The Top 10 Super-Spices that Protect Your Body

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by Catherine Ebeling – RN, BSN & Mike Geary – Certified Nutrition Specialistco-authors – The Fat Burning Kitchen & The Top 101 Foods that FIGHT Aging

The 10 powerful super-spices that are delicious but can also control your blood sugar, boost your metabolism, protect you from cancer, reduce inflammation, and more:


Every time you flavor your meals with herbs or spices you are supercharging your food without adding a single calorie. You can transform something ordinary and bland into something truly extraordinary tasting and good for your body, just by generously adding herbs and spices to your meals.

Did you know that certain herbs and spices contain a wide variety of some of the most potent antioxidants of any food? In fact, many herbs and spices rank even higher in antioxidant activity than many fruits and vegetables, with some spices such as cloves, turmeric, and cinnamon having as much as 10-50x more antioxidants measured by ORAC value (on a weight to weight comparison) compared to blueberries.

The benefits of the antioxidants in spices include some very powerful protection against many serious diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s, and overall aging.

Herbs and spices add tons of extra flavor, and when combined with the nutrition in other foods, they actually exponentially boost the natural antioxidants, phytonutrients, and anti-inflammatory power of the food.

Besides the super antioxidants, herbs and spices can also:

  • Aid Fat Burning and Boost Metabolism – many herbs and spices are thermogenic, which means they naturally help to increase metabolism, partly because they are so nutrient-dense.
  • Help Stabilize Blood Sugar – Some spices are also good at regulating blood sugar and controlling insulin–even as good as some diabetic drugs! When your blood sugar is well controlled, you are more likely to burn fat and not store calories as excess weight.
  • Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Properties –Scientific studies show that herbs and spices can actually work as well or better than some medications at calming inflammation without the negative side effects of isolated drugs.
  • Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal – Many herbs and spices contain properties that effectively kill dangerous pathogens like viruses, bacteria and stubborn fungi. The natural properties in these foods work against many microbes that are resistant to conventional medications.

Here are 10 of the most potent superfood herbs and spices you can eat:

1. Basil – Basil is a very effective anti-inflammatory herb with extraordinary healing benefits that work for arthritis, allergies, and inflammatory bowel conditions, to name a just a few. In addition, basil helps kill harmful bacteria that cause food poisoning including: Listeria, Staph, and E. coli O:157:H7.

Basil is also an excellent source of beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant that prevents free radical damage. Free radical damage is the primary cause of heart disease, cancer, and many other serious health conditions, as well as aging. Because of its dark green color, it is an excellent source of vitamin K, calcium and magnesium, which is good for the bones. It is also a great source of iron, manganese, vitamin C and potassium.  Use both fresh basil and dried basil generously in your foods to maximize it’s benefits.

2. Cinnamon – This ancient spice has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any spice.

Cinnamon is highly effective at helping to stabilize blood sugar levels, making it very effective for those with diabetes (type 1 and type 2). In one study of people with type 2 diabetes, just two teaspoons a day reduced blood sugar as much as 20-30%, as well as lowering LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Cinnamon also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and helps relieve pain and stiffness in muscles and joints, including arthritis. Cinnamon has a positive effect on brain function, and smelling cinnamon, or chewing cinnamon flavored gum, can possibly help improve memory and attention. Cinnamon also reduces inflammation in blood vessels that leads to atherosclerosis and heart disease, as well as having antifungal and antibacterial properties.

3. Cayenne – This hot spice not only heats up your dishes, it heats up your body and raises your metabolism, helping you burn fat faster. And an interesting research study showed that when a person consumed an appetizer with red pepper flakes, they ate 15% less food. And for those of you who avoid cayenne because you think it bothers your stomach, cayenne pepper is actually healing to stomach tissues, it stimulates digestive enzymes, and helps prevent stomach ulcers.

Cayenne reduces LDL blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and decreases the formation of harmful blood clots, all of which prevent heart attacks and strokes. And, cayenne is a very effective anti-inflammatory and pain remedy for everything from headaches to arthritis and sore muscles, as well as clearing nasal congestion and boosting immunity.

Try cayenne in your morning eggs, in soups, stews, chili, or meatloaf for a little metabolism boosting spice!

4. Cloves – Cloves have a unique sweet and spicy flavor, but also contain powerful natural medicine. Cloves have strong antiseptic and germicidal ingredients that help fight infections, relieve digestive problems, and arthritis pain. One of cloves’ best known uses is its ability to relieve tooth and gum pain.  Cloves have been measured as having THE highest antioxidant level (ORAC value) of all spices and herbs.

The oil in cloves kills bacteria and is very effective when applied to scrapes, cuts, fungal infections, itchy rashes, bites, burns, or bruises. Cloves also help digestive problems like gas, indigestion, nausea and vomiting, and eliminate harmful parasites, bacteria and fungus in the digestive system. And the smell of cloves helps to encourage mental creativity too.

Cloves can be a great healthy addition to hot teas.

5. Cumin - Cumin is another spice that is especially high in antioxidants, but cumin is known for being especially good for digestion. It stimulates the gallbladder and pancreas to secrete enzymes and bile that break down food into usable nutrients your body can use. Cumin also helps detoxify the body, and is highly effective for respiratory disorders like asthma and bronchitis.

Cumin, like cinnamon, helps keep blood sugar levels stable, which means cumin is great for diabetics or pre-diabetics, and it means less chance of weight gain and excess body fat. Cumin has been proven to work as well as some commonly used diabetic drugs at regulating insulin and glycogen. Cumin is also a very good source of iron, vitamin C and vitamin A, which benefit the immune system.

Cumin goes great in chili!

6. Turmeric – Turmeric’s yellow-orange pigment, curcumin, is the main active ingredient in this super spice. Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory benefits are actually comparable to drugs like hydrocortisone and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines like Advil and Motrin. But, unlike the drugs, curcumin is not toxic at all.

Curcumin is more effective slowing down the development of Alzheimer’s disease than many medications, because it decreases inflammation and oxidation in the brain. This spice also speeds up the recovery time from strokes as well. Turmeric and its active ingredient, curcumin, are also highly effective against diseases like irritable bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, and arthritis. Turmeric also improves liver function, lowers homocysteine and prevents heart disease.

Most importantly, turmeric is one of the most potent anti-cancer spices that helps protect you.  Turmeric and it’s derivatives are currently being studied in alternative cancer treatments.

Try this trick:  Using black pepper along with turmeric (I use this combo in my eggs every morning) helps to increase the absorption of turmeric’s curcumin in the body.  We also have a full article on the super health benefits of turmeric here.

7. Rosemary – Rosemary contains active ingredients that are potent antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory agents. Rosemary has long been known to improve concentration, boost memory, and lift depression. Rosemary also strengthens the immune system, improves circulation, stimulates digestion, and fights cancer, as well.

Rosemary is highly effective for respiratory problems including asthma, chest congestion, and respiratory infections. While rosemary adds a delicious savory flavor to meat dishes, it also helps digestion by stimulating the gallbladder to release bile as well. Rosemary will protect your body against harmful carcinogenic toxins and prevents colon cancer, stomach, breast, and lung cancer.

Fun fact:  If you’re going to grill meats, marinating meats for hours beforehand in liquid mixtures that contain rosemary and other herbs/spices can dramatically help to reduce HCA’s (heterocyclic amines), which are carcinogenic compounds that can form when meats are grilled.  So using rosemary, thyme, garlic, oregano and other spices in a meat marinade before grilling meats can drastically reduce any carcinogens that normally would form on grilled meat.

The antioxidants in rosemary and thyme from a marinade were specifically cited in studies at being powerful inhibitors of HCA formation when grilling meats.  But it was also noted that other spices such as garlic, oregano, and others can help to prevent HCA formation as well, so I suggest using a variety, which tastes great anyway!

One more important point about grilling meat: Remember that the more well-done a meat is cooked, the higher concentration of carcinogenic HCA’s can form, so rare, medium-rare, or medium are healthier choices than well-done.  I’ve never understood why anybody would want to ruin a good steak by burning it to oblivion anyway.  But hey, if you’re one of those folks that likes your steaks well-done, just remember that you’re eating a lot more carcinogens than a steak that’s cooked less, so make sure to load up on your antioxidants (spices, teas, berries, etc) to help combat those extra carcinogens.

Washing down your barbequed meal with a glass of unsweetened iced tea (rich in antioxidants) and also a good salad with lots of raw veggies can provide the antioxidants needed to counteract the effect of HCAs in your body from grilled meat.

By the way, even charring vegetables on the grill creates different carcinogens such as acrylamides, so don’t think that the negative effect of charring only applies to meats.

8. Ginger – Ginger is VERY powerful for your health!  Ginger contains over 25 different antioxidants, which makes it extremely effective at fighting free radicals in many different body systems. Ginger is best known for its ability to reduce nausea and vomiting, as well as motion sickness. In fact, ginger may even be more effective than Dramamine, one of the most common drugs used for motion sickness. And because ginger does not have harmful side effects like many drugs, it is very good for nausea from pregnancy. Studies actually show that just 1 gram of ginger before surgery is more effective than the standard anti-nausea medication given for post surgical nausea and vomiting.

Ginger is also a soothing remedy for sore throats from colds and flu because of its antiviral properties. Ginger also helps coughs and is an effective expectorant. Try a tea made with hot water simmered with a few slices of ginger and a small amount of honey and lemon for a soothing tonic when you are sick.

Because ginger is such a strong anti-inflammatory, it helps reduce the pain and swelling of arthritis, and muscle aches. Ginger also fights cancer, reduces cholesterol, and prevents blood clots that lead to strokes or heart disease.  I like to use a slice of ginger root in my hot teas sometimes, in our batches of iced teas, and of course, I love piling ginger on top of sushi!  I take a couple capsules of ginger daily since it’s not as frequently used in dishes as some other spices.

 9. Oregano – This herb contains an oil that is a very potent anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral agent, rosmarinic acid (also found in rosemary).   Oregano oil has been used to treat a wide range of conditions from bacterial and viral infections, to parasites and stubborn fungal infections. Although the oil of oregano is most often used for medicinal purposes, the herb itself can provide many of the same benefits when consumed regularly.

Oregano also relieves inflammation, internal or external, and can offer relief from allergies, aches and pain, without side effects.  Oregano is very high on the ORAC scale of measured antioxidant value.

10. Thyme — Thyme’s active ingredient is known for treating bronchitis, sore throats, chest congestion, laryngitis and asthma. Thyme is so effective it is often an ingredient in cough drops and mouthwashes to treat inflammation and infections. Thyme is also effective as a soothing stomach aid to relieve gastritis, indigestion and colic.

Thyme helps prevent cancer, improve memory, treat Alzheimer’s, calm the nerves, and alleviate depression, nightmares, and insomnia. An interesting new discovery about thyme shows that it actually boosts the amount of DHA (an important ingredient in omega 3 fatty acids) in the brain, heart and kidney cells.

Here are some other health benefits of some of the most popular herbs and spices:

  • Rosemary, turmeric, ginger and basil are powerful anti-inflammatories.
  • Cumin, turmeric, and sage help fight dementia.
  • Cayenne, cumin, coriander and cinnamon help to regulate insulin and blood sugar, aiding fat loss.
  • Lemon grass, nutmeg, bay leaves and saffron have a calming effect.
  • Garlic, mustard seed, hawthorne, and chicory are excellent for the heart.
  • Basil and thyme help your skin become softer and smoother.
  • Turmeric, garlic, basil, cinnamon, thyme, saffron, garlic and ginger boost the immune system.
  • Coriander, rosemary, cayenne, allspice and black pepper can help banish depression.

There are 3 specific spices that I personally believe are so powerful that I try to take them in daily capsule form as well, since they may not always be used in my daily meals… and those are:

Turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger.  They’re very cheap in capsule form too.  I usually take 2 capsules per day of each of these spices unless I use large amounts in certain dishes like a curry dish for example.

Spice up your life a bit, and enjoy all of those super health benefits!

Note: Always check with your physician to be sure certain herbs and spices don’t interfere with medications you may be taking—and check with your doctor before you quit any current medications.

 

 

Do You Have Gluten Sensitivity?

 

shutterstock_178135436Do you suffer from allergies? Or digestive issues (constipation, gas, bloating or diarrhea), joint pain, skin rashes, asthma, excess weight, depression or brain fog?

Maybe you are gluten sensitive or gluten Intolerant?

I remember when I first learned that I had gluten sensitivities. When I removed gluten from my diet, the bloating, tiredness and fogging thinking went away within days.

These days we are hearing more and more about people with severe gluten allergies, or celiac disease. Do you know someone that has celiac disease?

Do you know what Gluten is?

Not really? Well you’re not alone, watch this hilarious video from the US TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live highlighted, the public is really doesn’t know what gluten is?Well

Well we know what food Gluten is in, So what is Gluten?

Gluten (from Latin gluten, “glue“) is a protein composite found in wheat and other related grains Gluten is actually composed of two different proteins: gliadin (a prolamin protein) and glutenin (a glutelin protein).

That is correct, gluten is a type of protein naturally found in wheat (including spelt, kamut, bulgur, barley, rye, cereals and even salad dressings, seasoning mixes and loads more. Great article here

Why is gluten bad?

Gluten isn’t really that bad, unless you are gluten-intolerant, celiac disease, When someone with celiac disease consumes gluten, it triggers an immune response that damages their intestines, your body produces an abnormal immune response when it breaks down the gluten from wheat and other gluten grains during digestion, preventing them from absorbing vital nutrients. As a result the protective lining of the small intestine becomes compromised, potentially leading to ‘leaky gut’ and a endless amount of other symptoms.

What to eat on a gluten free diet?

A lot of people who go gluten-free focus on what they can’t eat, I believe in crowding out and upgrading which is important to emphasize what you do eat for complete nutrition value. Seek out some and try some superfoods, you’ll also be embracing a wide variety of nutrients that will help you look and feel your best.

Add some fresh veggies and fruits, bone broth, beans, lentils, and nuts are also gluten-free, so if you used to nibble on crackers, cakes and cookies, trade them for wholesome snacks, like veggies with hummus, berries with nuts, or yogurt try roasting kale or chickpeas.

If you love a side dish of pasta, replace it Jen’s Noodles they are gluten free and safe for people with celiac disease.

Want To Lose Weight?

shutterstock_55118254Heal Your Digestive System To  Lose Weight

Your gut is an amazingly complex system. Besides producing 70% of your immunity and 95% of your serotonin, your gut has it’s own nervous system called the Enteric Nervous System, which is similar to the brain.

Well you all know I have suffered form allergies for many of years, recently I discovered that I was born with a very poor digestive system  and low gut flora, as a result over many years my immune system has been weakened by poor food choices, stress and medications.

Hippocrates once said, “All diseases begin in the gut,”

OK so we know when the bad guys are in charge of our immune system it’s weakened. So we are more likely to get colds, flu, allergies, skin problems, irritable bowel syndrome, depression anxiety and even some autoimmune diseases

Do you suffer from- bloating, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, foggy brain, depression anxiety, skin problems, diabesity or weight gain?

What do all these symptoms have in common? They all stem from poor gut flora. If you’re trying to lose weight, you must take care of your digestive health.

Restoring poor gut flora to loss weight: Unfortunately, several of the above directly contribute to unhealthy gut flora. Studies have shown that changes in the gut flora can increase the rate at which we absorb fatty acids and carbohydrates, and increase the storage of calories as fat. This means that someone with bad gut flora could eat the same amount of food as someone with a healthy gut, but extract more calories from it and gain more weight.

Scientific evidence shows that nourishing your gut flora with the friendly bacteria, Probiotics or fermented foods is extremely important for proper brain function and is crucial to maintaining normal weight and metabolism.
Try adding some of these probiotic foods. These include, kefir, sauerkraut, organic miso paste, natto (a fermented soybean), umeboshi plums and Jens Noodles – all these foods aid digestion and restore healthy bacteria in the gut.      Read more here

Jen’s Noodles are a Probiotic— they are what we call a fermentable fibre, while keeping the intestines clean and assisting the movement of the bowels, serves as food for bacteria in the colon and helps enhance immunity. Encouraging Lactobacillus bifidus, It feeds the good lactic acid bacteria in your intestines so they multiply. These lactic acid bacteria inhibit Candida, which is a good thing for weight loss.

They also have a Prebiotic activity—The fibre scrubs your intestinal tract, aids digestion and assists with weight loss.

Bone Broth’s Health Benefits  

Besides making any dish taste delish Bone broth has some amazing health benefits: Bone broth has been used for centuries to promote healing. Bone broth has been shown to be beneficial in helping those with leaky gut and auto-immune diseases. Bone broth has also been found to reduce inflammation, to aid in attaining optimal levels of nutrients, help with issues of bacterial overgrowth, and boost the immune system.checkout how to make both broth here

Achieving you weight loss goals are so much easier by adding Jen’s Noodles to your meals

Have them sent directly to your place and check out our recipe book here

 

 

 

 

A Paleo Lifestyle To Lower Blood Sugar

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If you have poor digestion, allergies, high blood glucose, or any other symptoms of nutritional deficiency, Paleo lifestyle may be a benefit for you.

Paleo has become very popular over the last few years Paleo (short for ‘paleolithic’) Cave Man Diet.

If you’re not familiar with the concept of the Paleo Diet the main philosophy is avoid grains at all costs, including breads and other baked goods containing flour, along with rice, pastas, noodles and oats.

Modern chronic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and cancer, were mostly absent during the Paleolithic caveman era.

When I first started to use food as medicine, I adopted a Paleo lifestyle diet for many months, with amazing results.

 Here are other possible benefits of the Paleo Diet:

  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Better blood glucose control
  • Better brain health
  • Stronger muscles
  • Better digestion
  • Increased absorption of vitamins and minerals
  • Increased immunity
  • Relief from allergies and skin diseases
  • Improved energy levels
  • Increased insulin sensitivity
  • Reduced depression and anxiety
  • Improved sleep

Paleo is a lifestyle, many engage in high endurance physical activities, such as cross fit, which is a Boot Camp-Type workouts.

The main purpose of Paleo Lifestyle is to eat anti-inflammatory foods. Inflammation is the main cause of many chronic illness, chronic conditions like bloating, allergies, brain fog, alzheimer’s, eczema, joint pain, sinus infections, asthma, weight gain and even cancer.

It is very similar to Mediterranean-style diet, which is rich in monounsaturated oils (like avocados & olives) it would also include other healthy fats such as coconut oil, nuts, seeds and eating mostly low-starch vegetables.

Paleo style diet avoid high processed foods, they eat foods that are unprocessed, or at most, minimally processed, which mean that they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, critically important fatty acids and other vital nutrients.

So what do they eat?

- All lean meats, fish and seafood.

- Most of all fruits and vegetables.

- healthy fat, seeds nuts

Don’t eat

- No cereals or grains.

- No legumes.

- No processed foods.

They also avoid factory-farmed grain-fed meat, that are high in Omega-6’s and meat that has been raised in inhumane conditions, such as large-scale agricultural confined feed lots, instead they consume Consciously-raised and wild game meat muscle and organ meats.

Paleo lifestyle Diet is Great for those with Diabetes.

Paleo is also a low-glycemic (low-sugar) diet in order balance your insulin levels. High-sugar and high-starch foods rapidly convert into sugar and thereby produce inflammation. The cells can only absorb so much sugar before becoming inflamed.

If you want to reduce blood sugar, chronic inflammation and lose weight, then avoid grains. The protein in wheat, otherwise known as gluten, could be the cause of these and other symptoms, including infections and autoimmune disorders.

A recent study showed that most of the starch consumed in our diet, including wheat starch, is readily digested in the small intestine, resulting in a rapid increase in blood glucose which may contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes and obesity.”

Diabetics are advised to avoid most flour-based products, so that means no noodles or pasta.

“I am excited to share with you”, that there is one type of noodle that’s is made form an ancient Asian flour called ‘konjac’ that is highly recommended for diabetics to eat.

Konjac flour is the main ingredient in Jens Noodles, which has, zero net calories and do not raise your blood sugar at all!  In fact they help to control your blood sugar.

Thanks to Jen’s Noodles you can still enjoy your favourite noodles dishes and improve your diabetes while not compromising your Paleo- lifestyle

Jens Noodles are Paleo Diet-approved, we can ship the noodles right to your front door order your today www.jensnoodles.com

 

Eat Noodles To Lose Weight?

Yes Jen’s Noodles are awesome to help you lose weight.

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But weight there is so much more! 

Besides its role with the benefits of weight loss, this super fiber found in this amazing plant are proven to help reduce the risk of heart disease and steadily lower cholesterol levels.

Jen’s Noodle are a perfect choice. ideal for diabetic diets or those suffering from excessive insulin production. Konjac also helps to slow the rate sugars from food are absorbed after meals. Jen’s Noodles are Grain free, gluten free they suit any diet, weather you are on a low carb diet, sugar free, Paleo, Dukan, Gluten free, Coeliac, Diabetic or Detox Diet.

Jens Noodles are made from the root of the Konjac plant. The Japanese have been using Konjac for over 1,500 years. It was originally introduced to Japan as a medicine in the sixth century.

Amorphophallus (the Greek name for konjac) underground tubers. The main active ingredient in konjac food is glucomannan 97% percent of Konjac is water and 3% is Glucomannan a dietary fiber.

Glucomannan is highly absorbent and a proven ingredient to combat hunger pangs and sugar cravings, It is Truly a Gift From Nature, the answer to healthy sustainable slimming without any harmful side effects.

Listed  below are some of the known benefits from adding Jen’s Noodles to your diet.

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Top 10 Benefits of Eating Jen’s Noodles.

  1. Ideal for Diabetics– They Control glucose spikes — the glucomannan in Jen’s Noodle delays the absorption of glucose and fat. Glucose and lipid levels are gradually decreased. As a result, high blood sugar and high blood lipids are decreased and prevents blood glucose from spiking (clinically proven to be more effective than xanthan gum and psyllium). Controls insulin surges— the glucomannan in Jen’s Noodles, by slowing glucose uptake in the small intestine, reduces the body’s need for insulin.
  2. Low calories— Jen’s noodles are starch-free noodles, and they have only 6 calories per serve, which doesn’t get absorb by the body, therefore they are NET ZERO CALORIES. (Konjac Glucomanna) has been shown to delay and block the absorption of some of the fats in your diet. It binds to fat in the intestines, preventing some fat absorption. This means that you absorb less fat from the foods you eat,  decreasing your overall calorie intake.
  3. Lowers calorie uptake— the glucomannan in Jen’s Noodles increases the viscosity of the gastro-intestinal content and reduces rate of food (calories, fat, cholesterol, sugar) absorption in the small intestine. Consuming a meal with Jen’s Noodles is that one absorbs less calories from the other foods eaten with it, Glucomannan pushes more calories out through your colon, rather than letting them be absorbed. creating a lower calorie content per weight of food you eat.
  4. Promotes satiety— the glucomannan in Jen’s Noodles is made up largely of water and soluble fibre. The fibre attracts water and forms a gel, which slows down digestion and can reduce the heat absorption of nutrients.. Soluble fiber delays the emptying of your stomach and increasing the feeling of fullness, They prolong digestion and which can help achieve weight loss goals.
  5. Surprisingly Lowers cholesterol- Glucomannan can effectively dissolves fluids in the large intestine and forms a gel that binds with bile acids in the intestines. As a result, the liver converts more cholesterol to bile acids, and blood cholesterol levels are reduced . A meal containing Jen’s Noodle can flushing out cholesterol from the GI tract will also contribute to reducing cholesterol in the blood.
  6. Reliefs Constipation / laxative effect— glucomannan is a dietary fiber and prevents constipation by increasing bulk in the colon, stool softening, speed up the defecation rate, reduce the intestinal pressure, promote gastrointestinal peristalsis and relieve the pain of constipation. without the discomfort associated with most other dietary fibers. They often recommended as a gentle laxative to assist people with intestinal and digestive problems.
  7. Probiotic /Prebiotic Activity— while keeping the intestines clean and assisting the movement of the bowels, serves as food for bacteria in the colon and helps enhance immunity. Encouraging Lactobacillus bifidus, It feeds the good lactic acid bacteria in your intestines so they multiply. These lactic acid bacteria inhibit Candida, which is a good thing The fibre is like a gentle scrub for your intestinal tract, aids digestion and assists with weight loss.Mixed Box
  8. Amazingly High in Alkaline- According to a Japanese Researcher, Dr. Kotaro Nishizaki, when measured up to all of the foods on the pH Value chart, the konjac powder indicated to be the  highest in alkaline value, Alkalinity on the whole foods chart. The food with the highest alkalinity on the chart is Wakame Seaweed.
  9. They Help Detoxification- in order to shorten the time that food stays in the stomach, in general, ordinary food needs 28 hours to empty from the intestine, this super fibre only need 14-16 hours, which greatly reduces harmful substances absorption, that can help the body get rid off and dilute carcinogenic and toxic substances, which to some extent, provides anti-cancer functions.
  10. Prebiotic activity— serves as food for bacteria in the colon and helps enhance immunity. Encouraging Lactobacillus bifidus growth in the lower intestine, according to the Konjac Foods website. The fibre scrubs your intestinal tract, aids digestion and assists with weight loss.

These are just 10 benefits, there are so many more, please check out my website to read what the studies are saying. Jensnoodles

Dr Oz talks about weight loss with Glucomannan (Jen’s Noodles)

Change My Diet

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Do you find it difficult to lose weight?, Feel exhausted, tired and fatigued,? Do you suffer from mood swings, insomnia, cravings, PMS or/and bloating, allergies, or skin rashes? Does the tiniest little bit of physical activity leaves you exhausted?

If you answer yes to any of these then you are not alone over the last few months, I have being a little short of the enthusiast person I usually am.

I had a few test done and I was told that my body was not digesting the foods that I was eating. I have digestive issues, due to my gut flora being imbalanced. as a result that has upset my thyroid, which is  all due to stress!

I had to change what that I have been eating!

Yes I know, I already eat really healthy, though there is something not congruent, I was suffering with skin rash, hives, allergies and extremely low energy levels, it was out of control.

So I needed to scale right back to basics foods again, no sugar, grains, herbs or spices, I have to say I have some relief.

I am going to write about what I have been eating to heal my gut flora in a blog soon.

Last weekend I had a amazing opportunity to spend time with some beautiful inspiring women, which allowed me to be grounded, this gave me time to reflect with the real issues ”yes I needed to correct my diet to heal my gut” and I also needed to check in on what was really going on, what am I not digesting in live.

If you truly want to heal you need to take some time to reflect on your life and honor what you truly feel, believe and desire in this life. You need to ask yourself ‘what is NOT working?’

Is your marriage nourishing you? Do you hate your job? Are you hurt and wounded by your relationship with your children or parents? Is guilt eating you up inside?

The big one are you eating for love or out of fear?

This was a big for me, I am scared to eat most foods encase I get a swollen black eye or my throat swells up so I cant breath.

You owe it to yourself, to be honest, it is OK to feel what your feeling, emotions are only ENERGY IN MOTIONS, start living your authentic life. Find a way to bring balance to your life physically, mentally, spiritually, socially, etc.

Life is not about DOING, it is about BEING.

We are not Human Doings – we are Human Beings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Labels

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What is in our food?

It’s been over a week since I ate out. I don’t eat out very often; I decided to have fish on the stunning Noosa river with some friends. I had yummy fresh grilled wild caught fish & salad and I stole a few chips with chicken salt off my friend’s daughter pate, forgetting that they were loaded with MSG, let’s face it they do taste good. That night I had a bad reaction (surprised) today I am still I’m reacting to a lot of foods, I could normally eat.

This is the reason why I always make my own food at home; I know exactly what I am eating. I  share my newsletters/blogs to help you and myself  learn more about  food and the ingredients that we may be feeding ourselves or our children thinking they are safe, not really knowing what is in them,  some of these ingredients are even in organic labeled foods.

The main reason is because I don’t want to feel, sick, tired and annoyed  anymore, I don’t know about you, I really care about my health, I want to feel the best I possibly can in life, with abundant energy and radiating vibrancy. I don’t want to burden my family to take care of me when I am old because I didn’t take care of myself.

Reading food labels can be very confusing and tricky the manufactures are becoming very sneaky. Often we don’t have the time to spend trying to work out what they mean.

So lets have a look a just a few this week.

MSG

What is it? Monosodium Glutamate is a salt of the amino acid – Glutamic Acid (glutamate). Flavour enhancer (621)Glutamic acid literally excites your brain cells to death.Learn more here

Food manufactures use deceptive tactics to hide ” the word MSG.

Other names; yeast extract, autolyzed yeast, sodium caseinate, barley malt, and natural flavor” look here for a comprehensive list

Side effects; Glutamic Acid is absorbed very quickly in the gastrointestinal tract, causing brain cell damage and neurotoxicity, migraine headaches, reproductive disorders,allergies, fibromyalgia, sleep disorders, arrhythmias, tachycardia, chest pain, palpitations, dizziness, panic attacks, autistic, ADHD) go here to read more.

Cellulose

What is it? Wood pulp,it is cheap and is used to thicken and stabilize foods. It is a Wood-by-product, however cellulose can also comes from vegetables, but will be listed on the label as such.  Take note when the label says “Added fiber”  this fiber the body cannot digest.

Uses “anti-caking” agent in shredded and grated cheeses, spice mixes, and powdered drink mixes, endless. This lovely form of sawdust can also make ice cream creamier.

Other names; Cellulose can be listed by these on the ingredients label: Carboxymethyl cellulose, Microcrystalline Cellulose, or MCC, and Cellulose Gum. Don’t want to eat saw dust Watch this quick video  .

Find out what companies use wood pulp

They are just 2 stay tune next week for a few more.

Have you had any reaction to foods lately?  I would love to know what they were.

 

 

Are all non dairy alternatives healthy?

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Are all milk substitutes healthy?

In my opinion, not really!

With so many of us looking for dairy alternatives like Soy, Almond, coconut, oat,rice or hemp milk… there have been so many new varieties of non-dairy milks popping up in our food stores.

While these milk substitutes sound good according to the claims on the packages, the ingredients in these processed products tell a different story.

Here are some reasons to think twice before buying non-dairy milks:

Almond milk

Does it contain CARRAGEENAN?

 Carrageenan sounds seemingly harmless right?– after all it’s natural as its is derived from red seaweed found throughout the coasts of North America and Europe. It is used in some organic products, as a thickener, stabilizer, and/or emulsifier, it is used in dairy products (sour cream, yogurt, ice cream, etc),dairy alternatives (non-dairy milk, non-dairy cheese, jams jellies etc), deli meat products, toothpastes, prescription pills, and a heap of other things.

As it turns out, several studies in the early 2000s suggested that a certain type of carrageenan — degraded carrageenan, which has been hydrolyed, or broken down by acid. Some research links carrageenan to gastrointestinal inflammation, lesions, and even colon cancer in animals. Individuals with Inflammatory Bowel Disease or other gastrointestinal disorders are cautioned to avoid this ingredient as it can make symptoms – and inflammation – even worse.

For many people the stomach acid is a little stronger than other people and so their stomach breaks the molecule down further, allowing it to be passed into the blood when it normally wouldn’t be, and as a result it turns into a carcinogen that the body attacks with an immune response, which in my case is inflammation of the digestive tracks and then inflammation of the skin.

Like many other food additives, carrageenan has been deemed safe for consumption in small quantities. As it’s in many process foods (even the good organic ones!) just limiting your intake of these foods will limit your intake of additives like carrageenan.

With all my allergies I will always continue my research (if you’re doing the same, here‘s a great place to start) and be more mindful of the additives that are in the products that we buy.

Check out this research on carrageenan see this PDF document

If you have any tummy bloating, pain, discomfort please look into this ingredient and make your own informed opinion.

What about Natural flavours”?

There is nothing pure or natural about the flavors they produce – strawberry and vanilla can come from a “beaver’s backside,” according to the Givaudan scientists. Most of us know artificial flavors derived from petroleum aren’t good for us,

Natural flavor can legally contain natural occurring “glutamate” bi-products like MSG, some of the chemicals that cause your taste buds to experience irresponsibility when it comes to food.

I want to know EXACTLY what is in the food that I eat. That is why I prepare most of my food from scratch.

I highly recommend watching this clip below

Meet the scientists who create flavors that make foods and beverages so tasty that critics say they’re addictive

Any Added Synthetic and Isolated Vitamin?

Vitamin D2 is a synthetic and isolated form of the vitamin and, as a result, is extremely poorly absorbed (here’s the study). It offers no viable benefit to the body and may actually be harmful. Some experts believe that D2 actually desentitizes the D3 receptors, making us more prone to vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin A only creates toxicity in uber-extreme doses, moderate overdoses of synthetic vitamin A can cause toxicity (read more about synthetic vs. natural vitamin A) efficiency!

Isolated calcium, is not going to be optimally absorbed by the body. Best explained on this post

What about Locust bean gum and Guar Gum?

If you have gut issues, it would probably be best to avoid locust bean gum and Guar Gum.

Do they contain refined vegetable oils?

Most nut or seed milks contain refined canola oil, corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower seed oil, and/or soybean oil.

Corn and soy oils are heavily-sprayed and 90% is from GMO crops.

Vegetable oils are extracted with toxic solvents as well as high heat and pressure,  that become rancid and toxic.

What about Soy Milk?

When it comes to non-dairy milk options, soy milk is by far the worst choice.

Soy contains high amounts of phytoestrogens which may cause hormone damage by consuming soy products.

Over 90% of soy produced in the U.S. is genetically modified and the crops are sprayed with the herbicide Roundup, which may be associated with adverse effects on health.

Read more about soy here

  • Soy is super high in mineral-blocking phytic acid.
  • Soy impairs thyroid function which lowers metabolism. This leads to hair thinning, skin problems, and weight gain.
  • Soy contains substances that interfere with protein digestion. This can cause serious pancreas problems, including pancreatic cancer.

What about coconut milk?

Coconut has an excellent fatty acid profile with lots of fat burning medium chain fatty acids and very little PUFA. But we have to be careful when buying coconut milks because they can have the same problems of other milk substitutes.

I don’t recommend buying cartons of coconut milk, because these often contain carrageenan. The best option coconut milk in BPA-free cans and additive-free, although the can lining likely still leaches chemicals into the milk.

So what can you use instead!

Find some brands that don’t contain any of these ingredients, now that you are armed with this knowledge read the label.

In my option, the best non-dairy milk is homemade is best, it is super easy!

I love coconut milk.

Recipe below

Make a couple of batches and keep some in the freezer. It will last about 3-4 days in the fridge, and months in the freezer.

Homemade coconut milk instructions

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1.5 – 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions

  • Heat water until hot (but not boiling).
  • Add shredded coconut and water to blender (preferably a Vitamix!) If all of the water won’t fit, you can add it in two batches.
  • Blend on high for several minutes until thick and creamy.
  • Pour through a colander to filter out the coconut pulp, then squeeze through a cheesecloth
    or nutmilk bag to filter the smaller pieces of coconut.
  • If you separated the water into two batches, put the strained coconut back into the blender with the second batch of water.
  • Drink immediately or store in the fridge. Fresh coconut milk should be used within 3-4 days of making it for the best flavour and texture.

Blog : http://www.inhabitots.com/a-guide-to-the-pros-cons-of-6-popular-cows-milk-alternatives/top-cows-milk-alternatives

So why are these ingredients allowed in our organic foods? watch this quick video

Mark Kastel Presentation About Organic Watergate

Is sugar really the problem?

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Or is it your obsession for perfection?

It is my belief that people don’t become obsessed with food and binge-eat, because they have the “addiction-to-sugar” or because “food tastes that good.”

Changing your relationship with your mind,body and food, in my opinion, is a requirement for getting off of the diet-binge-emotional eating cycle.

People become obsessed with food because they let their behaviors with food dictates how they get to feel about themselves. When we let food dictate how we get to feel about ourselves — we give food an enormous amount of power over us.

There is no perfect diet!

I believe that people who are self-proclaimed perfectionists are more likely to develop disordered eating behaviors.

Why do I believe this?

I’ll let you in on a secret, I have been a perfectionist in most areas of my life. I have applied this same attitude towards my eating, which I believe also led me to develop disordered eating habits that has contributed to my food allergies.

Trying to find the perfect way to eat has caused me more stress!

Perfect is the enemy of good” is a quote by Voltaire that basically claims that striving for perfection often results in no progress at all.

What is perfectionism? A lot of people think that to be a perfectionist they must be perfect at something, but that isn’t necessarily true.

Perfectionists often…

  • Have very high standards for themselves and others
  • Feel frustrated when they don’t meet their goals.
  • Blame and attack themselves when things go wrong.
  • Set them selves up to fail, Intentionally set goals they know are almost impossible to reach.
  • Are hardly ever really satisfied with their performance.
  • Procrastinate. is a symptom of perfectionism. Perfectionists fear they won’t be able to complete the task perfectly, so they try to put it off as long as possible.

I read this article by By Melissa McCreery, PhD I wanted to share with you

How to Keep Perfectionism from Triggering Emotional Eating

People worry about stress eating or eating because you are bored. People know that they go out with friends and ruin their weight loss plans on a basket of chips and a few margaritas, but when the word perfectionism comes up, many women smile, nod, and say, “I can relate” without giving a second thought to how perfectionism may be sabotaging their goal to weigh less or take control of emotional eating.

In our culture, perfectionism is often something to be (almost) proud of. It can mistakenly be associated with having high standards or aiming for quality results. Unfortunately, perfectionism actually limits success, and it’s a major cause of emotional eating and overeating. Perfectionism (also called all or nothing thinking) can sabotage your efforts to change your eating and will actually undermine your progress.

Perfectionism Won’t Help You Lose Weight

It would be fascinating if we could accurately measure the number of extra calories a dieter takes in after that moment when she decides that “it’s no use, I’ve blown it!” Perfectionism is the belief that if it isn’t perfect (one hundred percent, exactly up to expectations, no mistakes or slip ups), you’ve failed or it’s no good.

With eating, this tends to show up like this: you eat “perfectly” all day (adhere to a strict food plan that is often too restrictive) and then fall off track at the end of the day. A perfectionist sees the misstep as “blowing it” and the day as a failure. She gets frustrated by her “lack of willpower” and often continues past that initial misstep to overeat or make more poor choices because “it didn’t work” “the day is ruined” and now she “has to start all over again.”

Much of the time, the calories eaten after deciding that imperfect equals failure are often more than the misstep that led you to believe you failed.

Perfectionism Sabotages Your Attempts to End Emotional Eating

Perfectionism leads to thinking that it’s all either good or bad, a success or a failure. When you focus on only one of two results, the large grey area in the middle is overlooked. The problem is that this area in between is the place for making peace with food and ending emotional eating.

When you overeat, avoid seeing it as a failure. Instead examine why it happened.

“Why was I so hungry?”

“Why did the food seem so compelling even though I wasn’t hungry?”

“How come today was so much harder than yesterday?”

“What did I do that was working and where did things fall off track?”

These questions allow you to learn from experiences and make adjustments so that you can continue forward toward your goals.

Perfectionists don’t tend to learn or grow from mistakes. Instead they see them as failures and may even feel like failures because they made one. Starting over and “banishing” the mistake can become more important than using it to move forward.

When you get stuck in perfectionist thinking, a mistake “ruins” everything.  It’s as if by eating that piece of cake, you slide all the way back to start and all your earlier efforts and great choices that day have evaporated or count for nothing.

Perfectionism Causes Emotional Eating

Perfectionist thinking is a recipe for never feeling good enough. Why? Because nobody is perfect. Even if you attain your impossible standards for a short period of time, eventually, you’ll miss the mark. With perfectionism that means quickly switching from doing great to having failed.

Perfectionists focus on the distance between where they are and what they define as perfect. Within this mindset, it’s easy to see all the flaws but almost impossible to take credit for the (imperfect) progress, good choices, and effort you are making. If it isn’t perfect, it just isn’t good enough because you haven’t succeeded yet.

A perfectionist mindset, never feeling good enough, and not seeing the progress that you are making, is a powerful trigger for overeating. Eating for comfort, eating to avoid your thoughts, or eating out of frustration or guilt or shame can all be triggered by a perfectionistic mindset.

How to Keep Perfectionism from Sabotaging Your Eating

First, don’t get all perfectionistic about it! Expect this to be a journey of trial and error. As a recovering perfectionist, it’s best to keep it simple, so start with these three steps:

  1. Start recognizing perfectionism in your life. Name it when you see it and instead of feeling frustrated with yourself (the thought that you failed again is actually your old perfectionistic thinking), celebrate the fact that you are growing more aware of something you used to fall into without thinking.
  2. Practice breaking your progress and successes into very small pieces. Put all the teeny tiny steps on your to-do list and check each one off. This will help you to see that progress and success isn’t usually an either/or and that when one thing goes wrong or doesn’t happen, there are almost always other things that went right, that you can take credit for, and that reveal that you are making progress.
  3. Expect to make mistakes and see them as opportunities. Easier said than done, but experiment with seeing a meal or an evening that doesn’t go well as information about what you might be able to do to make things go better in the future. Use curiosity to examine why things went as they did and what you can learn from this. Instead of shutting down or “starting over” when you make a mistake, try following a negative choice or behavior with something immediate that is a positive step. Switch your mantra from “I need to start over” to “I’m going to correct course – starting now.”

What tricks and tips have you found to recognize and address perfectionism in your own life? How and where does it tend to trip you up? I’d love to hear. Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

By Melissa McCreery, PhD www.Too Much On Her Plate.com

 

Flaked Barramundi with Jen’s Fettuccine

Barramundi Filets

Ingredients

  •  Jen’s Noodles Fettuccine
  • 1 generous-sized fresh wild caught barramundi fillet
  • 2 organic egg yolks
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • Himalayan salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large handfuls of baby rocket (arugula)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives

The Fun

  • Turn on the vibs
  • Rinse Jen’s Noodles as instructions
  • Pop the barramundi into a steamer and gently simmer for 5–6  minutes, or until the fish flakes when gently touched with a fork.
  • While that is simmering add the noodle into a fry pan and dry fry for a few minutes
  • Quickly stir through the egg yolks, lime juice and zest, and a generous pinch of Himalayan salt and pepper.
  • Gently stir through the flaked barramundi and add the olive oil.
  • Remove from the heat mix the noodles, rocket, chives and extra olive oil
  • Serve with love and eat mindfully
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