Overfed & Undernourished

Meat…should we eat it?

It’s a hot topic!

Last Friday night I was part of a Q&A panel at the end of a fabulous movie called Overfed & Undernourished.  The movie was a documentary about a boy called Liam who was clearly Overfed & Undernourished.  Sadly a true depiction of many children in today’s society.  An example of his state of health was he had trouble walking up a grassy hill without wheezing and stopping for a breather, due to his sedentary lifestyle.  Together Liam and his dad decided that it would be best to send him off to his Aunty and Uncle’s place on the Gold Coast as they lived quite a different active and healthy lifestyle that would provide Liam with the opportunity to get back on track with his health.  This was an intense and challenging 3 months that changed Liam’s life for the better.


Following the movie I was asked, along with 2 other individuals within the health and wellness field to answer questions from the audience about health.  One of the questions was about meat and how much should we eat?  This was an interesting and fabulous question, yet at the time didn’t give myself the opportunity to expand as much as I would have liked, so I thought I would use this forum – my blog – to do so.

My philosophy within Seeds Of Health is to increase our plant based food intake.  This can be done through fresh juices, smoothies, salads, soups, whole food dips, steamed vegetables, exchanging a meat curry for a delicious Dahl (a lentil curry – ask me for a recipe if you want one!), etc.  It’s often about swapping A for B.  Which I can help with!  Let’s add in so much good food, that it just naturally crowds out the bad, rather than depriving ourselves of certain foods.

Generally speaking, we all have some form of inflammation within our body, however to what extent varies depending on the individual.  Do you have signs of headaches, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (changing between diarrhoea and constipation), stiff joints, achey joints, sore back, irregular hormones illustrated through PMS or painful, varying cycle lengths (for the ladies!)?, gout, anemia, a fungal infection under your toenail, etc.  All of these symptoms are signs of inflammation and imbalance within the body.  By increasing the foods which provide ‘light’ (from the sun – plant based foods) into our bodies, our body is able to heal, repair and bring itself back to balance.  The moment we start eating too much processed, heavy, dense, dark and dead food (that is not grown with sunlight and living nutrients) our body has to work very hard to break it down and process it.  If it is foreign (ie. the body doesn’t recognise it as food because it was made in a lab with numbers and preservatives, etc) our immune system goes on high alert to protect our body from the ‘invader’.  Doing this constantly this wears out our body.

Animal products (namely meat and dairy – yogurt, cheese, ice cream, cream, milk, chocolate) cause a ‘stickiness’ and clogging of our arteries, not to mention the non-organic matter that is entering our bodies like steroids and hormones in meat and dairy as well as horrific ingredients like anti-freeze and leather cleaner found in ice cream.  It is so important for these reasons that if you do choose to eat animal products that they are free range/organic/bio-dynamic/happy animals that they themselves live a natural existence where they are able to roam and eat their natural diet.

By increasing plant based foods like fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds (quinoa, chia, hemp, linseed/flaxseed), legumes, lentils, etc and finding replacements for the everyday consumer items (listed below) our body is able to clean the colon and arteries and repair, reaping the benefits from there – more energy, better digestion, clearer mind, more motivation, weight loss, etc.

CHANGE IT UP:

  • Exchange cows milk for – almond milk, rice milk, Bonsoy milk (a better brand of soy milk that is non GMO), oat milk, coconut milk, hemp seed milk, coconut water (fabulous base for smoothies).
  • Exchange processed wheat bread for – sourdough rye or spelt bread (the less ingredients listed the better!), Essene bread, homemade spelt crepes, rice cakes, mountain bread wraps, sushi nori rolls, rice papers, etc
  • Exchange traditional ice cream for – whole food smoothie (frozen banana, cacao and almond milk!), coconut ice cream (available at health food stores), home made ice cream using whole food organic dairy ingredients, home made icey poles using 100% frozen fruit blended with a paddle pop stick great recipes here.
  • Exchange traditional Cadburys dairy milk chocolate for raw chocolate 

So after providing some background information let’s get back to the question.  How much meat should we eat?

As you can no doubt gather from the above information it is more about assessing where your body is at and letting it heal and repair – which in turn increases vitality.  Individually we will consider what food is right for your body and most importantly quality of the food you choose to eat – be it animal products or not.  It is a very individual assessment depending on your state of health.  Using iridology and questioning I assess your current state of health during a Naturopathic consultation.  Please contact me if you feel it is time for an assessment of your body.

The AIM is to increase your plant based foods and know exactly what you are putting in to your body (reading every label! and ideally not buying foods with labels).

A great resource to get started with whole foods is The Real Food Chef or The Real Food Kitchen.  I was selling these at the movie premiere, last Friday night.  I truly believe, aside from the endless blogs online that this recipe book provides not only mouth watering recipes that are functional for the family (both meat based and vegetarian) but opens your mind up as to how to increase your plant based foods with every meal you eat.  I stock these recipes books and am happy for you to phone or email me to collect your copy.  The authors Dr Libby Weaver and Chef Cynthia Louise are profound in their knowledge of nutrition and plant based foods.  I personally have worked alongside Chef Cynthia Louise and cannot speak highly enough about what she has to offer.  Dr Libby Weaver is a woman of such strength that acknowledge an epidemic of Rushing Women’s Syndrome – women packing more and more into their lives without stopping to nourish and realise what their body needs.  Together, both of these women turn the everyday meal like sheppard’s pie or caramel slice in to something that is so jam packed with vitamins and minerals, your body will be thanking you for it and your tastebuds will be singing!

I would love to hear from you in the comments below what your opinion is of the above information and what journey of health you have been on?  Do you agree or disagree with the above information?  Did you see the screening of Overfed & Undernourished?  What was your opinion of the movie?

I look forward to chatting to you in the comments below.

Signing off with kale kisses,

Janelle.

Chocolate buckwheat granola

Happy Wednesday!

This week I thought I would share a delicious recipe that I’ve just made a fresh batch of!  I just love to enjoy the smell of it while it’s dehydrating and LOVE waking up to the divine smell, come morning.

Serving this raw GRAND cacao buckwheat granola with almond milk or sprinkled on top of an Acai bowl (explained below) gets me and my taste buds all excited for the day ahead!  It’s something so special!  I often savour the last couple of mornings as my stash gets low.

So…here is the recipe for RAW GRAND CACAO GRANOLA:

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups almonds (soaked overnight)
  • 1.5 kg buckwheat (soaked for 30mins)
  • 1 cup cacao
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut nectar
  • Black styrian pumpkin seeds (much larger with more flavour!) – 1 cup or more according to how many you would like
  • Goji berries – 1 cup or more according to how many you would like

 

Method:

  • Soak almonds ideally overnight or for at least a few hours – then tip out the water they were soaked in
  • Soak buckwheat for 30mins and tip out the water they were soaked in using a strainer (so you don’t lose lots of buckwheat)
  • Place the buckwheat, almonds, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, cacao, cinnamon and coconut nectar (Maca is also nice in this mix) altogether in a bowl and stir until the mix is completely covered in cacao, cinnamon and coconut nectar.
  • If you own a dehydrator it is a big help however you can also dehydrate your raw GRAND cacao granola in the oven.  If dehydrating, place the mixture on trays and dehydrate on 45-60 degrees for 18 hours.  (Technically for your granola to remain raw it must be ‘cooked’ at 45 degrees or below – but if you are not worried about this the lower temperatures will still maintain a lot of nutrients).  If you are using an oven, set it on the lowest temperature and check it after 8-12 hours.   The almonds will hold a bit of moisture so to ensure they are fully dehydrated so they don’t go mouldy after a week.  I repeat it is important to keep dehydrating the muesli until the moisture in the almonds has evaporated.


Nutritional information:

  • Buckwheat is undervalued!  It is actually a seed and totally safe for people who are allergic or intolerant to wheat.  It contains NO GLUTEN.  Packed full of nutrients (magnesium being very high), great source of protein and fibre, balances blood sugar levels and good for a healthy heart.
  • Almonds – when soaked they are much more easily digested because the enzyme inhibitor has been removed from the skin.  Rich in calcium for healthy bones and teeth, healthy heart support, brain and nourishing nervous system support.
  • Goji berries are high in antioxidants
  • Black Styrian seeds high in zinc, magnesium and healthy fats
  • Cacao is loaded full of antioxidants, magnesium and happiness (gotta love chocolate in your breakfast!)
  • Coconut nectar – a healthy sweetener full of minerals
  • Cinnamon to support heart health, a warming spice – great for arthritis, balancing blood sugar levels and diabetes and beating fungal infections like candida

Do you need any more convincing?!!

If you are looking for a different way of using your raw GRAND cacao granola then sprinkle it on top of your smoothies or on top of an Acai bowl (like a thick blended smoothie served in a bowl with a spoon).

Acai Bowl  (pictured above) – Acai is a berry that packs a huge antioxidant punch! – Available from health food stores both frozen and powdered.  I think the frozen (fresh) berry is best and much more delicious.  Place a frozen Acai sachet combined with frozen banana, frozen mango, almond milk (or other liquids of your choice – less liquid than a smoothie), cacao, and whatever else you fancy (herbs, spices, nuts, coconut, blueberries, etc).  Serve in a bowl with a spoon topped with your raw GRAND cacao granola and bee pollen if you choose.  A mega dose of antioxidants, nutrients, minerals, hydration and the list could go on and on and on…just trust me 

What do you love to have for breakfast?  Have you tried making your own granola or acai bowl?  I would love to hear all about it in the comments below!

Have a bonza breakfast!

Janelle

Almond Milk

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Welcome to 2013!  It’s going to be a fantastic year!

I wanted to start the year off with a healthy alternative to dairy milk.  Dairy causes many issues for people in relation to digestive upset, excess mucous causing unnecessary runny noses, acne, aggravation of eczema, etc.

So an excellent alternative is ALMOND MILK!
It is so easy to make & is full of calcium and protein. 

Simply soak 1 cup almonds overnight and you’ll be ready to make your fresh batch of almond milk in the morning.  It’s super quick.  Soaking the almonds releases the enzyme inhibitors from the shell, making it easier to digest. 

Almond Milk
1 cup almonds (soaked overnight)
2 cups filtered water
Additional add ins – 1 fresh date, 1 vanilla bean, 1 tsp cinnamon

Tip the water out the following morning from the soaked almonds.  Combine the almonds plus water into a blender & add in any extra add ins.  Blend again.  Strain through a milk bag, muslin cloth or even a chux cloth.

It stores in the fridge for 2-3days.
Enjoy on muesli, in smoothies or just as is.  My favourite combination is with 1 fresh date and 1 vanilla pod.

Mums and bubs food choices

Recently I did a workshop at Amanda Gale Physiotheraphy for mums and their bubs.  I wanted to provide awareness about how the foods we eat and what we put on our skin are absorbed into our bodies and then filtered through to the mother’s milk, if breast feeding.  I focused mainly on food, however I also touched on beauty products.  Do you read the labels?  Consider using coconut oil as your daily moisturiser…it’s fantastic! 

Everything you eat and put on your skin (ie. moisturizer) is absorbed by your body and therefore your baby, whether in the the womb or being breast fed.

ALTERNATIVE FOODS TO ENJOY

Common allergen foods are wheat, dairy and sugar.  Here are some alternatives to consider using:

 

WHEAT 

The following grains contain wheat: Triticale, spelt, kamut, durum wheat, semolina, bulgur and then of course wheat.  Barley, rye and oats contain gluten which may cause problems for some people’s digestion, however if gluten is not an issue for you there are great alternatives.  There are so many other choices to use though!  Consider using these grains, seeds and flours:

Rice, corn, millet, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, potato, nut flours like almond meal, tapioca, flaxseed/linseed and chia.

DAIRY 

Cow’s milk can create many digestive problems and increase mucous production in our body.  There are many alternatives including: almond milk, rice milk, oat milk, soy milk (BONSOY preferably – available from some supermarkets and most health food shops).  Goats milk, although still dairy, can be less of a problem.

Other sources of calcium that offer a variety of vitamins and minerals and strengthen our bones include almonds, tahini (sesame seed paste), broccoli, figs, green leafy vegetables like kale, watercress, romaine lettuce, pak choi, chicory, seaweed, alfalfa and hazelnuts.

Sometimes we need to restructure our diet plan so dairy is not our main focus for breakfast, for example.  I love creating food plans for people so please come and see me if you need help with this.

SUGAR 

White sugar should be avoided by everyone!  I have written an earlier post about sugar, so scroll down if you would like to revisit this.  Sugar depletes both you and your babies immune system which is not a great start to life!

Other alternatives include maple syrup, honey, agave, stevia, xylitol (the last three are available from health food stores).  These are all more whole food and plant source sweeteners that also contain vitamins and minerals

Other things to consider:

Remember that your baby eats what you eat – through your breast milk – it is therefore so important to be conscious of everything you are putting in your mouth!

  Avoid adding salt, sugar and seasonings to foods as this becomes a benchmark flavour for your baby.  Let them taste each food as nature intended it first.  

  Unprocessed whole foods are fantastic snacks – mashed pumpkin, sweet potato, paw paw, avocado, banana, home made yogurt or unflavoured organic yogurt, etc.  Make a larger amount and freeze some in ice cube trays.

  Dehydrated fruits can be used along with rusks to chew on.  

  Consider adding salmon to your baby’s diet (check for bones!).  Healthy omegas are present.  Linseeds and chia seeds are also great sources of omega 3 and 6.  This helps develop your child’s brain and also skin health to name a few.

ALWAYS check for additives and preservatives in foods!  If you make them fresh you don’t need to worry about this.  These can really affect your child’s immune system as it is not from nature and therefore provokes an immune response within their body, unnecessarily.

Colic

Some foods that can aggravate digestion and cause colic symptoms include:

·      Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc. 

·      Cow’s milk and soy milk

·      Chocolate

·      Onions

·      Spices can also upset your baby’s digestion so consider whether you are adding too much chilli for example to your foods.

If you have eliminated the following foods for a minimum of 2 weeks and symptoms have not subsided consider getting a Hair Mineral Analysis Test at Amanda Gale Physiotherapy to discover specific foods and products that your baby needs to eliminate.

Almond milk is so easy to make.  Consider making it yourself.  Here’s the recipe:

Almond milk

1 x nut milk bag

1 cup measure

Blender

Raw natural almonds

Soak 1 cup of almonds overnight in fresh water.  Drain the almonds and place in the blender with 1 litre of water*. Blend for around 1.5mins, or until blended through depending on how fantastic your blender is.  Drain this through your nut milk bag, and squeeze all of the milk into a jug or glass bottle for storage.  You many like to reduce the amount of water blended with your almonds to create a thicker milk. 

*Optional add ins include: 1 date, 1 vanilla bean, a pinch sea salt, coconut.

Use as a delicious dairy replacement with muesli, or in hot drinks and smoothies.

All the best with your food alternatives choices!  Have fun and explore your options.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

 

Janelle Twine.

www.seedsofhealth.com.au