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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.

Ciao
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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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



Some Comedy To Lighten The Mood

Nothing beats a bit of comedy to lighten the mood.

Every week on my Social Media (you’ll find links somewhere on this page), I post up a “funny”.  Usually on a Friday, but lately I’ve been putting up one on Mondays as well.  It’s been ages since I shared.

So here’s the next batch for you to enjoy ….

Click here to see more funnies

Hope you’ve enjoyed – If you have, you might like to share

Ciao
Fee



 

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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




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



The Rise of Veganism?

With the latest Supermarket Stats from Britain out, are we seeing a Rise in Veganism?

Now I realize that these statistics are from Britain, but I truly believe that these figures are synonymous with what is a growing trend in the Western world.  Even in my own small city, the emergence of new plant based cafés – vegetarian, vegan and raw foods has increased considerably in the last 18 months.  It’s wonderful to behold!!!!

The following statistics were taken from the supermarket figures in Britain for the year 2016.  What I have done is show you what they would be if they were USA or N.Z. dollars (Australians can go sort of in between those two).

Fresh Meat was down £328 million – $106 million USA – $566 million N.Z.

Itemized out that is:

  • Beef – down £72 million – $90 million USA – $124 million N.Z.
  • Pork – down £62 million – $75 million USA – $107 million N.Z.
  • Lamb – down £21 million – $26 million USA – $36 million N.Z.
  • Poultry – down £49 million – $60 million USA – $84 million N.Z.

But not only was meat down, so was dairy ….

  • Fresh milk – down £54 million – $66 million USA – $93 million N.Z.
  • Butter – down £83 million – $102 million USA – $143 million N.Z.
  • Cheese – down £73 million – $90 million USA – 1266 million N.Z.

Brilliant news!!!!  And the beauty is that there was a rise in Dairy Free product which were up by £123 million

If this trend continues we could see omnivores as being the odd ones out and plant based eaters as main stream. Wouldn’t that be grand for us all (humans, animals the planet!!!).

Enjoy great food and be compassionate to all animals including humans

Ciao
Fee




Cameras In Slaughterhouses – Well Done France!

I heard today that France has passed a bill that there are to be cameras in all their slaughterhouses.

Which got me remembering all the other things that France has done.  So I have made a list (as I do).

  1. They have introduced incentives to embed sustainability into French urban planning.
  2. They are encouraging  alternatives to conventional means of transportation such as self-service bike rental stations and car sharing.  They are also encouraging the use and maintenance of hybrid and electric vehicles as well as the necessary infrastructure to power them.
  3. France became the 1st country to totally ban Neonicotinoids – the bee-killing component in pesticides.  This measure goes above and beyond the E.U. ban put in place in 2013.  The German company Bayer is not happy and, in fact, has a lawsuit pending against the E.U. Learn more  It’s almost like France has put up its middle finger to Bayer.
  4. France is the first country to ban plastic cups and plates and utensils –  French law will require all disposable tableware to be made from 50% biologically-sourced materials. read more.   And on the subject of plastic, they have also banned the common plastic bag – that’s the smaller and thinner type used in supermarkets.  They will still have plastic bags, but they must be reusable ones which should cut down the numbers.
    You know those little plastic bags you put the veggies/fruit in? well they’ve been phased out as of the start of this year (2017) The law also currently plans to have domestically compostable bags which should replace plastic fruit and vegetable bags too.  Did you know:  An average plastic bag takes one second to make, is used for roughly 20 minutes and takes up to 400 years to degrade naturally.
  5. Food – The have become the world’s first country to ban supermarket waste and compel large retailers to donate unsold food.  Let’s face it – there’s heaps of places that will take donated food, not just the homeless shelters – what about schools, orphanages, old folk homes .
  6. All the new buildings in commercial zones must now comply and have green roofs – that is to say the rooftops must be partially covered in plants or solar panels by law.
  7. And now – the cameras in slaughterhouses.  Although France’s history of animal welfare is lacking compare to other countries, at least this is a real start.  It did come about by the release of hidden video as well as a fair amount of protesting.  Read more  To top this off a coalition of 26 French animal protection associations have combined to make sure that animal welfare is on the political agenda for the next presidential and legislative elections.

Our animals and our planet need us to get behind countries that are actually doing something.  Yes we need the “something” to be way more than what’s being done, and way faster, but, being the realist I am, I’m grateful for small wins.

Speaking about the environment – The EU, those pesky bureaucrats in Brussels who care for the environment, are putting all countries under pressure to reduce the consumption of plastic bags.  Wish the same could be said for here Down Under!!!

Love food, be kind to animals (including humans)
and, remember, for every $ you spend you shape our world.

Ciao
Fee

 

My Partner Is A Full On Meat Eater And I Want To Go Veg

Is this where you’re at?  Your partner is full on meat eater and you’re wanting to go veg.

Or, perhaps you know some-one who is in this situation and you’re not sure how to help them.  Well, I’ve set out a few ideas below and hopefully they’ll be of some benefit.

You see, I’ve pretty much heard all the excuses, in fact I wrote a book about it Why Be Vegetarian Debunking The Excuses  and in that book I go through the most common (and funny) ones that are asked.

But the one that I think is not necessarily an excuse per se, but is a reason and one that I do understand – my partner is a meat eater but I’d love to go veg –

1. The very first thing I tell them is that bringing in the cruelty of animal farming usually doesn’t work.  Many have tried by putting up the argument about the animal abuse within the meat industry, but, sadly, many meat-eaters have turned off the compassionate switch, in fact, putting factory farming images can actually have the opposite effect – it’s called desensitization.  The brain doesn’t compute the images with what is being eaten, because the brain is so used to believing that what is being consumed is needed by the body.  (plus it tastes good).

So the trick is to bring in health and scientific research.  There is a documentary which you may have heard of called  Forks Over Knives.   This doco was made in 2011, but it is even more relevant today.  The medical studies and research are incredible and the results amazing.

The idea is to watch this documentary TOGETHER … you can rent it from Amazon really cheap …. then when it’s finished, hopefully, it will stimulate conversation between the two of you.  That’s when you’re then able to suggest that you both could try having animal free days even just a couple of days a week and see how you go.

However, don’t be surprised if the result is even more dramatic and a full on 100% plant based diet is suggested by the meat-eater.

2. If you’re the one doing the cooking, then this can be much easier.  You can easily make veg meals and have meat as a “side dish”.  In fact it’s even easier if you have single serve pieces of meat e.g. a piece of chicken, steak, fish etc.

3. Of course you can just say …. “This is what I’m eating – if you want meat, you cook it yourself”.  Now this one is rather dramatic, but has been known to work.  You know your partner, so you’ll know just how far you can take this one.

4. Another great way of introducing veg meals is to have food in different bowls laid out on the table so everyone can help themselves.  Along the lines of a buffet style meal.  Yes, it makes for a lot more dishes, but it’s actually quite fun, and rather than you dishing up each plate of food, everyone gets to choose.

Now this bodes well for the change.  The meat-eater can still have the meat, but can also try a little of the plant based foods as well.  Make sure you add some vegan cheese also just for fun.

5. You can use faux meats, however, I’m not a believer in this type as, at the end of the day, it’s still processed and, for health, you want to avoid processed as much as possible.

In saying that, if you come across something very tasty, then it could be a way for your meat-eater to give it a go.  Perhaps an idea for transition food.

6. Last one is that you could approach it this way …. “I respect your eating choices and we eat the way you want every day, so, please can you respect my choices and perhaps we can eat the way I would like twice a week?”  It could be a start.

One thing to remember throughout all this, is to respect the meat-eaters choices.  You may not agree, but each person has a right to make their own choice and chances are s/he is just not ready yet.  We all come at this from different angles and at different times.

Hopefully this has been of some help if your partner is a full on meat-eater and you want to go veg.

Ciao
Fee



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