Meat & dairy – myths and misunderstandings

As with sugar, this is a topic where many people need to unlearn much of what they have been taught about 'healthy' options. Dairy products are still animal protein. On this diet you want to avoid them. There are plenty of milk substitutes out there, and you can even find recipes for dairy –free cream … Continue reading Meat & dairy – myths and misunderstandings

How to sprout beans and lentils

Any whole lentil or small bean can be sprouted. I like mung beans and green lentils the best. Organic beans are most likely to sprout well. You can eat them raw as a snack, put them in salads or cook with them – add them to soups, stews, dhals etc. If you use non-organic, you … Continue reading How to sprout beans and lentils

Protein

Overall a vegan diet has been shown to be the healthiest (as long as you eat a variety of vegetables), with a high oily fish/nuts diet coming second, closely followed by vegetarian (with variety, but dairy and eggs). Unfortunately a meat based diet consistently comes out worst for us. Vegetable protein is just as good … Continue reading Protein

Fibre

Fibre consumption is proving to be more important in weight management than we thought. There isn’t an upper limit to the amount of fibre we can eat (our ancestors used to eat 100-200g/day) but the recommended minimum is 25-40g/day. On average we eat 12-14g per day. Many people complain that increased fibre makes them bloated … Continue reading Fibre

Diet and high blood pressure

Specific foods which can lower blood pressure. Chocolate. 40-100g per day (but be careful of the sugar content or the effects may be negated!). Dark chocolate is probably best, but not proven. Hot cocoa (not hot chocolate) with a dash of sugar is a good way of consuming the cocoa. Curry leaves (pictured above - … Continue reading Diet and high blood pressure

Being Vegetarian

Much of the world is vegetarian and it is consistently shown to be healthier to eat this way. Populations that switch to animal protein start to develop the illnesses of the west. The best evidence is for reducing cardiovascular disease, but cancer, dementia and many inflammatory diseases are also improved. However….avoiding animal protein isn’t enough … Continue reading Being Vegetarian