Prophetic Diet – Dates

DATES BY KARIMAH BINT DAWOUD

INSTAGRAM -The Islamic Nutritionist

dates in water
English: dates
Arabic: tamar ripe dates
It is significant that dates are mentioned over 22 times in the Quran, more than any other fruit, more than any vegetable or animal product. This emphasis signifies their importance in nutrition and remedial benefits. The date palm is the national symbol of Saudi Arabia and for good reason, they have been in the land for over 10, 000 years.

QURANIC REFERENCE
SURAT/CHAPTER 16, AYAT/VERSE 11, An-Naĥl (The Bee)
“ With it He causes to grow for you the crops, the olives, the date-palms, the grapes, and every kind of fruit. Verily! In this is indeed an evident proof and a manifest sign for people who give thought. “

ISLAMIC MEDICINE
The Temperament of dates varies at various stages of their edibility. Tamr are ripe dates that are hot and dry. Their hot energy repels any harmful effects of cold food. Ajwa dates from Saudi Arabia are beneficial in cases of poison because of the soil quality where they are grown . Ibn Qayyim states that belief in their remedial benefits is part of the healing. The prophet Muhammad(saw) forbade Ali and Suhayb from eating dates when they had ophthalmia (conjunctivitis).the prophet also said “the people of a house where there are no dates are hungry” Dried dates strengthen the liver, relax the bowel;especially when soaked in water and dates without stones and soaking water are drunk. dates increase semen especially when eaten with pine. When they are eaten at the beginning of the day they kill worms. Dried dates are a fruit, a food, a cure, a drink and a sweet.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE

dates cucumber
Science is now affirming the health benefits of dates that were known by Prophet Muhammad salah alaihi wa salem 1400 years ago.
The health benefits of dates are as follows;
1. Energy And Weight Gain
2. Sexual Performance
3. High Fibre and digestion
4. Alleviates anemia
5. Heart Health
6. Nervous system, high in vitamin B 6
7. Stroke Prevention
In 2009 ,Professor Michael Aviram, a biochemist from the Technion-Israel Institute of Science and his team found that found that eating Hallawi dates daily for four weeks could improve the quality of lipids (fats) in the blood without raising sugar level.
They carried out a tests on 10 healthy subjects who ate 3.75 oz of Hallawi dates per day for four weeks. The results were published online by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry and showed a 15 percent decrease in triglyceride (fats) levels and a 33% drop in the amount of oxidation of fats in the blood.
“Oxidation is central to the deposition of cholesterol into the artery wall,” says Aviram of the Technion Faculty of Medicine and Rambam Medical Center. “Once it is deposited, it can cause blockage of the blood supply to the heart or brain, a phenomenon that causes heart attack or stroke.” It is the combination of insoluble fiber in dates as well as the other nutrient components like potassium that keep the circulation of blood, water and energy in the body in good motion.
For more in depth explanation of the above health benefit points , please see our blog post
https://karimahscuisina.com/2017/04/11/prophetic-diet-dates/

 

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PROPHETIC DIET… OILS

The skin is the largest organ of the body and we should be aware than most women put at least 12 chemical products on their skin every day.May of these products are toxin and are body hormone disruptors.

There’s a whole heap of #natural oils you could be using in your body instead of that fancy stuff your using right now.
#oliveoil #almondoil #mustardoil #avocado etc

CHEMICAL SKIN
If you don’t like the #fragrance then add a few drops of #aromatherapy oils depending on your mood. #inshaallah I’ll do a post on what oils do what by #allah grace.
Some #naturopath say “if you can’t eat it then don’t use it”
#health #wellbeing #skin #skincare
Oils can be divided into three categories.

OILS
1.base oil or also called #carrieroil a raw plant based oil such as #oliveoil #sesameseedoil #coconutoil #avocadooil #oliveoil #mustardseedoil #almondoil #jojobaoil #blackseedoil #blackcuminseedoil #neemoil
2.Herbal Oils… These are carrier oils as mentioned before #infused with #herbs and/or #spices or #aromatherapy oils
3. Aromatherapy or #essentialoils .These oils are the pure concentrates from medicinal plants, flowers and roots. For example #lavender #peppermint #ginger #ylangylang and hundreds more are essential oils with medicinal purposes … We need to study more
#health #skincare #skin #wellbeing

OLIVE OIL.

olive oil text

The context in which this blessed oil has been mentioned in the Quran is deep and metaphorical, pertaining to radiance and illumination of the spiritual as well as the physical. this amazing oil is mentioned only once in the Quran but this “once” is so penetrating and engaging  that it  takes a soul that is willing to engage with the Quran, these verse and make a spiritual shift.   Even though this blessed oil has only been mentioned once in the Quran olives are mentioned at least 6 or 7 times.

QURANIC REFERENCE

Surat An-Nūr (The Light) – سورة النور

Surat 24, ayat 35

 God is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The parable of His Light is as (if there were) a niche and within it a lamp, the lamp is in glass, the glass as it were a brilliant star, lit from a blessed tree, an olive, neither of the east (i.e. neither it gets sun-rays only in the morning) nor of the west (i.e. nor it gets sun-rays only in the afternoon, but it is exposed to the sun all day long), whose oil would almost glow forth (of itself), though no fire touched it. Light upon Light! God guides to His Light whom He wills. And God sets forth parables for mankind, and God is All-Knower of everything”.

INSTAGTRAM – The Islamic Nutritionist

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PROPHETIC DIET- Water

WATER IN THE QURAN

Water is mentioned over 100 times in the Quran, more than any other nutrient. It is the most important nutrient apart from air

“And He who sends down (from time to time) water from the sky in due measure, and We raise to life therewith a land that is dead. Even so will you be raised (from the dead).”
Al-Qur’an chapter 43.verse 11

water uses

WATER EARTH BODY RELATIONSHIP

It is no co incidence that 70%of the earth is covered in water and the human body is composed of almost 70% water.
Are you drinking enough?

NATURAL WATER

Water as a liquid is made up of 2 gases Hydrogen and Oxygen. 
Our bodies need more than these two gases for optimum nutrition.
We need the minerals like iron that is absorbed into the water as its runs across certain stones orcas it sits in a well or Spring 

SKIN

Ask anyone with great skin what’s their secret and they will tell you that they drink loads of water.
It detoxes your system and hydrates cells from the macro to micro levels…. If your cell walls are dry your skin won’t glow.
Many skin products we buy contain large quantities of water and beneficial oils to hydrate the skin.
It’s important what you use on your skin and it’s important how you nourish the skin from the inside out from the outside in… Water
#skincare #skincare #water #cells #hydration

FERTLITY

As a nutritionist I consult women with fertility issues. One of the biggest issues I see in the nutrition of these women and their husbands is they don’t drink enough water. Often they don’t eat enough fresh fruit and vegetables and they need to drink more water.
One woman I know won’t drink too much in case she has to go to a public toilet when she’s outside in case its not clean….. Seriously when you have children you need to get over these immaturities and grow up. Sexual fluid includes water… What kind of dry bone sperm and dry bone womb is hoping to nurture healthy children? Water is vital like Ital for life.

water embryo

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PROPHETIC DIET- Dates

DATES

English :  dates,

Arabic : tamr

dry dates

Islamic Medicine

According to classical scholar, Al Qayyim  Ibn Jawziyyah (raheem Allah , may the mercy of Allah be upon him),

 dates are categorized in accordance to the various stages of their  freshness and ripeness.

Busr are green unripe dates, temperament hot and dry

 Balah are fresh unripe dates, temperament cold and dry

Rutab are  fresh ripe dates, temperament is hot and moist

Tamar  are dried ripe dates  temperament is hot and dry

Nakl is the date palm.

 

It is significant that dates are  mentioned over 22 times in the Quran, more than any other fruit, more than any vegetable or animal product. This emphasis signifies their importance in nutrition and remedial benefits.  The date palm is the national symbol of Saudi Arabia and for good reason, they have been in the land for over 10, 000 years. Dates were taken by Alexander The Great to Pakistan and the Kalifa Abdualrahman Aldakel took dates to Andalusia, Spain .

As we said theya re mentioned at least 22 times in The Quran. Here is one of the examples,

Surat(chapter 16) An-Naĥl (The Bee) – سورة النح

Surat 16, ayat/verse 11

“ With it He causes to grow for you the crops, the olives, the date-palms, the grapes, and every kind of fruit. Verily! In this is indeed an evident proof and a manifest sign for people who give thought. “

The health benefits of dates are as follows

 

1.Energy And Weight Gain

Dates are great energy boosters as the natural sugars like glucose, sucrose and fructose provide a powerhouse of instant energy which is why it is traditional to eat them to break fast during Ramadhan. As the dates ripen , their sugar content increases .Even though dates have insignificant amount of fat , the sugar content is so high that they will help you gain weight if the sugar is not burnt up by your activity.

2.Sexual Performance

This high energy heat of dates  enhance sexual performance , it is a consideration for young men and women who eat dates and should be active in their work or sports. dates soaked in fresh goats milk with honey and cardamom added, is promoted by some naturapaths to enhance sexual performance, stamina and endurance for married couples…va va voom !

  1. High Fibre and digestion

Dates helps improve the digestive system as  they contain soluble and insoluble fibre. Fibre is a type of carbohydrate that is not digested by the body, however this fibre is vital for good health. dates come is all sorts of shapes and sizes but a 1/10 of the date weight  is made up of insoluble fibre, which helps food move through the digestive tract. To get the full laxative effect from dates, you need to soak the dates overnight in water after washing them. You should consume these soaked dates in the morning, including the water they are soaked in for maximum benefit. The high fibre also helps in lowering cholesterol.

  1. Alleviates anemia

Dates are in one of the top 10 foods for iron. 20 small dates weighs about 100grammes, this quantity contains 1.5 mg of iron. The RDA for men is 8mg and 18 for women, more when pregnant. Date can contribute to what is needed however there are some better sources of iron like clams, liver and pumpkin seeds.

  1. Heart Health
    Dates are rich in potassium which is an electrolyte as well as mineral; this means it carries the electrical charge. 100 grams of dates contain 636 mg of potassium which is 15% of the RDA. Potassium is a vital mineral and one of its roles is to control electrical activity of the heart, potassium also help regulate the water balance of the body. They also contain magnesium which helps lower blood pressure.
  2. Nervous system

Dates are rich in B vitamins, high in vitamin B6. Because dates are a complete whole food there are other component of  dates that make the absorption of vitamin b6 beneficial. It is well known by nutrients and naturopaths that getting vitamins and mineral from natural food sources is better than taking isolated vitamins and  mineral in the form of tablets ,. Vitamin B6 for example excessive vitamin B6 can cause skin problem and stomach problems. the combination of B vitamins in dates helps the absorption of vitamin b 6 is necessary in the formation of organic chemical in the body that rejuvenate the brain spinal cord and nerves

  1. Stroke Prevention

In 2009 ,Professor Michael Aviram, a biochemist from the Technion-Israel Institute of Science and his team found  that found that eating Hallawi dates daily for four weeks could improve the quality of lipids (fats) in the blood without raising sugar level

They carried out a tests on 10 healthy subjects who ate 3.75 oz of Hallawi dates per day  for four weeks. The results were published online by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry and showed a 15 percent decrease in triglyceride (fats) levels and a 33% drop in the amount of oxidation of fats in the blood.

“Oxidation is central to the deposition of cholesterol into the artery wall,” says Aviram of the Technion Faculty of Medicine and Rambam Medical Center. “Once it is deposited, it can cause blockage of the blood supply to the heart or brain, a phenomenon that causes heart attack or stroke.”  It is the combination of insoluble fiber in dates as well as the other nutrient components like potassium that keep the circulation of blood, water and energy in the body in good motion.

 

 

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Karimah’s Wheatfree Glutenfree Eggfree pancakes.

wheatfree pancakes

Ingredients
1tablspoon #flaxseeds soaked overnight in 1 cup of #water , 1cup of #millet flour . 1 tablespoon of #walnuts or #cashews or#peanuts #soaked overnight. 1teaspoon #tumeric
METHOD
After soaking nuts and flax seeds the night before add gelatinous flax seed water mix to millet powder and spices in the blender and blitz. The consistency of the batter should be like toothpaste not too watery or too thick.
Using a small frying pan wipe it round with #oliveoil on apiece of kitchen tissue. Add a tablespoon of the mixture and let cook for 2-3 minutes on low heat . Using a spatula tease round the edge of the pancake. When you are easily able to lift the centre of the pancake off the bottom of the pan then it’s ready to flip over . Flip it and cook on the other side. Cook for a couple of minutes. Take out set aside and cook more . You can keep the batter in the fridge format least 3 days.
#pancakes #wheatfree #glutenfreevegan #veganrecipes #eggfree #

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PROPHETIC DIET – green smoothie

Perfect for my “sticky blood” type-rouleau

all of these things are on my blood type diet except moringa, not sure if that’s suitable for me, let me check but i need energy, I’m over 50 , menopausal and tired 🙂

Yes, Moringa Oleifera in traditional medicine as an anticoagulant, Alhamdulilah. praise God for everything.

 

green smoothie prophetic
7 small #ajwa #dates about 40 #calories each, 1/2 #cucumber #water#moringa #moringaseeds #spirulina #spirulinapowder #smoothie #smoothies#health #over50 #stroke #strokesurvivor #heartattack #cooling #sunnah#propheticmedicine #propheticdiet #nutritionist #karimahbintdawoud

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PROPHETIC DIET//Karimah’s Skinny Blackeye Peas Stew

hhh legume black eye peas stew

 

HHH LEGUMES BLACK EYE PEA STEW

 

This dish is inspired by my early days as a revert to Islam, I came via a Moroccan community, alhmdulilah, praise God. I have always been a cultural magpie, inspired by my mixed heritage and days of being a Rasta taking the best from everywhere Allah carried me.

The Moroccan diet has some fantastic veggie dishes stews and salads and loubia stew is one of them. It’s a vegan bean stew full of cumin and fresh herbs but traditional using too much oil.

Olive oil is the best but it’s still high in calories like all other oils.

 We have used black eyes peas instead of the traditional haricot /navy beans because I am only allowed black eyes peas for my blood type diet. My blood is sticky and made worst by this damp UK atmosphere and climate oh Allah take me some where hot and Islamic.

It is vital we take traditional recipes and mould them to meet our individual needs, not keep cooking the same ole same ole year after years because our mother did it that way.

Insha’Allah you will like my version, it’s oil light and a bit more spicy than what I’ve tasted here in the UK

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Cups Dry Black Eyed Peas

1 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive

  • 1 Large Onion, diced or 2 medium
  • 1 sweet bell pepper chopped and diced
  • 3-5 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoons Fresh Ginger, minced
  • 1 Teaspoon of Sea Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Cumin
  • 1-3 Teaspoons Ground Turmeric
  • 1-5 Teaspoons Ground Chilli Pepper, depending on your taste

 

  • ½ Cup French Chopped Cilantro, Coriander, Danyia
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Chopped Flat Leaf Parsley
  • 1 Small Can of Whole Tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Cups Water

METHOD

  1. Rinse the beans in cold water. Place in a large saucepan filled with fresh cold water about two inches above the surface of the beans.
  2. Bring to the boil and simmer for at least an hour.
  3. As the beans boil you will notice foam coming together in the middle of the pot on the surface of the water, we call this scum, so skim it off the top of the boiling beans using a large spoon.
  4. You will need to add more cold water to stop the beans burning from absorbing the first lot of water, just keep an eye on them, adding a cup of water when they are drying out.
  5.  Cook the beans till the are al dente meaning firm when you bite but cooked.
  6. When beans are cooked, pour them into a large bowl even if there is any water keep that as well
  7. Heat the olive oil in the same pot as you cooked the beans. On a medium high heat add the onions, garlic, ginger and salt and slowly cook until the onions are tender and translucent, about 10 minutes.
  8. Then add the spices, salt and fresh herbs and allow to cook a few minutes more, before adding the tomatoes. Bring to a simmer.
  9. Add the beans and any water with them, into the onion and spice mixture.
  10. Add fresh water to just cover the beans. Bring to the boil and then turn down low, cover and cook until the beans are tender, about 30 more minutes.
  11. You can eat with bread, rice, pasta and salad. You can leave them to go cold and wrap in lettuce leaves or sea weed, the choice is yours. We are having them with homemade coleslaw and beet root and onion salad. Alhmdulilah praise God.

 

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Prophetic Diet….Fruit Smoothies

START YOUR DAY THE QURAN AND SUNNAH WAY

FRUIT SMOOTHIE SO SIMPLE- JUST FRUITS AND WATER

 

fruit smoothie

Fruit smoothies are great as a meal starter or for breaking Ramadhan fast, packed with loads of natural fruit sugar , fibre and water

INGREDIENTS

2-3 cups Fruits of your choice

2-3 cups of water depending on size of your jug blender, you can alos use hand held belnder for most fruit  smoothies

For  The Moor Smooth Operators; spices cinnamon and turmeric, as well as spirulina

QURANIC INFORMATION

English fruits

 Arabic fakihah

The word fakihah (), which means ‘fruit’, is mentioned 11 times in the Quran.

  1. And for them there is fruit, and for them there is what they ask for. [36:57]
  2. Therein they will recline; therein they will call for fruit in abundance and drinks. [38:51]
  1. Therein for you will be fruit in plenty, of which you will eat (as you desire). [43:73]
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MODERN AFFLUENT DIET

 

MAD diet

affluent diet

Western diet Clinical nutrition A diet characterized by a ↑↑↑ fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories, which is commonly consumed in wealthier nations

 

By Dr. Mercola

Three decades ago, the food available was mostly fresh and grown locally. Today, the majority of foods served, whether at home, in school or in restaurants, are highly processed foods, filled with sugars, harmful processed fats, and chemical additives.

During that same time, obesity rates have skyrocketed, and one in five American deaths are now associated with obesity. Obesity-related deaths include those from type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, liver disease, cancer, dementia, and depression, as nearly all have metabolic dysfunction as a common underlying factor.

The featured1 article contains 11 telling charts and graphs, illustrating how the modern diet has led to an avalanche of chronic disease. As its author, Kris Gunnars says:

“The modern diet is the main reason why people all over the world are fatter and sicker than ever before. Everywhere modern processed foods go, chronic diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease soon follow.”

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/24/modern-diet.aspx

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VEGAN PANCAKES BILLINI

My blood type diet has not allows me to have onions or curry for over a week.I think I’m type O but what I do know is I have a blood called “rouleaux” which means that the platelets stick together in chains which makes it difficult to go through arteries. I have had at least one mini stroke TIA.
I had a nutritional blood test in 2009 and really ignored the diet sheet because ti looked too hard.I was really super ill 2 weeks ago and decided I had better knuckle down and give the diet plan a chance especially as I’m dishing out food advice to others.

I have stopped wheat, sugar, coffee, tea,red meat, chicken, eggs. I am not even allowed onion, garlic, chilli and ginger…. and alhmdulilah praise God , I’ve been good,

vegan pancakes and beans.jpg

HEAD COLD VEGAN FOOD

Now I have a head cold and cough and I’m resulting to my cultural remedies of hot spice garlic chilli onions ginger to fight the virus . It is vital like #Ital to eat vegan food when we’re ill because the body needs all its energy to fight the virus not digest #animal products .

These 100% vegan pancakes to go with curried beans are made from

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 tbsp of soaked flaxseeds in 1/2 cup water (egg replacement)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed milk
  • 1 cup of millet flour
  • We added 10 ml of ajwain seeds and 10 ml of cumin seeds for extra medical benefits

METHOD

  • Blend ingredients in blender ideally to break down flax seeds
  • wipe round small frying pan with kitchen roll or brush with tiny bit of olive oil
  • add 1 table spoon of batter and cook on low heat for a few minutes turning frequently
  • now millet is not wheat and these pancakes can be a bit soggy on the inside if too much batter is used, but we find if you leave them on a plate after you take them out of the pan they keep on cooking through and get more firm insha’allah
  • any left over batter lasts about a week in the fridge in air tight container

#lunch #brunch #bakedbeans #curry #vegan #vegetarian #indianfood #halal #flexitarian #health #healthyfood #wheat free 

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