I’ve eaten flax before and thought it tasted like the sawdust that covers the floor at the circus. But as it is a superfood, I’m determined to unearth all of its amazing health-giving properties and attempt to talk my palate into trying it again. Because, filled as it is with unique nutritious qualities, flaxseed certainly deserves its superstar status.
Flaxseeds are full of lignans — “up to 800 times the amount as in any tested plant food” — which is a promising cancer fighting agent (especially breast and colon cancer). Flax consumption can help reduce total cholesterol, including the bad kind and triglycerides. Which makes it good news for the heart as well. As flax is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, it can help diabetics reduce their blood sugar levels and ease the painful inflammation associated with arthritis.
Creamy and sweet, rich and fatty. A food item described by these four adjectives surely can’t be good for you. Or can it? In the case coconut milk, that’s an affirmative. Whereas most foods high in saturated fats are bad for your waistline and your heart, when it comes to coconut milk the (albeit not super slim) but definitely heart-healthy South Pacific islanders are living testaments to its good all round health properties.
While coconut milk, which is derived from the flesh of the coconut, is high in saturated fat, it’s a “good saturated fat”, one which can be easily metabolized by the body. It doesn’t transform into “bad cholesterol” that can clog up the arteries. That’s because the principle ingredient in coconut milk is the lauric acid — the same stuff found in breast milk — which promotes brain development and healthy bones. What’s more, “it’s anti-carcinogenic, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral”, and can strengthen your immune system and protect you from illnesses like hepatitis C, herpes and HIV.
I’ve not posted in months. For anyone who gives a crap, SORRY! If I could do what I want to do, I’d have more time to do exactly this, because it’s fun, among other reasons. I have pages and pages of blog postage that I spit out over the last few months and then just never seemed to find time to pull together and now it feels very outdated. Not to mention, I just get embarrassed and feel like… really? does anyone really give a shit about what I ate for breakfast? Really? But maybe I’ll tidy it up, pull it together and throw it out there, why not. Someone encourage me please and I’ll do it. Here’s something I wrote on Valentine’s day:
Valentine’s Day!! It can be kind of like New Year’s Eve… too much expectation which leads only to disappointment. Here’s what I’ve learned: don’t expect anything. Then you’ll never be disappointed. Rely on yourself. Love yourself. And everyone else, but really, if you don’t treat yourself well, why should anyone else? Anyone who knows me and is reading this will be shouting things about pots and kettles calling each other black, whatever that saying is… because I’m told constantly I need to take better care of myself – but who takes their own advice anyway? Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
I’m hooked on this one. I’ve been trying to incorporate hemp seeds into more dishes and to replace other nuts or seeds. Even though they are so healthy and taste pretty good, I always found it hard to know what to do with them. Besides for sprinkling them on top of my salads or mixing them with quinoa in tabouli salads. I knew there had to be better ways to get them in larger quantities into my diet. I’ve never liked the hemp protein powders. They are just too gritty and powdery, I hate the texture they give to my smoothies. What surprised me was that the whole hemp seeds have basically the same amount of protein as the hemp protein powders. They are not actually concentrated, and the protein is not isolated anyways. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
The infamous Garlic and Shots restaurant in Soho, London offers more garlic-laden dishes than you could shake at a coven of vampires. During my time as a resident of London, the restaurant was dismissed as tourist trap by us locals. But with the benefit of hindsight, I’ve got to concede that G and S is onto something.
I’m always leery of substitutes. “Try this – it’s almost as good as sugar.” And twenty years (and many packets of this stuff) later, you find out it’s bad for you. Which shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Since when has the easy fix been good for you? But having learned the considerable perils of diet soda, I’ve been on constant prowl for a tasty, fizzy substitute. With immense trepidation, of course Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
I know what you’re thinking. It seems every month is National Something Month, whether we’re celebrating women’s history, black history or pediculosis prevention. But the American Dietetic Association (ADA) has officially declared March the month to reevaluate your nutritional habits, so that’s what we’re going to do.
It’s not a bad idea really; rather than just “celebrating” something (like, say, Irish American heritage), National Nutrition Month encourages you to be proactive and actually do something that might result in a change for the better. It makes a hell of a lot more sense than Library Awareness Month. After all, I’m aware of the library every time I go there. Which is often. But to spend an entire month focusing on it when something potentially life saving like condoms are only given a week’s worth of awareness seems ridiculous and greedy. But I digress.
As human beings, we crave individuality. We want bespoke suits. We want customized license plates (GLROX, anyone?). We want hand knitted sweaters (as long as our mothers aren’t the designers). And we want our very own made-to-order nutrition bars.
Well, I’m happy to inform you that at least one of our basic human rights is being catered to.
If you’re a thirsty design fanatic, I have just the thing for you. Y water is a new organic, nutrient-rich low calorie beverage with its HQ just a stone’s throw from G Living in increasingly verde Venice Beach. Aimed specifically at children, Y water is also guaranteed to unleash the big kid in you Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
A pure superfood anti-oxidant shake to get the glow and help protect you from the harsh summer sun. Acai Berry (ah-sigh-ee) is the new hot superfood from the Brazilian Amazon gaining immense popularity in Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
I have suffered this winter – through two bouts with norovirus and now with the x4n3, or whatever the latest flu is called. It’s been pretty miserable. I generally eat healthy, too, but over the past several years, I’ve noticed that my immune system needs a shot during flu season. This year, I didn’t give my body the extra protection, either from supplements of from eating immuno-foods Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
If you’re the type who looks to the New York Times Best Sellers list for reading ideas, you’re probably feeling very enlightened this week. Human awakening is a dominating theme on this week’s Paperback Advice grouping (four books out of ten, to be exact), celebrating the Skinny Bitches and the concept of a better world.
Two of the top ten titles are the works of author and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, who’s teaming up with Oprah Winfrey to offer an exclusive online class on his latest guide, A New Earth.