Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Soya - the truth

A few years a go I picked up on this video and my thoughts were confirmed that soya is bad for you. I had actually been eating tofu at the time and just to describe how I felt after eating this food... sluggish; tired and groggy.
Drinking 'soya milk' has a detrimental effect on people's health (although I did get off that stuff years ago).  Soya just like wheat seems a common occurrence on the supermarket shelves, and it doesn't take a scientist to take a look at exactly what is in a product - just read the ingredients.

I fancied some cornflakes the other day so of course I was going to purchase the organic version (despite the hiked up price just because it was not 'cheap crap' and despite fully knowing that the corn could possibly be GMO).   To my dismay the cornflakes had 'soya lecithin' in which ultimately made me put the box back on the shelf.  When you are aware of what this food (if you can call it that) does to you, then your choices change.  The common sense overrides the cravings.

 


Why most of the vegetarian health food stores use soya as a 'healthy option' means that they are behind the times, and need to have a wake up call that soy is not a 'health food' at all.  My advice would be to always read the label, and watch out for soy lecithin as it is often used as a filler in foods such as popcorn; cornflakes; bread (soya flour); Quorn and chocolate.  So soya sauce and edemame beans are definitely a NO NO.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Why cut out the Wheat?

What is wheat?

Wheat is a grain which is a cultivated crop. There are a lot of different varieties of wheat from Durum wheat to Kamut to Spelt.  There are hundreds of varieties of wheat.  One which I came across most recently was 'EinKorn' it is meant to be over 20,000 years old.  The interesting thing was I bought the EinKorn wheat derived from a crop which was within a 50 mile radius of the famous 'crop circles' found in Wiltshire.  I gave it a try as it is meant to be ancient form of wheat.  The wheat itself was a good texture and taste, and the scones came out okay (rather like rocks!).  Okay so I decided to let go of the wheat (alien invasion bread!).


To Eat Wheat or to not Eat Wheat That is the Question


Why go wheat free?  A traditional food that we have known for generations and manipulated along the way (sounds familiar to us?).  Available everywhere and in everything, unless you scrutinize the ingredients of every item on the shelf (or just eat fruits and vegetables) then wheat is in almost everything!

It is expensive not to eat wheat and if you choose to not eat wheat then what exactly do you eat?  I'm thinking more fruits and vegetables at this point.


What is Gluten?

The Latin for 'glue' it makes you wonder what is going on in your intestinal tract when this pervasive ingredient lodges in there causing a wide variety of health issues.  Gluten can irritate the small intestine and cause inflammation.  It also contains chemicals that "stimulate the same parts of the brain that are responsive to morphine" - David PearlMutter MD.
Therefore, it makes more sense to ditch the wheat than to eat it.



I have replaced my wheat eating with Quinoa, for now.

What I have experienced not eating wheat

  • Dropped weight
  • No puffy eyes
  • Blood sugar stabilized
  • Smoother skin
  • Better digestion
  • No spots
  • Skin hydrated
  • No wheezing
  • Overall improved flexibility

Sunday, 8 June 2014

This film Looks like what I am talking about

I really would like to watch this movie.  It looks great.  It is called Hungry For Change...  Everything I have been ranting about on my blog!


Monday, 21 April 2014

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:


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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



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