As salam alaikum wa rahmtulaahi wa barakatu brothers and sistars
Insha’Allah you are well and blessed by Allah with steadfast eman.
Insha’allah we are having a cake competition to raise funds for FEED THE NEED, feeding the homeless in central London.
Alhamdulillah we have been doing this regularly feeding project for nearly two years this Ramadan but can only keep it going when we tie our camel.
We have great prizes; cinema tickets, Lush products, signed copies of “Heavenly Bites, the best of Muslim home cooking” by Karimah bint Dawoud and more as well as rosettes for the top 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.
The categories are:-
• best cup cake • best sponge cake • best iced cake Date; 18th May Venue: Hanwell Community Centre, Ealing, London W7 1PD Time:2-4pm, judging 2.30 prompt Participation means you agree that all cakes be sold for the charitable cause after judging.
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Ooooh fighting your lower nature is not easy, appetite is part of our animal instinct, and it’s a survival instinct. I really want some fried greasy refine carb breakfast like a fried egg sandwich with olives and a coffee, however one of my body control techniques is “you can have that but have something healthy first”. Sulky I mooched to the kitchen seeing soaked sesame seeds and dandelions in clean water and knew that they had to hit the blender. That fried egg sandwich was becoming a faint desire, praise the Creator. As I was getting ready, music to my ears was my neighbors Vitamix was in full swinging, a sign!!!! I was doing the right thing; invest in yourself before it’s too late. Good for is your health insurance Insha’Allah, trust in Allah and tie up your camel.
Smoothies can be prescriptive like this one, addressing health issues. Dandelion Smoothie Dandelions, good for liver, digestion, regulates blood sugar, lows black pressure. Sesame seeds(soak over night) good for strong bones, hair skin. Turmeric and cinnamon anti-inflammatory Pineapple high in vitamin c which is anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory Sharon fruit are anti-acid
People complain that their salsa or chutney goes bad after a week , one of the reasons is that the vegetables were to wet from washing before making, so wash your chilies and drain then leave to dry on a tea cloth for a few hours in the sun ideally, they do not have to be dried out, no, but not water, then sort and prepare for salsa or chutney, a nice recipe coming soon insha’allah
By Karimah Bint Dawoud Qualified Clinical Nutritionist NCFE and Muslim Chaplin. When we think about fats, most people think all fats are bad. Health conscious people know that when we need to normalize our body size, we need to cut down on fatty food. However that’s only half of the story. This first of two parts scholarly essays, we will discuss why some fats are bad for the health and what fats make some distinction between different types of fats If Angelina Jolie had been informed about a diet high in essential fatty acid Omega 3 , she maybe have thought twice about cutting off both her boobs, if she really did, as a precaution against a breast cancer gene she is said to have. Most of us don’t realize how important fats are but that means good fats. We think all fats are bad but that’s not true. We tend to see oils as one homogenous liquid like water, forgetting that all things have a different molecular structure and it’s this structure that separates good fats from bad fats, saturated from unsaturated and good saturated from bad saturated… and trans-fats!
It’s a little bit complicated but if we can just get our head around the images we should be well insha’allah. The importance of fats wasn’t discovered until the last quarter of the 20th century because the technology had not been invented till then. The nutritional pioneer Ralph T Holman was one of the pioneers in this. Before we talk about good fats lets briefly discuss bad fats and why fats have got a bad press.
A lot of fats in the western diet are fatty acids but they are not essential fatty acids they are saturated fatty acids. They are linked some of our most serious health problems, bowel cancer, heart attacks and strokes, coronary heart problems, mental health problems, depression, diabetes and stored as body fat, obesity. Even though of us who are health conscious we have to know that there are some unsaturated fats which are great for promoting wellbeing, however the ratio/ balance between these / fats oils is very important. Saturated fats are the facts that give all fats a bad name, they are found in dairy products; full fat milk, butter, cheese, meat particular; pork and red meats, animal meat fat; lard, some tropical oils, ghee, coco nut oil, palm oil.
Within the un saturated fat group are Trans-fats, these are the worst like of fat you can imagine for the body because they are not natural and can be artificially created by processing. Things like margarine, pork lard and soy fat, which is presented as spread or contained in loads of shop bought cakes. Unlike vegetable fats which are more complimentary to human health, unsaturated trans fats are hydrogenated to process them into margarine, lard and soy fat or even soya mayonnaise, basically they are seriously processed plant based fats, its the processing that removes them from their natural state making them detrimental to human health
However all fats are not created equal. Animal saturated fats and not the same as plant based saturated fats like coconut oil, there are “good” saturated fats and “ bad” saturated fats. Research by N. I. Lipoeto, et al. “Dietary Intake and the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease among the Coconut-Consuming Minangkabua in West Sumutra, Indonesia,” Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 13(2004): 377-84, found that fats high in animal saturated fats(butter,beef, lamb,chicken, turkey, eggs, milk) are harmful to heart health but plant, based saturated fats like unrefined coconut oil are not. Some saturated fats like peanut butter is not all bad because its saturated because other nutrients in peanut butter are good , it’s just that a diet containing animals fats leads to some fatal health problems.. I suggest to people that a little butter is better health wise than trans-fats like margarine. they both contain the same calories but the butter is actually purer because its less processed than the margarine.
As well as cutting down or cutting out saturated and trans fats, it’s good to have the right balance of EFA’s essential fatty acids.The conclusion is vegetable unprocessed fats are best, contained in almonds, walnuts, flax seed, avocado pears, olive and olive oil.After that animal fats like those found in fish, eggs and butter, diary eaten in moderation and finally anything overly processed like margarine or lard is best avoided. these are the ones that managed to sneak into many shop bought pastries.
Insha’allah in the next post, we will talk of good fats…to be contd
GLOBESITY….while we continue to over consume fast fried street food then we will be one of the SIGNS OF THE LAST DAYS…OBESE!!! IT’S NOT CUTE, IT’S FAT!!!
“in truth no country has managed the transition to get rid of hunger without it shifting to obesity very rapidly”…
Alhamdulilah praise the Creator, if there is one book to take away with you on a trip of hoildau it has to be “healthy at 100 ” by John Robbins. It’s the next step after the China Study.He illustrates in countries like Japan, where the Americans took their troops and junk food, Japanese youth addicted to that C.R.A.P. carbonated, refined,artificial, processed, have become much fatter than their grandparents and in some cases will be the first generation to die before their grandparents from illnesses related to being fat, overweight , obese.
Insha’allah in the future the shuyukh will deems certain types of junk food products as bad as tobacco and alcohol as haram as they have done with cigarettes, but already many nutritionists or dietitians already believes this due to the growing overwhelming evidence about junk foods.
I love Saudi Amraco web site, full of really interesting articles and photos of the Middle East and I was over joyed to read this review of my book by Kitty Morse, a famous food writer and author of many books.