The M plan diet

May 17th, 2013 in Food & Drink

enokimushrooms5The mushroom is the latest weapon for savvy celeb dieters who want to shed pounds quickly but still keep their assets. The ‘M-Plan’, unveiled this week, is the new diet based on mushrooms that means women lose weight from problem tums, bums, thighs and upper arms, but still keep their bust intact.

How the diet works

Replacing just one regular lunchtime snack or dinner with a mushroom inspired dish will help women lose weight from the stubborn areas over a 14-day period.

By eating more mushrooms, it’s likely that less high calorie foods will be consumed throughout the day over all because of the  vegetable’s powerful nutritional values. The dietary fibre in mushrooms helps promote good bowel function leaving you feeling more satisfied, so you won’t be hungry again as quickly, preventing you from snacking.

Mushrooms are also extremely rich in protein – an ideal nutritional food source yet the vegetable is low in calories which is important where weight loss is considered. There’s a myth that the waist is the last area of the body where women lose weight. In fact, it’s one of the areas of the body that we move the most along with bums, thighs and upper arms.

Not only mushrooms help with weight loss – the super vegetable can help improve your looks too given that mushrooms are high in B vitamins, iron and zinc, all of which are needed to make your skin, hair and nails strong, healthy and shiny!


Types of mushrooms

White Mushroom – The most common type of mushroom. Its snow white colour is caused by being grown in the dark. The white mushroom comes in four different sizes, button, closed cup, open cup and flat mushrooms.

Brown Mushroom – The brown mushroom is one of the most flavoursome and has a rich, earthy taste. They come in three sizes: closed cup or ‘Chestnut’ the slightly larger ‘Portabello’ and Portabellini or ‘Crimini’.

Portabello Mushroom – The Portabello is a brown mushroom that has been allowed to grow to full maturity. Portabello mushrooms have a dense, meaty texture and deep mushroom flavours. By removing the stalk, stuffing and baking you have a hearty and filling mushroom meal.

Oyster Mushroom – The daintiest of the mushroom family, the oyster mushroom has an equally delicate flavour. It comes in a range of colours, brown, grey, pink and yellow and goes perfectly in stir-fries, pasta or risottos.

Shiitake Mushroom – Ideal for sauces, soups and stir fries, the shiitake is native to Japan. It works beautifully in oriental cooking because of its distinctively smoky flavour. The firm cap and brown meaty flesh are what give this mushroom its unique taste.

Enoki Mushroom – A crisp, white crunchy mushroom, delicious in soups, stews and salads. Named after the enoki tree that it grows on in Japan, it has a slight crunch and a sweet, fruity flavour.

Bena-Shimeji Mushroom -The most gourmet of the bunch this mushroom should be cooked whole, as most of the flavour is in its long, slim stem. Sold in clusters, each mushroom is very small with a dark cap, light gills and long stalk.

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Be Drink Aware December 21st, 2014

20141217 - Always Be Drink Aware-TSG 3The three Be Drink Aware campaign videos highlighting alcohol moderation released on YouTube by The Sense Group (TSG) , have been viewed by tens of thousands since their launch last August. Concurrently, this social organisation has accelerated its ongoing activity on its Drink Aware Malta Facebook page , including monthly campaigns, and continues to attract high numbers with the highest reach peaking at over 30,000 people. A television campaign last month also ensured the message was out there and viewed as widely as possible.

“For TSG, 2014 was one of our busiest years with messages and campaigns running regularly throughout the year,” said Ray Grech, TSG’s Director General. “The dangers of toying with alcohol are well explained in our TSG’s site and have been repeatedly pronounced in our campaigns over the years .This is not only a Christmas time or end of year festivities message .”

“The appeals for alcohol moderation are heeded by most consumers, but efforts are still needed – all year round and for a long time to come – to ensure that everyone adheres to this culture and understands that limits actually help us to continue enjoying life,” said Mr Grech

“Of course, the key message at this time is to avoid driving after drinking and nothing portrays the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol better than the video we launched on line this year named Be Drink Aware : Out Of Control.”, said Mr Grech.

Founded in the late 1990s by producers and importers of alcoholic beverages, TSG promotes programmes and practices that create a positive role for alcohol in the Maltese society and addresses issues related to alcohol abuse and misuse.

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