The Great Health Debate

The Great Health Debate: What’s the best diet?

What's the best diet? Is there even one diet that is best for every body? If you've been trying to eat a healthier diet and have done any research at all into it you probably already know how confusing and contradicting all the information can be. One thing is for sure, the traditional food pyramid isn't the key and the standard American diet (SAD) is not the answer. So what is? A free online event that I’m really excited about has just begun. I listen to a lot of these things, and I usually learn a lot. This one is special though, it's an absolutely brilliant idea, and it's never been done before. It's called “The Great Health Debate,” a 7 day, online event that features diet experts from all different schools of thought – vegan, raw vegan, vegetarian, meat eating, etc.- together to debate how you can make your diet better. It should make for some very interesting discussions. Read more »

Leg cramps are not usually a serious illness*, but they can be incredibly painful and debilitating until they subside. They may be caused by several things, so I've listed a few treatments to try. What works best for you will depend on the underlying cause, so you may have to experiment to find the most effective treatment and prevention strategy. Read more »

Your liver has a big job to do. It’s responsible for building proteins, producing hormones, producing biochemicals such as bile which are necessary for digestion, plays a major role in metabolism, and stores several important substances such as glucose and various vitamins and minerals. On top of all that, the liver also has an important role in detoxification. It breaks down insulin, hormones, and various other substances in the body. But it also has the job of filtering the blood and breaking down or converting any toxic substances, including medications and supplements, so that the body can safely eliminate them. Read more »

Tongue Scraper made from copper

The first time I ever engaged in tongue scraping pretty much sealed the deal, I knew there was no going back. I was going to do this every day for the rest of my life. Now, if you don't know what tongue scraping is, or why you might be even remotely interested in it, let me ask you something. Would you be willing eat something for breakfast every day that you knew was loaded with bacteria? And I'm not talking about the beneficial, gut-friendly bacteria that you find in healthy fermented foods like yogurt. I'm talking about the kind of bacteria that smells bad, and makes you sick. Read more »

Researchers have long known that the foods you eat during your premenstrual cycle can influence PMS, but with recent studies they now have a better idea of what foods will alleviate the symptoms of PMS, and here are the top eight best foods to even out those mood swings. Read more »

Honeybees at work making honey

Here in New Zealand we have a secret, it’s called Manuka honey and it can heal our bodies both externally and internally, but thats not all, some honey when tested in the lab has been found to contain a second unique healing factor which enhances the uniqueness of this wonderful natural healing nectar. Manuka honey is a ‘mono-floral’ honey, meaning it’s made predominately from one flower, in this case it’s made from the delicate small flowers of the Manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium) or Tea tree as some call it . Native to the shores of New Zealand, its a pretty low growing tree which has an abundance of tiny white or pink flowers in summer, and it’s wood is highly prized for its aroma and is used in wood fired pizza ovens or in the smoking of many food items, but it’s the nectar we are interested in today. Read more »

Simply Raw and Raw For Life

You may have noticed that many of my recipes are raw food recipes. If you're really serious about eating healthy, I believe this is the way to go. I notice the tremendous difference in my own body when I'm eating healthy raw and living foods compared to when I'm eating healthy cooked food. Back in the 1980s I went raw. I was hired as a chef in a vegetarian restaurant that also featured raw food. It was my first introduction to raw and living food, and it was great being able to try everything. But because I was also making cooked food, and I'm good with creating new recipes, but I have to try it as I go along I was also eating cooked food. Later, after I left that job and was working to set up a deli in a large health food shop, I ended up going raw without even realizing it at first. I was living in […] Read more »