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What is a Pegan Diet?

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Much to the delight of many people who changed their diets to Vegan or Paleo, the so-called Pegan Diet has now taken the world by storm and provides sensitive souls with options that are healthy, natural and ethical.

But what is it? Well, it’s a blend of Vegan (no animal products at all) and Paleo (no grains). Many vegans find they have issues with eating grains, causing all sorts of health problems.

Even some doctors say it’s the best diet

Dr Mark Hyman explains why you should go Pegan in this brilliant article: http://www.alternet.org/food/why-i-am-pegan-or-paleo-vegan-and-why-you-should-be-too

Some Pegan enthusiasts, including Dr Hyman, believe that adding sustainable, organic meat, fish and eggs as a condiment is also fine, though this blog prefers to stick to no animal products.

As discussed in this blog, eating animal products is not good for you or the planet, and definitely not good for the animals. Also, eating grains can cause all sorts of health problems because humans are not suited to eating grain.

Eat ten-a-day

The UK is pushing for people to eat ten-a-day now, meaning ten portions of fresh fruit and vegetables, which is a vast improvement on the meagre five-a-day that people were previously advised was sufficient for good  health (1).

Eating ten-a-day will not only keep you healthy, but will also improve your health and help alleviate symptoms of illness, if not reverse illness altogether.

Providing veg and fruit is organic or at least spray-free (start growing your own) and you remove meat, dairy and grains from your diet, you will be amazed at how your health improves. And you will most likely lose weight if you are overweight. Try it!

What do Pegans eat?

It’s not all that difficult to eat Pegan. Think about fruit salads, fresh green salads, veggie soups, veggie stews, potato rosti, ratatouille, veggie curries, baked potatoes, chili-beans, veggie stir-fry, foods that everyone is already familiar with.

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The foods that aspiring Pegans think they will miss the most, though, are cheese, mayonnaise, and of course, bread, cakes and biscuits. But, there are Pegan alternatives to these. You can get Vegan cheese and mayo, and you can make delicious sweet treats without grains.

So, go Pegan and be good to the planet and to you.

 

  1. https://www.newscientist.com/article/2122064-you-should-be-eating-10-pieces-of-fruit-or-veg-every-day-not-5

 

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The natural ethical alkaline diet

Even if you don’t have any major desire to save the planet, you may still be concerned with your health, and you may even have stumbled upon the excellent and very natural alkaline diet.

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The alkaline diet advocates eating food that creates a slightly alkaline environment in the body, which is then conducive to perfect health. Some people even believe that keeping the body within an optimal pH range is a matter of life or death.(1)

I am one of those people and I base it on the fact that an organism that is acid is advertising to various decomposition elements that it is dying, or is dead.

Soon after the heart stops beating, cells become deprived of oxygen, and their acidity increases as the toxic by-products of chemical reactions begin to accumulate inside them.
https://www.theguardian.com/science/neurophilosophy/2015/may/05/life-after-death

What happens when your body becomes acid?

When the body becomes acid, enzymes already present in the body start to digest cells. These enzymes only go into action when the body becomes acid, because it is the only environment in which it can function.

The same can be said for huge quantities of bacteria present in the body. The immune system keeps these in check while the body is slightly alkaline, but as soon as it becomes acid, the bacteria thrive and start to digest the flesh.

Normal metabolic function creates acid as a toxic byproduct and this is safely dealt with by the kidneys in a body that is at a healthy pH level – sightly alkaline. But, if the body is too acid, the kidneys can’t cope so the excess acid gets stored in the blood, ready for disposal later. (2)

If the acid continues to accumulate, though, it runs out of safe storage areas and the corrosive acid permeates the cells in the body. The enzymes and bacteria can’t tell the difference between a highly acid live body or an acid dead one, so they get started. The process creates diseases.

When our pH level is unbalanced, almost any area of our bodies can be negatively affected creating results such as cancer, heart disease, obesity, weight problems, allergies, fatigue and premature aging as well as problems with our nervous system, cardiovascular system and muscles.

http://www.shapefit.com/health/body-acidity-problems.html

So, whether it’s a matter of life or death, or a matter of having a healthy pain-free, disease-free body, it makes sense to keep the body within the optimal pH range.

How to check your acidity level

But what does this mean? The first thing is to find out what the acidity level is in the body and the second thing is to understand what the figure means.

It’s easy to do. You can use pH strips specially created for the purpose. Some pharmacies stock them, or you can get them on Amazon.

You just spit on them or pee on them, and within 15 seconds they turn to a colour that you test against the colour indicator.

This is what they look like:

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As you can see, the pH values range from 4.5 through to 9.0. 4.5 is very acid and 9.0 is very alkaline. In comparison, vinegar is 3.0 while baking soda is 9.0. 7 is neutral and good water has a pH of 7. The ideal body pH is 7.3 to 7.45. That is quite a narrow range so it does mean that one should take great care to keep within it.

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How to alkalise your body

The best way to alkalise your body is to get lots of oxygen into it, from exercising and even deep breathing – or singing. Also, one should avoid certain acid forming foods and drinks in favour of alkaline forming foods and drinks.

For a detailed list of which foods you should eat, and which to avoid, you can download an excellent pdf chart from http://www.energiseforlife.com/

You will see from that chart that the alkaline diet is also a natural and ethical diet. I’m going to show this by inserting our chart of natural ethical foods with an added column – alkaline/acid range.

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The alkaline diet is a natural ethical diet

You can see that, on the whole, the alkaline diet is a natural ethical diet, and is therefore wholly endorsed by this blog.

Have any of you tried the alkaline diet? Has it done anything good for you? I have two friends who have recently gone on to this diet. They both lost 6 kg in a month without counting calories and never feeling hungry. They also both report increased health and energy – and happiness.  I’ve eaten like this for many years and my health problems never returned. It’s obviously worth a try. Let me know how it goes!

 

 

 

 

 

  1. http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-6243/How-to-Balance-Your-pH-to-Heal-Your-Body.html
  2. 2. http://www.shapefit.com/health/body-acidity-problems.html

 

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I’m moving

Hello to all the wonderful followers of my blog.

I made a decision recently to move from WordPress to my own blog, and I hope you will all be happy to follow me there. I will move you across anyway, and you will be able to unsubscribe if you would rather not follow me there.

But, I hope you stay because I will be offering you some more interesting articles soon 🙂

All the articles that were on the old site are now on:

naturalethicalfood.com

Bless you for staying with me and for trying to make the world a better place.

Best wishes

Jennie

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Is food combining natural and ethical?

What is food combining?

Food combining as a dietary discipline came out first with the so-called Hay diet in the 1920s, which advocated eating vegetables with either carbohydrates or meat and fat, and eating fruit in separate meals. This format has been advocated in various forms since then.

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By Qwesar (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

However, the question arises, based on other posts in this blog: is food combing natural and ethical? See these posts for some background:

https://naturalethicalfood.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/seeds-is-it-natural-and-ethical-to-eat-them/

https://naturalethicalfood.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/dairy-products-are-they-natural-and-ethical-food/

Is food combining natural?

This post is a follow-up on my previous high-protein or high-carb diet post

https://naturalethicalfood.wordpress.com/2015/03/29/high-protein-or-high-carb-diet/.

The reason why these two posts are part of the same argument is because what emerged from that post is the fact that certain animal species have certain body types that restrict what foods can be captured, eaten and digested, and these foods tend to be found in certain combinations of food components.

For example, take a lion. It has the build, power, speed, claws and teeth to be able to catch, kill, tear open and eat a large animal. Further, its digestive system is suited to eating a high protein (animal muscle) high-fat diet as it has a short digestive tract ensuring that rotting meat does not stay in the system too long. The nature of the difficulty of capturing animals ensures that lions don’t eat too often, so they don’t get fat despite the high fat intake and relative laziness they appear to display much of the time.

However, what arises from this observation is the list of food components eaten by a lion. It will consume meat, fat, blood, skin, hair, bones, digestive tract contents (fermenting vegetable foods normally) and possibly some soil. They may look for certain herbs or grasses to swallow to aid digestion. They may even eat berries if they are about. They don’t rush off and eat grains or dairy.

Here you can see what it takes to be a true carnivore in close up view (note the size and shape of the teeth and the lack of utensils, romantic music and wine):

On the other end of the scale is the herbivore: horses, cattle, deer, rabbits etc. On the whole they graze much of every day on grasses and any grains that come with them. A little soil may also be consumed. They don’t rush off looking for meat or fish to eat. They don’t make bread out of the grains. Certainly, dairy doesn’t interest them once they have stopped suckling from their mothers.

Their digestive tracts are suited to holding grains long enough to enable them to ferment, as this is the only way grains can be thoroughly digested if they haven’t been sprouted. This is because grains and seeds contain proteins and lectins that are difficult to digest, such as gluten in wheat, which can cause bowel inflammation, ulcers and insulin problems (http://paleoleap.com/11-ways-gluten-and-wheat-can-damage-your-health/)  The reason why grains and seeds have these difficult to digest compounds is to protect the seeds long enough for them to germinate. Upon germination, most of the protective devices disappear, making sprouts a healthy alternative. Herbivores have digestive tracts that help ferment grains.

Here you can see a close view of a cow chewing the cud  (note the flat teeth):

Finally, we come to omnivores which eat some or all of these food groups: plants, fungi, algae, seeds, fruit, insects, eggs and small animals and birds that they can easily catch without tools or weapons. They do not eat dairy beyond babyhood. Primates (like us) fall within this category (see https://naturalethicalfood.wordpress.com/2013/12/24/the-human-primates-natural-food/) together with bears, squirrels and birds.

Here you can watch a monkey eating fruit (note the use of the hand to hold the fruit – carnivores and herbivores don’t do this):

There are three natural types of food combining

What this comes down to is that in nature there are three types of food combining:

  1. Carnivorous (mainly meat, fat, skin, bones and fermented digestive tract material)
  2. Herbivorous (mainly grasses and herbs)
  3. Omnivorous (a variety of herbs, fruit, nuts, seeds, algae, fungi, insects, eggs, small animals)

What is notable is that while animals eat combinations of foods suited to their species and makeup, they don’t suffer from obesity or disease. As soon as their diets are changed, their bodies come under stress. This can be seen with some proprietary dog and cat foods that contain mostly grains (often GM). These animals often have to be put on anti-inflammatory drugs from middle age onwards.Another notable is that not one of these groups consumes dairy foods beyond suckling age.

So this tells us that to eat naturally, one should consider which of the three groups one’s body belongs to, and eat accordingly. Also, consider that dairy should not be consumed by any of the groups, past babyhood. Ethically, the omnivorous diet covers humans who choose not to kill, or cause, or be party to pain or suffering of any creature. This could mean taking up a fruitarian diet or a vegan diet.

Which type of food combining is natural and ethical?

The way to decide it to compare a human’s dental make-up with that of other apes. To short-cut this process, the human dental makeup is closest to that of the Bonobo ape. You can see this in this interesting video:

Interestingly, what emerges from this is that the Bonobos with their flat canine teeth do not kill each other or any other creature, while chimpanzees will kill and eat each other and any other creature that they can catch. This means that you, as a conscious human, can choose to eat as a chimpanzee or as a Bonobo.  Choosing the Bonobo way ensures that you can eat ethically without any danger of your dying of hunger or malnutrition.

This video carries this message of choice across very clearly:

So, is food combining natural? Yes, definitely, providing the eater is eating foods that fall within the range of foods suited to their species and digestive makeup.

Is food combining ethical? For omnivores, it can be, should they choose foods that do not necessitate killing, pain or suffering.