It's more than a food blog. Learning how to make food I do say is just 40%, Learning how to make money from your knowledge goes for the remainder. I'm going to be teaching you how to cater and bake but more importantly HOW TO MAKE MONEY COOKING. Appetizers, desserts also would be covered extensively.
We have been taking on food recipes and health for a while now and I feel it's time to infuse some food business.
Food business is very important because it is the one that brings about money which is important for life.
In the last decade, there has risen in Nigeria, a new wave of enterpreneurs in all fields, the standard of productions have been raised even up to world standard and the food world is not an exception.
Different creative foods and drinks have been developed and packaged which are taking over from the imported ones that has been dominating the market for many years.
However, no matter how big your ideas, food formula is, it cannot be accepted to be sold in Nigeria except it is registered under the Nigerian food and drugs agency.
HOW TO REGISTER WITH NAFDACThe National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) are the regulatory body that controls the influx and efflux of food and drugs in Nigeria.
They also validate the authenticity and quality of your products either food, drinks or drugs before it can be sold publicly.
STEPS TO GETTING A NAFDAC NUMBER1. FACTORY CHECK AND SAMPLE COLLECTION Visit the NAFDAC office in your state or the one closest to you and register. Your factory is going to get a visit from the officials.
* They are going to check your Water purification plant if you are into drinks
* They are going to check your production line
* They are going to check your workers room
* They are going to check the general neatness of the place and the equipments you possess and other things they deem fit to check
After this, if they are satisfied, you will be required to submit three samples of your products for analysis and then given a certificate of recognition as a manufacturer.
2. You have to purchase a form and fill accordingly. After filling the form, you will now write an application letter to NAFDAC stating your intention to register your product.
The application must be addressed to the Director; Registration and Regulatory Affairs.
3. After both have been done. You will attach both the Registration form and the application letter together and submit.
It could takes weeks or few months but if the forms were properly filled with no mistakes, your registration would be successful.
DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO SUBMIT AT NAFDAC 1. Your certificate of inspection and Recognition after your factory was checked
2. Your certificate of incorporation by the corporate affairs commission
3. The application letter coupled with the Registration form you forwarded to the Director.
4. Certificate of sample collections with the date and signature of the analyst
5. Trade mark issuance certificate for your brand by the ministry of commerce.
Wishing you good luck as you proceed into registering your food or drink products.
It was said that what you don't know can't kill you; Now we know, that the contrary is the absolute truth. What you don't know kills. There are many examples to prove this starting from HIV to Diabetes.
If only they knew that ordinary protection like the use of condom or reducing the consumption of sugar could prevent them contracting the disease, they would probably have taken precautions.
So I will be doing a sensitization on the effect of food and fruit on drugs we injest into our body.
FOOD AND DRUGSWe fall ill as humans due to so many reasons from environmental to genetic and Man has come a long way in developing drugs that combats almost any type of sicknesses.
However, information about side effects of these drugs and food consumed during the use are often not well communicated to patients and to the general public as a whole.
This is getting serious now as these powerful drugs can easily be gotten at a local chemist by ignorant individuals
Here are some drugs and foods or drink you mustn't combine together
ALCOHOL AND STIMULANT DRUGS
Cases of drug abuse and death are becoming rampant all over the world especially in some African countries and it affects the youth most often.
A good example of drug that is highly abused is Tramadol. Tramadol is a central nervous system depressant and combined with alcohol which is also a depressant can slow down your brain which can lead to a state of depression and finally Suicidal thoughts
Also, the combination and abuse can cause seizures. This is because the central nervous system consist basically of the brain and the spinal cord and since tramadol is CNS drug inducer.
Taking too much will cause too much activities and reactions in the brain ultimately leading to seizures.
In general, Alcohol should not be taken with any pain relieving drink. Just ONE DRINK A WEEK WHEN TAKING THESE DRUGS CAN CAUSE GASTRO INTESTINAL BLEEDING.
DIARY PRODUCTS AND ANTI-BIOTICS
Ciprofloxacin and other fluroquinolones which is used for typhoid for example or tetracycline are very reactive to Diary foods and product.
You probably must have heard it before or not that when using thyphoid drugs, you should abstain from food like milk, cheese, youghurt etc
It's actually; Do not take them alone with these drugs because they will render the drug useless. You can read about the biological mechanism here.
NSAID DRUGS AND ULCER PATIENT
It is no news that NSAIDs (pain releiving drugs) like Ibuprofen, Aspirins taken by an ulcer patient could be dangerous and life threthening However, many still don't know.
The symptoms include vomiting, neusea, acute stomach pain or internal bleeding.
So if you have been diagnosed with ulcer, it is best to stay away drugs like this.
CAFFEINE AND ANTIBIOTICS
Caffeine which is a stimulant is very reactive to many antibiotics. Antibiotics affects the rate at which caffeine works in the body causing caffeine overdose which can cause insomnia, restlessness, dizziness etc
It is advised to stop the consumption of high caffeine containing drinks, coffees, teas and sodas before using most antibiotics
GRAPE FRUIT JUICE AND DRUGS
Its discovered that grape fruit juice and some of it's closely related citruses must not be taken with cholesterol drugs, immuno-suppressant drugs and even some malaria drugs.
It increases the blood level of these medications and increases their side effects. Examples of such are: Muscle tissue breakdown, kidney problems, General body pains, Rapid drop in blood pressure etc. Read more here
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This write up was done after intensive research with respected and notable nutritionist both in the medical world and in the educational world.
I believe we understand the basis and foundation of obesity and even the risks However, the persistent question on my mind is; Can the causing factor also be the curing factor?
OBESITY AND FOOD
Before I give you a summary of what obesity is, I would love to remind you that the blog is not a scientific blog; if you love to read more, links will be given to you.
It's focus is food and it's written so even a layman will be able to read and understand and make reasonable changes where needed.
Ok! Let's go on...
OBESITY, which is the leading disease that is preventable or treatable, is the addition of excess fat to the body till it starts making the body malfunction. It's the source of uncountable diseases from artherosclerosis to diabetes etc
Do you want to know if you are one or coming close? Simple!
Divide your body weight against your height. (Metres square) For example, I'm 90 by weight and 6ft in metres should be around 1.7m. multiply 1.7 by itself and divide it by your weight and you will know if you are normal, slightly overweight, overweight, obese or very obese.
25-30 is the range of from over weight to obese. 30 upward is range of obese to very obeae.
So let's say I'm nearing overweight and caution needs to be taken.
What makes FAT so hard to eradicate?
Fat has so many uses in the body. Infact, without the normal body fat, the body might suffer different complication.
Before I let you into the reason fat is hard to lose, let me share their functions with you.
Some of the functions of fat in the body are;
1. They are heat absorbers. They are located around most organs like kidney, heart etc because their work produces heat and something needs to be done to absorb it
2. They store up in the body and get converted to energy and nutrients when the body is not well nourished . This is why people lose weight when fasting or are in places where there is no food or water. Their body fats gets converted to nutrients that helps to nourish the body
3. They underline the skin where they help maintain regular body temperature.
Let's stop here... Read more yourself.
Fat is hard to eradicate because unlike salt and other substance that can be expelled by urination, sweating, crying etc, they have no OUTLET. They have to be burnt and incoming source of fat has to be lowered or cut off.
According to science, human store most of their fat in their buttocks, breast and stomach.
Now let's go to the reason we are here;
HOW TO BURN OUT FAT WITHOUT TOO MUCH EXERCISENote: These are not for people who doesn't want to put in the work and discipline it takes. If you are one, please stop reading!
Also, it took you several months or years to gain up the weight so don't expect a one week solution. It takes a process of diligently coming down over a period of time and these have no side effects on the body.
Measures to take to lose fat without or with less exercise
They are rich in fibres, anti oxidants and vitamins that not only balances your food intake and enhances digestion but also prevents the build up of sugar in your body which will eventually be converted to fat if not used.
5. SUGAR Probably they have told you but you feel they are exaggerating or you are procastinating about stopping or reducing it, let me inform you; Sugar is at the core of obesity.
Sugar through a process called Lipogenesis is turned to fat and stored or used in the body. The whole shady deal occurs in the liver when it metabolises fructose or sucrose into fat.
Sugar will not be left unused in the body; so when there is excess of it, it get converted to fat and get stored in the body.
Now, sugar doesn't only causes obesity, sugar also causes diabetes and high blood pressure. Not stopping there, this same sugar also affect your Sterility as a man. TOO MUCH SUGAR IS BAD!!!
* Cut raw sugar intake. Sweet things are cool but not worth my life.
6. OVER EATING
It has been written like a program in the body that any unused food digested as glucose (which is supposed to provide energy for the body) should be converted to fat. So;
* Eat small to fill your stomach and don't over eat
* Make sure you feel hungry before you eat. Your body must digest the previous food and demand for another before you give. Stop stuffing your stomach and eventually, your body with unused glucose. It will be stored as fat.
7. SELF PSYCH EVALUATION
This might seem strange to you but I will explain. Except your cause of obesity is DNA related or others that needs medical expertise, this works most times.
Self psych evaluation is self motivation to become a better you. Sometimes you need the help of a loved one to achieve this.
1. You speak out what you want.
2. You develop control over your MOUTH. It can be extremely difficult. You might cry many times when the urge comes extremely strong on you but for the joy of the result, you must stand your ground. If what is killing is what you use YOUR HAND to put into YOUR MOUTH, then it can be controlled.
You own your body, your body doesn't own you. Command it to do your biddings because if you don't, your body and lack of self control is KILLING YOU AND YOU MIGHT DIE. SO TECHNICALLY, ITS A WAR AGAINST YOURSELF.
SO FIGHT BACK AND LET GO OF THOSE FAT!
* EAT JUST WHAT YOU NEED AND FOLLOW THE TIPS I JUST GAVE YOU. I LOVE YOU AND I SINCERELY HOPE FOR A GOOD NEWS!
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This is a special piece because it is directed to people who doesn't like to be in kitchen or spend any extra second in the kitchen.
Their passion is in other hobbies but they do have to eat and unfortunately, it's not all the time you have an helper, girlfriend or even wife around.
So for these special people, I have collated dishes you can prepare so fast you won't need to spend any extra seconds in the kitchen.
1. Fried Chicken, Chips and Plantain
This is one of the easiest dishes anybody can call cook. The only pre-requisite is to have a deep fryer. If you don't, get a frying pan and groundnut oil for the purpose.
CHIPS If you don't want to go through the process of cutting yam or potatoes, there are already processed and packaged ones you can get. Mix with salt and dump inside deep fryer.
As a man that loves a quick meal, it's advisable to have frozen chicken laps you can easily season up and fry or frozen fried ones you can put inside the microwave to defrost.
2. PLANTAIN: Not everyone eat fried plantain however, it can serve as a side dish and main dish.
Make sure you purchase a ripe plantain so you won't have to bother salting it again. Dice and fry and your dish is completed to be eaten alone with stew and protein
This ranges from cornflakes to different brands of corn and wheat products for example cornflakes, golden morn etc with milk. 4. SOUPS AND SAUCES While in see part of the world, soups are considered as dips for different foods, it is considered as main dishes in some other parts. Also, not all are easy to prepare but some are very quick to prepare. Try preparing a quick one or order online. 5. EGGS (BOILED, FRIED, SCRAMBLED OR OMELETTE)
This is one of the easiest food to prepare. Break, stir, add your salt and pepper and fry in little oil and your fried eggs are ready for any food you want to pair it with either bread, yam or rice etc
If you would love make a simple scrambled eggs, click here and you will see a very short recipe of how you can prepare it under 3 minutea
6. FRUITS AND SMOOTHIES
Hey! This is super easy; when coming from the office, Get different fruits for example; pineapple, water melon and apple already cut. (Or you can do it yourself) add one banana or youghurt and blend all. (Remove the seeds).
You can get more recipe on how to prepare Chapman and pinacolada on this blog too.
Pour in a cup and chill with your purchased chips, Burger or pizza
7. PANCAKES AND WAFFLES
Nobody says no to this and it's very easy to prepare. If you don't want to buy the already prepared pancake mixture you will only mix with water.
Mix flour with water, milk, sugar and add one whisked egg.
Mix all together.
Get your nonstick frying pan on low heat, put a little oil and pour out your mix. That all.. Wait for it to firm under and flip over.
You can also use a waffle machine or pancake making machine. Just mix all ingredients and pour I side the machine and it's done.
Serve with syrups, honey, chocolate or ice cream
OATS AND CUSTARD
This also is not a big deal: Boil your water but before hand, you dissolve your Custard.
Pour in your boiling water and stop when it thickens up. Serve with milk and sugar.
As you can see, life is not supposed to be hard with a right quick fix breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cooking is not hard!