Nourishment in Your Foods

Nourishment in your foods
Nourishment in your Foods


Shelf Life versus Nourishment

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

Hope you find this useful.

x Ali x

The Food you Eat Can Counteract your Medication


I was surfing the net for an article to write in my blog about, when I came across this one. Were you aware that the food you eat can counteract your medication? Now that I think about it , it does make sense, every thing in the world is made up of a complex mix of chemical reactions and ionic bonds, organic things are made up of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, the only things that differentiates them from each other are the trace elements, and the way the molecules react and bond with each other… I’m off track.

Dr Ross Walker, a cardiologist and one of Australia’s leading preventative health experts, has given us the low down on how food can negatively affect the absorption and effectiveness of certain prescription medications. Certain foods can interact with certain medications causing reduced effectiveness, worse side-effects, or even new side-effects. Kind of like how ant-epileptic drugs can reduce the effect of the contraceptive pill, rendering it null an void; or how chemotherapy and/or  antibiotics, reduce the effectiveness of your body’s good bacteria, causing thrush as a side effect. Continue reading “The Food you Eat Can Counteract your Medication”

Horrifyingly High Levels of Glyphosate in Processed Foods

So for those who don’t know Glyphosate  is Roundup, and has been proven harmful to humans at levels as small as 0.01ppb (parts per billion). I have to admit I’ve linked you to a long report, and since many of us don’t have the time to read the whole thing I will summarise it for you:

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