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2017’s Huge Food Trends – The New Yorker

Here are the hottest food trends that will be filling your Instagram feed and mouths for the next twelve months:

BLUEBERRIES

These lovely little fruits won’t just color-match your mood, they’re jam-packed with antioxidants and vitamin C—which is a great thing, because you’re going to need all the help you can get staying healthy when you can no longer afford to go to the doctor! Eating lots of blueberries in 2017 will give your immune system a much needed boost and help your body stave off polio, which we expect to be reintroduced this year as well!

TACOS

Whether you want to support our melting pot of a democracy by embracing the cuisine of one of our largest minority groups or support the President by sharing in the greasy bastardized tragedy known as the taco bowl, one thing is clear: Mexican food is hot, hot, hot. You won’t need to climb any walls to get to these tasty treats—we’re predicting there will be a taco truck on every corner. Yum!

IVANKALE

You may remember that dark, leafy green that was popping up everywhere from salads to smoothies last year—well, it’s getting a classy upgrade and a mandatory, government-regulated name change! Now that it costs three times more than it used to, we’re hoping it will taste three times as good. Buy it from the only place it’s now available, the Trump Shopping Network. And don’t forget that it’s illegal to call it by its former name.

HOME COOKING

Have increased health-care costs and the ever-shrinking middle class rendered restaurants too costly? Are you a woman or minority who’s nervous about going out in public due to the increase in hate crimes? Did you forget to become super-rich before that became the only group with any hope of getting a tax break? Well, this year’s food trend is tailor-made for you! Cooking at home, away from the angry slurs and pussy grabbing, is going to be all the rage.

OLIVES

If you’re tired of missing out on the delicate flavors of food because you can’t stop thinking about what’s happening in the world and crying onto your plate, you’re in luck! Good chefs know that, instead of fighting natural flavors, you’ve got to elevate them—and that’s why you’ll find briny olives on everything from appetizers to the ice cream you got because eating ice cream at least reminds you of when you used to be happy, which is better than nothing.

BREAKFAST CHOCOLATE

One of the most exciting trends predicted for this year will make all of our mornings a little sweeter. Gone are the days when we savored our chocolate as a small reward after dinner. In 2017, given that nuclear war could be launched by a tweet, we’re going to be all about eating all the candy, all the time, starting the very moment we wake up.

RAW FOODS

The start of a new year always puts health at the forefront of everyone’s mind—gym memberships go up, and we all promise that we’ll finally start that diet. Foodies are making those resolutions a little easier by embracing the raw-food movement. By the end of the year, lighting a fire will likely give away your hiding place to the bands of weaponized “patriots,” so get used to your culinary future now by stocking up on carrot sticks and hopefully-not-poisonous foraged mushrooms!

ALCOHOL

The last few years have been all about diets and detox, but why bother drinking tea when you can drink tequila? In fact, why bother doing anything else at all? Trump is our President; every day presents a new opportunity for horrifying assaults on our rights, our bodies, and basic decency. But, remember, you can’t fear tomorrow if you’re too drunk even to know it’s today! Happy 2017, everyone!

5 Powerful Juice Recipes for Arthritis Sufferers

Juicing can be a powerful way to combat the inflammation and pain caused by arthritic conditions. A variety of delicious juice recipes are available to help you manage your arthritis pain.

Arthritis is a painful, inflammatory condition of the joints that afflicts men and women of all ages. It involves the breakdown of cartilage, which normally acts as a cushion for your joints. In the absence of cushioning cartilage, bones rub together in a way they were not intended to, which can cause pain.

There are as many as one hundred types of arthritis, ranging from autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis to the more common osteoarthritis which affects most people as they age. Some forms of arthritis can even affect children. Most arthritis is associated with stiff joints that may also be swollen, creaky, and painful.

Joints affected by arthritis may have limited movement and in severe cases may become deformed in appearance. In rheumatoid arthritis joints may be red and warm to the touch and are typically equally affected on both sides of the body. All forms of arthritis can range from very mild to quite debilitating.

Many plants contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds that can help dramatically reduce symptoms. The standard “Western” diet, which includes a lot of pro-inflammatory foods such as red meat, dairy, refined and processed grains, and refined sugar, is believed to promote conditions such as arthritis. A diet built around fruits and vegetables helps to prevent chronic disease, including certain arthritic conditions.

Fruits and vegetables believed to be effective for those with arthritis pain include:

  • ginger
  • pineapple
  • papaya
  • blueberries
  • grapefruit
  • spinach
  • grapes
  • plums
  • collard greens
  • kale
  • pears
  • bok choy
  • sour cherries
  • pomegranate
  • cauliflower
  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • onions
  • apples
  • carrots
  • beets
  • garlic
  • lettuce

Juicing concentrates the healthful compounds in these plants, allowing you to benefit from them more effectively than by eating small amounts of the whole fruit or vegetable. By harnessing the powerful antioxidants and enzymes of raw fruits and vegetables, using these juice recipes for arthritis may increase your joint mobility and comfort and reduce swelling.

You can also increase the anti-inflammatory effectiveness of your juice recipe by mixing it with green tea, raw cold-pressed flax seed oil or liquid fish oil. These all have additional properties that make them healthful elements in an anti-inflammatory diet.

Green tea contains epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) which has been shown to be helpful in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

Flax and fish oils contain omega 3 fatty acids which are useful for a variety of conditions including various forms of arthritis. These can also be mixed with fresh juices.

The following juice recipes for arthritis can all be easily made using most electric juicers.

Pineapple, Carrot & Celery Juice

5 carrots

2 stalks of celery

4 oz pineapple

1 tsp lemon juice

Papaya Orange Juice

¼ papaya, peeled

1 large orange, peeled

Papaya Blueberry Juice

2 cups blueberries

¼ papaya, peeled

Broccoli Carrot Juice

1/2 cup fresh broccoli, cut in pieces

3 medium carrots, roots only

1 apple, core removed

1/2 lemon, peeled

Sour Cherry-Pomegranate Juice

2 cups sour cherries

1 pomegranate, skin removed

1 apples, core removed

For each recipe, simply juice the listed ingredients in an electric juicer.

You can find other juicing remedies for arthritis on the internet or in books about juicing. However, many of the most successful recipes come from experimentation, so don’t be afraid to use the list of fruits and vegetables above to come up with ideas for new juice combinations. You just might invent a juice that tastes fantastic while providing great relief for your achy, stiff joints!

Exactly How This Woman Got a Literal Peach Emoji Butt With Diet and Exercise

Abby Pollock is a 23-year-old fitness lover living in Toronto, Canada. Although she’s got a stellar bubble butt and a body she’s damn proud of, she hasn’t always been this strong and confident.

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In 2012, during her first year of engineering school, Abby was 20 pounds underweight and struggling with symptoms of anorexia and bulimia. She was unhappy in her relationship and feeling enormous pressure to secure an engineering internship when she found out her father had cancer. It was like every aspect of her life was out of her control — except when it came to her diet. “Food was my safe space, in some weird and twisted way,” she told Cosmopolitan.com.

Using MyFitnessPal to track her diet, Abby says she used to eat the bare minimum to keep her brain functioning: 900 to 1,000 calories per day. She grew obsessed with losing weight, taking on increasingly restrictive diets plans that progressed from simply eating “clean,” to eating paleo, then vegan, then raw vegan.

“I told myself I was following these diets for ethical reasons, when really I was using them as a means to further restrict and cover up my disordered habits,” she now admits. On a typical day during her lowest points, she’d drink a green smoothie for breakfast, and carefully portion out salad ingredients for lunch and dinner. She’d sometimes snack on raw veggies during the day, but only if she got to the point where she thought she’d pass out if she didn’t eat.

In 2013, she suspected her boyfriend had cheated on her and found out her father’s prognosis had progressed to terminal. Instead of continuing to use food to gain some semblance of control, Abby finally reached out for help. “I decided I was done playing victim, done breaking myself down,” she says of her decision to employ a holistic nutritionist and personal trainer. Their first order of business was to gradually increase Abby’s food intake to 2,000 calories per day.

“Eating 1,000 calories a day took constant willpower,” she wrote in a recent Instagram post. “I was physically drained from eating so little, I was mentally drained from obsessing over such a trivial part of my life.”

Now, Abby follows a much more flexible eating plan, eating whatever she wants so long as it fits into her daily calorie allotment, (now 1,700 calories, as determined by her nutritionist and current fitness goals) and daily goals for protein, carbs, and healthy fats.

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FB LIVE STREAM 8:00PM EST (join link in bio): The 4 BIGGEST Mistakes Made By Beginners. . One of the BIGGEST mistakes I see women make is that they’re not eating enough. Eating 1000 calories a day took constant willpower. I had to constantly plan and re-plan what I was eating so I didn’t accidentally go over or eat a food that was “off-limits”. Aside from the fact that I was physically drained from eating so little, I was mentally drained from obsessing over such a trivial part of my life. Eating 1700 calories a day (pic on the right) was how much I was eating on a HEALTHY DIET. On the right I was leaning out for a bodybuilding competition and was still losing weight + reaching a low body fat while eating this many calories a day ??. . What I want you to pay attention to here is: (1) how I’m carrying myself and (2) the difference between bone vs. muscle. (1) On the left, my shoulders are hunched, my back is to the camera and based on memory, I know I was NOT smiling. On the right, my shoulders are back, chest up, and I’m SMILING proud ?. (2) On the left, I have “shape” only because I’m so thin that you can see my bones. Had the lighting been different, you would have seen my full rib cage. On the right, I am lean but strong, shapely and sculpted ?! . If you want shape / tone / or that tight sculpted bikini look, you will not get it by starving yourself. Nothing good will come from starving yourself. By not eating enough calories, you starving your body and mind, ultimately sabotaging your own progress. Sorry not sorry for the rant. Girl got passion ??. See you on the live stream!

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On a typical day, Abby will eat about four meals, beginning with a high-protein egg scramble made with ground turkey and eaten with a side of veggies for meal one; an apple with baby carrots when she feels like snacking; chocolate oats made with oatmeal, egg whites, almond milk, cocoa, and stevia for meal two; spaghetti squash with ground turkey, veggies, and cheese sauce made from almond milk and shredded cheese for meal three; and finally, a post-workout protein “ice cream” made with protein powder, a banana, almond milk, and ice.

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While she tends to stick to whole, minimally processed foods, and eats the same meals throughout the week since it requires less mental energy to stay on track, the only thing Abby really restricts are her eating hours. She practices intermittent fasting, which means she fasts between 16 and 18 hours each day. It’s an eating strategy that may improve insulin sensitivity, helping your body churn out more sustainable energy from the food you eat, according to emerging research.

“It has helped me repair my relationship with food, become more in touch with my natural hunger cues, and it has allowed me the lifestyle flexibility to eat larger (even restaurant-sized) meals while still making progress toward my goal,” Abby explains, adding that she’s currently training for obstacle course racing, where she runs races broken up by various physical challenges.

At least once a week, she’ll deviate from her diet plan with a favorite food like frozen yogurt or sushi. While she’s not a big drinker, she’ll still indulge every once and a while.

And now, instead of feeling guilty over every calorie she consumes, Abby sees each meal as an opportunity to fuel her body to be stronger — physically and mentally.

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So it’s a good thing Abby’s recovery team also helped her overhaul her fitness routine, which, when she wasn’t healthy, once involved doing up to two hours of cardio per day. Abby cut back to two shorter cardio sessions per week, tacking on four weightlifting sessions during which she began lifting as heavy as possible without feeling like she’d have to compromise her form until the end of an exercise set.

Once she started lifting heavy — something she’d always avoided out of fear it’d bulk her up — her body changed in a surprising way. Instead of inflating her whole body, she noticed her butt lifting while her waist was getting smaller for an overall hourglass effect.

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Now, Abby spends an hour at the gym four times per week. She’ll spend one day working her back and biceps, one day working on her shoulders and triceps, and two days working on her lower body, practicing standard moves like weighted squats, deadlifts, step-ups, hip thrusters, and calf raises.

Her strategy is to use a slow and controlled pace when releasing weights on exercises involving contractions. On a bicep curl, for instance, that means spending 4 to 6 seconds bringing the weight down from its highest position.

She sometimes tacks on 30 minutes of cardio, but only after she’s spent the bulk of the day on her butt. She has less time for the gym now because she works long hours on her company, TransformNation, a motivational education platform.

And if you’re wondering if her new diet and weight-lifting plan led to weight gain? The answer is, yes it did. At 5 feet 7 inches, Abby weighs 152 pounds — a number that once shocked her since she used to worry when she fluctuated above 125 pounds. But now, that doesn’t scare her in the slightest, particularly since she feels more athletic and happier than ever before.

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Banish the Belly Fat? TAG A FRIEND who needs to read this! – That lower belly trouble area can be caused by a few things: fat stores (obvi?), increased mental/physical stress, OR food sources causing digestive stress. – Let’s focus on that last one. I think food sources are a SERIOUSLY neglected topic especially since the growth of flexible dieting. Some foods – even “clean” foods – can cause digestive stress. Digestive stress can mean anything from slight discomfort to severe bloating, gas or ? issues. More digestive stress = More inflammation = More water retention. Here’s how I deal with digestive stress: 1-Keep a food journal for 5-7 days – Don’t change what you’re doing just write everything down. Everything you eat/drink, the approximate time, how you feel before (energy + emotion), how you feel after (energy + emotion). 2-Weigh yourself every morning – Before eating or drinking anything and with the same amount of clothing on. 3-Review your weight and food logs for trends – You’ll start to notice trends for what makes you feel sleepy, bloated, or inexplicably yearning for more. 4-Make a list of the top five foods causing you trouble. 5-Eliminate foods one at a time for 5-7 days at a time. During this time continue logging weight + how you feel before/after meals. – By tracking qualitative (without numbers – aka feelings) and quantitative (with numbers – aka weight) measures, you’ll get a much better idea of what’s causing you bloat and hiding them abs! – PS if you wanna grab the same scale as me…use code: ABBYFIT at checkout on vpwow.com/abbyfit for 60% off??!! @vanityplanetstore

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Now Abby’s priority is to help others kick-start their own fitness journeys.”Transformation does not come from finding the ‘perfect’ moment, training plan, or diet,” she says. “It comes from taking action and choosing to learn through your failures, rather than give up.” And she’d know.

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Expert calls Brady’s diet ‘sketchy’

Tom Brady wasn’t built for football.

Stocky and a little slow at the 2000 scouting combine, the quarterback was picked up in the sixth round of the draft and promptly relegated to the Patriots bench.

Seventeen years later and about to play in his seventh Super Bowl on Sunday, 39-year-old Brady is looking at what could be one of the longest — and certainly most successful — careers in the NFL.

To hear Brady tell it, his longevity is largely thanks to his eccentric eating habits.

In late 2014, he explained his diet to Sports Illustrated as 80 percent alkaline and 20 percent acidic, which, he says, “maintain[s] balance and harmony through [his] metabolic system.”

Brady’s personal chef, Allen Campbell, broke it down further to Boston.com in January 2016: The quarterback eats 80 percent vegetables and whole grains, and 20 percent fish and lean meats, such as certain cuts of steak and duck. He doesn’t touch sugar, white flour or nightshade fruits and vegetables, which include tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, potatoes and certain berries. Fat comes from extra virgin olive oil on raw foods, and coconut oil on cooked foods.

Also on the list of banned ingredients: MSG, iodized salt, coffee, fungi and dairy. He only drinks alcohol occasionally.

And while his supermodel wife, Gisele Bündchen, follows the same diet — the couple’s two kids do a less-strict version — they diverge on the subject of fruit. Though his family enjoys eating it, Brady limits himself to the occasional banana, blended in a smoothie. Unbelievably, he’s never eaten a strawberry, he told New York magazine in 2016. Rather, for a treat, he’ll have cacao avocado ice cream.

Everything that touches his table must also be organic. “If it’s not organic, I don’t use it,” Campbell told Boston.com.

Brady has to eat this way if he wants to keep playing, he told New York magazine in September: “I don’t believe you could be a 39-year-old quarterback in the NFL and eat cheeseburgers every day. I want to be able to do what I love to do for a long time.”

But is his alternative eating plan as healthy as he claims?

The most baffling tenet of Brady’s regimen is his adherence to an alkaline diet, based on science that New York-based registered dietitian Lauren Harris-Pincus calls “sketchy. Followers believe that consuming so-called “acidic” foods, such as meat and dairy, will cause the blood to become acidic and promote disease growth.

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Meals to Avoid If You Don’t Wish To Have Gout

Today, there are a number of diet programs publicized in publications and online, it’s difficult to choose. Right here we’re not going to take a look at foods to eat but foods to avoid whilst suffering from gout.

A logical option to understand which diet is finest is to see which one matches your personal decisions for your way of life and pure (we emphasize the word, “natural” not synthetic) tastes.

All of us possess personal likes and dislikes…lots of which derives from our childhood and defines us throughout all our lives.

At present the business world, and international food and beverage enterprise is about as chargeable for the obesity problem as the tobacco company’s are for lung cancer. When you are on a food regimen, or if you want to be your ideally suited weight and wellbeing, you need to avoid the general choices below.

Any “synthetic” food. ANY…this implies meals that has been treated in a automated way. These meals include components and chemicals that interrupts your normal means of digestion and expulsion. In this group, you may think of any meals from a tin, or one that can stay on a supermarket shelf more than one month.

Any and all fast foods. These are perhaps the worst offenders, as they are by some means taste great when you’re hungry, you will wolf them shortly, they usually contain all of the substances you don’t need or what your body desires; such as transfats, incorrect food combinations (overly sweet cola drinks with too much protein and carbohydrates), and an extra amount of calories. What’s more, they typically serve red meat like beef or bacon that can prolong your gout or cause serious tenderness.

To top it off, a regular fast food meal is about 1,000 or more calories. It’s usually more, and leaves you wanting for more in about 2 hours.

Any “deep-fried” foods. This features the well-known french fries, but may consist of fried red meats (akin to fried bacon), and some snacks, such as donuts. These kill your food plan and raise your insulin ranges within the blood, and there’s no technique to make you control your uric acid production apart from your diet plan.

All polysaturated and animal fat. We do not say to you to eliminate fat, just consume from the right source. These are found in fish, some vegetables and a few dairy merchandise (where omega-three oils have been incorporated to the dairy animal’s feed).

White Flour. There is nothing in it that is good for you. All it consists of is processed flour that is made from yeast, another high purine product that will cause gout.. Whole wheat or different whole grains are one other story. Eat them as you want, however NO white flour. It is a useless food itself, and solely causes unbalances in your digestive system. White flour was produced because it doesn’t spoil, where entire grains do. Even bacteria can distinguish among excellent food and bad food. They eat the entire grain and not bleached synthetic white flour.

White Sugar. As its carbohydrate cousin above, white sugar additionally has very little or no dietary value.

There are so many healthy options to it, and though sweet, these pure sugars are simply processed in your system as they’re natural as you are natural.

Mayonnaise and its other forms. Although very tasty, when mixed with additional kinds of chow, mayonnaise is heavily refined, usually with the worse oils, largely transfatty ones, and stuffed with preservatives.

Also mayonnaise is made out of eggs, and commercially handled to resist the aging process on the supermarket shelf. It is not going to aid you in your food regimen, and in fact, it’s not good for you at all. Should you make it your self however, and eat it sparingly, that’s another matter.

Caffeinated Drinks. This consists of coffee, darkish tea, the cola drinks, chocolate, and the brand new power drinks which can be showing up in nightclubs, supermarkets and gyms.

The caffeine (or related chemical found in tea and chocolate) interrupts your natural metabolism, and will prevent your bodies normal slimming process when you’re dieting.

There are a lot of different foods to each avoid and enjoy, however the list above is usually established by a good number of dietitians as terrible for your general health and gout.

When you find yourself NOT dieting, you possibly can certainly eat these foods, however it’s advised to do so sparingly, after all, why would you want another gout attack?.

Disgusting video shows chicken shop staff preparing raw food on floor of restaurant kitchen

Chicken shop staff were caught on camera preparing raw food on the floor in a video branded “disgusting” by the shop’s own head office.

In the clip a worker can be seen grabbing the meat from a tray on the floor before dunking it in batter, then throwing it into flour and tossing the food around with his bare hands.

Another worker walks into shot, with plastic bags on their feet before joking with a bottle of chemicals over the bloody chicken.

One man commentating the video can be heard saying: “This is what we do every day.”

The incident was caught on camera

The footage, which was shared on Facebook and watched more than 58,000 times, was reported to have been filmed in a branch on Popeyes in Homestead Road, Houston in the USA.

The man who made the video has since been sacked from the company.

A spokesman for Popeyes told ABC news: “We are aware of the very negative video we believe was created by a terminated employee of a franchise-owned Popeyes restaurant last year and then posted on Facebook recently.

“What is shown in the video is completely unacceptable and violates all Popeyes food preparation policies and guidelines.

“Frankly, we are disgusted.”

The clip was taken at Popeye’s chicken shop

He added: “The franchise owner has reviewed his employee food preparation practices and given his assurance that what is shown in the video is not standard or acceptable in his or any other Popeyes restaurant.

“Both the Health department and a Popeyes corporate team inspected the restaurant yesterday and found it met all food preparation and safety standards.

“This video is unacceptable on every level, and we will investigate this incident fully and take all necessary action.”

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Eczema Diet – Seven Chinese Food Secrets That Will Change Your Life

Eczema can make life a misery for children as well as adults with red, dry, thick and scaly skin that is constantly itching. For many people, eczema is triggered off by an allergic reaction to specific foods and avoiding these foods can relieve the symptoms. Chinese dietary therapy is a holistic system of treatment, part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which looks at diet in a completely different way from our western diets. Here I will give you my Seven Chinese Foods secrets that will help your eczema and change your life.

1. Avoid cow’s milk

Often eczema can be triggered off by cow’s milk which is a common food fed to children. Cow’s milk is very damp in nature and if your child’s digestive system is compromised can cause itchy skin, rashes and oozing and weeping lesions. Milk is not a common ingredient in a Chinese diet and is used sparingly. However, in the West we tend to over consume milk which is why more and more people are experiencing an allergic reaction to it. If your baby is suffering with eczema then you really should look for an alternative. Possible replacements are soy or goat’s milk which are less damp forming.

2. Avoid damp forming foods

Not only is cow’s milk damp forming, but other foods can be extremely damp forming as well. Interestingly, some of these foods are common triggers for eczema such as wheat and peanuts. Other damp forming foods include orange juice, bananas, sugar, cheese and other dairy products.

3. Stop the greasy food

Fried, greasy foods are extremely damp forming and warm in nature. Eczema is Yang (warm) in nature which means that if there is an excess of heat in the body it will cause symptoms such as redness, inflammation and thirst. Cooking methods such as roasting, grilling, baking, deep frying, stir frying and sautéing are all yang cooking methods. It’s preferable to boil, simmer, stew, braise or steam your food as these cooking methods are more yin in nature. Foods cooked in this way are cooler in nature and more nourishing to the body and skin.

4. Eat more cooling and nourishing foods

To treat eczema, you need to reduce redness, inflammation and itching of the skin by clearing heat. As well you should moisten dryness and strengthen the qi (vital energy) and blood. Cooling and moistening foods include grapefruit, lettuce, seaweed, watermelon, cucumber, celery, barley, beancurd (tofu), pears, strawberry, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini and tomatoes.

Excellent foods to strengthen qi and blood are dark, leafy green vegetables, dark red fruits and vegetables such as beetroot, kidney, aduki beans and blueberries. Meats such as liver, kidneys and chicken are all qi and blood strengtheners. A fantastic start to the day would be to have a bowl of oat porridge sprinkled with a few dates.

5. Avoid raw and ice cold foods

Too many raw and chilled foods (as opposed to cooling foods) can damage the digestive system. The digestive system requires warmth or digestive fire to function and a prolonged and excessive use of raw or ice-cold foods will eventually weaken this digestive fire. You may have noticed that the Chinese do not eat many raw or ice-cold foods for this reason.

6. Balance your flavors

We have often heard that too much of one thing is bad for you and this is true in a Chinese diet. In most Chinese recipes you will find a balance of flavors – salty, sour, bitter, sweet and pungent. For example, salty foods (seaweed, pork, fish) regulate moisture balance, drain excess moisture and stimulate digestion. Too much salt, however, will dehydrate the body and cause dryness. Sweet foods (sugar, bananas, milk), mildly stimulate the circulation of qi and blood, moistening and benefiting dryness. However, eating an excess of sweet foods will lead to the formation of damp and heat which can cause eczema. Therefore, a balanced diet including all the flavors is beneficial. You can increase or decrease a particular flavor according to your needs.

7. Chew slowly and enjoy your food

Quite often eczema is caused by emotional stress. When we are stressed we tend overeat, under-eat or not enjoy what we are eating. Do not eat when angry because this affects the movement of qi and can cause it to stagnate. Qi stagnation over time can cause a build up of heat which can manifest as skin rashes and inflammation.

The Chinese know the benefit of chewing slowly and with concentration, so forget the television or reading while you’re eating – just focus on your food. Every mouthful should be chewed thoroughly since this helps our digestive system to work more efficiently.

Dry Food Could Be Giving Your Cat Diabetes

Some cat owners have advocated not feeding dry food to cats, and now the science may back that up. A recent study conducted by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences found that several things contributed to an increased risk of diabetes in cats: indoor confinement, being a greedy eater and being overweight. Cats of normal weight whose diet was predominantly kibble were also more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

The study, Environmental Risk Factors for Diabetes Mellitus in Cats, is the largest case-control study about diabetic cats to date. While being overweight is an obvious risk factor for diabetes, it may be surprising to many pet parents that cats at a healthy weight can easily develop diabetes when they are fed a diet of mostly kibble, even though dry food is predominantly fed to cats around the world.

Many loving pet parents don’t realize that kibble is processed food with a short shelf life. No matter what the ingredients, the carbs in kibble (even grain-free) is starch turned into sugar.

What you can feed them instead:

Cats can eat the same raw foods a dog can eat, just in smaller portions and always fresh. It’s important to remember that cats are carnivores. While some choose veganism for their dogs, even though it’s a controversial subject, cats are carnivores and should not be fed a vegan diet. According to WebMD, they need protein from meat or fish, amino acids (from meat or fish), fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and water. When feeding a raw diet, like dogs, it’s best to supplement with some fresh food as well.

Symptoms of cat diabetes:

According to WebMD, “an alarming number of cats are developing diabetes mellitus. Left untreated, it can lead to weight loss, loss of appetite, vomiting , dehydration, severe depression, problems with motor function, coma, and even death.” Thomas Graves, associate professor and section head of small animal medicine at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, told WebMD that the main symptoms are increased thirst and increased urination. Some cats with diabetes have a ravenous appetite because their bodies cannot use the fuel supplied in their diet.” 

Do your cats eat dry food? If not, what do you feed them alternatively? Thanks for sharing your experiences in a comment below.

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