True: Eggs are good for us
False: The eggs we eat are converted directly into blood cholesterol
True: Eating eggs does not negatively affect our blood cholesterol.
Research into Eggs
Many studies have shown that eating eggs makes no difference to our cholesterol levels. The cholesterol we eat in our diet reduces the cholesterol we make in our liver.
In 2013, a study by researchers at the University of Conneticutt showed people on a low-carb diet, eating whole eggs, improved insulin sensitivity and heart health.
'Scores of studies have confirmed the value of eggs, which are quite possibly the world's most perfect food; the yolk is the most nutritious part.'
The whole egg contains all the essential amino acids we need to survive, plus antioxidants known to protect the eyes. They contain plenty of choline which is very important for a healthy brain and pregnancy.
Dr David Perlmutter promotes the eating of eggs. He is a board certified Neurologist and a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and a Fellow of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine.
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Quinoa is a super food. ‘Quinoa is close to one of the most
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What is Quinoa?
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are used to make a delicious porridge or to add to salads. It can be made into
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Food cravings may be a way for your body to tell you that it is desperate for more vitamins and minerals.
Many people do not eat enough vegetables or fruit. I feel vegetables are more important than fruit. Vegetables are the staff of life. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and hundreds of other things that are good for us that have not even been identified yet.
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables
Dark green vegetables are just so good for us. They include minerals like calcium in their leafy greens.
Kale , long used by Europeans, are an undervalued leafy green packed with goodness. Terry Wahls MD says she eats 500gm a day of kale because of all the goodness it contains. Kale is in the cabbage family. This family is called cruciferous vegetables. It contains cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, collards, kale and a few more varieties. Cruciferous vegetables contain sulphur (sulfur) which is so needed by our body.
Coloured vegetables are also excellent for our health. Dark blue and purple veggies contain anthocyanins which are very good for us. Red fruit and veggies - capsicum, tomatoes, radishes, strawberries, berries have a different set of goodness, filled with vitamins and minerals. Yellow and orange fruit and vegetables like carrots, pumpkin and oranges contain yet other benefits.
Everyone know that sugar is not good for us yet most of us eat it in some form or another. There are some lucky people who do not have a sweet tooth. Those who crave sugar and sweets will find their cravings diminish if they can increase their intake of vegetables of all colours and some fruit. These have natural sweeteners that will satisfy the body if enough are eaten.
Terry Wahls MD recommends that people eat 9 cups of vegetables a day, plus meat before they eat any grains or sugary foods. This can be spread out throughout the day. I think they would be so full with all the meat and veggies that they would not need other food.
This amount of nutritious food will be full of lots of good vitamins and minerals that will help feed the body and diminish cravings.
Other articles you may like:
Protein for Health
Low Immune System, Yeast, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Major Food Allergies
Terry Wahls MD
Gluten sensitivity is a far wider problem than the more well known Coeliac Disease. In Coeliac disease the villi of the intestines are worn away by gluten. The intestines are not able to absorb nutrients from food. Gluten sensitivity reaches many more people.
Nauseous from Eggs
Many people have difficulty when eating eggs. In our family some members would feel nauseous after eating eggs. I have a lovely flock of chickens. I decided to do an experiment with their food.
I know from experience that when we are breastfeeding we have to be careful what we eat as the food gets transferred through the milk into the baby. I began to think that this same thing must be happening with the hens. The food they eat must make up the eggs they lay.
The food usually fed to hens is Commercial layers pellets which are pre-formulated. The basis of the feed is wheat.
Before the experiment we could only eat 2 eggs 3 days a week or so and after a couple of weeks started to feel sick from them. Then we would have to wait a few weeks before trying the eggs again. After changing the chicken's food to gluten free I haven't felt ill from eating their eggs.
The eggs also have a different texture from those bought in the supermarket. The bought eggs have a gel like consistency in comparison to gluten free, free range eggs. Also, I find no difficulty in peeling our gluten free eggs whereas the store bought eggs stick to the shell and it is difficult to get a nicely peeled egg.
To get gluten free eggs you will most probably need to keep chickens yourself. It is becoming quite the fashion to have chickens in the backyard again. These days there are some beautiful breeds around if you want pretty chickens. There are two sizes of chickens, the large size which are called standards, and bantams which are small. I keep bantams. They eat less food and lay just as many eggs although the eggs are smaller. You can just eat an extra egg if you are hungry.
Chickens are given a range of seeds and grains to eat each day. They are also given food scraps that are left from meals. They love lettuce leaves and grapes and the rind of bacon cut up into little pieces. They enjoy pumpkin seeds from the inside of the pumpkin and they like strawberries and lots of other good food.
If you are gluten sensitive or have Coeliac disease, think about starting a little flock of hens and feeding them gluten free food. You will have lots of fun out of it.
We need minerals in every cell in out body to make it work. When the minerals are not in balance we become ill.
Minerals come from two different categories - Major minerals and trace minerals.
You have probably already worked out by the name of the groups that we need a lot more of the major minerals than we do of the trace minerals. We only need a little bit of the trace minerals.
Major minerals are sodium, chloride, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and sulphur, also spelt sulfur.
Trace minerals are iron, zinc, iodine, selenium, copper, manganese, fluoride, chromium and molybdenum.
Trace minerals needed in even smaller amounts are cobalt, vanadium, nickel and silicon.
Where do Minerals come from?
Minerals come from the soil. When plants grow they use the minerals to help them grow. When we eat vegetables or fruit we eat the minerals that are in that plant. Each plant uses different minerals so we need to eat different vegetables and fruit to gain a variety of minerals for out body.
When we eat meat we are also consuming minerals because the animal whose flesh we are eating ate plants to grow.
Calcium and Magnesium
We know that calcium is needed to make our bones strong. Calcium is also in every cell in our body and holds the cells together.
In our western diet we consume a lot of milk in the form of flavoured milks, yoghurt, cream and butter or ice cream. We don't have much magnesium. Soil is generally deficient in magnesium so plants can't use it as they grow. Therefore we become deficient in it.
Calcium has a relationship with Magnesium. They must have a certain ratio to each other to be in balance. The ratio can be 1:1, that is, 1 part calcium to one part magnesium, or 1:2, that is 1 part calcium to 2 parts magnesium.
Magnesium is the anti stress mineral. We get stressed when we don't get enough of it. It protects our arteries, nerves, muscles and bones and helps the circulation of our blood.
Foods that contain magnesium are green leafy vegetables, broccoli, nuts, especially almonds, seeds, especially pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds, and beans.
It is a good idea to take a supplement of magnesium as it is unlikely we will get enough of it in our diet. Take at least 400-800mg a day for an adult and 50-400mg for children and teens. It is recommended to take 8mg per kg (2lbs) of body weight.
Taking magnesium can help us relax, sleep better, be less anxious, and ease cramps or spasms in our body.
Other articles about minerals:
Major Supplements to Improve Your Health
Major benefits of Magnesium
Magnesium and Migraines
Dairy free and Gluten free Brownies
These gluten free brownies are just chock full of good things for you - almond meal, quinoa, coconut flour and coconut oil, cocoa and chia. They are full of antioxidants and good fat.
Even the sweetener is mostly fructose free. I have made these biscuits with glucose powder, also called dextrose which has no fructose in it. The fructose is the bad bit of the sugar. It is the really sweet part. Fructose is bad for people with diabetes and for many people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I used just 30gr of sugar but it is the low GI sugar, also better to help keep your blood sugar more stable. If you wanted to, you could exchange this for more glucose powder. Low GI means that this food breaks down more slowly into your blood stream so it does not give the glucose rush that a high GI food gives you.
Gluten Free & nearly Fructose Free Brownies
In another bowl mix the dry ingredients
Mix the dry ingredients then all them to the oil and egg mix. Stir and add the water a bit at a time.
Spread baking paper on the oven tray.
Pop the tray into the heated oven at 160degrees C for 20 minutes.
Makes 14 brownies.
Cool before eating - if you can wait.
Because these brownies are full of the best, most nutritious flours, nuts, seeds and oils you will find that you don't need to eat as many of them as you would biscuits made out of starchy flours.
We need protein to build our body. Protein is made up of amino acids. These are the building blocks of protein.
There are 20 amino acids altogether. We can make up some of them in the chemical factory that is our body. The 8 essential ones we cannot make and have to have them in our diet. Without the essential amino acids things will start to go wrong in our body.
Carbohydrates like bread, sugar, potatoes and starch will not give us the building blocks we need to build our body.
Sheldon Cooper in the Big Bang Theory tells us that his favourite amino acid is Lysine. Lysine helps prevent herpes. It is good to take as a supplement if you get little ulcers in your mouth or cold sores. A cold sore is a type of herpes.
8 Essential amino acids
Where can we get Protein?
Foods made up of protein are
You can see that we need to include the following foods to be able to make protein in our body.
References: Essential amino acids
Low-carb Living for Families by Monique le Roux Forslund
Photo by Therese Vahland
For the past 30 years or so we have been told to cut down on fats in our diet. We were told they were making us unhealthy, overweight and giving us heart disease.
Manufacturers got onto the bandwagon. They have taken the natural fats out of cheese to give us low fat cheese. Cheese is all about fat. Cheese is made from milk and cream of animals. They overwhelming consumption of our cheese is from cows.
For years my husband has been heard complaining that the plastic wrap of the low fat cheese slices tasted better than the 'cheese?' it was wrapped around.
We Need Fat in Our Diet
Fat makes food taste good. Fat makes us feel full.
Some vitamins are only soluble in fat, that is, they only mix with fat. They cannot mix with water or any watery fluid in our body. These vitamins are A,D,E and K. Therefore we need fat in our diet to be able to absorb these. Because these vitamins do not wash out of our body we should not take too much of them. However we probably do not get enough of them in our modern diet.
When we eat fat it increases the rate at which our body burns fat. So the odd thing is, if we eat more fat, we will use more of our body fat.
Good Fat Versus Bad Fat
There are different types of fat.
Saturated fats include meat, cream, cheese, butter and coconut oil.
Monounsaturated fats are found in avocados, nuts and olives.
Polyunsaturated fats are found in fatty fish like mackerel and herring.
Bad fats are transfats and hydrogenated fats. Margarine is made from seed oils that have been modified and made solid. Oils are not normally solid except for coconut oil. Coconut oil is good for us.
Products with Fat
Today it is hard to find full fat yoghurt in the supermarket. Now the majority of yoghurt has most of the fat taken out of it and replaced with sugar and fruit (there is lots of sugar in fruit) to make it taste better. Look for Greek yoghurt. This is full fat.
Fat and Blood Sugar Levels
Fat does not impact on blood sugar levels. Sugar and carbohydrates do impact on blood sugar levels. So by increasing your fat intake you will not be as hungry, therefore will not need/crave as much sugar or as many carbohydrates to keep you going.
People with dairy sensitivity should not take any dairy products. These people can get their fat from coconut oil, avocados, olives, nuts, mackerel and salmon.
Reference: Low-carb Living for Families by Monique le Roux Forslund
Colic is one of the biggest problems parents have with new babies.
Colic is when babies have air that is trapped in their digestive system. This can be in their stomach or in their bowels. This air can cause great pain in these poor little babies.
For decades Gripe water has been a favourite natural remedy used by Mums. It helps release the air from the stomach.
I have a theory that may help. This has been formulated from decades of experience with babies.
Let’s look at some background information first.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also known as IBS is a great problem for many people throughout the world.
Symptoms of IBS are lots of
• wind in the bowel
• gut pain
In recent years researchers have found that people with IBS are adversely affected by different natural sugars in some foods, both fruit and vegetable. Therefore, if people with IBS avoid certain foods, these symptoms can lessen or be avoided.
Milk contains galactose, one of the sugars that can cause excessive wind, nausea and diarrhoea. Many years ago this was not as much of a problem as it is today. With the power of marketing, people are drinking lots of milk and eating milk products these days.
• coffee milk
• baby formula
and thousands of products that contain milk in their product.
Once babies were fed breast milk by their mothers. Those mothers did not have the amount of milk in their diet that mothers have today. In the last fifty years many babies were reared on baby formula, not their mother's milk. Baby formula is made from cow's milk which has specifically been produced to feed baby calves, not baby humans.
So I believe that one of the problems that babies suffer from a lot of colic is the milk they or their mother's drink. Lacteeze is a product that can convert the lactose in the milk into more digestible form. Adding these drops to the baby's formula or before a feed from their mother if she has lots of milk products, can ease colic in some babies.
Researchers have been working out which foods can affect people with IBS. Some people are affected by only one type of sugar while other may be affected by different combinations or all of the sugars.
When babies are started on solid food, it would make sense to me to start them on foods which are safe from these natural sugars which may affect them.
The gut of babies is very delicate. We care for their skin ever so carefully yet we do not consider their inner organs. These are even more delicate.
What foods are free from or very low in these natural sugars?
• lactose free milk products
Foods to beware of
Legumes, dried beans, lentils, green peas, sweet corn, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, milk and milk products, wheat and rye, onions and garlic
For more information about IBS check out the following articles.
• Why Goat's Milk is Good for YOU
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• Low Energy May be Connected to FODMAPs
It is my idea that babies should not be started on solid food until they are at least 6 months. One of my children was 12 months old before he had any food except breast milk. He thrived.
I have seen babies turn from happy healthy breastfed babies into neurotic screaming babies that were affected for years by the addition of cow’s milk to their diet. I have seen parents turn into sleepless wrecks by these babies and young children who were in such pain as a result of what the Western world would tell you was a good healthy diet. I therefore question general thought on the subject.
Always have your baby checked out by the medical profession if you think there is something wrong. There are doctors, maternal and child health care nurses and dietitians.
In the Alternative health field there are naturopaths and homeopaths and other professionals ready to help you. Do research yourself if you are not happy with their recommendations. Keep searching until you find the information you need to ease your baby. Happy baby, Happy parents.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can have very unpleasant symptoms.
Does your tummy feel like this some days?
Symptoms of IBS
Burping, bloated midriff, rumbling, pain, lots of most embarrassing wind, lots of bowel movements, diarrhoea, exhaustion, and yes, EXHAUSTION.
Dr Sue Shepherd has been working on diet to help people affected by IBS. She has discovered there are different, natural sugars in may foods. She has discovered that if you do not have the necessary bacteria in your bowel to digest these foods then you get the symptoms we have just talked about.
After lots of testing, she has found there are groups of foods containing these sugars. So if you cannot tolerate some foods in the group you most likely will not be able to tolerate other members of the group.
Just to make things a bit more complicated, some foods contain more than one of these sugars so the food belongs in two no-no groups for you. Things are a bit complicated while you are getting used of your new way of eating. However the extra energy you will have and the lack of pain and the lack of wind and the ......
So the list goes on.
The new diet is called FODMAPS, the initials of the different sugars. You will need to find a dietitian to help you work through this if you have lots of problems.
At the start you will have to go on an elimination diet to rid your body of the toxins it has built up. This diet will last from six weeks to six months depending on your state of health. You need to be strong again before you test out the foods of the different groups. This is done in a very orderly fashion. This is why you need the help of a dietitian.
Some of the highly respected health practitioners from hundreds of years ago all said that food can be your medicine. By elimination foods that disagree with you, the food you eat can be your medicine. It will make you strong and well.
People who have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) often have a large Yeast problem. Yeast is in the same family ad mould and grows in the body. It feeds on sugar.
Anybody who has been following this blog will remember that I have written a few articles about the dangers of sugar.
Sugar is also called sucrose. It is made up 50/50 of glucose and fructose. Carbohydrates in fruit, vegetables and grains are converted into glucose.
Symptoms of a Yeast Infection
Symptoms of a yeast infection are similar to those of CFS. There seems, as yet, no definitive test that can be done to determine exactly what CFS is. This is why it is called a syndrome.
Easing Sugar Cravings
It is important to eliminate sugar from your diet. I know this is easier said than done. Only people who have these cravings can have any idea how hard it can be. The little molecules of yeast scream blue murder if they are deprived of their food - sugar in all its forms. Remember this includes carbohydrates.
Fructose has a different affect on our body than does glucose. All our food is broken down into glucose. This is then used as our energy.
Fructose is like a stimulant. When we eat it, it does not tell our brain that we are full. Fructose spikes our insulin levels.
Changing our Diet
By experience, I have found that eliminating fructose from the diet first helps those cravings for sugar to ease.
Fruit contains lots of fructose. So that is another food to eliminate.
Lots of vegetables and grains contain carbohydrates. Remember, carbohydrates turn into glucose in our body. So lots of vegetables and grains should be eliminated.
I have a philosophy that everything should move slowly. If you eliminate these things one by one over a matter of weeks, you will not have made cravings. The little yeast beasties in your body will die off bit by bit and you will not have severe reactions to the diet. If you have a major reaction to changing your diet, you are less likely to keep the diet going.
Keep at it. You CAN do it.
More on where sugar hides next time.
The Evil of Sugar
Are you a Sugarholic?
Is Sugar Killing Us?
The Relationship Between Sugar and Cocaine
Sugar Daddy - Gary Taubes
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