Recently, a friend of mine blogged and his thoughts whipped up quite an interesting exchange of opinions.
In short, he basically noted that in the days after Christmas, ‘everyone’ was moaning of coughs, colds, bad guts, headaches, tiredness, gas and feeling bloated, and he commented that he tries to tell people that they are stuffing themselves with junk, and that leaves them feeling ill, but he said ‘people get so easily offended’. Then he said ‘we need to educate people’ and this use of the word ‘need’ whipped up some very interesting feelings and thoughts.
Others felt the use of the word ‘need’ was an ego-driven emotion, “we need to educate people”, suggesting that he was holding some kind of higher moral ground. I have seen this discussion crop up a few times before…and I find this a very interesting topic. There certainly is an element of the health and fitness industry who take this moral stance, they tend to be young, male and stacked with bulging muscles (but not always fitting that precise stereotype!) and they often treat others with a somewhat condescending attitude. They do assume some kind of “I have a right to educate you, whether you asked it or not” as if having muscles and a 6-pack makes you a ‘better person’ than someone overweight or out of shape.
However, I actually do think that ‘we’ (those enjoying abundant good health) do ‘need’ to educate those with health challenges, we just have to do it without the ego, the attitude and without giving anyone the feeling that we are trying to take some kind of moral stance, judging them for the mistakes they may or may not have made.
I believe that many people unwittingly fail to understand that their food and lifestyle choices are hurting them. Read more
What this post is about:
- Eating refined sugar actually does you more harm than good
- Refined sugar costs your body small amounts of certain micro-nutrients
- If you tried to live on just refined sugar, you would almost certainly become very sick in surprisingly little time, and eventually die
- 5-a-day is just not enough! And most people are not eating 5-a-day!
- Sugar is a poison
- People think healthy food is boring, because it tastes bland – but only to their palate which has been poisoned by sugar and salt – when people tell me they think vegetables taste boring and bland, I know it’s the PERSON that is ‘broken’ not the vegetables
- A diet high in sugar and processed foods, and low in fresh vegetables, is likely high in processed carbohydrates and processed sugars
- Such a diet is causing low-level nutrient deficiencies and vast swathes of our population are suffering poor health as a result
White refined sugar
If you follow this blog on a regular basis, you will by now know that I have a real issue with white refined sugar, and in my opinion, MotherNaturesDiet ranks refined sugar as public enemy #1 in the health world. I have written lots about sugar before (from here on, when I use the word ‘sugar’ in this post, I am referring to white refined sugar, good old table sugar, or the modern mass-produced sugar-syrups that are used as ‘sugar’ in modern food manufacturing, such as HFCS and similar compounds that come under so many names) and I shall endeavour not to repeat myself too much in this post. If you are interested in reading more about the evils of sugar, go to www.MotherNaturesDiet.me and find the little ‘search’ box a short way down on the right hand side of the page, type in ‘sugar’ and hit return, and you will find lots of posts about sugar. Today, I want to draw your attention to the subject of sugar as an anti-nutrient, and the implications this has for the rest of your diet, and how it impacts the Recommended Daily Amounts (RDAs) the government suggest you consume of various vitamins and minerals. As you read, you will see how this all ties together. As with most of my other long posts, I will try my best to keep the science to a minimum, so that this article makes sense to everyone. I will purposefully over-simplify the science, and write this in pretty plain English, so that the article is of interest to the widest possible audience. Scientists and nutrition experts please forgive the simplicity!
Sugar as an anti-nutrient
Many health experts suggest that we should eat more raw food, and others suggest that our food should all be cooked.
In this video, ‘MND TV Episode 9 – raw food and cooked food’, I briefly explore this area for you, with – of course – my usual common sense simple approach. I think healthy living should be simple, don’t you? No sense in over-complicating things, in my opinion!
This video is a nice short easy one, only 14 or 15 minutes, and it follows the last 2 that I posted, to complete an hour of learning.
- Episode 7 – all about fruit and fruit sugar
- Episode 8 – all about juices and smoothies
- Episode 9 – raw food and cooked food
Watch them all, and they all tie together quite nicely for the bigger picture!!
Enjoy! Stay healthy!
Last week I posted MND TV Episode 7, which covered fruit, fruit sugar and fruit consumption as part of a healthy diet.
This week I am sharing MND TV Episode 8, which covers fruit smoothies and vegetable juices, and the pros and cons of liquid meals in general.
Here it is – http://mothernaturesdiet.tv/2014/10/20/mnd-tv-episode-8/
This episode won’t give you actual recipes, it’s more about getting you to understand what is good and bad about liquid meals, and the difference between smoothies and juices.
Recently, as the world slowly wakes up to the fact that sugar is ‘the enemy’ and not fat, so fruit has come under attack. There is lots of talk out there about fruit – folks saying fruit will make you fat, folks saying fruit is such a source of sugar that the moment you eat it, it all just turns to filing up your fat cells, and all kinds of other rubbish!
So, MND TV Episode 7 is all about fruit – setting the record straight and letting you know the truth about fruit.
Grab an apple, get yourself comfortable and enjoy!!
I am not in the business of attacking anyone else, putting anyone else down or judging anyone. I think that kind of thing is already all-too-common online, and it is negative, it really doesn’t help anyone. I have been blogging for over 4 years, and I have not attacked anyone else in that time.
However, some self-proclaimed healthcare professionals, some folks with lots of academic qualifications, have told me I am a quack, a danger to the public, preaching pseudo-science and quackery.
Those of you who have been to my live Seminar, you be the judge of that.
Meanwhile, under the watchful guidance of the medically qualified, our great nation seems to be suffering –
- National obesity EPIDEMIC
- Diabetes EPIDEMIC
- Heart disease at EPIDEMIC proportions
- Cancer rates SOARING
- Depression rates SOARING
- Childhood obesity SOARING
- Statins, antacids, anti-depressants and PPIs widespread
- Now see this –
– HALF of all the women in the UK, and NEARLY HALF of all men are now taking PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.
Quote “The more medicines you take, the more contact you have with contemporary medicine, the less well you feel.” Read more
MND TV Episode 6 – a very brief word on some of the ever-changing advice out there in the land of diets, health and fad diet sales tricks!
“Don’t eat fat it will make you fat!”
“No, no it’s not the fat now, it’s sugar – just don’t eat sugar, it’s the cause of rising diabetes and the obesity epidemic.”
“Just eat your 5-a-day!”
“Oh no it’s not 5-a-day anymore, it’s 7-a-day, you must eat your 7-a-day to combat cancer and other diseases!”
Why these gems of wisdom are not helping, and society as a whole seems to be suffering more ill health despite decades of this advice.
This Episode is short and is really just a follow-up to MND TV Episode 5.
My friend shared this interesting article with me:
The article explains how our eyes work and what macular degeneration is, and then goes on to the findings of a new study.
Here, quoted, I picked out what I believe to be the most relevant and interesting part:
Quote < < “Each participant’s diet was assessed in terms of a scale called dietary glycaemic index. The food choices with a high glycaemic index are those which raise blood sugar significantly and for a longer period of time. As you would expect, these are food choices that are higher in sugar and carbohydrate.
What the researchers found was quite compelling. Those individuals whose diets had higher levels of high glycaemic index foods had a dramatic increase risk for progression or worsening of macular degeneration. Read more
For a long time, people have been asking me if I can deliver a daily motivational message to their phone, to help keep them on track, inspired and motivated to eat clean and exercise every day.
So, in response to those requests, we have developed the MND App, available now on iOS and Android – for free – and including a daily push message delivered at 7am every day straight to your phone.
Download for iOS: http://bit.ly/MND_iOS
Download for Android: http://bit.ly/MND_Android
The App includes lots of MND content – the 12 Core Principles, recipes, exercises, a chatroom to connect with other MND followers and much more.
Download it now and get involved!
I attended a seminar about wealth creation, and the speaker T. Harv Eker said that – “You only know it if you are living it.”
He meant it in the context of ‘Don’t take wealth creation advice from someone who isn’t rich!’ but I also think it applies to all other areas of life too, including health.
- I’ve met weight loss coaches who are fat
- I’ve met people who are broke, telling you how to make money
- I’ve met fat unhealthy doctors who smoke
- I’ve met people who help others quit addictions…who still drink
- I’ve met personal trainers who aren’t very fit
- I’ve met people teaching ‘how to make millions online’ who haven’t made millions online
- I’ve met people teaching property investing who don’t own a large portfolio of investment properties
- I’ve met people teaching relationship skills who are not in a blissful loving relationship
- I’ve met people who teach marriage success who have been divorced 2 or 3 times
- I’ve met nutritional therapists who teach weight loss and good health, who are fat and in poor health
- I’ve met healers who need healing
- I’ve met therapists who need therapy
I am sick and tired of this bullshit. Is it just me? Read more
MND TV Episode 5 – what is MND and MND TV all about?!?!?
This video will help to explain what MND is all about, and what MND TV is all about…I talk and write about lots of different things, this short MND TV episode will help you to see what it’s all about and how it all connects together! Mother Nature’s beautiful world and our health and longevity is all one big holistic picture!!
I talk about and write about many different things, this video explains why I cover so many things.
This video also explains that if you DON’T want to know all the complicated science and if you don’t want to read all my long blogs and watch all my videos, then just LIVE the 12 Core Principles and don’t ask any questions!
Watch the video and see how it all makes sense!
MND TV Episode 4 – ‘Get a life’ Rant!
Warning: contains adult language
Sorry folks, this is a bit of a rant, and I swear a few times in this video. I’m crazy about healthy living, and sometimes people are quite critical of my life choices – I am often told to “Get a life” or “Live a little” because I choose not to eat sugar, drink alcohol or watch TV. In this video, I rant about all of that, and encourage you to see that the ‘stigma’ sometimes attached to healthy eating, suggesting that healthy, clean eating is ‘boring’, is in fact the complete opposite.
Please be warned of bad language, and sorry if I offend anyone!
I very VERY rarely post anything written by anyone else…but I like this, and I wanted to share it with you.
I know a super nice guy called Chris Burgess who runs a great business called “Lift the Bar” helping Personal Trainers improve their careers, maintain professional standards and further their education.
Chris blogged this and I wanted to share it with you, I think it is great.
The day I lost to MLM
Was about 5 years ago, almost to the day
I remember a client telling me that they were cancelling their session with me because “It’s not working”
We’ve all been there, right? Read more
The second episode of MND TV is ready for you to watch now.
MND TV Episode 2 – how to control those carb cravings. You really don’t have a ‘sweet tooth’!!
Warning – this is a bit of a rant, so if you are easily offended…tough shit! Suck it up and get over it!