Broccoli – How to Cook

Broccoli – The Super Food

One of my most favourite vegetables to eat is broccoli.!

I read a lot, in particular anything to do with health and good health really interests me. I also love my food especially the good old vegetables, fruits and some meats. However if I have to I can do without the meat, for me it is not a must have item.

All these years and I had no idea that I was preparing my broccoli for cooking all wrong. I knew eating it raw offered many more nutritional benefits but I never knew there is a particular way to prepare your broccoli before you cook it to get the most benefit from all the goodness broccoli hides inside.

UNTIL NOW WHEN i READ THIS ARTICLE ON “HOW TO COOK BROCCOLI”

I thought this article was so fantastic that I have shared the exert and the link to the full article on the original website for you all to read.

If you don’t eat Broccoli then this article may very well change your mind if you want to hang around longer.

Check it out below and enjoy this simple prep technique for cooking broccoli

 

When I used to teach medical students at Tufts, I gave a lecture about this amazing new therapeutic called “iloccor-B.” I’d talk about all the new science, all the things it could do, its excellent safety profile. Just as they were all scrambling to buy stock in the company and prescribe it to all their patients, I’d do the big reveal. Apologizing for my “dyslexia,” I would admit that I’d got it backwards. All this time I had been talking about broccoli.The main active ingredient in broccoli is thought to be sulforaphane, which may protect our brains, protect our eyesight, protect our bodies against free radicals, boost our detoxification enzymes, and help prevent and treat cancer.In my videos The Best Detox and  Sometimes the Enzyme Myth is the Truth, I talked about how the formation of sulforaphane is like a chemical flare reaction, requiring the mixing of a precursor compound with an enzyme, which is destroyed by cooking. This may explain why we get dramatic suppression of cancer cell growth from raw broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, but hardly anything from boiled, microwaved or steamed (except for microwaved broccoli, which actually retains some cancer fighting abilities). But who wants to eat raw Brussels sprouts?There is a strategy to get the benefits of raw in cooked form. In raw broccoli, the sulforaphane precursor, called glucoraphanin, mixes with the enzyme (myrosinase) when you chew or chop it. If given enough time—such as when sitting in your upper stomach waiting to get digested—sulforaphane is born. The precursor and sulforaphane are resistant to heat and therefore cooking, but the enzyme is destroyed. No enzyme = no sulforaphane.That’s why I described the “hack and hold” technique—if we chop the broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, collards, or cauliflower first and then wait 40 minutes, we can cook them all we want. The sulforaphane is already made; the enzyme has already done its job, so we don’t need it anymore.

Source: How to Cook Broccoli | NutritionFacts.org

Fit Feels Good.

Feeling healthy is an important part of your life. Feeling fit and healthy go hand in hand and can sometimes be harder to achieve then one realises.

Now there are many levels of fitness from average to peak performance and our diet, exercise and commitment levels will vary depending on what end of the fit scale you’re on.

 

Now that is plainly obvious right, well it should be, however in reality it actually isn’t!

So why am I saying this? Well take a look around you and you will see where I am coming from. Let’s take 2 examples of the scale shall we!

 

Average Fitness Level

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  • will consume up to 40% more calories than needed
  • will consume more processed/convenience food then recommended
  • will consume less water than recommended
  • spend less time doing healthy activity
  • does not recognise unhealthy weight gain
  • rarely understands fat to body mass ratio
  • Spends less time and money maintaining their fitness.
  • end up being overweight and unfit by age 50
  • are at higher risk of developing type 2 adult diabetes by age 35

Generalised statements taken from many information sources, but on the whole most people who are in the average fit range have not had to work hard to get there and take their fitness for granted.

Peak Fitness Level

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  • will only consume the calories their body needs
  • will consume less processed food and more raw foods
  • will consume slightly above the recommended water requirements
  • spend more time being physically active
  • recognises any unhealthy weight gain
  • understand their fat to body mass ratio
  • spend more money and time maintaining their fitness
  • generally look younger and are healthier by age 50
  • are in the low risk category of developing diabetes by 35

Being fit is and always has been a way for any of us to fend of health issues as we age. Staying fit is also linked with a lower risk of developing health complaints that are growing at an alarming rate in today’s fast paced heavily processed food driven society.

Now before you screw your nose up and walk away saying “I am not an Olympic sports person I don’t need this shit”, take a long deep breath and exhale your negative thoughts.

Now based on your current fitness level and your lifestyle today, picture yourself at age 50, 60, 70 or even 80, be honest don’t fool yourself, what health issues do you have now; even minor ones, they will get worse as you age if you don’t do something about your fitness level whilst you still can.

If you consume a high processed diet, drink alcohol excessively (even if it is only sometimes) and your physical activity is minimal, then you could be at a higher risk of developing health problems as each year goes by.

Things you can to Increase Fitness Levels

I don’t have the time – make time as not having enough time is a common excuse used to avoid just about everything. If you have time to sit on your but at the pub for some after work drinks, you have time to work on your fitness.

Replace the heavily processed foods – in your grocery cart. Processed food are carbohydrates and they register in your body as sugar. So a diet high in processed foods is also a diet high in the wrong kinds of sugars.

Steer Clear of Empty Calories –  Avoid buying foods that say low in sugar, low fat and diet, most of these products are heavily processed and full of empty calories. You will feel hungry faster after consuming these types of foods.

Choose High Protein or High Fibre Snacks – snacks that are high in protein or fibre and whole foods will do a better job of keeping you feeling more satisfied. Snacks like a handful of nuts and seeds or an apple or banana. Even a glass of full cream milk, cow, goat or even coconut are a better choice than a biscuit or muesli bar.

Drink Plenty of Water – Drink plenty of water at least 250 mls -1 cup first thing in the morning. Preferably filtered water if you can, but drink plenty of it. Between 2 – 3 litres a day depending on physical activity and weather but a minimum of 2 litres is your aim. Water is a natural cleanser and will help reduce body odour when consumed on a daily basis.

Choose to Stand – Stand-up when possible and make a conscious effort to tighten the muscles through-out your body, flexing each one a few time and move, this keeps the blood flowing and reduces the risk of pooling and clots forming.

By doing a few extra things that are good for you each and every day you will increase your fitness level over time. The more exercise you get is also very crucial to your fitness and health.

Avoid the trappings of society like convenient take-way foods like burger, fries, pizza and do-nuts. It’s not that you can’t have them at all just not in excess and on every other day of the week.

It goes without saying avoid consuming excessive amounts of alcohol ever as this is extremely dangerous for both your heart and liver. A small occasional glass of Red Wine is okay but remember not every day and no more then one small one just to be on the safe side.

Change your Life – Become Fit and Healthy

By changing a few simple things in your daily routine you will soon notice a difference in your energy levels and how good you feel.

Consider investing a little more time and money into your health and fitness, you will thank yourself as you get older.

Quality supplements can also enhance your dietary needs and here at Forever we have what is considered by many as the best quality nutritional supplements on the market.

This video below shows one of our fitness pack range that is used by even the elite fitness and sporting persons around the globe.

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When starting any new program or supplements always consult your doctor and always start slowly.