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Sustainable seafood

The power of sprouts and live food

Dark chocolate goodness

Give us our daily bread

The confusing truth about caffeine

The lost art of eating

Food Intolerance or Disturbed Gut Function

 
 
 
Food as Medicine

The natural healing community is helping people understand the essential roles of vitamins, minerals, omegas, probiotics and other naturally occurring therapeutic substances as supplements to an increasingly toxic, refined, nutritional deficient and genetically manipulated modern diet.

There are numerous foods that can be included in any type of diet to enhance the nutritional value and prevent ill health. Chlorophyll, present in all plants, more so in the green ones is a natural anti-inflammatory, prevents bacterial and fungi growth in the body, helps build blood, renew tissue, promotes good bowel flora and improves liver function. The inclusion of seaweed and micro algae such as spirulina, chlorella and wakame will provide chlorophyll and many other beneficial nutrients such as protein, beta carotene, omega 3 and minerals. These are great as a vegetarian supplement of protein and omega 3. Also high in chlorophyll are the wheat and barley grasses, fresh or powdered these provide similar nutrients as the algae as well as many enzymes which can help with digestion.

We are hearing so much now about the benefits of healthy gut bacteria such as lactobacillus and bifido bacteria. Now so readily available in a capsule where did our ancestors get theirs? From fermented foods such as sauerkraut and other pickled vegetables, which also enhance digestion; yogurt, kefir, which provide B vitamins particularly B3, B5, B6, B12, B9 and biotin, and improve immune function; miso, tempeh which also contain phytooestrogens to help balance hormonal problems; and sourdough breads which have a lower GI than normal breads and aid digestion. Including a good serve of one of the these foods per day and avoiding spoiled foods will maintain a healthy gut ecology.

Proanthocyanidins found in rice bran, grapes, cranberries, blueberries, cherries, help wound healing, strengthen arteries, veins and capillaries. They are some of the most potent antioxidants available protecting against cancer, chronic disease and toxicity.

The Cruciferous vegetable family including cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choi, watercress contain di indole methane which helps the liver eliminate natural hormones and environmental chemicals, and the sprouts of broccoli have potent anticancer properties.

Sprouts in general have a high nutritional value with few calories and are easily made at home and used daily.

And its not just ‘healthy’ foods that help, dark chocolate contains phytochemicals called epicatechins which help protect against chronic diseases and improve lifespan and red wine in moderation contains resveratrol another life extending and health promoting substance.

The best diet is one full of variety, including the above foods whenever possible, and practicing moderation when consuming more refined or convenience foods.

Recipes

Sweet treat Recipes
Eating healthy can also be sooo tasty. The following as some easy ways to keep your blood sugar stable between meals and top up on extra nutrients too. these snacks all have a healthy balance of carbs, protins and fats with the addition of some super food power. The carrot cake is a little extra effort but well worth it.

To enhance your understanding of your health and what you need to know about negative influences and postive changes you can make I have included below a number of interesting articles I have written over the years.

Savoury Recipes

 

Live food success story

“In February this year I had an accident injuring my leg and was unable to walk for several months. Stuck at home and not mobile I slipped into a range of unhealthy eating habits based on a lot of gluten and dairy based products and quick/easy snacks. I gradually felt myself becoming more and more gluggy. I had no appetite but was always hungry and didn’t know what to eat. I felt bloated, lazy, clogged, had indigestion and put on about 6kg. I knew I wanted to be healthier but didn’t know where to start or how to focus.

Not long after being able to walk again I saw Samantha, full of hope after some glowing recommendations about her. Being a scientist, I decided to be open minded but still critical of any advice I was given. Samantha sat and listened to me while I described my life and all the discomforts I was suffering. We spent quite a while talking as I had a lot of different ailments and concerns I felt were adding to my overall miserable disposition.

Samantha is exceptionally knowledgeable, understanding and thorough. She recommended an exciting and comprehensive diet full of healthy, fresh items and all easily manageable to make and prepare. She also suggested a sensible range of effective supplements to help.

I wasn’t sure how long it would all take and was a little bit sceptical about it all or how I would manage. However within days I felt marvellous. I was no longer bloated, no longer suffering indigestion and the weight had started to fall off. It’s now been 4 weeks and I’ve lost over 6kg. I feel fantastic. I sleep better, and wake up energised. I’m no longer tired – I don’t even hit the insurmountable afternoon wall that I used to hit. My friends have all noticed the difference and I feel like a new person. My skin is much better and without any prompting my hair dresser even commented incredulously at how much healthier my scalp is looking. On top of all this, I’m saving a fortune on my food bill.  I’m extremely positive about the future and this new way that I feel. Thanks Samantha!

14.10.11

Just wanted to let you know that as of this morning I've officially lost 10kg in exactly 7 weeks!

I'm still going strong and feeling great. I can actually feel my abs!

18.10.11

i did a fitness test today in the gym

they measured my blood pressure, heart rate, body fat and looked at all my measurements, it was resounding good news!

in fact the guy said i was off the chart and it would be very difficult to improve my fitness! he said they very rarely get anyone in there that fit.

to start with, my resting heart rate is 45. my blood pressure is 128/80

the guy said i must have a very strong heart and a very fit &efficient circulatory system.

my body fat is 20% which is apparently within the lower norms of acceptable. an athlete is typically 8-13%, average is 18-24%. over 25% is obese. under 8% is considered unhealthy.

we also did a fitness test where i had to ride for 10minutes with increasingly difficult tension on the bike. the aim was to reach my target heart rate of 140. however we never reached the heart rate. and within a minute of stopping my heart rate had dropped back. which is apparently unusual but a very healthy sign.

i told the guy that I've been feeling on a high lately as if i am on drugs cos i feel so healthy. he totally understood. he said it's obvious my body is in very good shape.

anyway, i now have empirical physical proof that within just 2 meagre months, and on a diet that costs around $8/day total (my entire weekly food bill is only $60) you can turn your life around.

what a miracle and what a gift life and good health is!

thankyou for your support and assistance in getting me here!

G Turner

 

 
 

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