Saturday, 29 October 2011

Sun Signs and Foods to Eat.....

Health and diet go hand in hand, astrology acknowledges this fact and recommends different types of food to suit different star signs.

march 21 - april 19
ruled by
: mars
: I am
You’re first in the Zodiac for a reason... the rest of us depend on you to take the lead and field the hits. Mars in your ruling planet intensifies your already abundant energy and draw on the spotlight. You’re foodie birthrights are no exception... furious hunger, fast food, no fuss. Keep the flow balanced by embracing leisure time. Your playful spirit makes you a joy to be around when you can slow down long enough for others to see it. The entrance of Uranus in Aries for the next seven years spurs curiosity in unique areas - the perfect time to explore new hobbies. Enter a local cooking contest. Food is the perfect outlet for your creativity and it doesn’t talk back! Win, win.

Your pairing: Flame grilled, cocoa-spice rubbed NY strip and lobster tail with roasted asparagus and caramelized lemons paired with a peppery Zinfandel.
• You can’t always fight illness with willpower… force yourself to rest more to keep energy charged.
• Hungry in a hurry isn’t a healthy combination, try to plan for meals ahead of time to mitigate crankiness!
• Make sure you have lots of bright color on your plate: spices and ethnic foods, or just put purple food coloring in your oatmeal!
Ariens are more prone to headaches and blocked sinuses. When levels of salt in the body goes down, they may feel down and depressed.
Should have: Dried apricots, bananas, figs, broccoli, beans, brussels sprouts, spinach, cauliflower, cucumber, pumpkins, brown rice, lentils, veal, swordfish and walnuts.


Hear's a tune you'll soon be humming!
april 20 - may 20
ruled by: venus
status: I have
You are a musical being who loves potatoes. Yes, even though you tend to be a mass of contradictions
, it's that simple.
You love beauty, converastion, and fine things. These traits transfer nicely to your foodie birthrights... good service, good food, good value. You equally embrace traditional or exotic cooking and you don't like to repeat your recipies. Of course, you're so stubborn, your best bet is to host the dinner party so your guests can't disagree with you!
The bonus is... you're GREAT COOKS!
Of course, Chef Cosmo is a Taurus!
Taureans can bloat when stressed out.
Should have: Nuts, eggs, seafood, spinach, green salads, cranberries and kidney beans.


Two by two you travel through life!
may 21 to june 20
ruled by: mercury
status: I think

quickfire: Whoa! You're probably reading this on your iPhone en route to your next 'to do'... stop for just a minute and breathe. I promise your world won't disolve like a warp in the Matrix. You are constantly on the go, multi-tasking with moody flair.
By all foodie birthrights, your favorite foods can be eaten while walking, blogging, or debating. Your liberal nature and quick mind makes you a sought after companion for all entertaining activities. Learn to graze, you'll love the scenery.
The triple wallop of two eclipses and Mercury entering your sign this month deepens the depth of your duality. People perceive your extra easygoing charm, but your relentless pursuit of life is fully engaged. Talk less, listen more. Shifting the focus away from you actually reaps many benefits.
Continue your quest for work/life balance by making summer vacation plans early and be sure to include lots of me-time. Since you are happier reading a cookbook on your iPad than actually cooking a meal, maybe a trip to one of the trending food truck Meccas like Portland, Austin, or San Francisco is in order.

Your pairing: Grilled turkey and Swiss burger with fennel slaw and a grassy Fumé Blanc
The people belonging to this star sign get easily stressed out. They should stay away from caffeine and too much alcohol.
Should have: Asparagus, grapefruit, almonds, shellfish, apples, oranges, peaches, plums, milk, buttermilk and cottage cheese.

cancer - june 21 - july 22
ruled by: the moon
status: I feel

quick fire: Our crab-people LOVE their shells and rely on their whole astro-chart to crack them open. The rest of us couldn't survive without these home-loving, sensitive, nurturing, possessive, domestic crustaceons. You are at your best when you are comforting others with food. You derail everyone's diets with love. Your friends will have to drag you out to restaurants, but once there, you are the lifeline of the party and grateful that they made the effort (as long as no one hurts your feelings!)
Those belonging to this star sign need to watch out for overeating especially when emotionally worked up.
Should have: Grapes, oranges, melon, strawberries, blueberries, lettuce, parsley, lemongrass, fish and shellfish.

leo - july 23 -august 22
ruled by: the sun

status: I will
quick fireMangiare is not just the Italian verb for 'to eat'.
Mangia! is the passionate cry that sounds the beginning of every Italian meal with outstretched arms and huge smiles. A Leo must have started this tradition. You are a community cat, magnetic and generous... especially when you have an audience. You love the best of everything and your foodie birthright is no exception. Bask in the warmth of hosting great meals, you're always a crowd pleaser!
Low-fat levels are essential to keep you healthy.
Should have: Almonds, whole wheat, dates, walnuts, raisins, beetroot, coconuts, lemons, peaches, pears, figs, beef, seafood, lamb and asparagus.

virgo - august 23 - september 22
ruled by: mercury
status: I analyze
quick fire: Recipe dissection is a favorite pastime for our analytical Virgoans. You are likely to be a vegetarian or have acute tendencies toward certain food philosophies. Your foodie birthright is a nourishing diet of nuts, grains, beans, seeds and plain yogurt... boring! It's okay, someone has to keep us healthy! Avoid noisy crowds, they cause stress and disturb your perfectionist eating rituals. You are benevolent to a fault... tweeting your generous spirit helps our world evolve.
Virgos tend to worry easily and this takes a toll on their digestive system. They also have to watch out for flaky scalps, fatigue and dry skin.
Should have: Oats, whole wheat grain breads, melon, papaya, oranges, bananas, cottage cheese and eggs.

september 23 - october 22
ruled by: venus

status: I balance

Libra's proverbial passionate soul makes them the ultimate foodie. You require lots of texture in your foods, friends, and environments. Your need to constantly engage your senses motivates you to experience many cultural and exotic foods and just as many variations of people.
You love to orchestrate events and create experiences, engaging your vast networks. We all appreciate these skills, but please... learn to reign in your inner-control freakieness and the world will truly see through your rose-colored glasses and enjoy the social ride.
Libra StarChefs:
Emeril Lagassi, Robert Irvine, and Thomas Keller
Libras should avoid drinking too much and consuming processed foods in excess.
Should have: Strawberries, beetroot, corn, carrots, apples, raisins, poultry, seafood, low-fat cheese and yoghurt.

october 23 - november 21
ruled by: mars
status: I create
Scorpio is the only Sun Sign that can make sleazy the new fine dining experience. You love dark, secluded, mysterious places where you can be incognito and embrace your wild side.
Your intense extremes motivate you toward harsh diets. Give yourself a break and indulge in more of your favorite foodie experiences, which will include spicy red sauces, rich seafoods, and lots of proteins... oh, and cocktails.
You keep us on our toes and enrich our spheres!
star bytes:
Determined and forceful
Powerful and passionate
Exciting and magnetic
Jealous and resentful
Compulsive and obsessive
Secretive and obstinate
Scorpios have to deal with emotional stress and also suffer from infections.
Should have: Cheese, artichokes, watercress, milk, yogurt, walnuts, almonds, pineapple and prunes.

november 22 - december 21
ruled by: jupiter
status: I understand

Encarta defines abundance as a fullness of spirit that overflows. That is you, Sag, in loads. Your free spirit craves travel and you adore foreign foods as long as you can find the locals' hangout. You love to be entertained while eating... good jokes or dinner theater, either works fine. Keep the overindulgence in check, except for your famous, first-class backyard barbecues!

People belonging to this star sign tend to gain weight on the thighs and hips. They should also lower their alcohol intake and keep fat levels low.
Should have: Oranges, plums, strawberries, figs, brussels sprouts, cherries, asparagus, green peppers, potatoes and tomatoes, oats, eggs, whole grain cereal, skimmed milk, fish and yoghurt.


december 22 - january 19
ruled by: saturn
status: I use
quick fire: Who says you can't mix business with pleasure? You are a networking, connecting, climbing, dogmatic, misunderstood overachiever! In order to sustain this momentum you need hearty traditional sustenance. You are uncomfortable with self-indulgence and whims... so ask your friends to calendar reminders to inspire you to treat yourself. A great meal is the perfect reward for all of your hard work!
Capricorns should have foods rich in calcium.
Should have: Broccoli, figs, oranges, lemons, cabbage, peas, potatoes and spinach, brown rice, oats, almonds, walnuts, eggs, fish, cheese, buttermilk and yoghurt.

january 20 - february 18
ruled by: uranus
status: I know

quickfire: You are living in a time zone ahead of the rest of us happily surrounded by a fray of eclectic friends and family dysfunction. You are innovative, smart, rebelious, and talkative. You will try anything and hate breakfast (for breakfast). You love all of the cooking gizmos, gadgets, and futuristic methods, especially when you can use them to remake a tradition. Your foodie birthrights feed this stream with lots of weird food, strangely connected dinner guests from a smartphone full of great friends who adore hanging out with you.
More than any other sign, Aquarians bring humans together, so what better way to accomplish that than to cook for them!
Aquarian StarChefs!Paula Deen (1/19)
Guy Fieri (1/22)
Michael Chiarello (1/26)
Lydia Bastianich (2/2)
Ina Garten (2/2)
Aaron Sanchez (2/12)
Paul Bocuse (2/11)
Aquarians may suffer from high blood pressure.
Should have: Peaches, pears, figs, lemons, dates, figs, pomegranates, cabbage, strawberries, corn, celery, peppers, radishes, tomatoes, lentils, brown rice, walnuts, almonds, chicken, veal, clams, lobster and tuna.

february 19 - march 20
ruled by: neptune

status: I believe

Pisces all-stars are the compassionate psychic blend of all the Sun Signs paired with uncany insight and imagination. You believe in everyone and everything, which makes you a sensitive, caring friend. People love to share meals with you, there's always great music, warm aesthetics, and lots of bubbles. Luckily they will always be patient while you change your mind on which entrée 
to have... several times! If you could have dinner and a massage at the same time, you'd totally do it!
Your month:Two important concepts for you to embrace right now: 1. Relax-time grounds you so creativity can harvest greatest results… spend time away from the fray with simple pleasures like cooking, writing, mixology, and dancing, and 2. You never know which hobby will become a career; use your innate über instincts to open the possibilities. A beach picnic with oysters and bubbles is the ticket in any season… the full moon in Virgo on 19th illuminates relationships – bundle up and enjoy time with friends!
Your pairing: Plank grilled trout with Asti caper tapenade and a spicy arugula salad paired with a crispy Tyler Florence Sauvignon Blanc.

Purpose: envision, we depend on your magical insight to spark creativity
Gift: empathy, your compassion gives safe haven
Challenge: indecision inhibits your forward movement
Affirmation“I am true to myself and grateful for my resources.”

StarChefs: Tyler Florence, Jeff Smith, Anne Burrell, Scott Conant, Jean-Christophe Novelli
People belonging to this zodiac sign are prone to colds, flu and infections.
Should have: Lamb, chicken, oysters, dried beans, whole grain cereals, oranges, beetroot, lettuce, onions, spinach, apples, dates, apricots, grapes, lemons, peaches and prunes.

Tea for Slimming

Researchers at Kobe University, Japan found that regular consumption of tea also suppressed damaging changes in the blood linked to fatty foods that can lead to type 2 diabetes, reports theDaily Mail. 

In the study some mice were given a high fat diet and others a normal diet. Each of these two groups were then split into smaller groups and given water, black tea or green tea for 14 weeks.

Both types of tea suppressed body weight gain and the build-up of belly fat linked to a fatty diet. 

But black tea, which is used in most ordinary cuppas, also counteracted the harmful effects on the blood normally associated with a high-fat diet. 

These included increases in cholesterol, high blood glucose and insulin resistance - a precursor to type 2 diabetes where the body does not efficiently use the insulin it produces. 

The study was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 

Benefits of Carrots

There's something about the carrot. Eat it raw, and it gives you refreshing energy. You can also cook it. Full of Vitamin A, they are easily available. On a winter afternoon, it's blissful to curl up with a book and a piece of carrot cake. And if you love your share of Indian sweets then nothing can beat a plate of gajar ki halwa. You would be surprised to know the number of dishes and desserts that you could make with this vegetable. Saute carrots, cauliflower, spinach in olive oil and enjoy your share of vegetables.
Carrots are considered a goldmine of natural vitamins and nutrients. Among other raw vegetable juices, carrot juice is a sure shot winner. Carrot juice is known for its excellent cleansing effects and, in addition, it was considered a good remedy for constipation and fatigue.
As we all know, no other vegetable contains as much beta-carotene as carrots. In our body, beta-carotene is converted into Vitamin A, which assists in improving our eyesight and the functioning of our immune system, strengthening our bones and teeth, preventing possible problems with the functioning of the thyroid gland.
Carrot juice has very good anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous and anti-aging properties. Carotene is a known anti-oxidant, which can prevent degenerative processes in the cells and has great anti-aging effects. Also, drinking raw carrot juice can be helpful for lowering the symptoms of stresses and normalizing the function of your digestive system.
You can mix carrot juice with beetroot juice and spinach. Wake up in the morning to this tonic and it will be a joyful health ride for you.