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Research the Research

What do I mean when I say Research the Research?

So have you ever actually questioned the research, you know, when you read something that appears factual?  Have you ever dug deep into research to find out exactly where it’s come from?  Or do you take it all at face value?

One of the things that I really try to do is to bring you information that has been researched thoroughly by independent researchers.

So here’s an example of research that really isn’t that great, and, taken on face value, easily misled people.

There was a study done around 2012/13 by Tuft University.  The researchers looked at dietary cholesterol and did it effect blood cholesterol levels.

Previously science had clearly shown that if you eat more cholesterol in foods such as eggs (eggs have high cholesterol), the blood cholesterol goes up.

What these researchers did was that they took 12 studies that had been previously done and they re-did them – the results differed dramatically from the original.  They managed to show that it didn’t seem like the cholesterol levels would go up very much and, if it did, it was only for certain people.

But – when you really looked at  those 12 new studies, 11 of them had been industry funded and 10 had been funded specifically by the egg industry.

So you’ve got the research saying that the cholesterol was fine but when the details were dug into more it was found that it did indeed show that dietary cholesterol from eggs was in fact a problem.  The researchers had manipulated the findings to stay in line with those who were paying them.

This is just one example of many.

If you do ever want to find out the really good research on any given health topic, rather that reading it up yourself , (you can go to Pubmed which is where the research is published, but remember to really dig deep), the best source is a website by Dr. Michael Greger Nutritionfacts.org.  He does all the reading for you and puts it into layman’s language that makes it way more easy to understand.  Plus it’s always independent research.

Just to re-iterate – I do research the research so I can be pretty darn confident that what I’m telling you has been scientifically proven.

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Fee



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Is Soy Good or Bad?

I get asked this question a lot – Is soy good or bad and should I be having it?

Let’s start at when you shouldn’t eat it …. when you have a thyroid issue, but then there are other foods included in that as well.

So let’s get it straight – Soy is good.  There’s nothing wrong with Soy at all, so don’t get sucked into the mis-information that’s out there.

A study was done back in 2013 showed that the highest consumers of soy who were BRACA 1 and BRACA2 carriers had a 61% risk reduction in breast cancer.  While those consuming the most meat had a 197% increase in their risk of breast cancer.

There is overwhelming evidence that soy is a great product.  If you hear otherwise you’ll find the writer or speaker is using out of date research or the research has been done by animal based companies fear-mongering.

Soy can be eaten by the males in our species as well!!!!

In fact, yes there’s been studies, men who eat more soy foods have a lower rate of prostrate cancer.  So, guys, feel free to have as much tofu, tempeh and soy milk as you like!

And, before you ask, the GMO soy that everyone worries about?  Well, this isn’t for human consumption. (although I can’t speak for everywhere in the world). This soy is fed to animals especially cattle used for beef (which makes me jolly pleased I don’t eat animal products to get that GMO second hand).

To be on the safe side – always buy Organic soy products.

I hope that answers the question.  I could go into lots more details about studies and research, but I’ll spare you – besides I like my blogs to be short!

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Fee



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Should Vegans Take Supplements?

This is my view on whether vegans should take supplements or not.

If you’re on a wholefood plant based way of eating then you shouldn’t need supplements other than two, which I’ll tell you about in a minute.

Assuming your food is pretty good, like you grow it yourself,  get it at farmers markets,  buy local produce, organic where you can etc,  then you should be getting all your nutrients from the food.

Most people don’t know but some supplements can actually be detrimental to your health. These are in two ways:

  1. Hazardous ingredients are known to turn up in some supplements causing those taking them to end up in hospital with a range of serious problems. These are mainly found in Body building, Weight loss and Sexual enhancement supplements.
  2. Some supplements have the risk of giving the taker organ damage, cancer and cardiac arrest.
    Many ingredients can also interfere with those taking prescription medicine especially cholesterol lowering and blood-thinning drugs.

So to give you a couple of examples.

Red Yeast Rice is used to Lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol to help prevent heart disease however, it can actually trigger kidney and muscle problems, liver problems, hair loss and can magnify the effect of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, increasing the risk of side effects.

another is

Green Tea Extract Powder mainly used in the weight loss industry  can lead to dizziness, ringing in the ears, reduced absorption of iron (exacerbates anemia), glaucoma, can elevate blood pressure and heart rate, can cause liver damage and possibly even death.

It’s the way some of the supplements are made up and the ingredients that are used that is the problem.
Also, you have to remember that the supplement’s ingredients have been  processed – not a whole-food and therefore can be just as detrimental in its refined state as sugar or white flour is.

If you believe you should be taking supplements, then always seek advice from a health professional.

On a brighter note:
The two I suggest? Vitamin B12 as this comes from the soil and we have the habit of washing the bejezual out of our veggies – and Vitamin D if you’re an indoor person or live in poor sun.  Vitamin B12 comes in a selection of foods, so look on the label for the words ‘fortified B12’ and you won’t have to bother with tablets.

And, always choose quality branded product from a health food store.

That’s it for me today

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Fee



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Obesity On The Rise

We all know that obesity is on the rise which is such a sad state of affairs.

The absolutely worst part about it is that it’s not just the wealthy countries like USA where the problem is.  Far from it.

It now is filtering out into Asia and also into developing countries where once the diet was mostly plant-based and healthy, now processed and fast foods are becoming more and more available and cheap.

My belief is that the beginning was when factory farming came in and animal produce became cheaper and easier to get.
The increased sugar in products is only part of the problem.  Animal foods is also a massive issue too as researchers know that too much animal protein leads to all the now common diseases like heart, diabetes, cancers etc.

In the west and wealthy countries – these diseases are controlled by drugs, which in itself poses problems, but the poorer countries don’t have this option due to cost.

Wholefood, plant based eating has been scientifically proven to not only reduce obesity, but can reverse common diseases like heart disease and diabetes.  No other ‘diet’ can claim this.  Obesity and all the side effects that it comes with it is down to a lifestyle choice and sadly most have no idea that all it takes is a switch in lifestyle.

Why?

There’s no money in veggies!

Check out this video which really sums it all up.

credit: http://www.playground.plus/

Till next time
Ciao
Fee



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Factory Farmed Meat And Human Health

How does factory farmed meat affect human health?

Factory farming is a reality … sadly … but hopefully we’ll start to move away from it.  Mind you, with humans voracious appetite for meat, I’m not sure it will happen in my lifetime.

In the UK there are over 800 mega farms and the biggest of these factory farms have the capacity to house more than:

  • a million chickens,
  • 2,000 dairy cows
  • over 20,000 pigs.

Most of these animals are constantly kept inside.  In fact both the chicken and pork industries are incredible intense and cruel because they are crammed in to such small spaces.

It’s not just the cruelty that these animals have to endure, but these farms can be a breeding ground for food poisoning bugs like campylobacter,  E.coli and salmonella, especially in the chickens followed by the pigs.

Because the animals live so closely together diseases spread quickly which means there is a widespread use of antibiotics – in saying the the practice is dropping.  Doctors are realizing that we’ve been over-exposed and the antibiotics just doesn’t cut the mustard any more.
World-wide, more antibiotics are dished out to animals than to humans. … quite bizarre – so the animal will be fit for human consumption.

Well they’re not

These animals also are fed grains that are doused in chemical pesticides and fertilizers, grown on vast amounts of land that are pushing out the wild life and putting a lot of them on the brink of extinction.

How does this equate to human health?

Apart from the fact that animal protein is not good for our health which research continues to back up, those who choose to continue eating meat are getting a lot sicker than past generations because of factory farming and the way the animals fed and housed.  This makes both the animals and the humans really susceptible to diseases.

So the human health is going on a mega slide down because of the massive consumption of this meat.

It really saddens me when I see people refusing to see the overwhelming scientific and clinically back evidence that animal protein (includes all meats, fish, dairy & eggs) is not the healthy option.  It seems to me that people would rather be sick and be on meds with a much lower quality of life than embrace a wholefood plant-based lifestyle.
This attitude is very obvious with my age group who are quite set in their ways – always had the meat and three veg and don’t want to change.  They’d rather get just another prescription than learn how to feed themselves so they can reverse heart disease, diabetes, obesity etc.
The silly part is that not only would they have quality of life they’d live longer on a healthy vegan lifestyle.

However, I am seeing more young people taking on the vegan life, usually more because they have had their eyes opened to animal suffering, but sometimes because they don’t want to end up with dementia, heart disease, cancers etc like their grandparents, parents or older relatives.

If you do want to go vegan … then do yourself a favour and be a healthy vegan by adopting a whole-food plant base way of eating – you’ll be doing it for the animals with the bonus of giving yourself good health too.

Till next time
Ciao
Fee





How To Make The Best Vegan Broth

Want to know how to make the best vegan broth?

This is really so simple it’s going to be a staple once you’ve tasted it.  Yes, there is a bit of a bone broth craze out there, but this vegan version is not only tasty it’s way more healthy for you.

Enjoy:

Until next time
Ciao
Fee




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Is It Hard To Be Vegan?

A question I get asked frequently is “Is it hard to be vegan” and the simple answer is “No”

Should I just end this post now?

O.k. – I’ll keep going and explain why it’s not at all difficult.

The hardest part to being vegan is taking the initial step into the plant-based kitchen.  Deciding that you’re going to flip the ratio of meat to veggie on it’s ear and go veggie to meat. In fact for many days during the week, you’re even going to try having no meat at all.

That’s the hardest part.

Once you’ve made the decision the rest kind of falls into place. Such as discovering What to Eat Instead of Meat (great title for a book … oh yes, one I’ve written).  It’s learning about having beans, peas (as in chickpeas) or lentils instead of beef, chicken or fish.

Next, it’s getting some recipes and you can’t get a better cookbook than Mr Google!!!
Just type in something like ‘vegan recipe with lentils’ and you’ll get so many hits you’ll have a hard time picking just one.

You can also meet like-minded people.  Get out there and get among other vegans and vegetarians.  You can start with FaceBook.  There are many, many vegan groups …. but a word of warning, find one that is supportive of new vegans – these are the groups that will help you whenever you need it.

Perhaps you can find a group in your town.  http://meetup.com is a brilliant place to start.  You will have to ‘join’ which is free then you can search for vegan groups in your area.

Another place to go is to the local cafe that you know sells vegan food.  Ask them if them if they know of a group that you can join.  Maybe you can put up a sign for newbie vegans to meet for coffee there.

The point of all this is that the hardest part is definitely the start.  Just like anything, when you step outside of your comfort zone it’s scary and strange – but, believe me when I say – get into this way of cooking and suddenly it becomes your comfort zone!!!

If you need help at all, I am here for you.  Jump on a live call with me for ½ hour and ask me anything you like –  it’s free and I’m happy to help.
Pop through to my appointment calendar and made a time that suits (time is shown in N.Z. zone), I’d love to connect.

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One last thing … if you’re new to veganism, then make it as healthy as you can, (yes there are unhealthy vegans), go whole-food plant based eating which will mean that you get a great bonus … your own health.

Ciao
Fee



Is the Dairy Industry Running Scared?

The word “milk” is taking a bit of a beating and the dairy industry wants it only used for animal milk.

There is continuing debate over the use of this word which I find quite fascinating.  Now the dictionary does define milk as being:

an opaque white fluid rich in fat and protein, secreted by female mammals for the nourishment of their young.

which, plainly obvious a cashew nut is not.

However, with the movement growing away from animal milk and towards plant-based milks, I think we’re getting to a point where the definition may have to be reduced to – a white liquid rich in fat and protein – and leave it at that.

It appears that those who want to keep the word only to mammals are calling any plant-based milk “imitation”.  They argue:

that plant-based milk products are nutritionally inferior substitutes for cow milk and therefore must be identified as “imitation” product.

Now I would vehemently disagree with that and argue that, in fact, plant-based milk is superior as it does not have the protein casein in it, the plant-based milk has a much better quality calcium and no animals are harmed in the milking!

Even the FDA have been asked to make a ruling.  Silly part is, that I believe soymilk and almond milk are excused from this debate and can continue to use the term.

I can’t imagine anyone confusing Rice Milk with Cow’s milk …. but hey, stranger things have happened.

Source: FDA Law Blog

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Fee



Fee’s Magic Minute – Flipping Plants

What on earth do I mean by ‘flipping plants’ ?

Check out today’s Magic Minute to discover how to flip out the meat and flip in the plants

Hope you have enjoyed

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Fee’s Magic Minute – Chicken

On this Magic Minute I’m giving you a tip if you are still eating chicken.

Chicken is one of the worst meats you can eat for a variety of reasons so on today’s Magic Minute I give you a bit of a heads up about one particular nasty it has and how you can help your body  if you still want to eat chicken.

 

Hope you got something out of this  … keep a watch for the next one

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