My 5 go to anti-inflammatory recipes

 

An inflammation is a synonym of infection, is the reaction of your body in response to harmful pathogens or irritants. Harmful stimuli can be either a cold virus or indulging in a fatty sugary meal… The body does not discriminate 😁

I usually like to step up my health game in the fall season, we are here now… so I wanted to share with you, five of my go to anti-inflammatory recipes when I am feeling under the weather …Don’t worry I am not a chef or anything, these are some basic quick fool proof recipes ideas

Ginger lemon Tea or infusion

I personally prefer infusions, any herbs will do..just make sure you like them , grind some ginger there and add some drops of lemon juice. A perfect way to start and end your day

Ginger: is a anticancer,anti-inflammation and an anti-oxidant

Lemon: a blood purifier and great for digestion and constipation

Avocado Toast:

Just mash an avocado, add lemon, cider vinegar ,salt and pepper before spreading it on your natural organic whole-wheat toasts ( if you have celiac disease then that’s gluten-free bread for you girlfriend!)

Sprinkle some grounded flaxseed powder or some chiaseeds and voilà! Enjoy..

Avocado: a rich source of anti-inflammatory monounsaturated “good” fats and phytosterols. … it contains vitamin E , vitamin C, manganese, selenium and zinc that also helps to soothe inflammation.

Cider vinegar: the list of benefits is just too long

Chia seeds: an anti-inflammatory food that supplies a high dose of Omega 3 fatty acids, fiber and protein.

Garlic broccoli:

Spread your cut, washed broccoli on a cooking sheet, add salt and pepper and a lot of grounded garlic and bake for 30 minutes

Broccoli: contains anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer phytonutrients such as sulforaphane which helps the body to get rid of potentially carcinogenic compounds.

Garlic : contains sulfur compounds that stimulate your immune system to fight disease.

Tofu curry with cauliflower rice

Heat up a table spoon of oil (honestly I guestimate that ish), add onions, Diced Tofu,salt,peper,a lot of curry. For an added boost add more turmeric.

For the cauliflower rice, just put some cauliflower in a blender and blend for 20 seconds, until its rice texture.

Then you add all to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, before you take off the pan off the heat add 20cl of coconut cream.

And serve while is hot.

Cauliflower: Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6. It is a very good source of choline, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, phosphorus, and biotin.

Curry (contains turmeric): turmeric is one of the best antioxidant in the market, it helps fight inflammation, helpful for arthritis, brain boosting, protects against heart diseases and cancer

Berry Chia seed nice cream

For the chia seed’s pudding, mix 3 tablespoons of chia seeds with some almond milk and one table spoon of honey…and let it set for at least 1 hour.

I buy frozen berries from the store, but you can prepare your own, but make sure you have some variety in there, I mix it while its frozen and serve it with the chia seed’s pudding

Berries: Blackberries, cranberries, strawberries and raspberries. These berries are comparable alternatives to blueberries and are equally high in antioxidants. Not only they reduce inflammation, but they can protect the brain from aging and prevent diseases, such as cancer and dementia

Weird healthy hack for my working girls out there:

  • Starbucks or work cafeteria:
    Sprinkle some cinnamon on you morning Americano or Expresso, for added anti-inflammation action…
    Latte lover! I got you!! Try Starbucks new turmeric latte with coconut milk (no added sugar, ofcourse!)
  • Bar salad or restaurant:
    Always choose leafy greens for your salad, instead of lettuce, they are packed full of nutrients..
    Ask for salad dressing on the side, and make it from olive oil and lemon juice.Most restaurant are able to accomodate this request, even at chipotle *mind blown*
    Trying to cut down on soda…No worries ,ask for sparkling water with pieces of lemon ( freaking detox water on point!)

7 steps to beat the peel

My skin is very sensitive and usually prone to redness and dryness during the seasonal changes (summer to fall…fall to winter or even spring to summer.. )

if your skin fits the bill, then you probably going to need to step up your skin care regimen

The trick for me is gentle exfoliation and hydration masks.. I said masks and not creams…no matter how tick and hydrating, creams are just too weak for me …

1 – GENTLE mechanical  exfoliants :

I said gentle! Your skin is already irritated and peeling, so be gentle…I tend to oscillates between mechanical exfoliants like Foreo or Clarasonic with some gentle mousse and chemical ones

 I use the Foreo Luna 2 with the Nutriganics foaming face wash from the body shop . This face wash is so gentle that it doesn’t irritate my skin, but it’s not strong enough to exfoliate the skin , using it along the Foreo is the perfect combo, but be aware of not to use the foreo as instructed for the full 1 minute.. I find it very aggressive… I only use it for 20 to 30 seconds for my whole face… otherwise it will irritate your skin and make you breakout.

 

2-GENTLE Chemical exfoliants :

The best chemical exfoliant I used up until now has to be the CURE natural aqua gel… it’s a water like texture,  leave it on your skin for a minutes before you start gently rubbing off the dead cells from your face until there is no more…it’s a magical and a very satisfying routine…

3 – Facial lotion or essence

This is an Asian trend that I got into last year, and I find it to be a very pleasant experience after washing my face that replaces the regular European toner step.

These are usually nonalcoholic toner like products; they are rich in hyaluronic acid or other components that you can find in high end brand’s serums. I recommend the Rohto Hada Labo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion.

Fun fact : you can actually wet some thin cotton pads with the Hada Labo lotion and use it as a facemask

4- Face masks

You can definitely, make some hydrating DIY face masks. But, honestly I just order mine from Amazon by the bulk. It’s easier and cheaper J

I use the tony molly sheet masks, my favorites are the Aloe Vera, Tea tree and the rice one. With that being said, I do like them all and I take them with me wherever I go, even on airplanes.

For best results, I recommend sleeping in these sheet masks, they are very gentle that they won’t irritate your skin…I recommend you do this everyday when you skin needs it .. but take caution to overwhelm your skin with nutrients otherwise it can have a counterproductive effect …After your skin is feeling better , take it down a notch to 2 or 3 times a week for prevention purposes.

5- Serums

For days when you are not using a sheet mask, I recommend using serums after your facial lotion and before your night cream.

I recommend these two serums from the ordinary and Estée Lauder …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 – Night Cream or oil

A heavy night cream is a must for winter…the lotion is great for locking instant hydration from the washing ,the serums are full packed with nutriants and the cream will lock in everything and let your skin absorb and repair itself during the night… so don’t skip this important step.. I alternate between  the good night cream from Elizabeth Arden and Rétinol 1 TR by Medik8

 

 

 

 

7 –  Biafine topical emulsion

is a water-based emulsion formulated for the dressing and management of superficial wounds, minor abrasions, dermal ulcers, donor sites, 1st and 2nd degree burns, including sunburns, and radiation dermatitis.

Yep! The secret weapon, I once had my face completely fried by the climate changes.. it was red, scally, super dry to the point I couldn’t smile comfortably.. the only thing that helped was Biafine..applied religiously day and night for 2 days.. and my skin was as good as new

Disclaimer: I am not a professional or an expert, I am just sharing my experience from what it works for me with you all

Side notes:

  • Try investing in a humidifier for it is the only thing that can counter the drying effect of the heater in the winter
  • Try sipping on regular, flavored water or tea at all times of the day
  • Don’t forget about your eyes, you can use most face masks, serums on the eye area, but you need to invest in a good eye cream for optimal results
  • Use a good UVA sunscreen in winter; the aging rays are always there even when you can’t see them
  • If you can, invest in a satin pillow case, for it is much gentler on the hair and the skin than cotton ones

Also, if all fails, please seek a professional’s help.

I Tried The Dukan Diet ( The vegetarian version)

A lot of you have heard of the dukan diet and how effective it is when it comes to weight loss.
Before my vacation started I thought …I will give it a go .
The only problem for a vegetarian such as myself lies in finding good pure protein sources. Don’t get me wrong my vegetarian diet has a lot of proteins from eggs, nuts, quinoa and greens, but in order to execute this diet as recommended by its creator Dr. Dukan. I needed pure proteins witch for me it’s gonna be basically ,egg whites,Tofu and fat/sugar free dairy products (not a good idea since im lactose intolerant) .

This relatively old diet is broken down to three phases :

The attack phase : Only pure protein is consumed (egg white, fat and sugar free dairy, tofu ) it lasts from 2 to 7 days depending on the case
The cruise phase : Alternating between one day of pure protein and one day of protein and veggies ( with restrictions), until you reach your desired weight.
The consolidation phase : the maintaining phase, you start having toasts for breakfast, a one to tree cheat meals a week and one mandatory pure protein day a week

To be honest this diet is not realistic for me to keep up , but since I was going on vacation, extreme occasions call for extreme measures. Right?

So I was going for 5 days of the attack phase and thats it, just to have an idea about the hype . It was f***ing brutal…

The real challenge here is that I am going through this as a vegetarian . So here is what happened day by day.

DAY 0 :
Today is the last day of my first vacation . I went rogue on this vacay and didn’t really pay attention to what I ate, I was already feeling down because I gained a couple of pounds this year and didn’t exactly look glorious in my bikini!… but that’s okay I was determined, doing this shit and documenting it for you guys.

DAY1 :
Its a work day, I am not big on breakfasts. so my breakfast consisted on double shots of expresso and thats it.
For lunch : I had to Improvise, there are not much high protein choices for vegetarians . Since I was motivated, I had a rather unconventional lunch : 2 fat and sugar free yogurts and 2 pieces of fat free cheese ( known as fromage frais here in france).
For dinner : I was starving so I had a about 250g of fried egg tofu ( I used a non sticking pan (no oil))
By the end of this meal I was super full.

Day 2 :
I woke up 1kg (2 lbs) lighter … Yes I weigh myself everyday just because 😀
Breakfast : Two shot of expresso
Lunch : I prepared 2 boiled eggs and 2 fat free yogurts
Dinner : 250g of egg fried tofu (. I use one egg and no oil) + 1 frozen fat free yogurt
This day felt a little bit difficult, I was foggy and couldn’t concentrate on work but I soldiered on.

Day 3:
I woke up another 1kg (2lbs) lighter again . I was blown away how fast it works . Even though I knew it was water weight.
Breakfast : Two shot of expresso
Lunch : I found a lentils salad with an egg in Monoprix ( thank god). After a lot of research I found out that for vegetarian we are aloud 2 spoons of lentils in this diet a day
Dinner : 250g of egg fried tofu + 1 frozen fat free yogurt
It was brutal, my energy was low and I felt dizzy twice.
Day 4:
Another 500g (1lbs) is lost
Breakfast : Two shot of expresso
Lunch : I had a work lunch in a sushi place, I had to improvise, so I had 2 miso soups and 2 mushrooms barbecues … its not perfect and I definitely looked weird but I tried
Dinner : I had 2 sheitan steaks ( very high in protein) + 1 frozen fat free yogurt
Today was the worst probably because I had so little at lunch, I was so dizzy that I had to go out and get myself some dukan biscuits for a little energy, otherwise I fear the worse

Day 5:
Another 500g ( 1lbs) is lost
Breakfast : Two shot of expresso
Lunch : I had the lentils salad
Dinner : I had to catch the plane for Morocco, so I was supposed to finish the diet then but I found an egg and spinach meal at Starbucks in the airport. So I actually didn’t .

One day after the diet :
I didn’t have any scale to weigh myself, but looking at how much I’ve been loosing everyday I would say I lost another half a kilo ( one pound)
In total I lost 3Kg (6 lbs) in 5 days … a little over 500g a day ( and without exercise) …that was amazing but surprise surprise !! as soon as you stop doing this unrealistic diet. You will gain it all back or some of it atleast … I did gain some of it back ..but that was expected …it was a temporary solution for a special occasion… and it works…would I recommend it ….nah probably not if you are a vegetarian , non lunch preper like myself