Genius Foods!

From the book Genius Foods by Max lugavere. How to eat for health and happiness.

Neurotransmitters have a big name. But they have even bigger responsibilities. The most important transmitters go by the names acetylcholine, serotonin and norepinephrine.

So what do these do?

Let’s start with acetylcholine: it’s in charge of learning and memory.

The best way to make sure you’re taking care of it properly is to cut out “anticholinergic” drugs and eat plenty of choline-rich foods.

These drugs are usually prescribed for maladies such as motion sickness, allergies, depression, heartburn and insomnia. As a study by the University of Washington highlights, they’ve been linked to the development of dementia in chronic users.

Choline is a dietary precursor to acetylcholine. You’ll find it in abundance in egg yolks, beef liver, shrimp, broccoli and scallops.

Your next step should be to optimize your intake of serotonin – your brain’s mood neurotransmitter. Natural sources include vitamin D and omega-3s.

That’s important because low serotonin levels have been linked to impaired learning and memory, poor impulse control and suboptimal long-term planning – all major traits of depression.

Optimizing your serotonin intake can be as simple as making sure you’re getting enough sun exposure or taking daily vitamin supplements. Do that and you’ll be sure to see big improvements in your mood.

Take it from the participants of a 2017 study at Deakin University Food and Mood Center: they found that their disposition improved greatly when they ate more eggs, olive oil, grass-fed beef and fish.

Finally, there’s norepinephrine – the neurotransmitter that helps you maintain focus. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and protects the parts of the brain first compromised in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

Avoiding stressful stimuli can help boost norepinephrine. Anxiety triggers chronic norepinephrine release, damaging your cognitive health and making the transmitter much less effective the next time you need it.

Exercise is equally important. A 2017 study published in PLOS ONE found that college-aged adults were much better at learning a new language when working out on a stationary bike than when sitting still!

Blue Chai Tea! 

While traveling in Thailand I discovered this wonderful blue sapphire tea called butterfly pea tea. It is not just a pretty color but also very good for ones health and well being. The blue Chai tea turns into a rich purple color when a lemon wedge is added. 

My recipe: 

Mix with freshly squeezed lemon juice, brown sugar and crushed ice ! Add some mint leaves for extra flavor ! Lovely garden drink on a hot summers day! ☀️

Blue Butterfly Pea is an ancient Thai herbal plant. Its flower has three different colors white, blue, and purple. Not only beautiful, Butterfly Pea first gained its reputation as a powerful hair strengthener in the traditional Thai medicine. leaves, flowers, seeds, and roots are all used as medicinal herbs. According to Thai culture & folklore, butterfly pea flowers are squeezed to make Anchan tea, and as a coloring forThai desserts in blue and purple colors. It also provides anthocyanin to improve eyesight, treat opthalmitis and eye infections, nourish hair, provide antioxidants and boost body immunity. Many health & beauty products are derived from this flower because of the positive effects of the flavanoid, Quercetin has on skin & hair. The hot or cold tea is extremely thirst quenching and relaxing.  

http://www.paradisemoon.com/herbal/Siam-Natural_Butterfly_Pea.htm

Peace Love & Crabs! 

Photo taken at Crab Shack – Dubai 

A very tasty bucket of finger licking queen crab and beautiful suculent lobster cooked till delicious in a tasty garlic butter sauce. What a feast!!! Looking forward till next time! 


What’s in Crab ? This ten-legged friend is high in protein and Full of goodness. It has trace elements of selenium and chromium as well as calcium, copper and excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids, which can be very good for people suffering from arthritis and high  blood pressure. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant and trace mineral. Crab is a low calorie food with only 128 calories in 100g and saturated fat – which makes it good for the heart!

What’s in Lobster? Lobster contains iodine, selenium, and B vitamins. It is great as a lean protein and can be cooked in several ways. It contains less calories, cholesterol and fat than other proteins like red meat and shrimp. 


Lobster in Garlic butter and Parsley:

8 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened

2 tbsp. finely chopped parsley

1 1⁄2 tsp. crushed red chile flakes

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Zest of 1 lemon

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 live lobster (about 1 to 1 1⁄2 lb.)

1⁄4 cup olive oil

Combine butter, parsley, chile flakes, garlic, lemon zest, salt, and pepper in a bowl; set aside. Using a cleaver, split lobster in half lengthwise through its head and tail. Scoop out and discard the yellow-green tomalley and break off claws. Transfer lobster halves, shell side down, to a baking sheet; crack claws and place them on the baking sheet. Drizzle halves and claws with oil, and season with salt and pepper.

Heat a charcoal grill or set a gas grill to high; bank coals or turn off burner on one side (see “Grilling 101”). Place lobster halves, flesh side down, and claws on hottest part of grill; cook until slightly charred, 2-3 minutes. Flip lobster over and using a spoon, spread lobster with the garlic-parsley butter; continue grilling until lobster meat is tender, 3-5 minutes more.

http://www.saveur.com/grilled-lobster-with-garlic-parsley-butter-recipe

Moana… 

Srilankan sea bass and Malaysian sea bream at Moana restaurant Sofitel Palm Jumeirah. 


Fresh oysters

Oysters are full of nutrients and minerals, they are low in cholesterol and great for weight loss. They also help blood circulation and aid in wound healing. Futhermore they  improve mood and regulate stress levels – hence the well documented aphrodisiac qualities. 

Srilankan sea bream recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

4 garlic cloves, minced

4 teaspoons curry powder

2 13 1/2- to 14-ounce cans unsweetened coconut milk

1 cup chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth

2 medium carrots, peeled, cut into matchstick-size pieces

4 5- to 6-ounce sea bass fillets

4 green onions, thinly sliced

PREPARATION

Heat oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and curry powder. Sauté mixture until onions are translucent, about 4 minutes. Mix in coconut milk and stock; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-high and boil until liquid is reduced to thin sauce consistency, about 50 minutes. Add carrots; simmer until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; keep warm.

Preheat broiler. Place fish on baking sheet; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil fish until just opaque in center, about 8 minutes. Using metal spatula, transfer fish to plates. Spoon sauce over fish. Sprinkle with green 

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/sea-bass-with-coconut-curry-sauce-101689

If you are looking for enlightenment first you must find alignment

Art by James.R.Eads

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If you are looking for enlightenment first you must find alignment.           
You must understand the balance of the world is in the stability of the earth, the weightlessness of the wind, the freedom of the water, the ruthlessness of fire, and the imperfections of the soul. 

You must shed your karmic weight and cast it into the water so you may see that you are both the fool and the world. You know nothing and you know everything. 

Then you must find you as someone else. You must understand that someone else is also yourself.  

When you fully understand these things then you will see the window, and within which the reflection of your mind. As you open it light surges forth and the reflection disappears. 

On the other side you will come across the well. 

When you are ready you will climb to the bottom and you will find the vessel.

Reach inside, you will feel connected to many bodies. At first you may feel overwhelmed, but know that you will live many lives. Some lives will build you up and others will wear you down, but it is in their entirety that you will find the balance of your soul.   

Once you have chosen a body, you will come across a tree with roots reaching into a pool of water. From the water emits a beautiful light. Submerge yourself in the water and feel the supreme weightlessness of rebirth.

Know that you are greater than yourself.  

Doctors advice on HOW to eat fruit to prevent and cure Cancer!

Assorted fruit

I received an email this morning and I would really like to share it with you. I’ve always been a big fan of fruits not only because they have that wonderful sweet tangy taste to them but also because I love  juicing and coming up with new recipes for my smoothies. I also appreciate all the many nutritious benefits they provide. Doctor Stephen Mak ( treats terminally ill cancer patients) has come up with the conclusion that fruits are now the new way forward to curing and preventing Cancer.

Eating Fruit…

It’s long but very informative. We all think eating fruits means just Buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It’s not as easy as you think. It’s important to know how and when to eat. What is the correct way of eating fruits?    IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUITS AFTER YOUR MEALS! FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.   If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your System, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.   FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD.  Let’s say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. The Slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the Intestines, but it is prevented from doing so. In the meantime the Whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit Comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil…..   So please eat your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals!  You have heard people complaining every time I eat watermelon I Burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats up, when I eat a banana I feel Like running to the toilet, etc. Actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. The fruit mixes with the Putrefying other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat!   Graying hair, balding, nervous outburst, and dark circles under the Eyes all these will NOT happen if you take fruits on an empty stomach. There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the Secret of beauty, longevity, Health, energy, happiness and normal weight.   When you need to drink fruit juice – drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT From the cans. Don’t even drink juice that has been heated up. Don’t eat cooked fruits because you don’t get the nutrients at all. You only get to taste. Cooking destroys all the vitamins.

But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because You must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on A 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit Juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends Tell you how radiant you look!   KIWI: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, Vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a   low Vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the Activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon Cancer, heart attack & stroke.

STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total Antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from Cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

ORANGE: Sweetest medicine. Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds Away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.

WATERMELON: Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene * the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.

GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.

http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/misc/fruit_debunk.htm