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Healthy food does NOT have to mean bland food!

I wrestled with my own weight loss journey for more than two decades, and now I have been talking to people about weight loss and helping people to move to a healthier way of living for the last five years. One thing I have noticed that comes up again and again, is that overweight folks who are trying to shift from a diet of processed foods and sweet foods, often say they find healthier meals bland and boring.

I see folks switching out ready meals for steamed vegetables, or switching out take-away meals for ‘plain white chicken breast and boiled veg’ and then they say the ‘fall off the diet bandwagon’ because the healthy food just doesn’t satisfy them.

We need to explore what is going wrong here!

Let’s do this in bullet points for simplicity. Read more

We NEED to educate people

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.

Serving ego

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

How eating an extremely nutrient rich diet can help you resist the signs of ageing

I’m putting my opinion and belief out there today. I’m stretching the ‘100% proven’ science a bit here, piecing together facts and theories. Why? Because I believe I’m right, and I think there is value to you in sharing these thoughts.

WHY is nutrient dense food important?

This is an important point that so many people – particularly YOUNG people – overlook. JUST having enough of a certain micronutrient to sustain function is one thing, but having enough LEFT OVER for non-essential jobs inside your body, that’s another thing altogether.

Now, if you are a qualified nutritionist or doctor, just bare with me for a moment, I’m going to massively over-simplify the world of nutrition here for a moment…you won’t like it, but stick with it and you can comment at the bottom if you think I’m wrong.

So there are these RDA’s – Recommended Daily Amounts – of vitamins and minerals. It is suggested that we take these amounts in order to maintain energy, combat disease and stay generally healthy.

Now let’s just take 1 micronutrient, say, Vitamin A (A seems like a good place to start!). Vitamin A does a massive amount of things inside your body – among them, there is thyroid function, skin growth, eye function, protein synthesis, immune system function, calcium assimilation (for bone growth) and much more. Read more

Carb Blocking Pills – another chemical abomination of the diet industry

I was in Boots the chemist a few days ago, and I saw this garbage on the shelf.

It absolutely breaks my heart to see this in the UK’s best known high street pharmacy – where ‘Joe Public’ places his trust.

So the idea is, rather than educating people to just eat real food, we let them carry on chomping processed grains, but then they take a “carb control” tablet to help their body NOT to absorb the carbs, to help them poop out the undigested foods instead? Oh my Lord that’s so screwed up. 

It physical hurts me inside, I find this chemistry-class bullshit so offensive that it actually makes me ache to my core, I want to scream and shout. 

EVERYTHING about this is wrong. The way for ALL OF US to enjoy fantastic abundant good health, is to go in the polar opposite direction to this ‘nutritional madness’ way of thinking. 

I could rant for hours about this stuff, it makes me so mad. If someone can’t stop munching ‘carbs’ to the point that they know they are harming their own health then they need to address the underlying psychological issues, not take more pills.

Authority figures 

Members of the general public PLACE THEIR TRUST in “perceived authority figures”. This is an important point. 

Imagine our anonymous person, Joe Public, he is overweight, unhealthy, middle aged, confused. He has spent years trying to lose weight, yo-yo dieting, but ‘nothing seems to work’. He looks around and sees all these diet books and self-proclaimed experts (people like me, perhaps!), he will see the Doctor saying one thing, the Pharmacist saying another, this diet book says low fat, that diet book says low carb, this online expert says get more exercise, that nutritional advisor says eat more fruit – these conflicting opinions go on and on, and the poor guy (or gal) ends up feeling lost and confused. Out of that confusion, MOST people chose to place their TRUST in the figures they perceive as respected, ‘legally recognised and respected’ authorities. They tend to TRUST the Doctors, and big companies like food companies and drug companies and Boots the chemist. Because these are established legal entities, his brain says “Well they wouldn’t be allowed to sell this stuff unless it was good for us” and that’s who he decides to trust. 

But here is the problem:

  • The Doctors are not trained in nutrition. They are not actually trained in HEALTH they are trained to TREAT DISEASE and INJURY – there is a big difference. They are trained to treat and relieve symptoms
  • The Food companies “wouldn’t be allowed to sell that stuff if it was bad for us” – errr, hello, companies still sell cigarettes? Right, that’s flawed logic – much of the food in our supermarkets is garbage, but ‘they’ are legally allowed to make it, promote it and sell it
  • The drug companies – they are in it to treat symptoms and make money. They are not in the “Healthy” business, they are in the making money business. If no one got sick any more, there would be no business for them. I’m not saying that I believe the whole conspiracy theory idea that ‘they’ have the cures for all ills but they are holding back on us in the name of profit. IF a drug company came out with a ‘miracle cure pill’ tomorrow that could reduce and eliminate 90% of cancer tumours, they would patent that drug and make trillions for the next 25 years – if they had it, they would do it. BUT, if the ‘cure’ was to help people not get cancer in the first place, just through natural healthy living…well, then they wouldn’t be so keen to promote that would they, as that is not something they could patent. I think it’s a case of ‘Drug companies are not in the business of stopping illness from occurring in the first place, they are in the business of selling pills to treat symptoms of illness.’

 

So Joe Public places his trust in health care professionals and big corporations, because among all the ‘noise’ and people like me (who am I? Who is MND, just another guy ranting online…not ‘qualified’ to tell anyone what to do…) he doesn’t know who else to trust. More books, articles and blog posts come online every single day than anyone could possibly read, so among the mass of conflict and confusion, people place their trust in the ‘perceived authority figures’. 

And companies like Boots the Chemist are the kind of company that the public trusts. Boots has been on Britain’s High Streets for 50 years or more, longer than anyone can remember – it is a 150 year old company. Flawed logic says “if they have been around that long, they must be good guys, I can trust them”. 

It’s actually quite hard to write about this publicly without looking like I’ve jumped on “the conspiracy theory bandwagon”. I don’t think there is a ‘big evil man in a black suit with a bald head and a diamond encrusted eye patch, with scars on his face and stroking a white cat planning the end of mankind’ – I don’t think these food companies and drug companies are inherently evil and laughing at ‘our’ demise as we all get fat and sick and die young. It really isn’t like that. I think it’s the system, it is flawed from the outset, there is no commercial connection between the National Health Service, the food companies and the drug companies. Unless government (the ultimate high level power that we place our trust in, right?) do something to instigate change, then the system is likely to remain broken. Because all these entities are operating alone – there is no mechanism that connects them.

If government was a bit more forward thinking, they would see that the tax dollars they are getting from the sale of sugar and junk food and diet pills, is a drop in the ocean compared to the rapidly booming cost of treating a nation of obese unhealthy ageing people. The NHS is set to collapse under it’s own lack of funding in the next 20 or 30 years, IN OUR LIFE TIMES, causing dramatic problems for OUR old age, and our children and grand children.

BUT if we could get people educated how to be healthy from the start – so they don’t need pills, powders, potions, so they don’t get obese and ill, then we could reduce the future burden. It needs someone directing national policy to understand that the sale of processed foods laden with salt, refined sugar and processed oils, is making the population sick. If they then used tax mechanisms to promote healthy food choices (tax breaks for organic farmers, tax BURDENS on the advertising of foods with added refined sugar) and if the NHS allocated some budget to national education, then we might make some progress on these problems. It’s all about fixing the cause, not waiting to try to patch up the effect.

The 12 Core Principles of MotherNaturesDiet are a 90% fix for 90% of problems for 90% of people. Not 100%, I don’t suggest this is a cure-all, it’s a way to live to be healthy, not a “can fix all ills” solution for people who are already sick – they need individualised attention to fix individual problems. But MND is a healthy natural lifestyle, it’s an abundant healthy way to live to stop people getting sick in the first place.

I shall continue ranting til the cow comes home, til people listen! I’m on a mission!!!!

Back to the carb blockers

So that is why it breaks my heart when I see this company selling ‘carb blocker’ pills on the shelf next to SlimFast garbage. I am afraid we have ended up in a world where people are being treated as UTTERLY STUPID. “They” have made “us” believe that health is a great, vast, mystical, complex problem, and you need their help to sort it out – ‘they’ now sell magazines to teach you how to ‘walk quickly’??? Really – https://mothernaturesdiet.me/2014/03/18/has-anyone-got-a-copy-of-this-months-how-to-breathe-magazine/ 

“They” would have YOU believe that you NEED to spend your MONEY (folks, sadly, it ALL comes down to money) on a magazine about walking, on carb blockers, slimming powders, fat blocking pills, meal replacement shakes, expensive lycra clothing and minimalist running shoes that seem to cost more for less materials than normal shoes? How figure?  Pills prices

Just look at the prices of these pills. Remember – this is a product you are expected to pay for, to eat AS WELL AS the food you pay for, this is not instead of, but on top of, your food. So these tablets, that contain a type of sugar, maltodextrin, that are designed to stop you absorbing sugar…and they cost 30 quid for a small box. What’s that work out at pound-for-pound? The shelf labelling says they are 42pence per tablet. The tablets weight less than 1 gram each. So let’s just say 1 gram, and I’m being generous. That means this product costs £420 pounds per KILO!!!!

Organic broccoli in Waitrose is £4:14 per kilo.

Go figure which is best for you!!!!!!!!!!

People are being ripped off in a way that offends me to my very core!!!!

One MND follower told me that the waste which comes out of you, if you use these tablets, it thick black, runny, stinky and disgusting. I have no knowledge of that myself, but I do not like to think of what these chemical concoctions do inside your digestive system. You want to know why I call this ‘nutritional madness’? These pills are designed to stop your body from absorbing carbs – carbs, once they get down into your intestines, are forms of sugar. Look at the ingredients. Basically, the tablets are made up of some proprietary blend of glycoproteins (that’s proteins with sugars chemically added?), and an anti-foaming agent, to stop you bloating and farting like crazy. Then they contain a bunch of compounds that are hard to pronounce, including maltodextrin (a carb) and something that says cellulose (starchy carbs you can’t digest) and some silicon, salt and talc. Sounds delightful.

carb control

It makes me sick. I believe that “an overwhelming majority” of the entire health, wellness, diet, slimming, beauty industry is a TOTAL RIP OFF. Companies charging a fortune for powdered supplements – https://mothernaturesdiet.me/2013/10/12/beware-of-health-and-wellness-industry-rip-offs/ 

I may be an unqualified heretic, a quack, a charlatan, whatever the people making these tablets would call me, but the point is, MND is the best way to live for supreme good health – no pills, no powders, no bullshit. 

Pills are not the answer!! – https://mothernaturesdiet.me/2013/12/10/pills-are-not-the-answer/

They should print health warnings on junk food – Health warnings on foods containing sugar and artificial additives

SlimFast and other Meal Replacement Drinks – the Bad, The Worse and The Plain Ugly

MND – plain common sense.

Just eat real food, move your body, spend more time outside, get sunshine and fresh air, drink more water. Good health can be so simple.

 

7-a-day offers health benefits and protection from cancer. Eat the MND way and get 17-a-day

Earlier this week, there was a lot of noise in the press concerning news released by University College London (UCL) about a study they conducted, the findings of which suggest that the UK guidelines for eating fruit and vegetables should be raised from 5-a-day to 7-a-day. I am sure you have heard about this in the press, so I just thought I would share a few of my MND thoughts with you.

Summary of this post:

  • Eating much more veg could CUT a QUARTER of all CANCER deaths
  • Vegetables are much more beneficial than fruit
  • The UK government should subsidise organic vegetables through tax breaks, and add tax on to sugar and junk food
  • MotherNaturesDiet offers ALL the benefits you need – lots of vegetables and good protection from cancer and heart disease
  • I personally eat an average of 17 per day, if you follow MND in full, you should too

Firstly, there seems to have been a lot of resistance to this new proposal, many members of the public complaining that they don’t like this idea. I find such resistance strange – I mean, why don’t people want to know how to be healthier, not get sick, and live longer? I would welcome any advice in those areas, not reject it. The results from the report conclude: Quote “Eating seven or more portions reduces the specific risks of death by cancer and heart disease by 25% and 31% respectively. The research also showed that vegetables have significantly higher health benefits than fruit.”

WOW, just WOW. I don’t see any reason why people are not leaping up and down with untold joy at this information. Cancer and heart disease are the two biggest killers in our society. Cancer is an utter scourge on humanity, it wrecks lives and hurts us all, we all know someone, we’ve all lost someone we love to cancer. And here, research proves almost beyond question, that ensuring you eat lots of vegetables is one way to STOP a QUARTER of all cancer deaths. HOLY SHIT BALLS. You know how “Cure cancer” is one of the great quests of the human race – EAT VEGGIES. That’s a quarter of the problem already solved. WOW, be excited, isn’t that an AMAZING conclusion!!!

It’s incredible!! If a drug company patented a new drug tomorrow and took it to market claiming “Will cure 25% of all cancer over the next 4 decades” they would make BILLIONS from it and every doctor in the land would be prescribing it, and every cancer patient or pre-cancer scare/high-at-risk patient would want that drug. Well, that drug is here, and it’s called broccoli. It’s called kale. It’s called cabbage. Just eat your veggies. Read more

Processed food, your mitochondria, and ageing

I was reading a research paper over breakfast this morning, and yet again found ANOTHER good reason to eat clean and avoid processed foods and junk foods. I’ll quickly share it with you before I get stuck into my learning for the day.

A vast majority of processed foods broadly tend to be:

  • made from processed grains
  • they have had components of their original make-up removed (often natural fats) in order to extend their shelf life (leave the natural fats in, and the foods would go rancid)
  • for these reasons, they tend to be energy-dense (lots of calories, mostly carbs) and nutrient-poor (lacking vitamins and minerals)

This is a gross over-simplification, but it reasonably accurately describes foods such as bread, pasta, white rice, cakes, pastries, burger buns, snack bars, cereals and almost all packaged convenience food and almost all non-perishable snack foods.

So the food delivers energy, I.E. it gives you calories, but it fails to deliver nutrients the way Mother Nature intended. If you eat 600 grams of cabbage or broccoli you get some calories, but you get a bunch of vitamins, minerals and enzymes too. If you eat 600 grams of white bread, you get the calories, but very little of the nutrients (and those you do get, are synthetic, added in a factory, and hence far less bio-available to your body, because they are not ‘packaged’ naturally in balance with their relevant digestive enzymes, etc.).  Read more

Has anyone got a copy of this month’s ‘How to Breathe’ magazine…?

I stopped in at Sainsbury’s the other day to buy a bunch of flowers, and I spotted this magazine on the shelf – ‘Womens Walking’

What? Does someone think women need a bi-monthly magazine to tell them how to walk now? Is this a joke? Is it April 1st?

Look, I don’t want to put down anyone who engages in physical exercise – walking is the #1 best exercise going and we should all walk every day and I regularly encourage you to get up, get out and go walk. So I am not down on walking, and not criticising anyone who pro-actively makes an effort to get out and walk more often. BUT, I think this is a classic example of the complete rip-off of the ‘diet and health industry’ that they try to cash-in on healthier lifestyles, by trying to convince people there is some kind of science around going for a walk. There isn’t, don’t fall for it. I did NOT look in the magazine, it would have likely wound me up too much…but what comes next, I can imagine, you probably need special shoes that cost £130 quid, and you need nutrition tips, a hydration pack, blister-resistant socks, a training plan?

IMG_1912The articles  – kit guide, events, routes, weight loss. Folks, please don’t be fooled by the over-complication and over-scientific-complexity of going out for a walk…just walk! Any time, any place, any weather, just go for a walk. Do you think you need a ‘kit guide’ for that? Let me help:

Hydration – take a bottle of water.

Really long walk – take 3 bottles of water.

Fuel on long walks – take some food, carrots, apples, hard boiled eggs.

Lots of water and food to carry – get a rucksack – tends to have an opening at the top, you put stuff in then close it up and carry it.

Looks like it might rain – take a jacket.

Routes – find a hill, woods, a forest, a coastal path, looks for signs that say ‘Footpath’ – and go explore. Buy a local map.

Really, I just don’t think it needs to get any more complicated than that. You don’t need to spend a load of money. Read more

The 12 Core Principles of MotherNaturesDiet are very carefully balanced to help you focus on the MOST important issues in improving overall health.

The 12 Core Principles of MotherNaturesDiet are clustered in 3 groups:

Group 1: Things to quit 12 Core Principles - 3

Group 2: Things to consume

Group 3: Exercise and lifestyle factors

Each group contains 4 Rules. All these rules are brief and purposefully simplified – MND is all about keeping it simple, to help ordinary busy people cut through the ‘diet industry’ and ‘health industry’ marketing bullshit and get to what really works.

You’ll see that there are TWICE AS MANY Rules about ‘what not to eat’ as there are about ‘what TO eat’. This is structured this way on purpose, because I believe it is TWICE as important to get all the crap OUT of your life than to spend all your time worrying about the nuances and minutiae of what you should be eating. Diet perfectionism be damned, just eat real whole foods, eliminate chemicals from your body and avoid ALL processed foods, and you’ll have ‘the diet thing’ 90% licked. Read more

Spring Special Offer – Get Excited Now!

Seasonal discounts available NOW on range of MND health and fitness products.

The sun is shining!!! Wooohooo!! The ceaseless rain in the UK seems to be coming to an end, and as spring is coming, here at MND we want to help put a spring in your step!

So grab yourself a bargain right now!

First on the list, we can offer you our revolutionary new health product called ‘Air’! This little beauty offers you a simply life-saving range of health benefits, just look what this fantastic ‘Air’ can do for you:

  • Without this, you’re dead in just 5 minutes! Boo yah, beat that SlimFast!
  • Research shows that every living person on Earth, now and EVEN back in the ‘Golden Era’ of the Paleolithic period, they ALL breathed Air! Boom! Take that ViSalus!
  • Suitable for vegans, vegetarians, pescetarians, breatharians, gnashing meat-eaters, cannibals and pretty much everyone else alive! Kapow! Who’s ya daddy now Multi-Vit tablet? Read more

Getting the macronutrient balance right – the simple way, with MotherNaturesDiet

I was recently asked for my advice on macronutrients in a healthy diet:

  • How much protein should I eat?
  • You seem to advocate a very low-carb diet. Should I eat more carbs, where do you get your energy from?
  • Do you eat lots of good fats?
  • What about saturated fats? Omega-3’s? Oils?
  • 3 meals per day, or 4, or 5, or 6?

I believe that eating has gotten far too complicated, we are all wrapped up in measuring calories, macronutrients and micronutrients, when I believe that if we are eating the right foods, then such ‘scientific detail’ is not really worth worrying about too much, not for most people. Read more

What’s gone wrong with our food?

What’s gone wrong with our food? Why are we so obsessed with nutrients?

For tens of thousands of years we humans were quite happy and quite healthy (and of mostly fairly normal body weight) just eating real whole foods, namely plants and animals.

Then ‘they’ came along and started poking around with microscopes and test tubes and Bunsen burners, and suddenly everything was broken down into science, and eventually they vilified animal fats. So everyone cut out animal fats, and fat was labelled bad, but the finger pointed specifically at saturated fat from animal sources. So people ate less red meat, and they cut out butter and in response the food companies made margarine, and started adding lots of extra sugar (because with no fat, the food tasted bland) and these odd ‘engineered chemical fats and oils’ to various foods. Then after a decade or two eating those, as people got fatter and diabetes and heart disease rates soared, then they changed stance, and now trans fats and cheap vegetable oils are vilified as the baddies, so we should all go back to butter and ditch the margarine.

And the people asked “But we stopped eating animal saturated fats, years ago, because they were bad…right?”

The people wanted to know “what is it that is supposed to be so wrong with animal foods? How come all that research linked high rates of disease to the consumption of animal foods?” Read more

Do supplements work?

As you know, here at MND I take a pretty hard line on supplements – personally, I believe that unless you are an extreme athlete, or suffering from ill health and need to repair, or living in/through particularly hard times or a tough environment, then I don’t think supplements are needed for MOST people. I believe that if you are healthy, and eating a balanced healthy diet, following the 12 Core Principles of MotherNaturesDiet then really supplements should not be necessary.

Supplements companies quote a lot of very ‘borderline’ research in their marketing materials, and they often use very ‘suggestive language’ and desirable images to convince you to buy the products.

This graphic is VERY interesting!! supplements snake oil

This chart shows a large number of popular supplements that are available, plotted in rank of how much real scientific evidence there is to support their effectiveness. (This graphic is not from me here at MND, full credit to the source, with thanks.)

Supplements ‘have a place’ in helping people heal from ill health, or in helping athletes perform at the highest level (in terms of replacing minerals lost in extreme training, mostly), but for most people, I think supplements are a waste of money.

I think a good clean diet high in top-quality organic whole foods, gives you all you need.

A few supplements are worth having. For example, many of us do NOT live near the sea and do not get enough fresh fish in our diet (me included!) so a daily cod liver oil supplement makes good sense. And while I think I personally eat a great diet rich in anti-oxidants (I estimate I eat 10 to 12 portions of fruit and veg per day, mostly veg), for most people there is a strong case for including more anti-oxidants in your diet.

Still, in my opinion, most supplements are ‘expensive urine’ – the body does not metabolise the nutrients the same in supplement form as it does in whole foods, and for many/most people, half the supplements ends up down the toilet within a few hours.

Previous posts about supplements that you may like to see:

Beware of health and wellness industry rip offs

Meal Replacement Drinks – the Bad, The Worse and The Plain Ugly

 

Stick to Simple Healthy Eating: beware of overpriced supplements

At this time of year, the ‘diet industry’ is in full swing.

They know that January is the month everyone joins a gym and buys into the latest fad diet, so they are pushing their weight loss solutions, pills and powders, superfoods and supplements like crazy this month.

Before you buy anything, understand that the prices they charge for these things are utterly disproportionate to the benefits they offer to you.

Don’t scrimp at the supermarket because you have blown all your disposable income on supplements or diet aids!!  Read more

2013 Popular Posts #6: Meal Replacement Shakes (rip off!)

2013 Popular Posts #6: the Bad, The Worse and The Plain Ugly

If you have ever considered using Meal Replacement Shakes as a weight loss strategy, then you might find this post interesting.

This is a long post, actually it’s the single longest post I have written all year. If you don’t have time to read it all, then just go to the beginning, where you will find a handy summary of the key details, posted as a series of bullet points for you.

The specific products covered in this post are:
Maxitone Sculptress – Maximuscle Progain Extreme
Herbalife Formula 1
SlimFast
Body By Vi – ViShape
Shakeology by Team Beachbody
Rockin’ Wellness
Soylent
Ambro
https://mothernaturesdiet.me/2013/12/17/meal-replacement-drinks-the-bad-the-worse-and-the-plain-ugly/

Meal Replacement Drinks – the Bad, The Worse and The Plain Ugly

This post is the second in a series of lengthy posts exposing the reality behind the lucrative market for diet and health supplements.

The first post in this series can be read here: Beware of health and wellness industry rip offs

For the last year I have been gathering my thoughts about MEAL REPLACEMENT and weight loss shakes. In this post, I will expose what I think is wrong with liquid meal replacement diets, I will look briefly at the companies selling these solutions to a confused public, and one by one, we will look at the ingredients and nutritional composition of several of the best known brands on the market.

 

If you don’t want to read this lengthy blog, then I’ll summarize it all for you here in simple bullet points.

  • They are all fake, synthetic formulas. Synthetic vitamins and other nutrients do not give your body the same benefits that natural nutrients do when consumed in whole fresh foods
  • Heavily processed powders full of synthetic ingredients, artificial sweeteners and chemically processed sugars have NO PLACE in a healthy lifestyle, in my opinion. Many of these shakes contain soy, rice, sugars, dairy (whey protein) and ‘fillers’, cheap sugary carbs to pack the product out and give it enough calories to fill you up
  • Meal replacement shakes, when taken as a weight-loss strategy, are not sustainable for the long-term. Any temporary behaviour can have a temporary effect. However, it requires long-term, permanent lifestyle change to effect long-term, permanent health and body changes. If you want to lose weight permanently, change your lifestyle, don’t resort to some powdered supplement as a quick-fix, short-term solution
  • You should be aware that many of the most popular meal replacement shakes and weight loss shakes, are sold under MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) schemes (what we used to call pyramid selling schemes but for some reason we are not allowed to call them that any more). These companies are not set up to help make you healthy, they are set up to make their founders and senior staff very rich. Pyramid schemes only work while people keep buying the product, so the goal is to get you in, get you on the program and keep you buying – your health and weight loss has nothing to do with it
  • The list of ingredients should be scrutinized rigorously – look for sugar, sugar and more sugar
  • The list of vitamins and minerals that the can, tub or packet claims the shake will deliver, cannot be taken as a definitive guide to what your body might absorb and use. You need to understand how synthetic nutrients are absorbed differently to nutrients delivered in real whole food, in order to understand why this is so
  • Meal replacement shakes are expensive, and that is money that you could spend on high quality, real, organic food. I never understood why people fall for these marketing tricks of the ‘diet food’ industry. I see it this way: if you are overweight, it’s extremely likely that you have either been eating too much food, or too much cheap, low-nutrient, high-sugar, junk food. Either way, just eat less, and eat real, plain, simple food. Think about it – SAVE money, just eat less. The solution to losing weight isn’t “go out and buy loads of extremely expensive powder to mix with some milk or water and spend half the day feeling hungry” – surely, the solution ought to be “eat less”. See, a solution that saves money, not one that costs more. Common sense thinking

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Beware of health and wellness industry rip offs

This post is about supplements, in particular, so-called superfood supplements, and how they are being sold to health-conscious consumers at extortionate prices. This post looks at the prices of these supplements, pound-for-pound compared to the price of real, natural, whole foods.

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Changing how we think about ‘food as a treat’

Many people struggling to lose excess weight, need to change how they think of food as ‘a leisure activity’.

We parents must be so careful what we teach our kids about food. We must try not to teach them that sugary foods are ‘treats’. Such foods, consumed over decades, can have disastrous health consequences.

 

Learn more in this short video.

http://youtu.be/gDZ9_sfhRao

Health warnings on foods containing sugar and artificial additives

Summary of this post:
• It took 40 years from when health warnings started to appear on packs of cigarettes, for lung cancer rates to start declining.
• Despite the known harmful effects, an alarming 1.3 billion people worldwide still smoke.
• Despite 2 decades of promoting ‘5-a-day’ less than 40% of the population of the UK actually eat 5 portions of fruit and veg per day.
• If health warnings appeared on foods containing refined sugar and chemical additives now, it would likely take 40 years to arrest the present rise in obesity, diabetes and CHD.
• The only way to good health in our lifetimes, is to take personal responsibility NOW.

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Sugar-coated Breakfast Cereals

I was looking at this box of Tesco ‘Honey Nut Clusters with Milk Chocolate’ earlier, and I wanted to make sense of the label, to work out what is really inside the box.

Summary of this post –

Often, looking at the Nutrition panel on a product will not tell you the true story. Learn to understand the ingredients list so you really know what’s in your food – or better still, if it has a label, don’t buy it.

This box of cereal is a classic example.
• 55% processed grain
• 26.5% refined sugar
• At least 12% processed fat
• 93% of the contents of this box will not serve your body at all, except to provide ‘empty calories’ of low-grade carbohydrate.

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New research linking processed meat to increased risk of death

This news story was in the UK papers today, about new research linking processed meat consumption to an increased risk of death.

Several friends have asked for my opinion on this. Personally, as you know, on MND, I don’t touch ‘junk meat’, so it is not a concern for me. I have looked at the reports in the papers – see links at bottom of this article – and I have looked into the research and the original results, to form my own opinion.

Of course, I broadly agree with the notion that processed meats are bad for us. No surprise there, I don’t eat that garbage and MND recommends that you don’t eat it either. The scrappy off-cuts of meat that food manufacturers put into cheap sausages, cheap pork pies and other cheap meats, just like those 99p frozen lasagne dishes with horse meat in them, are the trash end of the meat market, and MND advices you to completely avoid such products.

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Sugar is Public Enemy #1 – stop blaming meat and fat!

A friend of mine shared this link with me this morning:
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/27/its-the-sugar-folks/
Just read the article, it's pretty clear, even though the smart ones among us have known for years that refined sugar is bad news, here is yet more evidence, but will anyone listen?

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Horse meat in our food supply – why you only have yourself to blame, Joe Public

I have been avoiding writing about this horse meat scandal in the UK, but I can’t keep quiet about it any longer.

I am not the only nor the first to voice the broad opinion that ‘you the people wanted cheap food, you wanted to be able to buy a microwave dinner for 99p, you wanted a whole box of frozen burgers for just £1.99, what the hell did you think you were getting? Did you relay expect high food safety and quality standards when you were demanding such ridiculously cheap goods?’ I want to say ‘Shut up and quit complaining, you get what you pay for in life.’ But that doesn’t say enough, to state it like that sounds aggressive and ignorant, when perhaps ignorance is the problem in the first place, so this needs a little more explanation.

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We wouldn’t feed pizza to a rhino, so why are we feeding it to our children?

Think about the so-called food available to us today.

Imagine you are visiting the zoo, and you see the zoo keepers feeding the animals. They put the food out for the big rhino, buckets of roughly chopped up vegetables, perhaps some pieces of fruit, and all seems well. During a demonstration talk, the keeper offers the rhino a jam doughnut as he cracks some joke about "even this big guy likes a treat each day" and most of the spectators laugh as the rhino eagerly gobbles down the doughnut. A few people would quietly be thinking 'you shouldn't give things like that to an animal, it's cruel' but they don't say anything, they keep their opinions to themselves for fear of appearing to be an extremist.

But now let's say things are different, let's picture a different scenario. Imagine if our rhino is kept in his muddy, grassy enclosure and fed bucket loads of pizza, burgers, chips, pies, pastries, cakes, ice cream, chocolate bars and biscuits. Every day the public visit this zoo and watch the keepers fill our rhino's drinking trough with cola or beer or milkshake, and the ground of his enclosure is littered with chewing gum, pizza crusts, cheese sandwiches and cookies. What would the vast majority of zoo visitors say then?

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Sports Products and Sports/Energy Drinks

BBC Panorama just aired a TV show titled “The Truth About Sports Products” which told us that sports drinks, running shoes and supplements are basically all a total waste of money.

The presenter closed the show by saying that the best approach to sport and exercise for 99% of us is “to eat a healthy balanced diet, drink plain old water as and when we feel thirsty, and get out in the fresh air and exercise, often.”

Sounds exactly like the basis of what I have been saying, really. 🙂
MND is just good common sense.

p.s. The show explored bare foot running. For further reading on the topic of barefoot running, check out the superb book ‘Born To Run’ by Christopher McDougal.