Healing your Disorder with Cucumber
Hadrat Malik bin Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) said that the Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said, “I have left amongst you two things. You will not go astray so long as you hold fast to them. These are the Book of Allah, and the Sunnah of His Messenger.” (Malik)
Eat from the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and you will be taking a step towards conquering your demon of eating disorder.
Allah has mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, “Indeed in the Messenger of Allah you have an excellent example to follow, for the one who hopes in the meeting with Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.”
In order to live, food is necessary. In recovery, food is the main source of healing for physical and mental ailments. No recovery from ED is possible without food. Try one food at a time from the kitchen of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and enjoy its blessings. Today I present to you Cucumber. One of the most common problems with anorexia and bulimia is dry skin, thinning hair, loss of muscle, constipation, bad breath and etc. Cucumber with its numerous benefits can aid in treatment of many of these problems. I find that refusing food is almost as bad as refusing air. It is an exhausting and frustrating battle every second and with time consequences are dire and often irremediable. It is essential to get vitamins from food. Supplements should be taken in addition to meals and with meals for their essential and proper absorption.
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How much do I need to Eat?
According to Ulrike Schimidt and Janet Treasure author of getting better bit(e) by bit(e) “ you should need to eat atleast between 1,500 and 2,000 calories per day. However, if your levels of activity are high or you are high or you are still growing, you may need considerably more.”
Do bear in mind this is only for people who are not underweight and are not suffering from malnutrition (caused by both bulimia and anorexia). If your in recovery, then please consult your dietician. Don’t forget that you need to work with your body to achieve your optimal weight and well-being and that can only be done through feeding.
Cucumbers are very powerful vegetables and come from the same family as pumpkin, zucchini, watermelon and other types of squash. Also they are one of the best foods for your overall health.
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) combined cucumbers with ripe dates saying: “the heat of the latter is reduced by the coolness of the former.” (Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawood and Ibn Majah)
Why not have cucumbers and dates as one of your healthy snacks in your recovery from ED?
For a healthy snack recipe, try slices of cucumber covered with delicious medjool dates!
Cucumber has a cold effect and dates have a hot one. By combining the two it becomes mild. From this hadith we gather that it is recommended that the effect (hot or cold) of things eaten should be taken into consideration. Cucumber is insipid and tasteless, and dates are sweet which results in the cucumber also tasting sweet.
Ibn al-Qayyim said the cucumber has the following health benefits:
- Quenches thirst
- Calms an inflamed stomach
- Beneficial for pains of the bladder
- Its seeds are diuretic
Some more benefits of Cucumber
Rehydrates body and replenishes daily vitamins- Cucumbers contain enough sugar and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache.
Good source of B vitamins
Fight cancers – Cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.
Relieves bad breath
Aids in digestion- the high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion.
Relieves constipation- Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.
Hydrates Skin- When applied externally, the astringent properties in cucumbers draw out dirt and cleanse the pores and reduce puffiness around the eyes.
Hair Nail and Skin miracle- They are very high in silica which gives you strong hair, nails and skin.
Controls blood pressure
Use Cucumber in Daily Diet for:
Cooling: During dry and hot weather, drink a glass of cucumber + celery juice. It wonderfully helps to normalize body temperature.
Hair growth: The silicon and sulfur content in cucumber juice makes it especially helpful in promoting hair growth. Drink it mixed with carrot, lettuce or spinach juice.
Water retention: It supplies the necessary electrolytes and restores hydration of the body cells, thus reducing water retention.
Enjoy Cucumber with all your Meals
A Perfect accompaniment to any Meal Salad-e-Shirazi
One of the favourite Salads of Iran, finely chopped tomatoes and cucumbers mixed with olive oil and lime juice and subtle spices make salald-e-shirazi a hit.
- 3 large, firm tomatoes
- 2 cucumbers
- 1 small onion, red or yellow
- 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice, depending on taste
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
Mix minced garlic with olive oil, lime juice, fresh mint, salt and pepper and set aisde.
Finely chop tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions. Toss with remaining ingredients and gently mix well. Viola your beautiful salad is ready. Serve immediately.
Serve chilled. Serves 4.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Want Smooth Skin and Strong Hair?
Cucumber Apple Ginger Juice for Strong Hair & Smooth Skin
Reverse damage to your skin and hair with this great smoothie. An energising beauty tonic in a glass. Juicing is a great way to get all the essentials nutrients into your body.
“Since cucumbers are 96% water they make the perfect juice veggie. They hydrate skin with valuable nutrients. When applied externally, the astringent properties in cucumbers draw out dirt and cleanse the pores and reduce puffiness around the eyes. They are very high in silica which gives you strong hair, nails and skin.
- 1 cucumber
- 1 apple
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 inch ginger
- 1/2 lemon
- Wash all veggies and fruit. leave skin on if organic.
- Lightly peel or wash with a fruit veggie wash to remove pesticides if not organic.
- Juice the cucumber first, followed by the apple, ginger, lemon and celery.
- Drink plain or pour over ice and enjoy your cool refreshing cucumber juice !
Note-Loaded with silicon and hydrating minerals and vitamins, this juice will make you glow and nourish your skin from the inside out !