The Silence of the Yams: what is food nowadays?

Holy bejeebus, let me just start by saying I’ve just being checking out the website this is why you’re fat and, although I’ve probably indulged in similar heart attack-inducing items in the past (gulp!), lets just be clear… not ‘food’ people. Not. At. All.

I try to do most of my shopping at farmers markets these days, for various reasons. Not least of all because of the fact that without my glasses on, supermarkets form kind of a hazy, crazy maze of bright lights and eye-popping coloured packages, most of which I can’t read anyway! But mostly because I feel great about being able to talk to the market providores about where my food has actually come from and how it was raised in the case of animal products. Plus the produce is of a much higher quality and yet still manages to be so much cheaper – who knew?! So, as much as I try to avoid the dreaded supermarket visit, occasionally I still find myself lined up at the self-serve checkout, ogling what other people put in their trolleys. I’ve been pretty shocked!

The whole experience has got me thinking about what constitutes a ‘food’. Might sound simple, but let me explain.

I believe that there are so many steps you can take to lift your health to a higher level through diet. And, as I’ve said before, I really do think that each individual can achieve fantastic results just by going one small step above and beyond what they are eating now. For example for the consumer of lots of mainstream meats, processed soy and corn products, it might just mean simply cutting the crap a little so to speak, and introducing some fresh produce into the diet. For someone on a whole-foods plant-based diet on the other hand, it might mean stepping it up a notch and buying exclusively organic produce, focusing on ideal humans foods or perhaps taking a ‘raw-till-dinner’ approach. But the major strategy anyone can implement for better health is to eat a diet of real ‘foods’. From that point on, it’s all just about relatively minor tweaks and improvements to attain a suitable level of dietary health for the individual.

What was available for us to eat say, circa 1900, pretty much all came under the umbrella of real ‘food’. At this time, pretty much everyone was a ‘locavore’ (small farms were spread out all over the country, including the bigger cities), there was no snack food, no frozen food, things like margarine hadn’t been dreamt up and there were no restaurant chains – people for the most part cooked and ate at home. There were no vitamins, no health claims, no marketing, no national brands. Nobody claimed to be anything or put a label upon what kind of diet they adhered to. Fats, carbohydrates, proteins – they weren’t good or bad. They were just ‘food’. There was no philosophy about food; people just ate.

From around the 30’s, with the development of things like refrigerated trucks and better roadways, fresh food was able to travel further. Agricultural hubs developed and with that areas of smaller agriculture because suburbanized and family farms died. The amount of food being produced in these hubs increased as farmers strove to squeeze out as much yield as possible with little thought for the land. Of course this became too much to ship fresh so canned and frozen products began to be highly marketed. Meat was everywhere (while the world’s human population doubled between 1950 and 2000, meat consumption went up five fold), but the new generations of livestock were not fed their natural diet of grass, rather they were fed corn and soy, and then on top of that were given noxious cocktails of drugs to keep them alive on this new diet. With the collaboration between agribusiness and government, soy, corn, cattle and chicken became industry dominants.

Fast track to today and you’ve suddenly got a nation of consumers hooked on convenience: fast-food, pre-packaged items, canned and frozen food. Soy and corn are found in pretty much every ‘food product’ you can get your hands on. Plus, these items are industrially produced. Our whole culture of eating has changed. Foods are now ‘good’ or ‘bad’ and most people will tell you that they eat some way or another, be it ‘low-carb’, ‘low-fat’, ‘high-protein’, ‘vegan’, ‘vegetarian’, ‘flexitarian’ etc. With the labels on our food came the rise of labels given to our eating habits.

Here I think we have to point out the difference between what now constitutes a ‘food’ and what can be classed as a ‘food product’ . Food grows and dies; it shouldn’t be created and manufactured. There is not much ‘food’ to be found at your local supermarket, apart from perhaps that sitting quietly in the produce section. However there are ‘food products’ masquerading as food to be found in abundance, often emblazoned with various health claims and promises.

“Once, food was all you could eat, but today there are lots of other edible foodlike substances in the supermarket. These novel products of food science often come in packages festooned with health claims, which brings me to a related rule of thumb: if you’re concerned about your health, you should probably avoid food products that make health claims. Why? Because a health claim on a food product is a good indication that it’s not really food, and food is what you want to eat.” ~ Michael Pollan, Unhappy Meals

Of course, most people with some interest in whole foods and health will know this already. What really irks me is the trap of the ‘health foods’, ie those with labels touting multitudes of nutritional benefits. Arguably, real food doesn’t need a label, nor outlandish health claims. Kelloggs can boast about its brand-new high-fibre, low-fat, heart healthy cereal, but in reality you’re better just reaching for the silently humble sweet potato. Health claims have become compromised and highly misleading – keep in mind that the official parties giving these food products their tick of approval are paid by food makers for their endorsement.

“I believe that health should not be shrouded in mystery or used to lure people to buy useless products. The “wellness” market continues to take advantage of health-seekers, and the health information highways are just saturated with absurdities… I stopped being shocked by all the deceptions a long time ago, but it is worth reminding you that all these ‘miracle’ powders, supplements, prepackaged juices, and the like are all useless.” ~ Natalia Rose

I think it’s wonderful that there seems to be a rise again in the selection of foods that are organic, free-range, pastured, local, unprocessed, ethical and the like. However, there are still issues with making choices by one or more of these labels because of how our whole food system works. Can farm-raised salmon be classified as ‘organic’ when it is not fed its natural diet? Even when the feed is certified organic? And the fish are packed tightly into pens swimming in their own filth? Plus, this salmon then travels great distances, usually packed in Styrofoam, to where is will later be consumed. Is this really organic in spirit, or just in letter?

The way we eat should be about cultivating our relationship with the natural world, and this cannot possibly be the case when we are eating food products manufactured in such a way as are industrial plastics. Even the most ‘natural’ foods today are often genetically modified organisms, raised with the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Agricultural practices do not farm by way of nature, they are not sustainable in the long-run, and have resulted in much of even our real ‘food’ retaining little of its potential nutritional value as soil quality overall has been diminished (quite possibly for good at the rate we are going). Anyway, I’m going off topic here and I feel like proper plant and animal agriculture requires a whole chapter of its own, while the nature of this post was to point out the processed, industrial nature of our diets today mainly in regards to the consumption of ‘food products’ and lack of ‘food’.

It’s tricky to know how to do right when food culture has become so far flung from what would benefit both our own health and that of the natural world. Some would argue that without modern food processing methods, not all people would have access to food (and of course not all people are fed adequately). Sadly, many of the simpler, more sustainable ways to preserve food, farm locally and more naturally have lost out to industrialization of agriculture, money-driven production and marketing of food, and populations conditioned to think that food should first and foremost be fast and cheap.

I try to eat simple foods in simple combinations, avoid packages and blatant health claims, eat locally as much as possible as well as seasonally, spend more time in the kitchen and put a little love into the meals I cook (and cook! that’s a big one). It try to find out where my food has come from and how it was raised, tune out the dieting clichés, health fads and food pyramid-ist dictums and go by what feels right for my body as much as possible. These are all just rules of thumb, not hard and fast doctrines that I live by, and inevitably I fail to subscribe to these ideas in practice on some accounts.

I don’t know what the answer is to this health conundrum that we face today. But it’s all food for thought, no?

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Bring on the New Year: resolve to smile at life!

I wasn’t going to do a daggy, self-indulgent list of New Year’s resolutions on my blog, but gah, why not? (7 down on my list of resolutions tells me to stop being embarrassed so easily therefore indirectly tells me to embrace the corny uncoolness of putting my personal, heartfelt pledges out there for all to see) So here goes…

I herby resolve to:

Treat my body as my passion, not my obsession.

It’s wonderful to be on this health journey, but I have no desire for it to be all consuming. I believe it pays to be a little flexible, especially when it comes to living with others. I have no time for scales, calories, restrictions and regrets. All these things compromise my body, my thoughts and suppress my spirit. How can I enjoy life when I’m obsessing about a number or trying to fit into an unrealistic social ideal?

Appreciating my body for what it does at a cellular, biochemical level, is one of the best things I could have possibly learnt in the past year. Trust me, pursuing physical perfection at all costs and obsessing about my appearance did not bring me happiness, quite the opposite. This year, it’ll be all about loving what I’ve got, warts and all.

“To love one’s self is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Strive for progress, but not get caught up in perfection.

I’m a sucker for the ‘all or nothing’ mentality; to be able to ‘slip up’ a little without falling off the wagon in spectacular style has not come easily to me. But truly, to falter is not a step backwards, it’s just a leaning curb and all part of the process. I’m not aiming to turn my back on all I now know and slide back into an acidic diet and lifestyle. But when I do drink too much, eat the wrong things, or spend a few days without exercise – there’s no point obsessing afterwards over what’s done and dusted and now in the past. It’s about getting up, moving on and learning what feels best for my body. This lifestyle journey is not linear, and I’ll take the ups and downs as they come. I’m happy to be perfectly imperfect to allow myself to enjoy the process thankyouverymuch.  

“It is the direction that matters, not the speed. If you are evolving into a more loving, more compassionate, less violent person; then you are moving in the right direction. You may become distracted, make wrong turns at times, lost until you find the way back… that’s how it works when we’re in human form… we’re not really going backwards. We are consolidating and resting. ~ Brian Weiss, Messages from the Masters

Certainly you always want to do your best. Just make sure that getting it done takes priority over getting it perfect. ~ Ralph Marston


Make juicing a priority.

Green vegetable juice, quite simply, is the purest, most concentrated form of life force energy available for us to consume. It’s an invaluable tool when you’re trying to overcome the waste of years worth of acidic foods and an acidic lifestyle by flooding the body with negatively charged alkalinity. Power to the green vegetable juice and a daily cup of sunshine!

Set aside time for daily relaxation, reflection and meditation.

Relaxation does not come naturally to me! Let alone reflection or mediation. As much as I believe that what we physically consume and release is a big part of our health, a healthy body and a healthy mind go hand in hand. You can’t really have one without the other, which is why I’m aiming to set aside time daily switch off my mind from all the gibberish that goes through it all day long and find some mental peace and quiet. 

“Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.” Robert J. Sawyer

“Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits.” 
Satchel Paige


Get outdoors often, move my body and enjoy the sunshine.

If there’s one thing that seems to set me up for an enjoyable day, it’s getting some fresh air. This past year, I’ve made peace with the fact that partaking in strenuous exercise (with rare exception) is just not my cup of tea. I don’t like to sweat, especially not indoors which means that I’m never going to be one of those people who love to slog it out hard in the gym. And that’s ok! I believe in keeping the body fluid, and that committing to everyday movement is important. I see a little yoga en plein air in my future!

Have more patience; with myself, with the situation, with others.

They say patience is a virtue, sadly it’s not one of mine. I get grouchy, I snap, I chuck tantrums, I’m a pain… mostly to those nearest and dearest to me. I’ve got to learn to go with the flow a little, I should drop the ‘meltdown’ in ‘meltdown Mondays’ (and I didn’t name them that). Things don’t always turn out the way I want them to, and that’s ok – sometimes better! When I do manage to practice a little patience, it seems to make my whole world (and probably others’) a lot less stressful. I’m going to try not to let the little things bother me this year – I’ll let them pleasantly amuse me! 

Instead of letting the little things get to you, just let them pleasantly amuse you. Then quickly and completely let them go. ~ Ralph Marston 

Be true to myself, and what I believe. 

I get weird looks when I drink wacky-coloured ‘shrek’ juice, fill the communal fridge at work with ridiculous amounts of leafy greens, dig in to whole ‘naked’ avocados or ‘troughs of rabbit food’ (all as described by a co-workers), close my eyes for a minute or two to relax in public, or stamp and throw my limbs around like a crazy lady to release some tension. But who really cares?! I’ve spent far too much time worrying about what others might think of me, being caught up in self-consciousness and embarrassment, and second-guessing peoples’ opinions. I’ll shout from the rooftops (or perhaps chat from a comfy spot on the couch) about the merits of living a natural lifestyle, and eat my hugeass salads with pride!

Smile often, and laugh loudly.

It’s hard to be down when you’re cracking a smile right? Laughter is the best medicine of all!

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” ~ Arthur Rubinstein

Breathe deeply, let go, and enjoy the ride.

A good friend once told me to ‘open my heart to the universe’, and see what the universe gives me back. Sounds cheesy, but who knows what this year will bring if I do?


Life is simply beautiful.

Wishing you all a happy New Year.

Kate x

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Photo fun: just some silly snaps

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Dairy Revisited

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I’ve said it before but I feel it warrants a repeat:

Dairy does not healthy strong bones make!!

If you’re going to drink pasteurized cow’s milk because it’s your favourite thing in the whole world, well… I don’t really take issue with that if you know the health consequences of dairy. However, when my elderly grandma tells me she trying to force down a glass of milk just so that she can “try and prevent osteoporosis”… that makes me a little cranky (not at her by the way, at the dairy industry!!).

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“The myth that osteoporosis is caused by calcium deficiency was created to sell dairy products and calcium supplements. There’s no truth to it. American women are among the biggest consumers of calcium in the world, and they still have one of the highest levels of osteoporosis in the world. And eating more dairy products and calcium supplements is not going to change that fact.” ~ Dr. John McDougall

“Milk, it now seems clear, is not the solution to poor bone density. To the contrary, it’s part of the problem.” ~ Dr. Charles Atwood

In my last post on dairy I pointed out the indigestibility of pasteurized cow’s milk products (for humans that is, any baby cows reading – you’re totally fine, drink up!). Of course, when we can’t digest something in it’s entirety, we cannot fully utilize what it has to offer nutritionally, and we also cannot completely eliminate it. This makes dairy one of the worst offenders for leaving a sticky, mucus-like, acidic residue in the body (which of course, has serious implications for our overall health – see here for more info).

The late Dr. Benjamin Spock, in Baby and Child Care (the United States’ best selling book, other than the Bible, over the past 50 years), after recommending that no one consume cow’s milk and cataloging a host of ills associated with milk consumption (heart disease, cancer, obesity, antibiotic residue, iron deficiency, asthma, ear infections, skin conditions, stomach aches, bloating, and diarrhea), concluded:

“In nature, animals do not drink milk after infancy, and that is the normal pattern for humans, too. …Children stay in better calcium balance when their protein comes from plant sources.” ~ Dr. Benjamin Spock, Baby and Child Care

Calcium is an essential mineral, this much is true. But cow’s milk products offer little in the way of insurance against calcium deficiency and osteoporosis – in fact, they only increase the risk.

“Milk, in particular, does not protect against bone breaks … the healthiest calcium sources are green leafy vegetables and legumes.” ~ Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Harvard University’s landmark Nurses Health Study, which followed 78,000 women over a 12-year period, found that the women who consumed the most calcium from dairy foods broke more bones than those who rarely drank milk:  

“This increased risk of hip fracture was associated with dairy calcium … If this were any agent other than milk, which has been so aggressively marketed by dairy interests, it undoubtedly would be considered a major risk factor.” ~ The Lunar Osteoporosis Update (Nov 1997)

“The dairy folks, ever since the 1920s, have been enormously successful in cultivating an environment within virtually all segments of our society – from research and education to public relations and politic – to have us believing that cow’s milk and its products are manna from heaven. Make no mistake about it; the dairy industry has been virtually in total control on any and all public health information that ever rises to the level of public scrutiny.” ~ Dr. T. Colin Campbell

“The dairy industry has a powerful hold on the nutrition industry in this country [America]; it pays huge numbers of dietitians, doctors, and researchers to push dairy, spending more than $300 million annually, just at the national level, to retain a market for its products. The dairy industry has infiltrated schools, bought off sports stars, celebrities, and politicians, pushing all the while an agenda based on profit, rather than public health.” ~ Bruce Friedrich

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Is it any wonder all the negative dairy press and results never come under public scrutiny?

“The primary cause of osteoporosis is the high-protein diet most Americans consume today. As one leading researcher in this area said, ‘Eating a high-protein diet is like pouring acid rain on your bones.'” ~ Dr. John McDougall

The excess animal protein in the Western diet causes acidic mucoid plaque build-up in lining of colon, the toxins from which seep into the bloodstream and eventually deposit themselves in cells throughout the body. Calicum, being one of the most alkalizing minerals in the body, is leached from the bones as a way of the body trying to neutralize the acidosis in the blood and cells.

After reviewing studies on the link between protein intake and urinary calcium loss, nutritional researcher Robert P. Heaney found that as consumption of protein increases, so does the amount of calcium lost in the urine:

 “This effect has been documented in several different study designs for more than 70 years. The net effect is such that if protein intake is doubled without changing intake of other nutrients, urinary calcium content increases by about 50 percent.” ~ Robert P. Heaney for the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (1993)

The problem with Western allopathic nutritional thinking, is that we see things like protein and calcium available in animal meat and cow’s milk, and assume that, by consuming these products, it will be bioavailable in the body. We see the chemical components of the muscles and bones, and then observe them replicated in animal products, presupposing that these will react the same way in the human body. We need to look at the body as a whole organism, greater than the sum of its various parts.

“After looking at 34 published studies in 16 countries, researchers at Yale University found that countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis–including the United States, Sweden, and Finland–are those in which people consume the most meat, milk, and other animal foods. This study also showed that African Americans, who consume, on average, more than 1,000 mg of calcium per day, are nine times more likely to experience hip fractures than are South African blacks, whose daily calcium intake is only 196 mg. Says McDougall, “On a nation-by-nation basis, people who consume the most calcium have the weakest bones and the highest rates of osteoporosis. … Only in those places where calcium and protein are eaten in relatively high quantities does a deficiency of bone calcium exist, due to an excess of animal protein.” ~ Dr. John McDougall

In the case of dairy, we cannot digest cow’s milk and utilize the calcium in it. Plus, the acidic nature of cow’s milk products in the human body means that calcium from the body’s own supply (found in the bones), is needed to render the cow’s milk less toxic to the system. As for proteins, if we look beyond the ‘complete protein’ theory, amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein, are needed for the body to generate it’s own complete proteins. These amino acids are supplied perfectly by vegetables, particularly leafy greens, while ‘complete animal proteins’ actually provide little in the way of useable protein to the body. But that’s a whole different subject that I’ll have to re-visit another day!

The only way to promote bone density loss and regenerate healthy, strong bones is to flood the body with alkalinity in the form of fruits, vegetables, green vegetable juices etc, limit the consumption of animal proteins and encourage proper digestion of these foods with food combining, support the elimination of acidic substances from the body, soak up plenty of vitamin D via sensible amounts of sun exposure, and to keep the body fluid and strong with exercise and stretching.

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In the absence of cow’s milk dairy I’ve been concocting batches of goat’s milk kefir, using raw goat’s milk and live kefir grains (note, I still include goat and sheep milk products in my diet – I enjoy my cheese and yoghurt, the protein makeup in these products is easier on our digestive systems than that of cow’s milk and they are eliminated more cleanly from the body). Almond and coconut milk are also great alternatives to traditional cow’s milk (I don’t advocate soy milk products).

live kefir grains

kefir in-the-making

Just sit the kefir grains in their little basket and float in the milk at room temperature for around 18 hours. I’m sure there are different ways you could do it, but this seems simple to me and it’s only the way I know! Any tips from seasoned kefir-makers would be appreciated though!

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Happy Snaps

Christmas nibbles...

...drinks, plus food...

...more drinks...

...presents!!!!!

...beautifully wrapped...

...dad was really pleased with his gift from mum (such romantics)...

...a mug for my tea...(of course, the BEST present was the one I was using to take the photos!)...

...before the chaos...

...and onto more food!...

...and more (and there was so much more!)...

...followed by a bit of bouncing...

...on a full tum. ugh.

phew.

A pick-me-up on Boxing Day 🙂

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. x

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The Omnivore’s Dilemma

 

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No, I haven’t read the book. But I want to. 

For the most part, I believe that a largely plant-based (and high-raw) diet seems to have been proven to trump a diet higher in animal products time and time again. However, I’ve been thinking recently about the fact that amongst all these studies comparing the two, most of what I have read has shed little light upon the non-Westernized diets higher in animal products.

No matter what I believe about the perfect human foods being just simply fruits, vegetables, young coconuts and possibly nuts and seeds, throughout history, populations have thrived on various diets that nutritionists today would point the finger at being high-fat, high-carbohydrate, high-meat, high-plant etc.  One race might exist largely on sweet potatoes, while another base their diet around organ meats. We were gatherers before we were hunters, but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t been hunting for a long, long time. The point being, no matter what our ideal dietary situation, humans have evolved as omnivores, genetically adapted to many diets. However the Western diet is clearly not one of them.

History has shown that each time a new population has started to adopt a Western diet, high in processed animal products, refined grains, convenience foods, preservatives and additives (all of which seems to go hand in hand with a lack of fresh raw fruits and vegetables), their health tends to deteriorate and the incidence of chronic Western diseases such as heart disease, obesity, and some forms of cancer increases.

Here in Australia, it was only when generations of Australian Aborigines began to reject their traditional diet – typically high in animal foods such as organ meats, fat deposits and bone marrow along with tubers, vegetables, seeds and fibrous fruits – in favour of a Western diet, that they began to exhibit signs of severe heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

In another pocket of the world, the Kitava, a traditional Melanesian society, lives mostly upon native tubers, fish, coconut and fruit (note: no grains or processed carbohydrates, and with around 66% of their caloric quota derived from fat). Heart disease appears to be completely absent in this population, despite their consumption of animal products.

Grains are tricky. I haven’t believed that humans were meant to consume grains (originally) for a while now, and grain products today by and large tend to be highly processed with plenty of nasty additives. The more I learn, the more I start to see that perhaps grains on the whole are in fact a far worse dietary choice for us than organic, minimally processed animal products (which yes, flies in the face of the mainstream idea of a healthy vegan diet*). When I read The China Study, I rushed to eliminate animal products from my diet as much as possible. However in hindsight, this was the kind of ‘all-or-nothing’ thinking I try to avoid (although too often fall into the trap of, clearly!). Animal products don’t automatically equate to ‘bad’, nor do vegan options (including grains, soy etc) correspond with ‘good’ in terms of health. Just in the way that I think it’s a shame when raw foodists shun all cooked foods in favour of an ‘all-raw’ label, as I believe that cooked vegetables are far easier on the body than some dense, raw concoctions. By the same token, there are high-quality grains that are easier on the body, for example millet, quinoa and sprouted grains.

I by no means will ever vilify carbohydrates, after all, the human body runs on carbohydrates (fruits supply this need perfectly). I do not believe that we need the large amounts of protein that are marketed to us, and I do believe that we can meet our protein needs via a whole-foods vegan diet (which, alongside some complete proteins, supplies adequate amounts of amino acids from which the body is able to synthesize usable proteins). However, I do not really think that the consumption of animal products (at least the high quality ones) are to blame for the state of the health of the Western world. There are definitely environmental arguments for gravitating away from the consumption of animal products, as well as strong ethical considerations. But (and please correct me if I am wrong) I don’t anymore believe that there is a strong health argument for eliminating all dietary animal products when we live in a less-than-perfect world to begin with and so too our diets (ie we no longer live in a world where we do, or arguably could, exist solely on tree-ripened fruits, organic vegetables, young coconut, pure air and sunshine).

I’ve pointed out before the benefits of highly alkaline, negatively charged foods, as opposed to those with a positive, acidic charge.  While fruits and vegetables are pretty much the only foods that are alkaline on their own, it is wrong to think that a meal comprised of plenty of vegetables (some raw) and a little lightly cooked high-quality meat, eggs, cheese, grain etc cannot be an alkalizing, cleansing meal.

Raw vegetable salad with organic, locally farmed goat’s curd. Non-vegan. Does it have to be right or wrong?

I do not agree with how most animals are today bred, raised and used for food, be it directly or indirectly in the case of eggs or dairy products. However, the effects of modern soy and corn-based agriculture are equally devastating. I applaud the handful of providores that are striving for proper farming practices (both land and sea) and delivering ethically produced, quality products, usually to the detriment of their own financial gain when up against cheap factory farms and modern mass-processing. I choose to support these select organizations that farm with heart.

I don't have to put all my eggs in one basket

In terms of my health, I am no longer hung up on the thought that a diet completely devoid of animal products is the most beneficial. Certainly, I believe a healthful diet must be raw plant based, and this is what I strive for.

*Of course, if veganism is a goal for someone for ethical or religious reasons, then by all means, veganism can be done right. However I don’t believe that a vegan diet full of refined grains and soy is a more healthful option than an omnivorous diet containing high-quality animal products – far from it.

Enjoy your Christmas day and dinners!! xx

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So busy! A quick recipe for the festive season

 

Sesame halva truffles

This is so simple I can barely legitimately call it a recipe. But I’m gonna.

Sesame halva truffles
(makes lots!)

Using a food processor, combine 500g pre-made sesame halva* (if you’re keen to make your own then that would be even better! I was lazy) with 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup.

Roll teaspoons full of halva mixture into balls (I just did this with my hands but I supposed you could use a melon baller or something along those lines) and set aside.

I used Green & Black 70% cocoa organic chocolate

Carefully melt 200g high-quality dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of boiling water, making sure the water does not touch the chocolate bowl. Using a fork, gently roll halva balls one by one in the melted dark chocolate to coat. Set aside each truffle on a sheet of baking paper or wire rack, sprinkling each truffle generously with raw sesame seeds, before allowing the chocolate to set.

If you possess a little more self-control than I do, then they’d make very pretty Christmas gifts. Mine just never made it that far. Oops.

Sesame halva

*halva is a sweetened ground sesame seed mixture (tastes like honeyed tahini, so good!). Of course, you could make your own (cleaner version) by grinding raw sesame seeds and sweetening with raw honey or pure maple syrup. I added just a little more maple syrup to the already sweetened mixture so that it would hold together nicely, although it didn’t necessarily need the extra sweetness.

I’ll be back soon to do a proper post – for now, Christmas duties call. 

Happy holidays x

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