Category: eating

Rich Eats: Advent Calendar Day 2

Day 2 (2nd December, 2011)

“Do something you enjoy” If you’d prefer to dance salsa than to use the gym then dance salsa! Like horse riding? That’s awesome exercise for your body and mind too. Do something you love and you’re more likely to keep doing it and become healthier!

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Do Kellogg’s Really Care About You? (Part 2)

I found this awesome report in The Age, an Australian newspaper, about marketing by cereal companies and thought I’d revive a couple of videos I posted about high sugar breakfast cereals…
Kelloggs Sugar

I’m actually really happy to read tweets and see news reports coming in now about companies like Kelloggs, who have a great opportunity to improve their currently horrendous products and use their distribution channels to help people live a healthy life. How long until they actually put something really awesome and healthy out there?

Breakfast is such an important meal of the day for our emotional stability and physical energy levels. If you’re eating sugary, refined breakfast cereal then you’re setting yourself up for a day of ups and downs. Get stuck into a high protein breakfast with some greens like Eggs and Spinach and you will be off to a much better start.

In my opinion Kellogg’s have been misleading consumers, aggressively marketing their products as healthy when they actually are not. Check out links and tweets at the bottom of this page to bloggers and companies talking about this.

Kellogg’s Cereal Bar Video: Posted June 2nd 2011

Credit where credit is due. Kelloggs did do a bit of work last year (2010) to reduce the sugar content of some of their products – though what did they replace it with and is it natural?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-10857335

There is much more work to be done to clean up Kelloggs product range…

Wikipedia Posts on Kellogg’s Marketing:

Kelloggs Marketing Wikipedia

Some Links

The Age, Australian Newspaper

Kelloggs Sugar

Tweeters to check out on this subject:
@slimsecretessnax

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Rich Eats: Whole Foods

I wrote and filmed this the following back in 2011 before Whole Foods were exposed for selling GMO foods.  Now they are lower on my list of favorite places to shop though they do still stock some awesome stuff.

While I was in California I visited as many of these stores as possible… So many amazing foods to enjoy! And an awesome place to meet people!

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Rich Eats: Placenta Experience

Some of you will love the fact that this is all about opening up to new things, learning about food, nutrition and how people look after themselves without the use of prescription drugs. Others will be confused, perhaps disgusted by this. Whatever your opinion I welcome you to the next level.

I stand by my deep set belief that we can learn something from everyone…

Additional note made 27/06/2012

While having a grass-fed beef dinner with a female friend in Larchmont Village this evening the interesting topic of eating placenta came up. To get straight to the point, the most thought provoking part of the conversation was her observation that people will often be ‘grossed out’ by the thought of eating their own placenta, though will quite probably have a completely different opinion of someone partaking in oral sex with a complete stranger. And, may even have done so themselves. At least eating your own placenta you know where it has been. Maybe think about it?

(Told you it was going to be straight to the point)

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Rich Eats: Shopping List – Stay focused

Have you ever gone into a supermarket for one single item and left with a bag full?

You know that supermarkets plan the layout of their stores to maximise your spend right? Of course they do, they’re a business. The colour of the shelf labels, height of certain products on the shelves, the smells, the music, the lighting… get this, even the size of the floor tiles, is part of a very genius strategy to get us to fall asleep on our feet and spend spend spend.

I Love Fresh & Wild / Whole Foods in the UK though can you see what they’ve done with the pricing strategy of these beautiful Brazil nuts?

The image above shows the nuts on ‘Special Offer’ at £3.29 per 250g (discounted from £3.99) and the image below shows them in the exact same store at their normal price of £9.99 per kg, which is about £2.50 per 250g. The difference? The ‘Special Offer’ costs you £3.16 more per KG.

Rich Eats Supermarkets

With millions being spent on Supermarkets’ marketing, and of course the infamous ‘in-store experience’, we’ve got to stay conscious when we’re buying fuel for our body.

Now, I shop without a list because the food I buy is ingrained in my mind, I’ve repeated time and time again. sounds boring? Nah, we all buy the same cycle of food over and over again. It’s what you do with it that counts…

A little info before we start:
G.I = Glycemic Index = the measure of the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. In ‘English’, this means ‘how fast sugar is released into your blood’. The higher the G.I, the faster the glucose is released into your blood, and thus a faster increase in energy. This fast increase or ‘spike’ activates insulin which balances the level of sugar in your blood by storing any excess glucose as fat.

Slow Carb = low G.I (see point above in reverse)

The Rich Eats Shopping List

Chicken (organic or free range)
Turkey  (organic or free range)
Beef (always grass fed)
Salmon Steaks
Calamari
Prawns
Tuna Steak
Other fish when feeling adventurous. Fish is a winner basically – always looking for wild  / free range and organic.
Eggs (Free range or organic)

Kale
Coloured Greens
Spinach
Broccoli
Cucumber (on average I eat one every day or 2 days)
Tomatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Courgette
Lettuce
Parsley (this is a great herb to flavour eggs or chicken. Of course if you don’t like parsley then it’s not so great)
Bananas
Pink Grapefruit (AWESOME – vitamins, cleaning the body and reported to slow sugar release fro stomach )
Blueberries
Strawberries
Raspberries
Oranges
Green Apples (lower sugar content than red though this is if you want to get really picky)
Mango
Almonds (I eat a handful every day)
Brasil nuts (around 8 per day for their selenium)
Cacao Beans (the purest form of chocolate – great hit of magnesium – important for sleep and muscles and generally lacking in western diet)
Dates (no added sugar / oil)
Raisins (California Raisins and Nakd are pretty much the only ones in the UK without oil or sugar. Comment on this blog with ones you find)
Real Organic Butter or Ghee (for cooking)
Olives

Coconut Oil (unrefined, organic, cold pressed)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil! (Unfiltered where available. 
Organic Dark Chocolate (first option for is 85%
Cinnamon (awesome taste and reported to slow the release of sugar from your stomach – helps to not store fat)
Lara Bars (dates and nutes basically – great sweet treat)
Tea – always organic or wild: Green Tea, Oolong, Dandelion Root, Pu’er (aged), Heath & Heather (Liquorice & Oriental Spices), Traditional Medicinals (Dandelion Root), Organic Steamed (not smoked) Yerba Mate.

 

Killer / kind of ridiculous / avoid:
Soy

Rice Milk

Anything marketed as ‘fat free’ or 99% fat free… (utter bullshit).
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil


On the ‘don’t even bother list’:

White Pasta
White Bread (organic brown/multigrain bread I will eat every few years and regret it.)
Legumes / beans (these agree with some people more than others.  Generally not easy to digest = bad)
Refined Sugar (added)
Processed meats (Head to the Deli and ask for ‘off the bone’ for the real stuff)
Yoghurt with any fruit flavour (They are full of with sugar, sweeteners, syrups and other JUNK that is unnecessary and can/will affect your energy levels ‘spike & crash’ and your mood)
Anything with High Fructose Corn Syrup in the ingredients list (most fizzy drinks)
Cordial Mixers that make ‘fruit flavoured water’. Never drink it and never give it to your kids. Help them enjoy water.
Avoid – breakfast cereal – pretty much just sugar and wheat.

Fruit juice in a carton. When they take the fibre away from fruit we’re left with the juice. It’s stored for a while so it loses a large percentage of any vitamins Fine, if you’ve had a massive workout or ran a marathon, or even a little hungover, though juice in a carton is, in essence, unnecessary fructose that acts in a similar way to sugar – it spikes our energy and gets stored as fat. If you’re really into juice opt for freshly squeezed (in front of your eyes) and get the pulp put back in. Green apples have a low G.I so the sugars are released more slowly = better for not storing that sugar as fat.


Important Notes:
1) Fat is not the enemy, Sugar (kind of is – that’s a long story too)

2) Buy organic, grass fed, free-range, ethically sourced meat when you can because, in part, we take on whatever has been fed to the animal.

Rich Eats: Men’s Fitness Model Tom Dyer Interview

Growing up as a chubby/fat kid working in my parents newsagent I would see fitness magazines almost every day, wondering how the cover models created their physiques. Slowly and surely I’ve learned more and more, finding knowledgeable people to learn from.

This interview is with one of the current models in the fitness industry, Tom Dyer. Tom is also one of the founders of Ultimate City Bootcamps, an awesome group training experience in the City of London. I’ve been on a fair few of their sessions, when you try it you will know that it’s the real thing! When you’ve watched this video check outwww.FaceBook.com/UltimateCityBootcamps for more info. Enjoy!

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Rich Eats: Late Night Snack

Awesome late night snack for you to check out!

I understand sometimes it’s tricky to discipline yourself at night though try to enjoy preparing it and eating it knowing you’re nourishing your body with the good stuff!

And, that when you wake up in the morning you will be feeling better and more awake because your body will have reparied itself like it should while you’re sleeping. Enjoy!

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Rich Eats: This might kill you… (Aspartame)

So, it turns out there are potentially dangerous artificial sweeteners in most ‘diet’, ‘sugar free’, ‘low sugar’ products we consume.

Chewing gum even has them! (Lots of them)

Rich Eats: Breakfast Cereal – Think you’re on a ‘diet’?

If you’re eating Breakfast Cereal to lose weight and ‘balance’ your diet think again.

They promote their products as ‘low fat’ which is true, though the reality is that most of these foods are full of sugar and wheat which is NOT part of a balanced diet, and will happily be converted into fat inside your body. Not to mention the implications added refined sugar has on your mood, insulin resistance and risk of diabetes.

Stay cool about it, it is serious, though just be aware and know that added sugar in your foods should be cut right down and or avoided!

Organic Raw Honey is an alternative to consider (unless you are on a strict fat loss program) because this kind of honey does actually contain nutrients…