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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.

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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: Tea Taster

I’ve been meaning to do a video about Tea for SO long… This is a prequel to more detailed tea videos. I just had to get this one off my chest!

Enjoy!

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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: Old School Food & Diet Interview

One of the most important things I’ve come to learn is that the better way of eating and ‘dieting’ is to eat real food. By that I mean real food that has very few or no added ingredients. A fish. A piece of chicken. A cucumber (that is just cucumber). A bowl of brown rice. The simpler it is, the better it is. If you stick to food that either had/has parents or grows in the ground then you’re on the right track.

This is an interview with my nanna. She grew up in a world where they ate REAL food!

What is this nonsense they’re telling us to buy from supermarkets day in day out? That the supermarkets are enticing us to buy with offers like buy one get one free, half price, save… Playing on our emotional desperation in this ‘economic climate’. There is something profoundly wrong with food the marketeers are telling us to eat, hence why I interviewed my Nanna! Because, when she was younger marketing was at the very most – lame, and they ate REAL food, they chose to eat without influence.

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Rich Eats: Interview with Colin Jackson

Massive thanks to the awesome Olympic Medalist and world recorder breaker (110m Hurdles) Colin Jackson for this very quick interview. He gives us his number one healthy tip for losing weight. And it’s not what I expected him to say…

This is his Word Record run:

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Rich Eats: Interview with Tessa Sanderson

A once in a life time chance to interview Olympic Gold Medalist Tessa Anderson!

Determined Tessa won gold in the javelin a few moons ago… A chance encounter and naturally I pinned her down and questioned her about how she was fuelling her body!

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Rich Eats: Don’t ‘Eat Natural’

‘Eat Natural’ bars. Winner or loser?

LOSER. Because…

Yes, they’re ‘natural’ whatever that means now, though they’re full of sugar. Refined Sugar is something that is happily stored as fat in your body. You see, when we eat more than a certain amount of sugar (approx. 5 tea spoons) within a 3 hour period our insulin comes along and does what it’s supposed to, it takes that excess sugar away. And stores it as fat!

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Rich Eats: Diet Drinks Make You Fat

‘Diet Drinks Make You Fat’ is on the front page of a british new paper today so I thought I’d take the liberty of commenting… of course…

To start, a big thanks to Jo Willey for bringing this info to the table. It’s information many of us already know though for some reason ignore. I’d like to add that Diet Drinks are full of artificial crap that we don’t need.

The article brings to our attention studies done in America that are finding that artificial sweeteners (chemicals) like Aspartame, Acesulfame K trigger our bodies into expecting energy, then receive nothing, which leaves us craving that energy our bodies thought it was going to get!

The key thing here is they’re linking the sweet taste to our body preparing for and expecting food with energy. When our body does not get this energy it leaves a hole that needs filling! So we shove more in… hence one of the reason why people become addicted to foods with artificial sweeteners.

The article doesn’t mention the potential damaging effects these chemicals have on our body!

See this video for my take on Aspartame.

Thanks again Jo!

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