Prophylactic self-isolation for Gummy sweet breakfast preparation. Day 89th.

Overture

Many of us would feel joyfully for sure if knowing that a kind of health-beneficial breakfast could start with a desert. That is as we do!

One of the food product, enhancing bowel movements and reducing constipation is flax seed. Especially during (post)-pandemic time, which was intertwined with even higher lack of mobility for entire human race on the Planet than normally (according “normally” of XXI century). Constipation is a right way to clog a system (a body), producing numerous unhealthy conditions. One should realize, that his/her constipation is his/her own business, however, related to his/her own health.

– What are you talking about? How I would eat those flax seeds? Are they tasty, or are they eatable at all???

-And yes, and no. Any time it is important to know how to prepare food, any kind of food, unless it is just an apple. But even with an apple there would be probably few tech-tips from me how to prepare and eat it properly:)

So, back to flax seed, here is the recipe of Gummy sweet breakfast:

Recipe

TWO VERSIONS:

1) for warm days to refresh a body (with fresh berries)

2) for cold days to warm a body (with banana and dried berries)

Before you start:

Passive timeActive timeEquipment neededServings
2-8 hours10 mincoffee mill
whisk
2
Main information about preparation process

PASSIVE TIME is time before, during or after food preparation when nothing should be done, just waitingsoaking, sprouting, cooling down, freezing
ACTIVE TIME is factual time spent in a kitchen for preparationcutting, washing, boiling, crashing, mixing
EQUIPMENT NEEDEDspecific kitchen equipment, if not counting regular tools like pots, spoons or knifes

Ingredients:

Ingredients for Gummy sweet breakfast. Photo by Dr. A. Palatronis at www.z-antenna.com
Flax seeds6 Tbsp
Cinnamon powder1 Tbsp
Rosehip powder (optional)1 Tbsp
Ashwagandha powder (optional)1 tsp
Water, purified1.5 cup (or 240 ml)
Date syrup (non-sugary)4-6 Tbsp
Blueberries, strawberries fresh / or 0.5 cup
or mix of banana, dried mulberries and Goji berries1 banana, handful of berries
List of ingredients for preparation of Gummy breakfast

Tbsp table spoon
tsp tea spoon
cup US measuring cup, equal to 240 ml of water
Abbreviations and their meaning

How to make it:

  1. Mill flax seeds in coffee mill
  2. In a cup, combine all powdered ingredients by using a whisk: milled flax seeds, cinnamon, rosehip powder and ashwagandha
  3. Add 1 cup (240 ml) of water and stir well by using a same whisk
  4. Let a mixture stay on a counter for at least 2 hours or overnight
  5. After 4 hours or next morning, add date syrup and remaining amount of water – 0.5 cup (120 ml) and stir well
  6. Serve with fresh blueberries on a top of each dessert cup or
    • or serve with cut in slices banana. mulberries and Goji berries on a top

Important to know:

  • If adding dry berries to a flax seed mixture (mulberry, Goji), then wait 5-10 minutes, berries will soften a little bit
  • Optional additives: rosehip and ashwagandha
    • rosehip is a great source of vitamin C
    • ashwagandha is an adaptogen. It reduces blood sugar level, helps body to manage stress because reduces cortisol level, boosts brain function, increases muscle mass and strength, may reduce inflammation, contributes to fertility (1)
  • This is not some kind of junky dessert which could be eaten after lunch or with coffee during a day. This is a separate breakfast meal
  • Any kind of super food (ashwagandha), even if it is super super natural and beneficial for health, should not be taken for a long time on a daily basis. Good way is to change one to another. For example, when a package of ashwagandha is finished – change it to maca powder
  • In general, if using daily, any super food should be changed to another every 1-2 months. And the break for it should be the same length as it was for consuming time. Example for the particular super food: 1 month on a daily basis – 1 month break – 1 month later on a daily basis. But always remember to listen to your body, maybe you will not need the same particular super food a month later – no need to force yourself, the body knows better!
  • Use only freshly grounded flax seeds, because powdered flax seeds in packages loose their nutritional value and in some way are even not beneficial to health – fatty acids in flax seeds undergo oxidative stress very quickly. Imagine, a package of already powdered flax seeds was produced few months (a year?) before and is still waiting for a consumer on a shelf
  • 2-3 Tbsp of flax seeds is a daily dose for an adult. That would be a mistake to think “as more as better” because such a rule is never working in any situation
  • One should ensure sufficient amount of water intake during a day if Gummy desert was consumed during a breakfast
  • Gummy desert with flax seeds is one of a right food to ‘break” a “fast”

References:

(1) 12 Proven Health Benefits of Ashwagandha on https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-proven-ashwagandha-benefits#1

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Prophylactic self-isolation for menu transformation. Day 36th.

What I mostly hear around (while scrolling social media and reading my friends’ messages) is that we gain in weight by minimum 2 kg during this lock down. Even those who are doing sufficient sports at home, even those. The reason is simple as that: all the goodies of a grocery store are now available just beside in a kitchen! Who brought them there, ah?:))

We gained those two kilos in a form of undigested food inside a stomach and intestines, that’s all. We just stay at home with that additional food inside of the bodies. Fat layer or muscles-to-fat transformation is a loong process, not an outcome of 2-4 weeks, no chances:) Let’s get that clog out of there! (and not clogging repeatedly:))

Our bodies are designed by Nature to consume SIMPLE food, with absolutely no mixtures at all. And more so, to consume for well-feeling, not for feeling tired or off-energy to grab a dose of caffeine afterwards.

Have heard, feeling hungry causes only the one (1) problem – hunger feeling, while feeling [ful] / [fu:l] ?:) causes a hundred (100) of problems. Well, I tried to find out for myself just 20 sequences of being full, from a rigorous observation how I feel within last 15 months.

Here are my 20 (21) sequences of being full (the list could be continued so):

  1. Constipated
  2. Headache
  3. Feeling tired constantly
  4. Getting tired quickly
  5. Need for unnatural energy boost (in a form of sugar, caffeine, or cakes)
  6. Dry skin, my skin feels like a desert when I am overeating
  7. Dreams, any kind (I know the feeling of blessed sleep with no any dreams, just total relaxation)
  8. Irritated to any external stimulus (a call, a talk, an alarm, other people)
  9. Internal, deep dissatisfaction with myself, which starts just after wake-up in the morning
  10. Dissatisfaction with myself spreading all around, and it is hard for positive person to remain positive than, which leads to:
  11. Internal battle of overthinking and judging myself and everything around: “bad” or “good”, “wrong” or “right”
  12. Tongue plaque
  13. Apathy
  14. Reluctance to do anything, laziness
  15. Desire to complain
  16. Feeling of uncertainty and fear in regards to anything that comes to a mind at that moment
  17. Weight gain
  18. Non-productivity in daily life
  19. Further craving of junk or healthy food (it does not matter which type:))
  20. Swollen face
  21. Oversleeping for 8-9 hours

People, seems that those 20 (21) symptoms are with us on a daily basis and never were abroad!:)

The list could be continued, but let’s finish it for today:) Honestly, I have never thought that being half-hungry is a blessing, until I tried. Don’t judge me (see clause No 11:)), being on self-isolation I went on vegetable juice fasting for two days for the simple reason to start feel better than before.

being on self-isolation I went on vegetable juice fasting for two days for the simple reason to start feel better than before.

It is not a first time I am trying to go on half-fasting, and believe me, it is always hard, but mostly mentally. After several-to-ten attempts, one could see a tiny progress, and that is enough, there is no place to hurry, stay calm at home:).

One could be disappointed (however, see clause No 9 and 10) that getting out of those common 20 symptoms is impossible for him, in his circumstances, how he thinks. However, the power of human is in a process, not in a result. Making first (but not mentally fast) steps takes you to another lever, and there is a beauty… “A beautiful thing is never perfect” – proverb

However, the power of human is in a process, not in a result. Making first steps takes you to another lever, and there is a beauty…

“A beautiful thing is never perfect” – proverb

As I am a human, and therefore, not perfect, here are my 12 mistakes while diving into vegetable juice fasting:

  1. Forgot to drink more water than usual. As a result – a headache, because less toxins were probably washed out but circulating in blood vessels all day long
  2. Made a version of “heathier” vegetable juice by adding turmeric root and cranberries (gave slightly bitter unusual taste). Good idea is to ride ONLY on already known tastes, like beetroot with carrot – amazing and sweet!
  3. Overload myself with household works.
  4. Forgot to be on a fresh air most of the time (I have a balcony, I needed to go there, that is for sure)
  5. Was dealing with a writing of long blog post. Yeah, mental activity should be paused on (half) fasting days
  6. Have put an antenna on my head by scrolling on social and mass media news. Relax, only relax, baby
  7. Cooking tasty dinner for homemates. (Better to announce a light dinner for everyone and make just a simple salad for others. You could be surprised, but many times I heard, a good salad makes everyone satisfying:))
  8. Drank a herbal tea in the evening with 1…2…3…4…5 teaspoons of honey. Honey honey, when it comes, I know for myself, half-fasting is over. Next time will try to withstand a honey attack:)
  9. Overthinking about the feeling of being hungry. (Better to relax with a positive book or relaxing hobby)
  10. Made sports and power exercises. Gush, half-fasting days are for relax, only stretching and breathing exercises are acceptable and welcome
  11. Saving of constipation clog before the start (one should think about enema, or plant-based laxatives, at least, before the start)
  12. Went to sleep later (and therefore did not allow for a body to feel deeper relax)

Photos by Dr. A. Palatronis on www.z-antenna.com

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