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Scent of Health http://scentofhealth.com blog about health, happiness and productivity Mon, 04 Jan 2016 18:41:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 Vegetables Likely To Take More Of Your Plate in 2016 http://scentofhealth.com/?p=56 Sun, 03 Jan 2016 17:40:22 +0000 http://scentofhealth.com/?p=56 gettyimages-459222286-4156cab27c5ae2b852b1cbbf6bc4e8e42ac17d10-s800-c85About a decade ago, food writer Michael Pollan issued a call to action: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. As 2016 opens, it looks like many American cooks and diners are heeding that call.

Vegetables have moved from the side to the center of the plate. And as another year begins, it appears that plants are the new meat.

Bon Appetit magazine named AL’s Place in San Francisco the best new restaurant of 2015. Meats at AL’s Place are listed under “sides.” The rest of the menu features vegetable-centric dishes sometimes featuring animal protein as an ingredient – pear curry, black lime yellowtail, persimmon, blistered squash. The hanger steak (with smoked salmon butter), however, is a side dish.

This and other restaurants are also using the whole vegetable. What used to go in the compost heap is now fermented, roasted or smoked and used in other dishes. The stem-to-leaf approach follows the example of nose-to-tail eating.

WastED is a project that brings together chefs, farmers, fishermen and food purveyors to “reconceive waste” in the food chain, according to the group’s website.

The WastED salad has been available at Sweetgreen restaurants, making use of the restaurants scraps – broccoli leaves, carrot ribbons, roasted kale stems, romaine hearts, roasted cabbage cores, roasted broccoli stalks and roasted bread butts all mixed with arugula, Parmesan, spicy sunflower seeds and pesto vinaigrette.

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How to Buy, Store, and Cook with Beets in Season in December http://scentofhealth.com/?p=52 Tue, 08 Dec 2015 22:26:09 +0000 http://scentofhealth.com/?p=52 Beets are one of winter’s sweetest treats. This root vegetable, which is harvested all summer through late fall, stores well and keeps for months. While mature both golden and red beets have an earthy, bitter flavor raw, they turn candy-like when roasted, grilled, or steamed. (Younger, early-season beets are tender and tasty raw.) Beets are also great for baking—their vibrant color acts as a natural dye, making chocolate cakes richer and darker.

How to Buy
If buying beets early in the fall or winter, there’s a good chance they’ll still have their tops. But the greens wilt long before the root (the actual beet portion of the veggie) goes badly, so farmers typically remove the greens before storing them. If you’re lucky enough to store a bunch with the greens, be sure that they aren’t wilted or mushy. If they’re pert and perky, they can be steamed, braised, or saut?ed.

How to Store
Store beets without their tops loose in an unsealed plastic bag in the fridge. Kept from moisture, they will last for weeks up to a couple of months. If the greens were attached, wrap them loosely in damp paper towel and keep in the crisper; the greens will last for about half a week. You can also pickle beets as you would cucumber—they’ll last indefinitely when canned properly, but if you don’t own a canner, you can store them in a sealed jar in the fridge for a few weeks.

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How to live the natural life http://scentofhealth.com/?p=46 Tue, 08 Dec 2015 19:31:28 +0000 http://scentofhealth.com/?p=46 26108-1_nDo you want to start a new chapter in your life and embrace all things natural? In this digital age, it’s perfectly understandable to aspire to a more organic lifestyle. Here are a few key areas worth assessing so you (and your family) can live as close to nature as you possibly can.

What are you eating?

Your body is a temple, and a perfect reflection of the way you treat it. So, just being conscious of what you put inside it has the potential to improve your health greatly, and help you stick to an organic living program.

There are hidden chemicals and additives in so much of the food we eat. We recommend seriously assessing your weekly supermarket shopping list, checking labels carefully, and looking to replace as many of the pre-packaged and processed foods with green leafy vegetables, lean meats and low GI carbohydrates. The more your food has been processed, the more nutrients are lost.

In fact, the best way to control your diet and ensure it’s organic, is grow your own fruit, vegetables and herbs. Start your own garden this weekend and immediately reap the benefits.

We all have our go-to snacks for an instant perk-up, but that one piece of chocolate or bag of lollies delivers a burst of blood sugar energy that quickly dissipates and becomes a blood sugar crash. This will leave you flat for the rest of the day and a million times more likely to reach for more sugary drinks and snacks.

Start your day with protein, like a free-range egg-based dish, and studies have shown that cravings will be seriously reduced, giving you a much better chance of sticking to a healthy eating program, and living an organic life

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How to live longer? http://scentofhealth.com/?p=39 Fri, 05 Sep 2008 11:34:45 +0000 http://scentofhealth.com/?p=39 camomileWould we live longer if you give up fast food or meat? Nowadays we can learn the answer to this question with the help of genetic analysis. 1953 the scientists discovered DNA and 50 years later they can already decode it. This is why everyone can order a genetic analysis and to get an information about his/her personal heath situation. According to the scientists everything comes to the genes we have and our interaction with the environment. Faith or Genes. The genes make us different to each other. On them depends not only the hair color but, also the processes that take place in our body and its ability to get rid of the toxins. As a result, for two persons who have the same conditions of life and the same age the results of a event/reaction might be completely different. Today the slogan ” Drink tomato juice – it is healthy” comes with a small correction – for most people it is healthy, but if you want to know if you are one of them get your genes tested. For the same reason, a vegetarian who is your age might look 10 years younger than you, but it does not mean that you will necessarily look the same way if you follow his/her eating habits. Because the genetic analysis might show that you need more vitamin B for example and you need to put emphasis on different food. The scientists have calculated that an individual food program can make your life 14 years longer. The conclusion is that, if we want to feel good and be healthier we need to learn more about our genes and if we can not change our genes, we need to change the environment

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10 Tricks for More Positive Attutde http://scentofhealth.com/?p=36 Wed, 03 Sep 2008 12:35:52 +0000 http://scentofhealth.com/?p=36 pinnepleWhat are the differences between the optimist and the pessimist? It is almost certain that you have heard about the half full and the half empty cup. This is the difference between a pessimist and an optimist. The optimist always finds a reason to keep advancing and the pessimist always finds a reason to do nothing. Here are few perspectives that might help you to improve your life.

1. Most of the negative thoughts, are result of wrong assumptions
Are the facts that make you a pessimistic really true? Do you imagine the worst outcome of a situation, without actually having a reason to do so? Try to change this attitude.

2. Have a diary
Make notes about your thoughts and the situations that provoke them. For example, if you are angry at your job, ask yourself why and write the reasons down. Think about your emotions, write them down. Research what situations stimulate positive or negative thoughts. This will help you to know yourself better.

3. The power of mind
If it is rainy, imagine that it is sunny. If you are having an argument with someone, imagine him/her with a funny shirt for example.

4. Why
One of the ways to achieve a longterm positive attitude is to answer yourself why you have a negative attitude. Are you afraid of what may happen. Are you afraid of betrayal, loosing your job, loosing your partner. The answer to all this is to face your fear and to imagine what would you do if this really happens. Once you face your fear, you will gain confidence and it will not seem so scary

5. Words
Their power is great. Try to avoid negative language. Do not say “I can not”. If you fail in doing or achieving something do not hide in desperation, but find salvation in hope for the future by saying that next time you will manage. Always seek for opportunity in the middle of difficulty.

6. Conquer your negative emotions
If you feel bad about something, do not suppress this emotion, nether allow it to dominate in your mind. Instead try to overcome it by having a physical exercises. Calm down and try to focus on something pleasant. Speak about your negative emotions with a friend.

7. Energy
The optimistic people charge on pleasant things. Be responsible, be do not take all the burden af a failure on yourself. Focus on your successes and admit your achievments.

8. Do what you love
You will never have a positive attutude if you spend most of your time doing thing that you dislike. You hate your job – change it. Your relationship makes you unhappy – try something new. Find an activity that brings you joy and pleasure.
9. Fix small problems in time
Fix your problems until they are small because small problems tend to escalate and then become big problems. If you solve a small problem, celebrate it – it will help you gain confidence.

10. Sense
Research show that the more sense you find in your life, the happier you would be. Take time to think about you goals and objectives and what you wish for yourself.

What are the differences between the optimist and the pesimist? It is almost certain that you have heard about the half full and the half empty cup. This is the difference between a pesimist and optimist. The optimist always finds a reason to keep advancing and the pesimist always find a reason to do nothing. Here are few perspectives that might help you to improve your life.

1. Most of the negative thoughts, are result of worng assumptions
Are the facts that make you a pesimistic really true? Do you imagine the worst outcome of a situation, whitout actually having a reason to do so? Try to change this attitude.

2. Have a diary
Make notes about your thoughts and the situations that provoke them. For example if you are angry at yuout job, ask yourself why and write the reasons down. Think about your emotions, write them down. Research what situations stimulate positive or negative thoughts. This will help you to know yourself better.

3. The power of mind
If it is rainy imagine that it is sunny. If you are having an argument with someone, imagine him/her with a funny shirt for example.

4. Why
One of the ways to achieve a longterm positive attitude is to anwer yourself why you have a negative attitude. Are you affraid of what may happen. Are you afraid of betrayal, loosing your job, loosing your partner. The answer to all this is to face your fear and to imagine what would you do if this really happens. Once you face your fear, you will gain confidence and it will not seem so scary

5. Words
Their power is great. Try to avoid negaitve language. Do not say “I can not”. If you fail in doing or achieving something do not hide in desperation, but find salvation in hope for the future buy saying that next time you will manage. Always seek for opportunity in the middle of difficulty.

6. Conquer your negative emotions
If you feel bad about something, do not suppress this emotion, nether allow it to dominate in your mind. Instead try to overcome it by having a physical exercises. Calm down and try to focus on something pleasant. Speak about your negative emotions with a friend.

7. Energy
The optimistic people charge on pleasant things. Be responsible, but do not take all the burden of a failure on yourself. Focus on your successes and admit your achievments.

8. Do what you love
You will never have a positive attutude if you spend most of your time doing thing that you dislike. You hate your job – change it. Your relationship makes you unhappy – try something new. Find an activity that brings you joy and pleasure.

9. Fix small problems in time
Fix your problems until they are small because small problems tend to escalate and then become big problems. If you solve a small problem, celebrate it – it will help you gain confidence.

10. Sense
Research shows that the more sense you find in your life, the happier you would be. Take time to think about you goals and objectives and what you wish for yourself.

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8 Ways to Have a Good Memory http://scentofhealth.com/?p=34 Tue, 02 Sep 2008 11:43:19 +0000 http://scentofhealth.com/?p=34 strawberries-p.jpgTo forget things sometimes is quite normal, but to forget things often is not that pleasant. It is not funny at all, when you are in a hurry and you can not remember where did you leave the key for the house. The ability to remember things shapes our life and helps us to organize things. The good memory is one of the mightiest assets we have and we are supposed to take care of it if needed. As you can not expect that you will have a nice body if you do not stand up from the bed all day, you also can not expect to have a good memory without training it. The human brain needs constant work in order to be active. Here are 8 suggestions.:
1. Food
The food is a fuel for your brain. Balanced diet will help you to keep your memory in a good shape. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables with green leaves such as lettuce and cabbage. The best foods for the brain are: fish and fish oil, eggs, spinach, strawberries and almonds.

2. Exercise
Move your body and the brain will follow. The exercises improve blood circulation, which helps the brain. Research shows, that frequent exercising over the years will help you reduce the lost of brain tissue.

3. Games for the mind
Intellectually – stimulating games such as puzzles, crosswords, sudoku are one of the best ways to sharpen your memory. These games provoke your thoughts and in the same time are fun.

4. Books
The key to good memory is to constantly challenge it. Always have a book with you and after reading a chapter or two, try to ask yourself questions about these chapters. You can always discuss books with friends.

5. Sleep
It plays a critical role. The memory problems are often related to lack of sleep. Research shows that creativity and problem solving ability are directly connected to the amounts of sleep.

6. Repetition
The more you repeat something, the more you will remember it. The practice is a key to the longterm memory.

7. Music
It is proved that the music has a relationship to the ability to store information and plays role in the process of retaining information

8. Sharing
When you learn new information the best way to remember it is to apply and share it. By sharing information you repeat it again and this helps you to remember it

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Scandinavian way. Did you know that the women in Scandianvia have very clean and smooth skin ? http://scentofhealth.com/?p=32 Fri, 15 Aug 2008 13:38:30 +0000 http://scentofhealth.com/?p=32 tuna-p.jpgAlthough their skin is pale and they are very sensitive to sun burns, the ladies in the northern countries have found the way to have skin without wrinkles. What is the secret? Basically – fish and a lot of fresh air. The consumption of fish in Norway, Denmark and Sweden is very high and the fish is one of the main components of the Scandinavian cooking. The most preferred fish is salmon. The fish is source of anti-oxidants, and helps to postpone the aging of the cells. In Norway and other northern countries the fish is always at the table, it is a perfect food for such cold areas of the world and is very rich of proteins. The proteins are pure food for the muscles, and the stronger muscles we have, the better skin. The consumption of fish is recommended as frequent as possible. Salomon, tuna, mackerel etc.
The skin also needs fresh and clean air. Walk in the nature will also help for better skin. Mountain air can do miracles. The olive oil is also an addition to the recipe for a perfect skin. Salad with olive oil is very useful for the stomach, liver and skin. Be active – in Denmark the people use their bicycles frequently and in Norway and Sweden skiing is a national sport.

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5 Proven Basic Steps to Health http://scentofhealth.com/?p=30 Thu, 14 Aug 2008 15:43:49 +0000 http://scentofhealth.com/?p=30 tomatoes-p.jpg1. Healthy foods – fruits, vegetables, whole wheat bread, milk and milk products, fish, eggs, nuts etc. Limitation of food that contains concentrated fats, cholesterol, salt, sugar. Limitation of alcohol. Avoiding fried food. Regular meals – missing a breakfast, lunch or dinner leads to starvation or surfeit.
2. Sports – the regular physical activity ( 30 minutes daily ) leads to: lowering of the blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, lowers the risk of diabetes and heart disease, strengthens the bones, muscles and joints, helps to maintain normal body weight, lowers the stress level, improves the sleep

3. Non smoking – quiting of smoking leads to the following positive effects:
– 20 minutes after you stop to smoke your blood pressure lowers
– 12 hours after the last cigarette the level of CO becomes normal
– 2 weeks to 3 months after you stop smoking the blood circulation is much better and the function of the lungs improves
– 1 to 9 months the cough must be reduced
– 1 year – the high risk of heart disease is 50% lower
The bad breath, teeth coloring, nails coloring disappear. Skin looks muck better. Overall health condition improves.

4. Regular medical checks – this is one of the most important thing, that you can do for yourself. Ask your doctor what kind of tests are appropriate for your age and gender.

5. Positive attitude
This is very important. You must determine objectives such as to quit smoking, to start exercising etc. Make a plan. Make small steps towards the big goal. The small victories will give you motivation to achieve bigger victories. Find friends that have same objectives and share, support and encourage each other.Celebrate success.

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How to become the happiest person on Earth? http://scentofhealth.com/?p=28 Mon, 11 Aug 2008 21:32:49 +0000 http://scentofhealth.com/?p=28 cake-p.jpgHappiness is something we all desire, but it is not always so easy to reach it. Here are few advices, that might help in your search of happiness.The moment you wake up is very important. Always take some time to work on your attitude and expectations for the day. Try to visualize positive outcomes and nice things you expect to happen to you. During the day always keep your eyes open for new opportunities and check if they are worthed by asking yourself what would the possible outcome be in the longterm if you take action are choose not to. When something that makes you happy happens, try to celebrate it. Say to yourself that you expected this to happen to you and you actually deserved it. Remember you successes, keep records on them. These will help you rise your spirit in days that are not so good. No matter how small your success is, try to learn from it. Recognize patterns and trends and try to duplicate it.

 

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How do I find time to exercise ? http://scentofhealth.com/?p=26 Sat, 19 Jul 2008 16:40:44 +0000 http://scentofhealth.com/?p=26 grapefruit-p.jpgYour schedule is very busy. You have your job, then you need to go shopping, cooking or whatever your daily routine is. You do realize that you will benefit a lot if you start exercising, but you always postpone it to a moment when you will have less work to do. Well here is the truth – such time does not exist. And another one, if you start exercising you will be much more energizeд and will become more efficient and effective, so basically you will create a new balance for yourself. You will have time to complete your daily tasks, but you will also have time to exercise. As a result you will feel much better and will start to feel the benefits of your new balance very soon.

 

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