Plant based food to enhance mood
The green planet earth has so many secrets within her that we just need to look around and get maximum benefit for ourselves. Have you been in the company of trees in full bloom? Does walking in a large public garden bring out a nameless happy feeling in you? Do you love the smell of fresh earth and the smell of the leaves when drenched with water from the hose or the natural droplets of rain? If the answer to all these questions is yes then you are not alone. There are so many things in nature that can lift our mood and enliven our senses, it is just that living in concrete jungles, we don’t try getting close to nature.
It is not just the sense of sight and smell that gain from nature. Even our taste buds benefit from nature. Eating plant-based foods is supposed to enhance our mood and lift our spirits. Studies reason that plant-based foods are obtained straight from the earth and therefore we get a dose of unadulterated vitamins and minerals directly when we consume these.
Magnesium is a mineral which can be got only from nuts and seeds, cacao, whole grains, coffee, and leafy greens, bananas, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash. This mineral is great mood enhancer apart from its energy giving benefits. Calcium can be found in leafy greens, seaweed, almonds, broccoli, figs, chia, sesame seeds, few varieties of beans, fortified non-dairy milks, soy and tofu. This mineral helps in relieving anxiety and thus lightens the mood. This list is just a sample. Minerals like iron play similar roles. Thus plant-based foods are beneficial even in curtailing mood swings. One more reason to go for it!!!
Easy Recipes for you
Mushroom Fried Rice
- Cooking oil
- Red chilly
- Onions- 2
- Tomatoes- 2
- Mushroom- 200 gm
- Turmeric Powder
- Red Chilli Powder
- Steamed rice
- Put oil in a frying pan.
- Cut big pieces of dried red chilli and put it in the frying pan.
- Then add onion and tomato cut in medium pieces.
- Add mushroom pieces cut in T-shape.
- Then add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and pepper.
- Close the pan with a lid and let it get cooked for 10 min on a low flame.
- Then add steamed rice to it and stir it well.
- Serve hot.
Time Required For Preparing The Dish: 30 Minutes
News from the Veg World
A groundbreaking program backed by the irrefutable results from Dr. Esselstyn’s 20-year study proving changes in diet and nutrition can actually cure heart disease
Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women. But, as Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., a former internationally known surgeon, researcher and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic, explains in this book it can be prevented, reversed, and even abolished. Dr. Esselstyn argues that conventional cardiology has failed patients by developing treatments that focus only on the symptoms of heart disease, not the cause.
Based on the groundbreaking results of his 20-year nutritional study—the longest study of its kind ever conducted—this book explains, with irrefutable scientific evidence, how we can end the heart disease epidemic in this country forever by changing what we eat.
Here, Dr. Esselstyn convincingly argues that a plant-based, oil-free diet can not only prevent and stop the progression of heart disease, but also reverse its effects.
*PREVENT AND REVERSE HEART DISEASE*offers readers the same simple, nutrition-based plan that dramatically changed the lives of his patients forever. With this eating plan, sufferers of heart disease will maintain cholesterol levels low enough to ensure that they will never have a heart attack. Best of all, the book offers more than 150 delicious recipes that Dr. Esselstyn and his wife, Ann Crile Esselstyn, have developed over the years
—showing readers how easy it is to enjoy their new way of eating.
Excerpts from Chapter One
Eating to Live
I believe that coronary artery disease is preventable, and that even after it is underway, its progress can be stopped, its insidious effects reversed. I believe, and my work over the past twenty years has demonstrated, that all this can be accomplished without expensive mechanical intervention and with minimal use of drugs. The key lies in nutrition—specifically, in abandoning the toxic American diet and maintaining cholesterol levels well below those historically recommended by health policy experts.
The bottom line of the nutritional program I recommend is that it contains not a single item of any food known to cause or promote the development of vascular disease. I often ask patients to compare their coronary artery disease to a house fire. Your house is on fire because eating the wrong foods has given you heart disease. You are spraying gasoline on the fire by continuing to eat the very same foods that caused the disease in the first place.
I don’t want my patients to pour a single thimbleful of gasoline on the fire. Stopping the gasoline puts out the fire. Reforming the way you eat will end the heart disease.
Here are the rules of my program in their simplest form :
- You may not eat anything with a mother or a face (no meat, poultry, or fish).
- You cannot eat dairy products.
- You must not consume oil of any kind—not a drop. (Yes, you devotees of the Mediterranean Diet, that includes olive oil, as I’ll explain in Chapter 10.)
- Generally, you cannot eat nuts or avocados.
You can eat a wonderful variety of delicious, nutrient-dense foods:
- All vegetables except avocado. Leafy green vegetables, root vegetables, veggies that are red, green, purple, orange, and yellowand everything in between
- All legumes—beans, peas, and lentils of all varieties.
- All whole grains and products, such as bread and pasta, that are made from them—as long as they do not contain added fats.
- All fruits.
It works. In the first continuous twelve-year study of the effects of nutrition in severely ill patients, which I will describe in this book, those who complied with my program achieved total arrest of clinical progression and significant selective reversal of coronary artery disease. In fully compliant patients, we have seen angina disappear in a few weeks and abnormal stress test results return to normal.
The dietary changes that have helped my patients over the past twenty years can help you, too. They can actually make you immune to heart attacks. And there is considerable evidence that they have benefits far beyond coronary artery disease. If you eat to save your heart, you eat to save yourself from other diseases of nutritional extravagance: from strokes, hypertension, obesity, osteoporosis, adult-onset diabetes, and possibly senile mental impairment, as well. You gain protection from a host of other ailments that have been linked to dietary factors, including impotence and cancers of the breast, prostate, colon, rectum, uterus, and ovaries. And if you are eating for good health in this way, here’s a side benefit you might not have expected: for the rest of your life, you will never again have to count calories or worry about your weight.
………………………………………………That’s the point of this book: to tell the world what I have learned.
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