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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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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..
Ciao
Fee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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





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