Why edible wild plants are the epitome of food


Edible wild plants and herbs are a fantastic source of nutrition – naturally organic, they grow with great sunlight, air and soil of the mountains, thus absorbing the best energy of mother nature. There is a wide range of wild plants that can be used not only as food, but also as medicine. How can you make use of this most natural and powerful source of food?

I had the great opportunity to participate in the Wild Plants Workshop by Dr. Michael Machatschek, an expert in this field with over 35 years of experience, a rare and valuable knowledge that he is passionate to pass on.

„How can you ever be sick if you eat wild plants that not only give you great energy, but also heal you at the same time?“

We arrived in the mountains, in Hochkar in Lower Austria, as a group of about 20 persons. The first thing one notices upon getting out of the car was the incredibly fresh, clean and cool air with the beautiful sound of nature – what a cleaning environment for our soul! A wonderful place, where we will spend the following two days.

The program consisted of hiking the beautiful mountains, learning about all edible plants on the go that we encountered and also collecting them.

 

Let me show you three useful plants we learned, starting from the most common one…

Cumin

Cumin

Cumin are the seeds of this delicate plant and are used widely as an ingredient for cooking and baking, mostly used in bread and meat. It aids in weight loss and detox!

Health benefits:

  • purifies your blood
  • warms your stomach
  • improves digestion
  • burns fat reserves

Lady’s mantle

Lady’s mantle earned its name because the leaves of this plant look very much like a lady’s cape when you pluck it and look at it from the bottom. This can be collected, dried and used as tea, preferably for women. The best time to collect them is during Summer.

Health benefits:

  • great against female disorder, such as period pain
  • treats menstropausal symptoms
  • good for your womb
  • recommended before giving birth to decrease labour pain
  • the flowers are sweet smelling and are said to be an aphrodisiac

Bitter milkwort

This blue flower can mobilise heavy metals and thus can prevent a deterioration of your brain. Heavy metals like sticking themselves to fat and our brain consists mostly of fat cells. As this flower only mobilises the heavy metals out of your tissue, you need to drink lots of water for the body to get rid of it naturally through urination.

How to use it:
Put it in alcohol for about four weeks while exposing it to day- and nightlight. You may drink it together with a lot of water throughout the day, otherwise you might damage your brain. So use with caution. (Please note that I cannot be held accountable for any damages that may result from an improper use.)

There are wild plants that are used for medical purposes as seen above, but also many that can be used as vegetables, which we collected a proper amount of during these two days and prepared together in the hotel kitchen to have for lunch and dinner! And they all have great health benefits!

 

This workshop was just perfect for me – educational, useful, fun and above all: Great for my health to be in fresh mountain air & sunlight and to have the freshest and healthiest plants as my source of energy!

Forget-me-not

Forget-me-not <3

How intermittent fasting keeps you fit and healthy

Did you know that digestion consumes the highest amount of energy out of all bodily functions? When too much energy is used for digestion, there will be less available for repair and detox. As a result, we age sooner, get sick easier, and it takes longer for us to heal.

There is a reason why fasting is present in so many cultures. It is not only beneficial for your body, but also for your mind. As a matter of fact, not only will you lose body fat during your fasting period, but you will benefit from greater mental functions. Thus, fasting increases your productivity!

1. What is Intermittent Fasting?

It is a way of eating and scheduling your meals within a period of time. Usually, it means eating within a 6 to 8 hours time frame and not eating for 16 to 18 hours as a result.

2. Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

  • It allows the body to burn stored fat.
  • It increases your productivity.
  • It is a natural way to promote detox.
  • It promotes longevity and anti-aging, because cells become more resilient and thus withstand damage by oxidative stress better.
  • It promotes smoother, firmer skin due to the same above mentioned reason.
  • It reduces your chances of cancer! It might shock you to hear this, but as a matter of fact, our body produces millions of cancer cells EACH day! However, a healthy body can fight them off and fasting promotes healing, as we will have more energy!
  • The same goes for other common diseases such as diabetes or heart problems!
  • It saves time, as you will spend less time cooking, eating, and thinking about what to eat. It frees up time for other important things in life!
  • If you tend to think about food often during the day, then this is the solution! 😉

3. How do you practice Intermittent Fasting?

The best thing about Intermittent Fasting is that you can implement it so easily and really perform it consistently. My method of implementing it is by skipping breakfast and depending on my schedule only to start having my first meal from 12-2pm and have a snack or a dinner at 4-8pm. During the fasting period you are allowed and recommended to drink lots of water or unsweetened tea.

4. My experience with Intermittent Fasting

I tried intermittent fasting for three weeks and it was great in so many ways. Since I previously have tried fasting already, it was relatively easy for me. However, if you are new to fasting, the first few days will probably be difficult, but the good thing is that your body will adjust to it in around three days!

Major differences I noticed during the intermittent fasting period was my overall higher energy level. I had a clearer mind and was more productive, especially in the morning! Moreover, I had more power for a workout! Yes, intermittent fasting made me stronger! I had more free time, as I did not have to think about what to have for breakfast and could do other things for the time I usually spent on having breakfast.

After three weeks of intermittent fasting, I lost body weight, but not overly so, because I gained more muscles (muscles weigh more than fat), as I was working out (lightly) as well. Furthermore, I increased my portion size for my lunch too, so I do not think that I had much less calorie intake than usual. Still, I was recognizably in a much better shape and felt amazing!

 

Conclusion: Intermittent Fasting is easy to implement, stick to and it offers amazing benefits! I can not think of a reason not to try it out yourself. It will be even more efficient if combined with a clean diet!

How to enjoy a lavish feast without feeling stuffed

It is Christmas time and like any festive holiday, we tend to celebrate it with a lavish feast. This certainly applies for the Chinese New Year, which is mainly celebrated by eating with your family and friends.

In this article, I am going to give you some tips on how to eat a generous amount and still feel good afterward! Yes, you can eat a lot without feeling stuffed later on (of course, still up to a certain extent) 😉

So here are my tips…

1) Do not mix high-protein with high-carbs in one meal!

This will make a huge difference and is one of the main principles of food combining. Small amounts of each can be eaten together though 😉

High-protein foods are meat, sea fruits, fish, nuts, seeds etc.
High-carb foods are grains, beans, legumes, bread, pasta, potato etc.

 

Why should you not mix?

Because protein and carbs are digested differently. Protein, when eaten alone requires about 4 hours to digest and carbs 2 hours. However, when eaten together, it can take up to 13 hours. So mixing both will make it more difficult for our body to digest and keep us fuller. In the worst case, it will sit in your stomach, start to ferment, make you feel tired and is a cause of premature aging!

I still remember the time when I had lobster and lots of potato fries in one setting – I could not eat anything else that day…

2)  Avoid/limit fried food

Ever noticed that fried food is served in high amounts in buffet styled restaurants? They are designed to make you full in a fast way in order to keep you from eating too much. So if you want to make the most of your money when heading for buffets, skip the fried food section. They are not healthy anyway 😉

3) Drink tea

It is kind of a Chinese cultural thing to tell each other to „eat more“ whenever one stops eating. So when eating with my Chinese relatives and friends, I have to be really careful and I always try to eat as slowly as possible. Still, each time I say I am full I will be told to drink some tea, so I can keep on eating more! Haha!

And well, in those times I’m persuaded to do so, it really works! In China, we like to drink Pu’er tea to our meals, but any green, chai or herbal tea will aid in your digestion!

4) Chew some ginger

Chinese love to use ginger in their cuisine and it has been regarded as a digestive aid for thousands of years. It is an antioxidant and works anti-inflammatory, which will „relax the gut lining“ and help you avoid digestive problems such as gas, bloating, nausea.

 

In case you still ate too much and feel tired, take a 20min slow walk to aid in your digestion.

I wish you happy holidays and happy feasting! 😉