Sarah Backhouse | G Diet Experiment Day 5

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It’s day 5 of my plant-only experiment, and I’m becoming acutely aware of what I put into my gob on a daily basis. I am definitely eating more fruits and vegetables — but because they’re not as filling as, say, large chunks of animal protein, I feel like I’m constantly snacking. (Oh, and I almost messed up yesterday by inadvertently adding natural yogurt to dilute my green goddess salad dressing. But stopped myself just in time. I know the cows will thank me, but I’m not sure if my waistline will.)

Which leads me to an interesting point — being healthy and vegan. During this 30-day period, I’m determined not to overindulge in the three “S”s: sugar, soy and seitan.

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Nano Surgery Might Just Save You

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Article by G Living MemberOmid

If we’re all are right to begin with, that a raw food diet is best, then the future of medicine, reliant on nanotechnology… would not be necessary. What?

An article published in Advances in Anti-Aging suggests diseases and poor-health are largely the result of damage that occurs at the molecular level of the body, and at the cellular level of the body. Many believe that modern medicine is in fact somewhat of a dinosaur, and that most medicinal instruments, especially surgical tools including the scalpel, are at best more likely to injure and harm someone than help or sure them.

So what is a person to do? Turn to nanotechnology.

What is Nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology is a term used to define the manufacturing of technology that occurs during the 21st century. This means creating complex machines capable of interacting with humans on a molecular level, or creating molecular computers. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Key To Improving Exercise Endurance Is Hydration And Fuel

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Staying properly hydrated and fueled during exercise improves endurance, we know that. But what is the best way best way to ensure that you maintain hydration and blood sugar levels?

Drinking and eating of course. Simple.

The trouble is, sometimes while exercising intensely – especially in a race situation – we can actually forget about the need for fluid and calories until faced with the result of their absence. At this point, of course, it’s too late to hydrate and fuel without a decline in performance. We must drink before we are thirsty and take in calories before we are hungry or feel the first onset of fatigue.

To time this correctly, practise in training. I recommend eating what you would normally eat before a race, then go on a training run / ride. Allow yourself to get slightly thirsty, then look at your watch and subtract 15 minutes from the length of time you’ve been out. That’s when you should have stated drinking.

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Grow Your Own Sprouts For Condensed Nutrition at its Finest

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It doesn’t take a green thumb to get green — and sprouts are the living proof. If you can take care of a goldfish, you can easily take care of sprouts: they require about 2 minutes a day in terms of maintenance, all in the convenience of your own kitchen. No dirt and no bugs, just beautiful jars and baskets brimming with micro-veggies, bringing your kitchen (and your diet) alive. No patience is required, either — which is a good thing, if you’re like me — as you can go from seed to harvest in just a matter of days. I like to start a new batch a few times a week, to ensure that I always have fresh sprouts to enjoy in salads, wraps, breads and snacks.

Reasons To Eat Your Mini-Greens | Healthy and Cheap

Sprouts are baby plants and vegetables. In many ways, the sprout stage of a plant is its nutritional prime. An incredibly nutrient dense food, sprouts boast copious amounts of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, antioxidants, and even protein. The process of germination dramatically improves the nutritional profile of the dormant seed — multiplying the seed’s nutrition benefit anywhere from 300 to 1,200 percent! And many sprouts reign nutritionally supreme when compared to their corresponding adult plants, too. As listed in Sprouts: The Miracle Food by Steve Meyerowitz, 100 mg of radish sprouts contain almost twice the calcium, and thirty-nine times the Vitamin A of an equal amount of mature radish. Sprouts are condensed nutrition at its finest.

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All You Need to Know About Vitamin B-12

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G Living Member Featured PostOmid

All You Need to Know About Vitamin B-12

Vitamin B-12 is one of the eight vitamins in the B-complex group. It plays a very important role in a number of metabolic functions in our body.

Generally, B-complex group vitamins are water-soluble in nature, meaning they easily dissolve in water and other body fluids. Because of this, the B-complex group vitamins are not retained in our body. They are removed from our system from time to time. So a daily intake of the water-soluble vitamins is essential.

Unlike other water-soluble vitamins, vitamin B-12 can be stored in our body, although in small quantities. The amount of vitamin B-12 stored in our body is sufficient for a few years, and so its deficiency is not very common to occur. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

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How Green Are The Products By Tom’s Of Maine?

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Claire Burstein, a writer for Elephant Magazine wanted to know, just how green is that all so familiar brand Tom’s of Maine. Which we here at G Living thought was a fair question. For us, Tom’s is a giant of a brand, similar to what Crest is to the rest of America. So, we thought we should share with you, the answer Claire came up with.

Following article is by Claire Burstein, originally published by

I imagine that many health conscious folks out there naturally reach for Tom’s of Maine toothpaste. It makes sense, right? It’s so readily available, it’s in health food stores and supermarkets alike, it looks good, it tastes good, it’s “all natural” and everybody’s using it. Why wouldn’t it be a good thing? Well, there are some things you should be aware before you buy Tom’s of Maine products again. I used them regularly, until a teacher clued me in on some important details. I was a bit shocked at the vehemence with which he bashed Tom’s of Maine. I’ll spare you that energy. What I would like to do is pass the knowledge on to you and point you in the direction of an alternative.

Firstly, the word “natural” is used quite loosely in the health and beauty industry. Everything on this Earth once came from nature. Even “synthetic” things come from petroleum, which is a natural thing. There are plenty of harmful substances that are sourced from natural things. And there are things directly from nature that are very harmful to humans, such as mercury and snake venom. So, beware of the word “natural”. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

How Important Are Fats In Your Healthy Diet?

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How important are fats, what forms should you be consuming and in what quantities? It wasn’t long ago when then medical community was advocating the avoidance of all fat, even in the form of nuts or an avocado. Long gone are the days of neglect and dismissal when it comes to fat. We have made great progress drawing more clear lines between raw plant based sources that are good for you, even anti-aging, and those that are harmful such as cooked, animal based, and processed saturated and trans fats.

Bad fat

A deficiency of healthy fat runs prevalent throughout the modern day North American diet with the majority of people consuming too many of the detrimental bad fats including saturated fats in meat and dairy, and processed polyunsaturated fats or hydrogenated trans-fat from cooking oil and margarine used in processed foods. Consuming too many of these and not enough of the good fats contribute to stroke, heart attack, chronic inflammation, cognitive impairment, allergy, auto immune diseases and ultimately premature death.

Many of the oils we think are doing our bodies good are in fact causing further damage. The processing of oil can be the difference between good and bad. Some extraction methods for cheaper oils involve high heat, which can actually cause the oil to convert to trans fat. Other extraction methods use chemical solvents to separate the oil, usually done with low-grade oils.

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My Summer Adventures in Juice Cleansing

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Intro Note

This is an extended, unedited version of an article I originally wrote in July for Get Fresh magazine… U.K.’s glossy raw food mag. You can get current and back copies of the mag at Dhru has been a contributor in the past too!

Thanksgiving was beautiful at Pure Food and Wine… and WLIR’s own Philip was there too. Now we’re full on immersed in the holiday season, so I thought it’s not a bad time to put up this post about fasting, eating and all the issues in between. Happy Holidays, and may everyone take really good care of themselves.

Love, Sarma

My Summer Adventures in Juice Cleansing

Some people call themselves experts or even gurus (yes, I have heard someone introduce themselves as a “guru”) on nutrition, raw foods, weight loss, or enlightenment, or all of those. They write and/or speak publicly about conclusions they’ve arrived at through years of experience and diligent research. I, on the other hand, don’t claim to have conclusively figured it all out, nor do I have time for hours of detailed investigation. I just try things for myself and write about it while I’m sorting it all out—like a guinea pig with a notepad, jotting down reports on the experiment phases, tossing out random hypotheses. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Dr Weil Has a New Pyramid For An Aging Population!

Elephant interviews Dr Andrew Weil about his new skin care line for Origins. Origins mission is to promote beauty and wellness through good for you products and feel good experiences.

Dr. Weil also has published a new Food Pyramid for healthy aging. The main message the diet is delivering is, that if you change what you eat, you can avoid:

  • Heart disease
  • Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases
  • Age-related disorders, including many cancers
  • Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus

Dr. Weil “Following an anti-inflammatory diet can help counteract the chronic inflammation that is a root cause of many serious diseases, including those that become more frequent as people age. It is a way of selecting and preparing foods based on science that can help people achieve and maintain optimum health over their lifetime.”See the Food Pyramid after the jump. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Sarah Backhouse | Diet Revelations at Halfway Point

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I’m proud to say I’ve reached the halfway point of my plant-based experiment. There’s a monastic quality to subsisting on a diet of organic fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, nuts and seeds that I must say I’m enjoying. I feel clean. I haven’t missed sushi (that much), I don’t miss eggs (in fact the smell of a hard-boiled egg is kind of repulsive to me right now) and yogurt I can happily do without.

And best of all, I’ve even managed to conquer a horrible habit that’s plagued me for years… chewing gum.

What is it with that stuff? Without realizing it, I had become a gum addict. The gum chewer — much like the cigarette smoker — have their favorite brand and they feel panicked without a packet nearby. True: I would feel slightly anxious if I left home without it, which seems insane, I know. Apart from looking like an idiot whilst chewing it, I’ve known for years that aspartame is a carcinogen – so, why did I continue to masticate this manmade toxin year after year? God knows. All I know is that aspartame has no part in my new pure diet. I’m eschewing the chewing. Forever.

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28 Days Later | G Diet Afterthoughts

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I know you’ve been suffering withdrawal symptoms since my G diet diary ended, so I thought it was a good time for an update — the results of which may surprise you. You know what’s funny? At the time, I viewed giving up fish and dairy as a short-term sacrifice, something to do for 30 days just to see what it was like. But who would have guessed that this “experiment” would transition into my preferred way of eating. As mentioned at the conclusion of the diet, I still give myself 5% wiggle room (actually more like 2%), which means I no longer choose to eat animals or animal products, but I can as a last resort option at restaurants.

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The Magic Kingdom of Mushrooms

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Remember when the term “supermodel” meant something? Namely, Linda, Christy, Naomi, Claudia, Cindy and Kate? Now the word is so overused, there must hundreds of so-called “supermodels” in the skies, on the runways and at the end of cigarettes. Well, the same thing is happening with “superfoods”. Suddenly, there seems to be a lot of them out there. Like mushrooms. But are they really a “superfood”? Let’s see…

Before we embark on their health giving properties, here’s a bit of interesting background on the ‘shroom, kindly sent to us by Mushroom Matrix. Did you know that mushrooms are neither a plant nor an animal, but in fact have their own kingdom? In the 1960s, they were given special classification as the “Kingdom of Fungi”. With an estimated 1.5-2 million species on earth, fungi could theoretically outnumber plants 6 to 1. And just like animals, they inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide.

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