Wednesday, 23 July 2014

What I Eat : How I Started My Day Today : All Fruit Mango Smoothie

There's nothing more refreshing and nourishing to the soul than to start the day with a mango smoothie. The smooth texture and comforting taste of a mango is more agreeable to my system that a citrus first thing. The mellow taste is just right when the sun is peeping up over the trees and you have that new morning glow on everything around.


I wanted the smoothie to taste of mango, so I only used one banana for extra bulk and nutrients and the rest of the puree came from one very large fibre-less mango. With a bit of fresh almond milk added to thin.


I cut up the pieces of fruit quite small before placing in a food processor. This is because I do not wish to blend for too long to avoid mixing in too much oxygen into the fruit. I used organic fruit, it is reasonably priced in the UK right now as usual in the summer time.

I sipped my smoothie out in the garden early in the morning walking barefoot on the grass (earthing).

Smoothies are one the easiest ways to enjoy fruit in the morning because they are so quick to make. If you need to thin down the mixture, do not add water, instead add fruit juice, coconut water or nut milk. This smoothie is all natural, dairy free and vegan.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Health News : Hormone-disrupting activity of fracking chemicals worse than initially found

Many chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can disrupt not only the human body’s reproductive hormones but also the glucocorticoid and thyroid hormone receptors, which are necessary to maintain good health, a new study finds.

"Among the chemicals that the fracking industry has reported using most often, all 24 that we have tested block the activity of one or more important hormone receptors," said the study's presenting author, Christopher Kassotis, a PhD student at the University of Missouri, Columbia. "The high levels of hormone disruption by endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that we measured, have been associated with many poor health outcomes, such as infertility, cancer and birth defects."

Read the full ScienceDaily article : click here

Source: Date:  June 23, 2014   Source:  Endocrine Society/Sciencedaily.com 

Fracking chemicals disrupt hormone function

A controversial oil and natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses many chemicals that can disrupt the body’s hormones, according to new research. “More than 700 chemicals are used in the fracking process, and many of them disturb hormone function,” said one of the study’s authors, Susan C. Nagel, PhD, of the University of Missouri School of Medicine. “With fracking on the rise, populations may face greater health risks from increased endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure.” The study examined 12 suspected or known endocrine-disrupting chemicals...

Read the full ScienceDaily article : click here

Source: Date:  December 16, 2013   Source:  Endocrine Society/Sciencedaily.com 


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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Weight Loss : Things I Can Do Now #3 : Half Your Portion Size & Your Bite Size

Welcome to Things I Can Do Now. This is a series of easy changes you'll hardly notice for those who wish to improve their diet and lifestyle without the effort!


Things I Can Do Now #3 : Half Your Portion Size & Your Bite Size.

If you are eating big meals for lunch and/or evening dinner, it's most likely your food is on a dinner sized plate (26cm dia. approx.). Start your journey to wellness and weight loss by only filling half your plate with your regular meals, so the other half remains empty. This may mean cutting something in half such as a burger in a bun and discarding the surplus half (or giving it to a friend!).

When eating foods such as pasta dishes and take away meals it is easy to consume a whole plate of food even though these are too many calories for one meal and the physical size of the portion is too big for comfort. Therefore it is too difficult to leave half of what is on your plate, instead only fill half the plate.

When ordering take out food, order half the amount you normally get. If you are cooking food, only prepare half the amount you usually would. With the "Half" strategy filtering through to the very start of the meal there will not be any leftovers to tempt you later. You will benefit even more if you say no to any large sodas (even diet versions), instead opting for water, Coconut Water or a freshly squeezed small orange juice.

Now is also the time to take smaller bites/ mouthfuls, filling up about about one third of a spoon or fork each time. This action will ensure that your food is chewed up properly (part one of digestion) and will also make your meal last longer (to ensure meal messages are reaching the brain).


At UK Raw Health HQ we do not promote eating take away fast food in any meals as we cannot be sure of the quality of the ingredients or know fully if there are any chemicals used for texture, flavour or preserving. The "Half the portion" strategy is a good start if you cannot bring yourself to make changes to the ingredients in your diet with immediate effect, but you do wish to do "something" to head in the right direction.

Information on UK Raw Health is the opinion of the writer and/or other individuals mentioned. Information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or provide education. Statements have not been evaluated or approved by any regulatory bodies. Before making any changes to diet, regime and/or lifestyle consult your doctor.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Healthy Recipes : Two Ingredient Cookies from Todd's Kitchen

Today I made these two ingredient cookies using a super quick and easy recipe from Todd's Kitchen. They taste very yummy whilst still warm and I especially love the recipe as it does not include heating fats (apart from the naturally occurring small amount of fat in the ingredients) which is a less toxic way of cooking. Here it is...



I just went ahead with the basic two ingredient recipe, I didn't have quick oats, instead I used some organic jumbo oats chopped up in the food processor.

I did not add chocolate chips as they contain stabilisers to stop them melting to a purée. As I only choose natural foods my next batch will have some chopped up dark chocolate from an 84% cocoa bar included or I may drizzle melted chocolate on after they have come out of the oven. I also have taste buds that adore cinnamon, raisins and nutmeg, so will experiment with these also in future batches.

A perfect vegan or vegetarian recipe to enjoy. These would be a good option if you are transitioning to a healthy diet and still crave biscuits as they are so quick to make!

Thank you Todd for a simple but genius recipe. Mrs Bee. x

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Organic On A Budget : Which Foods Should I Buy?

If you can buy everything organic that is ideal, but if you can only choose a few things organic in your weekly shop here are my common sense rules.

1. Choose products you eat every day/most often and buy these items as organic. This will usually include bread, milk, butter, eggs, sugar, tea, and coffee for people on a standard diet who are looking to make changes. Of course everyone is different, so choose your most consumed products to buy organic from your regular diet. Here at UK Raw Health HQ our most consumed daily items are teas, water, carrots, beets, celery, spinach, apples, watermelon, lemons, haricot beans, flax seed oil, cos/romaine lettuce and salad leaves.

2. Try to find organic sources of the following produce most impacted by chemicals (known as the dirty dozen). Apples, celery, cherries, tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, hot and sweet peppers, nectarines peaches, potatoes,  spinach, strawberries, collard greens, kale, summer squash and zucchini/courgettes.*

3. Grow your own vegetables and herbs. You really don't need very much space, if you have never grown anything before you will be surprised at how many tomatoes just one plant will yield. Remember to buy organic compost (if required) and organic seeds - or collect seeds from your own shop bought produce. There are many seeds in just one cherry tomato. Grow plants you really like to eat often, ones that are expensive to buy and spoil easily in the fridge.

4. Grow berry fruits such as raspberries, blueberries and black berries. These are a good investment as the plants will spread and multiply once planted, each year will bring more fruits. Berries are the most delicate fruit that often spoil quickly and are expensive in organic form when purchased. So what could be better than picking and eating at their freshest and ripest. The plants are very hardy too, they have a wild temperament, coming back every year in full force with little gardening care required.

5. Check prices online using a comparison website (eg. mysupermarket.com)to see how the prices of the organic items you like compare between supermarkets.

6. Keep note of where certain organic products are cheapest for your own reference to make shopping easy. And sign up for emails with the companies you buy from to make sure you are getting the special offers and discount codes.

7. Shop in bulk from a wholesaler, many organic supermarkets, farms and fruit and vegetable suppliers offer wholesale prices. This is great if you use a lot of a particular item, such as daily juicing of carrots, regular almond milk production and frozen fruit desserts.

8. Choose the cheaper cuts of organic meat and poultry. Chicken thighs and beef mince are an awful lot cheaper than buying rump steak or a whole chicken. I would avoid high fat cheaper cuts.

9. Start sprouting seeds. This is one of the cheapest and best ways to consume fresh, living, organic plants. The seeds are cheap (you must buy organic sprouting seeds) and you can either sprout in any clean jar(s) or buy a sprouter which is less time consuming to care for. We like alfalafa and red lentils here at UK Raw Health.

I hope you have found this helpful. I am glad to see more and more organic foods and seeds available from even the budget supermarkets in the UK. Please add your tips for buying organic on a budget below in the comments section or email any questions to me Mrs. Bee UKRawHealth@gmail.com.

*Source: Goop http://www.goop.com/journal/make/266/goop-mag-13. Information on UK Raw Health is the opinion of the writer and/or other individuals mentioned. Information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or provide education. Statements have not been evaluated or approved by any regulatory bodies. Before making any changes to diet, regime and/or lifestyle consult your doctor.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Health News : Five Studies Link Activity/Exercise To Lower Breast Cancer Risk


1. Regular physical activity reduces breast cancer risk irrespective of age

ScienceDaily reports : Practising sport for more than an hour day reduces the risk of contracting breast cancer, and this applies to women of any age and any weight, and also unaffected by geographical location. Compared with the least active women, those with the highest level of physical activity reduced their risk of breast cancer by 12%, researchers say.

Read the full ScienceDaily article : click here

Source: Date:  March 20, 2014   Source:  The European CanCer Organisation (ECCO)/Sciencedaily.com 



2. Study links moderate activity to lower breast cancer risk

ScienceDaily reports : A large new American Cancer Society study adds to increasing evidence that physical activity reduces the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Among the women who reported walking as their only activity, those who walked at least 7 hours per week had a 14% lower risk of breast cancer compared to those who walked 3 or fewer hours per week. The women walked at a "moderate" pace -- about 3 miles per hour. The most active women -- those who walked and did more vigorous exercise -- had a 25% lower risk of breast cancer compared to the least active.


Source: Date:  October 4, 2013   Source:  American Cancer Society/Sciencedaily.com 


3. Exercise, even mild physical activity, may reduce breast cancer risk

ScienceDaily reports : A new analysis has found that physical activity – either mild or intense and before or after menopause – may reduce breast cancer risk, but substantial weight gain may negate these benefits. The findings indicate that women can reduce their breast cancer risk by exercising and maintaining their weight.


Source: Date:  June 25, 2012   Source:  Wiley-Blackwell/Sciencedaily.com 


4. Recent, Vigorous Exercise Is Associated With Reduced Breast Cancer Risk

ScienceDaily reports : Post-menopausal women who engage in moderate to vigorous exercise have a reduced risk of breast cancer. This comes from researchers who investigated the link between breast cancer and exercise.


Source: Date:  October 1, 2009   Source:  BioMed Central/Sciencedaily.com 


5. Vigorous exercise reduces breast cancer risk in African-American women

ScienceDaily reports : Vigorous exercise of more than two hours per week reduces the risk of developing breast cancer in postmenopausal African-American women by 64 percent, compared to women of the same race who do not exercise, according to researchers.


Source: Date:  October 3, 2010   Source:  American Association for Cancer Research/Sciencedaily.com 




UKRawHealth Comments
A natural way to reduce breast cancer risk sounds great and exercise couldn't be more natural for human beings. If you are not exercising at all, start walking every day a few minutes and build up to half an hour over time. Or if you like variety try to do different things each week in between days of walking. Don't be too hard on yourself, if you can't do too much on one day do as much as you can and then try again the next day. Everything you do towards more exercise counts. If you are exercising regularly then keep it up. If you sit down for most of the day as part of your job or lifestyle, get up and stretch and walk about for a few minutes every hour. Try not to stay still for too long. Remember to check with your doctor before starting any exercise.

Information on UK Raw Health is the opinion of the writer and/or other individuals mentioned. Information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or provide education. Statements have not been evaluated or approved by any regulatory bodies. Before making any changes to diet, regime and/or lifestyle consult your doctor.