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Food For Thought! : Body Boost

Body Boost

Body Boost
Boost your brain and get and focused!

It is not just students who could do with a brain boost! It is important for our brain to be in peak condition to maximize our concentration, focus and clarity and to prevent degenerative brain conditions such as dementia, alzheimers and parkinsons.

Good fats like coconut oil, olive oil and butter are great for keeping the brain in shape! One of my favourite ways of having some good oils in the morning is in a ‘Butter Bomb’!

It is made by making a good, organic (water-extracted decaf for me) coffee in a plunger, then pouring it into a jug and blending in one teaspoon of organic butter, and either a dessertspoon of the thick part of a can of coconut milk, or a teaspoon of coconut oil and a half teaspoon of honey if desired. It blends up as a delicious creamy, cappuccino-like drink but is an energy bomb! On top of my 2 organic soft-boiled eggs, this breakfast keeps me going for hours! Don’t be afraid of weight gain or increasing your cholesterol with eggs. It is well-documented in new scientific research that organic eggs and saturated fats like coconut oil are actually healing for the heart and don’t contribute to weight gain.

So here is how is works:
When your blood sugar spikes and dips all throughout the day, it is very destructive to concentration levels. For this reason, it is important to be mindful of the type and amount of carbohydrates you consume. Avoiding refined grains, sugar and changing them for more protein based meals, with vegetables as the carbohydrate would be helpful. And add some saturated fats like butter/coconut butter or olive oil onto vegetables to further stabilise blood sugar levels.

If you are already balancing blood sugar levels and eating well, it may be that a deeper issue is affecting your brain. Issues like toxicity from amalgam fillings, environmental toxins and chemicals, or toxins produced by the bugs in you (such as yeast overgrowth/candida) may be damaging to the brain. The result may be symptoms like poor concentration and what we call ‘brain fog’ – a feeling as though you have a mild hangover even though you haven’t been drinking!

If you suspect these deeper issues, ART testing can help uncover the root cause and set you on a detox program to get your brain into top gear!

Good luck to all the exam takers!

Cajun Chicken Sandwich with Mango

Cajun Chicken

Cajun Chicken

Cajun Chicken Sandwich

1 chicken breast, skinned
Olive oil
2 tsp Cajun seasoning
4 tomatoes, sliced
Telegraph cucumber, sliced
Carrot, julienned
Red capsicum, julienned
1 red onion, finely sliced
Basil pesto
Ground sweet paprika for garnish
Chopped parsley for garnish
Foccacia bread, cut into 4 triangular pieces and sliced through the middle Fresh mesclun salad

Mango mayonnaise, see recipe below
Vinaigrette, see recipe below

  1. Place the chicken breast into a roasting dish with a little olive oil and sprinkle both sides with the Cajun seasoning.
  2. Bake in an oven at 180¡C for 10 minutes or until the chicken is just cooked.
  3. Cool and cut the meat into slices.
  4. Toast the foccacia and put the bottom slice on each plate.
  5. Place mesclun salad on the bread then top with tomato and cucumber slices.
  6. Put the carrot, capsicum and red onion on top and drizzle with a little vinaigrette.
  7. Place the chicken strips on top; drizzle with the mango mayonnaise and a little pesto.
  8. Garnish with sweet paprika and parsley.
  9. Lean the top slice of the bread against the sandwich and serve .

Mango Mayonnaise

Makes about 1 litre, depending on thickness
3 egg yolks
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cracked pepper
Good-quality oil
1 cup mango pulp (sweetened if desired)
1 Tbsp brown sugar

  1. Put the egg yolks, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper in a food processor and switch on high.
  2. Slowly pour in some oil until the mayonnaise thickens, then add the mango pulp and the brown sugar. Continue to add oil until the desired thickness is reached.
  3. Store the in refrigerator until needed.

Vinaigrette

2 cups olive oil
3/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup wholegrain mustard
1/4 cup castor sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cracked black pepper

Mix the ingredients well (preferably with a blender wand) and store in the refrigerator until needed.

Serves 4

This recipe was kindly supplied by Fitness Life Magazine – Your Body Your Mind