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It’s just started to get a little chilly at the morning and people love porridge. The spices are optional but are healthly ,wise ,beneficial , mainly anti-inflammatory and anti-biotic. Fantastic food to eat after training, home made spicy porridge made with cashew milk. It’s packed with L-Arginine, which is a necessary amino-acid for converting protein. It’s also good for the heart, blood vessels and immune system. It is important to remember when we get our nutrients from whole foods as opposed to tablets and processed training formulas, that there are hundreds if not thousands of un-identified components in the wholefoods that enhance absorption and well being.

Perfect Porridge

Perfect Porridge

We like to pre-soak the oats as it makes for quicker cooking time and optimum nutrition and digestion.
Here’s an extract from Nourishing Traditions which explains the reason why oats need to be soaked better than I could -
All grains contain phytic acid (an organic acid in which phosphorous is bound) in the outer layer or bran. Untreated phytic acid can combine with calcium, magnesium, copper, iron especially zinc in the intestinal track and block their absorption. This is why a diet high in unfermented whole grains may lead to serious mineral deficiencies and bone loss. The modern misguided practice of consuming large amounts of unprocessed bran often improves colon transit time at first but may lead to irritable bowel syndrome and, in the long term, many other adverse effects. Soaking allows enzyme, lactobacilli and other helpful organisms to break down and neutralize phytic acid. As little as seven hours of soaking in warm acidulated water will neutralize a large portion of phytic acid in grains. The simple practice of soaking cracked or rolled cereal grains overnight will vastly improve their nutritional benefits.

INGREDIENTS for single portion
• 50- 100g porridge oats (pre-soaked) depends on your size and if you are training.
• ½ -1 tsp cinnamon powder
• ½- 1 tsp turmeric/haldi powder
• ½- 1 tsp ginger powder
• 1 banana
• 234ml milk nut milk like almond or cashew for cooking
• 125 milk for serving
• Fresh or cooked fruit and/or clear honey, to serve


1. Soak the oats in water for at least 8 hours , allowing them to ferment
2. Then drain liquid off through colander and place in a small saucepan,
3. pour in the milk
4. Add spices and stir
5. Add banana

6. .Bring to the boil while stirring then turn down very low with lid on for 4-5 minutes, stirring from time to time and watching carefully that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
7. Leave to stand for 2 minutes before eating.
8. It will be really hot , so add more cold milk and add fruit and./or honey and stir in
9. Enjoy
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MILK…The Facts

MILK…Although milk is mentioned in the Quran and other Sacred Scriptures, most of the milk we drink today is full of growth hormones ,anti-biotics and from unloved cows.. It is not actually a great source of protein and spinach , gramme for gramme give you about the same amount of calcium. According to Patrick Holford, author of the Optimum Nutrition Bible, no matter how much diary you consume, if your blood is too acidic, which basically means not enough greens, then the calcium will not be absorbed. Seriously we would be better off getting our calcium from greens and having organic milk as a treat for rice pudding etc.

Calcium Foods That Alkali Your Blood

Calcium Foods That Alkali Your Blood

Protein: milk is not the best source of protein. There are 3.4g of protein in 100 grammes of milk, there are 32.97g of protein in 100 grammes of pumpkin seeds.

Vitamin A:.Milk has 47 IU in 100 grammes, carrots have17033 IU that’s over 300% the DV daily value

Vitamin B12: Shellfish, beef liver,fish(mackerel),crab, tofu, fortified bran cereals and beef all have more vitamin B12 than milk.Per 100 grammes whole milk has 18% DV of vitamin B12 whereas 100 grammes of mackerel has 317%DV
Vitamin B6: Per 100grammes of milk there is 0.04mg of vitamin B6 , 100 grammes of sunflower seeds have 1.35mg of vitamin B6,which is 67% DV(daily value),
Vitmain B2 Riboflavin: spinach, beet greens, asparagus,mushrooms and eggs all ahev more riboflavin that milk, however milk is still a pretty good source of riboglavine,. 1 cup of spinahcx contains 0.42 millogrammes of the vitmaomnad 1 cup of whole milk contains 0.22 mg.
Vitamin B3 Niacin: almonds have 1.10mg (60% DV) in 100 grammes, organic milk has 0.1 grammes in 100 grammes of whole milk.
Vitain b1 Thiamine:100 grammes of trout has 0.43 grammes (28% DV) and 100 grammes of milk has 0.107 mg of thiamine

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The Good Heart Doctor


“Modern medicine is in fact one of the leading causes of death in the United States”, Dr. Dean , author,Death by Modern Medicine, 2003.
The Drug Cycle

The Drug Cycle

Please have good think and pray salat ul istikhara(guidance prayer) before embarking on a career in medicine, if you are doing it just for the money and prestige then an attitude like that is dangerous when people’s lives are concerned, you would be better off in law or banking.There is an etiquette in Islam pertaining to medical ethics,firstly in the application of medicine, the patient should make duaa/pray for shifr and ease, secondly simple medicine like councelling,herbs, nutrition, aromatherapy should be used, if that fails to remedy the situation then compound medicine like pharmaceuticals should be used , then finally surgery.Modern Medicien that is practiced by Muslims as well as the wider community, often neglects to go through the first two stages and jumps to tablets, vacinations and surgery to the benefit of the bank balances of doctors,pharmacists, surgeons and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

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Steroids In Your Steak Maybe Affecting Your Sex Life.
By Karimah bint Dawoud, Clinical Nutritionist & Muslim Chaplain.
You may want to think twice before you spend your money buying hubby steak to wet his fancy. I know I wouldn’t do it, alhmdulilah.
Unless the meat is free range or organic is most likely that the cheap chicken, lamb and beef we buy has been injected, since it was a young animal, with growth hormones which are, in effect, steroids.
I know body builders, including some Muslim celebrity sheikhs who take steroids to pump up the volume, although I have warned them against it.
But we consume the same growth hormone steroids in that cheap meat chicken, steaks and chops we buy.
These growth hormones we consume, have an effect on male sexual development according to the organic center and the organic consumers association.

Steroid Growth Hormones in Beef, Chicken & Lamb, Halal or not, doesn't make much difference

Steroid Growth Hormones in Beef, Chicken & Lamb, Halal or not, doesn’t make much difference

Today, there are six anabolic steroids given, in various combinations, to nearly all animals entering conventional beef feedlots in the U.S. and Canada:

* Three natural steroids (estradiol, testosterone, and progesterone), and
* Three synthetic hormones (the estrogen compound zeranol, the androgen trenbolone acetate, and progestin melengestrol acetate).
In 1988 the use of steroids was banned in UK , however that doesn’t let us off the hook because the beef we may be buying could very well be from the states or Canada.
In Islamic medicine books by scholars like al Qayyim ibn Jawziyyah beef should not be eaten except by those who do a strenuous days work and in those days that was beef without steroids.

In America , a study as carried out called “ Study For Future Families” and they found that those males born to women who had “low beef “ diet was 24% more concentrated sperm count than to those makes born to women who ate beef meal more than 4.5 times a week.
They also found out that those male born to high beef eater had a sperm concentration 18% lower that The World Health Organisation sub fertility levels…hmmm very interesting way to control population dynamics. I would also question these figures , regarding the total amount of beef meals to be consumed and low sperm count ,with even less beef meals because these consumers are probably consuming enough diary as well, the good ole American diet, containing outputs of the hormones in the female cows to produce milk and any study coming out of the States regarding beef has to regarded as dubious because it is one of the main products of the States, as well as one of their top commodities on the stock exchange.
Allah knows best.
Mental health is also affected by anabolic steroids; depression, aggression and concentration problems are all exacerbated by steroids , according to Claudia Fahlke, director at CERA. CERA, is the University of Gothenburg’s Centre for Education and Research on Addiction.
According to The National Institute Of Drug Abuse, studies show that anabolic steroids that are used in high does cause irritability and aggression.
We can see, when we join that dots, that eating beef once in a while is ok, however the short term , regular consumption of beef by those of us with a sedentary life style will cause indigestion, heart and arteries issues and weight gain. In the long term beef as well as other meats containing anabolic steroids, will not only affect our health but the health and fertility of future generation to coming, if at all we are able to produce any sperm that is capable of impregnating. Halal or not halal, it wouldn’t make any difference because the steroids are in the muscle tissue and organs not just the drained blood.
Something worth thinking about next time you feel like impressing hubby with a steak dinner…no thank you..and we haven’t even touched on mad cow disease yet 

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Islamic Nutrition Coach…just get in touch.

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By Karimah Bint Dawoud, Nutritionist and Muslim Chaplain.
Do you rinse your plates with dirty water? No, that would be stupid but that exactly what we are doing when we don’t put enough clean water back in our bodies every day via drinking and eating raw fruits and vegetables. The water in our bodies from yesterday has cleaned, detoxed and travelled all around the body and needs replacing because that old water is released from our bodies, along with toxins through sweat , breathing and urinating.
If we don’t drink enough water, our insides and outsides are like dirty plates that have not been rinse properly and build up plaque and other toxins deposits inside and make our skin and hair look dull on the outside.

The Advantages of Water

The Advantages of Water

Even those of us who eat more healthily; juicing, cleansing, and detoxing, we still need to remember to rinse the body out with…WATER.
70% of the human body content is water, and so water plays an important role in the proper functioning of your body.
The human brain cells contain about 85% of water.
75% of muscles is water
Bones also contain about 25% water
82% of blood consists of water.
H20 2 parts hydrogen 1 part oxygen
Sports coaches, dietician and nutritionists are always encouraging people to drink more water and watery drinks for good health, however water also affects your mood. A study was done on a group of athletes and those who drank less water reported not only a weaker performances but also more negative mood.
Water is a conductor of electricity and the brain will not be able to make the right connections if it is dehydrated, so please remember to drink enough water even if you don’t feel like make sure you drink enough water .
there is difference of opinion on the amount of water to be drunk but the general consensus is 1.5 liters for women and 2 liters for men, that about 6-8 x 8oz glasses.
Water is so amazing its mentioned in the Quran, the Islamic holy book, over 100 times more than any drink, fruit or vegetable, more than any other nutrient.
Give thanks for water, it’s one of nature’s miracle cures.

Water and Mood Swings

Water and Mood Swings

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BY Nicole D’allesandro and Karimah bint Dawoud.
Last night I lay awake wondering why I wasn’t sleeping ? This morning it occurred to me that maybe just maybe the fact that we had been grinding black pepper last night had kept me awake. I could smell the pepper in the air hours before bedtime and had been grinding people in the evening not the morning. After doing some research I found out that there is a relationship between black pepper and insomnia as well as these other foods.
Most people already abstain from coffee or other caffeinated beverages close to bedtime, but turns out what you eat can also play a big role in the quality of your sleep each night.

AARP Americna Association of Retired Persons, offers a list of 12 foods that sabotage sleep. Some might surprise you more then others. Check out what you should avoid eating (and drinking) for several hours before heading off to bed:
1. Celery
Celery and other foods with a high water content (i.e., cucumbers, watermelon, radishes) are natural diuretics that may cause you to wake in the middle of the night with a full bladder and promote the need to go to the toilet.
2. Tomatoes
Tomatoes are rich in tyramine, an amino acid that triggers the brain to release norepinephrine, a stimulant that boosts brain activity and delays sleep. Other tyramine-rich foods include eggplant, soy sauce, red wine and aged cheeses, such as brie and Stilton.
3. Cheese Pizza
Foods high in fat and fried foods take longer to digest and can cause discomfort that interferes with sleep.
4. Alcohol
Although a nightcap or a glass of wine before bed may help you doze off quicker, it disrupts sleep later in the night and robs you of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.
5. Black-bean chili
The body has a hard time digesting beans, so stomach-rumbling gas pains will keep you from a good night’s sleep, says Helen Rasmussen, a research nutritionist at Tufts University.

Dark Chocolate

Dark Chocolate

6. Dark chocolate
A small piece of dark chocolate each day helps keep your heart healthy—but don’t nibble it right before you go to bed. Dark chocolate, hot cocoa and tea all contain caffeine, and if you’re caffeine-sensitive, you may find yourself staring at the ceiling instead of snoozing.
7. Sweets
A handful of sweets/candy may cause your blood sugar levels to spike and then fall rapidly as the body releases insulin to bring them under control. You may fall asleep easily, but these fluctuations make it difficult to stay asleep.
8. Tacos
A taco liberally sprinkled with hot sauce may set your taste buds tingling, but eating it within a few hours of lights-out can set you up for a bad case of heartburn and a restless night. Same goes for any spicy foods because chilli and peppers are stimulants that can aggravate insomnia.

Black Pepper is a Stimulant

Black Pepper is a Stimulant

9. Steak
Foods high in protein and marbled fats, such as steak and roast beef, are slow to digest. If your body is busy digesting food, there’s more of a chance that you’ll have a restless night.Beef is one of the worst red meat to eat late at night becasu its so difficult to digest . According to Islamic Medicine beef should only be eaten by those who do a strenuous days work.
10. Carbonated soft drinks
Caffeine, that sneak thief of sleep, can turn up in unexpected places, including fizzy drinks.. Added to a food or beverage, caffeine must be listed as an ingredient; if it occurs naturally (coffee, tea, chocolate), it doesn’t. Check the label.
11. Dagwood sandwich
A heavy meal, including big sandwich, just before bed can rob you of the shut-eye you need. Allow at least three hours post-meal before you turn in so your body has a chance to digest the food and you don’t feel too uncomfortable to sleep.
12. Broccoli
Broccoli is a nutrition powerhouse, but its slow-to-digest fiber will keep your body working hard into the night. Broccoli and its relatives cauliflower and Brussels sprouts also contain an indigestible sugar that will produce large amounts of gas.
On the flip side are foods (and beverages) that go a long way towards improving the quality of your sleep.

Cherries Good For Sleep

Organic Gardening suggests the following nine foods to help you sleep:
1. Cherries
In one small study, participants drank eight ounces of tart cherry juice in the morning, and another eight ounces in the evening, for two weeks and reported better sleeping habits. Why does it work? All varieties of cherries are naturally high in melatonin, a hormone that makes you sleepy.
2. Fish
Fish are rich in tryptophan, a natural sedative, with shrimp, cod, tuna and halibut having the highest levels, even more than turkey. But since not all seafood choices are healthy (some are high in contaminants) or for the planet (many are overfished, or methods for catching them kill other species), stick to catches like Pacific cod from Alaska or pole-caught Albacore tuna from the U.S. or British Columbia.
3. Lemon Balm
This lemon-scented member of the mint family has been a sleep-inducing superstar for ages, but it seems to be most effective in combination with another herb called valerian. In one study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, 81 percent of people with minor sleep problems who took a combination of the herbs reported sleeping better than people on a placebo. Both can be purchased as supplements, or you can make a tea by steeping 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried lemon balm and 1 teaspoon of valerian root in 1 cup of hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. (If you take other medications, though, ask a doctor or pharmacist about any potential herb-drug interactions.)
4. Chamomile
Another herb that works as well as lemon balm, chamomile has been used as an herbal remedy for insomnia for thousands of years. In one animal study, it calmed down mice as effectively as tranquilizers, and in the only human study to study the effectiveness of chamomile, the herb reduced mild to moderate generalized anxiety disorder much better than placebo. Ready-made chamomile teas are sold in every supermarket, so it’s an easy remedy to get your hands on.
5. Bananas
These perfectly snack-sized superfruits are packed with potassium and magnesium, two minerals that promote muscle relaxation. In fact, magnesium deficiencies are related to restless leg syndrome and nighttime muscle cramps, two conditions that can certainly interfere with your sleep.



6. Spinach
In addition to being rich in potassium and magnesium, spinach is high in calcium, yet one more mineral that plays a role in sleep. Calcium helps the body generate melatonin, the hormone that helps your body maintain its circadian rhythm. You can get the same benefits from other dark leafy greens, such as Swiss chard, kale, turnip greens and collard greens.
7. Dairy
Like spinach, dairy products are rich in melatonin-boosting calcium, and a number of studies are finding that calcium deficiencies are linked to poor sleep quality. So there may be something to that old adage that a glass of warm milk will help you sleep, after all!
8. Almonds
They’re full of magnesium and yet another source of calcium. You can eat a handful of almonds or spread some almond-butter on a piece of whole grain bread, which will help you get to sleep for another reason (keep reading).
9. Carb/Protein Combos
There’s some debate as to how well your body handles tryptophan, and a study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that getting it from high-protein foods can work against you, because protein can prevent tryptophan from entering your brain. But when you combine high-protein foods with carbs, the insulin your body produces in response to the carbs makes it easier for tryptophan to break through your brain’s barriers. So think oatmeal with bananas and almonds, for a real sleepy snack, or whole-grain cereal with organic milk.

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The Clean 15 – Safest Foods To Buy Anywhere

Recently a good friend of mine told me about the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen like it was something she thought I already knew, I felt bad that I didn’t.However the Creator is bountiful. I was searching my files to post a smoothie recipe on Facebook and came across this asparagus  recipe remedy of mine called Asparagus Menopause Smoothie, but you guessed it, that’s another post. Researching further the health benefits of “asparagus” I was happy to find out that it is part of the Clean 15 ! Identified by the Enviromental Working Group as one of the safer foods you can buy anywhere.Once again I am saving this image in my phone so I know what’s OK to buy whenever I’m out and about.

By sharing positive information we can help each other happily and healthly  through this new millenium insha’allah.

Clean 15

Clean 15




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