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November 18, 2009 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

THE LAW OF ABUNDANCE

Abund-danceWhen you diet, you are working against the law of abundance. We were born into an abundant universe. We were designed to operate in abundance. Like most living things, we flourish in times of abundance.

When you diet you are controlling, restricting, limiting, denying yourself. You are trying to restrict the quantity and control the quality of food you eat. You deny yourself all those yummy things you really love. It is a form of starvation. Your body immediately begins to think lack instead of abundance. When we have an abundance of food and feel secure that sufficient food will come to us on a regular basis, there is no need to store extras as fat. However, when we experience lack with respect to food our body goes into fat storage mode to protect us from the possibility of famine.

In the event of famine, storage of fat could make the difference between life and death. However, most of us in the Western world are in no danger of starving. It seems that the opposite is probably true – we eat too much. But it is empty, valueless food. It is refined, processed junk food that fails to meet our nutritional needs. Too much food, but too little nutrition. (See my blog “Overweight but Starving?” for more on this.) So again, we feel lack instead of abundance. Instead of feeling satisfied when we eat we crave more empty calories.

To live in harmony with the law of abundance I suggest you eat more real foods. What I mean by real foods is raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, grass-fed beef, free range chicken and fish. Don’t deprive yourself though. Don’t feel that you have to eat only these foods to the exclusion of all else. That is dieting and will set you up for failure. Instead ADD these real foods to your existing diet. Real food will fill you up and satisfy you. You will be less hungry, and when your body starts to get the nutrition that it requires it won’t crave those empty calories from processed junk foods so much.

That is why I am such a strong advocate of Low GI eating. You can enjoy a good range of foods, but they are good quality foods that will fill you up and satisfy you. You don’t have to measure, weigh or calculate anything, so you are not controlling, restricting, limiting and experiencing lack. You will gradually find yourself eating more real food and less processed food and your body will start to show the benefits. Low GI eating works in harmony with the law of abundance.

May 17, 2009 at 12:51 pm 1 comment

CHRONIC FATIGUE – NUTRITION

In my blog on chronic fatigue – diet – I talked about the importance of Low GI eating and how cutting out sugars helped. However, all the things I tried put together didn’t give me a turn around to recovery. But there is one thing which did give me a sudden and marked improvement, and that is the addition of glyconutrients to my diet. If you would like to know more about glyconutrients and what they are, I have done a couple of blogs entitled “Sugars that heal? That doesn’t sound right” and “More about glyconutrients”, so I suggest you go have a read of these blogs, as I won’t repeat that information here.

How did I hear about glyconutrients? I was at the point of desperation. I was still working full time, but not really managing to keep up with the house and/or the kids. I had just come to the conclusion that I would have to give up full time work and drop back to part time hours because I knew I wasn’t really coping. I was sharing with a counsellor how hard I was finding life. She knew someone who had recovered from chronic fatigue after taking glyconutrients, and she gave me the contact details. I met with Elizabeth the next day and after hearing her story started taking glyconutrients that night. Elizabeth warned me that my body could initially have a negative reaction as it started to clear itself of toxins and get the immune system working again. She also emphasised that glyconutrients are a food to the body, not a drug. So I was not to expect any “miracle cure” from taking glyconutrients – my body would work through its own healing process in its own time. Since we are all individuals it is hard to predict how someone’s body will respond.

I was delighted to find that my body responded immediately, and positively. The first thing I noticed was that the mental fogginess lifted. You know that feeling you have when you’ve got a cold and your head is all stuffed up – you feel like your head is packed with cotton wool and your brain just won’t function properly.  I had always been an efficient and organised person at work, and I really minded the fact that I could no longer perform well. Within two weeks of starting to take glyconutrients I started to feel more like my old self. At last I could concentrate and remember! What a relief! I didn’t actually get ANY negative reaction from glyconutrients. It was as if my body just loved it and put it immediately to work.

I quickly started to feel less physically tired, but the physical healing has taken place gradually. It was 2004 when I got sick, and my first major milestone in recovery was completing the 53 kilometre “Great Bike Ride” in November 2007. That was something I couldn’t have done BEFORE I got chronic fatigue, but it was my first confirmation that I was really well after having had chronic fatigue, as I could do that amount of exercise without getting the dreadful whammy effect afterwards.

My various achievements since then have included:

* a 567 kilometre “Great Escapade” 9 day bike ride around the south west of Western Australia

* a Mini Triathlon where I came first in my age group (50-55) and 12th overall.

* reducing my time by half an hour when I did the 53 kilometre “Great Bike Ride” in 2008

* coming 8th in my age group in my first ever 4 kilometre fun run.

I can confidently say that I am not only well, but I am better than I have ever been. I am fitter now than I was in my 20s and 30s. I am loving being well and having lots of energy.

I am still taking glyconutrients, along with these other supplements –

  • an antioxidant to protect my body from free radicals;

  • natural plant-based phytosterols to assist with hormonal balance; and

  • a plant sourced multivitamin and mineral supplement that can be easily absorbed by the body.

I highly recommend these products to you.

For more information about these, go to mannapages.com/suzi, click on Browse Products, and choose Optimal Health. Scroll down to the Health Solutions Starter sets to get the basic four products I take to enjoy optimal health.

I invite you to contact me on mobile 0418 189 435 or email suzimorrisblog@gmail.com

May 12, 2009 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

GET SOME HEALTHY FATS

The low fat, low carb, low calories diets that have been promoted over the last 10 to 15 years do not work. The Australian statistics on obesity tell the story:

1996 2006
Male 52% 62% (2/3)
Female 37% 45% (1/2)

Obesity is increasing, rather than decreasing. So it seems that low fat diets do not work, and yet many of us still buy into the idea that fat is bad for us because it will clog our arteries and give us heart disease.

  • Fat is a rich source of energy and is important for carrying fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K which support thyroid function and healthy metabolism.
  • Fats also supply essential fatty acids for healthy skin and have a role in regulating body functions.
  • Fats are needed for proper function of serotonin receptors in the brain. Serotonin is the body’s natural “feel-good” chemical. A lack of fat in your diet can make you feel depressed!

Not all fats are bad for us – fat can make you thin, if it is the right kind of fat. It is about both quality and quantity.

Good fats: include things like cold pressed olive oil, avocados, nuts, fish oil

Bad fats: found in pastries, cakes, take-away meals, potato chips, butter and dairy products (full fat milk, cream, cheese, etc)

So if you’re serious about fat loss, get some healthy fats in your diet.

February 27, 2009 at 12:52 pm 2 comments

OVERWEIGHT but STARVING?

The majority of people in Australia, including overweight people, are STARVING for good nutrition.

In general, all Australians eat way more than they need. However, what we eat does not give our bodies the nutrition we require to be healthy. Sadly, we are eating more and more take away foods, pre-packaged, refined foods with chemical additives and preservatives that are essentially devoid of good nutrition.

Some factors outside of our control contribute to the lack of good nutrition. Even if you make the effort to eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables every day, the nutrition in these foods is decreasing. This is due to modern farming methods, where food is grown in impoverished soils with the addition of artificial fertilizers to produce large succulent looking plants which are sprayed with insecticides and then picked green, stored for long periods of time and in some cases gassed to artificially ripen. In 1951, two peaches supplied the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A for adult women. Today, a woman would have to eat almost 53 peaches to meet her daily requirements.  The fact that we eat much of our food cooked rather than fresh further depletes the vitamin and mineral content of the food.

It is my belief that we need to do two things:

(1) primarily eat fresh, organic, Low GI whole foods. Two good rules to follow: If you can’t pronounce an ingredient – don’t eat it, and if a food was not here 10,000 years ago – don’t eat it.

(2) supplement our diet with good quality glyconutrients, vitamins and minerals to give the body what it needs to be truly well. I use and recommend Mannatech’s products for this purpose.

I really believe that Low GI eating is the way to go. The Low fat, low carb, low calories diets that have been promoted do not work. The Australian statistics on obesity tell the story:

1996 2006
Male 52% 62% (2/3)
Female 37% 45% (1/2)

As you can see, despite all the “diet” advice, obesity is increasing, rather than decreasing.

Low GI eating is not a diet – you don’t have to starve yourself to be slim and healthy.  You can adopt Low GI eating by gradually substituting one high GI food in your diet with a Low GI alternative.  Eventually you will have switched to a Low GI style of eating foods which are nourishing and enjoyable.  This kind of eating can be sustained for life.  There are many great Low GI cookbooks available from Amazon.  Or do a google search for Low GI recipes.  Get inspired.  Get healthy!
low-gi-cooking Contact me:  suzimorrisblog@gmail.com, or leave a comment below.

February 25, 2009 at 11:31 am Leave a comment

More about glyconutrients

In another post  I talked about “sugars that heal”.

Dr. Stephen Nugent,  President International Association of Complementary Medicine, past President of the American Naturopathic Medical Association (ANMA), says:  “Glyconutrients are the most important health breakthrough in the last 100 years.

The focus is shifting from illness to wellness.  Are you proactive about protecting your wellness? Watch the video below to find out more about glyconutrients.

Email me if you have questions: SuziMorrisBlog@gmail.com.  I would love to help you achieve your health and wellness goals.

February 4, 2009 at 5:28 am Leave a comment

Sugars that Heal??? That doesn’t sound right!

We’ve been bombarded by the media with warnings about the evils of consuming too much sugar. “Sugars That Heal” sounds like a contradiction in terms to us.

It is true that too much of the wrong kind of sugar is NOT good for you. If you need convincing of this, read 124 Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health by Nancy Appleton at http://www.formerfatguy.com/articles/124reasons-no-sugar.asp

As with most things though, moderation is the key! Unfortunately, there is a lot of sugar hidden in processed foods that we don’t even know about (unless we’re a diligent label reader), so moderating our sugar intake is difficult.

However, it turns out that not all sugars are bad! The “Sugars That Heal” are glyconutrients – also known as saccharides or plant sugars (very different from the white stuff you put in your coffee each morning). Glyconutrients are one of the most important breakthroughs in recent medical science.

Glyconutrients are essential for immune system function and inter-cellular communication within the body. A study published in Harper’s Biochemistry reported that the body needs eight specific sugars and that only two of them are prominent in our modern diets. (1)

8essentials1
Every cell in every system of every human organ requires these eight essential sugars. We don’t get all the glyconutrients we need from our modern western diet, even when we concentrate on eating fresh, raw plant foods. Some reasons for this are:

– Green harvesting of produce – bananas and tomatoes are green even as they are shipped!
– Agricultural food crops are grown in mineral depleted soils
– The use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and preservatives
– Modern food processing and methods of packaging.

We are consuming an increasing amount of foods which are calorie dense but nutrionally inadequate. Look at the average diet of children today – soft drinks, processed cereal, pizza, lollies, fast food and their favorite and often only source of vegetables: French fries. Could this be why we are seeing a dramatic rise in ADHD? Autism has gone from 1 in 10,000 children to 1 in 150 in just ten years. Adult-onset diabetes is occurring at epidemic rates in children as young as eight.

Adults are not faring any better with their food choices, as this quote from the Gale Encyclopedia of Public Health shows:

“It is recognized that dietary behaviors influence the development of many chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease, some cancers (e.g. breast, colon, prostate, stomach, and cancers of the head and neck), type II diabetes mellitus, and osteoporosis. Recommendations for healthful dietary behavior include limiting consumption of high-fat foods, having a high intake of fruit and vegetables, increasing fiber, and controlling caloric intake to prevent obesity.” (2)

The high incidence of obesity, heart disease, cancer and type II diabetes show the lack of success dietary changes are having in preventing disease.

What can take us from this downhill spiral of poor nutrition and its consequences to the sought-after state of vibrant health and wellness? Glyconutrients provide the missing link in nutrition to boost the body’s immune system, and increase energy levels. These “sugars that heal” are certainly a good news story.

You may be asking yourself : ‘What diseases do the glyconutrients treat?’ The answer is: NONE! Glyconutrients don’t ‘treat diseases’, their role is to improve cell to cell communication and thus promote optimal health in your body.

From my own experience having battled with chronic fatigue I know that I had an immediate improvement when I began taking glyconutrients. After continuing to take glyconutrients for four years I now enjoy better health than I have ever experienced in my life before.

Are these “sugars that heal” really a better solution for vibrant health and wellness? I encourage you to find out for yourself. Go to http://www.mannapages.com/suzi if you would like to see product information, or email me if you have questions: SuziMorrisBlog@gmail.com.

REFERENCES:
(1) Murray RK, Granner DK, Mayes PA, Rodwell VW (eds): Harper’s Biochemistry. Stamford, Appleton and Lange; 2000:677-677.
(2) ( Author Info: KAREN GLANZ, JAY MADDOCK, The Gale Group Inc., Macmillan Reference USA, New York, Gale Encyclopedia of Public Health, 2002 found on the web at http://www.healthline.com/galecontent/behavior-health-related/2).

January 31, 2009 at 2:04 am Leave a comment

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