Monthly Archives: October 2016

Protein Powders – Used in Foodline

I have been asked why I choose to use rice and pea protein powders in my smoothie and pancakes mixes, therefore I thought I would share with you the reasons behind it J

Smoothies (Choc Peanut, Sweet Vanilla and Strawberry) – Rice Protein

The protein powder used in these smoothies is a ‘Sprouted and Bio-Fermented Raw Certified Organic Brown Rice Protein’. This particular brand of protein powder I use has a 96% correlation with the amino acid profiles of whey proteins but without as much acidic load meaning it is less inflammatory and doesn’t create as much work for your kidneys. This raw vegan protein is 80% protein and has a perfectly balanced amino acid profile. Being raw means that the digestible protein content is still intact and has not be altered or destroyed in any way.

Often protein powders are sweetened with a variety of artificial sweeteners. This protein powder uses certified organic stevia as opposed to non-organic stevia which research has shown to use chemicals in its processing. High quality cocoa and vanilla is used to flavour the proteins as well, to reduce the likelihood of any allergic reactions or digestive problems.

I personally choose a rice protein in the smoothies as I find the flavour and consistency to be nicer than some of the other types of protein powders I have used.

Pancakes (Chocolate Brownie and Vanilla Lucuma) – Pea Protein

The protein powder that I choose to use in the pancakes in a Raw Non-GMO Pea Protein. It uses yellow split peas and contains all essential amino acids. With its high-alkalinity and bioavailability this protein powder is highly digestible. It is also a raw protein which makes this protein hypoallergenic and it is also rich in Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) which are required for protein synthesis and can support muscle recovery after exercise.

I personally find that a good quality pea protein works better in pancakes and allows for a good pancake consistency that holds together well without breaking.

What Else?

Both protein powders are gluten and dairy free but also completely vegan.

No chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, artificial flavours, colour or preservatives have been used and no genetically modified products have been added. Both protein powders are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients and trace elements that are easily absorbed and digested by the body.

It is extremely important to know what exactly is in your protein powder if you are going to be consuming it on a regular basis. If you do not know what an ingredient is make sure you ask and enquire as many protein powders are highly acidic (particularly whey protein if it is not of a very high quality), full of articular sweeteners, flavours, colourants, additives, synthetic nutrients, vitamins and inorganic minerals that the body will find extremely difficult to process and toxic to overall health. Look for proteins that are raw where you can and that contain natural ingredients.

If you would like to try either the smoothies or the pancakes please email me for more information or follow me on Facebook ‘Good4You Nutrition’.


Aspartame – Deadly Neurotoxin?

Aspartame is an artificial/chemical sugar that breaks down into 3 components, 2 naturally occurring amino acids (aspartic acid and phenylalanine) and methanol. It is found in many different types of processed foods/drinks including; lollies, yoghurts, chewing gum, frozen desserts, milk drinks, soft drinks, and many more. Generally speaking if something states it is ‘Sugar Free’ than aspartame is used. It is estimated to be 180-200 times sweeter than table sugar. It is permitted and considered ‘safe’ in Australia and New Zealand in specified amounts.

Aspartame is sold under other names such as Equal and NutraSweet.

Aspartame has been labelled a deadly neurotoxin as it excites the neurons in the brain which leads to neurons becoming damaged and dying as a result, therefore a common symptom that is reported is memory loss. Aspartame has also been shown to create an addictive effect once consumed on a regular basis.

People who suffer for Phenylketonuria (PKU) a genetic disorder where they cannot metabolise phenylalanine are unable to ingest aspartame and need to stay well away.

Other common symptoms that have been experienced and linked to the consumption of aspartame include: headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss and joint pain.

Researchers and physicians who have been studying the adverse effects of aspartame have also linked aspartame to triggering or worsening chronic illnesses including: brain tumours, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia and diabetes.

There is still much more research to be conducted before aspartame will be removed from foods and drinks, however if you feel that you suffer from any of the symptoms associated with aspartame consumption you are best to remove it from your diet and stick to wholefoods. Symptoms should resolve on their own if caught early enough, however please consult your healthcare practitioner should you require further information.

Lemon Juice & Apple Cider Vinegar

Lemon juice and apple cider vinegar have long be known for their assistance as digestive aids as they stimulate gastric juices in the gut to help breakdown food that we are about to consume. This occurs as they stimulate the liver to produce bile and as a result this helps to kick start your metabolism and assist the liver in detoxification. As a result this can reduce bloating, relieve constipation and boost the immune system.

I have seen clients who feel unwell and nauseous from consuming lemon juice or apple cider vinegar so this may not be your best option if you are solely drinking it for digestive reasons. Digestive enzymes may be a better solution for you.

Both lemon juice and apple cider vinegar have also be known to alkalise the body by reducing pH levels, however from experience with acid/alkaline balance in the body, these alone are not enough to alkalise our bodies. For starters we need to consume anywhere between 8-12 serves of vegetables per day to balance out the acidity that we get from everyday foods (i.e. animal proteins, grains and nuts/seeds) plus lifestyle factors (i.e. pollution, stress and exercise) and even this is quite often not enough without the assistance of a supplement.

Lemons contain vitamin C which can be useful in meeting your daily requirements, and lemon juice in water can also assist with calming an upset stomach and settling indigestion.

Proper organic apple cider vinegar is a fermented product and contains what is known as ‘the mother’. Acetic acid is the bacteria created during the fermentation process and is believed to be useful in controlling blood pressure, fat accumulation, reducing bad cholesterol and regulating blood glucose levels by also improving insulin sensitivity. It also appears to be effective in killing certain types of bacteria (i.e. E. Coli) and believed to have anti-tumour properties.

If you are not sensitive to drinking lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in water than I definitely recommend doing it first up in the morning and before sleep at night to support the liver. Please ensure that you buy fresh lemons and apple cider vinegar that still contains ‘the mother’ to get the maximum results. If you are unsure if this is something you should be doing or require further advice as to whether you should or should not be consuming lemon juice or apple cider vinegar please consult a registered health care practitioner.


Fasting – Is it for you?

Toxins accumulate within the body overtime from sources such as; pollution in the air we breathe, food and water we consume, prescription medications we take along with many other means. Everyday the body attempts to adequately rid itself of toxins, however after a substantial period of time fasting can be a very effective way to eliminate toxins when symptoms such as; headaches, diarrhoea, depression and fatigue settle in more permanently than we would like.

Fasting allows the body to have a break from digesting food which allows the body to complete its detoxification process in full and to start facilitating healing. In acute illnesses such as; colon disorders, allergies and respiratory diseases, fasting can be very beneficial, whereas in chronic degenerative diseases it is not as effective.

Fasting has also been shown to regulate hormones, reduce systemic inflammation, boost the immune system, balance blood sugar levels, improve concentration and mental clarity, boost metabolism and aid in weight loss, reverse and slow down the aging process and to help people live a longer, happier and healthier life. Fasting allows the cleansing of the liver, colon and kidneys.

During a fast, liquids such as fresh vegetable juices, bone broths and herbal teas are often consumed as water alone can cause toxins to be released too quickly leading to many side effects that can be serious.

Fasting Suggestions – To Improve Overall Health

  • 12 hours fast – The easiest fast that one can do is to have no food between Dinner and Breakfast. This allows the body 4 hours to complete digestion and 8 hours for the liver to complete its detoxification cycle. This fast can be done everyday safely.
  • 14 hour fast (Women)/ 16 hours fast (Men) – If you are use to having 12 hours between Dinner and Breakfast this additional time won’t be too difficult to carry out. This fast is often suggested 2-3 times a week to reap the benefits. It is important for women in particular to stick to 14 hours without any food as opposed to 16 hours due to hormones, whereas men benefit more from 16 hours as it actually boosts testosterone.

Fasting can go for longer periods of time including 24 hours, 3 days, 5 days or 7 days, however it is best that you discuss these longer fasts with a qualified health care practitioner as these need to be done carefully.

Children should not fast, and people with chronic diseases should consult their health care practitioner before considering fasting.