The Dangers of Mixing Certain Foods with Pharmaceutical Drugs plus Health-Busting Cauliflower Rice Recipe

Hello everyone,

I work at a school, and we all know what schools are like; they can be a breeding ground for germs. If one kid comes to school ill, they tend not to be too careful with sneezing and washing their hands, due to their limited awareness of germ-spreading. 

February is one of the coldest months of the year, and let’s face it, sometimes we get ill and have to take the dreaded trip to the doctor. But, the last thing you want to do is ruin the prescriptions by eating the wrong foods!

(Here is a sneak preview from one of my lessons where we were studying places to visit and directions, so I drew a map of the town where I live, Caldas da Rainha, and elicited some ideas from the students:-)

We all want to get better fast so it’s important we eat the right types of food in order to avoid any negative reactions with the prescriptions. I found these helpful facts from Blink Health that outlines some crazy food and drug interactions that really surprised me.  

Alcohol and antihistamines: Did you know that drinking alcohol with your allergy medications might make you doze off? Antihistamines are amplified by alcohol which causes drowsiness. Don’t mix the two!

Antibiotics and milk: Iron-rich dairy and calcium fortified juices will stop your medication's ability to fight an infection.

Antidepressants and Cheese: If you are on an MAO inhibitor, you might want to refrain from mixing the two. Combining these drugs with tyramine-rich foods like aged cheese can cause a risky rise in blood pressure.

Anticoagulants and Broccoli: You should really take caution when eating foods high in vitamin K. Broccoli and other leafy greens can essentially shut off the drug’s blood thinning.

Bronchodilators and coffee: If you suffer from asthma, you might want to stop drinking your daily cup of jo. Caffeine can increase the side effects of bronchodilators. This includes excitability, nervousness and rapid heart beat.

Blood Pressure medications and bananas: ACE inhibitors raise potassium levels and having too much of this mineral in your body can actually cause heart palpitations and even cardiac arrest! Stick to eating apples!

Cholesterol lowering drugs and grapefruit juice: Grapefruit juice actually hates a lot of prescriptions including cholesterol lowering drugs. Your arteries will not enjoy a morning glass of grapefruit juice which stops stains from working properly.

You can’t forget about your healthy diet when you aren’t feeling your best! So with today's blogpost, I am also including a super healthy recipe to boost your mineral and vitamin intake at this delicate time of year...cauliflower rice! Check out the video here:-

One head of cauliflower, some cress, 3 cloves of garlic, half a yellow pepper chopped up, a handful of blueberries, one tablespoon of coconut oil, salt, pepper, ground coriander, rosemary.

Method to the madness
  • Either grate the cauliflower head or finely chop all of the cauliflower florets.
  • Add the tbsp of coconut oil to a non-stick pan.  On a medium, warm up the oil.  Add the finely chopped or grated cauliflower, and three chopped cloves of garlic. Stir.
  • Add a sprinkle of rosemary and half a chopped yellow bell pepper. Stir and keep it on medium heat for another 3 minutes.
  • Take your saucepan off the hob. 
  • Now, we're going to steam the cauliflower, so pop a lid over the mixture and leave it for 5-6 minutes.  
  • After this, add 1.5 teaspoons of ground coriander and stir.  Add some fresh blueberries and freshly chopped cress and mix it around. You are now ready to eat and enjoy!

I would love to hear what you think about the advice on the page and the recipe - you can DM me on myoutube channelmy Instagram page, my facebook page, my pinterest page and my twitter account.   

Stay healthy,

Lou X


Healthy Vegan Starter/Sidedish: Stuffed Pineapple with Vegetables

My brother and sister-in-law visited us in our new home in Portugal just recently, and as a little gift, my sister-in-law gave me a pineapple. I squealed with delight when I saw it (yes, yes, little things please little minds, I know) because it was such a cute and unusual gift. I love pineapples but hadn't eaten any in such a long time. 
This got my creative juices flowing....what should I do with it? I've made pineapple alcoholic cocktails before and I've used pineapple in salads and on pizzas...but this time I'd like to do perhaps a warm savoury side dish or starter..."How about lightly frying pineapple cubes?" I thought to myself.
Then my idea developed more...add some veg and present it in the pineapple carcass:-

You see, I'm trying to get my husband to eat more healthily, but it's proving a difficult feat. I need to create a vegan side dish that he'll like that's full of flavour. This is when I decided to add the chilli flakes, dried basil and parsley:-

The reason I chose this pineapple gift to convert my husband into healthy eating is because pineapple is such a strong source of vitamin C and manganese; both of these elements protect against cell damage caused by free radicals. Manganese is also essential in producing several enzymes needed for energy production, and of course we all know the important role of vitamin C in fighting off colds and flu this time of year.

Pineapple is also packed full of fibre (when eaten in its natural form, rather than drunken as juice) and the soluble fibre it contains slows down the rate at which sugar is released as you digest it. 

If that wasn't enough reasons to persuade your loved ones to eat it, pineapple also contains a compound called bromelain. The protein-digesting enzymes in bromelain are thought to aid digestion. While not all studies agree on its effectiveness, bromelain is used worldwide as an anti-inflammatory, an anti-coagulant, and is thought to have anti-cancer properties. 

So, for all these reasons, you must try out my super-fast, super-easy pineapple recipe here:-

A dash of olive oil, 50g diced mushrooms, 50g plum tomatoe halves, half a cucumber, 4-5 tbsps sweetcorn, one pineapple, a sprinkling of dried parsley and basil, chilli flakes, salt and pepper to taste.

Method to the madness
Cut the pineapple in half.  Cut out as much of the inside of the fruit as you can, leaving just the two halves as carcasses.  Dice the pineapple fruit. Cut your plum tomatoes in half. Dice the half cucumber and cut the mushrooms into quarters.

Pour a small amount of olive oil to a saucepan on high heat.  Add all your vegetables, stir gently, then add the diced pineapple.

Turn your pan down to medium heat.  Add the dried basil, the parsley, chilli flakes, and salt and pepper.  Stir occassionally so nothying sticks, and leave on medium heat for 10 minutes.

Then serve up in the pineapple skins! Such an aesthetic delight!! 😍😍

I would love to know your feedback - you can DM me on myoutube channelmy Instagram page, my facebook page, my pinterest page and my twitter account.   

Much love,

Lou X


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