Tuesday, 15 April 2014

It’s been A LONG time since we last met but now I revised my blog and with more experience and knowledge than ever, you’ll be so happy that you won’t mind the wait.
So we talked about how much I dislike salt (you might as well shoot yourself to dead - its less painful) but I really want to zero in on dressing this time; healthy, salt-free and crap free.
When we are about to make a dressing for something (it doesn’t matter what) your most important thing is….a blender!
You’d be surprised, but if you want to eat the cake and not get fat you need a blender!
Going back to dressing, we won’t have time to talk about all the dressings so this time we’re going to talk about salad dressing (green salad, not pasta salad) but because I like you I’m going to give you a dressing to make the best baked root veggies.
I’m going to keep it short this time and just give you some recipes to try for yourself.
You know why you don’t want to add crap (Carbohydrate Refined sugar Alcohol Process) and salt to your food so what should you add? How about some superfood??? It’s not just not bad to you - it’s GOOD for you! Your body needs it, especially if you’re trying to lose weight.
Here are some of the things you can choose from:
Olive oil: One of the best food sources for vitamins E and K. Known to decrease the cholesterol levels in the blood. Oleic acid, which is a component of olive oil, has a natural property of reducing the effect of oncogene. This is a cancer-inducing gene in the human body. Consumption of fats can increase the risks of cancer; however, olive oil can actually protect your body from carcinogens. Recommend by doctors for people with diabetes .
Apple cider vinegar: from all the vinegar out there apple cider is THE BEST for you. With evidence that Hippocrates himself used it to heal people to you really need me to add?
Honey: the key here is the amount. It is sugar so don’t overdo it. Honey helps you to reduce ulcers and gastrointestinal disorders, increase your athletic performance and help to protect from cancer, heart disease and it Anti-bacterial.
Fresh Herbs: basil, mint, parsley, cilantro, oregano, rosemary, thyme, ginger, turmeric, onion, garlic etc. (Go for green stuff).
Fruits: lime, lemon, citrus peel, berries, avocado.
All of these things are good for you and you can make healthy beautiful dressings with them so here, like I promised, a few ideas:
Baked root veggies:
Pre-heat the oven to 475F. Cut the veggies into small cubes and spread on the pan.
In a blender half cup lemon juice and half cup olive oil. Fill the blender almost to the top with your choice of fresh herbs (I put parsley, mint and basil) and blend until smooth. Cover the veggies and bake for an hour or until brown.
Enjoy J
The next recipe I didn’t try but my friend loved it! If you have to have ranch dressing how about you make it a healthy one?
Avocado Ranch Dressing

Put 1 Avocado in blender, add 3 garlic cloves, 1 can full-fat coconut milk, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, 2 tbsp. fresh dill, 2 tbsp. fresh chives, ¼ tbsp. cayenne pepper
Blend until smooth.
Honey-Lime-Basil dressing:
In a blender put 2 tbsp. honey, half cup lime and 1 cup fresh basil. Blend until smooth.
Cranberry vinaigrette dressing:
in a blender combine: 3 tbsp., apple cider vinegar, 1/3 cup olive oil, ½ cup fresh cranberries, 1 tbsp. mustered and 3 garlic cloves. Blend until smooth.
So there you go. So many ideas for healthy options for salad and I’m sure you can come up with a few of your own. If you do, please share them by commenting on this post for others to see. Eating healthy is easy and FUN!
I eat with my eyes and that why I like to make it fancy but I’m short of time so I have to make sure it’sfast. All of those recipes are easy, fast, tasty and HEALTHY!!!
Before I say bye I wanted to share this link with you. It’s for flourless Quinoa cake with CHOCOLATE

Don’t forget you can EAT THE CAKE AND NOT GET FAT.

Research and writing by Dana Gat ©2014 

Sunday, 24 November 2013

So, Rule 22, a pretty obvious rule if you ask me; but seems like I need to keep reminding it to people, so I made it a rule.
Rule 22 to how to EAT THE CAKE AND NOT GET FAT is…..EAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
No matter how many times I try to explain it, people (women) seem to think that cutting food is going to make them skinny. But it’s not going to make you skinny – it’s going to make you lose your hair and have weak bones FOREVER!
Your body is not going to recover from this; it might get better if you start to eat normal amounts again, but your body is ruined. FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!
Not eating can also cause you to stop your period. That might sound tempting but period is a woman’s best way to know if she ishealthy. If you have problems with your period or you don’t get it - you’re anything BUT healthy! So WAKE UP!
Not eating enough can slow your metabolism so if you’re not pooping at least once a day you’re not healthy. and if your poop is not shooting out of you, you’re not healthy as well.
Want to know some more fun facts? If you’re skinny because you’re not eating enough your % of body fat is super high; that’s right, when you’re not eating enough all you do is GAINING FAT! So guess what you are? FATTY!
  When you’re not eating enough all your body does is absorbing fat (your body’s easiest way to survive is by accumulating fat) so all the minerals and vitamins aren’t absorbed, so that even if you’re not skinny yet you can still die from a heart attack. (That’s what anorexic women die from..) Your heart CAN’T work without electrolytes, so if you’re not eating enough and then you add a workout to it you’re basically helping yourself to die and you don’t need to be anorexic skinny to die like that, you just need to be abuse your body.
A low blood pressure. You think you want it and a systolic blood press between 90 to 120 is healthy but if your low blood press is caused by malnutrition and not by a genetic tendency, then you get to deal with the dizziness and the feeling that you’re about to pass out every time you take a hot bath. Ever passed out in a tub? By yourself? I don’t know about you but I don’t want to happen to me.
Have you ever heard about something called Hypoglycemia? It occurs when your blood sugar is too low. By not eating enough, your blood sugar can drop. If this happens on a consistent basis, you can damage your liver or kidneys. It can even lead to brain damage and death.
Care to know some more? Because I have plenty of it, I’m very passionate about it. That’s why I found a way to EAT THE CAKE AND NOT GET FAT because not eating the cake is dangerous!
All the problems I told you about are irreversible. You might get your period back, depending on how bad your “not eating enough” was, but you might have problem with that for the rest of your life. When I got mine back every time I got my period I was puking my guts out! It hurt so much I couldn’t walk! I had to spend 3 hours on the bathroom floor because I couldn’t get up!
I’m not losing my hair as much but it didn’t grow to same size it was and my bones? I broke my hand twice in 2 years, I’m taking calcium supplement 3 times a day and I’m still on the low part of the “normal” level for calcium.
That the kind of life you want? Be skinny is fun but you got to do it smart and you NEED to eat to lose weight! You can do it in a smart way without damaging your body for life.
But in the end it’s your choice; there’s nothing I can do. Just tell you from my own experience and hope you’ll be smart enough to learn from me because you can EAT THE CAKE AND NOT GET FAT; it starts with…EATING!

Researched and written by Dana Gat ©2013 

Thursday, 14 November 2013

I’m sorry it took me so long, but I’m always here for you, and if you need me, feel free to contact me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/eatthecake.notgetfat :)
And now, ladies and gentlemen….rule 21…spoil yourself for a better skinny happy you.
Holiday season is here and if you’re like me and you have a different event every week - that you need a different dress and shoes for – you’re afraid of gaining weight. You should be! Holiday season and the chocolate and pies that come with them is why the average person puts on 20lb during a holidays season!!!
20lb is a lot! So before I start calling you fatty I’ll explain to you how you can enjoy the holidays and not gaining 20lb in the process.
How does spoiling yourself help you lose weight? For a start, if you take care of yourself, then you take care of yourself in all aspects of life; including good nutrition (a.k.a. meal preparation) and moving your bum!
I love to indulge and this is how I EAT THE CAKE AND NOT GET FAT! By spoiling myself with an haircut, face cream, foot cream, hand cream, a comfy sweater and Starbucks holidays drink (it just tastes better in those cute red cups!). There’s nothing wrong in taking care of yourself and put yourself first and this is how I do it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIaeWPwbe8o (LOVE Katy Perry btw)
Think about it, if you take the time in the evening to brush you hair, put night cream, cuddle up with a comfy blanket you’re probably going to wake up in the morning and want to keep taking care of yourself and that includes eat clean (no packaged food) and move your bum.
And if we’re already talking about moving your bum, what better way to burn some calories than go to all those holiday parties and DANCE IT OFF?
I see that I’m kinda all over the place now so I’ll summarise it for you:
·         Start spoiling yourself (get a haircut, take a bath, cuddle up with your other half etc.). It’s fun and it’s a great way to remind yourself to put yourself and your body before anything else (including family, friends and co-workers).
·         If you’re going to a party, DANCE, DANCE, DANCE! You’re going to have fun, burn calories and get love and respect from others!
·         Eat beforehand and when you go there, spend more time talking to people and DANCING and have one dessert. You’re having fun, you’re networking and create friends and memories and still enjoying because you have a dessert, and you know you NEED to SPOIL yourself to get skinny J
·         Don’t drink. You already know what I think about drinking because you read rule # 2.
You get drunk in front of your co-worker can cause you some problem down the road, getting drunk with your family is a great way to become a FATTY because alcohol prevent you from burning fat for 3 whole days. So think about it.

·         Eat in moderation! Move your bum! Enjoy the holidays.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

After everything I’m sure you think you know me and you already figured it out that I love cake and that I won’t give it up even if it’s guaranteed that I’ll be same size as the Kates (Middleton and Moss); well, you’re right, but there is one food that I love even more then chocolate and that is TOMATOES!!!
I can eat live just on tomatoes. I love them so much and I love them all (I do prefer grapes tomatoes in case you want to know what to buy me for my b-day). I’m able to not eat chocolate for a week but a day without tomatoes is not a day!
Now you’re going to say…”good for you! Eating veggies”. Well, just like fruit, not all veggies are create equals and there are some veggies that can cause you inflammations and inflammation can cause problems like: cancer, heart attack, MS, Parkinson desease, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, asthma and plenty others so you want to make sure you don’t have inflammations. And an easy way to do it is to make sure you don’t eat too much “nightshade veggies”
Nightshade are also called solanaceae.
They are known for having a high amount of toxins and the legend tells that in Central America the natives used them for poison.
We, humankind, eat them on a regular basis! We eat poison! I’m not here to judge you because tomatoes are one of the nightshades and like I said before I can live just on it, but I don’t! I eat one tomato a day and I cut on the rest of the nightshade.
Don’t eat more than one nightshade a day and if you can cut on it completely I will be there to support you!
What else is considered a nightshade?
Here is a short list: Potatoes, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, tamarios, pepinos, pimentos, paprika, cayenne peppers and tobacco.
So you have something to think about and check again your plate because if you’re eating tons of salad and you don’t lose any weight it might have something to do with eating the cake is better than eating veggies!
Hope you enjoy this post if you have any question please contact me on twitter @DanaGatPT.
Research and writing by Dana Gat ©2013

Saturday, 5 October 2013

It's Thanksgiving in a week!!!
This time it’s “eat the PUMPKING PIE and not get fat!”
Don’t you just love fall? I know I do! The scarves, the sweaters and squash!
Best time of the year to go to the farmers’ market if you ask me…
What do I love? Squash!!!
Here are a few reasons that should convince you to eat it:
·         It’s full of fibre.
·         It’s low in calories.
·         It’s high on vitamins A and C.
·         Squash is a high source of protein (the seeds).
·         Squash is high in omega 3 (the seeds).
·         Squash improves your heart health.
·         Squash also controls blood pressure.
·         Squash helps fighting cataract.
·         Squash decreases the chance of suffering from lung cancer or from any other lung problems.

And now after you all pumped up and are ready to go to buy any kind of squash out there let’s talk about what to do with them.
Well, the possibilities are endless, so let’s explore just a few of them.
1)      When you prepare squash ALWAYS keep the seeds. As I mentioned above they are high in omega 3 (the kind of fat you WANT and NEED) and protein.
Wash the seeds, dry them and roast them on 325F.
2)       Fill the Acorn! Cut in half, take the seeds out (roast them) and fill it. You can fill it with veggies and add quinoa. Now this is when it gets tricky, for the acorn to taste better you need to put butter and brown sugar/maple syrup, so don’t have it every night but have it a few times a season because it’s soooo good!
Bake them for 30 minutes in 450F.
3)      Make soup from scratch!
Choose whichever squash you want peel them, take out the seeds (roast them) cut into cubes and put it in a pot (you can add garlic and onion). Fill water until all is covered.
Cook until the squash is soft and you can make puree out of it. You can add more water if you need. Add half a cup of your choice of milk (0.25 cup of thick coconut milk), parsley and nutmeg.
4)      Make puree pumpkin, add any sweetener of your choice (I like maple syrup)  add cocoa, oats and your choice of nuts.
Make truffles and put in the fridge.
5)      Spaghetti squash! Or, how I like to look at it, “eat spaghetti, skip the calories”. You read right: there is a way to enjoy both worlds, and squash is the way!
Cut in half, take out the seeds, DON’T PEEL! Bake in oven for 40 minutes at 375F.
Run a fork in it to separate it. Make pasta sauce and enjoy!
6)      Feel like something crispy? Take zucchini squash, cut it really thin and bake with olive oil for 20 minutes on 375F. Yum Yum!
7)      Make gluten free, dairy free, deep fried free veggie burgers just by using butternut!
What do I do? I cook the butternut until I can make puree from it and then I add lentils/legumes and any other veggies/herb. I make a mini burger and bake it for 45 minutes on 375F.
8)      The possibilities are endless but there are a few websites with more ideas! So there you go:
·         for a bowl of comfort winter food try: http://www.naturalhealthmag.com.au/nourish/pumpkin-and-chickpea-tagine
·         for pumpkin pancakes try: http://www.allysonkramer.com/2012/10/pumpkin-maple-pancakes/
·         And of course you can’t have a fall without pumpkin pie! You get 2 options of gluten free and dairy free: http://cleancuisineandmore.com/dairy-free-pumpkin-pie-recipe-gluten-free-pumpkin-pie-recipe/, and

Now go and explore! Enjoy the holidays and don’t worry about the pounds because you can

Research and writing by Dana Gat 2013 ©

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Rule 19 of how to EAT THE CAKE AND NOT GET FAT is….eat antioxidants!
So, you know how it works by now right?
I’l explain to you what it is and then I’ll give you a list of foods that have high antioxidants that you NEED to add to your diet.
Antioxidants protect your body’s cells from damage. Cell damage happens naturally as you age, but also when you’re exposed to things like pollution, cigarette smoke, x-ray, alcohol and sun.
Cell damage can lead to problems like heart disease, diabetes, strokes, Alzheimer’s and cancer (especially skin cancer).
A good amount of antioxidants can help to support your: respiratory system, your metabolism and you natural probiotics (the things that help us fight infections and inflammations).
So basically if you want a long happy healthy life you should have a lot of it.
The daily recommended amount of it is 200mg but there’s a lot of research that connects  larger amount (than the 200 mg) of antioxidants with weight loss and I support those researches and I think you should to!
Now here is a list of  antioxidant rich foods:
·         All kind of berries with blueberry on the lead
·         Garlic
·         Broccoli
·         Green tea (try the one that is LOW on caffeine )
·         Pecan
·         Apples (all kinds with red delicious on the lead)
·         All kinds of beans with small red on the lead
·         Walnuts
·         Artichokes
And now are you ready for the food with the most antioxidants that you NEED in your diet?
That’s right! You read right. One of the many benefits of dark chocolate is to protect you with the crazy amount of antioxidants in it, so go and eat some and remember: if you want to EAT THE CAKE AND NOT GET FAT you need to eat the cake because the dark chocolate in it can help you lose weight.

Research and writing by Dana Gat ©2013