My friend Katy has recently cut dairy products out of her diet, but it's not because she has "trendy food intolerance". These are her thoughts and feelings.It's lunchtime again, and here I am on campus trying to decide what to eat - again. The University boasts numerous eating establishments, but even so the choice usually boils down to a filled baguette or chips. It's for this reason, despite the 'canteen' tray rail and the polystyrene cups, I end up in 'The Downs', the slightly healthier (but still serving chips) caf? on Sussex campus. Mmm, what lovely treats are in store for me today? Well, the pasta is out, so is the korma, the selection of flans and all of the desserts. You may be wondering what all the fuss is about and why I don't shut up now and order some chips. Well as it happens I don't eat dairy products. I'm not a vegan, I don't have radical ethics and I won't breakout in blotches, or have a seizure. It's just, for reasons that will be explained, I don't do dairy. To be fair I could just gobble down a portion of chips, a jacket spud with beans or a salad but I like food, and good food at that. I like to eat a healthy and varied diet and I want a choice of more than 2-3 dishes, one of which is always chips. So I wander over to the soups to see today's line-up: vegetable, carrot and coriander, courgette and cream of chicken. Nearly every day I come in here and nearly every day I ask if any of the soups are 'dairy free', and every time I get the same grumpy response, "Huh, I'll just go and check for you," says the canteen worker, as she trundles off to ask the chef. I don't really understand why they don't label the soups with those handy little 'V's or green ticks. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one in the university's population of 10,000 who avoids dairy products. She returns. Apparently the only soup without dairy is the vegetable. The cream of chicken was blatantly out of the question from the start and the courgette did have a distinctively 'milky' look to it. As for the carrot and coriander that was definitely dairy-free last week I remember, because I asked. For as long as I can remember I've suffered from a constant runny nose, regular colds, sore throats and catarrh. As a child I had eczema and at the age of 15 I came down with glandular fever, which knocked me out for a good two weeks and continued to tire me for several years after that. My immune system has taken quite a battering, and since starting university the constant drinking and lack of sleep hasn't helped. So when I decided to spend the summer in Brighton, I wasn't very surprised when severe hay fever took hold, making me sneezy, runny, itchy and generally pretty miserable. Having suffered a similar fate for many of her young years, my grandmother decided enough was enough, and sent me off to a top allergy specialist residing on Harley Street, London. As I was used to being fobbed off by NHS doctors who'd tell me I had been suffering an unlucky number of colds, on one occasion tonsillitis, and having being prescribed nasal spray after nasal spray (which just make you sneeze even more) I was quite looking forward to my 'private health' experience. I wasn't disappointed. Dr X was very interested in my case, which was very refreshing. (It's amazing what money can do). I explained my troubles, my symptoms and past prescriptions, and for Dr.X it all fell into place. Apparently, already prone to a runny nose and hay fever, my immune system had never really recovered from the glandular fever, and something in my diet had been suppressing my recovery. I was to have a blood test that would hopefully highlight the 'problem' foods. I would then cut them out of my diet and with luck reap the benefits. That brings us more or less up to date. Nothing was extremely conclusive, but I was encouraged to stop eating all dairy products, including whole egg. So I did. Four months down the line and I've only suffered one cold so far this winter, avoiding the annual 'freshers' flu' that knocked out all my friends. I'm definitely less runny and sneezy, hardly itchy at all, oh yes, and I've lost two stone. This is obviously an added bonus for someone who has been on a diet since learning the meaning of the word. What's the catch I hear you cry! Well, quite obviously a dairy free diet rules out milk, cheese, butter, eggs, yoghurt and all the foods that contain them. Yes that means chocolate, cakes, creamy sauces and dressings, selected pastas, breads and biscuits. But there are a large number of foods that one would never imagine contain dairy and an even larger amount that quite frankly shouldn't. For instance, many canned soups, pastas and sauces contain milk or egg pasta and practically all pre-packed sandwiches are made with butter or mayonnaise. What has shocked me the most since carefully studying the ingredients list of everything I eat is that some processed meats contain milk or milk powder. Ah well, I'm not complaining. There are plenty of foods I can eat and for the first time I am enjoying guilt free consumption of those traditionally 'sinful' foods. Yes, chips are back the menu, along with those richer fruits such as olives and avocados. I enjoy the odd packet of sweets, quite a lot of dried fruit and if I ate any more houmus I would turn into a chickpea. I feel healthier and fitter that ever before and I have never been so comfortable with my size and shape. I've definitely got used to black coffee, butterless toast and mustard instead of mayo. It's true that many shops and restaurants are yet to catch up, a drag to have to check every label and, often, say no to old favourites. As for all the people who assume I just have another 'trendy' food intolerance, that I've gone all 'Geri Halliwell' on them, well I have to explain that it's all I the name of health and that it really is working. As for all the cynics who can't understand how on earth I could do it I can only say there is life beyond dairy.
Vegetarians have long reported the benefits of tofu food a soy product that is often used as a meat alternative in a variety of dishes. But the benefits of tofu food have reached beyond the vegetarian community as more and more health-conscious eaters have turned their attention to this versatile product. Tofu food lends itself to a variety of delicious uses and, as such, continues to be a staple in many household kitchens.Made from soybean curd that is pressed into blocks, tofu food has a variety of uses depending on its different moisture content. Derived directly from soy milk, soft tofu contains the highest moisture content of all varieties of tofu. Its texture is likened to custard and as such it lends itself to a multitude of dessert recipes. Firm tofu contains less moisture than its soft counterpart and because it can hold its shape better is often used as a staple in most tofu food recipes. Dried tofu is extremely low in moisture likening it to cooked meat. Most cooks use this tofu food crumbled, sliced, or formed into noodles. Tofu food also has the ability to be frozen - or made into a puree - so that it can be used anytime throughout the week in whatever capacity it is needed.But the versatility of tofu food ultimately lies in its flavor or lack thereof. Tofu actually has very little of its own natural flavor. Instead, it absorbs the flavor from the other ingredients in the dish. Served in soups, as a filling or stuffing, raw, stewed, fried, or grilled, tofu food can be used in a multitude of cuisines.But most importantly, the health benefits of tofu food are difficult to ignore. Low in calories and high in protein, tofu contains no cholesterol and in some cases has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. Its no wonder that more and more people have begun to include tofu food as a part of their healthy lifestyle.
The words goji juice scam could be interpreted as a reference to one of two very different scams. One scam would relate to the quality of the advertised goji juice. As an example, an advertisement that did not mention Himalayan goji berries could be seen as a goji juice scam as only the Himalayan berries have a nutritional profile that includes close to one dozen different ingredients. While there is at least one goji juice scam that deprives consumers of a high quality goji juice, there is yet a second, no less dangerous form for the goji juice scam. The second scam concerns the nature of information regarding one mineral in the goji juice. The second scam leaves out all of the available information about the mineral called selenium.Selenium is a mineral that can help to lower a mans risk of prostate cancer, can be added to the diet by drinking goji juice. Selenium has the ability to slow or prevent the occurrence of cancer. Researchers have linked seleniums cancer-fighting abilities to the action of certain enzymes. The mineral aids the production of those enzymes, thus giving the mineral the capacity to ward-off cancer risks. At the present time research has shown that a daily intake of at least 70 micrograms of selenium should be the goal of all who wish to remain free of cancer. Now the offering of such information on selenium should not be seen as a goji juice scam. If, however, the imparter of that information tried to encourage the daily intake of more than 70 micrograms of selenium, then that could be seen as a goji juice scam. That is because it is feasible for a person to consume too much selenium.If a person were to consume a quantity far above 100 micrograms per day, then that excess amount of selenium could cause nausea, bad breath, rash, dizziness, weakness and cold symptoms. Further, consuming more than 60 micrograms of selenium per day is bad for pregnant women because a high intake of selenium has appeared to be linked to birth complications. A man who wants to avoid prostate cancer needs a slightly different diet than a woman who is carrying a child. That information ought to be included in any literature about selenium. That fact should also be mentioned in an advertisement for goji juice or on its packaging as the failure to highlight that fact might be seen as a goji juice scam.
Buying presents is always tricky, particularly when the person you have to buy for seems to have exquisite taste in antique items and you feel you have neither the judgment nor the bank balance to buy them something they will love. I have always had this problem with my father, whose house is full of tasteful and valuable antiques. I did, however find the perfect gift totally by accident when clearing out the attic of my new house a couple of years ago. The previous owners had left a few boxes in the attic, we thought by accident. We contacted them to let them know their mistake but they said they didnt want the contents and we should throw it away. Rather grumpily I set to removing and disposing of the items, after all we had enough of our own junk to sort out without having to deal with someone elses.Having dragged the boxes into the kitchen I thought I would take a little look through them before chucking them out. Fortunately my father arrived to help out with furniture arranging, just as I had decided there was nothing of value in there. He immediately seized on an odd piece of small machinery that I had left sitting on the counter. When I asked him what it was, he pointed rather scornfully at my new shiny stainless steel electric coffee grinder and said it was pretty much the same thing, but much less noisy, and didnt remove all the flavor from the beans!He even knew the make, apparently a size two, cast iron, two wheel grinder made by Coles. That didnt mean a lot to me but I was glad I hadnt thrown it in the trash, particularly when he said it would look fantastic in his kitchen after a little loving restoration. Of course I gave it to him there and then, he had been such a help with the move and it was really unusual to be able to give him something that he really liked. It now stands proudly on his countertop, next to the espresso maker, and judging by the gorgeous coffee smell in the house is in almost constant use. It was restored carefully so has lost none of its original character and is a real talking point for his visitors. Every time he visits he asks if I have found anything else in the house, but sadly that was the only treasure we uncovered. He also brings a bag of coffee, freshly ground that morning, so he doesnt have to suffer the apparently inferior brew that we produce with our new fangled machines. As he usually leaves some behind for my pre-work espresso the next day, I have started to see his point. Perhaps an antique coffee grinder would make the perfect present for someone who doesnt realise how awful electric coffee grinders can be as well!
Malaysian fruits are becoming very popular with an increasing number of people. Some of the more popular "Malaysian fruits" are pineapple, durian, watermelon, papayas, rambutan and citrus. Not only are Malaysian fruits very beneficial to your health they also taste very good.One of the most popular Malaysian fruits is the Durian. The name of the fruit comes from "duri" which means thorns. The durian has tiny thorns which cover the outside of the fruit. The Durian is a seasonal fruit which is grown from may to August. many people boil the durian with water and sugar to eat or cook it in coconut juice. It is also used as a relish. The flesh of the Durian is supposed to act as an aphrodisiac.Watermelon is another popular fruit grown in Malaysia. The watermelon is 90% water and is eaten mostly as a cool refreshing snack. watermelons are a leading source for Lycopene. Lycopene is a natural pigment that gives watermelon and tomatoes their color. Lycopene helps reduce the risks of developing cancers, such as prostate, colon and rectum cancer. Lycopene also helps reduce the risks of heart attacks. Watermelon seeds are rich in protein and carbohydrates. Watermelon seeds are normally dried and eaten as a snack.Rambutan gets it's name from "Rambut" which means hair. The skin of Rambuten is covered with whiskers giving the fruit a hairy appearance. Rambutan is used mostly for jams and fruit cocktails. The seeds of this fruit are said to be poisonous when eaten raw, so it is better to cook them before eating.The citrus family includes Kaffer limes, sweet limes, sweet orange, sour orange, grapefruit and lemon. The uses are pretty common from juices to being used to flavor food.Papayas are high in Vitamin C and Vitamin A. papayas are used mostly for canned fruit cocktails. They are also used in soaps, creams, and lotions.Malaysian fruits are becoming popular for their unique taste. Malaysian fruits are a great place to begin a healthy diet.