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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

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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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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



Fee’s Magic Minute – Tips on Replacing The Meat

Wanting to start going vegan, so let’s talk about how to replace the meat.

That’s the subject of today’s Magic Minute where I’ll give you some tips on what to do – so enjoy 🙂

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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
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Fee



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