Do you know what’s in your common household products? Could you be unknowingly poisoning yourself and your family?
Of the 2,983 chemicals (used in Cosmetics) analysed by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH-USA), the results showed that 884 of the ingredients were found to be toxic. Of these:
314 can cause biological mutation (change in cells)
People constantly tell me they have a good diet, but do you know how much nourishment in foods is lost due to processing?
Early Harvesting means the food loses up to 25% of its nutritional value and nourishment
Transporting: Up to 25% loss of what’s left
Storage: Up to 50% loss of what’s left
Cooking: Up to 50% loss of what’s left
Freezing: Up to 83% loss of what’s left
Canning: Up to 83% loss of what’s left
Over processing: Up to 100% loss of what’s left
Refining: Up to 100% loss
Pasteurisation: Up to 50% loss of what’s left
So how many nutrients are you really taking in?
If you want more nourishment from your food without swallowing a billion supplemental pills, try buying your food from a farmers market, or a local growers market. Always buy local produce over international produce and time your shops for when they restock. Eat seasonally, you are more likely to find local ingredients if it’s in season. If your food is local, it will last longer in your fridge and it would have spent less time in storage.
How else can I increase nourishment?
An Ideal way to get the most nourishment from fruit and vegetables is to juice them. Juicing will break down the food into easier to metabolise particles, meaning your body doesn’t have to try as hard to get the nutrients needed from it. However when you juice, you are more often than not adding more than one serve of fruit per glass. So if you are trying to watch your sugar levels, juicing is not always the best option.
Other options for nourishment include food combining, as some enzymes, minerals and vitamins are complementary toward each other. For example Iron is more easily metabolised with vitamin C, so make sure you pair your high Iron foods like red meat, with your high vitamin C foods like dark leafy greens (spinach, kale) or bell peppers. Calcium needs Vitamin D, Magnesium needs Calcium etc.
Another way is to do raw where you can. There are some vegetables that have a toxicity when raw, but most vegetables are fine to eat raw. A couple more handy tips… Eat the skin when possible, Steam your vegetables rather than boiling them. If you are boiling them, make it to “Al-Dente”, where you can, unless the dish requires the vegetables are mashed/pureed etc. Last but not least, the biggest thing you can do to ensure you are eating nutrient dense foods is to grow your own vegetables. Don’t forget they have pots, vertical gardens, aquaponics and hydroponics for those of us with very limited outdoor space, so outdoor space is not really an excuse anymore
My other half and I have been lacking a bit in the sack recently. We were trying to figure out why. He’d been doing some research on the matter because it became a problem for us. He suggested we talk candidly. Since it was only me that wasn’t getting my fill I thought it originally was his technique. He came up with a few ideas to spice it up one of them being an open relationship, or becoming swingers, the other was getting a third-party in who can show him a thing or two.
It’s challenge day 7, which means results day. As I said in my previous post I’m feeling quietly confident, but before we get into that let’s talk about the day. So water intake 4L, Healthy Meals 2, shakes 0, supplements all except MANA, and my active fibre. Oops.
What did I eat?
Break-Fast… hubby bought me breaky in bed, so I had a croissant with ham and Cheese and a coffee. That was at like 7am in the morning. Morning snack was fruit toast, lunch was my purple slaw in a wrap, and dinner was at mum and dads. Pork belly with roast potatoes, roast pumpkin, roast carrot, and a salad. I don’t know if I kept under my calories today, but as long as I’m in deficit by the end of the week it will all be ok.
So now’s the exciting thing… results
Workouts: 4x this week,
-3cm in the hips
-0cm in bust
-1cm in thighs
-0cm in arms
Looks like it’s paying off. Without counting calories and only doing 30 min workouts every second day.
Let’s tailor it a bit more
I’m going to try and tailor it a bit more, herbalife have a meeting every Thursday in Perth, WA that has an Omron Scale with sensors that go all over the body, it’s quite an accurate scale that runs electric currents through your body while you stand on it barefoot and then reads the impulses to measure body density. Bones, muscles, organs and fat all have different densities, because they are made up of different cells.
The electric impulses read the density of the parts of the body it hits, and then sends the figures to a computer. This results in a rather accurate estimation as to body fat, muscle and bone percentages in your body. The computer program then compares them to the average population, and prints out a results page including diagrams. This will tell me my maintenance calorie level, my basal metabolic rate, my metabolic age in comparison to my actual age, and my body fat percentage in different areas of my body. It can also tell me if my bone density is a bit low etc. I can then read it, and make changes to what I am currently doing, or a Herbie-coach can give me a guide as to what I need to do to change the levels and get them where I want them. Hence tailoring my program just a little bit more to maximise results.
Enough about results let’s wrap it up.
So now I’m going to wrap it up. What were my wins for challenge day 7. I took all my supplements. Win. I ate two healthy meals. Win. I drank all my water. Win. I wrote this blogpost. Win. I have results heading toward my goal. Super Win
Remember it’s the little achievements that make it work.
Cheap and healthy don’t often fall in the same sentence.
Many people believe it isn’t possible to achieve cheap healthy eats, but it’s all about shopping smart.
I’m lucky, I live in a semi-rural suburb on the outskirts of the metro area, we have little growers markets popping up everywhere. This is where you get the cheap healthy foods, growers markets and farmers markets, not your local supermarket. The local supermarket wants to make the biggest profit possible. They buy the cheapest product available (and rip the farmers off in the meantime) and then charge you at least one and a half times cost price to take it off their shelves, and we are happy to pay for it. Why? Because it’s convenient. Continue reading “Cheap Healthy Eats”
It’s challenge day 4 and I’m on my last shake. How? I was drinking the shake at least a week before I started the Challenge, and there’s only 20 serves per cannister. That is equal to 10 days of two shakes a week. I made it to 11 days. I have a confession to make, before I started the challenge I wasn’t as vigilant, hence why I needed to set up a challenge.
Now that I’ve got that off my chest let me tell you about my day. Well I was naughty, I didn’t get my workout in. and I don’t think I got my calories in either. I thought I’d give myself a shot at Intermittent Fasting, because I’ve been doing some research, and all the ladies that have given themselves a name due to their athletic figure, or have competed in bodybuilding contest all do it with amazing results. So I thought I’d give it a try.
Don’t get me wrong I don’t intend to compete…
However I am going to try out a 16 hour fast per day, most of that 16 hours I’m sleeping. Basically when I wake up I don’t break the fast til about midday, and I only give myself 8 hours to eat my calories. I can have a coffee in the morning when I first wake up, without milk or sugar, or, in my case, I can have the Herbalife Green tea and all my supplements before 12 but otherwise nothing but water until midday. If you’re not doing herbalife or coffee, you can do a green tea with a squeeze of lemon, or any tea without milk.
So I tried that, and I didn’t break my fast until midday, in which case I broke it with a Herbalife shake with only water and my MANA supplement, and a piece of banana cake, with butter, my little one didn’t want it so I ate it instead.
A couple hours later I had a snack of 2 boiled eggs and baby spinach, dressed with a little french vinaigrette.
2 hours later I had another Herbalife shake. This time I had with HiLo (or half and half) milk instead of water. The formula measure was a little scant, because it was the last of my shake, so I decided to add the milk. It’ll add a little extra protein, and therefore stave off my hunger a bit.
Heres the reason I didn’t do my workout…
I went to my Mum and Dad’s after lunch but before dinner. When I got there I filled up on celery, hummus, carrot sticks, kalamata olives, aged cheddar cheese and some amazingly delicious sunflower seeds and cranberry wheat biscuits. I ate a huge portion of this little packet of biscuits, probably about 10 or 11 from a 20 pack. Kudos to me cause I still got all my eating done before 8pm, my cutoff for the fast. Double Kudos cause when I think about it maybe I did get all my calories in. We all filled up on this little tapas. None of us had dinner, and I still got home too late to do my workout.
What are the wins?
Challenge day 4 has had a few wins. Intermittent fasting first day went well. I still ate at least 1 healthy meal throughout the day. We can call it two (it’s not like the tapas was all bad either). I drank all 4L of water. I still had my two shakes. And I wrote this Blogpost.
Don’t forget, it’s the little things that make all the difference. I believe in you
I used to think that if there was no such thing as money, all the world’s problems would be fixed. I now look back and think that was a very naive ideal. Greed is the root of all evil, not just money. Let us think way back when there was no such thing as currency. When everyone would trade with one another.
“Winter is coming, and you don’t appear to have anything warm to wear, I’ll give you my hand woven Llama wool blanket, wool jacket and these handmade leather shoes if you give me one of your many young nanny goats. I shall use her milk to feed my family for years to come”.
It seems like a fair trade right? The Clothes trader can always make more clothes for himself with his Llama’s wool, and the goat trader can always breed more goats for himself. The goat trader still has the option to use one of his other nanny goats for milk to feed his own family for years to come. Continue reading “Greed: The Root of all Evil?”
I refer back to a conversation I had this morning with a friend of mine, she’s going to send her step son back to his birth mother and family because they say they have a job for him. It was one of the most difficult decisions she could ever make, but her step son has been out of school for about a year and has been actively seeking work with no hits, so when she found out there was a job available for him on the other side of the country, she was inclined to send him there so he could start making his own way.
She’s always had to make the hard decisions, has always believed that she is not raising children but raising “new adults” her hubby is not very good at making any of the hard decisions, so she’s constantly the bad guy. She cares maybe a little too much about what everyone else thinks of her, and has always tried to please everyone. She knows that her step sons birth mum will take credit for everything wanted about her son, and will blame my friend on everything unwanted. Continue reading “How Can you Overcome Low Self Esteem”
Hi everyone Ali here,
I have just recently come across a huge amount of information that is scaring the crap out of me, so I feel the need to share it and let you and yours know about it too.
Did you know that there are over 3000 ingredients used in personal care products, cleaning products, supplements and bathroom products that are Toxic. These hidden toxins can cause skin and eye irritation, cell mutation (also known as cancer), inflammation, liver damage, kidney damage etc. And you know what’s worse? They don’t even tell us about it. Have a look at your personal care and skin care products, do you see parabens? sodium laurel sulfates? Do you even know what they are? I didn’t. Can you pronounce the ingredients on the label? I dare you to Google half of those ingredients. Do yourself and your family a favour and use this amazing wealth of information called the internet and educate yourself on the products you are putting on your skin, and on your child’s skin. The bubble baths you use, the shampoos you use, the body washes you use. I was horrified. I’m now looking for a product I can use that has very little, if any toxins in it. As my mentor Isabel De Los Rios (creator of Beyond Diet) says if you can’t pronounce it don’t use it. Lets look at an example Continue reading “Hidden Toxins”
Hi there Ali here,
So I woke up this morning at 5am so I can say goodbye to my other half and let all the animals in. and out, and then I go back to bed to sleep for an hour. I’m not sure why I always do this, but that’s what I do. So I’m up again at 6am, my Dog is jumping all over me now trying to get me up, my cats are all complaining because they want to get fed.
I get up to feed my animals, feed the fish and then have my shower. After my shower, I get my breakfast ready, and while I’m eating breakfast, the meat portion I’ll be eating for lunch is happily cooking away in the frying pan on low heat. After breakfast I check my meat, prepare the salad I’ll be eating with it, check it again, bang it all in a container including my snacks (which usually consists of an apple, a Muesli bar and some nuts) and I prepare my coffee.
While drinking my coffee I’ve put the dog outside, locked all the doors, and packed my gym stuff so I’m ready to walk out the door by 7.20am at the latest. At which time I’ll message my friend to find out how she’s doing. Continue reading “Lifestyle: An Average day”