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BUCKWHEAT - IS IT AS GOOD AS QUINOA?

Posted by [email protected] on September 27, 2016 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

I love buckwheat. It does not contain wheat and buckwheat flour is excellent to use as a replacement for wheat flour if you follow a gluten and wheat free diet like me.


Buckwheat is a seed and is a rich source of soluble and insoluble fibre. Fibre helps with the digestion and feeds our bacteria in the intestines, it binds to toxins and helps take them out of the body and helps to reduce cholesterol levels.


It contains protein, slightly less than quinoa but it has almost all amino acids required in the diet.


The Buckwheat seed has more B-complex vitamins than quinoa seeds, especially riboflavin (vitamin B2) and niacin (vitamin B3). It also has copper and magnesium. We need copper for production of red blood cells. Magnesium is a mineral that is lacking in our diet today and it is used for over 300 enzyme processes in your body to help with headaches or migraines, relaxing you for sleep as it is a muscle relaxant.



 

Buckwheat contains rutin and quercetin which can help with hayfever or allergies. It can also help prevent easy bruising and hemorroids.


 This is an excellent recipe using buckwheat – Broccoli and Buckwheat Fritters


http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/buckwheat-broccoli-fritters/




 

 

BENEFITS OF BEESWAX

Posted by [email protected] on August 28, 2016 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Why Bees Are Amazing

Ever seen the inside of a honey bee hive? It’s incredible. Everything is completely ordered, clean and functioning at all times.

 

Honey

Honey may be the most popular product bees create, but it is far from the only beneficial one. (But try using honey on your face if you haven’t already.) The word apitherapy refers to the practice of using bee products like honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, and beeswax in beneficial ways.

 

The Brilliance of Beeswax

Bees actually make beeswax and then form it into the structure of their hive. They secrete wax from special glands, then chew it up and use it to form perfect hexagon shaped honey comb. Ever tried to even draw a perfect hexagon? It’s tough even with a ruler, and bees do it with mathematical precision. Their hexagon shaped honeycombs offer the most storage space with the least amount of building material (in this case, beeswax). When beekeepers harvest honey, they remove the cap off of each hexagon shaped cell in order to extract the honey. These cappings are melted down and filtered to remove non-wax particles which yields beeswax used in many recipes.




 

Benefits Of Beeswax

Beeswax is an excellent addition to cosmetic products, for many reasons. Most babies will have a diaper rash at some point. Beeswax is perfect to provide a protective layer for a babies skin. When used in lotions and creams, beeswax creates a barrier which helps to seal moisture into the skin. This is especially beneficial for chapped lips during the dry winter months. This barrier also helps to protect the skin from environmental toxins and irritants. Unlike petroleum jelly, which is used in a large variety of beauty products, beeswax will not “suffocate” the skin, but rather, allow it to breathe while still providing a protective barrier. Beeswax also has Vitamin A, which improves hydration to the skin and promotes cell regeneration.

I have been using this product for a while now, its has so many uses and I would recommend it.

http://bit.ly/beeswaxbalm

Article Source - http://wellnessmama.com/124235/beeswax-uses-benefits/


 

CAN DRINKING WATER HELP WITH WEIGHT LOSS?

Posted by [email protected] on July 29, 2016 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

CAN DRINKING WATER HELP WITH WEIGHT LOSS?


Studies have shown that drinking water may:

 

Reduce your calorie intake. If you drink more water, you're less likely to drink other beverages such as soda, fruit juices and energy drinks, and this is, I believe, the most significant factor that explains why higher water consumption promotes weight loss.

 

Research suggests that by replacing other drinks with pure water lowers your overall caloric intake by about 9 percent, or 200 calories a day.

 

Can reduce your appetite. This effect has only been shown to hold true in older subjects. Drinking water before meals had no discernible effect when studied in children.

 

In a 2010 study,10 adults who drank 500 milliliters (ml) of water prior to each meal lost an additional 2 kilograms (kg) or 4.4 pounds over three months compared to the non-water group.11

 

Another study12,13 published in 2015 had very similar outcomes. Adults who drank 500 ml of water 30 minutes before each meal lost 3 pounds more weight over 12 weeks than those who did not preload with water.

 

Overall, they lost 4.3 kg, or 9 pounds, over the course of the study, which is what you could expect from joining Weight Watchers for 12 weeks.

 

Increase your resting energy expenditure, meaning you burn more calories. While I doubt drinking water will help you burn any significant amount of calories, some studies do suggest it may give your metabolism a slight boost.

 

For example, adults who drank 500 ml or about 16 ounces of water increased their metabolic rate by 24 and 30 percent respectively in two separate studies.14,15 The metabolic rate began to rise within the first 10 minutes, and peaked around 30 to 40 minutes afterward.



 

In a third study, overweight women who drank in excess of 1 liter (L) or 34 ounces of water per day lost an extra 2 kg (4.4 pounds) of weight over the course of a year.16

 

Overweight and obese children who drank 7.5 ml of cold water per kg of body weight (averaging 518 ml) also had a 25 percent rise in resting energy expenditure.


I would definitely suggest that you stop drinking fizzy drinks, fruit juices and sports drinks which will also help with weight loss.  Make sure that you are getting enough water throughout the day.  Drink when you are thirsty and check your pee, if its not a mild yellow colour then you are not drinking enough.  You also need to take into account the need for drinking more water if you are sweating or exercising, you will need to replenish the lost fluid.  


The source: Dr Mercole website.  Please go to the link below to read the full article.

http://bit.ly/2agZhFd

HERE ARE SOME SIGNS YOU COULD BE EATING TOO MUCH SUGAR

Posted by [email protected] on July 28, 2016 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Here Are Some Signs That You Could Be Eating Too Much Sugar

 

You can no longer get into those favourite pair of jeans. Yes this could be the reason why. Eating too much sugar can cause more belly fat around your mid section. Too much sugar can raise your insulin levels and when you have too much insulin in your blood the body stores it as fat and deposits it in your belly.

 

You ate lunch an hour ago but you are already thinking about your next meal. When you eat too much sugar you will be craving more food when you get an energy crash. Also too much sugar in your blood can confuse your hunger hormones as well. You have a hormone called grehlin which tells you when you are hungry and the hormone leptin which tells you when you are full and to stop eating. Your hunger hormone will be elevated more than the “Iam full hormone so stop eating” and you will want to eat more than you need.

 

You are feeling sluggish and drained of energy. If your blood sugar is going high and low then this will cause you to feel sluggish and you will probably be feeling sleepy throughout the day and also be irritable and moody.

 

You have joint pain. Eating sugar raises your blood sugar and this can release inflammatory messengers in your body called cytokines and this is what is causing your joint pain.

 

Your teeth health is deteriorating. If you are eating too much sugar then this can cause tooth decay.

 

You have brain fog and mental lethargy. Too much sugar can cause concentration problems and forgetfulness caused again by inflammation from eating too much sugar. Remember the inflammation cytokines. The ideal situation you want is a slow and continuous burning of sugar for continued steady energy, not the highs and lows that too much sugar can create.

 

You have just eaten some berries and they didn’t taste very sweet. Too much sugar can actually dull your palate so the berries that should taste sweet, don’t as your sweetness receptors are getting blocked.


 

RECIPE - CINNAMON ROLLS

Posted by [email protected] on July 13, 2016 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

CINNAMON ROLLS

 


I have made a video of how to make cinnamon rolls. These are really delicious and nutritious using ground almonds, eggs, honey and coconut oil. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.






HOW TO AVOID THE JUNK AT SUPERMARKETS AND STAY HEALTHY

Posted by [email protected] on July 13, 2016 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

 

HOW TO AVOID THE JUNK AT SUPERMARKETS AND STAY HEALTHY


We all need to shop for food but how can you do your food shopping for health and avoid the junk.

 

If you shop at a large supermarket, there will be more choices and more junk items to choose from. You don’t really need all these choices so by shopping at a smaller supermarket you can focus more on the fruit and vegetable aisles and get to the other aisles easily for your other goods such as the fridge section for your meat, dairy and then your toiletries, washing up liquids etc. Supermarkets will also strategically place all these essential items after the junk aisles so you have to walk past them and therefore tempting you to buy more than you need. You will even see offers and bread and biscuits on offer at the entrance to the supermarket as well.

 

Always prepare a list of the things that you need. If you only get the things on your list you will then be less tempted to check out other junk foods that you don’t need.

 

Don’t ever go to the supermarket when you are hungry. Most supermarkets now bake their own bread and sweet treats and you will be able to smell them when you enter the supermarket. If you are hungry you are more likely to buy. Also things will look more appetising when you are hungry and you are more likely to buy them.

 

You could go and do your shopping when you don’t have a lot of time on your hands. Again you are pressed for time so then you are unlikely to want to look at junk foods and stick to your list and only buy what you need.

 

Offers and impulse buying. There are always lots of offers on now in supermarkets as they want to fight to keep you shopping at their store and not to go elsewhere. Most offers are at the end of the aisles or they want you to buy 1 and get one free. This is all well and good if they are those items that are on your list so be careful here.

 

Be proud of yourself that you stuck to your list and you were not tempted to buy any junk that you do not need to be a healthy person. Supermarkets do not have your health and wellbeing in mind, they just want you to spend your money!

 

Happy shopping everyone!

PAIN AND INFLAMMATION

Posted by [email protected] on July 13, 2016 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (0)

DO YOU SUFFER FROM PAIN AND INFLAMMATION

 


Inflammation in the body can be as a result of an infection, an auto immune reaction or an allergy.

 

Inflammation is a natural response to an injury or an infection and you will notice a swelling of that area and it may not function properly for instance round a knee joint which will result in you not being able to bend the knee fully.

 

There are certain foods that you can avoid to help with inflammation and also foods that have an anti inflammatory effect.

 

Foods to Avoid Are:

 

Wheat and Gluten, dairy, sugar, processed foods and prepared frozen meals. It is also best to avoid alcohol and smoking.

 

Foods to Eat More of Are:

 

Fruits and vegetables, garlic, cranberry juice, tart cherry juice, ginger and turmeric, fish for omega 3 fats or take a supplement or flax seeds are also a good source of omega 3, cayenne pepper, black pepper and cloves.

 

Some herbs and Supplements you can take are:

 

Fruits and vegetables, garlic, cranberry juice, tart cherry juice, ginger and turmeric, fish for omega 3 fats or take a supplement or flax seeds are also a good source of omega 3, cayenne pepper, black pepper and cloves.

 

Some herbs and Supplements you can take are:

 

Astaxanthin - which is a powerful antioxidant and found in salmon, lobster, shrimp

 

Boswellia - a strong anti inflammatory which can be combined with astaxanthin and turmeric

 

White Willow Bark - can ease aches and pains, aspirin comes from white willow, however is a mild blood thinner

 

Ruta - can be used for tendon pain especially in the achilles, feet, hips, wrists and areas near the other joints

 

Arnica - has been used for centuries to treat general pain. Can be taken orally or applied topically

 

Please check with your doctor before starting to take any herbs or supplements.

 

I have made a video for you about turmeric and I have a tea that you can make to help you with pain and inflammation.

 


YOGHURT

Posted by [email protected] on July 13, 2016 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

YOGURT

 


Does anyone make their own yoghurt? I started making my own yoghurt earlier this year and I bought a yoghurt maker. I love it and its a great way to get your probiotics if you can tolerate dairy. The yoghurt breaks down lactose, so is good for anyone who is lactose intollerant and likes yoghurt. If you can't tolerate cows milk you could use goats milk which has shorter protein molecules in it.

 

To make the yoghurt you bring 1 litre of full fat milk to a simmer slowly to a temperature of 180 degrees and then let is gently simmer away for about 5 minutes. By heating the milk it gets rid of bad bacteria that will interfere with culturing the yoghurt. The culturing of the yoghurt breaks down the lactose into a simpler form and is easier to be digested. After heating the milk, you then let it cool down to below 110 degrees or room temperature. I usually check this with my warm finger and if it feels warm on my finger then its good to go. You can use a thermometer if you want a more accurate reading. You can then use some powdered yoghurt starter with probiotics which you can buy from health shops or you can use a few probiotic capsules or a good organic full fat natural yoghurt.

If you are using yoghurt then put the cooled milk into the yoghurt maker container first and then add the milk a bit at a time and stir well each time.  If you are using the powdered starter or probiotic powder from a probiotic capsule, pour the cooled milk into the container first then add the powder and stir well.  Put the lid on the container and place in the yoghurt maker and switch on. Leave this for at least 24 hours. I have left mine for 28 to 30 hours and it still tastes great. It has a bit more of a sour taste than normal natural yoghurt and I eat mine for breakfast with some fruit and nuts mixed in.

My yoghurt maker is a SKG model but there are other yoghurt makers to choose from.  Some yoghurt makers have individual glass bottles.



 

CHOCOLATE

Posted by [email protected] on July 13, 2016 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

CHOCOLATE

 



Everyone likes chocolate, right? We don't need an excuse to eat it. But you need to eat the right kind of chocolate to get some health benefits from the cacao bean.

 

The cacao bean does actually grow on trees and is native to Mexico, Central and South America. Each pod has 40 and 60 cacao seeds inside it. The pods are opened and the seeds removed. They then undergo a natural fermentation and drying process for 1-2 weeks and after this time you have a raw cacao bean.

 

Cacao is rich in antioxidants and has zinc, magnesium, calcium, potassium, sulfur, iron, copper, certain B vitamins, fibre and protein.

 

It can help lower blood pressure and enhance circulation by promoting dilation, strength and health of blood vessels and improve blood flow.  So this is great news to help with improving your stamina during exercise.

 

I recommend that you eat dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao to get the benefits and less sugar. You can buy raw cacao nibs but these have a bitter taste so I recommend mixing them into cakes, muffins or cookies if you don't like the bitter taste.

Alternatively, you can buy raw cacao powder and make hot chocolate or mix into cakes etc as well.  Why not make your own chocolate with cacao butter and cacao powder and add honey for sweetener or other sweetener of your choice.  I recommend buying your raw chocolate from Choc Chick.  They also sell everything to make your own chocolate.



HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES

Posted by [email protected] on July 13, 2016 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES

 


Do you suffer from Migraines or frequent headaches?

 

Migraines are not pleasant and can really disrupt your life. So what could be going on if you are experiencing them?

 

You could be deficient in magnesium and I would say that most people are deficient in magnesium. Unfortunately our soil now is not the same as it once was and so many minerals are depleted. Magnesium has been shown to relax our muscles and also blood vessels and helps to regulate the electrical activity of nerve and muscle cells. For supplements you could take magnesium citrate or magnesium malate.

 

You could also be not drinking enough water so try drinking a glass of water every 15 minutes and see if it helps alleviate the headache or migraine.

 

You could try adding rosemary into your diet. Rosemary can improve blood circulation and oxygen to the brain and lowers blood pressure, making it an excellent migraine treatment. To help with migraine relief, you can put some rosemary leaves in some hot water and put a towel over your head and breath in the rosemary water.

 

You also need to reduce your stress levels and I have an exercise that you can do which is really effective. Whenever you are feeling a bit stressed out, do this. Place one thumb over your left nostril and breath in with your right nostril. Place your thumb over your right nostril and breath out through your left nostril. Keep doing this alternating nostrils for about 10 times. You should feel a big difference in your stress levels.

 

Also a migraine could be tied into an imbalance of your hormones, a bacteria overgrowth in your small intestine or even a sensitivity to dairy or something simple like eating an artificial sweetener which when stopped could clear up your migraines. Everyone is different so if migraines are really a problem, I would recommend trying to eliminate some foods that might be triggers and also to ask your doctor to run some tests for your hormones or any digestive issues.


 


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