Sunday, August 28, 2011

Why Superfood smoothies

1. Convenience - they're quick to make
2. Digestive ease
3. After a workout blood needs to be at extremeties, delivering oxygen and cleaning up lactic acid, not
    rushing to your digestive tract to digest heavy food
4. They can provide a lot of hi-quality plant based proteins easily and other foods from one source.
5. You don't crave much because you have received nourishment and are rehydrated.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dr Pratt's Superfood principles

Principle 1: SuperFoodsRx is the best diet in the world.
Sophisticated computer analysis has enabled researchers to determine which populations are the healthiest and live the longest. Highly respected database studies and sets of recommendations including those of the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and the National Cancer Institute have looked at the same information. The data shows the particular foods eaten by these healthiest populations. Superfoods show up over and over again when you look at these diets.

Principle 2: SuperFoods are whole foods.
There will always be some disagreement regarding the term wholefood. But in general, whole foods are those that are unprocessed or are minimally processed in such a way that none of their nutritional characteristics have been intentionally modified. Whole foods are complex. They contain hundreds of unidentified compounds and nutrients. A growing body of research from laboratory and human studies suggests that these nutrients work best in concert with each other. Moreover, just as the nutrients in a particular food team up to work better, nutrients from a wide range of foods also work together to promote good health.

Principle 3: SuperFoodsRx equals synergy.
Food synergy is critical to health. Food synergy refers to the interaction of two or more nutrients and other healthful substances in foods that work together to achieve an effect that each is individually unable to match.
Nutrients work in a precisely calibrated relationship the kind of relationship that nature has provided when the nutrients are obtained from food. There are, after all, thousands of chemicals present in food and researchers have only identified a fraction of this number. Surely with this many chemicals present, interactions are taking place that science doesn¹t fully understand. You simply can¹t shortcut your way to good nutrition; you must rely on a variety of wholefoods.

Principle 4: SuperFoodsRx are simple and positive
A healthy diet is the essential core of a healthy life. We all live busy complicated lives. Nutrition recommendations that are complicated or challenging can't become a regular part of our routine.
The best approach to any health change is one that is positive. Diets that forbid foods or make eating satisfying meals a challenge are counterproductive. Once most people understand the SuperFoodsRx principles, they feel liberated. It¹s not about what you shouldn't do it's about what you should do.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Great health tips from a recent seminar

I attended a seminar hosted by American Tyler Tolman the other night – Live Healthy, Be Happy.  Thought I’d summarise the key points for you:
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”  Thomas A. Edison
Self-care is the answer to living a life of health and vitality and avoiding disease.
It is certainly possible to cure and regenerate the body, as food enhances bodily functions.
Disease is nutritional deficiency and toxicity.
Nutritional guidelines by the American Cancer Society states to be healthy: drink 6-8 glasses of water, 5-7 servings of fruit and veges, 30 mins walk 5 days per week.
Food additives - no 1 Cacogenic: chemical preservatives, food colouring, artificial sweeteners, partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats), MSG.
Doctrine of signatures: food symbolism – foods appearance affects that particular part of the body – i.e. Walnuts aid the brain.
Some concepts to consider – ‘there is a lot of money in sickness’ and we need ‘a war on drugs’ (synthetic solutions – people become dependent on them – residual income for pharmaceutical companies)
Supplements have little effect on the body.
Diabetes is the world’s fastest growing disease and is curable naturally.
Applying substances to the exterior of the body is absorbed through the skin.  ‘If you can’t eat it, don’t put in on your skin.’  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is particularly bad.
In an oxygenated and alkaline environment disease cannot survive.
7 areas to consider for your health: Air, water, sunshine, exercise, whole foods, passion and relationships.