The link between food and health is quite an obvious one, given that on a very basic level if you don't eat your health will eventually deteriorate.
Foods that damage your heart, kidneys and gums are well known and research into their impact has been well documented. Lifestyles that lead to obesity and associated illnesses such as diabetes have occupied much media space in recent times, so ignorance about the necessity to eat healthily is unacceptable...
We love it when the pursuit of good living inspires our readers to be creative and produce wonderful messages that we can all relate to easily.
This simple but poignant poem was penned by one of our long time correspondents Sharon Skinner...enjoy!
We take drugs to get high.
We drink alcohol to get drunk.
Why do we eat food?
Whether or not you agree with the use of drugs, ultimately we accept that you have the choice to decide if this is something that you wish to partake in.
However, as friends, family or simply as a caring human being, if we are close to someone who is abusing drugs or alcohol we strive to provide the help and guidance that we feel that individual requires.
So why, when it is clear that an individual is using food as a tool to abuse himself or herself do we, in the vast majority of cases, decide to say or do nothing.
We are very clear why we consume alcohol or take drugs and it is this clearness that enables us to be quite specific about who needs help when these substances are abused.
Sadly, the reason that we eat food has become obscured and as a result of our uncertainty we appear to have lost the ability to intervene and assist those individuals that are clearly crying out for help.
Let's not jump head first into obesity oblivion, we don't have to stand for this crazy roller-coaster ride into poor health and misery.
Mindfulness is a word that is often bandied around but not often applied. So why not start with ourselves...with your very next meal.
Be mindful of what you are eating and why you are eating it.
When preparing your next meal let love and nurture be at the core of what you want to receive and what you want others to experience when they share your wonderful offering.
We eat to nourish ourselves...so that we can be the best that we can be.
Happy New Year beautiful people, here we are again at the dawn of another year when all things are possible and hope springs eternal.
Last year our theme was LOVE and all the signs are that you were all spreading and receiving plenty of that loving feeling. Despite all the doom-mongers attempting to fill us with a sense of dread, most people were able to keep their spirits up and progress because of the love and support that was received from friends and family.
LOVE certainly won the day for 2013.
So what better talisman to carry us through 2014, arm in arm with LOVE than...LAUGHTER!
LAUGHTER is powerful...here are some of the amazing things that it can do:
- boost your immune system
- act as an aphrodisiac
- improve your appetite
- support good mental health
- improve the quality of your life
It can do lots more besides the above so make sure that it is a daily part of your 2014, then watch and be astounded at the difference that laughing generously and regularly can make for you.
It is impossible to laugh and at the same time be angry, depressed or miserable. So join us in this years agenda and infect everyone around you with this wonderful gift:
- tickle someone
- watch a comedy
- tell a joke
- laugh like a loon
Sending you lots of LOVE & LAUGHTER for 2014...
The Real Apple Team
Watch out for the dangers of eating red meat!
We have heard it plenty of times from Nutritionists, health organizations, diet groups and just about everybody that has anything to say about healthy eating, but is this sentiment justified?
The Mad Cow fiasco certainly cemented in many peoples minds the idea that red meat was generally not a good thing.
Sadly, that perception was boosted by the greed and stupidity of farmers that thought it would be a good thing to feed meat to herbivores.
When you consider the impact on the food chain, that was a crime worthy of a lengthy jail sentence...especially when you consider that people have been incarcerated for nothing more than stealing bottles of water.
Red meat is a fantastic source of nutrients such as:
Therefore eating meat such as lamb or beef can help you with:
- preventing anaemia
- boosting immunity
- improving circulation
- building muscle
Sounds like healthy food to me!
Some will mention the fact that red meat contains saturated fat, which they say is bad for you.
Don't be fooled...saturated fat is a necessary part of your diet just like all other dietary fats found in meat and plants.
The key is moderation and quality.
Too much of any food can potentially be problematic and food that is reared unethically, pumped full of antibiotics as well as kept in unnatural conditions is not the type of food that you should really be nourishing yourself with.
So there you have it...if you are a meat eater...treat this precious food with respect and use in moderation.
You will be rewarded with good health.
It has often been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and that you should eat breakfast like a king!
I have no knowledge how the kings of this world eat but the sentiment is that breakfast should be a sumptuous and engaging affair with everything possible thrown in.
Many might find the thought of a gut busting meal first thing in the morning a total turn off and wouldn't be able to contemplate a large meal at that time of the day.
But there are good reasons for considering this approach...
Who would have thought that an American school would be the leader in a drive to promote healthy eating to its students?
Hats off to the Active Learning Elementary School in Flushing, New York for being the first to offer a completely vegetarian menu which includes tasty sounding dishes such as braised black beans with plantain, roasted chickpeas and vegetable wraps with cucumber salad.
Whether or not you are a vegetarian, what is certain is that this type of approach will have a major impact in nurturing those youngsters and maybe helping them to develope a heathier attitude towards food, something that the whole of America needs if it is to avoid the ticking obesity timebomb.
The whole process is being driven by a fantastic charity called Fan4Kids whose aim is to spread the healthy eating message to all young people.
The tide is turning, health is rising to the top of the agenda and schools are the battleground where the war against obesity must be waged.
It is time for the UK and the rest of the world to step up their game so that we can reverse the trend whereby it is expected that parents will consistently outlive their children.
Listen to some funky beats, shake your arse and learn about healthy eating...now thats what I'm talking about. Enjoy!
We have had the Mad Cow scandal and the recent issues with horse meat to remind us of the crazy practises that the food industry will undergo in order to cut costs and make a fast buck from us the unsuspecting consumer.
The Real Apple recently reported on the pure fruit juice scams and the inclusion of chemicals such as titanium oxide in our food in order to make it appear more palatable.
After each scandal some government official in a suit is wheeled out looking very sorrowful and apologetic, demands an indepth inquiry and insists that we must learn the appropriate lessons so that such an event can never happen again.
However, these events keep on happening and no matter how many inquiries are held there is always another scandal just waiting to shock us even further.
What will the next one be? That organic food isn't really organic, or maybe mineral water is actually simple tap water? Woops...I forgot we have already had that one!
The bottom line is that if you can imagine something horrible that can be done to food to cheapen the production costs, then it is probably already happening. I used to regularly see rats in London but I don't see them any more...where have they all gone. The streets are as dirty as they have ever been but hardly any rats to be seen, don't be surprised if rat-burger becomes the next scandal.
How can we avoid this mess?
Eat whole foods.
By that I mean foods that look like they came from a tree or directly out of the ground such as an apple or a potato. If you like a bit of meat or fish opt for identifiable joints, avoid pies and processed products where the contents can be disguised.
This system doesn't guarantee perfection but it a whole lot better than the guessing game lottery that is currently catching many people out.
Quote of the Day
“We rarely improve our habits and traits while floating on the placid pool of ease and comfort.”