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The Magic of Parsley

The magic of parsley never ceases to astound me and I continue to eat it every day in order to enjoy its goodness and flavour.

I’ve said it before, but just in case you missed it last time round – PARSLEY ROCKS

This old fashioned herb is making a bit of a comeback which is awesome.  I really don’t think it should have left the “superfood” list in the first place, if indeed it was ever on it.  But it’s slowly starting to get popular again.

Growing parsley is just sooooo darn easy. I generally have one or two pots which travel around with me as not all places I go have it and I do try to eat it once a day.

So why is parsley awesome?

Well, not only is it easy to grow, the health benefits of parsley are really over the top!
Goodness, where do I start?
O.k. so it’s full of iron, something that a lot of people worry about when they stop eating meat.  And here’s something to think on – both meat eaters and plant eaters can be iron deficient – in fact, more meat eaters than plant eaters are … go figure
Anyhoo – Back to parsley.  It’s also full of vitamins like K, C, E and A along with folate, calcium, magnesium and potassium.  Has zinc a bit of thiamin, vitamin B6, and riboflavin and did I mention protein? … well it’s got that too.

And what are the health benefits?

  • Parsley contains unique elements in its oil known as volatile oil components, I’m not going to list them, but these powerful oil components benefit the body’s immune system and help fight cancer formation, in particular slowing tumor growth, neutralizing oxidative stress and fighting off carcinogens from harming the body.
  • Because it’s such a high source of antioxidants it can help fight cancer, it acts as a natural diuretic and helps to relieve bloating. It can also help fight kidney stones, urinary tract infections and gallbladder infections (you’d need to seek a herbalist for the correct dosage etc for these ailments).
  • It can improve digestion and is a lovely breath freshner.
  • It has anitbacterial and antifungal properties although, again, seek advice on how to use the oil as it’s very potent and if used incorrectly topically can cause a skin reaction or burn.
  • It balances the hormones and is great for heart health.

How to use – eat it mostly raw!

Parsley can be used sprinkled over top of just about anything or can be a dish on it’s own like Tabouli. Throw some into your smoothie or add to salads. I tend to chop the curly parsley very fine, but the Italian or flat-leaf parsley can be roughly chopped.

If you grow your own you’ll find that parsley is probably the cheapest super food you can have.

Parsley Rocks!

Ciao
Fee



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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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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



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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