I’ve been suffering from a prolonged bout of procrastinitis (is there such a word?), which comes from having too much to tell you and not knowing where to start! And the icy weather we’re experiencing hasn’t helped either as I can’t seem to get my fingers to work for the most part of the day, or my brain for that matter! In fact I’m decidedly certifiable as I still drive into town at 6am to the gym to spin - usually at minus temperatures. Yes I know……. say no more and let’s change the subject.
Warning! Chia seeds not for hypotensives – seriously!
You know, when it comes to natural God-given foods I often tend to glance at possible side-effects with sceptism and assume one needs to consume a lot of that food to experience those effects. And so it was when I read that chia seeds, my absolute favourite, can lower blood pressure even more in those who are already hypotensive, like yours truly. This was until I started experiencing unusual dizzy spells to the extent that I felt nauseous. Turns out my blood pressure had dropped to very uncomfortable levels - and all I was doing was putting a teaspoon (OK it was pretty heaped…haha) of chia seeds into my morning smoothie.
So unfortunately, for me, chia seeds are an absolute no-no and I’m really sad about that because it is an excellent food otherwise – except if you have low pressure of course. They’re an excellent source of omega-3 fats, so great for vegetarians not wanting to use fish oil, and they’re high in calcium, boron, complete protein, fibre and magnesium. The benefits are numerous, as you will learn in this sensible article by Dr Mark Rosenberg where he also lists the pros and cons, which I should have taken heed of myself! Read it here. For weight loss too, chia seeds are worth a try and you can read why here:
A comparison of diets
Early in June, at a nutrition conference held by the Institute of Functional Medicine in San Francisco, an excellent debate occured, comparing the Mediterranean, Paleo and Vegetarian diets. The attendees had to first of all find what they could all agree on and this is what came up:
50% of the food we eat should come from vegetables and fruits with a low glycemic load.
Everyone should have at least 1-2 handfuls of nuts daily.
If you eat animal protein, it should be clean animal protein such as free-range poultry and grass-fed beef – not hormone, antibiotic, and pesticide enriched animal protein produced in many commercial factories.
If you eat seafood, it should be wild caught fish, not farmed.
Nobody should be eating low fat, however fats need to come from healthy sources—hormone and pesticide free.
Everyone should avoid high glycemic load foods that have been processed, such as bread, crackers, rice and potato products, and anything made with flour.
Anyone with a gluten intolerance, should totally avoid all gluten products made from wheat, rye and barley.
With the best of eating, we still need a supplement to get our key nutrients, like vitamin D, omega 3 fats, and other key nutrients.
I think you and I would also agree with all of the above, not so?
Now this is where they disagreed:
For legumes, the Paleo plan recommended none, as they have a few compounds that block nutrient absorption. But beans are super high in nutrients and fibre and the vegetarian and Mediterranean diet proponents insisted they stay on the daily menu.
For whole grains, the Paleo plan recommended none, because of their glycemic load – spikes blood sugar. Both the vegetarian and Mediterranean diet proponents accepted small quantities of whole grains, but not nearly as much as consumed by most following a Western diet today.
With Paleo, 30% of the diet comes from animal protein. With Mediterranean, no fixed amount of protein, but it comes from a mixture of lean animal protein and beans. With Vegetarian, more beans, soy, and protein powders.
But now comes the interesting part, the part where they agree that most people trying to follow these diets are doing it wrong:
The Paleo followers are poisoning themselves with dirty protein and animal fat—eating commercial sources loaded with hormones and chemicals, and they are clearly not getting the 5-7 cups of vegetables and fruits daily required to benefit from this type of eating plan.
The Mediterranean followers are eating far too much bread and pasta. It’s fine if you are physically active 6-8 hours a day, but for most people struggling to exercise for 7-10 hours per week, they can’t handle this high glycemic (sugar) load.
The Vegetarian followers are eating too many refined carbs and processed foods. They also have to ensure they get their protein from beans, soy, and protein powders, omega-3 fats from seaweed or a supplement, and enough vitamin B 12.
The bottom line is all these eating plans can lead to optimal health, but only if followed properly. It’s all about common sense and balance which brings me to another important point which I need to harp on again: Everyone seems to be “banting” these days but many have totally misinterpreted the diet. You may be losing weight but at what cost to your health? It is not a high protein diet! And this is what I stressed in my May 2014 newsletter and, in her article which appeared in the July issue of SA Journal of Natural Medicine, Heidi du Preez stresses the dangers of too much animal protein in the diet. Read her article "Diets- Sense and Sensibilty"here. In fact while you're on her website, do yourself a favour and subscribe to Heidi’s newsletter. I know this means you may never want to read my newsletters again but it’s worth the risk, because when it comes to health matters, Heidi and I are usually on the same page anyway.
Pleeez sign this petition!
As some of you may already know, the complementary and alternative medicines are under acute imminent threat of disappearing from public access. I think you will agree that South Africans deserve freedom of choice about the medicine they prefer to take. The new regulations put out by the MCC will mean that 85% of all natural medicines will disappear from the market place, thousands of people will be out of work and the economy will lose millions. We will have the most stringent and highly regulated natural health industry in the world. To add insult to injury – Traditional African Medicines, which are sold at the side of the road and any-and-everywhere-else are totally exempt from this draconian law, which purports to be have come into effect to ensure all health-related substances are safe for public use, and follow good manufacturing practice. Why is the sale of ALL natural medicines not being equally, and appropriately, regulated?This move by the MCC is unconstitutional and denies the South African people the right to freedom of choice and access to natural medicines. Please go here to add your name to the list of people who object. For our government to blatantly legislate with clear bias is unfair and unacceptable and must be challenged, so please sign and share with all your friends and family.
You will get more background information on this on Dr Bernard Brom's website www.creatinghealth.co.za . And while you're there why not subscribe to Dr Brom's newsletter too. He is another professional for whom I have the utmost respect for his integrity and selfless caring.
Now for this month’s special!
This is one many of you have been waiting for - My latest addition to the range of See Yourself Well supplements.
See Yourself Well Omega-3 - 300mgEPA:200mg DHA
Triglyceride form with 5 Star rating from IFOS
Normal price: R410 per 150 capsules Until 31 July:
R375 for 1 bottle – postage R25
R700 for 2 bottles – postage R25
R1950 for 6 bottles – postage R50
Yes this is further affirmation that the icy weather has taken its toll on my brain cells but don’t waste time taking advantage because this offer expires on 31 July!
GM Soya in bread
You knew that wheat in SA is not genetically modified so you thought you were safe eating bread? Wrong! Why? Because most commercial bread contains a fair percentage of soya flour. So what? Well 100% of the soya grown in South Africa is GM. The African Centre for Biosafety recently published a report titled ‘GM Contamination, Cartels and Collusion in South Africa’s Bread Industry,’ Read more about it here or you can read the full report on the ACB’s website www.acbio.org.za.
Sadly it’s always those living under the breadline that suffer the most. First their staple food, maize is GM and now their bread too. But as you will see in the table given in the report those wealthy enough to do their grocery shopping at Woolies are not exempt.
What else has been lurking in your bread?
Thousands of people in South Africa, have been unaware that their daily food contains the chemical Azodicarbonamide (ADA) also referred to as the “yoga mat” chemical. ADA is used to make plastic and rubber shoes, flip-flops and yoga mats more pliable. It is added to flour or bread to make it whiter, softer and to improve shelf life – and it doesn’t need to be declared on the label!. It has been banned in Australia, the UK and some European countries. According to the World Health Organisation ADA may cause asthma, allergies and skin problems and scientists are of the opinion that it has the potential to cause cancer.
SASKO, one of the largest bread flour producers in the country, was unlucky enough to be caught producing and selling products containing ADA to unsuspecting and unwitting consumers, placing their health at potential risk. Thanks to activists who got wind of this in May this year, SASKO has now desisted from adding ADA. Hopefully ADA has disappeared from all flours and flour products by now but strangely, our trusted Woolies once again, was guilty as charged. Read more here.
I conclude with a quote which I found recently and just have to share!
"To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." - Bessie Stanley
Till we meet again, let’s enjoy the winter, in fact let’s take Pietro Aretino's words to heart:
'Let us love winter for it is the spring of genius.'
(Hey, maybe I just self-diagnosed my own recent mental challenges - I just need to love winter more!)
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The information in this newsletter is for educational purposes only and not to be construed as medical advice. It is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or in any way replace qualified medical supervision. For any medical conditions, consult with your healthcare provider before using any products. Abundant health to you all.