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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

why can't we give a certain food?

I was talking to a friend the other day about which food we want to have less of, but find it hard to do so. I couldn't think of any. I did mention chocolate and maybe not so much nuts and seeds. but I have no intension of giving up entirely!
Because there are so many different opinions on what is "good" and what is "bad" , and also I believe everyone is different and react in a different way toward certain foods I am not here to categorise what needs to be avoided etc.

I just find it quite interesting to observe what stops people to give up certain food that they know they should. they appreciate the logic and sensibility of healthier diet. The value of having more energy and feeling of well-being. Against all that wisdom what makes them hesitant in changing their habits?
There are some obvious factors such as
Convenience - fast food chains at every corners!!
Cheaper Price - what? $1 for a big milkshake???
and then, for some these are foods that are part of the social landscape or work and family environments.
Finally, there is a taste factors. (Although when you start eating cleanly most of the "junk" food tastes all the same and not pleasant)
so, why are some things easier to give up than others? if you are told to give up cholorella, would you find it so hard? why does giving up certain food feel like serious deprivation?

It is true that our tastes are established before we are born. Experts have found that a mother's diet during pregnancy have a big effect on a baby's taste. We also develop emotional associations with certain foods thorough early and/or recurring memories. Any meaningful experiences like home traditions can create these connections.
Our moods can influence our vulnerability as well. Emotional eating, binging can flare up at the time of stress. Unfortunately it is more likely that you feel worse with the feeling of guilt.
When you become taken in by a sudden urge to indulge, there are some things you can do.
-the out of sight, out mind approach (the more hassle it is to get the that food, the less likely you'll bother with it)
-taking a brief walk of do something to distract you
-find out what is driving you (is it hormonal? or a nutritional deficiency? or unconscious reasons that you need to sort out?)
-alternative therapy such as acupuncture can be effective
-find something healthier alternative to give you similar tasting pleasure. (replacing commercially made burger with ones you made yourself, factory made corn syrup ice-cream with coconut, cashew ice-cream etc.) options are endless these days
The certain food offers momentary pleasure. But what if giving them up means more energy, less congestion, more restfulness, less medicated?
No one is perfect. Our mind feeds our body as much as great diet and lifestyle. Don't feel guilty about a little slip now and then because it is about learning to respect and listen to your body.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

newsletter November

I know I have been away from blogging for a while. Sorry!
Please register for my newsletter I have just sent out the november issue. This month an article about adrenal exhaustion (if you feel you are always tired???) and the recipe for creamy green soup and flax cracker.

I will have an exciting news to share with you soon so I will be back soon :-)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

review for documentary "the cure is"

thanks to Shannon from conscious life media I got to see this documentary "the cure is"
Before I watched this I thought this is about the relationship between what you eat and your health. But this documentary is more than that.
your emotions, mind, stress levels play major part in your health. Did you know that genes don't control your biology? Less than10 percent of diseases are passed through genes. the rest, you guessed it!, through your lifestyle.
It is very empowering. We can control our destiny by changing our thought, what we eat and how we deal with the world every day. The genes does not control us.
I am inspired, motivated and feeling strong and empowered. great film to watch to remind you of what is important.
this film features many respected experts, including Dr. BernieSiegel, M.D.  Bruce H.Lipton PhdDr. JoelFuhrman M.D.  and Dr. SueMorter
It will be available 0n 11th November 2012.  

highly recommend this documentary. This is something that you want to watch again and again to remind you of the truth, truth that everything is a miracle including yourself. "the cure is you"

Friday, November 2, 2012

Toxins in your food (to scare you away!)

I am here to scare you…
So here are some possible toxins hidden in your food.

It is highly mobile and reactive. It is known to attack cellular proteins, toxic to the nervous system. It stays in the body for a long time, especially if it manages to get to the brain. It is important for everyone to watch for this metal but especially for pregnant women and children.
Most of our exposure to mercury comes from our diet, thorough affected fish. avoid top of the chain predators and ones from lakes.

Like mercury dioxin doesn't break down, but instead it bioaccumulates through the food chain. It can cause cancer, endometriosis, diabetes, immune disorders, altered blood lipids leading to cardiovascular diseases, leaning disorders, and impaired male reproductive function.
A wide array of foods have trace levels of dioxin, But its deposits are greatest in the fatty tissues of animals

It is part of the dioxin family. Dioxin is generally more toxic than PCBS, but if you eat lots of fish the exposure to PCBs may be higher. It is associated with many health concerns, but the most worrisome effect is their ability to interfere with fatal brain development, likely due to their inhibition of the mother's thyroid gland.
Like dioxins PCBs is found in the fat of animals and move up the food chain.

Dieldrin, DDT, chlordane, and toxaphane. These pesticides stay in the environment for so long. Even they have been banned a decade ago , they are still being detected in our food. These are highly toxic because they are carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.
Modern pesticides are less persistent than the banned pesticides but it lasts long enough to make it to our plates. Assuming these pesticides are tested  and are below their respective tolerances how can we know the effects from different pesticides combined? and of course we haven't been using these chemicals long enough to determine if they are safe in a long term.

To get the animals to bulk up faster at a lower cost, growth enhancing hormones are fed to the animals like beef. Children are most sensitive to the hormone. It may explain more younger girls are maturing quicker, and it may increase the risk of hormone related cancers such as breast and ovarian cancers.

Artificial colourings are used in many fresh (such as meat) and processed food to make them look fresher, attractive and better quality than it actually is. All of them used today have been approved by FDA but some sources have associated with cancers, genetic damages, allergic reactions and hyperactivity in children. It is worth noting than there are no regulatory limits on mow much can be used in food.

So the food contaminate are everywhere,  but you can still easily pick many foods that are low in contaminants.
-minimise the consumption of animal products, including eggs and dairy
-choose organic
-read labels to avoid additives and artificial colourings
-make food from scratch!