Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Peanut Butter Chocolate Oats


Ingredients


50g GF Oats
1 cup water
1 tblspn natural peanut butter
30g chocolate protein powder

Method

Add oats to water and cook for 2 minutes in the microwave
When oats are done, add peanut butter and protein powder and mix well
Enjoy

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

What is the difference between Biodynamic and Organic?


The use of the term ‘organic’ is regulated by the U.S. government while the term ‘sustainable and ‘biodynamic have no legal definitions. Wine bottles have two types of organic listings. Organically grown and certified grapes without any synthetic additives can be used. These ‘organic wines are made without adding any sulfites and are made from organically grown grapes.

Biodynamic farming like organic farming is similar. I biodynamic the farming is done considering the vineyard as a ecosystem also accounting astrological and lunar cycle influences. Biodynamic means that the winemaker did not manipulate the wine with yeast additions or acidity adjustments. It is made from biodynamical grapes.
Sustainability refers to economically viable and socially responsible range of practices which are not ecologically sound. (Sustainable farmers have the flexibility to choose on what works best for their farms, may also focus on energy and water conservation, use of renewable sources and may farm organically or biodynamic). Many regional industry associations and third party agencies are working on developing clear standards and sustainability certification.

By definition biodynamic is organic but involves biodiversity embracing a holistic view of nature and strangest of all-astronomy. Growing, harvesting and even consuming is in accordance with the lunar cycle.

Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science benefiting the environment and promoting fair relationships and good quality of life for all involved.

Biodynamic farming considers the farm as a single ‘organism’ with greater focus on astrological cycles.

Similarities between organic and biodynamic farms
Both organic and biodynamic farms grow their food without the use of pesticides, herbicides or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). As a result, both practices produce significantly healthier food and produce. At the foundation of both practices is also a respect for ecological processes and the environment; they rely, for example, on natural remedies to combat insects and disease. In the end, both practices are respectful of the environment, the food and the people who consume it.


References:-

http://www.winespectator.com/drvinny/show/id/41226

http://bellamysorganic.com.au/blog/what-is-the-difference-between-biodynamic-and-organic-farming/#.U3xYI1iSyFY

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/6230162/Is-biodynamic-the-new-organic.html

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Turkey Stuffing using GF Oats


Ingredients:
1½ cups of ground Gloriously Free Uncontaminated Oats
2 rashes of bacon finely chopped
2 shallots or 1 onion
6 sliced mushrooms
1 diced zucchini
1 handful of sliced spinach or Kale
1 red capsicum
1 clove of garlic
Handful of pinenuts
Herbs of choice – I used Mexican tarragon but parsley or rosemary would be lovely
Seasoning to taste

Method:
Fry off bacon in some olive oil.  Add in shallots, mushrooms & garlic.  Sautés for a couple of minutes, then add in the other vegetables, the pine nuts and the seasoning.
Lastly fold through the ground oats to bind everything together.  Let the mixture cool then stuff that turkey.

Delicious. xx

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Why you need to avoid Toxic Wheat

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It’s alarming enough that crops are genetically modified to resist hefty doses of the pesticide Roundup, applied several times during the growing season. What’s worse, conventional wheat farmers are misusing the weed killer in a manner never intended, presenting another grave health risk to consumers. 
Farmers are drenching their wheat fields with glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, just days before harvest. This practice, called desiccation, is increasingly being used to speed up the drying process and thereby increase profits.  What’s more, desiccation from Roundup is not an approved use of the product by food regulatory agencies. In fact, it’s banned in some countries.
When the pesticide is misused in this manner, it is particularly toxic to consumers because large amounts of the chemical remain on the wheat seed after harvest. As a result, high levels of glyphosate residue end up in wheat products. The harmful effects on consumers’ health are numerous and widespread. This leads scientists to doubt that gluten in wheat is causing the recent rise in wheat allergies and gluten intolerance. Instead, they say it may be the powerful weed killer glyphosate.
According to new research, wheat products contaminated with glyphosate can trigger gluten allergies. A study conducted by MIT scientist Dr. Stephanie Seneff and Anthony Samsel explains that the pesticide works by disrupting the shikimate pathway in plants, preventing them from creating essential amino acids. As a result the plants die. 
Similarly, beneficial bacteria in the human gut have a shikimate pathway. So the weed killer interrupts the critical role normal gut bacteria play in the digestive process and consequently, the immune system. Specifically, glyphosate is a chelator. In other words, it acts as a binding agent that immobilizes nutrients and minerals, so the body is unable to use them. Over time this causes nutritional deficiencies.
The pesticide also causes systemic toxicity.  For example, glyphosate sprayed on plants just prior to harvest has been known to cause kidney damage. Sri Lanka and El Salvador recently banned the practice because agriculture workers who harvested sugarcane were getting ill and dying from kidney failure.  Glyphosate is now being linked to gluten intolerance, leaky gut and other gastrointestinal disorders, as well as Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s, autism other diseases that are associated with the health of the gut.
It is now more important than ever to avoid conventional wheat, which has become toxic wheat.
 
References
Dr. Don Huber: GMOs and Glyphosate and Their Threat to Humanity – Food Integrity Now – Carol Grieve, April 8, 2014
Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance – Interdiscip Toxicol. 2013; Vol. 6 (4): 159–184. Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff, 12 November 2013
Mysterious Kidney Disease Slays Farmworkers In Central America – National Public Radio – Jason Beaubien, April 30, 2014
Glyphosate Herbicide Sales Boom Powers Global Biotech Industry – Sustainable Pulse –  Aug 21 2014
 See more at: HealthImpactNews.com