A few weeks ago, Team UNITED (so, just me) took up a raw vegan challenge – basically five days of eating in line with a raw vegan lifestyle. According to the internet, “raw veganism” is also sometimes referred to as “absolutely awful”, which we found to be more accurate.
The back-story is that when it comes to food and nutrition, about the only things I am confident in are broccoli and water. Everything else seems to be the most amazing thing ever, and dangerous, at the same time depending on who is telling the story. With this in mind, for …
I was at a not-for-profit networking function a few weeks ago to see what other people were up to and to see if I could steal any great ideas for Project UNITED. I met a man who was part of a project for getting young adults off painkillers. As usual, rather than gently engaging in conversation, I started hammering him with questions. Unusually, this gentleman didn’t find an excuse to leave, he stayed and answered everything I asked. After I had heard some of his answers, I told him about Project UNITED and asked if I could write about his …
The first observation was how much preparation was required for each meal. The process of getting hungry and then eating something straight away has become a habit for me, so to actually plan ahead for every meal was a chore to begin with. I also established that without the aid of additives (oils, …
Having watched our fair share of food/health/industry related documentaries, the most recent being Food Choices, the common thread is that a plant-based whole-foods diet is favoured as the most environmentally sustainable, and best for ideal human health. Aggressive debates aside, it seemed to us that the logical progression from being an observer was to become a participant. Whilst the Project UNITED household has been a vegetarian household for about five years, we (well, me. I’m pretty sure Mrs UNITED will shake her head and leave the room) have decided to accept the challenge …
With the voting element of the Federal Election having calmly and peacefully (lols) passed us by over the weekend, a few of the policies came up in conversation which manifested into the concept for this blog post.
To avoid the risk of losing any of our 11 subscribers, we won’t get into opinions or preferences, but I did hear one proposition which I thought made some sense in relation to the public healthcare system.
Having free (or basically free) education and healthcare is a pretty great thing. Sure, textbooks and uniforms cost money, and sometimes queues at the hospital are …
UNITEDWhat if we had to qualify for free healthcare?
It is impossible for something to be objectively the “best ever”, because it would need to be statically superior in every way to everything else in its class, and be able to be measured against different contexts, environments, and scenarios. But this smoothie is the best ever, without doubt.
For breakfast, a snack, a treat, or to celebrate being tops, this smoothie is the Swiss-army knife of smoothies – the Swiss-army smoothie if you will.
We at Project UNITED are massive on research and learning and knowledge and education. For trues. But occasionally things arise that you just have to shrug off and get stuck into and see what happens, and perhaps investigate the likely outcomes/consequences after the fact. Black bean cold brew was one such case.
How black bean cold brew came to pass
Simple: the wife (who I commonly refer to as “sorry, Honey”) and I discovered a top-shelf pasta recipe which involves the use of black beans (the recipe will be published on Monday). The other night, let’s call it Thursday, during …
The popularity of vegetarianism and veganism is certainly on the rise. Whilst these dietary lifestyles aren’t for everyone, those who pursue these lifestyles may do so for various reasons, from animal welfare and humanitarian issues, to general health related issues, or simply in order to reduce the weekly grocery bill. But if you were considering adopting a plant-based diet, here are some things to consider when going meatless.
Once the menu-shock of removing meat from your dinner plate subsides, there are some strategies you may need to consider in order to transition to a veggie-based regime whilst …
UNITEDThings to consider when going meatless (or meat reduced)
The Discomfort Zone Challenges have been one of the great initiatives of 2015 (according to us, and our mums). Having just finished up with October (30 Day Burpee Challenge), here is November’s Discomfort Zone Challenge:
No barcode November
Far less physically irritating than last months burpee madness, November is about World class food choices.
What’s the point?
Two points, and thanks for asking:
Health: The more a food is handled, the less control and knowledge we have of what has been added to or removed from the item. This makes healthy decision making more complex and sometimes counterintuitive. For example,
We didn’t know what else to call them. Apple bagels with peanut butter aren’t so much a recipe as they are just a crazy genius idea. So simple, but so gadamn delicious and easy.
As the image suggests, all you need to do is take an apple, red or green, and cut it into slices. Cut the core out and spread some peanut butter on each slice. These can be eaten immediately or refrigerated for later. Basically you can’t lose either way.
We have seen these with maple syrup, oats, and dried fruit, but at Project …
We’ve been hearing for a while now of the benefits that drinking a cup or two of tea each day can do for us. From hydration, to relaxation, to managing blood pressure, tea is basically a GP in the form of grass clippings. In this post we will look at the health benefits (and any potential concerns) of each type of tea – black, white, and green.
An ultra-marathon runner who can squat and deadlift 320 odd kilograms. That’s who. Thanks for reading.
Hang on, how much?
But seriously, Alex Viada is something of an anomaly in the World of fitness and strength. A tri-athlete, distance runner, and distance cyclist, Alex is also absurdly strong – a 210kg bench press PB, and a deadlift PB of 320kg. He can also run a mile (1600m) in 4 minutes 32 seconds. That’s quick. And strong. At the same time. But that’s impossible, right?
This is one of those “C’mon bro, you’re not even trying” type recipes, it’s that easy. Mayonnaise is a bit of trap for those trying to eat healthy. Even the fat free stuff is pretty heavy on the calories. But this one gets the job done and takes about 8 minutes.
Prep time: 8 mins
Cook time: 0 mins
Total time: 8 mins
Makes about a cup of mayonnaise
2 tsp wholegrain mustard
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup oil (possibly up to one cup if required) – something heart healthy like an avocado oil or macadamia
Everyone loves banana bread, and EVERYONE can love this one! Sugar free, gluten free, meat free, and paleo. Everyone’s a winner. Be advised that we have successfully executed this recipe on numerous occasions, though we have had a couple of failures for reasons we can’t be sure. If you experience failure, remember that banana bread makes a great gift.