Category: Documentary

Movie Monday: Jaime Oliver-Teach every child about food

This morning I’m getting back on schedule for my blog posts! Which means that its time for an inspirational foodie video. Today I’m digging Jaime Oliver’s TED talk. Now although Jaime is no expert in nutrition, he is a very talented chef, and I love that he is taking a stand and taking action. I love that Jaime is saying the tough stuff, and actually trying to do something. I’ve watched this talk a few times now, and every time it reminds me why I’m doing what I’m doing. Jaime says it all perfectly, why we are all overweight and obese, what it means to our health and the health of our children, and what we can do about it.

One thing you can actually do to help, is to silently protest by not being a consumer of fast food. I’m an avid believer of taking fast food out of your diet. And I know for many people this will be a huge change to their lifestyle, but if you can make this single change in your diet, you will be healthier. There are so many things you can make at home that are quick and easy. Of course, Jaime Oliver has already done this for us-His 15 minute meals are a fantastic substitute for fast food. In the time it takes to order the food, drive to pick it up and get it home, you can prepare a healthy meal.
http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/category/books/jamie-s-15-minute-meals
So I challenge you, to swap one fast food meal this week, with a healthy 15 minute meal.  I like to make a big batch of roast veggies on a Sunday, then you can make lots of great recipes out of them. You could add them into a roast vegetable pasta dish, with whole wheat pasta, canned tomatoes with lots of herbs and spices, or you could make a roast veggie salad with baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, and pine nuts.
I would love to hear your suggestions, so please comment below with your best 15 minute meal!

 

Fat, sick and nearly dead

Yesterday I sat down and had a “food movie marathon”, and of course, by the end, I was totally inspired to make some changes in my life. I am on my own health and wellness journey, and mine is so far from over. But one of the reasons I started this blog, is because I want to share the ups and downs, as well as all the lessons I learn along the way.

Fat, sick and nearly dead was definitely my favourite movie out of those that I watched. Its about an overweight, unhappy and unhealthy auzzie bloke, who travels to the US to do a 60 day juice fast. His transformation is amazing, and his journey inspires others to do the same.

On a regular basis, I generally would choose a smoothie over a juice, mostly due to the fact a smoothie keeps all its nutrients of the food you put in, and a juice only leaves the water content, and gets rid of the fibre, which contains many of the nutrients. However, for someone who has lived a lifestyle that is so unhealthy for so long, sometime I think people need a really dramatic lifestyle change suddenly, to really reboot their body. And if this can be done without any supplements, meds or crazy ideas, then great!

So what is a juice fast/juice detox?
Well, its simple, you drink raw fruit and veggies juices instead of meals. I know that some people can’t bring themselves to not eat, so there are options where you add in a meal at night time (such as a fresh salad, stead veggies and fish, or veggie soup). Or you can just start implementing juices into your normal diet.

For me, I have been on so many detoxes, juice fasts, and crazy diets to name, I pride myself on the fact I have tried so many. My advice is, as long as it is nutritionally sound (i.e. contains all the requirements for nutrients) then you are probably ok, and try  few to find the one that works for you.

I really recommend you watch this documentary, It has really inspired me to get back into juicing, and to become more aware of what I put into my body. I also really recommend the Breville juicer they use, I’ve had mine for 2 years, and still love it to bits. Of course, they are always fiddly to clean, but the benefits of fresh juice makes it totally worth it.

Watch here

If you want to read more about juicing, see Joe’s blog, I am always happy to support people through any lifestyle changes they wish to make, so send me an email and i’m happy to help!

As for me, here is one of my favourite juices:

1/4 Watermelon
2 Tomatoes
3 Oranges

Chop all, and put through your juicer!

Happy juicing!

Movie Monday: Forks over knives

Hi Guys!

Apologies for the short break, it was a hectic week at uni! Next time that happens ill let you know and schedule blog posts 🙂

So for movie Monday, I thought I would share with you a movie I got recommended to watch by my amazing Naturopath, Its called forks over knives. Now it is a paid documentary, but I absolutely recommend it! It talks about the research behind vegetarianism and eating a plant based diet. It focuses on the aspects of eating a low fat, whole food plan based diet to target a number of growing chronic diseases. If I was ever closest to going full vegetarian it would be after watching this, it really is such an eye opener.

Here is the trailer:

I hope you enjoy, honestly it is worth every dollar! Educate yourself about what you are eating and why you are eating it. There is a whole raft of knowledge out there, and really food is about what works for you and your body.
Happy Monday peeps!
xx

 

Movie Monday: The truth about Food

Good morning! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend, I had a lovely relaxing Sunday which was well needed after my big assignment was due last Thursday-Glad that ones over.

One of the things I did over the weekend to relax was watch a few food docos, one of the ones I found was a series of 6 docos for BBC on the truth about food. They do a bunch of studies (None of which appeared particularly scientific) however were very interesting. My favorite study was getting 10 or so overweight, middle aged British people who are used to eating “bangers and mash” for most of their meals, to spend 10 days eating a completely raw food diet. They all lost weight, and reduced their cholesterol.

This is  perfect example of people that would really benefit from a raw food diet. My only concern is that they weren’t eating enough protein or healthy fats. They could have added in some lean protein, nuts, healthy oils, fish, seeds and legumes to make this a perfectly healthy diet.

Here’s the doco:

What’s going on my plate this week? Well i’ll be starting on the 8 week health and wellness challenge from Karrinyup Wellness Centre, Getting a few Nutrition assignments out of the way, doing plenty of yoga through the week to get myself emotionally ready for the coming few weeks, as well as prepping some really exciting new recipes for you guys to try, not to mention a few healthy eating tips sprinkled throughout!
Tomorrow ill post the outline of the 8 week challenge, feel free to follow on, this time of year is perfect to reboot you body into its most healthy state.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karrinyup-Wellness-Centre-8-Week-Health-and-Wellness-Challenge/589273371116038

 

The Truth behind the “Raw Food” movement

So we have all been hearing a great deal about raw food and how its so good. However, Is it really that great? And if it is, why? Lets look at the pro’s and con’s of eating raw:

Image from http://www.rawfoodrecipes.com/recipes/category/mexican.html

What is “The Raw food diet”?

Taken from: www.therawfoodkitchenkitchen.com.au

“Raw and living foods are about being unprocessed, unrefined, cold-pressed, and never heated above 44˚C (115˚F). This means that all the living enzymes in the food remain intact and that your body can easily digest and assimiliate every nutrient and deliver them to every cell in your body, giving you abundant energy, glowing health and a happy heart.
Raw food groups consist of organic vegetables, fruits, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, gluten free grains, good fats, superfoods, fermented foods and drink, sea vegetables and sprouted grains and seeds.
These ingredients allow you to go on to make the most amazing array of dishes, from dehydrated kale chips, superfood smoothies with almond milk and cacao, simple salads, cultured vegetables, nut cheeses, “pasta” dishes made from vegetables, or a “pizza” made from sprouted buckwheat or activated nuts & veges, home made “granola” to decadent desserts that are all gluten free, diary free, sugar free and taste divine!”

Pro’s:

  • Raw food contains a great deal of phytochemicals, most of which are more available uncooked
  • Raw food contains more vitamins and minerals than cooked food
  • Raw food has less energy available for digestion than cooked food
Now, The last one can be both a pro and a con. Although raw food may be great for someone who is already overweight as a tool to help loose weight, for someone who is of normal weight or underweight, consuming a diet which is completely comprised of raw food could be dangerous.
Because the cooking process breaks down cell walls, this allows the body’s digestive system to easily process the energy the food contains. If the food is left uncooked, then the body is unable to break down come of the tough, fibrous cell walls in food. this means:
More raw food=less energy available.
For the majority of us, this is perfectly ok, considering 68% of Australia and New Zealand is overweight or obese.
Cons:
  • Cooked food has more energy available
  • Cooking may have been one of the great evolutionary inventions! (See below)
  • The cooking process kills many pathogens and bacteria found on food, the raw food diet doesn’t allow for anything cooked over about 45 degree.
  • The raw food diet seems to want to sell you all sorts of strange and wonderful health food products-Expensive $$$
  • Not being able to cook food, means you are limited with protein options, this can be a huge problem for kids, elderly, and women on a raw food diet.
If you would like to know a little more about how food has affected our evolution, I found this amazing doco!
What are we supposed to make of all that? Well if you are overweight, choosing go go raw, or partially raw could be a great way to help you lose weight, just make sure you don’t get conned into buying expensive and unnecessary health foods. If you are already healthy, choosing raw fruit and veggies is still a great choice, and is always better than processed and packaged foods!

Then again I love a good raw cacao ball 🙂

http://www.thehealthychef.com/2011/09/protein-power-balls/