Monday, 21 April 2014

Excitotoxicity once you POP you can't stop

"Excitotoxicity is the pathological process by which nerve cells are damaged and killed by excessive stimulation by neurotransmitters such as glutamate and similar substances. 
This occurs when receptors for the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate (glutamate receptors) such as the NMDA receptor and AMPA receptor are overactivated by Glutamatergic Storm. 

Excitotoxins like NMDA and kainic acid which bind to these receptors, as well as pathologically high levels of glutamate, can cause excitotoxicity by allowing high levels of calcium ions[2] (Ca2+) to enter the cell. Ca2+ influx into cells activates a number of enzymes, includingphospholipases, endonucleases, and proteases such as calpain. 

These enzymes go on to damage cell structures such as components of the cytoskeleton, membrane, and DNA." -

"Glutamate is a prime example of an excitotoxin in the brain"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excitotoxicity



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glutamate_flavoring


http://thelamwich.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/crisps.jpg


PRINGLES




The TRUTH is in the INGREDIENTS:





THE CHOICE IS YOURS!!!

Image courtesy of Dees Illustration



Read Dr Mercola article on MSG






Chocolate Munching

Happy Easter!  An excuse to eat


as much chocolate as possible!  Make sure it is Arriba Nacional heirloom cacao!  I absolutely love
chocolate and refuse to give that one up.  It is the one thing that I think is essential in any food lifestyle.  No matter what I eat, I always make sure somewhere I include chocolate.



I think people have got chocolate all wrong.  It really is good for you.  I have no evidence really, I am not much of a scientist, so if you want to know the health properties look elsewhere.  Hey but I can show you some awesome real and raw chocolate options:


If you like my work you can follow me on pinterest and like my facebook page:



Sofi Datoney

Saturday, 19 April 2014

A Basic Recipe I could do in my Sleep

Here is a basic recipe that if you have the ingredients is probably the easiest recipe on the planet, other than eating a banana.  Okay so here is the finished product...


And the ingredients are....
1 banana
1 scoop Vanilla SunWarrior Protein Powder
7 strawberries
3 tablespoons Chia Seeds
Water (preferably spring water or Coconut water is best)

Et Voila! Bon Appetite



Thursday, 17 April 2014

Hydration and Dewy Skin Compliments

The comment that I got at the supermarket the other day was 'very colourful'.  The lady was referring to the array of colourful fruits and vegetables that were on the conveyor belt going towards the checkout.  I was mildly amused as she remarked how nice my skin looked.  I think she wanted to know what I did differently, so I told her I was vegetarian.  You see, this stuff really works, not only do you see the difference yourself, but others start to notice as well.
I feel so happy being vegetarian - it is the guilt free option.  I don't have to feel guilty for choosing to eat fruits and vegetables, and I know that this may actually be helping the planet to thrive rather than creating more environmental destruction to create another field for cows to roam.  Plant fruit trees instead.  I have never eaten a steak and I never will.  Fact.
So keeping fresh clean skin in mind, dry skin brushing is something which helps eliminate the toxins, shifts the lymphatic system and gets rid of old skin cells (yuk!).  It really makes your skin glow if you practice this daily, and it also makes you feel good too.  It reduced cellulite (helps to break it down) and shifts the lymph as long as you brush towards the heart.
Hydration is however, the key to that plump dewy looking skin, and also plenty of time outdoors. Drinking lots of water; juices; and moisturizing can help keep the dewy complexion of the skin.  SO now you know, get on with it!


Cucumber; Celery; Lemon; Ginger & Apple Juice
That dewy look
Dry Skin Brush





Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Buzz word is RAW

Over the past few years the buzz word for those in the know is 'Vegan Raw' or even just 'Raw'.  So here is the concept: A lifestyle that consists of fruits; vegetables; nuts; seeds; and possibly the following: superfoods; superherbs; medicinal mushrooms; fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut/ kombucha/ kefir and not much cooking involved in fact zero cooking.
No I didn't just speak in a different language for those who have no idea what I am talking about, and for those that do, it sounds home from home.

Why is this 'Raw' lifestyle so popular now?  Well, the raw lifestyle has probably been around a lot longer than we have, it just so happens that information about the health properties of foods and people's results on certain diet lifestyles just so happen to be much more accessible.
Multi-national corporations make buying their food cheap, easy and fashionable and not only that but have designed their meals to be addictive even if they are not healthy.  It is considered normal to eat foods which are loaded with fat, salt and sugar and the real wholefoods are considered a side option, if at all.
In today's culture, there is the choice of eating the most highly nutritious, nutrient dense foods on Mother Earth, or the most weird scientific creations, and it is all in the power of our choice.  Not even money has a say so in this lifestyle for most of the ferments you can make yourself with little to nothing, and some of the best herbs you can find out on a walk in nature for free!

When fast food is so cheap, easy and accessible and comes in a nicely prepared package it makes you wonder why we would even want to consider making something ourselves, as it is now somewhat of an art form.  
The transition to 'Raw' may be an investment, but a good one at that.  You may want to purchase additional supplements and superfoods, for the fruits and vegetables that are available may be lacking somewhat in vital minerals.  I don't mean having a multivitamin tablet either.  The main thing to recognize here is that the whole of the planet has been duped by these multi-national corporations that can get away with selling just about anything and calling it food.  We are a nation of fast food eaters and whether we like it or not we seem to conform.
What we need to establish about the food we are ingesting is the following:


  • Its ingredients
  • Its nutritional profile (how much calcium; magnesium; zinc; potassium; iron etc. does it contain) protein; carbs etc.
  • Its ability to provide electrical conductivity in the body
  • Its mineral content
  • Health benefits of the food on the physical body


This could be a challenge for the average banana, and it would be pretty laborious to count all the calories and look at the mineral content of every single thing you are eating.  This 'Raw' lifestyle is much more fun than that, and easier to understand.  If foods are living they contain electrolytes and... 

"Electrolytes are important because they are what your cells (especially nerve, heart, muscle) use to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions) across themselves and to other cells." - http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/diet-fitness/information/question565.htm


The basic principals of a raw food diet are that the fresher and more natural the ingredients and alive, (and not cooked) the better the foods will be for you.  I would not consider raw meat as one of the principals of a raw food diet because I consider raw foods to be predominantly vegetarian (no meat/fish/poultry but maybe some honey and possibly raw milk).  So salad it is then.  However let us not turn into rabbits here, because a raw food diet must include a hefty amount of fruits and vegetables and yet include other things to support the digestive system.  Eating predominately raw can and will detox you of a lot of accumulated baggage (waste water stored in the cells; toxicity) and you may feel better when eating raw.  I am not condoning eating cooked food, it has its place and eating a balanced diet may help you feel overall healthier but when 90% of your diet is crap and 10% is real wholefoods you may want to consider adjusting to eating more real foods if you want to see real results.

Salad with Blue Green Algae the most protein rich source on the planet

Eating raw is about taking back your power and realizing what you have been spending your money on.  It makes you think about who you are actually funding with your money and where you would like to see expansion within the supermarket.  Personally it would be a dream come true to see baby thai green coconuts at Lidl but hey ho we will see.  I may just have to move to a different country before that happens!


x

Monday, 14 April 2014

Convince Me to Juice

When I see yet another picture of a family eating in McDonald's it makes me hold my head in my hands.  It is cheap, accessible and comes with a quirky toy.  Sold.  Well, some of us are.  I cannot understand this mentality when it comes to food.  It is more about satiating the taste buds and keeping the kids quiet rather than nutritional properties.  
How can generations deviate away from the £1 option to keep them 'Happy' with a 'Meal'.  It probably costs more than that these days.  

Convince me to juice I can hear their minds saying, and even if they did try it, would they stick to it?  Give people a reason and they might just opt for something new.
However, if your generation fed you on processed junk then why would or should you change?
Well let's look at the difference here:


Mmmm, how can we decide?  Natural and organic vs mind buzz for several hours.  Detox vs full up feeling?  The thing we need to consider are the long term health properties of juice and how detoxing and cleansing the vital organs can actually improve our physical bodies rather than inflaming them.

Have you heard of the saying "you are what you eat" or what about "when you cook your food you kill it".  Have a think about how you would look after a week on processed junk, and a week on raw fruits and vegetables.  If the aesthetic of the brightly cardboard box pleases you more than the aesthetic of your physical body then you might just have to admit that you are hardwired on this processed junk.
Perhaps if there were more juice bars you might have more of an option, or perhaps then you might feel like a hippy.  Either way whatever you ingest does not just disappear in a day.  It accumulates in the colon and the skin.  It causes health problems, if not now, down the line.
A juice a day may keep the doctor away, if you want to take control of your health.  Otherwise keep with the cooked concoctions and see how far you get.

Billy Simmonds poses with a V sign across his chest
 Vegan athlete Billy Simmonds

"When you look at the arguments to going vegetarian or vegan, you really can't deny it's the right choice, in terms of your health, the environment and the impact you're having on others." - See more at: http://www.greatveganathletes.com/vegan_athlete_billy-simmonds-vegan-bodybuilder#sthash.brD7vCgv.dpuf

Ten time Olympic medalist, Carl Lewis, proudly carries an American flag
Carl Lewis Vegan Olympic Sprinter

"I've found that a person does not need protein from meat to be a successful athlete. In fact, my best year of track competition was the first year I ate a vegan diet. Moreover, by continuing to eat a vegan diet, my weight is under control, I like the way I look. (I know that sounds vain, but all of us want to like the way we look.) I enjoy eating more, and I feel great." - See more at: http://www.greatveganathletes.com/vegan_athlete_carl_lewis#sthash.FhhYSFsY.dpuf




Mo Bruno-Roy

“When I moved from my parent's house in my college years, I chose to no longer eat foods that were not homemade or homegrown and luckily, I was taught how to cook very well! Meat was one of the first things to go. As I got older and more informed on the industrialization, ecological impact and animal welfare of food, I also chose to step away from all animal products and cultivate my compassion for animals and continue to educate myself as much as possible on the state of our current food supply so that I can also continue to understand the choices or lack or choices of others without judgment.” - See more at: http://www.greatveganathletes.com/vegan_athlete_mo-bruno-roy#sthash.FbbN8TWK.dpuf


Friday, 4 April 2014

Taste Overrides common sense

I am not on my own here, it seems that taste over rides any evidence (i.e. ingredients) which suggest foods are bad for us.  It seems like our taste buds have got the better of us.  Do we even care what the ingredients say when the taste is so darn good?  It does not seem to matter about common sense when it looks pretty and tastes crazily good.
Even more so, people are not prepared to look at the evidence which suggests denial and a sense of being completely switched off.  Or dumbed down.  People can't see the wood for the trees or the potatoes for the MSG/Highlt processed oil which covers the truth.  I mean, would you actually just eat a potato raw?  Ouch not sure if I would!  If it is cooked on dosed with numerous chemicals that makes it fine, I mean come on everybody else is eating it so why should the average minion change their habits?
Well its personal choice, but rather than being morphed into the consumer that the supermarket WANTS you to be (whatever is on offer this week) I choose something else.  I choose to be free from ingesting this crap 99% of the time, however I do have the odd pre-programmed memory and emotional impulse every now and then.

It is so easy because this food is tasty, accessible, and cheap - what more could a consumer ask for? What about the concept that a lifetime of choosing these processed foods makes you see and know no different than what you have read.  It is like reading the newspaper and not doing any further research.  Don't believe everything you read, or see or taste!  If it looks good and tastes good is it actually good for you?  What is the evidence?  Should I just eat lettuce?  Nope - because we are talking about becoming aware and conscious about our choices that is all.  Eat all the KFC you want just be sure to do your research about the stuff first then make the choice.  After you have raised your awareness to the ingredients let your CONSCIENCE decide what is right for you to eat.  
We have no idea when it comes to food, no one answer is right for any one person, but we can be conscious and aware of our choices.  We can research.  We can be objective.  You don't have to keep making the same choice if it is making you fat.  At some point you have to stop placing the blame on the MSG and wean off of it.  Break free and choose something else.
The supermarkets may sell it, and ten out of ten for presentation, but health now that is the issue.  Looks great tastes great makes you fat - that is an issue.  Take some responsibility for the food you purchase with your own money.  Cheap and cheerful does not necessarily mean healthy.  We all know that so we need to change the habits to more healthful ones and deal with the issues behind the unhealthy choices.
Given the choice - what is that exactly?  I mean do we actually have a choice or does society morph you into that choice based on what they think is healthy - 5 a day - I eat 5 a day bananas for breakfast!
If your fat don't complain to me, it is probably your colon complaining and bloating after the crap you ingested the past 6 months is still in there.  So do yourself a favour and transition those unhelpful food choices to happy healthy ones.  Bit by bit the new choices you implement will help you to detox, unplug and re hydrate your body.