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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.

Ciao
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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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



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!

Ciao
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

Ciao
Fee



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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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The Humble Little Nut

We really do sometimes take the humble little nut for granted when, in fact, it packs an almighty powerful punch.

Not only can we use the nut in different ways, but it is also a major contributor to our health.

So let’s start with the nutritional value of nuts.  Yes, it does depend a wee bit on the actual nut, but generally they are a source of:

  • protein (yes, nodding head, they are)
  • potassium,
  • calcium (see, you don’t need dairy – chop some nuts and sprinkle over dark green veg and you’re good to go!)
  • magnesium
  • anitoxidants
  • Vitamin E
  • fibre
  • selenium
  • iron

As I said – each type of nut offers different things.  However they pretty much all have fat in them – good fat – but still fat.  This is why you don’t want to sit down to a bag of nuts!!!  Instead it’s recommended that a handful a day is sufficient.  (mixed or one type).

Please avoid nuts that have been roasted as they normally will be done in oil and have salt and/or flavourings added.  It’s best to buy raw and dry roast them in the oven yourself.

HOW TO STORE.  Sadly nuts come already shelled and not chilled which means you have no idea how old they are.  If they smell a bit “off” (rancid) they are waaaaay past their ‘best by’ date.  When you get them home … pop into the fridge and they will last longer.

What to do with them:

NUT MILK

Nuts make remarkable milk that can be used either in cooking or just plain over grains or to drink. To make the nut milk –

You’ll need:.

  • Organic nuts are best and they ought to be fresh. You could use any kind of type, however, I suggest you start with either almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts or hazelnuts.
  • This is where you need to have a really good, and powerful blender – one that you make smoothies with.
    Next you’ll need something to strain the milk with.  You could use cheese cloth or muslin which I’d suggest to start with – you can get a nut milk bag later on if you want to continue making your milk.

How to:

  • Soak the nuts over night this will soften them and make it easier to blend.
  • The portion is 1 cup of nuts to 3 cups of filtered water (you can alter the amount of water as you get familiar with the process
  • Put into your blender and blend at high speed until the nuts are well mixed. (They’ll turn the colour of milk)
  • Strain the fluid through your cheese cloth to separate it from the pulp, getting out as much milk as possible by twisting the cloth.
  • You can use the pulp in baking.

If you do want to sweeten the milk, try with a little date puree which is the healthiest option … just put it back into the blender with the date puree and blend well.

NUT BUTTER

Again quite a simple process.  Your food processor will do the job effectively.

You’ll need:

  • Organic nuts and this time dry roast them and cooled
  • Oil – maybe.

How to:

  • Put the cooled nuts into the processor and start to blend them.
  • They should start forming a ball.  Some nuts won’t need the extra oil, but if you think the nuts are not forming enough of a paste, then add a little oil to help the process.
  • Once made, place into pot or small glass jar to use.

Nuts au natural:

Regardless if you have them whole or chopped they are a fabulous addition to practically anything.

  • Include cashews to stir-fried vegetables – scrumptious.
  • Obviously you can always add nuts to baking e.g. cakes, breads or cookies.
  • A little mix of nuts sprinkled over a salad or I’ve been known to put them over veggies.

That’s it – so go nutty!

Ciao
Fee



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Is Being Vegan Expensive?

I had someone say to me the other day “Isn’t being vegan expensive?”

Surprisingly enough this is actually quite a common question.
The simple answer is “No”.

Let me explain a bit further.

The vegan’s protein ‘go to’ is usually either bean, peas or lentils and all these foods can be sourced at bulk buying outlets extremely cheaply. In fact, a pound (kilo) of lentils would probably cost less than a pound (kilo) of beef and would go sooooooo much further.  In this day and age – a pound of beef would probably only feed two people for one meal, but the lentils would feed a family of four over two meals.  Of course you would be adding to the lentil dish with other vegetables and you’re now looking at perhaps a family of 6 people over two meals …. equals, far less expensive than meat.

It’s usually fruit and veggies that are the expensive items. Now the reason for this is usually that people buy out of season. And it’s not only vegans that do that, but meat eaters as well. So, if you’re wanting to save money, then I’d suggest you wander down to your local farmers market and buy in season.
And, give your local produce outlet a try as well – in season fruits and veggies just may be cheaper than your local supermarket and chances are, better quality.

I recently posted a video on 5 of the top questions I get asked being vegan which does include the one above.  So watch the video to find out the rest:

Enjoy good food
Ciao
Fee

Here’s A Tip You Might Be Interested In

Plants are the pharmacy of our world.

Plants really are amazing things.  They can actually be your first choice pharmacy because they are all so healing in their properties.

One of the tricks, though, is to eat all the edible part of the plant.  For example: Have the apple skin as well as the flesh, or bake the potato instead of peeling off the skin.

Why? – because the healing properties work in synergy with each other.  It’s one of the reasons I don’t recommend juicing, because so much goodness is left behind.  Smoothies are better because it mulches up the whole plant therefore giving you the full benefits.

What the image says is:  Cranberries can suppress the growth of cancer cells in the liver.  Just a wee handful a day, pop onto your cereal or in your smoothie. Remember, have all the fruit, not just the juice.

Don’t forget – I have the FREE Discovery call – 1/2 an hour with me live, you can ask me anything you like and I’ll be telling you 3 secrets to a healthier life.
Jump online here: Make Your Booking

Until next time
Have great food and be compassionate to all animals

Ciao
Fee



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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

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