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7 (not so dumb) Health Tips for Christmas & 2016

This is NOT a bunch of dumb dieting health tips for Christmas & 2016

These health tips can be used any time, any day, any month, any year.

But, the thing with this list, as with ALL health advice – IT DEPENDS.

Found the latest fat burning health food?  That’s interesting… but I don’t really care and neither should you because IT DEPENDS.  Your mate just told you about the ketogenic diet or they stopped eating potato skins and their fingernails doubled in strength?  That’s interesting too, but I don’t really care about that either and neither should you because IT DEPENDS.

You are different. 

You are a unique expression of a human being and their diet or superfood might just be your kryptonite, or not, it depends.  Get the picture 🙂 ?  Your lifestyle, family, friends, city, mountain, village, sleep pattern, the season, your constitution and a billion other things… all make your answer to all general health advice – “well, that depends, surely?”

Ready for it? (Remember this list also DEPENDS).

Health Tip 1) Intermittent fasting (I.F)?

Just like gravity always did and probably always will – I.F still works.  It works because fasting is not some dumb dieting trick – it’s a normal thing for humans to do – not eating for a period of time is OK.  Thousands of years ago, even 50 to 100 years ago, food was not ALWAYS around and available and snacking (one of the dumbest things to do if you’re looking to burn fat) wasn’t really done.

The reason intermittent fasting is worth playing with this holiday (DEPENDING) is because it gives your organs a few extra hours to deal with nasty foods it has to clean out.  The time not eating also helps promote health hormonal balance in your body.

The basic principle of IFing is don’t eat for 16 hours of the 24 in a day. Easy right?  Then if you want to supercharge it – make your first meal high-ish in protein.  Click here for a really long and detailed post about it.

Health Tip 2)  Bicarbonate of Soda / Sodium Bicarbonate

(with lemon for antioxidants) is a quick fix for acid reflux.  Really that shit is a literally saving lives.  Don’t tolerate acid after indulgence – fix it.  If the acid goes on for more than a day or so it’s worth checking in with your doc or ‘checking in’ with your thinking and food – something is not agreeing with you.  The reason for doing it yourself is because commercial anti-acids are often full of unnecessary added ingredients.

It’s not my recipe but some say 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda + 1/2 glass of water is the way forward.  (The ‘Home Remedies’ link at the bottom of this page has a nice list of ways to use it).

PS.  If you don’t get acid reflux someone by you probably does so pass the tip on, you will make someones day!!  Literally transforming their week!

PPS. This is just a short term fix,not a long term health strategy.  See your doctor, TCM doctor or health practitioner.

PPPS. Getting more alkaline foods in your mouth, giving yourself a good 3 hours between your last meal and sleep could be your longer term strategy for sorting acid reflux.  If the problem persists see your doctor.

Health Tip 3) Meditate or find something to do on your own.

(without mixing your ‘energy’ with anyone else).

I like to drink a tea, practice drumming or stick patterns, train, walk, or a vipassana style meditation.  Lovely…

This will give you a minute to settle your mind and to help you not react to family pressures.

By giving yourself a few minutes on your own, 15+ mins is good, you can find space in your mind and energy to give compassion to whoever or whatever it is that’s annoying you.  The deeper level of pain, confrontation, anger, annoyance within a family setting is a deeper unconscious pain that ‘wants’ to come to the surface.  The goal is to not react.  Go to you tube and check out Eckhart Tolle’s ‘Pain Body’ for more on that.  It’s a life enhancing perspective/metaphor.

Health Tip 4) Aim for more nutrients per calorie. 

BORING right… and it works. But this also depends. 

If you’re still counting calories please give release yourself of that boring pointless restrictive way of eating.  Find a way to tune in to how you feel.  There is this magical feeling when you let go of all that head work around food and actually get in touch with how it feels to be eating right for your body.

The first step here is to know that a calorie doesn’t equal a calorie – i.e 200 calories of sausage on a stick probably has more nutrients than 200 calories of ‘chocolate mouse light’.  The mouse light is probably full of artificial sweeteners BUT the sausage probably came from a pig that was pumped full of hormones and plumped up on GMO feed.  My advice there is buy at least organic and grassfed, avoid the word ‘light’ at all costs and if you’re not into eating animals then make sure your vegan way of eating is giving you the nutrients you need too because there are plenty of pointless vegan foods out there 😉


vegetables into a smoothie is an awesome way to get more nutrients in there, especially because you get to keep the fiber!

Health Tip 5) You don’t have to eat shitty food. 

It’s OK to say no.  Just because your family (yes that includes your partner) or friends are smashing a load of cookies and ice cream riddled with artificial nonsense doesn’t mean you have to.  They have their knowledge, wisdom and feeling with food and alcohol and they will be acting from where they are.  Remember it dependsMaybe their body is more adept at digesting that food or booze, maybe they had a MASSIVE workout that day and their body is burning like a steam engine, or maybe they just don’t care that much.

By all means, get involved, give yourself the freedom to eat anything and everything you desire and without the guilt trip because  ‘Mind over matter’ is more powerful than you can imagine.  If you do, the next day can probably be helped by intermittent fasting and baking soda the next day can help your body clear out the junk.

A thought on this mind over matter business… I remember seeing a documentary on centenerians.  They were looking at their health, lifestyle, food, habits and seeing if they could draw any conclusions to reasons for their longevity.  There was a Scottish guy at the end who really struck a chord with me.  He was the mechanic in the village, the only mechanic – he helped everyone.  He also chain smoked cigarettes and drank alcohol every day…  He was living well! But how!?  He was loving life, and everyone in the community needed him to be alive.  “They just wont let me die…” were the words that closed the documentary.  Food for though right?  Thinking about the placebo and nocebo effect (the mind healing or harming an individual) this guy had nailed it.  BUT I suspect that if he nourished his physicla body with local, organic foods he might just be the first human to levitate!

Health Tip 6) Fat – it’s OK to eat it. You know that right?

And this depends too – mainly on how it’s cooked and the source.  But really, you know fat is OK already right?  Sugar, processed foods, stress, a job/life you hate,  is probably what’s messing with you the most – both body and mind.  Zoe Harcombe nails the fat myth here…

  Oh noooo but what about cholesterol…. read this by Zoe Harcombe.

Remember how Time Magazine fucked things up a few years back…?

Health Tips

(The cover photo on the left in 1984 was the wrong, misguided perhaps part of an Astroturfing strategy to sell cholesterol medication.  The cover on the right in 2014 was their revised message)

When it comes to getting the health benefits of eating fat make sure you get the quality and how/if it is cooked right.

7) You are already AWESOME and do not need a diet plan.

People often think they need to burn fat to become healthy when the opposite is true and feels a millions times better: be healthy both in your body and mind and understand your body’s true needs the fat will drop off…

Thank you for reading this, I assume that at least one of the words on this page has meant something to you.


Why bother sharing this information?

The reason I write these blog posts is because I want more and more people to get this kind of information… as many as possible.   The more high quality, well researched, unbiased and exploratory information on food and health the better. 

The stages of truth in health are very real – why wait until science ‘proves’ something when it has been practiced in real life, without sponsors, for many years.

Too much of the readily available health information is strategically controlled through ‘Astroturfing’, the script is written, all the way from the pharmaceutical industry (who continue to shoot themselves in the foot) to the newspapers (don’t ), the to nestle, herbalife, and most of the other    There is plenty of info like this out there but I guess you’re reading this one.  can be disseminated (nice word right?) that will very soon lead to an un-biased maybe silent investor/sponsor.  Some corporations seem to be very slowly turning their ways around, other ethical companies are popping up all around now, Castle Rock in California are transforming the bottled water industry, Addictive Wellness are nailing it with their chocolate, are sharing the World’s cleanest tea, the Wellbeingnow Seminar in the UK is bringing together people with powerful messages and Mcroaid International  are just awesome  They’re not paying me to mention them, they deserve it…

Related articles:

Still confused about GMO? Watch this the video at the bottom of this post…

Traditional Chinese Medicine is life enhancing

Intermittent Fasting blog post

Most Soy is dumb and probably wrecking your sex life

Zoe Harcombe rocks

Home Remedies on Baking Soda

Remember: I am not a doctor and have no intention of becoming one.  Go ask one before taking any of my advice.

Why scientific studies can SUCK (and mainstream media is killing you)

Why scientific studies often SUCK and it is almost impossible to trust mainstream media

Sharyl Attkisson, CBS investigative journalist, simply breaks it all down in this TED talk:

It reminds me of the GMO (genetically modified organism) ‘studies’ that are out there.

The next 3 bullet points outline the video above and describe a manipulation practice known as “astroturf” or (astroturfing):

1) Scientific studies (third party studies included) are often paid for by people with invested interests (for example the owners of a sleeping pill begin a media frenzy about people not sleeping enough, tell you to ‘ask your doctor’ who too often, especially in the US, is paid by the owners of the sleeping pill). Replace the words ‘sleeping pill’ with cholesterol pill, this vaccine. that vaccine, red meat, fat etc)

2) The owners of the pill create an online story around their product. They dominate Wikipedia (anyone can edit it) and search results for the illness their pill is associated with, adding further false ‘evidence’ to the story and your inquest.

3) Part of the story the create involves discrediting doctors or health professionals who have genuine guidance for you. The owners pay doctors or accredited names to label these people as quacks or phonies.

That whole system described above is rigged to manipulate your mind and control who you trust and influence you into buying their products.

GMO is a hot topic when it comes to the manipulation of the media. This guy is putting forward some solid facts about big agriculture, Monsanto and Genetically Modified Organisms:

GMO Genetically Modified – For better or Worse?

Watch this first…

Why are we all being fed by a poison expert?


GMO Genetically Modified Organisms chat with Lauire Cohen Peters who is the director of communications at IRT (Institute for Responsible Technology). She knows pretty much all there is to know about the most up to date info on GMO’s.

GMO WHAT = They changed the genetic make-up (DNA not ‘war paint’) (DNA) in a way that does not occur naturally.

GMO WHY = to survive herbicides – i.e so they can spray as much herbicide as possible on the land and the plants will survive.

GMO WHERE = More than 70% of packaged foods in North America contain GMOs.

GMO – Genetically Modified Organisms

GMO or genetically modified organisms are a hot topic of health and sustainability right now. Especially the labeling of GMO’s – Unless you know the right questions to ask and ingredients to look for, it’s tricky to know what’s GMO and to choose the Non-GMO. I’m heading to high tech foodie event Bite Silicon Valley this weekend in Santa Clara this weekend to find out even more…

It’s hard to know who to trust and which studies on GMO are legit but there are a few important things to consider:

– Why have Monsanto and the other GMO companies been so secretive about GMOs? If they had been open about the labeling in the first place then this fuss would be much less intense.

– Man-made Trans fats were introduced into food as a means of giving foods a longer shelf life. They were not initially labeled. Then, when we found out that trans fats were causing illness and disease in humans (heart related mainly) they were forced to be labeled. GMO’s are following that pattern in many ways.

– The long term effects in humans of taking genes from an octopus and putting it into a potato, for example are known.

– The GMO genetically modified organisms industry is worth billions of dollars.

– Biotech companies (Monsanto, Bayer, BASF, Syngenta, Dow Chemical Company) own the crops and pitch their products to be the saviors of humanity.

– Neil Young just released and album called ‘The Monsanto Years’ and is going on tour against Monsanto and GMO. He is bringing awareness.

– Bono of the band U2 is pro-GMO$ and pro Monsanto.

Do you want GMO crop in the UK?

Imported GMO foods and GMO feed for animals is already all over the UK. Organic meats will not be from animals fed GMO.

This is the British newspaper the Guardian reporting on Birth Defects in Hawaii and GMO:
“When the spraying is underway and the wind blows downhill from the fields to the town – a time no spraying should occur – residents complain of stinging eyes, headaches and vomiting.”

The people of Hungary burned Monsanto’s crop when they tried to grow there.
Dr Huber and Dr Mercola discussing GMO:
“It’s important to realize that glyphosate is not “just” a herbicide. As explained by Dr. Huber, it was first patented as a mineral chelator. It immobilizes nutrients, so they’re not physiologically available for your body.”
You may have the mineral [in the plant], but if it’s chelated with glyphosate, it’s not going to be available physiologically for you to use, so you’re just eating a piece of gravel,” Dr. Huber says.

Dr Mercola and Dr Huber on GMO:

“Despite what the media and so-called “experts” proclaim, there are NO peer-reviewed scientific papers establishing the safety of GMO crops.
According to Dr. Huber, so far, no one has been able to establish that there’s a safety factor to either the genetically engineered proteins (i.e. the foreign proteins produced by the genetically modified plant) or the chemicals we’re consuming in ever larger quantities as a result of the genetic engineering process.
There are, however, both clinical and peer-reviewed scientific papers showing the hazards of GMO crops, including harmful secondary effects.”

France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Luxemburg amongst others banned GMO crop.
EU countries, unlike others, can ban GMO.…/new-e-u-law-lets-natio…/
More quotes from Dr Huber and Mercola:
“Epidemiological patterns show there’s an identical rise in over 30 human diseases correlated with our increased usage of glyphosate and the increased prevalence of genetically engineered proteins in our food. ”

“You can’t really discuss genetic engineering without also addressing the chemicals these plants are engineered to tolerate. About 85 percent of all genetically engineered plants are herbicide-tolerant—designed to tolerate very high levels of herbicides, glyphosate in particular. These are the so-called Roundup Ready crops.
It’s important to realize that glyphosate is not “just” an herbicide. As explained by Dr. Huber, it was first patented as a mineral chelator. It immobilizes nutrients, so they’re not physiologically available for your body.
“You may have the mineral [in the plant], but if it’s chelated with glyphosate, it’s not going to be available physiologically for you to use, so you’re just eating a piece of gravel,” Dr. Huber says.

This is what says about GMO:

corn soy cotton canola sugar beets genetically modified

These end up as ingredients in all kinds of packaged foods:

Corn = corn syrup, corn starch.
Soy = hydrolyzed vegetable protein.
Canola = canola oil.
Sugar beets = processed sugar.
Cotton = cottonseed oil.

Various food additives including flavoring agents, nutritional supplementation, thickeners and pH regulators.

Meat and dairy animals as well as farmed fish may eat GMO feed since GMOs are prevalent in the commodity grain market.


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More to come…

For now we are organic and local where possible. And it’s almost always possible..

Bovine Growth Hormone – Fox News Nightmare

The food we eat is important to our health and ability to feel awesome! And, the things our food has eaten or been forced to ‘take on’ is just as important.

This post (and video when you read further) is about Fox ‘News’ journalists being fired for discovering Monsanto putting Bovine growth hormone in cows, which of course is then passed on in some for to the humans consuming that cow’s milk or meat. Why care? Bovine growth hormone is linked to causing cancer, and Cancer is bitch.

Some general advice on selecting the food you put inside your body, which then becomes part of your body (and mind…)

Go for Grass-Fed beef when possible. Pasture raised beef means it might/probably has been fed grain though will have lived a better life than the meat labeled as just ‘Beef’. If it doesn’t brag about being organic, grass-fed or wild then it has probably received hormonal treatment.

Likewise, (especially in the USA) fish, veg and fruit that are not labelled as organic or non-GM are probably Genetically Modified or farm raised (terrible conditions for fish).

Farmers markets are a pretty safe bet, though it is worth checking how the farmers market is regulated and by asking the sellers about their products – this might sound a little over the top though the reality is, 3 years into my world travels, focused reading and interviews that more and more we need to check and check again about the origin of the food we are eating and the food that our food has eaten.

Anyway, here’s the video on Monsanto and Fox ‘News’:

Is Soy dangerous? And, more importantly is it killing your bird?

Remember that nasty ingredient called ‘Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil’ (it’s a common form of trans fat), that was fingered and condemned shortly after its widespread use. Soy and soy lecithin will be next.

Soy has been given a big name to live up to through a few years of intense marketing. The industry is worth billions and to go back on their word would mean instant failure of their business. So, instead of waiting for these companies to bite the bullet I thought I’d pull the trigger for them.

Fast Facts about Soy

Soy is native to southeastern Asia.
It’s a member of the pea family and grows from one to five-feet tall and forms clusters of three to five pods, each containing two to four beans per pod.
Soy has been a dietary staple in Asian countries for at least 5,000 years.
Soy, traditionally eaten in Aisa has undergone an 18 month fermentation process that allows soy to be more easily digested.
Soy is reported to reduce & increase breast cancer.
Soy has been shown to reduce fertility in birds and rats.
Monks used to use unfermented soy (similar to that we see in western supermarkets) as a way of suppressing their libido.

A Story about Soy:

In 1991, through an independent study to find out what was killing his rare birds, Richard James hired Dr Mike Fitzpatrick to ‘do some science’. James was adamant that it was the soya beans he was feeding them.

Over the next months, Fitzpatrick carried out an exhaustive study of soya and its effects. “We discovered quite quickly,” he recalls, “that soya contains toxins and plant oestrogens powerful enough to disrupt women’s menstrual cycles in experiments. It also appeared damaging to the thyroid.” This study prompted the British government to investigate Soy. The conclusion was that the general health benefits claimed for soya were not supported by clear evidence and that there are certain risks that come with soy.

Dead birds were like canaries in the coal mine…

James and his wife started breed the exotic birds as a retirement dream, feeding them soya feed because they had been brainwashed into thinking it was the best food for their beloved creatures. Though instead of nourishing them some of the birds were infertile, male birds aged prematurely and many died.

Canaries in the coal mine.

(Translation – ‘I’m not silly’)

But what about the Japanese, they’re healthy and they eat soy – right?

True, they do eat soy though it is different.

In the east they ferment their soya which reduces the levels of isoflavones by up to 3 times than modern factory processing. On top of that, modern American strains of soya have higher levels of isoflavones because they have been farmed to be more resistant to pests. A key way of dealing with pests is to stop them from breeding by making them infertile. And, you’ll love (or hate this…) Monks used to eat unfermented soya (similar to the products in our supermarkets) to reduce their libido! And Soy is marketed as Healthy!?

On breast cancer; a group of independent scientists concluded that despite suggested (by the marketing companies) benefits of lowering the risk of breast cancer there is also evidence to suggest soya stimulates the progression of the disease.

What!? What about edamame? They’re brilliant and green – right?

Well… they’re slightly better than the highly processed, unfermented, often genetically modified soya milk though they still have anti-nutriens and oestrogens. And, raw, mature soya beans contain phytates that prevent certain mineral absorption and contain enzyme inhibitors that block enzymes we need to digest certain foods.

And, of course – they make you fart.

The traditional fermentation process (which takes 18 months) makes soya’s amino acids available and lessens the impact of the antinutrients.

Most commercial soya products ESPECIALLY IN THE USA are not made this way any more.

The article I read about this goes on to tell us the soy is crushed, the oil then is ‘cleaned’, bleached and deodorised. And “The lecithin that forms a heavy sludge in the oil during storage was previously to be regarded as a waste product, but now it has been turned into valuable market in its own right as an emulsifier.”


Children are unfortunately being force fed soy

Here’s a fact that blew me away – according to the same article written by the Guardian (can you tell I like this article – thanks Felicity Lawrence) 30 to 40% of all infants in the US are raised on Soya Formula (instead of breast or cows milk)

Professor Richard Sharpe is the head of the Medical Research Council’s human reproductive sciences unit at Edinburgh University who has been studying the decline of male fertility in the past half century. When asked about his concerns over soya and it being used as an added ingredient in many foods his response was: “If someone said they were adding a hormone to your foods, would you be happy with that? There may be lots of effects, some of them may be beneficial, but would you be happy with that? I am not a fan of processed foods, full stop. And these quick fixes for protecting against ill-health – you know they can’t be true,”

Sue Dibb now food policy expert at the National Consumer Council, was a member of the CoT working group that compiled the final report says:

“The groups of adults of particular concern are those with a thyroid problem and women with oestrogen-dependent breast cancer. It worries me that soya is being pushed as a health food by a big soya and supplements industry. We ought to be taking a more cautious approach.”


Thanks Charles Poliquin for inspiring these 5 reasons not to eat soy:

(Charles Poliquin is a renowned and respected world class strength and conditioning coach)

1) Toxicity: Soy is one of the most sprayed crops around, the pesticides add to all of the other toxic matter we are exposed to.

2) Hypothyroidism: The goitragens in Soy can lead to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism in short is when the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone (hormones that control metabolism).

3) Blocking Mineral Absorption: Soy is high in Phytates, Phytates (not digestible by humans) make it very difficult to absorb certain minerals like zinc and iron (and macro-minerals calcium and magnesium). Eating meat actually blocks the phyates so if you want to eat soy / tofu then eat it with meat (totally understanding this probably defeats the entire reason you’re eating soy)

4) Soy is linked to Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD): There are soy ‘formula’ avilable to replace breast milk with a soy based product, these infant formulas contain around 80 times more manganese than breast milk. High levels of manganese are linked to ADD.

5) Cancer and Soy: As usual they’re keeping their claims fairly loose to avoid legal complications – fair enough, though the claims are serious enough to take a very good look at this. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine says Soy may play a role in the risk of several forms of cancer such as breast cancer and cancer of the uterus. Why? Because soy protein contains substances that may influence estrogen levels. Their advice is that anyone with such hormone-sensitive condition should contact their doctor before even thinking about consuming soy. My advice is avoid it. Especially unfermented, refined and concentrated soy protein powders and soy milk.

Want more reasons to avoid soy?

Many of the Soy milk products are also high in refined sugar. Sneakily they brand it as ‘healthy’, pumping it full of sugar to make it sweeter. Avoid it.
The Guardian Newspaper:

“Whether you know it or not, you’ll probably be eating soya today. It’s in 60% of all processed food, from cheese to ice cream, baby formula to biscuits. But should it carry a health warning?”

Pregnant or planning to be?
(Quote from ‘Wholesome Baby Food’)

“Rice Milk, Soy Milk and Nut Milk should never be confused with (or used as a replacement for) breast feeding or infant formula… These alternative “milks” do not have the right amount of nutrients needed to sustain healthy growth.These milks should not be offered to a baby under 12 months of age and you should consult your pediatrician about introducing them.”

From Scientific America:
“Newbold and other researchers are not convinced that eating more soy is healthy for everyone. Infants fed soy formula ingest six to 11 times more genistein (isoflavone) on a bodyweight basis than the level known to cause hormonal effects in adults.”

“Giving an infant or child estrogen is never a good thing”

Another study by Wen-Hsiung Chan in Taiwan showed that genistein (isoflavone) led to reduced fertility and abnormal embryo development in female mice.

The NHS (National Health Service) say:

COT (Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food) identified three groups of people where the evidence suggested there might be a potential risk from consuming large amounts of phytoestrogens. These were:
– infants fed on soy-based infant formula
– people who have hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland)
– women diagnosed with breast cancer

Rich Eats Conclusion:
Avoid Soy, tofu, soy based products, and products that contain soy lecithin.

When I initially made this proposal to a friend his reply was ‘Good Luck’. On this one I’m quite content without luck. I will just avoid Soy. Don’t take my word for it, get stuck into the sources at the bottom of this page and read more. Come back to me with any positive news you have about soy… I’d love to hear it! Empower yourself with information about the foods you’re putting inside your body because it’s becoming more and more apparent that most food manufacturers and their marketeers most certainly couldn’t care less about you.

If you’re drinking soy for calcium you can get ample from the right nuts and green leafy vegetables.

What to eat with your sushi?
Squeezed lemon juice. Or find a traditionally fermented soy sauce.


A quote from The Naughty Nutritionist, Kaayla Daniel Phd at the Charles Poliquin Convention:

Eat soy safely: “Opt for fermented soy, such as miso, and use it as a condiment and not as a food staple”


Oh and on top of all of that is the Genetically Modified Organism question (GMO)

Almost all soy in then USA is GMO.


Scientific American, 2009

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2010

University of California, Irvine (2002)

Wholesome Baby Food:

Charles Poliquin (2012)

Pub Med Health, 2010)

The Guardian, 2006
NHS, 2011

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