Thankful day

thankful

I brought some beautiful organic vegetables from the market in the weekend, freshly picked and beautiful looking too.

As I was cooking them today I was thinking about the grower and I thanked them out loud as I prepared the wonderful food.

Thanked them for growing the beautiful produce, for choosing to grow organic, for becoming certified, for taking the time and the care to grow amazing nutrient dense food.

Then as I went about my day I thanked others out loud – producers of natural sustainable products I use, the people who choose to sell these products, organic farmers, people who are doing their bit to make the world a better place.

It was such a nice practice and made me realise all the wonderful people and the things they are doing for us and the planet.  It’s sometimes easy to get caught up in the doom & gloom but take the time to think of those creating positive change in the world. Thank them as you think about them, thank them in person or in email, or thank them on social media. Show your appreciation for what they are doing or creating.

Let me know in th comments below Who do you have to thank today?

With gratitude

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Edible Education 103 with Michael Pollan

For the whole list of videos for the Edible Education 103 with Micheal Pollan by UC of Berkeley click here

I would love to know what your favourite Michael Pollan ‘work’ is? Could be an interview, quote, book, video, anything you love. Post it in the comments below so I can check it out.

Enjoy

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Food Matters film free online last day!

This is a fantastic film if you haven’t seen it already be quick

Organic Agriculture energy efficient

‘ The Cardiff researchers found that on average the organic production of raw food required 67% less energy than conventional methods of agriculture.  The argument that organic farming could not produce enough food is often brought up by the manufacturers who, unsurprisingly, want the world to stick to chemical agriculture and to use genetically engineered crops – especially those engineered to have a longer shelf life and to look attractive on the supermarket shelves.  But a paper from the College of Natural Resources at the University of California at Berkeley cites the results of many trials in various countries demonstrating that , in practice, organic farming yields are comparable with those from conventional chemical agriculture, so it seems likely that organic farming could provide enough food.’

An excerpt from Time to eat the dog – The real guide to sustainable living

Seasonal Eating for the end of Summer

 

In the southern hemisphere we are enjoying summer.  All the holiday celebrations can be hard on your liver. Crucerferous veges such as brocoli, sprouts and cabbage benefit the liver.  Watercress, fresh fruits, beetroot, garlic, bitter veges and green tea will also benefit liver detox pathways.

Some fantastic foods which are in season at the moment and I’ve been enjoying are.

 

Asparagus

– A natural diuretic which is great if you suffer from fluid retention

-Rich in folate, vit E, vit C. Folate helps carry carbon around the body, this mechanism constantly repairs DNA.

 

Avocado

– Provides nearly 20 essential nutrients including fibre, potassium, vit E, folate.  The good fats in Avos act as a nutrient booster helping the body absorb fat soluable nutrients such as beta carotene and lutein.

 

Kale

– Rich in sulphur – containing phytonutrients which research indicates have the capacity to help fight cancer. Great source of beta carotene and calcium

 

Watercress

– Contains iron, calcium, folic acid, vit A, vit C and iodine. Best eaten in its natural state fresh and crisp.

 

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Let me know in the comments below what you are enjoying eating this season? If it’s not summer where you are let me know which season you are in.

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Berry Radical now in triple pack

Berry Radical Antioxidant Superfood is now availiable for purchase in a triple pack!! Fantastic news!  If you take advantage and purchase you will also automatically qualify to become a lifestyle member of Miessence which will entitle you to a 20% discount on all future orders. Berry Radical makes a delicious chocolatety beverage enjoyed anytime of the day and its so good for you packed full of 9 antioxidant rich superfoods.  For more information click here.

What Are Free Radicals And Why Do We Need Antioxidants?

Oxidation occurs when free radicals (highly reactive, high-energy particles)
ricochet wildly throughout the body and damage cells. Free radicals can be
produced within the body by natural biological processes or introduced from
outside via tobacco smoke, toxins, pollutants and sub-optimal eating habits.
Free radicals are believed to accelerate the progression of many diseases.
Antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables help to neutralise free radicals in
our bodies. *1. *2.

What Are ORAC Units And How Many Do We Need?

ORAC, short for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, is a standardised
measurement of the total antioxidant power of a substance. Antioxidant power is
the ability to neutralise oxygen free radicals. The more free radicals a
substance can absorb, the higher it’s ORAC score. Nutritionists recommend that
we consume the 7 servings of fruits and vegetables of per day to significantly
impact antioxidant activity in the body and reduce free radical damage.*1.
*2.

Seven servings of fruits or vegetables provides approximately 3500 ORAC
units. One 3.5g teaspoon serving of Berry Radical contains over 4000 ORAC units!
One 105g tub contains 123,375 ORAC units.

1. Department of Health and Family Services. The Australian guide to healthy
eating. Canberra: DHFS, 1998.
2. Cashel K, Jeffreson S. The core food
groups. Endorsed by the National Health and Medical Research Council. Canberra:
Australian Government Publishing Service, 1995;83