Category Archives: Foods for Life

Autumn Cleanse and Detox

I have just completed a 7 day cleanse with the guidance of our wonderful Herbalist Colleen Kennedy. James, my love and I did it together, which was a considerable support seeing that we did it at home. James and I are “foodies ” as we both love good food, eating mainly vegan and vegeterian food with some fish. He likes his glass of wine in the evening and I have had the need for a morning coffee and sweet treat creeping up again ! We also had a family wedding, with guests staying for many days and there was much partying and feasting before and after the special day.

 

Afterward the wedding, I could feel a cold coming on and was generally sluggish. So we decided that even if a little late into winter, to commence a 7-day cleanse. I knew that it would boost the immune system and clear out any residual viruses and toxins and tiredness. . Autumn and spring are the better times for cleanses and detox. Because it of the cold weather, we took Colleen’s advice and combined ayurvedic warming dal, using warming herbs and spices in an evening dish, with fresh green juices and smoothies lased with ginger ( for warmth ) in the morning. We also took herbs that assist in liver and kidney flushes with warming herb teas throughout the day. For the 7 days cut out all bread, sugars, dairy, meat, tea, coffee and alcohol.

 

I will share some aspects of the week and ensuing days.

 

*  I was reminded again that caffeine is addictive. For the first 3 days, my head headaches and pains in my body and craving the “kick” that it gives. I know too that it causes much acidic residue in the body. Yet, I had started to need again that morning ritual of a cup or meeting a friend and enjoying it, The 1st day of the cleanse I needed to go to the shops and decided not to, as I knew I would have a coffee! As one of my mentors Dr. Brian Clement from Hippocrates Health institute says “ If you like sugar and caffeine and or are working on cutting it out of your life, you are either an addict or a recovering addict “! I did feel I was coming off a drug those first 3 days !

 

*   As the days progressed a mental clarity and ease filled me. There has been a growing and deepening focus to my work with clarity of mind that I have not had for a while. I feel empowered with a sense of how much life and love there is to live. My body felt more flexible and my vitality had increased. My skin and eyes have a glowing freshness to them. Since completion this has stayed with me with a sense of personal empowerment by dong the 7 days at home.

 

*   Since completion there is a renewed commitment to consuming enriched and alkalizing planted based nutrition, drinking nourishing green juices and smoothies daily and to cutting out what eventually zaps energy, such as caffeine and refined sugars and flours. I realize that my life , creativity and sustained vitality depends on these choices. I see again with clarity the lie that  so seductively draws one into a sweet treat and coffee fix and I hope to not succumb again for a long while, if ever  ❤ ❤ ❤

 

 

 

Foods With Conscience

Foods with Conscience

Recently, I went to a Food Forum at Westport Food Festival in Ireland. I was inspired be a presentation by Georgina Campbell, an Irish hospitality guide and cookbook publisher . Her talk was titled “ Food with a Conscience”.   She said that “Food with Conscience is food when mindfully farmed, harvested, manufactured and consumed with respect for the environment and effects on world population, human and otherwise”

This triggered deeper reflection on what I eat .I realised that it is a political, wellness and ecological decision when choosing what  to prepare in the kitchen, for family and friends. .Working with whole person Personal Development and Wellness coaching , I  also observe that the food consumed is a statement of how clients think about themselves, their connection to the earth and their bodies.

I will cover 3 areas  to consider  when choosing food for consumption . I will deal particularly in this article with meat and dairy production.

Animal Welfare

Since Facebook I am bestowed daily with images to the desktop from inspirational quotes to the injustice and cruelty in this world. What brings tears to my eyes  are the images that come in on some of the acts taken on rearing of animals. for food production. I know that in the wild, killings happen. However the caging, abattoir killing and lack of sensitivity in animal care deeply affects me.

Industrial farms require maximum production from the animals regardless of the stress this places them under and the resultant shortening of their lifespan. Confining as many animals indoors as possible might maximize efficiency and profits, but it also exposes the animals to high levels of toxins from decomposing manure and can create ideal conditions for diseases to spread. Feeding animals an unnatural diet rather than letting them graze and forage on open land simply adds to their health problems. To counteract these unhealthy conditions, factory farmed animals are given constant antibiotics they are also routinely treated with pesticide and can be given hormones implants to increase weight gain.

I worked on a family dairy farm for 7 years and even though we treated animals well, we bred them to produce 3 and 4 time more than their natural milk lactation. As well, we removed their calves the day after birth. This meant that they were not suckled continually which is more natural. We milked them twice a day  with many hours between milkings. I have vivid memories to this day of arriving to the field to collect the cows for milking and they would all be waiting at the gate to come in , some leaking, others almost unable to walk with the pressure of full udders and I know now in pain with such unnatural weight.

 

Sustainability

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We currently have 7 billion people living on earth .We keep consuming more and more meat. According to World Watch Institute, “Per-capita meat consumption has more than doubled in the past half-century, even as global population has continued to increase. As a result, the overall demand for meat has increased five-fold.” World meat consumption is expected to double by 2050. Already, according to the New York Time, “an estimated 30 percent of the earth’s ice-free land is directly or indirectly involved in livestock production, according to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization, which also estimates that livestock production generates nearly a fifth of the world’s greenhouse gases — more than transportation.”

With meat consumption rising, those who produce beef, chicken, pork and other meats have to be as efficient as possible—and that is a not free-range animal living on a countryside  farm. There is only so much space that’s suitable for raising livestock in a lower-impact, healthier-for-the-environment (and the animal) way. Packing them into feedlots, feeding them grains (instead of grasses for cows and bugs and worms for chickens) is cheaper, faster and easier.

For every 100 calories of grains and feed we give to a beef cow, we only get 20% back in edible calories.  What this means is that there is competition between feeding people and animals to feed people. I  And that grain production doesn’t just use calories that could go to feed people instead of animals. In fact it takes 6 kilos  grain to produce  half kilo of animal protein. It is just unsustainable and inefficient    .

 

Body Physiology

Cardiologist William C. Roberts  cites the carnivore’s short intestinal tract, which reaches about three times its body length. An herbivore’s intestines are 12 times its body length, and humans are closer to herbivores, he says. Roberts rattles off other similarities between human beings and herbivores. Both get vitamin C from their diets (carnivores make it internally). Both sip water, not lap it up with their tongues. Both cool their bodies by perspiring (carnivores pant)

Meat requires a short intestinal tract to move through.  As humans have a longer tract meat if not properly chewed putrefies in the gut and causes gas and many other degenerative diseases . According to the Book by Colin Campbell The China StudyMore than 8,000 statistically significant associations found in the China Study, Campbell was able to draw a single unifying principle:

“People who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease . . .. People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease.”

 Michio Kushi whom I studied under in Switzerland in the 80’s ,  wrote a book called “Crime and Diet” stated that what one eats influences mood and behavior.

There is so much more research showing that over consumption of animal  protein  and refined foods causes many of the degenerative diseases  that are prevalent in our world today . Heart disease is one of the majoe premature killers Movie Forks over Knives which is based on research by Dr Colin Cambell and Dr Caldwell Esselstyn shows examples of and the changes needed to maintain optimum health

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Solutions

* Eat less meat … have meatless days and include tasty alternatives such as nuts and seeds, lentil and chickpea dishes .

* When eating meat eat local and organic if possible and do not mix it with starches and sweet dishes .Instead consume with salad as this aids easier digestion

* Eat more green leafy foods  and start sprouting foods such as mung beans or growing some vegetables in your garden. It is amazing what a small area can produce.

 

 

 

 

Juice Cleanse Day

I was told a story the other day where a woman came to Gandhi ,to ask him to ask her son to give up sugar. Gandhi reply was “ Come back to me in 2 weeks “ She  left and returned 2 weeks later with the same request. Gandhi turned to her son and said “ Son give up sugar it is not good for you “ The woman asked him why he could not asked that two weeks ago and save her the journey to him twice. Gandhi replied, “ Because two weeks ago I was consuming sugar “

The story has stayed with me in the ensuing days and more especially as I step into the world promoting vitality, health and personal empowerment. Where I asked myself am I not walking my talk.

Well of course an answer popped in. I have again let my the coffee and sweet tooth intake that tends to creep up [especially over the holiday time when we were travelling) I first had to break my own bad habits. I choose to do it by doing 1day juice fast. In the past I would go to a place to break to cleanse and detox such as Cloona Health Retreat in Ireland or Hippocrates Health Institute USA.

Well, last week I created my own retreat took time out to have a juice day and quiet inner day in my own home. I had felt the acid build up on my body form the accumulation even if little of sugar, caffeine and a nightly drink. It comes out as stiffness and a general lack of full vitality.

So Why a Juice Cleanse Day? 

o   It is a fantastic way to give the body a break from digesting foods and assists in clearing out toxic wastes and acids.

o It alkananizes the body which allows optimum health and vitality.

o   Psychologically, it breaks the unhealthy mental and emotional attachments to addictive foods.

On the Day

o   I juiced 3 large green juices throughout the day and 2 sweeter juice in afternoon and evening

o   In between I drank 5-6 glasses of spring water.

o   I organized a reflexology treatment.

o   I rested and took time to be as much as I could through out the day.


The challenges

This was my first time doing this alone and without the support of a retreat centre,  so I stepping into it with some concerns about following through all the way.I was nervous in case I would not follow though on the commitment as always I have gone away to do this.

The tools used

o   When I thought and even saw a cup of coffee in my mind, I realized in the same instance “ this is just a thought “ In realized that I could somewhat detach from it did not take the grip that it could have had in the past. Amazingly the thought and desire left quickly each time.

o   The second thing part I worked with was when I found the day long and was tempted to go the kitchen for a cuppa I said to myself “it is just one day “ That brought me into the smallness and management of a commitment that seemed big and unending. Just one day of juicing no big deal.

Results

o   I have broken the sugar hold and caffeine addiction.

o   I feel tuned in again with clear thinking back.

o   I am back to a healthy eating regime.

o   Psychologically, I feel empowered to do this again in my home.

 

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