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Our bodies need nutrients not just Food.

 

Our bodies don’t just need food, they need nutrients from that food to enable the body to perform properly.

Have you ever felt that the food you are eating isn’t  perhaps as nutrient rich as it could be because of the intensive methods used to gain maximum yield from the crops/animal, the pesticides used and the fact that soils get depleted overtime anyway, then there is the fact food is stored in gas environments or chilled to be transported across the World. We were told the other day that its actually cheaper to pick crops and send them to Europe to be processed/packed and transported back than to keep them here throughout – how crazy is that ?!!!!! Its no wonder that by the time we get the food into our homes that its not as nutrient rich as it could be.
What do we do then? we cook it and that destroy even more nutrients. We have heard the term enzymes come up in several articles. Our bodies need these enzymes and our bodies can manufacture them ourselves.  Apparently cooking food destroys these enzymes in the food which aid digestion and so our bodies have to work extra hard to manufacture the enzymes so eating raw and ideally local and organic makes sure the food keeps all those enzymes your body needs.

So eating a part based raw diet is very beneficial.  I love eating a raw organic carrot, stick of celery  or apple and know people who have said that apples, carrots etc just doesn’t taste like they did years ago and that they find eating them boring because of it.

I personally think that there is a huge difference in taste between non organic and organic food, particularly carrots, celery and apples and find them so much tastier, so much so in fact I feel my body really appreciating them and a feeling of enjoyment and happiness comes with that.

What is Food Combining?

What is Food Combining?

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I’m currently doing a Diet and Nutrition Course and the topic of the latest module is Food Combining.
Food Combining is making dietary choices based on whether certain groups of food when digested by the body work well together from a digestive and nutritional point of view.

The concept of Food combining isn’t a new one having been around for generations in some Cultures.
Should you mix alkaline and acid foods at the same sitting or proteins and carbohydrates together are just some of the questions people have been looking at.

From a nutritionist viewpoint a well balanced diet consists of foods from all the food groups but there are instances where maybe food combining would be beneficial.

In the 1900s a popular food combining diet emerged called the Hay Diet created by Dr William Hay who found out that fruit and vegetables turned into alkaline after being metabolised by the body whilst processed foods turned into acid. He believed that combining the two would result in the body being in an overly acidic state. He felt that people shouldn’t eat acidic foods , alkaline foods and proteins at a sitting together and should all be separated.
Since that with increased knowledge about the pancreas and other research this has really been proven incorrect.

There is however no evidence to show that food combining has any negative impact on the body as long as overall you are eating a balanced, healthy diet. With so many people having digestive issues, intolerance, allergies food combining may actually be helpful.

My personal view is to listen what your body tells you after eating combinations, I think our bodies are designed to deal with all the food group combinations when the digestive system is in optimum health but maybe with our modern diets and lifestyle if we don;t eat a balanced diet overall our bodies lack nutrients and don’t perform so well and maybe food combining theory would be beneficial in that case to help the body heal.

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A healthy Green Smoothie

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Green Smoothies

There are also a few people who say too many green smoothies are bad for you because of the oxalic content of leafy green vegetables . We have green smoothies a couple of times a week after doing our own research.

Moderation is one of my favourite words when it comes to most things and green smoothies are no exception, some people grasp a new idea and then become a bit obsessive about it and as with excess of anything it can then cause problems.

After researching possible links of nutrient deficiencies and the body being too acidic as being possible contributory factors in a cancer diagnosis  we decided that green smoothies would be a part of our healthier regime.  Smoothies are a great way of introducing nutrients and foods that maybe we wouldn’t be keen on eating any other way.  Its also a great way to get children having fruit and vegetables they may not be keen on if you served them up on their own.

We use a good handful of Kale, a stick of celery, either half or whole avocado depending on the size, 1 banana (you may also want to add in some mango initially), a tablespoon of coconut oil, one capful of aloe juice per person, a teaspoon of hemp powder per person and we sometimes add in ground flax seeds milled in a coffee grinder or we use flax oil.  Then add enough water to your desired consistency in the blender.

Kale is one of the the most nutritionally rich vegetables grown in the UK.  Kale is a good source of Vitamins K, A and C and also contains manganese, copper and phytochemicals which are believed to help with certain types of cancer. It is almost fat free and is low in calories. Our local Supermarket now do organic Kale so we buy this.

Celery is packed with Vitamin C, potassium and Iron, a good source of calcium and is high in calcium. It also gives a good dose of folate. We also use the leaves too which are a source of carotene. It is virtually fat free, low in calories and low sodium. One stalk has only 2 calories and you would need to eat 30 sticks to get the same amount of calories as a digestive biscuit.

Avocado  is a nutrient dense fruit including potassium, B vitamins and folic acid and contains good fats but very low in cholesterol and sodium.

Banana very low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. It is a good source of dietary fibre, Vitamin C, potassium and manganese and a very good source of B6. Most of the calories come from sugars.

Aloe Vera Health drink we put 25ml cap per person in the smoothie if we haven’t already taken it that day. Oral ingestion helps the digestive system and contains large amounts of antioxidants.

Raw Chia Seeds The little seeds contains calcium, manganese, phosphorous and healthy omega 3 fats, they may be eaten milled or whole. They make a great source of protein for Vegetarians.

Virgin Coconut Oil so many uses for this very versatile product from hair care, skin care, oil pulling for oral health to cooking and adding to smoothies , this is due to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which gives it soothing properties, its is antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal and antibacterial.

Raw Protein Hemp Powder this is a recent addition to our smoothies. It is a good protein source for Vegans and those on gluten free diets.

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