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Trying to be Vegan………….

My Friend and I Sue are trying to be healthier. We are both vegetarians already. Being an avid food lover, I had always thought being a vegan would mean life would be miserable but I have been proved wrong. There are an abundance of websites, blogs and social networking posts dedicated to veganism including some fabulous recipes. This is something we could really get into. Its like a new adventure!

We have also looked into raw food after being inspired by hearing about so many people who looked and felt great after the switch. I think this is a little way off for us as we need to take it one step at a time. 

We have been ensuring we have a raw juice at least 4 times a week. Today’s juice was Pear, apple, parsley, celery, cabbage and carrot. It was delicious. In fact whilst I am writing this, I think I will include posts on what the juice of the day was to share the goodness!

A Real Alternative To A Regular Chemist/Pharmacy…….

www.nutricentre.com

These guys have four parts to their business:

1. Resource Library and Bookshop – fabulous idea where anyone can go and do some research on the conditions they need.

2. The Shop“We are Europe’s leading centre for complementary medicine. If you’re looking for nutritional products, vitamins and minerals, herbal and holistic remedies, health supplements, books on treatments and therapies, or advice from some of the UK’s most eminent practitioners, you’re in the right place.”

This is a good store for you to pick up the alternative medicines you need. they also have affiliations with Tesco in the UK so they have a presence in lots of stores. See their website for details.

Yes they have some great products but their prices are a little high. Having said that there are a whole heap of products that are hard to find under one roof. Judge for yourself!

3.  Treatment Rooms– facilities to host leading practitioners in complimentary and natural health

4. Nutritionists – dedicated team offers a personalised service to customers. Also advice on all healthcare concerns. Plus the best bit – a free advice service for anyone on the phone – +44 208 752 8450. I am impressed by this service! 

www.nutricentre.com

All in all a very good idea and very much worth promoting. I don’t know what the treatment and nutritional advice costs are – lets hope they are not just for those who are well off and are actually affordable to the mainstream of people who also need these services. If anyone has had any experience with the Nutri Centre, I would be very interested to know more.

Wonderful Superfoods To Nourish You – 3.Seeds

Seed Mix Packet from Julian GravesI have a glass jar full of mixed sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and Flax seeds. I use them on cereals, salads and soups mainly. I used to buy them separately and mix them but now I found a ready mixed pack at Julian Graves Health Store. Oh and I love heavily seeded bread mmm. So here are the benefits of each of these – they are too good for you to miss out of your diet!

Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds by Jane Thurnell-Read

(www.healthandgoodness.com) Pumpkin seeds are a great food. There are lots of good reasons to eat them. They are good sources of iron and zinc and of omega-3 fatty acids. Sounds impressive, but what does it mean?

Iron is an important mineral. Symptoms of iron deficiency include tiredness, cracking at corners of the mouth, recurrent mouth ulcers, sore tongue, poor hair growth, brittle nails and generalised itching.

Zinc is a mineral that is needed in much smaller quantities by the body than iron, but is still vitally important. If you’re short of zinc, you may have red, greasy skin on your face, other skin problems, poor hair growth, dandruff, difficulty seeing at night, an aversion to bright lights, brittle nails, white spots on your nails or a craving for chocolate. Find out if your getting enough zinc in your diet.

Benefits of Seseme Seeds by Holistic Nutrition Suite 101

(holistic-nutrition.suite101.com) Sesame seeds are high in these minerals:

  • copper
  • manganese
  • tryptophan
  • calcium
  • magnesium

Sesame seeds also provide iron, phosporus, and zinc, vitamin B1(thiamin) and vitamin E. The minerals found in sesame seeds play a crucial role in health.

Copper

  • Copper renders a reduction in swelling and pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, proving beneficial in relation to inflammatory systems.
  • Copper supports blood vessels and bone health.

Magnesium

  • Offers relief to those suffering from asthma attacks
  • Reduces migraine
  • Lowers blood pressure

Calcium

  • Protects colon cells from carcinogenic chemicals
  • Prevents migraine
  • Can reduce bone loss

Sesame Seeds and Fiber

Sesame seeds contain sesamin and sesamolin, substances that are part of a group of fibers called lignans. Lignans render a cholesterol-lowering effect in humans. Sesamin also protects the liver from oxidative damage.

Sesame Seeds and Free Radicals

Sesame seeds can protect the body from free radicals, which have been implicated in development of cancer.

Sesame Seeds and Phytosterols

As reported by the Arthritic Association, in Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds and Wheat Germ, one of the greatest health benefits of sesame seeds is in relation to phytosterols. These compounds can lower blood cholesterol and improve heart health, enhance the immune system and decrease risk of malignancies. And the good news is that sesame seeds are highest in phytosterol content (400-413 mg per100grams).

Benefits of Sunflower Seeds by Gregorious

(www.hubpages.com ) There are many health benefits of sunflower seeds. They contain high levels of vitamin E, choline, betaine, and phenolic acids. Vitamin E may protect against cardiovascular disease, lignans may protect against some cancers, and choline has been shown to play a role in memory and cognitive functions. They are also among the best foods you can eat to get cholesterol-lowering phytosterols.

Sunflower seeds should be a part of any diet, especially of those people who are seeking economical, easily digested, youth-protecting proteins.

Benefits of Flax seed by Gloria Tsang

(HealthCastle.com) Its high content of alpha linolenic acids has made the ancient flax seed become our modern miracle food. Alpha linolenic acid is a type of plant-derived omega 3 fatty acid, similar to those found in fish such as salmon. Benefits of flax seed as shown in many studies include lowering total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the Bad cholesterol) levels. Other benefits show that flax seed may also help lower blood triglyceride and blood pressure. It may also keep platelets from becoming sticky therefore reducing the risk of a heart attack.

Other Benefits of Flax seeds

Aside from alpha linolenic acid, flax seed is rich in lignan. Lignan is a type phytoestrogen (antioxidant) and also provides fiber. Researches reveal that lignan in flax seed shows a lot of promise in fighting disease — including a possible role in cancer prevention especially breast cancer. It is thought that lignan metabolites can bind to estrogen receptors, hence inhibiting the onset of estrogen-stimulated breast cancer.

Recent studies also showed positive benefits of flax seed oil in IBD (Crohn’s Disease and Colitis). Flax seed oil seems to be able to heal the inner lining of the inflamed intestines.

Wonderful Superfoods That Nourish You – 2. Goji Berries

Goji Berries

 

Goji Berries

 

I first discovered these on a stall at the Mind Body Spirit Festival in London. They originate from Asia. 

 

 

Nutritional Value

Goji berries have been used for 6,000 years by herbalists in China, Tibet and India to:

Goji berries are rich in antioxidants, particularly carotenoids such as beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. One of zeaxanthin’s key roles is to protect the retina of the eye by absorbing blue light and acting as an antioxidant. In fact, increased intake of foods containing zeathanthin may decrease the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in people over the age of 65.

Gillian McKeith’s site dedicates a whole page of wonderful information on Goji Berries.  

You can add them to fruit salads and desserts or just munch on a bunch of them anytime, any place.

Wonderful Superfoods That Nourish You – 1. Quinoa

I think Gillian McKeith first introduced me to these through one of her books.

Superfood is a term sometimes used to describe food with high phytonutrient content that some may believe confers health benefits as a result. For example, blueberries are often considered a superfood (or superfruit) because they contain significant amounts of antioxidants, anthocyanins, vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fibre.

I do believe in superfoods even though they have been disputed by some people, and so I am going to dedicate some posts to them. The first one I would like to discuss in Quinoa.

Quinoa

Quinoa

Origins– Comes from South America mainly. Very versatile. I use granoVita Organic brand which I bought from Morrisons but I know you can get it from most Health Food Stores. I don’t eat meat or fish so this is an excellent source of nutrition for me – and for anyone. It takes around 15 minutes to prepare from the dried grains. You can do so much with it.

Nutritional Value

Quinoa is superior to other grains because it is a complete protein, containing all essential amino acids.

It is actually a seed, not a grain, and is gluten free. When cooked, the grain itself is soft and delicate, but the germ is crunchy, creating an interesting texture combination.

It is an excellent meat substitute in vegetarian dishes. It can be used in stir-fries, soups, stews, salads and many more delicious combinations.

Donna Gates is a Nutritional Consultant and she talks in detail on her website about the benefits of Quinoa – definitely worth a read.

Some of the nutrients in quinoa include:

Recipes:

BBC Good Food

Savvy Vegetarian

Worth a try if you haven’t already wouldn’t you say.

I discovered a fab vegetarian restaurant in Bath at the weekend

I was in Bath at the weekend with my 2 closest friends Feds and Shals and Fed’s daughter, Malak. We were walking around and I saw this restaurant. I’m a vegetarian and have been my whole life apart from when I went through a rebellious stage and tried meat and fish. I liked the taste but I couldn’t accept what I had done because it was not my norm – I had to stop. Anyway…I saw this restaurant and for a laugh, said ‘c’mon girls, lets try this’. To be honest I didn’t think they would go for it. But they did and we all had a fabulous, nutritious and nourishing meal.

bkcanvt97vcan9q4lfcaehe43qcayk1wlbcadd60oicazd3grtcask8alicaojpo13caofg4mbca6itmw1cap1cu1hcaz061nucad8tw6rcamcln2icaxgon4wca9qeqrmcajfvjanca4tyl1wcato3803It’s interesting when I go out for meals and look at the quantity and quality of food available to the non vegetarians and usually feel disappointed when my dish comes out. It usually has a lack of imagination, taste, quality and more often than not, I am left unsatisfied. Demuths proved me wrong in every case. Not only me, but all three of us had a great experience. They use a huge array of fresh herbs, leaves, pulses and vegetables – more than I have ever seen in any restaurant before, that are organically grown. The dressings on the salads were scrumcious. We also had some organic drinks that were delicious.

I’m not a fussy eater – I will eat anything, but I enjoyed this meal from the bottom of my heart. So well done Rachel Demuth – you have done a great job and you certainly satisfied my pallet that day!

Also on a more serious note, if we all add some of this into our diets, we won’t get sick so often, our bodies get stronger, our immune systems do what they are supposed to and repel disease and germs, our skin , hair and nails look great and we feel fabulous.

Rachel has some great recipies and had published a few cookbooks – worth looking into. And it goes without saying, if you are ever in Bath, pop in.

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