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My 3 Top Tips For Going Vegan

These are my three top tips for going vegan, maybe they would be more aptly named as my top 3 ‘don’ts’.

1.   DON’T GO COLD TURKEY

(excuse the pun), especially If you’re doing this on your own. Going vegan or plant based eating is a lifestyle change. It’s not a diet in the traditional sense of the word, it is a different way of eating (and for vegan it includes way of living) and something that you need to get your head around. I know it can be difficult if you’ve just seen a movie like ‘Earthlings’ and you see where your meat is actually coming from. It’s like the old saying – once seen, never can be unsee – which means you’re finding it really difficult to look at meat the same way you used to.
But, if you want going vegan to work, then do it slowly. Pick 2 or 3 days a week to be animal free (including dairy and eggs) or, just make the weekends the time for having animal products.
Make sure you eat up the food you already have, it’s a waste to throw it out – but as you replace it, you can then look for the vegan version.

2.  DON’T THINK ABOUT ‘GIVING UP’ FOODS

Think about discovering ‘new’ foods.
Many people think about the foods they are going to have to give up such as bacon or cheese or ice-cream or chicken nuggets or other favourites they may have.
So I always counsel to try and think about the new foods and flavours. When looking at recipes think things like ‘ooo that looks so good’ or ‘wow I bet that’s tasty’ or ‘I know I’ll like that because it has XYZ seasonings’. So look at the new foods and soon those foods will become part of your life.

3.  DON’T JUST TAKE THE MEAT OFF YOUR PLATE

Put a quality protein in its place. You need to be eating quality foods, so putting a quality protein in the place of meat is a great way to start your vegan voyage. To begin with try foods like chickpeas, quinoa, lentils and beans and put one of those with your plate full of vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Not only will it give you the nourishment, it will help to fill you up. Oh, and keep it all full of as much colour as you can – not only looks tasty but full of nutrition.

Those are my top 3 tips for going vegan:

Don’t go Cold Turkey – Don’t think about ‘giving up’ foods and Don’t just take the meat off.

Ciao
Fee



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Fee’s Magic Minute – Trying New Foods

Life is wonderful when you’re trying new foods.

The Magic Minute video is all about the new foods and, hopefully, encouraging you to try them.  I let you know where I go in order to find the new foods and well as find out about them.

 

Hope you enjoyed

Ciao
Fee



The Magic of Parsley

The magic of parsley never ceases to astound me and I continue to eat it every day in order to enjoy its goodness and flavour.

I’ve said it before, but just in case you missed it last time round – PARSLEY ROCKS

This old fashioned herb is making a bit of a comeback which is awesome.  I really don’t think it should have left the “superfood” list in the first place, if indeed it was ever on it.  But it’s slowly starting to get popular again.

Growing parsley is just sooooo darn easy. I generally have one or two pots which travel around with me as not all places I go have it and I do try to eat it once a day.

So why is parsley awesome?

Well, not only is it easy to grow, the health benefits of parsley are really over the top!
Goodness, where do I start?
O.k. so it’s full of iron, something that a lot of people worry about when they stop eating meat.  And here’s something to think on – both meat eaters and plant eaters can be iron deficient – in fact, more meat eaters than plant eaters are … go figure
Anyhoo – Back to parsley.  It’s also full of vitamins like K, C, E and A along with folate, calcium, magnesium and potassium.  Has zinc a bit of thiamin, vitamin B6, and riboflavin and did I mention protein? … well it’s got that too.

And what are the health benefits?

  • Parsley contains unique elements in its oil known as volatile oil components, I’m not going to list them, but these powerful oil components benefit the body’s immune system and help fight cancer formation, in particular slowing tumor growth, neutralizing oxidative stress and fighting off carcinogens from harming the body.
  • Because it’s such a high source of antioxidants it can help fight cancer, it acts as a natural diuretic and helps to relieve bloating. It can also help fight kidney stones, urinary tract infections and gallbladder infections (you’d need to seek a herbalist for the correct dosage etc for these ailments).
  • It can improve digestion and is a lovely breath freshner.
  • It has anitbacterial and antifungal properties although, again, seek advice on how to use the oil as it’s very potent and if used incorrectly topically can cause a skin reaction or burn.
  • It balances the hormones and is great for heart health.

How to use – eat it mostly raw!

Parsley can be used sprinkled over top of just about anything or can be a dish on it’s own like Tabouli. Throw some into your smoothie or add to salads. I tend to chop the curly parsley very fine, but the Italian or flat-leaf parsley can be roughly chopped.

If you grow your own you’ll find that parsley is probably the cheapest super food you can have.

Parsley Rocks!

Ciao
Fee



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How Good Are Nuts?

Talking nuts today, (yes, a common thing I do) – but seriously just how good are nuts?

This tiny little bit of food is power packed with lots of essential nutrients – and different nuts contain different things.  Example – the Brazil nut is a great source of selenium but also good at reducing the LDL cholesterol, however, research has shown that you only need to have four of these awesome nuts ONCE A MONTH.

Yup, only once a month that’s all it takes to help get that bad cholesterol down.

Now some nuts are healthier than others but they are all a good source of unsaturated fat – the good fats – they’re also a great source of protein and most are a good source of vitamins B and E.

The top 5 for me are:

  1. Macadamias which contain more heart-healthy monounsaturated fat which has been shown to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
  2. Cashews are very high in iron, zinc and magnesium. Iron helps keep your blood oxygenated, zinc is great for the immune system and magnesium can improve memory.
  3. Brazil nuts, as mentioned above, the selenium can help prevent cancer.
  4. Almonds, these nuts contain more fibre than any other nut and they’re also the highest in Vitamin E
    and number 5
  5. Walnuts – quite a maligned nut, but contains the most antioxidants of any nut around. Also contains the most omega-3 fatty acids which fights inflammation And high in manganeses which can reduce PMS symptoms.

The beauty of nuts is that you can use them in lots of different ways. Not only having them as a raw snack but they can be used for making milk, the base for creamy sauces and dressings and butters.

Here’s a tip – Keep your nuts fresh by storing them in the fridge it gives them a longer ‘shelf’ life.

Oh, and one last thing – they’re a great source of calcium and magnesium for healthy bones – see don’t need animal dairy at all if you’re eating nuts

I’ve talked about nuts before – so go here to get the gen on making nut milks – The Humble Nut

Ciao
Fee



 

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Should We Eat Eggs?

Eggs are such a common food and touted as being great for us, but should we actually eat eggs?

Now I have to admit, that eggs were the hardest thing for me to leave behind, but I did so for a couple of reasons.

The Egg Industry:

I think we all know just how cruel life is for the chickens who have to live in the cages.  So let’s look at a few facts on the caged chicken.

  1. It can take around 34 hours for a chicken to produce an egg which means that farmers have to make sure they have enough chickens producing enough eggs in order to make a living.  As demand increased so the space allocated to each chicken decreased.
  2. Battery cages allow a space no bigger than an A4 size piece of paper. And, because the hens are packed into these cages with anywhere between 5 to 11 to a cage,
  3. At the start of their life the end of their beaks are cut off with a hot blade – no anesthetic given (not all battery hens suffer this, but it is still a common practice around the world).
  4. Cages are usually stacked one on top of another which allows urine and feces to fall through to the birds in the cages below
  5. They often die in the cage and on some farms are left to rot. This does make you wonder just how much disease is coming through into the eggs.

These cages are being phased out. They’re already banned in many European countries and in parts of the United States.  N.Z. has put a ban on battery cages, however, currently is allowing colony cages which is really just a bigger version. … wire and steel.  Australia, I believe, still is running with this barbaric practice.

So, instead, you choose free range eggs.

Before I go on let’s start at the beginning because this is the start of all chickens lives regardless of whether they are for the caged or the free range farms.

  1. Because the demand is so great for layer hens, chicks are born in large incubators obviously never seeing their mother.
  2. Shortly after birth the chicks are sorted into male and females. The males are tossed into the trash to suffocate gassed or ground up alive in machines.
  3. At the other end of life – again, same for all types of egg farms.
  4. Hens can live up to 10 years of age, but in this industry they are lucky if they reach 2 years. Most are packed into crates and trucked off to slaughter around the 18 months of age this is because their egg laying begins to tail off and so they are no longer a viable proposition to the farmer.
  5. For those who live in cages and in barns – the journey in the truck to the slaughter house is the only time a hen will see the light of day, the only time she will breathe the air and see the sky.

Eggs For Health:

Where do I start?

Even the US Department of Agriculture warned the egg industry that if they say eggs are nutritious or safe they may violate the rules against false and misleading advertising.

That in itself speaks volumes.

  1. Egg yolks alone can cause artery clogging plaque build up nearly two thirds as bad as smoking.
  2. Eggs are the number one source of cholesterol.  A fascinating study was done over a period of a year where they put the subject on eggs, then took him off eggs, put him back on eggs, took him off eggs and the rise and fall of cholesterol was massive – it turn his blood cholesterol on and off like an eggy light switch.
  3. Eggs increase our risk of cardiovascular disease.   Putting  all the studies going right back to the 1930’s all together you find those who ate the most eggs (average a single egg per day), had a 19% increase in cardiovascular disease, a 68% increase risk of diabetes and those with diabetes a 85% increase risk of heart disease.

You must remember that you need to be sure the research you read are not funded by the egg industry.
and what I find amusing is that their studies will compare a single egg to something like a cheese and sausage found in the McDonald’s McMuffin which, of course, is laden with saturated fats.

Now, If you’re already eating a high cholesterol diet, then adding an egg isn’t going to make a difference.  But if you’re trying to eat healthy and bring your cholesterol down, then an egg is going to shoot it right back up again.

Apart from the cholesterol and looking at other phytonutrients that eggs have such as lutein which have been shown to be beneficial to one’s eyesight against conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

But wait – you can get both these nutrients in spinach. In fact, you’d have to eat 9 eggs to get the same amount that is in a single spoonful of spinach.

Eggs are not rich in protein, iron or folate as the industry might want you to believe.  Choline is about the only nutrient eggs are rich in (besides cholesterol) and even though the industry would love you to think that eggs are the only source of it in reality we probably all get too much choline as it’s found in lots of foods.

If you tend to have a bit of a ‘fishy’ breath, sweat, urine and other secretions, then chances are you’ve had too much choline.  Oh and by the way, dietary choline is found mainly in eggs, milk, liver, red meat, poultry, shell fish and fish.

It’s also been discovered that once it’s been through the gut and oxidized in our liver the result may contribute to plaque build up in the arteries.

My conclusion is that eggs are a double whammy when it comes to heart health having both the cholesterol and the choline.
There’s just no way round it …. go wholefood vegan and help not only the chickkies but your health as well.

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Fee



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Should We Eat Pork?

Bacon, Ham, Ribs, Sausages, Should we Really Eat Pork and Is It Good For Our Health?

In 2015 The World Health Organization came out in favour of research done by the IARC – International Agency for Research on Cancer which had classified processed meat as a car-carcinogen ( cancer causing), which immediately had the meat industry up in arms

Bacon, the all time favourite food.  You see the research classified “processed” as being any meat that is treated in some way to preserve or flavour it.  So this includes processing such as salting, curing, fermenting and smoking.

Guess what? Bacon definitely comes under that category … and so do most deli meats.

BUT what about pork that is straight from the pig?

Yes pork has protein and it’s the only meat that actually comes with other nutrients like thiamine, selenium magnesium and zinc.  However it, like all animal products, also comes with the baggage of saturated fat, cholesterol and naturally forming sodium plus any sodium added to preserve it’s shelf life.

Now even though you may be able to get away with that baggage, there is a much greater problem which lies in the intensive factory farming style of mass production.

In 2012 the Consumer Reports magazine did a study by purchasing 240 whole and ground pork products.  The results were disturbing to say the least.

  • 83% of the meat tested was found to have E.coli, staph, salmonella and a bacterium called yersinia entercolitica, which can cause fever, bloody diarrhea and abdominal pains as severe as appendicitis.
  • 69% of the samples actually had bacteria that were resistant to antibiotics used to treat human infections.

O.k. so let’s try free range pork.

Well, you see, pigs are the ‘waste disposal units’ on any farm.  They are opportunists and will eat literally anything including decaying animal flesh (including pork), maggots, decaying vegetables and even their own feces.

The problem is that their bodies don’t filter out the toxins, but sends it straight off to be stored in their organs, skin and fatty tissue.  Pigs don’t sweat so can’t remove toxins that way, but they do periodically rid themselves of the poisons if there’s a build up by excreting it through their hooves.
This means that many of these toxins remain ready for our consumption.

Probably explains why some religions (including the Christian Bible) say pork is unclean and should not to be eaten.

Pork also is the slowest of the meats for us to digest.  It can take anywhere from 4 ½ to 6 hours to get the entire amount through your system, and cuts like ribs and bacon are the slowest.

Having bacon for breakfast and ham for lunch, not only is it processed it can also wreak havoc on the digestive system making it difficult to absorb essential micronutrients from other foods that you’ve also eaten.

Because the slowest foods have to be digested first the really nutritious fruits and veggies have to hang around and can start to ferment producing gas, acid and indigestion.  Plus over time if you keep piling in the pork, undigested foods can putrefy in the small intestines which leads to toxicity in the body.

Now did you know that having apple sauce with pork was not for flavour it helps to digest the pork a bit faster, although still not quite fast enough.

My recommendation?
Flag the pork and go whole plant foods – your health will love you for it.

And if you’re thinking that might be a bit too hard … well I have a program called  Try Plant Foods for 7 Days  which is perfect for giving it a test run

Ciao
Fee



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A New Word – Carnism?

Have you ever heard of the word ‘carnism’?

Let me explain:

It was coined by Psychologist Dr Melanie Joy and it means an invisible belief system or ideology that conditions people to eat certain animals.  It is basically the opposite of vegetarism, veganism or whole plant food eating.

The word comes from ‘carn’ meaning ‘flesh’ and ‘ism’ meaning a belief system.

Because carnism is both invisible and the predominant eating pattern of a meat-eating culture, people don’t even think why they eat one animal but not another.  They also don’t realize that eating animals is a choice, just as eating plants is a choice.

People in one culture wouldn’t question eating cows, sheep and pigs, however, those same people are horrified that there are other cultures that eat dogs, cats and horses.
Carnism is currently the dominant belief system.

As Dr Joy says
“Carnistic bias is built into the very foundation of society – when we study nutrition, for example, we actually study carnistic nutrition”

Sadly, Carnism is a violent belief system.  It is centred around the massive billion dollar animal industry of intensive animal farming with over 77 billion animals being slaughtered each year (and that doesn’t include animals like rabbits or aquatic sea life such as fish).
Even the so-called ‘humane’ animal farming of organic, free-range, dairy and eggs have a definite cruel and brutal side of exploiting the animals.

There is hope though because there is a definite rise in veganism as people start to open their eyes to the abusive animal food system.  Not only that, but we are seeing more and more people making changes to incorporate whole plant foods into their diets for their own health.

I may not see it, but I know future generations will see the demise of carnism taking it from ‘normal’ to ‘fringe’. 

This is a really good video to watch which probably explains it better. 

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Fee



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Should We Eat Organic Food?

We do hear a lot about organic food – but should we eat it?

Well, there seems to be two main reasons why people think organic food is right.

1 – the nutrition value and
2 – the lack of pesticides

So do organic foods actually have a greater nutrition value?

There have been lots of studies done over the years and whats really interesting is that it appears there’s not that much difference in the nutritious value of organic over regular.
But don’t think I’ve finished there. You see they actually did find that organic fruits and vegetables have much higher levels of phenolic phytonutrients which are thought to be behind the real health benefits of plant eating – organics have between 18 – 69% more of these gorgeous anti-oxidant compounds than standard produce.

But where does that leave us. Well, unfortunately there’s not been enough clinical trials and studies done to be able to categorically say that organic is much healthier, however, we do know that there is some increase in nutritional value,
BUT
and I hope I can explain this – because of the cost factor – it’s kind of negated – you see you can buy more standard produce meaning you’ll get that extra nutrition … equals …organics have no more nutrient value per dollar than regular…. you just have to eat a bit more of the regular and you’re on a par with the organic. …. Make sense?

So what about the sprayed fruits and veggies?

In 2006 there was a study done on children to see how much pesticide was flowing through them
The study put them on conventional food, then organic food, then back onto the conventional food – the results, without question, clearly showed that on the organic diet the amount of pesticides fell away entirely.

Another study done on adults showed a nearly 90% drop in exposure when the subjects went onto organic foods.

Now, no studies have been done yet to see if organic offers more of a protection against disease.
My opinion? I try and have organic soft skin foods and other types can be regular.
I’m not overly pedantic, but then I do try to eat in season, get to the Farmer’s market, and ask if it is spray free.

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What Keeps The Health System Flowing Nicely Along?

Have you ever wondered what keeps the Health System going?

One word ….. Sickness

I think just about everyone knows that the pharmaceutic companies are making heaps of money from sick people.  But if you think about it, everyone in the system makes money by keeping people sick

I genuinely feel sorry for Doctors – most of them go to medical school with love and compassion as their driving force, but when they come out the other end, they realize that they can’t actually heal their patients at all.

Don’t get me wrong – they are genius at fixing anything that’s broken – they can put things back together and they can do some absolutely brilliant stuff. They’ve got really cool machinery that they use and they’re usually pretty good at diagnosing what the problem is although sometimes it takes a long time and they can get it wrong – but, overall, they’re pretty good at it.

So let’s see how this cumbersome health industry works and why it’s imperative that people stay sick.
Well it’s the money flowing through the system that keeps us locked in to a disease ridden lifestyle.

So there’s:

  • the pharmaceutical companies
  • the medical device companies,
  • the pharmacy,
  • the physical therapists,
  • the weight loss clinics,
  • the lab companies,
  • the doctors,
  • the nurses,
  • the technicians,
  • the board members and those who run the hospitals,
  • the admin staff
  • the insurance companies.

There’s plenty more along the chain as well from cleaners to surgeons to researchers, the list is endless.

So how I see it is that the medical industry creates fear and people feel that they can’t take care of their own health and that they need to get expert advice from their Doctor or go to the pharmacy/supermarket and get medication. It’s actually quite rare for a patient in any part of the system to question … they do as they are told.

America and New Zealand are the only two places in the whole world that are allowed to advertise pharmaceutical drugs aimed at the consumer. We have pharmaceutical drugs advertised on our TV … true!
Most other countries, have public service announcements on their TV encouraging people to eat better, to be kind – respect your elders, you know .. go home and have dinner with mom and dad.

So what can you do?

There’s 2 roads:

  1. You can start on blood pressure meds by age 40, suffer from back pain and knee pain due to obesity by age 45, take cholesterol meds by age 50, suffer a couple of “minor” heart attacks and undergo a few surgeries by age 60. Then onto chemo and radiation for cancer by age 70 that’s if it hasn’t already got you earlier, of course, by now you’ve probably already been diagnosed with diabetes and finally die in the hospital if you make it to 80.  Now I’m not saying this will happen to you – it doesn’t happen to everyone, but odds are you’ll be on medication for something by the time you’re 50 – 60
  2. You can go through your life with only occasionally needing your doctor you know like if you’ve cut yourself, and never having to be hospitalized, or seriously medicated for major illnesses … you can live a long and happy life.  And all you have to do is make sure you keep your body moving/exercise it, and start to cut out sugar, processed foods and animal products – drink plenty of water, and focus your diet around unprocessed whole plant foods; vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds.

Eating this way has been so thoroughly researched and is the only diet that is proven to not only stop, but reverse heart disease and other, oh so common, diseases. But you see it’s not taught or pushed in the medical industry because it’s not a money maker.

Start today to make the shift to a whole food plant based way of eating – your health will thank you for it.

Hopefully that’s got your thinking and would love to hear your thoughts … scroll down to the comments..
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Fee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Make Tabouli

It’s the easiest thing in the world so here’s how to make Tabouli just for you.

Tabouli is so good, full of iron, protein, calcium and many other vitamins and minerals.

Ingredients:

  • ½ bunch mint
  • 2 bunches parsley
  • 3-4 spring onions
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 3-4 Tblsp lemon juice
  • 3-4 Tblsp olive
  • ½ cup bulgur wheat
  • 1 cup boiling water

Method:

  1. In a jug pour the boiling water over the bulgur wheat, cover, and leave for about 10-20 minutes.
  2. Chop the rest of the ingredients and mix. (You may find it easier to chop the parsley in a food processor).
  3. Once the bulgur wheat and absorbed the water, strain off any excess and add to the parsley ingredients and mix.

Note:

  • This makes a lot of Tabouli so you may wish to ½ the recipe
  • To make it super healthy, don’t use the oil

Enjoy!!!!

Ciao
Fee



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