If you find wheat difficult try sourdough bread

sourdough bread from tortoise bakery

Sourdough bread is different from your average loaf…

The natural process which makes them rise without yeast enhances their flavour, increases their nutrients and makes them more digestible.

In fact trials were suggesting that those with a wheat or gluten intolerance may be able to eat sourdough without any side effects. But analysis suggests the gluten level is still too high to be safe for coeliacs.

(See Research on Non-Dietary Therapies for Coeliac Disease, Coeliac UK, January 2013)

The taste and texture is less bland, more wheaty and chewy. Some say it has a creamy mouth-feel and the crust is always excellent.

As for nutrition, the natural fermenting process means that sourdough bread  actually becomes more nutritious than the grain from which it is made. Protein in increased, as is vitamin B12 and iron.

So step up Tortoise Bakery which will deliver sourdough bread nationally via GoodnessDirect.

I’ve just tried their Pumpkin & Sunflower Seed loaf and, believe me, it’s marvellous.

But there are many more styles of sourdough from Tortoise Bakery, all of them are organic and vegan and made with a commitment to a very ancient art of of bread baking.

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Win the Meals That Heal recipe book

There’s a new book out that looks as beautiful as it does wise.

It’s called ‘Meals That Heal – Anti Inflammatory Healthcare & Free From Cooking‘.

Meals That HealIt’s a beautiful compilation of over 100 recipes that are free from gluten, grains, dairy, soy and refined sugar. All those tempting photos of delicious meals are accompanied by easy-to-read lifestyle recommendations, practical shopping lists, menu plans and tips for healing your body.

Author, Karen Maidment, writes from her own experience as a health & nutrition specialist, personal cookery coach and author. If you have gone gluten-free and are still feeling ill, or maybe you are just looking to become more healthy in general, then this book may well be for you!

You can purchase the book through the Pure Body Balance website or you can enter our competition to win a copy for yourself.

To enter the prize draw, simply email me your name and address and we’ll pick a winner at the end of a week. (UK addresses only, competition closes 7 Feb 2012)

Organic wholefood for pets. Help your furry friends look healthier

Have you heard of Lily’s Kitchen natural pet food?

It’s organic wholefood for pets and, being made with real meat, vegetables, fruit and herbs, I reckon it’s better than some human food out there.

Lily's KitchenNatural nutritious ingredients are naturally a dogs (or cat’s) best medicine after all. So you won’t find any derivatives or pomace (the indigestible bits of fruit and veg). No colourings, flavourings, sweeteners or artificial preservatives, just food to make your pet really happy.

You’ll start seeing the benefits straight away.

There’s canned food and dry food and foods designed for eating at certain times of the day. All designed to give you cat and dog the very best to support optimum health.

To check out the range take a look at the Lily’s Kitchen shelfat GoodnessDirect.

Berry Chia Breakfast Pudding recipe and a chance to Win The Functional Nutrition Cookbook

Our friend and nutritionist, Christine Bailey, has another book out. This time it’s in collaboration with fellow nutritionist, Lorraine Nicolle. The book is called The Functional Nutrition Cookbook: Addressing Biochemical Imbalances through Diet (published by Singing Dragon on 15 September 2012).

This unique cookbook, with a CD-ROM of printable recipes, doesn’t just help you get round health problems, it helps you know what food you can eat to counter-act the complaints.

You can make a real difference to issues like gastro-intestinal problems, a weak immune system and hormone imbalances through diet. Recipes are provided for each imbalance and there’s even a chapter on how to age healthily.

I’ve got a copy of this book to give away, so if you’re interested in winning a copy, send me an email with your name and address (UK addresses only, competition closes 20.9.12).

Berry Chia Pudding Breakfast
Berry Chia Pudding Breakfast

Try the Berry Chia Breakfast Pudding recipe

This recipe is taken from Christine’s new book. It uses Chia seeds, which are a rich source of omega-3 (alpha linolenic – ALA) fatty acids and antioxidants. They are great for adding to desserts, smoothies and bars, as well as for this grain-free breakfast pudding. Rich in soluble fibre, they form a gel when added to water or juice that helps slow down the rate of digestion, keeping you feeling full throughout the morning. In addition, the sesame seeds in the tahini contain omega-6 (linoleic acid – LA) fatty acids.

Serves 4
50g / 1 ¾ oz / ½ cup chia seeds
250ml / 8floz / 1cup 100% unsweetened pomegranate juice
2tbsp tahini
12 soft pitted dates, chopped
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of cinnamon
225g / 8oz raspberries

1. Place the chia seeds in the juice and leave to soak for 20 minutes. The seeds should swell up and thicken the liquid.
2. Place all the ingredients but only half of the raspberries into a blender. Process until smooth and creamy. Stir in the remaining raspberries.
3. Spoon into bowls and serve

Flawed organic foods study really just to confuse the public about organics while pushing GMOs

Released 4 Spetmeber 2012, by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of www.NaturalNews.com

If you read the mainstream news, you might be shocked to see headlines that say things like, “Organic foods no healthier than conventional foods” or “Organic foods may not be healthier for you.” You’ll see these headlines all across the usual disinfo outlets: NPR, Associated Press, Reuters, Washington Post, WebMD and elsewhere.

The problem with these headlines is that they are flatly false. The study these news outlets are quoting actually confirms that organic foods are far healthier for you than conventional foods.

So how is the mainstream media lying about this?  By fudging the facts.
For starters, the “study” isn’t even a study. It was just a review of other studies. No new laboratory analysis was done whatsoever!

The “review” was conducted at Stanford University and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Read:     http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1355685

As the study itself concludes:
• Exposure to chemical pesticides was significantly lower in organic foods (roughly 30% less than conventional foods).
• Exposure to “superbugs” in meat (antibiotic-resistant bacteria) was also significantly lower in organic foods (roughly a 33% risk difference).
• The study conclusion says, right out, that “Consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”

How the media lied

Somehow, the mainstream media took this ‘study’ and claimed organic food is “no different” than conventional food. That is a flat-out lie, because it fails to mention all the following:
• GMOs are not allowed in organic foods.  So GMO exposure is many orders of magnitude higher in conventional foods, where GMOs are commonplace.
• Artificial chemical sweeteners are not allowed in organic foods. But conventional foods are often sweetened with toxic chemicals such as aspartame or saccharin.
• The study completely failed to look at the use of genetically-modified bovine growth hormones (rBGH) in conventional milk (in USA) versus organic milk.
• The environmental impact of conventional food production is devastating to the planet. Chemical pesticides aren’t just found in the crops; they also run off into the streams, rivers and oceans. No mainstream media article that covered this story even bothered to mention this hugely important issue — it’s one of the primary reasons to buy organic!
• The funding source of the study is listed as “None.” Does anybody really believe that? All these scientists supposedly volunteered their time and don’t get paid to engage in scientific endeavours?   It’s absurd. The money for the study had to come from somewhere, and the fact that the Annals of Internal Medicine is hiding the source by listing “none” is just further evidence of scientific wrongdoing.

This study is to confuse the public and ultimately promote GMOs.
Anthony Gucciardi, has published an excellent video overview of the deception. http://naturalsociety.com/ridiculous-study-claims-organic-same-as-conventional

Pet food that’s better than most human food

Lily's Kitchen organic pet food
Lily’s Kitchen organic pet food

Lily’s Kitchen natural pet food is made with real meat, vegetables, fruit and herbs.

It’s all organic wholefood so you won’t find any derivatives or pomace (the indigestible bits of fruit and veg). There are no colourings, flavourings, sweeteners or artificial preservatives either.

Nutritious ingredients are specially chosen to be a dogs (or cat’s) best medicine too. Consider the following:

Alfalfa –  A rich source of minerals and vitamins
Chickweed – For skin irritation and inflammation
Cleavers – A detoxifier of the lymphatic system
Golden Rod – Relieves bladder and kidney complaints
Nettles – Iron rich, with anti-inflammatory action
Kelp- For glossy coats, and strong healthy teeth and nails
Rosehip – An antioxidant and rich source of vitamin C
Dandelion Root – Perfect for the liver, kidney and gall bladder
Celery Seeds – Beneficial for rheumatism, arthritis and gout
Milk Thistle – Protects and repairs the liver
Burdock Root – For liver and kidneys, with antibacterial properties
Marigold Petals – Antiseptic and healing properties
Spirulina – Contains amino acids, and is high in vitamin B12
Aniseed – Stimulates the digestive tract and relaxes the stomach

Some of the foods are even designed to feed your pet at certain times of the day. To check out the range take a look at the Lily’s Kitchen shelfat GoodnessDirect.

Lily's Kitchen pet treats
Lily’s Kitchen pet treats

Ways to cut your cholesterol

It’s not easy to know if you have high cholesterol. So, particularly if your family has a history of heart disease, it is wise to check your cholesterol levels with your doctor.

There are things you can do to reduce the risk of developing bad cholesterol levels.

Cut the bad fats
Foods with saturated fats, hydrogenated fats, and cholesterol (such as animal products, fried foods, and baked snacks) can raise cholesterol

Consider a more vegetarian diet
Vegetarian meals reap the rewards of avoiding animal fats and increasing fibre and other cholesterol-stabilising nutrients (see Lecisun below)

Slim down
Aim for a healthy body weight to avoid problems with blood lipids and other heart disease risk factors

Get fit
Use a regular programme of aerobic exercise to maintain optimal blood lipid levels and lower heart disease risk

Kick the habit
Maintain healthy HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels and low heart disease risk by avoiding cigarette smoke

Protect with anti-oxidants
Daily vitamin C and vitamin E help to protect the LDL (“bad”) cholesterol from damage that can increase heart disease risk

Take Lecisun
Lecisun comes from the same makers as Lecigran, a soya food supplement for those seeking to maintain normal cholesterol levels. Lecisun offers the same benefits but comes from non-genetically modified sunflowers.

Both these products contain the ingredient lecithin. Popularly described as a fat buster, lecithin is technically a natural “phospholipid” which consists of fatty acids and a phosphate group linked to choline and inositol.

As a product Lecisun actually offers more phosphatidyl choline per serving than its soya based counterpart. It is also a rich source of linoleic acid which also plays a vital role in helping maintain normal cholesterol levels.