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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 Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

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