Yes Jen’s Noodles are awesome to help you lose weight.
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.
Top 10 Benefits of Eating Jen’s Noodles.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
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.
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.
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 .
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 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:
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.
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
- 4 cups water
- 1.5 – 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
- 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.
So why are these ingredients allowed in our organic foods? watch this quick video
Mark Kastel Presentation About Organic Watergate
The Wikipedia definition of “Gratitude” is: Gratitude, thankfulness, gratefulness, or appreciation is a feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive.
To be honest my attitude need an over hall, over the last few months.
I have not been practicing gratitude, as you know I have had an down ward spiral with my health and there were many things I didn’t like about my life, and it was really hard to focus on being thankful.
It was much easier to be miserable and complain.
For years I read about the importance of gratitude, I have been grateful most of the time, I know my attitude has a huge impact on my overall health and I knew that I needed to get back into the habit of expressing gratitude.
So I started to read again May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein I started to focus on “How can being thankful really can change my life?”
Every night as I collapsed into bed, I would search back through the day for one moment for which I was grateful.
7 WAYS TO BE MORE GRATEFUL
Practicing gratitude can strengthen your immune system, bring more joy and increase your happiness. There are two root causes of our life’s problems: the feeling of “not being good enough” or “not having enough”, and the notion that we will be satisfied once we become something or get something. But the frenzy for material possessions can take over, and that’s when all sense of gratitude vanishes and we simply fail to count our blessings. What seeps in here is the destructive sense of worry, ingratitude and dissatisfaction with our present life.
What we probably do not realize is that being thankful for what we have is not merely our state of mind. In fact, when we choose to fret and fume over what we don’t possess, we actually stand at a risk of losing whatever we already have. After all, it is our mind that rules our body. There is no way we can go on to being successful in life unless our mind is first happy and satisfied and then yearns for more.
It is the sense of gratitude that is the driving force of a happy and successful life. Here, we give you a set of 7 time-tested ground rules that guide you on how you can be grateful for what you have before you set to strive for what you don’t.
1. You get what you deserve and need
Nothing more than you need and not before you deserve; that’s indeed the unspoken universal rule! Be thankful for what you have today, be it the people around, your circumstances or your possessions. Know that the Universe knows exactly what you need and deserve, and sends it your way at the right moment. Sense this in your life, be aware of it and above all, learn to be thankful for it.
2. Choose to be grateful
Well, whether to complain for what you don’t have or to be thankful for what you have is a conscious choice you make yourself. You can choose to be happy over what you have and then strive for what you need next. Worrying over what you don’t have or can’t achieve in the present is merely a way to waste the precious present moments.
3. Look around you
When in fear or frustration, look around yourself for examples of resilience, patience and gratitude. Learn to observe how birds are grateful to Mother Nature for their homes, food and life. Observe how trees stand tall and brave the fury of storms, rains and the ever-changing seasons. More you look into it, more you will find examples of how being grateful has helped various living things survive and prosper happily.
4. Watch your language.
Grateful people have a particular linguistic style that uses the language of gifts, givers, blessings, blessed, fortune, fortunate, and abundance. In gratitude, you should not focus on how inherently good you are, but rather on the inherently good things that others have done on your behalf.
5. Count your blessings…each day
By being thankful and satisfied doesn’t imply that you don’t need to work any harder for bigger achievements. All it means is that you stay away from the dreaded feeling of anxiety and frustration that stems for being ungrateful. Count your little blessings every day, be it good health, four square meals a day or people you love. Know that there are many people in the world who are not even blessed with that much!
6. Think positive to achieve the positive
You might not have heard this, but its’ true. Your thoughts can shape your life. Have you ever noticed that if you keep telling yourself that the present tough times shall pass and you are happy with what you have, you actually get the courage to deal with the crisis? The human mind is a powerful machine. To think positive and steer the course of actions that way is a power that lies absolutely within!
7. Look for the hidden ways to be thankful!
Once you have the mindset to be first thankful for the life you have, you will find hundreds of ways to do that. As you live your normal daily routine, you will find an umpteen number of hidden opportunities to be thankful for the bounties you have. Being capable enough to work and earn, being amiable enough to make friends and relationships, being capable enough to be able to help someone are just a few of these!
Remember, people who practice gratitude tend to be more creative, bounce back more quickly from adversity, have a stronger immune system, and have stronger social relationships.
“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ― Epicurus
Below is a mixture of resources for you, around the concept of Gratitude
This is a 10 minute MUST watch video on Gratitude and Happiness.
Gratitude by Louie Schwartzberg
Guide: May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness. By Gabrielle Bernstein. In this inspiring guide, Gabrielle offers an exciting plan for releasing fear and allowing gratitude, forgiveness, and love to flow through us without fail. All of which, ultimately, will lead to breathtaking lives of abundance, acceptance, appreciation, and happiness.
Reads; Gratitude: A Way of Life by Louise L. Hay. In this book, Louise has gathered together the insights and wisdom of some of the most inspirational teachers and authors she knows, people who have demonstrated the power of gratitude in their own lives.
Journal: The Secret of Gratitude Book by Rhonda Byrne this beautiful journal offers a framework for practicing the power of gratitude each day, enabling you to attract every magnificent thing you want into your life.
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I am finally getting back to normal.
Life has been a challenge over the last few weeks. There have been many days of waking up exhausted, in pain, itchy with welts and hives covering my body, externally and internal, caused from my body overreacting to an over load of histamines that have been flooding my blood. It is like been stung be a 1000 bees and swallowing a few.
I would go to bed with every night with great intention to get up early to start with my training schedules, instead I drag myself out of bed, finding it a challenge to even put on my clothes. If you suffer from any allergies or hangovers lately you know what I am talking about.
It felt like I had a hangover or the flu, I couldn’t think straight with the constant body aches and brain fog, (inflammation of my brain). By lunchtime I needed a nanny nap to get through the rest of the day. Living on anti-histamine to feel normal was depleting my gut flora my immune system even more. Managing my autoimmune disorder for many years now, I knew that my immune system usually responds to some insult such as an allergen, or toxins, and then it snowballs out of control. Finding and removing that trigger are the key to feel normal again and every attack seem to have a different trigger.
Why was my body out of balance and how did I help it?
Inflammation the silent killer.
Inflammation is normally part of a healthy immune response, it intention is to to keep us safe and tell us that something is in dis-ease. However, when too much inflammation is present in the body, it begins to play a crucial role in the advancement of a number of major diseases.
Here are a few of my triggers, mix them altogether can trigger an inflammation snowball response.
It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. Epictetus
A build up of emotional stress; I really like the work of Louise Hay. She has a book You Can Heal Your Life. She says that if we choose to attach to a negative emotion or any thought, then it creates an energy that becomes stored in whatever corresponding body part. And, it waits until we choose to bring it back to its original state, which is a state of love, until that health issue can then go away.
So, if we keep storing this negative emotion and we don’t do our emotional cleanup work, physical symptoms appear. So, I have taken some time to Look. Listen. Feel. and, really start to see what’s going on within.
In her books she says that…
Hives: Small, hidden fears, mountains out of molehills.
INFLAMATION is resistance to what is happening, a build-up of angry emotions, could be repressed anger from the distant past. And, she always gives a new thought pattern. here are a few..
“I give myself permission to be all that I can be. I love and appreciate myself and others.”
So next time… I feel overwhelmed, take a break and go for a walk, call a friend, meditate, Practice deep relaxation like yoga, deep breathing, or go get a massage, because stress worsens the immune response , so be kind to yourself.
I wasn’t maintaining the 80/20 Rule; I was working 100%, stressed and overworked, 80/20 rule is simply eating whole natural foods 80% of the time and allow yourself to indulge 20 % of the time. Ideally, our bodies’ pH level should have an 80% alkaline, 20% acid balance. Life balance working 80% fun 20%.
You don’t have to be perfect to make healthy choices 100% of the time to be fit, happy and healthy. Don’t get me wrong, healthy eating is important, trying to be PERFECT cause stress, Life is meant to be enjoyed, and if having a piece of cake or a glass of wine at your friends party is going to bring you pleasure, then just eat the cake. That’s why I needed to get back to 80/20 rule; 80% work, 20% fun.
I wasn’t exercising, I was so busy and tired, I stopped regular exercise, this week I started off real steady with exercising at least 30 minutes of moderately everyday, As with most things, moderation is the key, (message to self) too much exercise can exacerbate the inflammation cascade. so embark on a fitness routine that includes moderate-intensity activities that raise your heart rate to approximately 70% of maximum heart rate, I started to add in short anaerobic bursts and I do two or three weight-training workouts a week.
I was out of the habit of drinking lots of clean water; when you think about it, inflamed means on fire, water puts out fire. There fore water is necessary to maintain an ideal internal body temperature –so water will decrease inflammation in the body. I have a jug of water on my desk and I make sure that is is gone before 11, fill it up and drink that before 5, that way I’m not up all night.
Lack of sleep; I wasn’t getting my regular 8-9 hours sleep, Lack of sleep is associated with stress, stress causes inflammation. Sleep is a time for the body to recover and repair both mentally and physically.
Excess Alcohol; I had too many watermelon margaritas! They are so yummy. I stopped drinking all alcohol, you could limit alcohol to 3-5 drinks per week, really depends on how much pain your in, too much alcohol can cause changes in the intestinal lining, allowing bacteria to pass through into the bloodstream, triggering inflammation.
Eat clean, Avoid toxins; so what is a toxin?
At the simplest level, a toxin is something capable of causing disease or damaging tissue when it enters the body.
here are a few to avoid.
Cereal grains; (especially refined flour) contains toxic compounds is the protein gluten.
Refined oils; Omega-6 industrial seed oils (corn, cottonseed, safflower, soybean, etc.)Avoid Rancid Fats: Be careful not to heat oil to the point of smoking. When oil is heated beyond its smoke point, fat oxidation occurs, which turns it pro-inflammatory
Sugar (especially high-fructose corn syrup) About 20 years ago, Nancy Appleton, PhD, began researching all of the ways in which sugar destroys our health. Sugar can cause many problems with the gastrointestinal tract, including an acidic digestive tract, indigestion, malabsorption in patients with functional bowel disease, increased risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and allergies.
Processed soy (soy milk, soy protein, soy flour, etc.) Soy is now one of the top 8 allergens in our diets.
Include these in you day;
Restoring poor gut flora: Unfortunately, several of the above directly contribute to unhealthy gut flora. Try adding some of these probiotic foods. These include, kefir, sauerkraut, organic miso paste, natto (a fermented soybean), and umeboshi plums – all found in Asian markets or farmer markets, these foods aid digestion and restore healthy bacteria in the gut.
Eat “real food” – unprocessed, whole foods (think organic produce and eggs, pasture-raised meats, and whole grains like unprocessed millet and quinoa). If it comes from a plant, eat it. If it’s made in one, don’t.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: The Omega-3/Omega-6 balance is crucial to reduce inflammation.
Increase your amounts of hemp oil,hemp seeds, flax oil, flax seeds, walnuts, wild-caught salmon and fish oil if you feel you aren’t getting enough Omega-3s, or take a high-quality supplement.
Quality Multivitamins; the key is to find a high-quality supplement that have folic acid and B vitamins in particular, zinc, all have been associated with lowering inflammation as well as vitamins C, D and full-spectrum vitamin E.
Antioxidants like Alpha Lipoic Acid, Resveratrol, Grapeseed Extract and NAC.
Switch Up Your Greens; Vary your greens. If you’re going to eat kale one day choose a non-cruciferous, non-goitrogenic veggie dish the next, like a simple cucumber and tomato salad, or beets. Our bodies need many nutrients and by eating a variety of vegetables you’ll ensure that you don’t overload on one and skip another.
Broccoli: High in Vitamin C and calcium, broccoli helps reduce eye inflammation.
Spinach/Kale: These green powerhouses are loaded with carotenoids, an inflammation-reducing antioxidant.
Parsley: Parsley is one of the most nutrient-rich, detoxifying herbs we have. It acts as an anti-inflammatory, an anti-spasmodic and a diuretic, helping conditions from colic to indigestion.
Spice up your life;
Think herbs and spices are only good for adding a little flavour to your food. Turns out many of them also contain high levels of antioxidants and other beneficial compounds that can reduce inflammation and dull pain.
Turmeric: Ginger, for autoimmune-related inflammation and pain.
Capsaicin, which is a naturally occurring ingredient in chilli peppers,
Onions and Garlic: Besides being great flavour enhancers, onions and garlic are high in quercetin, a potent antioxidant that helps fight inflammation
Give these steps a try, — and see if you don’t start feeling less inflamed. If you have an autoimmune disease, here is what you need to think about and do.
Your body is a messenger for the soul. It’s never, ever, ever just about the physical. And, when you cleanse physically, you can’t help but cleanse mentally and emotionally, as well.
Let us know, what are your allergies or do you have and what helps you feel normal again?
Food as Medicine Why add Turmeric In this post I share with I add turmeric to most of my meals
Emotional chart Check out the chart below to see how your emotions affect your body!
Blog: The 80:20 rule This principle is best known as an eating plan, but it can be applied to everyday life,
Blog; Nancy Appleton 141 Reasons Sugar Ruins Your Health
Video: Second Option -Our panellists explore the relationship between inflammation and disease, and what new treatments lay ahead.
The foods I avoid and how I upgrade them.
I have been getting so many questions lately about what I eat as a Nutritarian and how to get started. It starts by making small changes and becoming conscious to your food choices, what is in your food and what is your food eating?
As a Nutritarian I eat whole un-refined, fresh foods that include grass fed meat, dairy and wild caught fish.
It is important to recognize that low nutrient eating (and toxic eating) leads to increased cellular toxicity with undesirable levels of free radicals damage and many other toxins that contribute to the development of chronic disease.
A Nutritarian’s food choice is very similar to the Omnivore’s diet. Though it’s incorporated a Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition, Eating and living consciously. Nourishment comes from more than just the food we eat. It comes from our mindset, the activities we participate in, the physical world that surrounds us and products we use every day in our environment.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan is one of my favourite books. He describes his journey through 4 different ways of obtaining food: industrialized (or fast) food, conventional farming practices, organic/symbiotic farming practices, and people that hunt/forage for their meals. He follows the food chain literally from the ground to the table.
“Much of our food system depends on our not knowing much about it, beyond the price disclosed by the checkout scanner; cheapness and ignorance are mutually reinforcing. And it’s a short way from not knowing who’s at the other end of your food chain to not caring–to the carelessness of both producers and consumers that characterizes our economy today. Of course, the global economy couldn’t very well function without this wall of ignorance and the indifference it breeds. This is why the American food industry and its international counterparts fight to keep their products from telling even the simplest stories–”dolphin safe,” “humanely slaughtered,” etc.–about how they were produced. The more knowledge people have about the way their food is produced, the more likely it is that their values–and not just “value”–will inform their purchasing decisions.” ~ Michael Pollan
Here are a few food that should never been eaten, don’t worry I have included some great upgrades.
Rice Snacks: Wait a minute! Rice cakes are good food, aren’t they? Don’t be fooled. Rice cakes, puffs, snack bar, crisp and milk can have a glycemic index rating as high as 91 (pure glucose has a rating of 100), which means that it makes our blood glucose levels rapidly increase, along with the hormone insulin, which also promotes fat storage in the body. They are empty calories and contain MSG.
Upgrade: Make some yummy Kale Chips, Seaweed paper — commonly referred to as nori — is similar in texture to rice wrappers, yet contains a higher nutritional value, making them a deliciously healthy substitute for rice wrappers. A variety of veggies can be sliced into very thin strips or you can make your own crackers. try Almond or coconut milk.
Breakfast Cereals and Bread: Refined and re-fortified grains are grain-based foods like most breakfast cereals, pastas, breads and rice products that have been refined such that the naturally occurring fiber, vitamins, and minerals have been removed. Companies then replace the fibre and synthetic versions of the vitamins and minerals that were initially removed. Then they put everything back in naturally occurring ratios so that they can still claim the food contains ‘whole grains’.
Upgrade: Start your morning with a real whole grain cereal, like steel cut oats. Try using the left over Quinoa as a breakfast dish by topping it with seeds, nuts and spices. Or, if you prefer cold cereal, try Nuts 2 Die 4 muesli, which is simply activated seeds and nuts no added sugar or preservatives. Replacing refined grain bread with whole food like Ezekial Bread,replace your Hi Starch pasta with Jen’s Gluten free,low carbs Noodles. You can also ditch the grains all together and do a fruit plate or smoothie.
Canned Foods: When you buy canned foods, however, you are also buying BPA – a toxic chemical linked to reproductive abnormalities, neurological effects, diabetes, heart disease and a heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers. Canned foods that are highly acidic, such as tomatoes for example, cause the BPA to leach into your food.
Upgrade: to what’s fresh and in season. You can also switch over to glass containers or frozen foods instead.
Margarine: Ants don’t eat it, neither do cockroaches, It is one molecule away from plastic. Margarine is loaded with trans fats, free radicals, emulsifiers, and preservatives. Any of these alone can lead to: heart disease, cancer, bone problems, hormonal imbalances, skin disease, infertility, and many more health problems.
Upgrade: to grass fed butter, good old-fashioned butter, when made from grass-fed cows, is a healthy substance filled with conjugated linoleic acid, which actually helps to fight cancer and diabetes. Try avocado, nut butters, or cashew cheese. Healthy fats are ESSENTIAL to your diet as your cells are built with fat. Don’t let clever marketing fool you.
Table Salt :“White salt is just like white sugar: It’s missing the key supporting minerals and nutrients your body needs,” writes Mike Adams, editor of NaturalNews.com. Did you know that processed salt is 98% sodium chloride and the remaining 2% consists of dangerous chemicals like ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate in addition to fluoride?
Upgrade: Himalayan Pink Salt has over 84 minerals and trace elements such as: calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. That balances electrolytes, supports proper nutrient absorption, eliminates toxins, balances the body’s pH, normalizes blood pressure and increases circulation and conductivity. It can also assist with relief from arthritis, skin rashes, psoriasis, herpes, and flu.
Frozen Yoghurt: It may sound healthy but sweet yoghurts can have as much sugar as ice-cream and just as many calories. But I have low fat, Low fat is worse! Yes – you heard that right – that creamy, low calorie, probiotic promised goodness swirled into your cup and topped with your favourite goodies is one of the worst “healthy” fads to hit the market, especially when extra syrups, nuts and treats are added. Almost all of what comes directly from the “fruit” is high-fructose corn syrup. Commercially available frozen yogurt is one of the most processed food products on the planet!
Upgrade: To full fat yogurts with some fresh fruit, nuts and seeds as topping, even better still make your own, I love making my own ice cream from coconut milk and fruit.
Sports drinks: Let’s face it – Gatorade (and Powerade, etc…) is one of the worst things you could possibly put in your body. It’s made up of mostly chemically treated & refined sugar (as much as a typical soda), artificial colors, and other toxic ingredients that are dreadful for your body. We have been FOOLED to believe that they buy sports drink and an electrolyte. Not only is Gatorade unhealthy it is also a fake electrolyte!
Upgrade: Try raw coconut water, it has electrolytes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium, but all of these are in their most natural and healthy form, that will not only help you stay hydrated but also keep your body from getting any cramps.
Juice Celery + Apple + Lemon - This juice combination works wonders for replacement of electrolytes.
Microwave Popcorn: I have never owned a microwave, I think that we shouldn’t eat anything that’s been put in a microwave, especially microwave popcorn! The bags of microwave popcorn contain chemicals called perfluoroalkyls which keep the grease from leaking through the fast food wrappers. These ‘gender bending’ chemicals disrupt the endocrine system and are carcinogenic. They are linked to infertility, thyroid malfunction, cancerous tumors, and immunological problems. Buy wait there’s more! then there is diacetyl (DA) add to the toxic mix, which is a chemical food flavoring ingredient used to produce the distinctive buttery flavor and aroma of microwave popcorn, margarine’s, snack foods, candy, baked goods, pet foods and other products, that’s causes “Popcorn lung”
What is popcorn lung? watch this quick video blow
Upgrade: make popcorn yourself the old fashioned way: on the stovetop or with a popcorn maker. Popcorn is so cheap; buy a big bag of organic kernels. The best oils to cook your popcorn in are ghee or pressed coconut oil. After popping, sprinkle with himaylain salt it is delicious and a healthy snack. Some folks I know sprinkle popcorn with nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavour.
Sugar: Has no nutritional value at all zero, none, it suppresses the immune system, leads to weight gain and leaches precious minerals from your body. It suppresses the immune system for hours and plays significant effect on your hormones, throwing your body out of balance and into a state of biochemical chaos.
Upgrade; Organic Coconut Palm Sugar its teeming vitamins and minerals. It is naturally high in amino acids – has 10,000 times more potassium, 20 times more magnesium and 20 times more iron than conventional sugar. Some others are Date Sugar is not a sugar but finely ground dates containing all of the fruit’s nutrients and minerals. Raw Honey. Raw honey contains small amounts of enzymes, minerals, and vitamins. Maple Syrup 100% Organic varieties are best.
Artificial Sweeteners – Artificial sweeteners have been linked to different types of cancers and even banned in some countries despite a lack of scientific evidence. Avoid artificial sweeteners like the plague. While the mechanisms of harm may differ, they’re all harmful in one way or another. This includes aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), sucralose (Splenda), saccharin (Sweet’N Low), acesulfame potassium, neotame, and others. Saccharin, a low-calorie sugar substitute, was once listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a possible carcinogen aspartame forms methanol in the body. Methanol is carried into the brain and bone marrow, where it’s converted into formaldehyde, which damages DNA.
Upgrade If you need to sweeten, go for Natural Sweet leaf Stevia is an herb from the rainforests of the Amazon that has been used for centuries by native South Americans.
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is slowly absorbed and only partly utilized by the body. It contains 40% less calories than sugar and is safe for diabetics. A seven on the glycemic index.
Honestly – the easiest way to stay healthy is to eat whole un-refined and fresh foods.
As Michael Pollan stated beautifully: “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”
Food: The Ultimate Secret Exposed – PT 1/2
I didn’t know what I didn’t know.
When I first started to get rashes and hives all over my body. I thought it might have been my laundry powder. I just got my first computer so I spent most days researching the ingredients. I started looking at some of the ingredients in laundry powders and then some of the ingredients in the other products that I used every day on myself and my babies. I was shocked at what I discovered, they were loaded with toxic ingredients that should never be allowed. It wasn’t just my laundry powder it was every product that I put on my skin. I wouldn’t eat this stuff! I thought, so why would I use them or even worse on my babies’ skin, so I threw them all out and found safer reliable products without theses toxic ingredients. I stopped using deodorant altogether, I don’t need it, magnesium spray work well for me.
I want to share with you some of these dangerous ingredients, that are cancer causing, fat storing and toxic to our environment.
Recently I came across these great article that explained it best and a quick video below
Know Thyself: Skin Care Products Can Be More ToxicThan FoodWritten By: Nancy B. Loughlin
Originally published on News-Press.com
The skin is the body’s largest organ. And it’s ravenous.
People are wearing patches that pump nicotine and birth control into their bodies. If the skin is an effective conduit for medicines, it’s also wide open for toxins.
What’s unfortunate is that many toxins meeting your skin are applied by choice, particularly cosmetics.
According to the Environmental Working Group, the average woman uses 12 “beauty” products per day, containing about 168 ingredients.
Gloria Aparicio, a representative of NYR Organic Skin and Body Care, a natural cosmetics company, has a top five list of additives that some studies have found questionable: parabens, phthalates, BHT and BHA, petrolatum, any kind of synthetic fragrances, and DEA.
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Ji stressed that consumers need to be at least five times more aware of a skin care product’s toxicity than that of food. Once you apply a cream, powder, deodorant, soap, shampoo (keep going), they are not filtered by the body’s digestive system. They penetrate the skin and hit the fat stores and blood and lymphatic systems, he said.
Check out ewg.org. Its Skin Deep database rates thousands of products for toxicity. While you look up your cosmetic collection, consider a few tidbits:
• Sunscreen is deceptive. Sunscreen doesn’t prevent all skin damage, and a higher SPF can create a false sense of security that lengthens your time in the sun.
If you feel you must block the sunlight, or are particularly sensitive, consider staying out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Don a jaunty, wide-brimmed hat, a long-sleeved linen shirt, a long skirt (or loose pants) by day. When you walk, the light fabric creates a breeze. Even while swimming, wear a lightweight long-sleeved shirt, and reapply a lower SPF, EWG-recommended sunscreen hourly to all exposed skin.
• Sweat is sexy, even in your armpits. The body needs to sweat to disburden itself of toxins. Choose an aluminum-free deodorant and make sweat puddles a fashion statement. It’s Florida. You’re probably wearing them already.
• If your body stinks, clean house. Remove animal fats from your diet, and fill up on fresh vegetables. Eat colon-cleansing foods, and keep the flow moving. Alcohol, cigarettes and narcotics will age you faster than having children. How fresh and healthy you look actually depends more on your diet and lifestyle choices than on the colors you slather on your skin and hair. And who said gray hair wasn’t beautiful (and cheaper)? Now …
• Less is more. If you wear less makeup, not only are you reducing the 168 ingredients per day, you’re ending the cosmetics vicious cycle. The more makeup you wear, the more you distress your skin. Foundation makeup is clowny (sorry), and if you are compelled to wear blush, get some natural pink in your cheeks with some walks in the fresh air. Take off your mask from time to time. You’ll like what you see.
• Finally, consume commercial-free media. All advertising stalks your insecurities, particularly ads in fashion magazines. Everything we take in through our senses is food; it’s either nourishing or toxic. Being bombarded by computerized beauty images is a diet of lies.
• An aside to women: The exterior doesn’t matter so why not change it? But cosmetics dance on a troublesome razor. Women will say it enhances their natural beauty or covers a flaw or two. But this is a social construction. Advertising and socialization whisper that in order to be beautiful a woman needs augmentation.
Is your cosmetic use embracing or rejecting who you really are? Only you know.
Why there are so many chemicals in your shampoo, even toothpaste?
Check out this video for a fabulous explanation of why:
If your products contain any of these throw them out
1. BHA and BHT. Used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disruptors and may cause cancer (BHA). Harmful to fish and other wildlife.
2. Coal tar dyes: p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as “CI” followed by a five digit number. Look for p-phenylenediamine hair dyes and in other products colours listed as “CI” followed by five digits.1 The U.S. colour name may also be listed (e.g. “FD&C Blue No. 1″ or “Blue 1″). Potential to cause cancer and may be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain.
3. DEA-related ingredients. Used in creamy and foaming products, such as moisturizers and shampoos. Can react to form nitrosamines, which may cause cancer. Harmful to fish and other wildlife. Look also for related chemicals MEA and TEA.
4. Dibutyl phthalate. Used as a plasticizer in some nail care products. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.
5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. Look for DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine and quarternium-15. Used in a variety of cosmetics. Slowly release small amounts of formaldehyde, which causes cancer.
6. Parabens. Used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disrupters and may interfere with male reproductive functions.
7. Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance) Any mixture of fragrance ingredients used in a variety of cosmetics — even in some products marketed as “unscented.” Some fragrance ingredients can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity. Some harmful to fish and other wildlife.
8. PEG compounds. Used in many cosmetic cream bases. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Also for related chemical propylene glycol and other ingredients with the letters “eth” (e.g., polyethylene glycol).
9. Petrolatum. Used in some hair products for shine and as a moisture barrier in some lip balms, lip sticks and moisturizers. A petroleum product that can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which may cause cancer.
- Siloxanes. Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone.” Used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant (cyclotetrasiloxane). Harmful to fish and other wildlife.
- Sodium laureth sulfate. Used in foaming cosmetics, such as shampoos, cleansers and bubble bath. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Look also for related chemical sodium lauryl sulfate and other ingredients with the letters “eth” (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate).
- Triclosan. Used in antibacterial cosmetics, such as toothpastes, cleansers and antiperspirants. Suspected endocrine disrupter and may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.
Source – David Suzuki
More details on these chemicals can be found here
Everybody loves noodles.
The problem, however, is that most noodles are loaded with quickly digested, high-calorie carbohydrates that spike your blood sugar, that race toward your stomach and hips, where they take up residence and plan their retirement.Most noodles have harmful wheat and gluten in them; that can cause us to become bloated, tired and disrupt our immune system.
Jen’s Noodles offer a healthy option for those who crave the noodle experience.
I have written a list of some of the benefits I have researched, after over 2 years I am still coming up with new research on this amazing miracle fibre.
No Calories; Jen’s noodles are starch-free noodles, they are visually translucent and calorie invisible. They have very low calories, the “Chicago Tribune” reports. A one-cup serving of traditional spaghetti noodles sends 221 calories your way, even before you add them with any sauces or flavours. As a bonus, the absence starch that makes Jen’s Noodles diabetic-friendly. Japanese Women Eat To Stay Thin. Featured on ABC News.
Yes They Are Gluten Free; Jen’s noodles excludes the protein gluten, found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. A 100% gluten-free lifestyle is considered absolutely necessary for people with gluten intolerance, also known as Celiac Disease, because they suffer an immune reaction every time they eat foods containing gluten; there are those pasta-lovers who have gluten or wheat intolerance can eat Jen’s Noodles to their hearts’ content.
Super Fiber; Jen’s Noodles are low on calories, but generous with fiber. The fiber in Jen’s noodles, called glucomannan, GM, Dr Mark Hyman, who is on the video below calls it super fibre, it is water-soluble, controls blood sugar and lowers your triglycerides and bad cholesterol, the Body Ecology website notes. The fiber scrubs your intestinal tract, aids digestion and assists with weight loss.
They Act As A Prebotic: GM fiber functions as a prebiotic, encouraging Lactobacillus bifidus growth in the lower intestine, according to the Konjac Foods website.
Increases Satiety; Glucomannan enhance your sense of fullness. You can eat less and feel satified. They prolong digestion and reduce food cravings so you are less likely to feel the need to raid the pantry for a post-dinner snack. Plus, glucomannan pushes more calories out through your colon, rather than letting them be absorbed. It also lowers the energy density of the food you eat. In other words, it bulks up food in your gut — creating a lower calorie content per weight of food you eat. So as a result you lose weight.
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 fiber 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.
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 2nd highest in alkaline value (Alkalinityon the whole foods chart. The food with the highest alkalinity on the chart is Wakame Seaweed.
Surprisingly Lowers Cholesterol; Glucomannan can effectively inhibit intestinal absorption of cholesterol to the substances from cholesterol, bile acid and other fatty substance produced, can promote fat excreted, reduce serum triglycerides and total cholesterol. Idea for Diabetics; Glucamannan absorbs water in t
he stomach, the volume increases and enhances satiety, and soluble fiber in its’ gel form 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.
Flexibility And Easy To Use; They are idea for any cuisine,because they lack their own flavour, Jen’s Noodles absorb the essence of whatever sauces and ingredients accompany it, making it the perfect pasta for fragrant and spicy dishes as well as your mild-mannered cheese topping. I make biscuits, smoothies and the yummiest porridge.
Jen;s Noodles Don’t Need To Be Cooked; (ready in 60 seconds) All you have to do is take them out of the bag, rinse them under hot water in a calendar, add them to your favourite sauce that’s it , they absorbs your spices and flavouring. Take them camping: Jen’s Noodles can remain packaged on your shelf they have a long self live like sugar.
As you can see, why I love them so much! Jen’s Noodles are more than just a Noodle, they have big benefits for your health –can also help your health in other ways. In addition to weight reduction, the super fiber has been studied for its effects on constipation, serum cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure and insulin resistance syndrome.
The month is my cleanse month I am selling a box of 10 for only $19.00
I have lots of Jens noodles to clear out so grab your *Clearance Sale* box here
So what are you waiting for?
Dr Mark Hayman Talking about Super fibre
“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 and even some autoimmune diseases.
Why don’t we have more good guys and fewer bad guys?
What’s to blame?
Antibiotics - These destroy bacteria in the body, both good and the bad guys. If you take antibiotics, contraceptive pills, painkillers, supplement your body with new Probiotics immediately during and afterwards to rebuild your reserves.
Chlorine - Another reason to avoid drinking tap water or even bathing in chlorinated water. Get a water filter and shower filter to limit your exposure to chlorine.
Additives/Preservatives- Poor-quality, non-organic, highly processed food may not kill good bacteria but may encourage bad bacteria to thrive and be a factor in the increasing number of food allergies. Dr. Dale Jacobson’s epic essay on digestion HERE describes eating sugary or white-flour products as “basically making a paste in your gut, that promote[s] gut worms and other exciting parasites.” That sure seems like a description of bad gut guys getting the upper hand.
Antibacterial soaps and antibacterial cleaners- The next time you use that antibacterial hand and body cleanser, remember that you’re killing good and bad guys. Isn’t it better to wash more frequently with hot water and regular soap than to subject our immune system to yet another insult?
Stress – It’s also widely known that stress is a trigger that causes multiple chronic disease processes to occur. It is essential to realize that not only could stress affect your gut health, it could be caused by your gut health. Scientific evidence shows that nourishing your gut flora with the friendly bacteria with fermented foods or Probiotics is extremely important for proper brain function, that includes psychological well-being and mood control.
How do I feed the good guys?
When I first started looking for some answers to help rebuild my immune system. I came across some amazing teachers like Donna Gates, who wrote the book, The Body Ecology. I discovered the importance of cultured vegetables and Kefir was for my immune system.
Another great teacher is Sandor Katz, who came out with his DIY book, “Wild Fermentation” in 2003. He book shows you how to make sauerkraut, kimchi, sourdough bread, yogurt, miso, tempeh, cider, ginger beer, vinegar and more!
I have been experimenting ever since. These are a few of my favorite Probiotics that I consume at least a tablespoon with breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. They are rich in enzyme, vitamin and bacteria.
What Are Fermented Foods?
Fermentation is one of the oldest traditional ways to preserve food.
Raw cultured veggies are one of the easiest and yummiest ways to heal, build your immunity, balance your inner ecosystem and enhance digestion to nourish our amazing your body. The body is able to access more of the precious nutrients available in plants when they are fermented.
Fermented foods do more than ease your digestive burden. Research tells us that this missing food group may be able to safeguard against a long list of health disorders.
When you ferment raw food, you allow beneficial bacteria and yeast to colonize and feed on the food. As communities of specific health-promoting bacteria grow, they consume sugars and produce valuable enzymes.
Fermented foods are pre-digested. This means that bacteria have already done some of the digestive work for you.
During this fermentation period, the friendly bacteria are having a party. Reproducing and converting sugars and starches to lactic acid. [Cultured veggies] Are ideal for appetite and weight control, very alkalizing and cleansing to the blood.”
How to make cultured vegetables.
Cultured vegetables are made by shredding cabbage or a combination of cabbage and other vegetables and then packing them tightly into an airtight container. Leaving to ferment at room temperature for several days or longer. Friendly bacteria naturally present in the vegetables quickly lower the pH, making a more acidic environment so the bacteria can reproduce. The vegetables become soft, delicious and somewhat ‘pickled’.
The airtight container can be glass or stainless steel. Use a container that seals with a rubber or plastic ring and a clamp-down lid. Room temperature means 72 degrees Fahrenheit, 22.C. Three days is the minimum, I prefer to let ours sit for at least six or seven days. I have even left them culturing for weeks. You can taste them at different stages and decide for yourself.
Adding Cultured Vegetables to Your Diet.
As with any Probiotic food or supplement, cultured vegetables should be slowly implemented into the diet. I would start by adding a tablespoon or two to each meal, working my way up to about 1/2 cup per meal.
Grains of the Prophet
The word kefir means “feel good” in Turkish. It is in the Caucasian Mountains that this lacto fermented wonder is believed to have originated. The Prophet Mohammed gifted the orthodox peoples of the region with the magical kefir grain and instructed them how to use it.
Kefir is full of naturally occurring bacteria and yeast living in symbiosis as the result of the fermentation process. Kefir is rich in minerals such as phosphorous and essential amino acids such as Tryptophan.
Tryptophan plays a crucial role in calming the nervous system as it is converted by the body (with the help of calcium, magnesium and vitamin B6 – all found in kefir) into the neurotransmitter Serotonin, which is essential for a healthy mental state and sound sleep.
Phosphorus, the 2nd most abundant mineral in our body that helps the utilization of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, which aid in cellular growth and maintenance.
Studies have shown that it can even be consumed by the lactose intolerant because the yeast and bacteria provide the enzyme lactase, an enzyme which consumes most of the lactose left after the culturing process.
There are a few different Kefir grains.
Dairy Kefir which is creamy, drinkable yogurt style fermented milk. You make you own at home, it can be made out of whatever type of milk you like. I love almond or coconut milk.
Water Kefir Grains is a wonderful mildly zesty fermented sugar-water beverage.
If you are interested in eliminating dairy from your diet, keep your inner ecosystem thriving without the dairy yogurt, try Water Kefir or Coconut Kefir yogurt. These Beneficial Probiotics feed on the sugar in the water and leave a slightly fizzy, sour, champagne-like elixir that you can add to your healing foods.
Another of my favorite Probiotics is homemade, dairy-free Ginger Water Kefir—a naturally fermented beverage made from water Kefir grains.
I use ginger because of it amazing benefits. Take a look here
While you can make Water Kefir with kefir grains you can use a starter packs, with much less work, by using a simple quality Probiotic capsule or two.
According to Donna Gates author of The Body Ecology, a half cup of the Coconut Water Kefir with meals greatly helps digestion. You can add ginger, stevia, lemon, and/or lime if desired. A half cup at bedtime will help establish a healthy inner ecosystem. Studies from Europe show that when you are lying still during sleep, the microflora reproduce faster. In the morning, have a half-cup of the Coconut Water Kefir as a great wake-up tonic.
Probiotic Supplement Buying Guide
Although fermented foods and cultured dairy are a great source of beneficial bacteria and should form an integral part of a balanced diet. They may not deliver the powerful therapeutic doses required to overcome specific illness or combat the negative effects of an antibiotic treatment.
Your local health food store should provide a variety of Probiotic supplements. Though I have found that online vendors consistently offer lower prices as well as a better selection.
- List the Genus, Species and Strain of the beneficial bacteria included
- Have CFU counts of at least 1 billion organisms per serving
- Contain members of both the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium genera
- Are manufactured from reputable brands such as (but no limited to) Culturelle, Florastor, Jarrow, Natren, Theralac and VSL#3
- Provide a clear expiration date
- Don’t include processed sugars or preservatives
- Have been kept refrigerated
- Come in either Capsule or Single Packet delivery formats (Powders are okay too)
I would love to know what your favorite Probiotic foods are and how adding a Probiotic has helped your health?Sources: http://www.healingwithprobiotics.com/cultured-vegetables http://www.kefir.net http://www.naturalnews.com/bacteria.html http://bodyecology.com/articles/category/probiotics
After studying 100+ dietary theories, practicing many of them. I have come to the opinion that it needs to be a sustainable lifestyle choice. So I labeled myself a Nutritarian.
So what is a Nutritarian?
A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition, Eating and living Consciously.
Nourishment comes from more than just the food we eat. It comes from our mindset, the activities we participate in, the physical world that surrounds us and products we use every day in our environment.
There is a lot more to food than just the chemicals that makes up the protein, fat, vitamins and minerals. Food has become an area of conflict and confusion – endless weight loss dramas, eating disorders, cravings, addictions, body image obsessions and never-ending searches for “the best” nutritional system.
There is no such thing as a single, perfect way to eat. I am passionate about sharing with others the healing power of Real Food and Nourishment because of the healing I have experienced.
Nourishment From Food
Dr. Fuhrman description - Simply put, a nutritarian is a person who strives for more micronutrients per calorie in their diet-style. A Nutritarian understands that food has powerful disease-protecting and therapeutic effects and seeks to consume a broad array of micronutrients via their food choices.
It is not sufficient to merely avoid fats, consume foods with a low glycemic index, lower the intake of animal products, or eat a diet of mostly raw foods. A truly healthy diet must be micronutrient rich and the micronutrient richness must be adjusted to meet individual needs. The foods with the highest micronutrient per calorie scores are green vegetables, colorful vegetables, and fresh fruits. For optimal health and to combat disease, it is necessary to consume enough of these foods that deliver the highest concentration of nutrients.
The quality of food can be based on three simple criteria:
- Levels of micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals) per calorie.
- Amounts of macronutrients (fat, carbohydrate, protein) to meet individual needs, without excessive calories that may lead to weight gain or health compromise.
- Avoidance of potentially toxic substances (such as trans fats) and limited amounts of other potentially harmful substances (such as sodium).
What is your relationship with Food?
In his book The Slow Down Diet Marc David helps the individual understand their relationship with food and how they can let go of the negativity surrounding food and eating. The idea is to create a healthy relationship with food by making certain lifestyle choices. He emphasizes the “less is more” philosophy and that nutrition is about more than just feeding the body; it is also about feeding the soul. David emphasizes eight factors that will improve metabolism and lead to weight-loss.
Eight factors that improve metabolism:
- Relaxation: slow down and breathe
- Quality: eat fresh, organic, whole foods
- Awareness: be present when you eat
- Rhythm: eat according to the rhythm
- Pleasure: enjoy your foods
- Thought: create a positive perception of food
- Story: fill your personal story with love and energy
- The Sacred: maintain spiritual well-being
Marc David further suggests in his book Nourishing Wisdom aligning the way you eat with your life purpose.
The ongoing practice of positive habits helps transform our relationship with food.’
- Five key steps in making a conscious relationship to food:
- Consciously choosing whether or not to eat,
- Tuning in to the body to determine needs,
- Eating with awareness of the entire experience,
- Listening to the body for feedback after the meal,
- Releasing thoughts of food when the meal is finished an moving on.
Nourishment is not limited to food alone.
I love this quote of Nadine Burke, MD from the video below:
When I focused on just nourishing my body, everything else became so much easier; food choices became easier, exercising became easier. It was really just about taking care of myself and treating my self sweet.
The way we relate with food is a mirror to how we relate with life.
There things in your life beyond food that nourish you. What simple action can you do today, tomorrow this week to nourish yourself,Her are a few we need to do, turn off our mind and bring us into the present moment
- Spend quality time with family and friends
- Have fun/excitement/love/adventure
- Be creative
- Dancing like no-one is watching
- Learn something new
- Walking barefoot on the beach
- Bask in the sunshine
- Practice Meditating or mindfulness
- Going for a run take a class at the gym or maybe catching a yoga class?
- Enjoying catching up and being child like and having a giggling with a close friend
- Enjoying intimate sex
Those are a few of the things that makes me feel nourished, fulfilled and happy.
What nourishes your soul?
So ask yourself are you a Nutritarian?
Next week part 2 will be about A Nutritarian Mindset