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Preview of our cookbook.

So, today we met up with our photographer in a sunny Stockholm and started to take photos for our next book  – the cookbook. We would, of course, have loved to show you all the pictures, but then it wouldn’t be any surprise at all when the book is launched this fall. What about a compromise? What about us showing you some behind the scenes-pictures today?

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The yummiest meatballs we’ve ever tried (without meat, of course). We will never cook any other meatballs after having tried these little munchies.

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An extremely tasty and anti-inflammatory soup with red chili, coconut milk and cilantro. And best of all: the soup takes under, and this is not a joke, three minutes to make.

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The best part of writing a cookbook is all food you have to eat. See that creamy, salty peanut butter sauce on the salad? OMG.

IMG_3896Then our lovely French intern Hema-Lou and Lina ran out to catch some Vitamine D. And now it’s time to cook a Jerusalem artichoke soup and Food Pharmacy’s Bridge mix. What that is? Well, time will tell (if you buy our cookbook, ha ha).

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Healthy gut flora = a protection against Alzheimer’s?

Do we really need to give you another reason to take care of your gut flora? Well, if you say so? Ok, here we go: Alzheimer’s disease. 

The other week, we read an article in the Swedish newspaper about a new study that suggests good gut bacteria may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. If you don’t know what Alzheimer’s is, it is the most common type of dementia – in Sweden, more than 100 000 people are suffering from the disease. Alzheimer’s is hereditary, even age and lifestyle matter, but other than that, what actually triggers Alzheimer’s has so far been unknown. But, according to the article in Sydsvenskan, scientists say that problems arise when an unbalanced gut flora, as a result of unhealthy eating habits, causes inflammation in your body. The first step, in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, is that plaques build up between nerve cells in the hippocampal region (the hippocampus is a part of the brain that’s primarily associated with memory), and then spread to other parts of the brain. Now that they’ve discovered that unhealthy gut bacteria can accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s disease, the scientists want to determine the kind of bacteria involved in the development of plaques.

– Previously, we haven’t been able to influence the development of Alzheimer’s, other than by giving drugs that reduce the symptoms. But now, we’re actually able to act and prevent the disease from occurring. If we’re able to delay the development of the disease, we might also be able to keep people from getting the disease in the first place. And, you’re able to do so by changing your eating habits, and ensuring you have strong and protective gut flora, says Frida Håk Hållenius, associate professor at Food for Health Science Center, Lund University, Sweden.

Wow. What a breakthrough for research on Alzheimer’s disease.

If you know any kind of Swedish, you can read the full article here: https://www.sydsvenskan.se/2017-02-10/vissa-tarmbakterier-kan-ge-alzheimer



Recipes

No-bake apple pie bites.

On Monday we will shoot the first set of pictures for our cookbook, which means we’re busy trying out new recipes. For example, we’re on the hunt for a really good recipe for quick bites, you know, a healthier alternative to rice cakes on day trips and excursions.
So, we tossed together 1 apple, 1 tbsp ceylon cinnamon, a handful of almonds (preferably soaked), a pinch of pure vanilla powder and 5 dates, and processed everything into a chunky dough. Added a cup of oat flakes, and scooped out tablespoon sized amounts of the mixture, and rolled into somewhat round balls. Rolled each ball in coconut flakes.
Yummy, and then the bites were gone. How are they ever gonna last until it’s actually time for a day trip? Well, at least we managed to take some pictures before we ate them all.


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We can’t handle another story about the effects of sugar on a child’s body, can you?

Mia looks up from the computer and turns towards Lina.

– I don’t get it.

– What?

– According to a study made by Novus, that has examined weight and eating habits among children and young adults from 2003 to 2016, one in three parents in Sweden (31%) is concerned about their children’s sugar intake.

– Yes…?

– Yes, and at the same time we keep letting them have sugary foods, in fact more than ever. The Swedish National Food Administration recommends that added (white, processed) sugar should not make up more than 10 percent of your total calorie intake for the day, equivalent to 18 kilograms of sugar per person per year. The truth is, we eat a lot more than twice as much – 48 kilograms of sugar per person per year.

– Yes, that’s definitely odd.

Mia looks down at her computer again.

– Maybe people are tired of all the warnings and negative reports.

Lina takes a sip of her Matcha tea.

– Then they should see “Mitt sockersöta barn” (“My sugary sweet child”). A Swedish documentary that approaches this issue differently, and leaves no one unaffected.

– Oh, I’ve read about it. Is it good?

– Awesome! They make a grown man, Thomas Skoglund, eat and live like a five year old for a week and they’ve fit the proportions so that they match an adult’s size. When a five year old gets an ice cream, the adult gets 2.5 ice creams, and so on.

-Oh, that’s clever.

– Yes, and when you see the huge amount of ice cream and candy that’s needed in order for the man to meet the same proportional intake, it’s so very clear what bizarre amount of sugar we give to our children.

– Oh, I love that.

– In the documentary, Thomas Skoglund tells us about the quick rush of energy you get from sugar, and the equally quick lows you experience afterwards. He tells us about the blood sugar rollercoaster and the heavy mood swings, and how he lost all his energy and joy of living due to this sugary diet.

Lina takes another sip.

– In the morning, he had a way too sugary breakfast, juice and cereal, and then some soup and yoghurt at kindergarten. In the grocery store, he got some banana and a sweet smoothie, which raised the energy levels a lot. But when it was time for dinner he barely managed to eat.

– Well, makes sense… We put such high expectations on our kids, but we don’t offer them the right conditions. It’s a wonder they cope at all. Can we link to the documentary here on our blog?

– Absolutely! Here you go: http://mittsockersotabarn.story.aftonbladet.se. But unfortunately, it’s in Swedish.

– Oh.



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Can you overdose on vitamin D?

First, you panic thinking you might have vitamin D deficiency. So you take vitamin D supplements. But then, you panic again and worry you might have taken too much. This is just way too difficult. Seriously, what’s the deal here? 

Our dear professor Stig Bengmark taught us early on that vitamin D deficiency has been associated with many diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, MS, depression and infertility. Studies show that vitamin D is necessary to activate the immune system, but also a good weapon against an overactive immune system, which is the source of autoimmune disease. In Sweden, a majority of the population suffers from low levels of vitamin D, at least during the winter, and this seems to be a pattern in other countries as well: more than half of the British and the American population are low in vitamin D, and over 10 % suffer from more pronounced vitamin D deficiency.

According to an article in the Swedish magazine Science Illustrated, a daily dose of 20 minutes of sunshine is enough to reach ideal vitamin D levels, during the summertime. And 20 minutes in the sun gives you approximately 250 micrograms – 50 times more than the daily dose of five mcg that is recommended by many authorities. As we move down the page, we understand that, in order for us to reach that same amount of vitamin D from other sources than the sun, you would need a daily dose of a) one kilogram of salmon, b) 50 glasses of milk, or c) 50 multivitamin supplements. The article refers to studies showing that a healthy person would need an intake of 1000 micrograms of vitamin D, in order for it to cause vomiting, headache, or heart disease.

We believe that you should never overdose on anything, but it’s pretty clear that the problem in this case isn’t overdosing, but quite the opposite. Professor Stig himself eats a higher dose of vitamin D than what’s recommended by the Swedish National Food Administration – 5000 IU daily, all year round – which is equivalent to 125 micrograms.

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Back in Stockholm.

Yesterday morning two tired, inspired, red cheeked bloggers landed in Sweden. It´s been three quite busy days in Poland. We have done about ten interviews, a commercial för Cosmopolitan (the magazine, not the cocktail), a three hour long tv-show and a book signing. And, on top on this, we brought our kids (age 6-9) on the trip. The last days took the word ”multitasking” to a new level, haha. We will collect all nice pictures and make a longer post later this week, but today we will just … well … take deep breaths and spoil our good bacteria with some rest and lots of good food.

Our polish agent and new BFF Magdalena sent us the links from the tv-show, so here we go:

http://dziendobry.tvn.pl/wideo,2064,n/w-kuchni-ddtvn-jedzenie-ktore-leczy,223197.html

A bit of a strange feeling to be dubbed live in Polish, but lots of fun to share our message and turmeric shot.

After the show we took a picture with Kinga and Piotr. Please notice how quick Mia (on the right) copied Kingas pose. Right foot before left, look into the camera, smile! Lina didn’t really get it this time, but she has promised she will make a bigger effort next time.

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Recipes

The professor’s anti-inflammatory turmeric shot.

So, today we will be in Polish TV. And since this event hopefully will bring some new visitors to the blog, we just want to a) give you a warm welcome, and b) hand you the link to our book. And c) highlight yesterday’s post that probably will give you a pretty good idea of what we’re up to here on our blog. And d) suggest you like us on Facebook (this will be in English from now on). And e) suggest you start following us on Instagram. And g) of course offer you the recipe of our professor’s super anti-inflammatory turmeric shot:

The professor’s anti-inflammatory turmeric shot
1/2 cup water (or any juice)
1 heaped tbsp dried turmeric
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
a pinch of cayenne or black pepper
a pinch of clove
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon

Give it a stir and gulp it down. Cheers!



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Well, maybe we should introduce ourselves?

Here we are, Mia and Lina. Mia to the left in a blue-striped shirt, Lina to the right carrying a very small dog. We’re best friends and that’s how we started this blog. A couple of years ago we began to take an interest in how the food we eat affect how we feel. I guess you could say that we felt a bit confused – it was almost impossible to navigate through all the advice and insights. One day we got tired of it all and decided to start a blog and sort things out by ourselves.

A few months earlier we had been having lunch in Helsingborg with a professor by the name of Stig Bengmark. After only a minute or two Stig opened the door to a whole new world for us. When he many years ago realized that approximately 80 percent of the body’s immune system is located in the colon, he decided to dedicate his life to scientific research on how to optimize the gut flora. Today he is Honorary Visiting Professor at UCL, London University College, where he’s busy researching and teaching how to maintain good health and wellness.

With this blog we hope to provide a basic understanding of the connection between your gut flora and your health, and most importantly, fill you in on how you by eating right can improve how you feel. This is the story about how we began to take an interest in the connection between health and food and, surprisingly enough, we ended up among the bacteria in our colon.



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This is not a regular blog about food. This is the result of tens of thousands of clinical studies.

By now, people have started to realize that the food we eat affect how we feel. Some of us have noticed that we get invigorated and more alert from eating certain foods, and a stomachache from others. But honestly, eating broccoli to prevent cancer? Could it really be true that a large daily intake of turmeric can help you stay healthy? Isn’t that taking it a bit too far?

Not according to science. We live in interesting times – every other day new studies on our gut flora/gut bacteria/intestinal flora appear, and they show that a change of lifestyle and eating habits can help prevent a great number of diseases like infections, heart disease, high blood pressure, joint pain, MS, diabetes, headache, ADHD, skin conditions, difficulty sleeping and cancer. The fact is, the food you put in your mouth make a difference all the way down at the cellular level. The same way too much sugar and processed foods can make you ill, the right ones can help you stay healthy and alert.

So, this is not just a regular blog about food. This is a mixture of scientific studies from all over the world and recipes from a messy kitchen in Stockholm. That’s what happens when you let professor emeritus Stig Bengmark (who has dedicated his life to scientific research and the impact food has on our immune system) collide with two optimistic hypochondriacs.

A warm welcome to you. We’re so pleased that you have found us. Let’s do this!