Bottles ready for cultured foods and beverages

Bottles ready for cultured foods and beverages
Ten Green Bottles!!

Friday, 28 June 2013

Anti-Inflammatory Diet: How to Choose the Right Cooking Oil | The Conscious Life

Anti-Inflammatory Diet: How to Choose the Right Cooking Oil | The Conscious Life

A great little chart on cooking oils. Found this when researching the use of the toxic chemicals used in commercial ghee making.



 Ghee

NUTRITIOUS PALEO NECTAR | PRIMAL PANTRY

NUTRITIOUS PALEO NECTAR | PRIMAL PANTRY

Our very own Paleo cafe in Newstead - Brisbane

American Gut

American Gut

 Everything is personalised, even your gut microbiome! Are you interested in finding out more about the bugs that live within you?
Be part of a nationwide experience to "type" your microbes at American Gut:

http://humanfoodproject.com/americangut/


Here's an interesting project to become involved with.

An Interview with Peace Love and Vegetables

An Interview with Peace Love and Vegetables






About the amazing people who make Peace, Love and Vegetables amazing cultured foods at Byron Bay

Anya and Adam from Peace Love and Vegetables

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Coconut Oil and other Products

So many people are now understanding the value of coconut oil despite it being a saturated fat. Unfortunately The Heart Foundation hasn't managed to get its head around the many benefits of this oil. I've been dealing with this company for years and their customer service is excellent. Their head office is at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast.  www.naturepacific.com. 

NATURE PACIFIC is a joint Australian-Fiji company specialising in the development of certified organic and ‘organically grown’ Island products and traditional remedies that have been part of daily life through out the Pacific for centuries.
NATURE PACIFIC also links with sister company – TRIBAL PACIFICA as part of a Pacific Islands Group of companies which encourages business with local indigenous communities through the sale of Tribal Art and Artifacts from Papua New Guinea and the Pacific http://www.tribalpacifica.com

coconuts are known in Fiji as 'the tree of life'Ken Sigrah and Stacey King are the couple behind NATURE PACIFIC and TRIBAL PACIFICA who understand very well the problems facing indigenous communities as they struggle for daily survival and the upholding of their ethnic identity in a rapidly changing world.



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Organic Certified (USA, ACO, Kosher Aust, Halal) and 'Organically grown'
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
 Premium Virgin Oil
Is extracted from fresh organically grown Fiji coconuts with the least amount of processing so that the natural vitamin E, antioxidants and fresh coconut "essence" are retained.  
Nutritional / Medicinal Benefits
  • Easy digestibility and absorbable
  • Contains Vitamin E
  • Composed mainly of short and medium chain fatty acids which have desirable qualities and functions
  • Does not contain cholesterol 
  • Reduced fat accumulation in body
  • Easily oxidized and therefore a preferred energy source
  • Requires no transport system to absorb, digest and metabolize 
  • Very low content of Omega 6 fatty acid 
  • Helps maintain healthy ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids  when consumed as a part of diet 
  • Rich content of lauric acid, the source of disease fighting fatty acid derivative monolaurin
  • Contains 6-8 per cent monounsaturated oleic acid
  • Inhibitory effect against certain chemical carcinogens
  • Superior antigenotoxic activity 
Studies undertaken by the Biochemistry Department, University of Kerala showed that coconut oil:
  • Does not elevate blood total cholesterol 
  • Increases blood HDL cholesterol 
  • Consumed along with coconut kernel lowers blood cholesterol
  • Does not elevate LDL cholesterol or LDL cholesterol/HDL cholesterol ratio
  • Decreases serum triglycerides 
Note: If stored below 76 degrees (F) oil will begin to solidify. If exposed to temperatures above 76 degrees (F) for any length of time, oil will liquefy. 

BANABAN VIRGIN COCONUT OIL DOES NOT REQUIRE REFRIGERATION
The Health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is the healthiest oil on earth" says Dr. Bruce Fife, a naturopathic doctor and the author of  "The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil."
Modern research backs up this bold statement. Once wrongly accused of increasing cholesterol levels, coconut oil is now actually being used by doctors in the treatment of a variety of disorders.
 
Clinical studies have shown that coconut oil has anti-microbial and anti-viral properties, and is now even being used in treating AIDS patients. Studies conducted in the Philippines last year showed that coconut oil does indeed reduce the viral load in AIDS patients.
 
Once mistakenly thought to be bad because of its saturated fat content, coconut oil is now known to contain a unique form of saturated fat that actually helps prevent heart disease, stroke, and hardening of the arteries.
 
The saturated fat in coconut oil is unlike the fat found in meat or other vegetable fats.  It is identical to a special group of fats found in human breast milk that have been shown to improve digestion, strengthen the immune system, and protect against bacterial, viral, and fungal infections.  These fats, derived from coconut oil, are now routinely used in hospital IV formulations and commercial baby formulas.  They're also used in sports drinks to boost energy and enhance athletic performance.
 
Virgin Coconut Oil is a product that can rightly be called a “nutraceutical” because of its ability to help a number of health problems - substantiated by the abundant positive research that has been carried out on it.  Jon J. Kabara, Ph.D (Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University) had this to say about the value of lauric oils (contained in virgin coconut oil).  "Never before in the history of man is it so important to emphasize the value of Lauric Oils.  The medium-chain fats in coconut oil are similar to fats in mother's milk and have similar nutraceutical effects.”
 
Coconut oil has been used throughout Asia and the Pacific for thousands of years as both a food and a medicine.  Even today it holds a highly respected position in the Ayurvedic medicine of India.  Only recently has modern medical research confirmed the many health benefits traditionally attributed to this remarkable oil.
 
Another incredible fact about coconut oil is that even though it is a fat, it actually promotes weight loss!! The reason is again because of the healthy medium chain fatty acids. These fatty acids do not circulate in the bloodstream like other fats, but are sent directly to the liver where they are immediately converted into energy, just like carbohydrates. So the body uses the fat in coconut oil to produce energy, rather than be stored as body fat.
 
Medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil also speed up the body’s metabolism, burning more calories and promoting weight loss. The weight-loss effects of coconut oil have been clearly demonstrated by many researchers.  They offer wonderful health benefits and are nowhere found more abundantly in nature outside coconut oil. For the hypothyroid sufferer the medium chain fats rev up the body's sluggish metabolism and promote weight loss as well.
 
So how much coconut oil should one consume? A good therapeutic dosage is 3 to 4 tablespoons a day. This provides enough lauric acid to build the immune system. Also, look for unrefined coconut oil. Stay away from all hydrogenated oils, whether it is coconut oil or vegetable oils. Hydrogenated oils are oils with trans fatty acids, which have been altered from their original chemical composition, and have been shown to raise serum cholesterol levels that can lead to heart disease. Also look for unrefined coconut oils, like Virgin Coconut Oil. Most commercial coconut oils are RBD (refined, bleached, and deodorized). While these RBD oils do in many cases maintain the beneficial chemical structures of the medium chain fatty acids, they also contain chemicals used in processing.
 
Bio: By Maggie VandenBrekel E-Publishing

This is what your supermarket would look like if all the bees died off | Grist

This is what your supermarket would look like if all the bees died off | Grist

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How To Clean Your Arteries With One Simple Fruit | GreenMedInfo

How To Clean Your Arteries With One Simple Fruit | GreenMedInfo

I love Pomegranate. Buy the fresh juice often "POM" which has no added sugars. I use the juice in cheese cakes and have a lovely recipe for pomegranate chutney.


Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup red currant jelly
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped shallots including tops
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds (from one full pomegranate)
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh jalapeno chili pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
Preparation:
Put currant jelly in a small saucepan and heat gently until softened. Alternatively place in a 2-cup glass measure. Heat in a microwave oven at full power (100%) until softened, about 20 seconds.

Stir in green onions pomegranate
seeds, ginger, jalapeno chili, coriander and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let stand about 15 minutes before serving.

Yield: about one a quarter cups.


Pomegranate Found To Prevent Coronary Artery Disease Progression

Friday, 14 June 2013

FoodSwitch - Bupa - Free downloadable app

FoodSwitch - Bupa Downloadable App for Androids or Apple

GlutenSwitch mode

GlutenSwitch can tell you if packaged food products contain gluten, and help you find similar foods that are gluten-free. This can help you make better food choices for you or a loved one with Coeliac disease or gluten intolerance.


Mitchell Grass Meats

Mitchell Grass Meats


 We are a small family from Western Queensland, working the land together to produce wool, lamb and beef. We are passionate about caring for our land, our animals and producing clean, chemical free protein.
At Mitchell Grass Meats, we have established a direct link between producer and consumer, bypassing the middle men along the way. We like our consumers to be confident of the practices used in the producing/storing of our meat and appreciate constructive feedback 

MGM customers appreciate the nutritional value, quality and flavour of grass fed, chemical free meat. Many of our customers have allergies to the chemicals or grains used in conventional meat production. Others simply enjoy the flavour of beef and lamb that tastes like real meat!


Delivered into Brisbane. Please support our local cattle and sheep farmers.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

How to Stop Sugar Cravings with the Sugar Buster | Pioneer Valley Nutritional Therapy

How to Stop Sugar Cravings with the Sugar Buster | Pioneer Valley Nutritional Therapy

I look after a couple of young children from time to time. Well one is not so young now, he's 14 and he has an enormous craving for sugar. This simple recipe is very satiating and cuts the cravings. Very portable as well

The Sugar Buster

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Butcher Shop

Butcher Shop



The lamb man was at Northey Street Markets today - down from Longreach.  He delivers to Brisbane homes for no extra charge. Check him out here 

http://silverwoodorganics.com.au/butcher-shop

Whole Gourmet Pack

Monday, 3 June 2013

Sweet Potato Cakes

 
 
Makes about 12

1 large sweet potato
Half small or medium onion
2 pastured eggs
1/2 tbsp coconut flour (where to buy coconut flour)
1/2 tsp salt and pepper
2 tbsp coconut oil (where to buy coconut oil)

1. Shred sweet potato and onion. To make it easier use the shredder on a food processor.

2. Place the sweet potato and onion on a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out the moisture. Set aside still on the towel.

3. In a large bowl whisk eggs, coconut flour, salt and pepper together.

4. After the shredded potato and onion has sat for a few minutes try to squeeze out a little more moisture.

5. Add the sweet potato and onion to the egg mixture and mix well.

6. Heat coconut oil in a cast iron skillet (I used my mini 5 inch cast iron skillet, which is a very handy little skillet to have around). If you use a larger skillet you may need to add more oil because the pancakes have to fry in a good layer of oil.

7. Once oil is hot add small spoonfuls of the mixture to the skillet. Cook for a few minutes on one side until golden brown, then flip and cook the other side.

8. Place on a paper towel after frying to catch excess oil. Serve with sour cream or greek yogurt (I used greek yogurt) and applesauce.

 http://www.healyrealfoodvegetarian.com/sweet-potato-pancakes/
Sweet Potato Pancakes !

Makes about 12

1 large sweet potato
Half small or medium onion
2 pastured eggs
1/2 tbsp coconut flour (where to buy coconut flour)
1/2 tsp salt and pepper
2 tbsp coconut oil (where to buy coconut oil)

1. Shred sweet potato and onion. To make it easier use the shredder on a food processor.

2. Place the sweet potato and onion on a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out the moisture. Set aside still on the towel.

3. In a large bowl whisk eggs, coconut flour, salt and pepper together.

4. After the shredded potato and onion has sat for a few minutes try to squeeze out a little more moisture.

5. Add the sweet potato and onion to the egg mixture and mix well.

6. Heat coconut oil in a cast iron skillet (I used my mini 5 inch cast iron skillet, which is a very handy little skillet to have around). If you use a larger skillet you may need to add more oil because the pancakes have to fry in a good layer of oil.

7. Once oil is hot add small spoonfuls of the mixture to the skillet. Cook for a few minutes on one side until golden brown, then flip and cook the other side.

8. Place on a paper towel after frying to catch excess oil. Serve with sour cream or greek yogurt (I used greek yogurt) and applesauce.

http://www.healyrealfoodvegetarian.com/sweet-potato-pancakes/

Monsanto shares fall as South Korea joins pause in wheat imports - The Washington Post

Monsanto shares fall as South Korea joins pause in wheat imports - The Washington Post

suspending imports of U.S. wheat after an unapproved strain of genetically modified wheat was discovered in a field in eastern Oregon.  PEOPLE POWER WORKS!!

 

Adam makes Super Tonic Elixir ! The Ultimate Smoothie!!

Fermented Vegetables Demo - Even Dr Mercola is 'getting it'!!