Throw away you Juice, Water PET Plastic bottles. DON’T REUSE.

We know plastic if consumed is hazardous to our health. But many don’t identify with the plastics they use as food storage containers. This article will help you identify safe storage plastics and plastics that should not be reused. There is no microwavable plastics addressed in this writing. When we reuse particular plastics such as PET or PETE in food packaging, microwaving food unaware of the type of plastic you use or exposing water bottle with water for a long time to sun for days causes leaching of toxic chemicals into the food in the plastic container or bottle. There are three types of plastics that circle our everyday lives. Regardless I had listed all.

What toxic chemical leaches into food during reuse?

Bis-phenol A (BPA) is the main toxic chemical leaches into the food substance. Bis-phenyl A is an estrogen-mimicking chemical which can lead to lot of health problems like diabetes, obesity, fertility problems, behavioural problems and early puberty in girls.

PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)

Code 1 plastic

All the beverages, juices and water bottles are packed in PET bottles. These carry the plastic code 1 and are often used for products like salad dressing, peanut butter, and jelly jars.

It’s intended for single use only.

Repeated use increases the risk of leaching and bacterial growth.

PET may leach carcinogens (cancer causing substances)

PET bottles are not recycled to make new Beverage bottles. They are crushed and shredded into small flakes which are reprocessed to make new PET bottles or spun into polyster fiber.

PET bottles of Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Spirited drinks, water bottles and juice bottles SHOULD NOT BE REUSED.

HDPE (High Density Polyethylene)

Code 2 Plastic

It is used to make milk containers, huge juice containers, detergent boxes, oil bottles, toys, cleaning solution containers, shopping bags and freezing bags.

It’s recycled in large proportion.

It is considered one of the safest forms of plastic.

HDPE plastic is very hard wearing and does not breakdown under exposure to sunlight or extreme heating or freezing.

The American Chemistry Council agrees that it is safe to reuse HDPE bottles and containers.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)

Code 3 plastic

PVC is a soft, flexible plastic used to make clear plastic food wrapping, oil bottles, teething rings, children’s toys, computer cables, plastic pipes etc.

It withstands harsh weather condition. It’s not used with food substances as it’s called Poison plastic. It contains numerous toxic chemicals that could leach out its entire life cycle.

It’s a non recyclable plastic in highest percent.

Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)

Code 4 Plastic

It’s used in plastic bags, squeezable bottles, bread packages, grocery bags.

It’s not recyclable. That’s alarming because it’s widely used.

Reusable but not recyclable. It stays in the environment for unconditional days.

Citric acid or acidic effect from packaged lemons, oranges and tomatoes can initiate leaching of chemical substances from the plastic package.

What can be done?!!

Avoid reuse of water bottles and beverage bottles.

Instead carry reusable water bottles.

Avoid plastic bags and promote fabric alternatives.

Don’t encourage restaurants to pack hot takeaways such as Currys and Biryani in plastic containers.Its cancerous.

Why code 1, 2, 3, 4 for plastics?

The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) established a classification system in 1988 to allow consumers and recyclers to identify different types of plastic. Manufacturers place an SPI code, or number, on each plastic product, usually moulded into the bottom.

Remember the code and be cautious.

AVOID PLASTICS

Deal Stress and Anxiety with healthy diet

Stress and anxiety could be dealt with healthy diet plans. The hormones that are responsible for the stress and anxiety is cortisol. It’s a steroid hormone which is released in blood to perform certain functions. When cortisol is released in blood for prolonged period of time it causes stress. Certain food intake triggers the release of cortisol. So you need to be so cautious about the food choices. There are certain foods that could bring down stress.

Stress causes the following

Weight gain, high blood pressure, sleep problems, a weakened immune system vulnerable to infections, lack of energy, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, brain fog and memory problems.

Foods that helps to calm you

Yoghurt is a probiotics that helps the gut bacteria. All fermented foods like cheese, Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Soy products, Kefir and rice milk.

Fatty Fishes like Salmon, Mackerel, Sardines, Trout and Herring.

Vitamin D supplements helps in mood disorder.

Eggs

Pumpkin seeds which balances and manages blood pressure. Regulates electrolyte balance.

Dark chocolates helps to release serotonin, a mood enhancing neurotransmitter.

Brazil nuts

Turmeric reduces inflammation and oxidative stress. Add it in your food and drinks.

Chamomile Tea intake helps. Higher doses of chamomile doesn’t affect.

Green Tea intake helps. It contains amino acid Theanine which helps in mood disorder by increasing the production of serotonin and dopamine.

almonds

Almonds are rich in Vitamin E

Turkey meat has tryptophan, an amino acid which produces serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical neurotransmitter that helps with mood, sleep, memory and behaviour.

Chia seeds are rich in Omega-3s.

Protein sources such as lean meat and dairy helps in the release of serotonin.

Spinach and Swiss Chard are high in Magnesium.

Asparagus with healthy dips like salsa, hummus and bean dip. Ketchups have loaded sugars.

Avocado are rich in Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E. Vitamin B plays a crucial role in the release of serotonin which causes the calming effect. Vitamin E, a fat soluble vitamin helps in cognition, widening of blood vessels and in the formation of red blood cells.

Blue berries are rich in Vitamin C which helps with anxiety and stress. It repairs and protects cells. It’s a healthy option to satiate your sugar craving.

Sweet potatoes helps too with stress. To satiate your sugar craving it’s a healthy option.

Kale or Arugula is rich in antioxidants which will boost your mood. It’s rich in beta-carotene and Vitamin C which are needed to boost anti-oxidant levels and supports optimal brain functioning.

Cinnamon is anti-inflammatory.

Black tea

Soluble fibers

Fish oil, a best source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Ashwagandha, a herb available in Asian markets treats anxiety.

Matcha tea which tastes like beer.

Fresh meats with quick package dates are better.

Maca roots , a Peruvian plant for stress control.

Apple cider vinegar 3tbsp in water per day controls insomnia, anxiety and blood sugar level.

Bananas

Oats for breakfast

Citrus fruits

Do’s and Don’ts

Avoid excess sugar. Sweets and sweeteners (hidden sugars) in processed foods increases the cortisol level.

Caffeine in all forms increases stress/cortisol level in blood.Avoid drinking coffee.

Maintain a healthy diet.

7-8 hrs of sleep.

Regular exercise.

Maintain a social circle of friends and loved ones.

Make time for yourself, rest and relaxation.

Learn meditation techniques.

Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals — molecules produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

When inflammation occurs, chemicals from the body’s white blood cells are released into the blood or affected tissues to protect your body from foreign substances. This release of chemicals increases the blood flow to the area of injury or infection, and may result in redness and warmth.

Chicken gravy

Chicken recipe

Sesame oil- 3tbsp
Cardamom pods- 3 or 4
Cinnamon sticks – 3 or 4
Cloves-5 pods
Bay leaves-3
Fennel seeds few
Large white onions- 3
Sauté it till translucent
Ginger garlic paste-1 and half tbsp
Tomatoes-2
Sauté it well till mushy
Lid it.
Add powders
Cummin powder-2tsp
Fennel powder-2tsp
Coriander- 2 tsp
sauté it well
Add a little water
Add potatoes
Add chicken 1kg
Mix it well and lid it
Low flame.
Garnish it with mint and coriander leaves.

Lamb Curry

Lamb recipe

Marination Mix:
1tsp turmeric
1tsp chilli powder
2tsp salt
1lime juice
2tbsp yogurt
coriander leaves
mint leaves
Each finely chopped.
Make a paste out of it of all.
Mix 1kg of lamb
Marinate 2-3 hours.

Heat the pan.
Use 2tbsp oil in low flame
Add 8 cardamom pods
8 Cloves
2-3 Bay leaves
2 small cinnamon sticks
1tsp fennel seeds
1tsp Cummin seeds
After a gentle stir add 2 Onion finely chopped.
Sauté it until it turns translucent.

Add some salt at this point to hasten the process.

Add finely chopped tomato
1-2 big tomato (one tomato if you are adding tamarind juice)

Low flame till tomato is mushy.
Add tamarind juice(made of 1tbsp of dried tamarind)

Add garam masala 1tbsp
Coriander powder 2 tbsp
Mix well.
Add little water if it is getting sticky at the bottom.

Add marinated lamb and gently mix with the base.
Add green chillies vertically slit 3-4 depending on how hot you like it.
Allow it to cook in medium-high heat until the meat is cooked.

(Tamarind juice: can be made by soaking dry tamarind in hot water for 10minutes, squeeze out all the chunk and add only the juice)

Garam masala Ready made available.
If not add 4 cardamom, 4 clove,1tsp Cummin,1tsp pepper, 1bay leaf, small stick of cinnamon mix it in blender.

Ginger garlic paste ready made available in shop if not blend equal quantity of ginger and garlic in a blender.

Muesli substitutes sugars from fruits (reference)

  1.  Eating muesli regularly can improve your heart health can improve significantly. Muesli contains oat bran which has fibre beta-glucan. Beta-glucan can help lower cholesterol by 10%.
  2. It promotes weight loss – Muesli is low in sugar and contains fewer calories. The sweetness in muesli comes from the fruits, which are healthy and nutritious. Thus by eating it, you don’t add pounds but lose weight.