Are you proactive or reactive?

Are you proactive or reactive with your health?  

Many people are reactive – meaning they live their life without making any healthy changes to their life until a health issue comes up. When they get sick, they act on it, I.e. see the doctor and take whatever medication they are prescribed to treat/mask the symptoms. Often they make no other changes to their lifestyle. 

Being proactive means to take care of yourself BEFORE something happens. This means following the 6 foundation principles: thinking positive thoughts, breathing correctly, eating organic whole foods, drinking enough filtered water, moving (working in vs working out), and getting enough quality sleep.  

This blog covers the importance of being proactive and looking after yourself rather than doing something in response to getting sick or being diagnosed with a condition. In today’s society, it is so easy to be reactive, but it is really important that we take control of our health and look after yourselves.

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What foods should you buy organic?

While I would always advocate buying organic produce (as it is better for us and for the environment), I know that for some people this is just not possible. To make the decision easier for us, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyse tests conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and release 2 lists every year: The Dirty DozenTM  and the Clean 15TM. 

Pesticide residues are commonly found on conventionally grown produce which cannot be removed even after it has been washed and peeled. The USDA conducted tests on thousands of produce samples and found a ‘total of 230 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on the thousands of produce samples analysed’.  

The more chemicals we ingest means the harder our bodies have to work to clear them from our body. Eating conventional produce also means that some of the chemicals may be accumulating in our bodies and cause numerous health effects, e.g. on our hormones, fertility, markers for chronic disease and illnesses. There is also the combined effect of all these chemicals on our bodies. When pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, etc, get tested, they are often tested for efficacy and safety when used on their own. By what are the effects on us when they are used in conjunction with other pesticides? How does this look over time?  

The Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce TM lists: 

  1. Dirty DozenTM fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residues. Always choose organic. 

  2. Clean FifteenTM where few, if any residues were detected. Ok to buy conventional products.

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Why buy organic?

I always promote buying and eating organic food but many people are unsure if they should and if it is worth their money.  What you eat has a tremendous impact on your health today and also for your health in the future. This blog touches on why you should eat organic and what the benefits are. 

Yes, organic food is more expensive but I always believe you get what you pay for. Would you rather pay the farmer or the doctor? I know I would rather pay and support the farmers because without them we would have no fresh produce. Remember, when you buy organic, you are not only improving the health of yourself and your family, but you are also supporting the environment....for us and for future generations. Vote with your dollar. Support local farmers who are doing the best for their land, for us and for the environment. 

Whatever diet you follow, be that wholefoods, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, high fat low carb, etc, you will only be as healthy as the quality of your food. You should always pick 'Certified Organic' regardless of what diet plan you may follow. Always think quality over quantity.

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Food rotation – what is it and why you should do it?

Do you eat the same thing every day? Have you eaten the same thing for breakfast for the past month/s? Or do you take or buy the same thing for lunch everyday? Do you always eat chicken, broccoli and sweet potato for dinner? Often it is for convenience and habit but we really need to be going outside the box and eating different things. Eating too much of the same food is the primary cause of a food intolerance/sensitivity.   

This blog discusses the importance of following a 4 day rotation diet for many health benefits, including increased health and vitality due to a wide variety of foods eaten. It can help to decrease and eliminate any gut and immune issues you may be having.

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What is health?

What does being healthy mean to you? What does the picture of health look like?

Have you ever asked yourself what a healthy person looks like? Is it someone who looks fit and has a toned, muscular body? Is it someone who can run a marathon? Who is vegetarian, vegan, meat eater? Can you tell if a person is healthy just by looking at them?

We are often bombarded with images in the media, in magazines, on tv, on Instagram, and Facebook of ‘fit and healthy people’ but is this image a true reflection of their health? Have the pictures been photo shopped to make the person appear to look ‘healthier? What about being ‘pretty’ or ‘hot’? With images and people on tv, often they are made up with lots of makeup, fake eyelashes, fake boobs, guys who take steroids to look more muscular and bigger. But is this a true image of health?

Here we explore what the definition of health is and how to attain it.


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Do you feel like you are missing out?

Do you feel like you are missing out?

Sometimes when people start a new eating plan or a new 'diet', they feel as though they are 'missing out'. But what are they missing out on? Is it the junk food? Processed foods? The ability to eat whatever they want? To be able to eat what 'everyone else' is eating?

.In my blog I have a closer look at junk and processed foods….

- What are these foods really made of and how nutritious are they?

- How they can affect your body?

- Why you can't stop eating them? 

- Why some people appear to be able to eat anything and everything with virtually no effect on their body? (or is there but you just can't see it?)

- What does being 'skinny fat' mean?

- Why our bodies are not designed to be eating junk and processed foods?

- Why you should choose to eat whole organic foods over processed foods?

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