Inflammatory Diseases – What is your body trying to tell you?

What is an inflammatory disease?  If you have arthritis, or cancer, or heart disease, if you suffer from gout or Type 2 diabetes or an inflammatory bowel disease – you have an inflammatory disease.  However, and inflammatory disease is not inflammation – it is the inflammation process gone awry.

Inflammation is actually part of the body’s repair process.  It designed to stop infection from occurring. Then when it has stopped this, it halts the inflammation.  Having an inflammatory disease is a message from the body that you are not giving it the right inputs to stop the inflammation.  There is no rogue disease – only a body crying out to be given what it needs to control its own processes.

Issues with Oestrogens in Milk

If you were deciding to improve your health and you knew that animal foods were not as healthy as plant foods, which would you give up first? Milk and dairy or meat?

All the vegetarians in the world have chosen ‘meat’ to give up – and research shows that this certainly improves health in many areas and leads to living a few years longer.

The better choice, however, would be ‘milk and dairy foods’ .

Removing dairy foods while leaving in a couple of serves of meat a week will lead to even more health benefits than giving up meat but continuing with daily serves of milk and dairy.  This article looks at just the oestrogen factor in cow’s milk and a few reasons why it is so detrimental to human health.

Why we need anti-oxidants

Anti-oxidants are one of the best reasons to eat more plant foods.  If everyone knew what powers they had, the government would never need to encourage us to eat 2 pieces of fruit a day and 5 serves of vegetables – we’d eat WAY more than that without anyone saying anything!

So what are anti-oxidants, and what do they do?  Read on and find out!

Acne – Preventable and Reversible

Acne is the most common skin condition in Australia.

Up to 85% of Australians will develop acne in their life, and 5% will have severe acne.  Nearly 50% of men and women will experience acne into their thirties. Severe acne affects relationships and a person’s sense of self, and can lead to anxiety and depression.

Acne is a skin disease caused by diet.  Some people are more predisposed to it than others, but by changing your diet, you will be able to bring an end to it.  This post tells you how.

Fat and Diabetes

 

For nearly 40 years, practically all research has indicated that eating fat is implicated in heart disease  – strongly implicated – and that it is also a big player in the obesity epidemic and in the common cancers (breast, prostate and colon).

This research is what spawned the low-fat campaign to take the fat out of fattening foods and provide substitutes.

Now it seems all those studies were wrong – but were they?

In this article I want to look at our fat-loving habits, and the new research – that fat is the main cause of Type 2 diabetes – not sugar, as was once believed.

Nitrates, nitrites, nitrosamines – What are the Facts?

Processed meats such as hot dogs, ham, bacon and salami contain many proven cancer-causing compounds.  This has been known for many years.  But people are still eating them – even people who otherwise seem to care about their health.

In this article I hope to lift the lid on just how dangerous these products are, and in doing so, cut through the uncertainty about nitrites, nitrates and nitrosamines – which are bad and which are good.

The missing key to consistent weight control

There is a myth in the health world that goes something like this:

“If you only eat healthy foods, and leave out the other categories of food that are not healthy, you can eat all of the healthy foods you like and you will reach a normal weight.”

All diets have a marketing gimmick.  But for 99% of them, a missing key has been left out – a practice that must be learned in order to attain and maintain a normal weight.

In this post I talk about the lost key to weight control.

A Vegetarian in Japan

Last year I spent a week in Japan: a day in Tokyo, and 5 days in a country town by a ski resort 6 hours’ drive west of Tokyo.  We were celebrating my 50th birthday and this was my celebration of choice – and what a super-fabulous choice it turned out to be!

My Favourite Plant-Based Recipe Resources

If you didn’t grow up in a vegetarian family, learning to cook whole food plant-based meals can be quite a challenge at first.  You have to find foods that are actually plant-based (not laden with oils and dairy), that meet the taste criteria, that fill you up enough and that don’t take all day to prepare.  And for some of us – we have no one to ask advice from – just the Internet.

In this post I list four of my most relied upon recipe blogs/books and where to find oil-free recipes.  I hope you will find something on my list of tried and tested resources to add to your own growing list of favourites.

Where I get my Iron

I don’t eat red meat, and I haven’t for nearly 3 years.  I don’t eat other animal foods either, but recent blood tests I ordered to measure how my nutritional plan was working for me showed that not only were my blood iron levels excellent, but I also had good iron storage levels (which can be lower in vegans).

Many people are iron deficient.  It’s the most common nutritional deficiency in the world.  Most people I’ve spoken to who find they are anaemic were committed meat eaters at the time they become iron-deficient.  They can’t understand why this happened since they regularly eat iron-rich red meat.

I thought some of you may like to know where I get enough iron to stay full of beans.