Food Facts

In the heat, you can help the body and arrange fasting days. We will tell you how to do it

Why are fasting days needed

A healthy lifestyle is gaining popularity every day. An important component of health is proper nutrition. In addition to choosing a diet and creating a meal schedule, proper nutrition can include fasting days. The stomach and intestines are stressed daily by digesting solid food, and a day without solid food will give them the opportunity to rest and relax. But the quality of digestion depends on the state of the digestive tract.



16 Jul 2021

Delicious and fresh lemonades: 10 recipes at home

Classic lemonade

Ingredients: two lemons, two tablespoons of sugar, one and a half liters of water, ice.

Wash and slice the lemons, whisk in a blender with sugar, cold water and ice. If you use warm water, the lemon can taste bitter. Stir until smooth. Strain through a sieve, pour into glasses and garnish with lemon wedges, sprigs of mint or basil.

Lemonade with mint and lime

Ingredients: liter of water, lime, mint sprigs, sugar to taste, ice.

Squeeze lime juice, mix in a blender with mint, sugar. Dilute with water, add ice, pour in portions.

Lavender lemonade

Ingredients: three lemons, dried lavender flowers, two tablespoons of sugar, water.

Pour two cups of water into a saucepan, add sugar and lavender. Simmer over medium heat until boiling, reduce heat to low, simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove the lemonade from heat, cover and let sit for an hour. Strain into a separate bowl, squeeze lemon juice there. Add remaining water, stir. Pour into a jug, add ice, remove to cool in the refrigerator.

Mango lemonade

Ingredients: two mangoes, half a tablespoon of syrup, five lemons, a liter of kombucha or soda water.

Squeeze lemon juice, chop mango, chop until puree. Mix everything in a blender with the syrup until smooth. Pour into a container and refrigerate. Then pour in portions, add ice and kombuchi.

Green tea lemonade

Ingredients: three lemons, a liter of green tea, mint, water.

Pour the tea into a jug, squeeze out the lemon juice, add the mint leaves and water. Refrigerate for 30-40 minutes, until completely cooled. Pour into glasses, add ice cubes, mint leaves.

Basil lemonade

Ingredients: lemon, a bunch of purple basil, a spoonful of sugar, two liters of water, ice.

Cut the lemon into slices, separate the basil leaves. Boil water, add leaves, lemon and sugar. Bring to a boil again, remove from heat and leave covered for 10 minutes. Take out the lemon, leave for half an hour. Strain the lemonade, cool, pour into glasses. Add ice cubes to each.

Watermelon lemonade

Ingredients: two lemons, a glass of mint, two tablespoons of sugar, pieces of watermelon.

Divide the lemons into slices, squeeze the juice into a container, remove the slices there. Add mint leaves and sugar, stir until the latter melts. Beat the watermelon with a blender until puree, strain the juice, add to the common jug. Refrigerate for a couple of hours. Serve with ice cubes.

Strawberry lemonade

Ingredients: fresh strawberries, a liter of water, four lemons, half a teaspoon of sweetener.

Squeeze lemon juice, cut strawberries into small wedges. Add water, lemon juice, and sweetener to a large bowl, to taste, so it doesn’t taste too sweet. Add chopped strawberries and ice. Grind the drink in a blender if desired, or leave it there with strawberry chunks.

Coffee lemonade

Ingredients: water, two lemons, cold coffee, two tablespoons of sugar, tonic, crushed ice.

Add sugar, lemon zest to a small saucepan, cover with water. Bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar. Squeeze a tablespoon of lemon juice, pour cold coffee and tonic into a saucepan. Refrigerate. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices.

Combine honey and water in a small saucepan. Leave on medium heat, stirring constantly, until the honey dissolves. Squeeze the juice from the grapefruit and lemons, leaving a few citrus wedges. Mix the drink from the saucepan along with the citrus juice. Transfer to a large container or pitcher and stir. Add the pre-set citrus wedges.

Grapefruit lemonade

Ingredients: three lemons, two grapefruits, half a spoonful of honey, a few glasses of water.

Combine honey and water in a small saucepan. Leave on medium heat, stirring constantly, until the honey dissolves. Squeeze the juice from the grapefruit and lemons, leaving a few citrus wedges. Mix the drink from the saucepan along with the citrus juice. Transfer to a large container or pitcher and stir. Add the pre-set citrus wedges.


07 Jul 2021

Balanced menu for one day: 1800 kcal

Who is the 1800 kcal menu suitable for?

The 1800 kcal menu is suitable for both men and women. For men, such a figure will create a deficit and help lose weight. In women, most often, such a calorie rate will work to maintain weight, and for girls with very low weight, it will help to gain weight.

So, a 1800 kcal menu is fine:

  • girls with average height and build;
  • slender, thin people who want to gain weight;
  • men at the stage of losing weight or active drying;

1800 kcal menu


Millet porridge with pumpkin in milk 250 g (192 kcal)

Whole grain bread – 40 g (85 kcal)

Butter – 10 g (72 kcal)

Americano – 250 ml (2 kcal)

Total: 351 kcal


Pear – 200 g (84 kcal)

Natural yogurt – 120 g (80 kcal)

Total: 164 kcal


Bulgur pilaf with chicken – 260 g (364 kcal)

Greek salad – 150 g (152 kcal)

Total: 516 kcal


Cheesecakes – 160 g (271 kcal)

Blueberries – 100 g (35 kcal)

Tea – 200 ml (2 kcal)

Total: 308 kcal


Stewed pollock with vegetables – 160 g (215 kcal)

Durum wheat pasta – 220 g (246 kcal)

Total: 461 kcal

Important! Remember to drink water. The amount of water is calculated individually: 30 ml per 1 kg of body weight.


05 Jul 2021

A new strain of coronavirus is raging in Moscow: symptoms, features, treatment

Over the past two weeks, a strong increase in the incidence of a new strain of coronavirus has been recorded in Russia. Its name “Delta” is an Indian strain of coronavirus and according to scientists, it is the most aggressive of all. It doubles the risk of hospitalization compared to the previously dominant Alpha strain from the UK. (more…)


19 Jun 2021

How to help the body in the heat and what to do in the scorching sun

Information about the intense heat and scorching sun delights sunbathers and upsets those with health problems. But you need to be careful with both categories of people: because of the high temperature, the heartbeat increases, the pressure rises, the blood thickens, the body dehydrates. This can provoke heatstroke, blood clots, even in people with iron health.



30 May 2021

Slim Arm Exercises: How to Lose Fat Fast

Tightened, raised arms are becoming a goal for many who play sports. Handwork is not only about aesthetics: posture, metabolism, and coordination are improved in the process. Olga Likhareva, coach of REBOOT sports studios, shares an effective complex that everyone will repeat.



25 May 2021

How to replace protein foods during fasting

Proteins are your muscles, bones, and all the soft tissues of your body. Most of them are found in meat, tuna, shrimp, eggs, and cheese. The author of the book “Lose Weight and/or Survive”, nutritionist and fitness trainer Victoria Borovskaya claims that in order to maintain a healthy level of proteins in the body, you need to eat at least 0.8 g of protein per 1 kg of body weight.

But what about those who give up animal products? For example, you are a vegan or you observe all religious fasts every year, so do not eat meat, eggs, or fish. You may be fasting right now. The biggest danger in such a diet is protein deficiency.

How to recognize a protein deficiency and what it threatens

A lack of protein causes irreparable harm to the body, so it is important not to overlook the symptoms and balance your diet in time.

The first symptom is PERMANENT HUNGER. Many people know this feeling for themselves: food does not bring a feeling of satiety, hunger becomes uncontrollable. We are trying to quickly seize this sensation with something high-calorie (for example, sweets), and meanwhile, hunger must be compensated for with protein products.

The lack of protein over time becomes noticeable and visually: THE CONDITION OF THE HAIR, NAILS, SKIN WORSENS . Chronic protein deficiency also leads to a general decrease in immunity: the body simply has nothing to build immune cells and antibodies from. As a result – frequent colds, dermatitis, allergies. Constant weakness appears, the person gets tired quickly, there is not enough strength for anything.

In the future, a lack of protein can provoke the development of a number of diseases – for example, osteoporosis of the lower jaw. And, of course, there can be no question of any growth of muscles and connective tissue in such conditions. I believe that the more serious consequences of a protein deficiency within the framework of Lent, lasting 48 days, will not come.

How to replace animal protein

  • SOY PROTEIN. Today it is the best substitute for animal protein, as close as possible to it in terms of amino acid composition. Soy protein is easy to digest. Another important plus: semi-finished soy protein products will diversify the lean table.
  • OTHER VEGETABLE PROTEINS. Here in the first rows are legumes: peas, chickpeas, beans, lentils. A good percentage of protein in cereals and seeds (quinoa, sesame), in nuts. Even some vegetables and herbs contain protein: spinach, broccoli.
  • PROTEIN SHAKES. I am a proponent of eating protein powders only when needed, and protein shortages in fasting are just such a case.

The abrupt transition from animal protein to vegetable protein can cause unpleasant reactions from the gastrointestinal tract. Do not be alarmed, this is normal! Fasting lasts long enough for the body to adapt. And the introduction of certain foods into the diet will help minimize intestinal discomfort.

  • FLAXSEED is a popular gut calmer. With an enveloping effect, flax seeds normalize peristalsis.
  • PRUNES stimulate the digestion of food, an excellent aid in constipation.
  • BROWN RICE is a natural sorbent that helps to remove harmful substances from the digestive tract.
  • SPINACH contains healthy fatty acids. They perfectly relieve inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, improve digestion and participate in the prevention of gastritis.

What is at the post

I offer you the TOP products and food groups that you should definitely include in a lean diet.

  • FOODS RICH IN B VITAMINS, important for the growth and maintenance of muscle mass. The champions here are salmon, mackerel, sardines. During Lent, fish is allowed on two holidays: Annunciation and Palm Sunday. I advise you not to miss this opportunity to feed on vitamins!
  • LEGUMES OF ALL VARIETIES AND TYPES. Beans, beans, and chickpeas in your diet are a great way to eat your protein intake. Legumes are also rich in fiber, which is essential for gut health.
  • BUCKWHEAT. Number 1 among cereals in terms of protein content: here it is 12 g per 100 g of cereals. And buckwheat is also a storehouse of usefulness, there are vitamins B1, B2, PP and E, copper, iron, calcium, manganese, zinc, and phosphorus.
  • OTHER CEREALS: oatmeal, pearl barley, barley, wheat, quinoa, spelled, etc. In general, cereals are an excellent source of carbohydrates, which are essential in the diet as a source of energy.
  • BANANAS. Among all the fruits, I want to highlight them especially, because bananas are rich in fiber and potassium, protect the gastric mucosa, and improve digestion. And they perfectly saturate!
  • NUTS AND SEEDS: almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc. They are all excellent sources of healthy fats, micronutrients, and macronutrients.
  • WATER. My universal recommendation is strong for everyone: drink enough water (one and a half to two liters for a conditionally healthy person)!

How to change your training regimen

Great Lent is the strictest of all Orthodox fasts. Given all the nutritional restrictions, it is very important to assess the strength of the body sensibly and not set yourself impossible fitness tasks at this time.

I strongly advise against setting records. You do not need large weights in strength, avoid long exhausting cardio loads. Perhaps fasting is also not the time to address fundamentally new loads. If you are doing strength training, then I recommend adjusting your training regimen: reduce weights and increase the number of repetitions.

You should not set yourself the task of building muscle mass. The most important thing with dietary restrictions – whether fasting or otherwise – is to maintain pre-existing muscle mass. Let your workouts help you keep your body in good shape – without compromising your health.


30 Apr 2021

What are food substitutes?

In the modern context of the global problem of obesity, low-calorie food substitute enriched with useful substances is one of the most important achievements. (more…)


11 Apr 2021


The encyclopedia says that dried fruits are a variety of fruits dried in the sun or in special dryers with residual moisture not exceeding 20%. Today their popularity is higher than ever – they have become a full-fledged part of everyday and sports nutrition.



13 Mar 2021

What is the keto diet

The ketogenic diet was developed for the treatment and prevention of certain diseases, but it proved to be so effective in the fight against excess weight that it quickly became widespread as one of the effective methods of losing weight. Now it is used by athletes, entrepreneurs and Hollywood stars. It belongs to the group of low-carbohydrate diets, that is, it contains a minimum amount of saccharides, but a lot of fats and proteins. The daily diet of proteins, fats and carbohydrates in percentage looks like this: 20/55/5, respectively.



13 Feb 2021