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Thursday, 19 April


How Your Gut Affects Overall Wellbeing "IndyWatch Feed Food"

The saying You are what you eat just might be more true than previously thought possible. Weve been aware of the effect nutrition has on our outward appearancefrom obesity to acnebut new science is emerging with evidence on how the state of our gut affects our wellbeing as a whole. Read through these Q&As to []


How Does Cognitive Function Change With Age? "IndyWatch Feed Food"

By 2020, there will be over 88.5 million Americans over the age of 65, double the number that there were in 2010. As the elderly population grows, research is seeking to further understand how cognitive function changes with age. While dementia, Alzheimers disease, and mild cognitive impairment are fairly common within the elderly community, even []


Proven Natural Methods to Get Rid of Mice in Your House "IndyWatch Feed Food"

One of the creatures that are on top position in the ranking of the most uninvited guests at home is the mouse. Almost everyone would be horrified by the thought of a mouse invasion in their home. For their normal existence, mice look for shelter, water and enough food to survive. No one wants to []


Fully Loaded Raspberry and Coconut Shake "IndyWatch Feed Food"

An indulgent but healthy milkshake loaded with fresh and freeze-dried raspberries and coconut cream. Dairy free and vegan, too! This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you decide to click on the link and make a purchase, I may receive, at no extra cost to you, a small commission that goes back into keeping the blog going. Thanks for your support.  Feast your eyes.  A fully loaded milkshake, made pretty with whipped coconut cream, freeze-dried raspberries for that burst of intense flavour and fresh ones for juiciness. My mouth's watering just writing this down.  If you drink milk, follow the instructions but just use 350ml fresh milk and top with whipped...

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Wednesday, 18 April


Thai Sweet Chili Dressing "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Thai Sweet Chili Dressing

I am a big fan of Thai cuisine which is full of amazing flavours and dishes and two things that I am more than a little obsessed with are the spicy peanut sauce, typically used as a dipping sauce for satay, and sweet chili sauce. Having experimented with using them in many different ways I have noticed that very often where one works, the other also works! The other day I made my chicken satay salad with spicy peanut dressing and that reminded me that I had been wanting to try a sweet chili sauce dressing and that it was finally time to make it! For the recipe I started with the sweet chili sauce which is a little thick for a salad dressing so I added some coconut milk which is a common Thai ingredient and it worked well in the spicy peanut dressing. Another thing that I like about Thai cuisine is that the recipes commonly try to balance the sweet, spicy, salty and sour flavour elements and so it only seemed natural to do so in the dressing so the next ingredients were fish sauce for saltiness and lime juice for sourness. The last aspect of the dressing, a bit of peanut butter, came from a sticky chicken wing recipe on how sweet it is and you can't go wrong adding peanuts to a Thai inspired recipe. The final result is pretty amazing and I cannot wait to try it out on something!

Update April 18, 2018: Over the years this has become one of my all time favourite dressings and I make all the time! I sometimes like to omit the peanut butter or replace it with tahini or cashew butter and replacing the coconut milk with water is great when you don't have a can of coconut milk on hand!

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Arizona Urban Farming Startup Embraces Aquaponics to Increase Access to Healthy Food "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Farmers need to be good at a little bit of everythingfrom growing and marketing to strategic planning. Chaz Shelton of Merchants Garden in Tucson, Arizona, approaches farming from a slightly different angle. He earned his MBA at Indiana ... Read More


What Organ Suffers rhe Most From a Poor Diet? "IndyWatch Feed Food"

What organ suffers the most from a poor diet? The answer may surprise you.

By now, the majority of us realize that having a poor diet and lifestyle is directly related to our overall health. In many ways, healthy eating has become somewhat trendy as people are starting to understand that they do indeed have control over their own health and are ready to take responsibility for their lives. Read meor


5-HTP: A Natural Antidepressant Without The Side Effects "IndyWatch Feed Food"

5-HTP, Where can you find it and what does it do? You can find 5-hydroxytryptophan in high concentrations within Griffonia extract. That is an extract from a vegetable that can be found in Africa. The Griffonia simlicifolia seed is almost a third 5-HTP. That is the hormone that comes right before serotonin in the brain. []


How to Cultivate a Foraging Spirit "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Cultivating a foraging spirit is one of the most fun and rewarding ways to live a seasonal lifestyle. Foraging from the wild is probably the oldest and most accessible way to connect with the seasons for the obvious reason that it can only be done in season. However, it can be intimidating and a foreign []

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Ashwagandha: This Ancient Herb Has Been Used in Natural Medicine For Over 2,500 Years! "IndyWatch Feed Food"

ReadyNutrition Readers, were covering a unique herb that has been around for quite a while as a holistic support and herbal supplement.  The herb is Ashwagandha, also known as Indian Ginseng, or Withania somnifera scientifically.  It has been in use in Ayurvedic medicine for more than 2,500 years.  It is not a commonly-known herb, but the benefits are incredible and worth covering in this report to you.

For those who are not familiar with it, Ayurvedic medicine is the medicine that is traditionally used in the nation of India and has been in practice for more than 5,000 years.  The interesting thing is that were exploring the herb for its qualities known to traditional Western medicine, as well as in the context of American Sports Nutrition.

How Ashwagandha Can Improve Health

Ashwagandha can be taken in pill, tincture, or capsule form.  It is an anti-inflammatory that bolsters the immune system, relieves the pain and swelling of inflammation, and it reduces anxiety.  Yes, it is a stress-relieving herb that works on mild to moderate depression, as well as enabling physical recovery from strenuous work or exercise.

The herb is an adaptogen, a term used to describe an herbal substance that has a homeostatic effect on an organism.  What this means is that it works to bring your body into balance if there is an overage or a shortage that results in a persons condition.  For example, if a person is hyperglycemic (too much blood sugar), an adaptogen will lower that blood sugar and bring the person closer to normal values.  If the individual is hypoglycemic (low blood sugar), the adaptogen will work in the opposite direction and raise the blood sugar closer to normal.

Most scientists do not know why an adaptogen works the way it does.  To Herbalists and other Naturopaths, the reason is not as important as the fact that the results can be documented and monitored, as well as the amounts a person needs to take in order to achieve those results.  The principle of Herbalism is that the whole herb (in whatever form it is consumed) is more effective than any of its individual constitu...


Conditions You Can Treat With Cupping Therapy "IndyWatch Feed Food"

If you are like most people, you probably think cupping therapy is a new phenomenon. The truth is that cupping has been used by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Generally, the cups used during this type of therapy are made of things like glass, earthenware or even bamboo. If you are []


Getting Around The Weight Loss Plateau "IndyWatch Feed Food"

People have proven time and time again to be able to push the boundaries of what we think is physically possible. Many professional lifters can lift weights that no human could have imagined, lifting only a hundred years before and they can do it with only muscle spasms. Many individuals have come back from devastating []

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Tuesday, 17 April


Ive never met a glycemic index I liked "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Youve heard this before (though not from me): For weight loss and health, choose foods with low glycemic index.

Yes: And your sister is only half pregnant and your neighbor is a former murderer.

We dont have to look far to find illogical ideas in nutritionthey are everywhere. And the concept of glycemic index is yet another. But if you understand why glycemic index is nonsense, you are empowered to obtain even greater control over weight and health.

Glycemic index, or GI, describes how high blood sugar climbs over 90 minutes after consuming a food compared to glucose.

The GI of three fried eggs? Zero: Blood sugar will barely budge at all. How about an avocado? Zero, too. This is true for meats, poultry, fish, oils and fats, nuts, seeds, mushrooms, and non-starchy vegetables. Eat any of these foods and blood sugar doesnt budge, no glycation phenomena follow, no glucotoxicity, no lipotoxicity. (The exception: People who have damaged pancreatic beta cells that produce insulin and/or severe insulin sensitivity. In these situations, even proteins can raise blood sugar a little bit.)

There is nothing intrinsically wrong with the idea of measuring blood sugars after eating as glycemic index, nor of the related concept, glycemic load, a measure that also factors in the quantity of food. The problem is how the values for GI and GL are interpreted. The nutrition world breaks glycemic indexes down into:

High glycemic index: 70 or greater
Moderate glycemic index: 56-69
Low glycemic index: 55 or less

By this scheme, cornflakes, puffed rice, and pretzels have high GIs, while whole grain bread, oatmeal, and rice have low GIs. A typical non-diabetic person consuming a serving of cornflakes, e.g., 1 cup cereal in cup milk, will thereby experience a blood sugar in the neighborhood of 180 mg/dlvery high and more than sufficient to set the process of glycation and glucotoxicity on fire, add to insulin resistance and adrenal disruption, cataract formation, destruction of cartilage, growth of visceral tummy fat, hypertension, heart disease, and neurological deterioration or dementia. In other words, that bowl of cornflakes was plain awful for health. (Blood sugars will vary, depending on body weight, degree of overweight, insulin sensiti...


Simple Lifestyle Tips to Keep Your Eyes in Good Working Order "IndyWatch Feed Food"

It would be fair to say that the majority of health guides focus on building muscle and losing body fat. Its almost as if some of the more essential body parts have been forgotten. Today, as the title may have given away, is all about your eyes. The experts may have tips and advice, but []


What is Chronic Inflammation? "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Whether youre faced with a new and frightening condition or have learned of a friend or family members new illness, chronic inflammation isnt a pleasant diagnosis. The good news is, it doesnt have to be frighteningas there are many resources available online and off that can help you best understand how to deal with the []


Rural Community and Family-Owned Farm Wage War Against Factory Farms "IndyWatch Feed Food"

April 16, 2018
Organic Consumers Association

Clearly Ronnie Cummins, international director of Organic Consumers Association, is not alone in thinking that Its time to step up the attack on factory farms and the entire degenerative food and farming system.

Two new allies waging war against Big Ag include a small family farm in Minnesota and residents of a rural Delaware community.

Family-Owned farm at war with neighboring factory farms



Farming Supermarket Rooftops and a Storied Ball Park, a City Farming Operation Increases Access to Local Food "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Since its inception in 2008, Green City Growers (GCG), a Certified B Corporation that installs and maintains vegetable gardens and farms within the greater Boston area, has assisted in the production of more than 175,000 pounds of organic produce, donated ... Read More


Aspartame Doesn't Increase Lean Adults' Weights, Appetites, Or Blood Sugars, In 12 Week Randomized Controlled Trial "IndyWatch Feed Food"

So what happens to healthy, lean, adults, if you randomly assign them to consume 0mg, 350mg or 1,050mg of aspartame daily for 12 weeks?


Well at least nothing if you're measuring their weights, body fat percentages, appetites, blood sugars, insulins, incretins (GLP1), lipids, fasting leptin levels, or liver function tests. Those were in fact all the things that were looked at in this recent study.

Sorry chemophobes.

(but conspiracists can still rest easy knowing that funding was provided in part by aspartame producer Ajinomoto, and of course it would be nice to see this study repeated with study participants with obesity)

(And if you're interested here's a recent review that looked at both observational studies on non-nutritive sweeteners and randomized trials looking at non-nutritive sweeteners which found that while observational studies suggest risk to weight, to date, randomized trials, now including this one it would seem, don't).


Paleo Smoked Salmon Legit Bagels "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Want paleo bagels baking in your oven, pretty much instantly? Have a look at the Legit Bagel mix that's just been launched in the UK.  This post contains some affiliate links. This means that if you decide to click on a link and make a purchase, I may receive (at no extra cost to you) a small commission that helps me keep the blog running. Thanks for your support.  After I talked about Legit Bread mix coming to the UK, look what else Legit Bread Co has launched over here - PALEO BAGELS.  Oh my word.  I remember seeing the recipe for these in Jennifer Robins and Simone Miller's book The New Yiddish Kitchen, but thanks to Amazon magic, you can now have these...

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Monday, 16 April


Whats the Difference Between Regular and Natural Toothpaste? "IndyWatch Feed Food"

For years, regular toothpaste has ruled the dental care aisle. Thankfully, natural toothpaste is making its way through the ranks, becoming a popular option for those who want a clean mouth without the risks that come with using regular toothpaste. But what makes these two products vastly different? Heres everything you need to know about []


Emphasizing Product Quality Over Narrative, an Urban Farming Enterprise Thrives "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Careful planning, adequate startup capital and experience working on a traditional rural farm are just three of the elements that veteran urban farmer, and co-founder of Vancouvers Sole Food Street Farms, Michael Ableman feels are necessary to be successful in ... Read More


Carrot Cake with Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese Frosting "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Carrot Cake with Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese Frosting
Carrot cake is a classic cake recipe that is welcome any time and it tends to come to my mind more in the spring, maybe it's the carrot eating bunny theme that Easter has going? Anyways, the other day I made my favourite carrot cake recipe for an Easter treat and it was the perfect opportunity to share it with you! This is a pretty basic carrot cake that starts with plenty of grated carrot along with the usual cake ingredients. A carrot cake is typically a moist cake an it's kept nice and moist by using oil. A lot of recipes these days tend to try to cut back on the oil content replacing it with things like apple sauce, sour cream, 0% greek yogurt, etc. and although these substitutions can produce nice cakes, they just don't have that classic moistness that I am looking for in a carrot cake. I like to add a bit of pineapple which adds to the moistness and brings a hint of exotic flavour, especially when combined with some coconut. I go with a pretty standard blend of spices that can easily be modified to meet your tastes and the addition of nuts and or raisins are easy, if that's the way you roll with carrot cake! I finish my carrot cakes off with a cream cheese frosting, which is simply divine on a carrot cake, and I mix in dulce de leche (or caramel sauce)! If you are looking for a quick and easy dessert tonight, and one that is sure to impress, then you cannot go wrong with this carrot cake with dulce de leche cream cheese frosting!

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Ontario Schools Inviting Pizza Nova To Teach Nutrition To Kindergarteners Is Apparently A Thing Now "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Thanks to a colleague that probably should remain nameless for sending me this story about his 7 year old's recent nutrition lesson.

Here's the letter and photos he sent.
Hi Dr. Freedhoff,

Hope you are well, I got into a heated debate with my stubborn 7yr old son (who is starting to test the theory that I am the smarter person he knows) and I thought of you because I have seen you blog about this before.

Monday he came home with homework from a special nutrition lesson they got today from a rep from Pizza Nova. The Pizza Nova came in and fed them pizza (unknown to us), taught them to make pizza dough, and continued to teach these young impressionable minds that pizza is one of the healthiest foods there is because it has all of the food groups.

The homework included an activity book and once complete they receive a coupon for a free pizza.

This is a tipping point for me, the school already has pizza day every 2 weeks, theme food days all the time, bake sales, freeze sales regularly, food fundraisers and the list goes on, now we have food companies advertising to children false info about nutrition....


The Health Benefits of Sun Gazing "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Dr. Edward Group shares four health benefits of the practice of sun gazing.

I recently saw the feature length documentary, Eat the Sun, and was inspired to explore the practice of sungazing.

The practice of sungazing closely resembles its name. At sunrise and/or sunset, when the sun is closest to the earth, sungazers stand barefoot on the earth and look directly at the sun for 10 seconds. Every day, 10 seconds are added and some sungazers eventually reach a duration of 44 minutes. Read more


55 Healthy Revision Snacks for Exam Season "IndyWatch Feed Food"

A roundup of healthy revision snacks for when you want to revise for those upcoming exams. Keep your brain alert and ready with these tasty bites... Ugh, exams. I had so many of them at school, college and uni. And I look back and cringe at myself in my late teens, my head buried in books and revision notes and keeping myself going with caffeine and sugar.  What you need, to keep your brain engaged, are healthy snacks. My daughter is just going through her exams now, which means many of you (or your teens) will be too. And I'm going to be making her some of these tasty things to snack on as she does her revision. Low in refined sugar - so no blood sugar crashes. No gluten, so no...

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Medicare Supplement Plans benefit Boca Ratons seniors "IndyWatch Feed Food"

When Boca Ratons seniors become eligible for Medicare, theres a lot to figure out.  Parts A and B cover doctor and hospital costs but leave seniors with copays and deductibles.  For some people, paying for those costs out of pocket isnt a problem; for others, going without a supplemental plan can be a financial disaster. []


How to Get Better Claims from Personal Injuries "IndyWatch Feed Food"

Like it or not, injuries happen all the time. Theres nothing you can do to stop a potentially painful situation from happening. You can always evade such a scenario, but you shouldnt expect to dodge a similar one in the future. But regardless of the nature of the injury, someone should be held liable for []


Grid Down: How to Get Water From Your Well When There is No Power "IndyWatch Feed Food"

One of the problems faced with an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) is that your well will not be pumping water into your home.  For those living in urban areas and are relying on municipal water, your water could also be short-lived and its important to have a backup plan.

Well water is a different matter entirely because it is your well and you are responsible for getting the water. There are several solutions to this problem, and were going to close the article with a quick fix to enable you to get to the water.  First, lets cover Operational Security (or OPSEC) regarding your well.

Protect and Conceal Your Water

For starters, youre not going to be the only one who is hungry or thirsty when it strikes.  You need to camouflage, hide, or protect your well.  A structure such as a small shed could come in handy in that regard, as well as providing a little bit of relief from the elements when you need to obtain the water.  Cut a hole in the floor of the shed, and then drop it down on top of the well.  Then its a simple matter to insulate the edges of where the ground and the hole meet with blow-in foam or such.

There are plenty of kits out on the market for you to be able to pump your own water out of the well by hand.  Most of them have a special pneumatic part that will enable the suction to occur through PVC pipes that you join up.  There are plenty of companies to offer such.  Another way is to pick up a small generator (especially a quiet one, such as a Honda that features maintaining silence).  Have a good electrician wire you up a connection on your electrical panel, so that you can just plug in the generator and run the pump.

If you pursue this option, ensure that the intake and the exhaust for your generator are sufficient to keep carbon monoxide and exhaust from going into the home.  This is why the good electrician is worth his weight in gold.  It will vary from state to state.  In Montana, you can get away with just about everything, whereas in other states, you need to deal with permits, inspections, and even certifications to accomplish a simple task.

An Affordable Option For Getting Well Water

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