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How Can We Be Healthy?

In order to be healthy in today’s society, we must first choose it.

Then we have to put in a bit of conscious effort and dedication until the healthy way becomes ‘normal’ … doesn’t really take that long!

It really is quite ironic that the Standard American Diet spells out S.A.D. … sad.  And sad it certainly is because its unhealthy diet is causing people to end up with diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancers and even more sad is the fact that children are now suffering from obesity and diabetes all caused by the S.A.D.

This is also becoming alarmingly more prevalent in countries like New Zealand and Australia who also seem to follow blindly the American way – and now Asian countries are feeling the effects of S.A.D. too.

So, people want to be healthy, but sadly they fall short.  They want it, but not quite bad enough.  So they give up and put their trust in Doctors who are, more often than not, reliant on what the pharmaceutical companies teach them.
A pill for this, a tablet for that, a minor surgery here, a stent there, a bit of chemo and maybe come back in 5 – 8 years for more.  It’s certainly a money spinner!

But it doesn’t have to be like that.

These are diseases that either don’t have to happen in the first place or can actually be reversed.  There’s more research in the medical journals than you can shake a stick at.  Research, blind controlled studies, over hundreds of thousands of volunteers, over many, many years from different research doctors, universities and clinical trials from all over the world since the 1920s and they all point to one thing – EAT MORE PLANTS.

There are proven and powerful ways to get healthy.  There are coaches and mentors who can help you get there in the easiest and quickest way, but ultimately you have to put it all into action.  It’s your body, it’s your health and it’s your success.

Know that you CAN be successful with this.  It really isn’t going to take you too long at all, in fact you will start feeling the benefits within 48 hours and once you do it will give you the incentive to keep going.  If you know the right techniques and mindset you will be so thankful that you took that first step to bringing the healthy foods into your life that WILL give you the beautiful, healthy life possible.

Ciao
Fee

Check out how I can help you get onto that ‘healthy you’ path:  Helping Hand




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The Vegan Survival Kit – Episode 2

In the Vegan Survival Kit today we’re putting in Tools.

To be precise, I’m talking about knives.

I hope you enjoyed the  first episode  which was about protein.  Well, episode two is about tools. We need to have good tools in the kitchen if we are to enjoy cooking.  It’s like anything – the right tools for the job makes life so much easier!

So, in this episode I talk a bit about the knives and how to look after them.  Of course, there’s other tools, and one or two in particular that are really important for plant based eating … I go more into detail in my Vibrant Living course.

But, for now, enjoy the video The Vegan Survival Kit – Episode 2

Enjoy good food and be compassionate to all animals

Ciao
Fee




The Vegan Survival Kit – Episode 1

Over the next little while, I’m going to be filling the Vegan Survival Kit with all sorts of odd thing.

Today, into the kit goes Protein.

I’m going to let the video below tell you most of it, needless to say, protein is one pretty necessary ingredient when it comes to what a vegan (or anyone) eats.

You see protein is an incredibly important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood.  It helps to make enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals to do this work and, along with fat and carbohydrates, we need relatively large amounts of it to do its job.

Plant protein is the best protein you can get and as long as you’re having quality proteins (beans, peas, lentils etc), you really can’t go wrong.  It’s also advisable to have protein with each meal, however, don’t stress out about it as all plants do contain protein.  Also the beauty of plant over animal protein is that plant protein also has fibre which animal protein doesn’t.  In fact omnivores have well below the recommended daily fibre intake – whereas vegans have over.

But … watch the video as to why I’m making protein the first item in the Vegan Survival Kit.

Enjoy good food and be compassionate to all animals

Ciao
Fee




How To Dine With Meat Eaters

This is a subject that a lot of vegans/vegetarians can struggle with – how to dine with meat eaters who are their friends.

It’s happens to me frequently and now I have the perfect way of being able to go to their home and enjoy their company as well as enjoy great food.

Check out the tips I give on this quick video and hopefully they will help immensely

 

Have great food
Ciao
Fee

Is Nicotine Good For You?

So what do you think about the title?

Is Nicotine Good For You?

Bet you never thought the Vegan Health Coach would come out with something like that did you?  Well, sit tight, I’m about to tell you all about what I’ve just discovered.

Back in the 60’s when the tobacco companies were trying to stop the Surgeon General’s warning going onto the packets, they came up with some really ludicrous arguments including that smoking was good for you.

They claimed that smoking stopped Parkinson’s Disease something the was poohooed and totally dismissed as being a huge ploy on the part of the cigarette companies.

Now comes the weird part.  Over 5 dozen studies since the 70’s have indeed shown that tobacco smoking does in fact lower the chances of Parkinson’s Disease quite dramatically.

But don’t go thinking that I’m about to take up and start waving the flag for cigarettes – not at all.  We all know that smoking is linked to lung disease and emphysema in fact 80 – 90% of lung cancers in the USA are caused by smoking.

Not only that, but there is a right toxic mix in the cigarette with over 7,000 chemicals are added to the tobacco!!!!

So the researchers decided to find out why and it seems that it is the actual nicotine in the tobacco plant that is the beneficial part.  Tobacco comes from the Nightshade plant family and so does Bell peppers, tomatoes and potatoes.

Wouldn’t it be much nicer to introduce peppers into your diet – having them a bit more often?  Let’s face it, you can’t go past a gorgeous red Bell pepper filled with a plant protein like lentils or quinoa and baked.  Then pour over a nice tomato sauce add some gorgeous fresh dark greens like kale and spinach and you’ve got a bang up nutritious meal.

While on the subject of plant based – I have a freebie to give to you.  If you are at all curious or have questions about plant based eating/veganism – make an appointment to talk to me, one on one,  Jump over to my appointment calendar and grab a 30 minute Discovery Call appointment.

Have great food
Be compassionate to all animals

Ciao
Fee



Do You Have To Eat Meat To Get Good Iron?

It’s a myth that many believe … that you have to have meat in order to get good amounts of iron.

Here in New Zealand, we have  Olympic athletes who advertise on our  T.V. for the meat industry, touting Beef and Lamb being rich in protein and iron.  Kind of saying – eat this and you’ll be an athlete like me.

Sadly I have some news that hopefully will dispel this crazy myth that meat iron is good for us.

Yes, we need iron.  In simply language we need it for healthy red blood cells which carry oxygen around our body.

Meat iron is called heme iron and it differs considerably from plant iron … and here’s why.

Iron is regulated by the intestines.  So when we don’t have enough, the intestines will increase the absorption of iron into the blood.  When we have too much iron, the reverse happens – the intestines decrease the iron.

But, here’s where it gets interesting.  You see, it does NOT work for heme iron.  The intestines can only regulate plant iron!!!!

Heme iron also is a pro-oxidant.  That means it can generate cancer-causing free radicals.  Quite honestly you don’t really want to have heme iron in your body at all, plus, how many meat eaters do you know who are really into their antioxidants?  Check out my post on Antioxidants

So if you are relying on meat for iron, or your doctor has told you that it is the best source, understand that because the intestines can’t regulate it …. too little will lead to anemia, but, too much (which the average meat eater has), you run the risk of cancer and heart disease.

iron in meat

BUT – I haven’t finished yet!!!!!  This next bit is really interesting.

I have it on very good authority that the meat industry is looking at ways to have additives that will

“suppress the toxic effects of heme iron”

This reminds me of the Tobacco Industry who knew back in the 1920s & 30s that cigarettes caused cancer, but nothing was done until 1969 when finally the public were made aware of the dangers.
So does this action from the meat industry sound familiar???

I leave you to ponder on that, and I’d love you to leave a comment.

Ciao
Fee



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What do You Know About Antioxidants?

How much to you know about antioxidants?  And what about Free Radicals?

I’m pretty sure you will have heard about antioxidants and know that you should be having them – maybe you know why or maybe you don’t.  Well let me say, that these little critters are the best!!!!

So lets start with the free radicals:
Free radicals are the little blighters that go about damaging our cells and cause the aging process … think wrinkles!  The antioxidants are the heroes who set about tracking the free radicals down and destroying them.  O.k., fairly simplistic view, but that’s it in a nutshell – oh free radicals also increase the risk of cancer because of the damage they do to cells.
About Antioxidants
If we don’t get enough antioxidants the body can go into oxidative stress, put in layman’s terms, can rust!  Just like a car will rust if not looked after, so can our bodies.  Oxidation = rust.

When you age you can get little brown spots on the backs of your hands … very common.  Check your own hands or, if your too young, check out your mother/father or grandparent.  Those little brown spots are often referred to as “age spots” they are, in fact, wee pockets of oxidated fat = rust spots!!!

So what foods are the best?  Well plant foods are 64 times better than animal foods.  For example.  The humble Iceberg lettuce (which is mainly water), has 17 units of anti-oxidants as opposed to a piece of Salmon which only has 3 units.

Here’s a list of the top 10 foods that contain the most antioxidants:
•    Goji berries
•    Wild blueberries
•    Dark chocolate
•    Pecans
•    Artichoke
•    Elderberries
•    Kidney beans
•    Cranberries

How can you tell if the vegetable or fruit is rich in antioxidants?
A good rule of thumb is to go by is, if it goes brown after you’ve cut it, then it won’t be high in antioxidants.  
For example:  Cut an apple and it will go brown pretty quickly.  Cut a melon and it won’t got brown at all = more antioxidants in the melon than in the apple.

So next time you’re out, do yourself a favour and get some berries to put into your morning breakfast.

Ciao
Fee





Clean Water Plans for New Zealand?

Last week the Minister for the Environment put forward the Clean Water Plans for New Zealand.

What a joke that was!

The plan is to have 90% of rivers and lakes swimmable by 2040.  That’s gone up by 10 years.  From my understanding it was going to be cleaning them up by 2030, but now, again, the goal posts have been shifted.
Well, Massey University freshwater ecologist Mike Joy says the Government is “trying to pull a swifty” with its new swimmable waterways plan.

You see it’s all about how much E-coli (and other stuff) is in the water.  This is how I understand it:

540 E.coli/100mls of water gives the swimmer a 1 in 20 chance of getting sick.  However,  the Ministry of Health recommendation is 260 E.coli/100mls of water and that’s what it used to be.  That would equate to 1 in 1000 chance of getting sick.

Big damn difference – again, shifting the goal posts.

read: Unswimmable Lagoon Now Swimmable

The problem is that the Government wants to intensify the dairy industry, meaning, more cows per herd and more dairy farms.  Although I have no idea why – with the downturn of dairy and the rise of plant milks, dairy is definitely on the way out (albeit slowly).

cows in river

The only good thing they announced was that all farmed waterways were to be fenced …. however, yes, there’s a ‘BUT’ to this. – doesn’t have to be done till 2040!!!!  How much damage can be done till then????
Besides with cows in paddocks, they’re still weeing and poohing and that eventually gets into the water table.

And one last thing he said?  Don’t go swimming if there’s been a decent amount of rain.  Instead of cleaning the water…..

“a big rainfall event that brings all the crap in.” – Nick Smith

If you want to find out more, head over to Stuff News “The New Swimmable Fresh Water Target”

If you’re interested to hear the Podcast interview with Dr Michael Joy (in two parts):
Episode One
Episode Two

What’s the water like in your neck of the woods?

Ciao
Fee



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Trying To Get More People Drinking Milk

The dairy industry never ceases to amaze me how they come up with ideas to get more people drinking milk

This is one such example

I was in the supermarket yesterday and was checking out the cow milk section, (well I was actually looking to see if they stocked fresh almond milk yet … which, no, they don’t). I thought I’d have a look at all the different cow milks on offer and then I spied this one.


I actually laughed out loud. I think the couple standing next to me thought I was crackers, but I couldn’t help it.
I just find it so amusing that there is a cow milk that is designed especially for the lactose intolerant people out there …. just in case they are getting their calcium and protein from – I kid you not – PLANTS.

Take a look at the label – it also says “trim” that means they’ve taken most of the fat out as well.

So here’s a bit of info you may not know:
If you eat animal protein the body produces metabolic acidosis and the body uses calcium to fight it off.
For some reason, the less fat there is in milk, the more acidosis is formed and the more calcium is needed usually drawing it from the bones.

Dairy companies are messing around with the milk so much it is not true milk ….. here in N.Z. the large companies actually strip the milk down to milk powder and then reconstitute it into the different types.  I can’t speak for other countries, but if you know how the milk is produced, please let us know in the comments below.

Ciao
Fee



How To Make Hummus

This is my version of how to make hummus.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas (or 1 cup of precooked chickpeas).
  • 2 Tblsp aquafaba water (water from the can or the cooking water). (may require more).
  • 3 Tblsp tahini
  • 2 Tblsp olive oil
  • 1 – 2 plump cloves of garlic
  • 1/2  cup lemon juice (add a little of the pulp)

Season with:

  • Sea salt
  • Smoked paprika
  • Ground cumin

Method:

  1. Blend the chickpeas and aquafaba together, add more aquafaba if you want it to be more  creamy.
  2. Add all the other ingredients and blend to the desired consistency.
  3. Serve with sliced raw veggies, crackers or even use it on top of a salad… you can put it pretty much anywhere!!!

Check out the video in My Kitchen – I made the hummus live on FB and at the end discovered I’d left out the garlic!!!

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