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Less obvious than how it sounds, The secret to make a good cup of coffee and tea, considering the second most important ingredient

I was in a local bar in Naples when I made a compliment on how good was the coffee and the barista kindly explained to me that the secret was the water!
Was the first time hearing something like that so I was curious about this answer, and the reason it's because the tap water from Naples it's usually very pure and low in minerals
Thinking about this, actually makes sense that all the waters don't taste the same and just considering  the varieties of minerals you can have in the water really changes a lot from places to places or from different brands, and each mineral changes the taste of it, therefore since this is basically the other half as ingredient for any kind of coffee or tea, it means that changes the taste too!
As a personal experience, I can say that the taste of the coffee of the same brand was different in Naples compared to the one I usually had in Rome (where I grew up)
So what did change ?
Immediately I can recall that the tap water in Romeit's famous to be…

How to make KENKEY (fermented maze dumpling) calories and recipe. also called KORMI or DORKUNU

WHAT IS IT ?


Simple and tasty, Originally from Western Africa.
It is similar to sourdough dumplings and could be served with soup, stew or grilled fish.
The only thing to consider is the preparation that requires few days for the fermentation process



HOW TO MAKE IT:

You can find lot of recipes and videos online if you want something more elaborate.
This is a simplified version:



Ingredients:
- 2 cups of cornmeal 

- 1 table spoon of corn starch 

- dry corn husks 



put the cornmeal and starch in a bowl add warm water (same amount like the cornmeal so 2 cups in this case)stir for a smooth doughcover the bowl and leave it for 2 days in a warm place (fermentation)Now that the dough is ready, scrap any mould formed Separately in a container Boil 2 cups of water and add salt inland after that put half of the dough in the water and mix it for 10 min (medium heat)after 10 min. remove it from heat but continue to mix/stirdivide the dough in 3 portions and put them onto corn husksnow we have to make the ball…

10 cal fruit jelly one of the snack lowest in sugar and calories, also suitable for vegetarian

One of the first snack alternative I usually discuss with patients is this one:

The low sugar Jelly



WHY?


Suitable for vegetarian, which means is suitable for lot of different dietary choices that could be due to religion or ethic reasons, but I would recommend to always double check the label to confirm this.
Flexible to mix with other products like yogurt or even ice cream, to still have something that you like but with a considerable reduced amount of sugars and calories
Easy to transport as a snack when you are out to avoid a high in calories snacks from the shop


 Doesn't require any preparation at all



WHICH ONE TO CHOOSE:

There are different brands let's see the differences:


Hartley's 10 cal jelly:Calories: between 5 and 10 calories depending on the flavour
Sugar: 0.1 gr
Fat:  0.1 gr
Protein: 0.1 gr
Flavours:  - Lime - Mango - Orange - Blueberry - Cranberry - Raspberry - Strawberry - Watermelon - Lemon Cheesecake
Extra tip: just pay attention to not confuse with the 50 calories or …

How to reduce Fructose in your daily intake if needed (due to intolerance or restrictions for instance) and fruit naturally high and low in fructose:

Fructose could be found in a variety of products in an elevated amount as a syrup or simple sugar for example


WHY COULD BE UNHEALTHY?

Keeping in my mind that the dose is making the difference, we are not talking about fruits and veggies which the amount could be included in a healthy diet.

A high amount of this can increase extra fat disposition and insulin resistance.

Another important note is the level of satiety which is low, it basically means that you need more of these kind of product to fill full and satisfied which also means a bigger portion/calories



FOOD HIGH IN FRUCTOSE:

LOW FAT YOGURT  (always check the label because some brands are claiming a low fat product without mentioning a higher amount of sugars/fructose)
DRESSING ( like Ketchup and Mayonneise )
FLAVOURED OR SWEETENED MILK
CANNED FRUIT
FIZZY DRINKS 
JUICE

As you can notice once again reading label is important to be aware about the content and the amount of certain products, fructose included.
Now if you do suffer of a se…

Diabetes type 3 and NHS Diabetes prevention programme

Prevention it's always better than any future treatment
Working in the NHS Diabetes prevention programmemade me realise how important it is to always look in a long term perspective to avoid any further complications

Doesn't matter if you are feeling young and invincible right now or have you just been diagnosed with Diabetes (even borderline)

The point is that an "investment" made on yourself to get healthier will be paid off with many interests in the future and the only person to benefit from this is yourself 


You might have heard already about:


Diabetes type 1: It happens when the body can't produce enough insulin 
Diabetes type 2: The body develops insulin resistence or is not produced enough 
But maybe you didn't hear about:
Diabetes type 3: An insulin resistance that could trigger Alzheimer's disease, because of the complications from the chemical imbalances (to not be confused with type 3c) PRACTICAL ADVICE:
Now the takeaway is how important is the pre…

How do you eat your meal? Part 2: Place and other Distractions. MINDFULNESS

In the first part we discussed about Speed and Perception while you are eating

Here is the link in case you want to have a look:
https://bettercallsaf.blogspot.com/2020/03/how-do-you-eat-your-meal-part-1-speed.html


Now in this second part we will discuss about other two main points included in the MINDFULNESS:



- PLACE: 


It does matter, just take a moment to think about a meal consumed at home and the same exact meal and portion consumed at work, the perception we have is different and also how much was satisfying and filling could be perceived differently.

So try to plan ahead where you can have your meal in peace without getting distracted and being able to focus and enjoy more your food

Now even at home the place could make the difference, sitting on a table with a right posture it does help to be more mindful, applying a simple rule: When you eat JUST eat.

Sounds too simple but getting distracted by something in some other places, like the TV in another room or just the Laptop at work…

Get rewards to walk (free): update on SWEATCOINS. Main improvements

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We discussed about this application in a previous post, almost a year ago (link at the bottom)
But it might be something new if you started to follow this page just recently
To summarise: It's a totally free app that gives you reward for walking! (with no other implications)


I wanted to make this post because there are some update and improvements and this could be a very good reason to increase your steps and activity everyday.


Main improvements:


- It counts ALL the steps,included the one indoor, so no excuses if you can't leave home, as far you are keeping your phone in your pocket or using a connected smart watch, it will count every single step.


- More rewards, as discussed previously sometimes is not easy to keep the motivation, especially in the long run, but as simple as it sounds, getting rewards for your efforts and having targets (like your daily amount of steps to reach) it really can make the difference in the long term.

- It is now a " positive healthy loop&quo…

Doing groceries during a lockdown or quarantine and alternatives when the shelves in the groceries are empty

These are challenging times to make dietetic changes, because of the Covid-19 outbreak people started to panic buying, leaving the shelves empties so some patients shared their feelings with me on how hard is now to find the product they are looking for and to make a healthy choice when actually there are no choices left on the shelves of the groceries.

So let's find some practical solution in this kind of situation, and I really hope that this post will be used just for this time during the Coronavirus outbreak and will not be necessary again in the future, because the situation as we can all agree is not the best.



FIRST SOLUTION: Convenient store/ ethnic shops

Majority of people prefer to do their groceries in traditional supermarkets chains because they can find more products and branded products too, but that's why during this time the convenient store or the ethnic shop could be still full of products because is not the first choice when we think on where to do the groceri…

Covid-19: Recipes, Dietetic advice and false myths, in collaboration with Ariel (RD in Taiwan)

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First of all there is not a cure or a sure prevention for the virus yet, so all of these is to help to boost your immune system and prevent malnutrition which might be helpful in lot of circumstances, this one included

But we need to be careful on all the misinformation and myths circulating on the internet, on desperate time like this, we still need to check the sources before believing in what we find online because anyone can give an opinion and some of them could be misleading

Here some myths and fake news I have found that are NOT true and  is just made to clickbait:


Some of the most dangerous are: drinking bleach or snorting cocaine can cure the virus, which is absolutely FALSEVitamin C unfortunately will not prevent to catch the virusOregano oil is not a cure against the virusLot of video showing food to avoid in order to not catch the virus are made without any scientifically proof, so not trustworthy at all
Always check for reliable sources/articles.


As mentioned before nutritio…

Mindfulness How do you eat your meal ? Part 1: speed and perception/excuses

Sounds like a silly question but is notWith my personal experience talking with colleagues and psychologist in my team I found that
The psychological side while making long term lifestyle changes is always underrated

Is not only about calories and numbers.

We need to consider how these calories are introduced.
These tips might help to be more mindful and self aware in this journey which is never meant to be a temporary extreme diet, instead has to be a doable/keepable change aiming for a long term success.

SPEED:
How quickly do you eat?
Think about your different meals and snacks during the day and simply try to:
- slow down
- enjoy more the food
- chew longer and taste more the food you are having 



These small things will actually make a difference at the end of the day:

- You will notice how you don't need to always finish everything on the plate.
- Keep always your health as first reason for anything, wasting food is never ok but better than overeating each time, and just keep in mind t…