Oct 26, 2016 at 12:19 pm #12967
Curious if anyone has researched lectins? I recently began looking into this and am finding it very intriguing. It’s also leading me to learn more about superfoods and functional foods (e.g., inulin). I would love to hear from others who have an interest in healthful eating. I truly believe we are what we eat.Oct 27, 2016 at 3:57 am #12983
Hi, Like you, I too wanted to be healthier. After 12yrs of night shift, a dreadful eating pattern and shockingly sleep deprived I started looking into eating properly. I was no longer on night shift and really wanted to do something to regain my health. Personally, I found it to be a rabbits hole. It was no where near as simple as I first thought it would be. So much of our food is toxic from high use of pesticides, which has also affected our soil, depleting it of vital nutrients. Our water is contaminated with chemicals and fluoride and then to top it all off, if that wasn’t enough, we are bombarded with chemtrails which just adds more toxic waste for our bodies to contend with. Even a simple thing as buying good supplements takes a lot of careful researching. If you are really serious about reclaiming your health, my first suggestion would be to get a really good water filter. Start drinking good clean water. Then I would research where your food comes from and any supplements you chose to purchase, REALLY research how they are manufactured, the process they use, the origin the supplement comes from. A lot of supplements have binders and fillers and end up doing us more harm than good. These big corporations are out to make money, so the cheaper they can produce a product the better, whether it is healthy or good for us is immaterial. There are ethical, responsible and trustworthy people/corporations out there, unfortunately, it’s up to us to discern who they are. Good luck.Jan 27, 2017 at 2:07 am #15261
@cassandraj Very articulate and well said. I too have been doing the same, I began researching my foods. The source of my water supply and what exactly is in the food I eat. I thought it would be simple to just go vegan but its quite more difficult than it sounds. It takes a lot of discipline to do just that, you cant just stop overnight. It takes weeks and even months to have a balanced diet of all the food and drinks one consumes. I started to do a lot of research myself and that’s how I discovered GMO, mechanically separated beef, chicken, pork. Its actually quite sickening to know what these big corporate food companies are feeding us. Then again its our choice to eat it or not. Yet organic food is more costly, and fresh produce seems logical. However even looking into the produce we eat and where it comes from all have either some form of pesticides and chemicals like you said.
Good eating habits have to be learned, just like poor eating habits need to be unlearned. Like for example, if we are used to eating such things as fast food, junk food, processed food etc. It sometimes becomes hard to resist those. Especially snacking too, like chips, popcorn etc.
When I tried being vegan, I had to research a vegan foods. Which means a total plant based diet. No milk, no dairy, no chocolate and all that good stuff most of us like. Such as cake, donuts, pies, cookies etc.
I have come to learn to inspect where the produce comes from even in my local grocery store. There is actually a great deal of information out there about our water and food supply, we just have to know where to find it.
I could recommend a few documentaries that explain how our food is processed, many you can find on Netflix. Like Food Inc, Cowspiracy, Supersize Me, Forks Over Knives, Food Matters and also the Future Of Water.
@dmplaw to the poster of this topic. I wish I could tell you more about what your looking for but I am unsure of its benefits, but you have peeked my curiosity now because its a food I haven’t heard of. Every time I discover something new I research it, so when I know more I would be happy to share with you whatever it is I come up with.
Great topic and thanks for letting me share.Jan 27, 2017 at 5:39 pm #15280
Thank you for your reply. I have only just recently acquired Netflix so I will definitely check out the documentaries you suggested. Thank you very much for that.
It was lovely hearing from someone who “gets it”. I try and educate my two children (now grown) and as you say…..it is very difficult to give up all that great food. Unfortunately it has been designed that way. SUGAR. It’s addictive. If one looks into the fast food chains their food is loaded with sugar. That’s the cycle that is hard to break. My daughter has just recently had her first child and is breast feeding him. He is having digestive issues so she is cutting out sugar….totally. The withdrawals have been dreadful. She has been really really sick for over a week. I know for myself, when I started to really clean up/out my diet, there were the occasions I craved chocolate. What was interesting for me was, once I had that initial bite I realised I didn’t really like it, it actually wasn’t very nice at all, but after a few minutes I wanted more and after 3 or 4 pieces the taste changed and it was nice again. I realised that’s what happens when the chemicals interact with our bodies. It totally throws our bodies out of whack. It explains why the fast food/junk food process is SO successful. I buy as much organic as I am able but became aware that it wasn’t full proof. I moved house a few years ago and my new purchase had fruit trees. I know the previous owner was totally into “No chemicals/pesticides” but my trees were fraught with problems and the fruit wasn’t very good and as much as I tried I was failing dreadfully to produce delicious healthy fruit. I was almost at the point of getting them taken out when I realised I was focusing all my energy on the trees, when in fact I should have been focusing on the soil. It took awhile but my trees are now producing beautiful delicious fruit. That’s when I realised going organic is no guarantee. It’s just a better choice.
There was a multivitamin supplement summit (through the internet) recently that I found to be very interesting. Lots of Holistic Doctors whose expertise were in different fields. If you are interested and able, check out a Dr. Andrew Saul. He is on youtube I have since discovered. He is a strong advocate of Niacin and Vitamin C. This was a total education for me. The health benefits of the true niacin …known as nicatonic acid are amazing. I thought I knew the health benefits of Vitamin C but he really opened my eyes and changed my perspective on the many many benefits that Vitamin C has and how to utilise it better. The other learning curve for me was realising that I could circumvent a lot of the nightmare of supplement purchasing if I bought the product in bulk and then put it (if necessary) into capsules myself. The initial outlay is a little expensive but the cost saving long term is enormous and I am assured I am getting no fillers/binders etc. and what I am taking is pure. e.g. I could purchase a years supply of niacin here in Australia in capsule form for approximately $140 or I could buy a bulk powder from America (even accounting for the exchange rate) for $92 and that would last me for nearly 10yrs.
The other learning curve for me was really understanding the difference from synthetic vitamins to natural vitamins. A multivitamin that is purchased is synthetic. I have since recently purchased a raw multivitam. This is rather expensive and at present have been unable to reduce the cost factor. But it also helped me understand why there is so much information of the warnings of niacin. It’s because the niacin we buy in our multivitamins is actually niacinamide. Because it is synthetic it interacts differently with out bodies. Our bodies are truly designed for natural.
My goodness who would have thought that being a healthy human being would require so much educating. I am so open to anything anyone has. I am a great believer we all learn from one another, so please share, I welcome it.
Thank you again for your input it is hugely appreciated.
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