Sometimes the best thing to eat is : Nothing.

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We are commonly told :

– Breakfast is the most important meal.

– Skipping meals is unhealthy (and can slow down metabolism – get fat).

– Eating three meals (plus snacks) is healthy (less is not)

– We need to keep up are energy and strength (eat often).

– Skipping meals can cause to Inadequate Nutrition and Blood Sugar drops.

– Skipping meals can lead to eating disorders.

But rarely are we told the benefits of not eating sometimes (eg skipping a meal or two):

– An easy way to re-balance a Calorie/Kj overload from previous or upcoming celebration meal (eg big meal last night do I really need breakfast? – perhaps coffee and cream is enough).

– If trying to reduce body-fat : Skipping a meal is often easier to do (whilst keeping busy) than restricting Calories at every/some meals.

– When we are sick it’s natural (and healthy) to not want to eat (live off of body fat stores) and maybe take a simple broth to keep up fluids and some minerals.

– Improved energy and mental clarity (meals can often cause a mental/energy slump).

– Many healthy/strong/fit people regularly and easily skip meals (no hunger, no discomfort, no energy slump) eg when busy, or if their last meal was big.

– It’s a good to rest the stomach and digestive system and allow the body’s energy to heal damaged areas of the body.

– Can improve gut and digestive issues and diseases.

– We can teach our body to better access/utilise the huge energy storage in body fat (even the leanest among us have a lot of working energy in stored body fat).

– Become less dependent on fast burning (and short lasting) sugars for fuel (carbs/glucose).

– Improve insulin resistance (precursor to type-2 diabetes).

– Allow the body to clean up damaged cells (destroy and ‘eat’ for them for fuel eg cells that are the beginning of cancers).

– Could actually extend life and health as the aging process can slow down.

– Can be a ‘RESET’ for poor eating and lifestyle habits.

– Can improve skin problematic conditions.

– May change eating habits from processed carbs to real/natural foods that include some fats (the stuff that provides sustained energy).

– Can have a calming/grounding/focusing effect as used in religions, mediation, yoga etc

Skipping meals here and there may not be for everyone, but when one learns to use it as a ‘tool’ it can be very convenient, healthy and liberating.

This post was brought to you by a “breakfast” of good Coffee with Cream and a piece of dark chocolate 🙂

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A Healthy Soda Drink

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A standard soda drink may contain 10+ teaspoons of sugar and artificial colors and chemicals.

The “diet” or low-cal sodas have artificial sweeteners and the other bad stuff of artificial colors and chemicals.

If you’re at home and want a refreshing (but healthy) soda drink – try standard soda-water (or sparking mineral water) and add some Balsamic Vinegar (and/or some Apple Cider Vinegar) – Preferably Organic vinegar/s.

Maybe it’s an acquired taste but it tastes great to me – somewhere between a soda and a root-beer (well you can pretend  🙂  )

 

Why is is healthy?

– It has no Sugar.

– Good quality Vinegar’s are beneficial to gut health (meaning whole body/mind health), in fact Apple Cider Vinegar is a probiotic (has live healthy bacteria – like that of good yogurt)

.- Good quality Vinegar’s can help with diabetes, weight control and other health issues.

– The vinegar has anti-oxidants.

 

Simple recipe:

With this method, the drink is made in the soda water bottle – you can pour it in a glass and add other ingredients

1. Take one chilled Soda Water bottle from the fridge (I use small ‘mixer’ drink glass bottles)

2. Open bottle and take a mouthful of straight (I like it straight too),  the reason for doing this is the soda can bubble over when adding vinegar/s

3. Add a slash of Balsamic Vinegar to soda water to the color/taste you like – I make the color to look like that of tea (or beer/scotch color if that thought appeals to you).

4. If you wish : add a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar – you can even add a pinch of good salt ( careful though adding salt as it will very likely make the drink over-flow out of the bottle – it will certainly add fizz).

5. You can add you own flavors eg Slice of lemon, mint etc

I enjoy this ‘guilt-free’ soda drink any time of day (especially on a hot day).

If you usually drink sugary drinks then this may take some getting used to, but I think it’s worth it.

I could even drink it at a party if I didn’t want to drink. In fact when I have a couple of these drinks this I get slight ‘buzz’ and my appetite reduces (even if I haven’t eaten all day) – Is the effect because of : Placebo? A belly full of soda-water? Gut/brain link enhanced due to proboictics? Other reasons?

In any case, I like it and it seems my gut bacteria likes it too.

Enjoy.

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Paleo is too hard

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Paleo is just too hard.

It means you have to eat real food to say “I’m Paleo”, “I eat Paleo”

I ate some real food two days ago – surely that’s enough.

Apparently there are people that do this everyday – go figure!

I can do the intermittent fasting thing – sometimes I go 90min between chips and biscuits.

Are we sure caveman didn’t eat processed foods?

Doctors, Dietitians/Nutritionists, Health experts are generally dismissive of this way of eating (and some say it’s dangerous) – doesn’t that count for something?

I’m just not convinced……

 

 

Note To Self : Make another appointment with my Gastrointestinal specialist, my heartburn medication is not working anymore and the side-effects are getting worse – surely there’s a better prescription…….

Double Yolk Eggs

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People who throw out yolks for “Health” reasons:

Are they happier when they get double yolk eggs?  – That way they can throw out more ‘bad’ stuff.

If you’re having breakfast with someone in a cafe and they order a 4 egg-white omelet:

Are you the type of person that would order  a 4 whole-egg omelet and tell the waiter to throw their discarded 4 yolks  in to your omelet?

 

Paleo Diet – the worst diet of 2014 (and it’s still only mid January)

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I’m re-thinking my ‘Paleo Diet’.

Recently a panel of health experts ranked Paleo as the worst diet of 32 popular diets they looked at.

This has me very worried…..I may need to re-consider my nutrition.

They ranked the Slim Fast diet at 13 that’s much better than that last place getter (32) for Paleo. I’m pretty sure I could sustain 3 shakes and day and their bars for the rest of my life – surely I won’t become nutrient deficient on that. All the sugar, veg oil and chemicals they put in there sounds yummy!

Or there’s the biggest loser diet at 9th place – last time I saw that it included a lot of being yelled at by trainers and the participants crying all over the place – I think crying after being yelled at is very slimming. A lot of 8 hour days on the tread mill and eating at an extreme calorie deficit seems to be something I could work in to my daily routine – I just need someone to yell at me – a lot!

What was I thinking with MY version of ‘Paleo’?:

Meat, Fish, Chicken, Eggs, Liver, Vegetables (including potatoes, onions, garlic), Fermented foods, Rice, Natural Dairy, Nuts, Fruit (including berries), Honey, herbs/spices

Exercise (lifting/pushing/pulling weights), Walking, Low stress, relaxation, plenty of sleep.

As if you’ll lose excess weight (body fat) with that – or build muscle and start to show the outline of a six-pack.

Crazy talk! – now I got to get me some Slim Fast and someone to yell at me!

Thanks “panel of health experts” ! – you’ve done it again.

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