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Fuel that Nurtures

November 9, 2011

[ From DailyOM ]

What we eat and drink can have a powerful effect on our ability to focus, mental clarity, mood, and stress levels.

At its simplest, food is fuel. Though our preferences regarding taste and texture can vary widely, we all rely on the foods we eat for energy. Most people are aware that it is vital we consume a diverse assortment of foods if we aspire to maintain a state of physical well-being. However, the intimate connection between diet and our mental well-being is less understood. Just as the nutritional components in food power the body, so too do they power the mind. Some foods can impair cognitive functioning and sap our energy while others heighten our intellectual prowess and make us feel vigorous. What we eat and drink can have a powerful effect on our ability to focus, mental clarity, mood, and stress levels.

Food allergies, which don’t always manifest themselves in forms we recognize, can also play a significant role in the maintenance of mental health. Thus, for most of us, even a simple change in diet can have a profoundly positive impact on our lives. Taking the time to explore whether anxiety, muddled thoughts, or inexplicable tension can be linked to a food allergy or food sensitivity can empower you to treat your symptoms naturally. The benefits of a healthier, more personalized diet are often felt immediately. Sugar, saturated fats, wheat, and dairy products are frequently allergens and can stress the body. For people that are allergic, consuming them can cause imbalances in the physical self that have a negative effect on the body’s ability to nourish the brain. Water, fiber, nuts, unprocessed seeds, raw fruits and vegetables, and vegetable proteins, on the other hand, support physical and mental functioning by providing those nutrients we do need without additional substances we don’t.

A balanced, natural diet can ease mood swings, panic attacks, anxiety, and mild depression. Intellectual clarity and agility is improved when the mind receives proper nourishment. Even those individuals who are blessed with the ability to consume almost any food can benefit from a healthier and simpler diet. Since the mental and physical selves are closely bound to one another, we must feed each the foods upon which they thrive.

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Top 10 Foods to Eat Organically

February 20, 2008

[From GreenLiving, excerpted from Your Organic Kitchen, by Jesse Ziff Cool]

Some conventionally grown foods are treated with more pesticides than others. Some retain more of the pesticides. Here is a list of the top 10 foods containing the most pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C.

SIMPLE SOLUTION:

You can sidestep harm and still eat vitamin-rich foods. If you cannot find these foods organically, here are some great alternatives that contain the same valuable vitamins and minerals.

High-pesticide food: Strawberries
Main nutrient: Vitamin C
Healthy alternatives: Blueberries, raspberries, oranges, grapefruit, kiwifruit, watermelon
High-pesticide food: Bell peppers
Main nutrient: Vitamin C
Healthy alternatives: Green peas, broccoli, romaine, lettuce

High-pesticide food: Spinach
Main nutrient: Vitamins A and C
Healthy alternatives: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus

High-pesticide food: Cherries
Main nutrient: Vitamin C
Healthy alternatives: Oranges, blueberries, raspberries, kiwifruit, blackberries, grapefruit

High-pesticide food: Peaches
Main nutrient: Vitamins A and C
Healthy alternatives: Nectarines, watermelon, tangerines, oranges, grapefruit

High-pesticide food: Mexican cantaloupe
Main nutrient: Vitamins A and C
and potassium Healthy alternatives: U.S. cantaloupe grown from May to December, watermelon

High-pesticide food: Celery
Main nutrient: Carotenoids
Healthy alternatives: Carrots, broccoli, radishes, romaine lettuce

High-pesticide food: Apples
Main nutrient: Vitamin C
Healthy alternatives: Watermelon, nectarines, bananas, tangerines

High-pesticide food: Apricots
Main nutrient: Vitamins A an C and potassium
Healthy alternatives: Nectarines, watermelon, oranges, tangerines

High-pesticide food: Green beans
Main nutrient: Potassium
Healthy alternatives: Green peas, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, asparagus

How to Start Eating Right? — Yondi Lee

August 28, 2007

There is no single diet that suits everyone. So what is the right diet for you?

The diet that suits you best is one that gives you the greatest amount of energy, health, and mental clarity. To find out for yourself, you have to EXPERIMENT.

Firstly, try to go as NATURAL as possible – avoid highly refined or processed foods as much as you can. Why go natural? What is wrong with refined foods?

Let’s start from the time the food enters our mouth. Long time ago, people eat slowly, maybe because they had more time to eat, but mainly because it took time to chew the food. Unrefined, unprocessed grains are tough to chew. Wild vegetables are more fibrous and tough to chew. Wild animals’ meat is also tough to chew. These ancient foods were packed with nutrients and they were also scarce. Because food was tough to chew and scarce, people did not eat too quickly, or in big quantities.

Now, let’s look at modern day man. One wakes up, spread bleached, chemically treated vegetable oil on puffy soft bread, swallows them after chewing a few times, then gulps down fruit juice made from recombined juice concentrate and sugar, preserved with food conditioners.

Modern foods require so little chewing that the digestive system does not have adequate signals to do its work. Smelling and chewing actually start a chain reaction that kick-starts your digestion. When you gulp things down in a hurry, it is no wonder that your stomach cannot cope well because it has not been warned to start working.

Next, why choose natural and wholesome foods? Food processing and refining require removal of many nutrients and addition of chemicals. Hence, highly refined foods that we buy off supermarket shelves and which come in containers and pretty boxes often contain little nutrients and lots of additives. The manufacturers sometimes add vitamins back to the food, but these are artificially added and the quality of nutrients is dubious.

In contrast, natural foods contain more nutrients and fewer chemicals and additives. The organic ones are even better because you can really cut out intake of pesticides and other chemicals.

Tips for Buying Natural

  1. Buy foods that you recognize, foods that are in their original form
  2. Avoid foods in plastic bags or boxes that have long lists of ingredients
  3. Avoid foods with ingredients of codes and numbers (these are additives)
  4. Avoid instant foods – noodles, frozen dinners
  5. Fresh vegetables are better than frozen ones, which are better than canned ones
  6. Eat more local vegetables & fruits – these tend to be fresher than imported ones

So what type of diet will suit you? You can read all the health and nutrition books in the world but you still won’t find the right diet for yourself if you don’t TRY. Experiment is the key! Try different ways of eating. Give it about a month. With any dietary changes, there are bound to be some reactions in the body, including bowel habits or sensations. Symptoms that resemble detoxification reactions are possible – headaches, mood changes, fatigue.

Pay attention and listen to your body, take note of your experience, especially in terms of energy, mental clarity and sense of wellbeing.

Define the diet – be specific. If you want to be a vegetarian, are you eating frozen and canned vegetables or fresh ones? Do you eat French fries or real potato? There are countless ways to eat and most people have the habit of eating the same foods often or eat only a small range of foods. For example, are the fruits you eat consist of only banana, apples and oranges?

Be specific about what you include in your diet. A vegetarian who eats canned or processed foods is on a very different diet from one who eats only fresh, unprocessed foods.

Do you consume any drugs like caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, etc? Simply giving up alcohol can lead to a significant change in your body’s biochemistry. Remove artificially flavoured foods can make another significant change. And it is not just what you eat or don’t eat, but also the way the food is prepared that can make a big difference. Some people thrive on a vegetarian diet, others feel run-down. Given the same diet, two individuals can react differently. Think and feel for yourself.

There’s so much marketing and money involved in food advertisement. Don’t believe everything you read in the papers or magazines. Use your common sense. Ask yourself questions. Does it make sense to drink another species’ baby-milk after you have been weaned, especially that of a species that has four stomachs and weighs almost 10x as much as you, and one that has been injected with growth hormone?

Changing your diet always seems daunting at first, but it has to start with re-wiring your brain, changing your thinking. Once you start to employ your own thinking and logic, and experiment with foods, it will become a whole lot simpler. After a while, your new diet just becomes a habit and you get into the routine.

Good luck and if you have questions or need help with your diet, contact me at yondi@ascensionhealing.sg

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Ascension Healing newsletter

August 23, 2007

Below is a snippet from the August 2007 Ascension Healing newsletter from my friend Yondi. She is a professional nutritionist. This is a one-off notice. If you like it or want to subscribe to the newsletter, do visit her website for details.

Choosing a Water Filter

It is important to drink CLEAN water, but how clean do we want our water to be? Are you confused about the different types of water filter out there? Read about the different types of water filter and how to choose one that suits your needs.

Green & Happy Living

Very useful & simple tips for living healthily and in an Earth-friendly way.

Microwave

Ever wonder whether you should use a microwave and whether it is harmful to health?

How to eat fresh fruits

August 20, 2007

Some tips on the proper way to eat fresh fruits to get maximum benefit.

Health benefits of Papaya

August 17, 2007

[Comments from a friend.]

The tropical fruit papaya has got all you need. Vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, anti inflammatory enzymes, papein and chymopapein and other powerful enzymes yet unknown.

Papaya cured me of my long standing oesteoarthritis together with the American drug combination glucosamine/chondritin. Take heed you ladies deep in the post-menopause stage. Remember what I said about papaya. It will do wonders for you.

I play badminton with full vigor, still have a hard smash, despite age mid 60 approx. That’s because of papaya.

Why drink coconut water?

August 10, 2007

[I wonder if there is any difference between young and old cocunuts]

Coconut water is naturally:

  • Low in Carbs
  • 99% Fat Free
  • Low in sugars

Coconut Water contains organic compounds possessing healthy growth promoting properties that have been known to help:

  • Keep the body cool and at the proper temperature
  • Orally re-hydrate your body, it is an all natural isotonic beverage
  • Carry nutrients and oxygen to cells
  • Naturally replenish your body’s fluids after exercising
  • Raise your metabolism
  • Promote weight loss
  • Boost your immune system
  • Detoxify and fight viruses
  • Cleanse your digestive tract
  • Control diabetes
  • Aid your body in fighting viruses that cause the flu, herpes, and AIDS
  • Balance your PH and reduce risk of cancer
  • Treat kidney and urethral stones
  • Boost poor circulation
  • Lower blood pressure

Pass the butter

February 14, 2007

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When the turkeys were killed, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back. It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings.

Do you know the difference between margarine and butter? Read on to the end, it gets very interesting!

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Dragon Fruit (Strawberry Pear)

January 30, 2007

Remembering one ex-student’s mum’s personal advice — Take more dragonfruit (also known as Pitaya, scientific name Hylocereus undatus), especially after barbeque. Picture of the fruit is taken from http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/dragon_fruit_pictures.htm. Go there to see its flower and colour of the flesh.

Dragon fruit

Ashes    

0.68g   

Fat

0.61g

Fiber

0.9g

Phosphorus

36.1mg

Carotene

0.012g

Protein

0.229g

Water

83.0g

Calcium

8.8g

Iron

0.65mg

Riboflavin 

0.045mg

Niacin 

0.430mg

Ascorbic Acid 

9.0mg                          

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