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Warm Grilled Chicken Spinach Salad with Raspberry-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Preparation time : 15 minutes Cooking time : 15 minutes Ingredients For the dressing: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup red raspberry jam 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar For the salad: 4 grilled boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 4 to 6 ounces each 8 cups baby spinach leaves 1 red pepper, cut into thin strips 1 cup sliced mushrooms 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced 2 hard boiled egg whites, chopped 2 strips cooked, crisp bacon, crumbled (optional) Cooking Instructions 1. To make the dressing, heat the olive oil in a small saucepan. Add the jam, mustard and vinegar and heat thoroughly. 2. In a large salad bowl, toss the chicken, spinach and red pepper with the warm dressing. 3. Divide the chicken and spinach among 4 large serving plates. Arrange the mushrooms, onions, egg whites and bacon on top. from FOOD FIT. COM

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food & mood The Food-Mood Connection--In the past few decades, the American food industry has changed drastically --The Food and Mood Project: helping you explore the relationship between what you eat and how you feel--Food And Your Behavior--these new Carbohydrate-Craving books have some quick & easy tips based on serious blood sugar science--Does carbohydrate-rich, protein-poor food prevent a deterioration of mood and cognitive performance of stress-prone subjects when subjected to a stressful task? --I've place a jar of peaunt butter next to my bed links--FOOD, EXERCISE AND MOOD--what's your food mood?--Food Therapy for Depression --food theraphies for emotional health books--How Modern Eating Habits May Contribute to Depression--Eating Disorders and Vegetarianism--Diet is important to mental, as well as physical, health. Try very hard to eat healthy food, not junk food, as the latter contains various chemicals that can affect mood and physical well-being. You may also want to consider taking a general-purpose vitamin supplement, particularly if your lifestyle makes it difficult for you to eat sensibly--Avoid too many sweets, sugars, chocolate, fizzy drinks, tea/coffee (& other caffeine drinks) and processed foods, as these give you false energy, i.e. they give you a buzz for 20 minutes or so, then as they wear off, you feel worse and crave more--Food Cravings Hunger or Depression?-- the website for Chinese Food Therapy--Strategies for Food Cravings Food can cause diseases as well as prevent diseases. Most of the diseases known to man are directly and indirectly caused by the food he eats. The human body is a bag of chemicals where millions of chemical reactions run the "great show". The nature of the reactions and the outcome is depended on the materials that flow into the human bag. Thus food decides the functioning of the human bod--Food Therapy for Colds, Flus and Sinus--For women, thinning hair or hair loss can be a sign of a problem in the gastrointestinal tract. It could be a sign of insufficient stomach acids; It could also mean a deficiency of protein, zinc and other nutrients. Taking two acidophilus tablets after or between meals (four to six tablets per day) for two months will help--How food benefits mood--Managing Your Mind and Mood Through Food BOOK...Revolutionary and scientifically sound news about the food/mind/moodresponse from a renowned M.I.T. scientist who explains how to enhancedaily performance dramatically through dietIn this breakthrough book, Dr. Judith Wurtman explains how what we eat and when we eat it affects our moods, minds, and lives. Translating her findings into practical programs, she reveals what foods can prevent afternoon slumps; increase productivity; help us carry on with activities after work or work through the night, calm stress and anxiety; and aid sleep. At the heart of the book are her guidelines about how carbohydrates and proteins interact in the body, and how to use this knowledge to set your own food/mood clock. In addition, Dr. Wurtman shatters many of the common myths about food, showing how to take advantage of caffeine, sugar, and carbohydrate snacks to increase productivity, and includes a test used at M.I.T which enables readers to explore their own food/mind/mood response. This book shows you how to eat to:Beat stress and fatigue at workHave a faster, more focused mindAvoid mood swings that lead to erratic, out-of-control eatingSet your own food/mood clock to perform at your peakBoost energy for morning, afternoon, or evening activitiesStay alert through marathon meetings or long eveningsFly through time zones and arrive feeling first-rate by using revolutionary anti-jet lag tactics...and much more --Do you want to take it slow or be an aggressive dynamo? Food can have a big effect--Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales--Food, Mood and the Mind ---Food-faddists and naturopaths aside, most people are liable to find nutrition a deadly-dull subject. Certainly, compared to some of the hot-button topics featured on HedWeb, notably state-of-the-art class-A drugs, Nutritional Medicine will appear worthy but unsexy. For if one eats a reasonably well-balanced diet, the body seems pretty much to take care of itself. The insidious health-risks posed by such half-truths aren't always recognised--Mood Food: Brighten, Heal, and Elevate Your State of Mind by Jane Eldershaw--In The Healing Secrets of Food, I am inviting you to join me on a journey that charts new nutritional territory. With my groundbreaking, cutting-edge strategies, I'll take you to a place that nourishes you each time you eat--Choose the one BOOK that is right for you, today--DR. COHEN's MOOD FOOD--Healing Foods For Dummies--Nutritional Therapy--Eating for Energy: How to Manage Your Mood with Food--If you’re one of those people who use food to soothe a bad mood or crave sweets when your energy is low, take heart, you’re not alone! --FOOD AND NEUROTRANSMITERS-- Have you ever wondered why you can't say no to fattening foods or alcohol? Why you overspend or overwork, feel bloated, have mood swings or depression? The answer is not that you're lazy, self-indulgent or undisciplined. The problem lies in your body chemistry. Millions of people are sugar sensitive and the foods they turn to for comfort actually trigger feelings of exhaustion, hopelessness and low self-esteem. What's worse, these foods don't stop our craving for them - they only make us want to go back for more. In her groundbreaking book, Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D., explains how certain food-dependent chemicals in the brain regulate our moods. To maintain mental and physical health seratonin, beta-endorphins and blood sugar need to be kept in balance. We can achieve this by following DesMaison's inexpensive, all-natural nutritional plan. There is no regime of measurements or self-denial: you tailor the plan to your tastes and lifestyle. More than just ! a book about food, this is a book about possibilities. You can change your life with POTATOES NOT PROZAC--The Fat Flush Cookbook --Food and MoodA complementary treatment for mental health problems--The Neurotransmitter Collection--Food and the Mind by Annemarie Colbin, C.H.E.S--Food Causing Dementia, Parkinson’s--Scientists are proving that what's in the foods you eat can affect the chemical composition of your brain --Food Swings --Addictive Foods: Ingredients & Mechanisms --"My Soul is dark with stormy riot, Directly traceable to diet."--Some Food for Thought and black pepper-- Although every major organ is critical to physiological functioning, one could say that the brain is the body's dictator. CRAVINGS The Real Truth about Your Sweet Tooth--Food Cravings for Sweet Things--If your emotional issues remain unaddressed, your food craving will remain constant--Coping With Food Cravings--promote this idea of traditional Chinese food therapy to the world--Coping With Food Cravings Everything you eat affects your brain chemistry!! Twenty years ago medical science didn't think that our moods were linked to what we ate. In 1975 they discovered that neurotransmitters, linked mood and food through brain chemistry--Vitamin boost for young criminals cuts offence rate--Basic Biological Overview of Eating Disorders How often have you felt sleepy after a starchy or carbohydrate-rich meal? You may think that this because most of the blood has gone to the aid of the stomach, leaving the brain and other parts of the body in a state of tiredness. However this is not so. The reason is the increased production of a neurotransmitter called 'serotonin' in the brain which lowers the electrical transmission between nerve cells thus inducing sleep. Serotonin is produced from an amino acid (building block of proteins) called 'Tryptophan'. It is found plentiful in meat and dairy products. Thus to get a good night's sleep serotonin should be increased. However, just consuming large amount of tryptophan will not make it more available to the brain for production of serotonin. Since the brain is selective about which substances it accepts from the blood, tryptophan has to compete with other amino acids to enter the brain. Hence, to increase the chances of tryptophan entering the brain, carbohydrates should be eaten with protein foods. The theory for how food may effect mood, alertness, and memory revolves around substances called neurotransmitters, which are chemicals produced by the brain that help nerve cells pass messages to one another. They affect many body functions, including temperature, mood, and appetite. There are about 30 to 40 known neurotransmitters but only a few may be influenced by diet. Specific nutrients found in food are the building blocks of these neurotransmitters. Two neurotransmitters - norepinephrine and dopamine - stimulate the nervous system, increasing our energy level and helping us to concentrate. Eating foods with protein (meat, poultry, fish, lowfat dairy products, eggs, or dried beans, peas, and lentils) provides our bodies with the building blocks for these neurotransmitters. Protein appears to inhibit the production of another neurotransmitter, serotonin, that has a calming, relaxing effect on the body. On the other hand, eating foods with carbohydrates (bread, cereal, rice, pasta, potato, or fruit) helps tryptophan, the building block for serotonin that reach the brain. The production of serotonin leads to feelings of relaxation or calmness. Yet, at high levels, it can cause fatigue and sleepiness. Scientists are proving that what's in the foods you eat can affect the chemical composition of your brain --Brainfoods in Breakfast beCALM'd is an all natural supplement that gives the body targeted nutrients to aid in the balancing of neurotransmitters Minding Your Moods with Foods--Strategies to Decrease Stress EatingHEALTHY EATING: Food and your mood; sensible eating can chase blues away--Balancing Body Chemistry--The Food-Mood Connection Food/Disease Connections--The RDIs for B vitamins, which were established more than 50 years ago, are merely the minimum doses required to prevent nutritional diseases such as pellagra and beriberi. In other words, they work to prevent illness rather than helping to enhance health. --MOOD AND FOOD Food intolerance should one of the suspects when someone is suffering from sleep disorders. The most common foods that people are sensitive to are dairy products, wheat, corn, and chocolate--What We Eat Affects How We Feel CHOCOLATE. Massage body topping in a chocolate fantasy. --Chocolate Mint Oil of Love --Chocolate Massage Bar from Bean Tree Soaps An amazing combination of chocolate and massage! This solid lotion bar gives a wonderful massage and absorbs directly into the skin (no messy clean up!) It's made with almond oil, shea butter, mango butter and cocoa powder. You would swear it's edible! -Chocolate Body Wrap --CHOCOLATE PEDICURE A guilt free service for the chocoholic! Begin your chocolate journey with a chocolate mineral buff applied to the feet and lower legs. After a delicious foot and leg massage using chocolate whipped cream, your service is sealed with heated chocolate paraffin. No calories for this decadence! --Enhance your sensual massage with Chocolate Cafe Edible Warming Oil with Vitamin E. It warms with friction, heats up when blown on and has a palette-pleasing taste--How Chocolate Works--Gourmet Chocolate Rose Massage Cream or Edible Massage Oil -- NEW BODY TREATMENTS NO-CALORIE TREATMENTS FOR CHOCOLATE LOVERS --Chocolate Fondue Body Wrap--Chocolate body finger paint. All your body parts taste better painted with chocolate. It''s fun to do too! Choose regular or white chocolate. CHOCOLATE, MOOD AND GUILT-- Welcome to the Chocolate Encyclopedia. --Chocolate is full of mood-enhancing chemicals. --Chocolate Lovers: Beware Mood Swings--Chocolate. This ubiquitous treat contains mild central nervous system stimulants that help heighten mood and yearning. According to legend, Montezuma drank 50 cups of chocolate every day to boost his virility before visiting his harem of 600 women. A small amount of quality chocolate can set the mood just as easily. --The fruit of the cacao tree was first used by the Olmec Indians of South and Central America, the ancestors of the Aztecs, thousands of years before the rise of Aztec civilization. The Mayans further domesticated cacao, and also developed the first cacao beverage, a spicy, bittersweet drink, by roasting and pounding raw cacao beans with maize and Capsicum peppers, and letting the mixture ferment. The cacao tree was worshipped by the Mayans, who believed it was of divine origin (cacao is a Mayan word meaning "God Food"). --The divine drink, which builds up resistance and fights fatigue. A cup of this precious drink [cocoa] permits a man to walk for a whole day without food." Montezuma II--During the reign of the great Mexican Emperor Montezuma, cocoa beans were a valuable commodity, even used as currency--When The Church Said "No" to Chocolate--Chocolate ... Food of the Gods?--Rediscover True Hot Chocolate>--Chocolate as an Aphrodisiac--Chocolate Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)----Brief history of chocolate --Sweet discovery for 'chocoholics'--The history of chocolate --Le portail du chocolat : CHOCOLATE MOVIES......Like Water For Chocolate (Como Agua Para Chocolate) --Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory--Chocolat (2000) --MERCI POUR LE CHOCOLAT MURRAY HILL'S Chocolate Brownies RECIPE
Chocolate is a psychoactive food. It is made from the seeds of the tropical cacao tree, Theobroma cacao. The cacao tree was named by the 17th century Swedish naturalist, Linnaeus. The Greek term theobroma means literally "food of the gods". Chocolate has also been called the food of the devil; but the theological basis of this claim is obscure. --The Science of Chocolate --Chocolate on the Brain--Tryptophan is a neutral, genetically coded amino acid. It is essential in human nutrition.--Is there something in turkey that makes you sleepy?--Tryptophan - nature’s answer to Prozac
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Chinese Cabbage, Carrot and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes Ingredients 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic 1 1/2 teaspoon peanut oil 1/2 teaspoon chopped ginger 1/2 cup thinly sliced Chinese cabbage (bok choy) 1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots 1/2 cup broccoli florets, blanched and cut into small pieces freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce Cooking Instructions 1. Heat a skillet or wok large enough to accommodate all the ingredients over medium-high heat. 2. Add the garlic, peanut oil and ginger, and stir quickly for 30 seconds. 3. Raise the heat to high. Add the cabbage, then the carrots, then the broccoli, stirring quickly after each addition. Season with pepper. 4. Add the soy sauce and cook until the vegetables are slightly tender.

The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley Grilled Lemongrass Chicken with Tamarind Peanut Sauce

Yield: 8 portions

For the chicken 2 ea. chicken breasts 1 ea. stalk lemongrass, finely minced 2 ea. Kaffir lime leaves, finely minced 1 clove garlic, finely minced 1 Tbsp. oil Salt and white pepper For the Tamarind Peanut Sauce 2 Tbsp. onion, finely diced 1 Tbsp. The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley Sweet Ginger, thawed ½ cup peanut butter ¼ cup The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley Tracy's Tamarind, thawed ½ cup or more coconut milk Lime juice

Method: Cut the chicken breasts into long strips the length of the breast and ¼ inch thick. Rub the aromatics into the chicken and then thread the strips onto a skewer. Set aside to marinate. Prepare the sauce by sweating the onions in a little oil. Add the ginger, peanut butter, tamarind and coconut milk. Bring to a simmer. Adjust the seasoning with lime juice and salt and pepper. Grill the chicken breasts over a hot fire and serve with the peanut sauce.

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