Monthly Archives: April 2015

Video: ‘The French Paradox’: nutrition/lifestyle information video

So this video clip is just a brief view on what is called, ‘the French Paradox’.  Now, if you haven’t heard about this before it is simply that the French people eat a lot of butter, cream, and rich foods, but seem to have the lowest incidence of CVD and obesity, which is strange.  Just give the video a look and find out why this is.  I fully believe in incorporating other cultures food systems into my own, as variety is key for nutritional health, which you will see.  Hope you enjoy, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

Copy and paste web address in browser to link to video:

‘The French Paradox’——– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_3xjoWy2IE

 

Recipe: Quinoa Porridge, yum!

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Quinoa Porridge:  *all organic if possible 🙂

-1/8 cup of water

-2 cups coconut milk

-1 cup quinoa

-1 tbsp of honey

-1/2 tsp vanilla extract

-1/2 tsp cinnamon

-1 tsp chia seeds

-handful of raisins

Place all ingredients, except chia seeds and raisins, into a small pot.  Bring to boil and then simmer with lid on for 15 minutes, or until quinoa is soft consistency.  Serve in bowl, add raisins and chia seeds just before serving, eat and enjoy!  Quinoa Porridge gives a boost of protein in the morning or after-noon snack to keep you feeling full for longer.  Add whatever topping you enjoy!  Get creative!  Thanks, hope you enjoy this recipe, and be aware and eat with care:)

Article: The Adverse Effects of Food Additives on Health: A Review of the Literature with Special Emphasis on Childhood Hyperactivity

Link to article: Additives and child hyperactivity article

“today about 75% of the Western diet is made up
of various processed foods, each person is now
consuming an average 8-10 lbs of food additives
per year” (p.225)

So I read this article on the plane ride to Canada and I must say its a big one, as in extremely interesting!  I highly, highly recommend reading this and printing it off as a reference to the health effects of food/cosmetic additives, while understanding that this article only points out about a dozen additives from the thousands that exist in today’s society.  These additives have contributed to an increased prevalence of hyperactivity in children, which is becoming very problematic.  I think I always go back to nature vs nurture for this one because, as we see in the article, food additives play a big role during child behavioral development, but also in relation to nurture, are we as a society just becoming lazy and less patient with children in general?  That’s my opinion, as I used to be a nanny and I have seen a lot of disturbing parental behaviors when it comes to dealing with hyperactive children.  Any-ways, the article goes through a list of the top nasties in relation to additives, and I must say it’s pretty disturbing to know we ingest a huge amount of these on a daily basis without even realizing it.  This is why I support Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, as well as, share articles on this website, because without information sharing most of us are blind to what is really going on with our food and health.  Hope you enjoy this article as much as I did!  Thanks, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

Ref:  The Adverse Effects of Food Additives on
Health: A Review of the Literature with Special
Emphasis on Childhood Hyperactivity
By: Tuula E. Tuormaa, Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine Vol. 9, No. 4, 1994