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Is That Well-Done Steak Hurting Your Brain?

Is That Well-Done Steak Hurting Your Brain?

Most of us understand that what we eat can influence how healthy or unhealthy we are. What most of us have not consider much — until now — is that equally as important is what we eat, is how we cook. How we prepare our food and the cooking techniques we use can make our food healthy or toxic.

Studies show burnt food, like well-done steak, contains toxic carcinogens. Also, exposure to high heats can denature food especially meat. A report from Distractify suggest that consumption of high-heated meat (think grilling, charring and high-heat smoking) could cause of mental disease such as Alzheimer’s. Evidence suggest that the glycotoxins produced during high-heat cooking of meat cause this increase.

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The Best Ways To Eat Your Steak

  • Slow cooking- This is an easy and time efficient way to prepare meals, especially if you use a croc-pot.  The great thing about slow cooking, especially meat, as it breaks down collagen into a bio-available form. The best way to slow cook is to keep the croc-pot sealed tight so minimal air is exposed.
  • Simmering- This method prevents fat from oxidizing but it can fully denature protein. If you’re going to simmer, then simmer for a short period of time, if you simmer for hours then you’ll likely denature the protein.
  • Baking- This is riskier of a cooking method because it is usually done at high temps. If you bake, bake at 320 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. The key is to always bake below 320 and add antioxidants to the food – turmeric, rosemary, citrus or even green tea to protect the food from oxidizing.
  • Lightly heated- If you’re going to cook meat then the best method is to place it in a small amount of water on a low heat setting and add some spices. The water will protect against oxidation.

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Most of us understand that what we eat can influence how healthy or unhealthy we are. What most of us have not consider much — until now — is that equally as important is what we eat, is how we cook. How we prepare our food and the cooking techniques we use can make our food healthy or toxic.

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Studies show burnt food, like well-done steak, contains toxic carcinogens. Also, exposure to high heats can denature food especially meat. A report from Distractify suggest that consumption of high-heated meat (think grilling, charring and high-heat smoking) could cause of mental disease such as Alzheimer’s. Evidence suggest that the glycotoxins produced during high-heat cooking of meat cause this increase.

The Best Ways To Eat Your Steak

  • Slow cooking- This is an easy and time efficient way to prepare meals, especially if you use a croc-pot.  The great thing about slow cooking, especially meat, as it breaks down collagen into a bio-available form. The best way to slow cook is to keep the croc-pot sealed tight so minimal air is exposed.
  • Simmering- This method prevents fat from oxidizing but it can fully denature protein. If you’re going to simmer, then simmer for a short period of time, if you simmer for hours then you’ll likely denature the protein.
  • Baking- This is riskier of a cooking method because it is usually done at high temps. If you bake, bake at 320 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. The key is to always bake below 320 and add antioxidants to the food – turmeric, rosemary, citrus or even green tea to protect the food from oxidizing.
  • Lightly heated- If you’re going to cook meat then the best method is to place it in a small amount of water on a low heat setting and add some spices. The water will protect against oxidation.

Featured photo credit: Sliced Steak/Fulcrum imaging Robert Greatrix via flickr.com

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How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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