RAMADHAN HEALTH TIP #1 PLAN, PLAN , PLAN

PLAN PLAN PLAN

PLAN PLAN PLAN

PLAN YOUR MEALS

USING HERBS IN SOUPS YOU MIGHT WANT TO TRY THIS

I have had salad spinners before and given them away however I come to realize  how useful they are for spinning washed herbs as well as salad leaves. Herbs can be washed spun and chop, then placed in sandwich bags and frozen to use later. It’s best to grown your own or   buy the freshest herbs you can afford, especially if you are going to freeze them.

After washing the herbs, hang them up to drain for 30 minutes.

Then cut off   the earthy ends  if necessary.

HERBS SPIN CHOP FREEZE

Chop into large chunks to put in salad spinner. This is an alternative to patting them dry. Wind it round and let the water spin out. It’s an alternative to patting them dry.

 After spinning either chop with knife or food processor. The food processor gets them really fine and they can be packed into ice cube trays. we just put them into sandwich bags and tie them because we  don’t need finally chopped herbs; our soups get blended after cooking , otherwise they get blended in smoothies.

Frozen herbs can be used  for  pizza toppings, marinades ,rice dishes as well as soups and green smoothies

Frozen herbs in most cases are better than dried herbs and still add a  zing to  soups and other cooked dishes and provide essential nutrients in your delicious green smoothies. In the winter its more cost effective to  use herbs that have been frozen from summer / autumn.

CHOPPED HERBS

For those of us who are fasting Ramadhan insha’allah, its also quicker and  more convenient to use frozen herbs, especially that you have prepared yourself  because you know how fresh they were when they went in the freezer.

HERBS IN SANDWICH BAG READY FOR FREEZING

Labeling your bags of herbs is essential if you are freezing lot of different herbs. You can use Freezer Marker Pens for this job.

Being organized makes a massive difference this coming  month, please remember those who fail to plan, plan to fail, may Allah make it easy for us all ameen

 

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ALLERGIES….AND VITAMIN C

I am sure I’m not the only one sneezing, itchy noses, throat, eyes, sore throat, allergies right now to tree pollen, soooooooo……… we need to up the vitamin c intake, ideally naturally.

Vitamin C is an anti-histamine.

Allergies are an exaggerated response by the immune system to thing that are not really harmful like house dust or tree pollen.

Increased environmental pollution, consumption of processed foods and factory farmed animal products as well as consumption of pharmaceutical drugs and personal genetics, all play a part in the over sensitivity of the immune system.

histamines

As a reaction to all these stimulants the body processes a substance called histamines.

 Histamines are released by immune system cells and attach themselves to receptor in blood vessel, it is this  reaction that cause redness, itching and swelling.

Anti-histamines block or limit this reaction.

 Pharmaceutic medication is effective in extreme cases but there is  adab, Arabic word meaning  an etiquette in Islamic medicine that say we first ask the Creator Allah to help us with this ailment, then we use a simple medicine

Within the Islamic Medicine Tradition we have the following report:-

On the authority of Ibn Zubair Radi Allaho Anh, on behalf of Jabir Bin Abdullah (ra) that Prophet Muhammad , salah la alaihi wa salem, said :

‏لِكلِّ داءٍ دواءٌ، فإذا أُصِيبَ دَوَاءُ الدَّاءِ، برأ بإذن اللهِ عَزَّ وجَلَّ‏

Every illness has a cure, and when the proper cure is applied to the disease, it heals by Allah’s Will.

In addition, it is narrated in Bukhari & Muslim that the Messenger of Allah Muhammad, (saw) said:

‏ما أنزل اللهُ مِنْ داءٍ إلا أَنْزَلَ لَهُ شِفَاءً‏

Allah has not Sent down a disease except that He Has also Sent down its cure.

 And should that not work, we can use a compound medicine i.e. pharmaceuticals and finally as a last resort and operation.

Pharmaceutical anti-histamine are effective to point but can often leave you drowsy, which is limiting regarding operating machinery , and driving and generally less productive. They should not be the first option.

 Let’s try the natural way after asking Allah to help us.

There is a plethora of fruit and vegetables that are high in vitamin C.

 

VITAMIN C RICH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

VITAMIN C RICH FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

 Di you know that re-hydrate chick pea that are sprouted are high in vitamin C?  Great for making raw hummus.

There is a bounty of fruits ,especially  at this time of year and the coming months that are also high in vitamin c, ideal for smoothies.

 Please stop adding milk and yoghurt, it is absolutely not necessary and will aggravate allergies. If we want creaminess in our smoothies, just add banana or avocado which are full of benefits.

Vitamin C Smoothie

Vitamin C Smoothie

WASH , PEEL AND CHOP…..oranges, kiwi,mango,pineapple, papaya, etc fruits full of vitamin C and blend in jug blender to retain essential  fibre bits, please train your children at a young age to know that these bits are actually good for them, good for digestion, good to stop plaque building up in arteries, good for lowering blood sugar….hmmmm :)

 Please also remember the vegetables  which make great delicious salads as part of our plant based diet :)

USEFUL READING:

http://www.tibbenabawi.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=68:every-sickness-has-a-cure&Itemid=97

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FRONT LINE FEMINISM….MUSLIMAHS AND MUSLIM MEN part 1

THE FEMININE FLUX- AN ISSUE OF OUR TIME…..before Allah guided me to Islam I was  Christian, then a Rasta and when I heard Bob Marley say ” stand up for your rights!” I knew he didn’t just mean men.So I was going to stand up for my rights and by the Grace of Allah I have been doing it ever since.

Back in the Daze

Back in the Daze

as salam alaikum, what some brothers (and their female cohorts) don’t like is a sister who speaks out and no-way a pretty sister with light skin that speaks out.We are supposed to know our place.It is the beauty that attracts brothers and this is why certain sisters have more experience than other in their dialogue with brothers, especially us reverts who often don’t have a maharam and have to stand up for ourselves, alhmdulilah maasha’allah, we stand up for ourselves and this is what SOME people don’t like, people male and female who come from cultures where women are oppressed.Those cultures are not Islamic, they might be Muslim but they are not Islamic.

As women we are supposed to know our place.

“Where’s that? Underneath your foot?”” I asked one infamous serial polygamist brother who wanted me as part of his transient hareem.

 

Their Islam is based on culture , conjecture(conjuror) and personal interpretation.They are ignorant of the vibrant dynamic out spoken women who were the wives of the prophet Muhammad(salah la alaihi wa salem) and the sahabiyaat).These women did not do dumb, they spoke up, they asked uncomfortable questions, they challenged and confronted the likes of umar ibn al kitab(radiahu anah)……..and they lowered their gaze when needs be.Let me say this again, they lowered their gaze when needs be…..these were balanced dynamic mode not suck in one mode of thinking.Their connection with Allah was such that they were guided and Allah didn’t guide them to be doormats.These women were on the battlefield as soldiers and doctors and nurses.Do you seriously think a woman who is on the battle field will come home and say” yes sir, no sire three bags full sir masssa?”

No she won’t. like the prophet’s wives , she will challenge you if she thinks you are wrong.

REVERT RANT stand up

oh muslim ummah study the deen, look at the wife of umar al kitab , she used to argue with him but he valued all teh good this women sis for him.
Too many brothers are boys in long trousers, spoilt by your mothers and by spoilt i mean useless like bad apple, no good to any decent sister which is why you end up marrying your cousins because when we use an islam criterion to judge you as a potential husband you come up so lacking.

It is not that we are “Westernised” that we are not married, its not because we are old that we are not married, it is not that we are not on the deen that we are not married, its not that we are ugly that we are not married, it is not that we have bad relations with our families that we are not married.It is not that we are bad mannered that we are not married.
It is because we are on our deen, we do not need a man to get us up for fajr becasue Allah is our Wali, Allah wakes us for Suhour, Allah commands our hijaab we do it to please Him,we guard our prayers, we guard our deen, we guard our private parts, we are not just pretty we are stunning,maasha’allah, we strive to balance our career with good deeds and we are good to our mothers and good to our family, by The Grace Of Allah.

So yes we will be fussy because we are gems, we are diamonds, we are pearls, alhmdulilah maasha’allah.

It is the ignorance and lack of application of studying the culture and personalities surrounding the Prophet, salah la alaihi wa salem, that make people come out with statements that in fact wrong themselves because of their ignorance and trying to impose that ignorance on others, may Allah help us to be more honest and clear in our application to studying islam ameen, may Allah make it easy for us especially the brothers to apply that islamic knowledge and be better leader, men that command our respect because of good character ameen

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ORANGE JUICE…D-D-D-DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE.

Just watching some BBC TV 2 “Rip Off Britain” food programme, according to some UK university who tested concentrated orange juice(which is a commodity on the stock exchange , it can be stored unlike fresh) AND freshly squeezed orange juice, to see vitamin C and anti-oxidant content.Their tests showed little difference.We need to remember that many science facilitates of some universities are funded by pharmaceutical and processed food industries, it is common knowledge int eh field of nutrition, quoted by Dr Colin T Campbell, Professor Emirus at Cornel university in USA, that too many government nutritionist are on the pay roll of these companies.

Fresh Orange Juice..is not cheap :)

Fresh Orange Juice..is not cheap :)

There is no way that orange juice that is concentrated, the process involves boiling the orange juice for a long period of time to evaporate the water, there is no way that this orange juice has  a similar genuine vitamin C content as fresh because vitamin C is  HEAT SENSITIVE VITAMIN.

Heat and storage methods can degrade the amount of vitamin C in the juice. Pasteurization, for example, uses high heat to kill microbes, but a great deal of vitamin C can be lost through this process. Vitamin C is also lost over time, so the fresher the orange, the more vitamin C it tends to have.

 

Commercial producers of concentrated orange juice add artificial vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid to bump up with nutritional data.

 

Vitamin C is also called ascorbic acid, and food manufacturers have found an easy way of adding ascorbic acid to foods such as juices to up the quota of vitamin C listed on the ingredient label.

Home Made is Best

Home Made is Best

 

It is better to eat a whole orange instead of orange juice, since whole foods have higher nutritional content than processed. For example, in addition to 98 mg of vitamin C, one large orange supplies 4.4 g fiber, 74 mg of calcium and 131 mcg of beta-carotene — nutrients that are all lost in the juicing process.

Vitamin loss can be induced by a number of factors. Obviously, losses of vitamins depend on cooking time, temperature, and cooking method. Some vitamins are quite heat-stable, whereas others are heat-labile. From textbooks in nutrition, such as Kreutleret al. [1987], many other factors than heat can destroy (some) vitamins, such as: solubility in water, exposure to air (oxidation), exposure to light (UVs), heat, acid and alkaline solutions, storage losses, etc. Here is a tabular summary:

FACTORS THAT CAN INDUCE
VITAMIN LOSS

Nutritional Element

Is substance susceptible to losses
under given condition?

Soluble
in Water

Exposure
to Air

Exposure
to Light

Exposure
to Heat

Vitamin A

no

partially

partially

relatively stable

Vitamin D

no

no

no

no

Vitamin E

no

yes

yes

no

Vitamin K

no

no

yes

no

Thiamine

highly

no

?

> 100°C

Riboflavin

slightly

no

in solution

no

Niacin

yes

no

no

no

Biotin

somewhat

?

?

no

Pantothenic Acid

quite stable

?

?

yes

Folate

yes

?

when dry

at high temp

Vitamin B-6

yes

?

yes

?

Vitamin B-12

yes

?

yes

no

Vitamin C

very unstable

yes

yes

yes

(table, continued) http://www.beyondveg.com/tu-j-l/raw-cooked/raw-cooked-2e.shtml

http://bodyunburdened.com/dirty-secret-behind-pure-squeezed-orange-juice/

 

http://weeklybite.com/uncategorized/making-homemade-orange-juice/

 

http://vitamins.lovetoknow.com/which-orange-juice-has-most-vitamin-c

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We don’t want Old Mac Donald’s Farm

Little happy tears in my eyes as I watch this, children with brilliant teachers, teaching their parents and elders

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SUGAR WARS

SUGAR WARS

“Sugar in fruits is also bad for you” it is a fallacy dictated by secular scientists and doctors, sponsored by big business.

Refined sugar ,that means processed sugar, is a commodity on the stock exchange,think about it.

TOO MUCH SUGAR IN SWEETS

TOO MUCH SUGAR IN SWEETS

Whole foods, whole fruits ,that Allah has made, are complete in their complimentary make-up and are not detrimental to mankind.They contain  fibre, vitamins,anti-oxidants, water, all components that compliment each other for maximum nutrition.

The composition of an apple is not the same as cake, or fizzy drink or a spoon of sugar which is devoid of the former nutrients. Http://Youtu.Be/6uaweklrily

“body processes them differently. fructose breaks down in your liver and doesn’t provoke an insulin response. glucose starts to break down in the stomach and requires the release of insulin into the bloodstream to be metabolized completely. don’t get the idea that because the sugar composition is the same in fruit and cake, they’re interchangeable. (seriously, they’re not.) for one thing, fruit offers good stuff like vitamins, antioxidants and water, while candy and desserts are nutritionally void. fruit also tends to have less sugar by volume. half a cup of strawberries: 3.5 grams of sugar. half a cup of strawberry ice cream: 15 grams.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/29/fruit-sugar-versus-white-sugar_n_3497795.html http://youtu.be/6uaWekLrilY
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WHEY TOO MUCH PROCESSED MILK

Most nutritional business wants you to buy their products rather than their information, which is often lacking because the people selling to you are not qualified nutritionist.

A qualified nutritionist will teach you, show you and give you information, when applied, will empower you to make conscious choices when she is not around.

 When you are ready to invest in yourself, I would love to hear from you.

Until such time…

 The dairy industry, especially in the USA, needs to find an outlet for dairy produce, as people are moving away from drinking milk to healthy alternatives like nut milks, they need to find somewhere to channel diary as it’s an invested commodity stock.

Too many of these  so called health weight loss or training drink contain powdered whey protein, this is just another processed form of milk. Not good for you in the long run. Or worst than that, some protein shakes actually contain some sort of dried beef meat.

Whey From Cow's Milk

Whey From Cow’s Milk

According to the Mayo clinic “ Whey protein may cause abnormal heart rhythms, changes in cholesterol levels, headache, increased diabetes risk, increased fracture or osteoporosis risk, kidney dysfunction, liver damage, stomach or intestine symptoms (acid reflux, bloating, constipation, cramps, gas, increased bowel movements, movement problems, nausea, reduced appetite, swelling of limbs, and upset stomach), and thirst. Whey protein may lower blood sugar levels. Caution is advised in people with diabetes or low blood sugar, and in those taking drugs, herbs, or supplements that affect blood sugar. Blood sugar levels may need to be monitored by a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist, and medication adjustments may be necessary.

Whey protein may increase the risk of bleeding. Caution is advised in people with bleeding disorders or in those taking drugs that may increase the risk of bleeding. Dosing adjustments may be necessary.

Whey protein may interfere with the way the body processes certain drugs using the liver’s “cytochrome P450″ enzyme system.

Whey protein may cause low blood pressure. Caution is advised in people with low blood pressure or in those taking drugs or herbs and supplements that lower blood pressure.

Drowsiness or sedation may occur. Use caution if driving or operating heavy machinery.

Use cautiously in people who take medications, including agents that affect the immune system and agents that lower cholesterol.

Use cautiously in people with stomach or intestine disorders.

Avoid in people with known allergy or sensitivity to milk or milk products, including cow’s milk, sheep’s milk, goat’s milk, and mare’s milk.

Avoid in people who are avoiding the use of dairy products.

Avoid using whey protein long-term and in excessive amounts.

Only approved sources of whey protein should be used in infant formulas.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

There is a lack of scientific evidence on the use of whey protein during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Only approved sources of whey protein should be used in infant formulas. Allergic reactions have been reported with exposure to whey protein, including diarrhea, failure to thrive, infant colic, and rash.”

If you want quick unhealthy results, this powders that you mix with water twice a day are the answer.

If you truly wan to make conscious choices about want you eat, what you put into your body investing in a personal nutritionist who will show you, teach you over a short space of time, what you can do to help yourself where ever you may find yourself.

Who’s in it for the long game?

 

USEFUL READING

http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/whey-protein/safety/hrb-20060532

 

 

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TICKLY COUGH

I noticed, myself included that a number of us have a tickly cough  that turmeric/haldi just won’t shift.

Then I remembered my 12 tissue salts, that we were taught about as part of my clinical nutrition diploma, which was really more a  naturopathy course, alhmdulilah thank God.

Calcarea phos (calcium phosphate) Tissue salt number 2 ,is good for annoying coughs.

Tissue Salts...watch the potency

Tissue Salts…watch the potency

Of 6x potency I took 8 tablets before bed and had no more coughing till I woke up tis morning, when I took 6 more.

I noticed I have been coughing up quite easily a grey green phlegm, this is a good sign that the body is detoxing. I’ll keep on taking 4  till coughs goes, Insha’Allah.

Calcium phosphate is also good for bones and teeth, which I have been having trouble with lately.

Its also good for anemia, yes that’s me, lack of vitality and tiredness.

 The following is taken from natural news web site that gives you the complete lsit of all 12 tissue salts and their history,

Its worth investing in these simple homeopathic like  remedies  and getting to know that uses.

“ Tissues salts belong to a branch of medicine known as biochemistry, which was developed towards the end of the 19th century by Dr Wilhelm Heinrich Schuessler.
Dr. Schuessler studied cremated human bodies, and found that these 12 tissue salts made up the bulk of the remains. He recognised them as the material basis of the organs of the body and also identified the 12 Tissue/Cell Salts in every human cell.

  1. Calcarea fluor (calcium fluoride)

2. Calcarea phos (calcium phosphate)
3. Calcarea sulph (calcium sulfate)
4. Ferrum phos (iron phosphate)
5. Kali mur (potassium chloride)
6. Kali phos (potassium phosphate)
7. Kali sulph (potassium sulfate)
8. Magnesia phos (magnesium phosphate)
9. Natrum mur (sodium chloride)
10.Natrum phos (sodium phosphate)
11. Natrum sulph (sodium sulfate)
12. Silicea (silica)”

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/024674_salt_tissue_salts_body.html#ixzz3Tb8gY4Ne

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LATEST NUTRTION ADVICE FOR CHILDREN

This morning I thought I would look and see what’s the latest nutrition and advice.

Number one on the google search British Nutrition Foundation

 

http://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/healthyeating/8tips.html [online 5th march 2015]

8 HEALTHY EATING TIPS FOR KIDS-health eating for 1-3year olds.

Their first point is “Base your meals on starchy foods: bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, noodles” and point two is “ Eat lots of fruit and veg”.

 like The Tree Of Life this information is twisted around the wrong way.

Point one should stress fruit and veg and base your meal around fruit and veg.

Cereal are cheap fillers, comfort foods, used to make  meal of meat go further in terms of filling tummies.

However I would say to all young mums, if I could live my life over again I would definitely introduce veggie based meals to my children instead of pasta and  rice.

If you are going down the fill them up with quick cheap starchy carbs then please please please stick to whole meal.

The Great Wheat Robbery

The Great Wheat Robbery

If your children are difficult then mix wholemeal pasta or rice with loads of veggie sauces.

 According to Dr Liala Afrika, white rice, and flour are stripped of essential mineral and vitamins that help good mental health.

Too many behavior problems in children  are linked to the lack of these mineral from diets that are high in refines starchy white carbohydrate.

 We always need to remember these products ;whit rice and white flour are commodities on the stock exchange and will be promoted through the media at an opportunity. Please note in the last 2-3 years, the rise in baking programmmes that hardly ever tell you to use whole meal flour or rice.

I have to add this  extract from the World’s Healthiest Foods web site:-

“The health benefits of wheat depend entirely on the form in which you eat it. These benefits will be few if you select wheat that has been processed into 60% extraction, bleached white flour. 60% extraction—the standard for most wheat products in the United States, including breads, noodles and pastas, baked goods like rolls or biscuits, and cookies—means that 40% of the original wheat grain was removed, and only 60% is left. Unfortunately, the 40% that gets removed includes the bran and the germ of the wheat grain—its most nutrient-rich parts. In the process of making 60% extraction flour, over half of the vitamin B1, B2, B3, E, folic acid, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, iron, and fiber are lost.

Since 1941, laws in the United States have required “enrichment” of processed wheat flour with vitamins B1, B2, B3 and iron in response to the problems created by 60% extraction. Since not nearly as much of these B vitamins and iron are replaced as are removed from 60% extraction flour, “enriched” seems an odd word to describe this process.

If you select 100% whole wheat products, however, the bran and the germ of the wheat will remain in your meals, and the health benefits will be impressive! Our food ranking qualified whole wheat (in its original non-enriched form) as a very good source of dietary fiber and manganese, and as a good source of magnesium.

The many benefits of whole wheat products are being recognized more and more by consumers. Even though many health-conscious individuals have been cutting back on their intake of total carbs and refined wheat products (by about 10% between 1997-2007), the demand for whole wheat products has actually increased during that same time period. This trend fits in well with a Mediterranean diet approach to health, which looks to lower overall carbs but higher whole grains, including whole wheat.”

 http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=66

http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/what-is-a-whole-grain

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READ THE LABELS

Narrated by Abu Hurayrah (RA), the Prophet of Allah (saws) said, “a time will come upon the people wherein a man will not bother what he intakes; whether from Halal source or Haram” (Bukhari).  This doesn’t just mean where the money comes from to pay for the thing, but it means the thing itself.

reading labels

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