This is my journey through health and nutrition in the last year. Due to various health issues, dis-ease and stress, I decided to research things that would benefit me and make my life better, I consider it ‘health’ or ‘home insurance’, as things had gotten so bad that I needed to ensure I have somewhere to ‘live’ in the future and call home. So never mind about the stories for now, on how we got here, lets move forward with the solutions. Here are my findings…
Of course there could be an entire book on each section, so be grateful I’ve put the ‘highlights’ into one short(ish) blog post for you to check out. (That was the intention and I have been adding bits since I started).
This has been compiled from many random ideas and areas, so may not ‘flow’ so well but all the information I want to share can be found if you read it all, then back to front and dip into the different sections.
This is what I’d recommend that you look at and USE to find out if it is good and works for you.
Of course it takes work and habit building to get used to a diet change (diet meaning “what you eat” not “lose weight plan”). Once you do make the changes though, you’ll feel better for it.
Buying REAL food will cost more money than you’re used to, I know as I spent most of my money on this in the last year. But if you don’t invest in yourself and prefer to waste it on other stuff, then that’s your choice. People always find time and money to spend on those things they VALUE. Is valuing your health, nutrition and wellbeing more important than everything else?
Look after your body as it’s the only place you have to live.
Remember your diet and food intake is only part of the important stuff to ensure you have somewhere to live (your body).
As well as the food stuff listed below, also keep in check your mind, associations and environment. I’m going to cover the basics of the others briefly.
The issue is never what you originally think it is or as complicated. Remember a car (your body) is a complicated machine but it usually only takes a small simple part/nut/bolt that may become loose and cause problems elsewhere in the vehicle. It’s about finding that small tweak that you need, diet helps but you also need to check on all the other factors.
You can go see a mechanic/specialist (doctor, energy healer, acupuncturist, herbalist, homeopath etc.) or if they can’t find the problem, keep looking and maybe train/become a specialist yourself. It does not take as long as ‘they’ want you to believe to become knowledgeable about anything, you just need to be good at asking questions, finding answers and listening/learning.
What goes in is what comes out, so GIGO (garbage in=garbage out). This applies to your physical body through digestion and your mind. Your mind is very powerful and will manifest most of your ill health and dis-ease, so dealing with the food intake is only a small part of getting back to full and vital health.
Body: What you eat (covered below) and exercise. Check out “4 Hour Body by Tim Ferris” book for the exercise stuff. Create better habits for eating and exercising. Even if you just start with gentle exercise such as swimming and a sauna. http://fourhourbody.com/
Mind: Relax and meditate more. Meditation has two forms, there is the stuff that relaxes you and puts you to sleep and then there is the wakeful meditation, that wakes you up and makes you AWARE of everything.
The Vortex by Abraham Hicks http://www.abraham-hicks.com/
Use your computer less or mindfully. Safari Browser add-on ‘Mindful Browsing’ – http://www.mindfulbrowsing.com can block access to time wasting sites like Facebook and Gmail etc.
Firefox Browser use ‘Consciousness Bell’ to stop and become mindful for a moment: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/consciousness-bell/
Go to the bar at the top of Firefox Browser, then Tools > Add-Ons > Extensions > Consciousness Bell > Preferences, to change the settings
Habits- become aware, choose to consciously stop, stop, replace with new empowering habit. Don’t beat yourself if you slip, just breathe and start again.
Remember these are my experiences and may not work for you. (Although your resistance might be from your mind to the idea of changing)
Associations: Avoid people that talk negative, always seem to have problems, bring you down. Seek out and replace them with people that are positive, work their way through things, uplift your soul!
It is common sense – you don’t need to save anyone, it’s THEIR journey, dump them if it is affecting you! Nope don’t need to hear your rationalisation and excuses/reasons.
Environment: The things that are around you and what you allow to enter your mind and body.
TV, media, radio, where you live and work/career. Avoid watching crap TV. Don’t read/listen to ‘News’ daily (if it’s important for you, you will hear about it eventually). I’m not saying ignore the ‘bad’ (perceived) news, just see the benefits of it and solutions – not the fear and problems they are selling!
A lot of the stuff that you see and hear throughout the day is subliminal and you unconsciously pick it up, be aware of it and reject it. Are those that live around you inspiring or is it time to move?
Fill the gaps with good material (films, documentaries, books, audios) that inspires you and supports you. Find a hobby you enjoy to keep you busy and occupied.
Don’t give your ‘energy’ to pendulums and false idols that will feed off it, ie. don’t get emotionally invested in some other celebrity’s journey or TV show. Put that emotional investment into your own life.
Sunlight – make sure you go out in the sun as often as possible. Not too long that it burns you though, best times are early morning or late afternoon. Lack of sun affect you in winter? Get a SAD (seasonal affected disorder) light from http://www.sad.org.uk/recommended.php
If lack of sunlight affects you that much, move somewhere sunny.
Oxygen – Remember to BREATHE. Properly and deeply. Can help with doing aerobic exercise and/or listening to breathing meditation CDs. I still need to work on my breathing regularly, sometimes breathing shallow or forgetting to breathe properly. Of ALL the personal development events and seminars I’ve been to this is the MOST important lesson I’ve ever learned.
Work – do you enjoy your job? If not see if you can improve conditions, eg. Transfer to different department, ask to go on a training course to improve your skills, work from home, ask for flexible hours. Really dislike it? Get a new job or start a business on the side.
Many businesses can be started cheaply, provide training, you can do part-time and from home.
Look into Internet Marketing business which you can do from anywhere in the world from a laptop, for example: check out www.NetworkMillionaire.net/biz/
Energy: This will be noticed more by sensitive people, especially if your energy is low or not well protected it will be affected by weather change, big ‘news’ on Earth, other planetary effects, other people around you.
Look after your energy fields and your sensitivity around other people. A lot more can be said on this but it still won’t answer your questions. To keep it simple look after your energy, rest if you need to; say ‘No’ to requests if you don’t feel like it, stay away from people that make you feel ‘bad’ and find out more about managing your energy.
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” -Nikola Tesla
Energy blockages are from the past/present/future when something happened to you or somebody said something, you interpreted it a certain way and locked it in. Be responsible for your own thoughts and how you react to situations.
Learn to trust people more. If they betray that trust, forgive them, remember the lessons learned and move on. Being defensive may protect you but it also limits your experience and learning. Don’t grip onto heartache and bad feelings.
Hope I covered enough there, see my compiled food info below.
Don’t believe everything I write about, research it yourself and most importantly try it out and experience it for yourself.
None of it is likely to kill you, slow death foods can be bought from McDonalds and your local supermarkets (read the ingredients on labels). Quicker death supplements can be prescribed by your regular doctors (read the warning labels).
>> Use Google to find out more info on these products and why they are beneficial/good for you, then try them out <<
P.S. Please share the link to this page if you find it of value (it took me a few hours to write and months of education and experimentation on myself)
You know what to avoid! Usually you just don’t want to as you are addicted to the products.
Stop buying them or keeping them in your fridge, even if it is for your partner/family etc. If they want crap, let them go out and get it for themselves. They may even benefit from the good stuff that you are going to take. (my 4 and 7 year old nephews love to try new stuff I get, especially the different juices and they’ve taken a liking to chia seed too!)
So let’s get the “what to avoid” list out of the way first. By ‘avoid’ I mean things you know you should ‘cut down’ on as much as you can/are prepared to:
Fake juices and flavoured water (read the label to see if the main ingredients are water, then SUGAR)
Replace your regular salt and pepper with whole pepper and rock salts, that you need to use a grinder for. You will find that they also taste much better as well.
Regular fruit and vegetables, as many as 50 pesticides can be found on many of them and you can only wash off so much, the rest of course finds its way into the food and into your body.
Companies and food producers are not required to label GMO (genetically modified) foods, fruit, veg. So if it doesn’t say “Organic” it probably isn’t (Google:”Monsanto”)
Buy ORGANIC Fruit and vegetable whenever you can!
You can’t always guarantee an Organic ‘label’ as it costs money but your local health food shop will be able to tell you the source of their products and if they are ‘natural’ (eg. grown in the wild/Amazon etc.) You can also tell after eating the organic/real/natural fruit and nuts if it tastes ‘real’ and natural or is relatively tasteless and processed.
It is supermarket ‘packaged’ products you have to watch out for that is not labelled Organic!
If you must eat meat and eggs, make sure it is locally farm reared. When you eat it, think about and be grateful for the animal that you’re about to consume.
Eat consciously, read labels and research non-natural ingredient names you do not understand to find out what addictive and/or dangerous chemicals companies encourage you to put in your bodies so they can make profit.
Dark Leafy Greens – Kale, spinach, asaparagus, broccoli
Hemp Seeds (contain all 22 amino acids, and a balanced ratio of essential fatty acids)
– Chia seed for Omega 3 (organic, dark) – sprinkle on food or mix with water to drink – contain essential fats, dietary fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals
– Brazil nuts (organic) contains good quantities of vitamins, anti-oxidants and minerals. Including vitamin E, B-complex, protein, calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, and phosphorus.
– Walnuts (organic) are rich source of energy and contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Include omega 3, vitamin E, manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium
Many people recommend and swear by a ‘raw food’ diet. I personally prefer to have at least one hot meal a day, especially in cold weather. Jacket Potatoes (these are not essential but I do love my JP’s for dinner, so I’m recommending them)
Check out the Hippocrates Health Institute and Dr. Brian Clements: http://www.hippocratesinst.org/
Eat less Acidic foods and more Alkaline foods.
“Cancerous tissues are acidic, whereas healthy tissues are alkaline. Water splits into H+ and OH- ions, if there is an excess of H+, it is acidic; if there is an excess of OH- ions, then it is alkaline.” – Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg on The Root Cause of Cancer; effectively stating that ‘Cancer can not exist in an alkaline body’!
Click on image below to Enlarge. Source and more great charts (go take a look) at:
Lots of water, ideally with a slice of fresh lemon (lemon actually alkalises the water making it better for you)
Coconut water for better hydration, potassium and electrolytes (I prefer www.VitaCoco.com)
Fresh Vegetable juice, made yourself from organic vegetables
Fresh Fruit Juice
Find juice recipes from Jason Vale here www.juicemaster.com
Remove cow juice (dairy milk) from your diet, alternatives to try are Soya milk (organic of course), Almond milk, Coconut milk.
Read about the Dairy Delusion here, written by Eric Edmeades: http://www.thehumandiet.com/
Want Juicing recipes? Check out Juicemaster Jason Vale: http://www.juicemaster.com/recipes/
Greens in general are good but taste like swamp water
The following are nicer but still have a slight gritty/muddy taste 😉
Well worth it for the benefits though.
Athletic Greens (see below for ingredients and suppliers)
Amazing Grass Green Superfood Drink Powder (see below for ingredients and suppliers)
Vega One (see below for ingredients and suppliers)
– B12 drops
– Vitamin D drops
– Calcium and selenium will be covered by the nuts
– Omega 3 will be covered by the Chia Seeds
Diet programmes, fads and supplements are only good for people who eat lots of crappy processed food and have a poor diet to start with.
Anyone who changes their diet away from refined, processed foods to a lower calorie ‘shake’ will see an improvement, although I am wary of the contents and trying to decipher the questionable ingredients of many of them.
If you are already eating sensibly and want to improve your diet and health, then check out Vega products for “clean, plant based nutrition” – http://myvega.com/
Vega One is similar to (in my opinion and to give you an idea) a ‘slim fast shake’ – not for the purpose of losing weight but the fact it works as a meal replacement by making you feel full, from all that good stuff they cram in there.
You should look at real health supplements and changing your eating habits for the long term, not a get fit quick scheme or fad diets.
Your GI Tract (gastrointestinal) is apparently like a second brain and hosts 80% of the body’s immune function.
All-In-One for Immune system, digestive health, muscle repair and brain function:
GlutImmune (www.red23.co.uk or www.health-organic.co.uk)
Body Ecology Vitality SuperGreen (see below for ingredients and suppliers)
Leaky gut and body tissue repair:
L-glutamine (maximum recommended dose up to 40g)
Probiotics (check out “Ultimate Flora” with multi Billion cultures per capsule www.rednewlife.com)
Google or Ebay suppliers of L-Glutamine and Ultimate Flora
Organic Chia Seed you can find in your local health food stores
Coconut oil (www.coconoil.com) – can be used for body, cooking and many other uses
Olive Oil (Cold pressed virgin) for body and face and cooking
Raw Skin Food, natural products for face (Raw-Skin-Food-Limited Facebook Page)
Don’t put on skin what you wouldn’t put in your mouth! As it always finds it’s way into the body.
Check out the following site for more info: www.nicehair.org
Back pain and/or posture issues – consult a “Bowen Therapy” Practitioner or Kinesiologist to get ‘balanced’
Other interesting stuff:
– Chlorella (broken cell wall) for detox
– BioAstin Astaxanthin, powerful antioxidant – http://www.bioastin-uk.com/bioastin_astaxanthin.htm
– Coconut milk or coconut water Kefir (probiotics) – google for more info
– Skate Fish Liver Oil (omega oils, Vit A and Vit D, pineal gland)
– Horse milk capsule for skin conditions (to research http://www.equilac.co.uk/ )
– Coriander (aka Cilantro) Seed Oil (only essential oil therapeutic grade, to research)
– Panaseeda Five Oil Blend (to research/USA Only)
– ‘Silicea 30c’ pills for skin and hair (consult homeopath and research before use)
– For diarrhoea, buy Loperamide – this is a ‘legal’ over the pharmacy/chemist counter Opioid (google “opioid” to see benefits of opium, poppy seeds, morphine)
– Turpentine 100% Pure Gum medicinal grade for candida (DO NOT take until you have researched fully)
“On the topic of stress and inflammation, Adam explained that when you’re upset, there’s a direct neurological connection to your gut. Interestingly, your skin and gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) are continuous, like a donut shape, so any gut issues will show-up on your skin. Inflammation in your gut is largely due to stress and diet. An inflamed gut attracts water (bloating) which can be a temporary discomfort. However, when the GI tract is inflamed over a long period of time, the chronic inflammation damages the cells and results in something called “leaky gut”. In a healthy gut, cells are positioned tightly together. In contrast, the damaged cells in a leaky gut are held loosely together which results in particles leaking into the blood stream that shouldn’t be there. This can break down the immune system and result in a wide range of chronic diseases including skin cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and congestive heart failure. To improve your nutrition he suggests adding glutamine, probiotics and omega 3s. ”
Healthy living is a way of being and commitment to better eating habits, the same way people commit themselves to ‘bad’ habits such as eating chocolate bars, drinking fizzy pop, alcohol consumption and smoking cigarettes for example. These are choices that have been made and a continuing commitment to continue with.
Decide today to replace chosen ‘bad’ habits with better ones that serve you and your health.
Athletic Greens (www.athleticgreens.co.uk)
Athletic Greens Ingredients
Alkaline, Nutrient Dense Raw Superfood Complex 8393mg
Organic Spirulina, Lecithin (95% phosphatides), Organic Apple powder, Organic, Inulin (F.O.S. pre-biotics), Organic Wheatgrass Juice powder, Organic Alfalfa powder, Chlorella Powder, Organic Flaxseed Powder, Organic Barley Leaf powder, Acerola, Cherry Fruit Juice powder Extract (10:1), Organic Broccholi Flower Powder, Carica Papaya Powder, Pineapple Fresh Fruit Concentrate (10:1), Brown Rice Bran, Organic Bilberry Fresh Fruit Extract (100:1), Organic Red Beet Juice Powder, Rosehip Fruit Powder (Rosa canina), Carrot Root Powder, Organic Spinach Leaf Powder, Cocoa Bean Polyphenol Extract, Grapeseed Extract (120:1) (std.95%O.P.C.), Green Tea Extract (Camellia sinensis) (10:1), Licorice Root Powder, Ginger Rhizome Powder, Slippery Elm Bark Powder (Ulmus rubra), Kelp Whole Plant Powder
Nutrient Dense Natural Extracts, Herbs, and Antioxidants 3063 mg
Alkaline Pea Protein Isolate, Citrus Bioflavonoids Extract, Globe artichoke extract (15:1), Citric acid (Anhydrous), Siberian Ginseng Root Extract (10:1), Gotu Kola Extract (4:1), Rosemary Leaf Extract (4:1), Milk Thistle Seed Extract (70:1), Schizandra Chinesis Fruit Extract (5:1), Alpha-Lipoic Aci, Withania somnifera (Ashwaganda) Extract (20:1), Co-enzyme Q-10 (Ubidecarenone)
Digestive Enzyme and Super Mushroom Complex 220 mg
Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract (20:1), Bromelain (dietary enzyme), Burdock Root Powder, Reishi Mushroom Powder, Shiitake Mushroom Powder
Dairy Free Probiotics:
Lactobacillus acidophilus (freeze dried Non Dairy Pro-biotic) 3.5 Billion
Bifidobacterium bifidum (freeze dried Non Dairy Pro-biotic) 3.5 Billion
Other Ingredients: Naturally flavored in an organic base of papaya, broccoli, cherry powder, carrot, pineapple, carob and natural vanilla
Amazing Grass Green Superfood Drink Powder (www.blueherbs.co.uk)
Amazing Grass Green Superfood Drink Powder Ingredients
Wheat grass, barley grass, alfalfa, spirulina, spinach, chlorella, broccoli, acai, maca, carrot, beet, raspberry, rosehips, pineapple, goji berries, green tea, acerola cherry, flax seed powder, apple pectin fibre, L. Acidophilus alpa and beta amylase, protease, lipase, lactase, cellulase.* Exact ingredients vary depending on flavour.
Complete Protein Blend: pea protein, saviseed protein, hemp seed protein, sprouted whole grain brown rice protein,
Omega 3 EFA Blend: flax seed, chia seed,
Green Blend: chlorella (cracked cell, high CGF), alfalfa (grass), spinach (leaf), broccoli (floret), kale (leaf)
Antioxidant Blend (ORAC 1000):
grape seed extract, maqui berry, goji fruit, acai berry, pomegranate seed, mangosteen fruit,
Probiotic blend: lactobacillus acidophilus LA-14, Bifidobacterium bifidum Bb-02,
Digestive Enzyme Blend: Protease (plant and bacterial), aminopeptidase, HemiSEB (amylase, pectinase, phytase, hemicellulose, pectinase, phytase, hemicellulose), Organic gelatinized maca root, Inulin (from chicory root)
Algae: Yaeyama Chlorella; Red Marine Algae; Dulse powder (Palmaria Palmata) Cereal Grass: Barley Grass Juice; Alfalfa Juice Intestinal Support Blend: Glutimmune (peptide-bonded Glutamine); Chicory Root Inulin (fiber); Flax Seed Fiber; Fermented Soy Lecithin (GMO free); Aloe Vera Extract (200:1) Fermented Vegetable Blend: Organic Spinach, Organic Parsley, Organic Kale Fermented Algae Blend: Spirulina, BioAstin Astaxanthin, Chlorella, Dunaliella Salina, Kelp, Barley Grass, Oat Grass, Alfalfa Grass, Barley Flakes, Malt Extract Probiotics: Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Lactobacillus Delbreukii (caseii, bulgaricus, causasicus, fermenti, plantarum, brevis, helveticus, leichmanni, lactis.) Bifidabacterium Bifidum, Saccharomyces Boulardii, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Super Supplement Blend: Rice X (stabilized anti-oxidant from rice bran); Acerola extract; Rhodiola Rosea; Bilberry Extract; Biovin Grapeseed Extract; Beta 1,3 glucan (dual standard) Vanilla and Stevia
Now the most important thing to do again (and again and again)… Breathe…
Watch the video, you deserve a breather if you made it this far 🙂
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