the serum lipid levels (at least in mice)

2. A case-control study demonstrated that vinegar ingestion was associated with a decreased risk for esophageal cancer. Because acetic acid in vinegar forms acetate ions in the stomach, it may possess antitumor effects.

3. According to a study, consumption of oil and vinegar salad dressings (five to six times or more per week) significantly lowered the risk for fatal ischemic heart disease in women participants (men, I am pretty sure it would help you too!)

4. Apple cider vinegar also helps break up mucus by its natural antihistamine effect, so… it can help with stuffy nose and allergies!

5. Kidney stones form when a person’s urine becomes too acidic and concentrated, forming crystals from the uric acid or oxalates. Vinegar works by alkalizing the urine, thus preventing the formation of kidney stones. Vinegar may even help to break down the ones that are already formed.

6. Apple cider vinegar can help with upset stomach or diarrhea

7. Take a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar; its sour taste could stop a hiccup in its tracks 😀

8. As soon as you feel the prickle of a sore throat, employ germ-busting apple cider vinegar to help head off the infection at the pass. Turns out, most germs can’t survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates. Just mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour or so.

9. Also it helps with dandruff, acne, nighttime leg cramps and bad breath.

More detailed information can be found here and here

Of course, nothing is perfect in our world. Some people might have stomach problems, which are incompatible with vinegar. In this case you need to talk to your doctor. Also, DO NOT forget, that you can’t consume vinegar acid (or 90%+ vinegar), because as a real acid, it will burn you from inside and it can be even fatal. Some injuries taken from vinegar acid are permanent, so never-ever try to put it in your mouth. Also, according to one case-control study in Serbia, vinegar ingestion was associated with a 4.4-fold greater risk for bladder cancer, so I am not saying that vinegar it is a magical elixir, but it has very strong benefits against low risks.
Conclusion: YES! SO next time when you sip light vinegar and your face will crinkle, these facts from above will help to bring your smile back to your face 😉

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!

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!🌱 😁