Breakfast Sorted!

I have become a bit fed up with my usual muesli breakfast so I decided to play around with some new ideas. I had some chia seeds I bought back in June which I still hadn’t used – I simply didn’t get around to looking for any recipes which included chia seeds. I have read that chia seed have amazing benefits and nutrients:-

Benefits:- Reduces cholesterol,  Increases energy, helps maintain healthy blood pressure, help with weight loss, mental health….

Nutritional:- contains more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, more antioxidants than blueberries, more fibre than bran flakes….

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As you can see, these little seeds are super!!

So here is what I put together for my Breakfast Chia Pudding

1/2 cup oatmeal

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup poppy/sunflower/pumpkin seed mix

1/4 cup raisin

1/4 cup goji berries

3/4 teasp cinnamon

3/4 cup coconut milk

Combine all ingredients and divide into ramekin dishes. Top with chopped almonds. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. Delicious :-))))

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Breakfast Chia Pudding

So, that’s my breakfast sorted for the next few days!

~ Have a good week

Maria

You Can Improve Your Health

Last night I had the privilege of attending a talk by Dr T Colin Campbell, a nutritional biochemist and one of the authors of The China Study –  I read this book about two months ago after watching the documentary Forks Over Knives, which traces the personal journeys of Dr Campbell and Dr Caldwell Esselstyn. Their separate research led them tho the same  conclusion, that many degenerative diseases could almost always be prevented – and in some cases reversed – by adopting a whole-foods, plant based diet.

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Dr Campbell has spent over 40 years researching and documenting evidence of links between animal protein and many of todays illness and diseases.

He spoke about a study which was done where a cancer was fed 20% casein ( casein is a substance found in animal protein and is one of the most relevant carcinogens ever identified ) in which case the tumor grew in sized, it was then fed 5% casein and the tumor stopped growing, it was then fed 20% casein and again it began to grow !!!

Another interesting fact – in 1943 in the USA it was discovered that humans needed to consume 4%-5% protein for the body to function efficiently. In the USA today, people consume 70-75% protein, most of which is animal protein.

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Through his studies, Dr Campbell has discovered that following a whole food, plant based diet, excluding dairy and animal protein, most diseases can be prevented, suspended and or cured. This is an amazing discovery, bearing in mind the amount of serious degenerative diseases people suffer from nowadays! Here is a great opportunity for people to help their bodies heal, possibly without the aid of chemicals and pharmaceuticals. He has experienced amazing results of peoples recoveries from serious illnesses and even less serious issues such as pain. Many people who suffered from pain from various causes, have had their pains disappear when they follow a whole food plant based diet.

Becoming vegetarian or even vegan is not for everybody, but it is certainly worth considering increasing your intake of whole foods, increasing your vegetable intake and reducing the highly processed sugar laden foods such as take-aways and ready made meals.

It’s not difficult to make the changes if you take it one step at a time, one meal at a time, one day at a time.

Give it some consideration – YOUR HEALTH DEPENDS ON IT!!!

~ Maria

Result!

Hi Folks,

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Back in May, I published a post called ‘Gymnastics’. In that post I spoke about my long-term thyroid condition and my aim to hopefully be able to reduce my medication with the help of my diet and yoga.

Well, good news! I had my bloods checked recently and following the results, my doctor has advised me to reduce my medication!! I’m thrilled with this news. It’s only the first step but after 10 years or more of being on a high dose of thyroid medication, it’s a step in the right direction. I believe that my diet and my daily shoulder stands and my 2-3 times a week exercise routine has started reversing my thyroid function. Thanks to this combination my thyroid is just beginning to function properly.

So, what do I eat? I don’t eat chicken or beef. On occasions I have salmon. I don’t consume cows milk but still eat eggs and sometimes a small bit of cheese.Lots of fruits and tons of vegetables – I take at least one if not two juices everyday. Morning juice contains 1 lemon, 1 orange, 1 apple, some ginger and supergreens. Evening juice  contains 2 carrots, 1 apple, 1 stick celery, piece of cucumber, piece of ginger, 1 beet. Most days I eat salad, which contain variations of tomato, onion, avocado, cucumber, kale, broccoli, radish. As much as possible I eat raw meals, vegetables are marinated to soften them. And very important.. lots and lots of water. I try to eat 4-5 brazil nuts every day – they contain selenium which is very good for thyroid function. I have reduce my intake of high sugar, highly processed foods to an absolute minimum. When I crave sugar, I usually make sweet treats with raw ingredients… dates, coconut, nuts, seeds.

It is essential to get a good all-round intake of vitamins and minerals to ensure proper thyroid function. Here is a chart as a guideline:-

Source http://www.womentowomen.com/hypothyroidism/foods-naturalthyroidhealth.aspx

Whole foods to support your thyroid

This chart provides whole food sources of the vitamins and minerals discussed in this article. There is a wide variety to choose from, so treat your thyroid to a good meal!

Iodine Primary sources: sea vegetables (kelp, dulse, hijiki, nori, arame, wakame, kombu) and seafood (clams, shrimp, haddock, oysters, salmon, sardines), as well as iodized sea salt.
Secondary sources: eggs, asparagus, lima beans, mushrooms, spinach, sesame seeds, summer squash, Swiss chard, garlic
Selenium Brazil nuts, tuna, organ meats, mushrooms, halibut, beef, soybeans, sunflower seeds (Note: selenium content of land-based foods is contingent on soil substrate selenium levels.)
Zinc Fresh oysters, sardines, beef, lamb, turkey, soybeans, split peas, whole grains, sunflower seeds, pecans, Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, ginger root, maple syrup
Copper Beef, oysters, lobster, shiitake mushrooms, dark chocolate, crabmeat, tomato paste, pearled barley, nuts, beans (soybeans, white beans, chickpeas), sunflower seeds
Iron Clams, oysters, organ meats, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, white beans, blackstrap molasses, lentils, spinach
Vitamin A
(beta-carotene form)
Kale, sweet potatoes, carrots, winter squash/pumpkin, spinach, cantaloupe, broccoli, asparagus, liver, lettuce
Vitamin C Guava, peppers (chili, Bell, sweet), kiwifruit, citrus, strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, papaya, parsley, greens (kale, turnip, collard, mustard)
Vitamin E Whole grains, almonds, soybeans and other beans, sunflower seeds, peanuts, liver, leafy green vegetables, asparagus
Vitamin B2
(riboflavin)
Brewer’s yeast, organ meats, almonds, wheat germ, wild rice, mushrooms, egg yolks
Vitamin B3
(niacin)
Brewer’s yeast, rice bran, wheat bran, peanuts (with skin), liver, poultry white meat
Vitamin B6
(pyroxidine)
Brewer’s yeast, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, fish (tuna, salmon, trout), liver, beans (soybeans, lentils, lima beans, navy beans, garbanzos, pinto beans), walnuts, brown rice, bananas

So, I aim to continue eating as I have been over the past few months and continue doing my morning shoulder stands. I will look out for any other changes I can make in my diet/lifestyle which will help improve my thyroid function even further. I look forward to the day when I can come of my medication for good.

I will go for another blood test in a month or two and I am looking forward to further reducing my medication.

Watch this space!!

 

In Health

Maria

Raw Fajitas

I have just eaten THE most amazing raw meal that I have ever un-cooked!!

Raw Fajitas.

~ Vegetables marinated in lots of tasty juices and spices

~ Salsa

~ (not cheese) cheese sauce

~ Sour Kreme (dairy free)

All wrapped up in crispy iceberg lettuce..mmmmmm

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Raw Fajita Feast

Even my carnivore kitten wanted to try some – unlucky for him, he wasn’t allowed!

Completely wheat free, dairy free, animal free – except for Jasper the kitten that is!!

If anyone would like the full recipe I would be glad to post it.

~ Maria

What Are You Hiding From Yourself?

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Why is it that we so often don’t admit to ourselves what we already know?

Oftentimes we are aware of something but put it to the back of our minds and say we will deal with it another day. Or we tell ourselves “that doesn’t relate to or have anything to do with me!”

I admit it, sometimes I do it! I come across a situation where I think ‘ that doesn’t have anything to do with me, I know what I am doing! The thoughts get filed away in my sub-conscious and pop up again every so often, chipping away at my conscience saying admit it, admit it, admit it!!

So what am I talking about?

I have been working with a number of people lately who are trying to lose weight. At the beginning of their consultation I usually sit down with them and go through their current diet and lifestyle. I go through what they eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner, what they snack on, how much exercise they do, how much water they drink. Some of them will say to me “ I don’t know why I’m gaining weight because I eat very healthy, I eat lots of salads, I walk a couple of times a week”. I ask them probing questions to try and determine why they are overweight. I KNOW they know what they are doing wrong. Why are they afraid to tell me where they are failing in their lifestyle? I am amazed that after a few gentle probing questions, they will admit “ well I do eat a lot of white bread throughout the day, maybe 7-8 slices every day!” BINGO!! Another person said “ I don’t eat that much at all really, sometimes I skip breakfast (most days), I have a sandwich (white bread) for lunch, maybe another sandwich in the afternoon (I work usually from 8am to 8pm) and then I don’t eat at all in the evening!’ BINGO again!

Everybody usually knows what they are doing wrong, sometimes its obvious and sometimes not so. But deep down, common sense will tell us. So why are we afraid to admit to ourselves or others? I believe the answer is – Because we want the problem (in these situations, the excess weight) to go away but we don’t want to work at changing our way of living, eating, thinking or behaving. Change is sometimes difficult but there is a whole new world out there to enjoy if we just admit what we know.

What do you know about yourself that you are not admitting?

In Health

Maria

Coconut-Nut Bites, Revisited

This is a variation of my previous post – Coconut-Nut Bites. I wanted to add a bit more crunch so I added some extra nuts and some pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

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So here’s what I used:-

2 Cups Dates ( I use dried dated which I soaked in water for a few hours )

1/4 cup Cacao Nibs

1/2 teasp Cinnamon

1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds

1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds

1/4 cup Walnut & Almonds ( or whatever nuts you have available )

1 tblsp Shredded Coconut

Whiz all together in food processor. With your hands roll about 1 teasp at a time into balls. Roll in coconut. I also rolled them in cacao powder.

Enjoy!

 

~ Maria

Monday Motivation – Smile

Smile – Make  Someone’s Day

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How often do you allow someone’s mood or attitude affect your day?

Have you ever been on your way to work, on public transport, and you make eye contact with someone, you smile at them and they either glare at you, look through you or look away?

If your job involves dealing with the public, for example you are a retail assistant, the customer avoids making eye contact with you, does not speak with you but just dumps the products on the counter without so much as a ‘hello’, ‘please’, ‘thank you’ or goodbye!!

You speak with someone on the phone, they are demanding, abrupt or even downright rude!!

Your customer gives you their food order but does not acknowledge you, acts like you are invisible!!

I’m sure many of you can identify with these situations. Now, I have two questions for you:-

1)    Do you allow these situations to determine how you feel or behave for the rest of the day, do other people’s attitudes affect your attitude?

2)    Have you ever thought about or considered why people behave in such a manner, what could cause them to behave so rudely?

I had a situation with a customer one time, she was extremely abrupt, demanding and I thought very rude. She didn’t make eye contact with me and seemed very impatient and agitated – with me, I thought! I was patient with her and tried my best to smile and be pleasant.  It is very easy in situations like that to lose patience and behave as the other person behaves.  Before the lady left the shop she apologized to me for being rude – she told me that she was pregnant but that the baby had died and she would have a miscarriage!! Boy was I glad I stayed calm and had not reacted to her rudeness.

How often do we judge people’s behavior? Often times there is a very good reason for people’s bad behavior. Sometimes all it takes is a smile from a stranger to change someone’s day. Have patience, give them a smile – it could make a big difference to their day!!

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~ Maria