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  1. http://seven.com.au/todaytonight/factfile/577881 The Kick-Start Soup Diet recipe (Makes enough for one person for two days.) INGREDIENTS 3 tomatoes 2 large cans of crushed tomatoes 2 cans of liquid stock (beef, chicken or vegetable) 2 cups of water 1 packet of vegetable or French onion dry soup powder 1 bunch spring onions 1 bunch of celery, including leaves 2 cups of green beans 3 green capsicums 1kg carrots 2 stock cubes (chicken, beef or vegie) METHOD 1. Chop all the vegies into small pieces and put them in a big pot with the remaining ingredients. 2. Add salt and pepper (not too much salt). 3. Boil rapidly for two minutes and simmer until it's nice and tender. 4. If you want it thinner, add a bit more water. Have as much of the soup as you want, whenever you want. Seven-day eating plan The quantities recommended are per day. Avoid toast and cereal for breakfast while on this plan. Stick with the recommended foods for each day. You should only follow this seven-day eating plan for a maximum of three times in six months. DAY 1. SOUP AND FRUIT: Eat any fruit except bananas because they are high in kilojoules. Eat as much as you want. If you don't want soup for breakfast have a fruit salad instead. DAY 2. SOUP AND VEGIES, NO FRUIT: Eat as much fresh, raw or lightly steamed vegies as you like. Leafy greens are great but avoid peas, corn and beans as they are high in sugar. Reward yourself at night with a jacket potato, a little butter or better still, some yoghurt. DAY 3. SOUP, VEGIES AND FRUIT: Eat all you want but no potatoes. DAY 4. SOUP AND BANANA SMOOTHIES: Make a banana smoothie with low-fat or skim milk - it's a great source of potassium. Have a maximum of three large bananas per day. DAY 5. SOUP, BEEF AND TOMATOES: Eat a piece of lean beef or a skinless breast of chicken no bigger than a deck of cards with six luscious tomatoes. Vegetarians can substitute tofu. These quantities are per day. You can go easy on the soup today. DAY 6. SOUP, BEEF AND VEGIES: Eat plenty of beef (or skinless chicken or fish) and vegies today. Again, vegetarians can substitute tofu. You mightn't need soup as much but your body will tell you. No potatoes. DAY 7. SOUP, BROWN RICE, VEGIES AND FRUIT JUICE: You might need more soup today. Remember: do not eat any bread, fried foods or oil on the seven-day plan. Drinks While on the plan, do not have any soft drinks or alcohol. You can drink unsweetened fruit juice or cranberry juice; black, green or herbal tea (you can have skim milk with black tea); coffee; skim milk and plenty of water - six to eight glasses a day. Side effects Because you're not consuming many carbohydrates, some may find the glucose in their bloodstream becomes too low, causing hypoglycaemia. This can cause a range of symptoms, such as headache, sweatiness, anxiety, irritability and drowsiness. Don't worry, it might sound awful but it's easily fixed. Have a sandwich with whole-grain bread, a slice of low-fat cheese and a bit of ham but no butter or margarine. Vegetarians can try a low-fat cheese and tomato sandwich. But only have a maximum of one sandwich per day. If these symptoms occur repeatedly consult your doctor. Stage two So what happens if you haven't cheated? By the end of the seven days you may have lost as much as 4-6kg, if you haven't put on those walking shoes and gone for a daily walk you won't have lost as much. If you lose more than 6kg on stage one do not attempt this stage again for a few months. Go on to stage two. You should only follow this seven-day eating plan for a maximum of three times in six months. Once you've reached this maximum take six months off the plan and follow the low-GI program. Once you've completed the seven-day eating plan it is time to move on to stage two - a long-term, low-GI eating plan. Before starting any new eating plan you should consult your doctor to see if it is right for you, particularly if you are taking any medication. I've heard reports from a few people that this works, but keep in mind this is only to be done for a week for your healths sake. Good luck!
  2. As promised! 1kg finely ground beef or lamb mince 3 cups bulghar (cracked wheat) water 2 cups flour 6 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon cummin 1 teaspoon allspice 2 medium onions, 1 finely chopped, 1 coarsley chopped (keep separate) 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts oil for frying Shell: In a medium bowl, soak wheat for 30 minutes in cold water (just covering the wheat). Remove and drain. Remove excess water by squeezing through thick paper towel or cheesecloth. Place into medium bowl and combine with coarsley chopped onion, flour, oil and salt. Combine well and place in food processor until dough like consistency. If it is not moist enough, add an icecube at a time into the mixture. Place mixture aside. Filling: In a medium frying pan, saute the finely chopped onion in oil. Add pine nuts if using. Add ground lamp or beef and chop well with a wooden spoon or spatula to ensure the meat is seperated. Add allspice, salt and cummin. Once meat is brown, remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Assembling: Take an egg sized amount of the shell mixture and form into a ball. With your finger, poke a hole im the ball, making a space for filling. Add filling and pinch the top to seal the ball. You can shape it into a point, or football shape, or leave as a ball. Fry in 180 degree oil or in deepfryer for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Makes about 25. Tip: Can be stored in the freezer in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Prepare and do not fry. It sounds like a lot of work, but it is mainly the amount of washing up at the end of it! My first attempt took about 30 minutes after I had soaked the wheat till I was eating them. Enjoy!!
  3. (salam) I think it is - there is always variances on English spelling of Arabic words! Insha'Allah, tomorrow.. Insha'Allah...
  4. I have a fantastic recipe for this at home - it's very easy and it uses burghal (cracked wheat) as Kareema first asked. Insha'Allah I will post it tomorrow. I could guess but I don't want to annoy people with inaccurate information. Oh, and I have had the stamp of approval from a southern Iraqi too. :D
  5. For those who are interested in listening to the sermon in question it is available to download on the internet. It is in Arabic. Lesson after Taraweeh by Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilaly http://www.islamicmedia.com.au/series.php?num=30
  6. This is on the front page of every newspaper and the headlining article of every news report in Australia. It must have been a slow news day - in the morning Channel 7 news played a story about a turtle called "Winkie" who had 3 legs and was fitted with a wheel (complete with shock absorbers and suspension!) so he could get around. It is amazing what happens when an journalist attends a sermon and then interprets that sermon (which was in traditional Arabic). And why now? It happened a couple of weeks ago. If it has "outraged" so many Muslims, how come one of the many hundreds who attended the sermon haven't spoken out before now?? It just seems to be another attempt for the media to portray Muslims in a bad light. Unfortunately they are a strong influence in this country and they play on peoples lack of knowledge and feed them whatever tickles their fancy on the day.
  7. I like the way you think CG! Maybe they should sell those mechanical arms in our local Muslim clothing store! It would solve all my problems (well, on this subject anyway). Backs are delicate things. You can bend over and pick up a balloon, or you can bend over and pick up a baby elephant - either can put your back out. That's what I thought.... It's nice to see that everyone agrees! OK... squat it is! Thanks!!
  8. I know it's better for your back to squat (I work in healthcare) - which is why I was querying as to which is correct from an Islamic point of view. I'm happy to have everyone agree on the squatting thing - it's what I have always felt more comfortable doing. I was in Syria earlier this year and was staying with a Shia family there. I dropped something one day when we were out and squatted to pick it up - I was promptly told that I should bend rather than squat (and now I know the Arabic word for shame!). It puzzled me then, it puzzles me now!
  9. Australian. So are my parents, and my grandparents.. and I have a great-grandmother who is native to Australia... I guess that makes me pretty Australian. Leaves those who yell abuse at me and tell me to go back to my own country look a little dumb hey?? :lol:
  10. (salam) Thank you :) That's what I was leaning towards... Anyone else have an opinion on this one??
  11. (salam) I have hesitated about asking this question because I did not want it to be taken the wrong way. Insha'Allah someone can give me a sensible answer! OK, here goes! I have been told if I need to pick something off the floor, as a hijabi, it is better for me to bend over, rather than squat. I always feel like it is better to squat than bend as it is more modest. I know it's a strange one, and something quite trivial in the big scheme of things, but it is something that is bothering me. Can anyone give me an answer as to what is better and their reason as to why? Thanks in advance and I really do feel like a goose for asking this! hijabikel
  12. I know this last post is 3 months old, so Insha'Allah you have already found some information. There is no Shia mosque in Melbourne, I am not sure of anywhere else in Australia. There is a Shia Islamic Centre in Melbourne, called the Imam Ali Islamic Centre in Fawkner. There are prayers held daily, and a weekend school for kids. It is small but with a strong community. Edit: just found the internet site : http://www.imamali.com.au/ Happy Eid to all hijabikel
  13. Why the ????????? Can I presume you are enquiring as to what a "slacker" is?
  14. Thanks Roah! I will reply to your PM soon, Insha'Allah.. sorry for being a slacker.
  15. (salam) Alhamdililah this is my second Ramadan. Did I think it was going to be difficult the first time? Yes. I thought it was the most horrible thing to put myself through. I was dreading it. As it approached I was nervous about it. I was scared of failing. This year, I was so excited! I learned last year how much closer it brought me to my creator. I was so happy when I realised how much stronger I am and that I can't be so easily lead my satan. I feel like it is a month that not only is blessed in so many ways but is a month where I am able to pull myself back in to line. Sure, there are still times when I struggle - I work full time and study full time. But we all have pressures, and surely they are less than the Ahlul Bayt who have fast before us. :wub: Ramadan!! hijabikel
  16. (salam) Does anyone have one for Melbourne (Australia)???
  17. What's weird about it?? And, errr.. no, I live in Australia...
  18. Just to help put this argument at rest, from the site of the Grand Ayatollah Sistani: http://www.sistani.org/html/eng/main/index...=eng∂=4 Question : Can a woman perform Wudhu without removing her nail polish? Answer : Nail polish prevents water from reaching nail. It must be removed before doing Wudhu. As for doing Mas'h, if a woman leaves one of the toe fingers unpolished, she can do Mas'h on it and there would be no objection. (salam) hijabikel
  19. It depends on the day - I don't have a set outfit that I always wear. Sometimes pants with a long top or jilbab Sometimes a skirt with a long top or jilbab Sometimes a long dress It all depends on my mood and the weather.
  20. Slightly off thread.... I was walking through the supermarket (grocery store) and a nun was walking towards me. I caught her eye and smiled at her... she looked away like I'd thrown daggers in her eyes and walked away as fast as possible. If only she knew how much we had in common....
  21. Thank you once again everybody. It is lovely to have such a nice welcome! Since my Arabic language skills are almost non-existant, I may have to ask for a few interpretations - otherwise, all is going well so far! (salam) hijabikel
  22. I had a preference for a Muslimah doctor - and have only seen this one twice, but it's not something I am set on sticking with. Don't worry, I will be continuing my quest for a good GP. Thank you for the info - I think it is best that I find a more competent doctor and then discuss this further with her. You are right, it is odd that the doctor I am seeing now didn't want to do anything about it. Thanks again for your help.
  23. Unfortunately I have had to shop for a new GP. The GP I am now seeing is a Muslimah so I feel comfortable seeing her. Unfortunately I'm not feeling too confident in her doctoring abilities. Anyway... I have found cheese in Melbourne that has added Vitamin D - and I will definately look out for the milk. I really don't want to take tablets. Perhaps I will see how I go in 6 months time, get my level re-checked, and then perhaps look at supliments. :cry: Thank you so much for your response. May Allah reward you for your efforts.
  24. Salam Alaykum Adbel Hassan and The Rose of Karbala. I converted from Christian to Shia about 3 years ago. Now you know someone! :D hijabikel
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