February 4, 2007


Why gluten may be a problem.

January 23, 2007

Why would someone want to restrict gluten in their diet? Although human beings have lived on the planet for about 100,000 years, wheat has only recently come to play such an important role in filling our bellies. Our ancestors spent most of their time hunting, fishing and gathering nuts, fruit, herbs, and roots. Unless your ancestors lived in Southwest Asia, wheat was not a part of their diet. In fact, Southwest Asian farmers brought wheat to the Mediterranean, Europe, and Africa less than five thousand years ago. Moreover, it was only within the last century that wheat with a super-high gluten content was human-engineered for improved commercial bread-baking. But our bodies have not adapted quickly enough to easily digest the gluten protein found in wheat. Wheat is, in fact, making many of us sick. Gluten intolerance or not, if you think about it, there might be a reason other than weight loss to explain why people feel so good when they start the Atkins and other low-carb diets: they are restricting their intake of wheat! We probably should not be eating all those wheat-based breads, muffins, pastas, cakes and snacks, or the processed foods that contain wheat (wheat is the second largest additive to processed food, after sugar). Our bodies cannot tolerate it.

What can eating gluten do to our bodies? Some individuals develop full-blown celiac disease from eating gluten; in fact, one in 100 people has celiac. Many will develop one or more of its many symptoms: stomach aches, intestinal maladies of all kinds, bloating, headaches, fatigue, learning problems, ADHD, ADD, depression, anxiety, seizures, joint pain, arthritis, osteoporosis, skin rashes, autoimmune diseases, thyroid disease, female infertility, recurrent fetal loss, short stature in children, and peripheral neuropathy (numbness). Almost 30 percent will have no apparent symptoms. A gluten-free diet is the only possible cure for those with celiac. For others, a gluten-free diet may help to reduce the severity of or even eliminate health-related problems. (For example, autism is emerging as a syndrome that may improve with a gluten-free diet).

 Tests for gluten intolerance:

Egg replacer in baking

January 23, 2007

Egg replacer

15ml flax seeds (linseed)
115ml of water
Simmer for 5 mins and add to mixture

Recipe taken from Babara Cousins ‘Cooking Without’

(I can only guess that the Linseed needs to be toasted first, and then ground).

Raw Passion Bars

January 23, 2007

Raw Passion Bars
1cup almonds
1cup dried figs
1cup dried dates
1cup pumpkin seeds
soak separately in water for at least an hour
1cup of shredded coconut
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup cocoa
4 drops vanilla essence

Drain the almonds and pumpkin seeds and grind them up in a blender then put aside. Put the dates in the blender with the water and cocoa and blend until smooth add the figs and blend some more then add all the other ingredients
and blend together. Form into small squares and roll in shredded coconut..
Decorate the top with two pumpkin seeds arranged to form a heart shape, chill in fridge for at least an hour before serving.

Almonds are associated with passion and fertility and their aroma is said to induce passion in women. Chocolate is one of the kings of aphrodisiacs, and has been used to stoke the flames of passion all over the world Casanova was a serious chocolate addict. Dates in Iran are used to help people whose sex life is withering. Figs are one of the sexiest fruits on the planet, a symbol of luscious fertility and one of the oldest edible plants. Pumpkin seeds are one of the richest sources of zinc very nourishing to the relevant organs. Vanilla, its aroma is believed to increase lust so dab some behind the ears while you bake!

Protecting your password.

November 26, 2006

When at a public terminal, such as cyber cafes, your password may be compromised. Here is a simple trick to prevent it.

Navigate to the login page desired;
Type in the userid;
for (each pwd character){
Give focus to anywhere but the pwd field;
Type some random characters;
Give focus to the pwd field;
Type the next character of the pwd}
It involves typing random characters between successive
characters of the password, and changing focus to
and from the password field using the mouse. Instead
of the password snoopy2 the keylogger now gets:

Flaxseed Muesli

November 18, 2006

2 tsp ground flaxseed (freshly ground)!
fresh fruit like grated apple, sliced banana

Top all this with:

1 teaspoon honey
3 tsp raw milk
3 tsp flaxseed oil
100 grams of cottage cheese and yogurt, blended in equal quantities.

(I’d merely omit the flaxseed oil).

The cottage cheese it seems, is essential to make the oils in flaxseed water-soluble.

(Flaxseed is being praised by some natural health specialists, as a great source of natural Omega 3 oils, and other components, such as lignans).

DO Read more:

Useful extracts from Swami Ramdev’s disciple’s website,

November 14, 2006

Useful extracts from Swami Ramdev’s disciples’ website,
Flaxseed, (Linseed, Alsi):

(Allopathic qualities: Very high in Omega3 fatty acids, minerals. Eaten upto 50 grams per day.)

Ayurvedic qualties:

The seeds are sweet, with mild smell, oily, hot, pungent, heavy, purgative, strengthening, increasing the sexual desire, if taken in little quantity the seeds produce urine, reduce the swelling and in large quantity they reduce vata and cure leprosy, seminal problems, kapha, pitta and eyesight problem.

Vata related diseases:

Roast around 50 gm linseed in the pan and make powder, add 50 gm of sugar candy, 10 gm of chilly powder, beat it nicely with honey and prepare pills of around 3 .to 6 gm. Give the small pills to children and the big ones to the elders in the morning to get rid of kapha and vata related problems. Do not drink water till one hour after medication.

On carrots:

Carrot is most beneficial when it is eaten raw. Eat raw carrot everyday in the morning, this reduces overweight and strengthens the teeth and gums. It is a good idea to remain on carrot diet for three days. Replace lunch with carrot salad.

In case you are not satisfied with the diet, then take a hot glass of cow milk along with honey.

Do not take any thing else except carrot and milk with honey. You can drink water to quench your thirst. Carrot juice is more beneficial when compared to carrot. You can also take 50 to 200 gm of carrot juice twice daily. This diet is a sort of fasting and also supplies nutritional elements to the body. You can add glucose to make it tastier and healthier. Those who can not keep fast or can not live without eating grains and cereals, they can eat carrot vegetable without curry. It should be cooked with black pepper, cumin seeds, coriander and common salt. Use anardana instead of dry mango powder. This vegetable can be eaten raw without chapattis as well. You can take one or two chapattis and eat more vegetable.

Carrot vegetable is very tasty and can be eaten as it is. You can also make carrot raita like gourd or cucumber raita. Wash the carrot and grate it nicely, put it in beaten curd and add salt, black pepper and roasted cumin seeds. You can also add roasted cumin seeds in vegetable or raita. There is no need to boil the carrot to make raita or peel the skin. Separate the middle yellow portion and make sweet marmalade. Take a big carrot and cut it into slices, sometimes it is soaked in limewa-ter for eight hours and then soaked in sugar syrup. This marmalade is very delicious. You can garnish it with small cardamom, vansh lochan and silver covering. This gives great strength and enthusiasm.

Carrot halva

This sweet dish is extremely delicious and nutritious. However there is no need to add khoya as the shopkeepers do. Here we are giving the method to prepare halva in order to increase its medicinal qualities.

Wash the carrots and grate it. Now, pour cow milk in a large pan and put it on flame, add the grated carrot when the milk begins to boil and stir it with a big spoon. Add some sugar candy when the milk begins to thicken and stir again.

Remove the halva from flame when it is ready. Add small cardamom, vansh lochan and saffron. This sweet dish is nutritious and gives a good figure. Around 25 gm of this halva can be taken every morning and an equal quantity in the afternoon as well. If 3 gm of honey in each serving is added it becomes more beneficial. Drink a glass of hot cow milk added with sugar candy over it. Chapatti or some light lunch can be taken along with this halva.

Carrot and Ginger

Combination of carrot and ginger is very beneficial. Ginger increases the digestive elements, therefore carrot is easily digestible grate  the  carrot, chop the ginger, add both the things and rinse in water. Serve it in a plate, sprinkle common salt, roasted cumin seeds powder and lemon juice.

This is very healthy and nutritious item, which provides strength and energy; it also improves the digestion process. It contains vitamin A and C. It is tasty and improves the appetite. It can be a regular item on the breakfast table or a good substitute for the afternoon snacks.

Breakfast should contain a ripe guava along with carrot – ginger salad. The afternoon snacks should also be taken in the same way. Take hot milk at bedtime if desired. You can also add radish in the salad, it is very tasty and nutritious.

Vegetable soup is a very healthy dish. To prepare it, boil guava, tomato, carrot, radish and ginger in equal quantities and sieve it. Add lemon juice and take only this soup for three, five or seven days. Do not take any other grain or cereal; you might not need any medicine at all.

Sesame seeds, (esp. black sesame seeds):

The scientists say that the white sesame has medium medicinal value. Red sesame is ordinary and black sesame is best. Sesame contains lot of fat. If a person eats 100 gm of sesame then he will get the required amount of calcium. 100 gm sesame contains 1.5 gm calcium, 5.5 gm phosphorous, and 10 gm iron. Sesame contains Vitamin B complex also. The substance called lecithin found in sesame is beneficial for the brain. Consumption of sesame improves the sexual capacity. It increases the sperm. According to Saint Charak, sesame oil is strengthening and beneficial for the skin.